Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ice Scupltures in Fairbanks

My daughter and her boyfriend came to visit, so this past weekend, we went to Fairbanks, Alaska to see the ice sculpture park. The international ice carving championship wasn't held this year, but they still had an amazing collection of ice sculpture. 

There were carvings made from single blocks of ice, about 5x3x8 feet, with amazing detail. Then there were the larger scupltures, made from multiple blocks stacked together. If you look closely at some of them, you can see the seams where the blocks meet. And finally, there was the kid's park, with climbing sculptures like this ship, plus slides, mazes, and even spinning cups of ice. 

We talked with one of the sculptors who told us about the carving process and how he got into it. He said last year's competition included contestants from forty US states and twenty different countries. 

I was amazed by the intricate detail in these sculptures. We saw them in the daylight, but I'm sure they were even more beautiful at night when lit by colored lights. Well worth the visit.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Facebook Hop March 1-2

March 1st and 2nd, I'm participating in a Facebook Hop with twelve other authors. There's a grand prize, as well as a prize for each hop stop. My page is giving away an autographed copy of The Alaskan Catch and a reader's necklace. Hope you can hop on by. 

My prizes for the Hop

Monday, January 1, 2018

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. It's 10am, and I'm seeing pink hints of dawn over the mountains. The sun will set at 3:41 today.

This time of year it's cold and dark. Thank goodness for Christmas lights, that add sparkle to the season. Even a single candle brings warmth and light to the darkness.

What a perfect season to celebrate the birth of the Light of the World, a candle in the dark.

Merry Christmas to you, and may 2018 be a year of love and light for you and yours.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Prep

  • Put up tree 
  • Send cards 
  • Shop
  • Wrap
  • Contribute to charity
  • Bake
  • Clean
  • Decorate
  • Hang lights 
  • Community project
  • Celebrate advent 
  • Attend parties
  • Entertain 
  • Etc.

I love Christmas, and in all honesty, I love the preparations, too. It's just that sometime, in the middle of all the activity and bustle, I forget what I'm preparing for. 


So that's my resolution for December. To keep the JOY in Christmas. I hope your Christmas preparations are joyful as well. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Gift for Santa Release Day and Giveaways

Ebook released Dec. 1st, Paperback on Dec. 5th
A Gift for Santa is here, and I'm thrilled with these great advance reviews on the Prism Book Tour last week. 

I loved the Alaskan setting in this book, especially at a reindeer farm! - Heidi Reads

It is a Hallmark Channel worthy story of love and family and Christmas. - Reading is my Superpower

The love and history in this book is complicated but is absolutely outstanding. If you want a book that you absolutely can not put down, this book is for you! -Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader

The characters are very individual and endearing. The scenes "play out" in a way one can feel he/she is experiencing the beauty and intrigue of Alaska. -Rockin Book Reviews

You can see a summary of the whole tour, along with links to the original articles at Prism Book Tours.

A Gift for Santa isn't sold in stores, but it's available in paperback or ebook at most online bookstores, or you can order it through your local bookstore. 

To celebrate the release of our December Heartwarming books, the four Heartwarming authors have banded together to offer a Sleigh Full of Gifts giveaway. Check it out at the Heartwarming Blog. 

Plus I'm giving away a couple of fun items to my newsletter subscribers. Just pop on over to the Giveaway and Events tab and take a look. 

Wishing you a Merry, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Reindeer Games

Reindeer time!

My favorite Christmas movie growing up was Rudolf, the Red-nosed Reindeer, so when I got ready to write a Christmas story, it was only natural it would take place on a reindeer farm in AlaskaTo write the story, I had to learn all about reindeer, both real and fictional. That involved, among other things, a visit to a reindeer farm in Palmer, Alaska. Here I am, deep in research.

Ryan, the boy in the story, visits the reindeer farm where he feeds the goats, pigs, and rabbits, visits the chickens, and finally gets to lead around a real reindeer. Afterward he gets hot chocolate and a peanut butter reindeer sandwich like this one.


This didn't make the story, but I can picture Ryan and Marissa collaborating to make a few of these adorable reindeer ornaments for the tree on the farm.

To celebrate the upcoming launch of A Gift for Santa, there's a book tour going on all week, and the theme is – you guessed it – reindeer. You'll find reviews, excerpts, posts, interviews, and a great giveaway. Check it out here!

Are you a reindeer fan?

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