Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's My Birthday, So I'm Doing A Giveaway...

Happy Wednesday Everybody,

Also, happy my birthday to you all! It's a beautiful, sunshiny day outside. Weather report says it's 75 degrees out (I wish that was 65 degrees or lower--but not bitter cold; and no snow or ice. LOL) but the weather doesn't listen to me. (How rude, LOL!)

PLEASE NOTE AS OF 10/17/2014 10:00 PM Central Standard Time this contest is now CLOSED. I am NOT accepting any more entries. Thank you!

I know it's customary for the birthday person to receive gifts on his/her birthday, however, since it's MY day I'm going to shake things up a bit. I'm going to GIVE something away to you, my darling readers, instead!

Please read the details below VERY CAREFULLY! I repeat
VERY CAREFULLY. I'm emphasizing "very carefully" because if you're anything like me, you embarrassingly misread something in a giveaway rules section and ended up feeling stupid that you didn't read them carefully, so I'm trying to spare you all that embarrassment by emphasizing the READ VERY CAREFULLY.


Here are the details:

The giveaway is open to USA Citizens ONLY. The times on the giveaway are CENTRAL STANDARD TIME, so even if it's 3pm on Thursday in one place, if it's not 3pm Thursday Central Standard Time, then it's not 3pm Thursday for the giveaway. Make sense?

So here's how to enter:

1.  LEAVE A COMMENT in the comment section. NOTE: ALL COMMENTS COME TO ME BEFORE THEY APPEAR ON THE BLOG. I have to approve them. This is because there have been problems with commenting in the past and this has made those problems less of an issue. If you don't see your comment right away, it's because I haven't gotten to it. If you don't see it an hour before the contest ends, email me.

COMMENTS FOR ENTRY:  Your comment MUST contain the following:  Your FIRST name,  your email address and the answer to the giveaway question (which will be posted at the end of this post). If you miss ANY of these, I can't count your entry. ***No profanity or sexually explicit comments, please. I don't have a warning page on this blog. If you include any of those (even as a joke) I will delete your post and disqualify you from the contest.***

2.  ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN BEFORE 10:00 PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME FRIDAY, October 17, 2014 (after 10 PM on Oct. 17th I will close the contest and will NOT accept any more entries). There will be ONE winner. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 20th.


BLURB:  Laney Alberts should be enjoying her senior year of high school. Instead, she’s mourning the death of her beloved father—her hero. Even after a year without him, she still feels directionless. 

Things take a complete one-eighty when she literally walks into Jason Magnus, the hot, new guy at school. He’s different from anyone she has ever met, and intrigues her in ways she never guessed possible. 

But, there’s more to Jason than Laney realizes. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s thrown into the world of Immortals. To prevent a goddess bent on world domination from destroying both the human and Immortal worlds, Laney and Jason must embrace the Fates’ destiny for them. 

Human and Immortal collide in this, the first of the Immortal Dreams Trilogy.

*If you don't have a Kindle, please email me, and we'll see if we can work something out. (Again, this giveaway is open to USA Citizens ONLY).

****HERE'S THE GIVEAWAY QUESTION (the question you MUST answer in the comments in order to enter):
Which myth (whether Greek, Roman, African, whatever mythology you go for) is your favorite and WHY? It can be an American Legend, but it has to NOT be TRUE (that means it has to be FICTION).  (Note: If the reality or non-reality of the story has yet to be dis-proven that's different--however, NO CONSPIRACY THEORIES!) NOTE:  Please give a brief overview what the myth is about. Thanks!****

So that's it:  Your first name, your email address, and the answer to the above question in the comment section of THIS post is all you need to do to enter.

Have A Wonderfully Whimsical Wednesday!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Birthday Week, ASTRAL LOVE, New Releases & More...

Happy Monday Everybody,

It's my birthday week...did you know that? And yes, I may be over 30, but I STILL get excited about my birthday (which is Wednesday, the 15th). I'm hoping to do something special for my readers that day, but we'll see.

There is A LOT going on in my life. Currently working on 2nd
round edit read through for my publisher on Book Two in the Immortal Dreams Trilogy, Astral Love, which is supposed to release on October 28th. So yes, there's a lot of "I need to get this done!" going on in my head. I'm excited about the Trilogy continuing and hoping that my readers enjoy this next installment. It took me on quite an adventure.

On October 4th I attended my chapter's Lone Star Writer's
On left: My editor from my publishing house
On right: Me (Bethany Averie)
Conference, which happens every year. I had a lot of fun. My editor was in town and so I got to spend some time chatting with her, talking about my progress and everything that's been going on. She was very kind about everything and encouraging, which was wonderful.

Bob Mayer and Jen Talty did a wonderful job with their presentations, and Bob presented an interesting idea on how to set up goal and motivation for the protagonist and antagonist. A different way of looking at things.

The Make-Your-Own Sundae Bar, which was a new thing this year, was a big hit! Many people exclaimed how excited they were
that there was Blue Bell Ice Cream available (a well-known brand of ice cream in Texas--with its headquarters here in the Lone Star State). I did, in fact, indulge in one with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Yum. (Sorry no pictures of that!)

Also, I will be posting my review of an upcoming October release...I don't know if it'll be before or after the novel comes out, but it's a C.C. Hunter novel--take a guess which's a surprise.

I know it's only October, but I'm one of those goofy people who is looking forward to Christmas. In fact, I actually have to start my shopping early--well, hopefully get to this year, there's A LOT going on, as I've said, so we'll see how early a jump I get. Generally I start in September.

Offspring has Halloween costume, so we're all set for the big October Holiday. Offspring is very excited because once again there is Trick-Or-Treating with some cousins, so lots of excitement there.

Pal of mine, author SC Montgomery has a debut YA out, Lines In The Sand, which you can find on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for your reading pleasure.

Also, another author friend of mine, Judythe Morgan, has a new novel out, Claiming Annie's Heart. You can find it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Have A Merrily Marvelous Monday!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ghouls, Mystery, & Scrapbooking...

Happy Thursday All,

I'm a bit late posting this blog post--make that about 2 days late. I meant to post this on the release day or the day before, but I've been so swamped lately that the days "got away from me" so to speak.

On October 7th author Laura Childs released a new novel, so today I thought I'd give you all a peek into it...

Carmela and Ava are snooping out a brand-new mystery in Laura Childs' newest Scrapbooking mystery.

Ghouls, vampires, and zombies are on the loose as New Orleans gears up for Halloween and Carmela's October holiday calendar is jam packed with invitations featuring all things haunting. But the fun of the season takes a somber turn when her business neighbor, Marcus Joubert, falls out of a cabinet and into Carmela's frightened arms. The worst part is the owner of Oddities is dead.

Murder and thievery hang in the air as Carmela and her best bud, Ava, try to track
down the killer and the stolen mysterious death mask. But, who is innocent and who is guilty? And will Carmela and Ava even live to see justice served, or will the creeptastic threats and warnings thrown their direction signal this as their last All Hallow's Eve?

Find out in Gossamer Ghost, now available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Have A Thrillingly Tantalizing Thursday!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's October! Time For Updates...

Happy Wednesday All,

Also, a very happy October to everybody! October is one of my favorite months. Okay, I'm going to come across as biased, but my birthday is in October and I've always loved my birthday--yeah, I'm over 30, but who cares? It's my special day and I get to celebrate it...even though this year it's on a Wednesday (not today, a different Wednesday). But never mind! I will be celebrating!

Currently I'm gearing up for the NWHRWA Lone Star Writer's Conference, which is featuring keynote speaker Bob Mayer, and special guest, Jen Talty. I always look forward to the NWHRWA conference. It's an opportunity to hang out with all my writing pals and meet new ones. Also, this year, my publisher is coming down, so it'll be a new (and I'm thinking fun) experience to see my publisher as one of their authors rather than someone who they didn't know.

Another way I'm celebrating is by being a guest on author Anne B.
Cole's blog. I'm talking about 5 secrets of Divine Love, plus much, much I hope you all will visit me there.

The other thing is, Astral Love is supposed to release this month. I'm hoping it still will, I haven't heard back from my publisher on an exact date, but I'll let you all know. A friend of mine is especially looking forward to the release of this book--not only because she loved Divine Love, and is ready for Book Two, but because Astral Love is dedicated to her! You'll have to wait until the release to find out who and what I say about her.

I'm working on writing Book Three of my Immortal Dreams
Trilogy. I'll be doing a cover reveal soon I imagine. I haven't figured out exactly when I'll do that, but I believe before December. I love all my covers, but this one...well, I'll explain when I do the reveal.

Meanwhile, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with everything.

Hope you all have a oh-so-outstanding October!

Have A Wonderfully Whimsical Wednesday!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Secrets REVEALED: Book Two ASTRAL LOVE Teasers!

Happy Monday Everybody,

Last week was all about settling back in after having been in Louisville, Kentucky for a week--and trying to work on edits in spite of allergies/cold, etc. (AKA real life).

I'm almost halfway through the read-through portion of publisher's first round edits for Astral Love. I'm hoping to send them back to publisher by sometime on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 (if not before).

Meanwhile, I thought I'd share some teasers of Book Two for your reading pleasure/anticipation 

Divine Love gave you a pretty intimate look at Laney Alberts--what's important to her and who she is. She's going to continue to evolve and grow, but Astral Love will give you a closer look at Jason Magnus.

You'll finally learn the details of the circumstances as to why Aphrodite hates Jason. Yep...all the details.

You'll find out more about Astras (not that you couldn't figure that
out from the title, but still, you will).

Love means forgiveness--and there's different types of love.

With annoying villains, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree...although sometimes the apple is MORE annoying.

Never, ever drink any of Dionysus's wine.

Are you ready for the continuation of Laney and Jason's adventures? I know I am!

Hope you have a magically merry Monday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lovely Louisville Wedding & More!

Happy Tuesday All,

Whew! It's been a very busy week:

On Tuesday, September 9th husband, offspring, and I boarded a plane for Louisville, Kentucky in anticipation of my eldest niece's wedding. The flight was mostly uneventful (although some turbulence, but nothing serious). We landed at the airport and had to wait to get to the jet way because there was a police car there. Apparently there were two airplanes that had to push back and leave before we could get dock there. It was about 20-30 minutes wait, but then finally we docked and exited the plane.

**Warning:  I didn't take very many pictures--sorry!**

At the rental car counter there was a huge line, which meant offspring and I had to wait with the bags while husband got our reservation. I was hungry and a bit on the dizzy side, but finally husband got the keys and we went and found our rental (a royal blue Chevrolet Cruze, not sure what year--anyone own one or driven one?) Husband opted for GPS system since we didn't know our way around.

The hotel wasn't real far from the airport, so that was good. We got our room and settled in.

My family arrived the following days and activities ensued.

One day, myself, husband, offspring, one of my sisters, her two offspring, my younger brother and his wife, all walked down to a
coffee house called Mrs. Potter's Coffee Lounge & Cafe. We stayed in the lounge area, which had couches and chairs. I got a decaf Mocha (so yummy) brother opted for drip coffee, sister-in-law got some kind of tangerine tea (sounded good), my sis got a regular coffee Mocha, offspring got a Strawberry Smoothie, and sis's kids got ice cream and chocolate chip cookie respectively (the chocolate chip cookies were HUGE!)

On the way to the coffee house, we passed the KFC Yum! Center. I
didn't know such a thing existed until I saw it. Apparently they hold
all kinds of events there, like Disney On Ice. So, it's basically a stadium of sorts. I think there was some kind of a rally going on in front of it. We never found out what the rally was about, though.

Thursday morning I got to meet author Katie McGarry (of Pushing The Limits, Dare You To, Red At Night, Crash Into You, Crossing The Line, and Take Me On fame!) Unfortunately, that's one picture I should have gotten, but I have a picture of the autograph. I haven't read Take Me On, yet, but I plan to.

Thursday night was the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner--but most of my family didn't have to be a part of that (except my parents, my younger brother and his wife, and of course, one of my sisters, who is my niece's mom and my sister's husband and my niece's brother and some other people--most of which I didn't know). So the rest of us got together and went out to eat at a place called Champions Bar & Grill that has really good food and wasn't at all far from the hotel (we walked). It was fun.

Friday we hung out doing various activities until it was time to get ready for the wedding--which was at 7 p.m. (Eastern time). The
My niece & her new husband
during their first dance
wedding was really lovely and the reception was a ton of fun. (
Link to the Cathedral where the wedding was held).

They had a photo booth, so a bunch of my siblings and I crammed into there and took some photos. I'm pretty sure that booth was not meant to hold quite so many people, LOL! The reception was held at a place called Ice House which was a nice location.
Yep, we crammed into that photo booth!

Saturday husband and offspring went with a bunch of others on the Louisville Slugger tour. I stayed at the hotel and did some edits, and then later that evening we all went to Mass at the Cathedral where the wedding ceremony was held. That night we went to the Troll Pub Under The Bridge for dinner--very good food.

Most people left Saturday and Sunday, but we weren't scheduled to leave until Monday (September 15th). So we remained behind an extra day.

Sunday I didn't feel good, so I rested in the hotel bed while husband and offspring went off to the zoo and to play putt-putt.

Monday morning we got up early. I showered while husband and offspring went downstairs for breakfast, then joined them when I was dressed. We got squared away with the hotel, and left. Traffic wasn't bad, and we made it to the airport with plenty of time. Husband turned in our rental, and then we all went through security, found our gate, and waited to board. When the time came, we boarded the plane and the flight went really well (much better than the one over). We got back to Texas early. My dad picked us up at the airport and brought us home. We had several things to do (such as grocery shopping) and I rested while the husband and offspring went off on an evening excursion after dinner.

Anyway, we had a lovely time. Today husband went back to work and I'm doing edits and various other things.

Offspring and I have some kind of cold/allergies thing we're dealing with, but no fevers (thank God!) so hopefully we'll be all well, soon (which would be really good).

Hope you all are doing well! Please be sure to pass the word along
about Divine Love and the upcoming release of Astral Love.

Speaking of Divine Love, I got a wonderful surprise Sunday morning in the form of an Amazon email. I get email recommendations from them, and lo and behold, at the top of the email for Fiction & Literature was Divine Love! I was so excited, I cried. It really was a thrill.

You all have a good week. I've got edits and writing to finish up, so I'll probably be pretty MIA for a while. I'm gearing up for the Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star Writer's Conference (which, if you're a writer and you haven't registered, please do! It'll be a great conference!) For more information please click here.

See y'all around!

Have A Totally Terrific Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I'm Being Interviewed!

Happy Tuesday Everybody,

Hope you all had a great Labor Day! Mine was pretty relaxing. I'm super busy these days with first round edits of Book Two, Astral Love, writing Book Three, and family stuff.

However, I was interviewed by Susan B. James for her blog. It was a fun interview and there might be a few things there you didn't know about whether or not I remember my first kiss with my real life hero (my husband)...what my favorite ice cream is...among other things. To check it all out, please click here.

This week is full of editing and trying to get some writing in, so I doubt you'll see much of me for a while, but I'll try to get an update at some point!

Have A Totally Terrific Day and week (if I don't get a chance to check in again before the end of the week!)