Art – it’s beautiful to look at but do you ever stop to think about the hours it took to create that beautiful work? Having an artist in the house, I know it will take her hours to get a painting done. Sometimes days. It takes great focus, a steady hand, and loads of patients–all things I do not posses.

When I was asked to share what I enjoyed creating, I froze. I am not artistic in any way. I don’t knit, I don’t sew, I don’t cross-stitch, I don’t paint, I don’t –well, you get the idea. If I lived during the eighteenth century, one would say that I am “unaccomplished” (Thank the good Lord we don’t live in that time).

What I do like doing is why you are here today, reading this blog. I like to write. Writing is my creative outlet. Sometimes it’s for myself in my prayer journal, other times it’s character ideas and story plots. To watch my “imaginary friends” come to life on the pages of books is a thrill that is unexplainable sometimes. Think of what it was like to watch your children grow up, or a beloved niece/nephew–the joy of watching them discover things about themselves and the world around them. It’s captivating and a little intoxicating.

So, what do you enjoy creating? (Share in comments below and don’t forget to enter all the giveaways.)

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Islanders call him the Elnora Monet.

Is that island speak for “pompous, arrogant jerk?”

When Carly Mulligan volunteered to make house calls on Elnora, she never imagined treating the richest cat on the islands. What other feline has his own wing in a mansion like the Belshaw Estate?

After a wrong turn in the mansion, Carly stumbles across a secret room—one filled with incredible paintings. Perhaps there’s something more to the man than she first thought.

Most people envy Jean-Luc Belshaw’s position. The heir to a lucrative business and family fortune, he should have everything he could dream of.

But Luc dreams of days past. Days when he traveled the world with his wife and painted the breathings of his soul disappeared with Angeline’s passing.  Faith and inspiration gone, he wonders if returning to France to take his place in his father’s business is the right thing to do.

Carly has a few relational demons of her own, and she’s reluctant to trust him, but Luc’s paintings draw her in even as his story touches a long-empty place in her heart.

Only God can transform two broken pasts into a work of art.

The Elnora Monet continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Author hop line-up

Rachel Skatvold – April 27

Tabitha Bouldin – April 28

Carolyn Miller – April 29

Chautona Havig – April 30

Melissa Wardwell – May 1

Kari Trumbo – May 2

Sandy Barela for Celebrate Lit Publishing – May 3