Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New book trailer for Family by Design

You know the biggest problem with working graveyard shift and then getting a good night's sleep? My whole day is gone when I get up. So, yeah, I'm a little late posting the winners for last week's prizes, but I promise I'm only counting the entries that came in by midnight Sunday. First: I want to give a big shout out and thanks to Stephanie Fowers, who found actors (twice) and created this trailer. It turned out great and the kids in it are adorable!

What did I tell you? Okay, now for last week's winners:

The copy of Honeymoon Heist goes to:

Shelly B

And the personally autographed copy of Agent in Old Lace (which I will have signed for you at Tristi Pinkston's book launch for Targets and Ties at Pioneer Book this Thursday evening--and which I'll also be signing at. Hint, hint.) goes to: 

Bonnie H.

Thanks for entering ladies! And remember that there are still two prizes up for grabs, including the $20 gift certificate.

There have been several more terrific reviews of Family by Design since I last posted.

"I really enjoyed this book. I loved Rena's character and Tucker was very attractive--the kind of guy I'd like my daughters to date. The kids were adorable and realistic, including the tantrums. Justesen cleverly wove in plenty of conflict and drama throughout the story to keep me turning pages. And I loved the ending. It was perfect." --Rebecca Talley. Read more here.

"In Family by Design, Heather Justesen creates real-life characters a reader can care about, fret about, and cry about. I find myself thinking about characters, Rena and Tucker, and Derek and McKenzie, throughout my day, and choking up throughout the book, as I fall in love which each one. "--Kathleen Brebes, read more here.

"It was a great story of resiliance, strength, faith and trust and dreams come true sprinked with lots of humor along the way. " --Debbie Davis, read the rest of the review here.

"It was filled with funny kid stories, real feelings, and lovable characters." --Maria Hoaglund. Read the rest of her thoughts here.

"Heather does a superb job at portraying the feelings of her characters.  More than once Rena's emotions felt all too personal." --Kim Job, read the rest of the review here.

" Family By Design was such a fun, delightful read that had me laughing, blushing, and occasionally reaching for some tissues." --Danyelle Ferguson, you can find the rest here.

 "She has a unique turn of phrase and the ability to describe things in a way that makes her books unlike anyone else's. It's distinctive and a pleasure to read."--Tristi Pinkston, Read the rest here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Prize winners!

Okay, sorry, I have no idea where the week went (besides multiple book signings, trips out of town, and just trying to keep from drowning in work). So, here are the prize winners I should have announced on Monday:

The 101 Cupcake Recipes book goes to Aimee B!

The Mother's Daze book goes to Glenda C!

All right ladies, let me know how to reach you so I can get your addresses and send these books out to you.

Now for a few blurbs and links from some of my awesome reviewers:

Nichole Giles said:
Also, there are some amazing kissing scenes in this story—the kind that leave the reader’s heart beating a little harder. But don’t worry, it’s absolutely clean. This is such a sweet story. If you’ve never read a Heather Justesen novel, I’d start with this one. For real. It’s fantastic. link here

Liz Adair said: Heather Justesen’s writing style. It’s clean and flows nicely, making an easy read. (and a lot more here.)

Susan Dayley said: "I enjoyed reading Family By Design. I would set up to read and an hour would go by unnoticed. I became so caught up in the characters, that after I had finished, I had to remind myself the book was done." Read more here.

Julie Bellon said: "The romance was the kind that brings to life the butterflies in your stomach and makes you sigh and re-read the last paragraph because it was so good." And so much more here.

Cindy Hogan said: "I didn't realize a book could be a true page-turner without the threat of murder or some kind of violence. This is a fun, quick entertaining read." Read the whole thing here.

More to come as the blog tour continues. A big thanks to everyone who has taken the time to enter the contest--more prizes still to come!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Family by Design blog tour and giveaways!

Today is the start of my blog tour and I'm really excited. I've got a terrific group of people who are reviewing my book over the next few weeks starting with today.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 Nichole Giles
Thursday, Jan. 19 Liz Adair
Friday, Jan. 20 Susan Dayley
Saturday, Jan. 21 Keith Fisher
Monday, Jan. 23 Robbin Peterson
Tuesday, Jan. 24 Julie Bellon
Wednesday, Jan. 25 Cindy Hogan
Thursday, Jan. 26 Rebecca Talley
Friday, Jan. 27 Kathleen Brebes
Saturday, Jan. 28 Debbie Davis
Monday, Jan. 30 Maria Hoaglund
                          Kim Job, and  Danyelle Ferguson
Tuesday, Jan. 31 Tristi Pinkston
Wednesday, Feb. 1 Joann Arnold
Thursday, Feb. 2 Christine Bryant
Friday, Feb. 3 Rebecca Blevins
Saturday, Feb. 4  Mindy Holt

In conjunction with the release of Family by Design, I've recently released a companion novella, Shear Luck, which involves Rena's roommate Chelsea from the first of the book, and starts shortly after Family by Design. This is available as an ebook for 99 cents pretty much everywhere BUT people who buy Family by Design and then go here by Sunday, February 5th, will get a FREE copy of this ebook. It doesn't matter where you purchase the book: online, or at a store (or even at one of my signings). Just follow the link to get your free copy.
ALSO, I'm going to hold giveaways every Friday for people who post comments on my blog, or any of the stops on my blog tour. Entries will be cumulative so if you post to two blog stops each week, by the third week you'll get six entries, and if you post about it on Facebook or Twitter, or link to one of the stops on the blog tour from your blog, you'll get extra entries. Also, you can win more than once, so stop in often.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Shear Luck" cover is here!

Hey, I just had to share the new cover I just got (hot off the presses) from my cover designer for my novella, Shear Luck (which will be available for purchase as an ebook everywhere--but people who buy Family by Design by February 5th will get for FREE as a bonus!). What do you think? My cover designer, Paul, is very talented and spent TONS of time on this baby (and his prices are amazing!). I'll post links as soon as Amazon and Barnes & Noble have processed and posted it.
And the blurb:

Chelsea Robison has never forgotten the older boy next door whom she crushed on as a teen, so when she runs into him at the restaurant he’s preparing to open, it’s a delightful shock. And learning he’s available again is more than a little tantalizing.

Vaughn Krenshaw had never seen his neighbor as more than a nice kid—but Chelsea had definitely grown up in the decade since they saw each other last. He’s attracted to the feisty red head, but still struggles over his wife’s death the previous year. And then there’s his five-year-old daughter, Molly, who really liked Chelsea—until she realized the woman was dating her dad.

As Chelsea starts to wonder if their love for each other will be enough to make things work, a specter from Vaughn’s past rises, making her question whether she really knew him at all.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Ready for the hunt?

My book, Family by Design, is hitting store shelves as we speak and I'm excited to get the word out. Because of this, I decided to give away a prize package including a copy of Tristi Pinkston's newest cozy mystery, "Target and Ties" (which is not quite off the presses yet), some fun swag and other stuff. This goes to the first person who can send me a picture of my book on store shelves. I know it's going to be stocked in some Costcos soon, and Seagull Book (a new excitement for me since they haven't carried many copies of my previous books) as well as independent bookstores. So if you're going to be out and about, pop into a bookstore and see if you can find my book on their shelves--and if you can't find it, you could always ask when they're getting it in. =)

And while you're there, buy a copy of the book and get a free copy of my spin-off novella, Shear Luck, which will be coming out in ebook form everywhere in a week or so (or however long it takes to trickle through the distribution channels). This book will be available for sale, but people who purchase Family by Design before the end of my blog tour (February 4) will get a free download in the format of their choice.

In other news, I just joined Tristi Pinkston's quarterly writing challenge--yeah, me and a gazillion other people. It must be the new year's resolutions pushing something like 50 people to take her challenge this time. Check it out here. I usually dream big and shoot high, but this month with my book coming out, something like 8 signings, my blog tour, and other crazy stuff going on, I'm trying to be realistic so I can reach my goals, so instead of planning on writing 50K or something like that here's what I need to do six nights a week:

Edit at least one chapter of Cami or an equivalent amount on another story (ie, things I'm taking to my crit group).

Do at least one chapter or one hour (whichever is shorter) of critiquing or typesetting for others, as I have a typesetting job lined up, and several critiques I need to get done for people I'm swapping with.

And I really need to get the first couple of episodes to Karissa's story to Big World Network since the second season starts soon (oh and a title wouldn't be a bad idea, either.) Speaking of BWN, the latest installment of Homecoming came out today. If you haven't been reading my serial novella (or listening to it, as it's also available in audio--all for free) pop over and check it out here. There are only three more episodes left in this story before next season begins!

This is on top of my publicity and marketing, planning for some major landscaping projects this spring, and helping my hubby at our business (oh and that full-time job of mine). You might think it's too early to get serious about spring projects, but planning ahead is key to making them go smoothly, and starting early can help spare me insanity if we get constant spring rains again this year, which preclude a lot of yard work when everything turns to a mud puddle.