Monday, June 27, 2011

How Are Your Tatas?


How are your tatas??

Yeah, you read that right. Today I’m talking about the tatas!

We all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, right? So what if you could spend the summer reading some great short stories from really wonderful authors AND you could help fund breast cancer research come October?

Well, here’s your chance. I am so proud to be a part of a great fund raising effort by Omnfic Publishing this summer that will benefit Save the Tatas Foundation. Omnific has put together two separate anthologies that will be released on July 5th and for sale through the summer. The best part is that ALL the proceeds from the sales of these two books will be donated to Save the Tatas Foundation in October.


Breast cancer is one of those things that when you hear about it, very few people can’t tell you about someone they know or knew that has dealt with it in some way. I thought that I would share a few stories about how my life has been touched by this disease and how important it is for us to find a way to fight it.

I first became aware of breast cancer as a little girl when my grandmother, who I adored and we had lived with for several years when my parents divorced, was hospitalized. Apparently she had found a lump in her breast and within weeks they discovered that the cancer was so advanced, had metastasized and was ravaging her body. I was six years old, and only knew that my mom was crying all the time and going to the hospital to visit my grandma every night. My grandma passed away not long after being hospitalized. Even though I was young, I was very attached to her, and missed her terribly, but didn’t understand really what breast cancer was.

As I grew up, I started to understand more about breast cancer, and the importance of checking for lumps. When you have a history of the disease in your family, all the precautions are in the forefront of your mind. Every year when I would go for that dreaded exam, I would hold my breath during the breast exam…waiting for the doctor to tell me that he found something that I missed. Then it happened last October (of all months, right?). I had been putting off getting my first mammogram (I was 41 with a history in my family so I should have had at least one already). Bad move on my part. My heart nearly sank when I was told that they found something on my mammogram and I would have to have another one for clarification. Panic flooded me. What would I do if I had breast cancer? What about my kids? Of course the next appointment that I could get was almost a week later.

I spent a week silently worrying about my future, my kids’ future, how my husband would be able to manage (I do a lot around here!). I only told one of my friends about it, and tried not to let my husband know really how scared I was, but I was TERRIFIED!

The week finally passed and I went back for my follow up mammogram. Fortunately, what they had seen on the first mammogram was only a cyst and I was given a clean bill of health. But, as I was walking out of the building, I saw a woman who had been in the waiting room with me; her husband had her wrapped in his arms and she was crying…getting good news had never seemed so empty. No matter how lucky I was, there would always be someone else who was going to have to fight this horrible disease.

Finally, I want to tell you about a good friend of mine who I think is one of the bravest women I know. Her name is Stephanie Swartz, and she is smart, and funny, and a FABULOUS photographer (check out her work here) and graphic artist.

I’ve talked about how I love Facebook, and this is just one of the reasons that I do. Recently I was lucky enough to become part of a group on Facebook that put me in touch with several people that I went to high school with. My friend Stephanie was one of those people. What’s really funny is that Stephanie and I knew each other in high school, but didn’t know we knew each other, but have become great friends now. Well, not only did I discover that Stephanie used to run around with my brother in-law in high school, but that she was a breast cancer survivor.

Stephanie had no history of breast cancer in her family so, when she was diagnosed at 36 she was more than surprised. Five years and two mastectomies later, Stephanie is open about her experience, and wants to make sure that women are aware of how this disease can attack anyone. It doesn’t matter that you don’t fall into the “high risk” group – all women are at risk and need to be aware of their bodies.

Oh, and I mentioned that Stephanie was a graphic artist, but I forgot to mention that she designed both of the covers for Omnific’s Summer Lovin’ Anthologies. For Stephanie, as for everyone at Omnific from the authors to the editors to the production team to the marketing team it was so rewarding and important to donate their time and talent for this wonderful cause.

So if your life has been touched by this disease, here is a great way to make a difference while getting to enjoy some wonderful summer romance. You can take your pick from sweet to sultry - or buy both and double the donation and get ALL of the wonderful stories!)

If sweet and romantic love is what you crave this summer, then Summer Breeze is the book for you!

What’s better than lying on the beach with a great story to read? How about lying on the beach with seven great stories to read? Whether you're going to the beach or you just wish you were, Omnific Publishing's Summer Lovin' Anthology is a compilation of romantic short stories that will whisk you away on a sweet escape.
Sweeten up your summer reading and contribute to a great cause at the same time. Omnific Publishing has partnered with the Save the Ta Tas Foundation and all proceeds will be donated to the charitable organization. Read the romance and do your part to Save the Ta Tas!
This collection of sweet summer romances brings together seven of Omnific Publishing’s authors for some “breezy” romantic reading. In just one book, you can find Carol Oates’ Irish mythical storytelling, Jennifer Lane’s sassy swimmer, and Hannah Downing’s second chance at first love. While Nicki Elson spins a beautiful tale of remembered love, Killian McRae employs a modern twist with her technology-based romance, and Sarah Glover tells the story of best friends’ summer discovery. Rounded out with Susan Kaye Quinn’s glimpse into the next chapter of her Life, Liberty and Pursuit gang, this anthology offers something for everyone to get lost in this summer.



If hot and steamy is what you’re looking for to keep things heated up this summer, then Heat Wave is the one for you.

Heat up your summer reading and contribute to a great cause at the same time. Omnific Publishing has partnered with the Save the Ta Tas Foundation and all proceeds will be donated to the charitable organization. Read the romance and do your part to Save the Ta Tas!
In this anthology, you'll find six steamy romance stories by some of your favorite authors for some “heated” reading. Fans of paranormal romance will enjoy Robin DeJarnett’s vampire lovers and Lisa Sanchez’s unexpectedly compatible lovers. While Debra Anastasia transports you to a long ago time for some steamy romance, Jessica McQuinn brings you back to the hot protectors of modern day. BJ Thornton and Kasi Alexander dip into the exotic with their touch of super sexy. There’s something in this collection to get every reader’s temperature rising!



So remember on July 5th to head to Omnific Publishing and purchase your copies of Summer Lovin’ Anthologies. They are only available through September so make sure you get them before they’re gone!

And don’t forget to make your appointment for a mammogram this year!

Next week it's the Fourth of July! And what better time to give you a quick peek at my contribution...it's men in uniform (SWAT) of course!


And now on to the Blog Hop! Make sure to check out everyone's today to see their posts on the Summer Lovin' Anthologies!




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.

Monday, June 20, 2011

GIVEAWAY!



YAY! It’s GIVEAWAY time again!!

I noticed last week that I have almost 100 followers and was pretty excited! So I thought that maybe if I do a giveaway of a signed copy of Indivisible and some fun swag maybe I could reach that magic number.

Here’s how it will work – once I hit 100 followers for this blog, I will announce that we have made our goal and within 24 hours of that announcement I will randomly draw three followers. The first name will win the signed copy of Indivisible along with a bookmark, key chain, and notebook. The other two winners will receive ebooks of Indivisible.

Good luck!

Next week is a very special post where I’ll be talking about the summer anthology that I wrote a short story for and why it was so important and special to me to do it.

It's Monday, which means it's time for the Meet an Author Blog Hop!



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


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.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Who's RIght for Sookie?

As promised, today I will be talking about Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris.




As with all the series I read, I found this one through a friend and read the first four in record time (that’s all my friend sent me) and then ran out and bought the next four immediately. And, as with several of the series that I read, I’m ready for Sookie to find “the one” and things to wrap up.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked Dead Reckoning, but I didn’t LOVE it. I had to work a little harder to get through this one than I did the last, and I had to work a little harder to get through that one than I did the one before that. I see a pattern forming here. My best friend read it before me, and the only question that I asked was, “Did Sookie get some?”. Because I wasn’t going to even start it if we went the whole book without her getting some good loving!

The one thing that I really do still love about these books is Sookie herself. I love her voice and herself talk. In this latest book, I loved how she justified her grandmother’s indiscretion with the faery and forgave her for simply because she couldn’t judge her considering her own life. Sookie is really the reason that I keep reading.

It seems that the big question in this series is…who is Sookie going to end up with, and I think that in this book Harris gave us a HUGE glimpse into the answer to that question. Dead Reckoning was FILLED with Sookie thinking just a little too much about Sam and who he was with. Let me just say that I called this two years ago after reading Definitely Dead where she was with Quinn. Here’s the explanation that I have been giving anyone who will listen for the past two years (you can even ask my book girls that I’ve had this theory since waaaaayyy before Dead Reckoning came out and it became so obvious that Sam was going to be Sookie’s “the one”.).

I’ll start at the beginning with Bill. I liked Bill a lot, and kind of feel sorry for him still being in love with Sookie and having to watch her with Eric now. I think Bill was gentle and caring with Sookie and because he had been in a loving marriage before he became a vamp, he had the ability to truly love Sookie. BUT…being a vampire, he will always be at the mercy of those above him, and even though Lorena’s dead…Sookie will NEVER be first for him.

Then there was Alcide. I will admit that I LOVED Alcide…AT FIRST. When he turned out to be such a douche bag, I was really upset. With Alcide I thought he would be good for her; able to protect her from all the supernatural beings she seems to attract AND be able to make her the most important thing in his life. I was wrong! Once again, something else had to come first (in this case the pack when he became pack leader).

Next came my absolute favorite of Sookie’s lovers, Quinn. A tall muscled up bald man who can turn into a tiger?? Holy crap, hold me back!! I hoped beyond hope that this would be Sookie’s perfect match. And once again I was duped! Unlike Alcide, however, I have to actually like him more for the reason that things will never work for him and Sookie – he has to take care of his mother and his sister. So Sookie, as usual has to take a back seat to someone. I was very upset that Quinn didn’t work out.

Now, unlike most of my friends, I’m not an Eric fan. I know, I know…I’m sure that there will be tons of you who moan at that. I mean yes, he is a hot Viking vamp, but he’s also arrogant and uncaring about others – and I dated enough of those in my past that I have absolutely NO attraction to him. And because he is a vampire once again, he will never be able to put Sookie first. His area and his rulers will always come before her.

On a side note, one thing that absolutely drove me crazy in Dead Reckoning is why Sookie didn’t use the cluviel dor to wish that Eric didn’t have to marry the Queen of Oklahoma? It had to be used with love behind it, and since she loves Eric, then keeping him from having to marry someone else should have qualified for that use? I kept waiting for her to figure that out and use it for that reason. My only guess is that it will come into play in the next book?

Okay back to my predictions of who is going to be “the one” for Sookie…

All of these men aren’t ever going to be able to put Sookie at the top of their priority list, and that is what Sookie needs in her life. She has never been the most important to anyone in her life. As a child, her mother was too caught up in the faeness of her father and didn’t really pay much attention to the children. Then even with her grandmother, Sookie was second to Jason. There is a scene in the first book when Sookie and her grandmother are talking and eating lunch when Jason walks in and all attention is on Jason, the conversation that Sookie was having totally forgotten (now maybe it was more that Jason commanded attention, but either way Jason took the priority for their grandmother). Sookie NEEDS to be #1 in someone’s life. AND that’s why I have been saying for several books that she will end up with Sam.


While Sam had to deal with his mother being shot after she exposed herself, she doesn’t consume his entire world and he is free to put Sookie where she needs to be. Sookie would fit into his life and already works in the bar (and in Dead Reckoning even stepped in to do some of that paperwork that Sam hates so much…exactly what a spouse would do??). Sam usually changes into a dog, but he is a true shifter and has the ability to change into anything that he wants so he could protect Sookie. He is perfect for her! And in Dead Reckoning, I believe that Harris is setting us up for that ending. Mark my words…

So, I’ll keep reading because I do love Sookie and am so invested in her that I HAVE to know what happens to her (and of course see if I’m right).



And, on another note, Indivisible just got another 5 star review from The Fictional Bookshelf! Go check it out and if you follow the blog and make a comment you’ll be entered to win an ebook pack of Indivisible!

It's Monday, which means it's time for the Meet an Author Blog Hop!



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


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.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Indivisible Tour

Happy Monday!! I’m posting for the beautiful city of San Diego, where I’m enjoying some great Gideon and Charlie moments on my own personal Indivisible tour!


Yesterday the family all went out to Coronado Island to hit the beach. I was on the lookout for any yummy SEALs running along the beach, but sadly I saw none. There was even a point where I tried to convince the husband that going to the SEAL base would be a great learning experience for the kids – he didn’t buy it.

Our drive back to the condo where we are staying took us past Miramar and all I could think of was poor Charlie pulled over just outside the gates of the base when Chance comes to get her. Again I couldn’t convince the family what a great idea it was to stop and tour the area. I guess no one in the family loves Charlie and Gideon as much as I do. Also, later in the afternoon, we drove through La Jolla and I looked for the Cooper home.

Later this week we are going to head out to Horton Plaza which is where Charlie went Christmas shopping and ran into Cody Boyd. I’m keeping the fact from my husband the reason behind my wanting to go there.

Unfortunately, I won’t make it to Disneyland on this trip, but we will hit Sea World and Legoland!

Next week I will have my review of Charlaine Hariss’ Dead Reckoning. All I’m going to say is…I called this almost TWO YEARS ago!

It's Monday, which means it's time for the Meet an Author Blog Hop!



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


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.