Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Resolutions/Goals

This year I basically failed my resolutions due to some crazy stuff going on in life that led to ignoring everything and stress eating for months.  2016 is going to be a better year, I can taste it.  This year I am going to set some realistic goals to get life back on track.


1) Keep a planner going with not just appointments but also health related things so that everything is in one place.

2) Go to the gym at least three times a week.

3) Set time aside every week to respond to my pen pals.

4) Be more creative.

5) Do more hiking.

6) Aim for at least three blog posts a week.

7) Comment more on other people's blogs.

8) Get my Inbox to Zero and keep it there at least weekly.

9) Finish 5k run training.

10) Do a 5k run.

What are your goals for this year?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Express Yourself Weekly Meme


The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: What is the last text you sent and/or received?

Not really anything interesting I am afraid, my fiance sent me "I got the Darth Vader mug.  Of course you can only put dark roast in it."  And I sent back "...", because really what can you say to that?





Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Currently December 16, 2015

Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...
Snow, it actually snowed here this morning.  There's none that stuck around on the ground but it is a start.

Reading...

I found the Vampire Academy books when our local thrift store was having a sale and I plowed through the first three over the weekend.  They are fantastic.  Can't say I want to watch the movie but I highly recommend the books.



Watching...

Attempting to finish off this season of Doctor Who before the Christmas special, if only work didn't get in the way.

Listening To...

Zombie Run at the gym.

Thinking About...

How we are going to get through Christmas dinner when 1/4 of our house is still not unpacked thanks to how rough the last few months have been.

Anticipating...

Getting all the boxes unpacked and sorted out.

Wishing... 

For a white Christmas.



Making Me Happy...

We bought a desk, one step closer to an organized house.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Guest Post: Santa Hats

I’d like to start by thanking Melissa Ann for letting me stop by to promote my Christmas novella Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family.

Santa hats are a holiday staple for many. You can buy them at any store that sells Christmas decorations. My kids have a Santa hat that they’ve nearly worn out. They take turns pretending to be Santa, wrapping presents in whatever they can find and putting them under the tree.

I saw a game using Santa hats floating around the interwebs that looked kind of fun. If you’re gathered with a group of friends watching TV, perch a Santa hat on the top corner of the TV. Every time a character in the show ends up wearing the hat, everyone has to do something. It can be used as a drinking game if everyone is at least 21, but even if there are younger people playing, non-alcoholic eggnog or hot cocoa can be used for this. Or maybe you want to use it as an excuse to eat too much. Every time someone wears that hat, eat a snack. There’s no limit to what you can do with this game.

Have you ever used a Santa hat in a fun or creative way?

Now I hope you’ll enjoy a snippet from Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family.

* * *
Are you trying to ignore me, or did I do something to inspire you in the last five minutes?” Seth asked
.
You always inspire me. You bring out my muse, my inner romantic, my inner homicidal maniac . . .”

Inner homicidal maniac?” Seth said incredulously.

I gently bopped him over the head with my open notebook. “Shut up, you!”

* * *

Title: Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family
Author: L.G. Keltner
Genre: Holiday/Humor
Length: 27,000
Cover Art: L.G. Keltner
Release Date: December 1, 2015


Blurb:

Dani Finklemeier has decided to write a self-help book about how to take over the world, but she’s not sure where to start. After all, she’s only seventeen and looking for a better way to make money than babysitting. She buys a self-help book that promises to teach her how to write a self-help book in the hope of getting the job done.


Not that it’ll be easy to get any work done this holiday season. Her family is staying at the house for Christmas, and fights break out almost immediately. Dani also has to deal with the fallout from an unexpected kiss with her best friend Seth and the feelings that go along with it. On edge around her family and unsure how to interact with the one person she’s trusted with everything in the past, she can only take what inspiration she can from the crazy circumstances surrounding her and see what happens.

One way or another, it should be an interesting holiday.




Bio:

L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband. Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six. Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good.

Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.

You can typically find L.G. lurking around her blog, on Twitter, or on her Facebook page.


Purchase Links:

Amazon-http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017NADK4C

Amazon UK-http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B017NADK4C

Barnes & Noble-http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/self-help-101-or-lg-keltner/1122797603?ean=2940152405781

Kobo-https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/self-help-101-or-how-i-learned-to-take-over-the-world-through-tolerating-my-family

CreateSpace-https://www.createspace.com/5650324

Add it on Goodreads-https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27243175-self-help-101-or

Monday, December 14, 2015

Seaside Christmas Blog Tour Review

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Seaside Christmas by Stacy Claflin

He can’t stand her. She thinks he’s crazy. Will their feelings stay etched in permanent ink?

Cruz Hunter has always stuck out in his small hometown. Now that he’s covered in tattoos, the residents peg him as even more of an outcast. It seems like the whole world is against his dream of opening a local tattoo parlor.

When he finally finds the perfect place for his new business, Cruz discovers a pastor and his daughter have already bought it. The only thing more irritating than the change in his plan is Talia, a beautiful and feisty argument in a dress. Cruz would like nothing more than to have her out of his life and his mind, but for some reason, she’s the only thing he can think about.

If Cruz and Talia can stop arguing long enough, opposites may do much more than attract.

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Excerpt: 

The snow glistened in the sun and crunched under Cruz Hunter’s boots as he walked toward the building that 
would soon be his. 

“It’s perfect, yo.” He turned to Jake, his younger brother. “Wait until you see it up close.” This road had yet to be treated, so they had to park and walk a block.

Jake tightened his scarf. “Almost looks like a church.”

“It was—a long time ago. Then it was a restaurant before being abandoned.”

“It’s going to take some work.” Jake squinted.

“Not too much, dude.” Nothing was going to crush Cruz’s enthusiasm today. The old, brown building with peeling paint and weather-worn wood paneling was going to be his—just as soon as he signed the papers. “Mostly just the outside. It’s gonna be perfect for my tattoo parlor.”

“Well, you know I’ll help as much as I can.” Jake didn’t sound convinced.

“Don’t judge it ‘til you see the inside.” Cruz pulled up a leather sleeve and scratched his newest tattoo, the feet of a dragon which was part of a much larger work going up most of his arm.

“I won’t,” Jake promised.

Cruz’s pulse raced with each step as they neared the building. There wasn’t a person alive who could convince him it wasn’t the most beautiful building in existence. He’d wanted to open his tat shop for as long as he could remember, and with Kittle Falls being such a small town, it had taken a lot of work to convince the town council to even consider giving him permission to open a shop. They finally conceded when he found a property at the edge of town where no tourist would ever accidentally stumble upon it.

“It looks pretty cool,” Jake said. “How are we going to see inside?”

“Windows, man. Ever heard of ‘em?” Cruz laughed and gave his brother a playful shove.

“You mean those fancy glass things some buildings have?” Jake joked.

They finally reached the property line. Cruz took a deep breath, taking in the sight. “Isn’t she beautiful?”

“Um…”

Cruz stared at the solid structure. “You see hard work and a building as aged as old man Kittle himself—”

“Who’s long been dead,” Jake added.

“But I see opportunity. A dream fulfilled.” Cruz stared at the building a moment longer. “You ready to see her up close?”

“That’s why I’m here.”

Cruz took a step forward, but froze when the front door opened.

“Ghosts?” Jake asked.

Cruz held his breath, not sure of the answer. “Maybe it’s our lucky day,” Cruz said. “If the door’s unlocked, I can give you the grand tour.”

A slim, middle-aged man wearing black slacks and matching shiny shoes stepped out onto the porch. He appeared to be speaking to someone inside. A beautiful blonde about Cruz’s age, wearing a blue dress under a long, thick winter coat stepped out.

Jake turned to Cruz and arched an eyebrow. Cruz shook his head. 

“What’s going on?” Jake whispered.

“I got nothin’.” Cruz took a deep breath of the chilled early-December air.

“Building inspectors?” Jake asked.

“Maybe.” Cruz frowned, watching the duo. They acted like they owned the place.

Finally, the guy closed the door and locked it, stuffing the key into his jacket pocket. Cruz exchanged a worried glance with his brother as irritation set in. Something wasn’t right. He stepped forward, meeting the two of them at the bottom step.

“Greetings,” said the man. He smiled warmly at Cruz.

Cruz didn’t respond.

“Are you a neighbor?” asked the girl.

“You could say that,” Cruz said. “Who are you?”

The man smiled and held out his hand. “My name’s Pastor Allen Tisdale, and this is my daughter, Talia.”
She smiled sweetly and extended her hand, also.

Cruz flicked his head in acknowledgment, but ignored their extended hands. “What are you doing here?”

Jake stepped forward, taking Allen’s hand. “Excuse my brother. I’m Jake Hunter, and he’s Cruz. You must be new to Kittle Falls. Welcome.”

"Thank you," Allen said. "Talia and I have bought this building. I understand it was a restaurant for a decade or so, but we’re going to restore it to a church."

Cruz stared at him, unable to find words. That was probably a good thing, considering the words he would have chosen.

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Review:

This was a really sweet book with great characters.  I love the Hunter family, they seem so friendly and sweet.  I also really love stories that take place in a winter setting without making it stormy blizzard weather all of the time.


Meet the Hunter brothers of Kittle Falls…

The Seaside Hunters novels are a series of contemporary sweet romances. They’re set in the beach town of Kittle Falls, following the Hunter brothers as they make their way back to their hometown and find the loves they couldn’t elsewhere. Each book is a standalone.

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Stacy

Author Stacy Claflin

I don’t stick to a single genre in my writing, reading, or viewing. My favorite shows include Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, Lost Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Once Upon a Time.

I've been writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my story telling would get me into trouble because I would try to convince others that my stories were real.

When I'm not busy writing, I like spending time with my family and friends. I also educate my kids from home.




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Friday, December 11, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things: December 11, 2015



Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

This week I am celebrating the fact that I am still employed and I don't have to stress majorly about the holiday season.

Also we finally put up some decorations in the condo so things feel a little more festive.

What are you celebrating this week?


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Currently: November 25, 2015

Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...

Getting to spend so much time with my family over the weekend.

Reading...

I am reading Deep Six by Clive Cussler, it's a reread but every bit as exciting as the first time that I read it.

Watching...

Catching up on Doctor Who and streaming The OC.

Listening To...

Zombie Run for all the exercise.

Thinking About...

How short life is.

Anticipating...

Christmas
.
Wishing... 

To take more joy and enjoyment out of everyday.

Making Me Happy...

All the family Christmas parties happening with my huge extended family.