Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Guest Post - 5 Tips For Getting Your Book Reviewed

I have a guest post for you today from my friend Steph over at Steph in the City.  She's doing a cover reveal for her upcoming book Piper Morgan to The Rescue and stopped by to talk to us about getting your book reviewed.


5 Tips for Getting Your Book Reviewed

by Stephanie Faris

If you’ve ever published a book (or plan to), you may be worried about Amazon reviews. Nobody wants to be that author whose book still has zero reviews after being out for a few months. But forcing people to review your book is impossible. All you can do is put your book out into the world and hope for the best, right?

Actually, there are a few things authors can do to boost our chances of getting reviews. Here are five things that can help.

1. Review others—As with anything in the crazy world of marketing, the more you give, the more you’ll receive. Unfortunately, every author whose book you review won’t return the favor and that’s okay. There are enough kind people out there who will return the favor.

2. Ask—If you’re an active blogger, you likely stumble across at least a few review blogs every week. Many of those bloggers have instructions on submitting your books for review. If they don’t, simply email and ask. Target reviewers who specialize in your type of book for best results.

3. Host a Goodreads giveaway—Long before your book releases, you can start generating interest on Goodreads. A giveaway will often get quite a few entries and the winner is likely to post a review after reading the book.

4. Host your own giveaway—If you have a blog, you already have a built-in platform. Host a giveaway on your own site and ask the winner to a) leave a review and b) pass the book on to someone else after reading it.

5. Offer a trade—If you have friends who write, ask to swap books and review each other’s books. You likely already know at least one author who is looking for reviews and we all love free books, right?

Most importantly, don’t worry too much about reviews. They’re important, but what’s most important is that you’ve written a book you believe in and readers are connecting with it. Only a small percentage of those readers will take the time to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, so there’s comfort in knowing people are enjoying your work, even if you don’t know about it.


Piper Morgan To The Rescue
By Stephanie Faris
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Blurb:


Piper helps some four-legged friends find the perfect home in the third book of the brand-new Piper Morgan series.

Piper is super excited to help out at Bark Street, a local animal shelter in town. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by adorable puppies and dogs all day? And when Piper sees Taffy, the cutest dog she has ever seen, Piper is determined to find a way to bring Taffy home. But it won’t be easy—especially when she finds out someone else wants to make Taffy a part of their family, too!



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Bio:


Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.


Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive. 

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Celebrate The Small Things: February 19, 2016



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

I have spent much of this week wishing that I could cower under my bed due to a massive migraine from mother natures mood swings.  My blog as well as my work life has taken a direct hit and nothing has gotten done all week so I am mostly just celebrating that nothing is actually on fire.

Also I am super caught up on my pen paling so I am just waiting for mail which is always something to celebrate.

What are you celebrating this week?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Not Always Happenstance Blog Tour

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Not Always Happenstance

Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson

Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She’s learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. She’s also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment.

But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar.

As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her.

***This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***

I loved this book a great deal, Lani is a great character and the setting is fantastic.  I love a book that makes you want to run away to an exotic local because it feels like you have already been there. I also loved that you got to see a little more of Pearl in this book and I am really in love with her as a part of this series so far.

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A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Workout Word Thirteen

Today's word is phylogeny!

Phylogeny (NOUN) /fill-lodg-in-ee/

Definition: the evolutionary history of an animal or plant species.

Sentence: The phylogeny of the birds shows that they emerged from the lizard-hipped dinosaurs.

Workout:

P - 10 Sit Ups

H – 1 Minute High Knees

Y - 10 Shoulder Presses

L – 10 Alternating Side Lunges

O - 10 Push Ups

G – 20 Bicycle Crunches 

E – 10 Sumo Squats 

N - 1 Minutes Wall Sit

Y - 10 Shoulder Presses

Friday, February 12, 2016

Workout Word Twelve

Today's word is Logorrhea!

Logorrhea (NOUN) /log-gah-ree-ah

Definition: excessive use or flow of words.

Sentence: The professor was given to muttering and much logorrhea during her lectures.

Workout:

L – 10 Alternating Side Lunges

O - 10 Push Ups

G – 20 Bicycle Crunches

O - 10 Push Ups

R - 30 Arm Circles

R - 30 Arm Circles

H – 1 Minute High Knees

E – 10 Sumo Squats

A – 20 Alternating Hammer Curls


Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Pages Between Us Book Blast

The Pages Between Us

The Pages Between Us by Lindsey Leavitt & Robin Mellom

Told in letters, posters, blog posts, homework assignments, and more, The Pages Between Us is a totally fun, totally earnest snapshot of middle grade friendship—and what it truly means to be there for someone during the ups, downs, and everything in between.

Piper and Olivia have been best friends since…well, forever. But they're distressed to find that their new middle school schedules aren't giving them enough together-time. Luckily, an idea sparks when Piper finds a cute, sparkly notebook to disguise as her "French Class" homework. It's genius—now the two BFFs can stick together all the time. And document their adventures—you know, for anthropology's sake.

But as the two navigate the tricky new world of sixth grade, they realize that they may need to branch out more than they originally thought. Their notebook, once a life raft, begins to feel like a big responsibility. Can they grow up, without growing apart?

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Praise for The Pages Between Us

“Leavitt and Mellom’s humorous and perceptive tale deftly explores the quandary of how to sustain a cherished friendship while nurturing individual growth.” –KIRKUS

“A cousin to Rachel Renée Russell’s “Dork Diaries”… this is a gentler version of middle school, as the girls support each other through familiar trials… will be enjoyed by strong readers eager to devour realistic fiction with a multimedia slant.” ~School Library Journal



Lindsey & Robin

Author Lindsey Leavitt

Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom/party animal (not to be confused with her spirit animal, which is a lion). She lives with her family in the Utah mountains.
Author Robin Mellom

Robin has taught grades 5 through 8 and has a master's degree in education. She lives with her husband and son on the Central Coast of California.
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Workout Word Eleven

Today's word is recur!
 
 
Recur (VERB) / ree-kur /
 
 
Definition: 1. to come back in thought or discussion; 2. to come again into the mind; 3. to occur or appear again.
 
 
Sentence: Every time Ellie thinks she's fixed the computer the problem recurs.
 
 
Workout:
 
 
R - 30 Arm Circles
 
E - 10 Sumo Squats
 
C - 1 Minute Jump Rope
 
U -  20 Mountain Climbers

R - 30 Arm Circles




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Currently: February 10, 2016

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...

I won two coffees on roll up the rim...life is pretty shiny right now.



Reading...

Right now I am reading Habored Secrets by Marie F. Martin which is a tough one to put down, I read through snuggling and watching our shows last night.



Watching...

At the moment I have moved on to binge watching Xena or should I say rewatching as I watched it originally when I was in high school.



Listening To...

Workout Pop Playlists on Google Music at the gym, because I really like hearing this song:



Thinking About...

The orthodontist just gave me the bad news that Ace does indeed need braces so right now my mind is on which organ I can sell to afford those.  Anyone need a kidney? 

Anticipating...

Monday is a holiday so we have a long weekend this week, I am really looking forward to spending it in my pajamas curled up with my lap top working on my A to Z challenge posts.  (Don't I know how to party?)  

Wishing... 

For a big box of Turtles for Valentine's day!

Making Me Happy...

I got an extra coffee this morning because I had a free one.  I have had ALL THE COFFEE!!!

Workout Word Ten

Today's word is bannock!
 
 
Bannock (NOUN) /ban-nukh/
 
 
Definition: 1. a type of flat bread made of oatmeal; 2. a traditional Cree bread.
 
 
Sentence: Mark Baker from Timmins showed us all how to make traditional bannock with blueberries.
 
 
Workout:
 
 
B - 10 Lateral Raises
 
 
A - 20 Alternating Hammer Curls
 
 
N - 1 Minute Wall Sit
 
 
N - 1 Minute Wall Sit
 
 
O - 10 Push Ups
 
 
C - 1 Minute Jump Rope
 
 
K - 20 Alternating Front Raises
 


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

His Personal Relationship Manager Book Blast

His Personal Relationship Manager

His Personal Relationship Manager by Jennifer Peel

Kenadie Marshall suffered the most public of humiliations, being left at the altar. Instead of wallowing in her misery, she makes it her mission to help others find true and lasting love, all while swearing off relationships for good. Between the software application she developed and a team of relationship managers, her brainchild, Binary Search, has an uncanny knack for choosing the perfect match almost every time.

Attractive and loveable Jason Hadley is taken with Kenadie Marshall from their first meeting. Determined to win her over, he does anything and everything he can think of, even if it means using her firm’s service and dating other women to stay close to her.

Will Kenadie realize she’s met her match before it’s too late? Or will Jason’s ploy go too far? Find out in His Personal Relationship Manager, a romantic comedy with an epic battle of wills.
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"One of the best romantic comedies I've read in a long time!" - Becky Monson, Bestselling Author of the Spinster Series

"There's nothing more satisfying than a story with a great plot, strong characters, and a romance that makes me swoon. This story has it all and more! I loved every minute of it!" - Katie from Katie's Clean Book Collection
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Excerpt

He paused for a moment. His intense gaze had me feeling undone. “Are you happy, Kenadie?”

“That’s a complicated question.”

“Well, you are a complicated woman.”

“I don’t try to be.”

“It was a compliment.”

“How do you do that?”

“What’s that?”

“You always know what to say to make me feel better about myself.”

“Well, that’s easy. You give me good material to work with.”

“Jason … Today, I’m happy.”

“You don’t know how happy I am to hear that,” he said smoothly.



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Author Jennifer Peel

Jennifer Peel is the mother of three amazing kiddos. Wife to her one and only for the past twenty-one years. Lover of late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.



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Workout Word Nine

Today's word is dendroid!
 
 
Dendroid (ADJECTIVE) /den-droyd/
 
Definition: the scientific word for the form or shape of a tree.
 
Sentence: The banana plant is actually a dendroid herb.
 
 
Workout:
 
D - 20 Crunches
 
E - 10 Sumo Squats
 
N - 1 Minute Wall Sit
 
D - 20 Crunches
 
R - 30 Arm Circles
 
O - 10 Push Ups
 
I - 20 Shoulder Width Squats
 
D - 20 Crunches
 
 
I like this word, makes trees sound all robotic.  


Monday, February 8, 2016

Logan Marsh Review



Logan Marsh: A Thrilling Fantasy Novel 

A magnificent group of heroes is lead by a young girl-elf in attempt rescue a magical kingdom from evil forces. Logan Marsh, a young female elf, reunites a group of past heroes to battle the dreadful Hubris, the forceful evil elf who threatens to take over the kingdom with his army of dark-elves, soldjas, goblins and undeads. The heroes face mighty challenges on their quest after a powerful charmed horn, hidden in a deserted castle in a sunken city. Will they reach the horn before the dark forces lay their hands on it and use if for their evil plan? 

˃˃˃ Witchcraft, magic and fantasy meet a thrilling drama full of humor, mystery and charm. 

Mage Choop Krunch, a good-hearted Lutin and a talented sorcerer, joins the famous paladin Achtisanor, the former head of the kingdom's royal guard. With them is Francois De-Fontain Fantastick, also known as “De-Stik”, a cheerful and charming bard, a harper and a poet. Each with his special talents and weak spots, they are all ready for danger and hungry for adventure. 
Dunlop, a passionate reporter, half human half elf, follows them, eager to report any exciting events. With him joins Serdamus, a tiny Gnome who documents these fantastic events in his graceful sketch illustrations. The events are captured in the beautiful rhymes of “De-Stik”, that smoothens the plot with his special humor and fantastic point of view. 

˃˃˃ Join these fascinating creatures in an unforgettable journey. A fantasy thriller that will leave you breathless. 

There were parts of this book that really dragged for me, if I was reading it just for myself I would have skipped over them.  I really enjoyed the stone eagles, I found them to be particularly witty.  In some parts I had trouble keeping the characters straight due to the changing names thing, I had that problem with Tolstoy too so that might just be me.

Workout Word Eight

Today's word is baldric!
 
Baldric (NOUN) /baldric/
 
Definition: a shoulder strap for holding a sword.
 
Sentence: The knight carried a second dagger in the handsome baldric.
 
Workout:
 
B - 10 Lateral Raises
 
A - 20 Alternating Hammer Curls
 
L - 10 Alternating Side Lunges
 
D - 20 Crunches
 
R - 30 Arm Circles
 
I - 20 Shoulder Width Squats
 
C - 1 Minute Jump Rope
 
Not really a new word today but an easy workout for a Monday. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Workout Word Seven

Today's word is abiotic!
 
 
Abiotic (ADJECTIVE) /ay-bye-aw-tik/
 
Definition: of, or relating to, an absence of life or living organisms.
 
Sentence: At first glance Antarctica was believed to be an abiotic environment.
 
Workout:
 
A - 20 Alternating Hammer Curls
 
B - 10 Lateral Raises
 
I - 20 Shoulder Width Squats
 
O - 10 Push Ups
 
T - 25 Jumping Jacks
 
I - 20 Shoulder Width Squats
 
C - 1 Minute Jump Rope
 
 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Workout Word Six

The word today is evanescent!

evanescent (ADJECTIVE) /ev-uh-nes-unt/

Definition: liable to vanish or pass away like vapour; fleeting.

Sentence: Evanescent clouds of vapour billowed from the tops of the skyscrapers on that frigid January morning.

Workout:

 E – 10 Sumo Squats

V - 20 Alternating Biceps Curls

A – 20 Alternating Hammer Curls

N - 1 Minutes Wall Sit

E – 10 Sumo Squats

S - 20 Alternating Front Lunges

C – 1 Minute Jump Rope 

E – 10 Sumo Squats

N - 1 Minutes Wall Sit

T - 25 Jumping Jacks

Have you been working out along this week?  Have you had a favourite word?  

Friday, February 5, 2016

Workout Word Five

Today's word is Munificent!

munificent (ADJECTIVE) /myoo-nif-i-suht/

Definition: very liberal in giving or bestowing; very generous; lavish.

Sentence: The miserly old woman became munificent in her gift-giving during the holidays each year.

Workout:

M - 1 Minute Jogging on The Spot

U - 20 Mountain Climbers

N - 1 Minutes Wall Sit

I – 20 Shoulder Width Squats

F – 1 Minutes Toy Soldiers

 I – 20 Shoulder Width Squats

 C – 1 Minute Jump Rope

E – 10 Sumo Squats

N - 1 Minutes Wall Sit

T - 25 Jumping Jacks





Celebrate The Small Things: February 5, 2016



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 slight reprieve in the winter weather, I have been squeezing in as much outdoor time as I can before the cold weather starts up again.

I am also celebrating simple decision making as we have been working our way through some tough stuff in life lately and small decisions seem to be making it a little easier to deal with now.

What are you celebrating this week?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Currently: February 4, 2016

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...

The weather has been really nice and I have been getting in a fair bit of walking so far this week which has felt fantastic.

Reading...

Right now I am reading Logan Marsh for a review.



Watching...

We have been binge watching Nevermind the Buzzcocks on You Tube.  If you have never seen it and are at all a fan of British humor then you have to watch it.



Listening To...

All the super fun pop from when I was much, much younger. Remember this song?



Thinking About...

Toronto ComiCon is just around the corner and I am starting to think about Cosplays.

Anticipating...

I am participating in Lettermo so looking forward to getting lots of mail sent out this month,

Wishing... 

For the springlike weather to continue.

Making Me Happy...

My great grandfather and his army squadron have been honored on a Canadian stamp.  That's pretty gosh darn awesome!


Miss Match Review


Playing cupid may break her heart... 

Billionaire CEO Luke Ryder doesn’t want to hire his best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. Not when he’s been in love with her for eight years. Too bad she doesn’t see him as relationship material and is engaged to another man. If the matchmaking company she works for closes, Brooke is out of a job, and Luke is out a best friend. There will be nothing stopping her from moving to Italy with her fiancé. And Luke isn’t about to let that happen. 

Brooke’s dream career may be crumbling, and she will do anything to keep Toujour in the black. Even recruit Luke, America’s favorite bachelor, as her next client. Surely his perfect smile and swollen bank account will send clients swarming to their doors. But when matching up Luke works a little too well, Brooke wonders if she’s with the right man. Maybe she should finally forget Luke’s playboy image and admit he’s changed. All Brooke has to decide is if she’s willing to risk her heart.

This was a quick read for me, just over a day.  Like a candy bar, sweet and light.  Very refreshing as I have been doing a little more heavy reading for other purposes.  I found Brooke to be a great character and I loved Luke.  The relationship between Brooke and Antonio could have been built up a little more but it was a great read over all.

Workout Words Four

Today's word is desuetude!

Desuetude (NOUN) /des-wih-tood/

Definition: the cessation of use; discontinuance of practice or custom; disuse.

Sentence: The desuetude of the fax machine was something that Todd had completely missed.

Workout:

D – 20 Crunches

E – 10 Sumo Squats

S - 20 Alternating Front Lunges

U - 20 Mountain Climbers

E – 10 Sumo Squats

T - 25 Jumping Jacks

U - 20 Mountain Climbers

D – 20 Crunches

E – 10 Sumo Squats

It's a hard one today, that're for sure.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Workout Word Three

Today's word if pecuniary!

pecuniary (ADJECTIVE) /pi-kyoo-nee-air-e/

Definition: of, or pertaining to, money; consisting of, paid for, or exacted in a cash payment.

Sentence: The environmentalists argued that the value of the Chesterville swamp is much greater than its pecuniary land value.

Workout:

P - 10 Sit Ups

E – 10 Sumo Squats

C – 1 Minute Jump Rope

U - 20 Mountain Climbers

N - 1 Minutes Wall Sit

I – 20 Shoulder Width Squats                              

A – 20 Alternating Hammer Curls 

R - 30 Arm Circles

Y - 10 Shoulder Presses

How are you feeling today?  Don't forget to stretch!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Workout Words Two



Today's Word is Quiddity! 

Quiddity (noun) /kwi-dih-tee/

Definition: 1. an eccentricity: an odd feature. 2. the essence, nature or distinctive peculiarity of a thing.

Sentence: Like it or not, Will had to put up with my friend Anna's quiddities for the whole week.

Q - 20 Hip Circles

U - 20 Mountain Climbers

I - 20 Shoulder Widths Squats

D -20 Crunches

D - 20 Crunches

I - 20 Shoulder Widths Squats

T - 25 Jumping Jacks

Y - 10 Shoulder Presses

An interesting work out today and a great new word.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Work Out Words One

Today is the first day of work out words..are you ready?  Today's word is inchoate.


Inchoate (ADJECTIVE) \in-koh-it\

Definition: 1. to in in an initial or early stage; just begun; 2. imperfectly formed of formulated.

Sentence: The captain's orders were an inchoate series of words that left everyone confused.

Workout: 

I – 20 Shoulder Width Squats

N - 1 Minutes Wall Sit

C – 1 Minute Jump Rope

H – 1 Minute High Knees

O - 10 Push Ups

A – 20 Alternating Hammer Curls

T - 25 Jumping Jacks

E – 10 Sumo Squats