In Honor of Mother’s Day

This past week I have seen some awesome posts and videos on being a mom, so I thought I would share it with you all. Enjoy!

Children Give Birth to Mothers. Need I say more? Piper Bayard writes “Mother’s Day is the day we honor the women who were delivered by children. The women who love us more than they love themselves, whether they are our actual mothers and grandmothers, or the sisters and mentors who have come into our lives and taught us what love means.” Check it out and enjoy some Rod Stewart’s Forever Young while you’re there.

The Biologist’s Mother’s Day Song. Funny. 🙂

It’s My Time to Give Back. Rhenna Morgan shares about coming full circle as she raises her own kiddos. “Go hug or kiss the little ones in your life. They’ll remember it.”

And last but not least, The Parent Rap. Hilarious. 🙂

 

Have a great weekend y’all! And don’t forget about the scavenger hunt! Grand prize: an iPad Mini AND loaded with a bunch of new releases. Check it out!

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A Link Feast

Alright, I am going to attempt this link feast via iPhone. I am in a season of my life (until August) with limited Internet data, but I’m not going to let that stop me. Ha! So here are some really awesome things this past week or so, and some really cool stuff coming up.

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Lisa Tawn Bergren is hosting a Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt with a grand prize of  iPad mini loaded with 30 ebooks! Including speculative fiction authors: Anne Elisabeth Stengl, R. J. Larson, Jill Williamson, and John Otte. How cool is that? So mark your calendars, it begins May 17th and goes through the weekend.

The other day I stumbled upon a link from my writerly friend from down under (one of the places I would love to travel, thanks to Crocodile Dundee & Man from Snowy River). Debbie Johansson discusses The Writer’s Legacy on her blog, and it really has me thinking. Check it out!

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Speaking of traveling, Lesley Carter of the Bucket List Publications recently posted about their travels to Petra!!! Must go on my bucket list as well. The hidden city of Petra inspired one of my dwarven cities. 🙂

Well, that was way too much trouble via phone. Ha! So I had to hit a wifi spot. Thanks to my friends for putting up with me. Ha! My phone wouldn’t let me hyperlink the links within the text. Now what would be the point of a link feast without links to click on, duh!

If Twitter is overwhelming or you’re caught up in the number game, check out Kristen Lamb’s post on I LOST THREE Followers–Twitter Tips To Keep From Going Crazy. She has wealth of information on anything social media, and with WANA International, there are classes to help you learn the ropes of connecting in cyberspace.

I wanted to give a little shout out to the semi-finalist over at the ACFW’s Genesis contest. If you like historical romance, keep an eye out for  Gabrielle Meyer. I have a feeling she’s going to take the world of books by storm. She’s already landed an agent, has an awesome blog and a big heart. I couldn’t be more happy for her! 🙂

I recently connected with Ralene Burke via cyberspace, and she has also made it to the semi-finals in the speculative fiction category. Very cool stuff, and very excited for her!

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Back in January, Fantasy-Faction did an exclusive cover reveal for The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch and the story sounds intriguing. And isn’t that an awesome cover? Well, I just happen to stumble upon The Great Big The Oathbreaker’s Shadow Preorder Giveaway. Unfortunately, its not available for US residents, yet. But if you’re in the UK or the Commonwealth countries, check it out!

Armored Hearts

Monday, I interviewed authors Melissa Turner Lee and Pauline Creeden, and we talked about how two different authors worked together to create a fantasy steampunk story. Armored Hearts ebooks are on sale for $.99 through the month of May in celebrating its release. Don’t forget the $100 Amazon gift card giveaway! 

Well, that’s it for now, if you have some awesome newsy events or giveaways going on, please share in the links below. Have a great weekend!

A Link Feast

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Lots of cools things happening around here, and I couldn’t wait until Friday to share these links with you. You might miss out on a great opportunity to discover a new favorite book or something. 🙂 So feast your eyes on this:

The first, and quite exciting link to share with you all, is Robert Mullin’s interview and giveaway over at Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s blog. You might have heard me mention Robert Mullin and his debut novel, Bid the Gods Arise. Love it. I did a review earlier, and you can find it here. Stop by Ms. Stengl’s blog and enter a chance to win a paperback copy of Bid the Gods Arise. Did you know Robert Mullin is a cryptozooligist? 

Would you like to win a $20 Amazon giftcard? Spirit-filled Kindle is doing a Read for Review Giveaway. There’s a selection of books to review for free,and no matter the star rating you give it, you’re entered in to win. Check it out!

AltWit Press is jumping on board with the Shower of Books Giveaway Blog Hop, for a chance to win some cool prizes, like an ebook copy of my short story Desert Rose, along with The Wishing Well Curse, a devotional and $5 giftcard. You can even swing by Lynn Donovan’s blog for an extra chance to win an ebook copy of her debut novel, The Wishing Well Curse. There are over 190 bloggers participating. Ends April 30th!

Speaking of AltWit Press, Armored Hearts is coming soon. Like tomorrow! Anyways, they are looking for reviewers, bloggers to read an advanced reader copy to leave reviews and help celebrate. All for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. How cool is that? Stop by their Facebook book launch event and tell them I sent ya. 🙂

Lots of people talking about Dove’s beauty compaign. C.L. Dyck has a great post on Real Beauty and what I’ve learned as a chubby chick. And a second post on What did Dove sell me, anyway?

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The Wishing Well Curse is on sale for $.99 until Tuesday! You can find my review here.

Jess Witkins talked about How to Host a Wine Tasting? How cool is that? If you don’t like wine, you can substitute for something else. I’m thinking of a chocolate tasting…or a cheese tasting. Yum!

How about Red Velvet At Home? Yes please! Joanna Aislinn shares some recipes with us. I’ve been seeing these around, I’m thinking I need to try some. 🙂

Kristen Lamb, the social media jedi, posted Friday that she is  Opening the Floor–Ask an Expert! What do YOU want to know more about? Her blog is treasure trove of goodies on topics ranging from social media to writing to life. Awesome stuff. So here’s your opportunity to ask a question. Check it out!

Lisa Hall-Wilson, social media instructor over at WANA International, shared with us about having a Facebook page over at Gene Lempp’s blog: Did Facebook Change Something? 5 Tips For Page Owners to “It’s All Good.” If you have a Facebook page or are thinking about having one, she is the lady to talk to. Her classes are awesome, so check them out if you get a chance.

Whew, that’s quite a line-up! Do you have something cool to share? Post it in the comments below! Hope you all have a great week!

Giveaways & More

Hey, how’s y’all’s week been? Lots of cool things to share with you today, but I’m thinking we need a cool name for our link gathering of bookish newsy things and giveaways. Any suggestions?

This week Morgan L. Busse shared with us about Bad Boy Characters, and I thought you might like to know that she is running a giveaway on Goodreads for Son of Truth, book two in Follower of The Word series. Giveaway ends on May 17, 2013.

Pauline Creeden did a cover reveal of her novel coming this fall called Sanctuary. The apocalyptic, alien story has me intrigued. Can’t wait to read it.

The other day I stumbled upon a blog that had this really cool idea, and I was like why didn’t I think of that?! Author Alex Laybourne started Story Cube Monday on his blog, where he rolls the story cubes and everyone tries to come up with a story using all those items. Check it out, write for fun, and submit your story.

Some exciting things coming up! Mark your calendars for July 1st. Three fantasy authors are teaming up to celebrate their books’ release day with a party on Facebook. Check it out and RSVP.

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And why, you ask me, am I letting you all know so early? To give y’all a chance to read the previous books in the series. 🙂

R. J. Larson: Prophet, Judge, & now King

Patrick W. Carr: A Cast of Stones & now A Hero’s Lot

Anne Elisabeth Stengl: Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Starflower, & now Dragonwitch

Now isn’t that an awesome line-up?

What about you? What must-read book are you waiting on? Post a link in the comments below!

Have a great weekend!

What’s Happening

Most of you know by now that in the first week of our internet data cycle, we exceeded it, so we’ve had to go 20 days without. It’s nearly driving me crazy. Only 9 more days to go! On one hand, it has curbed my…um…research, and I’ve made progress on my edits. Almost halfway done! It’s been frustrating trying to keep up with me cyber peeps and news. But I’m trying!

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So today, I wasn’t going to do anything big. I was going to share this cute youtube video I had found but it looks like it will have to wait until next week. There’s so many exciting things happening all over the place, I think I’m going to pop. So instead some happening things.

This week we saw the release of Son of Truth by Morgan L. Busse, and yesterday, Anne Elisabeth Stengl had her over for an interview and a giveaway on her blog. So stop by and enter a chance to win both books, Daughter of Light  and Son of Truth. I know I did. 🙂

And on to the next awesome stuff. Do you like to get free books, win prizes? The publisher I signed with has a cool program for reviewers and bloggers. If you’re interested, head on over to their Facebook page and introduce yourself! AltWit press is launching The Wishing Well Curse this month, and they are looking for reviewers, bloggers, etc to get the word out. I will be sharing a little bit about WWC later this month, but I’ll let you have a sneak peak of the cover. Isn’t it beautiful? I can’t wait to introduce y’all to this lovely author!

 

Speaking of blogging, Kristen Lamb, the social media guru, her blog: WarriorWriters blog is awesome! So many good articles on writing, blogging, Twitter, Facebook. And then there’s WANA tribe for all creative types to hang out, and there’s classes! Check it out! I’m still learning the ropes over there, but there are some awesome people over there. See, the world wide web isn’t as scary as it seems…for the most part. 🙂

Kat Heckebach is giving away an audio version of Finding Angel, a YA fantasy. Have you discovered her yet?

And did you know that the Kindle version of Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl is free! Check it out!

Speaking of free. If you like to read inspirational stories, Christian fiction, etc, check out Spirit-filled Kindle, where they compile list of free or on sale ebooks.

I know I have missed news and events, but I’ve been unable to surf my favorite blogs, comb the world wide web for interesting articles. NINE more days! Anywho, if I’ve missed a freebie, a giveaway, or cool article, share it in the links. Thanks!

Hope you all have a great weekend! 

Release: Son of Truth

Today, I’m celebrating the release of Son of Truth by Morgan L. Busse, sequel to Daughter of Light. Our book club just finished reading Daughter of Light last month, so we are anxious to see what happens next. Isn’t the cover breathtaking? And if you’d like a chance to win it this week, check out  Character Tour over on Ralene Burke’s blog.

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Son of Truth

Arise now, guardian…

The war in the north is over, but the war for all the Lands has just begun. As the Shadonae solidify their hold on the city of Thyra, Rowen Mar, the last Eldaran and savior of the White City, awakens to find herself hunted by those she has saved.

Meanwhile, the assassin Caleb Tala finds himself in the presence of the Word. The time of reckoning has come, and he must pay the price for all the lives he has taken. But in his moment of judgment, Caleb is given a second chance to change his life.

These two hold the power to save the Lands from the Shadonae. One must escape slavery, and one must choose to forsake everything before the world is consumed in darkness.

Giveaways & More!

I decided to take today and point out some awesome giveaways going on as they seem to be all over the place. 🙂

First, have you read my interview over at Tales of Goldstone Wood? The awesome Anne Elisabeth Stengl invited me to do an interview, and she is doing a giveaway of an awesome metal bookmark, my new short story, Desert Rose, a signed copy of The Clockwork Dragon and the short story Winter Fae. And anyone leaving a comment will receive an ebook copy of Desert Rose for free. So check it out, and enter to win! By the way, have you seen the fan art on her page? There are some awesome pieces,  I even entered a painting. 😉 So, stop by and vote on your favorite, the winner receives a free copy of Dragonwitch when it is released. How cool is that? 

Melissa Turner Lee and Pauline Creeden have a new book coming out, and they are celebrating early with the Fairy Tale Giveaway. Enter for a chance to win a $5 gift card and e-copy of their new book: Armored Hearts. 

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And its not too late to pick up her ebook copy of The Earth Painter and The Man Painter for $.99 each. For the month of March AltWit Press is celebrating the launch of The Painter Series with a chance to win your choice of a  Kindle or Amazon gift card of $50; and they’re giving away autographed copies of both The Earth Painter and The Man Painter. Check it out!

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Oh, and on the very same Fairy Tale Blog Hop, Backing Books is giving away a free copy of Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Check it out! And those blog hop giveaways have tons of other blogs giving away books and gift cards, so have fun exploring!

Jill Williamson, author of The Blood of Kings fantasy trilogy and bunch of others, is giving away paperback copy of Failstate (book 1) and Failstate: Legends (book 2) by author John W. Otte to one lucky winner. Check it out!

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Okay, this next one isn’t a giveaway per se, but it is free on Amazon this week. So check it out!

Wish Wary. A clever, fun read about your not-so-typical unicorn and fairy tale. 

If you know of a giveaway or free ebook that you think everyone should hear about, put a link in the comments below! Now go have an adventure, read a book!