Saturday, July 4, 2015

Inspiration for The Watchers

There are terrifying things in the world.
Perhaps there is truth behind the tales of the monster in the closet and under the bed. They are the creatures in the dark places that wait for us to let down our guard.

Stories and parallels have been used since the beginning of time to teach children and adults how to fight what they can’t always see, or worse, the big bad wolves who pretend to be grandma.

The Watchers is another tale of good vs. evil, with mythology based on supernatural beings from the Apocrypha.

Although it is a fantasy similar to the types of fantasies you would enjoy in a Tolkien or C.S. Lewis tale, The Watchers takes places in this world and weaves through historical events while remaining relatable for the modern reader.

The Watchers, like everyone on this planet, have been given gifts and unique talents to battle darkness. We must develop these gifts and not be afraid to do hard things.

We are all in a battle and facing something that is testing us. The monsters are real. They may not hide in our closets or under the bed, but we will face them in whatever form they come in.

The Watchers novels provide strong and virtuous role models who must prepare constantly to not only survive whatever life throws at them, but fight for their dreams.


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Lake Yale - Mt St. Helens

We took a trip to Washington today and visited a lake in the shadow of Mt. St Helens.

Look above the treeline. That is the volcano, Mt. St. Helens!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Family Update

Leif and Avalon

Another cool bonus to living in the country. EGGS from the farm.

She has her war face on.

Tristan in my chair

Kal'el with his kitty.

Our blueberries have been awesome this year!!!!

At a friend's farm to play with animals and make swords.

Kal'el and his buddy ran off and are climbing trees and playing with the dogs.
Avalon is playing with the sheep and chickens.

Avalon petting a baby chick. 

Making swords! Like, a ton of them!

Leif in a kilt doing the dishes. 
I am so spoiled! 

How to Battle the Darkness

We need to remember we are warriors. Let’s not forget our identity or feed the enemy darkness with our own doubt.

We have all been given spiritual gifts and unique talents to help us battle darkness. We must develop these gifts. Do not be afraid to do hard things. Those trials, and sad, and scary things that happen to everyone is a challenge or test.

We are going to be tested many times. This is how we get stronger.

Do what makes you strong whether that be prayer, reading scripture, collecting shells on the beach, serving others, etc. By doing what makes you strong on a daily basis, fighting darkness will become instinctual.

Never let your guard down. Never give up. Stay on your feet or on your knees.
Respect your body. Eat healthy, exercise, go to bed early and wake up early so you have time for yourself. Dress modest and respectful. Use noble language free of vulgarity and crudeness. Have good posture. Be transparent and always truthful. It terrifies the workers of darkness and creators of confusion if you are always truthful and honest in word and action.

Develop a sure identity. Make a list of the types of qualities you would like to have as a hero, and then develop those qualities until you can become that hero.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Snow Roses by Taryn Tyler

After her father's death Snow shuts herself away in her grief cluttered chambers but she is plagued by more than painful memories. She will never be safe unless she forgets how her father really died. At last she escapes into the woods with nothing but a small knife. 

Rose leaves the sleeping village she grew up in for the first time in search of her missing grandmother. Alone in the woods at night she finds ghosts, a rabid wolf, her grandmother's mangled corpse, and Snow. 

Snow and Rose thrive together in the wood but hiding will not keep them safe forever. It will take something stronger than walls to conquer the dangers that haunt them.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday to Lady Avalon!!!!!

New Shoes!!!

Avalon picked out the cake and frosting.

First taste

Avalon has her faithful kitty by her side.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Roses Are Red, by J.B. Kantt


After her foster mother’s unexplained death six months ago, fourteen-year-old Isla Timearth just wants things to go back to normal for her and her twin brother, Monty. But “normal” can only go so far for a closed-off girl with abandonment issues and an anxious boy that gets frequent nosebleeds. Still, the troubled redheads give it a shot by returning to the summer camp they’ve been going to for years.

Aside from her crush showing up unexpectedly, the summer starts out as Isla expected: she participates in multiple activities with her friends, while her brother shies away from doing anything with anyone. But camp traditions get rained on when their biological mother shows up unannounced and, as far as Isla’s concerned, unwelcome.

Knowing that Mother Nature is the mother of all mood swings, Isla isn’t all that surprised to find out that her temperamental biological mother is the terrestrial goddess. What does surprise her is that Monty, the favorite twin, already knew but never told her. Despite being annoyed that such a huge secret was kept from her, Isla has always questioned the loyalty of her own flesh and blood. But once more family secrets start to unravel around her fellow campers, Isla finds out whether blood really is thicker than water.


"Look, just act normal for once," I said as Monty stood up. "Please."
"Normal? Normal? Earth to Isla: you and I are not normal. Me having anxiety issues is not normal, you having abandonment issues is not normal, us losing our foster mom just weeks before she was supposed to adopt us is not normal. We're not normal, Isla."
"I know we're not normal, Monty," I said. "That's why I said act normal, not be normal."
"And by 'act normal' you mean what? Act happy, act sad, act calm, cool, and collected?" he said. "I'm tired of acting. I've been acting since the day Cien was murdered."
"Let's get one thing straight, Monty," I said. "We don't know if Cien was murdered. For all we know she was struck by lightning or something."
"She was murdered, Isla. I know she was."
"I know you've convinced yourself of that, but the fact is her cause of death was undetermined." Monty and I had had this argument time and time again. I knew he was mad about Cien's death, and I knew he was even madder that I seemed to be so open-minded about the cause of it. "So don't just jump to conclusions."
"I can jump to whatever conclusions I want, Isla. Don't tell me how to feel about Cien's death."


"That doesn't answer my question," I said. "But don't worry. I used to care, but I got over it." I'd grown sick of Mona playing favorites between Monty and me, and it was amazing how much better I felt once I stopped trying to compete for her time.
"It's not as straightforward as you think, Violetta."
"Oh I'd say it's pretty straightforward, Mona."
"Well maybe you'll change your mind after you see this," Mona said as she pressed together her middle finger and green-tinted thumb. As soon as she snapped those two fingers, the downpour stopped cold turkey. "You see? I'm not just your birth mother, Violetta, I'm Mother Earth as well. And there's nothing straightforward about being a child of Mother Earth." Well, that explained why Mona told us when we were younger that she didn't have a stable home or income that would support us full time. Not that it really made a difference anyway; the fact that Mona chose the weather over her biological children was inexcusable in my book. "Isn't that right, Montrose?"
"Wait, you knew about this?" I asked my brother.
"I thought we weren't gonna tell her," Monty said to Mona. He looked just as shocked as I was, but obviously not for the same reason.

About the Author

The first story J.B. Kantt ever wrote was for a creative writing class application during her college days. Little did she know that a step towards fulfilling her undergraduate language arts requirement would also be a step towards fulfilling a passion for writing she never knew she had. Now, despite her dreams of becoming a developmental pediatrician, not a day goes by that J.B. doesn’t think about becoming an author as well. When she’s not hitting the books, she’s working on her next book (in between volunteering and practicing taekwondo). Her debut novel, Roses Are Red, is the first of the Blood, Sweat, and Tears Series. J.B. hopes that her journey to publication helps other writers realize that through hard work and dedication, anything is possible, no matter how old you are or how long you’ve been writing.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Product Review Natural Reader

Now you have no more excuses that there is no time to read.

My publicist, Laura Wakins, suggested this program to me and I totally love it.
Natural reader is a FREE text reader. Meaning if I buy an ebook I can pop it into the program and it reads the book to me.

I just finished editing book #3 of The Watchers while having Natural Reader read my manuscript to me. It’s a super great way to find oversight misspellings like through and though  or barely and barley that spell-check misses.
I can also hear where the commas need to go.

The trial program is free. There will be an occasional interruption advertising the upgraded version with more voice varieties that can read to you.
 The full version is worth the price if you decide to buy it.

No more excuses that there is no time to read. You can just pop a book into the reader while doing dishes or laundry and have a book read to you.

Now that this whole new world of book possibilities is open to you, I suggest listening to The Watchers Series.

You can even convert it into a MP3 and listen to it on your phone or Ipod.

Here is a link to the program:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Product Review Dragonfly Soap

I bought this soap at a farmers market from the maker herself, Katherine.
She was so sweet and didn’t think I looked old enough to have kiddos. After showing her pictures of my babies, I got a Mother’s Day discount.

We got three bars.
One was a patchouli, oatmeal and goats milk bar. I’ve been using this as a facial bar and totally love it.

We also got a lilac bar. I love the way it scents my whole bathroom when I shower.

The third one we got was called Hippie Chick. This one smells so juicy.

I’m always skeptical of the quality new stuff like this, especially homemade.

The soap doesn’t dry out at all. Even after lots of use it looks crystal clear without the pealing edges.

Even though this soap is less expensive or comparable to the soaps you would get at a Bath and Body Works, these soaps last forever!

The lather on them is amazing, just like using a liquid soap.
My skin feels very clean afterwards with a light, natural scent.

The soaps themselves are a work of art. I can only imagine how amazing Katherine’s house smells after making soap all day.

My husband loves these too.

Here are a few pictures I found on her Facebook page:

Here is another of her websites to check out: