<![CDATA[Anita Seavey - A Prairie Girl\'s Pen]]>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 21:49:51 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[DUST by Kara Swanson - Cover Reveal!]]>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/dust-by-kara-swanson-cover-reveal
The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth about Neverland will unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan—and herself.

About the Reveal...

I am so thrilled to be joining in the cover reveal for DUST by Kara Swanson, releasing from Enclave publishing this July! DUST is a Peter Pan retelling/sequel, and book on of the Heirs of Neverland​ duology.

Anyone who knows me will probably be quick to agree that I am a historical fiction kinda' girl. I love all things historical, and very rarely stumble across any works of fantasy that I actually enjoy (not counting the Chronicles of Narnia here... obviously). 

My first experience enjoying a fantasy novel actually came a little over a year ago, when I was given a copy of The Girl Who Could See by none other than Kara Swanson. But in all honesty, I think that half my love for the story was really respect for the author - Kara has such a genuine heart for others and is so incredibly authentic, and her love for others and for Truth is evident when she writes.

About the Story...

The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.

Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real—since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire's desperate search points to London... and a boy who shouldn't exist.

Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.

The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan—and herself.

Now, for a cover to match this story with just the perfect blend of whimsical and epic!

​Are you ready?

Isn't it beautiful!? I was absolutly floored by how stunning this cover is and it matches the personality of Kara's story  perfectly.

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PLUS, be certain to check out PRE-ORDER FOR DUST.

Not only do you get a chance to purchase this gorgeous limited hardcover edition, but you also get pre-order goodies right from Kara, including artwork, a short story, and more!

What do you think of the cover of DUST? Do you enjoy Fantasy, or (like me) does it take a rare gem to pique your interest? I can't wait to hear from you!
<![CDATA[My 2019 Favorites and 2020 Aspirations]]>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:00:00 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/my-2019-favorites-and-2020-aspirations
Can you believe that not only has a new year begun, but a new decade as well? 2020 is one of those years that has always sounded like someday in the distant future - I mean, shouldn't we all have flying cars by now?
​Besides that, I am hoping and praying that 2020 is going to be an incredible year filled with new experiences, wins, adventures, and growing in God's Word.
Last year was incredible on so many levels. I attended my very first Writers Conference, which inspired me in my journey as an author like nothing else ever has and left me walking on air for weeks! Three of my devotionals were accepted by the quarterly devotional Unlocked (check out my favorite one here!), and I was once again published on The Rebelution

Besides writing, I spent many hours trail-riding on our horses with my sisters, began teaching two sweet new music students, experienced camping with my family three times in our new tent (it rained two of those times, but we stayed dry!), and went on a road trip down to Colorado with a group of friends (first road trip without my family + my first time hiking to the top of a mountain). 

In short, my year was literally brimming with new experiences and unforgettable memories. 

There were a lot of challenges as well. I  spent a lot of time feeling stressed, confused, inadequate, and afraid. But I managed to come out on the other side convinced that God is working, even if I can't see Him. 

After all, I really am "too blessed to be stressed." ;-)

Now for 2020. 

I have a lot of goals for this year, but have not officially written them down. A lot of them are simply personal goals that I hope to implement, or healthier habits that I want to form. 

A few are:
  • Memorize more scripture
  • Read through the Bible in a year (and study it more intensly)
  • Write consistently - even if that means waking up extra early
  • Submit my work regularly to small publishers
  • Expand my musical abilities
  • Blog consistently
  • Polish up our horses' training
  • Garden.... yes, I might try and force myself to enjoy gardening... again
Something that I have noticed is that I tend to get irritable or depressed when I am focusing too much on myself.  My Mom has always told my siblings and I that JOY is Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last. I'm starting to realize just how true that is. I can't love those around me if I am too focused on myself. Now, to implement it. 

What are some of your goals for the new year? Do you have any favorite memories or "wins" from 2019? As always, I would love to hear about it!
<![CDATA[My Favorite Blog Posts of 2019]]>Sat, 23 Nov 2019 16:56:27 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/my-favorite-blog-posts-of-2019
If you are anything like me, it takes a gripping title, an intriguing first line, and a convicting read for me to enjoy a blog post. 
Considering the fact that I post on my blog (ideally) bi-weekly, I decided to give my faithful readers a small list of posts from other authors that have encouraged me and inspired me in the last year.
1. Power In A Mug - This post has the exact cozy, sweet flavor that I love reading and soaking in! It is convicting and encouraging in a way that makes you want to reach out to everyone in your life and just remind them of how much you love them!
2. I Don't Believe In Love At First Sight - In a culture where "love" seems to have lost its meaning, this post by Aria gives us a glimpse into what true love really is and I found that it voices my own convictions nearly word-for-word!
3. The Art of Awareness - This article is a  much-needed wake up call! If you find yourself falling into a rut in your everyday life or are trapped in your own little bubble, this post just might open your eyes to the gift God has given us called "awareness."
4. Four Steps to Fight Insecurity - Written by my sweet friend Katie, this article touches on something that I believe I can safely say every girl has struggled with. This article gives insight into what Biblical beauty really is, and leaves you with practical ways to begin crushing the lie of insecurity.
5. The Blessing of Reading the Bible When You Don't Feel Like It - Author Jaquelle (also one of my amazing writing mentors) wrote this post some time ago and it struck a chord with me. I could relate to both the good and the bad. This post is a must read  for any Christian who struggles with reading the Bible on a daily basis!
6. A Dose of Encouragement in the Midst of Busyness - I just had so much fun writing this post (shameless plug) that I had to share it again! It touches on a few things that have been very close to my heart.
Although I don't claim to agree with or endorse everything on others' individual blogs, each of these writers has blessed and encouraged me in numerous ways - I hope they do for you as well!
<![CDATA[A Sprinkle of Blessings]]>Sat, 23 Nov 2019 16:29:09 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/a-sprinkle-of-blessings
November and December may very well be my favorite months of the year - for two reasons. 1) my birthday and 2) the holiday season. Thanksgiving and Christmas are my two favorite holidays and, lets be honest, Thanksgiving is really just a warm-up for Christmas. My family is already enjoying colorful lights, frosted sugar cookies, Christmas carols, and cozy Christmas movies. 
I sometimes wonder of I lose Thanksgiving amidst my love for Christmas (my sister calls is Obsessive Christmas Disorder...). And yet, Thanksgiving is the perfect prelude to the Christmas season - after all, what better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus than to give Him thanks for His incredible gift of salvation?

This year, my family made a "Thankful Pumpkin", which was basically a big pumpkin covered in sharpie marker that proclaims all the things we are grateful for. I've found that my list every year is pretty much always the same. My parents, my siblings, forgiveness, warm blankets, books, chocolate, books, music, books... you get the picture. 

This year, we got creative, and I was reminded once again just how many little things God gave me that I take for granted. 

Sparkling snow. A perfectly still morning. A horse's whinny. Frosty breath. Warm fireplaces. Fluffy socks. Succulents made from sugary frosting (long story...). Piano keys. Laughter. Stars. 

And most of all, this year I am grateful for the gift of awareness - the ability that God gave me to look around and really see His creativity and His people. It is this gift that enables me to see better, listen better, and ultimately love better. And it is a gift that I have not cultivated nearly enough. (Check out this post about The Art of Awareness for a dose of conviction and encouragement!)

What are you thankful for this year? What do you most look forward to during the holiday season?

I can't wait to hear from you!
<![CDATA[A Dose of Encouragement in the Midst of Busyness]]>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 14:51:52 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/a-dose-of-encouragement-in-the-midst-of-busyness
If you are a regular follower of my blog (or if you happen to know me in real life) you may notice that I talk a lot about "busyness." It seems to be a recurring theme in my life, and one that deserves an entire post all to itself. 
But today, I am popping in between a crazy school schedule, music lessons, winter prep, and NaNoWriMo, to leave you with a few practical bites of encouragement that help keep me smiling even in the busyness. 

Start the day with Jesus

As soon as you wake up, spend time with Him. Even just a few minutes in the morning completely focused on Jesus will set the tone of your entire day.
Besides having a regular morning routine, I have found it fun to have an online devotional set as my computer home page. As soon as I open the internet, the first thing I see is a new dose of encouragement. (Right now, I am enjoying the She Reads Truth blog)

Make a joyful noise

Sometimes all it takes to lift me up when I am having a bad day is a dose of praise. Listening to music, playing worship on the piano, or even just quoting a Psalm helps to get me from stressing to praising.
A song I have been enjoying lately (both listening to and play on the violin) is Worn by Tenth Avenue North. Trying praying through the 100th Psalm to give God thanks and praise - or simply read through it slowly and soak in His goodness!

Turn outward

I once heard that the surest way to overcome insecurity is to quit focusing on yourself, turn towards others, and smile. Stress, like insecurity, is sometimes simply focusing too much on ourselves. Even in the busyness, take time to smile and care about the people around you.
Challenge: Try your hand at a random act of kindness today. Do something out of the ordinary - acts of kindness done in secret are often the most fun!

Take a break

This is about as practical as it gets, haha! Feeling overwhelmed? Take a break. Breathe. Enjoy the sunshine or soak in a latte and enjoy a book for a few moments. Sometimes all it takes is a few moments away from the craziness to be refreshed and ready for the next challenge.
​Observation: Personally, I am the most refreshed during a "break" if I have something yummy to drink. Yes, I realize that I rave a little too often about pumpkin spice lattes, but it didn't seem right to leave you without a quick and fun way to make your own. ;)
Brew a cup of your favorite coffee, add cream, a dash of pumpkin pie spice (or a pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg), then sweeten to taste. Enjoy!

Live one day at a time

It is easy for me to begin looking as far down the road as I possibly can. What will this action do for my future self? If I make this decision, how will it effect me in years to come? This is usually a good thing, but I have found that, for myself, it often leads to thinking of possibilities and problems that are nowhere in sight. I forget to live today and simply do what Christ would have me do right now.
"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Matthew 6:34
What are a few ways that you keep life fun, vibrant, and purposeful amidst the busyness? Do you have a favorite scripture verse that you turn to when stress starts to set in?
Have an amazing November!