Saturday, November 16, 2013

Book Blitz: Falling For Him by Anne Conley


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Blurb

After eighteen years of marriage, Amy has finally found a man to talk to, and it’s not her husband. She’s tried everything she can think of to put the umph back into her marriage, but when she meets Cool_Hand_Luke in a movie chat room, he validates her thoughts and opinions in ways her husband seems incapable of. With the holidays fast approaching, my tries to hold herself together for her family, while simultaneously exploring her new online relationship. Will she meet him in real life? Or will she figure out how to save her own marriage? Find out in this Holiday novella from Serendipity, Texas.

                                              Excerpt

Amy knocked on the door before entering and saw him at his computer.  He looked up, and guilt shadowed his features before he clicked his mouse, probably minimizing a screen and turned to her.
"Hey, what's up?"  He asked.
Amy walked over to him, holding out his drink.  "Nothing, I just brought you a drink.  Here."
"Thanks."  He took the offered drink and sipped it, gratefully.  Amy tentatively sat on the recliner facing his computer desk in the corner.
"What are you doing?"  Amy was trying to be conversational, but her tone of voice came off as more whiney than anything, and it disgusted her.
"Nothing.  Just surfing the web.  I don't have time for any of that stuff at work," he said flatly.
Trying to engage Bryan in conversation, she teased, "Any spicy pictures?"
Anger flashed in his eyes, and she immediately regretted her question.  "No.  I'm not looking at porn, Amy."
"I was joking, Bryan. Relax."  She took a sip of her whiskey and set her glass down before walking over behind the stool Bryan was sitting on and rubbing his shoulders.  "You just seem tense lately, that's all.  I was trying to loosen you up."  She stood close to him, as she rubbed his back, running her nails up and down it, before sending her hands back up to his neck to rub there.  She grazed his back with her hips, in an attempt to entice him a little.
"Yeah, work's been rough.  Deadlines and new clients."  He took another sip of his drink and said, "I'm going to join a gym and work out on my lunch break.  That might help some of the stress."
Jealousy and disappointment flashed through Amy, but she snuffed it out, forcing the tendrils of negative emotion down deep in her psyche.  She had suggested that they join a gym several years ago, in an effort to find something for them to do together.  Apparently, he didn’t remember that.  Forcing the hurt from her voice, she said, "That sounds like a good plan."  She rubbed his shoulders for a little while longer, but Bryan seemed to just get tenser.  So she stopped, feeling stupid.
"Well, I'll let you get back to surfing."  She left to go finish the dishes, wondering what exactly he was looking at online.  If not porn, then what?  She wouldn't really care if he was looking at porn, she'd been known to do it a time or two, herself.  She was glad that he was doing something about his stress level, even if it did mean that he wouldn't be coming home for lunch any more, but she couldn't help but feel like he was trying to spend less time with her.  And it hurt.



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Bio

I raise goats. I raise children. I write. I don't do any of it well, but I try to have fun with all of it. And I read. I'm not too terribly technologically savvy, but I'm working on that. My life is a continual work in progress. And when it gets to be 
too much for me (quite frequently, I'm a little embarrassed to say) I read some more.



Friday, November 15, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Lussuria by SJ Molloy




LUSSURIA
Genre - Adult contemporary Romance

The Luminara Series by SJ Molloy
 


'Lussuria',  (Lussuria is Italian for Lust)



Synopsis 

An emotional erotic heart-wrenching story of lust, love and light
Alexis Evangeline Robertson is young, insecure and daunted with painful memories from her dark, tortured childhood.  She has rules, and she has boundaries.
She never lets anyone too close.
Lucca Caruso has the most mesmerising crystal azure blue eyes and a heart of gold.  When Lexi meets this Italian God, she doesn’t expect to see him again.
But fate intervenes.
While on vacation at a Villa in Val D'Orcia, near the Chianti hills outside of Florence, she is more than surprised to see Lucca arrive at the very same villa.  Lexi begins a journey of self-discovery, helplessly folding, melting and crumbling to the temptation of her heart’s desire.  
After the desires of lust ...
And the sweetness of love ...
Lexi will spread her wings towards the light ...
This is the story of one girl’s destiny to find her light from her sinister, dark and harrowing past and the one man who can take her there.


Excerpt 
“I want you to know, you already have my heart, it’s yours, I’m falling in love with you Lexi and I will never have enough of you”.  I close my eyes and hold him tighter than I ever have, I think it might be the security that I need to hear right now, I just hope he means it because I know I am falling for him in a way I never thought was possible, for me.
“I will accept your heart, but I want to give you my heart in return, for you to hold, to keep, to cherish and to fire up every now and again, I mean I will properly date you, I want to be with you”

You are something special, my something special, and I’m not ever letting go of you.  You have just made me the happiest man in the world, your mine now baby.



About The Author

SJ Molloy, first time British Author of ‘The Luminara Series’ was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a young child, her family moved and raised her in Lanarkshire, Scotland where she currently resides with her husband, two daughters and her energetic, hyperactive loving gun dog who is utterly spoiled.

SJ is a qualified Fitness Instructor and Health & Fitness Motivator of various fitness styles and disciplines. Music and dance aerobics have always been a pleasure and passion for her. SJ will sporadically make up dance style routines at any hour of the day when a move comes to her or piece of music moves or inspires her.  Currently not teaching classes she is focusing her time into nurturing her yearning passion for creative writing, exchanging one visualization for another.

As a child, SJ loved to write in journals and make up short stories and has a flare for all things creative. With an overactive imagination at times, SJ adores to make notes, visualize scenes and settings to create characterizations.

While on holiday with her family one summer reading book after book, she had a flash of inspiration and has had various ideas whirling around in her mind ever since. It was not until she pulled back on teaching classes that she found the courage, time and insight into actually bringing these ideas to life.

In February 2013 she decided to bring that imagination to light by beginning her writing  journey with ‘Lussuria’ the first installment in ‘The Luminara Series’ available from late October 2013.

Being a self-confessed book junkie, she loves nothing better than to get lost in an emotional and moving book. A true romantic at heart, her guilty pleasure is reading heart-warming, passionate stories and falling in love with her favorite fictional characters.

With five books already mapped out in ‘The Luminara Series’, SJ’s busy creative mind has already planned two more fictitious novels, both stand-alone romance books and very different in their own right.

When she is not writing or reading, spending time with family and friends or exercising and walking her dog, SJ loves all things practical and creative. Dancing, music, cooking, travelling, good food and wine and painting are her favorite past times along with laughter, lots and lots of laughter.


Author Links:

Please note, website is work in progress, still being worked on just now but all live
email - author@sjmolloy.com
email - info@sjmolloy.com
email - authorsjmolloy@gmail.com


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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

No Spend November Update


I decided since it had been a few days since my last update that a new update was in order. 

We stopped at 11/3 on the last post so picking up right where we left off....

November 4

0

November 5

0

November 6

.99 for the BLA Gift Exchange (9.01 remaining of my allotted 10 bucks)

November 7

14.04 Pizza 
We got off work early and I made three meals out of that 14 bucks so I don't feel too badly. 

November 8

48.84
Groceries that included chicken and beer to take to a reception I was attending that evening with Bill. 

November 9

0

Girls Day to celebrate mine and Janet's November birthdays! Lunch tab picked up by the awesome and gracious Lori.

Shout Out to Yvonne who helped me be strong when I saw a scratch and dent corner curio that I really wanted! She reminded me of No Spend November and encouraged me to be strong!

Thanks!

November 10
0

November 11
0

November 12

Yearly Car Tag and Tax due today...... Can't not pay it!
Liberty Utilities (household gas)

I must admit just how excited I am for all the 0's. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank You Veterans

My Great Grandfather (Lawrence E. Myers) served in World War I and died shortly after my Mother was born (If I remember her stories correctly).

 My Grandfather (George Arnold Ponder) served in the Pacific Theater of World War II in the Navy... he lied about his age to go with my great Uncle (Pender Myers)....

My amazingly wonderful Uncle David served two tours in Vietnam in the US Navy.

My cousin Rick Knott served in the US Navy.

My friend Ed started his Army career in Vietnam and ended it after the first Gulf War...

My friend Bill Lee served in the US Army in Desert Storm.

My friends Joseph and Jacqueline Mesa both served in the US Army. Joe in Vietnam and Jackie stateside.

To all of you, and to the others that have served, thank you.



Ed Note: Thanks Aunt JoAnn for helping me get the names straight..... I had my greats mixed up!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Book Blitz: Rapture by Lexi Buchanan

MB 02 - Rapture  

Synopsis

Sebastian has never in his thirty-four years had such a strong attraction to a woman. Oh, he’s felt instant lust before, more times that he cares to remember, but there’s something about Carla that’s different and he finds it difficult to get her out of his head, which is where she needs to be considering she’s dating his brother. Carla has been pretending to date Ramon for a while now to keep a violent ex of hers away and to keep Ramon’s family off his back. They’ve been friends for a couple of years, so it was only natural that they’d help each other out, except she hasn’t bargained on falling for Ramon’s brother, Sebastian. Also catch up with the McKenzie family as they welcome the twins to the family. Each book has a HEA 'Happily Ever After'

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon USA | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords Also available on iTunes | Kobo | Sony Book 1 - Seduce is on sale 99c/77p Amazon UK | Amazon USA | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords Book 1.5 - The Wedding Amazon UK | Amazon USA | Barnes & Noble

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About the Author

I was born in Bolton, Lancashire within the United Kingdom, where I lived, and worked at the University of Bolton, until I moved to Ireland with my husband, four kids and pack of animals. We are now settled in a lovely town, in County Cavan. The kids love their schools, once they get there that is. My eldest daughter, is on the Irish Junior Archery Team, and spends her time training. At least she does when her dad can get her off her ipad, reading or listening to music. My kindle is loaded with too many books to mention, as I absolutely love to read when I have the chance. My all time high would be to stand at the foot of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. Website - http://www.lexibuchanan.com Email - authorlexibuchanan@gmail.com Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lexi-Buchanan-Author/420883994640708?ref=hl Twitter - @AuthorLexi

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Blog Tour: For The Love of a Cowboy by Sandy Sullivan






Book Blurb:

Paige Tyler didn't want to be the preacher’s daughter anymore. She wanted the freedom to live her own life, do what she wanted and find the man of her dreams. What she didn't expect to find was that man drunk off his ass and needing her assistance to handle three guys wanting to beat him up in a bar fight.

Jacob Young’s life was a mess. Finding solace in a bottle of booze was the answer to his guilt-ridden conscious until an angel in leather pulls him up by his boot straps, brushes him off and convinces him life is worth living.

Do opposites really attract? Can a cowboy with a wounded heart be the answer to her prayers? It’s all in For the Love of a Cowboy

Teaser:
“Hi. I’m Jacob Young.”
“Nice to meet you, Jacob Young.”
“And you are Angel?”
She grinned thinking about the name she’d put on the note she’d left on the nightstand at the motel. “Angel is a nickname. My real name is Paige.”
“Nice name. It fits you.”
“Thanks. My dad thought so I guess.”
Taking off his hat, he twisted the brim in his fingers. “I hoped I’d see you again. I needed to say thank you.”
“For what?”
The girl sitting on the stool next to her left, so he took the seat as she spun around to face him. “Savin’ my ass last week.”
“I didn’t do anything.” She sipped her soda.
“Yeah, you did. My memory is kind of cloudy about the particulars, but you kept those guys from killin’ me and then took me to the motel across the street to keep me from drivin’.”
“You remember quite a bit then, Jacob.”
“Where did you learn to fight?”
“Tae-Kwon-Do lessons for way too many years.”
“Ah.” He glanced at her glass as she drained it, then signaled for the bartender. “Another of whatever the lady is drinkin’ and Coke for me.”
“Two Cokes, comin’ up.”
“You aren’t drinking tonight, Jacob?”
He dropped his gaze to his hands, slipped his hat back on his head and then looked at her. “No. Funny really. After the trouble last week, I haven’t had a drop since. I have you to thank for that too, I guess.”
“Listen. I’m not sure what got you drinking so heavy in the first place and I hope what happened last week opened your eyes, but I didn’t do anything.”
“Yeah, you did. You showed me how destructive my life had become over something I really didn’t have a lot of control over.” He reached over to squeeze her fingers.
Goose bumps rose on her arm, making her frown. She’d never had a reaction like that over a man’s touch before. Calluses scraped against her skin. He worked for a living apparently.
“Sorry. I didn’t mean to be forward.”
“It’s okay.” She sipped her drink. “What got the fight started last week anyway, if I might ask?”
“Somethin’ stupid, really. I challenged them to some pool for money thinkin’ I could win back what I’d lost at darts, but I was too drunk to even shoot the cue.”
She thought about the puke on his shirt and grimaced. “Yeah, you were pretty drunk.”
“Unfortunately, I’ve been more or less in the same condition for the last several months.”
“Too bad.”
“Yeah, but I think things are turnin’ around. Like I said, I haven’t had a drink in a week.”
“Great. I’m glad.”
“The best thing is, I don’t want one. I’ve been in this bar every night since last week waitin’ for you to show up and it hasn’t bothered me not to drink. I’ve watched others actin’ really stupid and I realize now how senseless the whole ritual is.” He drank half his drink and then set the glass back down. “You don’t drink when you come in here?”
“No. I lost my mother to a drunk driver seceral years ago so I refuse to drink and drive. If I drink, I bring a driver with me, but since I’m on a bike, it’s hard to bring someone who can ride.”
“What kind of bike?”

“Harley Softail.”

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Sandy Sullivan is a romance author, who, when not writing, spends her time with her husband Shaun on their farm in middle Tennessee. She loves to ride her horses, play with their dogs and relax on the porch, enjoying the rolling hills of her home south of Nashville. County music is a passion of hers and she loves to listen to it while she writes.

She is an avid reader of romance novels and enjoys reading Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux and Susan Wiggs. Finding new authors and delving into something different helps feed the need for literature. A registered nurse by education, she loves to help people and spread the enjoyment of romance to those around her with her novels. She loves cowboys so you'll find many of her novels have sexy men in tight jeans and cowboy boots.

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The author sent me a copy for my honest review. And to be fair about it, I did volunteer for this one. Because I have read the first two and loved them, I was anxious to read the third. I love this entire family. I hope the author writes about all of the brothers, personally. 

We all knew Jacob was drinking and drinking badly from book 2. We find out why in "For the love of a Cowboy". His drinking catches up with him in the form of a bar fight and the lovely Paige saves his ass. She takes care of him and keeps him off the road in his drunken state. 

Paige has secrets of her own and is walking a fine line between who she really is and who she wants to be. This story follows the trials and tribulations of walking that line and realizing that sometimes who you really want to be is the battle worth fighting. 

I loved this book and the glimpses we get of the family- including the brothers from books 1 and 2. I highly recommend the entire series!



Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Perfect Distraction by Melissa Rolka

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TITLE - The Perfect Distraction (Book #1)
AUTHOR - Melissa Rolka
GENRE - New Adult
RELEASE DATE - October 1, 2013
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Synopsis
When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted. Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily? Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love. Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.
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1170755_502594919828415_972857835_n Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Learning the hard way

I spent most of the day keeping pressure off my back.

I alternated between ice, heat, my TENS unit, and muscle relaxers trying to make a dent in the pain. 

I honestly believe that most of the trouble today, trouble that started well before dinner time Tuesday, was caused by stress. 

When high stress situations occur, I handle them quickly--as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

But I found myself tense. Almost constantly tense. And I think that tension, from my shoulders to my knees, caused the massive pain. 

So from now on, I need to handle the stress without getting tense. 



Monday, November 4, 2013

Keeping The Focus

It is no secret that I grew up in the 1970's and 1980's. The most formative of my growing up was done in a rural area in Western North Carolina in the 70's.

I was born in France in the mid 60's but when I think "HOME", I think Weaverville, NC... a small town about 8 miles north of Asheville.

All of that is a preface to say that Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) was not commonly diagnosed back then. I never heard of it until I was in college in the mid 80's.

Is it possible to develop this condition as an adult? I mentioned it to my physician several  months ago and she said "it's not possible to have it as an adult if you didn't have it as a kid."

Well, OK but what? That doesn't really answer my question.

Just because you weren't diagnosed with something doesn't mean you didn't have it.

Right?

All I know is that for the last year or so, it is something I am finding more and more problematic for me. It is something I will be asking the new DR next Thursday...

Not overly excited about it but if he can give me any tips on how to focus more and stay on task then that would help me as far as getting things done when they needed to be. Then I would worry less about it later on.

Win Win!

Book Blitz: Kate's Inheritance by Joyce Gibbons


Synopsis

Kate became a single mom in the blink of an eye when her sister and brother-in-law were killed in a plane crash. Just when Kate thought everything was under control, she found that someone had hired a private eye to follow her. She meant to find out who and why.

Confronting Danny Bradshaw, Kate was surprised to learn that he didn’t know who had hired him. She was not as surprised as Danny was though, to learn that Kate was trustee over her niece and nephews five-million-dollar trust fund. Smelling something dirty, Danny sets out to find who his mystery client is and why he wanted to keep tabs on Kate’s activities. He means to protect Kate at all costs for he has already fallen in love with her. 

But is the price of his heart too high? 

Will his stubborn pride over money stand in the way of true love?

One private eye, one beautiful woman with money; mix in a dash of danger, two scoops of passion, and stir till thoroughly mixed; makes one beautiful relationship!



About The Author 

I am a life long resident of the small town of Cave City, Kentucky where I hold down a full time job as office manager, working with my gorgeous husband, Larry, in our HVAC company every day. God has blessed us with four wonderful children, who in turn, have given us a gift of fourteen beautiful, exciting, energetic, brilliant and delightful grandchildren, one very special grandson-in-law, and the cutest and sweetest great grandson in the whole world! Each one is so unique and so delightful in every way, and so loved. I thank God for my beautiful Christian family and for the many blessings he has bestowed upon us.

I began writing in April of 2000. My very first novel, "Home On The Ranch" was released in 2001. It was so exciting to see my name on the cover of a book. Hooked beyond belief, I continued to write, not only novels, but children's books as well. Check out the novels/books page and the children's books page to view my published work and read summaries of the titles. As well as writing novels and books for children, I also enjoy writing songs so don't forget to check out the song page too.

My favorite activities are reading, taking long walks, horseback riding, playing with my grandchildren, and of course, Writing! I find writing to be so much fun, full of adventure and excitement.


Author Links:

www.facebook.com/authorjoycegibbons

http://joycegibbons.net/


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Amazon:

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Book Blitz: Touched By You by T.H. Snyder

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Purchase Links

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords


Synopsis
Chloe and Derrick have spent most of their lives together as friends and as lovers; they have formed a connection that few couples can make last. This duo is bound by one thing that no one can destroy. They have been touched by one another and no one can take that away. That is until one of them is forced to make a decision and their lives take on a different path. Can these two withstand the reality of what lies ahead? Are they able to hold a relationship together with just the mere fact that they may love each other? Is it possible to maintain a bond that no one else has been able to touch? Chloe and Derrick may have the relationship others dream about, but sometimes things do get in the way and it can be impossible to forgive and forget.


About the Author
TH Snyder

T.H. Snyder is a 33 year old mother of 2. She has been an avid romance and paranormal reader for well over a year and felt it was about time to explore her creative side and write her own book.
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

No Spend November


It's that time of year again. No Spend November. That's right, folks. The goal is to severely limit the spending. Besides the fact that I was nuts last month, I need to save, save, save. 

November 1
.99 book. Yeah, yeah, it was on my wish list and massively on sale and the proceeds go to charity... Okay, I will stop with the justification lol.... but when I bought it, I had also forgotten that it was November.

Mortgage
Credit Card 

Those sorta gotta be paid... well the first one for sure. The doggy and I like having our roof over our heads. 

Groceries 41.55

November 2

0

November 3

0

I like two days in a row of 0's. Going to shoot for a few more of them, too. 

But it means no fast food on the way home and no diet cokes on the way to work. 

I am actually excited about doing this in 2013. 2012 bombed and I don't want to fail two years in a row!

Who is with me?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

It's all about relationships...

As we all know, I am building a business.

Toward that end, I realize that in building that business, I have to build relationships.

If no one knows what I am doing, then how can anyone know what I am doing.

How can I build a client base if I do not get the word out? The best way I am learning, to get that word out is to share with others.

I have to share what I am doing and learn from others who have gone before me. I need to share with those I meet at conferences. I never really understood networking until, perhaps, today.

 On a completely unrelated matter, I reached out to a woman I had met at a conference. I was acting as go between for an author friend of mine and this contact could potentially provide a service.

 During the conversation I found out many details that would be of use to me in my Editing Business. I made some contacts that could potentially lead to future work.

But even if it doesn't, I have learned that sharing and building relationships is key in building a business.

I can't hide my light and shy away.

 I have to be confident and project the successful image I want others to see!


Friday, November 1, 2013

November!





With many of my friends participating in NaNoWriMo during the month of November, I am participating in NaBloPoMo and doing a daily blog post during the month. Although some days may have more than one! 

And this November has started off with a bang. 

My first beta experience was with this amazing author... Julie Morgan. You can check her website out here.

I loved her book, Fallen. PS -- it's schedule release date is December 1 and I shall be promoting it here and on facebook! It is a great book and I have already begged asked to beta for the follow up, Redemption. 

She asked me to be her assistant at The Novel Experience Event in March, 2014 in Atlanta. Of course I said yes. We are having a blast making all sorts of plans and arrangements. Fun will definitely be had!


So this afternoon, the amazing Julie asked if I wanted to be her assistant at an August 2014 event-- Sin With The Saints. They are working up the website now but I have joined the facebook groups and I have already put in the calendar and I am blogging about it here. 


Excited much?


That would be a hell yeah! That it is in a state that I have not marked off the list is an added bonus! 

What a great early birthday present!