Monday, December 27, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!! Exciting Indivisible announcement in my post today!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Annoncement and House Cleaning


So, the announcement portion of my post today...I'm participating in Coffee Time Romance's Book Brew with the Coffee Crew "Uniforms that Protect Us" Blog event on Monday Jan. 3rd! I'm super excited about this and being able to share some more of Indivisible with you all. I will be giving a few excerpts out, answering questions about the book (ones that I can anyway), and *fingers crossed* revealing my AMAZING cover! AND...the best part, I'm going to be doing two giveaways of signed copies of Indivisible from the blog event. You have to come and post a comment, and then I will randomly draw names from those who posted a comment or a question.

I hope that you all will come over next week and find out a little bit more about Charlie and Gideon, and maybe get a surprise or two! Here's the link to the Book Brew portion, but check out the whole site because they have great reviews, giveaways, tons of authors...the list just goes on and on.


On to housekeeping, literally. I hope that everyone had a great Christmas (if you celebrate - if not then hope you had a great weekend!). My house is buried somewhere under piles and piles of toys, but my kids are happy, and there is nothing better
than when your little one looks at you and says, "This was the best Christmas ever."

And as you can see...I will be busy for several days trying to corral all of this! So if you don't hear from me for a while, no need to worry, I'm sure that I will be able to dig my way out soon!

Oh, and Santa must read my blog, because I actually got something on my list! I know you are all hoping that it was Kellan in his undies to clean for me, but sadly that wasn't the one. I was really hoping for that one. Indivisible is with the final editor, and all the MAJOR hurddles have been overcome (hoping I don't jinx myself). Maybe next year I'll get number one on my list, but I'm so happy with what I did get!

I hope to see you all next week over at Coffee Time Romance!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I know that you are pretty busy right now, but I just realized that I didn't get my letter out to you this year (thank heaven for modern technology!)

I'm pretty sure that I'm on the "Nice List" this year. Yeah, there are a few incidents that could have me straddling that line, but really, when you line them all up, I believe that my good outweigh my bad...(You only know if I've BEEN good or bad, right? Not if I've had thoughts of being naughty- but the good kind of naughty...wink wink).

So, here is my list of what I would like for Christmas. I'm sure that you can handle them...

First, I would like a clean house. Just as a suggestion (and I will be happy no matter how it gets done, but this way would make me the most happy), could you just leave Kellan Lutz under the tree in his Calvins and a pair of rubber gloves? Because then I would be able to thoroughly enjoy supervising the cleaning. I think that he could be back to his life in a day or two... Though, I'll be honest, I might keep him around to help out before the in-laws come in a few weeks. I would take really good of him, I promise!

I would also like for my kids to behave. Now, I'm not asking for a miracle here. I don't want them to get along and actually listen to me ALL THE TIME. All I want is maybe for like 3 to 5 days that they act like they like each other and don't think that I'm completely incapable of knowing simple facts. Honestly, I have been threatening them with calling you for like 3 months already, but they don't seem to be all that worried because every year you still leave them what they asked for under the tree...you're kind of undermining my authority here, Santa, and I think you owe me this one. I know they seemed all cute and good when they sat on your lap, but trust me...I have worked hard to keep that illusion up in public!

Oh, and the thing that I want more than anything...could you finish up my editing of Indivisible? Between the cleaning I have to do, and trying to pry my kids off of each other over the next month (yes, we are year round school and they don't go back until Jan. 18th) because I've asked for my first two items every year for the past 7 years and got nothing - I can ony assume that you really do know when I've been good and bad - I'm having a hard time squeezing in actually working.

So, Santa, here is the choice...give me the first two, or the last one...your choice. And remember, I control the cookie baking in this house. That's all I'm going to say about that!

Sincerly,
JM

PS - I make a mean Snickers filled cookie just so you know!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Another Sneak Peek

Last week a few of you noticed that I spiffied up my blog. So, I thought that today would be a great day to explain the reason behind it.

My new book is due for release next month, and this theme sets off the idea behind the book perfectly! I have ALWAYS had a thing for a guy in uniform (hubs was in the Navy when I started dating him), and for the past 15 years I have lived in military communities. In fact it was talking to a friend who's husband was deployed for 6 months and I thought about what she was going through...and INDIVISIBLE was born.

Indivisible is the story of Gideon and Charlie Cooper, a young couple trying to survive when life around them is changing...daily. Over the next few weeks, I will be giving you some bits and pieces - and here is one of those little bits for you.

As soon as the door to their hotel room closed, Gideon’s hands had been all over Charlie—sliding up her thighs and under her skirt, slowly undoing each button of the blouse she was wearing. He stood back and admired her after removing each article of clothing. The look in his eyes was more than desire or want; he was in awe of Charlie.

“God, Charlie. I’ve never seen anything so perfect,” he’d cooed, his thumb stroking the sensitive skin under her ear. Charlie melted into him.

The pair never left the room that day, and Charlie hadn’t cared in the least. As night fell and the lights of Las Vegas began to shine, Gideon rolled over onto his side. Charlie blushed, feeling his gaze settling on her.

“Charlie,” his voice was quiet, reverent.

“Mmm?” She closed her eyes, reveling in the way her name fell from his lips.

“I need to ask you a question.”

“What, Gideon? You can ask anything.” As if it had its own objective, Charlie’s hand moved to run over his huge bicep, coming to rest on the intricate black tattoo of a trident etched there. Charlie loved the tattoo and had found herself tracing the lines of it over the last few hours as they had talked.

“You know I love my job, right? I told you that serving my country is the greatest thing I could ever think of doing with my life.”

Charlie nodded. On the drive, Gideon had told Charlie that after he’d graduated from college with a degree in mechanical engineering, he’d joined the Navy. He felt his skill could serve the country, and he wanted to have a real purpose in his life.

“Yeah, Gideon. It’s one of the things I adore about you.”

“There’s something I didn’t tell you about my job.” He paused, looking at her. Charlie smiled to encourage him to continue. “I’m not just in the Navy; I’m with a special operations unit. I’m a SEAL.”

“Oh. Okay. Well, at least the tattoo of a seal on your perfect tush makes sense now.” The meaning behind his confession and his need to tell her at that moment completely escaped Charlie.

“I’m a Navy SEAL, Charlie. Do you know what that means?”

Charlie realized apparently she didn’t because she obviously was supposed to react differently than she had.

As she shook her head, tears began to well at the corners of her eyes, and she wasn’t sure why. The only thing Charlie could think of was that he was trying to scare her off. She’d been stupid enough to think they had some connection. Suddenly she felt very foolish and very naked.

Charlie pulled the sheet up to cover her exposed body, and Gideon pulled his brow together in question. There was no way she was going to make this easy for him, and there was no way she was going to cry. At least, that was the plan.

With what she hoped was an aloof look, Charlie stared at Gideon, waiting. She could tell he was debating what, and how much, to tell her. To her surprise, he slid his arm around her waist, pulling her into him. It occurred to Charlie that the man didn’t want to look in her eyes as he told her whatever it was he was going to say.

“Charlie, my job is dangerous. I can be called out at any time to leave for extended periods. I go into war zones, and no one knows where I am. I go to places where people get shot at. It’s dangerous…all the time.”

“Ah.” So he was trying to scare her off. “Hey, listen, you don’t owe me anything.” Charlie tried to pull away from him, but he held on tight.

“Damn it, Charlie! I’m not telling you this to get rid of you.” He loosened his grip so he could pull back and look at her.

The tears had started to fall, against her stern demand that they not betray her, and Charlie wanted nothing more than to get out of that room.

Gideon moved a hand up to her chin and tilted her head back, looking into her eyes. He held Charlie there, not with his strength, but with something else she couldn’t put a name to.

“I’m telling you this because even though it’s insane and we just met, I know I want you in my life…”

Monday, December 6, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Christmas Books for Kids?

I just finished setting up the house for Christmas (though one of the blinkie reindeer in the front yard is listing...) and one of my favorite things is pulling out the kids' Christmas books. The box is SUPER heavy and I make my husband carry it up and down from the basement (I do all the other decorating, so he can carry the boxes!)

So tonight, we will put aside Pipi Longstocking (we read with our kids every night - I want them to love reading as much as I do) and start reading a Christmas book or two from now until the end of the year. It is my favorite time of the year!

I thought that today I would share with you some of my favorites in our library. I know that they are "kids" books, but trust me when I say I get as much joy out of these as my kids do!

First, let me say that we have stocked in our library all the staples like Frosty (which we sing the song at the end), The Grinch, Charlie Brown, Rudolph. The ones that I'm recommending are some of the more unusual books we have found.


1. Are You Grumpy Santa? by Gregg & Evan Spiridellis - This is by far my favorite of all our Christmas books and will get read at least every third night. Poor Santa just has one of those days where EVERYTHING is going wrong...unfortunately, it is the one day that Santa has things to do. My kids love the building up of everything from Santa stubbing his toe to Mrs. Claus putting him on a diet and I love the rhyme and ryhthm of the story and the beautiful illustrations. Everyone's favorite part is when Santa finally admits, "I'M A GRUMPY SANTA CLAUS!" We all yell it at the top of our lungs. (PS - I just looked on Amazon and they have another book called The Longest Christmas List Ever)


2. Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight by Jerry Pallotta and David Biedrzycki - This one is so much fun as Santa needs help delivering presents, and tries all variety of animals to pull his sleigh. From tigers who try to eat him to dolphins who take him for a swim, Santa endures a lot of stress until he finds the perfect animal to pull his sliegh. Great illustarations and the image of things like snakes pulling the sliegh, have my kids giggling through the whole story. (PS - this one also has another follow up called Who Will Help Santa This Year)



3. How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky and S.D. Schindler - Another one I absolutely love as a parent. It answers all those questions kids have about how Santa can do things. Young Santa Claus is looking for a job, but each one doesn't work out. In his search for his perfect job, he cleans chimneys, delivers packages, takes care of reindeer at the zoo...you can see where this is going. A fun read that leaves my kids nodding their heads in understanding. (PS - Guess what!! This one also has another follow up called How Santa Lost His Job.)

Okay...this blog post is costing me money as add all of these books to my Christmas library!!


4. Olivia helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer - How can you go wrong with Olivia? And Olivia at Christmas is as much fun as you would expect from this percoscious little pig. My kids favorite part is actually after Santa comes and everyone opens their gifts...they get to say the word "maracas" and think that is the funniest word ever!



5. Finally, I'll share our Christmas Eve books. We first read a version of Clement C Moore's The Night Before Christmas and then we read about the The Christmas Story and the birt of Jesus. For us, that is the perfect way to end all the hype of the holiday and settle the kids in before everything quiet about the holiday goes flying out the window the next morning!

I have two new books (besides the three that I just ordered from Amazon!) that I plan to get this year; Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas and It's Christmas David! These are two staples in my house as I have a "Fancy Nancy" and a "David"...

And I almost forgot...If you are looking for some good grown-up or YA reads to give as gifts, Omnific Publishing is having a great sale! If you buy the print copy of a book to give as a gift, you get a free ebook of it (I would TOTALLY keep that one for myslef!!).