Fuel Your Creativity with Jodi Bowersox

Please welcome Jodi Bowersox to Fuel Your Creativity!

Hi, my name is Jodi Bowersox. My husband Kevin and I are recent transplants to Colorado Springs from northeast Kansas, although I grew up in south central Nebraska. I’ve worn many hats in my life—actress, seamstress, interior designer, home-school teacher, artist, and writer.

As an artist, I paint watercolor pet portraits, and right now, as a seamstress, I’m into making vests out of men’s ties. I also makehand-beaded Christmas ornaments that I sell for the CF Foundation. And speaking of the CF Foundation, one of my children’s books, A Tale of Two Kitties benefits them, and my other children’s book, The Stubborn Princess, benefits the illustrator (my son) who has CF.

To see my watercolor gallery and everything else I do, check out my website: www.jodibowersox.com or find me on facebook: www.facebook.com/jbartistry

Author Bio

In 2006, under the pen name of J. B. Stockings, A Tale of Two Kitties, written and illustrated by Jodi, was published through Trafford Publishing. In 2012, another J.B. Stockings children’s book, The Stubborn Princess, was published through Tate Publishing with Tracy Bowersox as the illustrator.

In 2012, Jodi published her first romance novel, Interiors By Design, through Amazon’s CreateSpace. Early in 2013, Horses, Adrenaline, and Love was released, as well as Cinnamon Girl Explains It All later in the year. Her latest novel, published early in 2014, is Rocky Mountain Angels. Most of these have elements of faith as part of the story, but Cinnamon Girl is strictly romantic suspense. All, however, are clean reads. All have done well with 4+ stars on Amazon.

Interiors by Design and the children’s books are also available on Audible, and Horses, Adrenaline, and Love should be there by the end of August.

Link to find my romance novels on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_7?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=by%20jodi%20bowersox&sprefix=by+jodi%2Cstripbooks%2C292&rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3Aby%20jodi%20bowersox

The Stubborn Princess book coverLink to find my children’s picture books: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=by+J.B.+Stockings

Order signed copies through my website.

I won’t take up too much space by giving you synopses for all my books, but I’ll give you one for The Stubborn Princess since it combines both art and writing:

A beautiful princess with curly hair down to her feet is the stuff of fairy tales, but what happens when the princess tires of the upkeep and stubbornly declares a hair care holiday? Anyone with curly hair knows the answer to that question—a disaster!

Mistaking her knotted hair for a nest, a large bird lays her eggs while the Princess is dozing in the garden and sets into motion an unexpected turn of events as the princess is flown far away. Getting back home will require that she focus her stubborn streak in a new direction, and getting back to normal will require she truly see herself for what she has become.

Tuesday Treats!

We’re going to try something different for this Tuesday Treats. In order to enter, please go to my Facebook page (http://facebook.com/joselynvaughn) and like this post:

Tuesday Treats

 

Here’s a picture of the outside of the Artist’s roll:

Artist's roll outside

You should be able to click on the picture to get to the post as well. Hope Tuesday treats you well!

Fuel Your Creativity with Krysten Hager

Please welcome Krysten Hager to the Fuel Your Creativity series.

 

From the time I was a kid, I loved to decorate things—from notebooks to cards to pretty much any surface you can paste something cute onto. When I moved out of state, I found myself wanting to keep in touch with friends and family back home. I had just gotten married and someone gave me a scrapbook kit as a wedding gift. I didn’t have to do much for it—the pieces and pages were all cut out already, but I thought it might be fun to get some stickers for it, so I went to the local scrapbook store. Little did I know what trouble I was about to get myself into! They had rolls of stickers in this place—just like the sticker rolls I used to love to look at when I was a kid. I walked around picking up stickers and scrapbook papers just because they were pretty and not even thinking about what I’d do with them. I got home and started to make pictures to decorate my new home (okay, I was also trying to girlie-up my husband’s bachelor pad), and make cards to send back home.Halloween pic

My first picture was a Halloween one I started because I found 3-D lollipop stickers. I didn’t know what I was going to do with the lollipops, but I HAD to have them—they looked like Tootsie Pops! I did a whole Halloween themed page that I framed. Christmas picAnd for December, I saved my favorite Christmas cards (including the first one we sent out as a couple—the sparkly snow scene one in the bottom right-hand corner) for a winter scene. Pretty soon I got into making cards like these Halloween Peanuts themed ones.Halloween card 1

Making pictures and cards ended up being a great hobby as a military wife because it meant wherever we moved, I had familiar art to take with us and the cards were a great way to keep in touch with family and friends an ocean away. I also joined a scrapbook group in Portugal and that kept me sane, too! Thanks for letting me share my hobby with you today.

TrueColors453X680Book Blurb for True Colors: Blurb: Landry Albright is an eighth grader who just wants to be one of the interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but impresses the judges enough to make it to the next round. However, Ericka and Tori get cut and basically”unfriend” her on Monday at school. Landry tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between wanting to be herself and conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she learns that modeling is nowhere as glamorous as it seems, how to deal with frenemies, a new crush, and that true friends see you for who you really are and like you because of it.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/True-Colors-Krysten-Lindsay-Hager-ebook/dp/B00L2G0YJS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403419976&sr=8-1&keywords=krysten+lindsay+hager

Barnesandnoble.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/true-colors-krysten-lindsay-hager/1119742726?ean=2940149747658

itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/true-colors/id890673002?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/true-colors-17

Krysten Lindsay HagerAuthor bio: Krysten Lindsay Hager is an author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and also writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. TRUE COLORS is her bestselling debut novel from Astraea Press. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing. She received her master’s in American Culture from the University of Michigan-Flint.

 

Connect with Krysten:

Website: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KrystenLindsayHagerAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KrystenLindsay (@KrystenLindsay)

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/krystenlindsay/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/krystenlindsay

 

Fuel Your Creativity with Mary Cope

Please welcome Mary Cope to this installment of Fuel Your Creativity.Blue flower cookies

My “other” passion.
I have always been a fan of baking. One of my fondest memories was watching my mother bake homemade bread. I remember as a five-year-old, standing on a chair, wide eyed and ready to help. I’m sure I drove my mom nuts, but she always appeased my curiosity while handing me a small dough ball complete with rolling pin and wooden cutting board covered in flour. Mom not only pacified me but she introduced me to the love of baking.

 

Bear cookiesPrior to becoming an author, a friend and I opened an at home bakery business. We were becoming quite successful, but sadly, when our business began to grow larger than my kitchen could accommodate we had to make a choice, either go commercial and open up a storefront or shut our business down. After much research and limited finances we decided with the failing economy and businesses closing down around us we couldn’t take the risk.

Gingerbread and reindeerWe both still bake, but now it is a fun hobby instead of a business and to be honest, it’s a lot more fun this way. So when I am not creating characters at my keyboard you will usually find me in the kitchen baking something. It is my other passion and I absolutely love it!

And here’s the recipe!

Sugar Cookies for Decorating

Cream together:

1 C. Butter

2/3 C. Sugar

Beat in:

1 Egg

Add:

1 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 tsp. Salt

2 1/2 C. Sifted Flour

 

Mix until all ingredients are well blended.

Chill dough 3 to 4 hours before rolling.

Preheat oven to 350°

Roll out 1/4 ” thick and cut.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove and cool on wire racks.

Beautiful One book coverAbout Beautiful One:

Transformation, empowerment, love and music come together in the book, Beautiful One.

Elizabeth Ryan is a beautiful, shy, naïve high school senior. Having never dated she meets the boy of her dreams, Aidan Mitchell. Despite his history of womanizing Liz is drawn to him. Soon Liz becomes the envy of all the girls on campus, when they become a couple and her dream boyfriend sweeps her off her feet and into the dating world that is all too new and strange for her. When other guys start to take notice of Liz, Aidan is troubled with fits of jealousy.

Elizabeth then meets the ruggedly handsome, Spencer Hayes and they quickly bond over their passion for music. Liz begins to struggle with the feelings that spark between them.

In the end Elizabeth finds herself torn between helping Aidan overcome his jealousy and anger and giving into what her heart truly wants.

Get your copy at:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00KWAZZ7G

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MaryCope2

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/beautiful-one/id888077636?mt=11&uo=4

 

Bio:Mary Cope

Mary Cope is a freelance writer of romance. Her book, Beautiful One, is the first in a planned trilogy. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking gourmet cookies, listening to music and taking long walks with her yellow Labrador, Maggie.

Website: http://marycopeauthor.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryCope_Author

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-Cope/260006794162636
Thank you for joining us for Fuel Your Creativity. Stop by again next week!

 

 

 

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