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Trick or Treat or Stay at Home?

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A big question facing parents every Halloween is: Do I stay at home and hand out candy or take the kids Trick or Treating? At my house, my husband and I divide the duties and trade off every year, but it’s still a challenge when one kid only wants to go to a few houses but the other wants to go for hours.

I like going around the neighborhood with my kids. I love the decorations and seeing my neighbors. Fall evenings here in Northern California are mild, and usually dry, so the walk is pleasant. But handing out candy is also fun – it’s the best way to see the costumes.

How about you? Do you prefer to Trick or Treat with the kids or stay home and give out treats? Or do you do something else?

Comment to be entered to win your own treat!

All commenters will be entered to win an e-copy of my romantic suspense, Whirlwind. Be sure and check out the other authors handing out treats on the Romance Girls Gone Goblin Halloween blog hop! Open from Oct. 28-31. Click HERE or on the picture at the right to follow the hop.

 

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Boo! Time for Trick or Treat

Halloween is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for the Romance Girls Gone Goblin Halloween hop and giveaway. Starting TOMORROW and lasting through Halloween (10/28-10/31), you can enter to win an e-copy of Whirlwind by commenting on the post of the day on my blog. I’ve got lots of fun Halloween goodies planned, so you don’t want to miss out! And I’m just one stop on the hop. There’s lots of prizes to win!

  • Friday (10/28): A Halloween dessert idea sure to please ghosts and goblins of all ages
  • Saturday (10/29): Trick or Treat traditions. Do you go out or stay in?
  • Sunday (10/30): Costume Competition. Who’s the best dressed?
  • Monday (10/31): Treats for readers. What’s your favorite Halloween story? Also, an outtake from Halloweens past with Jason and Melissa and an update on Books 2 & 3.

Come join the fun and the discussion. Every valid comment is an entry into the drawing to be held 11/1 for an e-copy of Whirlwind. Open internationally (spammers can stay home, though).

And be sure and check out the other authors on the hop. There’s lots of e-trick or treating to do!

Author! Author! Blog Bounce

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It’s Thursday, and that mean’s it’s time to bounce!

What’s the Author! Author! Blog Bounce?? Well, it’s a fun way for readers to find new authors and for authors to connect with their readers!

All you have to do is click on the picture!

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A Spooky Giveaway

How about a treat for Halloween? I’m part of the “Romance Girls Gone Goblin” Blog Hop, coming up at the end of this month. During the duration of the hop, hosted by Lisa Sanchez, Romance Author, I’ll be talking Halloween, both real and fictional, including a little peek at my characters’ Halloween past. AND one lucky commenter will win a free e-copy of Whirlwind!

More information is coming soon, but mark your calendar now. Stop by Oct. 28-31 and you could win!

The End of an Era

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On a sad note, yesterday the world said goodbye to one of its great entrepreneurs and innovators, Steve Jobs. I’ve lived in the Silicon Valley for many years, literally in the shadow of Apple. I used my first Apple computer in junior high, and took one with me to college. Back then, harddrives were the size of shoe boxes and monitors came in two colors: black and white (okay, 3. I had a green screen too). Before Apple, computers took up rooms and buildings.

Now, many years later, I can keep my music library, my books, my maps, and my photos in my pocket, literally at the tip of my fingers–all thanks to Steve Jobs and the innovators at Apple. I can watch movies on my iPod or iPhone, including Pixar’s Toy Story, thanks to Steve Jobs. Not every one of his ventures took off, but he never gave up. His perseverance and ingenuity have shaped the world we live in.

Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. We’ll miss you.

Author! Author! Blog Bounce

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What’s the Author! Author! Blog Bounce?? Well, it’s a fun way for readers to find new authors and for authors to connect with their readers!

Authors, all you have to do is click on the link, grab the icon, grab the link, make a blog post (don’t forget to include the link!), and enter your blog on our list. Easy peasy!

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Daily Double on the Whirlwind Blog Tour

I can’t believe this is the last day of the Whirlwind Blog Tour! We’re going out with a bang – with not one, but two tour stops and giveaways today:

Happily Ever After – Reads is giving away a print copy of Whirlwind along with posting my discussion of how hard it is to keep up with the changing times. Contemporary writers face a real challenge trying to keep up with what’s hot today, especially when it comes to technology. You can also read Kristin’s review of Whirlwind HERE.

COME JOIN THE DISCUSSION AND ENTER TO WIN

Also, Cheeky Reads has reviewed Whirlwind and is giving away an electronic copy:

“What I enjoyed most about this book was the relationship between Melissa and her friends, as well as the one with Jason. I felt like Melissa’s inner monologue about her friendship with Mitch and her insecurities were nicely done and appreciated some well done, but not over the top, sexy scenes!”

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW AND TO ENTER

Come back TOMORROW for the LIVE CHAT  at 8:00pm EDT (5:00pm PDT), moderated by our host, Missie of The Unread Reader. Sign up for a free account at TalkShoe and either call in or type in your questions. No matter which way you choose, you’ll be able to hear my answers through your speakers. We’re celebrating the end of the Whirlwind Blog Tour and partying.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CHAT PARTY!

Previous Blog Tour stops (Many giveaways are still open):

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See the Sights – a Photo Tour of Whirlwind

Today’s tour stop is really fun! Many of the settings and locations in Whirlwind are based on real places, and today you can see photos of some of my favorites on My Love Affair With Books. Come take a little stay-cation and enter to win your own copy of Whirlwind!

VIEW THE PHOTO TOUR AND ENTER TO WIN

Tomorrow is FINAL day of the Whirlwind Blog Tour, and it’s also the DAILY DOUBLE. Two stops means twice the chances to win:

And don’t forget the LIVE CHAT this Saturday at 8:00pm EDT, moderated by our host, Missie of The Unread Reader. Sign up for a free account at TalkShoe and either call in or type in your questions. No matter which way you choose, you’ll be able to hear my answers through your speakers. We’re celebrating the end of the Whirlwind Blog Tour and partying.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CHAT PARTY!

Previous Blog Tour stops (Many giveaways are still open):

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