Friday, May 30, 2014

Bookshelf Friday - 30 Days a devotional by D.M. Webb (and my monthly giveaway)

Ever had a friend you've never actually gotten to meet? In this day of social media, it's entirely possible! And D.M. Webb is one of those people for me. I met her two years ago in an ACFW critique group, and we hit it off. She's been an immense help to me, and I've had the pleasure of watching her be published. Today I want to feature her 30 day devotional, 30 Days. Here's a blurb and we'll chat after:)

Do you desire to no longer be alone? Do you yearn for understanding and hope? Do you wish for a closer walk with Jesus? When a relationship ends, whether through divorce or death, it leaves us with heartache and sadness. Fear of loneliness overwhelms our soul. Anger at God consumes us. We are suddenly thrust into unknown territory, lost and bewildered. Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir brings you deeply moving stories to strengthen your walk and bring you closer to Christ. Author D. M. Webb shares her three year spiritual journey with a collection of thirty devotions designed to reach out and uplift those who have endured the turbulent emotions that come with divorce, widowhood, and single parenting. Reach out, place your hand in His, and begin your journey today.

This book lays out a month's worth of short devotions meant to keep your focus on God, remembering that he is our true helper and all comfort is found in him. We can look elsewhere, even desire to find it in other places, but until we allow him to be our full source of all our needs we won't ever truly be content. D.M. speaks from a place of brokenness and hurt, having walked through those fires and come out the other side with an unshakable knowledge that God is truly all she needs.

You can purchase 30 Days here and meet Daphne just below. She was sweet enough to play a round of Would You Rather with me:)

Would you rather:
Wear only 80's clothes 
Wear only 80's hair?

Her answer?
I had a nightmare that I was forced to" fix" my hair with that 80s frou frou puff of bangs, just short of being a rooster tail on top. So I will have to go with the dreaded 80s clothing...but since I was a kid during the 80s then that would be cool... but can I nix the tube socks?

LOL. I'll let you nix the tube socks, but you must keep the bangles, netted-fingerless-gloves, and neon colors:) And since that's all back in again, I'll go with 80s clothes too!

Hope you all have a great weekend! Check out more about Daphne below and continue scrolling down for my monthly give away!

Daphne Self, writing as D.M. Webb, is the author of 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir (2013), Mississippi Nights (2012), and I Lost My Hat ( 2009). Her children's devotional, Balaam and the Donkey, appeared on www. (April 2013). Between her writing the next novel, marketing her published works, and reviewing books on her blog,, she volunteers as an ACFW judge for First Impressions, Genesis, and Carol Awards.

And May Bookshelf Giveaway! As a huge thanks to all of you who take the time to "like" or "follow" my pages, each month this year I'm giving away one of my books from my Bookshelf. Here's the ones from May. Leave a comment here, on Facebook, or Twitter and let me know you're interested. I'll pull one lucky person's name next Wednesday and let you know on next week's Bookshelf who that is. That person can pick one of my May Bookshelf Books shown below, and I'll send it out to them!

Check out my reviews here:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Quotable Wednesday

:) Reminds me of Psalm 119:105

Thy word is a lamp into my feet and a light unto my path.

It's His lighting of my steps, His constant direction or hand in my moments: peace where there should be turmoil, joy in place of sadness, abundance instead of want...unmerited grace, mercy, and forgiveness...

This is where I see Him most clearly. When He takes situations and lights them through His lens, giving me a perspective that can only come from Him. 

He is good.

All the time:)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. John 15:13

It's the kick off to summer. BBQ's, corn-on-the-cob, lazy days in the sun, and enjoying time with family and friends. But that's not what this day is about, not really. To all my family and friends who have served and to all those I've never met but who have guaranteed my freedom...thank you. Those two words can never cover the sacrifices you've made for me and the ones I love.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Bookshelf Friday - Silenced by Dani Pettrey

Dani Pettrey has become one of my favorite contemporary romantic suspense authors with her debut series Alaskan Courage. I've read each one thus far, so I could not wait to get my hands on book #4, Silenced. Here's the blurb, and we'll chat on the other side:)

A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna's route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something darker? When the case is handed to overburdened sheriff Landon Grainger, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With Jake's past now revealed, he's ready to use his talent for investigation again--but he could never prepare for where the mystery will take him. 

 Kayden's climbing expertise soon leads her and Jake to the realization that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is onto them. When strange things begin happening in Yancey, Jake is terrified that once again his world may put someone he loves in danger. But the truth is far worse than he could ever imagine.

As a reader, I've enjoyed getting to know Kayden and Jake from book one. Always in the background, their chemistry already stood out. While Silenced still functions as a stand-alone title, if you haven't read the entire series yet, I highly encourage you! The McKenna clan is such a delightful one to get to know.

This story was fast-paced from page one. I thoroughly enjoyed the rock climbing aspect and the strong female lead Kayden portrayed. Her strength only made her vulnerability with Jake that much more touching. And watching Jake move beyond his painful past to find happiness, finally, with Kayden was a fitting end to his adding the bow to this particular story:) Dani does an amazing job with heart-stopping scenes and electric chemistry between her two leads, it definitely keeps you flipping pages. Along with how she always sets up the next characters. Already I'm anticipating Reef's story and who--it seems--Dani is setting him up with.

Whether you've read this series or not, Silenced is a great place to jump in. If you're a fan of contemporary romantic suspense that pulls you straight into the story, keeps you guessing, and delivers loose-your-breath moments (both for the romance and the suspense) you'll love Silenced!

You can purchase Silenced here and if you'd like to know more about Dani Pettrey, visit her amazing website at

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Quotable Wednesday

Oh how I loved this quote. No, I don't love pain, but I love that it won't leave a stain. A mark, sure...but not something we constantly try to scrub away and view as messy or dirty. This quote speaks to his power in our lives and his redeeming ability to take something messy and make it beautiful. And that, my friend, brings hope even in the midst of our pain. 


Monday, May 19, 2014

"My Writing Process" Blog Tour

Rather than a devotional today, I've agreed to participate in a post relay making its rounds through the blogosphere of writers. My wonderful friend and crit partner, Dawn Crandall, pulled me in...and here are my answers to the questions.

Question #1: What am I working on now?

Having just finished my current WIP (work-in-progress)...nothing! I sent it to my agent, Linda S. Glaz, who'll send it out to publishers and then I wait. I have a few stories and their characters chatting in the back of my brain, so I'll start another one soon. First, however, I need to finish out the homeschooling year here with my kiddos, take some playtime with them, and try to tackle a portion of my TBR (to-be-read) pile. Hopefully, by the end of June, I'll start my next story. 

Question #2: How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write contemporary romance...sometimes with a little suspense, sometimes with a bit of drama, and always with laughter. I love developing characters, and dialogue is my absolute favorite because it's what brings them alive. I like a very, very deep POV, meaning when in a scene you only see it from one character's eyes as if you were in their skin. Oh, and I'm not one for a lot of descriptive paragraphs. I'd rather get back to the talking--probably why one of my nicknames as a child was Mouth:) Still, in my latest WIP I did delve into a bit more description because the setting and story called for it. All together this is what makes my "voice" and each writer--even if they are within the same genre--has a distinct voice.

Question #3: Why do I write what I do?

Simple. It's what God's called me to:) Honestly, I have loved stories since I was a child. Writing always was a part of me, and God's been shaping this given talent through the years. As I grew older, the reason I wrote became two-fold. One, I found myself reading books I had no business reading in my late teens. I can remember God asking me to stop, and I complained, "But there's nothing else out there to read!" to which he replied, "Then write it!" That day I began my first full-length novel. I desperately wanted to write something clean and entertaining. Later it became not simply about entertaining but about weaving hope through the stories. I love the parables in the Bible and how God placed his Truth throughout those stories. It's what I want to do. Entertain, yes. But there has to be a message of hope pulled throughout, something that points people to God. For me this comes out in contemporary. I like reading historical books but not writing them. I truly take to heart "write what you know" and I've only lived in this time period;)

Question #4: How does my writing process work?

I'm a pantser, meaning most of my story happens as I write--by the seat of my pants. Pretty sure God's made me this way because I need the constant reminder that these stories are all his, and I need to hang on closely to him for my "manna" every other words, my word count. When I start getting ahead of him, the story falls apart. In the early stages, there's typically a verse or theme that sticks with me and starts rolling itself into a story. Characters show up, their main struggle, the town they live in...and then I take off. What never ceases to amaze me is when I finally hit "The End" there are always, always, always little pieces only God could weave together throughout the story that all come together in such beautiful ways. It's where I typically have an "a-ha" moment. I can remember one time a character kept using the same phrase and any time I tried to change it, it felt wrong. Near the last scene it became crystal clear why this hero said those words over and over--they tied up the entire theme and the heroine's journey...something I never knew, but God knew all along.

So that's My Writing Process in a nutshell! I'm toward the end of this post relay and rather than find three more authors who would need to hunt for three more, I'm simply going to point you in the direction of some amazing writers. One is published, two are on their way, but all have big hearts for this ministry God has called them too. 

Have a great Monday everyone!

Jessica R. Patch writes inspirational contemporary romance with plenty of mystery and suspense. A passion to draw women into intimacy with God keeps her motivated, along with heaping cups of caffeine in the form of coffee. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or teaching the new & growing believer's class at her church, you can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, embarrassing her daughter in unique ways, dominating her son at board games, and collecting recipes she'll probably never cook. She is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Agency. Check Jess out at

Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. She’s passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at
Jill Kemerer writes inspirational romance novels with love, humor, and faith. A full-time writer and former electrical engineer, Jill adores fluffy animals, coffee, chocolate, and her hilarious family. Jill is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Agency. Connect with Jill at

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bookshelf Friday - Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt

My first meeting with Beth was over a dinner table at my very first ACFW conference for writers. She is one of the kindest women I've ever met, and I've kept in touch with her since. I've also read each of her books:) Last fall I got the chance to chat with Beth again at ACFW, and she shared the tag line for Somebody Like You...and completely hooked me with it. I waited with anticipation for this book. Here's the line that snagged me:

Can a young woman find love again with her husband's reflection?

What an amazing story question! And can I just say, the story more than delivered!  Here's the blurb and we'll chat on the other side.

Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed?

Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart?

As I said, Somebody Like You drew me in before I even turned page one. The idea of a widow falling not just for her husband's brother, but his mirror twin? How can that work? For either of them. The hurdles they both would need to overcome emotionally. The faith their love would need to take on, to know that it was based on their relationship and not the "ghost" of the man between them. So, so, so good! And Beth wove these pieces together seamlessly. Ever-so-slowly Hayley and Stephen's love story begins to take root and glimpses of the future they could have are painted over the pages.

I loved the tender hero Stephen was in this book. Beth balanced his strength and compassion in a way that brought sigh-worthy moments readers will love. And Hayley's attempt at being strong while also wanting to be cared for was so well written--as a woman I understood the difficulty in striking this balance. Beth wrote Hayley in such a way that those conflicting emotions came off the page as an authentic struggle that allowed me to identify with Hayley, pulling me in even farther.

All together, I felt this was Beth's best book yet--which is saying a lot because I loved her previous two also. However, between the unique story line, fast-paced (peppered with laughter) dialogue, moving scenes, and two characters who yank you straight into their lives...this book takes first place for me.

I happily give Somebody Like You 5 out of 5 more than earned each one! You can purchase it here.

Oh! And Beth joined in for a round of Would You Rather! Here's her question and answer:

Would You Rather...
have a rewind button in your life
have a pause button in you life

Beth's answer?
I'd rather have a pause button for my life. I"d probably wear the thing out pretty quickly! But having a pause button would keep me from mulit-tasking, help me focus on one thing--or person--at a time, and let me s-l-o-w down when I need to!

I have to say, I agree with her. Though I can tend to be a bit of a procrastinator, so I'm pretty sure a pause button would only make that habit worse:)

Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction, Beth is now a novelist with Howard Books. She enjoys writing inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Connect with Beth on her website or check out her blog on quotes, In Others’ Words.

If you'd like to see a break-down of what my stars equal, check out my page My Ratings System to the right there. And a big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Quotable Wednesday

It's as simple as that.

And he doesn't even want a perfect us. No. All he wants is our surrendered hearts. He'll shape them and mold them, but he needs us to place them in his hand first.

It's all he really wants.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Study Time

So this past week my son had a science test. I had him study the day before, and then the day of I asked if he wanted to study a little while longer before taking it. He didn’t. He wanted to take the test and be done. I handed it to him and went on to start the girls with their school. Two minutes later I hear, “Uh, Mom? I think I do want to study first.”

Oh man. I could relate! I’ve so been there. And wouldn’t it be great when tests come our way if we could hold up our hands and say “Time out! Not prepared. Give me a minute here.”

See, we know life is full of tests, and we know where to find all the answers. But sometimes—most times—we don’t want to put in the time to learn them.

Get up early and read the Bible?

Go to church mid-week?

Sunday mornings are for coffee time, right?

Quiet prayer time = nap time.

Yeah. Why is that? I can stay awake to watch an episode of Castle, but put me at the kitchen table for my morning prayer time and I conk out cold.

And then when the test comes we're left wanting a time-out. Hold the boat! We're not ready!!

But cramming is no way to learn. The info is there one second and gone the next. Not to mention we’ve been admonished to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)

Tests will come in all shapes and sizes, and we need to be ready. Some days it’s the enemy attacking us from all angles. We need to remember that “the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12) To wield this sword, we must know it! To know it, we must study it. Commit it to memory. It’s even more important than that math you thought you’d never use but still do every day. And yes, you will use the Word every day. Don’t even question it.

Other tests are of this world. Every day you’ll encounter people who don’t know God. Schools, neighborhoods, workplace…what makes you different? Why doesn’t your family watch that movie? Why do your girls dress the way they do? Why do you like that candidate? Why aren’t you fearful that the price of gas is going up again?

Something makes us different. Different in the way we live. Different in the hope we carry. Different in the joy that fills us even in adversity. But can you give a well-informed answer to the questions when they come?

I mean, if you went to the ER because you had chest pains, and the doctor stood over you with a syringe and said something to the effect of,“Yeah, I’m pretty sure this is what you need. I’ve seen it used here before, and it looked like it worked but I don’t really know the details on it. That’s okay though, I feel like it’s the right one. So just trust me.” You’d be outta that bed so fast there’d be a trail of smoke behind you.

If we want people to take us seriously, we've got to study. There's a confidence that comes when you've studied. When you know your answer and why it's right. That's no different for a Christian. Yes, we need faith for many things. But we also need to know our faith so we can share it. And sure, some of us aren’t eloquent speakers (see my hand raised), but if God can use Moses with his stutter, He can definitely use you and me. We just need to be prepared.

And we need to be nice.

Yeah. That’s right. No yelling to get your point across, no matter how much your blood may boil (election year, anybody feeling me here?). Because that admonishment from 1 Peter 3:15 actually says “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”

So this week, I challenge you—and myself—to start studying, so when your next test comes you won’t need that time-out. You'll be ready.

***this is a repost from 2/12...and yes, I'm still learning to study:)***

Friday, May 9, 2014

Bookshelf Friday - Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig

I was so happy to discover Ronie was continuing with characters we'd met in her last series, "A Breed Apart". When Raptor 6 finally released, I snapped it up! Here's the blurb, and we can chat on the other side:)

Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when these two things are threatened by hackers, Dean’s Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop the hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option. 

Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, endangering the US national security, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart—a move that might come at the highest cost.

As always, Ronie knows her way around a military plot. She brings the characters to life and provides plenty of heart-stopping scenes. For me, no one places us as closely to the center of what our military men and women face on a daily basis quite like Ronie--to be sure, she doesn't shrink away from the tough stuff and always handles it with the utmost respect. Reading her books reminds me how incredibly grateful I am to those on the front lines.

With Raptor 6 it was no different. The first scene tugged me in, and immediately I wanted to discover how Dean wound up where he was. However, I found the next few chapters slowed up slightly and left me, at moments, feeling a tad lost. Still, being a huge fan of Ronie's, I knew the potential of this book and refused to put it down. I am beyond glad I kept flipping those pages because within another few chapters the book was clicking for me. It seemed to regain it's footing, and the plot came into clear focus. It kept me hooked right through the ending.

My only other minor complaint (and this is entirely due to Ronie's phenomenal writing and ability to create amazing heroes) was that I wanted Zahrah and Dean on the page more often. Now, take that with a grain of salt because I love romance! So, as a reader, there can always be more inside a book for me. But mid-way through this hero and heroine were tossed together, quite literally, and their romance leapt off the pages. Dean is a strong lead with a protective streak a mile wide. Watching him deal with the horrors of war and his inability to control everything was such a powerful story line. Zahrah balances Dean well, her peace in the midst of every impossible or heart-wrenching situation is instrumental in Dean's faith walk--which was one of my favorite threads in this book. By the end, their romance is beginning and in a very real way.

I'm interested to see where Ronie takes this new series and which of the guys is up next. I'd like to know where the team next travels and possibly catch another glimpse of Dean and Zahrah:)

All together I happily give Raptor 6, 4 out of 5 stars. You can purchase it here!

If you'd like to see a break-down of what my stars equal, check out my page My Ratings System to the right there. And a big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Quotable Wednesday

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

Nothing we can do will make him love us any more or less. Nothing we can do will determine if we're worthy of salvation. It's strictly a gift...grace...and all because he loves us. We just need to accept the gift then be sure to open it:)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Fickle Friend

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God...or did you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? James 4:3a; 4-5

I've purposefully typed only certain sections of the above verse not because I'm attempting to change the context, but because they are the words that jumped out at me last week and got me thinking. That's what I want to share today.

Ever had one of those friends in your life that only comes to you when they want something? You hardly ever hear from them until you can fill a need they have. Well, when I read this Scripture last week, God drew that picture across the pages of my Bible right about the moment I got to that last sentence:

or did you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?

See, God envies anything that we place before him inner lives because he's a jealous God. I think we forget that sometimes. It's all too easy to go about our lives, making friendships and investing time into them while God sits on the back burner of our days. Until we need something. Then we rush to him and ask him for it..and act surprised when it doesn't immediately show up on our doorstep. (***sidenote*** I am NOT implying God won't answer those prayers. He's God. He loves us with this crazy, unconditional love that cannot be earned. What this post is about is how our actions can sometimes, I believe, sadden him.)

We didn't develop the relationship. We didn't spend time with him. We didn't learn about his character, what makes him laugh or smile, what makes him happy or sad...we neglect him until he's needed.

What friendship in your life could survive such fickleness?

Now my goal here isn't to hand out a heaping helping of guilt. It's to caution us. To nudge us--us, not you, because I can walk this line too. It's so easy to become consumed with all the tangible things around us: relationships, work, schedules...but God needs to come in front of them all. For some that may look like starting to pray in the mornings. Others it may mean picking up our first Bible Study. Still others may be urged to lengthen our half-hour to an hour. I honestly don't know, point is, God wants you to seek him every day, not simply on the days where you need something.

Relationships take time. They take effort. But I promise you, a relationship with God is the best reward your time and effort can earn.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Bookshelf Friday - Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg

Before we get started, I need to announce the winner of my April Bookshelf Giveaway...Doris Griffin, you win! Take a look back at my April reviews and let me know which of the four books you'd like! You can email me or catch me on my Facebook page:)

And now on to Melissa Tagg's latest and greatest. Here to Stay is Melissa's second novel, and I have to say, she upped the bar even farther from her first. No pressure, Melissa:)  Here's a blurb, then we'll chat!

After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally had enough of adventure. Not sure what reception he'll get from everyone back in Whisper Shore, he's stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer. The job is his if he can successfully pull off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events...

If there's one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it's Whisper Shore. For years, she's been stuck running her family's inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has a visit scheduled from a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot.

The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys may not get along, but Blake knows Autumn's the only one who can help him. She agrees to a trade--she'll help with the Festival and he'll help with inn repairs. But what was meant to be a simple deal quickly becomes much more than that when the guy who's done running away joins forces with the girl who can't wait to leave.

This book drew me in from page one. Melissa has an easy style of writing where the words and story simply flow. She also does humor well. I know dialogue is one of her favorite parts of writing, and I can see why. Her story truly does happen between the quotation marks, and it makes the pages fly by. As a reader, you get to truly know the characters and hear their voice rather than Melissa's (Though knowing her, she does possess a keen sense of humor. The woman is funny.)

Being a Michigander, I also loved that she set the story in my beautiful state. It was fun to see it through her eyes, and I enjoyed the scenery and places she snuck in. The backdrop was perfect for Blake and Autumn. I have to mention, too, the fact that if you love the show Gilmore Girls, you'll love this book. From what I'm told by faithful fans of that show, Here to Stay has a similar feel to it. Now, that being said, I've never seen one episode of that show, and I still loved this book immensely. Blake is a strong leading man; he made my heart catch on several occasions. The attraction between the two builds at a perfect pace with just enough conflict to make you wonder how they'll get together. You know they will, it's a romance, but the ride there keeps you smiling, laughing, and sighing. I definitely enjoyed every moment the book was in my hands.

If you haven't already made room on your shelf for Melissa, I strongly encourage you to do so. She is a fresh and fun voice in contemporary romance, and one you won't want to miss. You can purchase Here to Stay here.

Oh! And here's Melissa's Would You Rather Question:

Would you rather...

Wear a rattlesnake for a belt?
An electric eel for a tie?

What did she choose?

I would go with the rattlesnake belt for two reasons:
1) Both rattlesnakes and eels are scary, but eels are also slimy. Extra creep factor.
2) I don't even know how to tie a tie.

Thus, rattlesnake belt. :)

HA! Thanks, Melissa. And I have to say, I'd take the tie. The whole getting bit every time I have to use the bathroom...yeah, wouldn't look forward to that.

Have a great weekend, everyone! And let me know what you'd choose:)

Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. She’s passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at