Tag! I'm it - The Next Big Thing

A couple of weeks ago, I was tagged by Rachael Anderson. I should have had this up much sooner, but better late than never. 

What is your working title of your book? My Own Mr. Darcy

Where did the idea come from for the book? A fun brainstorming session with my daughter.

What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 
This is hard. Maybe Lilly Collins as Lizzy, Armie Hammer as Chad, Jim Sturgess as Matt.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 
Obsession with the 2005 Pride and Prejudice threatens to derail Lizzy's lovelife.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 
Don't know for sure.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro? 
The first draft isn't quite finished. My plan is to have it completed by the end of November.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My own obsession with the 2005 Pride and Prejudice.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
-a totally fun story about a girl who's tryinIt's a love triangle. Actually a love quadrangle if you include Mr. Darcy, which you probably should. How can you ever exclude Mr. Darcy?

I'm tagging:

Kristin Chandler
Cindy Bennett
Stephanie Worlton
Joy Spraycar
Jennifer Holt

*Use this format for your post
*Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
*Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them. 

Me & The King's English

In just 37 days (see the counter on the right side of the page), I'll be at The King's English for the launch of For What It's Worth.

Last Friday I delivered some invitations to Jenny, the events coordinator. She showed me the room where I'll be, the spot where the wedding cake will be set up (and served), and we discussed the number of servings of wedding cake we'll need.

There will be drawings for prizes--t-shirts, bags, mugs, magnets, etc. Wedding cake will be served. Books will be signed. And the weather will be clear and lovely. (I'm thinking positively. No blizzards like the one we had the night Gifted was launched.) In fact, it will be downright balmy for December.

Take a look at the event page on The King's English website. Pretty cool, huh?

I'm sending out a bunch of invitations and I'd love to send one to you. Of course, you can just show up without an invitation but if you'd like one of the cute invitations I had printed, email me your address and I'll send one to you. Just send it to kareylwhite@gmail.com.

Also, be sure to go to the For What It's Worth Facebook page and vote for your favorite cake flavor. The top flavors will be served at the launch.

Permission to Change Your Mind

In writing, it's easy to change your mind. You can change your character's appearance or career. You can change their name or the way they dress. At least until the manuscript goes to press. I remember one day I was watching a women's volleyball game and I thought, "I could make Kelsey (a character in Gifted) a volleyball player." I couldn't. She was already a basketball player and the book was released. I had a copy on my shelf. It was too late to change Kelsey's mind.

A few weeks ago my daughter was home from college. She was miserable--overwhelmed, unhappy and worn out. She was trying to arrange her schedule to get as many requirements for her major finished as possible and the thought of some of the classes had her really discouraged. College wasn't fun. It wasn't interesting. Four years stretched out like the Sahara desert with no water.

We staged an impromptu intervention and after a couple of hours of discussion, debate, counsel and tears, we realized that she might be heading down the wrong career path. It was a logical choice. It sounded smart. But it didn't interest her or excite her. We let her know it was okay if she changed her mind. The difference in her excitement about school and learning has been dramatic. Maybe after a couple more semesters and a mission, she'll go back to her original plan. Maybe she'll take a new path. She doesn't have to decide for sure right now.

Sometimes our fear of looking foolish makes us stick with a wrong choice. We don't want to look like failures. But sometimes altering our course isn't a sign of failure, it's a sign of strength. The easy thing is to stick with the wrong thing because changing course sounds really hard.

I have a brother in his forties. He and his wife and son just moved to another state so he could start law school. He changed his mind about what he wanted to do for a career. He didn't take it lightly because it now affected other people. He and his wife counseled together and prayed to know if his change of mind was a good thing or not. They left convinced that it was and that conviction made the drastic life change easier.

Of course, there are a few choices that we can't turn from easily. Some choices need to be followed through on because of the harm a change would do to other people.

But I'm convinced that if we're unhappy or if we dread what we face every day, we should do some soul-searching. Maybe we're supposed to change our mind.

Congratulations, VERN!

Congratulations Vern, for winning this giveaway. The character's name will be .... DRUMROLL ....

MEG!

Jane Austen Giveaway Hop - Win Gift Card and the Right to Name a Character

I'm so excited to be involved in the Jane Austen Giveaway Hop. I love Jane Austen. My work-in-progress right now is a story that involves one of Jane's greatest heroes, Mr. Darcy.

For this giveaway, I'm offering two things. The winner will get a $10.00 Amazon card. I searched through the Jane Austen offerings and with $10.00 you can have a heyday on all things Austen.

The second thing the winner will get is the right to name a character in the book. She's a character based on Caroline Bingley. She's wealthy, arrogant, beautiful and secretly in love with you-know-who. So with those things in mind, think of a name and enter the giveaway!

Enter your name in the comments and then enter in any other way you want. Be sure to "Like" the For What It's Worth page on Facebook for updates on my delicious romance that comes out in December.

Now, let's all read a Jane Austen book.  Be sure to click on the picture above to link to all the other giveaways in this hop.
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Product Review for Paul Mitchell Curly Hair Products & a Few Tips

About a year and a half ago, I did an article about how to deal with curly hair. As anyone with curly hair knows, hair care is an evolution and there are always new things to try.

I was very excited when, about a month ago, I received an email from Paul Mitchell, asking me if I'd like to try and review a couple of their new products for curly hair. Of course I said yes. I was surprised when a package the size of a shoe box arrived at my door with regular sized bottles of Spring-Loaded Detangling Shampoo and Full Circle Leave-In Treatment.

This observation has nothing to do with the actual product, but whoever came up with names using Spring-Loaded and Full-Circle deserves an enthusiastic high five. I like it when words or phrases are used in a clever way and these are both great!

I used them for the first time yesterday. I usually think of shampoo as just shampoo and I'd rather spend less there and more on conditioner and styling product. This Spring-Loaded Detangling shampoo was great. It made my hair feel almost slick. I comb my hair in the shower (that's the only time I comb it--ever) and the comb slid right through my hair. It was great.

After my shower, I wrapped my hair up in a cotton t-shirt. That's a tip I learned recently that I'd highly recommend. I now dry my hair with a t-shirt. It soaks up the excess water without being as rough on the curls and their shape as a towel is.  I've found that the curls keep their separated shape better.

After I t-shirt dried my hair, I took some of the Full Circle Leave-In Treatment and finger-combed it through my hair. Then I used the diffuser to dry my hair to that almost-dry point. My hair was soft. Really soft. The curls were tight and defined without being frizzy. There was no crunchiness. I loved it.

Now to me, the real test is how does it hold up after sleeping on it? I can't wash my hair every day or it dries out and gets split ends. I've tried some products that look great the first day, but when I finger comb it after sleeping on it, I have a head of steel wool.

Today was day 2. I slept on it last night and got up this morning to...

Great hair. The curls still had separation and there was no frizz. A little adjusting to make it even and it looked like it had the first day.

I'm completely comfortable giving this my highest recommendation. 

Thanks, Paul Mitchell. My curls and I are thrilled.


BOOK TRAILER For What It's Worth



I am SOOOO excited about this trailer. I love it.

Enormous thanks to Savannah for the adorable illustrations and thank you to brilliant Robert for putting this whole thing together in such a fun way. I love how it turned out!

I hope you enjoy it! 

Oh, and be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf. You can do that HERE.

The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour--Review & Giveaway

I love a good romance. Even more than that, I love a good romance that makes me sigh and swoon without making me blush or cringe.

Rachael Anderson is one of the best when it comes to great stories, likable characters, and lots of romance. And I love that I can share them with my daughters without reservation.

The story moves with the pacing and plotting of a romantic comedy movie. It had enough drama to keep you turning the pages and enough comedy to make you laugh out loud.

The bad thing is that Rachael can't write her books fast enough to make me or my daughters happy.


Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?



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Top Ten Things About General Conference


  1. Eight hours of uplifting messages and music (10 for the guys)
  2. A long weekend at home without having to dress up
  3. Coloring without guilt. I love to color but it's a time-consuming hobby that I can't justify most of the time. This year, I'll be coloring this.
  4. Pecan sticky buns and hot cocoa.
  5. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  6. Family (Veronica will be coming home! Yay!)
  7. Priesthood session. This will be Joe's first priesthood session.
  8. Elder Holland. I know I'm not supposed to have favorites but Elder Holland always makes that hard.
  9. A weekend of no church responsibilities.
  10. This is the last conference before Bruce and my parents return home from their missions. Next conference, we'll ALL be together.
If you want to watch all or part of conference, you can link up to it here. 

For Your Entertainment


I love this song. I love the words. And I love this version. Watch it all the way through and enjoy the fact that only two people are making all this great music.

The Reluctant Bachelorette Book Blast & Giveaway


I just finished reading The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson. (Review to come on October 9)

Today I'm participating in a book blast to let as many of you as possible know about Rachael's new book. The prize for the book blast is a $50.00 gift card from Amazon.
The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?



Available at Amazon

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