Saturday, January 29, 2011

What's Your Favorite Dating Experience?

This is a plea to all those who have ever been on an interesting, fun, embarrassing, humorous, romantic, etc. date. (Or have heard about one.) I've been mulling over ideas for my next romantic comedy and could use a little help coming up with some fun scenes.

A brilliant friend of mine, Heather, recently said to me, "Fact is stranger than fiction." Thanks for the reminder, Heather, and so true! Real life experiences do make the best fodder for stories, and I know you all have a great story to tell, so let's hear them!

In return, should your story appear in my next book, I promise to thank you profusely in my acknowledgment section. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What's Your Preference: First or Third person?

Recently, I submitted a manuscript to my publisher, so now it's time to sit back and wait. Or at least try to. The problem is, I've never been the patient type, so waiting to hear back is like asking my children to do their chores or homework and then waiting for them to actually do it. The reality is: It's not going to happen any time soon.

Since I can't pester my publisher like I can my kids, I've decided, instead, to focus on my next novel. Ideas have been churning, but it's also made me stop and wonder about narrative styles. These days, more and more books are written in first person (ie. "I said," rather than "he said") It used to bother me to read them, but I have to admit they've grown on me over the years. So I thought I'd put this question out there for anyone to answer:

Do you have a preference between first or third person? If so, why?

I'd love any and all feedback.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop Winners

Congratulations to our Dreaming of Books Giveaway winners! (Randomly drawn from

The Book Depository

Infinite Days
Renee Richardson

Emails have been sent to the winners. A big thanks to everyone who entered and to Martha and Kathy for hosting such a fun hop!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop, Jan. 14-17

Welcome to the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop!
A big thanks to Martha and Kathy for hosting!

Here's what I have up for grabs:

Choose any book of your choice, valued at $15 or less.

Infinite Days (a gently used ARC copy)
by Rebecca Maizel

After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah Beaudonte, with the help of the handsome Rhode, has been able to realize the dream of all vampires--to be human again. Now, as a raven-haired, sixteen-year-old, Lenah believes her greatest challenge is fitting in at her new school. But the challenges have only begun. The vicious coven Lenah once ruled is threatening the new-found pleasures of her human life, including the one guy who makes her feel most alive, Justin. Can this ex-vamp survive in an alien time and place or will her past come back to haunt her . . . forever?

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Years Reading Resolutions Winners

Congratulations to our Gratitude Giveaway winners! (Randomly drawn from

33 Habits of a Really Good Man

Taming the Wind
Wendy (Wall-to-Wall Books)

The Adventures of Hashbrown Winters
Laura H.

Emails have been sent to the winners. A big thanks to everyone who entered and to Pure Imagination, Reading Angel, and Candice's Book Blog for organizing such a fun giveaway hop!

Monday, January 3, 2011

**GIVEAWAYS Galore** New Years Reading Resolutions Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Years Reading Resolutions Blog Hop!

Thanks for stopping by! From now until Saturday, January 9, some awesome blogs have come together to bring you some great giveaways. Hopefully you can find time during the next 12 days to visit each blog and enter each giveaway.

Feel free to enter one or all of the following:

33 Habits of a Really Good Man
by Yvonne Swinson

Bill Wells wasn't a famous man, but he left an invaluable legacy for those who knew him. He lived his life by a few simple words of wisdom-recorded in a little black notebook-and taught his children to do the same. Now, with this collection of mini-memoirs, his daughter Yvonne Swinson shares his legacy with you. 33 Habits of a Really Good Man includes Bill's favorite memories and experiences and shares ideas on how these habits can lead to a "really good" life.

Taming the Wind
by Michelle Thompson

Claire's life will never be the same. After a horrific car accident takes the lives of her parents and siblings, fifteen-year-old Claire's dreams of becoming a soccer star are dashed, and she finds herself alone and without a home. Forced to move in with her estranged grandparents, Claire feels like her life is being blown by the wind and she has no idea how to make it stop. This heartbreaking story of one girl's struggle to find meaning in tragedy will draw you in from the very first page. Join Claire as she learns to embrace the winds of change and find love, faith, and hope for the future.

The Adventures of Hashbrown Winters
by Frank L. Cole

Hashbrown Winters and his treehouse club of buddies are well known around Pordunce Elementary, especially after Hashbrown's seminar last year on how to give the best show and tell performances er, presentations. But when Hashbrown accidentally crosses Hambone Oxcart, the death dealer of Pordunce, he'll need more than just the support of his friends to survive Hambone's wrath.

Join Hashbrown, Snow Cone, Whiz, and the rest of the gang in Frank Cole's hilarious debut novel of the trials and tragedies of fifth grade life. The Adventures of Hashbrown Winters will keep kids and parents alike laughing out loud, groaning in sympathy, and turning pages until well past bedtime.