A Very Special Offer — Wedding Fever is FREE!

Last year at this time, I offered Wedding Fever for FREE, and the reader response was so wonderful, I decided to do so again.

So for the next three days—January 23, 24, & 25—you can download this very special novella for FREE from Amazon. And this year, the ebook includes the bonus short story, Baby Fever, a prequel to Wedding Fever.

This novella is humorous romantic women’s fiction. It’s approximately 18,000 words, which means it’ll be a quick, one night read. There’s no sex, so you can share it with you daughters, your mothers, and your grandmothers. You can even read it out loud on the subway, if you want. 🙂

Wedding Fever by Sheila Seabrook (now includes the bonus short story Baby Fever!)BABY FEVER
Baby cribs and baby swings and a winking, blinking doll. Oh my! When Gwen Parker decides it’s time for a grandchild, nothing is going to get in her way.

WEDDING FEVER
Liz Templeton is about to have her life turned upside down.

When her ex-husband, Mitch Parker, returns to town to hunt for the legendary Lost Lake treasure, her mother and former mother-in-law are determined to reunite the estranged couple. While Liz dodges their attempts, she must also deal with the ghost of her teenage daughter who is obsessed with discovering whether or not Mitch is her father.

Liz has one chance to stop her family from driving her insane…and falling head over heels in love with her ex isn’t part of the plan.

So head on over to Amazon and take advantage of this special 3 day offer. It’s only on till Saturday, so hurry. Fortunately, supplies won’t run out. 🙂

Happy reading!

Naughty and Nice Blog Hop!

Naughty and Nice Blog Hop!

Naughty and Nice Blog Hop

Welcome to the Naughty and Nice Blog Hop, which runs from December 11 to December 16, 2013. All the rules and how the hop will work are listed on the Safari Heat site. Just follow the link below.

http://safariheatbooktoursandauthorservices.blogspot.com

Are you naughty or nice? Does it matter? No! Because multiple prizes will be given out randomly each day. Just follow these steps:

1. Subscribe to my Newsletter and be eligible to win 1 of 5 free copies of my books (winner’s choice).

2. There are four ways you can get extra entries into the grand prize giveaway, a Kindle Fire HDX 7″ loaded with ebooks:
a) leave a comment (as per the Comment Example below) and tell me whether you like your reading material Naughty or Nice;
b) follow my blog (email and RSS feed links are in the top righthand sidebar);
c) follow my Facebook page;
d) follow me on Twitter.

So to be eligible for the grand prize giveaway, make sure you leave a comment with the following info:

Comment Example:
Name: Carey Abbott
Email: Comment: Great Post
Twitter: Followed
FaceBook: Followed
Blog: Followed
Country You Live In: United States

NOTE: If you do all of these things, you will get four entries into the grand prize draw, however please note that you are not required to do any of them. After the hop, reader info will be collected from each site and those entries with the correct info (see Comment Example above) will be entered into the grand prize draw. For prizes that need to be shipped, winners must live in the US or Canada. However, to win one of the many ebooks, you can live anywhere in the world.

3. Finally, to keep hopping, follow the link below.

http://safariheatbooktoursandauthorservices.blogspot.com

And now, whether you’re naughty or nice, I’d like to share my family’s favorite Christmas treat with you.

Sheila’s Poppycock Recipe

1 cup pecan halves

1 cup whole un-blanched almonds

8 cups popped popcorn

1 1/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup margarine

1/2 cup golden corn syrup

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1/2 tsp. soda

1 tsp. vanilla

Sheila's Poppycock RecipeHeat oven to 300 degrees. Spread pecans and almonds on an ungreased cookie sheet and toast lightly. In a very large unbuttered bowl, mix nuts and popcorn together.

In a small heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup and cream of tartar. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water, approximately four minutes. Note: if you like your poppycock less chewy, then cook until the mixture forms a hard ball when dropped into cold water, approximately five minutes.

Remove from stove and stir in the soda and vanilla. Be careful because the addition of the soda makes the mixture foam up.

Pour over the popcorn and nut mix. With a wooden spoon, stir until evenly coated. Leave in bowl until the poppycock is partially cooled but make sure you stir it once in a while to keep the mixture from forming into one hard ball.

When the popcorn and nuts have cooled some, dump it on to the countertop or on large cookie sheets and continue to stir occasionally until fully cooled. I usually leave it out overnight and every time I walk by, I stir it to break it apart. Someone will no doubt sneak a piece or two but that’s okay because it’s easy to make a second batch.

This makes a wonderful Christmas gift. I like to put it into jars and tins to give to family and friends. Enjoy and happy holidays!

 

Authors Give Back Blog Hop

ThadAndBrendasmBrenda Novak’s annual online Auction for Diabetes Research is running till May 31, 2013. If you haven’t yet done so, please check out this worthy cause. There are lots of great items to bid for and lots of great prizes to win. If you’re new to the auction, all you have to do is register so you can begin to place your bids. And of course, if you’re a previous participant, you can login here.

This year, Brenda dedicated the auction to Author Lauren Hawkeye and her family. Lauren is a member of my local RWA chapter and has been a long time supporter of Brenda’s auction. Just a few month’s ago, Lauren’s young son was diagnosed with diabetes, so head on over to Brenda’s auction, start bidding, and help Brenda raise money for diabetes research.

KindlePaperWhiteNow for the Authors Give Back part of the post…

The WG2E Street Team authors have donated a Kindle Paperwhite (and charger) loaded with over 40 books to the auction. My upcoming book, Always Remember, is included in the package.

The Kindle Paperwhite, charger, and digital books are on the auction schedule for one day only — today, May 28th — so make sure you put in your bid right away. As well, the WG2E authors are holding a separate Rafflecopter at the RG2E site for one $50 gift card raffle and three $5 gift cards. To be eligible for the draw, just follow the instructions on the RG2E post for the raffle.

Good luck, have fun, and thank you for participating!

 

And The Winner Is …

Books - it is our memory conceptJeannie Platt is our website winner. Congratulations, Jeannie! You’ve won the ebooks titled SOUPS FOR ALL SEASONS and WEDDING FEVER. I’ll contact you shortly to arrange receipt of your ebooks.

The grand prize winner of the Authors In Bloom blog hop is Chris B! Chris wins the ereader and $25 gift card.

In addition to these prizes, I have a special gift for my newsletter subscribers, so be sure to watch your inbox for my newsletter.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Authors In Bloom blog hop. I hope to see you back here again next year. 🙂

 

The Return of the Authors In Bloom Blog Hop!

Books - it is our memory conceptWelcome to the Authors in Bloom blog hop!

In my tiny section of the world, we still have snow on the ground. I’m dreaming of flowers and green grass and warm temperatures. We’re getting there slowly, but it’s going to be a little while longer before I can get outside and dig in the dirt.

In celebration of the near-arrival of spring and the Authors In Bloom blog hop, I’ve redecorated my site to give it a more spring-like feel. If you have a moment, pop on over to my home page and let me know what you think.

Before we move onto the contest, here’s a quick tip:

dreamstime_xs_28165170Last spring, I bought two dozen red and white geraniums. They looked so pretty and added so much color to the yard, I decided to take clippings and grow a few of my own. In the fall, I dug up a dozen of the plants to overwinter in the heated shop. By early March, the sun was high enough in the sky for new plants. I took 60 cuttings from the existing plants, stuck them directly into some gardening soil, watered them, and put the pots into a south facing window. Although I lost two of the cuttings, I have 58 of them flourishing and they’ll look gorgeous in the flower gardens this summer.

Now, back to the blog hop. There are multiple prizes and here are the details:

1) SUBSCRIBE TO MY NEWSLETTER (I promise not to spam you!) and you’ll be entered in a draw to win a copy of SOUPS FOR ALL SEASONS and WEDDING FEVER. Please note that these are both ebooks and will be available for download to your ereader.

2) To enter to win the Authors In Bloom prizes — a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) along with a $25 gift card, plus there will be 2nd and 3rd place prizes drawn — LEAVE A COMMENT in the comments below. So tell me, if you’re a flower gardener, veggie gardener, both flower and veggie, or you’d never put your hands in the dirt unless someone paid you a million dollars (and maybe even not then LOL!). Then use the handy linky link below to visit the other sites taking part in the hop. The more sites you leave a comment on, the better your chance to win. And remember to include your email address so we can contact you!

The Authors In Bloom tour ends April 19th at 11:59pm EST.  All winners will be announced at http://www.diannevenetta.com by April 22, 2013.

Thanks so much for joining us!  And have FUN!

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