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Friday, November 30, 2012

Releases, Christmas, & A Bunch Of Other Things...

Happy Friday All,

To quote Mater from Cars and Cars 2 movies, "Dadgum!" It's been a long time since I've updated. I'm so sorry! It's been crazy around here and I've been saving my writing inspiration for my WIP.

Bear with me...there's a TON of updates...

One of my WIPs is almost done. I'm about two-thirds of the way through with it and hoping to very soon start editing it and sending it to my Illustrious and Awesome critique partner, Tess St. John.


My awesome chapter mates have been busily releasing books, too. Carla Rossi released onto Amazon Kindle, Dr. Noah And The Sugar Plum Fairy, an Inspirational Romance that looks cute and fun. I don't have a Kindle, so hopefully it gets released in other formats, soon.

Terri Molina has been offering a freebie on her House Of Cards, available on Amazon Kindle. I believe, today is the LAST day to get it! I'll find out if she's going to extend it, but as far as I know today is it.

I'm excited about when my chapter mate Shauna Allen gets Inked By An Angel released. I don't know the exact release date, but her site says January 2013. I critiqued part of that story (very early chapters) and let me say, unique hero--definitely fun. I LOVE her cover art.

Yesterday my nephew announced the NWHRWA Lone Star Conference (information isn't on our website, yet, but stay tuned)on his radio show, on EMU's Eagle Radio. You can catch it on Thursdays from 4pm (EASTERN time) to 6pm (EASTERN time)--that's 3pm to 5pm Central time. He generally talks sports and music, but he also chats about other topics, too. I don't always know a lot of what he's talking about, but then again, I don't know a lot about sports, but I still find something fun about his show. One time he played a song by Van Halen. It was one I really like, so I was happy about that! You can send him a Tweet via @HarryEagleRadio and who knows...he just might give you a shout-out on the air. To listen, just go to the Eagle Radio site and click on the upper left hand corner. You can listen through your computer.

Christmas is coming and I'm happy! I turned on some Christmas music and danced around my house a bit. Offspring wasn't sure what to think at first, but then didn't want me to turn off the music. LOL It was fun.

I'm wanting to make cookies, but we'll see. If I do get to make cookies I want to make my Dad's version of Chocolate Chip Cookies. They come out soft and fluffy. I just love them--and some of my friends do, too. They rarely pass up my Dad's cookies.

I'm almost half done with Christmas shopping. It's tough to know what some people want. Is it just me or does it sometimes feel like you THOUGHT you knew the person's personality then you get around to shopping for them and you're like "Gee, I don't know WHAT they'd like."? Luckily Offspring keeps telling me a myriad of things on the Christmas List, so I don't lack for ideas.

Don't forget to catch me on Twitter, via @WriteByBethany. I update that often. You can catch my Twitter feed in the margin of this blog. But please, come follow me on Twitter--I'd like to get those numbers climbing on a regular basis--who knows...next year just might mean more giveaways.

I don't have a release date for my novel, yet, but stay tuned. Once I have that information and everything, I will let folks know.

Hope everyone has a fabulous first weekend of Advent! Christmas is just around the corner, if you can believe it.

Are you needing a reading list? Here's some of what I have on my To Be Read/Wish List (in absolutely no particular order):

Hidden by Sophie Jordan

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout (will be released December 2012)

Powerless Consent by Janet Nash

The Secrets On Forest Bend by Susan Muller

The Son Of Neptune and The Mark Of Athena by Rick Riordan

Goddess by Josephine Angelini (not out until May 2013)

Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks (recently released, yeah, I know I forgot to report on that, sorry...like I said, A LOT is going on).

I'm sure there's others, but these are the ones off the top of my head.


Have A Fantastic Friday!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thank You For Your Service & Thanksgiving

Happy Monday All,

Happy Veterans Day to all the veterans out there! My grandfather served in WWII, and I have a cousin and a nephew who served in the Marines. So thank you to all our Veterans, for your sacrifice and service to our country.

Well, Thanksgiving is a little over a week away (amazing how fast Fall is going!) Do you have any special plans for Turkey Day?

The family and I will be at my parents' house. Who else is joining us, I don't know. My parents are great cooks and bakers so I know it'll be good. We'll probably bring something--what I don't know, yet. 

So what do you do to mark the day?

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Good News Busting Out Everywhere!

Happy Friday All,

So much to tell! First of all, if you haven't read my Facebook page, then here's my big news:  Surreal has been contracted by a publisher! It's so awesome!

I'm not the only one with good news, either. My chapter mate, and talented author, Janet Nash, just had her novel, Powerless Consent, released through Soul Mate Publishing. It's available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well.

Also, if you're interested in Fantasy, check out Raven Raye's recent release (released in October), Broken Prophecy. It's also Soul Mate Publishing release. You can find it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

So many exciting things going on! Make sure you stay tuned...either on my Facebook Page or on here! Look me up on Twitter as well (@WriteByBethany).

Have A Fabulously Fun-Filled Friday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Plan For The Lone Star State October 2013!

Happy Tuesday All,

It's voting day here in the US of A, so all of those who are eligible have a civic duty to exercise our right to vote. Which, is something I will (or depending on when you, my readers read this post and when I get to my designated voting area) or have done.

Today Laura Childs' Stake & Eggs is released, which I reviewed yesterday.

This past NWHRWA meeting I've learned some pretty awesome things about next year's Lone Star Conference. We are fortunate to be able to have Donald Maass of the Donald Maass Literary Agency come and be our keynote speaker. We're also going to have an agent from Larsen Pomada Literary Agents, and Marisal Lyon Literary Agency and who knows what other awesome things will be in store by the time the date of the conference rolls around. The date of the conference is on October 5, 2013--so you can start planning now.

It's apple cider season (Fall)! I've been enjoying the tasty treat. I'll be glad when it gets cooler/colder down here. I love colder weather--just not snow. I agree it's pretty at first, but then after awhile it fades. But I do like colder weather. I like warm, cozy blankets, hot tea, warm clothes, and pants. Plus the Fall Holidays are awesome.

What's your favorite thing about Fall?

Have A Thrill-Filled Tuesday!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

More Than Eggs At Stake

Happy Monday All,

Oh my goodness! It's been so long since I updated, and I hope you all will accept my apologies. There is much to discuss, and I hope to pour it out this week and in the coming weeks.

But first and foremost, I have a special treat for you all...an official blog review.

Today's morsel is from mystery author, Laura Childs' newest Cackleberry Club Mystery...

Eggs aren't the only things being whipped up in the Midwest.

While Suzanne, Petra, and Toni busily prepare for a meeting with the a banker in their little town of Kindred, murder is being cooked up in the snowy banks behind the Cackleberry Club Diner.

One minute the three women hear snowmobiles, the next minute the wintry evening is still and silent. Feeling curious, Suzanne duns warm gear to head out only to find said banker decapitated from a wire stretched out across the very path his snowmobile was traveling.

Sure, said banker wasn't the most liked member of the town, but murder? Who would be driven to such lengths?

Despite the tragedy, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni soldier on with their many plans--including hosting a tea and fashion show, attending the Fire and Ice celebrations, and the unplanned part of their winter, learning all kinds of crazy gossip.

Then a runaway appears in the diner...someone who knows more than he's letting on. But it's going to take more than yummy cooking to find out just what Colby knows. But will he open up in time to be helpful? And, will Suzanne and the sheriff solve the mystery before someone else lands in a cold grave?

Find out on November 6, 2012 when the new Cackleberry Club Mystery, Stake & Eggs is released!

Have A Mysteriously Marvelous Monday!