Currently my review blog, Yeah Books!, has been suspended until WordPress conducts a review of the terms of service in regards to my blog.
We are not just a tour blog site. We do reviews and I have just added two more book reviewers to the site. I will contact each of my blog partners and see what can be done. If all else fails, I will be signing up with blogger instead and posting all Yeah Books! reviews on Blogger instead.
I’m seriously disappointed that WordPress is banning promotion efforts by authors.
Welcome to the Spring Fling Blog Hop! Over fifty authors and bloggers have joined together to bring you some amazing posts, great giveaways and lots of fun! Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter (details at the bottom) to win a Kindle tablet, gift cards, paperbacks and swag and be sure to check out the other blogs taking part.
Blog Hop Meanderings
Spring has finally sprung and, as usual, I have trouble sitting down and focusing on, well, anything. We made a huge feast tonight and I only made half the food I intended on making. I always overcook for holiday meals. There are four of us and I cook for fifteen.
We cut fresh fruit and veggies, made deviled eggs from coloured eggs, I made a from scratch cherry pie and chocolate chip cookies. There was a great baked cauliflower dish made with bread crumbs, toasted almonds and Parmesan cheese. I made a quick succotash and, of course, ham. The staple dish my son insists on is scalloped corn. He ate half the pan himself. Lucky for him, the recipe is incredibly easy.
- 2 can whole kernel corn, drained
- 2 can cream style corn
- 2 sleeves Ritz crackers, crushed
- two eggs
Dump corn into baking dish. Add both eggs. Once ingredients are well mixed, add cracker crumbs. The mixture should be relatively thick. Put in the oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes until the top is golden brown.
I am still digesting dinner, of course. We will have plenty of leftovers to eat again tomorrow as well. Leftovers either go really quickly in this house or they sit in the fridge and develop penicillin. I swear I could save an entire village with what I cleaned out of the fridge today. Blech.
Since we’re off work tomorrow, we’ll be starting our garden. We’ve already planted garlic and have plans for tomatoes and fresh lettuce and spinach. I’ll have another post with the garden for everyone later. Since we’re in the city and only have a small patio, we do a lot of vertical gardening. This will be our second year using the vertical garden. Last year we had fresh salad every week. It was delicious.
Having four days off for Easter, I have intentions of writing something while I chew on that vegetable bowl no one touched. Look at that thing. It’s calling my name even now. Unfortunately I’m stuffed.
I’ve been working on a young adult (that will be published under a pen name) and I have designs on getting more framework down. The main character has been picking at my brain. It’s almost like my characters have been refreshed with the better weather. Having the windows open with the breeze and the sun flowing through, I have the impetus to write, but I also have the burning urge to take my dog for a walk or go outside and sit on the patio.
Tomorrow I am going to take my laptop outside and write on the patio.
The YA follows Magdalen, a young woman attacked by a strange kind of dog while hitchhiking across the country. She winds up at a halfway house while she mends and settles in with a small group of kids. Just as she starts to settle in, one of her new friends ends up being sucked into a demon realm. She has to get him out. But how?
So far I’ve set the stage and made some edits. Tomorrow it’s full speed ahead!
Then again, I’ll probably just fall into my new time waster and play League of Angels. I’ve spent far too much time on that game this year. If anyone plays, I’m on Night Sentinel S17 and my guild is Devil May Cry.
Here’s to spring, new games, new books, meandering stories and lots of fun giveaways. I’d wanted to make this post something poignant, but, in the spirit of spring, I’m just going to let the post wander and sniff the daisies.
If you are still here, there are over 50 blogs participating in the spring fling blog hop. Click below and check out the other posts. From the small sampling I’ve seen, everyone did a great job coming up with engaging posts.
And, as stated above, please enter the rafflecopter giveaway and see if you win some fun swag. If you do, let me know! I’m curious to know who wins!
Author Samantha Holt was one of only two other authors featured with me in the Buckle Down anthology. Not only does she write sexy cowboys, she also writes sexy military men. Not Another Soldier is a new release coming out January 17th, 2014. She has graciously allowed me the pleasure of revealing her new cover today with a snippet from the book.
I’ve just buried my husband. I was going to divorce him and now he’s dead.
After five years as a military wife, Sienna is moving on. She’s keen to leave behind the misery of her marriage to Rob but for some reason the past won’t let her go. It doesn’t help that her closest friend, Nick, is also a soldier. Unfortunately Sienna is struggling to deny her attraction to the sexy marine, even knowing there can be no future in it. When the injured soldier admits he wants her just as badly, and has always wanted her, the fight to control her feelings becomes harder.
And now she’s learning things about her late husband that surprise even her. When the secrets of Rob’s life come to light, Sienna finds herself involved with some very nasty people and Nick is determined to protect her, no matter what.
As the danger grows to both her heart and her life, Sienna needs to decide if it was the army that was the problem or her late husband. Is Nick worth the heartache of being a military spouse again? And will he be able to protect her from the ring of drug dealers slowly closing in?
About the Author
Samantha lives in a small village in England with her gorgeous twin girls and husband who is a trained bodyguard and ex-soldier (Yes, seriously!). She traditionally writes historical romances involving chivalrous knights and hot highlanders, but occasionally dabbles in contemporary romance. When she reluctantly leaves her computer, she enjoys exploring old ruins and indulging an early midlife crisis. Adrenaline filled suggestions for the bucket list are always welcome!
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You can win a ten dollar Amazon gift card or an advance reader copy of Not Another Soldier by entering Samantha’s Rafflecopter Giveaway.
I have been nominated for the Liebster Award! Thanks to fellow author Scarlet Flame for the nomination.
As required by the Liebster nominee, I’ve posted the Liebster Award on my blog post and provided a link back to the nominator’s Blog. Next, I will list 11 random facts about me, then answer 11 questions asked by Scarlet. Once that is done, I will nominate 11 bloggers to follow after me, and come up with 11 new questions for them. I post everything on my blog with the hope of bringing new readers.
11 Random Facts about Me
- I am also a licensed massage therapist and love my day job as much as I love writing.
- I wanted to be an English teacher originally. I have two years of an English degree.
- I’m really bad about answering questions about myself.
- I love food. I like to try different kinds of food.
- For Christmas, I am making handmade books for my nieces.
- I have a plethora of pets: a dog, four cats, a ferret, two rabbits, a snake and three chickens.
- My favorite pizza is white cheesy chicken pizza. Too bad there’s no Marcos close to me in Columbus.
- I have a horrible Victoria’s Secret habit.
- My characters are like living people inside my head. They sometimes run away with me.
- I play World of Warcraft.
- My favorite video game is Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne.
Now for Scarlet’s questions:
1) Have you an ambition you haven’t achieved yet?
I want to publish the series I’ve been brewing for over ten years. It’s going to take me awhile, however. One day!
2) Have you a thinking spot?
I do a lot of thinking while driving or when I’m in the shower. On the rare days I get to lie around in bed, I like to think there as well. There aren’t many days I get to do that, though.
3) If so, where is it?
I guess I already answered this question.
4) Town or Country, which do you prefer?
City. I lived in the country for most of my life. While it has its charms, I’m happier in the city where there are things to do at all hours and within a 20 minute drive.
5) What is your favourite drink?
I don’t know if it’s a drink or a food, but I love Smoothie King’s Green Tea Tango. Although if we’re talking alcoholic drinks, the Kalahari makes a drink with 151 on the top and that is the BEST. Otherwise I like a Pimp Named Slickback.
6) Have you a special person in your life?
I have many special people in my life. I’m assuming you mean a significant other and the answer is yes.
7)How do you write? By hand, or straight to the computer?
I write straight to the computer because I hate typing something I’ve hand written. However, if there isn’t a computer accessible, I do write by hand. The final scene of my series was written by hand.
8) What makes you happiest? i.e Hobby or activity?
Warm, sunshiny days spent at the beach or the waterpark.
9) Is there something about yourself that you can share, that nobody else knows?
I don’t think so.
10) What would be a special night out for you?
I suppose going out to either La Scala or Carabbas for dinner and going to see a movie.
11) Who would be your ideal guest to share that night with?
My girlfriend since we never really do anything like that anymore.
Now for my list of nominees: (which may not total 11). If you are interested in participating and would like to be nominated for your own Liebster Blog Award, let me know in the comments.
If, like me, you are curious about the Liebster Blog Award origins, Sopphey did some awesome Google-fu and found it. Originally it was only 3-5 bloggers to nominate.