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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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You and Me Forever: A Sweet Romance Collection is now LIVE!

 

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Eight Short Stories from Eight bestselling and new authors! Get your free copy now and enjoy falling in love!

So excited that it’s now live. You can download your free copy of the YA and NA collection at the following retailers:

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y14WPDJ

B&N:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/you-me-forever…/1126163394…

Google Play: https://play.google.com/…/Megan_Linski_You_Me_Forever_A_Swe…

Kobo:
https://www.kobo.com/…/you-me-forever-a-sweet-romance-colle…

 

Can’t wait to hear what you think about my first short story!

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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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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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The Reason Why I Write

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In December 2008, with my children in elementary school and my husband’s job in jeopardy I prayed, followed by countless hours searching for a job. The answer to my prayer: I found the perfect job for him.

This scare prompted me in early 2009 to think about starting a business so we would be prepared when we became empty nesters, so again I prayed. I should’ve asked to grow my C.P.A. clientele, but my love for the profession, for working with numbers had diminished.

Later that year, my son wanted to read a book I thought might not be appropriate. I wanted to read it first. The love for reading I suppressed for years reawakened. I devoured teen books but switched to adult romance books because the teen romance books didn’t have enough hope in them. Reading became an addiction, worse than when I was in high school.  I gave up television months later.

In 2011, on a night too wired to sleep, I opened up my laptop to surf the Net. But instead of clicking on my email or Facebook I clicked on Word and began Masquerading Our Love.

I had no plot, no character names, nada.

It didn’t matter because my fingers flew across the keyboard at the same time the words appeared on the screen. I could clearly see these characters; they weren’t characters I tried to fit into the story developing in front of my eyes. They were real. Only  readers and writers will get this.

The following morning I showed my husband those first thirty pages. Based on reading six pages he encouraged me to continue. Despite the obligations of being a wife, a mom, and the sixty plus hours of volunteering I finished this book in three months.

The thought “Now what” ran through my head, more than once.

PUBLISH, of course. Duh, anyone?

Not having any clue, I joined critique and Facebook writing groups, as well as the Florida Writers Association “FWA”). I spoke to agents, acquiring editors, and publishers while continuing to write more books . Based on everything I learned, and an acquiring editor, who liked my writing and my plot but not my main character, I decided to follow the self-publishing route.

After four years working on this novel and others, my close friends and my writing partners encouraged me to publish. My insecurities wanted to silence their voices but because of their insistences I prayed to win a prize in a FWA’s raffle drawing in 2015. In the middle of the crowded room, I closed my eyes and prayed.

A simple prayer: if God wanted me to publish soon then He should allow me to win something. Now I’m not lucky. Maybe I win once in five years but when my eyes opened they focused on the first number the announcer said. No big deal as more than ten of the twenty tickets started with it, then the second, still no big deal. For the rest of the numbers as my eyes read the next number on that ticket, my eyes didn’t look at any other, the announcer said it. I won a free formatting, valued at $185. Yes, it was time to publish despite of my insecurities. And it was time to tell my friends and family I hadn’t told.

After that moment I knew that I had to publish no matter how many doubts ran through my mind. From that point on, I won my cover without me knowing I entered that contest, I won a $150 Amazon gift card, and many other prizes. These wins confirmed my writing path, pushed me forward until I finally published the paperback in October and the ebook in November.

Summarizing the reason why I write: it was an answered prayer from God. And He doesn’t make mistakes.

If you’re interested in purchasing the ebook you can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble., and Kobo. It’ll be on iBooks soon.

It’ll be on sale for only $0.99 until November 15th.

Leave me a review and let me know if it impacted you. Thanks and love everyone! 

 

 

 

 

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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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Link to Blog Post on Advice for Writers

I love how authors help each other even through the simple action of providing advice. Casey Hays’s asked a question on the one advice we received to share with a new writer and out comes this wonderful blog post for all writers to read.

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I’m included in there with the simple advice to “Find your own voice because no one writes like you do.”

It’s a simple sentence summarizing all the years of workshops, reading, and speaking to authors that I can impart to others. Although not one person ever said it quite that way, I know it is the one advice I could give and it ties with the meme I tweeted 0n Thursday.

Copy the leader should not not the road to sucess.

We are each special in our own way, therefore we should follow our own path to success. What worked for one successful author may not work for me or you. It’s important to learn from others and we should attempt to emulate all the amazing things they’ve done, but we can’t copy them without stepping back to see if it works…for us.

Please let me know if it helps with your own writing and continue to love and encourage others.

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You can apply this even if you aren’t a writer: There is only one you, so follow your own path to success!

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