Living the Sports Chick Dream!

My friend, Latoscia Mason is wild about football! As you can see from this picture, she really gets into her role as a sports chick. To say she loves football, is an under-statement!

She’s an Alabama fan, a University of Louisville (UofL) fan, and a football mom. I could go on and on, but I think I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Because this sports chick is having a stellar year.

By the way – her son plays football at Fern Creek High School – in my neighborhood. I graduated from FCHS a few years back (snicker). The Tigers made a name for themselves in 2016, and are doing well this year, too. Keep your eye on #85!

And she’s passing the football-loving gene on to the third generation!

I think that’s pretty amazing. What a grandma (actually, I think she’s called “Glamma”).

So, here’s to a winning season, Sports Chick! May your teams score big this year.

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Latoscia is not just about football, she’s a minister, too. You’ll find her at Within You Ministries on Facebook. Most weekends, she and her team are ministering at KCIW — Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women.

From Latoscia’s Facebook post~

Over the years, the overwhelming love of God has glowed through me when I didn’t see anything but darkness! But God…in His infinite wisdom, with total surrender/obedience, His love has illuminated and transformed me from the inside out! If you are in a dark place, surrender, give it to Him. He shall light and direct your path. I’m a witness of his constant ❤️ grace, mercy and faithfulness. I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, but He has kept me! When I 👀back over my life, and I think things over…I can truly say that I AM BLESSED! TGBTG! #TBTPic







3 Questions Wednesday with April W. Gardner

April W. Gardner

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, April W. Gardner.

April writes Christian historical romance with a focus on our Southeastern Native Tribes. She is a copy editor, military wife, and mother of two who lives in Texas.

Let’s see how she does with our three questions!


What inspires you?

April: Music. Always music! It moves me in a way nothing else does. It’s my preferred form of worship, and I always have something playing while I write. For writing, I prefer soft music without lyrics. Jim Brickman is one of my favorites, but I also listen to a lot of spa music.

Good answer. The next question is just for fun–

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

April:  Blue! Any shade. Blue is one of those colors that, no matter the shade, can never be ugly. Green, for example, can have ugly shades and make us think of unpleasant things, but I can’t think of any shade of blue that has a negative connotation. It’s so soothing!

I agree! Blue suggests patience, kindness, and perseverance. The color is soothing, kind of the like the music you prefer.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

April: When I was four, I told my mom I was not going to college. I was going to be a mommy. Well, I went to college, but in the end, I became a stay-at-home mommy. I still am! Though I also work from home now. Best. Life. Ever.

Isn’t it, though? What a blessing that you’re able to do that. Enjoy every moment.

Thank you, April, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

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Bitter Eyes No More

A man of abiding honor tested by a woman of ruinous passion. A woman of unspeakable sins pursued by a God of unquenchable mercy.

Spanish Florida once sheltered Lillian McGirth from her fears. Now, it feeds them. Mercy is for the deserving; for Lillian, an unwed mother accused of treason, there is only battering and defeat, but her fall breaks softly in the arms of an unexpected arrival, a man too beautiful of soul to stain with her lost character.

Captain Marcus Buck sails in on a pledge to save Miss McGirth from herself and from her child’s father, a ruthless don. All the while, he’s to regard her as virtuous and worthy of protection and to guard said virtue from pilfering. But the terms are flawed since he must first guard her from himself. Regardless, he is determined. He will free her, repair her name–simple labor compared to dodging the army’s noose, mending wounds three years deep, and navigating a host of rebel Natives bent on inflicting more.

Through the steady crumble of his pledge, their friendship becomes a consolation, for she knows his pain as no other can or will. Their scars are one; their paths, however, might irrevocably become two…

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Are You Ready for Some Football!

By Betty Boyd


There is a nip of coolness in the air. The tailgaters are once again gathered at their favorite college campus. The anticipation is enormous, and discussions abound on how each team will do in the upcoming season.

Some say baseball is America’s sport, but from what I can see, football really is. While growing up, I can remember sitting around the television every Saturday afternoon, and watching with wonder on how my favorite college team -Notre Dame-would do against its current rival.

There is a unique competitive spirit running through a college football team that is unlike anything any other sport can offer. I marvel at the athleticism, skill and tenacity of every individual on that team. College football is a breath of fresh air, in that, you have a distinctive bond that cannot be matched by any other sport.

Don’t get me wrong, I follow baseball and pro football, but I have never found quite the excitement and thrill I get watching college football. The tradition and nostalgia it exudes is what makes it so awesome a past time.

So, are you ready for some football? I sure am, and I will still be watching every Saturday afternoon to cheer Notre Dame on to victory.


Writing prompt: What is your family’s football tradition?




Michelle Griep at Bleakly Manor

Michelle Griep is an author, blogger, and occasional super-hero when her cape is clean.

Dare I be so bold as to call myself an author? Being that I’m one of those freaks who attended poetry workshops instead of summer camp during my formative years, yes, I will. While other teens busied themselves throwing parties when their parents weren’t home, I was the nerd holed up in my room with pen and paper.

And a princess–No, I’m not currently on medication for delusions of grandeur. I am a daughter of a King. Seriously. I take the Bible as inspired truth and that’s what it says (Romans 8:16, 17). [from]

Michelle, welcome back to the Writing Prompts blog. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Michelle: I’m a reformed chocoholic who lives with my husband, psychotic dog, and the last of my birdie’s that hasn’t yet flown the nest. I teach at a local high school homeschool co-op once a week, three classes: civics, creative writing, and U.S. History & Literature. Way back when dinosaurs roamed the face of the earth and I worked full-time outside the home, I was a typesetter. Yeah. Those jobs pretty much don’t exist anymore. Good thing I took up writing, eh?

Right. I remember that one. But for those who are too young to remember–here’s the definition: “the process of setting material in type or into a form to be used in printing; also :  the process of producing graphic matter (as through a computer system).” [Webster’s Online Dictionary]

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Michelle: I write historical romance with a healthy dose of action and adventure tossed in. Why? Because those are my favorite sorts to read!

Mine too!

Do you work to an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?

Michelle: When I first started writing, I totally winged it, not knowing where the story would go or how it would end. That’s a great way to write . . . if you don’t have a deadline! Now that I have contracts lined up in a row, I need to create an outline for each story just to save time and keep on track.

That’s good advice, too, for those who may be working under the same time constraints.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Michelle: It depends on the day. Sometimes it’s hard to “feel” creative, but yet I still need to create words that will grab people by the throat. I wouldn’t call that writer’s block, per se, but more like sluggish writer syndrome. Hey, there’s a blog post, hmm?

Oh yes, I’m a little too familiar with sluggish writer syndrome.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Michelle: I’ll still be writing stories. I can’t stop. I love it too much. And if my dreams come true, I’d be doing that writing while living in England.manorhouse, English, countryside

What a wonderful dream! Well, I love the cover of this book (see below). And I’m very curious about Bleakly Manor. I have to confess, I picked up a copy of your book, Captive Heart in our local Lifeway, and I had to be dragged out of the store. The story captured me from the start. Big fan, here! So, I’m definitely going to take a look at this one.

Readers, you can find Michelle’s books on Amazon for easy purchase, or you can find them in stores. Here’s the link to her Amazon author page: Michelle Griep on Amazon

Thanks so much for being our guest for a Saturday Interview. I hope you’ll stop back in next year, or any time you have a new book out.

12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep

When CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds. That’s enough money to bring her brother back from America and reinstate their stolen family fortune. But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, BENJAMIN LANE.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar.

Brought together under mysterious circumstances for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

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Want to know more about Michelle’s books? Check out these reviews!

Trisha Robertson’s Joy of Reading
Amanda Geaney’s Christian Shelf Esteem
Beth Erin’s Faithfully Bookish

Where to find Michelle:

Writer Off The Leash (blog)

Michelle Griep (Website)