A Hero at Heart ~ Christian Book Trailer

“A Hero at Heart” is an exciting, historical novel set in the 1800’s. Full of mystery, fun and drama, it follows Emiline Elmwood, an imaginative, twelve year old girl who dreams of being a hero and saving people’s lives. But, when she’s faced with needy neighbors and a bully whom she’s learned to hate, her courage is put to the test. Does she have what it takes to step out of her comfort zone and reach out to the poor? Worst of all, can she find it within herself to swallow her pride and help her enemy? Facing her worst fears and her own faults, she turns to God for help. Ultimately, she learns that Jesus is the greatest hero of all.

Important life lessons weave their way through this unforgettable tale, teaching faith, compassion and the true meaning of heroism.

Buy the Book Here: https://www.amazon.com/Hero-at-Heart-…

Making a Book Trailer~ Self Publishing a Christian Novel!


My first novel “A Hero at Heart” has been published here on Amazon.com and now it’s time to share! I’ve been having a blast with digital art to create a book trailer for my story. Digital art has been such a fun adventure and I’m going to really enjoy putting this together. I’ll be posting updates and letting you know when the trailer is out on Youtube!

A Hero at Heart is a story about compassion, forgiveness and the true meaning of heroism. It centers around an imaginative girl in the 1800s who dreams of becoming a hero. But, she soon realizes that being a hero often throws you out of your comfort zone and requires you to be selfless. Facing her own faults, and an enemy who she’s learned to hate, she turns to Jesus for help and learns that He is the greatest hero of all.

I hope to move right along with this book trailer and get it out soon! In the meantime, check out my first video on Youtube and tell me what you think! You can also read the first few chapters on Amazon.com! Have a great day and I’ll see you next time!


Writing a Christian Novel ~ My Inspiration

I’m so excited to share my first novel with you all! Check it out here on Amazon.com to read a preview of the first pages! “A Hero at Heart” is a Christian novel that centers around an imaginative girl who dreams of becoming a hero. Combining the wild daydreams of a twelve year old and the real struggles of every day life, this story will lead you on a heartwarming journey to discover what it really means to be a hero.

Self Published Christian Novel on Amazon.com

A Hero at Heart Blog Announcements

I’m so excited to announce that I finally got my first novel on Amazon.com! It was a huge challenge and learning experience, but it’s so rewarding to see the finished product! I’m looking forward to making a review of my experience self publishing through Createspace, and perhaps a tutorial with my experience formatting my book interior and book cover for publication. It was definitely trickier than I thought it would be! I’m also expecting to release a Kindle version of my book later this spring or summer. Until then, head on over to Amazon.com to read the synopsis of “A Hero at Heart”.

Whimsical Pet Portrait ~ Mixed Media Painting

Here’s the latest painting that I’ve finished! I had so much fun with this one! I was commissioned to create a whimsical pet portrait with a poodle, a dingo and a little, black cat having tea with Alice in Wonderland. Dreaming up the items on the table was a blast! I decided to use a mixture of acrylics and watercolors for this painting and I learned a lot from the experience. I think it would be so much fun to do more custom pet portraits like this one! I love the idea of setting pets in whimsical, story book scenes!

The Book Patch Review ~ My Novel in Print

Quite a while back, I reviewed a company called The Book Patch (TBP). I am a self published author and illustrator. For a few years now, I’ve been enjoying the adventure of building stories and sharing them with the world! I have written three children’s picture books and just recently, I completed and illustrated a middle grade novel called “A Hero at Heart”. I can’t tell you how excited I am! In the near future, I’ll be putting this book on Amazon.com and I’ll be documenting my experience using Createspace’s print on demand services. But today, I wanted to make one more review about The Book Patch.

Lately, I’ve been hearing some disturbing news about TBP. People have been noting that the company haven’t been answering their e-mails or phone calls. This kind of unnerved me. I hadn’t worked with TBP for probably a year or more, and I had to wonder whether the company had changed their quality. I can’t speak for their present customer service. When I dealt with them years ago, I had a wonderful time e-mailing them and getting all of my questions answered. I haven’t had a reason to e-mail or call recently. But, I set out to discover whether their printing quality was still good. This morning, I can say with pleasure that it is. I just received my first copy of “A Hero at Heart”, and I found it pretty satisfactory. The printing is excellent, the cover is beautiful and the paper feels quality to me. To be perfectly honest, I’ll mention the one flaw that I found. The book had a fine line where the corner got slightly bent (probably during packaging). It’s hardly noticeable and I’m not that worried about it. In the paragraph below, you’ll see that working with TBP isn’t always smooth sailing, but in my opinion, the product and quality is worth it.

For those who haven’t read my previous reviews and are interested in using TBP’s services. I’ll give you a few tips and thoughts. Tip #1. have patience with the website. When you go to upload your PDF and Front Cover image, you may find that the website glitches for several seconds and then pops up a window that says that a “script” has stopped working. Each time this happens, I find the only way to move forward is to click “stop script” and then the website will carry on. Tip #2. Make sure your PDF is the right size. The Book Patch will warn you if you’ve chosen a book size that doesn’t match your PDF. Do make sure you get this part right, or your book will not turn out. Tip #3. Don’t expect your order to come quickly. Printing takes quite a while. If you’re pressed for time and need your books printed for a specific occasion, make sure you order (I’m guessing here) about three weeks ahead of time. My book took two weeks and three days to print and ship to my house. Tip #4: Don’t expect a confirmation e-mail when you place your order or when your book ships. I don’t know if this is a set in stone fact, but I didn’t get either. It kind of scared me at first, but it didn’t mean a thing. My book still got here!

So, to sum up, I am still very pleased with TBP and would definitely order from them again.


Hand Carved Dragonfly Necklace on Etsy!

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Good morning! It’s been a long time since I’ve made any posts on this blog! Naughty me! Lately, I’ve been posting most of my work on my new blog theresastinnet.wordpress.com. But, I wanted to share my latest project with you all: a hand carved, hand painted dragonfly pendant. I had fun making this pendant! I love the metallic colors! This is just one of many necklaces that me and my family are making right now. Feel free to stop by our Etsy shop by clicking the link and take a look!