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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dogschwitz Kim Cano *Book Blast and Giveaway*

When a basset hound named Rory survives the animal control gas chamber and becomes an internet celebrity, he attracts the attention of Anita, a just-dumped-by-her-boyfriend, luckless burger flipper, who travels cross country to adopt him.

Spurred by an online group called Animal Warriors, Anita then embarks on a mission to improve animal rights. Along the way, Rory brings Anita true love and financial success through a chance encounter with America’s 1%, proving her spontaneous rescue of Rory was the best decision of her life.

About the Author
Kim Cano is the author of For Animal Lovers, a short story collection for kids ages 9 to 12. It also appeals to adult readers who are young at heart. 10% of the sale price is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.

A Widow Redefined is Kim’s debut novel. It’s a story of a young woman’s journey through grief and the transformational power of friendship.

Kim’s most recent book is Dogschwitz. A novellete set in the future that explores the terrible time in American history when millions of unwanted dogs and cats were euthanized each year.

Kim lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.

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1 Winner will receive a Kindle Copy of  DOGSCHWITZ by Kim Cano.
1 Winner will receive a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.

International. Must be 13+ to enter.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sisters in White Melissa Foster (Snow Sisters #3) *Book Blast and Giveaway*

Sisters in White is the third book in Melissa Foster's Snow Sisters series. 

Danica and Kaylie Snow are about to celebrate the biggest day of their lives—their double wedding—on an island in the Bahamas. But no wedding is complete without a little family drama. The two sisters aren’t ready to face the father they haven’t seen since he divorced their mother and moved away to marry his mistress, and live with Lacy, the half sister they’ve never met.

While Danica has exchanged letters and phone calls with Lacy, Kaylie has fervently tried to pretend she doesn’t exist. Lacy is sweet, fun, and nearly a mirror image of Kaylie. To make matters worse, not only is Lacy looking forward to meeting her sisters, but she idolizes them, too. As the countdown to the wedding date ticks on, their parents are playing a devious game of revenge, and there’s a storm brewing over the island, threatening to cancel their perfect wedding. The sisters are about to find out if the bond of sisterhood really trumps all.

About the Author
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. 

When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Join Melissa and the YaYa Writer Girls at their annual in-person event. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NaNoWriMo Inspiration! 42 Inspirational Quotes for Writing

In honor of the month of November, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo!), I've decided to compile *42 FANTASTIC WRITERLY QUOTES* to inspire you ^_^!

They aren’t in any particular order. Some are hilarious, some are blunt, some are nurturing…but they’re all inspiring. So read and interpret at your leisure, and if you hit a slump, come back for more!

My NaNoWriMo participation isn't going to result in a full length novel...and I'm ok with that because I have a portfolio to submit for a scholarship and I want to WIN IT. (Or, more accurately, one of the awards the Foundation offers for it.)

So even if you can’t write a full novel, write something. You’ll be glad you did :)!

If you're feeling discouraged about your plot, characters, and/or word count, read on!

If you’re simply looking for some inspiration to get you started or keep you going, read on!

If you’re not sure if you really want to jump on this wagon of crazy (it’s fun…you know you want to…), read on!

"Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves?" ~Friedrich Nietzsche

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." ~George Eliot

"The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night." ~Thomas S. Monson

"If you've FINISHED writing a novel you are amongst the elite!!! You ARE NOT A FAILURE IF YOU CANNOT LIVE OFF YOUR BOOKS. You only fail by NOT TRYING." ~Nadia Cornier

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” ~Joseph Heller

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” ~Arthur Plotnik

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." ~André Gide

“The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, brain surgery." ~Robert Cormier

 “A one-page breakthrough starts an avalanche.” ~Nancy K. Haddock

"When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'” ~Stephen King

"It's a sad day when you find out that it's not accident or fortune but just yourself that kept things from you." ~Lillian Hellman

“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~Thomas Edison

"I dwell in possibility." ~Emily Dickenson

“Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.” ~Jean Sibelius

Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” ~Orson Scott Card

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” ~Anaïs Nin

"There were days when I wondered if I was a glutton for punishment or simply delusional. However, my writing must have been improving because one day I found myself with three agents interested in my latest manuscript." ~Lois Winston

"We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world." ~Marianne Williamson

 “There is no agony like having an untold story inside you.” ~Zora Neale Hurston

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” ~Joan Didion

“I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else.” ~Dolly Parton

“If your ship hasn't come in--swim out to it.” ~Mary Engelbreit

 “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; there is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” ~Henry David Thoreau

 “My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks water.” ~Mark Twain

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.” ~Buckminster Fuller

“The expert at anything was once a beginner.” ~Hayes

"All writers are crazy. So never mind what the editors and your family and your critique group tells you. Submit your  manuscripts and keep submitting until you get an offer. Then you can be crazy, with a paycheck." ~Mary Janice Davidson