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Monday, November 23, 2020

Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Educational

You know I love unicorns, but I also love small and local business offerings. 

Russet Road Kids has all three! Whether you're into fairytales or sports or love animals, Russet Road Kids has something for you (they even have a tractor!). Their name puzzles help children learn letters and their name. Their educational toys encourage fun learning from number and alphabet puzzles to wooden or acrylic tracing boards. So much about this that I love!

And right now they have some Black Friday specials so head on over before they're gone.

This is what they have to say:

"We promote positive, educational playtime from our family to yours! We've created several educational wooden toys you and your little one will love."

They are a family-owned and operated small business and make everything right here in Arizona. 

You can visit their website or follow them on Instagram at RussetRoadKids.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

It's Christmas Romance Time


It's Christmas romance time! 

To celebrate, I am doing a giveaway. What do you need to do to enter? It's easy. Follow my author Instagram account (@authorpeggyurry) for all the details. The contest will run today, Nov 17, through Thursday, Nov 19, midnight. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Online Bookshop Supports Local Bookstores


Reading on the beach is a favorite for many of us. We also have our favorite bookstore haunts. Maybe you already knew about this one, but I just learned about  Bookshop from Eschler Editing. It's very cool.

Bookshop (a new-ish but powerhouse outlet) allows you to blend gifting your favorite books with supporting your favorite local/indie bookstore. Hooray!

I absolutely love this!

Eschler Editing says this about Bookshop: "Dreamed up and founded by Literary Hub co-founder Andy Hunter, its purpose is to allow independent bookstores to create their own shopfront on the site, and the stores receive the full profit margin." 

See why this is a big deal? Maybe you think it can't rival that giant online bookstore. Customer service and shipping are handled by Bookshop and its distribution partners with books being shipped within two to three days. In addition, titles are offered at a small discount. I dare you to give it a try.

Shop local and shop small this holiday season. Link is also in my sidebar.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Holiday Mission (it's BIG)

This came in my inbox and I wanted to share with you because I love not only her devotion to helping others, but the cool jewelry she sells (100% of the profits go to charity). This is an opportunity to get some beautiful gifts for the people in your life AND to contribute to a great cause.

I'm so excited to be writing to you today because I have big things to share. If you are new around here, I want you to know that Sela Designs is changing the world and you are part of it. This holiday season, we are going to do amazing things - together.

Every holiday season, we choose one BIG mission goal. Here are the last three we've completed:


2017: $5,000 given to Life House to help break the cycle of generational poverty

2018: $6,300 given to fully fund a sex trafficking rescue mission through IJM

2019: $10,000 given to build a well in Malawi through charity: water


For 2020, the dream has grown. The mission has grown. Our community has grown. 


My heart is racing as I type these words: our mission for Holiday 2020 is to FULLY FUND 3 SEX TRAFFICKING RESCUE MISSIONS. 


Yes, you read that correctly! Not one mission, THREE! It's a lofty goal to give $20,000, but friend, think about those women and children who will be freed. Picture their faces. Imagine what rescue means to them. 


From now through December, we're going to make every sale count toward our big, outrageous goal. Here's what you can do:


1. Share Sela Designs and our mission with your friends, family, and co-workers.

2. Wear the jewelry & talk about our purpose.

3. Share us on social media. Like, comment, save & share. It all helps.

4. Gift Sela Designs to teachers, friends, family & anyone else you can think of. Let them be a part of this mission too!


This mission is big and bold, just the way we like it! Let's do this.

Friday, August 7, 2020

NEW from author Deirdra Eden

So many exciting things happening this week for author Deirdra Eden. She has a non-fiction book called Time Management for Creative People. (available now on Amazon)

I am so excited to dive into this book. Aren't we all creative to some extent? And I love that this is a fresh approach to productivity. I'll have more comments on this soon (because I'm starting it once I get the draft for this post done - yay).

Here's more information for you:

Now Available

Time Management for Creative People

 by Deirdra Eden

Guidance for being in the right mind for right-brained people.

Chances are you’ve tried spreadsheets, agendas, day planners, and other linear, mathematical ways mainstream culture measures time. Applying industrial production systems to a creative mind can dampen the joy of your work, knock you off balance, and block your energy flow.


Time Management for Creative People offers a fun, organic approach to balancing, organizing, and prioritizing all you need to get done by living your life in creative cycles and seasons while maximizing your high and low energy times the way you were meant to.


Your creativity is a uniquely powerful force that can be harnessed, focused, controlled, commanded, and become a powerful ability as you masterfully channel your desire to create into the powerful motivating force it is meant to be.



Get your copy today: Time Management for Creative People




You can follow Deirdra Eden on your favorite Social Media sites:


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Deirdra Eden also has a few books from The Watchers series debuting this week (aren't these covers lovely?):

Happy reading!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Something New (I wish it was a book!)

Have you ever been motivated to do something that needed to be done as a result of a minor disaster? Like mopping the kitchen floor after someone drops a cup of juice? Because if you leave that, it's going to turn into one fat sticky mess. Or renovating a bathroom because the old shower leaked? Because if you leave that, it results in horrid smells and damage on a much larger scale.

Unlike mopping, our recent reno ended up being a much bigger project than we anticipated--and it really was our own doing. We couldn't put in a new shower and leave the old countertops. Right?

The old shower matched the lovely mauve and cream cultured marble of the countertop complete with matching brass fixtures/doors. Who wouldn't want to keep that?

Oddly (at least in my opinion), it is relatively the same cost to throw in a pre-fab shower as it is to hire someone to tile it. So of course I went with the tile option.

After several trips to Home Depot and a lot of hours perusing our option, we settled on this lovely greige subway tile and gray penny tile for the floor. We also picked out a new countertop and brushed nickel faucet. The cabinets got a new coat of white paint as well (thanks to our cute renter). I think it turned out much better than I anticipated.

Granite Countertops

This isn't unlike writing a book. I just wish I could write one in two weeks rather than years and years. It takes way more preparation and work than I imagine. But I hope the stories turn out just as lovely after I put in the work.

Friday, February 28, 2020

To Every Love a Season

Check out these fun blogs that are also featuring To Every Love a Season:

Feb 25: Empower Moms

Enter to Win prizes (today is the last day)!

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About the author: 

A USA TODAY bestselling author, Stacy Henrie graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public relations. Not long after, she switched from writing press releases and newsletters to writing inspirational historical romances. Born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family, she enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids. Her books include HOPE AT DAWN, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance.

You can visit Stacy at her website, Amazon author page, Facebook, and Bookbub.

Enjoy these inspirational historical romances brought to us in five novellas.

Back of the Book:

Her Winter Suitor
If Callie doesn’t attract the interest of a suitor by the Patriarch Ball, she’ll be shipped off to England to find a husband. Unwilling to let that happen, Leo, the son of Callie’s favorite chocolatier, volunteers to pretend to be her secret admirer. In return, Callie will ensure his family’s shop provides chocolate favors for the ball—in hopes of keeping the shop from closing. But when their arrangement deepens into real feelings, the two must decide if a humble maker of chocolate and a wealthy heiress can find more than temporary happiness together.

An Unlikely Spring Courtship
Tempest and Bram are both eager to have the most successful mercantile in town. But there are only enough customers to support one store, and neither Tempest or Bram are willing to concede defeat. In spite of their initial competition, the two can’t help but admire the tenacity of the other and eventually they form a bond of friendship. When disaster strikes the town, the pair will have to choose what matters most—success in business or in following one’s heart.

A Summer for Love
When circumstances thwarted their young love, Wyatt and Loralee promised to meet in eight years if neither of them had found someone. This time Loralee isn’t returning to the beach resort as a lowly hotel maid, though—she’s become a renowned singer, performing across the country. Wyatt’s situation has also changed. He’s become a father to his orphaned niece and wishes to provide her with a stable home. But when Wyatt and Loralee see each other again, they begin to wonder if their love hasn’t lessened with time but has deepened instead into something lasting.

Romance in Autumn
Once the daughter of a servant, Phoebe is now an heiress with enough funds to provide herself and her mother with a home of their own. And she knows exactly which house she wants to buy—the mansion at the seaside where she and her mother once worked in the summers. However, James, the son of their former employer, has been tasked to sell the mansion at auction for a price much higher than Phoebe can likely afford. Still hopeful, she volunteers to help James return the neglected mansion to its former glory, and the two become good friends. Yet as the auction draws nearer, they will need to determine which dreams are worth pursuing and which are worth changing.

A Long Winter Kiss
Once the best of friends, with the promise of being something more, Samantha and Rex have seen little of each other since Rex returned home from the war. Samantha is still hurt over Rex eventually asking her not to write him anymore while he was away, and Rex is certain Samantha doesn’t deserve to be with a man who bears the emotional scars of a soldier. However, the two of them are thrown together again when Samantha’s father is unable to deliver his annual Christmas Eve gifts. As Samantha and Rex perform the task, the walls between them start to crumble, making them both hope in the miracles of the season.

You can buy the e-book or paperback at Amazon.

Which one will you read first? (Do you go in order like I do or pick and choose where to start?)

Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Educational

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