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To Resolve or Not To Resolve...

Wow! We made it through another year. I just can't believe how fast 2012 zoomed past. And what a year it was, too. So many highs. Lows I never anticipated. And change...a TON of change.

Most years I don't write resolutions. But I do write goals. Many goals. In 2010, one of  my hardest years by far, I wrote many goals and used 12/31 to "cleanse" out the hard aspects of 2010 and prepare myself to move forward. In 2011, I did nothing - no resolutions, no goals. I has riding a holiday high and decided to just go with it. The results were not exactly what I wanted.

Though, they were probably exactly what I needed.

I spent the year dealing with life as it came - a good thing. And not.

This year, I am again making a decision not to write resolutions. But I will write goals. And I will purge away the past.

I've decided to have a focus for the year, and align my goals with that focus. Having spent the better part of the last half of 2012 in a position of having to self-an…

As the New Year Approaches

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful few days. I did. Good company, good food and much needed R&R. It was a wonderful break.

Today, Dec 27, I find myself in a reflective mood, not unusual for me in general, and for this time of year - very normal. You see, there are very few things I am superstitious about...starting the new year with a clean slate is one of them. For the next several days, as we march ever-closer to 2013, I will spend my time releasing the hurts of 2012, cleaning my "house" both literally and figuratively, reflecting on my current path, and forging new goals. It is a ritual I go through every year, dating back to my childhood. There is just something about the renewal of a New Year that fills me with hope...a hope that, when unguarded, seems to filter through my fingertips as the year progresses.

This year as a lesson in extremes. Not the first lesson, and I am certain not the last. This year saw the "birth" of my fiction career with my…

Blog Tour Stop - Transcender

Happy Holidays Everyone!I am participating in a Blog Tour today for Vicky Savage's Transcender. Here is a little bit about the book:
When a freak lightning storm turns terrifying, Jaden Beckett, a typical Connecticut teenager, is suddenly shifted into a parallel existence where she finds herself a member of the ruling family in a counterpart of America on a strange alternate version of earth--one filled with hidden dangers, political intrigue, remarkable creatures, and forbidden romance. And the Author:
Born and raised at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Vicky Savage became irresistibly enchanted by the lure of the ocean when she attended law school in Florida. She practiced law for several years before taking time off to raise her two children. She lives on the water on the west coast of Florida with her husband, son, and two dogs. Ms. Savage recently completed Book 2 of the Transcender Trilogy, Streaming Stars, which will be released in 2012.
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Hullabaloos and Memories

Whew! What a whirlwind. All of the winners for the Hullabaloo have been picked and notified. Below you can see the massive list! This was so much fun:

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Congrats to everyone!
I will be posting as part of a tour on 12/24 and then take a couple of days off. After that, I'll be sharing some of my favorite Holiday memories of my mom.

See everyone later!

Hullabaloos and Amazon Gift Cards! BIG Gift Cards!

WOW!!!!

12 days. 14 Authors. and 155 prizes! Everything has been leading to this final day....and the final chance to enter into the giveaway for a $200 Amazon Giftcard.

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Have you had fun? I HOPE SO!!!

I will be posting the winners to EVERY GIVEAWAY Tomorrow, so come by and see if YOU WON.

And thank you for participating. 2013 will have a lot of changes for me - things I will talk about next week. Until then, have an epic weekend. And don't for get to get your entries in for any of the giveaways:

LOOK AT THE AMAZING #HULLABALOO HAPPENINGS from the first week: Giveaways celebrating my cover release on Monday (including the complete Requiem Series in PRINT)Giveaways celebrating Elana Johnson Birthday, including a COMPLETE set of her POSSESSION series in PRINTGiveaways celebrating Ali Cross's launch of Destined featuring a COMPLETE set of her Desolation series in PRINTGiveaway for a Readers Choice of an ebookGiveaway for your choice of one of Brenda Pandos E-…

Hullabaloos and a Destined Tour Stop

I am thrilled to be part of Ali Cross's Blog tour for DESTINED, organized by the fabulous Supagurl Tours.

Ali and I had a fabulous idea to do some funny and grandiose video....
Um, yea...between her schedule...and mine. OOPS! It just did not happen. So, I decided to do something else...

And So I bring to you:

THE TOP TEN REASONS ALI CROSS IS AMAZING...(and my review of Destined) 10 - She lives a life that is authentic, and it shows in everything she does
9 - She totally and completely LOVES her family
8 - She is loyal and generous with her heart
7 - She is FUNNY! and FUN LOVING....TWO must-have qualities in my mind
6 - She is dedicated to her craft
5 - She inspires me on a regular basis
4 - She is a fabulous CP, catching things no one else does in my writing
3 - She understands what it means to be a friend
2 - She "gets" me...no, really...GETS me
1 - She is one of the kindest, most generous souls I have ever EVER had the pleasure of knowing!

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Hullabaloos, Blog Chains and Requiem

Happy Wednesday All! Time for another Blog Chain round. Cole started this round and asked the following:
Christmas is a time of gift giving. If you could gift aspiring authors with one piece of advice, what would it be?
Man, this is a great one! For me...it's persistence. There is nothing easy about this business. Nothing. It's more than writing great stories, perfecting the craft and selling your work. It's more than editing and marketing. It is just more. And to achieve your dreams, it takes work, and persistence. LOADS of it!
To hear a little more advice, check out Sandra's from yesterday, and Katrina's post tomorrow.
And since we are talking about gifts and all...It is ALSO TIME FOR TODAY'S #HULLABALOO

We are down the last couple of days of the giveaway, and I really wanted to give all of you something from my collection of items...
But before I get to that, check out ALL of the giveaways today...they just get better and better:



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Hullabaloos and The Last Year

Whew! Only a few more days until the BIG giveaway for the Amazon Giftcard. And still so many fabulous prizes. Just check it out:



For Hullabaloo Day #9, I am giving away the first three books in the LAST YEAR series by Trisha Leigh - in print and autographed! Here is a bit about book one, Whispers in Autumn:
In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots. Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone. The autumn she meets Lucas, everything changes. Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to fr…

Hullabaloos and the Chosen

Whew! Here we are, starting the last week of the holiday Hullabaloo. The Prizes are growing...So be sure to check out ALL of the giveaways today...they just get better and better:


For Hullabaloo Day #8, I am giving away a SIGNED set of the Chosen series by Denise Grover Swank. This series has been on fire since it's release:
Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma’s never needed help before. And even though she’s learned to trust her son, it doesn’t mean she trusts Will. Mercenary Will Davenport lives in the moment. Hauling Emma to South Dakota should have been an easy job, but his employer neglected to tell him about Emma’s freaky son and the gunmen hot on her trail. Instinct te…

Hullabaloos and Sea Monsters!

Whew! Here we are, starting the last week of the holiday Hullabaloo. While I don't have the HUGE epicness of last week...oh wait, maybe we do...

First, be sure to check out ALL of the giveaways today...they just get better and better:


For Hullabaloo Day #7, I am giving away an ebook of TANGLED TIDES by Karen Hooper. Not only is Karen probably one of the nicest people on the planet, her book is EPIC!:
Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one.

When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his pe…

Hullabaloo and Post Apocalyptic Giveaways

Whew! What a week, right??? I have no idea how to beat this past week. All I can say is we still have SEVEN days of giveaways....
HOLY COW, right?!?

Check out ALL of the giveaways today...it's pretty impressive:


For Hullabaloo Day #6, I am giving away an ebook of GIRL UNDER GLASS by Monica Enderle Pierce:
What do you do when you’re trapped between death and the devil? To protect her young daughter from a madman and a tyrant, Rachel Pryne must trust an enemy—one of the alien warriors who conquered Earth.
It is 2032, the Ohnenrai—Earth’s humanoid alien conquerors—orbit the planet, and Terran reproduction is failing. Rachel, a trained medic, is struggling to protect her seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, from the sexual predation of their penal colony’s leader. Having fathered the girl by rape, he now intends to take her on her eighth birthday, only six weeks away.
Then Rachel finds her unlikely champion—an injured Ohnenrai soldier who appears in her yard one stormy evening. She knows she…

Hullabaloo, LAST FREE BOOK DAY, and Mermaid giveaways

Yes...there are MORE THINGS to giveaway!!! First, LACRIMOSA IS FREE TODAY. But this will be the last day, so -

CLICK HERE to download your copy. Let's see if we can get the book to #1!

For Hullabaloo Day #5, I am featuring author Brenda Pandos and offering your choice of one of her ebooks in the Mer tails series or the Tailsman series. Just complete the Rafflecopter form and let me know what book you want to receive if you win!

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And be sure to check out the other Hullabaloo authors to see what they are giving away. There is much epicness going around these 12 days!


Late to the #Hullabaloo Happenings???  
Check out what you've missed: Giveaways celebrating my cover release on Monday (including the complete Requiem Series in PRINT)Giveaways celebrating Elana Johnson Birthday, including a COMPLETE set of her POSSESSION series in PRINTGiveaways celebrating Ali Cross's launch of Destined featuring a COMPLETE set of her Desolation series in PRINTGiveaway cele…

Hullabaloos, FREE BOOKS, and a Winner's Choice Giveaway!

I am practically drunk with all of this Holiday fun! Book releases. Cover reveals. Surprise Birthday Parties. HOLY WOW!!!

And today, I have even MORE epic news...

FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW ONLY, LACRIMOSA IS FREE FOR KINDLE.

That's right....FREE.

CLICK HERE to download your copy. Let's see if we can get the book to #1!

To celebrate, and for the today's Hullabaloo giveaway, I am offering up an ebook from any of the authors participating in the Holiday Hullabaloo. Not sure who we are yet? Check out the list (and be sure to check out their sites for their giveaways):

Check out what everyone is giving away today -
Trisha Leigh:It’s A Wonderful Life DVD
Denise Grover Swank: Signed copy of Everblue!
Amber Lynn Natusch: Signed paperback of SCARRED
Karen Hooper:ebook of Tempted by Evil by Amber Lynn Natusch
Heather McCorkle: Query letter or first page critique
Kristie Cook: ebook of winner’s choice by Megan Allen + T-shirt and bookmarks from Hope Collier
Susan Kaye Quinn: Ebooks by Kristie C…

Hullabaloos and Book Release Celebrations!

The excitement of this week really knows no bounds. I means, first it was my cover reveal. Then the surprise online party. And now...
Now I get to wish a VERY LOUD and VERY PUBLIC

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY for one my very best friends, ALI CROSS and DESTINED.

This books is simply amazing. Here is the Goodreads Blurb:
Choosing is a bad idea, because Desi always makes the wrong one, and sometimes there are no do-overs. Certainly not this time, when all has been lost and Desi can’t even save herself, let alone her friends. For Desi, the hardest thing is letting someone help her, to accept their sacrifice on her behalf. But that’s exactly what she’ll have to do in order to save the worlds from Helena’s destruction.
The goddess of Helheimer, long imprisoned by Desi’s father, Loki, is free at last, and she’s bent on reclaiming what once was hers. The nine worlds will be drawn into war, over Hell, over Earth, with innocent humans meaningless collateral. While Michael and the Gardians of Asgard, alo…

Hullabaloos, Surprise Birthdays, and Elana Johnson...Yes, They Do All Go Together!

I am SO EXCITED for today...maybe even more than I was about my cover reveal yesterday! You know when you plan a surprise party for weeks and weeks, terrified that the person you are trying to surprise is totally gonna find out??? Especially when they are smart and intuitive???

Yea, that is how the last several weeks have been.

See, I wanted to plan out a special surprise for someone who has given so much of herself to readers and writers alike. Someone who asks for little and gives, gives, gives.

She teaches kids about writing, teaches authors how to push through the hard in this business, and works harder than almost anyone I know. She blogs about her trials and tribulations as she forges her own unique path, and is genuine, authentic and fearless in her frank conversations. For me, she has been a friend, a counselor, a mentor, the personal to kick me in the rear when I needed it and an inspiration. She has been that for countless others, too

So, together with Ali Cross, we decided…

Holiday Hullabaloo and the DOMINUS Cover Reveal: Too Much HAPPY for one day!

What the heck is a Holiday Hullabaloo, you ask? Well -

Who: 14 authors (organized by bestselling author Denise Grover Swank and Trisha Leigh)
What: 14 different prizes, one by each author, EVERY DAY
When: EVERY DAY for the next TEN DAYS
How Long: All giveaways open through December 21st
The Finale: A $200 Gift Card giveaway
How It Works:
Enter the first Rafflecopter for MY giveaway for todayEnter the second Rafflecopter to win the FINALE $200 gift cardClick on the linky to find other great prizes (ebooks, paperbooks, swag, gift cards, knit hats, t-shirts... it's CRAZY all the stuff in this giveaway) Pretty amazing, yes?
Here is a hint of what everyone is giving away today:
Trisha Leigh: $5 gift card and The Last Year buttons
Denise Grover Swank: $5 gift card 
Amber Lynn Natusch: Signed paperback of CAGED
Karen Hooper: Mermaid Love! Signed paperback of Everblue by Brenda Pandos and ebooks of Seaweed by Elle Strauss & Tangled Tides
Heather McCorkleTranscend by Christine Fonseca, eBook
K…