Hoppy Easter Blog Hop Giveaway!

Update:  WINNER was flchen1!

I’ve sent an email contacting the lucky winner. Everyone else, thank you so much for visiting, reading and contributing your comments.

Who needs the Easter Bunny?

With all the prizes up for grabs, your Easter basket will be overflowing with goodies!

So here’s how the hop goes each of the participating authors is running a contest on their blog for the readers to enjoy! So make sure you stop by all the stops on the hop. I know you won’t be disappointed!

Contest starts April 6, 2012 and ends April 8, 2012 at midnight (Pacific).

I am giving away your choice of prize:

A $10 Amazon e-gift card


An e-book copy of my book The P.U.R.E. which releases on April 16th PLUS a $5 Amazon e-gift card.

With the second option, there would be a slight delay in prize fulfillment.  Sorry about that but it’s only a few days.

Winner will be selected on April 9th.

Here’s a little snippet from The P.U.R.E. to whet your appetite. In this scene, our heroine, Gayle, has gone to her co-worker Jon’s apartment to discuss what happened at work that day. They are not romantically involved (yet):

I rang (Jon’s) doorbell and waited. Voices inside trickled to my ears, but I attributed them to his television. I rang again. Footsteps moved toward the door. He cracked it open. The face in the narrow opening wasn’t Jon’s but his ex-fiancée, Thalia.


Should I leave? No. Act normal because we’re friends, and friends do visit each other for friendly reasons.

“Uh .  .  . is Jon home?” I asked.

Come on, Lindley. A little more self-confidence.

“He is, but he’s in the shower right now.” Her brow furrowed. She pointed and wagged a finger at me. “I met you a few weeks ago, didn’t I? What was your name again? Scarlett?”

Thalia stared down at me from somewhere around six feet, a lot
taller than my measly five feet two inches. I despised being short, and I especially hated having to crane my head back to make eye contact. At least her voice sounded whinier than I remembered.

Don’t back down or act surprised she’s here. So what if they got back together and were having makeup sex. So what. Not my business. No sirree. Play it cool, wrap it up, and get out.

“Yes, we met. I’m Gayle.” I tried to peer around her. “I was in the neighborhood and wanted to talk shop with Jon for a second. Are you guys getting ready to go out?”

Jon appeared within my line of sight, shirtless and wet-haired, jeans hanging low on his hips, and prevented Thalia from answering my question. He slowed as he approached the door.

I was taken aback by his partially undressed state. Before me stood someone I barely recognized. Someone with powerfully broad shoulders, and a taut, muscular stomach. Someone who obviously worked out. A lot. Bench presses, sit-ups and preacher curls, oh my! His chest displayed enough hair to label him a man, not a boy nor a gorilla. Who knew so much male yumminess lurked beneath his starched button-downs and conservative ties.

All you have to do to win is contribute to my pending Twitter flash mob arsenal. To be entered, please offer a comment about PUREs (previously undetected recruiting errors), by telling me a brief bit about a PURE you knew, a PURE you worked for or a time when you yourself were a PURE. Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you’ve won (either in the comment form or the comment text).

If you watch The Office, you’ll get my parenthetical analogies in the examples below.

Example:  “I knew I worked for a PURE when he bragged about getting the best raise ever right after 5 people lost their jobs.” (The Michael Scott PURE)

Another example:  “This PURE I worked with liked to read his book during his break in the lactation room!” (The Creed PURE)

Yet another example:  “I knew I was a PURE when I was assigned coffee fetching duty every time there was an important meeting.” (The Pam PURE)

After you comment, please visit the other hop participants and have fun! Go HERE for an index and links to the other participants

Count-down to The P.U.R.E.!

Sorry I’ve been AWOL for a few days. The P.U.R.E. releases in twenty-six (26) days, less than a month! I’ve got a busy schedule looming but thought I’d give you a preview of where I’ll be “hopping” around to and what will be happening at this site in the weeks ahead.

Tomorrow, March 11th, a little NaNo novel I wrote in 2009, that an alter ego stole and contracted with Evernight Publishing to publish in May, makes a brief appearance in Six Sentence Sunday. “That” person added a fun little twist to the usual six sentence fare.  Her post goes live around 4 AM Pacific on Sunday.  It’ll be a fun way to celebrate the loss of an hour when the clocks spring forward.

First up for me though is I’ll be hosting the witty and entertaining Regan Summers on March 13th.

On March 16th, come visit my alter ego’s blog for a St. Patrick’s Day blog hop.  She has a VERY spicy, adults only, free read if you like that sort of thing.  If not, Happy St. Paddy’s day early!

On March 20th, my long time writing buddy, Miss Aimee Laine, will visit me to talk about the world featured in her latest paranormal romance release, Hide and Seek.

April 1st kicks off a month of daily posts inspired by the letters of the alphabet, the Blogging A to Z Challenge.  The challenge for me is to maintain the blistering pace of a seven day a week posting schedule (if you include my weekly Six Sentence Sunday post) while also doing interviews at others’ blogs.  One of my posts will be my Erma Bombeck contest entry.  It didn’t win but I thought it a worthy effort and hope you’ll enjoy it too. My other posts will be about anything and everything, but I promise a few short stories, maybe a few drabbles, a few curmudgeonly rants–my usual schtick.

Come visit me here April 6th through 9th for a Happy Easter blog hop (see sidebar).  I’ll have a giveaway and there will also be some really sweet prizes given away by the collective blogging participants in the hop.

On April 14th, I’ll be guest blogging for author Diane Kelly at Killer Fiction, about what I’ve no idea yet, but I’ll try and make it something fun. I found Diane at Erma Bombeck’s site. A kindred spirit, she’s also a CPA who writes romantic mysteries featuring CPAs, only the heroine of her series, “Death, Taxes and _____“, is a tax specialist.

APRIL 16th is THE DAY! — my novel’s birthday. My publisher, J Taylor Publishing, will be giving away a free copy of my book.  Yay!

Three blog interviews will round out my first week of release. You’ll be able to find me at Avery Flynn‘s blog, Reviewing Shelf and J.C. Martin‘s blog.

During the week of April 23rd, I’ll be at J.A. Belfield‘s, Aimee Laine‘s and Shieka‘s blogs.

The week of April 30th, you’ll find me at the blogs of Sandra Bunino, Emi Gayle, Luci D’Andrea, and Julie Reece.

Reviews by Molly and The Artsy Reader Girl will play hosts the week of May 7th.

That’s what’s scheduled right now, at least. Throw in a Spring Break trip to California with the family (including tickets to see Jay Leno) and a business trip to Vegas, and I’ll be tuckered out.

Then come June 4th, I’ll start all over again with the Tidal Whispers anthology that includes my story, “The Sweetest Song”.

Oh, and during May, my other me will be busy with her debut novella release from Evernight Publishing, that book she stole from me, All’s Fair in Love and War. (at linked site, scroll to the bottom)

Thank goodness for the ability to schedule posts is all I have to say. Nevetheless, you’ll all be right sick of me before summer even begins.

I’ve got it all nice and neat on my calendar tab too. Google is my best friend these days.  Cheers!