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Thursday, June 8, 2017

10 Life lessons from the shore (and a big giveaway!)

 

My kids helped me come up with this list, amidst laughter and some tears (happy I hope). So without further ado, life lessons from the sandy shore.
1) You don't need a surfboard to surf
2) Boogie boards give you carpet burn on your tummy
3) There are bugs in the sand that bite you
4) Electronics aren't so great in the sun
5) Sunburn hurts
6) The ocean floor can disappear from under your feet
7) The beach does amazing things to my hair
8) There are crabs
9) The sand can scorch your feet
10) The water burns your eyes
Awesome, huh? Fun fun. We'll always remember this trip. Me and my four little bacon bits.
But let's talk about #4! Electronics aren't great for the sun.
Normally, if you asked me paperback or ebook, I'd say ebook. Hundreds of books in the palm of my hand, cheaper, my kindle can read to me . . .
All of which was pointless at the beach. I couldn't see my phone and I didn't want to get my kindle wet or sandy. And nothing was more comfortable than holding a paperback. But I only brought one! So I realized, if I'm going to the beach, I need books! Lots of books!
And so do you, whether it's the beach, the lake, or the pool!
So I created a beach pack Goddess of Fate giveaway!
Of course, there are things I want in return. (Big smiley face.) I'm calling this the LAY ME DOWN review push and my prizes will be given out in tiers, depending on how many reviews for LAY ME DOWN I get. I want 100. I'll run this giveaway for the rest of June, and if I get no new reviews, I'll give away a $10 gift card.
But if my book ends up with 50 reviews, I'll give away the gift card to one person and paperback copies of the GODDESS OF FATE series to another person!
It doesn't end there! If we get up to 75 reviews, I'll give away both of the previous give aways AND a third giveaway, the GODDESS OF FATE series and the $10 gift card!
And if we make it to all 100 reviews, I'll give away a beach pack (in addition to the other giveaways) including: the two paperback books, a beach mat, sunscreen, lip balm, aloe, lotion, and a tote bag.*
If you haven't read LAY ME DOWN, you've got three weeks to do it and get your review in! If you've already reviewed it, you get five entries for that and additional entries if you review other books of mine. You also get entries automatically for being one of my readers and/or following me on Facebook!
If you have any questions, please ask in the comments! Then I can address the answer for everyone.
So hop on over to the giveaway and get your entries in! Can't wait to see who wins!

Still need a copy of LAY ME DOWN? Get it here!
*Winner outside of the United States will be sent the paperback and the equivalent gift card amount of the beach pack.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

YA Scavenger hunt and my magic word!



YA Scavenger Hunt #66


Welcome to the sixty-sixth stop on the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt! Scroll down to find the, well, sixty-sixth word in the short story. Be sure to read the entire post so you don’t miss it! In the mean time, check out my own personal giveaway below!

Novels of Kellam High

Would you like to give the Novels of Kellam High a try?
Reviewers say it is "incredibly powerful and touching," and "hauntingly beautiful." Sign up to be one of my readers and receive a free ebook of LAY ME DOWN. You'll automatically be entered for a chance to win paperbacks of the first two books in the series!

ENTER HERE

NOW FOR WHAT YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR….
THE sixty-sixth WORD IN THE YA SCAVENGER HUNT SHORT STORY IS:
The secret word is: “AND
Put together all the words (in order from 1 ~ 140) and reconstruct the “Secret Legend”.
When you’re done, enter the grand prize here.
If you have any questions, make sure to visit the main post and list of participating authors here.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes!

RULES

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES. All you have to do is visit all the author's sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed secret legend HERE. There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they're offering while you're on their site for the keyword.

THE MAP (participating authors)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Rose
  11. N.M. Howell
  12. Lara Ann
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil
  26. Jo Schneider
  27. Rebecca Fernfield
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Monroe Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Angie Grigaliunas
  49. Ashley Maker
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Elisa Dane
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Bentz Deyo
  60. April Wood
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Chogan Swan
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. Phyllis Moore
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Bella Rose
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan
  91. Emma Right
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Kuck
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert
  105. Rachel Medhurst
  106. Tee G Ayer
  107. May Freighter
  108. Heather Dyer
  109. Jen Minkman
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Megan Linski
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. Brian King
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson
  120. J.L. Hendricks
  121. A.L. Knorr
  122. T.M. Franklin
  123. Konstanz Silverbow
  124. felisha Antonette
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Bianca Scardoni
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy

Starts June 1st!

Just go through the "treasure map" above to find the keywords and reconstruct the secret legend. Once you've got it, enter for the grand prize HERE. Don't forget to keep an eye out for other giveaways or free books as you search for the keywords, most authors will be offering their own prizes as well.
For rules, updates or trouble-shooting, make sure to check out this main post which will stay updated.

TIMELINE

Authors will post the rules and the full list of participating authors sometime in June, and have their post up and visible on their site/blog, with their keyword, by June 1st. Readers just need to go through the list, find the words, and use the story to enter for the grand prize.  

Friday, January 13, 2017

We rescued a dog

I told you we're building a house, right? Yeah, it's a fun, massive project. There are frequent surprises, and a lot of them aren't very pleasant.
But I think the biggest one was having a stray dog show up.
She wasn't an ordinary stray. She had a collar and was very friendly with my children. She stayed at our construction site. We began to feed her, all the while warning the children that she had owners and we were going to track them down.
We did. And after a blustering series of excuses, they finally admitted they weren't prepared or equipped to care for a dog. So we took her home.
What we didn't know, and what I suppose there was no way to know, was that this dog, about a year old, hadn't been trained at all. She wasn't leash-trained. She wasn't crate-trained. She didn't know how to respond to commands. She was terrified of my husband. And worst of all, she wasn't house-broken.
Oh my.
I didn't sign up for a fifth child right now, but I have a huge soft spot for animals. I've volunteered at animal shelters at various times in my life, and I often prefer the four-legged critters to the two-legged ones. We've successfully leash-trained her (she had some major fear issues) and she no longer cowers and pees when she sees my husband. But I could really really use any advice you have on crate-training or house-breaking. We've made some good efforts, but we have a ways to go. And she's a part of our family now, for better or worse. Through thick or thin. 
My college roommates used to roll their eyes every time they came home and found another stray cat in the apartment. My parents were very used to me showing up with new animals. I guess it's just something I do. But with four children already, I'd kicked the habit. Have you ever taken home an animal? How did you adjust? 
The house is coming along great, by the way! Thanks for asking! And I'm finishing up the final draft for Cassandra Jones Year 3! Watch for it in March!
Entranced is up for preorder! It's only $0.99 for the rest of January! Snag your copy here!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas in Times Square and 40% off select paperbacks!

I'm not a city girl.


At all. So when my husband suggested we go to New York for our anniversary, I was like, "If you want." Not to mention our anniversary is in December, which means snow, right?
Well, we got really lucky, and the weather in New York was unseasonably warm, even warmer than Arkansas. And while I've been to New York before, I've never been during Christmas. If you're ever going to go--I highly recommend this time of year.
I wish I could pass along the magic we felt walking down Time Square at midnight, thousands of people around us, Christmas trees and displays lighting the streets, and beautiful Christmas songs blasting through the air.
It was beautiful, and I came to appreciate how, even as different as a New Yorker is to a country girl like me, we have so much more in common. I came away feeling more connected to a culture that's so foreign it's almost like visiting a different country. 
The Statue of Liberty

Grand Central Terminal
Lights on Time Square

Enjoying a wonderful chocolate dessert

40% off Paperback books


While ebooks are all the rage, sometimes we just want to hold a book. And for gift-giving, there's nothing like having a physical object. Just for you, I'm offering a coupon for 40% off select paperbacks. This coupon is not valid on Amazon.com but only through the link provided in this email. Click the book title to see it online!
coupon code: YYVZ6ZSD
Expires Dec. 31, 2016

Romance short story


People have been telling me to do it for years. I've hemmed and hawed and changed the subject.
But I'm finally writing a romance. With no serial killers.
Granted, it's a short story, I'm doing it with friends, and I've only written a page so far. But I'm DOING IT. Hopefully I'll have it completely drafted by the end of this month. I'll keep you posted.
Any exciting Christmas plans? What places have you visited that really impacted you? Where do you want to visit?
Thanks for reading!
Love,
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Monday, September 12, 2016

I want it now!

We live in an instant gratification society.


I'm certainly no exception to the rule. I get impatient waiting for things to happen. I want it now. I can't wait.
Never is this more clear than when waiting for a webpage to load.
But I've been having a problem with my internet service. Every month, the price goes up by a dollar. And the speed is getting slower...and slower...and slower.
The discouraging part was trying to find another internet option. Because apparently, there's just not a lot of available options out there. We did make the switch to the one other cable company in the area, and my head is spinning at how quickly my websites load!
It made me curious, though. I saw a few companies offering DSL or dial-up. Even a few satellite internet companies and one offering something called Hyperlink. I haven't used dial-up since my AOL days in high school (yay! Fun times!). Does anyone have any experience with these services? Are they worth considering?
Speaking of instant gratification, if you want a copy of REACHING KYLEE: BOOK 1 the moment it is released, the preorder price is only $1.99 right now. In October the price goes up to $2.99!
It was Price Hudson's mother who died, but Price feels like it was him. Everything that he used to enjoy--baseball, comics, even girls--seems petty and pointless now. He wants nothing more than to forget his old life and start over somewhere new, where no one knows him and no one expects anything from him.

So when his dad decides to move them an hour away, he welcomes the change. What he doesn't expect is to move in next to crazy, scary, noisy neighbors. And he certainly doesn't expect to become so wrapped up in the mystery behind their daughter's disappearance that finding out what happened to her consumes his life.

What he discovers will change his life--if it doesn't kill him.

The girl next door is definitely not what he thought she'd be.

What advanced readers are saying about Reaching Kylee

"Well you bought tears to my eyes, that was such an emotional farewell. Wonderful plot and sub plots going on and it is now 1.00am and I must stop get some rest and finish the book in the morning...
It is 6.30am, I have to finish the book."
-Dave Holden
Click the cover to view the book on Amazon!
Thanks for reading!
Love,

Monday, June 20, 2016

Beautiful cover reveal!

On the Corner of Heartache & Love
Cover Reveal!

Coming September 2016!

About the Book

After three years, Maren Summers is elated to finally have her dream wedding to her dream man, Kevin Bryant. In her sights is the promotion to Weddings she’s worked so hard for at the newspaper. Happily ever after is within her grasp…
Until Kevin jilts her at the altar, elopes with another woman, and becomes her boss. Devastated by the twisted turn of events Maren moves in with her best friend and notices the not-so-homeless guy on the corner, Zane Whitfield. As his heart-wrenching tale unfolds—his vow to wait a year on the corner for his lost love—Maren sees his compassionate human-interest story as her ticket away from 
Kevin, weddings, and her heartache.
But as the New Year approaches, is Maren headed for heartache again when Zane's lost love returns or has time changed more than one heart?

About the Author

Lisa Swinton caught the romance buy early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it yet. She feeds her addiction with romance novels, films, and chocolate. A doctor’s wife and busy mom of two, she enjoys putting her musical theater degree to use at church and in community theater. She enjoys researching her family tree, painting her house, and baking. She loves to travel and all things Jane Austen. In her next life she’d like to be a professional organizer.
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