Saturday, March 6, 2021

MARCHing Into Spring!

Although I do enjoy all the seasons, my two favorites are Fall and Spring. Now that we're into the month of March, that means SPRING is on the way! After looking out at the bare tree branches in my yard, it's always nice when new growth begins to appear. Usually it's not too long before our trees are covered with buds, blooms, and greenery - - a welcome sight after many dreary, Winter days!

I'm so thankful the Lord made four seasons for us to enjoy. It seems that just about the time folks are needing a lift after Winter, along comes Spring. Only God could create such perfectly-timed seasons that each hold their own unique beauty. 

I hope you'll enjoy the beauty in each day, and notice even the small changes that might appear on the trees and in the yards in your area. I have a feeling that God smiles when His children notice and appreciate His handiwork here on earth! 

     The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.  Psalm 19:1 


Thursday, December 31, 2020

A New Year, A Stronger Faith

 Everyone I know would likely agree that the year 2020 was an unusual, chaotic, stress-filled year, filled with much heartache, sickness, and loss. Yes, the year certainly was filled with those negative traits - - but there were some positives too. Sometimes you just have to look for the hidden blessings. 

For me personally, the most wonderful event of 2020 was the birth of my second, precious, miracle grandbaby. A true blessing and gift from God! 💜  And I know others also had blessings that happened during this tumultous year. So it wasn't totally a bad year. 

My hope for all of us who experienced a heartbreaking loss this year (mine was losing a family member to Covid) is that maybe---just maybe---our faith and trust in God has grown stronger. After all, I've heard it said many times that the more trials a person endures, the stronger they can become. 

As we enter a brand-new, hopefully better new year, may we all look to the Lord for guidance and strength, and may we have a stronger faith, no matter what this coming year holds for us. 

Happy New Year, my friends! May you follow the Lord and be blessed each day of 2021. 

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.

                                                                                                             Nahum  1:7  


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Author Laurie Wood

 I am thrilled to feature Author Laurie Wood on CatMom's Corner today. Laurie is a sweet friend and very talented author who lives in Canada---in polar bear country!  Her stories are amazing, and yes--they feature polar bears. Her newest book is Northern Protector, and I'm eager to read this one. Be sure and look for Laurie's books, and you can visit her website, and find her on Facebook and Twitter.  AND, because I'm so excited about Laurie's newest book, I'll gift one commenter with a Kindle copy! Just leave a comment on my blog, and mention you're interested in winning a copy for your Kindle.  Happy reading! 



 
NORTHERN PROTECTOR Blurb:

Constable Ben Koper is still healing from the polar bear attack that almost killed him. Nine months after it happened, he returns to Churchill, Manitoba, a changed man—scarred more than just physically. PTSD is his new shadow, haunting his every step, and he can’t seem to kick the pain meds he shouldn’t need anymore. He’s determined to prove, to himself and his colleagues, that he’s still up to his job. Failure isn’t an option.

ER nurse Joy Gallagher spent the entire last winter texting with a healing Constable Koper. What started as friendly concern from this single mother has grown into full-fledged romantic feelings, and she’s eager to level up their friendship and introduce him to the idyllic comfort of small-town life. Until a teenager is murdered at a summer party. The crime is strikingly similar to the cold case murder of Joy’s foster sister, stirring old trauma Joy has never fully dealt with.

When another victim is snatched in town, Ben and Joy must confront their own demons, and join forces to track down an elusive killer. The race to rescue the next victim before it’s too late will test Ben and Joy to their limits. Can they survive their encounter with this heinous killer, or will the past destroy them.?

Buy Links:

Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/3femV6Y

Amazon.ca:    https://amzn.to/2KfyoYq

Anaiah Press: https://bit.ly/3pGPrD6 (Print copies)

Bio & Social Media Links:

Laurie Wood lives in Central Canada and writes inspirational romantic suspense with an edge of danger. She’s also a military wife who’s raised two wonderful special needs children to adulthood. They’ve lived all over Canada and are still on that journey. When she’s not writing she can be found at her spinning wheel, knitting, or hanging out with her dogs in the garden. She loves to hear from readers and always replies so feel free to get in touch with her.

Please visit her at https://www.lauriewoodauthor.com

Facebook:             https://www.facebook.com/lauriewoodauthor

Twitter:                 https://twitter.com/LaurieJeanWood

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thankful Even in the Rough Times

 Like so many others, I've been affected by many sad events during this year. Especially the death of a precious family member and three dear friends, not to mention the pandemic raging around us and the constant strife and turmoil that fills daily news reports. Not the happiest of times.

But even in this rough, heartbreaking year, there are blessings. Many blessings. So I will choose to be thankful---not just as I prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, but each and every day. Small blessings, such as having a warm home to live in, food in my kitchen, and countless other items that are often taken for granted. And then in April of this year, my most precious blessing arrived into the world: my second miracle grandbaby. Such a sweet gift from God! 💜

So as I continue mourning the loss of a loved one and missing sweet friends who've gone to Heaven, I will still be thankful for all the wonderful blessings in my life---so many that I couldn't count them all even if I tried. Having a thankful spirit is my choice---even in the rough times. 

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.   Psalm 92:1 




Monday, September 28, 2020

For the Love of Llamas

 My 5th novel released last week, and I am thrilled!   For the Love of Llamas is a contemporary romance set in Georgia, and features Claire, who learns she's inherited farmland in middle Georgia. She must decide if she should move from her upscale north Atlanta town of Fernwood to Peach Grove, a tiny, rural community two hours away.

The story also features Dexter, a wealthy realtor who is expected to take over his father's company in Fernwood upon his father's retirement. After Dexter attempts unsuccessfully to purchase Claire's land, he's still drawn


to the rural community of Peach Grove, which puzzles him--he's a city-dweller, not a country boy! 

When Dexter and Claire encounter each other repeatedly, an attraction develops and they soon begin dating. Yet Claire will be moving soon, so how could their relationship continue? Can she trust Dexter with her heart?

With trust and faith--and help from some adorable llamas--this story has a happy ending that I hope leaves my readers with a smile. 💚 

(My books are available on Amazon at Patti Jo Moore) 😍


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September Smiles

My family's "Birthday Month" has arrived! 😊 As I turned my calendar to the month of September this morning, I had to smile. So many sweet memories come with this month, for me personally. The birth of my first and third children, my late mother's birthday, and yes---my own special day. Of course, I try to ignore my birthday, but my family and friends will not let me! 😄 

The season of Fall arrives this month, too - - and Fall is my very favorite. So many reasons to smile in September, but yet there are always reasons to smile. Sometimes we just have to look for them, but they're plentiful. Although 2020 has been a very rough year in so many ways (for all of us), I am choosing to focus on the positive - - the blessings in each day - - whether a birthday is being celebrated or not! There are always reasons to smile. 💜    

                     A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.   Proverbs 17:22  


Sunday, July 19, 2020

CatMom Chats With Author J. Carol Nemeth

I am thrilled to chat with talented Author J. Carol Nemeth today! 😊 She's written lots of wonderful books that are available on Amazon, and she's also a very sweet lady. I recently finished reading MOUNTAIN OF PERIL and loved it! 

Welcome, Carol!  How long have you been writing?
CAROL:  Patti Jo, I started writing when I was in junior high school, but not seriously until after my son was born. Then I wrote an historical romantic suspense novel about the time my daughter was born in 1990. We were living in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England at the time. It took over 26 years and a lot of rejections and revisions before Winged Publications took a chance on me and published it in 2016. The title of that book is YORKSHIRE LASS. It's a stand-alone novel that takes place at the end of WWI England.

Where do you usually write?
CAROL:  I have a craft room in my house that also houses my writing space.

Do you have a regular writing schedule, or do you grab writing time whenever you can?
CAROL:  I try to take time each weekday to get in my writing, but it doesn't always happen. When it does, I start in the morning about 9 am and work until late afternoon when I stop to fix supper. Some days when I have errands to run (I try to save all my errands for one day) I don't get in as much writing. I grab the time I can get. 

When you're not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
CAROL:  I enjoy crocheting, coloring adult color books, sewing, machine embroidery and quilting as well as reading. However, I don't get to do many of these since I was published.

Do you have any pets?
CAROL:  Yes, we have a black lab named Holly. She's 10 years old and when we had two German Shepherds, she was happy to be low girl on the totem pole. She was just happy to be with her buddies. Now that they have passed, she's alpha dog. By default, of course, but she doesn't care. She just loves being top girl now. 

Anything special you'd like readers to know about you? 😊 
CAROL:  My husband and I love to go RVing, as does Holly. I enjoy doing research for my books and we combine the two occasionally when I'm ready to do research. We went to Cape Hatteras a few years ago to research for two books, A BEACON OF LOVE, prequel to OCEAN OF FEAR, FAITH IN THE PARKS, Book 3 and then for OCEAN OF FEAR too. It was the year hurricane Maria hit the coast of NC. We had just come from the NC mountains and had only vaguely heard about the hurricane. We had to sit an hour inland for four days while Maria struck the NC coast. When we finally got the all clear to head to the campground near Hatteras, we found huge road equipment putting the sand dunes back where they belonged before Maria relocated them onto the roads. We hit the ground running to do research. Much of our research time had been used up waiting inland. But God blessed with meeting

the right people in the right places to send us to other right people to other right places. I came away with more information than I could use. He's good like that. 💜 

CATMOM:  I agree, Carol. He's so GOOD!  Thank you so much for chatting with me, and I encourage readers to look for Carol's books!