Monday, October 9, 2017

The Struggle is Real


I’ve been dealing with several different health problems this year, and I’m about crushed with exhaustion. Having health issues is very isolating and often people don’t understand. I haven’t really been questioning why, but more really, how much longer can I endure? 

I have many moments when I have felt God’s help, and it has been humbling. I don’t blame him, and I’m not angry at him, but I’m frustrated. I’m putting forth so much effort every day just to stay mobile, and it’s tiring. I have felt the spirit guiding me with things I need to do to help myself. There are some areas where I had to give up things, and this leaves a lot of guilt, so I am trying not to be too hard on myself. 

A sister missionary said in church one Sunday that she always says the phrase, “The struggle is real,” but conference helped her see it in a new light. Now she says, “The struggle is really good for us.” I wanted to get up and leave the meeting, but I mostly choked back tears. I have had many struggles in my life. Mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and now physically, which I think is the hardest one for me to bear. I try to look at how my struggles might help me grow, and I wonder what I agreed to in the pre-existence spirit realm when I said, “Yeah, I will tackle that trial.” 

What was I thinking? 

I’m questioning my strength to endure. But I was reminded today through a song called “King of the World” by Natalie Grant that God is in control. I at least know that he will multiply whatever little effort we can put forth.

And so here I am, slugging along for another day. Whatever I have to give will be enough, because it has to be, because it’s all I have.

Friday, September 29, 2017

New Release! Switching Lives



Introducing my paranormal romance Switching Lives, available for purchase now, just in time for this bewitching holiday season.

“A contemporary romance with a paranormal switch.”
  
Sisters should love each other, not covet each other’s husband.

Lexi Dahl wants to smooth over issues with her husband, Derick, during a weekend vacation, but a blissful night of making up turns to disaster when Lexi wakes and life is upside down. Derick thinks he’s married to her sister, Abby, and Lexi’s poor girls somehow believe Abby is their mother. At least her brother-in-law Ben knows he’s Abby’s real husband.

While Lexi and Ben sort out the marriage mix-up, evidence points to the impossible—a spell was cast. Even though Ben is sick of Abby’s lies and can move on with his life, he helps Lexi patch up hers. She’s determined to break the spell, but as secrets unfold and she and Ben draw closer, Lexi’s heart is divided between her old life and new possibilities—because finding her true self and true love could be just a botched spell away.





Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Giveaway Time!


In addition to the awesome All-New Kindle E-reader – Black, 6” Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, one lucky winner will receive…
Echo of the High Kings by Kal Spriggs.
Fade by Daniel Humphreys
Doctor to Dragons by Scott G. Huggins
Who’s Afraid of the Dark? by Russell Newquist
Brotherly Envy by S.D. McPhail
Scales: A Mermaid Tale by Pauline Creeden
Honor by Rachel Rossano
Playing With Magic by Carrie L. Wells
Where Carpets Fly by Elise Edmonds
Toonopolis: Gemini by Jeremy Rodden
Got To Be a Hero by Paul Duffau
The Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri
By entering this giveaway, you acknowledge that your email addresses will be added to the newsletter email lists of ALL FIFTEEN (15) participating authors. You will receive email from them, but never spam.

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Entries accepted until September 18, 2017.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Because I'm Happy

by Lisa Rector

When I was a young single adult, I had a friend who constantly told me I wasn’t happy. This shocked me. I couldn’t comprehend, for one, how he could determine this in me, and two, I didn’t see how I wasn’t happy. Maybe, because I was a big flirt, he thought I was seeking for happiness in all the wrong places. The truth was, when I was single, I was living it up and enjoying life. I had so many pressures and stressors while I went through nursing school that on the weekends, I was a hopeless flirtatious bomb.

I didn’t care.

Then I married. Then I had children. I became a hostage to hormones running amuck in my body. I hated my daughter for the first six months of her life. I resented my husband for some unknown reason. All because chemicals told me I was unhappy. Until I experienced seven years in a mix of chemical and postpartum depression, I didn’t know what happiness truly was.

From the darkest abyss and wishing for death, to indescribable, the-only-way-to-understand-would-be-to-plug-your-spirit-into-mine-with-some-sort-of-mind-meld happiness. It’s not something you can express. When you’re happy, you feel it throughout your whole soul.

What’s my secret? I can explain it in a few phrases that will make you want to throw your tablet across the room, because you will say, “Duh. I’ve heard all this, but it’s not working for me.” Well, until the moment when you experience the change from unhappiness to bliss, you won’t really know what it means to be inexplicably happy.

Ready to throw your device?

The Light of Christ
The Atonement
The Plan of Salvation
Effort
Enjoy the moment
Find your purpose
Let it go
Count your blessings
If my God is with me, whom then shall I fear?

The formula is different for every single soul. But I will tell you. Because of the atonement, I conquered chemical depression. Because of my testimony in the Savior, I live each day with hope and peace. Because of the atonement, I am clean and light and free. Because I work my butt off every day to be still and let peace and beauty soak through me, I can breathe. I don’t fear evil. I rejoice in all that is good in life. I have purpose, even if it is only to get up every morning and hug my daughters. Even if it is just to lay beside my snoring husband and listen to his heartbeat.

My soul—my heart and spirit—want to rupture on occasion. The feeling is so hard to contain.

My daughters scream in embarrassment when I crank the music loud and dance in my kitchen, when I roll the window down and wave at everyone who drives by. When I make silly faces or when I start in on a lecture about how amazing the sunrise looks or how the rain makes everything look like a fairyland. Or how the squirrels and the rabbits bounce through the yard. I tell them to look at every good thing, look at every small moment, SEE what God has given us.

My only regret is that not everyone sees and not everyone feels this happiness.

The world would be so different if they did.

“Men are that they might have joy.” Be in that joy.

Now watch this.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dragon Week! Introducing Derog

Derog has only a small part to play in Master of Time. He appears in the beginning and end of the novel where we hear his thoughts through his rider Meuric. He has a brief, non-speaking cameo in The Two Masters.

A majestic, navy blue, silver-flecked dragon, Derog has a pale blue, spiked ridge descending his snout. His hide is the exact color of the dragon stone he was born with, a stone Meuric now wears around his neck, forging the telepathic bond between them.

Derog’s a fierce dragon who’s fought in many battles with Meuric while he was the Dark Dragon Rider’s leader. In Master of Time, Derog is separated physically and mentally from Meuric when he’s thrown backward through time. (Dragon stone connections work over a vast distance and even between worlds, but not across time.)

When faced with a difficult or dangerous situation, Derog’s known to dive right in. As no nonsense dragon, he’s kicked Meuric into gear more than once and encouraged him to have patience. Derog is a strong voice of reason to his rider, having been joined as dragon brothers for many millennia, but honors their bond and doesn’t overstep. For all Derog’s pursuits as a Dark Dragon, he’s as honorable as they come.

Derog’s hope is that his rider will to return to the present, or his dragon bond will be void, as well as Derog’s immortal life that goes with it.



You can find Derog in Half-Emrys: The Two Masters (The Emrys Chronicles Book 2)
This novel is Reader Rated (RR) for ages 15+ for mild sensuality, violence, and torture; also contains brief (nonsexual) nudity.
What Dragons will you find within?
A young, goofy dragon can’t grab the attention of a mature female, who just happens to be the enemy.






Find Derog here in Half-Emrys: Master of Time (The Emrys Chronicles Book 3)
This novel is Reader Rated (RR) for ages 16+ for moderate violence, torture, and non-detailed fade-out sensuality.
What Dragons will you find within?
Two dragon riders lose their telepathic connection with their dragons when they are thrown backward in time.

Check out possible versions of Derog.







Monday, July 24, 2017

Dragon Week! Introducing Cephias

Cephias is a garnet-colored dragon who’s fiercely loyal to his mate. When Seren wants to enter the mortal realms to rescue her dragon rider, Cephias refuses to let Seren go alone, even if leaving with his rider could possibly result in his exile. A noble and brave dragon, Cephias is eager to be a hero in a new adventure after living in the dragon realm for nearly half a millennium.

He tends to be the voice of reason for his rider. When Aneirin is deep in conflicting thought, Cephias is usually in Aneirin’s mind, by the power of their dragon stone, talking Aneirin through his anguish.

Occasionally Cephias, who’s the most mature of the pair, ribs his rider, who is unfamiliar with love, or “tender feelings,” as Cephias politely refers to Aneirin’s emotions. But the teasing is good-natured, because they’ve been together for so long that they refer to each other as brother. Their bond is typical of many dragons and riders, where they feel as if they are one soul. Separation is painful.

A bold dragon, Cephias isn’t afraid of a fight and enjoys quite a bit of chaos. He doesn’t mind torching a rooftop, or ten, if it means saving someone he hasn’t even met. And he’s not a bit squeamish, considering a few interesting things that happen between Aneirin and his love interest while flying on Cephias.

The big question is what will happen to Cephias and his rider when they enter the mortal world where evil lurks. When faced with the dark power, will Aneirin and Cephias conquer? Not all will return from the mortal world unscathed, and those who are spared will be forever changed. 

Check out this image. This is how I picture Cephias.


Find Cephias in Half-Emrys: Master of Lies (The Emrys Chronicles Book 1)

This novel is Reader Rated (RR) for ages 14+ for mild sensuality and violence.

What Dragons will you find within?

Dragon mates, with an immortal emrys, set out to rescue a dragon rider, but they don’t anticipate the enemy’s power.

Dragon Week Giveaway!


It's #DragonWeek! Let's Have a Giveaway


The Fellowship of Fantasy is taking over shark week to celebrate the true top predator: DRAGONS! As lovers of all things dragon, we are giving you a chance to win this awesome set of dragon prizes: a dragon candle holder, a dragon hair clip, and a collection of 13 dragon centric ebooks by the awesome indie authors of The Fellowship of Fantasy.





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You can win the following ebooks ...

Dragon's Heritage by Kandi J. Wyatt

Magic is to Dance by A. J. Bakke

The Midsummer Captives by Lea Doué

The Dragons' Chosen by Gwen Dandridge

Yorien's Hand by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt 

Through the Mountains by Malinda Andrews

Fallen Emrys by Lisa Rector

Deception by Kara Jaynes

Mercy's Prince by Katy Huth Jones

Temptation of Dragon by Chrys Cymri

Aerisia: Field of Battle by Sarah Ashwood

Submerging by C. S. Johnson

Cora and the Nurse Dragon by H. L. Burke