Last Day to get Fire of the Sea for only $2.99!

It's almost 2015! Which means today is the last day to grab Fire of the Sea for only $2.99. Watch the trailer one more time, and then grab the magic for yourself!



Fire of the Sea is on SALE!

If you haven't picked up a copy of Fire of the Sea, this is a great time to do it! Right now, the eBook is on SALE for $2.99 for a limited time (marked down from $4.99). If you like modern-day mermaids, swoon-worthy viking descendants, shapeshifters, legends, mythology, and love stories, all set to the backdrop of enchanting Iceland, this book is the one for you! Click HERE to purchase Fire of the Sea on Amazon.

Fire of the Sea

Sharp, sleek, and golden. Like the dagger she has worn since childhood, eighteen-year-old Aeva is all three of these things. But there is something else that this mermaid and her prized weapon share — they are both hunted.

Hidden within the caves off Iceland’s dark shore, Aeva waits to take her place as the next ruler of the Mermaids. But when Aeva uses her potent and alluring song to save a drowning human, she disrupts a delicate balance. Realizing she has unexpectedly bound herself to Gunnar, Aeva is torn between duty and love. 

Aeva severs one life to begin another, and soon finds herself not only rejected by the sea, but also stalked by an old enemy. As the worlds of myth and man intertwine, Aeva will challenge fate to protect her own sacred relic and the man she loves. 

But legend and lies cast an intricate net. With time and safety quickly unraveling for Aeva and Gunnar, there is only one clear course: Find and defeat Delphine before she can shift again. 

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Reading the Classics: A guest post with Grace Snarr

When I am not writing, I am often designing (in between mothering). I had the pleasure of designing a lovely blog called The Whitewash Chronicles by Grace Snarr. I loved her series on reading the classics, and asked if I could re-post some of her thoughts. She agreed! Enjoy:

The Classics

These are the days where a book is permanently glued to my hands, and not to mention my eyes. In this second edition to the Classics series, I'm going to show you the steps of how to truly read a classic! Let's get thinking!

A very wise man once said "you haven't had a true education until you've read a thousand books". WOWZA! What a statement, huh?! Imagine how amazing the world would be if we read one thousand classics! If you truly want that wonderful education for you, and your family, you can start by reading! Here's some pointers to start....

1) Have a purpose and a question.
Why did you pick to read this book? When we set a goal, our goal is to accomplish it, right? It's the same with books! We need to always have a purpose and a mindset of learning to fully immerse ourselves in a book.

2) Take Notes!
Like I always say.. "a book should be your workbook". NEVER read a book without taking notes or simply jotting down your thoughts. Writing is the faucet that turns thoughts ON!

3) Make connections to other Classics
How does Tom Sawyer connect to The Hunger Games? Or As A Man Thinketh to the Bible? When we make connections, we form a sort of nice relationship that can open our eyes to different ideas. Truth is found everywhere, so definitely look and compare it in different books.

4) Ask Questions
Why did the author say it this way? How can this apply to my life? When does the character change? 
Question will always bring about answers. If you feel a craving to learn, ask! It is amazing the perspective we bring when we just ask.

5) Discuss what you’ve read
Does your spouse, mom, or sibling like to read? What about your best friend? Find someone who shares this interest, or is even new to reading like crazy, and discuss! Share what YOU thought was important, and listen to their thoughts, as well. You never know, someone might have taken one sentence completely different than you had. It's all about perspective! 

I hope you have enjoyed this little segment of this series! If you crave a renewed imagination... Read! If you seek deep truths... Read! Leave comments below on what YOUR favorite book is, and many others you wish to read! 

Have a fabulous fall... And as always,

Thanks so much for joining us, Gracie! We look forward to more in your series.


SIBO update

I'll keep this short and sweet. I am breastfeeding my baby, so I am still not taking any antibiotics. Hormone fluctuations have caused some minor relapses that I have been treating with Motilium (Domperidone) and Iberogast. I have a new gastroenterologist, Richard Craig at the Red Stone Clinic in Park City, UT. He's fantastic. For now he has me treating motility with Motilium as needed. We have more options when I am ready to see him again.

I am also seeing Ron Dummar, at Community Health and Wellness, in Heber City, UT. He is also fantastic. He does some acupuncture, and has prescribed Chinese herbs that are safe while breastfeeding called "GI Calm." I take them in the morning. He has me introducing L Glutamine, probiotics, and Black Walnut (are you ready for this??) via enema. That's right. But just gentle enemas, no more than 2 cups of liquid 3 times a week. Then he will start methylation treatments to reset my "biome" and hopefully lessen my food triggers.

I like this two-prong approach. I feel like it is the most holistic thing I can be doing for myself right now. It's super hard to take care of myself when I am also mothering three children and losing sleep with a baby (who is undeniably amazing, but we are all still tired). So I wish I could be doing more, like regular yoga and relaxation or meditation. I did this in preparation for natural childbirth, and I feel like it had a wonderful positive effect. (For more info on my birth story, click HERE). Email me if you have any health questions!

Here's to better health,


The origins of fairytales

I have a lot to get done today. A LOT. But it was all thwarted in the kindergarten pick up line when our local Radio West broadcast came on. It was an interview with Maria Tatar, the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures. She chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, where she teaches courses in German Studies, Folklore, and Children’s Literature. Today she was talking about folklore and fairy tales. But it wasn't the regular insight into the Brothers Grimm. This interview was completely RIVETING. She went on and on about the history of oral storytelling, the evolution of the original folkloric versions of these "fairytales," and how they have come to be the "sanitized" versions we tell our children and watch in theaters. (Did you know that the original Rapunzel was impregnated by the prince who repeatedly visited her tower? Scandalous!)

I was captivated by the topic of fairy tales, folklore, and legends. I, too, am fascinated by the origin and evolution of legends, passed down orally and then manifested through the written word. For those of you who have read Fire of the Sea, you know that it is an Icelandic retelling of classic mermaid tales, with shades of The Little Mermaid, Icelandic Sagas, Scandinavian folklore, as well as the Greek myths of Proteus. I am so interested in oral story-telling, that I just had to include it in my novel in the form of Afi (Gunnar's grandfather) recounting Viking legends around a modern-day fire. 

As research for my next novel, Into the Fade (parallel dystopian with themes from Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and the Willies/Villas/Will o'theWisps of the woods), I recently finished reading The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance by Elizabeth Wayland Barber, in which the author explores the roots of fairytales, and highlights their not-so-child-friendly beginnings. (Let's just say I'll never look at fringed shawls the same way again...) It was completely engrossing. So you can imagine my delight when this morning's interview picked right up on these ideas that have been rumbling around in my head as they form into something new to add to the world "stew" of existing folklore. It was such an enjoyable and insightful look into the world of legends and fairytales on an otherwise uneventful fall morning. Find the full interview on Radio West's website: http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/fairy-tale-world-brothers-grimm

As a quirky side note, as I was listening to the interview, nodding along emphatically, and I didn’t want to get out of the car even after I was parked in my garage. I sat in there for thirty minutes as my 5-year-old daughter began to get antsy. She finally leapt out of the car, grabbed a broom and started sweeping the garage floor. “Look, Mama! I’m Cinderella!”

It was very fitting.