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You Are Mine Swag Winner

Thank you all so much for your support and enthusiasm for You Are Mine and fun swag! I’m so glad that I didn’t have to pick the winner because I wouldn’t have been able to choose. You are all so fantastic! Sadly, there can only be one. The winner is…

#94 – Danielle!

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Swag Danielle won!

Congratulations! She has 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen.

For those of you that didn’t win, can I ask a huge favor? If you haven’t already done so, would you please consider purchasing a copy of You Are Mine? And if you have already read it, would you tell someone about it today? Truthfully I hate to ask (makes me feel all awkward and weird), but the support would really help to fund future books.

And now that that awkward bit is over — Happy Wednesday! How’s your week going so far? Over here it’s good, but much too hot for May. Have a fabulous day!

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Chardonian Hot Chocolate

On Tuesday I promised more details about why I’m giving away a mug, and here we are. I know it’s getting to be the warm season when hot drinks are being overtaken by icy cold ones, but I’m a rebel. I drink hot chocolate any time of the year, and so does the main character, Serena, in You Are Mine. Except I don’t drinhotchocolatek the same type of hot chocolate as her. Mine is the regular hot chocolate like you can make with a mix. Hers is a hot chocolate, thick and rich, made only from scratch. It’s almost pudding like. And I thought, wouldn’t it be fun if I could make her hot chocolate? Yes, it would! I spent the winter figuring out this recipe. Let me tell you, it was one of my favorite writing related projects yet. The recipe below is fairly simple, just requires patient.

Also, I no longer like hot chocolate from a mix. I’ve been ruined to the easy hot chocolate life.

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This could be your hot chocolate mug!

Don’t forget that you can win a mug to use for this rich recipe (or whatever else you like), along with bookmarks and a signed paperback of You Are Mine. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it’s a good sized mug. I’m quite in love with it. ♥

Giveaway now closed.

Continental US only.

 
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If you can’t wait to see if you win the giveaway to meet Serena, you can buy You Are Mine at the following places.

Purchase You Are Mine:

Amazon || Kobo || Barnes and Noble

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Chardonian Hot Chocolate Recipe:

In a large sauce pan mix —

2/3 C. Sugar

3 T. Cornstarch

1/2 C. Cocoa powder

Dash of Salt

 

Add  —

1/2 C. Water

Turn on medium low heat and stir until the mixture dissolves. Don’t wait too long or your cornstarch will start to thicken and you’ll have a harder time getting a nice, smooth consistency. Once dissolved, slowly add while whisking–

1 C. Milk

 

Then whisk in —

2 C. Milk

Turn to medium heat (I usually go one tick above medium) and stir constantly for about 5-10 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the mixture thickens. Do not boil.

Take off of heat, pour in your favorite mug, and enjoy!

 

*Note: Will thicken more as it cools. Also, it easily develops a skin so I like to keep a spoon in it as I drink and give it a little stir every once in a while. Optional: You may use less cornstarch or add more milk if you want it to not be quite so thick.

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The Girl Who Published a Novel (Plus Giveaway!)

Let’s start with a little story. *passes out snacks* And stay tuned (or skip ahead) after the credits for a giveaway!

Once upon a time there was a girl who decided to self-publish her novel. The girl loved her novel and the way she felt about it was like she’d felt about no other book she’d written before. But the girl did a lot of research. The realities were kind of depressing. After much thinking, the girl decided depressing realities were fine, she’d just adjust her goal to fit reality. It was a good goal. Nice and small, fitting given the research. The girl thought she’d have to work hard to make it happen within the first three to six months. So she set out to do the best she could.

Yesterday, the girl officially published her novel. The girl was happy as several book sales happened. Then happiness turned to surprise when more happened. Then surprise into downright shock as she met her goal in one day. As the day drew to a close the girl wept tears of gratitude and joy as her goal was surpassed.

Today, the girl is giving something back. She doesn’t know what else the future will bring, but she does know she’s so very, very grateful for those who not only purchased the book, but loved it, rated it, reviewed it, and sometimes reviewed it on more than one site. And the girl is happy.

Also, the girl decided to do away with her expectations.

The End.

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As this was all happening, both yesterday and as interest increased last week, I decided I wanted to give something back. I was originally planning on giving swag and ebooks away today, but your enthusiasm and support has made it so I can giveaway something special. Along with signed bookmarks and a mug (more about said mug on Friday!), I am giving away a signed paperback of You Are Mine.

I’m so thrilled to be able to do this. With my minuscule budget, it’s a rare thing, but one I hope can be repeated in the future. For now, I hope that you will all enter. And it would make me so, super happy if you would spread the word. You Are Mine has done well, but to continue doing well, it needs a lot of love and support. If you haven’t bought it, would you please consider doing so? And if you have purchased it, would you please consider telling a friend or leaving a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads? Thank you so, so much!

Swag Pack

Swag Pack:

1 (one) Signed Paperback of You Are Mine

1 (one) You Are Mine Handcrafted Mug (hand wash only)

3 Signed Bookmarks

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The following standard applies: I hate that I even have to say this, but… I WILL be checking the entries and deleting ones that are not legitimate, so no cheating. But I know you’re all too cool to go there ;)

Please Note:Continental US only! Sorry! I hope to be able to do international some day! Must be 13 years or older and be legally able to win. Winner will be selected May 15 and must respond withing 24 hours or a new winner will be selected.

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You Are Mine Launch Day

Hooray, it’s May 6th!

Launch day for You Are Mine!

First I have to say, thank you so much for everyone who has helped, talked about, already purchased/going to purchase, asked about, are excited about, reviewed/will review You Are Mine. Thank you!

To Buy an eCopy:

Smashwords/Amazon /Kobo

Print:

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Sorry, it isn’t available on Barnes & Noble yet. They are a little slower at picking books up. If you need an ePub and just can’t wait, Smashwords allows you to download any formats you may need.

Fun Stuff Happening Today:

There is a lot of fun stuff going on around the web today for You Are Mine. Not only can you buy it (and if you just can’t wait, buy links are below), there’s excerpts, giveaway, and an interview. But not an interview with me. Nope. My main characters.

The interview is over at Loralie and Allyson’s blog and they are doing an awesome reverse blog tour all month long. They are having lots of different author’s in different genres visit. Be sure to check it out!

Serena and Zade’s interview

Plus a swoony first kiss scene

Still not convinced? Check out:

 An Intense Excerpt and Giveaway

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Happy Monday!

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First Paragraph of You Are Mine

Monday is launch day for my debut YA Fantasy, You Are Mine! In anticipation of this, I wanted to share the first paragraph with you today. Hope you enjoy, and have a fantastic weekend!

My blood will entice warlocks to ask for my hand in marriage, so of course Father wants it spilled.The sooner the magic within it is measured, the sooner he can sell me off. According to the laws of Chardonia, there’s no escaping it. For me that day has come.

You Are Mine Cover

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What do you think of the first line/paragraph? Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

I’m spending my Saturday disconnected to the internet, working on book #2. Yay for Saturdays!

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You Are Mine Cover Reveal

It’s here! It’s here! I’ve been waiting to show the cover ever since it was finished. There’s so much I could say, but I’ll let it speak for me instead. And no, it’s not on this post. I have some wonderful people who signed up with Xpresso Book Tours to help me show it off which I am extremely grateful for!

There are so many, many awesome people that signed up to help that I can’t list them all, so I decided to post the few who are giving a review with the cover reveal. And I have to say, reading their reviews gave me these crazy laughing tears (it’s probably a good thing no one was around to see it ;)) It would make both me and them happy if you gave them some comment love. And I happen to know there are giveaways…

Cover Reveal and Review:

Danielle Romero (Spoiler free)

Robin Hall (Spoiler free)

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Cover — Piece Three

Last week I gave you a sneak peek of the blurb and background image on my cover. Today, I’m giving you a glimpse at a small, but very important piece of the cover. Image first, chat second. See you on the other side!

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Without the background image this is a bit of a cheat since it will look a little different, but I left it this way to emphasis its importance. The tattoo is on a girl, the main character Serena to be exact. In Chardonia, the world in which YOU ARE MINE takes place, some women have tattoos and it holds significant meaning. But you can find that all out when you read the book, which comes out in one week!

Look around on Wednesday for the cover to be fully revealed. So excited for you to see the entire thing! And I happen to know that some of them will be giving away prizes…

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You Are Mine eARC Winners!

Thank you so much for all of your help with spreading the word about YOU ARE MINE! We ended up getting 76 adds to Goodreads, which is amazing to me. Yes, there’s been some crazy happy dancing going on. Thank you! Because you guys were so awesome and helpful, I’ve squeaked the giveaway prize up to 80 adds and am giving away 3 eARCS. *cue cheering*

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#18 Suzi

#4 Callie

#16 Naomi

They have all been notified and ARCs will be sent as soon as I hear from them.

For everyone else, just over a week away until you can purchase it on May 6th! Plus the cover will be fully unveiled on Wednesday, with one last sneak peek on Monday. I hope you will come take a gander! If you missed piece two, be sure to go take a look. It’s my favorite one.

Also, I have to tell you guys, this week has been so amazing. Like so amazing I’m kind of in shock. Much of this incredibly happy news is still secret so I can’t share details yet, but it’s been fantastic, both for me and others. I’m anxious for the coming weeks so you guys can know this awesomeness, too. I will tell you two things relating to YOU ARE MINE. And feel free to keep sharing YOU ARE MINE to see if we can sneak past that 80 mark. 😉

Hint Details:

1)The few who have seen the full cover are giving amazing feedback. They love it as much as I do. In fact, I think a few may even somehow managed fallen in love with it more, which I didn’t think was possible…

2)Early reviews I’m getting hints about or have been sent have left me crying (happy tears). When I’m not spazzy dancing that is.

And a bonus…

3)Okay, fine this has nothing to do with YOU ARE MINE, books, or writing, but it’s still important. Discovered Crunchy Caramel Pretzel ice cream. It’s okay to eat half a carton in one day, right? Seriously you guys, this stuff is sweet, salty, caramel, chocolate goodness. Only thing it needs is a touch more chocolate. Definitely give this one a try.

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Cover — Piece Two

Last week I shared the blurb that is on the cover of YOU ARE MINE. This week I’m giving you a tiny snippet of the image. Hope you enjoy the sneak peek!

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Her expression, seen partially here, has always been what I’ve loved the most about this cover. It’s perfect for the book. What do you think?

While you’re here getting a glimpse of the cover, don’t forget that you can enter to win an eARC. Add it to Goodreads and/or share it online. Last check there were 66 adds! Thank you so much for helping me get there.  I must admit that you have already reduced me to tears of happiness with your support.

This means I’m giving away at least 2 copies. Keep sharing to see if we can get to 80 adds and giveaway 3 copies. The best response for adds so far have come from those that have recommended it to their Goodreads friends. You can find it on the YOU ARE MINE Goodreads page in the top right corner. Or any other way you’d like to help spread the word would also be greatly appreciated. And  don’t forget to enter the giveaway once you’ve helped!

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You Are Mine eARC Giveaway

One of the hardest things about being self-published is getting the word out. So, I’m begging nicely asking for help to spread the word. But I can’t ask something of you without giving something back so — Those that help will have a chance to win an eARC (electronic advanced readers copy) of YOU ARE MINE before you can buy it! *cue cheering*

Plus something extra! Because I love extra prizes, more will be given away if more people add YOU ARE MINE to Goodreads. That’s right! I’m going to giveaway more books the more people that are interested. Last I checked it was at 48 adds, so I know we can push it to get extra eArcs given away.

Goodreads adds = 65 I’ll giveaway 2 eARCs

Goodreads adds = 80 I’ll giveaway 3 eARCs

Goodreads adds = 100 I’ll giveaway 5 eARCs!

Also, if it gets to a total of 100 adds on Goodreads I’ll squeal and do a happy dance that my kids will laugh at. Honestly, I’ll do the same if it reaches 60, but if it gets to 100 it will be all the crazier.

My happy dance if it reaches 100 adds on Goodreads.
My happy dance if it reaches 100 adds on Goodreads.

How can you enter? A couple ways. You can earn entries by already having it on or adding it to Goodreads, plus you can tweet, share, post it on your blog, recommend it to your friends on Goodreads, or otherwise mention it online for an entry every day. And  you can do that two different ways every day for even more bonus entries. Closes Thursday at Midnight, so let’s see how many adds we can get in four days!

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I hate that I even have to say this, but… I WILL be checking the entries and deleting ones that are not legitimate, so no cheating. But I know you’re all too cool to go there 😉

Please Note:Open internationally! Must be 13 years or older and be legally able to win.

If you have any thoughts/questions, feel free to leave a comment! And thank you, thank you, thank you for all your help and support!

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