Look What Heather is Giving Away!

Look What Heather is Giving Away!

Yes, it’s been veeeeerrrrra (please, please, PLEASE read that with a Scottish burr – it’s much more fun that way) quiet on the home front the last month or two. Well, I’m just gonna tell you now, it’s probably going to stay fairly quiet the rest of the year.

What’s going on you ask?

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20 Random Things You Probably Didn’t Want to Know About Me

20 Random Things You Probably Didn’t Want to Know About Me

So my author friend Heather Day Gilbert tagged me in the 20 Random Things You Probably Didn’t Want to Know about Me post on Facebook. I’m not on Facebook much these days, and Heather knows that, so she included the option to do a blog post instead and just share that on Facebook. THAT I can do! (By the way, you can find Heather’s 20 Things HERE!) Read more

Happy Columbus Day!

Happy Columbus Day!



Have you explored any worlds lately?

Have you explored any WORDS lately?

You don’t need a ship and an oddly-smelling crew … just read a book or two or three or more!

Here are a few to launch your next adventure.

Happy Columbus Day and Happy Exploring!

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Somewhere in time:
God’s Daughter (Vikings of the New World Saga Book 1) by Heather Day Gilbert (FREE on Amazon for 3 days!)

NOTE: Long before Columbus landed on these shores … come the Vikings! A fantastic voyage of adventure, exploration, faith, and love. CLICK TO TWEET ABOUT THIS BOOK!

Across the sea:
Crooked Lines by Holly Michael ($5.99 on Amazon)

NOTE: A beautiful story of a woman torn between two worlds by a beautiful woman who lives in both. CLICK TO TWEET ABOUT THIS BOOK!

The danger zone:
The Sacrifice (Anna Denning Mystery #3) by Karin Kaufman ($3.99 on Amazon)

NOTE: If you haven’t met Anna Denning, genealogist sleuth, yet, read – or listen to ME read to you! – Books 1 & 2 first! Both available on Amazon, Audible.com, and iTunes. Book 3, The Sacrifice, coming to 2015! CLICK TO TWEET ABOUT THIS BOOK!

No Mans Land:
The End Came With A Kiss (Beautiful Dead Book 1) by John Michael Hileman ($5.99 on Amazon)


Even from your own neighborhood:
Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection (99 cents until October 25th on Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, and more!)

NOTE: Elderberry Days: A Season of Joy (The Holiday Sequel to Elderberry Croft) is scheduled to release on November 10th. I’m hoping it will be out before then, so watch for it! CLICK TO TWEET ABOUT THIS BOOK!

And there are sooooo many more books out there!

Happy exploring!

Waters Fall is FREE for 3 Days!

Waters Fall is FREE for 3 Days!


 Waters Fall is FREE for 3 Days!

WATERS FALL is FREE for 3 days on Amazon – Sunday, July 13th, through Tuesday, July 15th! I hope you pick up a copy for yourself, and tell your friends about it, too! (HEADS UP: The cover image on Amazon has not yet updated to the new cover, however, if you open the “Look Inside” option, and when you download the ebook, you’ll see that it IS this new cover! Not sure what the delay is, but you’ll get this new cover when you download the ebook!)


The anatomy of an affair. The price of forgiveness. The beauty of grace.

Jake doesn’t remember what it means to be a champion.

Nora doesn’t know how much longer she can tread water before she goes under.

Their fairytale marriage is hurtling toward a tragic end.

Then Tristan sweeps in—all feelings and fire and freedom—and Nora is carried out to where the waters flow fast and deep. Nora knows she’s risking far more than just her heart….

When it all comes crashing down, Jake and Nora are left standing amidst the ruins of everything they’ve built together. Will they walk away, or stay and fight for their happily-ever-after?

Note: WATERS FALL is written from a Christian worldview.

Read an Excerpt on Amazon!

I also want to remind you that Monday, July 14th, has been claimed as Digital Book Day, and to commemorate this day, a plethora of authors from EVERY genre are giving away digital copies of their books for FREE through DigitalBookDay.com.

And yes, when I say “EVERY genre,” I mean pretty much every genre, as far as I can tell. In other words, even though my book, along with many other books listed, is written from a Christian worldview, many are NOT. So be aware.

Here are just a few of the books by Christian authors on the Digital Book Day list (All images below are my affiliate links):

There are TONS of books on the list, so do hop over to the website, or join us on Facebook for the Digital Book Day Event!

Don’t forget to download your FREE copy of WATERS FALL, and if you’d be so kind as to post a review of the book on Amazon after you’ve read it, I’d be ever so grateful!


Do you enjoy audiobooks? Sign up for my Brave Hearts Press Newsletter and get a FREE audiobook from our BraveHeart Audiobooks Library!

(And if you’ve already signed up, you’ll be receiving a confirmation email with instructions on how to redeem your free audiobook this week!)

Happy reading (and listening!), my friends!


Heather Day Gilbert – Bravehearted Pioneer!

Heather Day Gilbert – Bravehearted Pioneer!


Heather Day Gilbert is as much a bravehearted pioneer as her God’s Daughter heroine, Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir. Talk about discovering new worlds! Like Gudrid, who traveled across the vast, untamed waters to explore new lands and new opportunities for expansion, Heather bravely set her own ship into the waters of the Audiobook World, and asked me along as her sailing partner.

God’s Daughter is Heather’s pioneer audiobook, just as it is the pioneer book in BraveHeart Audiobook‘s small, but mighty, and ever-growing library. It was because of Heather, who encouraged me, supported me, and trusted me to give a voice to her own brave-hearted pioneer, Gudrid, that BraveHeart Audiobooks was able to launch our own ship.

God’s Daughter is available on audiobook at Amazon, Audible.com, and iTunes (affiliate links)

This month, and into July, to celebrate JUNE as AUDIOBOOK MONTH (yes, it’s a real thing), I’m having ALL our current audiobook authors visit. They’re answering a few questions from me, and asking some of their own. Who better to begin with than Heather? So without further ado, here’s Heather Day Gilbert!

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ME: What motivated you to turn God’s Daughter into an audiobook, and what was the reason for choosing me as your narrator?

Heather: I know many readers enjoy audiobooks; often commuters like my husband, or even those with vision problems. I think it’s a great way to get my book into venues print and e-books can’t reach.

As far as choosing you—I had a few people try out for this narration part. One was a woman with a very authentic Norse accent. But the problem was that American listeners (those I sent her sample to) couldn’t understand everything she was saying. I realized that I wanted an exotic accent (in keeping with the Viking time period/locale), but not one listeners couldn’t easily “get.” I also knew I wanted a very soothing, lush voice for Gudrid, since she’s my main point of view character. She is a calm person; a healer. I figured I’d know Gudrid’s voice when I heard it. And once I heard your narration sample, I didn’t have any doubt you could bring her to life. “Chocolatey velvet” is one way a friend described your voice, and I totally agree. I wanted someone whose voice listeners could enjoy hours on end. Also, many books are narrated by women far older than the main character, and they sound old. I wanted someone who sounded young yet wise, like Gudrid, and you did!

ME: What was the best part, and what was the most difficult part of the process of having someone else narrate your book?

Heather: The best part was sitting back and hearing Gudrid speak to me. It was a pretty surreal experience for me as author, just hearing those first words. I can’t really describe it. My jaw literally dropped, I think, and I probably said, “Wow!” several times in succession.

You are excellent at picking up on nuances in my writing, but there were a few times when I had imagined one word would be emphasized, etc. I think the hardest part was just catching/correcting those words and going back and forth with re-recording bits, etc. But in the end, it is SO worth it because it’s a finished product that satisfies the both of us, author and narrator. And you were very clear that you wanted me to get it the way I thought it should sound. I appreciated your respect for me as author and your willingness to work together to get it “right.”

ME: Was there anything unexpected about the process; any surprises, either good or bad about working with a narrator, about working with ACX, about the finished product?

Heather: I think I was surprised that it’s trickier to market audiobooks than ebooks/softcovers. I’m still learning which outlets to tap into to get the word out. I’m impressed with Soundcloud, because I’m able to install a widget with a sound clip of my book on my website, share to twitter, etc. I was pleased that ACX gives us codes for audiobook giveaways (if we ask for them!).

ME: One of the things I ask of an author is that you listen as both a reader AND an author. I am sure that you hear the story in your head already, and my take on it may be slightly different than yours. Rather than looking at my version as being wrong, consider that my narration is that of the unbiased reader, and even if it is different than what you imagined, it may be the way readers perceive your story, and may be just as effective. That being said, I also feel communication regarding character personalities, voices, etc. is paramount to getting your story told the way you want it told. It really is my mantra all the way through: Communicate, communicate, communicate. Do you have any tips for authors who are planning to turn their books into audiobooks?

Heather: Ah, yes, like I said above: those nuances. Yes, authors do hear characters in their heads. Yes, I did want the narration to match up to that as much as I could, BUT I also realize that your voice brought even more dimensions to those characters. Sometimes your Gudrid might have spoken softly when I hadn’t thought she would, but it worked BETTER. I just love that living dynamic narration brings.

ME: Do you have any special plans or suggestions on marketing your audiobook?

Heather: Tips. I’d say be sure to find a narrator who is, as you said, communicative. You want someone you can be honest with if you’re not liking the way one character sounds, etc. A good narrator (like you) will be open to trying to change the voice, etc.

And as far as marketing, I’m finding sites via twitter who will review audiobooks, and I’m able to use those free audiobook codes from ACX for reviewers. (ME: Heather is also spotlighted in Audiobook Monthly this month, and Susan Keefe is doing a fantastic job of getting the word out about God’s Daughter!)

ME: Do you have any questions you’d like to ask me as your narrator?

Heather: As a narrator, how do you have the patience to sit for hours and record? I think I’d go stir-crazy!

ME: Oh, this is a good question, Heather. First, let me tell you why I love what I do.

  1. I’m first and foremost an author. The written word and I have this deep “ache in the bones” relationship; a relationship that has contributed greatly to me being able to grasp the ebb and flow of a story as I read it.
  2. And I love to read. I love to read out loud.
  3. I’m a songbird who has spent a lot of time behind a mic, learning what it means to slip into that “sweet spot” when putting words to music.
  4. I’m a closet drama queen. Granted, some would argue that I’m not so “closet” about it, but in fact, because my sound booth is a converted closet…well, need I say more? But seriously, I really am a bit of a loner, and I actually enjoy spending long periods of time inside my own head. I get weary in large crowds and overstimulated by too much time on social media, but I love to speak and perform on stage.
  5. And to top it all off, I home school our youngest and wanted a way to contribute more to our income so that I could continue to do so.

After considering all the above, narrating and producing audiobooks seemed a perfect fit for me.

All that said, it isn’t the hours of recording that’s difficult.

It’s the hours of editing that often seem interminable. After a chapter is recorded, edited, mastered, and formatted for retail…and then an error is discovered? It is the most frustrating thing in the world for me when I can’t get MY voice to match MY voice from one day to the next. I learned quickly that consistency is my biggest weakness, which also leads to my greatest frustrations if I don’t go into each recording session proactively. The better I do the first round, the less I have to redo. Sounds simple, right? But I’m always amazed at how often I read right over a word or a whole line, or add one that isn’t in the manuscript! Besides my reading quality, there are other things that can affect my consistency. Mic positioning is a big deal – I have a fantastic microphone, and if it’s repositioned from one session to the next, I can hear the difference in sound. My husband built my desk into the booth with the mic stand locked in place so I’m pretty limited on how much I can move it. I also picked up a legit drafting chair so I can sit or stand without changing the height of the microphone, and I’ve learned that I sound a certain way at certain times of the day. Before noon, Marilla Cuthbert. Post-algebra lesson, Edith Bunker (because I hate math more than my poor daughter does). After midnight, Darth Vader or Don Carlione, depending on how much recording I’ve done.

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Thanks so much for spending a little time with us, Heather!

You can find Heather at her website, Heather Day Gilbert–Author, and at her Facebook Author Page, as well as Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube. Her novel, God’s Daughter, is an Amazon bestseller. Heather is a monthly contributor to Novel Rocket, a site dedicated to bringing helpful information to authors.

Heather’s new book, Miranda Warning, a contemporary mystery set in Heather’s own West Virginia mountains, is releasing this month! Check out a few sample chapters HERE!

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And don’t forget about the FIVE FREE FRIDAYS giveaway I’m hosting all through June and July for all my email subscribers. Sign up to receive my quarterly newsletter by email, my blog posts by email (see right column), and/or BraveHeart Audiobooks email notifications of each new audiobook we produce, and your name will be entered into our Friday drawing for free audiobooks. (I totally messed up last Friday’s drawing, so this Friday the 13th (yep), I’m giving away TEN free audiobooks!)

And if you’re already signed up, your name is automatically in!


What about you? Do you have any questions for either Heather or me about the whole audiobook thing?



It’s a BOOK! Waters Fall Release Day!

It’s a BOOK! Waters Fall Release Day!


Waters Fall


It’s been a wild ride getting here, and now that this day has arrived, I know it’s the beginning of another adventure…and I’m excited to see what comes next.

WATERS FALL is one of those stories that sat in my heart for a long time, and although I tried several times over the years to write it, Jake and Nora’s story couldn’t be told until THEY were ready. When the floodgates finally burst open (and they did just that, during one of the busiest times in our lives with holidays, house guests, weddings and more!), the story poured itself out on the page…er…screen. And then climbed back up onto the shelf to sit for another year, suddenly shy.

When I finally pulled it out, dusted it off, and read it over, I realized it might actually have some merit. With a little (translate: A LOT) of editing, a fantastic street team of early readers, cover design, and my amazing crit partner, Heather Day Gilbert, Jake and Nora and their whole entourage are ready for their debut.

And now, may I OFFICIALLY present to you….

Waters Fall


WATERS FALL is currently only available at Amazon in digital form for your Kindle, at the introductory price of $1.99. The print version will release at the end of this month, and I’m hoping to have the audiobook available at that point as well!

Waters Fall Release Extras:

TODAY:  I’m visiting Heather Day Gilbert on her website and she’s holding a drawing for a digital copy of WATERS FALL – go check it out!

May 9th: A little back story on WATERS FALL and my choice of cover design.

Because WATERS FALL is a story about a marriage on the rocks, I’ve committed to setting aside time each day to intentionally pray scripture over my own marriage. I’m posting those prayer cards each day this month (look for today’s card in a separate post), and I’d love to have you join me.

On GOODREADS, I’m holding a GIVEAWAY of TEN print copies of WATERS FALL – the giveaways ends May 31st, so you have plenty of time to sign up for that!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Waters Fall by Becky Doughty

Waters Fall

by Becky Doughty

Giveaway ends May 31, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

That’s what’s happening today- thanks for stopping by!


Celebrating Life and Love and Literature

Celebrating Life and Love and Literature


As we wrap up March (ALREADY!!!), join me in celebrating life and love and literature.

Our handsome son and his beautiful bride celebrated their nuptials last weekend (March 22) along with a great crowd of friends and family sharing in their happiness. The weather was spectacular, the location was amazing, and the brilliant photographer Heather Smith captured it all with her remarkable eye.


Volume 1, January Breeze, February Embers, & March Whispers, released in audiobook this week – you can find it on Amazon, Audible.com and soon, on iTunes, and each site offers a 5 minute sample for you to listen to! Each volume will be released individually over the next few months, giving listeners some affordable purchasing options! Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection will be released in audiobook in the fall.


God’s Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert released in audiobook March 12th, and I’m thrilled at the response this book has received. A lush and intimate first person telling of a season of change and growth in Gudrid, the renown Viking matriarch’s life. You can find it on Amazon, Audible.com and iTunes.


Deep in the Heart by Staci Stallings released February 17th, and is a wonderful story of the human spirit rising above life’s circumstances to choose what’s right. It’s about unconditional love, forgiveness, and the restoration of relationships not often explored in romance novels. Available on Amazon, Audible.com and iTunes.

On the horizon are three more audiobook releases in April:


Ocean of Dust by Graeme Ing, a YA speculative fiction about a remarkable adventuress named Lissa.

Coming Undone Cover

Coming Undone by Staci Stallings, a poignant story of a man broken by the life and death decisions he must make, and the woman who walks him through the process. Beautiful story – I cried narrating this one, I admit.


The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown, a dark and gritty story of the perverse darkness inside cult practice, and the redemption that is found when the bonds of evil are broken.

And three more by various authors in May! Woo-hoo!

And speaking of May, my new book, WATERS FALL, is scheduled to release in May, along with the audiobook! I can’t wait to show you the cover – Bryan Stifle of Design + Motion is doing some pretty cool stuff with it.


The Anderson’s fairytale marriage is hurtling toward a tragic end.

Jake doesn’t remember what it means to be a champion. Nora doesn’t know how much longer she can tread water before she goes under.

Then Tristan sweeps in—all feelings and fire and freedom—and Nora is carried out to where the waters flow fast and deep. Nora knows she’s risking far more than just her heart….

When it all comes crashing down, Jake and Nora are left standing amidst the ruins of everything they’ve built together. Will they walk away, or stay and fight for their happily-ever-after?

WATERS FALL: The Anatomy of an Affair is a poignant story of a marriage on the rocks, the price of forgiveness, and the terrible beauty of grace.


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God's Daughter BraveHearts Audiobooks Production

GOD’S DAUGHTER by Heather Day Gilbert

One Viking woman. One God. One legendary journey to North America.

In the 10th century, when pagan holy women rule the Viking lands, Gudrid turns her back on her training as a seeress to embrace Christianity. Clinging to her faith, she joins her husband, Finn, on a journey to North America.

But even as Gudrid faces down murderous crewmen, raging sickness, and hostile natives, she realizes her greatest enemy is herself – and the secrets she hides might just tear her marriage apart.

Almost five centuries before Columbus, Viking women sailed to North America with their husbands. God’s Daughter, Book 1 in the Vikings of the New World Saga, offers an expansive yet intimate look into the world of Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir – daughter-in-law of Eirik the Red, and the first documented European woman to have a child in North America.

This is a BraveHearts Audiobooks Production

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DEEP IN THE HEART by Staci Stallings

Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayer and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position. However, Maggie’s whole world is about to be up-ended by two way-over-scheduled children and one incredibly handsome hired hand. As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp?

Keith Ayer despises his life. As the son of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer and the fiance to a Senator from Texas’ daughter, it looks great on the outside, but inside, he is dying. He would vastly prefer to manage and train his father’s racehorses. However, everyone else thinks that is beneath him. He needs to get into industry and build on his father’s success. Suffocating under the constrictions of his life, he meets Maggie who begins to teach him that wealth and power is not everything in this life. But can Keith defy the most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart?

This is a BraveHearts Audiobooks Production

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OCEAN OF DUST by Graeme Ing

Can Lissa unravel the secret of the dust before it’s too late?

Fourteen-year old Lissa is snatched from her home and finds herself a slave on a trading ship traveling on a waterless ocean of nothing but gray dust. A feisty, curious and intelligent girl, her desire to explore the ship earns her the hatred of the cruel first officer, Farq.

Fascinated by the ocean of dust, Lissa becomes embroiled in its mysteries, sensing things that the crew cannot, while cryptic whispers in her head are leading her toward a destiny linked to the dust itself. Only one man aboard can help her make sense of her new talent, but can she trust him? All is not as it seems, and she must unravel the clues before it’s too late.

When a sinister plot casts her adrift on the barren ocean, her best friend is left in the hands of the treacherous crew. Everything hinges upon her courage, quick wits, and her ability to master her new talent.

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COMING UNDONE by Staci Stallings

Ben Warren has life all figured out. At 35, he’s successful in his work and free as a bird everywhere else. He has no desire to be tied down like some of his friends, and he sees no reason to change that. Then the unthinkable happens and causes him to rethink everything about everything.

Kathryn Walker can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong in the dating department. The rest of her life makes sense. She’s compassionate, strong, honest, hard-working and still alone. She wonders if she is doomed to spend forever single. Little does she know that her life is about to take a major turn. In fact, she doesn’t even see it happening until it has. Can she ever get past the fact that Mr. Right didn’t show up in the way she thought he would?

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THE WITCH TREE by Karin Kaufman

Four days before Christmas in Elk Park, Colorado, genealogist Anna Denning discovers a client’s body. When she starts asking questions no one wants answered, she becomes the killer’s next target. Still grieving the death of her husband, Anna must draw on her wounded faith to enter a world of wicca and paganism–reminders of a past she buried long ago–and discover the secret of The Witch Tree.

This is the first book in the Anna Denning Mystery Series. The Sparrow House is also in the works.

And more to come…stay tuned!



I’m So Excited!

First of all, let me shout out my thanks to all of you who signed up to be Early Readers for Waters Fall….


I can’t tell you how epic and cool and awesome and encouraging it was to have so many offer to jump in on this early stage! My recluse side is in a sheer panic state right now, but the CALLED side of me is prepared. Oh. Did I mention I’m so excited? And nervous? And excited?

It’s been a crazy month, and things don’t look to be slowing down any time soon. We have a wedding in less than a month – our son and his beloved fiance are getting married March 22nd, and my husband and I are reminded daily of richly He blesses our lives with our children, and then with the remarkable people with whom they choose to spend the rest of their lives. (Sam isn’t allowed to choose a husband yet….)

BraveHearts Audibook Productions has officially produced and published our first audiobook, Deep in the Heart, a Contemporary Christian romance novel by Staci Stallings. This is a lovely clean read/listen all about forgiveness, hope, and healing! You can purchase your audiobook on Amazon, iTunes, or Audible.com.


God’s Daughter, by Heather Day Gilbert, is scheduled to release the first week of March and I’m so excited about this book! Heather is my critique partner, and when she asked me to narrate her book, I was thrilled. It’s an incredible tale of the historical figure Gudrid, wife of Thorfin Karlsefni, ward of Eirik the Red, then Leif Eirikson. Gudrid’s story will seep into your heart, bringing her to life to readers/listeners as you watch her go through struggles and joys that touch our lives even today. This book has taken a little longer than I’d planned, but I’m so excited about how it’s turned out – I can’t wait to hear your response to it!

God's Daughter Audibook Cover

Did you know? Audible.com has a great free trial program: If you sign up for one month trial membership, you get to download an audiobook for free! Check it out here!

AND Coming Soon in Audiobook:

Ocean of Dust by Graeme Ing

Ocean of Dust, by Graeme Ing, a fantastical speculative fiction YA novel about a young lady named Lissa, who discovers more about the world, and herself, than she’d ever imagined. This has been an adventure for me as I’m not a huge spec fic reader and I thoroughly enjoyed this!

To Protect & Serve Cover

To Protect and Serve, the first in The Courage Series, by Staci Stallings.  This is another great Contemporary Christian Romance series and I’m having a ball narrating these – the whole series is scheduled to release over the next few months, so stay tuned!

Waters Fall is scheduled to release on audiobook in May, along with the e-books and print versions, and Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection, is also on the docket for June. Don’t forget! For those of you who sign up for my monthly newsletter, the audiobook of January Breeze, the first episode of Elderberry Croft, is my thank you to you!

More news on the horizon – so glad you stopped by!