NaNoWriMo

October 28, 2010 at 11:30 am (Musings of a Writer)

National Novel Writing Month – Need I say more. I know lots of people do it, and for the first time ever, I am giving it a go. AAARRRRGGGHHHH.  Sorry had to get that out of my system.

Well, I am sure I am going to be one of those people that facebook made those bumper stickers for –

“Don’t talk to me unless you have coffee – NanNoWriMo Participant”

But oh well, I am sure I will have fun. If you have some stories to share about NaNoWriMo than feel free. I also wanted to mention something else I am participating in that ties in with NaNoWriMo – it’s called Create for Life.

Create for Life is the idea and dream of Lady Roisin; a writer, artist, and costume designer who also happened to have cancer. Roisin wanted to provide a means for the creative community to promote cancer awareness and raise money for a cure. Although she didn’t live to see her dream come fully to life, her husband Eli and her friend Dawn are going ahead with the event in her memory, in memory of all other loved ones lost to cancer, and in hope that we will one day see an end to the shadow this disease casts on our lives.

During the weekend of November 12 through 14, participating artists, writers, musicians, and craftspeople will practice the crafts they love in support of a cancer awareness and research. Having been inspired by Relay for Life, Create for Life works in a similar way. Participants seek sponsors for their projects, who agree to donate to the American Cancer Society.

My Mom has battled cancer for 10 years, my Uncle John died of lung cancer and my Grandmother; Peggy died of cancer on New Years Day 2009. I am writing for her on this specified weekend. If you want to donate a monetary amount of your choosing for each new chapter I write on that weekend, that would be incredible.

Athletes can run for a cure and now writers are coming together to write for a cure.

To pledge an amount, just send me a message with how much you are willing to commit per chapter and at the end of the weekend, I will send you a message detailing how much I wrote and how to give your donation to the American Cancer Society.

Writing is something I love, but my family is something I love more. I truly write for them.
So wish me Luck 😉

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2010 100+ Reading Challenge

October 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm (Challenges)

Taking part in the 1st in a Series Challenge, gave me the motivation to read on (hehe like I needed motivation ;)) so… I am aspiring to read 100 books in the 2010 year. Here is what I have so far:

Peachtree Dreams – Debby Mayne
Down River – Karen Harper
Lady Chatterly’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
Montana Mistletoe – Various Authors
Love Finds You IN Treasure Island Florida – Debby Mayne
Dance of the Gods – Nora Roberts
Highland Hellcat – Mary Wine
Blood Ransom – Lisa Harris
Wicked by any Other Name – Linda Wisdom
Morrigan’s Cross – Nora Roberts
Beyond the Pale – Susannah Russe
Backstage Pass – Olivia Cunning
A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray
One for the Money – Janet Evanovich
Dark Magic – Christine Feehan
Wicked by any Other Name – Linda Wisdom
Dark Prince – Christine Feehan
Beyond the Pale – Susannah Russe
50 ways to hex your lover – Linda Wisdom
The Keepers – Heather Graham
No Mercy – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Crave – JR Ward
Dark Gold – Christine Feehan
Dark Desire – Christine Feehan
Dark Challenge – Christine Feehan
Divine Misdemeanors – Laurell K. Hamilton
Dead in the Family – Charlaine Harris
Hex Appeal – Linda Wisdom
Dying Light – D. Scott Meek
The Scent of Shadows – Vicki Peterson
Lover Mine – JR Ward
One Fine Cowboy – Joanne Kennedy
Hex in High Heels – Linda Wisdom
Valley of Silence – Nora Roberts
A Vow to Love – Sheryl Woods
Nightwalker – Karen Harper
Unhallowed Ground – Karen Harper
Someone to Blame – C.S. Lakin
Desiree – Anne Marie Selinko
Noah’s Ark – Debby Mayne
Beyond Ecstasy – K. Lynch
Demon Dreams – Rachel Ferraro
Jack and the Jungle Lion – Stephen Jared
Emma and the Vampires – Wayne Josephson
Always the Baker, Never the Bride – Sandra D. Bricker
Kincaids Call – Leigh D’Ansey
Christmas Homecoming – Various Authors
Special Mission – Debby Mayne
The Triumph of Deborah – Eva Etzoni-Halevy
Circe – Anita Saran
Here Burns My Candle – Liz Curtis Higgs
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – Stephenie Meyer
Burned – P.C. Kast and Kristin Cast
Love in the Fast Lane – Jenna Knight
Cursed to Death – L.A. Banks
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict – Laurie Viera Rigler
The Forever Queen – Helen Holllick
The Taming of the Wolf – Lydia Dare
Honky Tonk Christmas – Carolyn Brown
Wolf Fever – Terry Spear
The Heir – Grace Burrowes
The Winter Sea – Susanna Kearsley
A Darcy Christmas – Various Authors
Pemberley Ranch – Jack Caldwell

Since there are just so darn many, and more to come of course, I am not going to go through and link them all to their reviews. However, if you like the sound of a title and want to know what I thought of the book than let me know and I will send you the link to my review on Suite101.

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The 1st In A Series Challenge

October 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm (Challenges)

SO better late than never 😉 I am posting my reading challenges beginning with the ultimate great beginning: The 1st in a Series Challenge.

Challenge Guidelines:
This challenge (like most of my challenges) are from The Royal Reviews. So, there are four levels of competing:
Curious– Read 3 novels that are first in a series.

Fascinated – Read 6 novels that are first in a series.

Addicted – Read 12 novels that are first in a series.

Obsessed – Read 20 novels that are first in a series.
Any genre counts (which is good) as long as the book is the first novel in a series. I am pretty excited about this. The challenge goes from January to December 2010 and I am starting really late, but figured that with all my reviewing I may have already completed the challenge ::wink:: ::wink::

So I am going for Addicted, because everyone who knows me knows I am addicted to reading 🙂

  1. Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts
  2. 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover – Linda Wisdom
  3. Dark Prince – Christine Feehan
  4. Beyond the Pale – Susannah Russe
  5. Backstage Pass – Olivia Cunning
  6. A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray
  7. One for the Money – Janet Evanovich

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“Waiting On” Wednesday

October 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm (Waiting On Wednesday)

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here

The Others
Christine Warren

St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 11/2/2010

From MacMillan/St Martin’s Press:

Danice Carter is not one for glass slippers. A stilettos-wearing lawyer at one of Manhattan’s most elite establishments, Danice has a very strong grip on reality. So when she’s asked by one the firm’s founding partners to take on a personal case, Danice knows she’s in for the opportunity of a lifetime. All she has to do is convince her top boss’s granddaughter, Rosemary, to file a paternity suit. Sounds simple enough…until Danice arrives at Rosemary’s home and is pounced on by a handsome stranger.

Private investigator McIntyre Callahan’s was only following his powerful client’s orders: Find Rosemary—at all costs. Instead, he’s found a super-hot lawyer prowling around looking for answers he can’t give. The half-human, half-Fae Mac tries to warn Danice that she’s way in over her head—that Rosemary may roam among The Others, and may have dangerous ties to the Unseelie Court—but she won’t be deterred. Even if that means following Mac to the ends of the earth to find Rosemary…or surrendering to his supernatural powers of temptation…until death do they part.

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Austen Fans: Win Free Book: Mr. Darcy’s Obsession

October 25, 2010 at 11:55 am (Give Aways)

MR. DARCY’S OBSESSION BY ABIGAIL REYNOLDS—IN STORES OCTOBER 2010


The more he tries to stay away from her, the more his obsession grows…

“[Reynolds] has creatively blended a classic love story with a saucy romance novel.” —Austenprose

“Developed so well that it made the age-old storyline new and fresh…Her writing gripped my attention and did not let go.”—The Romance Studio

“The style and wit of Ms. Austen are compellingly replicated…spellbinding. Kudos to Ms. Reynolds!” —A Reader’s Respite

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Elizabeth is called away before Darcy proposes for the first time and Darcy decides to find a more suitable wife. But when Darcy encounters Elizabeth living in London after the death of her father, he can’t fight his desire to see and speak with her again…and again and again. But now that her circumstances have made her even more unsuitable, will Darcy be able to let go of all his long held pride to marry a woman who, though she is beneath his station, is the only woman capable of winning his heart?

Want to Know Even More About Abigail Reynolds and Mr. Darcy’s Obsession

For more information, please visit http://www.pemberleyvariations.com/ or http://www.austenauthors.com/ – Where Abigail spotlights with other Austen authors such as bestselling Sharon Lathan and more.

Taking part in Sourcebooks Inc October Virtual Tour, Abigail Reynolds has given a special interview which you can view here, if you haven’t already.

How to Win – Free Stuff

After such a successful kickoff for October’s Virtual Tour, Sourcebooks is giving away 2 free copies of Abigail Reynolds newest release; Mr. Darcy‘s Obsession. Email me (with “Abigail Reynolds give away” in the subject line) at jkhastings@yahoo.com, and tell us who you would cast as Mr. Darcy to be entered to win a copy of Mr. Darcy‘s Obsession. Contest ends 12am EST October 30, 2010.

Talk to Abigail Reynolds

Abigail Reynolds author of Mr. Darcy’s Obsession is available for questions during the next few days. Just click on this link and scroll down to ask her a few questions.

Good Luck and stay tuned for more interviews, guest posts and give aways.

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Author of the Sons of the Revolutions Series is Giving Away Free Books

October 15, 2010 at 8:56 am (Give Aways)

THE MAKING OF A GENTLEMAN BY SHANA GALEN—IN STORES OCTOBER 2010

“Galen’s signature sense of humor, expertly blended with deep emotions, will hold readers captive right to the end.”
—RT Book Reviews 

“Lively dialogue, breakneck pace and a great sense of fun.”
—Publishers Weekly

Twelve years in prison has stripped him of his humanity…
Armand, Comte de Valère has lost the ability to interact with polite society, until his family hires him a beautiful tutor, and he starts to come alive again…

Saving him is her only chance to escape a terrible fate…
Felicity Bennett vows she’ll do whatever it takes to help Armand fight back the demons that have held him captive for so long…

With Felicity’s help, Armand begins to heal, until a buried secret threatens to destroy their growing passion…

Want to Know Even More About Shana Galen and The Making of a Gentleman

Shana Galen is the author of six Regency historicals, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne’s Bride. Her books have been sold in Brazil, Russia, and the Netherlands and featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. Shana is a happily married wife and mother of a daughter and a spoiled cat and lives in Houston, Texas where she is working on the final book in the Brothers of the Revolution series, The Making of a Rogue, which will be in stores in 2011.

Taking part in Sourcebooks Inc October Virtual Tour, Shana Galen has given a special interview which you can view here, if you haven’t already.

How to Win – Free Stuff

After such a successful kickoff for October’s Virtual Tour, Sourcebooks is following Olivia Cunning’s giveaway by giving away 2 free copies of Shana Galen’s newest release; The Making of a Gentleman. Email me (with ”Shana Galen give away” in the subject line) at jkhastings@yahoo.com, and tell us the name of your favorite romance novel and why you love it to be entered to win a copy of The Makings of a Gentleman. Contest ends 12am EST October 18, 2010.

Talk to Shana Galen

Shana Galen author of The Making of a Gentleman is available for questions during the next few days. Just click on this link and scroll down to ask her a few questions.

Good Luck and stay tuned for more interviews, guest posts and give aways.

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Alert for Romance Fiction Fans – Free Book by Olivia Cunning

October 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm (Give Aways)

BACKSTAGE PASS BY OLIVIA CUNNING—IN STORES OCTOBER 2010
Five stunning guys, one hot woman, and a feverish romance…

For him, life is all music and no play…
When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on the scene, loses his creative spark, it will take nights of downright sinful passion to release his pent-up genius…

She’s the one to call the tune…
When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour with the Sinners, every boy in the band tries to seduce her. But Brian is the only one she wants to get her hands on…

Then the two lovers’ wildly shocking behavior sparks the whole band to new heights of glory…and sin…

Read a Review of this novel or check out an exclusive interview Olivia Cunning gave about her book and her life.

How to Win – Free Stuff

After such a successful kickoff for October’s Virtual Tour, Sourcebooks is following the previous give aways by Mary Wine and Sharon Lathan by giving away 2 free copies of Olivia Cunnings newest release; Backstage Pass. Email me (with ”Olivia Cunning give away” in the subject line) at jkhastings@yahoo.com, and tell us what sort of music you listen to and why to be entered to win a copy of Backstage Pass. Contest ends 12am EST October 14 , 2010.

Talk to Olivia Cunning

Olivia Cunning author of Backstage Pass is available for questions during the next few days. Just click on this link and scroll down to ask her a few questions. Her first comment is all ready up and running. http://tinyurl.com/2daphdp

Good Luck and stay tuned for more interviews, guest posts and give aways.

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And the Winners are:

October 10, 2010 at 9:09 am (Give Aways)

AND the WINNERS of the Sharon Lathan give away Are….

can I have a drum roll please…

Lydia and Jennifer!

Congratulations ladies. Enjoy your book and come back by and let us know what you think.

Thank you to all the participants and remember that we will be having more giveaways soon, so better luck next time.

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Austen Fans – Win Free book: In the Arms of Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

October 7, 2010 at 12:23 am (Give Aways)

IN THE ARMS OF MR. DARCY BY SHARON LATHAN—IN STORES OCTOBER 2010


If only everyone could be as happy as they are…
 
Darcy and Elizabeth are as much in love as ever—even more so as their relationship matures. Their passion inspires everyone around them, and as winter turns to spring, romance blossoms around them.
 
Confirmed bachelor Richard Fitzwilliam sets his sights on a seemingly unattainable, beautiful widow; Georgiana Darcy learns to flirt outrageously; the very flighty Kitty Bennet develops her first crush, and Caroline Bingley meets her match.
 
But the path of true love never does run smooth, and Elizabeth and Darcy are kept busy navigating their friends and loved ones through the inevitable separations, misunderstandings, misgivings, and lovers’ quarrels to reach their own happily ever afters…

Want to Know Even More About Sharon Lathan and In the Arms of Mr. Darcy

For more information, please visit  www.sharonlathan.net. Come to Austen Authors  – and Casablanca Authors – where Sharon shares the spotlight with other writers.

Sourcebooks eBook Promotion: Sharon Lathan’s bestselling book, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One,  will be available for free download from 10/5 – 10/11. Please visit http://www.sourcebooks.com/special-offers/ebook-deals.html for more information!
Taking part in Sourcebooks Inc October Virtual Tour, Sharon Lathan has given a special interview which you can view here, if you haven’t already.

How to Win – Free Stuff
After such a successful kickoff for October’s Virtual Tour, Sourcebooks is following Mary Wine’s giveaway by giving away 2 free copies of Sharon Lathan’s newest release; In the Arms of Mr. Darcy. Email me (with “Sharon Lathan give away” in the subject line) at jkhastings@yahoo.com, and tell us why you love romance to be entered to win a copy of In the Arms of Mr. Darcy. Contest ends 12am EST October 9, 2010.

Talk to Sharon Lathan

 Sharon Lathan author of Loving Mr Darcy is available for questions during the next few days. Just click on this link and scroll down to ask her a few questions. Her first comment is all ready up and running. http://tinyurl.com/27luqde
Good Luck and stay tuned for more interviews, guest posts and give aways.

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Win a copy of Mary Wine’s New Book

October 1, 2010 at 11:42 am (Give Aways)

HIGHLAND HELLCAT BY MARY WINE—IN STORES OCTOBER 2010

“Hot enough to warm even the coldest Scottish Nights…”
—Publishers Weekly  Starred Review of To Conquer a Highlander

He wants a wife he can control…
Connor Lindsey is a Highland laird, but his clan’s loyalty is hard won and he takes nothing for granted. He’ll do whatever it takes to find a virtuous wife, even if he has to kidnap her…

She has a spirit that can’t be tamed…
Brina Chattan has always defied convention. She sees no reason to be docile now that she’s been captured by a powerful laird and taken to his storm-tossed castle in the Highlands, far from her home.

When a rival laird’s interference nearly tears them apart, Connor discovers that a woman with a wild streak suits him much better than he’d ever imagined…

Taking part in Sourcebooks Inc October Virtual Tour, Mary Wine has given a special interview which you can view here, if you haven’t already. I have also reviewed the book, and you can take a look at that here.

Now for the good stuff…

To kick off the tour, Sourcebooks is also giving away 2 free copies of Mary Wine’s newest release; Highland Hellcat. Email me (with Mary Wine give away in the subject line) at jkhastings@yahoo.com, and tell us why you love romance to be entered to win a copy of Highland Hellcat. Contest ends 12am EST October 2, 2010.

Good Luck and stay tuned for more interviews, guest posts and give aways.

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