Brenda Novak’s Cure for Diabetes Online Auction

Every year, Brenda Novak holds the Annual Auction for the Cure of Diabetes. The 2012 event is currently running and if you aren’t already a participant, you can go here to register and set up an account.

This year, the Bandit Creek Books group of authors put together a basket of books and goodies to be auctioned off. To view the items, click here. The winner of this auction will receive a basket of all the current Bandit Creek books, plus more!

The full list includes:

  • Lost by Vivi Anna
  • Siren’s Song by D.L. Snow
  • Penny Candy and Hard Candy by Jade Buchanan
  • Devil Unknown by Steena Holmes
  • Death at Bandit Creek by Amy Jo Fleming
  • Quinn’s Christmas Wish by Lawna Mackie
  • The Gift by C.J. Carmichael
  • Skin Deep by Shanna Gecko
  • Prohibited Passion by Alyssa Linn Palmer
  • Shafted by Kymber Morgan
  • A Stranger’s Kiss by Roxy Boroughs
  • Spunky by Sherile Reilly
  • Always a Lady by Victoria Chatham
  • Fool’s Gold Anthology featuring stories by Louise Behiel, Victoria Chatham, Alyssa Linn Palmer, Julie Rowe, Sheila Seabrook, Brenda Sinclair and Trip Williams
  • Heart of Mine by Michelle Beattie
  • A Witch in the Wind by Brenda Collins
  • A Bandit Creek Miracle by Brenda Sinclair

PLUS

  • Montana Wild Huckleberry Pancake Mix and Jelly Beans from Jade Buchanan
  • One Japanese screen hard covered notebook from Lauren Hawkeye
  • Soups For All Seasons by Anne Ellis and The WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies: Viva La Valentine Edition from Sheila Seabrook (featuring her story The Valentine Grinch!)
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Communicating with Spirits by Rita S. Berkowitz and Deborah S. Romaine from Vivi Anna

The auction started on April 30th and ends on May 31st! To help support finding a cure for diabetes, go forth and register and bid. And while you’re at it, you’ll have fun, too!

 

My Best Friends

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love books. They don’t talk back. There’s a never ending supply in the bookstore, online, or at the library. And if I’m lonely, they’re always there to keep me company.

Florence Fois’s March Bookfest inspired me to share a few of my recent and upcoming reads. If you’re interested in finding out more about these books, click on the links below.

Recently finished:

Against The Wind by Virginia Kelly
Romantic Suspense – a hurricane, a man on the run, and the woman who rejected him – Kindle

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
Women’s Fiction – a woman on a journey to find herself escapes a dangerous man – Paperback

Next up on my to-be-read pile are:

Pushed Too Far by Ann Voss Peterson
Thriller –  “… nail-gnawing suspense, dark mystery, and a dash of romance.” – Kindle

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Young Adult – “… stunning, gripping, powerful.” – Kindle

Where The Heart Is by Jenny Gardiner
Women’s Fiction – “… home is the only place she’ll ever be able to reclaim what’s most important to her.” –Kindle

On order and on their way, some writing books that sound interesting:

Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs To Know by Todd Klick
Paperback and Kindle

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way To Success by K.M. Wieland
Paperback and Kindle

The Art Of War For Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises by James Scott Bell
Paperback and Kindle

Plus, just for good measure, I ordered a Yoga DVD to keep me in shape. 🙂

What is the most recent book you’ve read? And what’s next on your reading list?

(Originally published on Women Unplugged.)

Why Is My Face Red?

We all suffer from it, that infliction known as embarrassment. At the moment it occurs, our face turns red and our body flushes with a heat that can only be compared to a hot flash.

Each time I get caught in an embarrassing situation, I believe I’m the only one this has ever happened to, and yet common sense tells me that’s not true. So I did a pole of a few of my blogger friends and they were more than happy to share their most embarrassing moments with me.

Lisa Hall-Wilson: I Can’t Believe I Said That and Biking In Panties

Susie Lindau: My Most Mortifying Moments

Jenny Hansen: Embarrassing Blonde Moment and No Porn On The Job

August McLaughlin: Sweaty Impulses & The One That Got Away

My most embarrassing and painful memory occurred in grade eight science class, when a racy little note got passed around from student to student and finally fell into my hands. It was something about sex, which I read, of course. As I turned to pass the note to the boy behind me, our teacher – well known for his cruel and inhuman ways to torture his young students – snatched the note from my fingers and silently read it.

The room went quiet. It was one of those just-kill-me-now moments, although that particular phrase hadn’t yet been invented. After a few tense seconds, during which I braced myself for the inevitable emotional pain of his punishment, the teacher decided I should stand up and read the note to the rest of the class.

It should’ve been so simple. After all, half the class had just read the note and had been fortunate enough to escape our teacher’s detection. While I turned a brilliant shade of scarlet and read the note aloud, the teacher and my classmates roared with laughter.

Can I blame them? Heck no. There’s something so funny about witnessing someone else’s embarrassing moment. Caught unaware, we laugh in reaction, and it’s only afterwards that we consider how our laughter might have affected the person involved.

Of course, it’s all part of being human. There was the time I came out of my first ever massage, only to trip over the curb and land on the street on my butt. There was another time when I asked a former co-worker when her baby was due, only to discover she wasn’t pregnant at all.

Will the embarrassment ever end? Will I someday learn to pay attention to where I’m going or what I’m saying? Not likely and maybe that’s a good thing, because if we can’t laugh at ourselves, is it fair to laugh at others?

So now it’s your turn to share a moment of sheer embarrassment. I promise not to laugh too hard.

(Originally published at Women Unplugged.)

Authors In Bloom Giveaway Hop/Enter to Win A Nook/Enter to Win a Kindle!

Welcome to the Authors In Bloom Giveaway Hop where you can enter to win a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) along with a $25 gift card for the same. Full details are below!

In my part of the world, spring has just arrived. The ducks and geese have returned from their annual trip south, and the leaves on the trees have just started to bud. Since early January, while the snow still covered the frozen ground, I’ve been planning my flower gardens, dreaming about rose and lilac bushes, and the vast mixture of perennials I have planted.

I’ll add annual flowers, of course. My favorites are white and purple alyssum, yellow begonias, multi-colored impatiens, pink lavatera, and so many more.

Within this vast sea of color will be cherry tomatoes and zucchini plants my mother grows from the seeds of last year’s produce. She has a green thumb, and her seedlings quickly become strong bushy plants that grow with vigor, all without the use of chemicals to enhance their growth.

My contribution to the Authors In Bloom hop is a Grilled Salad recipe from the incomparable Ginger Calem. Make sure you visit Ginger’s website for lots of great tips on exercise, good health, and more wonderful recipes.

Ginger Calem’s Grilled Salad Recipe: Cut a full romaine heart in half, leaving the core intact. Drizzle with olive oil and your preferred seasonings. Place on the grill, cut side down, for 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure you watch it so it doesn’t burn! When it has wilted a bit and has some lovely grill marks, flip it. Cook the other side a bit and it’s done. You can eat it just like that, no dressing or toppings. Or sprinkle on other veggies like bell peppers, olives, tomatoes, etc. For a special treat, add some feta cheese.

Wow, as soon as it stops snowing and the weather warms up for grilling season, I’m making this recipe for my family!

For more of Ginger’s great recipes, check out her WritersButt Wednesday posts. Here’s a couple of links to get you started:

Spaghetti with Zucchini ‘Pasta’, Chicken Tacos, and Olive Meatballs

Soups, Salads, and Egg Muffins

Now, on to the prizes. Besides the Authors In Bloom grand prize (remember the Kindle Fire, Nook, and gift certificate mentioned above?), on my site, I’m giving away a digital copy of the Soups For All Seasons cookbook by Anne Ellis. This is my go-to soup cookbook. There are so many delicious recipes, everything from winter meals to cold soups for those hot summer days. For more information about the cookbook, you can check it out at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iTunes Book Store, Smashwords, and the Sony Book Store.

Please note: To be eligible to win the digital copy of the Soups For All Seasons cookbook, you must have an account at one of the online bookstores listed above. I will gift the cookbook, so the winner must be set up to receive the gift from me through one of the noted online bookstores above.

To be eligible to win the Soups For All Seasons cookbook by Anne Ellis, you must leave a comment, along with your email address, in the comment section of this blog post, plus do one of the following:

1) Friend me on Facebook
2) Follow me on Twitter
3) Subscribe to this blog

To be eligible for the Authors In Bloom Grand Prize, readers must copy a short phrase posted on each of the participating authors’ blog post and assimilate them into the complete passage. Compiled, these phrases will become “Authors in Bloom”, a vignette about a woman’s personal growth and empowerment. Please note that the line number of each phrase is supplied to assist you with piecing the phrases together in the correct order.

My Phrase:
Line 94: And love blooms in the light and the dark.

Don’t forget to visit the other authors involved in the hop, conveniently located at the linky below:

http://www.simply-linked.com/listwidget.aspx?l=225d6d64-1823-4d9e-a0fd-fe0c5995c0f2

AUTHORS IN BLOOM GRAND PRIZE: We are giving away a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) along with a $25 gift card for the same.

Tour ends April 18th at 11:59pm EST. The winner(s) will be announced by April 20th.

Good luck! And thanks for joining us for our Authors In Bloom Giveaway!

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