Hey – sorry to be late in posting this! I’m always late with blog posts though, so I’m sure we’ll persevere. The winner of my Furiously Happy #Thankful4u giveaway is Amanda W! Thank you so much for entering the giveaway.
Everyone else, you can check out Jenny Lawson and her books at her blog and pretty much everywhere books are sold these days.
This week we’re letting everyone know just what we’re thankful for. And that includes…YOU! There’s a new giveaway at every single stop so be sure to hop around and visit your favorite blogs and find a few new ones to follow too!
So the purpose of this post is to tell you, my readers, why I’m thankful. Well yay! An easy blog topic. One with a lot of answers, but easy. I love my readers, because without them I’d basically just be writing for my cat, and the couple of writer buddies who are kind enough to cheer me on (Thanks, guys!). I love what I do, and I love to write because I love to read. I love all the feelings I have when fall head over heels for an amazing story. When I get email from a reader letting me know that I’ve made them laugh or cry or want more of a series, I am grateful because it gives me hope that just maybe I’ve come close to giving someone else that same amazing feeling I get when I fall in love with a story. I’m also thankful to my readers because when I write, I fall in love with my characters. The good ones, the bad ones, the alphas and the betas, they are all real to me. I see and hear them in my head, and getting to spend quality time with them is such a gift. Every reader who talks to me about those worlds, about Michelle and Dante’s struggles in Acts of Creation, or the emotional conclusion to Lee and Alexia in Hunter by Night, they become even more vivid, more real, and more alive to me.
I’m grateful because writing can be a solitary activity. Sometimes depressing, sometimes anxiety inducing, and never as easy as it looks in the movies. If I were only writing into the void, and reading things aloud to my cat, I’d look even crazier than I’m sure I already do. 😉
I love my readers for making it possible to continue. It’s that simple, and that huge. Thank you so much to all of you. <3
Giveaway –One copy of Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, and some bookmarks. I had the extreme luck of hearing Jenny Lawson speak about a month (maybe? I’m awful at time) ago about things like mental illness, and while I’m generally reasonably perky on social media, it’s something I struggle with as much as the next writer. Mostly, I deal with it quietly because I have trouble behaving like a human being when I’m in deep–as I’m sure is the case with lots of people. So if I feel like hell, I simply retreat and marathon Supernatural like a good girl. 😉
I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety since my early teens, and have have more trouble since having kids and starting writing. Lawson’s writing–her humor and her keep swimming attitude–was the sort of thing I needed. I keep her books by my bed and on my phone and pull one out when I need to remember I’m not alone and to give myself a good laugh. Sadly, due to time constraints I didn’t actually get to meet her the day she was in my town signing books, but I got to hear her speak, and some of the things she said touched my heart so much that it was worth the drive all the same.
So. The point of all the babbling? Someone on Twitter mentioned buying an extra copy of the book to give away to someone who might not otherwise be able to afford one, which I thought was a great idea – being the good procrastinator that I am, I’m just now getting around to giving my extra copy away. I needed to give something away for this blog hop, so here we are!
**I’m doing something different today for the giveaway. Typically to maximize social media exposure and whatnot, I set up a giveaway widget, and it gives bonus entries to folks who follow me on Facebook and and my Newsletter, or Twitter, or who Tweet about the giveaway. I’m not requiring that for this giveaway simply because I want to give everyone an equal chance. So while it’d be lovely if you joined my nutty tribe of followers, and I think it’s a really awesome giveaway so I would definitely appreciate if you shared the giveaway on Twitter / FB / etc, for this particular giveaway the deal is one comment, one entry, and I’ll choose a winner at the end by having my cat shine her laser pointer at the screen (or more likely a randomizer) (My God, is she always so wordy? Yes, yes she is).
Also, and more importantly, if you don’t already follow Jenny as “The Bloggess” on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog, you really are missing out.
SO If you would like a chance to win the book, leave a comment below. Make sure the blog comment doohickie has captured your email address or something so I can contact you if you win. Simple as that. So comment below. And if you have the means and can’t wait to read Furiously Happy, go and get it. It’s so good, and full of taxidermy. Who can go wrong with Taxidermy? Lots of other folks are doing giveaways this week. Check them out:
Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time for the 4th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway from Laughing Vixen Lounge. 7 wickedly fun shops have come together to create one spooktalcular Prize Pack ($225+) full of Jewelry, Perfume, Clothing, Accessories and more! All shops are offering Gift Cards or your choice of item(s) so there will be something for everyone. Many of the shops have items perfect for any book lover along with lots of other unique, handcrafted and custom designs. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below or visit the Main Giveaway Page on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog HERE.
Join us daily on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog during the giveaway for our Halloween Movie Marathon featuring the Guess the Movie Game and our Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Each event will get you daily entries in the giveaway plus a special giveaway for the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Find full details for these events HERE.
October is the perfect time for watching spooky movies. Along with the Halloween Movie Marathon each of our participating shops, and many of our blog sponsors, will be sharing some of their favorite movie choices with you.
So… MY favorites?? I had to think about this one, because I actually don’t love horror a whole lot, and that’s what I usually associate with Halloween. I have to mention Nightmare before Christmas though, and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Okay, not exactly movies to leave you shaking in your shoes but still must-watch Halloween classics. I AM on a massive paranormal TV binge right now, however – I just finished a Teen Wolf marathon and now I’m catching up with the Winchester brothers on Supernatural. I kinda figure all the spooky things that go bump in the night on those shows will put anyone in the Halloween spirit! And those shirtless abs go better with chocolate! What are your Halloween faves??
The giveaway runs October 18th – November 1st and is open worldwide. 1 winner will win the Prize Pack and 1 winner will win the Scavenger Hunt Prize Pack. Laughing Vixen Lounge is responsible for all giveaway details. Please visit the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog HERE to see the full prize list, participating shops and daily giveaway events.
I’m super thrilled to be a part of this AMAZING boxed set, that includes seven amazing full-length novels from NYT, USA Today and bestselling authors. On sale now for only $0.99, you’re going to want to grab this 7-book e-box set while it’s hot (and hunky)!
And stop by our Facebook launch party tonight, 10.6, from 3 to 10 EST to win many awesome books and other prizes!!
About the Hot Hometown Hunks Collection:
You know the guy. The hometown hunk who can make hearts race and knees shake with a flash of his abs or one crooked smile. From enemies to lovers to second chances, these sizzling, seductive, and satisfying full-length novels are guaranteed to sweep you off your feet.
At The Stars by Elisabeth Staab
I was a normal teenager until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. Later, when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and curious stares. I decided to get in my car and go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me.
Let Me Love You by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristin Miller
Winery owner Lucy Stone isn’t looking to settle down with one man. But when she wins a date with blazingly hot firefighter Joey Brackett at a charity event, everything changes. As things heat up between them, Lucy must choose between what she thought she wanted, and what her heart tells her she needs.
Second Chance at Perfect by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Charity Pineiro
Maya Alfonso was hopelessly in love with fellow pre-med student Alex Martinez, but their engagement came to an abrupt end filled with recriminations and heartache. Maya picks up the pieces of her life and vows never to make the same mistake again. But when Fate brings her a second chance at a life with Alex and his adorable daughter, Maya is willing to risk her heart for a second chance at perfect.
The Rebound Pact by USA Today Bestselling Author Eliza Knight
After a one-night stand with her older brother’s best friend Gabrielle Dane vows never to return to her hometown and the awkwardness one night of passion created. But several years later, she finds herself doing just that, running into the delicious Holden Bellamy. The attraction between them still sizzles… Having just experienced serious breakups, neither one is ready to start again. Instead, they make a rebound pact. Casual sex, no strings attached—don’t fall in love.
Unfinished Dreams by Amazon Bestselling author Amanda McIntyre
After leaving an abusive relationship, Tess is given a second chance at happiness, but will it come at the expense of the handsome cowboy she’s hired for repairs on the farmhouse she’s rented? Gabe knows the perky city girl isn’t going to last living the country life, but while he’s helping make her dreams a reality, he doesn’t count on wanting her to see her stay.
Batter Up by Robyn Neeley
Can a quirky bakeshop owner predict soul mates for bachelors in her magical batter? Investigative reporter Jason Levine is about to find out. Sparks fly when Jason tries to expose Emma Stevens as a fraud who has duped an entire town into believing that she can predict their happily ever afters, but logic goes out the window as he begins to fall under her spell.
Carolina Heat by Christi Barth
Investigative journalist Annabelle Carlyle goes undercover in Charleston when her best friend disappears. Before she finds a single clue, she runs into a sexy man she can’t shake. Tall, dark and charming, Mark Dering is happy to show the gorgeous Yankee his hometown. Soon they’re knee deep in a mystery that goes all the way back to the Civil War. The stakes grow higher when a body is discovered. With a killer on the loose, it’s the worst possible moment for Mark to try and unlock Annabelle’s heart. Or is love exactly what her life’s been missing?
Since it was pointed out that I accidentally closed the Rockin’ Reads giveaway early, and since it IS a release day, I’m giving away a fun swag pack with bookmarks, key chain, some fun stuff I’ve picked up from other authors, etc to one person below. ALSO don’t forget to stop by our Facebook launch party for tons of other Amazing prizes!! Oh yeah, and grab the box set, because it’s an effing awesome price for a great bundle of books, and you know you want to. 😉
So I guess today’s blog hop is about books we read that rocked? I tried to come up with books about rock – as in, rock star romances – except it turns out I haven’t read too many of those that really rang my bell. So if you’ve got some recommendations for those or any other books that rocked your world, please leave me a comment!
So I LOVE to talk books, and I love to share books that have really made me swoon, so that’s what I’m doing with this hop today. Share yours in the comments, and I will give one poster a signed copy of one of my paperbacks, plus some swaggy things!
Now – my recent fave comfort reads:
The Bollywood Affair – I had the pleasure of hearing Sonali Dev talk about her book at last year’s WRW Reader/Blogger Luncheon (we’re doing another one on October 10! You should totally be there!) and it just sounded so fascinating I had to check it out. I got so engaged in the richness of the story and the drama of it that my husband started making fun of how I wouldn’t put the book down. Given the way I read, that’s really saying something.
The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen (new adult, male/male) – another author mentioned this book in a discussion, and I eventually grabbed it and read it over and over. The love story is so sweet and it makes me actually want to watch college sports, which isn’t even usually my thing. The whole series is great. If you’re a purist about starting with book 1 of a series, you’ll actually want to go here.
Forgotten Sins – Rebecca Zanetti is always awesome, and I mean – a fiercely loyal superhuman soldier with amnesia, and the woman who loves him. Need I say more?
The Siren – this envelope-pushing erotica novel by Tiffany Reisz is one I go back to again and again not simply for the sexy chemistry between the characters but because I love Reisz’s lyrical writing style so damn much. <3
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson’s “mostly true memoir” isn’t romance and apparently isn’t even entirely fiction, but I swear to you that you will laugh until you can’t breathe. Worth the price of the book, even though I typically bristle at paying more than ten bucks for an e-book. She has a new one out also, even better I’m told, though I haven’t had the joy of checking it out yet.