Tuesday Treats!!

It’s time for  Tuesday Treats!!

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL WEDNESDAY AT 6 PM!

We’re going to get you through the Tuesday blahs. In the treat basket today are:

Green upholstery bag

This bag is a little bigger than the Shirt and Pants bags, but the handles are a touch shorter. It is fully-lined and has an interior pocket for pens or your phone. There is also a fun embroidery design. :-)

(There is only one bag. The front and back are different.)

Green upholstery bag

Other side of Green upholstery bag

And an Astraea Press Drop Card! The card includes the following books:

Astraea Press Drop Card

If you aren’t sure what a drop card is, well, it’s pretty cool. You log into the information on the back of the card and you get to download these six books for free. How awesome is that? (I think it helps if you log in on your computer first, but then you can send them to whatever device you want.)

What are the six books? 

Samurai’s Garden, Patricia Kiyono; Along the Way Home, Christi Corbett; Labor of Love, Felicia Rodgers; Climbing Heartbreak Hill, Joselyn Vaughn; Molly’s Folly, Denise Gwen; Shining Moon Rises, Stephy Smith.

So how do you win these treasures?

Pretty easy! Leave a comment below before midnight. Winners will be chosen on Wednesday.

To leave a comment, click on where it says ‘2 comments’ or ‘4 comments’ and you will see the comment window.

(Because this involves mailing actual packages, this treat is for US residents only. Sorry. :-( Stay tuned though, there will be others.)

Happy Tuesday!

 

Fuel Your Creativity with Kay Springsteen

Please welcome Kay Springsteen to Fuel Your Creativity as she shares her eye for photography!

I have one of those personalities that must always be expressed via some creative outlet. I suppose that’s what my writing feeds – the need to create. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThrough writing I can craft people, things, whole worlds. What I say goes, the ultimate control. As a kid I could see pictures in things like the grain of a wooden door or random print patterns in the linoleum200570_101284539881577_100000000949045_35484_5469216_n. Pansies had faces and snapdragons could really snap. But the ability to draw and paint what formed in my imagination remained elusive. Abstracts came well, and I have a strong sense of color. 38065_145482805461750_100000000949045_457025_3253364_nBut I longed to create a more realistic art – something I could hang on the wall and say “I did that.” So, when I got my first camera at about age 8 – way back when film was not cheap and developing it was sometimes prohibitively expensive – I began experimenting with the art of taking pictures, of attempting to capture on film the world as I saw it. 199775_100993936577304_100000000949045_24572_7462860_nWell, win some and lose some. With a film camera, you shot and prayed you got your settings correct for the outcome you desired. Major learning curve.UMB In today’s world of digital photography, however, you have only the initial investment of your camera. If you don’t get the picture right the first time, oftentimes you can just regroup and retake. Some members in my family are afraid to say things or tell me about their lives for fear they will end up in a story. 6520_101700983173266_100000000949045_50598_2001087_nOthers find themselves dodging the camera that seems to be surgically attached some days. Either way, my creative outlets – writing and photography – are about catching moments. When you add in my other passions of gardening, pet rescue, and family… well let’s just say I have lots of subjects to experiment on.

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Coming September 30, 2014 from Astraea Press: The 13 of Hearts (Book 5 of the Hearts Series)

Peter “Rabbit” Kincaid wasn’t always superstitious but after several deployments with the US Marines, he’s picked up a few quirks. His last tour of duty didn’t go so well, and now he’s back home recovering from injuries and awaiting clearance to get back in the fight. The fight is about to come to him in a different way.

Melinda “Lin” Doyle is a two-time US Marine widow on the run from the fallout of an incident that threatens to separate her from her two children. Making their home in a motel where she works for board and half pay, with her oldest child attending school under an assumed name isn’t her idea of being Mother of the Year. Then again, neither is being at the center of a murder investigation.

Rabbit believes everything happens for a reason so when he and the young family cross paths multiple times over the course of a couple of days, he pays attention. Lin would rather the handsome Marine officer take his attention elsewhere before he ruins everything. How can they ever get along when everything they do appears to be at cross purposes?

Find out more about Kay and her other books:

Amazon author page:  http://www.amazon.com/Kay-Springsteen/e/B004RZUWLG/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Find me on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Wordz.n.Pix

Author page (announcements): https://www.facebook.com/KaySpringsteen

Twitter:  @KaySpringsteen

Tuesday Treats!!

It’s time for  Tuesday Treats!!

We’re going to get you through the Tuesday blahs. In the treat basket today are:

 

Denim cross-body bag.

Denim cross-body bag. Interior of the bag is purple with a tie closure. Large enough for several magazines.

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The lining fabric is the same at the underside of the handle.

And an Astraea Press Drop Card! The card includes the following books:

Astraea Press Drop Card

If you aren’t sure what a drop card is, well, it’s pretty cool. You log into the information on the back of the card and you get to download these six books for free. How awesome is that? (I think it helps if you log in on your computer first, but then you can send them to whatever device you want.)

What are the six books? 

Samurai’s Garden, Patricia Kiyono; Along the Way Home, Christi Corbett; Labor of Love, Felicia Rodgers; Climbing Heartbreak Hill, Joselyn Vaughn; Molly’s Folly, Denise Gwen; Shining Moon Rises, Stephy Smith.

So how do you win these treasures?

Pretty easy! Leave a comment below before midnight. Winners will be chosen on Wednesday.

To leave a comment, click on where it says ‘2 comments’ or ‘4 comments’ and you will see the comment window.

(Because this involves mailing actual packages, this treat is for US residents only. Sorry. :-( Stay tuned though, there will be others.)

Happy Tuesday!

 

Fuel Your Creativity with Christina Lorenzen

Please welcome Christina Lorenzen and her beautiful jewelry to this week’s Fuel Your Creativity.

I have always been a creative person. From the time I got my first typewriter, at the age of 10, I could barely keep up with my ideas. I toyed with short stories and poems. But like most people, as I eased into adulthood life got in the way. The busyness and obligations of daily life kept me from pursuing fiction. As young people we get told that we need to ‘make a living’. That’s what I did, becoming immersed in writing for magazines.

In 2007 I decided I’d had enough. I made the leap to the world of fiction, dreaming of days spent endlessly writing stories. Several years later, around 2011, I found my ‘well’ was dry. I decided to walk away from it and do what needed to be done. I had a family, a house, a herd of pets….I would certainly be busy enough. It was a trip to the local craft store that fueled my creativity and broke the block. I had brought my daughter to that store for her to pick up supplies that she needed. While she picked through her supplies I wandered off and found the bead aisle.chain_maille_necklace I was amazed at all the shiny, glittery beads dangling from rows of racks. I was talking to women about beading and thought I might like to try it myself. That purchase, a strand of 7 beads, led to purchasing wire, clasps, crimp beads and more. pearl_and_crystal_bracelet I was hooked and months later I opened my Etsy shop, Addie Frank Designs.Today I not only sell my designs but donate to fundraisers. I’ve helped raise money for a little boy with leukemia and a woman fighting breast cancer. And the act of creating jewelry fueled my writing fire.wire_work_earrings I was back at my keyboard. This year my first book, a novella, was released from Astraea Press and I have several more books in the works.

 

A Husband for Danna book coverAbout A Husband for Danna:

Off and running! In her frenzied quest to escape from a groom her father has chosen for her, Danna Rashba ‘borrows’ a limousine parked on Main Street. The last thing on her mind is finding a groom from another wedding in the backseat. What are the chances that the bride and groom from two different weddings running from the altar on the same day? The last thing Danna wants is a hostage as she tries to escape from her nuptials.

The last thing Eric Harmon wants is to be saddled with yet another spoiled, needy woman. He’s furious about this wrench in his plans, he accuses Danna of stealing. He wants to send her home in a cab as soon as they get to the nearest town, but Danna refuses. Much to Eric’s frustration, one thing after another seems to keep them tied together.

Soon the generosity of a local shopkeeper and several people in town have them mistaken for newlyweds. Danna and Eric find themselves stepping into the role as husband and wife leading them to realize they just may be each other’s ‘match’. But will Danna be able to stand up to her rigid, old fashioned father and choose her own husband?

 

Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Husband-For-Danna-Christina-Lorenzen-ebook/dp/B00MTACNG8

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-husband-for-danna-christina-lorenzen/1120159014?ean=2940150676497

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/468717

BIO: 

Christina Lorenzen started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. Her love of writing has sustained her through a myriad of jobs that included hairdresser, legal secretary, waitress and door to door saleswoman. Luckily for her, writing proved to be successful and a lot less walking than going door to door. A Husband for Danna is Christina’s first novel. She is busy working on her next. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.

Tuesday Treats!!

It’s time for  Tuesday Treats!!

We’re going to get you through the Tuesday blahs. In the treat basket today are:

 

Shirt and Pants Tote Bag

Shirt and Pants tote bag. Small pinkish gingham. Holds at least 10 trade paperbacks.

And an Astraea Press Drop Card! The card includes the following books:

Astraea Press Drop Card

If you aren’t sure what a drop card is, well, it’s pretty cool. You log into the information on the back of the card and you get to download these six books for free. How awesome is that? (I think it helps if you log in on your computer first, but then you can send them to whatever device you want.)

What are the six books? 

Samurai’s Garden, Patricia Kiyono; Along the Way Home, Christi Corbett; Labor of Love, Felicia Rodgers; Climbing Heartbreak Hill, Joselyn Vaughn; Molly’s Folly, Denise Gwen; Shining Moon Rises, Stephy Smith.

So how do you win these treasures?

Pretty easy! Leave a comment below before midnight. Winners will be chosen on Wednesday.

To leave a comment, click on where it says ‘2 comments’ or ‘4 comments’ and you will see the comment window.

(Because this involves mailing actual packages, this treat is for US residents only. Sorry. :-( Stay tuned though, there will be others.)

Happy Tuesday!

 

Fuel Your Creativity with Olivia Polk

Let’s give a warm welcome to Olivia Polk!!

One way I fuel my creativity other than writing is through painting. This is something I started after my son was born and it has been a great way for me to express myself, try something new and learn a new craft. I quit my job when my son was born and am now a stay-at-home-mom. I love spending time with him and feel very lucky we are able to have this special time together. However, raising a child is obviously a longer term “project” than writing a book or finishing a work project!

Christmas Ornament After working as a public relations professional for 10 years, it was difficult to feel the same sense of accomplishment at the end of each day as I did when I was working.Dessertr Painting has been a great outlet for my creativity and has given me the extra sense of accomplishment and production I needed.

It sounds cliché, but I find inspiration everywhere. I’ve painted pieces inspired by photos in a magazine, a book and even from the holidays. Wicked Several of my first paintings were inspired by Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I remind myself that the painting doesn’t need to be perfect but is always a good opportunity for practice. Thankful - FallIt has been a surprising new hobby and I’ve been very pleased with the response I’ve received. I opened an Etsy shop with my sister and we sold one of my first paintings very quickly. This is something I plan to continue practicing and am looking forward to seeing my skill grow in time.

 

Babymaid book cover Babymaid Book Blurb

Lexi’s life is finally falling into place. She has just received a much-deserved promotion to manage a public relations campaign for a new Miami hotel complete with a handsome hotel manager. Just when she thinks she will have the big news during happy hour, her best friend Savannah drops a baby-powder covered bomb. She’s pregnant. BOOM! Before Lexi has a chance to recover from the shell-shock, Kate, the third musketeer in their trio, admits that she too is expecting. KA-BAM!

Lexi soon realizes her whole life is undergoing a baby proof makeover when Kate moves into her condo to flee a failing marriage. As the pits of real pregnancy start to multiply —food aversions, medical tests and more, Lexi starts to wonder if she actually knows anything about real pregnancy.

Between the hotel launch and her leading role as babymaid, Lexi can hardly keep baby bottles and champagne bottles straight and starts to question if she can handle the pressure. Can Lexi survive the pregnancies, pull off the hotel launch of the year and snag her own someday-baby-daddy? She knew how to be a bridesmaid, can she learn to be a…babymaid?

http://www.amazon.com/Babymaid-Olivia-Polk-ebook/dp/B00I2XXCUC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406832576&sr=8-1&keywords=babymaid

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/babymaid-jane-f-odowd/1118331220?ean=2940148113034

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20831584-babymaid?from_search=true

JaneandOlivia.com

Author Bio

Olivia Polk and Jane O’Dowd are Orlando-based friends, moms and public relations professionals. Their fun debut novel Babymaid tells the story of how female relationships evolve when women make the transition from friends to friends-with-kids.

 

Tuesday Treats!!

It’s time for  Tuesday Treats!!

We’re going to get you through the Tuesday blahs. In the treat basket today are:

 

Shirt and Pants Tote Bag

Shirt and Pants tote bag. Great for holding your favorite reads. Interior pocket for pens or phone.

And an Astraea Press Drop Card! The card includes the following books:

Astraea Press Drop Card

If you aren’t sure what a drop card is, well, it’s pretty cool. You log into the information on the back of the card and you get to download these six books for free. How awesome is that? (I think it helps if you log in on your computer first, but then you can send them to whatever device you want.)

What are the six books? 

Samurai’s Garden, Patricia Kiyono; Along the Way Home, Christi Corbett; Labor of Love, Felicia Rodgers; Climbing Heartbreak Hill, Joselyn Vaughn; Molly’s Folly, Denise Gwen; Shining Moon Rises, Stephy Smith.

So how do you win these treasures?

Pretty easy! Leave a comment below before midnight. Winners will be chosen on Wednesday.

To leave a comment, click on where it says ‘2 comments’ or ‘4 comments’ and you will see the comment window.

(Because this involves mailing actual packages, this treat is for US residents only. Sorry. :-( Stay tuned though, there will be others.)

Happy Tuesday!