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Love This Picture! Have A Great Weekend!

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Chocolate Roses Blog Tour with Prizes!

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Love Chocolate?
Love Jane Eyre?
Then you're going to love the blog tour (July
26-August 6)
Janie Rose Whitaker's world revolved around her chocolate shop until Roger Wentworth and his young daughter moved into the apartment across from Janie's. Anyone would think Roger fit the mold of the "perfect" guy, but soon Janie discovers secrets that could keep them apart forever. Though she resists getting involved in Roger's complicated life, they are drawn further into a bittersweet relationship.
You will laugh, cry, and crave chocolate as you read this LDS parody of the
classic novel.
We have two great prizes up for grabs!
Win either a copy of the
book (2 winners) or this fabulous apron created by Joan!



All you have to do is leave a comment (along with your email address if it isn't on
your blog profile) and answer the following question.

What's your favorite type of
chocolate: white, dark, or milk? The more blogs you comment on the
more entries you'll receive.
Al…

Writing Dreams

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Some days this is what chasing my writing dreams feels like...
Other days I feel like the goat and know I can make it!

More Contests! Wanna Win?

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Annette Lyons has been running her blog for four years now and is giving away TONS of prizes! Check her and her blog out here.



Let the Words Flow is giving away an ARC of PARANORMALCY.

Also, Let the Words Flow is giving away THE FORETELLING by Alice Hoffman here.



Anne Bradshaw is giving away HOMETOWN GIRL by Michelle Ashman Bell. Read her interview and enter to win here.

Love This Picture! Have A Great Weekend!

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Book Review- THE IRON KING

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Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

Honestly, people! I'm getting tired of trilogies! I just want to read a good book, set it down and not have to wait for the next book!
Now that I've had my rant, I'll continue with my review...
This book was action packed from beginning to end. Meghan is of two worlds, mortal and fey. She doesn't realize her heritage until she recognizes that the strange things happening around her are not of her w…

Win BOOKS and more!

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Win a signed copy of TELL ME A SECRET on Searching For A Good Read, and on Christine Fonseca's site.

Win a copy of THE ETERNAL ONES here.

Enter to win one of SIX titles coming out in the fall @ A Good Addiction

Here is a contest to win COMPROMISED or FREEZE FRAME.

Fire And Ice is having a few contests: City of Angels signed book, flower child necklace, cute doll, photo print, Pietersite ring, yummy Sandalwood cleansing grains, bookmarks, and a wolf pendant. PHEW!

Over on Babbling Flow is a contest for 7 ARCs! runs from July 20-Aug 6. Check it here.
And then mouse on over here where you can win 7 more ARCs!

The sequel for INCARCERON is up for grabs in the Dark Fantasy Contest! (Somehow, I loved that book!) Wait. No they are not. Do Not Go Over to that blog. I'm watching you, always watching...

Constant Revision is giving away awesome books like the 2010 WRITER'S MARKET book.

P.S. I haven't read any of these books so I can't guarantee they will be books that are good and / …

Still Editing

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Even though I don't normally like editing (who does?), I've been enjoying myself.
Wait.
I really am!
I've been taking my WIP and line by line working on taking my characters from 2-D to 3-D.
My critique group finds my grammar errors and straightens me out, which I am truly grateful.
While editing, I decided I'd better give my MC a convenient weakness. She has to go inside underground tunnels to rescue her boyfriend so I think she gets to be claustrophobic. Now I have to go back and put in a few lines here and there with her phobia popping up.
Which makes me go back to editing!
Just when I thought I could see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Oh well.
I keep reminding myself that I'm learning.

Love this Picture! Have a great weekend

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Does this picture entice you to write a short story or poem?









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TRAPPED by Ronda Gibb Hinrichson

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A forged letter, a golden vial, an ancient curse...

Her expression remained somber, but excitement crept into her voice. You are the Firstborn She...You must go to them. You want me to act as bait? Not bait, Emi. A spy. Our Trojan horse.

When Emi Warrin wakes one night to find a thief in her mother's house, she has no idea the intruder has planted a trap - a mysterious letter that will change her life forever. Lured to the Austrian Alps with Daniel, the man she loves, Emi is thrown into a perilous, mafia-like world of feuding families and a devastating curse that spans generations. As the Firstborn She - the only firstborn female in hundreds of years - only Emi can free her family from the curse that will soon afflict her as well. But for Emi to break the curse, she must delve into evil designs. As Emi struggles to understand her destiny as the Firstborn She, she learns that everything isn't as it seems and that all choices have consequences. Can Emi bre…

Go With The Flow-Feel The Vibe From Here To Asia

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AH!
I feel like summer is finally here!

My family is all home for at least two weeks and we can have some sort of informal schedule. June was spent in three scout camps, getting ready for said scout camps, youth conference, getting ready for girls camp, girls camp, hubby traveling, Drama Teen getting a job, and washing all the clothes to be repacked again.
But today!
Today I was in a routine again.
I haven't really been writing this summer because, I guess you could say, I've been busy. I've made sure I had my chapters ready for critique and I scheduled blog posts.
But I haven't felt like I could take the time to sit and write. I like to have more than 30 minutes to be creative.
But the last two or three days I've had two whole, uninterrupted hours together and I found myself grinning and centering and relaxing and enjoying my writing (even if it was just editing).
This morning, a nasty little thought crept into my brain. I'll repeat it here but only quietly because I …

Book Trailer in A Theater Near You

Okay! Here is something cool and wacky and amazing and wow! Talk about marketing!Bree Despain has a book trailer for DARK DIVINE before the Eclipse movie. Did you catch that? A book trailer in movie theaters! How cool is that?? Here's the trailer:

Hmmm...

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Failure Is Not Negative

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Failure is not negative. It is a teacher. It molds, refines, and polishes you so that one day your light will shine for all to see.

It isn't the failure you experience that will determine your destiny, but your next step and then your next, that will tell the story of your life.

Blog Awards

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I've won a couple of contests recently. I don't usually post them here but I really should! And I should add links back to the blogs that give me prizes, like today! I won $25 GC to amazon.com for winning Rashelle's First Sentence Contest.
Here is my entry:
"He glanced around, careful not to move his head too quickly, and saw the newest victim."


Then I received two blog awards from Melanie over on Meanderings of Melanie Sherman.
She gave me the Versatile Blogger Award AND One Lovely Blog Award!

First, the Versatile Blogger Award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award to all the bloggers* who you have recently discovered and who think you are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

7 things about me, Taffy:
1. I rarely get taffy candy for birthdays or Christmas and I've only made the stuff ONCE.
2. My h…

Imprisonment vs. Freedom Diamonte Poem

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Queen In Exile by Donna Hatch

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Queen In Exile by Donna Hatch
Rumors of war hang over Princess Jeniah'speaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream, Jeniah forms a telpathic bond with a revered creature called a chayim, who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when aDarborian knight comes upon Jeniah with herchayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and he slays the beast.

Devastated by the loss of her chayim, and fearing that her own magic is evil, Jeniah doubts her destiny. When an enemy invades Arden City, they slaughter the people, storm the castle, and execute the entire royal family except the princess. Rescued by the knight who slew herchayim, Jeniah is now heir to the throne of Arden and the only hope for freeing her people from tyranny.

On the run and hunted by enemy soldiers, Jeniah must place her life and the fate of her kingdom in the hands of this trained killer. Torn between embracing her destiny as queen of Arden, and her lov…