Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Finding Joy in the Journey: WISH by Leanna Sain

Finding Joy in the Journey: WISH by Leanna Sain: I've just finished reading WISH by Leanna Sain.  It was delightful with hints of Nancy Drew and Dickens all rolled up into one. I co...

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Smile of a Child

It's that time of year again and my family and I have just stuffed a shoe box and sent it to Operation Christmas Child. 

There is nothing quite like seeing the smile of a child when they open up a Christmas gift.

The shoe boxes are sent all over the world spreading the spirit of love and Christmas.

If you haven't already given a gift to someone who might not otherwise enjoy one for Christmas, then I hope you might consider it.

Hope you're all enjoying this joyous season of giving and hope!  ;)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Harvest Moon ~ a poem

The Harvest Moon
The Harvest moon shines bright
Hung in a black canvas sky
Adorned with stars strewn about
A pleasing portrait to the eye
It beams over mountains and valleys
Shines upon orchards and fields
It beams upon rooftops of houses
And peeks through window seals
It casts it's light upon flowing streams
Wild rivers or a raging Ocean
 Upon seeming bottomless lakes
And shallow ponds with no motion
My favorite thing about the Harvest moon
It unveils the darkest night
When it paints everything neon-blue
For me it's a wondrous sight

-Sheri L. Swift

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Some of you are asking when my latest book in the series will be coming out; I had planned to publish this fall.

One of my favorite sayings is:  If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.

I had several obstacles thrown in my path to publication this past year and I wasn't able to keep up with my writing schedule.

I'm now hoping to publish this next summer 2015.  I'll be taking pre-orders prior to publication so you'll know when.

I've been enjoying spending time with the Prentis Family again as they travel together for one last trip to the South Pacific on the Bonnie Rose.

Micah and his extended family travel together with them on the Island Traveler.

This next books main focus is on Lizzy whose now 22 years old and recently graduated from college with a Masters in Elementary Education. 

The story also continues with Jedediah, Seturus and their son Jireh whose now four years old.

King Titus has enjoyed some five years of peace within his Mer Kingdom.  He and Queen Lana's son Prince Titan is now seven winters old.

The Mer family is alive and well with a few new characters added; some nice and some not so nice.

There's more adventure and fun to be had in this latest installment.

I guess I better get back to writing!  ;)

Monday, August 11, 2014


Although we weren't able to visit Ocracoke Island this vacation, Sweetheart represented!  Lol!

This was actually Claytor Lake where we took a day to enjoy sand, sun, water and fun.

I decided to stop fighting it and enjoyed the two weeks of vacation Sweetheart and I had together, which also included time to celebrate his birthday.

We even made an overnight trip to visit one of our daughters.

Summer was hot and muggy as usual.  It seems the rain came ending our outdoor fun just as the vacation was over.

Our local parks and lakes shut down after Labor Day, but the water becomes too cold to enjoy after that anyway.

Fall comes early here in the Blue Ridge Mountains and I am looking forward to it!  ;)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WISH by Leanna Sain

I've just finished reading WISH by Leanna Sain.  It was delightful with hints of Nancy Drew and Dickens all rolled up into one.

I could definitely see this on the Hallmark Channel one day as one of their Christmas movies.

I've always been a fan of Christmas in July; my children and I would turn our home into Christmas for at least one week during their summer break.  This book didn't disappoint in that regard.

It starts off with a seventeen year old girl Maddie McGuire who has been grieving the loss of her parents only to find out both of their deaths may not have been an accident.

Things happen when days before Christmas she makes a wish.  What follows is a week-long wild ride filled with dangerous twists and turns.

In the end will she face the same fate as her parents?

Leanna Sain lives in the mountains of North Carolina.  When she's not writing, she keeps busy as a free-lance portrait artist, co-owner of a retail store, and organic gardener.

Hope you add it to your reading list.  ;)

Monday, June 30, 2014

4th of July Memories ~ A poem

4th of July Memories
Rising before the sun
To watch the home-town parade
Soda pop for everyone
Looking for the shade
 Firing up the grill
Churning the ice cream
Squirt gun fights
Cheering on your team
Neighbors joining in
To taste the bounty laid
Sampling all the dishes
And scrumptious desserts made
Excitement building within
As we watch the setting sun
Blankets laid on the ground
There's room for everyone
The sound of cannons
Now fill the night sky
Sprays of light rocket
Exploding so high
Fireworks from small ones
To the largest ever seen
An array of colors
Red, blue, gold and green
The smiles on the little ones
Is such a beautiful sight
But even older ones
Enjoy this special night
We remember our history
And those who paid dearly
Who fought for freedom
Because freedom isn't free
The skies are silent now
The only light comes from the Moon
Children are put to bed
This night is gone too soon