Goodreads Challenges by Mandy Rosko

My bragging post of the week!

Last year I epically failed my Goodreads challenge, and it was only 50 books. I probably already wrote about this at some point, but I can’t really remember. I also added another book to my completed list yesterday and was super happy about it, so I wanted to write about this.

So far my New Years challenge of writing more, reading more, and losing a little weight, is actually coming swimmingly. I say this now, but tomorrow I’ll check the scale and realize I still have stretch marks and…whatever. Back to books! The reading and writing challenges are healthier than ever. I love it.

I’ve mostly read Teen books since I’ve been getting back into that. Me missing my youth. Sigh. Well, either way, I’ve been making good progress, and I might actually beat the challenge, too. Some of the books I added on were short, like, read in an hour type of short, so if I overshoot my goal, I’ll at least feel like I wasn’t cheating. The counter says I’m 8 books ahead of schedule (I think)

Anyway. Just wanted to share all this good news. I know I make things a little easier for myself by listening to audio books, but it just makes things easier when I’m walking the dog. Turns out I can read while at the dog park, but don’t get so many pages in compared to listening to the book. This can be a plus and a minus since I prefer to read the words on the page, but it helps when you don’t have much time.

The writing is going excellent as well. I’m on schedule to hand in my next Siren book tomorrow, and after that I start the Christmas story I’m to be working on for a box set :3 I also added another chapter to my Wattpad Billionaire story yesterday. I had to warn readers that the next chapter probably won’t be up until the fifth while I work on said Christmas story, but I think it will be all right. So far people seem to really like it, which is awesome since I’ve never written Billionaire style books.

So far it’s got 650 views on it. Nowhere near as impressive as the other books that have a couple hundred thousand, or a million plus, but still pretty awesome for me :)

Tomorrow my awesome newsletter goes out with free and sale books linked in it, and I think I’m just high on sugar right now because I’m kind of jumpy with the excitement all this stuff give me :D

Cheers, and Happy Reading!

~Mandy

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Summer Heat Paranormal-Scope

It’s summer time in some places on Earth, and where I am it’s a hot one.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Dragons can still get burned. Drink a lot of water and take care of your health.

Taurus:
Mermaids enjoy dancing in the sunbeams in the water. Get exercise and some sun but don’t overdo. Remember always wear protection. From the sun that is.

Gemini:
Elves take risks. The sunlight seems to supercharge them. It’s time to get a lot done. New opportunities are coming your way.

Cancer:
Vampires don’t really care for sunlight. Moonlight, however, is another matter. Someone from your past will come to light.

Leo:
Shapeshifters find flexibility to be an asset, which you can use on the job. Things are not set in stone so go with the flow. Get as much information as you can on any new project.

Virgo:
Hobbits are into everything. Don’t overextend yourself. Choose those things you really enjoy.

Libra:
Salamanders are ancient creatures of fire. Sunlight nourishes them. Plan a new activity or place to visit this summer.

Scorpio:
Gremlins cannot stay up past midnight. Burn the midnight oil for special occasions. Getting enough sleep and getting up early can improve how you feel.

Sagittarius:
You have a Zombie problem. Sunlight doesn’t matter to them. Avoid trouble, drive carefully and keep a low profile.

Capricorn:
Faeries dance in sunlight. Eat well and plan a  party. Bring together those you hold dear.

Aquarius:
Gnomes love to travel. Plan a trip even if it’s a day trip. Time to relax.

Pisces:
Dragons bathe in sunlight. Get some fresh air and exercise. Enjoy the nice days before they’re gone.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
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Love Wins!

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I am not one who is political in any way, but I had to do a little Happy Dance yesterday when the Supreme Court ruled that  same-sex marriage was a right in all 50 states. Hooray!

I have had gay friends since college and have seen their anguish that they couldn’t have the security of a relationship sanctioned by legal marriage. So yesterday I was cheering right along with all the other people who believe that love knows no boundaries. And I was very proud that the United States has stepped up to the plate and made same-sex marriage the law of the land.

My daughter said to me today, “Now kids in school are going to have another date to memorize.” I somehow think it may not go that far, but I know a lot of people will remember that date.

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“No longer may this liberty be denied. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” I read the words of Justice Kennedy and think about my own marriage. I celebrated my wedding anniversary a week ago, and I now look at the meaning of the act with new eyes. And with gladness that those who were denied this wonderful institution are now free to express their love “from sea to shining sea.”

Love wins! Can there be a greater joy than that?

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Do Women Want A Knight? What Kind of Knight Would You Want? Answer the Poll. – Susan Hanniford Crowley

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That’s a good question. When a women is reading a romance novel, what does she really want? I know in this day and age, speaking honestly, we have to rescue ourselves a lot of the time. A woman can’t rely on a man to be there. Women have become independent. Some women have taken on the qualities of the knight. Who says a woman can’t be a knight.

Sadly, there are too many real life stories of men abusing women. So what is the attraction to the male knight. The modern day knight isn’t going to be wearing shining armor.

Knights live by a code of honor. Chivalry began as just loyalty to a landed noble and using your military prowess on his behalf. By the end of the 13th Century, the code was expanded into an “ideal” knight that aspired to “faith, hope, charity, justice, strength, moderation and loyalty.” (This is according to Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight

So where does that place the modern day knight? Here’s poll for you to choose which type of knight you prefer.

Now if your preference is not here, please, put share your chosen knight in the comment box. Maybe you don’t want a knight at all.  Tell us that too.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York, Book 1 in the Arnhem Knights of New York Series is available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
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Meet Author Kerri Carpenter by Stacy Hoff

Today, Passionate readers, I have on a guest—contemporary romance author Kerri Carpenter. Kerri has a new book out, and it’s on my TBR (To Be Read) list, Kissing Mr. Wrong. Kerri’s here to tell us about herself and her newest novel.

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here today. My name is Kerri Carpenter and I write contemporary romance. I also go to Zumba classes, love anything with sparkles and glitter, and have a co-dependent relationship with my adorable dog, Harry. But enough about me.

Show of hands – anyone else thrilled that it’s summer? I love this season, and not only because of the BBQs, baseball games, long days, and fireworks (which is like glitter in the sky). You gotta love summer because summer means it’s time to read at the pool or at the beach. In my opinion, summer reading is the best reading of the whole year. So it’s important that you find the right book.

That’s where I come in. I write for Entangled Publishing, and my latest novella, Kissing Mr. Wrong is the story of Vanessa and John, who have a one-night stand and come to learn later that John is Vanessa’s best friend’s brother. Oops! Probably best if they keep their distance. Too bad that’s not a possibility when they get accidentally locked in a bar together.

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I loved writing this story and I hope you enjoy it. Especially if you’re reading by water. Personally, my love of reading on the beach began with The Baby-Sitter’s Club series. Claudia was my favorite. Then I moved on to Sweet Valley Twins, which was a gateway drug to Sweet Valley High. Interestingly, Elizabeth was my favorite twin when I was in middle school, but by high school, I came to appreciate Jessica and her wild ways.

By college, my mom introduced me to the fabulous and incomparable Nora Roberts. I blew through her entire backlist faster than the lifeguard could empty the pool for adult swim. My favorite Nora series of all-time is an older one – The Calhoun Sisters.

Today, I’m still reading romance novels at the beach and near the pool. Along with the guacamole and my oversized sunglasses, hand me some Carly Phillips, Sophie Kinsella, Kristan Higgins, Susan Mallery , or Robin Carr and I’m an extremely happy girl. For those wondering, I’m currently enjoying “Animal Attraction,” by Jill Shalvis – another summer reading favorite.

Tell me in the comments- what (or who) is on your summer reading list? And always remember that nothing goes better with summer reading than sunblock!

Book Blurb:

Three months ago, graphic designer Vanessa Hewitt slept with the ridiculously hot guy she met after nearly falling to her death while stargazing on a bridge. The adrenaline-fueled night of we’ll-never-see-each-other-again sex fulfilled every fantasy, but with her best friend’s wedding on the horizon, Vanessa can’t stop thinking about what would happen if her sexy stranger passed through town again.

Haunted by his time in Afghanistan, soldier John Campbell returns to his sister’s town just long enough to help plan an engagement party for her. When he realizes her best friend is the sweet one-night stand he’s been fantasizing about for months, he’ll do anything to have her again…though getting trapped together in a storeroom wasn’t quite what he had in mind.

Vanessa is in hell. Or is it heaven? Because with every touch, their forbidden connection grows, until kissing Mr. Wrong starts feeling more like kissing Mr. Right…

Buy Links for Kissing Mr. Wrong:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kissing-Mr-Wrong-Entangled-Lovestruck-ebook/dp/B00X3IAXGM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1430761184&sr=8-2&keywords=kissing+mr.+wrong

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kissing-mr-wrong-kerri-carpenter/1121861495?ean=9781633752863

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kissing-mr.-wrong-entangled/id991714531?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/kissing-mr-wrong-entangled-lovestruck

Entangled Page: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/kissing-mr-wrong/

 

Kerri’s Social Media Links

Website: www.kerricarpenter.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorkerri

Twitter: www.twitter.com/authorkerri

Tsu: http://www.tsu.co/authorkerri

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/kerricarpenter

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/kerricarpenter

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KerriCarpenterAuthor

Newsletter: http://kerricarpenter.us9.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=a125603f84b1b98def932f605&id=1644678312

Kerri also contributes to a group blog called The Waterworld Mermaids: www.waterworldmermaids.com and participates in #TastyTuesday every Tuesday on Facebook with three other authors.

LINKS FOR STACY HOFF

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Find Stacy on Social Media: http://www.facebook.com/authorStacyHoff Twitter: twitter.com/authorStacyHoff Web: http://www.stacyhoff.com https://www.pinterest.com/authorstacyhoff/

AMAZON BUY LINK FOR SEASON OF LOVE: http://www.amazon.com/Season-Love-Box-Merry-Holly-ebook/dp/B00X3ZAR3E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431122019&sr=8-1&keywords=Season+of+love+-+stacy+hoff

AMAZON BUY LINK FOR LAWFULLY YOURS: http://www.amazon.com/Lawfully-Yours-Stacy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B00U7U2WCC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1425508177&sr=8-2&keywords=book+-+lawfully+yours

AMAZON BUY LINK FOR DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES: http://www.amazon.com/Desire-Everglades-Stacy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B00NFSMCYG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410289138&sr=8-1&keywords=desire+in+the+everglades.

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Office Space by Heather Novak

Cleaning makes me stabby. Like an out of coffee, stuck in a three hour traffic jam on a full bladder, radio broken, first day of period kind of stabby*.

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*Not a dramatization

At my most recent Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America (GDRWA) meeting, several of the wives/mothers complained about how messy their husbands/kids were. Even our only guy – he’s the bravest of the brave – had a story to share. I, however, was very sheepish during this conversation and quietly stared at the table.

I feel close to you all right now as you read about my life, which is now permanently etched onto the vulgar belly of the Internet. Especially if you’re a creepy dude hanging out in his mom’s basement with a penchant for being called Norman. Seriously, it’s like my biggest fan group.

So, in honor of our faceless, somewhat creepy friendship, I’m gonna level with you.

I am terrible to live with.

I’m messy, cluttered, and hate doing dishes. All the middle fingers to you, dishes!

There comes a point, however, when the desperation to clean overcomes. Usually, it’s ten minutes before people are coming over or after a marathon session of Hoarders. Don’t act like you don’t watch Hoarders to feel better about the fact that the socks you’re wearing were scooped up off the floor, despite them failing the smell test.

Mission: Clean house, or at least hide everything in the closet and warn people not to open it.

Deadline: 48 hours

Book on tape: check. (Seriously, the Overdrive app connects to your local library to hook you up with ebooks and audiobooks. You’re welcome, world.)

Reason: Little brother coming to visit AND book club movie night at my house. Let’s be honest. Really just book club. The brother has shared a bathroom with me for ten years, the house being clean will probably freak him out MORE.

48 hours to get our place in grandma-acceptable condition folksJunges Gemse. I needed a miracle. I was freaking out like a teenage girl who had broccoli in her teeth for her yearbook picture.

Listen, I am a master and getting grout clean and dusting picture frames. Why? Because I am EXCELLENT at avoiding things I don’t want to deal with. Like samurai good. But suddenly the elephant in the room finally made enough noise (or enough poop) to be noticed.

The truth needed to be acknowledged.

My.
Office.
Was.
Horrendous.

It’s where book club lo332ves to hang out, because I have a book page wall. I know, take a moment and be jealous. (Want to have a book page wall of your own? Click here. And put down tarps…)

Despite the clutter, it was laid out awkwardly. The setup had been rushed when we move in a year before amid a time of crisis. Back then it was “put things where they fit, I’ll fix it later!” Later had finally come.

I was taking a break from writing to spend time with the brother before he headed off to the Peace Corps (stay tuned for my July 2nd blog all about it!) This meant I had no more fictional characters to hide behind. Totally a normal thing to say, right? RIGHT?!

After removing the three-day-old cereal bowls and piles of clothes I had yet to hang back up (my office is also my dressing room), I looked around the weird smattering of furniture and felt…deflated.

The book page wall? Completely bare, with 2999the exception of the handmade table my friend Chie gave me. It was practically a felony. My friend Emily was coerced into working on that wall for four hours.

So like any good sister, I waited until the brother came into town then bribed him with pizza and made him move furniture at the last minute. I know.

Best. Sister. Ever.

3016 The result?

Much more cohesive and friendly writing work space. Yes, that is in fact a book page tea cup and saucer (thanks to my awesome cousin)! And the best part? I get to stare at my book page wall whenever I’m writing on my desktop.

It’s been about eight days, and my office is still habitable! This is pretty much a record. I owe it all to the power of pizza, little brothers, and the peer pressure of cleaning the house before fourteen women with fourteen bottles of wine descended to talk about hot, fictional men.

Book clubs: A reason to clean your toilet.
This should be our new motto.

Fun fact white stamp text on green backgroundFun fact alert! June 25, 2015 is known for:

  • National Catfish Day
  • Log Cabin Day

Suddenly, I feel the urge to go camping and fishing…it’s weird, right?

Wishing You Laughter & Good Books,

Heather Novak
Bold. Bewitching. Breathtaking. 

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Facebook: authorheathernovak
Website: Heathernovak.net

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Can We Have it All?

This title embodies a question that many of us writers ask ourselves. Really we are asking ourselves if we can write full time because that is what makes us happy, or it could mean we are doing a day job, writing, taking care of kids and essentially, being super mom. Am I wrong? Maybe or maybe not. I don’t think I am but I may not have covered all bases so go ahead and add in what I’ve missed.

Why am I rambling about this? Well, my day job is going through huge change right now which basically mixes up a lot of positions. The end result? Perhaps a better run department with a lot of different positions. Of course, in the meantime, everyone is searching out where they’ll end up. And management is directing all to search out what it is that they truly want to do.

In times like these, I can’t help but reflect on what it is that I love about my day job, what I’d do if I wasn’t working there, whether my writing would ever be able to support my family? There is so much we can ask ourselves and so much to think about that in many cases, that is where it stops. I’m at a period of growth right now so I see to be pushing through these barriers that have kept me stagnant for so long. That being said, I still don’t know the answer to my title. I know the answer I want is a resounding YES but truth be told, I don’t know how to achieve that. Not yet at least.

Moral of the blog? I do (naively or not) believe we can have all we want, but I don’t believe it comes with any ease. Simply said, the first step is deciding what you want. The second is going for it– best of luck!

Happy writing this week!

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