Wow, I am so far behind

Sorry guys.  I got sidetracked doing a gazillion things today and forgot to post on my blog.  *smacks head*

Now that I’m here, I need to announce yesterday’s winner in the Make Believe giveaway that I’m running everyday in the month of December.  I threw all the names of everyone who commented on my blog yesterday in a Random Name selector and the winner for December 1 is:


What did Brooke win?  A digital autographed copy of the Make Believe book cover signed by all the authors.


Brooke, please send me your e-mail info to me at kford2007(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll send that over to you right away.

The official Make Believe Blog tour starts tomorrow with a Make Believe e-book  giveway over at Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.  This is a fantastic website for anyone looking for the latest scoop and reviews of all the hot Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books on the market.  The host of the site, Jenifer Bielman, rocks.  I don’t know how she keeps up with everything she does.  She really is superwoman.

Okay folks, until tomorrow.  Enjoy your evening and I promise not to be late tomorrow with my giveaway goodies.  I’m off to eat dinner before the season finale of Once Upon a Time airs at 8 PM.  Love you guys.

Look! Look at what I got in the mail today!!

Okay, I said I wasn’t going to post anything this week but…

Look what I got today in the mail!!!!!

Bookmarks!  Aren’t they pretty!!!  Something I can actually sign my name to and give away to awesome people like you!  Squeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

Who’s ready for December 3?  Who’s ready for “MAKE BELIEVE”?

Look for bookmark giveaways soon.  Maybe within the next 6 months or so I can match it with bookmarks for IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING.  That would be IN-CRED-I-BLE!!!.  *SMILE*

Okay, back to editing.  Catch you guys on the flip side.  *hugs*

Happy August!

Wow, I can’t believe half the year is gone.  5 months to Christmas.  Ugh.  Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE Christmas holidays.  All the cooking and the parties and the wine.  I hate the gift giving because I have no money to even buy stuff to make gifts.  I do have my Amulet of Ormisez coming out in December in the Make Believe Anthology on December 3.  Now that would be a good Christmas present, huh?

As to what’s going on now…I finished reading two books in the last week: Cinder and A Monster Calls.  Reviews will be coming soon but may I say right now I really, really enjoyed Cinder and A Monster Calls left me a crying, blithering mess.  I’ll explain all that when I do my review in a few days.

Today, I’m beta reading a query for a writer buddy.  I suck at queries. I don’t know how much help I’ll be, but I’ll try to work some sort of magic.

Also, the lovely Julie Catherine has tagged me in a post called Work in Progress Challenge.  I will post this tomorrow and tag a few others to post along with me.  I owe CB Wentworth a post – she tagged me with something a week or so ago and I need to answer it.

Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a paperback copy of Crux by Julie Reece.  All you have to do is follow my blog and answer 3 questions about Thor.  Why Thor? Well, because I thought it was appropriate since Julie’s book centers around Nordic mythology.  (Psst…you really need to read it.  Crux is awesome.  Tell everyone.)  Winner will be announced on August 3. Good luck!

Oh, I almost forgot to mention…I have a digital copy of a signed Make Believe book cover for everyone who leaves a comment on my blog today.  Just let me know what’s on your mind and I’ll e-mail you one of these little beauties to print out, set as a wallpaper, sleep with, drool over…whatever you want.

Isn’t it beautiful?  And it can all be yours if you talk to me.  🙂

Okay, that’s it for today.  See ya tomorrow, same time, same bat channel.

Tchotchkes – tribbles…they’re all cute

I can already see your funny little face squished up in confusion.  Tchotchkes?  What the heck are tchotchkes?

In a nutshell, they’re digital goodies that publishers put together for their book releases. These little goodies can be website banners, magnets, bookmarks, postcards…even posters!  Oooo, I would LOVE a poster.

I’ve had a chance to view the ones for the Make Believe Anthology and let me tell you, they are b-e-a-utiful!!!!!  Sorry…can’t show them to you yet.  Top secret stuff and all.  But you’ll get to see them soon, I promise, and I can assure you, they will be well worth the wait.

I wish I had money because I can think of some wonderful advertising.  How cool would it be to make a banner that streams out behind those airplanes that advertise over the beach?  Or maybe a bus stop bench advertisement?  Whoa!   Hold the presses.  We could go billboard size!  That would rock!  (I’m not a little excited over this anthology am I?)

Oh, it’s nice to dream.  One day, I’ll be a famous author and I’ll be able to do stuff like this.  Until then, I’ll just stare at my little digital tchotchkes, smile, and know how lucky I am to be published.  It’s a wonderful feeling.

Now get going, shoo.  You have writing and publishing to do so you can get your own tchotchkes to stare at.  I promise, they’re cuter than tribbles and won’t take over your starship.  🙂

(sorry about the advertising, but it’s too cute not to post)

How would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar?

I feel like that is what I’ve been doing all week…swinging on stars and carrying moonbeams in a jar.

The week started with a cover reveal of the Make Believe anthology that my short story, The Amulet of Ormisez, will appear in.  Tuesday, I received a blog award.  On Wednesday, the lovely Kourtney Heintz nominated me for two blog awards:  the Very Inspirational Blogger Award

and the Inspiring Blog Award:

Today I wake up to find the charismatic wantoncreation bestowed the Beautiful Blogger Award upon me.

I don’t know what to say.  You guys are so absolutely and completely amazing and I am honored you thought of me when nominating others.  It really means a lot, especially knowing how many blogs are out there.  I’m touched.  Really.

Wednesday also brought more good news.  The gals over at allthingsurbanfantasy gave two thumbs up on the Make Believe anthology cover.  To say I’m floating on cloud 9 would be an understatement; however, I do need to come down and address the issue of the blog awards.

As a recipient, I’m supposed to reveal seven things about me before passing the awards on to other bloggers.  As I am accepting all of them together, I’m going to list things that both inspire me and I find beautiful.  As far as picking seven other blogs…might I suggest you click on My Faves at the top of my page and scroll through the blogs and websites I visit almost every day.  I find them all wonderful, beautiful and inspiring.

So here are some things that inspire me AND I find beautiful…

Pregnant women – I think pregnant women are beautiful.  There is a magical glow about them.  Something peaceful and serene.  They are an inspiration to me because they carry within them the future – beautiful, blessed gifts of love, purity and innocence.

Creation –  Everything around us – the sun, the moon, the trees, animals, people – all of it started from somewhere, from something.  No matter one’s thoughts on how the universe began, the fact it exists is awe-inspiring and beautiful.

Music – music is the universal language.  It speaks to us.  No matter where we are from, whether we speak the same words or not, we all understand music.  The notes, the melodies resonate within us and evoke emotions, inspiring us in many ways.  If you have any doubt of the effects of music, watch this video.

The ocean – I love the smell of the salt air and the sound the waves make as they rush over the sand and shells.  The magical shells the waves drop at my feet as I walk along the beach enthrall me.  I am enchanted by sea stories of hippocamps and Poseidon, sirens and mermaids.  The voice and strength of the ocean call to me, inspire me to think outside my own shell.

A child’s look of wonder – Have you ever noticed the way a child’s face lights up at a puppy or a kitten?  The way a baby smiles when you coo to it and make funny noises?  Do you  know the joy of finishing Guess How Much I Love You for the tenth time and hearing that little voice, “Just one more time, Mommy”?  Children amaze me and inspire me to maintain my childish enthusiasm and always remain young at heart.

Last but not least, my four children.  Every day they remind me of why I’m here in this life.  It’s them.  If I accomplish nothing else in my life, I know I have given birth and raised four beautiful, unique individuals who inspire me every day to be more than I am.  I would go to the ends of the world for my children.  I would gladly give my life to save theirs.  There is nothing I would not sacrifice for them.  They are my life, my reason for living.  They are incredible human beings destined to make the world a better place.  I love them more than any words can express.

Thank you all for stopping by my blog and lingering a while.  Though I don’t know you, never forget how wonderful you are.  You may not think you mean that much, but to someone else, you are their world.  Feel free to take the awards for yourself and post on your blogs because you are an inspiration to many and each of you have beautiful qualities.

Until we meet again…

P.S.:  The artwork presented in this blog is by the incredible Josephine Wells.  Please visit her site and get ready to be dazzled by her talent.