Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Hello blog-hoppers! Getting ready for summer? Some of us are in full summer swing by now, what with kids out of school and vacations planned well in advance. I may be forgoing an extended vacation this year due to lack of funds, but will be quite content to pull out the kiddie pool for my children so I can let my husband sit and watch them while I keep busy with writing...or reading through my vast TBR pile!
I have a very large collection of books to read and I've marked a list on my calendar to read through the summer. I've also joined many (maybe too many!) reading challenges this year. But, I do so love a challenge! And if it involves some of my favorite books, how could I say no??
I'm a member of GoodReads and as a reader I am in love with this site! I'm still going through my library and adding books to my virtual bookshelves. I've never counted them before and it actually has surprised me a bit to see how many books I own. Though working at a bookstore for 12 years before they closed certainly did much to add to that list (and, oh, I do miss my employee discount!!).
Here are the challenges I've joined:
2011 A to Z Book Challenge (duration-a year)
2011 Create Your Own Book Challenge- I chose A to Z Non-Fiction Book Challenge (duration-a year)
Serious Readers Challenge Level 1 (duration-a year)
Romance 101 Reading Challenge (duration-6 months) FINISHED!
2011 Chubby Chunkster Reading Challenge (duration-a year)
RRRC's 2nd Reading Tournament - The Name Game Edition (duration-6 months)
Phew! Writing them down in a list seems even more intimidating! Lucky for me most of these challenges overlap and I can read a book that's good for more than one challenge. You can check my progress in a folder I opened in the Romance Readers Reading Challenges - Members Reading List. For me, it's fun to keep track of my reading habits. And I'm happy to see some of the books that have been accumulating on my shelves dusted off to read. It does open me up to new authors as well. I always love finding a new author or a new series. And, as a writer, I'm working while I'm reading...no, really, I am!! Hey, I need to research!!
So, my questions to you, dear reader, are... How do you decide what to read next? Have you joined any reading challenges? Do you structure your reading? Do you make a list of what books to read in a particular order, or do you just pick a title by mood?
To win a .pdf copy of my novella, The Witch and the Wolf, simply follow my blog and answer any of these questions. A winner will be selected using random.org. Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win! One winner will be chosen on June 22. Good luck!
Also, be sure to visit me on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads where I post information on my current and upcoming releases! If you'd like to purchase my books, visit my publisher The Wild Rose Press.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Black Rose blog. For the month of June the authors from the dark side of the garden are discussing POV, also known as Point of View. Stop by and read the posts. I've added my 2 cents worth, too. Feel free to comment and add your thoughts. See you there!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
For this month's blog hop, I'm having a party celebrating my e-books which are available from The Wild Rose Press. Both The Witch and the Wolf and The Witch and the Vampire are about The Merriweather Witches; sisters who are attempting to escape the clutches of their evil uncle. He wants to marry them off to his cronies in exchange for money to fund his obsession with alchemy, the search to turn metal into gold.
Here's a little about the books:
The Witch and the Wolf
Lord Jeremy North's curse is to become a werewolf during every full moon, turning into a bloodthirsty monster that kills with no remorse. When he finds a woman nearly frozen upon his doorstep, his sense of honor compels him to help her, even at the risk he might kill her himself.
Lillian Merriweather hadn't planned to get caught in a blizzard while traveling the English countryside. Nor had she planned on finding refuge in a house full of secrets. But Lillian has secrets of her own. And what she's running from is not far behind...
The Witch and the Vampire
Melora Merriweather is searching for a fellow witch to protect her from a scheming uncle with plans of marriage. When her carriage overturns on her journey, she is rescued by a mysterious man whom she learns is the very person she seeks. But, he’s not the witch she thought he was…
Sebastian Collins should have left for London days ago. Now a snowstorm has trapped him with a woman who has come seeking protection, a woman who intrigues him like no other. And with each passing hour, his hunger for her grows…hunger for her kiss, her caress, and her blood.
Witches and magic spells have captured my fascination since I was a young girl. My fictional witches have the power to create, to manipulate energy and substance. They simply enthrall my imagination with the mystical capabilities they possess. Add a sexy romance to that mix, and any other paranormal elements that can be found (perhaps a werewolf or vampire!) and I have some great fun writing my stories!
1) HAVE FUN!!!
2) INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!
3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, June 13, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, June 20, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
Winners will be drawn and posted June 21st! ***
4) MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS! EXPERIENCE A NEW PARTY DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!
5) PARTICIPATION AT ALL BLOGS IS RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED. REMEMBER, THE MORE BLOGS YOU HOP, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING PRIZES. EVERY AUTHOR IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW EVERY AUTHOR SOME LOVE!
6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN? WHOO! HOO!! HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOO!
***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this blog hop tour is subject to these rules***
To win a one-of-a-kind handcrafted bracelet from Lady Dragonfly Gifts, simply follow my blog and leave a comment on this post. Two winners will be selected using random.org. Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win! One winner will be chosen on June 21. Good luck!
Also, be sure to visit me on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads where I post information on my current and upcoming releases!
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