Be My Valentine Giveaway Winner!

Be My Valentine Giveaway Winner!

Did you take part in the Be My Valentine Giveaway? My Sweet Man did the honors and drew from the names of everyone who entered. If you posted a comment in multiple places, then your name went into the draw multiple times.

And the winner is … Angel H. C. Congratulations Angel! Please send your mailing address to my email at sheila @ sheilaseabrook-dot-com so I can mail you your book.

Thanks so much for playing along, everyone.

Did anyone do anything exciting to celebrate Valentine’s Day? We joined my siblings over at my mom’s place, ordered in food, and enjoyed good food with good company.

Welcome to the Warm Winter Reads Beach Book Blast!

This weekend, join the WG2E Beach Book Blast authors as we celebrate our warm winter reads. There are books and prizes … and did I mention books? Here on my blog, I’m giving away an ebook copy of my latest release THE VALENTINE GRINCH.

The Valentine GrinchGo read the first chapter of The Valentine Grinch, then come back here and answer the question below. The first person who posts the correct answer in the comments wins!

When Amanda Goodwin first sees her dad, what is in the yellow can that her dad is holding in his hand?

And there’s more. 🙂

To help you fill your e-reader, we’re offering a $50 Best Buy gift card as our Grand Prize, along with a $25  gift card of the winner’s choice (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes). That’s a $75 prize!

Second prize is a $25 gift card from Amazon. All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter drawing on the Beach Book Blast website and follower the directions.

Wait, there’s more! Many of the Beach Book Blast authors are offering prizes on their websites, like I am. So click on the links below or go to the Beach Book Blast website and click on the links to the other sites to see what terrific prizes they’re offering.

While you’re here, sign up for my newsletter updates and blog posts, and join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Have fun at the Beach Book Blast Warm Winter Reads event. And good luck! I hope YOU win the grand prize!

 

Channeling Jekyll and Hyde

My dad was a social butterfly. He liked to get out, visit with people, and have a good time.

My mom is more the hermit type. Content with her own company, she’d happily stay in her house and yard for weeks on end.

I inherited both those qualities from my parents in equal amounts, so I’m half social butterfly, half hermit. Jekyll and Hyde, with the two entities battling for domination. On the one hand, I could bury my head in my work and never come out. But when I look up and remember there’s another world out there, I want to stay and play for hours and forget about all things work related.The Valentine Grinch by Sheila Seabrook

In December, I hid in my office and ignored everything and everyone while I finished the final rewrites and edits on the expanded edition of The Valentine Grinch. It was the most work I had accomplished in months. The time away from all things social helped me realize how very little I get done when I slip into butterfly mode.

Being in hermit mode during the month of December helped me realize two things:

1. To accomplish anything, I need be in hermit mode every day from 8:00 till 12:00 noon – longer if the work-in-progress is going well.

2. But sometimes the hermit needs to get out and play.

I’ve always been like this. All the years I worked outside of the home, I was either surrounded by people, helping where I was needed, offering to take the load off their shoulders…anything to be in the middle of other people and their madness. Or I’d hide in my office and work, never stopping for a coffee or lunch break to socialize with others.

There was rarely a middle ground because I was born an all or nothing type of girl.

As I start this New Year and search for ways to improve and reach my objectives, I ask myself, where is the balance? I know it’s within reach and so I’m making more of an effort to stay offline until the work is done, and only afterward can I play nicely with others. J

How about you? Have you found balance in your life between your goals and your fun time? How do you manage? Any tips to share or are you still seeking a solutions, too?

Originally published at Women Unplugged.

 

The Valentine Grinch Is Here!

The Valentine Grinch Is Here!

The Valentine GrinchThe Valentine Grinch novella has arrived just in time for the holidays. Yay!

This is a revised and expanded version of the story originally published in the WG2E All-For-Indies Anthology (the Viva La Valentine edition), so I want to warn you that if you bought the WG2E Viva La Valentine edition, you probably don’t want to buy the standalone version of the story … unless you want to read the revised and expanded version, that is. 🙂

This is Book One in the Home For The Holidays series. Watch for BookTwo in the series to come out some time in 2013.

You can read The Valentine Grinch blurb here.

Or read the excerpt here.

And of course, it’s available for purchase at Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo and All Romance eBooks!

Now, back to work on the mess-in-progress … just saying. 🙂

The Valentine Grinch Cover Reveal!

Last year I wrote a short story for the WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies: Viva La Valentine Edition, a series which was initiated by the incomparable D.D. Scott. Since then, I’ve expanded the story into a novella.

The Valentine Grinch will be the first novella in my new Home for the Holidays series. I’m excited about this series because each book will contain two of my favorite things … family and weddings.

Hearts, cupids, and diamond rings … bah humbug!

Amanda Goodwin inherited her Valentine grinchness from her Grandpa George, so when she returns home for her Grandma Elvira’s Valentine’s Day wedding, it’s bah humbug all the way. Until, that is, she encounters her grandpa’s ghost.

Fortunately, she’s not in this alone.

Long time friend, Dane Weatherby, totally gets her grinchly attitude. Between Grandpa’s demands for her to stop the wedding, Grandma’s inability to let go of her dearly departed husband’s urn, and Amanda’s parents acting friskier than a couple of newlyweds, she’s ready to give in to her grinchness and head back to the city.

Only true love can stop Amanda. And if Dane has his way, he just might convince her to say I do instead of bah humbug.

My cover designer, Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs nailed the cover and I’m totally over the moon with joy. 🙂

If you haven’t had a chance to read the short story, then you’ll definitely want to check out the novella. Stay tuned for the upcoming release date.

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