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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, nanowrimo.org. 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.

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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Whose Costume is the Best?

No, I’m not hosting a costume competition. Well, not exactly. I’m asking about your household. If you’re a mom, do you put more into your kid’s costumes thank yours? (assuming you dress up) Or are you the over-the-top costume-er in your house? No kids? Do you try and out-do your co-workers?

Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (right) and Padawan O...

Qui-Gon is on the right

Personally, I love Halloween, and I almost always dress up some. I’ve got all kinds of costume stuff socked away – an old poodle skirt, a clown costume, Star Trek uniforms (TNG), and even an old piece of upholstery I used as a poncho when I went as Qui-Gon Jinn one year. (Apparently I look a lot like Liam Neeson.) Other years I tweak regular clothes I have – Add a pocket protector and I’m a nerd, a little black hat and I’m a chauffeur. This year I’m planning on going as a roadie – so all I need is a concert shirt and a roll of duct tape.

I suppose I work a little harder on my costume than my kids do. My son likes simple, store-bought costumes (he’s going as bacon again this year – yes, I said bacon). My daughter has started creating her own look, putting together clothes she has with some purchased accessories to make her costume. This year she’s going as phantom of the opera, combining a cape and mask with her own dressy shirt.

How about you? I know I’ve seen some amazing costumes out there, on both kids and adults. Who has the most elaborate costume at your house?

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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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

Click here to check out the Blog Bounce

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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Meet Jason at A Tale of Many Reviews

Today’s tour stop is at A Tale of Many Reviews. Julie interviews the hero of Whirlwind, Jason McAlister. Jason talks about Melissa, his brother, Mitch, and the future. I’m still wondering how she got his email address!

CHECK OUT THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

Julie also reviewed Whirlwind, and you can see that post HERE.

The tour and giveaways continue! Tomorrow’s stop is The Bookish Brunette.

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

Mark Your Calendars for the Live Chat on June 18th

On Saturday, June 18th, we will celebrate the conclusion of the Whirlwind Blog Tour with a live chat hosted by Missie of The Unread Reader. We’ll be chatting on a service called TalkShoe, and you can either call in or listen and type in your questions.

NOTE: I recommend creating a free TalkShoe account – that way I’ll be able to see your name, not just “Guest 8” :-). Also, you may need to disable your popup blocker for TalkShoe to work best.

Link to the chat here

I look forward to chatting with you on the 18th at 8:00pm EDT (5pm PDT)!

Meet an Author Monday

Check out what other authors are chatting about today. Whether you’re a reader or a writer, there’s a lot of great stories out there!

Meet an Author Monday

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