Happy September, readers! There isn’t much in the way of updates this month as I recently accepted a new day job. It’s an exciting challenge, and I’m loving it, but it means that in the evenings, I will often rather binge watch tv or read rather than be creative. Give me a month or so, and I promise I’ll be back with fresh ideas flowing.
What to Watch
Having an exhausting week? Here’s what’s currently playing in my house:
Lego Masters and Domino Masters– Teams compete by creating over-the-top Lego and Domino builds. Need I say more?
Holey Moley – Extreme mini-golf hosted by Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore. It’s so stupid, it’s funny, and our family LOVES it.
Full House – Our family has been enjoying some ’90s throwback lately. Previous choices were Boy Meets World and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
Doctor Who – This is the show with a little something for everyone. Time travel, history, sci-fi, aliens, romance, extremely convoluted family histories, and so many quotable episodes. I would recommend this for ages 10 and up.
Operation Christmas Drop – If you need recommendations on Christmas romances, I have a hundred, but this one stands out as even my husband enjoyed it. The story is a fictionalized account of the real-life mission, Operation Christmas Drop, where the U.S. Air Force provides humanitarian airdrops to countries in Microasia. It’s the longest running Department of Defense mission, in full operation since 1952.
*None of these shows have compensated me or promoted this post in any way. I would have included pictures, but well, lawsuits aren’t fun.
My Current Inspiration
How are your sewing skills? What about embroidery? Back in the 1800s and early 1900s, when my books take place, sewing and embroidery were must-have skills for young ladies. Lessons would begin early in childhood with girls stitching samplers, like the ones shown below, as their first formal creations. Samplers included common items like type and script lettering, flowers, household items, or Bible verses.
The samplers below were made by girls between 9 and 12 years old. How would your sampler compare? (Hint: I would need many more lessons.)
Photos from The Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York – Open Access Collection.
Released in September
Need another read? Here are the September releases I’m excited about:
- Peak Dragon Uprising by Sarah Everest – Classical dragon lore meets contemporary Hong Kong
- As Silent As the Night by Danielle Grandinetti – Even in the Great Depression, Christmas is the time for miracles.
- Darkness Draws Near by Kristina Hall – Pro-Life Dystopian Suspense
- The Unbroken Song by Jennifer Q. Hunt – Opposite worlds collide within a Victorian Christmas romance
- A Gem of Truth by Kimberley Woodhouse – Legendary treasure hunts in the 1880s Grand Canyon
Over the Atlantic Sale
The overstock sale is still going! You can get paperback copies of my Over the Atlantic series in my direct store for $9.99 or both books for only $18. This deal does not apply at other retailers and is only available to U.S. residents.
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