Friday, December 2, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things- December 2, 2016

It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain!  Tonja Drecker and I are her co-hosts.

We had a tornado on Monday.  That's kind of crazy for the end of November in Iowa.  The tornado was pretty small, and while there was some property damage around town, no one was hurt.  We got lucky and didn't have any damage at our house.  Our little town made the news over the whole thing. You can check that out here and here.

For those of you who don't know yet, I had a baby girl on November 22nd.  We named her Zoe Jane.  My friend Chelsea, who's good enough to make a living as a professional photographer, came by over the weekend and took some newborn photos.  I thought I'd share a few of them with you. Selecting a handful to share is difficult, because they're all amazing.

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things-November 25, 2016

It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! Tonja Drecker and I are her co-hosts.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you living in the United States! We certainly had an eventful holiday.  I got out of the hospital Thanksgiving morning, and I had an extra bundle to take home with me.

Zoe Jane was born on November 22nd at 7:01 pm.  She weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. and was 20 3/4 inches long.  We've been sleep deprived this week, but we have a lot to celebrate nonetheless.

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things-November 18, 2016

It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain!  Tonja Drecker and I are her co-hosts.

This has been a bit of a rough week.  I came down with a nasty cold on Monday, and now my kids are both suffering through it too.  Not that you can really tell by looking at them.  They're determined to play as if nothing is wrong. Fortunately, I'm starting to feel almost normal again, so I'm definitely celebrating that.

Considering everything that's going on, I'm not as far into edits as I'd like to be, but I'm still making progress.  Any progress is better than no progress.

I also managed to get a lot of baby-related preparations finished despite not feeling well.  I've still got a few things left to do, and hopefully I can finish them up this weekend.

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things-November 11, 2016

It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain!  Tonja Drecker and I are her co-hosts.

I finished the first draft of my WIP this week, so that's great. Now I'm immersed in the editing process, and it seems to be going well so far.

I treated myself to a new wristwatch this week.  I'd been thinking of getting a new one for a little while.  It isn't an expensive one, but it looks nice and works well.  That's all that matters to me.

The weather has been consistently beautiful here.  My kids can run around outside in the afternoon without jackets, and that's extremely unusual for a November in Iowa.  We're going to enjoy it while it lasts.

I'm still offering my books for free through November 29th.  If you're interested, check out this link for more information!

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, November 4, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things-November 4, 2016

It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain!  Tonja Drecker and I are her co-hosts.

I'm normally not an avid sports fan, but I do like to follow the World Series when it happens.  Maybe the fact that I used to play softball as a kid contributes to my enjoyment of baseball. All I can say is that Game 7 of the 2016 World Series was probably the most tense and exciting game I've ever seen in my life.  I know a lot of people who were up too late watching it, and I'm glad I got to see it.  Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs for winning it all for the first time since 1908, and kudos to the Cleveland Indians for playing such a great game. It was indeed a hard fought battle all the way.

Parent-teacher conferences were this week, and they went quite well.  My boys seem to be doing well in school this year, and their teachers only had positive things to say about them. I think that's worth celebrating!

Writing is also going well this week.  I feel like I'm getting a lot done.  Let's hope I can keep it up!

Also, if you're interested in getting free copies of some of my books, go HERE and find out how you can make that happen.

What would you like to celebrate?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Insecure Writer's Support Group: November 2016

Is it really the first Wednesday of the month already?  I guess you know what that means!  It's time to convene another meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group!  Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has assembled another great group of minions this month: Joylene Nowell Butler, Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaard, Lisa Buie-Collard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, and Christine Rains.

Be sure to stop by the IWSG website!

First of all, I'd like to wish everyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo the best of luck!  You've got a heck of a month ahead of you!  I'm expecting a baby this month, so instead of joining in, I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines.  And trying to fit in all the writing I can before the big day comes, of course.  I'm feeling a bit insecure about how much I'll be able to accomplish in that time, so wish me luck!

I participated in Trick-or-Treat Reads, which the awesome Patricia Lynne made possible.  The coupon codes are good through November 29th, so if you're interested in snagging some free books, go HERE.

Now let's move on to this month's question!

The question for this month is: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

There are a lot of things to love about being a writer, but I think my favorite has to be having the freedom to go anywhere and do anything without leaving home.  As a writer, I create characters and send them out into places and situations that I've never experienced.  I get to live and experience things through them, and it can be exhilarating.  A person might think that I, as the writer, have complete control over the story and characters, but I don't.  Things take unexpected twists and turns all the time, and that makes the process even more exciting for me.

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Trick-or-Treat Reads Book Blog Hop

Happy Halloween everyone!  I'm participating in Patricia Lynne's Trick-or-Treat Reads Book Blog Hop.  This event is like trick-or-treating, but instead of getting free candy, you get free books!

For this event, I'm offering all of my Smashwords titles for free.  Here's more information about each book and how you can get your hands on it!

A Silent Soliloquy

Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Word Count: 28,000

TIPPIE was created to be a weapon. By all appearances, she's an ordinary girl of 18, and she uses that to her advantage in her work for The Facility. What no one sees is that there's another girl buried deep inside. She can't speak or control the movements of the body she inhabits. As TIPPIE's silent passenger, she can only observe. She uses the details she learns from TIPPIE's work to reconstruct the stories of other people's lives. It helps her feel a little more connected to the world she can only watch.

When TIPPIE's work leads her to David, a young man with a haunted past and information that The Facility wants, TIPPIE uses her skills to earn his trust. The silent girl beneath the surface knows that TIPPIE is only going to hurt him, but she can't help but feel for him. Those feelings only grow, but she knows all too well that TIPPIE's work will soon come to an end.

Available from Smashwords.  You can find it HERE.  Simply use coupon code MZ84X at checkout.

Cosmic Seasoning

Genre: Sci-Fi/Short Stories
Word Count: 16,000

This compilation of ten short science fiction stories is sure to add a little flavor to your day. You'll get to see what happens when a universal translator malfunctions during first contact, the repercussions of a maladjusted writer making a holographic duplicate of herself, the reunion of a couple of shapeshifters that have been exiled to Earth, and more.

Some stories are funny, and others are a bit darker, but they're all short enough to read in one sitting.

This book is always free, and you can get it from any of the following places.

Download Links:

Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family

Genre: Holiday/Humor/YA
Word Count: 27,000

Book 1 in the Self-Help 101 series.

Dani Finklemeier has decided to write a self-help book about how to take over the world, but she’s not sure where to start. After all, she’s only seventeen and looking for a better way to make money than babysitting. She buys a self-help book that promises to teach her how to write a self-help book in the hope of getting the job done.

Not that it’ll be easy to get any work done this holiday season. Her family is staying at the house for Christmas, and fights break out almost immediately. Dani also has to deal with the fallout from an unexpected kiss with her best friend Seth and the feelings that go along with it. On edge around her family and unsure how to interact with the one person she’s trusted with everything in the past, she can only take what inspiration she can from the crazy circumstances surrounding her and see what happens.

One way or another, it should be an interesting holiday.

This book is free through Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.

Self-Help 101 or: How to Survive a Bombardment With Minimal Injury

Genre: Holiday/Humor/YA
Word Count: 25,000

Book 2 in the Self-Help 101 series.

Dani Finklemeier has self-published her guide to taking over the world, but she still isn’t rich.  Now she’s eighteen, still babysitting for money, and looking forward to starting college in the fall.

Of course, she has to survive a 4th of July outing with her family first.  That’s a challenging prospect considering she has to be in close proximity with a group of cousins known as The Fallible Four.  As if that weren’t enough, she also has to deal with the fallout of her parents learning more about her relationship with her boyfriend Seth than she ever wanted them to know.

The good news is that, if she survives this holiday, she’ll have plenty of material for another self-help book.

Available from Smashwords.  You can find it HERE.  Simply use coupon code AM73Z at checkout.

Self-Help 101 or: How to Select a Costume to Help You  Deal With People

Genre: Holiday/Humor/YA
Word Count-29,000

Book 3 in the Self-Help 101 series.

Dani Finklemeier is adjusting to life in college and the realities of living away from home for the first time.  She’s also learning to deal with the criticism that stems from sharing her writing with the world.  Some of the online criticism is even spelled correctly, which somehow makes it worse.

Fortunately, she has a Halloween party, a group of friends, and a supportive boyfriend to distract her from the things that are bothering her.  Of course, a holiday celebration wouldn’t be complete without something going wrong.  Between an unpleasant confrontation with an infuriating classmate, some shocking costume choices, and a bizarre fraternity stunt, the evening will be anything but dull.

Dani’s detractors may not like it, but she’ll definitely have enough material for another book.

Available from Smashwords.  You can find it HERE.  Simply use coupon code WG67W at checkout.

The coupon codes are all good through November 29th, 2016, so if you don't get a chance to redeem them right away, no worries!  You have a little time!

That's all from me!  Be sure to hop around and visit the other participants so you can amass as many free reads as possible! Happy Halloween!