After Gina Welborn earned a Communications degee from an Oklahoma university, she thought the perfect career choice was working at a news radio station writing commercial copy, public service announcements, and news reports. A PSA writer, sadly, can only be so creative when describing ketchup and Geronimo’s grave. (No, she never combined those two elements in the same script, but now that she thinks about it, she wishes ... ) Thus Gina "retired" to focus on goal, motivation, and conflict within her family before discovering her niche in writing romances. A member of RWA and ACFW, Gina has four published novellas, including one in the ECPA-bestselling Mistletoe Memories, and three short historical romances: The Heiress's Courtship, The Marshal's Pursuit, and Masterpiece Marriage. A moderately obsessive fan of Community, Once Upon a Time, and Chopped, Gina lives in Oklahoma with her pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, a box-lab, two rabbits, four guinea pigs, and a fancy Russian dwarf hamster named Tom Bob Deucalion. Gina is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.
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After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs. Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him. Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?
We've been keeping busy, as always. :) I thought it was about time for another little update, so as usual, it will be short and sweet, but enough to give you a taste of what we've been up to!!
Our little 2 year old cutie is now the proud owner of a pair of glasses! She actually really seems to like them, so I'm assuming that means they help her see better. (She got them because she was crossing her eyes...as of now, the eye-crossing is gone, so we are hopeful that the glasses will help her!!)
Kira and her baby doll - who is also wearing glasses!!! :)
We took a little trip to the Science Center and it was SUPER fun! Here they are in a giant "bubble machine" trying to make a bubble surround them!!
Emily got to see if her hair would stand up straight! :)
We also got to watch a 3-D movie at the Imax...I haven't been to the Imax since I was a teen and have never been to a 3-D movie so it was quite fun!
Tate, puppy-sitting a puppy for some friends of ours. The puppy looks pretty big in this picture, but she actually wasn't that big yet. :) He loves getting to puppy-sit every once in a while, and it's the perfect solution for us, since he wants a dog, and we are never going to get one. haha. :) So, this way he gets a taste of what it's like to have a pet dog, and gets to enjoy playing with her every once in a while.
November 2 - the first snow. At least it waited 2 weeks longer than last year! :) Even though I could do without snow for...well, pretty much for the entire winter I think, our kids were SUPER excited. When the snow first came, they did their best to scrape up any snowflakes they could to make snowballs, etc....as you can see, there was not a lot to scrape up at the start...
But that all changed overnight!! By morning there was plenty of snow to make huge, heavy snowballs with. Tate built this solid "fort" thing...it was more like a big pile of snow to stand on. I think he used up almost all the snow in our front yard to make it. ;)
Kira had to get in on the action too...she was trying to help shovel, but I think she was actually shoveling snow ON the sidewalk instead of off of it! haha.
And this little cutie stayed inside and hung out with me. :)
Enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and nonfiction. An avid knitter, harp player and non-reformed chocoholic, she spends her days writing books, doing laundry, running carpools and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in speech from Northwestern University and currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. The "dare from a friend" to begin writing eight years ago has blossomed into a career that includes numerous public speaking engagements, two books on parenting; Becoming a Chief Home Officer and Facing Every Mom's Fears and now novels for Steeple Hill Books. She is the mother of two children and, most recently, a Havanese dog named Bella.
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Building their future
Charlotte Taylor isn't good at playing it safe. Reeling from the sudden loss of her job and her beloved grandmother, Charlotte knows buying a dilapidated cottage in Gordon Falls isn't exactly practical. Especially since she just hired the one man who may love the property more than she does to help renovate it. Volunteer firefighter and part-time contractor Jesse Sykes can't stay mad at Charlotte for very long. Though she snatched up the home he'd planned on purchasing, Charlotte's dreams are big enough for both of them…if only she'd let him in. Charlotte promised she'd never fall for a first responder, but is it already too late?