The Latest Book Cover Design

A few years ago, an online acquaintance announced she was going to be releasing her first book. I sent her a message asking if she'd hired a cover designer for her book yet, and if not, would she be interested in working with me. Six book covers later, I am very happy to report our teamwork, and friendship, is going strong. The author I'm writing about is Terra Kelly.  I'm so excited to tell you about Terra's latest book, "Let's Dance". It is the 6th cover I've designed for Terra, and the 7th book she's released so far (I know there are others in the works).

I thought I'd take a moment to show you all the covers. 

 

The Winters Family Series has four books so far.. The second series, Torn Pieces, offers two books; "Falling Deep Into You", and "Take This Pain Away". You can find these books (and e-books) at Amazon, or by visiting Terra's website.  Pick up a few for your summer beach reading!

Scotland: 2015

Oh hey! Don't mind me. I've just decided to write a journal post about a trip I took nearly two years ago. What? Why? Well, it's like this... I simply haven't taken the time to put my photos and thoughts on virtual paper. Seeing how I'm preparing to travel to Scotland next month, I thought it was perfect timing to revisit my first stay there. Makes sense, no?

from the top of Arthur's Seat, overlooking all of Edinburgh, Scotland

Seriously, though, I absolutely love Scotland, and this summer my husband, myself and two friends are going on holiday to the Scottish highlands as well as to Edinburgh! Two years ago Matthew (my husband) and I were fortunate enough to stay for the better part of a week in Scotland. Neither of us are golfers, so when we made our hotel arrangements, we were unaware that the 2015 Open Championship was being held the exact same week of our Scotland holiday, so we were shocked at the cost of hotel accommodations. It wasn't until we had checked into our room, and questioned the manager about the expense compared to the look of the room, that we discovered we had picked THE most expensive time of year to stay in Edinburgh. Live a learn, I suppose.

Our 2015 visit included renting a car to explore outside the city. We headed for Glencoe, which is part of the Scottish Highlands. If you follow me on social media, or have read any of my travel posts, you probably know I LOVE Ireland and all its beauty. And while it is still my favorite place on earth, I can honestly say that I've never experienced such natural beauty as the day we drove through Glencoe. At one point, my husband pulled the car over so we could get out and just marvel at the sites. I'm not at all embarrassed to tell you that I was so taken by the beauty, I began to weep. There is something incredibly spiritual about the Scottish Highlands. If you have a travel bucket-list, I strongly urge you to include the Highlands.

The weather that week was incredibly cold. The locals told us it was unseasonably cool with some days hovering around 45℉. Still, we did manage to see some sites whilst layered in my summer clothes. At one point I believe I had on 2 shirts and 3 cardigan sweaters. Ha! There were a couple of warmer, sunnier moments. Hiking up Arthur's Seat was a mix of sun and clouds... perfect!  

Oddly, we didn't really see either of the castles in town. That's something I'm looking forward to doing this second trip. I did manage to snap a few photos of the Queen's castle. So lovely!

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I'm going to try to recap my 2017 trip a bit sooner than the 2015 trip.... but no promises. Cheers to Summer Holiday Travels!

New Year, New Wallpaper

Hello, friend! Welcome to the second week of a new month, and in fact a new year. 2017 has arrived with incredible world events happening. I'll not get political, too much. There's a quote I love which is attributed to JFK, but it really originated with Hillel. It goes like this...

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?
— Hillel

I love this quote. It can take on so many different meanings, and indeed the scholars have discussed for many generations the meaning and origin from this quote. For me, today, in the current world we're living, I think it's saying "take care of yourself", "stand up for yourself"! It could also just be a cry to action. So with a new year here, I'm guessing many of my readers have big plans for eating healthier, exercising more, volunteering regularly, giving back, focusing on new work goals and so on... if not now, when? It's 2017. Everyday is an opportunity to "do" what your personal call to action is! So I designed this month's wallpaper to give you a daily reminder to take care of you now! Work on your goals now! Be a better you, now! 

As always, just click on link below the image to go to your free downloadable file. And if you wish to share this wallpaper, please give credit back to me. Thank you so much. Cheers to a wonderful 2017!

Click on here to be directed to your free downloadable file. Enjoy!

December Desktop Wallpaper

Happy, happy holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy Chanukah! Or perhaps you're more of a "Festivus" fan? Whatever you like to celebrate this month, I do hope you have a lovely time. My family celebrates Chanukah and Christmas, so we'll be extra busy on December 25 since this year both holidays happen then. 

I have been in such a Christmasy mood this year! Last year I discovered a candle that I LOVE! It's by the company Illume, but it's sold exclusively at Barns & Nobles. The fragrance is "Cranberry Spice", it comes in a gold metal tin with a lovely red tartan design, and it smells SO good. It's not too sweet, nor too tart, but just right. I was thrilled when I saw it had returned this holiday season... so I purchased eight of them. Everyday, I bring my cup of Irish Breakfast into my studio, put on Christmas music, and light my favorite candle. It makes me feel so happy! Does anyone else have a scent that just makes them feel content and happy? I sure hope you all do, because this feeling is too good to have it be mine alone!

I've put together a Winter themed wallpaper for you to download. It's just a little reminder that "Today is a gift". It may sound cliche, but it's true. We never know what tomorrow will bring, so enjoy this day to the fullest. Wishing you and your loved ones a very sweet holiday season, and a happy, healthy New Year!

Click on the laptop above to access your downloadable image. Once downloaded, you can set it to your wallpaper on your computer. Feel free to share this post, but be kind, and link back to this original post. Thanks so much! Cheers!!