Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER


Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: Kim!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of [Danilo Rizzuti] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

HEART ATTACK!

To view, go here.

Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


Image courtesy of [Archipoch] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "TITLE THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "How deep is your love?"

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, March 30, 2015

MONDAY MUSINGS


You know what that means, right?
It means, I can spend my time reading books and I'm WORKING.
It's part of my job description!

Ah, if only it were that simple!

Seriously, I learn the most about writing through reading.
Every time I read a book, I learn something new and it always, always improves my own writing.


Image courtesy of [Master Isolated Images] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


As I've been working on my newest book, CHASING FIREFLIES,  which takes place in China, I've also learned many new and interesting little tidbits.

For example, the number four to China is just like the number thirteen is to America.
Evidently, the Chinese name for four is similar to the name for death, hence it is considered unlucky. 

Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My daughter spent a semester teaching English in China. She was housed in a very nice apartment building across the street from the school she taught at. 
The floors were labeled: 1, 2, 3, 3B, 5, etc.
The Americans, of course, were housed on Floor 3B!!!

The stories my daughter has shared with me about China are finding their way into my new book, lending an air of authenticity.
Fascinating stuff!

The English in China can be quite humorous. Now don't get me wrong, I am impressed that the Chinese make such a huge effort to learn English. Very impressive. I mean no offense toward anyone trying to learn a second language. I can only speak ONE language and I can't imagine how hard it would be to learn Mandarin or any other dialect of Chinese. 
I'd get it completely wrong. Every. Time. And I don't doubt they'd be laughing at my attempts.

That being said, sometimes the English used in Asian countries just isn't correct, and it gives me a good giggle.
Like this shirt . . .


When my daughter was in China, the popular shirt to buy was emblazoned with:
YOUR

That's it. 

I want one!!

Another example: Here's some cute little pajamas for a young girl:



Oops. Not quite right!!

Hmmm . . . what about all those shirts we Americans buy with Chinese (or Asian) characters on them? Do you think they actually say something that makes sense? Makes you wonder! 

When my husband was stationed in Korea, we purchased adorable coats for our daughters. One coat had a tiny picture on one corner of two kids on skateboards. The caption read:
Be careful not to overexert yourself.
It always made us smile. I mean, it's not wrong, it's just not a phrase Americans commonly use.

However, I can't laugh too hard. Like I said, I can't speak two languages. Kudos to all trying to learn English!
It's not easy!

Okay, moving on . . .

Girl of Mine is officially DONE!
It is now with my editor.
I plan to release it in May 2015.


That's all for now!

Have a wonderful Monday!

Friday, March 27, 2015

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites include my favorite images on reading or writing!
(taken from Facebook)
 Enjoy!



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: Mary!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of [fotographic1980] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE

To view, go here.

Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


Image courtesy of [Danilo Rizzuti] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "TITLE THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "Sink your teeth into LOVE! "

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email! You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, March 23, 2015

MONDAY MUSINGS

As you can see, we did a little housecleaning around here and freshened up the blog!
After updating all of my covers, it was time to update my header.
I love the new look!

How was your weekend?

This sums up my weekend pretty accurately:


Don't you just love relaxing weekends? 
I was in need of one of those weekends.
Why?
Because I've been busy, busy, busy!

GIRL OF MINE is now on Goodreads. You can add it to your WANT TO READ shelf HERE.

The beta read stage is now complete, my edits are complete, and this week the manuscript will find itself in the hot little hands of my editor. A little more polishing and it will be ready to see the light of day!


I'm so excited to release this book!

Also, the GIRL OF MINE trailer is now live on You Tube. If you'd like to view it there and give it a like, I would be most appreciative. Go here.


This is the last day to grab I Have People for FREE.
If you haven't already, go get your copy!



Have a wonderful Monday!








Friday, March 20, 2015

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites include my favorite images on reading or writing!
(taken from Facebook)
 Enjoy!



Thursday, March 19, 2015

I HAVE PEOPLE IS FREE FOR FIVE DAYS!

*FREEBIE ALERT*


Grab your FREE copy HERE!
(On Amazon Kindle only)

Missing any memories?

Holly Sinclair is happily married to the love of her life, Gabriel. Young and in love, Holly hopes to have their first child soon. Of course, Gabriel wants to wait till Holly’s health is restored, much to Holly’s dismay. She feels perfectly fine. So what if she just woke up from an eight-month coma? So what if some of her memories are missing? She remembers Gabe and that’s all that matters, right? 

That is, until HE enters her life again . . . she forgot about HIM. 

I Have People deals with domestic abuse. While it is a warmhearted romance novel in parts, some scenes are a bit intense. One of the issues I attempted to touch on is the oft-asked question:

When exactly does a perpetrator’s behavior constitute abuse? 



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Unfortunately, it’s not an easy question to answer. Why? Because the legal answer will be different from the logical answer. 

Let’s go with logic. 


While writing I Have People, I visited with a lady who had endured an abusive situation. Her ex-husband never hit her. Not once. BUT, the implied threat was always there. While her husband threw a temper tantrum and destroyed a throw pillow with his bare hands in a fit of anger, she said that this thought was always in the back of her mind: “Will that be me one day?” 


A chilling thought. Mental and verbal abuse are just as real as physical abuse. 


If any physical harm is implied or threatened, make no mistake, it IS abuse. Even if the perpetrator never once touches his victim.

No one should have to live in fear. Can you prosecute for this type of abuse? Nope. You can try, but the odds are against you.



But you can and should free yourself. Protect yourself.




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My hope is that I Have People will help women to realize this. And maybe it will help one woman to escape her unhappy situation. Even if it’s just one—I will have succeeded. 

Below is a short excerpt from I Have People wherein the main character, Holly, faces this very issue:


Cal took a few days off to solicitously take care of her. He was attentive and sympathetic, ridiculously so.  She called her work to let them know she was very ill and needed to take the week off.  While she lay in bed, waiting for her body to heal, she pondered over her life.
It was a mistake to marry Cal, she knew that with certainty. Her love for him was dying a slow and painful death. He could be so wonderful one minute, but once something set off his temper, he turned into an entirely different man. The crux of the problem was not just that Cal had a temper, but that when he lost it, he was capable of turning violent—he was capable of turning on her, of hurting her. The thing was, he’d never really hit her. He was rough, he liked to use physical force to intimidate her, but was he really abusive? After all, he hadn’t meant for her to fall onto the glass table. How far does he have to go before his behavior is labeled as abusive? Was she wrong to even use the word when considering his actions?
She didn’t know. She was baffled and in pain. She couldn’t think logically. Should she have reported Cal? He’d been angry and he’d been pushing her around, but he hadn’t meant to hurt her. He’d apologized, he was taking care of her, and he loved her. Where did that leave her?
Confused and unsure, that’s where. Completely perplexed. Did he love her or didn’t he?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER



Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: Natalie!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of [Nuttapong] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

THE BIRTH OF OUR LOVE

To view, go here.

Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


Image courtesy of [fotographic1980] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "TITLE THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "Fragile, Handle with Care"

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email! You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Luck of the Irish Giveaway

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Monday, March 16, 2015

MONDAY MUSINGS: SOLDIERS COMING HOME

Soldiers coming home is a moving and touching sight to see. 
I found this video on You Tube and bawled like a baby while watching it.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE AND TRY NOT TO CRY HAPPY TEARS!


          




My hubby was in the Army and has been gone twice for long periods of time. Once he was gone for three months in Korea. We would've been separated for a year, but he was able to make arrangements for us to join him in Korea.

The second time he was gone for 14 months to Iraq.

In Girl of Mine, Luke comes home while traveling with other soldiers. A news crew is there to record the precious moment. While the news crew is filming and interviewing the other soldiers and their families, Luke and Jill sneak away and avoid being interviewed by the news. 
In the broadcast that evening, the other soldiers and their families are featured in a touching segment. As the screen goes black, the newscaster says, "And Lucas Graham came home too."

Awkward at best, right?

This is a TRUE story. This happened when my hubby came home from Iraq. We grabbed our chance to sneak away, not wanting to be on public display during a very emotional moment.
Later, some friends told us about the newscast. As the screen went black, they announced my hubby's name.

It always gives us a good giggle and I couldn't help including this story in GIRL OF MINE.

Although this story is not specifically about the war, I give special thanks to my hubby for his invaluable knowledge of the war in Iraq and the enlightening stories he was able to come home and share with me. And now you have the privilege of hearing a few of those stories in GIRL OF MINE.

Just a few though, because, well, that would be another entire book altogether—and this is a romance novel.

Most of all, hubby, thank you for coming home.






Friday, March 13, 2015

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites include my favorite images on reading or writing!
(taken from Facebook)
 Enjoy!



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: Megan!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of [sritangphoto] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE, SET THEM FREE

To view, go here.

Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


Image courtesy of [Nuttapong] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "TITLE THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "Love is Born"

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email! You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, March 9, 2015

MONDAY MUSINGS

Image courtesy of Google Images

Is it Monday already? How'd that happen?

I spent the week in Albuquerque. While my hubby taught a class, I sat in the hotel room and worked on my next book, CHASING FIREFLIES. (working title)


Out for a birthday lunch at CPK.

I also turned a year older. Up until late the night before my birthday I thought I was turning 53. 
Nope, I just turned 52.
How's that for old? I couldn't even remember my age.
This does not bode well for me!!

I can tell you the age of each one of my characters--evidently just not my own age!

Where are my priorities?

My new book, CHASING FIREFLIES, takes place in China!
My daughter spent a semester abroad teaching English in Zhongshan, China, so I have the perfect subject matter expert to advise me.


Just like my daughter, the heroine of the story will travel to China to teach English for a semester--and from there the adventure will begin!




My daughter felt China was a magical place and loved her time there.


Hopefully I can capture some of that magic in my new book!


I still have all of my daughter's emails from her trip to China and they are a wealth of information.



I haven't forgotten about GIRL OF MINE. I'm still waiting on the responses from all of my beta readers. I hate to ask them to HURRY when they are doing me a huge favor.
Hence, I must be patient.
Just know, it is COMING SOON!


Have a great Monday!




Friday, March 6, 2015

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites include my favorite images on reading or writing!
(taken from Facebook)
 Enjoy!



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: BN!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of [tungphoto] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

OUR LOVE IS THE SOLUTION

To view, go here.

Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


Image courtesy of [sritangphoto] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "TITLE THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "BREAKING UP"

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email! You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.