Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ARC Winners + Blog Award

It's time to announce the book winners from the last post! (drumroll please)

The winners of my celebratory "I-Have-A-Book-Contract" giveaway:

1. BLYTHEWOOD: Crystal Collier!
2. CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS: Marcy Hatch! (mshatch)
3. A SPARK UNSEEN: Sheri Larsen! (SA Larsen)
4. CROWN OF EMBERS: Amanda Mouras! (amouras)

Congratulations! I'll be contacting the winners and sending out their books, pronto.

NOTE: I won't be posting the first Wednesday of November as per my usual blogging schedule, since I'm moving to Oregon and who knows when I'll get my Internet hooked up. I'll see you on the Other Side, sometime after Oct. 29th. :)

Last month Elizabeth Varaden gave me the Inspiring Blogger Award! Visit her own inspiring blog HERE. Among other things, she posts intriguing posts of her travels abroad, accompanied by fascinating photos. In one of her recent posts, she described eating a spicy octopus dish—fun!

 As per the award, I'm revealing 7 things about myself:

1. I have a degree in Studio Arts from Pacific University, Oregon. I used to do pencil or colored pencil portraits from photographs. Then I got tired of being a "camera," and now I prefer more creative endeavors. I really enjoy doing miniature fabric art, combining bright scraps into pleasing combinations. I've also been designing some graphics for a website my brother is programming.

2. THE BODY INSTITUTE was the 14th book I wrote, after over 350 rejections and 11 years of writing. At least as far as MY journey into the publishing world, persistence (and improving my craft) is the name of the game. I've since written 3-4 more books.

3. I had thyroid cancer when I was 18. Nope, I didn't do chemo or radiation. That was back in 1978 and they just did surgery. No recurrences since, so the only thing that changed is I've been taking thyroid medication for the last few decades.

4. I met Dennis, my current husband, through a Christian dating site. No kidding! Like any online dealings, you definitely have to be careful, but Dennis is definitely a "keeper." 

5. I don't drink coffee, and don't even like the taste. Ew. I also don't like soda/soft drinks—all those irritating little bubbles! So hard to swallow. Give me a nice glass of fruit juice any day. Herbal tea is great in the winter, too.

6. I have two daughters who are almost 26 and 28. Time flies. When they were young, we had fun reading library books, making blanket forts, and making "jewelry people" on the carpet. (The latter being draping necklaces for hair and mouths, using clip-on earrings for eyes, etc.)

7. My eleven-months-older brother and I went to the same university. It was nice having him right across the campus in the guy's dorm, but he was a bit overprotective. One time after visiting him, I remember wandering across the hall with one of his friends into his friend's room, and big brother Lyle came right after us. Maybe he trusted his friend less than I did? Ha.

Do you prefer coffee, or tea? Or do you prefer something entirely different?
Do soft drink bubbles tickle your fancy, or do they perturb you?
How many novels have you written, or is poetry or short stories more your thing?


  1. See, that 14 books before pub just says to me, "She's ready. She's paid her dues."

    Thank you so much! I'm super stoked about my winnings.

  2. I am a total coffee addict. Good luck with your big move!

    1. Yes, I'm pretty unAmerican with my no-coffee-ness. Although actually I've had iced mocha lattes and enjoyed them! More like a milkshake that way. :o)

  3. Woohoo! I won a book! Thank you so much :) I LOVE coffee, but don't drink much soda. I've written 7 complete novels (1 published) plus book 1 of a trilogy.

    Hope moving goes well.

  4. Thank you so much for having your book giveaway! I can't believe I won!

    I'm actually not a fan of coffee or tea. Lol. I'm more of a hot chocolate or root beer kind of girl. So I definitely say that bubbles do tickle my fancy. ;) And as for novels, so far I've completed four novels and currently working on my next one.

    Also I hope your move goes smoothly and hopefully the weathers nice for you! :)

  5. Wow, we've been CPs for years and I'm still learning about you.
    I'm not a fan of coffee either. I do like the smell of it, though.

  6. Nice to know more about you -- a better glimpse into your past and present life. The information shows a part of your character and your struggles.

    I visited Oregon and I love the landscape and the weather. Have fun there.

    I don't like coffee, but I'll drink it if I make it myself.

  7. Congrats to all the winners! As for coffee...I can't imagine going without it. So yummy!
    Edge of Your Seat Stories

  8. Congratulations to all the winners. I write better with a pot of coffee and Jolly Ranchers. Good luck getting all set up in your new home. :) Moving is hard work.

  9. I've lost count of how many novels I've written. I would have to sit down and write them down. I know the number must be close to 20.

    Congrats to all those winners. I've become a coffee drinker recently, when I barely drank it before.

  10. I really enjoyed reading more about you! Too funny about your protective brother but oh that would have been nice too! I never drank coffee and wish I liked it cause it smells so nice! And as for how many books I've written I think I'm on 8 or 9. I'll have to count again. Have a great week!

  11. you are an artist and a survivor. i also learned more about you, albeit late:)

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