The Beach Book Blast & Life Returns To Normal

The Beach Book Blast & Life Returns To Normal

Okay, I know I said I’d share Family Tales From The Crypt, but that’ll have to wait for another day. As the Beach Book Blast ends today and life returns to normal, my mind is elsewhere.

I have a book to finish by October. It’s written, but now I have to change three-quarters of the words. Yeah, rewriting is not high up on my list of fun things to do.

A lot of writers enjoy the rewriting process. I’m not one of them. Instead, I whine a lot (I’ll try not to whine here). I get the overpowering urge to shop and we all know how much I hate to shop (unless it’s for books). Basically, I’d rather do anything but sit down to deal with the mess of that first draft.

So right now, I’m typing with my coffee cup in one hand and a paint brush in the other. Yeah, that’s right. This weekend, I’m avoiding the manuscript in favor of painting the outside trim. It’s actually my dear hub’s trim. If I had trim, there would be no labour involved. It would be the kind that takes care of itself, indestructible against the ravages of wind and rain and snow and hail.

But since it’s his trim, we’re painting. 🙂

Before I go, we had a total BLAST at Thursday night’s Beach Book Blast Facebook party. If you were one of the people who joined us, thank you for doing so. The utter chaos of so many voices talking at once made the party atmosphere seem like we were really all in one room, mingling and chatting and getting to know one another.

We’re in the process of gifting the prizes now so I thought I’d share images of what we gave away.

Prize 1:

 

 

 

Prize 2:

 

 

 

Prize 3:

 

 

 

Prize 4:

 

 

 

Prize 5:

 

 

 

 

Pretty awesome, huh? Remember you can still drop by the Beach Book Blast website today and enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and more great prizes. Plus, visit the individual author sites for a chance to win more great prizes. All contests close at the end of Saturday, August 18th.

And here on my own blog, I’m giving away two ebooks to one lucky winner randomly chosen from those who comment on my posts from the BBB launch date the end of the BBB event. Thats August 15th to August 18th. You could win two ebooks: Wedding Fever and Soups For All Seasons!

But wait! Just like yesterday and the day before that, and the day before that … there’s more fun stuff!

Rhonda Hopkins interviewed the Beach Book Blast authors and is running a series of posts from Aug 15 to Aug 18.

The Reader’s Guide to Epublishing books is hostng a series featuring the Beach Book Blast books and as usual, the generous D.D. Scott is gifting plenty of books.

And finally, here’s a complete list of authors involved in the Beach Book Blast – D.D. Scott, Alicia & Roy Street, Dale Amidei, Debra Burroughs, L.C. Giroux, Liz Jasper, Greg Carrico, Kristine Cayne, Kiru Taye, *lizzie starr, Liz Matis, Lily Silver, Stacey Joy Netzel, Natalie G. Owens, Janice Lane Palko, Christina Routon, Tamara Ward, and Sheila Seabrook.

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The Beach Book Blast & Family Meddlers – Part 2

The Beach Book Blast & Family Meddlers – Part 2

I love to laugh … which is a really good thing because we all know that laughter keeps us young and healthy. But sometimes what doesn’t seem funny at first turns out to be one of our most memorable moments.

So here are some more family meddler stories from the Beach Book Blast authors. Of course, some of these are more about crazy family members, but that’s okay. They made me laugh and I hope they make you laugh too.

If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here.

Stacey Joy Netzel: Not much meddling going on in my family—honest! However, we do have fun. Laughing with each other and even picking on each other. God forbid I say the wrong thing or trip over my words when we’re all together at the lake cabin. I get razzed about it all weekend—especially by my brothers-in-law. But it’s all done with love and I wouldn’t trade a moment.

 

L.C. Giroux: In my family there is not a single boring member, every single last one is a serious character (I’m not excluding myself in there) but the most insane would have to be my father. Two words -Two-headed Cow. Seriously, he wanted to buy some farmer’s two-headed calf to display at State fairs. It didn’t happen so no cows were injured but really when a story like that is just one of many how can you compete?

Janice Lane Palko: My family is pretty good about staying within their bounds, but my late great grandmother was notorious for checking the hamper to make sure you were keeping up with the laundry.  She’d go into the bathroom and you’d always hear the hamper lid slam while she was in there supposedly going to the bathroom.   She was a real stickler for doing housework.

 

Sheila Seabrook: My family is full of meddlers and number one on the hit list is my Mom and Dad. One winter, we went to visit my in-laws for the weekend and left our house key with my parents so they could check on the place. When we returned home Sunday night, I went to grab something from the freezer for supper and discovered it had been unplugged, left open and was totally empty. My mother, in one of her meddling moods, decided our half full freezer was wasting good money. So she made my dad empty our freezer and drag all of the contents over to their house where they somehow stuffed it into their very full freezer. Needless to say, we spent the evening moving frozen food from my parents’ freezer back into ours. We never gave them our house key again!

Remember to pop by the Beach Book Blast website where you can enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and more great prizes. Plus, visit the individual author sites for a chance to win more great prizes. All contests close at the end of Saturday, August 18th.

And here on my own blog, I’m giving away two ebooks to one lucky winner randomly chosen from those who comment on my posts from the BBB launch date the end of the BBB event. Thats August 15th to August 18th. You could win two ebooks: Wedding Fever and Soups For All Seasons!

But wait! Just like yesterday, there’s more fun stuff!

Rhonda Hopkins interviewed the Beach Book Blast authors and is running a series of posts from Aug 15 to Aug 18.

The Reader’s Guide to Epublishing books is hostng a series featuring the Beach Book Blast books.

And finally, here’s a complete list of authors involved in the Beach Book Blast – D.D. Scott, Alicia & Roy Street, Dale Amidei, Debra Burroughs, L.C. Giroux, Liz Jasper, Greg Carrico, Kristine Cayne, Kiru Taye, *lizzie starr, Liz Matis, Lily Silver, Stacey Joy Netzel, Natalie G. Owens, Janice Lane Palko, Christina Routon, Tamara Ward, and Sheila Seabrook.

Come back tomorrow, when I’ll be sharing Family Tales From The Crypt.

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The Beach Book Blast & Family Meddlers – Part 1

The Beach Book Blast & Family Meddlers – Part 1

The Beach Book Blast is on right now and runs till August 18th. Be sure to check out the site for a full list of the prizes which include a grand prize of a Kindle Fire!

As well, join the BBB authors tonight (August 16th at 8 to 11 EST) at the Facebook Party. We’re sharing excerpts and more from our newly released books and giving away some great prizes. Lots and lots of prizes! Ebooks galore! 🙂

Before you head off to visit either site, let me introduce a few of my fellow BBB authors.

Since my family is filled with funny eccentric people who love to meddle in my life, I asked my fellow Beach Book Blast authors to share their humerous tales of their own family-meddling situations.

Tamara Ward: My mom is big into snooping in drawers and notebooks when she visits my house. She has no qualms writing in my journals or on my calendar, either. So I’ll open my calendar to a new month or turn a page in my journal and see that “ma luvs u.” While the calendar writing is fine, I do try to hide financial statements and personal papers well before she comes!

 

Natalie G Owens: Most of the funnier stories of humor I remember concern my paternal grandfather. I wish I knew him better because he was such a hoot. He’d tease family all the time…he was what you’d call a loving, fun disciplinarian. A bit contradictory, but that was him! One story I remember well is when he went out without his dentures to rile my grandmother up. When she got pissed off, he grabbed her and kissed her soundly. My father’s cousins were also a bit prudish. So, if he caught one alone he’d go and whisper a “bad” word in her ear. It wouldn’t be so bad by today’s standards but then things were different (It may have been something like “pee” or “fart”). One cousin in particular would start screaming and go to her mother to tell on my granddad. She still remembers it and laughs about it. 🙂
Alicia Street: Whenever I brought home boyfriends my father would offer them a beer at the picnic table in the back yard, then interrogate them on their knowledge of carburetors. And as a special bonus, he’d toss in a little arm wrestling.

 

 

Roy Street: It was a somewhat different scenario in my household. Whenever I brought girlfriends home, my dad would sit them down in the den, bring out his violin and play excerpts from Scheherazade. My brother and I dubbed these impromptu recitals as his Manhattan serenade in honor of his favorite cocktail, of which he usually had at least three prior to showtime.

 

Stay tuned for more funny-family-meddler-tales when I return with Part 2 tomorrow.

Remember to pop by the Beach Book Blast website where you can enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and more great prizes. Plus, visit the individual author sites for a chance to win more great prizes.

Here on my own blog, I’m giving away two ebooks to one lucky winner randomly chosen from those who comment on my posts from the BBB launch date the end of the BBB event. That’s August 15th to August 18th. You could win two ebooks: Wedding Fever and Soups For All Seasons!

And remember to join the BBB authors tonight (August 16th at 8pm to 11pm EST ) at the Facebook Party. We’re sharing excerpts and more from our newly released books and giving away some great prizes.

But wait! There’s more fun stuff!

Rhonda Hopkins interviewed the Beach Book Blast authors and is running a series of posts from Aug 15 to Aug 18.

The Reader’s Guide to Epublishing books is hostng a series featuring the Beach Book Blast books.

And finally, here’s a complete list of authors involved in the Beach Book Blast – D.D. Scott, Alicia & Roy Street, Dale Amidei, Debra Burroughs, L.C. Giroux, Liz Jasper, Greg Carrico, Kristine Cayne, Kiru Taye, *lizzie starrLiz Matis, Lily Silver, Stacey Joy Netzel, Natalie G. Owens, Janice Lane Palko, Christina Routon, Tamara Ward, and Sheila Seabrook.

Come back tomorrow, when I’ll be sharing more Family Meddler tales.

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Beach Book Blast & For The Love of Reading

Beach Book Blast & For The Love of Reading

If you read my post from earlier today, I mentioned that the geese and ducks were gathering. I’m not ready for winter, but I’m sure ready to leave the gardening, painting, and building behind. So for a few days, I’m dreaming of vacation and taking part in the WG2E Street Team’s Beach Book Blast. To find out more about the event, go to the Beach Book Blast website at http://beachbookblast.blogspot.ca/. Prizes include a Kindle Fire, ebooks, and more!

In honor of the Beach Book Blast, I’m reposting the very first blog post I ever wrote … For The Love Of Reading.

DadI inherited my nose from my dad. I also inherited his calves, his easy going personality and his love of reading. He died in 2009 but my all time favourite picture of him shows him sitting on the beach in a lawn chair, a book in his hands with the sun shining down on his head.

The first book I remember holding was a beautiful hardcover copy of Cinderella, filled with strange words I couldn’t read and beautiful pictures I adored. Once I learned to read, I worked my way through Dick and Jane, on to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, and in between, the back of every cereal box my mom ever bought.

When I ran out of reading material, I would sneak into my dad’s book stash, which he wisely kept in the garage, and read his Harlequin romances. He also had some racier novels there, stories with – gasp! – sex, and if my mom knew I was reading those books – heck, if she knew my dad was reading those books – she would have banned them from our reading material.

These days I’m allowed to read whatever I want and I want to read a lot. In fact, I want to read more than I have time for and I’d rather buy books than food or clothes.

Shortly before my dad died, he gave me the book Volcano by Richard Doyle. When he told me I had to read this book, there was a tone in his voice that I recognized so well. It was awe and wonder for a can’t-put-it-down story, emotions I too experience whenever I fall in love with a story or an author’s voice. Although I have yet to read the book – I’ve become more of a love-to-laugh-out-loud reader – Volcano will forever remain on my keeper shelf because it was the last time my dad shared his love of reading with me.

This is how I will always remember my dad, on a lawn chair on the beach with a book in his hands and another waiting to be read. This is, hopefully, how my children will remember me, too.

So who did you inherit your reading gene from? Who are some of your favourite authors and books? And if you had to choose, would you rather spend your hard earned money on books or food and clothes?

On Aug 16, from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST, join our Facebook party.

And make sure to check out the Summer Launch Event page where all the books highlight during this event are listed.

See you there!

My Heart Burns by Marlene Renee

My Heart Burns by Marlene Renee

Today is the middle of August and up on the Canadian prairies, the geese and ducks are gathering. Will this be an early winter? Part of me looks forward to a break from the gardening and painting and building we’re doing this summer. The other part of me thinks blech, I’m not ready for snow and cold and winter coats and boots.

So while I’m mulling over the fact that I’m ready, but not ready, for winter, let me introduce you to Book 24 in the Bandit Creek series, a western historical titled MY HEART BURNS by Marlene Renee.

Marlene has a degree in Education and her love for exciting and romantic stories lead her to start crafting her own. When not working on her latest project, Marlene enjoys reading, running, watching movies and travelling.

And now for the MY HEART BURNS teaser:

A woman’s got to do what her heart tells her – that’s become my motto. I’m Mackenzie Delaney and I realized that fact – and acted on it – before it was too late. Instead of marrying the man my parents had chosen for me, I answered the calling in my heart and headed west to Bandit Creek to fulfill my dream of being a doctor.

Sheriff Dan Wilson added a twist to my dream. Strong and true, he was intent on keeping the peace in his town – by fighting off bandits and keeping women of debatable reputation out.

He succeeded with the bandits.

He found me more of a challenge.

Let’s just say we came to a compromise.

I’ve only had time to read the teaser for this book, but I’m hooked. Check out the links below.

Read Carla Roma’s interview with author Marlene Renee, an excerpt from MY HEART BURNS, buy the book and join the Bandit Creek authors for the Facebook release party.

On the first and fifteenth of the month, check back for more new Bandit Creek books. There’s something at Bandit Creek for everybody!

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