Tuesday, June 28, 2011

James Rollins

A couple of years ago Hunter dragged me into the Uintah mountains for the weekend. We made a quick run to Walmart for a few supplies, and realizing I was dangerously close to finishing my current novel, I grabbed a backup from the paperback section. Little did I know that last minute decision to pick up "The Judas Strain" would change my life. Or at least, my weekend.

We headed into the woods and found the perfect camping spot. I proceeded to begin my new book, and just like that I was hooked. Fourteen novels and a short story later, I can definitely say James Rollins is one of my favorite authors of all time. His stories are the perfect combination of mystery, science, adventure and intrigue. I seriously can't get enough. Hunter is equally addicted, so when we realized Mr. Rollins was coming to town we were all over it.

We ended up waiting in line about 90 minutes to get our book signed. I felt like a groupie...I was so excited to meet him! Finally it was our turn. Hunter graciously hung back to take a few photos of me with my hero:
I'll admit it...I was totally giddy. He was gracious and apologized for the long wait. Here's me hanging on his every word:
Here he is asking about my personal photographer:
I have no idea what I'm saying at this point...I just can't stop talking!
And here I am trying to convince James (I can call him that because we're best friends now) that I'm his best friend:
Do you think he looks convinced?

The best part of the entire conversation happened off-camera, though. After introducing Hunter and then continuing to dominate the conversation, I expressed my gratitude to James. You see, his latest book The Devil Colony includes a Mormon character and contains many references to LDS beliefs, particularly regarding the Book of Mormon. Well I'll be honest, when I first saw that the story referred to the Mormon church, I was skeptical...even reluctant. I didn't want to read a book from my favorite author and subsequently be disappointed or offended by his approach. To my surprise (and relief), the story was extremely respectful and even presented a possible explanation for Mormon beliefs regarding the history of Native Americans. I expressed my gratitude to him for treating my religion with such respect, and let him know how much I appreciated his efforts. And you know what?? He gave me a hug!! He was very kind and appreciated my feedback. And of course I practically floated out of the bookstore. It was a very happy day for me. :P

Friday, June 24, 2011

4Ever Bloghop Freebie (Stop #39)

Please note: the bloghop is now over. Thanks for your participation and we hope to see your amazing work in the gallery at JessicaSprague.com.

Hi there! As you probably know by now, JessicaSprague.com is celebrating its fourth birthday! In honor of this big event, everyone at JessicaSprague.com has been working hard behind-the-scenes to make it a rockin' party!

If this is your first time visiting my blog, hello and welcome! My name is Rachael Sheedy and I am honored to be a Creative Team Member at JessicaSprague.com.

In case you started here, please visit Jessica Sprague's blog first. Her blog will lead you through the entire blog hop so you don't miss any of the 47 (yes, fourty-seven!) amazing freebies. Here's a reminder of the game rules:

And now for my freebie! It's a 12x12 png quick page, created with love just for you. Just add your own photo and journaling, and you're done!

Click on the image above to download the quick page (or click here). The quote strip for the special raffle is also included. And don't forget to post your creations in the gallery at JessicaSprague.com. We would love to see your creation! Here's a closer look at how I used my quickpage:

Your next stop in the birthday bloghop is:

Head on over for the next amazing goodie.

Thanks again for joining us in this celebration!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I'm Back, Everybody!

I have to confess, I stole this blog post title from my sweet niece Madison...it's not an actual promise of things to come. Ever since she made this announcement from a microphone stand onstage during our Thanksgiving celebration, I've been looking for any opportunity to use this phrase. I'd say right now is pretty appropriate. :)

So ya, it's been a while hasn't it?? I'm gonna spare you the nitty gritty details, and give you a short summary of the major events in the Sheedy household over the last few months:

  • Hunter's dad came to visit
  • I traveled to Florida for business purposes
  • Hunter started leasing his own Kenworth t660
  • The Rigbys and my mama came to visit
  • Hunter got stuck in the black hole of Texas
  • I traveled to Utah for non-business purposes
  • I got older
  • I got stuck in the black hole of Pinterest (wish I never had to leave...)
  • Hunter bought me a bike to make me feel better about getting older
  • We visited a good friend from Utah who now lives in LA :)
  • Attended a gorgeous beach wedding/spent time with more good friends from Utah
And that's about all I can come up with. Things have been great...busy, but definitely great. I will be back later with a couple of completed projects and some fun family photos. In the meantime, come back Friday for a bloghop party! Check out the details here:

See you then!