Spring into Cash with a $250 Giveaway


Who doesn’t like giveaways?

I especially like this one because there are a bunch of authors involved who would love for you to check out their websites and blogs. And to say thank you for doing that, they are rewarding you with an awesome gift to spend however you like.  So check out all the awesomeness and enter for your chance to win. Who doesn’t need a little extra spending money, right?

 

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Spring Into Cash $250 Giveaway
An awesome group of bloggers and authors have joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!

One lucky winner will receive…

$250 Amazon.com Gift Code or $250 in Paypal Cash

 

Sponsor List

I Am A Reader
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Giveaway Details

$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 4/15/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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4-For-Friday Blitz – presented by Month9Books with Giveaway


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Welcome to the 4 for Friday Blitz for Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil, Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton, Avian by Nicole Conway, and Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki, presented by Month9Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

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Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.

CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

 

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Vicki Lemp Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. Since obtaining her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Virginia, she’s gone on to acquire two masters degrees, living in places as diverse as New York City and rural North Carolina. She’s currently the library director for a performing an visual arts university. Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.

 

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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.

But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?

Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can’t get caught.

Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can’t really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.

As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.

 

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Jennifer M. Eaton

Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.

Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.

Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.

Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.

 

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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What kind of power is lurking inside him?

After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario. But there is more standing in his way than a few pushups and fancy sword moves.

Jaevid must face a new fear as he is tormented by a gruesome nightmare of a mysterious gray elf warrior murdering the royal family of Maldobar. It seems obvious to him that this is some kind of message about how the war started long ago—until Felix assures him the king is very much alive. With his strange powers growing stronger by the day, and that violent dream replaying in his mind every night, Jaevid no longer wonders if he will pass his avian year or not . . . he wonders if he will even survive it.

The truth will soon be set loose.

 

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Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

 

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Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society.

To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line.

Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.

Constant darkness.

Brutal and savage violence.

Excruciating pain.

Every day is a fight for survival.

But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole.

I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

 

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Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

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What are your 18 Things?


In celebration of the January 24 release of 18 THINGS by my dear blogger buddy, Jamie Ayres, I’m participating in her What are your 18 Things blog tour where we have to write down 1 – 18 things on our bucket list. There are all kinds of goodies and giveaways involved, so I hope you pop over to participate.

What are some fun, heart-pumping, poignant, or inspirational things I want to do?

  • Get a publishing contract for my Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy
  • See New England in the Fall
  • Visit the Grand Canyon
  • Travel to Italy, Scotland and Ireland.  Then travel the rest of the world.
  • Buy a beautiful beach house and a beautiful mountain cabin.
  • Surround myself with friends and family in my beach house and mountain cabin.
  • Meet all my blog buddies
  • Find the utmost peace and contentment within myself.
  • Be genuinely happy.
  • Make tons of money so I can donate substantial amounts of it to charities and organizations that mean a lot to me.
  • Visit Seattle to see my daughter and grand-daughter.
  • <See all the plays/movies my other daughter designed costumes for.
  • <To be the best mom, grandma, and friend  I can be.
  • Do whatever I can to help my kids succeed and be happy in life.
  • Hire a maid.
  • Go on a cruise.

There are tons more, but I’m going to stop here.  What are your 18 THINGS?  Hop on over to Jamie’s blog and check out what other blog hoppers have on their bucket lists.

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Want to know more about 18 Things?  Keep reading.

Can eighteen things save a life?

Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name (after her grandmothers of course) and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Then Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible. When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled 18 Things. Eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

All she has to do is fire-walk, try out for the cheerleading squad, break a world record, and err . . . go on her first date. Good thing Nate, a new hottie in town, enters her life with perfect timing. He brings the fun factor to her list and helps her discover the beauty and strength inside herself, then complicates things by falling in love with her.

Just as she’s finally embracing the joys of living life for the moment, her therapist reveals a terrifying secret and Olga’s world is shaken. In the past year it took eighteen remarkable things to change a life, but nothing she believed about her mission is true.

Now she doesn’t just risk losing her true soul-mate forever, she risks losing her very soul.

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About Jamie:  Jamie Ayres writes young adult paranormal love stories by night and teaches very young adults as a public school teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. She lives in southwest Florida with her prince charming, two children (sometimes three based on how Mr. Ayres is acting), and a basset hound. She spent her youthful summers in Grand Haven, Michigan and this setting provided the inspiration for her debut novel, 18 Things. She really does have grandmothers named Olga and Gay but unlike her heroine, she’s thankfully not named after either one of them. She loves lazy pajama days, the first page of a good book, stupid funny movies, and sharing stories with fantastic people like you.

And the winner is?


Today, some lucky person who commented on  my blog between December 1 and December 29 is going to win an e-book of the Make Believe anthology.  I wonder who it could be.  Shall we find out?  May I have a drum roll please?

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And the lucky winner is:

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Congratulations, Kourtney!  Please contact me at kford2007(at)gmail(dot)com  to provide me with the format you prefer.

I also have more bookmarks and digital signed e-book covers of the Make Believe anthology to giveaway so tune in tomorrow to discover if your name will be added to the winner’s list!

I want to thank all you for tagging along with me in 2012 and I look forward to more conversations in 2013!  

What do Atticus Finch, Scarlet O’Hara and Augustus Waters have in common?


What do Atticus Finch, Scarlet O’Hara and Augustus Waters have in common?  I revealed this secret to the lovely and talented author, Clare Davidson, as part of the Make Believe Blog Tour.  Why don’t you hop on over to her blog and find out, then when you’re done, offer up some of your own ideas either at Clare’s site, the Dreamweaver’s Cottage (here), or both.  I know I would LOVE to read your thoughts.

I have a bunch of folks winning a digital copy of the signed cover of the Make Believe anthology. This is only the cover folks, but it’s signed and it’s beautiful.  Look at it.

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Ok, so who are the lucky souls to get their very own copy?

Congratulations to you lucky duckies!!!  Send me your e-mails, winners, and I’ll send over your own signed Make Believe cover to you ASAP.

Oh, and don’t forget the

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On December 30th I will give away an e-book copy of the MAKE BELIEVE anthology, just in time for New Years.  What do you have to do to win?  Just comment on my blog between now and December 29!  That’s it.  Very simple, very easy.

Until tomorrow …

Goodreads – A must-have site for readers and authors


Goodreads is an amazing site for readers and authors.  It’s a great way to share your love for books and find groups that share you fondness for particular genres.  I have joined several groups centered around Fantasy and Young Adult books because that is what I primarily read and write.  It was while wandering around inside of the group, “Shut Up and Read” that I stumbled upon an excellent blog site catering to YA novels and authors:

Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

I spent a long time weaving my way around this site and I fell in love with it immediately.  Jennifer has a fantastic way of handling her reviews and they are brutal, but honest.   She’s not rude or nasty to the authors, but she does give her sincere opinion, in a gentle way, about what works and doesn’t work.   I like that in a reviewer.  I like to know what I’m getting into before I dive in.  I don’t, however, decide whether to read a book strictly based on a review, but it does give me a starting point, especially if I don’t know anything about the book.

Jennifer also promotes authors by conducting interviews and providing opportunities for blog hops, guest posts and massive giveaways.

In addition to the reviews and author help, she also provides writing tips and all the latest book news as it pertains to YA.

Needless to say, I’ve found a great blog friend in Jennifer L. Bielman, and I hope you all jump over to her siteand check it out.  While you’re at it, don’t forget to follow her on Twitter at @JenniferBielman and Facebook.

Fourth Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign


I’m always looking for ways to help authors promote themselves, their works, etc., and build their platforms.  The fantastic Rachael Harrie is conducting her fourth writer’s platform-building campaign, and I’ve decided to join in.  It’s a great way to meet other writers, find new beta readers, critique partners and contests/giveaways.  It’s not too late to join in.  You have until tomorrow to sign up.   Just go to Rachael’s site here.  You can read all about the campaign here.

Also, just a heads up.  I will be hosting a fun contest soon.  The winner will receive a line-by-line edit/critique of the first 10 pages of your manuscript.   More details to follow.