Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Book Review: "Women of the Book of Mormon" by Heather B. Moore

Heather B. Moore's newest book, Women of the Book of Mormon is also her first non-fiction offering. Heather has made her name in the LDS market with her historical fiction books, including the Out of Jerusalem series, and her prophets series including the books Abinadi, Alma, and Alma the Younger.

her research on her fiction books put her well in the know about the lives and times of the women mentioned in the Book of Mormon and eventually led to this book.

First I have to say how much I love the cover, and what a talented artist Adam Abram is. Cover art is such an important part of why people are drawn to books, and a picture of Mary on the cover is a fitting addition.

Okay, so you're thinking that Mary wasn't in the Book of Mormon, she was in the Bible--and you would be correct, but this book isn't fiction about women who existed merely during Book of Mormon times. There are twelve chapters, each describing the life and times of the women mentioned in the Book of Mormon. There is historical context, details about how they would have lived, the challenges they faced based on what is known of the culture, and from what we learn in the scripture, and very few women were mentioned in any scriptures. Mary is one of them, and she was mentioned by name more than once, hundreds of years before her birth half a world away.

Each chapter in this book is ten pages or less and includes a picture of the woman or women in question, and they are great nuggets of culture and personality that can be read as preparation before reading various sections of scripture to add meaning or depth, or even as a valuable insights to add to lessons that cover pertinent scriptural contexts. I highly recommend this book. The chapters cover the following women, or groups of women:

1: Sariah
2: Eve
3: Mary
4: Sarah
5: Twenty-four Lamanaite Daughters
6: Queen of King Lamoni
7: Abish
8: Queen of King Lamoni's Father
9: Isabel
10: Mothers o the Two-Thousand Stripling Warriors
11: Daughter of Jared
12: Wife of Mormon

This book should start appearing in stores next week, so keep an eye out. You can learn more about Heather on her blog or her website. She'll be having her launch party in Orem on April 30th, and you can learn more about that here.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Author Interview with D.N. Giles

Today I decided to stir the pot a bit and add some unusual questions to my author interview for D.N. about her book and some fun details about her. The Sharp Edge of the Knife is Nichole's second book in print in four months (she is one busy woman!)

HJ: So I know this is a true story, tell us how you learned about it.

NG: This is actually a family story. The main character is my grandpa. I remember hearing during my childhood that he’d been kidnapped in the past. Actually, he was kidnapped or held hostage three times total in his life, which makes the story all that much more interesting to me.

HJ: What made you want to write the story?

NG: After my grandpa died, I was reading his life history and this particular incident really stood out to me. I decided to write it as an article at first, but there was so much information, and so much research involved when it came to finding the facts that it turned into a book.

HJ: I know I've heard about most of the research you've done. Did it take long?
NG: Yes, it did. I started out with a handful of newspaper articles and about two pages worth of journal accounts from my grandpa, and somewhere in the mix there was a court subpoena. From there I called the police departments involved, but because the case was so old—fifty years—they referred me to the national archives in Denver. From there, I was able to get someone to help me track down the case and all the evidence and court documents. Interestingly, the knife used in the kidnapping, as well of some of the other evidence, is still there, and will remain there forever. Or at least, that’s what I’m told.

HJ: What about the kidnappers' side of the story?

NG: I actually did some more digging and tracked down one of the kidnappers. I wrote him a letter, asking him about the situation, and not really expecting a response. So, I was completely shocked when a week later this guy called me and talked to me on the phone for
about an hour, telling me his side of things. He was very remorseful and teary. Very apologetic. It was probably the most profound conversation I’ve ever had.

HJ: After all that, how long did it take you to actually write this book?

NG: It was actually a fairly long process all things considered. From beginning to end, it took me almost three years to get from the inception of the idea to publication. And there was a lot that happened in between, including me working on two other major projects at the same time. All in all, though, I’m thrilled with how it turned out.

HJ:Okay, so now that you've whetted everyone's appetite, where can people learn more about The Sharp Edge of a Knife?

NG: You can read the first chapter at my website www.sharpedgeof
. My author bio is also there, with a few interesting facts pertaining to the story. Right now it’s available on Amazon, and I’m told it will be in select stores sometime in the next few weeks, if not already. My official book launch promotion is scheduled for March 27th from 1-3:00 pm at Eborn books in the Provo Towne Center mall in Provo Utah. It’s open to the public, and going to be lots of fun. Readers can also watch my blog for more signing dates.

HJ: So, you know how much I love the other books you've been working on (since you're in my critique group, so I've had a sneak peek), tell us a little about them.

Right now I'm looking for an agent for my next book, a young adult paranormal romance about a young woman who has a special ability to heal people. She discovers her ability is a threat, not only to her and her family, but to a whole lot of other people when the leader of an ancient demon army, who hungers to rule the modern world, decides he needs her heart and blood to restore him to power.

Along with submitting that project, I'm working on a sequel, as well as another YA book that involves a couple of misfit kids and some mermaids. That one is still very much in the rough-rough draft stage, though.

HJ: And we're all looking forward to reading more of it in our critique group because your characters are so real and your stories are totally engrossing (trust me on this folks--she is a fantastic writer!) Now, on to the really important questions, starting with--what is your favorite cake flavor?

NG: Hm. Tough call. Usually I'm either a white-with-add-in's type girl, or lemon with cinnamon. But cake is really about moods, and like so many other things, my mood will decide my preference of the moment. Like right now, I could totally go for lemon with cheesecake filling, or white with raspberry.

HJ: Okay, seriously, I've never tried lemon with cinnamon--I'm totally going to test that this week! Now, if you could go anywhere (or repeat any vacation you've taken) where would it be?

NG: Oh that is such a loaded question! I'd love to be a world traveler, so I'd probably go somewhere new, and most definitely tropical. Although, I've always wanted to go to Europe, Italy, and Ireland. Oh, I know, how about Greece? And Tahiti. Definitely Tahiti.

HJ: I concurr on all of the above-mentioned locations. Europe is high on my list of place to visit--which is why I'm working on a book about a woman studying in England and traveling all over the place. I'm jealous of the fictional character I created. If you ever go, can I ride along in your luggage? Now, since you mentioned the tropics--do you prefer pineapple or oranges?

NG: Love orange juice, but I'd have to say pineapple. My critique group has a thing for pineapples. Every book needs one.

HJ: that is so true--and reminds me, I think the one I'm working on needs one still...wait while I make a note. Okay, if you went into a store and found a really great pair of shoes, and a really great necklace, but you could only buy one--which would you choose? I know, I'm evil, aren't I?

NG: Totally, so evil! This is actually a matter of puzzling out which item was a) harder to find again when I had more money and b) which one I needed more immediately. You know, to go with what outfit and where I'd need to wear it.

Or sometimes it would just come down to which one I loved more. If nothing else, I'd remind myself I have tons of jewelry and probably get the shoes. There! I made a decision. Aren't you proud?

I am proud--I know that wasn't a fair question, it's like asking someone to pick their favorite book of all time --something I could never do! Thanks for swinging by to answer questions for us today, Nichole!

If any of you are available to swing by her launch party I highly recommend it--it'll be a great time. I so wish I could be be there myself!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Book review: "The Sharp Edge of a Knife" by D.N. Giles and Giveaway!

Do you have an interesting family story? One that is bound to captivate not just those related to the person it happened to, but lots of other people as well? The Sharp Edge of a Knife is one of those stories--it'll catch you from the first and keep you on the edge of your seat. First the blurb:

Most people would have panicked, sitting bound and gagged on a boulder in the middle of the desert as I was, but for some reason, I didn't. A strange kind of reassurance washed over me from somewhere deep within. Whether it was peace that I'd go quickly, or comfort that I was being protected, I wasn't sure.

When Mel Petersen leaves for work on the morning of February 7, he has no idea what awaits him. A few miles from his house, Mel picks up a pair of young men who appear to be college students, hoping to prevent them from having to walk in the cold. What Mel doesn't know is that the men are actually convicts on the run from the law who are desperate to get away by any means necessary.

When one of his passengers holds a knife to Mel's throat, he has no choice but to submit to the demands of the criminals. Mel hopes he has what it takes to talk his captors into letting him live so he can return to his wife and children, but fears they will kill him before he has the chance.

Based on a true story, The Sharp Edge of a Knife follows Mel and his captors on an unforgettable ride that will have you questioning the depth of your faith and sitting on the edge of your seat as it grabs your attention from the first sentence and keeps you riveted until the very end.

I admit, I am part of Nichole's critique group and saw this book first nearly two years ago--and that wasn't anywhere near the beginning of her journey to see this story in print. It's an engrossing, captivating story about the actual experience her grandfather went through, pieced together through news articles, journal entries, and countless interviews.

The actual story is only about a hundred and twenty pages--short enough to finish in a couple of hours (completely unlike her fiction, but that's another issue entirely). I found the whole story of Mel's abduction and the thoughts running through his head, the way he clung to faith and prayer while trying to keep from getting killed, so fascinating. I love that she was able to track down one of the convicts and interview him over the phone, and the pictures of the actual newspaper articles of the abduction and trials add a great angle to the story. I highly recommend this book, and if you're going to be in Provo on Saturday between 1 and 3, totally stop into Eborn Books at the Provo Town Center for her launch party--which is bound to be a blast (I'm so bummed I had a prior commitment!).

This book can also be purchased here, and is making its way into other stores as we speak.

Also, check out the giveaway she's doing in conjunction with her blog tour:

The Sharp Edge of a Knife Blog Tour and Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of The Sharp Edge of a Knife, D.N. Giles has put together an exciting giveaway, with several opportunities to win. Since the book deals a lot with making choices, the prizes all have something to do with choice.

Among prizes Nichole has been collecting, Lisa at Watches by Lisa has agreed to sponsor the giveaway by donating a custom made beaded watch and face. Head on over to her blog and take a look at the incredible selection.

So, choice number one: the winner gets to choose a watch band and face so that their watch is personalized to their tastes and fashion needs.

Nichole realizes that a beaded watch is not exactly a prize to be coveted by a bunch of masculine men (though it makes a great gift for the woman or girl in your life), which is why she’s also giving away more great stuff. Check out the following really cool prizes:

1. Choice between: An autographed copy of the New York Times number one bestselling novel, Wings by Aprilynne Pike—or—a non-autographed copy of The Darwin Awards, Intelligent Design by Wendy Northcutt—or—a numbered, autographed copy of Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright. Click here to learn more about Wings, here to read about The Darwin Awards, and here to find out about Recovering Charles.

2. Choice between: A $25 gift certificate to the Restaurant Morelia in Murray, UT (Sorry out-of-state peeps, this is local to Utah) or $25 worth of vinyl lettering by Whaddayawannasay Vinyl Lettering—you choose your quote or phrase.

Bonus prize for author types

3. You may substitute any of the above selections with the following incredible opportunity: The chance to sit in on a critique session with my wonderful, amazing, incredible critique group. While there, you will be treated to not one, but six critiques on the first chapter of your work in progress. This is no ordinary group. We have in our midst some fabulous authors including Tristi Pinkston, acquisitions editor for Valor publishing and author of the Secret Sisters series, Danyelle Ferguson, freelance editor for Precision Editing Group and author of (dis)Abilities in the Gospel—who will edit via internet, since she actually lives in Kansas—Heather Justesen, author of The Ball’s In Her Court and the upcoming release, Rebound, Kimberly Job, author of I’ll Know You By Heart, and Keith Fisher, up and coming author of women’s fiction and plotting genius, and Nichole Giles, also known as D.N. Giles.

**If enough people enter this contest, Nichole reserves the right to choose extra winners and give away some, or all, of the prizes left after the first three winners have made their choices.

Entries will be accepted between March 15th and April 3rd. On April 5th Nichole will announce the contest winners on her blog. Entry requirements:

1. You must be a follower of both my blog and Nichole’s, which can be found here.

2. You must leave a comment telling me which prize you want to win and why.

3. For those wishing to win the watch, you must go to Watches by Lisa and become a follower, then come back and tell me which watch combination is your favorite.

Extra entries:

1. Blog about this contest with a link back TO THIS BLOG, then come back and leave either a url address or a link in a comment s I can find it.

2. Twitter this contest, tell me where to see your tweet in a comment.

3. Follow me on Twitter.

4. Follow Nichole on Twitter.

5. Facebook the contest. If your Facebook page is private, and I’m not your friend, I can’t see that you’ve done this, so you’ll need to friend me and/or Nichole.

6. Become a fan of The Sharp Edge of a Knife on Facebook.

You may enter this contest on any of the tour posts at the following blogs:

March 15th Cindy Beck, Review

March 16th David J. West, review, interview

March 17th Cindy Beck, Interview

March 18th Tristi Pinkston, review

March 19th Rachelle Christensen, review

March 22nd Shanda, LDS Women’s Book Review

March 23rd Kimberly Job, review

March 24th Heather Justesen, review

March 25th Christine Bryant, Review

March 25th Connie Hall, Review

March 26th Kimberly Job, interview

March 26th Heather Justesen, interview

March 27th Keith Fisher, review

March 28th Ali Cross, Review

March 29th Rachelle Christensen, Interview

March 30th Heather Gardener, Fire and Ice Book Reviews

March 31st Danyelle Ferguson review, interview

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My book cover for "Rebound" is here!

Okay, it's official, my book cover is here--isn't it cute? And if you're thinking 'Wow, that kinda looks like her other cover,' you're right! Because they're related, they wanted to make the covers so the book would be recognizably from the same series. I love the flower (since there is a lot of talk about landscaping in the book) and purple just happens to be my favorite color, so that's a bonus! It's due for release on May 8th. Here it is, and the back cover blurb follows:

Lily's life is perfect--a perfect lie.

With a successful husband, a gorgeous home, and a growing family, Lily Drake has it all. But when the FBI shows up, she realizes her husband is not the man she thought he was.

Meanwhile, Lily's friend Curtis is about to be drafted by the NBA, but he suddenly feels pulled to find his birth family, and no one is prepared for what he'll discover. With so many obstacles in their way, Lily and Curtis must learn to rely on each other if they're ever going to find peace and learn to love again.

In this heartwarming family drama, Heather Justesen, author of The Ball's in Her Court, weaves a stirring story of hope. Reunite with your favorite characters and discover how determination, love, and faith can overcome even the toughest trials.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring surprises, new hatches, and other life adventures

It's been a fun and eventful week (though not in the realm of writing or editing). Since a picture is supposed to be worth a thousand words, I thought I'd let them do most of the speaking for this blog post:
My first turkey eggs! I didn't know they were tear-drop shaped, but since they are the same size as my chicken eggs, it will make them easier to identify. I can't wait to hatch them!
My first duckling hatchlings of the year! I have a few chicks as well, but I've decided ducklings are the most adorable baby birds on the planet. I took this picture for an online ad. Anyone need any poultry?
We FINALLY laid the tile in the family room this week. We bought the tile well over a year ago, intending to do this last winter, but ran out of time. We still need to grout and seal it this week, then we can move the furniture down and get the chair rail up--we're very excited about this new room! I'm especially excited about having somewhere to add a few more bookshelves as the ones I have floweth over.My first spring flower. The crocuses actually came up after this daffodil, but this one was closer to the house, and they always pop out first.
Tuesday I went to the Gateway Barnes & Noble for a big book launch party for several of my friends, which was also a totally fun night--this is my critique group: in front is Kimberly Job (who was launching her new book, I'll Know you by Heart), then Tristi Pinkston (launching her new cozy mystery series, Secret Sisters), in the back is Nichole Giles, Keith Fisher, and me. Karen E. Hoover, Michele Ahsman Bell, and Daron D. Fraley were also launching their books that night, and Shawn Barrows started the evening off with an awesome performance (if you haven't heard the man sing, you're missing out!)

The cupcakes I made for a local fundraiser, and for the filming of the music video for the Storymaker's conference. They are chocolate and cinnamon. Yum! I drove to Taylorsville on Saturday and joined a couple dozen other people in recording for the music video (the second one they've done--last year's is unfortunately not on Youtube anymore. I'll have to ask Stephanie if she's going to repost it later.)

We dressed up as characters from books and did some dancing in the park, then filmed several other scenes around the neighborhood, ending with a glamour scene--it was a ton of fun, though I now understand why there are only twenty-something episodes in a season's shows. There were a lot of takes and location changes. It was a long day, but totally fun and well worth it. I'd give you a list of all the highlights, but no one wants to read a post that's four pages long. I can't wait to see the finished product at the conference. If it's posted online again, I'll totally link it up!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Author interview with Rachelle J Christensen

Today I'm posting my interview with Rachelle Christensen about her new book, and being a writer.

So, Rachelle, When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

When I was in grade school. :0) I have always loved writing and have always dreamed of publishing a book. Dreams do come true!

I agree, but they never come easy. What inspired you to write Wrong Number?

I wanted to enter a chapter into the first chapter contest at LDStorymakers in 2007. I came up with the first chapter of Wrong Number, it won second place, and then I went on to write the rest of the novel.

It's funny how many authors I've talked to who've had books start out that way. What books or authors have influenced your writing and what do you like to read?

I like to read a wide variety of books from children to YA to adult. I really like a good romance, but nothing too detailed. And yes, I love romantic suspense. It’s hard to pinpoint a certain author because I go through phases where I’ll gobble up everything I can by an author and then move on. I love Agatha Christie, Shannon Hale, Clair Poulson, Mitch Albom—and many more. A favorite book of mine is Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart. You can check out my goodreads list of favorites and repeat-offenders to see more all time favorites.

Do you outline or write by the seat of your pants?

For Wrong Number, I did have a very rough outline that I worked from and I talked through a lot of ideas with my brother and his wife. They helped me to come up with a believable motive for murdering more than one person. I’m actually trying to do better with outlining and I think it has helped with my current writing projects. My outlines aren’t set in stone, more jumping off points for how I want the story to flow. I like to have a general idea of the beginning, middle, and end, but my characters usually end up writing scenes in interesting directions.

When you start a new story, which comes first, the character or the plot? Hmm, I think it's usually the plot. I come up with a few ideas for something that I think would be cool for a story and mull it over in my mind and then decide what type of character to attach to the plot line.

How do you come up with ideas for your novels?

Lots of ways. News stories sometimes tickle my brain and I think…Hmm, that would make an interesting story if… I’ve also been inspired by dreams. Some of my working scenes are from actual dreams I’ve had where I feel like I’m the onlooker taking notes as to what these people in my dream are doing and why. The novel that I just finished writing began from a single sentence that popped into my mind just before I fell asleep. So the ideas seem to come from all over at any time of day or night, so I try to make sure I jot them down before I forget them!

That's great! So now this is done, what’s coming up?

I’ve got a few things I’m working on. I’ve finished an inspirational romance that I love, called Wind Song and I’m enjoying writing my WIP-working title Caller ID, so I guess we’ll see what comes up first on the docket.

Sounds fun! Do you have any advice for other authors? If you’re serious about writing, attend writers conferences and classes, join a great critique group, read novels in your genre of interest, and write, write, write! Also, learn how to take criticism and know when to apply it to your writing and when to chuck it out the window.

Where can we find your books? Anywhere books are sold. If you don’t see it, ask for it and they can order it in. Available wherever books are sold, including Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Good luck with your book, and I look forward to seeing your next book!

If you’d like to get a sneak peek at Wrong Number, check out the book trailer—it’s awesome! Stop by my blog, to see what I’m up to. Thank you so much for this interview! Happy reading and writing.

Again, you can read a sneak peek of chapter one here at Rachelle Writes and you can watch the book trailer here

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Book Review: "Wrong Number" by Rachelle J. Christensen

If you check the acknowledgments page of Wrong Number, or the quotes on the back cover, you'll see my name--which is one of the coolest parts of being friends with other authors! I critiqued the book shortly before Rachelle submitted it, so I was totally excited to hear it was going to be published--not that I was surprised, because it was a great read. Here's the back-cover blurb:

When Aubree Stewart receives a mysterious phone call on her way to work, she doesn't know what to think. At first she assumes it's some kind of prank. But the call isn't a practical joke and Aubree soon finds herself swept up in a world of danger, intrigue, and murder. With help from the FBI, Aubree races to protect herself and what's left of her family. The only thing she forgets to protect is her own heart.

This award-winning debut novel from Rachelle Christensen is impossible to put down and keeps you guessing with every page you turn. It's a chillingly good read that will have you jumping whenever the phone rings.

I really enjoyed this book--it grips you right from the first scene where Aubree and her husband are bantering back and forth as they get ready for the day, and the suspense keeps you interested all the way through. The mystery behind who is after Aubree is murky and keeps you guessing, and the little twist of romance in the story is believable and sweet. This is a great story I whole-heartedly recommend. I look forward to seeing Rachelle's next heart-pounder.

Rachelle's second book Lost Children: Coping with Miscarriage, (which oddly enough, she got the contract on first) will be out in May (the same day as mine!). You can learn more about Rachelle on her website, or check out her blog. You can also read the first chapter here.

And in case you didn't see the trailer when I posted it before. You can find it here.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Contest winner!

Thanks for all of the entries into my contest, I was blown away and hope many of you will come back for future contests. The winner of a copy of my book (as selected by who goes on to the final competition for the Office Box is:


Congratulations, I'll be contacting you to get your address, and I'll send Rachelle your information.

Also, Rebecca Irvine is doing an LDS reader survey. It's really short, so if you can pop over and take it
Click here to take survey

Tomorrow I'll be reviewing Wrong Number.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Recipe

I mentioned on Facebook that I'd tried this recipe and had to tweak it last week and that it turned out really well. Since several people requested recipe, I thought I'd post it here:

1 box chocolate cake mix (I know you hate it when I make it easy like this). I used German chocolate, but I'm sure any type would do. Alternately, if you only have white or yellow cake mix on hand, you could add half a cup of cocoa powder to it before the other ingredients and that will work just as well. Alternately, if you just want peanut butter without the chocolate, start with a white or yellow cake mix instead.

1 Cup sour cream

3/4 Cup creamy peanut butter (I used the end of my chunky, and then had to deal with bits of peanuts in the cupcakes, which was fine, but creamy would have been better).

That was the original recipe, but it was WAY too thick, so I added:

2 eggs, slightly scrambled

and about 1 cup of milk--sorry, I didn't actually measure it, I just poured until it came out at a consistency that I knew would work. My milk was in a quart jar, though, so I know it was close to a cup. It was still thicker then normal cake batter--just a little thinner than brownies--but turned out great. You can always add a few more tablespoons of milk if it needs more thinning.

For cupcakes: bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. I touched the tops for springy-ness before removing them from the oven.

For a cake, follow the directions on the box of cake mix and it should come out close to that time--just keep an eye on it.

I topped my cupcakes with chocolate frosting because I really love chocolate!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Had to share this great Youtube video

My husband sent me a link to this Youtube video which has gotten over over 4 million views in the past four days--unbelievable! it just goes on and on!

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Office Box Giveaway & Wrong Number Book Launch

The Original Scrapbox has a brand new piece of organizing furniture and you have a chance to win it! Introducing the Office Box...

And we're celebrating the launch of Rachelle J. Christensen's suspense novel, Wrong Number, with a chance to win an autographed copy!

The Office Box was created as an addition to the line of incredible scrapbooking furniture The Original Scrapbox has to offer, such as The Workbox and The EZ View Craft Desk.

Check out the amazing features on The Office Box, available in 4 different colors: Space for a 19" monitor, magazine holder, Totes that act as slide-out drawers, Velcro storage/organizers, Power cord hole in back of box. This folds out to 72" by 48" by 36" and closes up to the sleek space of only 36" wide by 48" high and 21" deep.

I'm hosting a preliminary giveaway with some awesome prizes:
The winner on my blog will receive their choice of my book The Ball's in Her Court OR my soon-to-be-published book Rebound, which, unfortunately will not be out until May, and won't have a cover for another couple of weeks, but you can read the first chapter here, and I promise if you choose rebound that you will get one of the first copies to reach my hot little hands.

You can enter to win my prize and on March 16th, I'll announce the winner who will then go on for the grand prize drawing of The Office Box and a copy of Wrong Number.The Grand Prize Winner will be drawn on March 19, 2010 at RachelleWrites. She will select a winner from the 25 finalists to receive one Office Box (Value $895.00) in their choice of color and an autographed copy of Wrong Number by Rachelle J. Christensen.

Giveaway open from March 5, 2010- March 15, 2010 at 11:59pm Mountain Standard Time.
Open to addresses in the contiguous United States only.
Giveaway Rules:

*You can only enter under one name

* It is possible to win more than one preliminary prize, which means it’s possible to be entered into the grand prize drawing more than once.

*All winner’s addresses must be stateside US addresses

*You must complete the required entry to be eligible to win

Here's how to enter:Please leave details in your comment of how you entered with required links. I'll put all entries into a spreadsheet and use to select the winner.

*Required entry: You must visit The Original Scrapbox website and leave a comment telling me your favorite item

Extra Entries:

***You MUST leave a separate comment for each entry on THIS blog post, not just in the Facebook comment stream for your entry to count. Please make sure I know how to reach you as I had to re-award a book last fall because I couldn't reach the winner.***
  • Tweet the contest with linkback to this post in your comment and use the hashtag #officebox or #scrapbox in your tweet.
  • Facebook the contest with linkback to this post in your comment
  • Add the contest button(pictured above) to your sidebar with a link to this contest
  • Follow this blog

To receive 15 extra entries, you must do the following 5 things together on your blog post and please leave a link back to your blog post with your comment, and post a link back to the my post about the contest in your blog post (only one comment required, but you must leave a link so I can check your post.)
  1. Blog about the contest WITH a picture of The Office Box and Wrong Number in your post.
  2. In your blog post link the phrase "The Office Box " to
  3. Link the phrase "The Original Scrapbox" to
  4. Link the phrase "Wrong Number" to
  5. Post the Wrong Number book trailer from You Tube on your blog
There are 25 different blogs participating in this giveaway. Each blog is giving away a preliminary prize and a chance to win an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing. Stay tuned for reviews on Wrong Number and author interviews as well!

Here's the list of blogs where you can enter:

The Mommy Files
Cricut Christmas
Little Birdie Secrets
Priscilla Styles
Mommy Mandy
Alvor-Dare To Dream
Diony George
Heather Justesen
Queen of the Clan
Scribbled Scraps
Anne Bradshaw
Rachel Rager
Tristi Pinkston
Cami Checketts
Nichole Giles
Wendy Paul
Marilyn Bunderson
Ronda Hinrichson
C.L. Beck: Write Up My Alley
Christine Bryant
Ali Cross
Jenni James
Annette Lyon

*Results of contests are final. Participants will be eliminated if entry rules are not followed correctly.

Here's the trailer for Wrong Number.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

So much going on

Sorry I've been such a slacker, but I'm up to my eyebrows in rewrites, and have been trying to slog through as quickly as possible. The good news is that my editor is working on my second book, "Rebound" RIGHT NOW, and I'll be getting edits back from her sometime next week, which I'm totally looking forward to. The book should go to press around the 19th so I should have my cover in the next couple of weeks--which I'm really excited about.

Other news in my life: I have had two baby chicks hatch in the past twenty-four hours--my first for the year.

I got laid off my part-time job last week, which means I'll have a lot more time for writing and editing.

Did I mention that I dropped off my next book at my publisher a couple of weeks back? I'm trying not to think about it right now because I probably won't hear if my publisher likes it or not until late April (though I wouldn't complain if it were sooner).

Tomorrow I'll be announcing an awesome giveaway that you will all want to be a part of, so definitely check back because the prize is just that great.

I have a whole bunch of books I'll be blogging about in the next couple of months, so stay tuned to learn about the books and possibly win awesome prizes, and if you need some book bloggin' goodness right now, Karen Hoover's first book The Sapphire Flute--a YA fantasy--will be in stores in a couple of weeks, so her blog tour has already begun. Check out links to reviews and other fun stuff on her blog.

Now I really have to go north and take care of some clients, do some shopping, and pray that the weather holds.