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. 🙂
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!
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.
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
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.
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
Heat 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!
Brenda 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.
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!