One of my tasks as a member of Booklover’s Bench is to manage the contests. Many of our authors offered Kindle, Nook, or other e-book download formats as their prizes. When winners were notified, they said, “I don’t want it; I don’t have an e-reader.” So why did they enter?
So, today, I’d like to take a moment to discuss something that should be a given for adults. Following directions. Very soon, I’ll be opening my blog to guests for the next quarter. I enjoy having other viewpoints on my blog, and, frankly, enjoy having someone else come up with a post for me. Should be a time saver, right? After several years of hosting guests, I’ve learned that this isn’t as simple or intuitive a task as it seems.
Perhaps guests have no understanding of what it entails to put up a post. Rarely is it as simple as “copy and paste” onto the platform. And, part of the idea of hosting guests is to reduce my workload, not increase it.
To make things easier, and to cut down on time and effort with back-and-forth emails to guests I came up with guidelines/instructions for being a guest on my blog. They’re not really all that complicated. If you’re looking to be a blog guest anywhere, here are some tips:
I decided that I would celebrate my birthday with a day off from blogging. I’ll spend time reading, maybe planning my next book, and getting ready for SleuthFest in Orlando on Thursday. The blog will carry on as usual for the rest of the week, but today, I’ve got a gift for you. I’ve uploaded a never-before-seen scene from Nowhere to Hide. This is Colleen’s arrival in Orlando, one that never made it into the book. In fact, other than my critique group at the time, nobody’s seen it.
And, a couple of other gifts:
I still have some audio book coupons for free downloads from Audible.com. All you have to do is ask. Plus, if you missed it, Finding Sarah is free at Kobo and Smashwords; 99 cents at Amazon, B&N and Apple (only because they won’t let me set it to free).
If you want to give me a present, how about a “Like” on my Facebook page if you haven’t already done so.
Hope everyone has a great day.
Tomorrow, my guest is J.R. Lindermuth, who’s sharing tips for writing press releases that get used. I know I’ll be back. How about you?
Here’s my annual “not-really-Christmas” post. Hope your day, regardless of what you celebrate, is a good one.
Also, I just found out that Hidden Fire is now live as an audio book. You can find it at Audible.com now, and it’ll show up via Amazon and at iTunes soon. Something to listen to while you’re traveling for the holidays.
What I’m reading: Don’t Say a Word, by Barbara Freethy
Happy Holidays from my house to yours
I imagine most of you are bogged down with holiday preparations, travel, taking in guests, being a guest, etc. It’s also a time when we start to look forward to the next year. I’ve been thinking about next year, and thought I’d share a few things that I’m planning.
First, this blog has some great guests lined up for the first quarter of 2014. There’s always a list of recent and upcoming guests in the sidebar. I’m planning to continue recipe sharing (and always looking for more) and Friday Field Trips should resume in January (always looking for photos, too!).
My next quarterly newsletter will go out the first week in January. If you’re not already a subscriber, I suggest you click the newsletter tab in the sidebar and fill out the form. (Note – it’s a 2 step process, so once you hit submit, watch your email for the confirmation and click through on that link.) What will my subscribers have in store? In addition to sneak peeks and other exclusive content, I’ll be continuing my contests and giveaways, full of things from me and from authors I know and enjoy. Also, there will be some great prizes, including a Nook Simple Touch. Take a moment and sign up now.
I’ve also got another box of books to give away when I hit 2000 “likes” on my Facebook Page. If you haven’t clicked the ‘like’ button yet, I hope you’ll do that, too.
I’m still thinking about a “Street Team” and have been collecting lots of gifts for those who join. Watch this blog for more information as things come together.
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll let you get back to your holiday preparations and celebrations! But please find time to stop by tomorrow when Elaine Cantrell is in the Interview Room.
There’s still time to enter Kay Kendall’s giveaway. Scroll down to Tuesday’s Post.
The Booklover’s Bench December contest is open for entries. Contest runs through the 18th. Enter to win.
I’ve still got some audio book coupons for What’s in a Name? I’d love a review in return, but it’s not required. You can listen to the first chapter at Sound Cloud if you’d like a preview. (And there’s a like button there, too.)
And, a special Thank You! to all my readers who have kept Dangerous Connections in the top 5 Action-Adventure Romances at Amazon. You’re the best! (I’d love reviews there, too).
My Friday Field trips are going to take a vacation for the holidays. If you have pictures to share for next year, let me know.
And, lastly, I’m opening up blog spots for 2014. Use the contact form if you’d like to be my guest. Still Tuesdays, and still a choice of articles or interviews. Readers as well as writers are welcome.
This year, Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving. I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday, no matter what you’re celebrating.
I’m thankful for each of you who takes the time to stop by my blog.
My gift to you is a new addition to The Cutting Room Floor section of my website. With the release of What’s in a Name? as an audio book, I’ve uploaded the original, first draft version of the first chapter. You can read it here.
I was in Myrtle Beach last week for the NINC (Novelists, Inc.) conference. Given the logistics of the hotel’s location and the way the conference kept us busy with workshops, I didn’t get out much. But I thought I’d share the very basic “what it was like” type photos. Nothing artsy, nothing fancy, just ‘where I went on my non-vacation.’
First, after checking in, I went up to my room to check it out and found one of my favorite hotel amenities in the closet.
The room was billed as one with an ocean view, so I checked that out, too.
Next, I decided that since this was my only free time, and the only time the weather was going to be warm, I’d walk along the beach.
Quick note: Today, Barnes & Noble is featuring Dangerous Connections in their Nook Firstprogram. Any word-spreading is appreciated.
And on to your regularly scheduled guest post. Today, I welcome Katya Armock to Terry’s Place. Katya is a paranormal romance author, whose latest release, To Growl or to Groan, released 10/18/13.
Tai chi, originally developed as a self-defense martial art, also offers multiple health benefits, both mental and physical. I began my interest in tai chi when I saw a person at the gym practicing a form. She worked silently, and the grace and presence she displayed had me intrigued.
There are many styles of tai chi, but the fundamentals are similar. I practice Yang style. All start with finding and maintaining one’s center of gravity. This balance is very grounding and powerful. Then one begins to learn various forms that take the body through a complete range of motion. This is the solo form of practice, which is all I have done. Partner practices incorporate “pushing hands” techniques that allow for self defense applications. (Maybe someday I’ll talk my husband into trying some of the partner forms.)
In addition to the movement and form, tai chi incorporates mindfulness and meditation techniques, often associated with qigong (chee-gong) practice (which is related to and in modern times often incorporated directly into tai chi training). This includes, similar to what one might find in a yoga practice, employment of breathing techniques, mantra, visualizations and focus on the flow of qi (life force energy) within the body.
According to the Mayo Clinic, tai chi carries the following benefits:
What I’m reading: Storm Front, by John Sandford; Waiting for You, by Kathryn Shay
I got back from the NINC conference late last night (at least I’m assuming that’s the case as I’m writing this before I leave to make sure you have a post to ready today), and wanted to continue my series on creating audio books with ACX. Last time, I gave you answers to questions I asked my narrators. Working on an audio book is a partnership, and as with any partnership, there’s a getting-acquainted process. I told you what it was like on my end, but what about on the narrator’s side. Kelley Hazen, who’s narrating my Pine Hills Police series did an extensive blog about her thoughts on working with me—and I felt it only fair to share them. Of course, there’s no point in copying what she had to say when it’s all there for you at the click of your mouse. So, please click and look at things from the other side of the microphone. And, she has a second installment you can find here.
And, I’ve got 2 print copies of Dangerous Connections that I’ll be giving away via Goodreads. If you enter, I hope you’ll also add the book to your Want to Read list.