Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Book Trek

My newest novel, Imperfect Love, is on sale July 1st through midnight July 7th for only $.99. What a deal, right? I'm sponsoring the Summer Book Trek over at New LDS Fiction and if you read Imperfect Love you get a bunch of extra points.

There are lots and lots of great books to read and participating in the Summer Book Trek is a great way to find new books as well as enter to win some fantastic prizes.

You can also like Summer Book Trek on Facebook to get updated information.

Come on over. Find great books. Pass the word about the Summer Book Trek and, if you don't mind, about my book being on sale. That'd be awesome!!

 

Here is the link to purchase. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising!

Friday, May 23, 2014

On SALE: Imperfect Love

My newest novel, Imperfect Love is on SALE today, tomorrow, and Saturday for $.99. That's right. Only $.99. Can you beat a deal like that?

If you've been thinking about purchasing it, this would be an excellent time because it's on sale. I'd love to get this book on the Top 100 list at Amazon and will love you forever if you help me by purchasing it today. Please pass the information on to any readers you think might enjoy it. Thanks!!! You can purchase
Imperfect Love at Amazon.
You can also click on the image to purchase.

Here is the back cover copy:

Lauren Wilson is well on her way to her happily-ever-after. She’s passionate about her career as a middle school English teacher, she adores her handsome, hard-working husband, and with a baby finally on the way, her perfect life is within her grasp.

But then a devastating test result changes everything.

Forced to choose between her baby and her husband, Lauren makes the only decision she can live with, and she returns to her small hometown in hopes of rebuilding her shattered life.

Ethan Campbell is a gifted photographer who travels the world and has no desire to settle down. When his mother dies, he must go home to settle her estate. Then it’s back to exciting adventures across the globe. 

When Lauren crosses paths with Ethan, her teenage crush, old feelings resurface—feelings she’s not prepared to face. Will Lauren have the courage to trust again or will she spend her life alone?

Imperfect Love is a story about sacrifice, healing, second chances, and discovering that although love isn’t always perfect, sometimes it’s the imperfect love that’s the sweetest of all.

Thanks for your help!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

BARGAIN EBOOKS

Do you love to read? Are you looking for some awesome books at discounted prices? Then you'll be interested in this ENORMOUS event for readers! Fantastic, clean novels in every genre by your favorite authors!

Don't miss out on this amazing event! Tell your friends! Come visit Bookmarked Bargains. Register to win a Reader's Party Pack.

Reader’s Party Pack: $160 value. Designed for readers. Organize your electronic library full of fantastic adventures in a chic *messenger bag. Are you always on the go? Sneak a peek at the cliffhanger from your latest book while exercising or cooking dinner when you use a handy *ebook stand. Stay up reading in bed with a *fuzzy blanket (choose your own color), a *stackable pillow, a mug of *hot chocolate, *a big bag of M&Ms, and a *reading light. Everything a reader needs to enjoy a good book!


3 Day SALE! Ebooks by your favorite authors at great prices. Visit Bookmarked Bargains to find romance, historical fiction, suspense, fantasy. Whatever genre you like to read, we have a bargain for you!

My book, Imperfect Love, is also on sale for $.99.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bookmarked Bargains Event Tomorrow


If you love to read, you'll want to check out www.bookmarkedbargains.blogspot.com TOMORROW. We will have lots and lots of books on SALE. and you can register to win a Reader's Party Pack.

Reader’s Party Pack: $160 value. Designed for readers. Organize your electronic library full of fantastic adventures in a chic *messenger bag. Are you always on the go? Sneak a peek at the cliffhanger from your latest book while exercising or cooking dinner when you use a handy *ebook stand. Stay up reading in bed with a *fuzzy blanket (choose your own color), a *stackable pillow, a mug of *hot chocolate, *a big bag of M&Ms, and a *reading light. Everything a reader needs to enjoy a good book!

Don't forget. TOMORROW. We'll have a BIG SALE on ebooks by your favorite authors.Mark your calendar. You won't want to miss this 3-day promotion,. May 22-24.

My book, Imperfect Love, will also be on sale for $.99. (I'm hoping to propel my book onto the Top 100 list at Amazon, because that would be awesome!).

Tell your friends!! Thanks!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Always Never Trust the IRS

We filed our taxes electronically back in March and received our refund shortly afterwards. Everything was fine.

Then we received a check in the mail from the IRS for a refund. No explanation. No forms. Nothing. Just a check made out to us at our new address. Since it was at our new address we knew it had to be from this year. We also knew we were not entitled to any additional refund.

Always never trust the IRS.

After spending over an hour on the phone trying to find a live person instead of a recording, we finally received the answer.

Apparently, somehow the IRS matched someone else's return to ours, looked at the filing and decided we needed a refund of the difference. Yeah, not sure how that happened.

If we had not checked into it and would've cashed that check, I'm sure some months, or years, down the road the IRS would've discovered its own mistake (possibly) and then expected us to not only return the original amount but probably would've fined us and charged us interest, because that's how it works.

Moral of the story: Keep records. Know your return. Never blindly cash a check from the IRS. And, most importantly, always never trust the IRS.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Synchrony by Cindy Rae Hale

Please welcome Cindy Rae Hale to my blog today. Her book, Synchrony, is on tour right now. She's agreed to share her writing process. I think you'll find it interesting.

How does my writing process work? by Cindy Rae Hale

Back when I wrote Destiny, I used the pantser method for part of the story, and it caused me months of rewriting. Eventually, one of my editors recommended that I read a screenwriting book called Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. I highly recommend it! I was able to go back and fix a lot of the problems with Destiny because of what I learned in that book. With Synchrony, I used the method described in Save the Cat, and it left me with very little to edit developmentally. I’m much happier with the way I do things now.

At the very beginning I like to start with a pad of paper and a pencil. I sit outside where I can let nature inspire me, and I create profiles for each character. I describe the character’s appearance, favorite food, back story, hobbies, hopes and dreams, fears, friends and family, and setting. I invent weaknesses and determine how the character should grow in my story.

Once I have a good idea of who my characters are, I brainstorm story lines and form an outline. When I have my outline down on one to two sheets of paper, I pull out my bulletin board and index cards. I stack my cards on the table, label each one with a scene from the book, and then spread it across the table like a card game. I organize the scenes according to acts and take note of which part of the story it coordinates with. Then when I have it mostly figured out, I pin the cards to the bulletin board into the appropriate acts.

Before I begin writing the first draft, I take down the first few cards, and everything I need to know is already there ready to go. When those scenes are written, I repin them to the bulletin board and move on to the next few cards. This process took me only six weeks for Synchrony. Once my first draft was written, I discovered it to be fairly clean after the first read through. I sent it out to my beta readers and gave them about a month to read through the manuscript and get their feedback to me. A month after that, Synchrony was available for purchase.

So from start to finish, Destiny took me about fifteen months and Synchrony took me about four months.

That’s pretty much it. I’m still a fairly new writer, so I’m sure this process will evolve for me over time. But for now, this is what works for me.

Blog Tour Details: 

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Synchrony (Destiny #2) by Cindy Ray Hale. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours . The blog tour runs from May 5 until May 25, you can view the complete tour schedule here.

  3D"Synchrony"Synchrony (Destiny #2) by Cindy Ray Hale Genre: Contemporary Romance Age category: Young Adult Release Date: April 8, 2014
Blurb: When her parents discover she’s been sneaking out with Isaac Robinson, the forbidden Baptist boy, Mormon girl Destiny Clark decides it’s time to keep their relationship quiet. As their relationship moves to shakier ground, Destiny discovers that Isaac has a terrible secret, and she is left completely shattered. The moment Destiny feels all hope is lost, Preston Nelson, her longtime church friend and Isaac's bitter rival, arrives like a beacon of light. It isn't long before two separate disasters strike for Preston and Destiny's best friend, Hannah. As Destiny helps them through their issues, she discovers that sometimes the best way to forget about your own problems is to help a friend in need. Just as her heart begins to mend and her friendship with Preston begins to heat up, Isaac walks back into her life, threatening to rekindle the feelings she’d hoped to bury forever. Will Destiny and Preston find the synchrony they so desperately need, or will she find a way to forgive Isaac and return to his outstretched arms?
You can find Synchrony on Goodreads.
You can purchase Synchrony here.

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Destiny (Destiny #1) by Cindy Ray Hale Genre: Contemporary Romance Age category: Young Adult
Blurb: Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Miserables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage. As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend. But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world? Weaving around Destiny and Isaac's alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Miserables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.
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About the Author: Cindy Ray Hale lives in a little slice of wooded heaven near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and children. She spends way too much time following up-and-coming musicians on YouTube and dreams of joining their ranks one day. She's a bit of a health food nut and can't live without her daily green smoothies. She tries to stay sane as she juggles writing with four kids, staying active on social media, and keeping up her book blog at http://cinnamoncindy.blogspot.com/. In addition to writing and self-publishing two Young Adult Contemporary novels, she has also written articles for "New Era" magazine and The American Preppers Network. For more information on The Destiny Trilogy and Cindy's upcoming books visit http://destinybycindyhale.blogspot.com/ or follow @CindyRayHale on Twitter.

You can find and contact Cindy here: - Website - Website for destiny - Blog - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads - Google+ - Pinterest 

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Synchrony. These are the prizes you can win: - A $25 Amazon Gift Card (INTL), and a Destiny Swag Pack which includes: a signed copy of Destiny, a signed copy of Synchrony, a Destiny bookmark, a Destiny magnet, a Destiny keychain, and a Synchrony keychain. - An ecopy of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris and a swag pack - A Camp Boyfriend swag pack by JK Rock - An ecopy of Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London. For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below: a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Shadow Fire Blog Tour: Guest Post

Shadow Fire Tour


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Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.
Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.
Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.
Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal
As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?
Each installment of The Light Chronicles is a standalone story.


Praise for Shadow Fire "This book contains monsters, magic, majestic creatures, and a evil guy that wants to destroy the world. If you love hot guys.....Zane is all that plus a few tricks up his sleeve. Just read it!" Venture ~Amazon Reviewer "Adventure, magical creatures, fun characters, and romance make this book a perfect read for all ages." James ~Amazon Reviewer "I thought the writing was strong; it had me turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. The characters were engaging and the dialogue well-written." Lisa Temple ~ Goodreads "Oh, I truly loved this one! Shadow Fire, by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, is a snappy, sassy, sweet, all-that-kind-of-awesome-and-then-some YA read. I couldn't put it down." ~Sasha Hibbs ~ Amazon Reviewer
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Kimber Leigh Wheaton's Writing Process

I have a very temperamental muse. Try to get her to perform on a schedule and she'll disappear for days at a time. I learned that the hard way. When I first started writing, I set aside a certain time frame and sat at the computer. I've never been so unproductive in my life! I was lucky to get three pages written and most of it was drivel. My husband calls scheduled writing 'being organized'. But for me, the schedule made me feel like a trained seal balancing a ball on my nose. Perform now! And here's your fish…

After months of trial and error, I finally found what works for me. Writing is done in three stages: planning, first draft, and revisions. I don't use an outline. Tried it, didn't work for me. My planning stage is a free association exercise, similar to what I learned in the theater. I load up my iPod with songs that make me think of the plot and characters I plan to create. Once that's done, I meditate to the music. There are times when I've been accused of napping when I was actually hard at work in a fantasy world.

By the time I start phase two, I know my characters quite well. I also have the basic plot elements down. My first draft is very rough. The goal is to get the entire story down quickly. Much of my first draft consists of dialogue. At this stage, the manuscript tends to resemble a screenplay more than a novel.

Phase three is my favorite. Taking a skeleton manuscript and turning it into a novel is exciting. I don't have any set amount of revision passes. Some chapters need more love than others. I'm a bit meticulous when it comes to spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Mistakes drive me crazy! I've been known to proof a manuscript until my eyes cross, and then make one more pass just in case.


So, now my shiny new manuscript is ready for… more revisions with my editors. These edits can be a bit harder since someone is trying to help make my story better, and I might not always agree with their vision. But eventually these rounds of edits come to an end, and I have a lovely ARC galley in my hot little hands. What's next? After a night of celebration, I start the process all over again.


Kimber  Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in The Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming soon.  


Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 5/25/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway