Contest Reminders

Booklover's BenchThe Booklover’s Bench con­test runs through Jan­u­ary 18th. You can win a $25 gift card, eBooks, or a chance to win a char­ac­ter in my upcom­ing book. Go to Booklover’s Bench and click the Con­test Info tab in the nav bar for all the details.

Nook Simple TouchAnd, if you’re a newslet­ter sub­scriber (and why not, I ask?), you should have received your newslet­ter with a spe­cial link to an exclu­sive con­test where I’m giv­ing away a Nook Sim­ple Touch. Run­ners up will win books from best-selling authors or another chance to name a char­ac­ter in my next novel. There are sev­eral ways to enter, so check your inbox (or spam folder) for the newslet­ter to get the link to the con­test. You have until Jan­u­ary 20th to enter (and there’s a review option for extra entries. You can go back and add that option any time before the 20th even if you’ve already entered using the other options.)

Why Resolutions Fail

What I’m read­ing: A High­lander for Christ­mas, by Christina Skye

Good news for my newslet­ter sub­scribers. In addi­tion to giv­ing away a Nook, I’ve got some very spe­cial authors join­ing me with give­aways. You can win books by best-selling authors Alli­son Bren­nan, Kath­leen O’Brien, Shelly Thacker, and Rox­anne St. Claire, as well as fel­low Booklover’s Bench authors Terry Ambrose and Nancy J. Cohen. How’s that for a star-filled lineup? (Oh, and I might toss in some­thing myself!) But you can’t enter if you aren’t a sub­scriber, so click the link in the nav bar and remem­ber to click through when you get the con­fir­ma­tion email.

 And, if you missed it, Kobo, is hav­ing a 50% off sale. Dan­ger­ous Con­nec­tions and Deadly Secrets are included in this deal. You need to enter the code 50COUPON at check­out. Good through Jan­u­ary 5th. (And you don’t need a Kobo reader to get the books. You can down­load the free app and read it on a phone, com­puter, tablet.)

No New Year's ResolutionsWith a new year come new begin­nings. Fresh starts. We all enter it filled with hope and promises to make it bet­ter than the last one.

And, usu­ally, by the end of Jan­u­ary, all those good inten­tions have gone by the way­side. I gave up mak­ing res­o­lu­tions long ago (although I occa­sion­ally make them for the Hubster—less chance of me break­ing them that way). What I’ve learned, is that if you want to see suc­cess, you have to nar­row your focus.

These res­o­lu­tions don’t work: I resolve to get pub­lished. I resolve to be a best-selling author. I resolve to make $100,000 sell­ing my e-books. I’m going to lose weight. Why don’t they work? They’re dreams.

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Looking Ahead

What I’m read­ing:  Don’t Say a Word, by Bar­bara Freethy

Happy Holidays

                        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!).

Nook Simple TouchMy 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.

Last Day!

NOOK Simple Touch
Today’s the last day to enter the con­test for a NOOK Sim­ple Touch, or a gift cer­tifi­cate to Ama­zon or Barnes & Noble.

This post con­tains the tenth ques­tion in the bonus entry cat­e­gory. (Remem­ber the magic words: “Nook Con­test” must appear in any blog com­ments for them to be counted as entries.)

If you’re answer­ing ques­tions, be aware that only cor­rect answers will be entered into the draw­ing. Some of them are harder than oth­ers, but all answers can be found on my web­site if you take the time to look.

Also, the win­ner MUST be sub­scribed to my newslet­ter, so don’t leave out that step. I’ll be check­ing the list.

I’ll draw names tomor­row, and then ver­ify that the win­ner has met the require­ments. Be sure to read all the con­test rule posts to make sure you’ve max­i­mized your chances to win.

The final ques­tion, #10, is: What is the pat­tern on Scott’s robe?
Don’t for­get to use the Con­tact Form to answer the ques­tion, and put “Nook Con­test” in the sub­ject line.

Good luck everyone!

Nook Contest Recap

NOOK Simple TouchToday’s extra post serves a dual purpose.

First, I was informed that the email sub­scrip­tion sys­tem wasn’t work­ing prop­erly, so those of you who have signed up to get emails when new posts went up weren’t being noti­fied. Of course, I hope every­one checks my blog every day, but I know that’s not real­ity. So, after much time and hair-pulling, I THINK I might have the set­tings right. (Another grum­ble of mine—it was work­ing before, but then they “fixed” it, so it stopped working.)

If you’re a newslet­ter sub­scriber and DID get a mes­sage about this post, I’d love a quick com­ment or “con­tact” note. If you’re NOT yet a sub­scriber, and you do sign up (please use the new form is at the TOP, in the nav bar), I’d love to know if it works.

Next, the NOOK Con­test will end June 10th. After that date, no more entries will be accepted. I’ll pick a win­ner at ran­dom and announce it on my blog no later than Fri­day, June 15th, which gives me time to ver­ify the winners.

Remem­ber, to win, there are THREE requirements.

1. Be fol­low­ing my blog in some fash­ion: RSS feed, Net­worked Blogs, or email (hence my dis­may that the sys­tem wasn’t working—but the list of sub­scribers does work on my end, so I will know that you signed up, whether or not you’re get­ting notifications.)

2. Sign up for my newslet­ter. (Form is in the nav bar) Remem­ber, there’s a con­fir­ma­tion step, so watch your inbox.

3. Enter! Yes, you have to tell me you’re enter­ing the con­test. It’s not auto­matic. Use the Con­tact Form (in the nav bar). Put “NOOK Con­test” in the header and then tell me how you’ve com­plied with Step 1.

Bonus entries are explained in the Rules post … click the link at the top of the blog’s home page, or the one in the side­bar. And for the ques­tions, use one email per answer. If you lump them all into a sin­gle email, I’m afraid I might lose track of the extras. To date, there have been 7 ques­tions. There will be 10 before the end of the contest.

Enjoy your weekend!

Win a NOOK

Things have been going well lately, and I think it’s only fair that share my good for­tune with my read­ers. I appre­ci­ate each and every one of you who fol­lowed me here from Blogger.

In my plus col­umn: A suc­cess­ful debut of SAVING SCOTT at Barnes & Noble, via their NOOK First program.

Some very nice reviews for my newest Black­thorne, Inc. book, ROOTED IN DANGER.

And, my sec­ond Black­thorne book, WHERE DANGER HIDES was voted the Best Roman­tic Sus­pense in the 2012 Holt Medal­lion Contest.

Holt MedallionAs a way of say­ing thank you, I’m going to be hold­ing a new con­test. First Prize is A NOOK Sim­ple Touch e-reader. Sec­ond and third place win­ners will get Gift Cer­tifi­cates, either to Barnes & Noble or Ama­zon.

Here’s the skinny:

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