PRINCESS OF THE LIGHT: Book Trailer, Cover and Blurb


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Miriam Miller likes the simple things in life: a good book, close friends, and a healthy relationship with God. But, destiny comes calling, and her neat, little life turns upside down.

Ethanial, an angel of God, has been sent to reveal Miriam’s true calling -– she is the Princess of the Light, the woman chosen by God Himself to vanquish the demons intent on infusing the world with evil. And her first assignment: restore the soul of a homeless man known only as the Walking Man.

Enter Joe Deacons, a man intent on stealing her heart. But as Miriam embarks on her journey to save the Walking Man and fulfill her calling, it becomes clear that Joe isn’t what he appears to be. Miriam must decide: Is she willing to risk her soul to save those she loves?

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The Secret to Being Young Forever…


I saw this on the morning news and I loved it!!!  This man is clearly enjoying his life and knows the secret to being young forever!!!

Dancing and being happy turns back the clock faster than any medication or creams.

When was the last time you felt this free?  Yesterday? Last week? Last month?

I say it’s time to throw down the canes of life and just dance!!!

Let your Light shine and boogie! :-)

Have an inspiring day!!!

MRS N, Dancing Woman :-)

*** RUNAWAY Blog Tour: Author Interview with Renee Donne***

Today it is my pleasure to welcome to my blog fellow Anaiah Press romance author, Renee Donne.  I sat down with Renee for an informal interview.  Take it away, Renee!

1- Please introduce yourself.

Hello everyone and Mrs. N. I am Renee Donne, author of Runaway, a historical Christian romance.

2- Why did you write Runaway?

I wanted to write something light and fun, but still with a little excitement and danger. I have always had a fondness for historical romance. I had an idea of how my heroine should be, and what kind of hero she would need.

3- Your book sounds so exciting! Was it difficult to write in that time period?  Did you have to do research?

It wasn’t too difficult; it is one of my favorite time periods for historical romance, so I am familiar with it. Yes, I did a bit of research. I wanted to make sure the cities and towns along the railroad and stagecoach line for Marianne’s flight west were actual places in that era, and also that the indian raids occurred in that same timeframe and general area.

4- How long did it take you to write Runaway?

It actually took longer than it should have, because I kept putting it down to work on other things, coming back to it a couple of time.

5- How did you discover Anaiah Press and aren’t they the best?

I have known about Anaiah as a Christian publisher and was excited for the opportunity to work with Kara as my editor.

6- Talk about your writing process.  Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you have any writing habits you’d like to share?

I am a plotter. I tend to be very organized, and as a I get an idea for a story, I write it down as I think it through. I put together an outline of the basic scenes and add to it as I write.

7- What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Just that, if this is truly your passion, don’t get discouraged. Keep writing.

8- Besides writing, what else are you passionate about?

Besides writing? Well, I like to cook and entertain, trying out new recipes on my guests. But, that would be more like a hobby. I love to be outside, walking on the beach, riding my bike with friends on the trail, or just sitting on the veranda. A lot of my story ideas are formed on long walks along the shore.

Thank you for your time, Renee.  Have a lovely day!

Thank you for inviting me to join you today, Mrs. N.


Runaway by Renee Donne
Imprint: Romance
Release Date: July 29, 2014


After Marianne discovers her bankrupt stepfather sold her into marriage to the highest bidder, she flees Philadelphia and heads west to start a new life.

Unfortunately for her danger follows.  First, a stage coach accident leaves her stranded in the middle of nowhere – with an injured driver. And henchmen, hired by her spurned would-be husband, are hot on her trail, threatening to return her to Philadelphia and the man who is determined to own her.

Just when things seem hopeless, Marianne is rescued by a handsome, cowboy who offers temporary refuge.  Knowing she can’t refuse, yet wary of his intentions, Marianne finds herself drawn to this quiet, enigmatic hero. But is he someone she can trust?

Author Bio:

Renee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head she’s a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she’s a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.
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You May Not Write Well Every Day…

Write every day


Do you write every day?  I’m not talking about perfect edited writing but plain old write-whatever-comes-into-your-brain writing.  When I ask writers if they write every day, there are usually two groups they fall into.  They either write every day or they don’t.

Read the above quote by author Jodi Picoult.  Did you nod your head in agreement?  I sure did.

As writers, we have to get into the habit of writing every day.  I know, you lead a busy life.  Heck, we all do.  I am throwing down and challenging every writer out there to stop using that as an excuse.  I mean, every single human being is busy and has many responsibilities.

Read the quote  above again.

“You may not write well every day but you can always edit a bad page.  You can’t edit a blank page.”

As some of you know, I am reading The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron.  Last night, I read a passage about creating every day.  In it she talks about how necessary it is to write every day.  She equates it to being as necessary as when women used to brush their hair 100 times every night.

Back in the 1800′s (and even centuries before), a woman’s treasure was her hair.  There weren’t hairdressers back then.  A woman took care of her hair and every night as her hair was drying, she would brush her hair 100 times.  Imagine that for a minute.  100 brush strokes each and every night.  That takes dedication, time and energy.  The result is beautiful, shiny hair.

The same can be said of writing every day.   It takes time, dedication and energy but the end result is beautiful.

I encourage all artists to create each and every day.  It will be worth the effort and you will be surprised by how much you will crave that time creating. :-)

Until next time,

MRS N, Dedicated Writer :-)

Success: The Ability to Learn From Failure

failure Henry Ford

Say the word failure to a group of people and watch their expressions.  Most will cringe, some will say that everyone fails and one will smile.

Failure is not something that we, as human beings, are proud of.  In fact, we hate the word.  We wish there was no such thing as failure.

But without failure, there is no growth.  Without growth, we cannot have wisdom.  Without wisdom, we cannot be successful.

See where I’m going with this?

As a writer, I have had to deal with a lot of failure.  It’s the nature of the business.  You try something and fail.  No one bites and you go back to the drawing board, so to speak, to try again.  Princess of the Light started out at over 145,000 words.  It got edited, edited and edited some more.  Certain characters, words and scenes were cut away.  The end result is something truly beautiful.

Did it hurt that my first attempt was a failure?  Sure!  It hurt to kill off my darlings, so to speak.  But with each one, I grew wiser as a person as well as a writer.  I learned that less is more and that was a hard lesson for me to learn.  But I am wiser and am on my way to success.

Are you dealing with something and are afraid of failure?

Instead of being afraid, flip your perspective and think of it as an opportunity to grow in order to gain wisdom.  You’ll be amazed by how less failure hurts when you have this new perspective.  Life is filled with challenges and with each failure, you are one step closer to success!

Be brave!

MRS N, the Writer

*** WINTER IN THE SOUL Blog Tour: Interview with Jennifer Novotney***


Today it is my stop on the Winter in the Soul‘s blog tour and I am thrilled to welcome my fellow Anaiah Press author, Jennifer Novotney.  I asked her to take a few moments and talk to us about writing Young Adult.  Take it away, Jennifer!


Writing Young Adult Fiction

I’ve loved young adult fiction for as long as I can remember. When I was young, I devoured books. I read as much as I possibly could, mostly in the young adult genre. I think it was only natural that I ended up writing for young adults. I am also a teacher, so I am around this age group all day. For some writers, this would send them in the other direction to want to write more adult content, but not for me. I love this age range and have always wanted to write stories aimed at a young adult audience. I love the forthright narrators and real life, epic issues facing characters in young adult fiction.

Why Young Adult?

I think it wasn’t so much that I chose to write a young adult book, but more that it was the type of story I wrote. I didn’t sit down and say, Okay, I’m going to write a young adult book. I just started writing what turned into Winter in the Soul. I wrote thirty pages the first day. I didn’t know what it was going to be yet, but when someone read it, the first thing he noticed was that it seemed like it was meant for young adults. It kind of surprised me, to be honest. I wasn’t thinking about an audience yet. I was just concentrating on telling the story I had in my mind the best way possible. I think it only fits that writers should write in the genre they read the most. I read young adult books the most and that’s what I tend to write.

Young Adult Story Ideas

Winter in the Soul is not a typical, contemporary story, so when I tell people about it, the first thing they ask me is: How did you come up with that idea? The truth is, this story was always in me. I didn’t have to plot it too much or think about the characters in great detail before I started writing. I already had a picture in my head of their world and their journey. That really made writing the first draft relatively easy. That’s what I do with all of my story ideas. I don’t like to write based on outside influence or what’s popular at the moment. I write the stories that come from my mind and the ones I want to tell.

Keeping it Real

I think that’s the secret with writing for young adults. Adolescents are incredibly perceptive. They can tell right away if someone or something is not truly genuine. If they think there is a hidden agenda or something doesn’t seem authentic to them, then they won’t buy it no matter what they are supposed to do. For me, that’s the fun of teaching this age group. You really need to be real with them or they end up resenting you. Winter in the Soul came organically from my imagination and for that reason, I know it will resonate with young adult readers (and adults too!).


Author Bio:



Jennifer Novotney was born in Burbank, California and lived in Los Angeles for most of her life until settling in North Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She attended California State University, earning a bachelors degree in journalism, and Northern Arizona University, earning a masters degree in English. After college, she spent several years writing and teaching, including at Pennsylvania State University.

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Thank you Blogging


I woke up this morning feeling groggy.  Yesterday was a big day for me as a writer and I think I needed an extra hour of sleep.  Anyway, I logged into my blog to discover I had reached a milestone!  I have over 500 blog followers!!  WHOO HOO!

When I started this little blog more than a year ago, I had ever imagined that I would have 500 followers.  So first, I wanted to thank you all for not only discovering my blog but staying. It’s not easy to keep followers when there are millions of blogs to choose from.  I am so grateful!

You are special to me and I truly love hearing from you.  I hope my blog posts inspire, encourage and uplift you.  I also hope my fellow writers and artists gain knowledge, insight and a few laughs from my blog posts on all things writing.

If I could, I would give you all a giant group hug.  Instead I will simply smile and say thank you!

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MRS N, Grateful Blogger <3

What the World Needs Now is More Encouragers!!!

Encourage others

Words have the power to hurt or to heal.  <— This is a true statement.

Question: Do your words hurt or help others?

I am a writer and I always strive to have my words heal.  I never want my words to hurt another.

Read the quote above and choose right now to be an encourager.

The world is chockerblock full of discouragers.  We need more kindness, more compassion, more Light, more encouragers!!!

Be an encourager and use your words to heal!!!

Spread the Light!!!

MRS N, Devoted Encourager