Thursday, July 20, 2017

Red Hot Reunion is Live

It's here! Red Hot Reunion, my new novella in the Dallas Fire & Rescue Series, is live! Grab your copy here for only $1.99! 



When their entire relationship is a lie, how can their love be real?

Hope Mathison’s ten-year high school reunion is approaching, and she’s dying to show everyone she’s no longer the poor, overweight girl from the trailer park. She’s not only lost the weight that made her so self-conscious for years but even started her own successful business as a software developer.

Hope’s plan to show her former bullies that she’s overcome the adversity of her home life and the hell they caused her for four long years has one little snag: she’s still single. Her best friend, Marion, has a solution though. Hope will attend a hot-fireman auction and buy herself a date for the reunion. But Hope never expected the hottest fireman at the auction to be Flynn Eaves, a former high school classmate. 

Surprisingly, Flynn not only agrees to pretend to be her boyfriend for the reunion, but asks for a favor in return—that she pretend to be his girlfriend for his cousin’s wedding. As they create a fake relationship to fool old classmates and family members, they discover a real attraction brewing, one he wants to pursue, but the insecurities of Hope’s past might just cost her the one thing she’s always wanted most: to be loved for who she is, even if, at heart, she’ll always be that overweight girl from the trailer park.

But can she trust Flynn when their relationship was built on a lie? Or will the insecurities of her past tear them apart? 





And now . . . on to the winners!
The winner of the tarte makeup collection is Margaret Appel.
The winners of the $10 Amazon Gift Cards are Kim Neal and Jody Tate.
The winners of the e-copy of Red Hot Reunion are: Jackie Phipps, Chris Chandra, Chelsea Hackert, Christa Coupe, Donna Weibe, Emmy McCabe, Lindsay Marche, Janea Carrell, Rachael Morse, and Cerian Herbert.

I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who signed up for this giveaway. Congratulations to the winners! There will be another giveaway (for a Kindle fire) for my next book release. Remember: those subscribed to my newsletter will get the details first and will automatically entered to win!
Also, I have a monthly drawing for a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card for my newsletter subscribers. July's winner is Abby Monroe. 



And, as always, thank you for your support!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Enter to Win



Hi! It's been SO long since I've written a blog post. I apologize for that, but maybe I can redeem myself. 

My new book, Red Hot Reunion, will be releasing July 20! It's part of Paige Tyler's Dallas Fire & Rescue Kindle Word Series, and I can't wait for you to read it.

As part of the launch, I'm giving away some prizes. 

The main prize will be this 5-piece tartist collector's set, valued at $49.00 USD. I have one of these sets and the colors are absolutely beautiful. I'm including a picture of the set itself plus a picture listing everything included.




I will also be giving away five e-copies of Red Hot Reunion and two $10.00 Amazon Gift Cards.

You can enter to win by subscribing to my monthly newsletter and following me across social media. The links are below. Each entry gives you two chances to win, and this contest *IS* open internationally. The winner will be announced in my July newsletter.

LINKS


And don't forget to drop by my website to see what's new!




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Moments ~ Welcome to Harmony Kent's Blog Tour

I'm thrilled to host Harmony Kent on today's blog tour stop. Harmony is a fellow Rave Reviews Book Club member and a talented author.





Hello, everyone, and welcome to my 4Wills Publishing book blast release tour. Today, I’m celebrating the release of my eighth book! Moments is a collection of short stories and poetry and brings together much of my imagination that has been scattered around for a while, lols. On each of today’s seven posts, you will find a different book excerpt … enjoy!

About the book:

Come. 

Take a moment to delve into tales from the dark side, have fun with fantasy, dabble in dystopia, and court danger in a little science fiction. 

These tales touch upon death, grieving, war, fresh starts, hope, courage, change, choices, and encouragement.

And then, after all that, you’ll find the poems.  

From the lonely echoes of an empty house to the soaring heights of unexpected love and joy and learning to live as free as clouds and water.

For each of us, a moment encompasses a lifetime and, yet, passes in but the blink of an eye. In but a moment, everything can change. And in this very moment, life beckons in all its potentiality.

When the shadows fall, what will you do? 

Excerpt:









(From the poem Hello)

HELLO?

Sitting at a crowded table
Good food, good friends, good wine
And still a silent tear escapes
The corner of my eye

Surreptitious wipe
Hoping nobody sees
Their sympathy will only
Bring me to my knees

And who could truly understand
This empty chair in which I sit
Or the ache masked by my laughter
Is there anyone there?


Thanks so much for stopping by!

To buy Moments, please go to AMAZON US or AMAZON UK.

Author Bio and Links:

Indie Author Harmony Kent is an award winning multi-genre author. Her publications include: 

  • The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction) AIA approved
  • The Glade (Mystery/Thriller) AIA Approved/BRAG Medallion Honouree / New Apple Literary Awards Official Selection Honours 2015
  • Elemental Earth (YA Fantasy Fiction)
  • Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors (Writing/Editing) New Apple Literary Awards Top Medallist Honours 2015
  • Finding Katie (Women’s Fiction)
  • Slices of Soul (Contemporary Poetry)
  • Interludes (Erotic Romance short stories)
  • Moments (Short Stories and Poetry)

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services.  As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena.  She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes. 

For all books available from me, check out my author pages at Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Book Trailer videos: Harmony’s trailers.
Twitter: @harmony_kent https://twitter.com/harmony_kent


The tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Strike A Balance: Tips from Traci Sanders

I'm honored to feature Traci Sanders on my blog today. Traci is a talented author in her own right, as well as a tireless advocate for other authors. She has a brand new book series out to help authors grow in their craft, and has chosen to share some tips on how to stay balanced with us today.  Traci is also offering a prize, so be sure you read all the way to the end to find out how to enter!



TIP 346: Striking a balance


The following tip can be found in Living The Write Lifenow available in digital and paperback format. 



This tip focuses on balancing your writing life with your personal life. We are all people. Therefore, we ALL have personal lives aside from our writing—whether this involves spending time with our four children or our forty cats. Or it could even mean a quiet night at home alone, sitting by the fireplace.
 
As writers, we can be “tortured” (in a good way at times) by our writing. It can keep us from sleeping, eating, or even showering when we’d prefer to. It can also (though many times unintentionally) alienate our loved ones. Authors can go from one extreme to the other in their writing careers—putting it off for months at a time to handle personal matters, and then diving back into it for months at a time, neglecting those around them. It becomes a vicious cycle of guilt and shame that can affect both our personal relationships as well as our professional reputations … and not always in a good way.
 
I am as guilty as any other author in this matter. It takes time and practice to learn how to balance everything, and it’s an ever-changing process as life throws us curve balls. But I do what I can when I can, and that is all I can ask of myself. However, I have gotten better with each published book, learning from my past poor decisions. I’ve realized what my limitations are and how to capitalize on my strengths.
 
Here are 10 tips for balancing your writing life and personal obligations:

1.       Learn to say “no” to some things. Don’t take on extra beta reading, editing, or blurb-writing tasks IF you don’t truly have time to devote to them. It doesn’t do you or the friend you are trying to help any good. Distractions can keep you from giving the project your best effort, and your relationship with those who want and need your attention may suffer.


2.       Making an outline for your story and dividing it into sections is a great way to ensure you stay on track. This also allows you to skip around to work on whatever portion of the story you see fit at any given time, which eliminates the “writers block” or “getting stuck on one part” aspect of writing.




3.       Get your household chores AND your writing done. This is not the same thing as multi-tasking because you will not be focusing on more than one task at a time. Since writing is actually my leisure activity, I “reward” myself with writing sessions. My house has to be cleaned up (eventually) because I have several people living here who need clean clothes and food once in a while (smile). Therefore, I will allow myself a set writing session time for each major task I complete. For instance, I won’t sit down to write until I get the bathroom cleaned or at least two loads of laundry done (my two least-favorite chores). Not only does this break my cleaning up into segments, it allows me to go back to my writing each time with new ideas and fresh eyes.

4.       Give your full attention to whatever task you are working on at any given time. If you have set aside some time to write, close the door and ask not to be disturbed. Set a timer so your loved ones know when they will be able to interact with you again, instead of giving the constant response, “Just one more minute, honey. I’m almost done.”



5.       On the same note, put your phone/computer/note pad away when you are with your loved ones. Let them know they have your undivided attention. Those emails and Twitter and Facebook notifications will still be there later.




6.       Skip watching television or anything else unnecessary that can take the place of your writing time. If you are serious about writing, you don’t have time to waste. With that said, don’t give up things that relax you or give you a welcomed break. It’s not healthy to plant yourself in front of the computer for hours on end with no food, sleep, or at the very least, a good stretch on occasion. Your eyes will grow tired and your muscles will become sore. This is based on your own standards. If you know you really want (and need) to be writing, turn the unnecessary distractions away. This includes connections on social media. Don’t engage in them while writing unless you must.

7.       Don’t be afraid to delegate some things. Not as far as your writing but obligations around the house. If you have older children who are capable of doing chores, assign tasks for them each week to help maintain the home. You can still oversee the major tasks (i.e. cleaning out the fridge, filing the bills, etc.) if you’re a control freak like me, but they are perfectly capable of helping out. Don’t feel guilty to the point that you make yourself responsible for everything in the home to “make up” for lost time because of your writing.


8.       If you have people in your home (writing environment) who deserve your attention, you aren’t only ignoring them when you are writing. They also feel alienated when you are reading, engaging on social media, or even researching something online. Keep in mind, all these things still divert your attention away from them. Just because you aren’t technically “writing” doesn’t mean you aren’t ignoring or neglecting those who matter. Creating memories is just as important as creating the next great story.


9.       Make the most of your time. If you have a little one taking a nap each day between 1P.M. and 3 P.M., don’t spend an hour of that time engaging on social media when you should be writing. Or, you can do that if your writing is caught up and you need to network or focus on marketing your books for a while. This is also a great time to work on scheduling blog posts. Try to get a week’s worth done at a time so you won’t be stressing out at the last minute, scrounging for a blog topic.

10.    Take care of yourself. Exercise, eat healthy, and do things that rejuvenate your body and spirit. You are no good to anyone if you are sick, exhausted, or cranky. Meditate, pray, take a long bath, or simply sit in your rocking chair on your back porch listening to the sounds of nature. As authors, our minds seem to always be “on.” Sometimes we need to quiet the voices inside our heads (and around us) and simply be. You might be surprised how many plot twists, solutions to problems, or story endings can arise from these quiet, non-trying moments.
         
I’ve offered ten ways to keep your writing life and personal life in check. It’s not easy and it doesn’t happen overnight. But with practice and a bit of awareness, you too can live a fulfilled, balanced life as an author.
 
You can find these tips and more in my new video-blog segment on YouTube by clicking this link. Be sure to subscribe to my channel so you won’t miss one!

Traci Sanders







About Traci: Traci Sanders is a multi-genre, multi-award-winning author of ten published titles, with contributions to three anthologies. 

An avid blogger and supporter of Indie authors, she writes parenting, children's, romance, and nonfiction guides.

Her ultimate goal is to provide great stories and quality content for dedicated readers, whether through her own writing or editing works by other authors.



Traci is giving away two prizes at the end of her blog tour! They are:


Friday, March 10, 2017

It's March!



March is finally here!

I'm thrilled that spring is just around the corner. But can you believe we're already three months into 2017? Time flies.

I haven't been blogging like I should. My only excuse is life. It's been a crazy few months. We said a final goodbye to my husband's grandmother. My entire house has had this crazy flu\cold\sickness that just will not go away. I had to help my daughter prepare for her school's annual Daddy-Daughter Dance, my son's 14th birthday is tomorrow (YIKES), and I've had major dental surgery (mega OUCH).

The dental surgery has given me time to catch up on my podcast episodes. I have a thing for history and true crime. What podcasts do you listen to? Send me some suggestions.

Love Me Again, my short story for the Wattpad Crazy for You Anthology is now up. You can read it here. I'd love to know what you think.



I go back to work on Monday. Back to my "real job" of being a 911 dispatcher. It will be good to get back into my normal routine. But I'm going to miss being lazy on the couch with the dogs with my podcasts playing in the background.

I look forward to the warm weather and being able to write outside in the pretty weather. Maybe I can get back into my writing routine. I have another Dallas Fire & Rescue novella coming out in July, and I hope to have Tempting Norah out for you this year as well.

What are you up to? What are your March plans?


Friday, January 20, 2017

Rarity from the Hollow: A (Revised) Review

On November 5, 2015, I reviewed Rarity from the Hollow. As per the author's recent request, I have read the revised book and am adjusting my review. 

FROM AMAZON: Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage -- she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.

To prepare Lacy for her coming task, she is being schooled daily via direct downloads into her brain. Some of these courses tell her how to apply magic to resolve everyday problems much more pressing to her than a universe in big trouble, like those at home and at school. She doesn't mind saving the universe, but her own family and friends come first.

Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

MORE ABOUT RARITY FROM THE HOLLOW: Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

Robert Eggleton's humorous science fantasy follows in the steps of Douglas Adams, Tom Holt and Terry Pratchett.

“…In the space of a few lines we go from gritty realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip." -- The Missouri Review

“…utterly compelling…a chilling, engaging verisimilitude that deftly feeds on both the utter absurdity of the characters’ motivations and on the progression of the plot…. In the spirit of Vonnegut, Eggleton takes the genre and gives it another quarter turn.” -- Electric Review / Midwest Book Review

"…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy." -- Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

MY REVISED REVIEW: 5 STARS. Rarity from the Hollow is an unique reading experience. It starts by letting us know Lacy Dawn is an abused/neglected child. So is her best friend, Faith. The beginning really struck a chord with me because it brought back childhood memories. As the story progresses, we find out more about Lacy Dawn: the life she leads and the secrets she keeps. The first half of this book tugged at my heart strings, and I couldn't put it down. The second half didn't capture my attention as much, but the problem presented was solved in an efficient manner by Lacy Dawn and her crew. I can see how the political scene in today's America is worked into the book, and I think it's a brilliant aspect. The new ending . . . Oh, the new ending touched my heart. I can totally relate to Lacy Dawn here. 

There was a formatting problem with the first version that was a bit distracting. It has been corrected in the new version. I love the brand new cover.

Robert Eggleton has a way with words. The story flows smoothly, and the descriptions were spot-on for me. I could see the events unfolding. I appreciated the emotions in the book as well: pity, anger, shock, and humor. It all twines together to create a rich story that will keep you turning pages. This is now a solid 5 star read for me.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next -- never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency. Today, he is a recently retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.