Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Brenda Novak for The Cure of Diabetes

Welcome everyone, we're having a very rainy May. Fill up your plates and beverages, find a place with an umbrella and get ready to enjoy some fine reading. Or cooking!

It's that time of year again for Brenda Novak. Every May she has an auction to raise funds for Diabetes research. This year she is going about it a different way, or should I say four ways? Let me explain. Instead of her usual auction where everyone goes to her site and bids, she's gathered a host of her friends and authors to help out. First, she has compiled a cookbook with a recipe for every occasion and let me tell you, they're delicious.
LOVE THAT! BRENDA NOVAK’S EVERY OCCASION COOKBOOK.
How would I know, you ask? Well because I not only tried one, I made a video while doing so, yeah I'm a bit of a dork. Actually it was for her release party for the cook book. I made the Spaghetti Squash with Pork.


Here are the buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.

Next she gathered together some of her authors friends, NY and USA Today Best Sellers and put together three box sets. Sweet Talk (Romance), Sweet Dreams (Romantic Suspense), and Sweet Seduction (HOT). And the proceeds from ALL these fun books go to Diabetes research for The Cure.

Sweet Talk
This is a limited edition contemporary romance collection featuring ten brand
new stories by such amazing authors as #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Sherryl Woods of Chesapeake Shores series fame and nine other romance favorites. As a bonus, Brenda has included the prequel to her popular Whiskey Creek series, WHEN WE TOUCH—and megastar Robyn Carr has written the foreword.
Here are the buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.

Sweet Dreams
This is also a limited edition set, only it contains thirteen new thrillers from Allison Brennan, JT Ellison and more. Brenda has written a special story for
this box. She's including HANOVER HOUSE, the start to the new suspense series that will be coming out in 2016 from St. Martin’s Press. And none other than the amazing Lee Child has written the foreword.
Here are the buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.

This box is for those who like their romances with some HEAT (a la FIFTY SHADES OF GREY). It features new work from fourteen bestselling erotica authors. Lisa Renee Jones has not only written the foreword, she’s provided one of her full novels as a bonus!

Here are the buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.

Please help Brenda reach her goal of $300,000 for The Cure of Diabetes!

Monday, May 11, 2015

I challenge you!

Welcome everyone, it's a bit wet in the garden. We've had several days of rain. While this is good for the garden, it's hard to enjoy a chat. Gather some food and drink and find a chair under an umbrella.

Last week I participated in the release for Love That! Brenda Novak's every occasion cook book. This week I've participated in another fund raising adventure. The Will Hauver Diabetes egg crack challenge. For more information on the challenge check out this site.

Every year, Brenda Novak has an On-line auction for Diabetes research. It's in May and it's a month long auction on fun things. I usually donate a basket of goodies. This year, Brenda is doing something different. Several of her author friends (NY Times Best Selling authors) have donated a story to her box sets. She has three, and all the proceeds from the sales are going to Diabetes Research. Sweet Talk, Sweet Dreams, Sweet Seduction, and the cook book. Check her site for more information. And during the release of the cook book Facebook party, Brenda challenged all of us to do the Will Hauver egg crack challenge, so here is my challenge to you!


This is a great cause, and if you love to read you can support Diabetes research but just buying a box set, how cool is that?

Monday, May 04, 2015

Spaghetti Squash and Pork

LOVE THAT! BRENDA NOVAK’S EVERY OCCASION
(Proceeds To Benefit Diabetes Research) Brenda's very first cookbook contains 75 of her healthiest recipes--the recipes she used to raise her large and boisterous family.

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has written more than fifty novels. She is also a mother of five, and there is nothing that turns a woman into a fighter more quickly than a threat to one of her children. When her youngest son was in kindergarten, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She’s spent the years since trying to juggle her career with the demands of providing healthy meals for her large and boisterous family, managing her son’s diabetes care and raising money for research. To date, she’s raised $2.5 million and is continuing her efforts with the sale of this cookbook, which includes her own personal recipes (all her healthy favorites) along with recipes collected from friend and co-author Jan Coad.

Order Your Copy Now:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Apple

For more about Brenda’s fundraising efforts, please visit www.brendanovakforthecure.com, where you will learn about three limited edition box sets—SWEET TALK (11 contemporary romance stories, including WHEN WE TOUCH, a Brenda Novak classic), SWEET DREAMS (13 thrillers, including HANOVER HOUSE, the kick-off to Brenda’s new suspense series) and SWEET SEDUCTION (14 hotter stories a la FIFTY SHADES OF GREY). These sets include brand-new novels and novellas from some of today’s most popular authors (for less than $1/story), and all proceeds go to the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute to help fund a cure for her son and everyone else suffering from this disease.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Two new books for you!

Welcome to the garden! I'm excited because this week I'm sharing the release of two great books. Nope, not mine! You'll hear all about it, first you need to fill your plates with goodies, grab a beverage, and then find a seat. The weather has decided to be nice--for to day anyway.

I have two friends who had new releases with in the last week, so I thought I'd share because they are great books. Let's start with Stanalei Fletcher, it's the first book of a series. This is a great book and I believe there will be five books in the series. I know the 2nd book will be here soon. Without further ado, here is Proving Ground


A bit about Stanalei Fletcher:

Stanalei's love of writing romance stems from reading favorites such as Grimm's Fairy Tales, Barbara Cartland and Alistair MacLean. She has over twenty years of training in the martial arts and holds the rank of Sandan, a third degree black belt, in Aikido. After a taste of life on both U.S. coasts, she now resides in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her hero and best friend - her husband. Together they enjoy the open road astride a Harley, visiting museums and our National Parks.

Proving Ground
Screw-ups don’t get second chances. That’s what Caitlin Malone
believes when she returns to Oregon after failing her first Northstar Security assignment. When she inadvertently stumbles across a plot to steal deadly pathogens from the bio-lab near her hometown, she sees a chance at redemption.

USDA Forest Ranger, John ‘Mac’ MacAlistair, doesn’t want to babysit the motorcycle club holding their annual rally in his national forest. To make matters worse, Caitlin is attending the rally with Mac’s estranged uncle. Having her home again brings up feelings that are better left buried.

It’s early September. Any spark will send the dry timber into a raging fire. The terrorists are counting on that distraction to work in their favor. When Caitlin is trapped by the wildfire, her only hope of rescue is pinned on Mac, the man she's tried two years to forget. Before they can share their feelings, Mac and Caitlin must first escape the burning forest and stop the terrorists from releasing the deadly pathogens.
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo
Where can you find Stanalei and her books? Here you go: Web Site, Amazon Page, Twitter, Facebook

Now on to Anna Sugg, the third book of her Yellow Creek Series came out this week. Spirit Catcher. You'll have to catch up with the first two, check her Web site.

A bit about Anna Sugg:
Anna Sugg, a southerner at heart, loves the surrounding mountains and the desert valleys of her western home. When not writing the stories that fill her head, Anna loves the outdoors. Her favorite thing to do is read while enjoying the surrounds of her wildflower garden. Her book, Secret Past, a Yellow Creek novel, was inspired by her grandmother, who died many years ago. While searching through her grandmother old farm house in Tennessee, Anna knew she had to write her story and the two books to follow.

Spirit Catcher
When Charlotte Jane Matheson hangs the ancient Dream Catcher on the wall over her bed,
she has weird dreams. Stirred by her dreams, she travels to the small community of Yellow Creek, Tennessee, determined to find out their meaning. While there, she meets an old Cherokee Indian, a dog that suddenly appears out of the dark woods, and a good-looking farmer-wannabe. Then, her dreams stop, but unexplained visions draw her into the past through a circle of light.

The phenomenal images of her mother, who’s been missing for over a decade, has to mean something when she’s led to a cave beyond the Cherokee burial grounds. Is the old Indian a true Cherokee, or a witch? Can he help her understand her visions and their meanings?

How is a missing employee connected to her property in Yellow Creek? And, why is the mysterious, farmer-wannabe always in the right place to help when she’s in need? What does he want from her? What does it all mean?

Buy Link: Amazon 
Where can you find Anna and her books? Here you go: Web Site, Amazon Page, Twitter, Facebook

I hope you enjoy these two new books. Have a good week.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A bit of a ramble

Welcome. It's a bit of a mess around here. But as always, I do have goodies laid out for your enjoyment. Dish up.

I'm at a loss today. I've been very busy with work and finishing the 4th book of the Beckett series. I'm sort of in between. It's too early to promote the new book. I didn't really plan what to post. In other words, I'm unprepared for my blog this week.

Let's talk social media. What do you consider social media? I know Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, (which I consider the worst ever) and what else?

I have MySpace, Pinterest, YouTube, are they consider social media also? Then there is Library Thing, Shelfari, and many, many others! I cannot keep up with them all, I do the best I can, but... So I focus on the major ones. I try to have at least a presence other places. In case someone looks me up. As you can tell I'm rambling. So please, ramble with me a bit. Tell me your favorites. Please let everyone know any hidden secrets you have to social media?

I personally think that Pinterest is the next best thing. It's fun, in fact I play too long there. And it's a great place to post your books and share. I like YouTube also, I'm just not sure how to promote it in my favor. LOL

Okay, your turn. What's your favorites?

Monday, April 06, 2015

Welcome #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy

#1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy talks inspiration, romance, and research, plus tells us about how the Callaways' lives resemble her own… Check out what she has to say then Read on for more information about this blog tour and all its great prizes!

What do you love most about being an author?

Being able to tell stories! I've been a voracious reader since I was a child, and having a job that allows me to create my own worlds, characters and plots is a dream come true.

What first inspired you to write the Callaways? Where did you get the initial idea for the series?

I had wanted to write a family series for a while, and I wanted the family to be blended, just to make the dynamics a little more interesting. Jack Callaway was a widower with four small boys when he met Lynda Kane, a divorcee with two small girls. They fell in love, got married and had twins. The eight siblings are now adults and range in age between 35 and 25. I also wanted the Callaways to stand for something. So there's a family tradition of "serve and protect". All the kids are raised with the idea that they need to serve the community, to help others and to always protect the family as well as anyone else in trouble. And the Callaways always seem to find trouble, even when they're not looking for it.

Which of the Callaway siblings is the most like you? How are the two of you similar?

There is a piece of me in every character that I write, which makes it impossible for me to ever pick a favorite. I do like Emma a lot, because she's the one person in the family who has a close relationship with every sibling. She's also independent, brave and loving, which are all great traits.

Your characters all have such fascinating jobs, and, in reading your novels, it feels like I'm right there with them. How do you perform your research in order to make careers such as a smoke jumper, homicide detective, or Coast Guard rescue pilot so authentic?

I've read quite a few nonfiction books and articles written by smoke jumpers, firefighters, cops, etc. And I have a writer friend who is also a police detective, so I often ask her for help with the more technical aspects. But what's really fun about writing is discovering new things—so I love to write about people in careers I don't know that much about. In THAT SUMMER NIGHT, one of the characters is tied into the pharmaceutical industry, and I had never written a book that delved into that area. I found some of the true whistleblower stories that I read in preparation for writing that book to be fascinating. I think enjoying research is probably a big part of being a successful writer. I was born with a curiosity and an imagination. Writing is a great outlet!

The Callaways all have such beautiful, unique love stories. How do you get in the mindset for writing them? Are any of their stories inspired, at least in part, by your own real-life love story?

I have a wonderful husband who always takes credit for being my inspiration. And while that's true, as a writer I do love to explore stories beyond my own personal experience. I like to bring together couples who complement each other but also drive each other a little crazy. I think love is about finding that one person who pushes you to be better, who challenges the way you think, supports you no matter what and gives you that heady, dizzy, wonderful feeling that comes when you fall in love.

I love that your novels are not only awesome romances but also have gripping suspense as a central part of the story line. How do you start planning your novels with the romance or with the suspense—or with something else altogether?

I enjoy writing romance that brings a little extra in terms of a plot. So every Callaway novel features a great love story, a puzzling mystery, some family drama and a little nerve-tingling suspense. I don't outline in great detail, but I always have a general idea of the suspense plot points before I begin. The story takes shape and changes as I put myself into the characters' heads. That's part of the fun of writing!

Congrats on your groundbreaking, new partnership with Ingram to get the paperback editions of the Callaways out to the world. What about this opportunity has you most excited?

Since I formed my own publishing company and began independently publishing my books outside of the traditional New York publishing industry, it's been a challenge to get my books into print and into physical bookstores across the country. Late last year, I entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Ingram Publisher Services to sell and distribute my books into retail outlets like Target, Barnes and Noble, airport bookstores and supermarkets, as well as other bookstore chains. I know there are lots of readers who still prefer to read in print, and I'm thrilled that they'll now be able to read my bestselling digital series in their favorite format!

About the Callaway Blog Tour & All Its Great Prizes!

This is the week you finally meet the Callaways! Not only are they all over the web as part of their extraordinary blog tour, but they are also out and about in your neighborhood. That's right; we're celebrating the print launch with Ingram by throwing a party all over the world! Make sure to follow this tour closely for your chance to win gift cards, swag, autographed books, and other incredible prizes.

All the info you need to join the fun and enter to win amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment—easy to enter; easy to win!

To Win the Prizes:

1. Purchase any of the Callaway novels by Barbara Freethy (optional)
2. Enter the Rafflecopter contest on Novel Publicity (go here)
3. Visit today’s featured social media event (that's where the HUGE prizes are)

About The Callaways: The Callaways were born to serve and protect! In Barbara’s new connected family series, each of the eight siblings in this blended Irish-American family find love, mystery and adventure, often where they least expect it! Each book stands alone, but for the full enjoyment of the series, you might want to start at the beginning with On A Night Like This! Get the eBooks via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, or Kobo.

About the Author: Barbara Freethy has been making up stories most of her life. Growing up in a neighborhood with only boys and a big brother who was usually trying to ditch her, she spent a lot of time reading. When she wasn’t reading, she was imagining her own books. After college and several years in the P.R. field, she decided to try her hand at a novel. Now Barbara is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author loved by readers all over the world. Her novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Learn more on her website, Facebook page, or in her Street Team.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Winner

Welcome everyone! This is a short and sweet post. It's all about the WINNER!

Congratulations goes to Joy Isley.