Live Interview – 2/16/18 @ 2PM EST

February 16, 2018 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

All, I’m being interviewed LIVE today at 2PM EST. If you’re not able to make it, or if you see this blog post afterwards, then you may listen to the recorded interview.

Thanks in advance for listening and have a blessed weekend!

 

Blue Ridge Sunrise

February 15, 2018 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

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Blue Ride Sunrise by Denise Hunter

Have you ever wished for a second chance at love?

When Zoe returns to her hometown for her grandmother’s funeral, she’s floored when she discovers that she’s inherited her grandma’s peach orchard. Being home dredges up so many good and painful memories. Zoe has never gotten over her high school crush on Cruz, her brother’s best friend. Plus, she’s a mommy and has to care for her four-year-old daughter. She’s been on the road since she’s had her kid and she’s in a terrible relationship with her current boyfriend. Plus, she’s estranged from her dad.

Cruz has never forgotten Zoe. When she turns up back in town, all of those old feelings are reawakened. But, can her family accept him as her equal, or, will they always feel that he’s not good enough for her.

But, Zoe has a secret and when Cruz discovers why she’s left…

Although I enjoyed this book, I felt it was more like a sweet romance than Christian fiction. I felt the message was very light, almost non-existent. However, the story was very good and I was pulled in from the beginning. I just wish the flash back wasn’t so many chapters. I was mesmerized by the first few chapters. But, when I went back to Zoe and Cruz’s relationship from years ago…yeah it was good, but, I’d rather the story had started at the beginning of their romance instead of flashing back.

I recommend this book if you love a good, heartwarming story about second chances. The chemistry between Cruz and Zoe is hotter than grease on an iron skillet – and I mean that in a positive way!

So, have you ever wished for a second chance at love? Have you ever broken up with someone and wished you could see them again and try and see if things could work out the second time?

 

Valentine’s Day and a Preorder

February 10, 2018 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If so, what will you do to celebrate this year?

My husband and I will be attending an old-school concert. I might bake some heart-shaped cookies – depends on how I feel. I certainly don’t need the cookies, but, my sweet tooth aches sometimes and I need to have my dessert!

Do you have any special memories about how you celebrated Valentine’s Day as a child, and as an adult? If so I’d love to hear about them!

So, tell me how you will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. I’d also love to know about your Valentine’s Day memories, too!

I also wanted to mention that The Underground Railroad Brides Collection is now available for preorder! I authored one of the nine novellas in this historical collection. This is my first historical and I honestly believe it’s one of the strongest stories that I’ve ever written. Come and sample these beautiful love stories by some wonderful Christian authors! 

Love Simplified

January 27, 2018 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

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Love Simplified by Terri J. Haynes

Do you like to watch reality TV? If so, what’s your favorite reality show?

Author Tempest Day is the expert on the subject of love! She’s had pairing parties, where she’s paired up folks with their future mates. She’s been somewhat successful in her love pairings, however, there’s something unique about Tempest: Although she advises people about romance, she’s never been in love!

When she’s challenged on a talk show, she’s practically forced to so something about her never-fallen-in-love status. Her life takes a drastic change and when she’s now a reality TV star, she finds herself working with handsome and bad-tempered Lance Moretti. Lance is drawn to Tempest and the chemistry sizzles between them like oil hitting a hot skillet!

This book was so exciting! There were so many surprises and twists and turns. You’ll keep turning the pages as you read about these amazing characters. It was also exciting to read about life on a reality show.

So, do you like to watch reality TV? If so, what’s your favorite reality show?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2018 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Remember the dream!!

Have a nice Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today, remember the dream and show someone some kindness. Remember we’re all children of God!

Happy New Year’s Eve!

December 31, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

So, how has your year been?

It’s New Year’s Eve and I wanted to take some time to reflect with my blog readers my email list. This has been a good year for me writing-wise. I started my own company, Divine Desserts Publishing, and during Christmas 2016, I started doing boxed sets with other authors. I’d never worked with a group of authors before on a published writing project. It was a fun and lucrative experience. I made some new friends and I’ve found that it’s great to work in a group where folks share a plethora of story ideas.

For the first time in my life, I wrote a historical. The historical is a novella scheduled to be published by Barbour Publishing as a part of The Underground Railroad Brides collection in June 2018. I still have to pinch myself – I can’t believe I actually stretched my wings and wrote a historical. It was a fun experience and I found once I got started on the story, I was able to keep right on writing. If I’d not been required to write a novella, I sensed that my story could have been made into a full-length novel.

In my personal life, my husband and I have been busy our twelve year old son. I just find it hard to believe he’s twelve now! Seems like he was just born yesterday. Our son was busy with track season during the spring and summer and he also played soccer.

I’ve also been working on a novel partially based upon my husband’s life. I’m going to be releasing Southern Comfort in 2018. I’ve been excited about this book and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

So, how has your year been? Please tell me about it!

Saturday Matinee – Hallmark Christmas Movies

December 30, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Did you watch any good Christmas movies this year? If so, please leave a comment with your recommendations!

I watched a plethora of Christmas movies this year. Most of them were from the Hallmark Channel. Here are the movies I watched on the Hallmark Channel – beware, some of the details are kinda sketchy since it’s been weeks since I watched some of these:

Marry Me at Christmas – this was a sweet, cheesy movie about a wedding planner (Madeline) who falls for the bride’s brother (Johnny Blake – a famous star). There’s tension between them initially since Johnny thinks that folks like him simply because he’s a star. There are some tense moments and misunderstandings between the couple. Since their worlds are so different, they clash, but, they can’t resist their deep attraction!

Christmas Festival of Ice – this was another sweet movie about a soon-to-be lawyer (Emma) who discovers that her town’s ice-sculpting contest has been cancelled. She campaigns to keep the contest alive and sparks fly when she finds her new ice-sculpting partner (Nick). Emma doesn’t know if she really wants to be a lawyer – after all, ice sculpting is in her blood and it’s fun! It’s also nice to work with Nick, too!

Miss Christmas – Miss Christmas is known for finding the perfect tree for her Chicago festival. When a young boy sends her a letter, telling her about the perfect tree, she’s determined to get this tree for her big event. However, the boy’s dad refuses to give up the tree. The tree means a lot to him and he wants to keep it on his land. Of course they find they’re attracted to one another as they battle over the tree.

The Sweetest Christmas – Kylie is stunned when her boyfriend acts as if he’s going to propose to her, but, offers her a promotion instead. Her world brightens when she discovers that she’s finaled in a gingerbread house competition. She needs a commercial oven to practice and her old boyfriend (Nick) offers the use of his pizzeria oven. This was one of my favorite Hallmark Christmas movies this year. I think I enjoyed it because of the gingerbread competition (I’m a sucker for anything involving sweets!) I also loved that she grows closer to her old boyfriend while she uses his oven. Also, I love pizza, too, so, that just gave me something more to enjoy about this sweet film!

With Love, Christmas – Melanie is assigned her Scrooge-like co-worker (Donovan) for Secret Santa. As they work together on a project, Donovan wonders about the Secret Santa who keeps texting him. He doesn’t realize it’s Melanie – and mistakenly thinks it’s someone else! Melanie doesn’t want Donovan to assume that someone else is his Secret Santa. Why can’t he realize that she’s the one who’s been texting him?

The Mistletoe Inn – This was another favorite of mine this year since it involves two writers. When Kim’s boyfriend breaks up with her because she’s not serious about writing, she’s stunned. She attends a writers retreat and runs into her recent ex-boyfriend as well as Zeke, her retreat writing partner. Zeke has some surprises up his sleeve and now her ex-boyfriend wants to get chummy with her again. I really liked how things turned out with this threesome. This was an enjoyable Christmas movie.

Christmas in Evergreen – a delightful movie about a widower, his daughter, the town’s vet and a magical snow globe. Such a charming story.

Christmas at Holly Lodge – a nice, typical story about a woman who’s fighting to keep her business from going under.

Christmas Next Door – a typical story about a Scrooge-like bachelor who is forced to become a family man and face his dislike for Christmas. His pretty next-door neighbor adds a nice touch to this sweet story.

Christmas Getaway – a nice, typical story about a mix-up (both of the main characters are forced to share a cabin due to a booking mistake). Emory has never had a traditional Christmas and her new cabin mate and his adorable daughter help her to celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way.

I rented the following two movies:

The Spirit of Christmas – this movie was unusual because it involves a ghost. An old house has not been sold because the realtors have been scared off by a ghost (Daniel). Kate is determined to sell this old house – after all, there’s no such thing as ghosts, right? But, Kate meets Daniel…and she’s stunned. Is it okay to be attracted to a sexy, handsome ghost?

A Cinderella Christmas – I really loved this movie! Orphaned Angie works hard running her uncle’s catering business. Her cousin Candace takes credit for all her hard work. Angie dresses in disguise to attend a formal masquerade ball. When Nick encounters Angie, he’s intrigued. Afterwards, he’s determined to find the sexy girl who was in disguise, but, he’s confused. Was the mysterious woman Angie, or was it her cousin Candace? Out of all the Christmas movies I viewed this year, this one was my favorite! I highly recommend you watch this movie!

So, have you watched any wonderful Christmas movies this year? Please tell me about them!

If you like Hallmark Christmas movies, then you should try Loving Luke – a sweet, decadent, emotional romantic tale – only 99c!

Hair!

December 7, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Come on over to the Inspy Romance Blog! I’m blogging today about a great book and…HAIR! 

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Sunday Brunch – Jonah!

November 20, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Can you believe that Jonah was inside the belly of a fish/whale for three days and three nights?

Jonah 1:17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah 2:10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

I was talking to my son about Jonah recently. He’d mentioned that he’d thought that Jonah would have been digested by the whale while inside the belly. How could he still be alive? God kept him alive, was the best that I could explain it.

Jonah ran away from his calling and he had to pay the price. He prayed while in the belly of the fish – he prayed to the Lord. The Lord then commanded the fish to spit Jonah out.

While inside the belly, God protected Jonah from harm. He protected him from being digested by the fish. Jonah did not provide sustenance to the fish (as far as I can tell). The Lord kept him safe, which is good.

I keep thinking about how it feels to be trapped in the belly of a whale. It sounds scary and frightful. Is there enough oxygen in there to breathe? I guess so if the Lord provides it for us. How long could one stay alive in the belly of a whale if one were NOT protected by the Lord?

I also felt that this would make a cool movie! Can you imagine making a movie about Jonah? I wonder how one would film the scenes inside the fish’s belly?

So what do you think it was like for Jonah inside the belly of a fish/whale for three days and three nights?

 

God Is Love Blog

November 19, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

I’m a guest on God Is Love Blog. Come check it out!