Bunny Blog Hop

Welcome to another stop along the Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!  Thanks so much to Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Yara from Once Upon A Twilight for hosting.  Please click the Hop logo below to visit the other sites and enter to win other terrific prizes.

GIVEAWAY – International

(These books are intended for adult audiences)

Here’s what I’m offering one lucky commenter:

A signed paperback copy of

The Glass Man

The Glass Man (Lila Gray #1)

an e-book copy of

Touch of Frost

Touch of Frost

AND a signed bookmark for The Glass Man (front & back shown)

  

What do you have to do to win?

Simply leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite Easter tradition is (if you celebrate it) and if not, just say hi.  Please include a way to reach you, email, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (it will only be used for the purpose of sending your prize if you should win)

I’d also be grateful for a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter, but it’s not mandatory.

On April 13th I’ll choose a commenter using random.org, announce it on my blog and contact the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear from them, another winner will be chosen.

Cheers, and good luck!

The Lucky Leprechaun winner is …

Wow, I had a large number of entrants for my prize pack this time.  As always, there can only be one winner, but I extend my sincere thanks to all who stopped by to say hello and tell me about their good luck charms.

Without further ado, I give you the winner of a signed paperback of The Glass Man, a signed bookmark and an ebook copy of Touch of Frost:

Amber Garcia

Congrats!  I’ll be in touch shortly to arrange your prize

Lucky Leprechaun Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another stop on the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway hop.  Thanks so much to Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A WriterBooks Complete Me & Author Cindy Thomas for co-hosting.  To see the rest of the participants in this hop, please click the logo below and enter to win more great prizes.

GIVEAWAY – International

(These books are intended for adult audiences)

Here’s what I’m offering one lucky commenter:

A signed paperback copy of

The Glass Man

The Glass Man (Lila Gray #1)

an e-book copy of

Touch of Frost

Touch of Frost

AND a signed bookmark for The Glass Man (front & back shown)

  

What do you have to do to win?

It’s simple.  Just tell me in the comments below if you believe in good luck charms.  Rabbits feet, four leaf clovers, etc.  Do you have one?  Inquiring minds would like to know.  :)  Please include a way to reach you, email, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (it will only be used for the purpose of sending your prize if you should win)

I’d also be grateful for a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter, but it’s not mandatory.

On March 234d I’ll choose a commenter using random.org, announce it on my blog and contact the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear from them, another winner will be chosen.

Cheers, and good luck!

Random Acts of Kindness Winner

Geez, this was supposed to post days ago, but … technology is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

Anyhow, without further ado, I give you the winner of the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway:

Cassandra Martino

Congrats!  I’ll be in touch to arrange your prize.

Random Acts of Kindness Bloghop Giveaway

Hello and welcome to another stop on the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway hop.  Thanks so much to Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Lora from Read for Your Future for co-hosting.  To see the rest of the participants in this hop, please click the logo below and enter to win more great prizes.

GIVEAWAY – International

(These books are intended for adult audiences)

Here’s what I’m offering one lucky commenter:

A signed paperback copy of

The Glass Man

The Glass Man (Lila Gray #1)

e-book copies of

Into the Unknown

Into The Unknown

AND

Touch of Frost

Touch of Frost

AND a signed bookmark for The Glass Man (front & back shown)

  

What do you have to do to win?

It’s simple.  Just tell me where your favorite place is to read a book in the comments below.  Please include a way to reach you, email, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (it will only be used for the purpose of sending your prize if you should win)

I’d also be grateful for a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter, but it’s not mandatory.

On February 22ndm I’ll choose a commenter using random.org, announce it on my blog and contact the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear from them, another winner will be chosen.

Cheers, and good luck!

Follower Love Giveaway Bloghop

Hello and welcome to another stop on the Follower Love Giveaway hop.  Thanks so much to Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Rachael Renee Anderson for co-hosting.  To see the rest of the participants in this hop, please click the red logo below and enter to win more great prizes.

GIVEAWAY – International

(These books are intended for adult audiences)

Here’s what I’m offering one lucky commenter:

A signed paperback copy of

The Glass Man

The Glass Man (Lila Gray #1)

e-book copies of

Into the Unknown

Into The Unknown

AND

Touch of Frost

Touch of Frost

AND a signed bookmark for The Glass Man (front & back shown)

  

What do you have to do to win?

Do you have a valentines day ritual including romance?  Or do you refuse to participate in the highly commercialized occasion?  Leave me a comment at the bottom of this post and give me your take on the subject.  Or, if you’d rather keep your opinion to yourself, just say hi!  Please include a way to reach you, email, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (it will only be used for the purpose of sending your prize if you should win)

I’d also be grateful for a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter, but it’s not mandatory.

On February 15th, I’ll choose a commenter using random.org, announce it on my blog and contact the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear from them, another winner will be chosen.

Cheers, and good luck!

Our puffball has a name! #winner

Wow, the debate has been quite heated this week as the names rolled in for our new little furbaby.  We tested out a few of them, but none were just right.

Until … THE ONE came along

Although it wasn’t a unanimous vote, we’ve now chosen a name for our newest edition.  Before I spill the beans as to who won the contest, let me tell you why we chose this particular name.

1. This little guy has serious wheels.  He is so fast most of the time I only see a white streak when he runs by and half of the time he spins for a while before he goes anywhere.

2. Trying to sleep with this kitten wrapped around my neck is tantamount to sleeping in an old Volkswagen Rabbit TDI running on two cylinders.

3. He needed a manly name because of his little goatee.

4.  He shares a name with one of the sexiest actors that ever lived.

Any guesses yet?

No?

Okay, okay, I’ll tell you.

The winner of the Name the Puffball contest is:

Tammy D’Aigle

And the name is … dun, dun, dun, duuuuuuun

Diesel!

It’s more of a big kitty name, so right now we’re calling him Little D, and it just feels right.  Asher, from my big sister, Susan, came a close second. Thanks to everyone, especially Tammy, for all of your suggestions.

I’ll be in touch to arrange your prize, Tammy!  Congrats!

Release day! – Touch of Frost

It’s February.  Wow.  I blinked and Halloween was over.  Looked away for a second, and there went Christmas.  Where the heck did January go?  I could have sworn there were thirty-one days in there somewhere, but they, too, zoomed by when I wasn’t paying attention.

Another day I’ve been waiting for has arrived all of a sudden.

RELEASE DAY!!!!!

I’m so excited to share this one.

Here’s the little beauty hitting the virtual markets today in e-book format.  Isn’t it pretty?

Even the simplest of touches between Will Frost and Lauren McLean are forbidden.

To share love will surely mean death.

Since her granddad’s passing, Lauren has existed a few steps out of sync with the world. Desperate to feel the love only he offered her as a child, Lauren returns to the haven they once shared — a snow-covered cabin at the foothills of the Rockies.

It’s not the memory of her granddad that warms her ice-cold, frost-bitten body after being caught in a blizzard, though. It’s the man in whose bed she wakes.

Along with bringing life to her soul, Will stirs deep-rooted memories in Lauren and brings out the love she seeks.

What Will knows about himself — the secrets of his kind — he keeps hidden, forcing Lauren to search for answers, to question and ultimately put her life, and his own existence, in danger.

In love though, there is always a way.

Can Will get around the rules? Or will Lauren give up her life simply to have one last touch from Will Frost?

So raise your glass and help me celebrate.  ::clink::  Cheers!

Touch of Frost

If you’d like to pick up a copy of this one, here’s a link for you:

To celebrate this release, there are lots of cool posts coming up in the next several weeks featuring lots of giveaways and deep, dark secrets I’ve spilled to only a select few hosting me for my blog tour.  Check back for dates and locations.

Today, check out J. Taylor Publishing’s blog for a great giveaway going on right now!  Win yourself a copy of Touch of Frost.

Click here to participate in a fun little contest I have going on right now, with a signed paperback, bookmark and an e-book up for grabs.

It’s a boy! – Name the Puffball Contest

I interrupt my regularly scheduled blog post today to bring you breaking news.

Our family has grown!

Our new little boy is four months old.  His older sister isn’t terribly impressed yet, but I hope she’ll warm up to him soon.

We have one little problem.  Our little boy doesn’t have a name.  So, I thought, who better to help me come up with some good ones than a bunch of authors and readers?

Anyone game?

Yeah?  Cool.

Here’s his picture:

Isn’t he cute?  He’s actually tiny, but next to WeeB he looks full grown.

Here’s another:

Here’s your task.

Drop by as many times as you like and leave name suggestions in the comments below this post.  My family will choose the best one from the list on Friday, February 3rd.  The winner will receive:

1) An ebook copy of Touch of Frost

2) A signed paperback of The Glass Man

3) A signed bookmark for The Glass Man

   

My Crazy Life as a Farmer’s Daughter Part 1

I started a new job last week, and I have to say, I’m quite enjoying it.  The people are great, there’s lots of work to keep my mind and fingers busy, and I’m getting a steady paycheck again.

Life is good.

As always when I begin working at a new place, everyone wants to know me.  Where did I grow up?  Who is my family?  Where did I go to school?

Naturally, stories of my childhood growing up on a farm came up.  Below is a drawing of the farm in Lakefield, Ontario where I lived for the first twenty years of my life, created by my talented brother in law, Nick.

Our fifteen room monstrosity of a drafty house is on the left.  When the wind blew, the carpet in the living room would lift up.  Yep, not kidding.  And being on a hill, the wind blew OFTEN.  Brrr.  The white building in the middle is where I worked with Dad on all sorts of machinery.  The rebuilt version after the original one burned to the ground when I was ten.  To the right of that was the gas house, and right of that is the small chicken coop where we raised free-range hens every year.

As I told my stories, I realized how dangerous that life was, yet we never really considered it at the time, it was just normal. I thought I’d spend the next few weeks sharing a few of my craziest stories with you.  And yes, they are all true.

One of the jobs I most hated was picking stones.  Yep, it’s just what it sounds like.  After a plow turned up the soil, we went along and picked up all of the rocks big enough to damage the other machinery used before seeding.  Exciting, right?  And back breaking.

I was lucky, though, because I was so much younger than my siblings, I got the privileged of driving the tractor pulling the wagon where we loaded the stones on to.  I remember a story my Dad told me about when I was four that raises the hair on the back of my neck when I picture having that much trust in my daughter.  Yeah, so not happening.

It was just him and me that day, so we had no wagon.  I steered the old, red model ‘C’ tractor we often used for smaller jobs with a hydraulic bucket on the front, while he loaded the rocks in by hand.  Because of my short height and light weight, I had to stand on the clutch and pull down on the steering wheel in order to shift gears.  My Dad always gives a sheepish laugh when he says he just looked up from the stone he was prying on, and found me barreling across the field away from him.  He thought for sure I’d lost control and would run it into the stone fence.  He ran after me, but knew he’d never catch me in time.

Apparently I’d watched him dump the stones in the fence and had paid attention to how he did it, because he said I stopped the tractor in just the right place, raised the bucket, and dumped it just as he had.  When I backed up the tractor and turned around, he said he was just standing there gaping at me thinking he might just have a heart attack right there.

I bet.

Yikes.

I worry enough when my daughter crosses a country road while holding my hand and she’s almost six!  I can’t imagine sending her off on a giant death on wheels machine.  But that was normal for me as a kid, as it is with most farm families.  I was taught to respect the animals and the equipment, and I learned fast.  It still shocks me that all five of us kids survived growing up in a continuous hazard zone.  Though it was a hard life, it was also a good life.

Stop back next week for my adventures in the silo.  :)

GIVEAWAY

There’s also a terrific giveaway going on at J. Taylor Publishing’s blog today to celebrate my upcoming release, Touch of Frost.  Click here to check it out.

Coming February 1