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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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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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Shown Love at the Dentist Office

I’m putting our conversation in quotes but it’s not exactly word for word. Though it’s close.

Today, when I rose from the dentist chair and turned around there were two other hygienists waiting for me. One of them held my book, which I had left for another hygienist months ago.

One of them held Masquerading Our Love in her hands and asked, “Do you recognize this book?”

I nodded. “Yes, I wrote it.”

My mind raced. Writers have so much self-doubt haunting us, that we could be billionaires if we received one cent for every time we believed that our work is terrible. I looked at the two hygienists preparing myself for criticism.

“We read it and we need to know when is the next one coming out?”

“Yeah, what happens to the pregnant girl, Trina?” asked the other one not holding my book.

“Uhm, well I’m writing Carol and Frank’s story and I’m editing Trina and Stuart’s story.” Yikes, I’m still writing Trina’s story and don’t know exactly where it’s going.

“Well, you need to write it because we need to know!”

Are you for real? You really liked my book and are waiting to read it?

We continued talking and a short time later, the second one said, “I read the book in one day. And I love the main character’s boyfriend because he’s so romantic bringing her roses.”

She loves Christopher, Thalía’s boyfriend. I do too because he is pretty romantic and reminds me of my husband, who used to bring me a single rose every time we went on a date.

I asked them to review it and to please be honest. The first one said, that it was slow in the beginning and slightly confusing with all the characters in the first two chapters but once she hit chapter three she needed to find out what happened.

HOOKED! She said she was needed to find out what happened and in my book it means she was hooked!

Since the other two heard I was there they came to talk to me. ME!

The one holding my book gave it to my hygienist and told her to read it because it’s that good. They left and the hygienist who worked on my teeth said that she’s been hearing about this book during their lunch hour and how they’re saying that she needs to read it. She knew it was written by a patient but she didn’t realize it was me. She’s planning to read it tomorrow.

Wow!

I wish you could see the joy on my face right now. It still floors me that they both said that they needed to find out what happened next. The moment my foot hit the pavement outside the office I dialed my husband’s number to let him know.

Those two women showed me so much love that my heart can still bust open from their words and I have a huge grin on my face, hours after being home. I still can’t believe that these women loved my book.

This is so exciting because every author wants readers to like our books and when two people, who are standing in front of you are saying that they loved it, well, yes I call it showing me a whole lot of love.

A special thanks to all the hygienists at Dr. A’s dental practice. I have to return in three weeks for a filling, not so much fun, but hopefully I’ll take a photo with these women and my book.

Now I must be off to work on my books so they can know what happens to my characters!

I’m hoping someone shows you as much love as I’ve been shown today and if you can please do the same.

We all need love!

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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.

Click for Lessons from the Iceberg blog post

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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