Monday, October 20, 2014

Bucket List Blog Hop! - Have you voted for a new book title yet?

~~ At one time or another we have all experienced the loss of a loved one or know someone who has had to go through a life threatening illness. Sometimes that makes us reevaluate our lives and what we want to accomplish before we die. Some people make a bucket list to help them rethink about what is important to them.

What's a bucket list? Simply put, it's a list of things that a person wants to see or do before they die or "kick the bucket". 

To participate, all you have to do is post your bucket list to your blog on Monday, October 20, 2014. If you want to add the picture to your blog post or sidebar, just copy and paste.

This blog hop is being co-hosted by Sherry Ellis at Mama Diaries
 and Susanne Drazic at Putting Words Down on Paper. ~~


A bucket list.

Well, I don't really have one. Not a formal one, anyway.

Of course, there's stuff I want to do. But, I never really wrote them down.

Stormy the Weather Gnome did. In fact, the 2013 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge was all about Stormy's giant bucket list.

Me? I keep things pretty low-key.

But, for the Hop, I will do my best to share a few things I would love to do before I kick said bucket. :)

**Travel across the great U. S. of A.**

This country is really amazing and I haven't seen very much of it. I would love to get in an RV to see this grand nation of ours.

**Visit Ireland.**

Yes, I would really love to check out Ireland. And not just the touristy spots, but the lovely Irish countryside and places that only the locals frequent.

**Drive REALLY fast.**

I don't think I have a death wish, but I would love to drive a really fast car in some sort of race one day.

**See my book(s) in a bookstore.**

I was close. I even got a few in the library. But, the elusive bookstore will just have to wait until 2015.

**Adopt a German Shepard.**

One day, when we have the space and funds, I would love to get a Shepard. I mention German Shepard, but I know there are a few breeds that we would love just as much. Just as long as I could use the dog as a blanket, I'll be happy.

So, that's a good start, right?

What's on your Bucket List?


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The Name. That. Book! (Seriously, I need some help.) Contest is going strong!


Have you voted yet? Vote! Have a new title suggestion? Share!




I'm still looking for just the right name for Maguire's Corner. 

Here is a list of the entries and how many votes they have so far!

Trying not to love - 1
Anymore to give - 1
Someone to trust - 1
Already home - 6
The heart brings you back - 2
One to trust - 1
Maggie's choice - 1
Maggie's place - 2
One to hold my heart - 2
As long as it takes - 1
Already falling - 5
Catch my breath - 1
Mag & Chief - 1

Friday, October 17, 2014

#atozchallenge #roadtrip -- Stormy meets some NEW friends!



 Hi!
It's ME!

Stormy the Weather Gnome!



We're changing things up a bit so you don't get bored.

Don't worry, we're still on the road to nowhere, still can't drive 55, AND still running against the wind.


Pam Margolis from An Unconventional Librarian.

Pam's A to Z theme...of course...BOOKS! Books for the Middle Grade reader. So many fun, exciting, and interesting titles.

Old books, new books, award-winning books! More books than you can shake a stick at!
Go check them out!

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And now, for some NEW friends!

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C. Lee Mckenzie from The Write Game

This was a very inventive theme and probably a giant pain in the ass to pull off!
The Write Game's Theme AtoZ Blog Challenge
2014 - Stuff I Learned or Laughed at from Bloggers in the 2013 A to Z Challenge.
Each day C. Lee would give clues to a mystery blogger and everyone had to guess who it was! Lots of fun watching who would guess first and guess correctly!
 
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S.L. Hennessy from Pensuasion


S.L.'s A to Z theme was fairy tales, inspired in great part by some of her current favorite TV shows, movie adaptations, and books.

Just to name a few! G is for Grimm. N is for The Neverland. U is for Ugly Stepsisters. W is for Wolves and Witches. And of course...Z is for Zombie Princess.

Did someone say Zombie Gnome?

Thanks for visiting with us today!
Are you finding any great blogs on your trip?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Name. That. Book! (Seriously, I need some help.)

Hello my blog friends. I posted the information below on my Facebook Author Page yesterday. I need some help with the new title for Maguire's Corner. Anyone interested in putting me out of my misery?

Hmmm. Knowing that some of you write suspense/thrillers/murder mysteries, maybe I shouldn't have phrased it like that. 

:)

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Good morning! I hope everyone is doing well! I've got a challenge of sorts for all of you.

As most of you know, my first book, Maguire's Corner, will be re-released early next year. In order to keep it from getting lost on any sales sites, we will be changing the name and using A Maguire's Corner Novel as the series title.

But, the new name is eluding me. So, I need your help. I want you to help me pick a name from a list of potentials and/or to post your own entry for a name.

Note: Some of the titles on the list have already been used as book titles (according to Amazon), some of these are song lyrics, and some of these have already been snubbed by my 'editors'.

If you like a title, please let me know.

If you like a title, but want to change it slightly or if you have your own title idea, please share it with me.

When we have picked a title for MC, I will choose a winner, from all the helpful comments, to win an e-copy of my new book, One Good Catch, coming out in the spring!

Sound like fun?

Here is the potential list:

One to Trust

Already Falling

Catch my Breath

Anymore to Give

Where You Are

The Heart Brings You Back

As Long As it Takes

Trying Not To Love

One to Hold My Heart

Already Home

Monday, October 13, 2014

Compliance will be rewarded. Are you ready to comply?

Sorry. Loved that line from Agent's of SHIELD the other night and I thought it was so appropriate for working on edits.

It's a good thing I'm normally alone when I'm working on them. I must sound like a bi-polar maniac. 

I'm like a toddler. Yelling at my computer. Giving the edits the finger. Like anyone could see it? 

Trying not to be upset, but failing miserably. Breathing. Lots of breathing.

Realizing that the edits are only supposed to make the story better. Making the edits, but of course, making them my way which takes longer.

Any of this sound familiar or is it just me?

That's what I thought.

The good news is that I think I'm done with the cover for One Good Catch. It looks awesome. Probably not what most people expect for a romance novel, but then again, I'm not a normal romance author. :)

Heading back into the editing cave.

I hope y'all have a nice day!

HMG

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Get your winners here! SHELFIE winners, that is.



What's a SHELFIE blogfest without winners?

CRAZY! INSANE! LUDICROUS! RIDICULOUS!

Don't you worry. We've got your winners right here!



The winner of the 13th Floor Collection by Christine Rains is 

Ellie Garratt

The winners of Wilder Mage and Mage Revealed by C.D. Coffelt are 
Eric Juneau and Tyrean Martinson

The winner of an ebook by Elizabeth Seckman is

Alex J. Cavanaugh
(Alex also receives honorable mention for appearing in the most shelfies!)


The two winners of ebooks by Tara Tyler are 
Chrys Fey and Sarah Foster

The winner of Effigy by M.J. Fifield is

Michelle Wallace


And the winner of an interview by Stormy the Weather Gnome at Heather Gardner's blog is 
Carrie Anne Brownian

And the Grand Prize Winner of $40 is Rebecca Bradley!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thanks to all our participants...


AND

Thanks to our blogfest host and co-hosts...


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I'm heading back into the editing cave. You heard me. Lots of edits from a real, honest to goodness, paid professional editor. I'm also making big decisions about some designs for the cover of book 2. It's all very overwhelming, yet exciting at the same time.
Later, Peeps!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

#atozchallenge - It's the halfway mark! ~~ Box Set: Cowboy Up!

Howdy!

We have just passed the halfway mark.


To what, you ask?

To the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge!

That's right!

You've got just under six months to come up with your 26 posts for April 2015!

If your brain didn't explode...here's some stuff that's probably going on inside of it right now.

Should I theme post?

Should I random post?

Will I be organized and write all my posts ahead of time?

Will I write all my posts by the seat of my pants?

I need to collect more photos, drawings, recipes, stories.

I need to read more books. Watch more movies. Listen to more music.

I need to write more stuff.

I need to learn more stuff.

It's only October, I'll be fine. Right? 

HOLY RUSTED METAL, BATMAN! It's already October!

Well, this is your fair warning.


Did we give you enough time?


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Seven men as tough as the west…
          Seven women who know how to...
Cowboy Up

A boxed set of seven romantic novellas by seven award-winning authors experienced with writing about the men of the West.




Always, Cowboy by Allison Merritt 
The past is better left behind, unless it offers a brighter future. 
 
Cowboys Don’t Cry by Vickie Taylor 
A broken cowboy with nothing left to lose…except his heart. 
 
A Cowboy’s Heart by Leslie Garcia 
Teenage lovers torn apart by betrayal. Have seventeen years changed everything—or nothing? 
 
The Heartsong Cowboy by Melissa Keir 
Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl? 
 
Cowboy Trouble by Autumn Piper 
She’s decided to make some bad choices this weekend.
 
Chasing a Cowboy by Sara Walter Ellwood 
He’s running from heartbreak. She’s chasing after love… Their hearts will never be the same. 
 
Cowboy Bred, Cowboy Born by D’Ann Lindun 
Freedom or family? Only love can make the choice.

 
BUY LINKS:



The Heartsong Cowboy book trailer was just featured on the USA Today’s HEA blog. Check it out here:

 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#IWSG - Happy Anniversary / IWSG Anthology Post!



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!


We are an insecure lot, aren't we?

Still, we do know how to party! 

Happy 1st Anniversary to the IWSG Website!

Congratulations to the administrators of the site on all your hard work and your unwavering support of writers everywhere.
  
I don't know if this post will be considered Anthology worthy, but I thought I'd give it a shot.





Don’t sell yourself short.


This writing / publishing gig has to be one of the weirdest, ironic, frightening, whiplash-inducing, careers that anyone could have tried to break into. 

Writers, by nature and definition, are lone creatures. We lurk in the dark. We observe more than participate. We can sit and stare at a blank wall, writing pages of dialogue in our heads, while others think we’re daydreaming. 

What we don’t do? Brag. 

Suddenly, our dreams come true. We get noticed by the Universe and we get a publishing contract. 

You know what’s expected of us now? 

Self-promotion. 

*Gasp* 

The horror! 

Yes, we are expected to have our own social media platform with which to launch our ‘awesome’ selves into the marketing stratosphere and tell the world how wonderful we are, because we wrote the next big [insert amazing genre here]. 

Yeah, right. 

Typing ‘The End’ was hard enough, but saying “Buy my book” is actual torture. 

Truly, there’s no other choice. No one can sell our books better than we can. Yes, it’s out of our comfort zone. Yes, it sucks.

But, watching while our ‘baby’ suffers, unread and unloved for the rest of its life, is going to suck ten times worse. 

So, in all the craziness and hype that is the marketing / publishing machine, we must stick our foot in the door, clear our throats, find our voices, and announce that our book ROCKS the most, so everyone better buy it.

We can't stop there, either. Rooftops, cafe's, universities, libraries, campgrounds, thinktanks, chess clubs, church groups. They all need to know about our books and the only way they will, is if we tell them.

I can't promise that it will get any easier. I can't promise that all our hard work will pay off.

What can I promise?

Self-promotion is a necessary evil.

What happens if you don't do it?

Absolutely nothing.


Heather M. Gardner, author of The Maguire's Corner series
www.hmgardner.blogspot.com

"I give permission for my entry to be included in the e-book compilation without royalties and/or separate compensation."