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Fall Into Reading Wrap-Up

This is my fourth Fall into Reading reading challenge here at Fresh-Brewed Writer, and my fourth wrap-up post. Overall I did not do as well as I'd hoped, but at the same time I also read more books on the side, which seems to be my MO.
Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander (for CFBA)While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin (for CFBA)Do You Know Who I Am? by Angela Thomas (for review) *skimmed*I Will Carry You by Angie Smith **oh my goodness, this is so sad and heartwrenching. I'm not sure I can finish it.** Update: I can't finish this one. Gave it away on Wives of Faith.Daddy's Delight by Dr. Karia Bunting (for Blog Tour Spot)Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern (finish) No.The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund (for CFBA)Havah by Tosca Lee (e-book) No.The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee BenderFly Away Home by Jennifer WeinerCertain Girls by Jennifer Weiner **started it, not loving it** Update: Did not finish. Not sure I will. Just not as g…

Christmas Blog Day 7

Hi and welcome to Pattie's milspouse blog.
Today's topic: How does your faith refresh at Christmastime?I've always felt like my faith gets a huge boost at Christmas. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday season, and I think that it brings a fresh awareness of Christ's presence during this holy time. It's like an energy shot for my spirit.To help refresh your faith, click here to go to today's WOF prompt post and read what others have written. I hope you've all had fun with the prompts for the blog carnival this year. I was pretty much the one "in charge" and while of course these prompts were approved by the president, I hope that they've been meaningful for you as they have been for me, both in the writing of the prompt and the reading of the responses.

Christmas Blog Day 6

Hi and welcome to Pattie's milspouse blog.
Today's topic: You might be a military spouse at Christmas if . . .
*you rejoice in the size of a TLF when on a mini-trip. (Seriously---our TLF at Laughlin is a duplex and bigger than our duplex at the seminary when we first got married.)

*you rejoice in being with your family and they are traveling to YOU instead of the other way around.
*you stress about wearing the same holiday clothing to multiple parties (this was me the past couple of years, because my chaplain husband was well loved and well known and gives a darn good invocation and leaves when the drinking gets going! ha!). This is not my problem this year, however. His group has one party, and I can't go.
*you get excited about military discounts (well, that's pretty much all the time, but with gift giving it's especially good this time of year).
*you feel guilty, just a little, because your husband is home and so many husbands and wives are not.
To read what the othe…

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr3-m5YpQpU
Summary:
Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?

In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?

Review:
This was a lovely book. Cora and Simon are a delightful couple once they become a couple …

Christmas Blog Day 4

Hi and welcome to Pattie's milspouse blog. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not in the running for any prizes, since I'm helping run this blog carnival--but I wanted to participate with my own entries too.
Today's topic is for each participant to write her own Grown-Up Christmas List, based in part on the Amy Grant song of that name.
My list:
For all to know the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.For my husband to be able to have a full Air Force career.To see my children and grandchildren grown, healthy, happy, and safe.For world peace--no wars, no rumors of wars. I know it's an impossibility, but it's my heart's desire.
Here's the Amy Grant video:

To read everyone else's lists, visit the comments here.

Christmas Blog Day 3

Hi and welcome to Pattie's milspouse blog. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not in the running for any prizes, since I'm helping run this blog carnival--but I wanted to participate with my own entries too.
Today's topic: The Worst Christmas Song Ever (but you must mention one redeeming quality of the song, too!)For decades I could not stand "The Little Drummer Boy." Really, some kid banging a drum near a baby's head? Even if the baby is Jesus, we know that Jesus was God made flesh. The part of Him that was fully human was an infant. Most babies cry when a drum is rat-a-tat-tatted near their little heads. Can't you hear Mary sigh, and see Joseph shake his head as he escorts the little drummer boy out of the stable? Me too.However, in recent years I've come to terms with this song. And now I'll give you the redeeming qualities, which are twofold:1. The boy went to see the Newborn King right away, in the first verse. No waiting around for the…

Christmas Blog Day 2

Hi and welcome to Pattie's milspouse blog. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not in the running for any prizes, since I'm helping run this blog carnival--but I wanted to participate with my own entries too.
"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
(Best opening line ever!)
Seriously, though: What's the one thing that makes Christmas for me?
It's tough nailing down that "one thing." I love Christmas music. I love spending time with my family. I enjoy Christmas programs, Christmas parties, and Advent. Christmas eve services. Singing special music with my friends.
But honestly? The "one thing" is Jesus Christ being our Emmanuel--our God with Us. Our Infant Savior. Just realizing the magnitude of God becoming man, celebrating that during Christmas, is what it's all about for me.

And just for fun, the One Thing clip (warning: a profanity):

To read everyone else's "one thing" post…

Gifts 3

Today I continue my list.3. My gorgeous, sweet, talented, wonderful daughters, M1 and M2. I love them with so much of my heart that it's unfathomable to me that I have heart enough left for everyone else.4. Grateful for Wives of Faith, a ministry to military wives. I'm so glad to be a small part of it.

Christmas Blog Day 1

Hi and welcome to Pattie's milspouse blog. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not in the running for any prizes, since I'm helping run this puppy--but I wanted to participate with my own entries too.
I wanted to share about my ornament. It's a plastic dove that has sparkles that are mostly worn off now, but it's MY ORNAMENT. The one I HAD to put on the tree when I was little, the one that if it's not on my tree now (and believe me when I tell you my entire family thinks it's ugly with a capital U), it's not Christmas yet. I think I got it when I was about 7 years old.
Here's a picture:

To read everyone else's decorative posts, click here and read the comments!

NaNoWriMo 2010

Emily of Deep Valley

Pattie's Maud Hart Lovelace Memories:
I discovered Betsy Ray and her besties--Tacy and Tib--after moving to Missouri in grade school. I found Heaven to Betsy in the library stacks and I was hooked! I started in the middle and had to work backwards, then forwards, to read Betsy's entire story. I used to have to request Maud Hart Lovelace's books from other library branches, because they were out of print and the entire St. Louis County library system had only one set among all the branches. So I'm thrilled to see them all in print again.

I had forgotten about Emily's story (another one I'd requested via interlibrary loan once upon a time in the 80s) until I received this book for review. I loved it all over again! The new introduction by Mitali Perkins adds perspective and insight into the book, now that I'm reading it again as an adult and mother of daughters.

Highly recommend all the Lovelace books, but for a stand-alone, this one is at the top.
This week, the

Gifts 2

Today I continue my list.2. I am grateful for my husband. He knows me, he loves me, he sticks beside me, he provides for our family, and I can NOT imagine my life without him.

Nightingale

Susan May Warren's latest novel is entitled Nightingale, and it is an enchanting World War II period novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. Like all of Susan May Warren's fiction, the spiritual element of the story is knitted artfully into the narrative, like a cable stitch in a sweater--it's there, it looks different and stands out, but it's not like a big neon patch that assaults the senses. Rather, it enhances the story, making it beautiful and more artful than it would have been plain.
About Nightingale: Esther Lange doesn’t love her fiancĂ©—she’s trapped in an engagement after a mistaken night of passion.Still, she grieves him when he’s lost in battle, the letters sent to her by the medic at his side giving her a strange comfort, so much that she strikes up a correspondence with Peter Hess, an Iowa farmboy. Or is he? Peter Hess is not who he seems. Indeed, he’s hiding a secret, something that could cost them both their lives, especially when the past comes back to life. …

Lady in Waiting

Susan Meissner's latest novel Lady in Waiting is a wonderful mix of historical and contemporary fiction, centered around a gold ring found in an antique Protestant prayer book.
Susan duplicates the wonderful mix of contemporary and historical that she had in her novel The Shape of Mercy, and I loved how she intertwined the stories, keeping them separate yet equally enthralling.
I loved both Janes in Lady in Waiting. I think Susan does a great job with voice, as always, and with a sense of the characters belonging in their environment. Not so much a sense of place, exactly, but a sense that the characters know who they are, and they are comfortable in their own skin and locale within the novel.
I highly recommend Lady in Waiting for the Christian fiction enthusiast, or even a reader who might not select a Christian book but is curious about Susan's work.

Coming soon!

Gifts

Today I begin my list.1. So very grateful to God for the moment when I was just turned 15, when I made sure I belonged to Him.

Amy Inspired

Review at the end. Thanks!
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingAmy InspiredBethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2010)byBethany Pierce



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



After completing a master's in Creative Writing and working as a visiting instructor at Miami University in Ohio, Bethany Pierce now lives with her husband in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is a member of the McGuffey Art Center and continues to write. Her first book, Feeling for Bones, was one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2007.



ABOUT THE BOOK



With rejections piling up, she could use just a little inspiration...



Amy Gallagher is an aspiring writer who, after countless rejections, has settled for a career as an English professor in small-town Ohio just to pay the bills. All her dreams suddenly start to unravel as rejections pile up--both from publishers and her boyfriend.



But just as Amy fears her life is stuck in a holding pattern, she meets the mysterious, attractive, and unavailable Eli. …

The Preacher's Bride

My review is at the end. Enjoy! This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Preacher's BrideBethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2010)byJody Hedlund





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Jody has written novels for the last 16 years (with a hiatus when her children were young. In May of 2009 she double-finaled in the Genesis contest, a national fiction-writing contest for unpublished writers, sponsored by American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW.Shortly after the final, Jody acquired an agent, Rachelle Gardner of Word Serve Literary. Her agent spent the summer of 2009 working on selling her books. In September of that year, Jody signed a three-book deal with Bethany House Publishers. Jody’s debut novel, The Preacher’s Bride, releases in Oct. 2010. Her next book will release in 2011 and a third in 2012.







ABOUT THE BOOK



In 1650s England, a young Puritan maiden is on a mission to save the baby of her newly widowed preacher--whether her assistance is wanted or not. Always ready to hel…

So I've been scarce

I've been pretty scarce. Seems like I just don't have much to say on this blog lately. It's been interesting, this sitting out from serving year. I've been serving with Wives of Faith, an online support group, and I've been sorting and clearing paperwork at home, and I've been driving a lot more than I used to. I'm not singing on the praise team, or playing the piano, or doing all the things I used to do when my husband was a chaplain serving in a chapel.
Yep. It's been interesting.
I have also been trying to work on my freelance writing career, which has not gone as well as I had hoped, but I'm not giving up...yet.
In the meantime, I'm still here. You can just find me here instead.

Fridays are for Starbucks

For the past few weeks, on most Friday evenings you could find me at a Starbucks just a mile up the road from my daughters' dance studio. Free wifi, a latte, and my laptop. It's a night to catch up on Wives of Faith (www.wivesoffaith) post scheduling, and finding writing markets, and just playing on Facebook sometimes.
I've been working on submitting pieces for publication in magazines, both print and online, and it's not going well at all. In fact, I've toyed with quitting my accountability group altogether because I think I'm the only one who hasn't received a "yes." But I don't quit. I stick things out to the bitter end, because I made a commitment.
I won't lie; it's discouraging.
I have cheerleaders who think I am a great writer, but I have evidence to the contrary. Or rather, not much evidence of publishability.
I press on, however.
In the meantime, I've been going through paperwork and sorting recycling from what needs shredded. I…

While We're Far Apart

My review is at the end. Enjoy! This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingWhile We're Far ApartBethany House (October 1, 2010)byLynn Austin







ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped. Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.



Along with reading, two of Lynn's lifelong passions are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary. She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah. This experience contributed …

Not Like Me

Welcome to the blog tour for the book Not Like Me by Eric Bryant.
About the Book: From Amazon.com:We live in a diverse world filled with unprecedented opportunity. According to author Eric Michael Bryant in Not Like Me, formerly titled Peppermint-Filled Pinatas, we can become agents of change creating genuine unity among people from a variety of backgrounds and belief systems through our relationships. Through humorous stories and pointed insights gleaned from Eric's own personal experiences and failures, the experiences of others, and the life and teachings of Jesus, you will discover how to move beyond ethnic, racial, cultural, or ideological barriers towards genuine friendship with others. In our nation, an 'uncivil war' is raging. Liberals call for racial reconciliation and tolerance while conservatives tend to hide from our pluralistic world or fight against it. None of these approaches will last. We need to create a new future that connects to God's heart. We can…

A Memory Between Us

Welcome to the LitFuse blog tour for A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin.About the Book:Can they overcome the past to find a brighter future together?

Major Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge--until he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. When Jack lands in the army hospital after a plane crash, he makes winning Ruth's heart a top-priority mission. But he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Ruth focused on her work in order to support her orphaned siblings back home, she also is determined not to give her heart to any man.

As the danger and tension of World War II rise to a fever pitch, Jack and Ruth will need each other more than ever. Can Jack break down her defenses? Or are they destined to go their separate ways?

From the English countryside to the perilous skies over France, A Memory Between Us takes you on a journey through love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.

A Memory Between Us is the second book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak …

Friday Felicities

Pattie's Felicities for Friday, October 8:
Seattle's Best French Roast Coffee, strongly brewedLibrariesmy Toyota RAV-4Advil, for achesSheba, my laptopGod's WordJoin us?

Do You Know Who I Am?

Angela Thomas's newest book releases today: Do You Know Who I Am?About the Book (from Amazon.com):In her book Do You Know Who I Am? Angela Thomas asks God if He knows her—and ultimately does He love her—as she is, right now, today. In each chapter, she names a different identity issue, such as: “I am invisible,” “I am worn out,” “I am undisciplined,” “I am ordinary,” and “I am afraid to dream.” With each honest admission, Angela teaches that God lovingly replies, “Yes, I know your heart. I see your struggle. Now…do you know who I AM?”Ultimately Angela reveals that the secret to being known and loved lies in an intimate understanding of who God is. Each identity struggle is answered with a short biblical study on the character of God that assures readers that their personal, spiritual, and eternal fulfillment is not dependent on getting themselves together. Rather, God has a purpose for them just as they are—broken, afraid, disappointed, disillusioned. Through vivid storytelling, b…

Why Are You Working?

As you may remember, I recently partnered up with Making Work at Home Work as a blogger.

By Mary M. Byers

Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who don't know why they are working. Most assume that they are working for money. But when I talk to people about the topic, I hear a lot of different reasons for work. Some work for the mental stimulation. Some to keep their skills up to date. Other work to support their scrapbooking habit or to be able to purchase cosmetics at a discount.
There's a big difference between working to put food on the table vs.working for the "extras" such as summer camp or a vacation. Both are legitimate but it's essential to be honest about your motivation. Knowing what drives you will help you keep your priorities in order. When my children were young, I worked for the extras. However, instead of stopping when I earned enough to help with vacation costs I kept right on going, becoming a workaholic in the process. It didn't serve …

CFBA presents Within My Heart

My review at the end. Enjoy!
This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Within My HeartBethany House; Original edition (September 1, 2010)

byTamera Alexander





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of Rekindled, Revealed and Remembered, the critically acclaimed Fountain Creek Chronicles historical series with Bethany House Publishers. Her second historical series, Timber Ridge Reflections (From a Distance, Beyond This Moment, and Within My Heart), penned in her style with deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose have earned her devoted readers—and multiple industry awards.



These awards include the 2009 and 2008 Christy Award, the 2007 RITA for Best Inspirational Romance, the 2009 and 2007 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, 2007 Bookseller’s Best Award, and Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction for 2006, among others.



After living in Colorado for seventeen years, Tamera has returned to her Southern roots. She and her husband …

Daddy's Delight: Embracing Your Divine Design

Welcome to the blog tour for Daddy's Delight by Dr. Karia Bunting.
About the Author:Meet the author of Daddy’s Delight, Karia Bunting.

Karia Bunting (Dallas Theological Seminary; Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary; University of Texas) is an expository Bible teacher and the founder of Focused Forward Ministries. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University and teaches a weekly Bible study at her church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Karia and her husband, George, live in Dallas and have three children

Learn more about Karia at http://focusedforwardministries.org/.
About the Book:In Daddy's Delight, Karia Bunting reminds women that they are God's workmanship, His masterpiece, His "poema". That God has intricately woven together every fiber of their being and created each one special and unique. That God, having completed His work of art, gave her to mankind as a gift.

Evident in this great care God took in fashioning woman is the impo…

Fall Into Reading 2010

Learn more about the challenge here.This is my fourth Fall into Reading reading challenge here at Fresh-Brewed Writer. Wow!Here are the books I will be reading:Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander (for CFBA)While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin (for CFBA)Do You Know Who I Am? by Angela Thomas (for review)I Will Carry You by Angie Smith **oh my goodness, this is so sad and heartwrenching. I'm not sure I can finish it.** Update: I can't finish this one. I'm giving it away.Daddy's Delight by Dr. Karia Bunting (for Blog Tour Spot)Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern (finish)The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund (for CFBA)Havah by Tosca Lee (e-book)The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee BenderFly Away Home by Jennifer WeinerCertain Girls by Jennifer Weiner **started it, not loving it**Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman by Beth MooreEsther by Chuck Swindoll

Devotionals for Wives of Faith

If you're interested in writing devotionals
for Wives of Faith's new blog feature:
We are looking for a 200-400-word devotional thought: a main Scripture verse, a paragraph or two, and a 2-3 line prayer. While the sample below is a generic one, we'd love for your devotional to be relevant in some way to the military wife life: something that God has shown you in your Bible reading, or a lesson you have learned that you'd love to share.Email completed devotions to pattie@wivesoffaith.org and we’ll give you a byline. We ask that you follow our writing guidelines (except of course for the word length) as outlined on our site (http://www.wivesoffaith.org/next-steps/write-for-wives-of-faith/writing-guidelines). Devotionals will be featured on the “In Focus” window on the front page of www.wivesoffaith.orgThanks for your writing and your willingness to serve!
Generic Sample, 165 words; written by my husband and published in Open Windows:Listen . . . and Build Trust Bow down thi…

CFBA presents Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker

There is a fountain, filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel's veins...My review is at the end. Enjoy! This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Immanuel's VeinsThomas Nelson (September 7, 2010)

byTed Dekker

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.

Early in his career he wrote a number of spiritual thrillers and his novels were lumped in with ‘Christian Fiction’ a surprisingly large category. His later novels are a mix of mainstream novels such as Adam, Thr3e, Skin, Obsessed and BoneMan’s Daughters, and fantasy thrillers that metaphorically explore faith. Best known among these is his Circle Series: Green, Black, Red, White and The Paradise Books: Showdown, Saint, and Sinner.

Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among…

For Time and Eternity

Welcome to the blog tour of Allison Pittman's latest novel For Time and Eternity.
I was recently given the opportunity to review Allison Pittman's latest novel and I'm so glad! It is excellent.
From the press release:

You've probably heard or been told - Mormons are just like Christians. You may even have formed an opinion on the topic or listened to a debate. But there's nothing like the power of a story to show Truth.

Allison Pittman is very familiar with the world of Mormonism. Her husband left it to become a Christian in high school and she grew up in Utah, the center of Mormonism in America. She now lives in San Antonio, the site of a new Mormon temple.

So when Allison writes an emotional story of a woman married to a member of the Mormon church--when she pens a story so gripping you don't even realize you're being shown the stark differences between Mormonism and Christianity, so deep are you within this woman's heart and mind--readers are about to los…

Fall into Reading

Learn more here.I believe this is my fourth Fall into Reading reading challenge, at least here at Fresh-Brewed Writer.I'll be formulating my list and beginning on September 22!

God Sized Dream

I attended a "Transitions of the Heart" webinar given today, and the speaker was author and blogger Holley Gerth, cofounder of the (in)Courage blog. What an encouraging time for me to listen to her answer questions about how to find our God-sized dreams, how to confirm them, how God affirms them.
It was, in its own way, an affirmation for ME. Because people who know me in real life as well as in my cyber-life know that I love writing, and that my big huge dream is to have a book published.
I'm not naive. I know this is a nearly impossible task. I read author blogs, and I keep up with publishing news. I know how very difficult, long, and hard the road to publication is. How fraught with conflict, littered with discarded pages and flash drives, marked by rejection.
I know. But God will not let me let go of this dream. This is why I believe it's from Him.
A very long time ago, I wrote a note to author Robin Jones Gunn, telling her I loved her books (it was when the Glenbro…

God Sized Dream

I attended a "Transitions of the Heart" webinar given today, and the speaker was author and blogger Holley Gerth, cofounder of the (in)Courage blog. What an encouraging time for me to listen to her answer questions about how to find our God-sized dreams, how to confirm them, how God affirms them.
It was, in its own way, an affirmation for ME. Because people who know me in real life as well as in my cyber-life know that I love writing, and that my big huge dream is to have a book published.
I'm not naive. I know this is a nearly impossible task. I read author blogs, and I keep up with publishing news. I know how very difficult, long, and hard the road to publication is. How fraught with conflict, littered with discarded pages and flash drives, marked by rejection.
I know. But God will not let me let go of this dream. This is why I believe it's from Him.
A very long time ago, I wrote a note to author Robin Jones Gunn, telling her I loved her books (it was when the Glenbro…

absence

I've been absent from this blog for a bit, and I could claim busyness, but it's been more than that.
I've been adjusting.
It's not easy, adjusting. Being the new girl everywhere I go. Not knowing where to find certain things, or getting lost, or knowing what to do or where to go when your molar crown breaks.
Those of my readers who are military wives, or wives of men who have transitory careers, may understand more than those who are not. When our husbands report for duty, they have a built-in network of people in their new coworkers. Especially in a one-year program like my husband's, team-building is a necessary part of the training, but it also affords him instant friends.
Not so for me, especially since we live off base. It takes a whole lot more work and a whole lot more bravery than I feel most of the time, to make new friends.
I have plenty of friends. Shoot, I have hundreds if my Facebook profile is to be believed. I even have a few friends in this area. I hav…

Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad Part 2

Welcome to Day Two of the Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Badbook blog tour at Fresh-Brewed Writer! Shari Braendel's book is exactly what it says it is: help for the fashion-challenged gal like me!
About the Book: Read my post from yesterday.Pattie's Review:
First of all, I really like this book. It's easy to read and easy to understand, because Shari does not talk down to the fashion challenged. Nor does she assume anything. She gives step-by-step instructions about clothing, makeup, how to find your proper sizing for foundational undergarments, jeans and swimsuits, accessorizing for those of us who don't wear many accessories, and on and on.
I highly, highly recommend this book.
Pattie's Story:
I used to be a teacher, and when I was in the classroom I wore simple but nice dressy-casual clothing: slacks and shirts that were neat and clean, that required minimal to no ironing, and comfortable shoes from Payless, usually. I was not expected to be a paragon of fashion,…