What I Learned From House Hunting

Monday, October 20, 2014

 

 House shopping can be a long process that seems never ending. But with time, patience, and persistence you just might find a home that is perfect for you. These are somethings that I have learned from my own house hunting experience.



1. "House Hunting" Is Overrated. My husband and I always laugh at the Zillow commercials. They always make the process look enjoyable and even "magical." What I want to see is a couple night after night looking with no luck, eating out, and the worst of all bargaining with the owner. Having a realtor as an in between can be nerve wrecking, when it comes to waiting for that one call saying he/she accepted your offer. House hunting is like so many things in life, you don't understand until you have been there. The relief of finding a home, is one of the best feelings in the world.



2. Bring A Camera. This was the greatest thing I ever thought of, really! Sometimes pictures don't show everything good or bad. There might be something about a home that you simply love. A picture is a good reference for comparing your likes or dislikes about a home with other home interests. If you have a smartphone, a panoramic shot is also great. A large room, like a kitchen perhaps, can't be taken in one shot. A panoramic view of the entire kitchen can be great to look back on, and perfect for sharing with family or friends. Pictures are so handy to take to a hardware store or such for comparing, if you decide to renovate or redecorate. You can keep a good idea in mind of how things look, and what would match the room.



3. Be Prepared. You never imagine what awkward situations you could find yourself in until it's too late. Our townhouse apparently was being rented out, and we found ourselves walking into a home with the renters sitting on the couch and their daughter upstairs. It was indeed an awkward situation to say the least! The renters did not seem to happy about the townhouse being sold, and everyone walked on pins and needles throughout the home. Our realtor, not being the realtor of the townhouse, had no idea that the family would be home during our look through. 

Earlier, when we had looked at our first home, she had mentioned that having the home owner present was always an awkward situation. I fully agree, you don't feel free to speak up about the things you like and dislike about the home. The situation had left us feeling doubtful about buying the home. Our lovely realtor set up another viewing, without the renters. The owner, a sweet old man, had let us in. He answered whatever questions we had, but we didn't talk to much about the home until we were upstairs. He was very relaxed, stayed downstairs, watched TV, and waited for us to finish. He is the only exception to my "owner not being home" rule.



4. Keep An Open Mind. In our case a townhouse was the last thing we were looking for. Good parking (something hard to find, when you live on hills) and a nice backyard was our first concern. After searching with no end, I mentioned to my husband the townhouse not far from our apartment. He said he would take a look, and next thing I knew we were scheduled for a look through. Even though we do not have a large backyard, I now have an excuse to visit my parents farm next summer with our baby to be.


5. You Give And You Take. Things may be different in your area, or at least your price range. With a budget of 90,000, homes sometimes could have the good, the bad, and even the ugly. Most homes that had wonderful backyard, had a lot to be fixed on the inside. Two homes we looked at had a beautiful inside, but a terrible location. They were either in a bad neighborhood or on a sharp hill with terrible parking. 

The problem is that people will "try" and sell their home for a high price based off the acres or size of the home. For example, a seller wanted 95,000 for a home that was falling apart and very outdated. The home had four bedrooms and lots of space. If someone had the money to fix up the home, then it might turn out to be a lovely place. For our friends with a larger budget this could explain, why they are building instead of buying a home. Even in a higher price, some homes just are not worth what the seller is asking.

 But in our situation, we would rather pay for a small nice home, than one that needed a lot of work. (especially with a little boy on the way). Something hard to do, without going over what we all ready pay in rent. We found in the end that a townhouse was more suitable for now. Though our backyard is something to be desired, the townhouse itself has lots of room inside and needs no fixing up. 


6. Spring and Fall. The busiest time of the year for realtors in our area is Spring and Fall. We had decided, if we had not found a house soon that we would postpone the search until spring. Icy roads, cold days, and early sunsets aren't ideal for house shopping. Who wants to house shop in the summer time, when they could be at the beach or vacation spot?

 House's seemed to flood the market come fall time in our county. On the other hand, this makes buying a good home hard. We had looked at a small home in Monongah that needed some fixing up, but it was a cute little home with a wonderful back yard. Less than a week of looking at the home, a buyer bid on the house and the seller accepted the offer. We learned quickly that you have to move fast, if you really want a house.


7. Zillow Is Not Always Accurate. Realtor's will leave contingent houses posted on Zillow, Trulia, and so on to get you to call or email them. They use this as an opportunity to politely tell you that the house is no longer for sale, but that they could help you find another one. On the other hand there are realtors that simply forget to take the house down. A house that we were interested seemed to be active, but later we found that the house had all ready been sold a long time ago. The realtor just never took the house off the market. 

Locally, we have a website called North Central West Virginia MLS, and it is considered the most recent and updated website, more than Zillow. You might be able to ask a realtor for your local website as well. It comes in handy, when looking at Zillow. There are many houses that we found contingent that were still active on Zillow. I know that I have said some negative things about Zillow, but I have to say that it has been handy. The phone app is great to have on hand, when looking for the address or even pictures to show friends and family.




Finally, our little townhouse we can't wait to move into! We still have a lot of paperwork and the appraisal, inspection, and such before closing. After long evenings shuttling from home to home, it is wonderful to finally have a place to call our own! Words can't explain how blessed I feel, and I can't wait to share pictures as we paint, move in, and make it our own.



Pumpkin Gender Reveal

Friday, October 10, 2014


    After miscarrying in February 6th of this year, this verse was my crutch in hard times. The miscarriage left me with so many questions. Would I miscarry again? Would I ever have a child? How long would it take to have another? These were all haunting questions with no reasonable answers. They were simply fears clouding the promises of Isaiah. They kept me from wanting to try again. I cannot honestly say that I overcame those fears and began to try again. This child was an oops, but a good oops! It really proved to me and my pessimistic brain that things don't always go bad.  The first couple months were filled with worry and me literally holding my breath, especially when I hit nine weeks. I am almost five months pregnant now, and what this pregnancy has taught me is to trust more, pray more, and to have faith in his promises.



 
   
     My guess was that our baby might be a girl. According to most of the midwife tales, our baby was supposed to be a girl. According to the Mayan Calendar and the Chinese Calendar, our baby was going to be a boy.  Earlier that day, I had done the string test that resulted in boy. I bought two pumpkins for about 1.99 at Shop N' Save, and the paint was 50 cents each at Walmart. The pink went on better than the blue though. The blue went on smoothly, where as the pink did not want to cover some spots. I found that tapping and sponging the brush against the pumpkin helped.

    I was going to do a big gender reveal, but between house hunting and such, it has been way to busy to have a big gender reveal. The shower though will definitely make up for that!



 18 Weeks baby is the size of a sweet potato. Finally starting to show!


This is a wonderful app called Ovia Pregnancy. 
It gives you a daily and weekly update, but the best part is the weekly hand update.
Each week you can see how big your babies hand is compared to your own.





  
    This was taken literally in front of CiCi's Pizza. I was so hungry, but so excited that I had to take pictures ASAP! After making the half hour drive to Morgantown, we had our full ultrasound. The tech measured our babies head, belly, bladder, legs, bone, arms, etc. You name it they measured it. The only thing that they could not measure accurately was the spine. Our next appointment they are going to do another quick ultrasound to make sure the spine is growing fine. Our baby was so twisted around that we could not get a good look. This made me laugh, I always sleep in the oddest positions. Looks like our baby might end up just as fidgety and active.


     After taking a picture of the two pumpkins,  I then took a picture of my husband holding the blue pumpkin. It was beginning to rain, again, so we quickly took a picture of him holding the blue pumpkin. Shortly after, I posted both pictures announcing our little boy to be on Instagram and Facebook. So far our little boy is looking just fine, and we can't wait to start the nursery. I'm trying to not rush into things. I know this fresh excitement makes me want to go out and buy a bunch of baby boy clothes! The due date is still at March 9th. Our baby is officially a boy, no longer a baby-it. I can finally call him Benjamin (Benjamin Allan Hutson), and lately I have been feeling the first flutters of kicks.






  He wasn't very cooperative. Above he was face down and his little legs were all tangled up. We got to watch him move his arms around, and we even saw his right foot! He was in an odd position to say the least all twisted around. My mother asked how sure he was about Benjamin being a boy, and the doctor looked straight at her and said "he's a boy, there's no mistaking." Which of course made my husband laugh. It was obvious. My biggest fear was that if it was a girl, that they would not be sure, since boys are much easier to see.







Easy Italian Pizza Buns

Thursday, October 2, 2014

   These Italian Pizza's are super easy and super yummy! If you are an on the go person, or if you simply don't like to cook very often...cough...these easy homemade pizza's a perfect. I can count more days that I have been sick, then I have fingers. Being pregnant can really leave you vulnerable to virus's. Lucky me, I'm still battling a sinus cold. That's why I love making this pizza. Pair them with a pitcher of iced tea and you'll have yourself a wonderful meal. 



You'll need a few things first. 

Pepperoni- I don't have a favorite, usually just the cheapest at the moment.
Pizza Sauce- I use Ragu' pizza sauce. If I remember correctly, it is only $1.00 at Shop N' Save.
Cheese- I get the Hillandale Farms mozzarella. Sometimes Shop N' Save will have them on sale at 3 for $5.00. You can mix and match it with the blocks. 
Hoagie Buns- If you are from WV, you will know that we are full of Italians. There are two Italian bakeries that deliver to our local grocery stores, and even Walmart. My husband and I love D'Annunzio's the most. They have the freshest bread and amazing pepperoni rolls.
Other Toppings- Optional, my husband loves black olives. He won't eat cheese (no he's not allergic, he's just really odd, I mean who doesn't love cheese?) So adding olives gives it something extra.



   First- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut each hoagie bun in half and lay them on your baking sheet. I usually putting them onto a cookie sheet. Lay the insides face up and spread the sauce onto them. I used three hoagie buns all together and only used half a jar of my Ragu' sauce. It all depends on how much sauce you want.



    
   Second- Cover them with pepperoni slices. My pepperoni was normal size, so I tore them into pieces, since the buns are much smaller than a pizza. I was in a hurry and did not take step by step pictures, sorry! You can do these steps in whatever order you like.




   Third- Sprinkle on other topping if you desire and then cover with cheese. I really believe that putting the cheese last really locks the flavors inside. 





    Fourth- Finally place them in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes. Our apartment oven gets super hot, so I only bake them for about 10 minutes. If you want them really crispy, I would suggest leaving them for the full 15 minutes or longer. I thought of baking them for about 5 minutes without the sauce and toppings beforehand to give the tops a crunchier taste as well. If you try it, let me know how things workout!


   And there you have it! Yummy pizza's on fresh Italian bread. Next time, I think I'll try cutting them up into slices and bake them plain (for my husband) and with cheese for myself...Then dip them into the cold pizza sauce. It would make a lovely appetizer for a tailgate. Thanks for checking out my recipe, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!






8 Awesome Baby Pins

Wednesday, September 17, 2014



Pinterest is loaded with baby articles. For a first time mom I could not be more happy. I did not realize just how clueless I was until I started a registry today. Suddenly, the basic bottles, diapers, and crib is not enough. Now I have to decide what brand to buy, and figure out what is best for my baby to be. Now that I am almost 16 weeks I thought it was a good time to start a registry and slowly add to the list as I get farther along. (2nd trimester and I finally don't feel like death!) I wanted to start one now, considering I am not sure, when I will have the shower.

My due date being March 9th, I know that things can go two different ways. First, I could deliver that Monday or even later. Second, I could end up delivering even earlier into late February. With winter being predicted as worse than last year, I really hate to have a shower in January. All ready, the weather here in West Virginia is getting cold, like fall cold! (Not complaining. You don't understand just how much I love fall!) I'm afraid the weather will ruin everything. But November seems to early, while December is mixed into the Christmas season. So you can see my dilemma. 
 
This is only the first of my decisions/worries/problems. I am glad to have Pinterest, for all it's "Pinners" and ideas for my baby to be. I know you should not believe everything you read. I try to stay open minded and remember that every parent is different. We all have our own parenting style, and as long as we "parent" based on the child's needs, we are not wrong. Which brings me to the point of my post. I thought that I would ten articles-blog posts that were educational for mom's to be or just mom's in general. 


   1. Ready Freddy & Betty is a blog post from a couple that is very, very, very ready for their baby. It really puts me to shame. But, I am not as far along as she was, and I don't think we will be getting a "family-friendly" vehicle. We are however looking for a house, and hopefully will be moving our of our apartment soon! Finally!





Prepping for Baby...this list has so many ideas I never would have thought of!




    2.  25 Things To Do Before Your Baby Is Born- This article has some obvious ideas, at least for myself. But there were some good ones that I probably would not have thought of on my own. I definitely want to have professional pictures of my baby taken to share with family. She suggested getting the names and addresses together beforehand, so that you can thank your future self that is probably too busy taking care of baby to think about finding everyone's address. 

 






 3. Baby's First Birthday Gift Ideas - I won't need this one for more than a year. But I thought that it was a wonderful article to hold onto. Most mom's from what I see make a big deal out of the first year with a party and presents. I know my mom did! But I really don't know what to get a baby, since they are in that mid-stage of too young for this and that. This article gives example gifts that would work for a baby that is finally old enough to start playing with bigger stuff and not just the stuffed animals and the softer toys. 

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    4. 21 Baby Sleep Tips- This article is great on sleep tips and pointing you in the right direction. I just might need these in case my baby ends up like myself. As someone with ADHD insomnia is nothing new. Even as a baby, my mother said that I hardly slept at night. The problem became worse, once I was able to pull myself up. After entertaining myself with pulling off the wall paper and playing with the light switch all night long, my crib was moved to the middle of the nursery, where I wouldn't touch anything.

 21 Baby Sleep Tips





     5. Sample Birth Plan for a Hospital Birth -If you are planning on a hospital birth like myself, this is a good article to give you a better understanding of what a birth plan looks like. I chose my doctor knowing that he delivers at the hospital of my choice. At my first appointment at my OB/GYN's office, I was given a folder-packet of educational papers and birth plan print out for Mon. General Hospital. They ask their patients to check mark final decisions. Mon. General now has what they call the "Hazel Ruby McQuain Birth Center." I have not toured the hospital yet. The birth plan asking a variety of questions that make me feel very confident in choosing them. Their rooms are made to look like your average bedroom with whirlpool, extra bedding for the birthing partner to rest in, and "mommy meals." Even if your options might not be exactly the same, it gives you a good start at starting your own.






   6. Mila Kunis Interview I had to share this interview, short as it may be. I have loved Mila from That 70's Show to Family Guy, and I her statement about delivery is quite comical. I have to agree with her on the limiting of people present during labor. She states that she will only have two people present, here doctor and her husband. I have to agree there. The only people besides maybe the doctor and a nurse or two, will be my husband and mother. I have to admit that I am a bit nervous about saying something that I will regret, while giving birth, well just lashing out with words that I would never use in front of her. If you know what I mean!

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  7. 3 Amazing Benefits of Music During Labor - My hospital birth plan asks if I would like a few things done during labor. Here are a few- lights dimmed, quiet as possible, and music based on the fact that I provide the music. Music is a must at least for this pregnant lady. Music, especially piano has always had a way of calming me and providing a feeling that simply nothing in this world can replicate. As a piano player, the piano has always had a special place in my heart. It all comes down to what music I decide to go with. While my first choice is piano and soft, I did jokingly tell my husband that I was going to create a "Psych" playlist, Imperial March included. Can't you imagine it? I can see it now, the baby's head crowning, while star wars orchestra plays encouragingly in the background! If you are considering music, this is a great article to give you some tips and advice.

3 amazing benefits of music during labor






  8. Preparing for the Baby - I love The Dating Divas! When I saw this article, I just had to add it to the list. The article focuses not just on the baby and mother needs, but they also include the needs of the father and how to make him part of the new family addition. They also include some emergency day kits and special gift baskets made just for daddy. I might have my mom help me on that one and come together on a sweet gift to keep him motivated, while I am in labor. Dating Divas has many articles on a variety of topics, and I highly recommend them to anyone dating, married, or expecting.


Chrissy - Updated Pinterest Pic - PrepareForBaby






  








Under the Trees Review

Tuesday, September 16, 2014





         Today I am excited to share with you my thoughts on Ashley Makers debut novel Under the Trees. If you love a good romance, then you'll love this book! I am also excited to announce my official publishing of my book blog, Neisa's Nook. Yes, I will be keeping The Flannel Flower, but all of my book reviews will be published under my new blog. I will however link all of my book reviews to this blog to keep my loyal followers updated on my newest reads. You will find them listed for now on under my book review page above. 

To read my full review click here- Under the Trees Review. But first here below is a little something about this wonderful story to let you know just what this romance is all about. Also you will find that I changed my song of the week. After reading "Under the Trees", you will understand why I chose the song. If this book had a theme song, this would be it!

  






        


Liebster Award: #2

Thursday, August 28, 2014




Now I have been nominated for the Liebster award. But I thought what the heck! They're fun and a good way to let others get to know you better. I want to thank Emily over at Pumpkin Emily Smiles for the nomination! :) 

The Rules Are: 

1. Post 11 facts about you. 
2. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you. 
3. Nominate 11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
*GFC Followers, Not Bloglovin' Unless you go only by bloglovin' 
And have less than 200 Bloglovin' Followers*
3. Link your nominees to this post. 
4. Create 11 questions for your  nominees. 
5. Let your nominees know that they have been tagged.



 11 Facts About Myself:

1. I'm 12 weeks pregnant, if you didn't know. And I just could eat all the ice cream in the world!

2. My dream is to make this distracted brain of mine settle down and finish writing a book. 

3. I like rock music, some country, folk, soundtracks, and some christian rock.
*The Black Keys, Switchfoot, Relient K, Toby Mac, Shiny Toy Guns, etc.*

4. I'd love to co-own a bakery or restaurant with my hubby someday.

5. I'm a farm girl at heart, and long to live somewhere quiet in the middle of nowhere.
 
6. Someday I would love to get my scuba diving lisense and swim with sharks. 

7. I would love to pick up and move to the beach!...gawh...

8. Ever since I could remember, my father has loved stopping at car shows. Though I'm not a car buff like him, I always enjoy stopping at a car shows. It reminds me of being a kid again.

9. I have ADHD, and though I'm not perfect, I'm working on owning my disorder.
 
10. I hate going to the mall. Being a plus sized gal, even if I find bigger clothes, they're usually expensive. I usually end up leaving with shoes or jewelry.
 
11. I love Coca Cola! By love I mean I collect anything coke. 
*Bottles, tins, clocks, crates, art, figurines, etc.*

 

 Emily's Questions: 

1. What's your favorite thing to do? 
 Sleep!...Just kidding. I love to do a lot of things listen to music, write, and read. 
Lately though, I have found happiness in baking sweets. :)

2. What's your favorite song? 
It's a tough one, but I'd have to say "Porcelain" by Marianas Trench. 
It holds a lot of memories, and it helped me get through some hard times. 

3. Who's your favorite band or singer? 
 It would be somewhere between, Gregory Alan Isakov, Marianas Trench, and Bastille.

4. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be? 
"Hey There Delilah" It was my hubby's and my song back in high school. 
He even played it on the guitar for me at one point, and would serenade me in his truck.

5. What's your favorite food? 
 This is a tough one, since I'm pregnant with a variety of cravings that change every day! 
This week it's Bob Evans! Their potato soup or Wildfire Chicken Salad! Yummy.

6. What is the name of your favorite blog? 
 I don't really have a favorite blog, too many awesome blogs out there!

7. What's your favorite animal? 
Cats. My hubby says if he died, I would become the creepy cat lady.

8. Do you have any pets? If you don't what animal would you like as a pet? 
 My apartment doesn't allow animals, but I'd have a cat or dog if I could...maybe even a ferret. 
When I was still at home, on my parents farm, we had many pets. I still consider them my pets. 
Between 5 dogs, 5 cats, a miniature horse, cows, chickens, and a bunch of fish, my parents, my sis, and I had our hands full.  

9. What's your favorite color? 
 Blue! Turquoise, Royal, and Neon shades.

10. What are three words that describe you? 
 Honestly? I'd have to say... Stubborn, Giving, and Imaginative

11. If you could take a picture of anything in the world, who or what would it be?  



My Questions:

1. What do you blog about? 

2. What's your favorite clothing store? 

3. What is your favorite genre of music? 

4. What is your favorite book? 

5. If you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go? 

6. What is your favorite ice cream? If you don't like ice cream, you're crazy! 
But instead give us your favorite dessert. 

7. Why do you blog? 

8. What inspired you to start blogging? 

9. Country side, beach, or city? What is your favorite atmosphere to be? 

10. What's your favorite color?

11. Do you have any hobbies?


Cover Reveal: Under the Trees

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Today is an awesome day for two reasons! After what seemed forever (at least for me), Under The Trees is finally being released! I remember reading this back, when she first started on Inkpop. Though I was sad at the time that I did not get to read the ending, I'm glad now that I didn't, and I can't wait to hear how their love story ends. After reading the excerpts, I think that this is going to be just as good...No even better then what I remembered! Now I had the honor of interviewing Ashley back in June. You can read the author interview here to get a better look at the woman behind the story.

Now I said today is awesome for two reasons! Some of you have followed my Dixies Desserts blog, and I have to apologize for not showing it any attention/love. But within the next two weeks be looking for some amazing recipes and some yummy cupcakes as I take a journey to prefect my baking skills.




Desperate to prevent an abusive arranged marriage, Princess Araya flees to a neighboring kingdom, only to land at the mercy of the impulsive Crown Prince Thoremund, who provides refuge in a secluded forest and teaches her survival skills. Her surprise at the unexpected hold the prince has on her heart mirrors his shock at falling for the one girl he can't have.

As the young couple's feelings for each other grow, the fragile alliance between the two kingdoms threatens to break apart. With a vengeful duke and an enraged king fast on their trail, Thor and Araya must decide how much they're willing to risk for love. 

Even if staying together means starting a war.



If that's not enough to get your attention, here is some intriguing excerpts!



THOR quote:
The dark horse tore through the underbrush, bringing her close enough I could make out a pale face and a tangle of long hair. A black cloak billowed behind her. Men on horseback gave chase, darting through the trees, clearly in pursuit. All those men after one girl? Who could she be? My instincts screamed against them catching her. She could be a decoy, and they could all be spies—but what if she was in real danger?
It wouldn’t be so difficult to apprehend her, only one rider, later …
“Let her pass,” I ordered, staring my men down until they stepped aside.
The girl raced past, glancing over her shoulder for a brief moment—her eyes flashing emerald in the light of the fire—before looking ahead and leaning low on her horse’s neck.
My men gaped at me, gripping weapons with white-knuckled hands. With a jerk of my head in the direction of the riders almost upon us, I raised the bow and nocked an arrow.
“Hold the line,” I commanded. “These men stop here.”



ARAYA sword:
Something inside me snapped—boiled over—at the mocking words and spiteful tone. The seething feeling surged upward, clouding my vision. I charged with an infuriated shriek, all movement, shifting and striking, not retreating. He easily deflected the first blow, but the second made him stagger. He faltered back a step, and I lunged with a strength that did not feel like my own.
Resistance met my blade, but it was of a soft nature that gave way. A thin ribbon of blood blossomed through the sleeve on Wendel’s right arm. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the sight, grim satisfaction twisting like a living thing inside of me.
But I shouldn’t have looked. I shouldn’t have stopped.


Araya’s fear:
Stone. I became cold, hard stone. My thoughts froze and buzzed at the same time, fingers clamping against Thor’s as if somehow he could save me.
“I came as soon as I could. They were watching. It was difficult to get away—”
“They?” I lost control on the word. My voice wavered and broke with my gaze as I searched the darkness of the tree line, eyes darting from one spot to the next. Thor squeezed my hand, a steady pressure, but he did not understand.
The frantic search only ended when I looked up at Thor, heart lodged in my throat. I didn’t want to ask, or face the answer, but I needed to know. “They?”
Thor squeezed my hand again and ran a thumb over mine. “Yes, your father, brother, their guards, and—”
“He’s here, too, isn’t he?” He didn’t have to say it. I knew. I could feel it.


Thor’s inner conflict:
I thought I would be angry with Araya when I returned to camp. A part of me blamed her, even though it wasn’t her fault. Perhaps she should get out of the kingdom and take her trail of problems with her so I didn’t have to cover them up any longer. That was what she wanted anyway, wasn’t it—to go to the districts and leave me?
Then I saw her again.
My throat constricted almost painfully and my chest ached at the sight of her standing on the other side of the clearing. She was humming softly to Major while pulling burrs out of his forelock. The gelding was already saddled and bridled, as if she had just gotten back from a ride or was about to go on one. Major turned his head in our direction and pulled at the reins in her hand, letting out a welcoming whinny to Tosque.
Araya glanced up. She smiled, and I knew. That’s when I was absolutely sure I would continue to help and protect her, no matter what happened, even if it meant risking everything.



Intriguing now? Or sound like your cup of tea? You can Amazon Pre-Order! and get the book the day it is released! You can also follow Ashley and keep up with her on Facebook or Twitter.









 
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