Monday, January 30, 2012

Over 300 followers

We got home from our cruise late last night. It was fabulous. I'm already feeling deprived of good food, warm weather, and no stress! But I was so excited to open my blog and see I have over 300 followers. Thank you!
I hope you all have a wonderful week. If you haven't already entered to win Brandon Mull's new book Beyonders, click here. There aren't many entries and it is amazing.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shades of Gray by Rachel Ann Nunes

Rachel Ann Nunes has been one of my favorites since I was a teenager. Shades of Gray, the third book in the Autumn Rain series, is another great story from Rachel. The book was intense. I love the heroine, Autumn. She's quirky and fun. She never wears shoes and everything she eats has to be unprocessed. Definitely different from me - my feet ache without good support and I must have ice cream at least once a day - but I really enjoy Autumn and her perspective.
If you haven't read the series start with Eyes of a Stranger.
More info on Rachel's books here.
Friday, January 20, 2012

Time to Cruise

We fly out in the morning for Miami. Sunday we'll be boarding a cruise ship for the Caribbean. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I'm planning on being warm and un-stressed! I have a couple of posts scheduled and will try to check in, but the internet fees can be spendy.
If you haven't entered to win Brandon Mull's latest book Beyonders, click here. There are hardly any entries and it's a fabulous story. My boys have loved all of Brandon's books but this one is their favorite.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Recovered Data

My husband brought home my salvaged computer (with extra hard drive for backup) and all of my recovered files last night. I'm so excited! This might sound nuts but I felt like a piece of me was missing. I'm not supposed to ask how much it cost to retrieve those files. It must've been awful for my husband to say that! I'm just so grateful to be able to work on my writing again and look at cute pictures of my boys. Gotta go search through the recovery data some more. Thanks for all your prayers and well-wishes!
Friday, January 13, 2012

Book Giveaway - Beyonders by Brandon Mull

My boys loved Beyonders by Brandon Mull. My 9yo received a second copy of the book as a Christmas present and said I could give it away on my blog because, "Other kids deserve to read it too." Of course this altruistic move was motivated by Mom promising to let him choose a new book from Scholastic Book Order.
Beyonders was a fabulous story. It was a bit violent, I found myself skipping over some descriptions when reading it aloud to my younger boys, but the 13yo thought those same sections were great.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Self-Publishing?

A good friend of mine is trying to talk me into self-publishing one of my novels. I'm dragging my feet because the whole process seems time-consuming and honestly I feel like I've accomplished some daunting task when I fold my laundry. Extra time is not easy to come by with four cute boys.

Yet I keep hearing amazing success stories with self-publishing and it does sound nice to make more than seventy cents per book sold. I just heard about another author, Regina Sirois, who self-published On Little Wings and is doing so well she's featured on Amazon's home page.

What are your thoughts? Those of you who have self-published, is it as hard as I'm fearing? Are there still negative stereotypes regarding self-published books or is that a thing of the past? Would the work and money spent be worth having control over your own book?

I hate decisions and would love some input here. Thanks!

Secret Sisters by Tristi Pinkston

I finished Secret Sisters by Tristi Pinkston last night. I hate to sound cheesy but it was delightful. I loved the protagonist, Ida Mae, and felt like I personally knew every character in the book. I laughed so hard at Ida Mae trying to shut off her negative thoughts. I can relate. The other day in Relief Society the instructor was explaining that we would be judged by our thoughts as well as our deeds. The instant she said it I was having a negative thought about the ladies not signing up to substitute for primary. Yikes! If you haven't started Tristi's Secret Sisters books, try them out. Very fun and a quick read.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Putting off the resolutions

We had a wonderful Christmas. I was well-rested, energized, and ready to start my New Year's Resolutions. The #1 resolution - finish my next book. Yesterday morning my computer completely crashed. Our computer genius friend had no clue what to do. Stan took the hard drive to the recovery experts this morning but they don't know if they can recover anything - my books, articles, pictures and videos of the boys, journals I've written to my boys. I've been so sick I could hardly get out of bed this morning. I'm trying to refocus and find a positive attitude about the situation. Instead of getting started on my rewrites during baby's naptime I'll get to read Josi Kilpack's latest culinary mystery. How fun is that? I'm going to be forced to learn how to use the IPad my honey gave me for Christmas. Not as much fun as a Josi's book but a good thing. And maybe instead of burying myself in my writing I'll cook some dinner and do some cleaning while the boys are in school. Wouldn't they be surprised to not come home to a huge list of chores? How are your resolutions coming?

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