Thursday, September 29, 2011

Giveaway! Faithful, Fit , and Fabulous by Connie E. Sokol

Connie E. Sokol is one of my favorite people which is why this book has become one of my favorite motivational reads. It's fresh, funny, inspiring--one of those feel-good books that will make you want to improve yourself and get you excited to do it. LOVE this book.

From the back:
Filled with humor and "I can relate" life experiences, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous: Get Back to Basics and Transform Your Life--In Just 8 Weeks! is the ideal 8-week life boost that will refresh any woman's life. Create a personal and effective life plan, and learn how to readily apply it in your busy daily life. Establish holy habits, feel fit and fabulous, and get organized. Just one goal a week for eight weeks--simple and fun.

This book is all that and more!

So get it. Read it. And be better for it.

For a chance to win a signed copy, simply fill out the form below. Giveaway goes through Oct. 24th.

To read more about Connie and her books, visit her on the web here.

Monday, September 19, 2011

And The Reasons For Critique Groups Are . . .

Okay, so I wanted to share some comments from a friend (the awesomely honest Braden Bell) who's critiquing my current wip . . . try not to laugh.

Really, I might take it personal. :)

Braden: "Did the morning threaten to rain?"

My thoughts: Yes, it did. Mornings can threaten, don't you know?

"You are so going to hate me, but can air be morbid?"

YES!!! Air can also be wise, witty, and pretty! Sheesh.

"A lot of people in this chapter are wearing holey jeans and dark t-shirts."

Okay, so you got me on that one.

"You're stretching high school voice to the breaking point."

Yeah, well, someone needs to tell high schoolers they need to broaden their vocabulary.

"Whoaa!!! Okay, you're pulling a serious Suzanne Collins Hunger Games thing here where she just bops the heroine on the head and has her pass out so time can fly by."

Me: What's wrong with that? Hunger Games was a best-selling series! Mmmm . . . maybe because no one passed out in my chapter. :)

"Whistled? Seriously?"

YES, whistled!!! What's wrong with that???? . . . . . Okay, so I'll take it out.

"Don't you mean astronomy?"

Maybe, maybe not. You'll never know. Okay, so maybe you will since I should have used "astronomy" instead. Kind of like the other day when I wrote "fairy" instead of "ferry". Woops, my bad. :)

And my favorite comment yet . . .

"Oh poor Matt, you had the misfortune of falling in love with the heroine, but you're not the hero! Sorry buddy."

Yes, poor, poor Matt. But I'm sure there's a girl out there for him somewhere.

And THAT is why I have a critique group. It's also why I love Braden's critiques. :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Moderation is a Beautiful Thing

Being both a writer and a mom is crazy sometimes. Actually, it's crazy all the time, even without trying to find the time to write. And when I manage to find a few spare minutes, there is ALWAYS some sort of interruption. Guaranteed. Kids, phone calls, toilets over-flooding, you name it, it happens. Even at night, when the kids are supposed to be in bed.

So when I injured myself this past summer and required surgery, I was actually excited. Not for the surgery/recovery part, of course, but for the week my wonderful in-laws took my kids. Which left me with . . .

That's right--Hours and hours of uninterrupted (if you don't count my husband) writing time. Nearly a week in fact.

Awesome, right???

Or so I thought.

After a few days, I realized something. I don't like to write ALL the time. In fact, I don't like to do anything ALL of the time. Except maybe laundry.

Joking.

So on days like today when craziness keeps popping up like those goofy looking creatures in Wac-a-Mole, and my writing time is quickly shaved away, I try to remember that it's good I'm forced to divide up my time. A blessing in fact.

Right??? (Sometimes I need this validated. :))

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Moment to Brag

After a book finally comes out, it's probably the most nerve-racking time for me. I like to believe it will be a book people will enjoy, but I really never know how it will be received. And so I wait with nail-biting anticipation for those reviews to start rolling in, hoping and praying that someone will like it; that they took something worthwhile from it's pages.

It's not easy to put something out there that you've put so much of yourself in. In fact, it's downright hard. Yes, most writers develop what they like to call "thick skins", but unfortunately, that protective layer is not impenetrable. Bad reviews hurt. They do. But the positive reviews are something else entirely. The positive ones lift me up, give me wings, and inspire me to keep at this writing thing even though it is oftentimes so difficult.

And so I want to thank those reviewers who have done this for me. It may seem like I'm bragging, posting these positive comments, and maybe I am, but really I'm just truly grateful--to the following reviewers, and to all those who have written me such kind emails. You've helped me so much.

"Once in awhile a love story comes along that touches a special spot in the hearts of readers. Minor Adjustments by Rachael Renee Anderson is that kind of story . . . This is her third published novel and deserving of award winning attention." --Jennie Hanson, full review at Meridian Magazine

"If you've never picked up a book by Rachael Renee Anderson now it the time to go out and get one. She is one of those authors that can REALLY write chick lit clean romance." --Heather, full review at Fire and Ice (FYI: Heather's giving away some incredibly yummy TimTams this month in conjunction with the review.)

"Minor Adjustments is a great story with wonderful characters that I highly recommend." --Kathy, full review at I Am a Reader Not a Writer

"Loved it! I really enjoyed this book! Since I don’t have as much time to read as I used to, I have to be a little more picky about the books that I read. Minor Adjustments was definitely worth the time." --Kathy, full review at Bookworm Nation

"Rachael’s writing is so smooth. I love the way the relationship between the characters progress. Especially Devon’s and Stella’s . . . I really enjoyed this book. It’s very cute and clever. Rachael is such a great writer." --Mindy, full review at LDS Women's Book Review

Back to the Books Giveaway Hop Winner

First off, thanks to I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Buried in Books for hosting this hop!

And the winner is . . .

Brittany Gale
(chosen by random.org)

Thanks for all who participated!