Prizes Were Finally Shipped Out! Woot!

Okay, it’s been a while, but I finally got all the prizes I had lying around shipped out to the winners😀

It was expensive D:

Anyway, usually I like to get prizes and books sent out to the winners of my various contests immediately after they were won, but somehow, because I went out to house sit for a while, and because I was waiting on payday, some people were waiting, I think, up to a month before I was able to get to the post office O.o

It was a small nightmare having the prizes sitting around my apartment. I could see them every day, and I was just waiting to get to the post office so I could ship them out. The guilt was eating me away @_@

Luckily, because of the delay, I was able to stick some of the new ribbon bookmarks I’d been making into the bags, so the winners were all going to get something a little extra special in their packages😀

I wish I’d remembered to take a proper picture of them, but that might have been hard since those bags all had addresses on them. Oh well, next time I’ll figure something out.

And lastly, the contest for following me on Bookbub is now closed. I will be announcing the winners for the free ebooks tomorrow😀 Thank you so much if you followed me on Bookbub. I super appreciate that❤

Also, if you wanted to get in on any future contests, make sure you follow me anyway since a follow on Bookbub tends to be a contest entry for these types of contests that I end up holding. Winners are getting an ebook copy of Alpha, book one in Alpha Bites😀

If you’re on the reader group you’ll be hearing from me tomorrow😉

Hugs!

Mandy R.

 

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XOXO

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The Shining Sea Paranormal-Scope

Yesterday the sunlight sparkled on the sea. I can’t wait to see what today will bring.

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:
Faeries are blissful beings. They tend to rescue others in ways unexpected. Your true heart is being revealed.

Taurus:
Elves are not very patient. Circumstances may test your patience this week.  Taking time will bear fruit.

Gemini:
Goblins are gossips. Don’t trust third party news.

Cancer:
Gnomes are planners. Don’t wait til the last minute to get that gift for a special something.

Leo:
Aslan knows not to trust first appearances. So should you.

Virgo:
When stress gets a dragon down, they go on an outing they know will be fun. The change of scenery will rejuvenate you.

Libra:
Shapeshifters are good at tightening their belts. Review your budget and cut back to necessities.

Scorpio:
Werewolves overwork. It’s part of their nature. But when your personal life is flagging it’s time to stay on the clock.  Don’t ignore those that care about you.

Sagittarius:
Fireflies are reflective in a nature. It’s time to look inward and be more contemplative.

Capricorn:
Pixies delight in planning escapes. Plan an adventure for yourself.

Aquarius:
Griffons chew on problems. Money could be a concern you can remedy with temporary cuts. An opportunity is coming your way. Watch for it.

Pisces:
Mermaids are clear when it comes to goal. Develop a step-by-step approach to attain what you want.

-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, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Nook and Print
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Health and Writing

In July of 2015 one of my ovaries ruptured, requiring immediate surgery. A few short weeks after the surgery I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. To say my entire world flipped upside down and turned inside out is an understatement.

The surgery was the first slap from reality telling me I needed to take better care of myself. That point was brought to a clear, unquestionable fact with the cancer diagnosis.

What exactly did I need to do to start down the road to taking better care of me? It wasn’t as though I didn’t have an idea. Lord knows my husband told me as often as possible about how unhealthy my habits were. It wasn’t that I was making the worst food choices, though I did eat more sweets than I should.

But I also didn’t exercise regularly and I worked long hours at a day job that had me sitting at a computer or in meetings all day. I also started my days at 5 or 5:30 by writing for an hour or more, then rushing out the door for work. Then I ended my days by sitting at my computer writing for an hour or two.

I was not making time to care for myself. And though I was very productive, pumping out 3-5 books and several short stories in a year, I was not doing right by myself.

After the surgery I took up meditating, which I still do at the start of everyday. I began walking everyday, which was all I could do for exercise for several weeks. Then I promised to eat better and work fewer hours.

Then I got the cancer diagnosis, and shit got serious!

Could I possibly work a full time job and take care of myself, my home, my family, and write without driving myself into an early grave? Um? No. Nope. I could not.

Beyond panicking about how I’d manage all that I started wondering what my purpose in life was. What did God want me to do? Though I’ve not come close to figuring out my purpose, I know for sure he did not intend me to spend my life staring at a computer and working like a dog.

I’ve made considerable changes in the last year. Some have been wonderful– like working part-time at a day job I love and spending more time with my family. Some changes have been a real struggle– like writing less. I miss writing everyday. But at this point I simply cannot spend time at the computer every single day and take care of everything else.

Happily, I’ve learned to set goals and deadlines that are achievable rather than impossible. Admittedly, I still beat myself up for not conquering the world every week. But as with everything I am a work in progress and getting comfortable with change takes time.

But if I don’t change and take better care of myself, I won’t be here to write books. So, change, here I am!

In this last week of September please consider supporting the fight against ovarian cancer by grabbing a copy of A Vampire’s Passion, Novella Three in the Romance in Central City Series. All the proceeds from this book are being donated to the Granulosa Cell Tumor Research Foundation. Granulosa Cell Tumors are a rare form of ovarian cancer, the kind I had.

Thank you for supporting the cause and remember to take good care of yourself!

Jordan

 

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Don’t forget: registration for the Fall In Love With New England Conference in Manchester, NH closes on September 30th. Don’t miss your chance to come see us! We’re going to have a great time with lots of fun panels, prizes, and events!

Click the pic below to register.

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Pre-Sale for Vampire Princess of New York

vampireprincessofnewyorkVampire Princess of New York has gone up for Pre-Sale on Amazon Kindle. https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Princess-York-Arnhem-Knights-ebook/dp/B01LWXYX1G/

I’m very excited. This full length novel about the daughter of King Max took longer to write. Life certainly happened during it. A granddaughter was born. (I was 2nd birthing coach.)  My husband and I celebrated 37 years of marriage.  As I was going through the editing stages with my editor, I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. I think you can imagine how it breaks an author’s heart to email their editor saying, “I’m in the hospital. I’ll let you know as soon as I’m out.” I was down; then I was back up and editing with her again. So this book, a book of the heart, was created with a huge amount of energy from everyone involved–my editor, publisher, cover artist, format designer, my husband, family and friends, and others my overwhelmed mind is forgetting. My apologies.

Here is the blurb:

Noblesse is the daughter of the Vampire King of New York Maximillion Vander Meer. In the over two hundred years, she’s been a vampire, Noblesse has never found a true love or discovered what happened to her mother who disappeared just prior to the French Revolution.

Noblesse has to choose between two men. Both profess their love. Both are keeping a secret from her. One wants to destroy her, and one wants to love her forever. But which one?

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Being a princess, even a vampire princess if complicated. Isn’t everything these days?  Oh my, what Noblesse goes through!  I do have to advise that this is an intensely romantic book. I write down exactly what my characters do in my dreams. Laughs.

I do want to remind everyone that this is a Pre-Sale and the Kindle version of Vampire Princess of New York comes out on October 5th. If you want it sent to your Kindle on that day, this is the way to go.  My publisher also sent me a surprise for all the subscribers to Kindle Unlimited. Now I’m not going to say more, as I tiptoe away to write.  Just follow the link:  https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Princess-York-Arnhem-Knights-ebook/dp/B01LWXYX1G/

-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, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Nook and Print
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Release Week Storm by Stacy Hoff

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There’s a storm a’ brewin’. And it’s my anxiety. No matter how many times I have survived release day (three other times, to be exact), the roll-out process makes me a bit nuts. I have so much to do. So little time. And so much stomach acid. (If I pop several more purple pills, maybe I’ll be able to drink hi-test coffee again. A girl can hope.)

Some aspects of release day I can control: social media announcements, an e-mail flurry, blog tour line-ups, etc.

Some aspects of release day I cannot control: number of reviews on Amazon, amount of sales generated, amount of times Amazon suggests my newest book to readers.

I am a type “A” personality. Maybe that’s why my “day job” is as a lawyer. The world of contracts is a world I can control quite a bit. The world of writing? Not so much.

The great freefall that is fiction writing can be quite a turbulent journey. What keeps me jumping out of the proverbial airplane is my deep love for writing romance. It’s because I make my characters plunge into their relationships, that I must bravely plunge into a relationship, too – one with my readers.

The best thing I can do before release week is to remember the number one rule – not only of writing but for life itself – breathe!

What do you do to prepare for something big?

JOCKEYING FOR YOU will be released this Wednesday, September 28, 2016! Amazon pre-order buy link http://amzn.to/2c8Hi5t 

Book Blurb

Jake Carter is on a mission—to prove his family wrong. He may have bought a troubled horse, but he’s hired Ryder Hannon, a “horse whisperer,” to get his horse back on track.  She’s more than just a trainer to him, she’s the woman he’s been looking for.

Ryder Hannon, a thoroughbred horse trainer, has a big problem—fighting her fear of racing again. Her emotional scars run deeper than her physical ones. But her romantic feelings towards handsome, uber-rich, stable owner Jake Carter is a bigger problem.  Is Jake truly in love with her or is he using her to get back at his smug family? ­

When Jake’s jockey gets injured, he wants Ryder to race. He knows deep down she wants to live up to her family’s legacy. So why does she keep fighting him—and her destiny—so hard?

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The Good Side of Being Sick by Heather Novak

As my wedding date creeps closer and closer (15 days when this blog is posted!), my schedule is making me claustrophobic. Everything needs my attention RIGHT NOW! Everyone needs my opinion on everything. My to-do list is so long I can’t even look at it without heart palpitations. 

Therefore, when I had a severe allergic reaction to food earlier this month (yay food allergies!), everything went South. Like, molten lava south. My skin hurt, I couldn’t eat anything but soup and oatmeal for a week, and my head pounded so bad I couldn’t see straight. This does not a productive person make. (Side note: For all you people who doubt that food allergies exist, let me ASSURE YOU, trying to convince myself it “wasn’t real” didn’t work…)

After trying to fight against what my body needed for two days and making everything worse, I caved and sprawled on the couch after work all week and all weekend. I canceled every single plan, got my flu shot (because hey, I was already feeling terrible and I didn’t even notice the arm pain!), and downloaded a stack of ebooks/audiobooks.

It. Was. Glorious. 

I didn’t feel guilty about taking “me time” or about not answering my phone when family member #48 called me six times in one hour. I didn’t feel guilty about not running errands or neglecting to work on the wedding program. I didn’t feel guilty for consuming three audiobooks in two days as I dozed on the couch.

I spent time in 1800’s London and Scotland (I CAN’T HELP IT! I’m obsessed with Sarah MacLean), I watched a ridiculous about of Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet (the things that dude can do with wood is amazing!), and I ate so much soup I was going to turn into soup.

Outside of the being absolutely miserable part, it was a fantastic break to the hectic weeks that are approaching. With my day job’s busy season reaching fever pitch, I find myself ready to tackle it all after a week of rest.

Next time, however, I’m going to give myself permission to take that week off…without being sick. 

Moral of the story: Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a break. And when things go south? Grab a book. 


On this day in 1862 – U.S. President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.


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Heather Novak
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Threat of Raine: 2016
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Living with Our Differences

I have a lot of questions today but not necessarily a lot of answers. If you’ve read my posts, at some point or other, you’ve probably heard me talk about how I love podcasts. This week, I heard a couple podcasts—Marketplace Weekend and This American Life where there were discussions about segregation and integration in schools and how integration in many ways yields better results from an economic perspective due to the resources and facilities that students are provided as they are integrated into schools in higher income neighborhoods.

Logically, this makes sense and it got me thinking about my day job and really a lot of interactions we seem to have. In many ways, we humans seems to live in silos. In my day job, we talk about this all the time. One department doesn’t know what the other does versus another and so on. We talk about the sharing of resources but there is all this fear that people will be spread too thin and therefore unable to utilize the resources well, etc. I get costs and making things accessible to more folks but we seem to end up paying for those “savings” due to added inefficiencies of groups not knowing what is going on. Why do we find it so hard to see the big picture and how we all work together?

I’m sure there is some sort of science behind why we categorize and separate. After all, even computers have a limited memory. Not to mention we don’t live in a Pleasantville sort of world where we drive the same car and have the same houses. We are a species of diversity in so many ways yet in general we haven’t learned to mesh these ways to the best of our advantages. I know, that is a huge undertaking and some of it may include simple appreciation of our differences. Like I said, not any answers today, just a lot of thoughts and questions.

Happy writing this week!

 

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