Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kick-Your-Butt Allergies, Or, How To Imitate Sneezy

Posted by Bethany at December 29, 2011 8 comments Links to this post
Happy Thursday All,

Is it really Thursday already? Gosh, time flies when you're sick. Or slows down, depending on who you are. That's right. I've been sick. Allergies laid me up in bed with my computer and Christmas gifts in the form of DVDs of Seasons 5, 6, and 7 (final) of Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Good news--I got through all the episodes (I just have to watch the TV movie special feature on the last disc of the final season). The bad news? Didn't get a lot done in the way of writing, reading, or pretty much anything else.

For the most part I've finally quit imitating Sneezy the Dwarf (from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs) and I found that turning off the heat during the day has kept some of the problems from flaring. Namely, my eye finally stopped tearing and my nose quit running and I started feeling a little better. I've got some medicine and a nasal spray and I'm doing better than I was, but I'll tell you what...I hate allergies. Fortunately I've got ways of getting steam if I need to open up my sinuses, and a Vaporizer that runs at night (complete with a little green light on top--how nifty is that? Oh jeez, you can tell I've been sick, I'm thinking lights on vaporizers are cool. I really do need to get back to writing and reading and getting out of the house!)

Good news, however, (and yes there is definitely some) is that being MIA (or rather, sick with kick-your-butt allergies) gave me a chance to contemplate ideas for blog posts. I have an idea for one week, probably starting some time in January. I've also been thinking about authors to ask for interviews, and eyeing my stack of books I got for Christmas. Apparently I started a YA theme with my wish list.

I received:

Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston (if you haven't checked out her Wondrous Strange series, get yourself over to it. It's YA Fantasy/action/romance that is so fantastically written, it's just plain gorgeous).

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (I LOVE this woman's "Oh. my. gods." series dealing with Greek gods/goddesses and her mermaid series that starts with Forgive My Fins).

Vanish by Sophie Jordan (book 2 of her Firelight series--awesome book dealing with people who can turn into dragons--how dang cool is that?)

Plus I started reading a book (before Christmas) on my e-reader called Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (I love that last name...sounds almost like "fantastic" --great last name for an author!) Anyway, it's pretty good so far, I haven't gotten real far into it, but vampire lovers, you might enjoy it--Romanian Vampires of royal blood.

We're so close to 100 official followers (those who are listed as followers in the right hand margin of this blog) I can almost "taste" it. When I hit 25 followers I did a big giveaway. Get me to 100 official followers listed and I'll look at doing another big giveaway in 2012. So tell your friends, fellow readers, blog followers, Tweeps, and anyone you know who reads/likes books (no, your dog/cat/fish/ferret/bird/lizard/monkey/lion/jackal/tiger/bear/hyena/ whatever pet unfortunately doesn't my experience, they aren't exactly readers and they don't usually know how to post comments...of course, they probably could be trained...but still, I think we'll stick to the human species at this point for blog followers--makes it a little simpler).

What fun thing has been happening to you this week? (And am I alone in the allergy/cold department?)

Have A Terrific Thursday!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas, Lions, Singing, OH MY!

Posted by Bethany at December 26, 2011 10 comments Links to this post
Happy Monday Everyone,

I hope you all had a great holiday. I certainly did. Right now I'm sitting in my living room, enjoying the tree and lights and one of my Christmas gifts on DVD.

In my family, me and my siblings and spouses get one name (either a sibling or a spouse of a sibling and the spouses get a name too) and we buy for that person. 

One of my sisters got my name this year, and as part of the Christmas presents she got me a lion ornament to represent the hero of my novel, whose name is Monroe. I opened it up, laughed and delightedly exclaimed, "It's Monroe!"  The lion ornament is now hanging near the top of my tree by a white ribbon (don't know where my hooks are). He's awesome--sparkly and very regal.  I could just picture Monroe saying, "Your sister has most excellent taste." He also would say, "She has superior taste." Since he can turn into a lion, Monroe is of the opinion no other animal can hold a candle to lions.

Anyway, I'm very excited over it. I'll have to get a picture taken and put up on here, soon.

Christmas Mass (Catholic Church service) was lovely. The choir sounded beautiful, the decorations were simple but exquisite, and the priest gave a fun and great homily. All in all, my Christmas weekend was fabulous!

How was your Christmas?

**Don't forget to put your vote on the Poll at the top of the margin of this blog of how you found the Write By Bethany Blog--there's 36 days left!**

Have A Meritorious Monday!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Wishes To You & Yours

Posted by Bethany at December 22, 2011 0 comments Links to this post
Happy Friday All,

This weekend is Christmas! I hope all of you and your near and dear ones have a very Merry, safe, blessed, and wonderful Christmas!

I'll be spending Christmas with my family and some of my family-of-origin. Dad is going to be cooking away (he's a great cook) and we'll be attending Church and having gift exchange. I'm very much looking forward to it all. Relatives of mine I haven't seen in awhile are in town, so I'm looking forward to seeing them, and, of course, the friends I'll be seeing as well.

Everyone be safe and I'll see y'all next week :-)

What's your plans for Christmas? 

Have A Festive Friday!

New Releases & Great Reads

Posted by Bethany at December 22, 2011 2 comments Links to this post
Happy Thursday Everyone,

We're finally on the mend, for which I'm saying thank you prayers. With Christmas right around the corner, it's a dear wish of mine for us to be well enough to enjoy the festivities, and it looks more of a possibility than earlier this week.

I don't know if I'll get to posting on Friday or not, but if I don't, I want to leave you with some new release news:

Christie Craig has released a brand new e-book called Murder, Mayhem & Mama. It'll be exclusively available on Barnes & Noble Nook, then sometime in February 2012 will be available on Amazon Kindle.

Nina Cordoba has taken her writing in a new direction with her brand new release, Mia Like Crazy.  It's available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

If you're looking for in-prints to read:

Syrie James' Nocturne is one of my favorite vampire novels. This poigant, emotional novel will keep you going long after you finish the last page.

Magic abounds in Shanna Swendson's Enchanted Inc. 4-book series. I adore these books and have read them more than once.

If you're looking for something sexy and vampire, check out Kerrelyn Sparks' Love At Stake series. First book is called How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire. Humor, romance, and awesome vampires.

If you're looking for something Christmassy, I laughed and utterly enjoyed Debbie Macomber's The Perfect Christmas.

If you're looking for a YA read...

Josephine Angelini's Starcrossed is absolutely superb. The furies and fates have kept scions (demigods) reliving the Helen of Troy, Trojan war over and over. Fantastic read. Love it, can't wait for the sequel (2012, Dreamless will be released).

Check out Lauren Oliver's thought-provoking dystopian, Delirium. What if love were considered a disease? What if it could be eradicated? Would you take the cure? The sequel, Pandemonium will be available in 2012.

Andrea Creamer kind of took me by surprise with her Nightshade novel and its sequel, Wolfsbane. Really fascinating story. I'm looking forward to Bloodrose available January 3, 2012. Shape shifters, lies, and a brewing war. Never a dull moment.

I probably will have a post up for Friday, but I don't know for sure. Either way, hope y'all have a Merry Christmas!

Have A Tinsel-Filled Thursday!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Posted by Bethany at December 21, 2011 0 comments Links to this post
Happy Wednesday All,

Congratulations to Sarah for winning the signed copy of Christie Craig's Shut Up & Kiss Me.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Thank you especially to Christie for supplying the prize.

Also, I want to thank all those who sent us their prayers and well wishes for my family. We're doing much better. It appears to be seasonal health issues. But we're mending, which I'm really glad about.

Christmas is a mere days away, which is hard to believe! There's some anticipation mounting in my household.

How about you? Are you excited about Christmas?

Have A Wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kiss It Goodbye...

Posted by Bethany at December 19, 2011 11 comments Links to this post
Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Before I get to today's post, please answer the poll question located in the right hand margin of my blog (at the top). This is to get an idea of where my traffic is coming from and who might impact future posts and giveaways. But curiosity abounds, so please answer, thank you!


Today is the last day of my December Days Blog Giveaway...

This particular author is one of the sweetest and funniest authors I've ever met. She's been an inspiration to me, a guide, a support, and a friend. In my writer's group she's very well respected and well liked. In fact, it's hard not to like Christie Craig because she's got a lively spirit, and her books are just as lively. Case in point: Today (Tuesday, December 20, 2011) she is releasing her e-book, Murder Mayhem & Mama. This ebook is available 12/20/2011 on Barnes & Noble Nook and will be available on Amazon Kindle sometime in February 2012.

So while you're waiting for this Contemporary Romance romp to be available to you, Christie has graciously agreed to give away a signed in-print copy of her Contemporary Romance, Shut Up & Kiss Me:

A photo key to solving a murder mystery, and a spark...put it together, and who knows where it'll lead photojournalist Shala Winters and lawman Sky Gomez.

Humor, mystery, and romance...this book has it all. You don't want to miss out on the fun of a Christie Craig novel. Believe me. I absolutely love this book!

As always...there are rules to entering any giveaway, here's mine PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY:

***I will check with Christie to see if this is International or just USA Citizens and then I will edit this post accordingly. Please check back later in the day to find out.***  ***EDIT 12/20/2011 10:21 a.m. & 1:26 p.m.: As far as I know,  giveaway for USA Citizens ONLY.***
***Giveaway closes at 10:30 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, December 20, 2011. Any entries that come in AFTER 10:30 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 will be deleted. (It's the week before Christmas and I'm dealing with family illness, so I can't make exceptions this time, I apologize!)

***There are two ways to enter***:

1.  If you want to comment on the blog post:  Please leave your first name and an email address. Any entries that do NOT leave an email address in the comment section of this post will be deleted. Because all comments are moderated by me, whenever your comment appears in the comment section of this blog that means I have received your entry and you are entered for the giveaway. Any questions can be directed to me at my email address:

2.  If you don't want your email address in the comment section of this blog, but you still want to enter the giveaway, you may send me an email at Please put Christie Craig Giveaway in the subject line.

All entries MUST be received no later than 10:30 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, December 20, 2011. Any entry received AFTER 10:30 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 will NOT be entered.


Have fun and don't forget to check the right hand margin of the blog to answer the Poll Question. I'm very curious as to where my blog traffic is coming from, so I'm conducting this poll for the next 40 or so days--thank you :-)

Have A Tantalizing Tuesday!

Christmas Is Coming...Are You Ready?

Posted by Bethany at December 19, 2011 0 comments Links to this post
Happy Monday All,

First of all, congratulations to Kimberly L (edited last initial, because originally I had it wrong). for winning the signed copy of Melissa Ohnoutka's Faithful Deceptions. Melissa will get that to you, soon.

Now...tomorrow is special for several reasons:

1.  Release day of Christie Craig's e-book, Murder, Mayhem & Mama.

2.  It's the last day of the December Days Blog Giveaway.

3.  The giveaway author? Christie Craig! She'll be giving away a signed copy of one of her in-print novels. (I'll announce which one tomorrow when I put up the giveaway post).

We finally got our tree decorated and it looks very pretty. I need to get some more red bead garland for the bottom half, but the store didn't have anymore, so right now it's just the top half has red bed garland. The tree is decorated in white lights, ornaments, and tinsel. I have an artificial tree, so I don't have to worry about watering or anything like that.

Are you all ready for Christmas/Holidays?

Have A Merry Monday!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Revenge, Love, And Giveaway

Posted by Bethany at December 16, 2011 10 comments Links to this post
Happy Friday Everybody,

*****THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. A very special thank you to Melissa Ohnoutka for supplying the prize***

We're drawing near the end of my December Days Blog Giveaway, but we're not at the end, YET.

Today's prize is from the very talented Melissa Ohnoutka. Melissa is giving away to ONE lucky winner a signed in-print copy of her Romantic Suspense, Faithful Deceptions:

Will Hailey survive her quest for revenge, or will she just be another victim?


To enter this giveaway, please read the following rules carefully:

***I will ask Melissa if this is for USA Citizens only or if it's international. Once I know, I will edit this blog post with the information.***  *****EDITS 10:55 a.m. Central Time:  I heard from Melissa. If someone outside of the USA wins the giveaway, they will get the E-book version of FAITHFUL DECEPTIONS. The in-print will only be shipped in the USA*****

ONE entry per person.

This giveaway will end at 10:30 p.m. Central Time TODAY (Friday, December 16th). No entries will be accepted after that.

There are TWO ways to enter:

1. You may comment on this post. IF you choose to comment, please leave your first name and a working email address. If you do NOT leave an email address with your comment, you will be disqualified. All comments are moderated by me--once you see your comment published in the comment section of this post, that means I have seen your comment and entered you. If your comment has NOT been published it probably means I have not seen your comment yet. If you have any other questions or concerns, please email me at

2.  If you don't want your email listed publicly, but still want to enter the giveaway, you may enter by sending me an email at


Enjoy and have fun!

Have A Fantastic Friday!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Winner & Christmas Prep

Posted by Bethany at December 15, 2011 2 comments Links to this post
Happy Thursday All,

Congratulations to Carolyn W. (she emailed her entry to me, which is why you don't see her entry in the comment section of the giveaway post), winner of the Kerrelyn Sparks' ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A VAMPIRE. Carolyn, please confirm receipt of my email I sent you so that you can claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated and thank you to Kerrelyn for supplying the prize.

Friday is the next December Days Blog Giveaway (for those of you marking your calendars).

I hope everyone is doing well. I'm making this a short post due to the fact I have a ton of stuff going on (preparing for Christmas and other things happening).

So, is everyone ready for Christmas/Celebrations? All the decorations and wrapping all done?

Have A Tinsel-Filled Thursday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fangs and Mistletoe

Posted by Bethany at December 14, 2011 114 comments Links to this post
Happy Wednesday All,

Congratulations to Sarah K. who won the Tess St. John giveaway. Please confirm receipt of the email I sent you to claim your prize!

****KERRELYN SPARKS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all who particpated. A special thank you to Kerrelyn Sparks for providing the prize.****

Merrily the December Days Blog Giveaway keeps going!

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED. It was closed on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 10:30 p.m. Central Time per the giveaway details. I am no longer accepting entries to this giveaway***

If you haven't had the fun of reading a Kerrelyn Sparks paranormal romance, then you're in for a treat. Kerrelyn is offering to one lucky winner a signed copy of her fun and fangtastic novel, All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire:

Toni's friend is in the hospital going on about vampires. Toni will prove her right. But can she resist Ian's charm, in spite of his fangs?

As always, the book is full of Kerrelyn's wit, romance, and awesome vampires.

To enter, please read all the rules carefully:


*I will check with Kerrelyn to see if this giveaway is USA citizens only or all countries.*  ****EDITS 10:56 a.m.:  Kerrelyn has confirmed that USA and Other countries may enter--so yes, this IS an international giveaway day******

The giveaway will close at 10:30 p.m. Central Time. 

******EDIT 12:16 p.m. -- ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. I thought I had posted that, but it looks like I forgot. I'm only entering everyone ONCE. ********

Choose one of two ways to enter:

First way:  You can comment on this blog. If you choose to enter by leaving a comment please leave your first name and an email address. If you do not leave an email address you will be disqualified.  ***Edit 12:17 p.m.:  If you see your comment published in the comment section, that means I have received your entry and have entered you in the giveaway. If you have questions, email me at

Second Way:  If you'd rather not leave your email address, send me an email to

Have fun everybody!


Have A Winsome Wednesday!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Undercover & Falling In Love

Posted by Bethany at December 12, 2011 22 comments Links to this post
Happy Monday All,

***Giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank you to all those who participated. Look for more giveaways THIS week. Thank you especially to Tess St. John for donating the prize for today!***

Yep--it's the December Days Blog Giveaway icon!

Today my dear friend and illustrious Critique Partner, Tess St. John, is graciously providing the prize:  her Romantic Suspense, Eyes Of Jade:

E-book cover

Can Jake Dane protect a beloved starlet before the threats on her life mean a permanent retirement?

*UPDATE as of 12:30 P.M. Central Time:  As Tess pointed out in the comments what I posted is the E-Book cover. Unfortunately I'm not able to post the paperback version. Everytime I try to, it comes up really, really small and when I try to enlarge it the cover looks extremely blurry. The only difference between the two covers is that on the paperback version Jake is the only one on the front of the book and the starlet is on the back.

Yours truly (me) helped critique this novel (about the first few chapters) and let me tell you, now that I finally got to read the whole thing, it rocks! This is my favorite of Tess's novels, so far. Jake is awesome, and Eve (the heroine) is a sweetheart. It's a fun ride. Tender, romantic, and it kept me guessing (I was dead wrong about who was the "bad guy").

Here are the rules:

***UPDATE 10:27 AM Central Time:  Tess said that the IN-PRINT will only be available to USA Citizens. HOWEVER, if you're outside the USA and you want to enter, Tess has agreed to send a digital copy (.pdf, kindle, nook, doc, or .rtf), but only USA Citizen will get the in-print (hard copy) of the novel.***

One entry per person. Giveaway will close at 10:30 p.m. Central Time. Choose one of two ways to enter:

1.  If you choose to enter by commenting, please provide a first name and an email address. If you don't supply an email address you will be disqualified. (I need a way to contact the winner).

2.  If you'd rather not post your email address on here, you may enter the giveaway by sending me an email at please either put December Days Blog Giveaway in the Subject line or EYES OF JADE so that I know that it's an entry and not spam.

Best wishes to all entrants and have fun!

Have A Melodious Monday!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Posted by Bethany at December 10, 2011 0 comments Links to this post
Happy Weekend Everybody,

The winner of yesterday's December Days Blog Giveaway is Angela!

Congratulations, Angela! Josephine will send you your signed copy of Starcrossed soon.

Everybody else, I'll be back on Monday!

Have A Great Weekend!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Magic And Mythology

Posted by Bethany at December 09, 2011 37 comments Links to this post
Happy Friday Everyone,

****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. A very special thank you to Josephine Angelini for supplying the prize!****

Yay! It's another giveaway day! This is a special treat, not just for you, but for me, too. This novel I have read twice and would read again and again, no problem. Today's giveaway novel is Josephine Angelini's Starcrossed:

Can Helen and Lucas break the pattern of bloodshed the Fates and the Furies have repeated throughout the centuries? Or will they suffer the same fate as the original Helen and Paris and other scions before them?

This is a story based off the Helen Of Troy/Trojan War mythology. I own this book and believe me, you don't want to miss out.

Here's how you can win this awesome novel (please read the following rules carefully):

One entry per person. I will close giveaway at 10:30 p.m. Central time.  **Edit 12/09/2011 10:23 a.m. Central Time:  Confirmed with Josephine, the contest is open Internationally, so USA and all countries welcome may enter, just follow the rules and get your entries in BEFORE 10:30 p.m. Central Time :-)

You may choose one of two ways to enter:

1.  If you want to enter by leaving a comment on this post:  please include a first name and email address. If you do not include an email address you will be disqualified (need a way to contact the winner).

2.  If you don't want to leave an email address in the comment section, you may send me an email to (Those of you have other email addresses of mine, please only send giveaway entries to ).

Have fun!

Have A Fabulous Friday!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Winner And We're Not Done Yet...

Posted by Bethany at December 08, 2011 0 comments Links to this post
Happy Thursday All,

I'm posting this kinda late in the day, but I couldn't be on the computer very long earlier because I had another obligation in my personal life (a good one, I promise, nothing bad) so I decided to wait until I had talked to the winner of yesterday's drawing and was done with my other obligation to post.

The winner of yesterday's December Days Blog Giveaway was Sarah!

Congratulations, Sarah! Lauren Oliver will mail you your copy of DELIRIUM soon.

Tomorrow is yet another're gonna have to come back and see who the author is and what book it is.

Next week I have THREE, count 'em, THREE giveaway days. Three different authors, three different books.

So, keep coming back, because tomorrow is a giveaway day and next week is THREE (and I'm not saying which days!)

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Love Is In The Air...And In The Giveaway Novel!

Posted by Bethany at December 07, 2011 9 comments Links to this post
Happy Wednesday Everybody,


No, you're not seeing things! That is, in fact, the December Days Blog Giveaway day!

You're in for a treat. YA author, Lauren Oliver is going to give to one lucky winner a signed copy of her thought-provoking and fascinating dystopian novel, Delirium:

Lena is looking forward to being cured and safe from the deliria. Days before receiving the cure, she contracts it...she falls in love.

It's a fascinating read, everybody!

And here's how you can try to win a signed copy of this incredible novel (please read the instructions carefully):

One entry per person. I'll be closing the contest at 10:30 p.m. Central Time:

1.  You can comment on this post. Please leave your first name and an email address. If you do not leave an email address you will be disqualified. (I need an email address so that I can contact the winner and give them information on how to claim their prize).

2.  If you want to keep your email private, then email me at (Some people have other email addresses of mine--please note that if you email me your entry, you must send it to since I am not accepting contest entriest sent to any other email address--it's just easier to have entries at a central location).

I'll announce the winner in Thursday's post!

Have A Wondrous Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

Posted by Bethany at December 06, 2011 4 comments Links to this post
Happy St. Nicholas Day / Tuesday Everybody!

In my background, I have Flemish (Lowland Dutch) and German, and from what I understand, both backgrounds celebrate St. Nicholas Day.

St. Nicholas is who Santa Claus is based on. He was a real person. Unfortunately, not a lot is known about him, other than the fact that he would often provide for the poor and needy.

There's a story that there was a girl whose father was too poor to provide a dowry (which was extremely important back then, not as much now). So at night, St. Nicholas dropped off money so that the girl could get married.

He was a bishop and tried very hard to help all those in need.

I heard that the Dutch put out wooden shoes. They place hay in the shoes for St. Nicholas' horse.

Growing up, we'd put out a shoe downstairs the night before St. Nicholas Day. In the morning we'd have  presents in and under our shoes, and sweet treats in our shoes. It was great fun, and not many people I know celebrated St. Nicholas Day, so it felt like something special.

My husband and I carry on the tradition to our offspring, who have enjoyed it. This morning there was joyful shouts as St. Nicholas gifts were fawned over.

Today, I think we're finally getting out our Christmas Tree, and I'm hoping husband will get out the lights for outside the house. We're a little behind this year, but I did put some garland over the mantelpiece. I also found some fun wall decorations and they're up. So now we just have to put up the rest.

I started wrapping presents, out of necessity. Husband and my father have a similar gift and I didn't want husband coming across it on accident, so I wrapped it up last night. I still have some shopping to do, and I expect when husband gets back from his doc appointment (he seems to have some kind of a cold) he'll want to take care of some of his own shopping.

What fun Christmas/December Traditions do you have in your family?

Have A Tinsel-Filled Tuesday!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Turkey Vultures, Shopping, & Giveaway Details

Posted by Bethany at December 05, 2011 4 comments Links to this post
Happy Monday Everybody,

I hope y'all had a great weekend! My weekend was packed! I had shopping to do, church, and we went to the library--but it was a good weekend.

This morning after coming home from an errand, I pulled up to find that there were Grackles (big black birds, but not crows) and a Turkey Vulture picking at the garbage along the curb that was waiting for the garbage truck. I had never seen a Turkey Vulture that close before (and I was glad I was in the car). Those things are huge and ugly. You want to feel sorry for them for being so ugly, but they're so huge that you start wondering if you'd win if they tried to attack you. Fortunately, said vulture flew away and landed on the opposite side of the street on some one's rooftop, so I was able to get to the door unmolested by an ugly (and possibly vicious) bird. Although, I doubt they attack humans, but you can't be too careful! LOL. (yes, I'm being funny--it's okay to laugh).

Okay...I have an announcement:  This week there's TWO giveaways. Yes, you read that right TWO--on two different days.

Whenever you see THIS graphic at the TOP of a post, it means it's a December Days Blog Giveaway day:

I'll post the rules and everything each day. This is YA week--so there's 2 different days, with 2 different YA authors and books.

What's been a strange experience for you this Christmas/Holiday Season (please no vomit stories, I sometimes read comments when I'm eating)

Have A Merry Monday!

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Posted by Bethany at December 03, 2011 2 comments Links to this post
Happy Weekend Everyone,

I'm a little late posting this--my day was pretty full--but the winner from Friday's giveaway of Will Graham novel is...


Congratulations, Valerie! I've forwarded your information to Will, so you should be getting that from him soon.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and keep your eye out for the next giveaway day--there's several more to come!

Have a GREAT Weekend!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Kicking It Off

Posted by Bethany at December 02, 2011 22 comments Links to this post
Happy Friday All,

***CONTEST/GIVEAWAY portion of this post is now CLOSED***

December Days Blog Giveaway Icon
means this post is a December Days
Blog Giveaway post

You've heard the phrase, "Tis better to give than to receive", right? Well, that's what you're gonna get 6 or 7 days this month on Write By Bethany.

Each day--which are sprinkled throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas, but ending BEFORE Christmas--will feature a different author with a chance to win a copy of his or her novel.

Haven't finished your Christmas shopping? What's more awesome than a book that's signed by the author?

To kick it off, Will Graham has agreed to something very special. The winner will get his or her choice of one of his in-prints. Yep, you read that right. Whomever wins this giveaway will get to choose one novel of his in-prints to have personalized with whatever name the winner wants.

So here's the deal. These are the 3 novels Will has in print. He's provided a very short blurb for each of them, and given me permission to post the cover art so you can get a little feel for them.

Street Heat -- A former detective confronts the serial killer that got away... and the woman who broke his heart.

Sometimes There Really Are Monsters Under The   Bed -- An investigator and his heiress partner confront genuine Evil on that most special day, Christmas Morning.

Spider's Dance --A computer security consultant uncovers evidence of a deadly conspiracy with origins in World War II.

Okay here is how the giveaway will be run:
There will be ONE winner. ONE entry per person. I will close the giveaway at 10:30 p.m. Central Time.
Two ways to enter:
1. Comment on this blog. The way the comments are set up, every comment is moderated. This has worked to cut down on problems people have had in the past with being able to comment on this blog. If your comment hasn't appeared after you've hit the "submit" button, it's only because I haven't come in and pushed the "publish" button. Don't worry, I do get email notifications about every single comment. I will come on the blog and publish your comment and respond to it so you know that I've seen it and you're entered.  **IMPORTANT**:  Include a first name and email address. Posts that do NOT do this will be disqualified.
2.  You can email your entry to  **Please note**:  I'm NOT accept entries emailed to any of my other email accounts. Please ONLY email your entries to the email address I've provided here. Thank you :-)
So, have fun and be sure to enter! You never know...the winner could be you :-)
Have A Fantastic Friday! 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hey! Guess What? It's December...

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Happy Thursday Everyone,

It's December! It's December! Guess what that means? It means that it's the month for my giveaway days.

Friday is the kick-off day! That means on Friday, I'll be hosting a giveaway of an author's in-print book that will be signed by the author for that day and mailed to the winner.

Other than that, been busy prepping for Christmas and taking care of some things on my end.

Hope all is well and don't forget to come back on's the first of the December Days Write By Bethany Blog Giveaway

Also, BIG NEWS and Congratulations to my fellow writer and friend, Susan C. Muller. She just had her novel published through Soul Mate Publishing! I've had the pleasure of reading and critiquing part of this novel--a Romantic Suspense with paranormal elements and, I'd say a bit of mystery, too. The Secrets On Forest Bend is now available through the publisher. 

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Checking In...

Posted by Bethany at November 27, 2011 4 comments Links to this post
Happy Monday Everyone,

As we approach the end of November, I'm already enjoying Christmas specials on TV. This is my favorite time of year. I love Fall and Winter--I love sweaters, comfy blankets, and warm drinks.

Those of you who haven't heard, I'm doing a big giveaway in December! So far, I have at least 6 authors signed up. I've got thrillers, suspense, romance, and YA lined up. You don't want to miss this.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I was at my parents' house and had a nice time.

So what do you like about the winter season?

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Guilt Means You Get Gifts

Posted by Bethany at November 21, 2011 8 comments Links to this post
Happy Monday All,

Well, it's Thanksgiving Week, if you can believe it! Where did November go?

I know some of you all aren't on Twitter, but like I said, you can check out my Twitter feed in the margin of this blog. The Twitter feed will show you the posts (or "tweets") I put up on Twitter. So if you've been following the feed (by coming here and reading it). You know a little of what's going on.

I've been feeling guilty about not updating this blog. But, I truly do have good reasons. I've been working on some other stories and querying agents for SURREAL. Plus, I'm a wife and mother, so I have had things going on with that.

However, I DO plan to make it up to you, my readers/blog followers. In December I'm planning a humugus in-print book giveaway! There's more than one day, because there's more than one author particpating in providing the prize. I haven't set the dates, but I'm lining up the authors/books and nailing down details. There's at least 4 authors involved, and I've sent out emails to others to ask if they'll be a part of this.

In's gonna be BIG.

Now I don't have the exact dates...except it will all happen BEFORE Christmas.

So...don't be strangers! Don't give up on me coming back on here to update because this gigantic giveaway is coming up.

If I don't talk to you all before Thanksgiving, I hope everyone has a happy, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving Day--even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope that day is great for you anyway.

So, what food are you looking forward to most this Thanksgiving?

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Return, Bearing News...

Posted by Bethany at November 15, 2011 6 comments Links to this post
Happy Wednesday Everyone,

Life has been a bit on busy side. I was doing some edits and now I've been working on another novel. Offspring is dealing with weather changes and respiratory annoyances, but I think offspring should be okay. (And yes, I have started my Christmas shopping).

Most often you'll find me on Twitter. I'm finding that there's a lot going on there. Whatever you think of Twitter (good, bad, indifferent) it's definitely often where you get information first. I find out about blog posts, give aways and releases that way. You'll find the posts I post on Twitter in the margin of this blog under the header: Twitter Feed.

Tuesday C.C. Hunter posed a question on her blog regarding her Shadow Falls series. If you've read them, are you Team Derek or Team Lucas. I answered on her blog (I am so Team Lucas I could start a cheer!) Anyway, go ahead and check it out--it's lots of fun.

I'm so far behind on things for this blog, I don't even know who I'm going to have on here for a December Author Interview. Not even sure if I will have an author interview for that month. I'm thinking of trying to have a give away--maybe 2 or 3 instead. You tell me what you prefer. There is a possible January Author Interview, but I have to talk to her and see if she's still interested.

Awesome news:  Tera Lynn Childs is going to have a 3rd book in her mermaid series called Just For Fins. I loved the first two, Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever.

I'm seriously having trouble keeping myself from begging Josephine Angelini to send me an ARC of Dreamless. I'm nuts about Starcrossed and would love to read and review on this blog, Dreamless.

I'm currently reading Jane Austen Made Me Do It, which is an anthology of short stories written by authors who have been inspired by Jane Austen. I'm almost done with the second story. It's really fun. You've heard me talk about Syrie James, and she has a story in this anthology (I enjoyed it).

My pile of books to read is huge...I'm trying to catch up, honest, it's just with everything else I've got going on, I've gotten slow. I have  a library book that isn't real long so I should have it done, soon.

I have become a big fan of ABC's Once Upon A Time. It airs on Sundays at 7 p.m. Central and 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Of course, you know I just love fairy tales, so it's no surprise that this show has me riveted.

What TV show (if any) are you into?

Have A Winsome Wednesday!

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