Bake, Love, Write Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Bake-Love-Write-coverFrom October 6th through the 23rd, 37 authors featured in the Bake, Love, Write Cookbook are hosting a Halloween Scavenger Hunt.

Here’s how it works: Participants visit the website or blog listed for each author (see the list below) to find a Happy Hallowe’en image hidden on one of the website or blog pages. The more sites you visit, the more chances you have to win. There are over 60 prizes with multiple winners. The list of prizes and the dates they will be given away is here.

Here’s what you need to do: Visit Sloan McBride’s blog where she’ll have all the information posted, including links to the authors’ websites/blogs and a link to a page to type all the answers. If you want to have a handy reminder, you can also download the page of authors, websites/blogs, and for typing your answers here. The page will give you the authors’ names and links to their websites/blogs where you’ll search for the Happy Hallowe’en image. Rafflecopter will be used to determine prizewinners.

Here’s the IMPORTANT part  once you’ve filled in your answers, you must email the document to Sloan at .  She’ll review the answers and will enter your name the number of times that corresponds to the number of sites you visited and provided the correct answers. 

Happy hunting and good luck!

Addictive Summer Reads Event!

Addictive Summer Reads Event

All I Need Is A Hero…

This weekend, I joined the Addictive Summer Reads Event (lots of great prizes and lots of great books priced at $0.99 including Always Remember), but my thoughts are on the many unsung heroes who surround us every day.

A recent bout of bad luck sent our youngest son to the emergency room for the second time this month. After years of believing himself to be indestructible, a herniated disc finally brought him to his knees. It caused pain like I’d never witnessed before, making him immobile, and I had to call the ambulance to take him to the emergency room. It was the first time we’ve ever had to call for an ambulance…and I certainly hope it’s the last.

From the moment I greeted the Paramedic and EMT at the door, I knew my son was in good hands.They were calm, caring, and yes, even funny. And as an added bonus, they had enough drugs to cut through my son’s pain so that they were finally able to walk him out to the ambulance so they could take him to the hospital.

In anything resembling an emergency situation, I panic, fall apart. I’m much more hardwired to be behind a desk, staying one emotional mile away from the real action.

Whereas these special people are hardwired to be calm in the center of chaos. I should know because I married one. My husband was a long time member of the local fire department, and it was not uncommon to hear about him running into burning buildings to rescue people or the treasured contents of the owners with no fear for himself.

Whenever an emergency occurs at home, he’s the first person I call. And fortunately our boys inherited this quality from their father, this ability to be calm in the face of danger, this ability to care for others before they care for themselves.

So to all of our heroes — ambulance personnel, firefighters, police force, military, and anybody who has the capability to walk into an emergency situation and deal — you have my utmost, heartfelt admiration and thanks for all you do, all you are.

Have you had a personal encounter with a hero? Please tell us about it. It’s all fodder for the writing mill, you know. 🙂

And don’t forget to check out the Addictive Summer Reads Event. There’s over $100 in prizes and lots of great book deals, all at $0.99. So head on over to the Addictive Summer Reads Event and enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win one of the prizes below:

One $50 Amazon Gift Card OR Paypal Cash – Winner’s Choice;

One $15 Amazon Gift Card;

Five $10 Amazon Gift Cards

And if you leave a comment below, your name will be entered in a draw to win one of my ebooks, winner’s choice.

Good luck and happy reading!

(NOTE: And the winners are Jean and Jen B! Each of you wins a copy of one of my books, your choice!)

Summer Book Crush Annual #99cent Sale Event!

Summer Book Crush 2014 99cent Sale Event

Today is the first day of the annual Summer Book Crush 99cent sales event. With dozens of authors participating, and over 80 books to chose from, this is a great time to fill your ereader. There’s something for everyone…everything from young adult and teen, to romance, mystery, sic-fi, and everything in between.

This year, I’ve included Always Remember in the event and you’ll find it listed under the “I like a hero that sizzles” page or under the Adult Genres Contemporary or Romance links. Or you can just click on this link to find all of the online retailers where Always Remember is available for only 99cents.

So between June 19 and 22, pop over to the Summer Book Crush website and check out the wide variety of ebooks on sale for 99cents. And as always, happy reading!

Authors in Bloom 2014 Blog Hop!


Welcome to the 3rd annual Authors in Bloom blog hop! This blog hop begins on April 7th and runs till April 16th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

GRAND PRIZE: We’re giving away a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) along with a $25 gift card for the same.  We’re also giving away a 2nd prize of a $25 gift card.

Enjoy and good luck!

This year, I decided to share a gardening tip that I found in one of my favorite gardening magazines, Garden Gate Magazine. Not only are their pictures stunningly beautiful, but they have great tips and tricks, too. You can even subscribe to their Free Tips email.

Their April 2014 edition gave me the perfect idea for using color in our new garden area:

1. Choose several plants with a similar hue that bloom at or around the same time, and scatter them throughout the garden.

2. Then choose several more plants in a second hue that again blooms at or around the same time, and scatter them throughout the garden.

3. Repeat until you’ve run out of gardening space!

The end result is that your flower bed will be a mass of pinks or purples or reds — whatever colors you’ve chosen — at different times of the growing season. And since winter in my part of the world gets very cold, I’m focusing on planting mostly perennials, starting with the Pinks as seen in the photo to the right.

And now for the prizes:

1. On my site, I’m drawing 4 names and giving away each person an e-copy of one of my books in mobi or epub format (winner’s choice). All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter (signup form is at the top of the righthand sidebar) and in the comments below, let me know that you’ve done so. Then tell me what your favorite flower is.

2. To be eligible for the Authors in Bloom blog hop grand prizes listed at the top of this post, make sure you LEAVE A COMMENT below (even if you don’t sign up for my newsletter). Only those visitors who visit EACH and EVERY stop are eligible for the grand prize ereader and gift card. Eligibility will be verified by hop’s end.

3. And finally, make sure to leave your contact email in the comment section, otherwise we’ll be unable to contact you if you win! Winners will be posted on both the first (Dianne Venetta) and last (A Cozy Reader’s Corner) websites of the list below.

And to make it super easy to visit all of the authors participating in the hop, here is a list of the participating authors:

NEW this year, Dianne Venetta will be hosting a Facebook Party for the entire 10 days, including more garden tips, recipes, fun facts, etc. on Facebook.

Enjoy yourself, and good luck!

April 17, 2014 Update: The Authors In Bloom grand prize winner is… …Savannah Miller! Mary Preston won the 2nd prize! Congratulations, ladies!!!

And the winners on my site are … well, like last year, I decided to giveaway an ebook to all of the new subscribers of my newsletter. 🙂 Yes, you read that correctly. I’m currently contacting everyone to find out which book they would like to receive.

Happy gardening!

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