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Happy Birthday Hubsy!!!

Today is my husband’s birthday. I know this is a writer/reader blog, but I am all about my awesome husband and I really wanted to give him a shout out today. Don’t worry, you don’t have to read it, LOL but I really want to write it…

Two years ago I watched a movie that captivated me. Hubsy told me “I think that’s a book.” This is where the crazy writing life started for me. I was all fat and hormoney – nursing baby number three and never-ever-never getting any sleep. Hubsy bought me the book. It was the first book I’d read that wasn’t about parenting in YEARS. Years.

The writing bug struck and I thought, “I want to write a book!” When I told my husband I had a screaming baby *screeeeaming* on one hip, a toddler banging on the table for whatever it was he needed at that moment, and a Kindergartner I was homeschooling. Hubs looked only at my super excited face and said, “What’ll it be about?” I still tear up when I think of that moment. It’s just one of hundreds of thousands of memories I have just like it. He believes in me. Zero doubt.All the way.

So, I started writing and it was complete CRAP. I’d never written anything. Had NO clue about the industry, the process, nothing. I told him, “There’s this whole subculture out there I never knew about! There’s all these agents and editors and author groups, it’s amazing.” That was the total psych major in me coming out. He smiled and dove in with me. Before I knew it he was asking me if I’d seen this or that post by an editor or an agent. I was so impressed with him. I always am I guess but anyhow, I plugged away at a couple more horrible manuscripts, lurking in chatrooms for about a year. Then I hit him with, “I think I need a web presence.”

Done.

He bought a domain name and spent days on end with me developing this blog. Every single line is because he customized it to be. The colors, the picture, scripts, everything. Then when I sold my first novella, I literally took cardstock and colored pencils and kiddie scissors and mocked up my vision for my author site. Complete with moving butterfly. As you can see with one click, he made that happen too.

He’s taken days off of work to attend local writers events or dinners with my guild and he’s gone with me to two writers conferences so far, he even bought a ticket and attended the Lori Foster Reader Writer Get Together this month. LOL.Surrounded by 400 romance writers, he never wavered.

We’ve been friends for about ten years, married for eight, and I still get goosebumps when he walks through the door. I have everything I could ask for and I give him the credit because without him, I’d have joined a circus by now. He roots me here, keeps me sane, and makes me smile. He is in every love interest I’ve ever created because he is my idea of perfect.

Happy Birthday Handsome! I’m letting you off easy with a blog post this year, but for your 40th birthday one day, I plan to get the Oscar Meyer Wiener Mobile to come to your office :) or something equally *Julie*

Happy Birthday!!!!

Midsummer Eve’s Giveaway Hop! June 21st-24th

Midsummer Eve’s Giveaway Hop!!!

June 21st – June 24th


I’m excited to be a part of this hop sponsored by I Am A Reader Not A Writer

 

I’m normally a straight YA kind of site, but I had the incredible pleasure of attending the Lori Foster Reader & Writer Get Together this month and I scored an amazing number of steamy romance. Also the title of this hop reminds me of a Midsummer Night’s Dream and so I wanna give away some romance. LOL

To be entered to win the prize package you must follow me on Google Friend Connect by clicking on the button at the top of my right column  —>

If you’d like to have additional entries, you can follow via twitter or like me on my Facebook author page, or with networked blogs or GoodReads. All those buttons are over there on the right too. But Following with GFC will get you entered. No worries.

Now, what do I have for you this week? Uh….I have a romance package made of awesome.

Once Upon A Scandal by Delilah Marvelle

Lady Victoria Jane Emerson left behind her girlish notions of romance when Jonathan deserted her without a backward glance. Now the time has come when she must finally choose a husband, and she has vowed to marry someone who will never break her heart.

Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington, has returned home, free of all his family’s debts. Only to discover that by some miracle he has been chosen to vie for the hand of his beloved Victoria. To convince his only love to once again believe in the magic of love and the promise of desire will be his greatest challenge yet. And one he cannot fail!

Darkenbane: The Fountain by Kimberly Adkins

On a sultry New Orleans evening, Jasmine follows a handful of clues to a place she’d thought only existed in dreams and ancient faery tales. Through a doorway in time, Hayden is bound by royal blood to save his dying kingdom. He soon finds his quest, his destiny, and his love are all entwined with Jasmine more than anyone ever knew.

Betrayal: The Awakening by Angela Steed

Tristan Williamson waited four hundred years for her blood. Believing it holds his cure, he’s ready to end her life and retake his humanity. Present at her birth, he finds killing her is not as easy as he planned. Befriending her as she grew up was a dangerous mistake. And when she comes to him as a beautiful woman, falling in love with her could end up being her ultimate demise. As a child Anna Carlson worshiped the ground he walked on, believing in his existence as a vampire wholeheartedly until the day he left her. Her bitterness grew over the years, leading her to believe he was nothing but a con. Now, to fulfill the dying wish of her father, she’s destined to find his whereabouts and help him discover a cure she knew nothing about. But when she falls in love with him all over again, she’ll find danger she will never forget.

A Midnight Dance: A Fiery Tale by Lila Di Pasqua ***A 20 page TEASER***

Born into wealth, Sabine Laurent and her twin sister lived a life of luxury, their father’s prestigious theater frequented by royalty and aristocracy alike. And Sabine dreamed of her own prince charming—the devastatingly handsome Jules de Moutier.

That was before the loss of her sister and her family’s fall from grace—a disaster Sabine blames on the Moutier family. Now, with her father’s death, she’s inherited his sizable debt and the responsibility of caring for his spoiled long-time mistress and her two wastrel daughters. But with the help of Sabine’s eccentric friends—the balance of her father’s acting troupe—she plans to get very close to her old infatuation, seduce the rake—and make away with a fortune.

Resisting Jules’s skillful mouth and tantalizing touch is not as easy as Sabine supposed. And soon she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince…

 

When you’re done here, don’t forget to hop over and enter the more than 200 other blog giving away books this week!!

 

 

Writer Wednesday Welcomes Wren Emerson! – On Monday!!

Can I please start with how completely fun my new friend Wren is? I luv this bio, the post, OMG I’m buying the book. She’s fabulousness and I wanna share her. Also, she was too good to stall until Wednesday, so we’re celebrating writer Wednesday on Monday!! *applause* *confetti* Without further delay, please meet Miss Awesomepants herself….Wren Emerson!

BIO:

Wren Emerson was born on the mean streets of small town Kansas 30*mumble* years ago. She first put pen to paper at the tender age of 12 and wrote an epicly awful story. She then became publisher and editor in chief of a family newspaper which included articles written by indentured servants/siblings. It got rave reviews from all 8 members of her family.

Now in adulthood, Wren still enjoys bossing people around so she became overlord to a small army of minions; her true love, kids, a cat, and a dog. When she’s not plotting to form a dictatorship she writes. When she’s not writing, she plays video games, reads books, practices her iphoneography skills, and spends way too much time hanging out in #pubwrite on Twitter.

How NOT to write a guest post: by Wren Emerson

I’d just like to thank Julie, first of all, for having me here today. I appreciate the invitation to entertain your readers.

Today I wanted to talk about the fine art of writing guest posts. Or more specifically how not to do it. When Julie asked me if I’d like to write a guest post, you’d better believe I jumped on that offer with both feet. Her blog is attractive and seems to be visited by a great group of loyal readers. These are great incentives for anyone to agree to write a guest post, but I’m not just anyone. I’m a debut indie writer.

To get you guys up to speed on me right quick, I’m Wren. I released my first novel, I Wish… a novel about a teen girl finding out she’s actually a witch with an incredible power, on May 15th. I had astounding success the first week for a debut indie without a platform. I sold 53 copies in the first week alone. Clearly, I was poised to be bigger than Amanda Hocking and John Locke put together. Except…

My sales slowed down a  lot after the first week and I’ve been forced to admit that I’m not necessarily a one in a million success story, I’m just a girl with a lot of friends. I sell consistently, I’ve never had a day with less than 2 sales, but as of the time I’m writing this (June 15th) I’ve only sold 58 copies the entire month so far (versus the 50+ I did the first week).

So that’s where I’m coming from.  As you can see, it would sure be nice to reach a new audience of potential readers and charm you with the hopes you’ll visit my blog or better yet, buy my book. I’ve done next to nothing in the way of promotion. Frankly, I can talk about other people’s books all day and will happily approach a stranger for my Interview and an Excerpt feature because I really believe I’m helping people by connecting new writers with established authors and facilitating the exchange of book sales and industry information.  But approach someone to do a review of my book or to let me do a guest post? Oh jeez, no way.

But you’re reading this post so clearly I found a way around my crippling self promotion shyness. This is a golden opportunity and one I’m truly grateful for. So let me tell you how I did everything in my power to mess it up.

My first mistake was not saving the information in the original email somewhere that I could easily find it again. I couldn’t for the life of me find it when I sat down to write this post and had to email Julie to ask her to resend. What an unprofessional way to get off on the wrong foot.

Pro tip: Copy relevant information to a location where you can find it quickly and easily.

The second thing was to not have a clear idea of what to write. I’d think about writing my article and then decide I had plenty of time and I didn’t once sit down to come up with a good working list of ideas for this blog. I’ve been attempting to write it for the last 4 or 5 days and get a couple of hundred words in and realize I don’t know what to say. Rather than plan what I wanted to say I’d just quit and do something else.

Pro tip: Spend some time thinking about what you’d like to post about before you start writing. It’ll save you a lot of time in the end.

Speaking of doing something else, another good way to make sure your guest post doesn’t get written is to avoid working on it. Since school has let out, I’ve been struggling to find ways to keep my minions occupied. Luckily, I’ve found a lot of community programs and we’ve spent a lot of time swimming and going to the park. This is all good stuff, I’m glad to be able to do it, but I should have budgeted some time into my day for this post. Or at least multitasked and did some brainstorming while I watched them play.

Pro tip: Give yourself plenty of time to write your guest post so you don’t find yourself straddling the deadline in a panic.

The last way I attempted to sabotage this opportunity was to doubt my ability to write anything anybody would want to read. I don’t have a bit of trouble writing on my own blog because I don’t take it too seriously. I will often post pictures of myself looking weird, posts about my art, and things I find humorous or interesting right alongside the more serious natured posts about writing. It’s a little eclectic, but it works for me. I trust that people who come to my blog will spend a few minutes looking around and getting to know more about me. The ones who appreciate my quirks and decidedly odd sense of humor will stick around.

When you write a guest post you have exactly one chance to sell yourself. That’s a lot of pressure. I couldn’t decide if I should try to be funny or serious or something else entirely. I couldn’t quite seem to force myself to be funny on demand so that was out. Ok, so write something serious then. Except I don’t really feel like I’m much of an expert on anything and I don’t have a new spin to put on the topics that are done often. So now what? I was so intimidated that I was even more reluctant to write.

Pro tip: You have a unique perspective on the world. Take advantage of that. I’m candid and self-deprecating so that’s the kind of post I went with.

Luckily for me I managed to overcome all the things that were holding me back and I was able to write a guest for you guys to enjoy. I don’t know if this will ever be easy for me. For being so outgoing, I’m strangely reluctant to talk about myself. I imagine it’s a skill like any other and with some practice I’ll be as smooth with the ladies as Seth Green (if you don’t agree that he’s the sexiest man alive it might put a strain on our friendship).

OMG I smiled wildly all the way through this post. Wren is made of cuteness and I totally appreciate her putting herself out there and telling it the way it is. Thank you so much Wren! I can’t wait to get my hands on I Wish!

I Wish by Wren Emerson

All she ever wanted was a chance to settle down in one place.

Thistle Nettlebottom knows her life isn’t exactly normal. She travels the country with her secretive mother and bestselling author grandmother in a pink RV going from book signings to crazy research trips. She’s never been to public school or had a boyfriend, but she can pick a lock and hotwire a car. One day the phone rings and they set a course to a tiny town that’s not on any maps. Suddenly, Thistle finds her whole life changing.

She’s finally found the home she’s been searching for.

Thistle soon realizes that Desire isn’t like other towns and she’s not like other girls. The family she trusted has lied to her about everything her entire life and the things she doesn’t know about herself could cost her everything. Her legacy as one of the most powerful witches the town has ever seen has made her enemies that have been waiting patiently for a chance to destroy her. Thistle needs to learn to use her powers to protect herself before they succeed.

Be careful what you wish for.

Thistle has a power unique even among the magic wielding witches of Desire. She can wish things into existence. At first she enjoys the freedom of having everything her heart desires, but she soon realizes that her power comes at a terrible price. She’s losing her grip on her sanity at a time when she can’t afford any weakness. Her enemies are closing in quickly, but she might not have the strength to save herself.

Find Wren around the web and say Hi!

Blog: http://wrenemerson.wordpress.com
Twitter: @wrenem
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/I-Wish-Witches-Desire-ebook/dp/B0050X8UJA/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1
B&N link: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/I-Wish/Wren-Emerson/e/2940013598713

Thanks so much Wren for stopping by and making me smile! Come back anytime!!

IMM In My Mailbox – A Week of Romance For Me!

I’m normally a straight YA kind of site, but I had the incredible pleasure of attending the Lori Foster Reader & Writer Get Together this month and I scored an amazing number of steamy romance.  I’d like to tell you about three I received and am eager to read. I met the authors and it seems like a great way to get into romance, knowing the ladies makes it more fun!

Once Upon A Scandal by Delilah Marvelle

Lady Victoria Jane Emerson left behind her girlish notions of romance when Jonathan deserted her without a backward glance. Now the time has come when she must finally choose a husband, and she has vowed to marry someone who will never break her heart.

Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington, has returned home, free of all his family’s debts. Only to discover that by some miracle he has been chosen to vie for the hand of his beloved Victoria. To convince his only love to once again believe in the magic of love and the promise of desire will be his greatest challenge yet. And one he cannot fail!

Darkenbane: The Fountain by Kimberly Adkins

On a sultry New Orleans evening, Jasmine follows a handful of clues to a place she’d thought only existed in dreams and ancient faery tales. Through a doorway in time, Hayden is bound by royal blood to save his dying kingdom. He soon finds his quest, his destiny, and his love are all entwined with Jasmine more than anyone ever knew.


Betrayal: The Awakening by Angela Steed

Tristan Williamson waited four hundred years for her blood. Believing it holds his cure, he’s ready to end her life and retake his humanity. Present at her birth, he finds killing her is not as easy as he planned. Befriending her as she grew up was a dangerous mistake. And when she comes to him as a beautiful woman, falling in love with her could end up being her ultimate demise. As a child Anna Carlson worshiped the ground he walked on, believing in his existence as a vampire wholeheartedly until the day he left her. Her bitterness grew over the years, leading her to believe he was nothing but a con. Now, to fulfill the dying wish of her father, she’s destined to find his whereabouts and help him discover a cure she knew nothing about. But when she falls in love with him all over again, she’ll find danger she will never forget.

A Midnight Dance: A Fiery Tale by Lila Di Pasqua ***A 20 page TEASER***

Born into wealth, Sabine Laurent and her twin sister lived a life of luxury, their father’s prestigious theater frequented by royalty and aristocracy alike. And Sabine dreamed of her own prince charming—the devastatingly handsome Jules de Moutier.

That was before the loss of her sister and her family’s fall from grace—a disaster Sabine blames on the Moutier family. Now, with her father’s death, she’s inherited his sizable debt and the responsibility of caring for his spoiled long-time mistress and her two wastrel daughters. But with the help of Sabine’s eccentric friends—the balance of her father’s acting troupe—she plans to get very close to her old infatuation, seduce the rake—and make away with a fortune.

Resisting Jules’s skillful mouth and tantalizing touch is not as easy as Sabine supposed. And soon she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince…


In My Mailbox is a meme from the Story Siren designed to help book lovers unite, meet, greet and follow one another in our quests to find the next most awe inspiring, tear jerking, mesmerizing or just entertaining new tome.

What was in your mailbox this week?

Blog Hop & Follow Friday! 6/17

It’s time for the Blog Hop & Follow Friday again! I love this part of the week because  I’m meeting so many awesome bloggers, writers, readers *sigh*. So to all of you hopping with me I’m smiling widely like a doofus and waving frantically as always!!

Blog Hop is hosted over at Crazy-for-Books. These memes were created to help make the web smaller, and introduce us bloggers to one another. We can find sites and meet people and follow those we love! We increase our followers and we get some fun new sites to add to our dashboards too. Its a big win-win and I am thrilled to be taking part again this week.

So the question this week at Crazy for Books is:

“How many books are currently in your To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile?”

Oh boy. I don’t have a thousand like Crazy-for-Books LOL, but it’s a whole heck of a lot and the number is constantly climbing! There are at least half a dozen books being released in the next month or two that I have on pre-order from Amazon, plus all the awesomeness I find out about from hops like these. My local library’s Summer Reading Program for adults has changed to scratch off tickets and probably because I won all the time. It USED to be enter one ticket per book, but it just wasn’t fair to the rest of my small town LOL. Also, I am just getting started on romance books *swoon*. Until now I’ve read YA exclusively and Janet Evanovich was the only thing that drew me away. Now I have an entire genre to catch up on! Holy smokes! The more I think of it the more I feel like reading. I can’t wait to see how everyone else on the hop answers this question. Are we all hopelessly addicted?  Wait…I think I know the answer to that!

 


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