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A YA Summer Scavenger Hunt with the Potential to Win Lots of Books, Prizes, and the $500 Amazon Gift Card Grand Prize!

Do you love Scavenger Hunts? How about one with amazing prizes and lots of free books?

Don’t tell anyone but it’s so enticing I thought about dropping out to join the hunt with you. I mean, seriously, a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card? And lots of chances to win free books and prizes? Tempting, very tempting!

Of course there are rules, so please read carefully for a chance to win those prizes!

RULES:

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in the order provided, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed secret legend HERE.

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit (cards) and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

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It’s so easy to join the fun. Head over The YA BookShelf Scavenger Hunt, follow the map visiting each author’s website in the order provided (don’t forget to enter their own giveaways), find the SPECIAL word, and put it all together at the site provided. If you become stuck go back to the YA BookShelf Page.

I will have four book giveaways, yes, four chances to win! One will be a chance to win one of my books and I’ll announce the other three books on June 1st when the hunt begins. This hunt will end on June 7th so mark it in your calendars.

In the meantime, you can download my first short story in the free Sweet Romance Collection.

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Good Luck to ALL!

Thank the YA Shelf Bookshelf for putting this together and for the Grand Prize.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I want to wish all the moms reading this post a Happy Mother’s Day.

May this day be filled with the love you share with your children, grandchildren, moms, and grandmas or any other special mom in your life.

This day is bittersweet for me.

Unfortunately, my mom passed away before my children were born. While I enjoy the day with my own HEA hero and my children, every year I wish she could be here with us to celebrate her and the love I had for her.

I would’ve written her a card so I could express everything she meant to me in my own words, swallow her petite frame with big hugs, kiss her beautiful face, buy her a gift she really wanted, and spent time with her returning the love she always showed me.

If you can, please spend the day or a few hours or even make a call to express your love to that special mom in your life. We just never know.

And if you can share some love with other moms, even those who are strangers, by wishing them a Happy Mother’s Day.

You just might make that mom’s day.

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FREE YA and NA Romance Collection Pre-order is Now Live!

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The FREE YA and NA Romance Collection from EIGHT best-selling and new authors is now available for pre-order at the following sites:

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This made my day: A 5 Star Review from a Blogger and not a Fellow Writer!

Last week, my husband told me that a co-worker had complained that she couldn’t put my book down and therefore couldn’t complete her weekend to do list. It made my day. But the next day, a tiny bit of doubt crept in because she knew my husband.

But today, was totally different.

A blogger, an actual reader, posted that she loved my book.

A five out of five stars!

Can I scream at the top of my lungs without being hauled in for a psychiatric evaluation?

I’m beyond ecstatic as I write these words. And once I’m done here I’m posting it all over social media, because yes, I’m super excited.

Here’s the link if you want to read it. Alyttérature

Please feel free to comment: am I crazy for being so happy or not?

Alycia, thank you so much!

¡Muchísimas gracias, Alycia!

Je vous remercie, Alycia!

Yes, today I have been shown love.

 

 

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Want a Chance to Win ebook Copy of Masquerading My Love?

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I love giving back so here is an Amazon giveaway. Follow the links to see if you can win one of the twenty-six copies of my ebook Masquerading Our Love (No purchase necessary and all the rules can be found on Amazon.com).

If you know someone who may like to read a YA Contemporary Romance book here’s a chance to win 1 of the 26 copy. Please share with them the links.

Links to the three different chances to win 1 of 26 ebook copies of Masquerading Our Love:

Take a chance to win one of 9 ebooks but giveaway ends 11/28/16

Take a chance there are still 9 books left but giveaway ends 11/30/2016

Take a chance for 1 of the 8 books still left in giveaway that ends 11/30/16

If you win please let me know and share on social media. Also please review the book if it impacts you in any way. Thanks!

Please share everywhere and keep loving everyone!

I hope you win yourself a copy!

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Stretched Nerves or Jumping Beans?

I’m finishing up with the last and final, I hope, edit of my novel before it’s handed off to formatting. And at the moment, I can’t decide if my nerves are stretching or if my stomach has jumping beans bouncing off its walls. It comes in spurts as I listen to the monotone voice on Word read two pages at a time.

Yikes, did my editor miss that typo? If he did, are there more? Or is it my eyes playing tricks on me. I double check the spelling as my ears listen to the slow, boring voice read on. And there go the nerves, pulled too thin.

Will the readers complain if they see a tiny typo or will their brain skip over it because the first and last letters are right? Oh, no the dreaded bad review because my editor and I missed a typo.

Should I postpone the release?

No!

It’s time to let this baby enter into the unknown world of readers and see how well it’s received. My friends and family say I’ve held on to this book too long and they’re right. Almost five years after I finished the first draft and thousands of hours working on it.

Yes, it’s time.

Besides NaNoWriMo 2016 is right around the corner and I haven’t figured out whose story to work on next. Jason? Sabrina? The antagonist, Dave? Or  the bus story?

Heck my first born entered college this August and I can’t decide, which one I dreaded releasing more to the world. He is in a safer environment than my book will be, so it seemed easier after a year of preparing for the final day we said, “Bye.” And he did come back for laundry day and brought a friend, who is the sweetest suite mate.

Hence the toss up between nervousness and excitement.

Fortunately, my to do list is reaching the stratosphere. Okay I’m exaggerating, but it sure feels like it, so sometimes it’s more like numbness that I’m feeling.

Until next time.

When maybe

                           I

                                 ….. WILL   (drum roll, please)

BE

PUBLISHED!

I bury my head back into my book, and yes, the nerves are stretched and the jumping beans ricocheted off the walls.

 

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In A World Full of Hate I Choose to See Love

In a world full of evil and hate I see love.

I see love

in the drops of rainwater dripping from the petals of a rose.

in the embrace of a mom with her newborn child; what unconditionally love.

in the arms of my true love, who accepts me for who I am, despite all my faults.

in the hugs of my children, because we love each other no matter what.

in the bloom of a flower placed in a vase by a loved one, because it represents love.

in the songs of the birds.

in the intertwined hands of an old married couple walking the track, because despite the hurt, suffering they have gone through they have chosen to stay together.

in my church, where all races, all ethnic groups are represented as they hold hands to pray for our country, because they love each other and want peace in the world .

in the soldier, who is thousands of miles away missing his family, but stands firm to guard our freedom.

in the trees, standing firm, providing us with shade on a sunny day or shielding us from a rain shower.

in the pastor, who guides the sheep sacrificing time away from his own family, because he loves.

in the majestic mountains, which tower thousands of feet above us.

in ocean’s waves, which can tower over us crashing against the shore or gently wash our tears away.

in the fluffy cumulus clouds, because we can stop and observe them moving fast or slow, across a blue or gray sky.

in the nimbus, dark-threatening  clouds, because even though they hide the sunshine and bring us needed rain to fill our reservoirs, our lakes, and our rivers so we can have living water.

in the hands of missionaries, who risk their lives to bring the truth to say many.

in the hearts of the Followers, who continue to worship despite their persecution.

in the bonds of sisters, who pray for each other despite not being related by blood.

in the bonds of friends, who choose to stay, encouraging the one whose  life is torn apart by a destroyed marriage.

in the donors, who give their child’s, spouse’s organs to save the life of another human being, while grieving their own loss.

in those who choose not to buy useless, worldly possessions they desire so that another may have water and food.

in those who rejoice in the joy of others, while struggling with their own problems.

in those who sacrifice their time to serve others.

in those who speak words of encouragement and love to those who are discouraged, downtrodden.

So despite the news filled with hate, with evil I will continue to see love in the world no matter how much hate is thrown our way. I will not stop believing that in the end, the love shown to us will overcome everything and transcend even our death.

Please choose love by continuing to show your own love to one another no matter what happens.

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