Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hang 'Em High!

Author Tristi Pinkston is excited to announce the release of the third novel in her Secret Sisters Mysteries series.

Titled Hang ‘em High, this novel takes place on a dude ranch in Montana. When Ida Mae’s son invites her to come for a visit, of course she brings Arlette and Tansy along with her. They are expecting to spend the week looking at horses, avoiding the cows, and making amends in Ida Mae’s relationship with her son. What they don’t expect is to be stuck on the ranch in the middle of a blizzard and to be thrust headlong into the middle of a mystery.
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Help Tristi celebrate her new novel in two ways. First, come participate in the two-week-long blog contest, where you can win a book nearly every single day! All the details are up on Tristi’s blog.


Second, come to the book launch!
You are invited to an
August Authorama!
Saturday, August 13th
Pioneer Book, 858 S. State, Orem
12 – 4 pm
Games, prizes, balloons, face painting,
and Dutch oven cobbler
prepared by world champion cook
will all be there to sign books.
This is one book launch event
you will not want to miss!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Harry Potter is not dead

Who says Harry Potter is dead, books or movies or otherwise? Not me. Not my kids. Three of the four are rereading different books from the series. They all want to watch HP 7 part 2 again. What an amazing empire Ms. Rowling has created!

Want to see a list of ALL the characters from the Harry Potter's series? It's from Wikipedia so it may not be totally accurate but it's still fun to scroll through:

Harry Potter Characters

Monday, July 25, 2011

I say music, you say quiet

Are you a music lover? What kind do you love?
Do you listen to music while you clean? Do certain songs feel like summer to you? (I Wear My Sunglasses at Night; Boys of Summer)(totally dating myself?).

Big question: What do you listen to while writing?
There's an app on my iPhone that sounds like I'm relaxing and writing on the beach: waves, seagulls, and a soft wind.
I also tune into classical music. I understand it helps make me smarter so it can't hurt, right? I love Mozart and Sate. Sometimes I forget to turn on the noise and quiet works for me too.

I first came across the idea of a playlist with Stephenie Meyers. The music fit with the mood and characters of the book. Many of her songs on the lists also made it into the movies.
Every few days I like to mix up my writing with a playlist I made for the story I'm working on.  I'm submitting a YA Sci/Fi this month so some of the songs are not ones I normally listen to but they fit.
My playlist is below. If you have any suggestions, I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear them!

Does your story have its own playlist? Wanna share it? Give us a link to your blog or music list so we can take a listen.
Or do you have favorite songs remind you of summer? 



Here's my playlist:
Taffy's Playlist


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

You'll never look at a mop the same way again...

Tyler Whitesides has brought a fresh voice to middle grade books (and it's his first book!) in JANITORS. Funny, intriguing and lessons/consequences learned.
I was lucky enough to get a SIGNED ARC from Tyler and I'm passing it along to you! I only ask for a little help.
I posted the giveaway on Book Addict with a question for you to answer at the end. My book review blog has stopped at 57 followers for a few months. Would you mind going to The Book Addict and becoming a follower? Then answer the question at the end of the Janitors giveaway blog. THANK YOU!
Check out Tyler's website here.

Now a look at The Janitors trailer...








Want to buy it?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Foto Friday

Found this little gem floating around the web:





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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Power of Letters

This Mother's Day letter looks like it says, "IOU Mom"

























It really says, "I Love You Mom"

Ah! The power of letters and words.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Abominable Snowman Way

Isn't this a great picture? I was on a short holiday with three other ladies when we spotted this window display, The Abominable Snowman. It drew us inside (I call this impulse marketing) to take a look around. The owner came from the back room through swinging doors and greeted us with a big, cheery hello. We asked about the display. She said the beast is all edible.
(I guess that makes him the Edible Snowman (heehee).)
Everything in her bakery is edible, she said.
Even you, I joked. It took her a second to catch my meaning.
Even me, but that's just gross.
(<----Chocolate cupcake with a shot of peanut butter!)
She had a greet array of cookies, cupcakes and cakes. We all bought something scrumptious to gain three pounds eating.

Our bakery friend told us she'd always wanted to craft an Abominable Snowman cake so she did. She worked on the design and molding and colors and made her dream a reality. She has her cake and she can eat it too (I had to put that in there!).

We are writers. We want to put on paper our dream story or poem. We work on the theme and concept, we mold the words and characters and story and color our dream with tension and humor and love.
We make our dreams into reality.
We can do it! Little by little. The Edible Snowman wasn't created in a few hours. Masterpieces don't come forth in a few days. Time, sweat and sometimes tears build the essence of our masterpieces.
We can do this!
Keep your chin up, your behind in the chair, fingers on the keys and make your dream a reality.
As a reward for achieving your goal, go have a piece of cake.

What is your dream? Goal?

Friday, July 15, 2011

My Harry Potter Blog Party Giveaway today!

Can you believe I got to go to Hogwarts?? It was a blast. So many ideas came to me about a story I'm writing but alas! I had no notebook or laptop to write anything down. Instead, I danced the night with the nicest guy, Neville Longbottom:

(My kids say I look like an elf and the my pic is scary and what are you thinking mom? I didn't take the picture. Karlene did.)

Anyway, I guess you're here because of Inksplasher holding her HP blog party. Let's get to the good stuff!

JK Rowling's talent as a storyteller is amazing. And magical.

Writers can weave their own magic in their own way.


I'm giving away TWO prizes which means TWO winners!
But you only have to enter once! YaY!



PRIZE #1: Tom Riddle's A Writer's Journal!
for keeping all the ideas for your next awesome book


PRIZE #2: Two Books, Especially for Writers
Writing Secrets and Publishing Secrets

Pick which prize you want when you email Karlene


QUESTION (Part 1):
Hogwarts students often take animals with them to school, like owls. What pet did I have and what happened to it? E-mail the answer to Karlene.
(Psst! Look under "About Me")



QUESTION—Part 2:
Become a follower and leave a comment on this post about your magical pet! Didn't have one? Make something up!


TO ENTER: E-mail the answer to Part 1 and which prize you want to win (no guarantees!) to Karlene. Please include your name and mailing address (so I can contact you if you win). Leave the comment on Taffy's blog for Part 2. You need to do both to be entered to win the prize.

DEADLINE: Midnight, July 15th, 2011. (That's TONIGHT!)

OPEN TO U.S. ENTRIES ONLY.

All correct answers will be entered to win the prize. Winner will be chosen using www.random.com and announced Saturday, July 16th.

Correct answers will also be entered to win the Grand Prize, to be awarded Saturday, July 16th. (Grand Prize open to U.S. entries only. Sorry.)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Harry Potter Blog Paaarty!

Welcome to the Harry Potter Party! How many of you lucky readers get to see the Harry Potter movie this weekend??
Yeah, I didn't get tickets either.
But that's okay because we are going to have fun this week! On FRIDAY I'm giving away TWO prizes which means TWO winners. You can choose a cool journal and pen or two writing books.

Thanks to Inksplasher for hosting the party! She has all the details so hop over to her blog for all the details.

The party starts today, Monday, July 11th and goes through Friday, July 15th.



Wednesday, July 6, 2011

oh! What do you do in the summertime?

I LOVE to read during the summer. We have a small local pool we frequent (3xs/week) and I read and read and read.
I also take a notebook and write. My muse lives at the pool.

Here is a small pile of books in my summer reading pile. I've already added about eight books since this picture last week.

What do you do in the summertime??

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Foto Friday-LOVE IT!

What can a momma say when her own child WANTS to take a book to the pool and read??