Category Archives: Holidays

Year End Joy to You

As the holiday season winds down, I want to wish you all the best for this and the coming year. May you be happy, healthy, and surrounded by love in 2012!

Before 2011 disappears completely, though, Omnific Publishing has one last gift to give. Through December 31, 2011, if you purchase one ebook from their online store, you can get a second 50% off. Just use check out code ebooks2011.

Happy Holidays and New Year!


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Tis the Season

December is a crazy month for the DeJarnett household. Rather than regale you with my to do list (I’m sure you’ve got a lot of long ones yourself) how about a musical commiseration, courtesy of Straight No Chaser:

We were lucky enough to see this talented group in concert last night, and it was a really nice break. What do you do to take a little break during the hectic holiday season? Do you have a favorite song or carol that keeps you going?

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Kindle Fire: Out of the Box

Image by Brian Sawyer via Flickr

Don’t forget to enter to win a Kindle Fire! the Kindle will come loaded with a whole slew of great books, including Whirlwind. It’d make a great gift, assuming you don’t keep it for yourself!

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving, painted by Jean Leon G...

Here in the US, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving today. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just about food, football, and sales. It’s about being thankful for life, family, and friends.  I have a lot to be thankful for!

In addition to my loving family and friends, I’m also thankful for all those who put their lives on the line every day, not the least of which are our servicemen and women in harm’s way. Whether a soldier overseas or a firefighter down the street, I’m thankful for the commitment, bravery, and sacrifice these men and women (and their families) make. Thank you.

And I’m thankful for you. If you’re waiting for the turkey to finish cooking or working on this Thursday, thank you for your attention and for following my blog.

Happy Thanksgiving!

ps. go Niners!

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Thank You, Veterans

PFC Derek McConnell and his mom, Siobhan

You may remember when I asked for prayers and well wishes for one very special veteran, PFC Derek McConnell. I’m happy to report that after over 100 days in the hospital, he’s looking forward to entering the rehabilitation phase of his recovery. Go Derek!

On July 23, 2011, Derek stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and in an
instant, lost both his legs and suffered numerous other severe injuries,
including a skull fracture. It was touch and go for Derek for a very
long time, but he is an amazing young man with an amazing family. His mother and fiancee both left their jobs and homes to stay with Derek at the new Walter Reed in Bethesda since he arrived over 100 days ago. With their help, he’s taken unit’s motto “Climb to Glory” to heart, and continues to improve and get stronger.

Thank you, Derek, for your bravery, courage, duty and sacrifice.

Derek is just one veteran, though. Who do you know who’s served in the military? I know veterans of all ages and walks of life, including a World War II vet. Thank you, Jason, Mark, John, Dave, Joel, Bill, Andrew, and David, just to name a few. We are all in your debt.

Remembrance Day

Canadian politician Greg Thompson, wearing a R...

At the same time we’re honoring our veterans here in the US, countries all over the world honor soldiers who have lost their lives in battle. This day, 11/11, is the anniversary of the end of World War I, and countries in the Commonwealth celebrate it as Remembrance Day. If you’re a hockey fan in the US, you might have seen some Canadian coaches wearing red poppies on their lapels. The poppy is the symbol of remembrance, drawn from the poem, In Flanders Fields.

Peace, not War

While I am thankful for those who are willing to put their lives on the line for their country, this day is the anniversary of peace. The end of A war. If only it could’ve been the end of ALL war.

Happy Veteran’s Day


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NaNoWriMo What?

You might have seen people (authors) talking about the magical mystical thing called NaNoWriMo recently and wondered what the heck it is. No it’s not text speak for something illegal or immoral, it’s short hand for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. Every November a call is put out to writers everywhere to stop, drop and write. Many of us are talk about that book idea that’s a guaranteed best seller, but until it’s on “paper” it’s just a pipe dream. The point of NaNoWriMo is to wake us up and get us to write the darn book!

To help motivate us and keep us accountable, the Office of Letters and Light has set up a website, It’s a place to connect with other writers and track your writing progress. No, you don’t actually publish your writing – this is an honor system setup – but you do post how many words you’ve written.

Oh, did I mention, the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days? That’s half a novel like Whirlwind.

Now that I have Book 2’s first draft just about finished, I’ll be working on getting Book 3 in the Whirlwind Series kick-started during NaNoWriMo. So if you don’t hear from me, I’ll be busy writing as fast as I can.

Are you a writer? Join me in this writing-fest – I’m blondieakarobin on the nanowrimo website. If you’re a reader, be sure and cheer on your favorite authors as they write their minds out. If you want to know how I’m doing, click on the link. I can use all the love and whipping–er–support I can get!

Reading by the (Kindle) Fire

What would be better on a cold winter night than a hot, new Kindle Fire filled with great reads? You can win just that, in time for Christmas* by entering the Reading Next to the Kindle Fire giveaway.

Entering is easy. Click on the image to find the entry form and the list of participating authors. 20+ books are also included in the prize, so check out the authors on the list.

And be sure and follow this and other participants’ blogs to get the latest info on the giveaways, the books, and more fun stuff. You can subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the box on the right.

Good Luck!

*Christmas delivery for US winners only. See the Rules below the entry form for more information.

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