Free Book Give Away

I am giving away free e-book versions of my full length novel “Mattie’s Legacy” and children’s book “Mabel” on Amazon.  I hope you enjoy them both !



~Reviews are coming in for Mattie’s Legacy~

Here are a few reviews


Mattie’s Legacy

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Mattie's Legacy

Warning… when starting this book make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! It is such a wonderful novel, and I love how Iola Reneau writes… it all felt so believable and authentic, intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really amazing, beautiful, emotional story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. Loved the message throughout, and how Mattie is able to connect with faith even when tested (over and over). Liked many of the secondary characters as well, and this is a great character-driven novel that I can see fans of Christian fiction eagerly gobbling down. Suitable for all ages. (5 stars) Laura Clarke—Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

“I couldn’t put it down and I can’t stop thinking about the characters.” Margaret P. in Colorado.

Excellent plot and story…some writing issues. The good part was that Mattie’s Legacy by Iola Reneau is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning and never once let it go. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well crafted. I loved Mattie and watching her go through her life journey, and genuinely felt an emotional connection to her and her struggles. The descriptions were good and kept to a minimum. The pacing was solid and the characters were fully-fleshed out…All in all a wonderful story with a great Christian message that kept me eagerly glued to my kindle. The only problem that I found was the many instances of grammar and punctuation errors that could have been cleaned up with a good editing/proofreading job. The formatting was off in several places as well. This may not really bother some people, but it does me. However even with that said, I really did enjoy this book and would read more from this author.  She has a natural gift for crafting a well-thought out story and developing positive, memorable characters that I won’t soon forget. (4 stars) Karen Matthews—Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

Reviews like these are amazing and a great encouragement. If you have read Mattie’s Legacy and enjoyed it, would you add a quick review on Amazon? Thank You!!

Announcing Surprise Give Away!!

Count Down Begins on July 26 and Ends July 27 

For two days you and everyone you know can receive a free ebook copy of my new novel Mattie’s Legacy

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for your free ebook


Mattie’s Legacy

Mattie's Legacy



Ta Da~~~E Book Cover Reveal~

It all started (1)Yes I created this cover and yes it took me much longer than I would have imagined. What do you think of it?

I always thought I would never venture into self publishing but after reading James Scott Bells book “Self Publishing Attack!”, which I highly recommend. I am encouraged and excited to move forward and see Mattie’s Legacy published as an e-book.

After losing a spouse or loved one you realize that you don’t really have as much time as you might think. So I am not going to wait two years to realize the dream, I am going to be daring and bold on my own (as GOD leads me ((big smile)) and I look forward to seeing my dream realized within the next month.

Do You Like To Read?

I would like to recruit five beta readers for my historical fiction “Mattie’s Legacy”.  I will be gifting the chosen readers with a prize package as a thank you. All that is required to qualify for the prize package is to read the book and answer a few questions. And I will also include each readers name in the book as an acknowledgement and thank you.

Are you interested ?

Please email me at

For the Love of Books And New to Me Authors

I recently moved to a new town and the library is literally a block away {interject big happy smile}. So you can imagine I have been squeezing in as much library time as I can. I don’t just run in and right back out, I wonder aimlessly from cover to cover, shelf to shelf. It has been such a long time since I have been able to do that, I mean we are talking long as in years{interject sad  face}.

I used to make it a point that once a month I would choose authors I have never read before and preferably had not ever heard of before I found  their book on the library shelf. Have you ever done that, and discovered a new favorite?

Sometimes I would find unforgettable books and authors by doing this. When I was 18 I discovered Margaret Mitchell, 19 James Michener, Rosemunde Pilcher in my thirties and many many others.

But it has been a long time since I took a chance on an unknown or had the time to even look around. Until two weeks ago while at my new library, and I found myself pulling new to me books off the shelf and I could feel the excitement of a new discovery growing until I had to stop myself.

Exciting, right?

Here are the three books I chose and they all three are  winners!! That is the best part, I don’t have to return a half finished book that was a bit of a disappointment.

Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves by Dave Lowry (New Shelf)

I cannot say I was drawn in by anything other than the idea of reading about Chinese Cooking at first.

Have you ever read “The Last Chinese Chef”?

This was a great mind vacation book. It took me to a place I would not have ever thought about reading or being interested in before.

I loved the genre mix he used and like a good recipe with the right ingredients you can create something you would not otherwise try on its own.

For me it is coconut if it is not mixed with chocolate and almonds ie..almond joy…I am not going to eat it.

I wouldn’t normally read about martial arts but there was just enough of it in the story to make it work with the rest of the ingredients that consisted of mystery, suspense, and a pinch of romance.

Mr. Lowry put it all together and created a very good story dish.

This is a pretty quick read ( I am a terribly slow reader) with only 278 pages. A fun to read book.

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain

I am only half way through this amazing book. The pace is spot on and the plot is intriguing.

Down River by John Hart

When I pick this book up I read longer than I intended and have to force myself to put it aside. I have only read the first three chapters but really look forward to being able to spend more time reading this book.

I love finding new to me authors.

Time Flies~~~~



Forgive me my negligent non-existent posts. I am shocked that it has been since Feb. that I have posted anything. And in my own defense I have been busy writing, learning new skills and keeping up with the laundry, so I hope I am forgiven.

I have been trying to keep up with ScreenwritingU’s Pro class and it has been a brain expanding experience. I wish I could slow mo it because there is so much info and great instruction packed into each lesson, I know I will have to go back over it all many times long after the course comes to a conclusion. So if your interested in writing scripts this is an amazing course but not for the faint of heart or those with limited time to really spend on the instruction, but for anyone serious about learning the business of writing scripts and working in Hollywood, go for it, you will not be disappointed.

I will be attending Mt. Hermon’s Christian Writers Conference later this week and will be there for five days. I am looking forward to the experience and having the opportunity to learn from great instructors and have fellowship with other writers. I wish I was prepared to pitch Mattie’s Legacy but I am stuck in the synopsis part of the book proposal package. I am hoping to attend a workshop that will help to  get me unstuck.

Summer is around the corner and it is baseball season…. Yay! My son is working at the Bakersfield Blaze, so I will have an excellent excuse to sit in the bleachers and wear a cool baseball cap while cheering on the local team!

He also graduates from high school this year and I am so very proud to be his mother. Of course I am very proud to have not just one but five awesome loving human beings that are my children and who give me a reason to get up and start each new day with hope and love.

Reading Update:

If you are looking for an awesome memoir I strongly recommend “A House in the Sky”.  Just take my word for it you will not be disappointed but you will find it hard to put down, and at times you will want to close it because it is not an easy to read story either.

Currently Reading: C.S. Lewis classic “Surprised by Joy”. This is autobiographical and is at times witty and dry, but interesting look at the writers life growing up and how his experiences formed his choices and beliefs.

I won Connie Mann’s Angel Falls almost a year ago and have finally started reading it and although I am only a few chapters in, I am intrigued and will let you know more when I finish reading.

Feel free to say hello and let me know what your reading. I would love to know. I wish everyone the best of everything always~