Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop

Big congrats to
Lady Pontoh
(chosen from Random.org)
for winning the Happy Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop!

A big thanks to all who participated and to I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Once Upon a Twilight for hosting!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop, April 20th-25th


A huge thanks to Kathy @ I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight for hosting this hop!

Fill out the form below to win your choice between either
A $15 Amazon.com gift certificate

or books valued at $15 or less from the Book Depository:



Gotta love free books! :)



Monday, April 18, 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In a perfect world, only the good would exist. But this world isn't perfect, so unfortunately, along with the good comes the bad and the ugly. It's just the way it is. Well, I'm a believer of the good. A firm believer. Like all movies and books that depict how good ultimately conquers evil, I'm one that believes good will one day overpower evil.

And I look forward to that day.

I also think small acts of kindness can have a far-reaching rippling effect in this world--like that of a rock thrown into a pond. A girl I knew in high school will always be a great example, even proof, of that fact. She was beautiful and popular, and it wasn't until I spent time with her that I realized it wasn't her beauty that made her popular. It was her kindness.

She went out of her way to say hi to people, and coupled with that hi was always a compliment. "Hey, cute shirt!" "I love your hair today!" "Great job on the _____ test!" Whatever it was, she always had something nice to say. Something genuine.

And THAT is why people loved her. She made them feel better about themselves, happier--a happiness that would then transfer onto others. Hence the rippling effect.

Likewise, bad and ugly things can ripple, too. Negativity and cruelty drags people down. It has the power to hurt, maim, disintegrate. It does NO good--not in any environment, be it work, home, school, or writing. I'd like to say that I've never said or done anything mean to anyone, but unfortunately, that's not true. Over the years, though, I have come to realize that finding and pointing out the good in others is what makes me the happiest.

So my challenge to you is this: For one week, only say positive things to your family, coworkers, friends, children, etc. I guarantee that it will not only make them happier and better people, but it will make you a better and happier person.

And by so doing, you will conquer a little bit of the bad and ugly in this world.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thank you, Cedar Fort!

So my publisher (Cedar Fort) recently surprised me by designing the following beautiful poster page for Luck of the Draw.


To be honest, until today I've never heard about poster pages for books. Is this a common thing? Regardless, I love it. Thank you, Cedar Fort! They really are a great publisher with fantastic people.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fool For Books Hop Winner

Big congrats to
Belle Découverte
(chosen from Random.org)
for winning the Fool For Books Blog Hop!

A big thanks to all who participated and to I Am a Reader Not a Writer and The Bookish Snob for hosting!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fool For Books Blog Hop


Thanks for dropping by, and thanks to The Bookish Snob and Kathy, for hosting another great hop!

Fill out the form below to win your choice between either
A $15 Amazon.com gift certificate

or books valued at $15 or less from the Book Depository:



Gotta love free books! :)