Sneak Peeks and Inside Scoops

Sneak Peeks and Inside Scoops

I recently took some time off from writing the upcoming books in the Rocky Mountain Series to clean up my website. If you don’t already know this about me, then I have to tell you how much I love building websites. It’s like play, so taking a few days off from writing to work on the site is no hardship.

Anyway, a couple of years ago, I created pages for each individual book with hopes of giving you all an insight into the development and writing of each story. However, I didn’t complete the pages and they’ve been sitting there. I’ve never really talked about them because they’ve been half done and messy. But now, finally…

Ta da! Just go to my books page, click on any cover, and you’ll get the inside scoop on that particular story. Character info, blog posts I wrote giving the inside scoop on the stories, and more. Or click on the images on this blog post and get taken directly to the first book in the series (where you can then access the other books in the series).

I’ll be adding more tidbits and extras to these pages, so check back occasionally to see what’s new.

Do you like getting the inside scoop on your favorite stories? If so, what kind of things are you interested in seeing more of?

 

Be My Valentine Giveaway Winner!

Be My Valentine Giveaway Winner!

Did you take part in the Be My Valentine Giveaway? My Sweet Man did the honors and drew from the names of everyone who entered. If you posted a comment in multiple places, then your name went into the draw multiple times.

And the winner is … Angel H. C. Congratulations Angel! Please send your mailing address to my email at sheila @ sheilaseabrook-dot-com so I can mail you your book.

Thanks so much for playing along, everyone.

Did anyone do anything exciting to celebrate Valentine’s Day? We joined my siblings over at my mom’s place, ordered in food, and enjoyed good food with good company.

Be My Valentine Giveaway!

Be My Valentine Giveaway!

While I’m working on storylines and figuring out timelines for the Rocky Mountain books four, five, and six, I decided to do a giveaway of a very special book.

This book has never been released to the public in print or ebook form. In fact, I put it together specifically to send to Oldest Son’s father-in-law who lives in Columbia and wanted something short to read so he could practice reading his English.

The book is comprised of one short story and two novellas (Baby Fever, Wedding Fever, and The Valentine Grinch). All you have to do is find this Valentine image on Facebook, Instagram, or right here on my Blog, and leave a comment. The more places you leave a comment, the more often your name will be entered into the draw.

Say hello, tell me what the weather is like in your part of the world, or share the color of your favorite food…whatever you’re in the mood to talk about. One lucky person will win a signed print copy of this very special book.

Deadline to enter: February 17, 2018

Enjoy!

[Special Note: My apologies to everyone who received a duplicate newsletter this morning. Oops…my fault…sorry!]

Running Away From It All

Running Away From It All

Do you ever have the urge to just pack your bags and run away…from like, everything? The day job? The night job? The housework, the laundry pile, the grocery shopping, cooking and paying the bills? The utility representative who totally pisses you off? Maybe even (shut the door!) the husband and kids?

I totally get it because I’ve been there more than once.

Sadly, I was born with the responsibility gene, and I’m sure that many of you were too. It’s one of those genes that makes you put all other needs before your own, even when soul deep, your body is shouting NOOOOOOOOOO!

My favorite spot to run to is this little island in the South Pacific. Ocean, beach, gentle surf…a little bit of heaven on earth. And when I can’t escape to paradise…

…I’ve found escape in books. It’s one of the reason why I decided to set my laugh-out-loud Caught Between series on a tropical island in the Caribbean. When I’m feeling the urge to escape and can’t, I can always immerse myself in reading and writing. And what better place—especially in the dead of winter—is there to write about than a place with the sound of the ocean waves in the background and warm temperatures year-round.

So now tell me in the comments…where do you go to escape? And when you can’t escape, what’s your favorite escape activity?

 

Zen…Or Letting Go After A Total Meltdown

Zen…Or Letting Go After A Total Meltdown

My Sweet Man and I live on a three acre parcel of land that is half rural, half city, which basically means that we pay city taxes but receive none of the city benefits (like water, sewer, and fast internet speeds). Recently, our internet provider offered us a new package that would increase our internet speed from practically non-existent to over 25kbps.

Excited, I signed up, and after a two week trial period, called my provider to cancel the old package. The faster speed is so beautiful, I’m willing to shell out the extra cash to move into the twenty-first century.

The next morning, my Sweet Man asks if my email is working. No, I reply, no worries. They’re probably performing maintenance on their email system. But two hours later, there’s still no email access.

At this point, the brain cells begin to fire and my Zen-ness begins to fall apart.

I contact my internet provider and discover our email addresses were attached to our old internet package. Everything has been deleted.

Now, I’d like to say “my bad”. Maybe I should have done more homework. Except that we’ve changed internet packages before without ever encountering this problem.

By the end of the day, after numerous phone calls, we still have no email and I’m in a very unZen-like state. I’m yelling at the poor worker on the other end of the phone and I can’t seem to stop myself. I’m out of control, beyond help, and my poor Sweet Man leaves the house every time I pick up the phone.

And then, between calls, I start to cry.

Why am I so upset? It’s only email. It’s not like we use our email to save the world.

And that’s when I begin to rediscover my Zen-like state and finally see the lesson I need to learn.

Trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we’re not wise enough to see the reason right away.

Believing this is on my list for 2018. Learn to trust. Learn to let go.

As I write this, I’m still without email. I’ve discovered I kind of like it. Hmmmm, maybe being without is part of my lesson too.

NOTE: If you wish to read more on the true meaning of the word ZEN, then click here.

So now tell me in the comments…have you ever been without email? If so, did you secretly enjoy it or did you feel like you’d just lost a hugely important part of your life?

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