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!

 

Fuel Your Creativity with J. J. Nite

Please welcome J.J. Nite to Fuel Your Creativity!

I sewed my first creation at five. It may have only been recognizable to me that it was a bunny, but I was very proud of it.

 

Fast forward 15 years. After 2 years as a music major, I had decided to change my field of study. To what I still didn’t know. I moved back home to try and figure it out and by November was a little depressed.

My mom recognized that I needed something to divert my mind from obsessing about what to do with my life. She talked me into joining her weekly sewing night with all her friends. While I wasn’t initially excited about sewing with a group of women who had watched me grow up, I was looking forward to sewing a quilt.

I was welcomed with open arms and everyone helped me get started. It was funny to watch them all work separately, but chatter away the whole time. Some of the topics discussed made me blush and I was sometimes instructed to forget what was said.

I was fascinated and a little horrified, by how they worked together. One of the ladies would be trying to make a decision about the layout of a quilt or a color combination. It wouldn’t be long before a “group decision” would be necessary.

Apparently it took a 20 year-old, an outsider, to point out the fact that there was a group decision needed for everything. I would shake my head, point out the group decision, and keep sewing.

Because I could only sew on Tuesday nights, my project was progressing slowly. By the time I was ready to choose a layout, I felt like I had been accepted into a group that was warm and supportive. And then it happened. I couldn’t decide on a layout and before I knew what was happening I had done it. I asked what everyone else thought about my layout. And you had better believe they let me know I had become one of them…before they helped me with a group decision.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

J.J. Nite lives in North Alabama with her husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 5 goldfish. She writes young adult sweet romance for Astraea Press and loves reading as much as possible. J.J.’s also found that if she doesn’t write something every day, her mood is that of a bear waking from hibernation. Don’t worry though, the children have learned to let Mommy write a little before approaching.

Social Media:

Twitter: @jjnite

Instagram: @jjniteauthor

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jjnite1

 

Beginnings of the Heart book coverBeginnings of the Heart by J.J. Nite, Astraea Press

When Morgan and Cole discover that they are pregnant at sixteen, they don’t know how life will change for them. While Cole’s family is supportive, Morgan’s is not. Rumors spread and uncertainties abound, but they hold to one another and vow to work together.  Just when they think everything is going to work out and they can see the light at the end of the tunnel, tragedy strikes this small family. Will everyone pull together in their grief or will it drive a wedge between them all?

 

 

Tuesday Treats is back!

Welcome back to Tuesday Treats!!

Some of you may be celebrating the beginning of Parent Vacation (otherwise known as Back to School). Most Michigan children go back today. The Little One doesn’t start until Friday. Even if you are beyond the Back to School whirlwind, we’re going to have fun today. In the treat basket today are:

Patchwork Wristlet

Patchwork Wristlet – 8″ X 5″ with detachable handle. Fully lined.

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.

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

Happy Tuesday!

 

Tuesday Treats is back!

It’s here!! Tuesday Treats!!

Took us a little longer to get ready today because it’s the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Apparrently it's also camo day. Good things the kids got the memo because I missed that one.

Apparrently it’s also camo day. Good things the kids got the memo because I missed that one.

Whether you are celebrating the first day of school or trying to get through the Tuesday blahs, we have a treat for you. In the treat basket today are:

Shirt and Pants Tote Bag

Shirt and Pants tote bag. Approximately 12″x”12″x6″. Inside is denim with a pocket for your phone or keys or pens. Great size for carrying several 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.

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

Happy Tuesday!