Friday, November 9, 2018

Five Favorites for Friday Five...

Every few days, I see someone post a countdown for Christmas and panic a little bit. 

Note...if you need to know the number...
It's 46 days until Christmas!?!?

So, if you're like me, this post is part these are just some of my favorite things, but also a bit of hey, these might be fun gifts for the right person on your shopping list.

Either way, maybe you'll see something fun on my Friday Five for today.

SweetMint Handmade Mugs...
Anyone that has followed along my instagram feed knows I'm a sucker for a good coffee mug (I try to post my current one with the book I'm reading every day). 

I recently discovered a fantastic mug company that I'm in love with!

Here is the photo of my current SMH stash...

My personal favorite is the It's Too Peoplely Outside mug. 
(so perfect for me...yes, introvert here)

Selling points to these mugs:
1. They're printed on both sides (love that)
2. They don't fade after going through the dishwasher

Gift Cards...
Growing up, my favorite gifts were books. Well, I have no idea what books my nieces have, so a long time ago, I began a tradition of giving them Barnes and Noble gift cards (Amazon for the one who doesn't have a local B&N like us...sigh).

I love giving these because my nieces are readers, so I know they look forward to them and the shopping trip that follows. I HIGHLY recommend book store gift cards for the coming holiday season. 

Mini Books...
One thing about being a well-known bibliophile is that people share really cool finds with me. This next item is one of those. I had a friend post this article from the Washington Post about this new style of mini-books. 

I LOVE ALL BOOKS, but especially TINY BOOKS. 

So, I had to order them! OMG, I'm totally in love with this format...
Literally, these books will fit into the back pocket of your jeans. They're actually about an inch smaller than my cell phone, but the font isn't any smaller than a normal book. You read them sideways and the pages feel similar to the pages of a bible. They have a unique binding (which you can see better in the bottom right corner photo of the collage above) that I think makes them tougher than your typical paperback. 

Needless to say, I'm in love and hope to see LOTS more books in this printing format. I will buy them ALL...LOL. They retail at $12/each, but Amazon has the box set priced at $27.17 (as of this morning...11/9/18). Here's the link to that...Amazon boxed set.

Antique Candle Works...
I adore burning candles. Certain scents can help put me in the mood to write and Sarra Cannon recently talked about using a single scent to put her mind in the right frame to write. She chooses a set scent for each book. I love that idea and plan to implement it into my writing.

But I just recently discovered Antique Candle Works. Not only do they have normal candles, but they also have a line that they put into antique vessels like this turquoise blue ball jar (something that I just happen to enjoy collecting). I think it's a gorgeous combination of two of my favorite things. 
Note that their antique candles sell out quickly so you have to watch for restocks!

(You can also buy mini-sets of their seasonal fragrances to try them out first...
that's what the little tins in the photo are)

Novel Grounds...
This is a great little item for the book reader in your life...or you. Novel Grounds makes pencil bags in a variety of sizes and styles at such affordable prices. (The reader, bookmark, writer ones in the photo below this were only $7/each.)

Again, she's a retailer who tends to sell out quick, so it's worth checking out her store as soon as she restocks (I think her next restock is November 16th).

That's it from me today. I'll have news about a new release NEXT WEEK! So watch this space...
And one final photo of my girly from a fun photo shoot she did last weekend. (Although this is a photo I took with my phone, not one of the pro ones.)

Christmas is coming!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday Five - A random mix for today...

A new after school date with Kat...
This is Kat's first year of middle school and the knowledge that with each passing year, the time she's going to want to spend with me is going to lessen. So, this year we started something new. Almost every week, we go out after I pick her up from school for a treat. Our favorite place to go is a new smoothie place that just recently opened up...Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

Even more surprising...I've discovered my favorite smoothie is the Detox Island Green which has spinach, kale, mango, pineapple, banana, and fresh ginger in it. I never would have ever ordered it on my own...because it sounds disgusting, but Ben ordered one so I tried his and fell in love. It's seriously refreshing...and good for me. WIN/WIN!

ARC/Readers Group...
I'm giving serious thought to starting one of these. It would be on Facebook as a group and would be open to anyone who wants to join (at least for right now). This group would get a bit more insider info about what I'm currently working on with possible exclusive sneak excerpts and cover reveals early. 

The people in this group would also have the chance to get FREE advanced reader copies of upcoming releases in the hopes that you would like it enough to give it a review online. What do you think? Do you like this idea? Give me feedback. 

(Note...all ARC's are completely would never be under obligation to read a certain book as I know that I write all over the place and not everything is to everyone's taste.)

Also, if you're interested...I have ARC's to give away of CRAZY LOVE

Just leave a message here, or email me your thoughts/requests...

Anyone that follows along my Instagram account is probably familiar with my three cats. Our mustached one, Rascal, has been facing some medical issues. The vet thinks he's figured out what's going on (he has a pancreatic disease). It should be treatable, but we're going on a month of treatment now and Rascal still isn't getting better. Long story short...because his pancreas isn't functioning right, it doesn't matter how much he eats, he's basically starving to death because his body isn't processing the food right. 

Life is so hard right now for us trying to take care of him and him...he's so hungry even though I'm feeding him three times/ if you all could offer up some positive thoughts for him, I'd appreciate it. He needs all the good vibes he can get right now.

Rust & Wire Boutique...
It's been a while since I talked about some of my favorite things (Note...that's the theme for next week's Friday Five since we're coming into the holidays.)

Recently, I discovered a new etsy shop that I love and thought I'd share two of the signs I've bought there just because I love them both so much.

Five things about CRAZY LOVE...

Crazy Love just released last week, so you know I'm not through talking about it yet...

So, today I'm going to share five characters from the book (and yes, I consider the actual bookstore one of those characters because it plays a huge part in the story).

You can buy Crazy Love here...

1. Em-Dash...This book is the first in the Bookstore Love duology, so it makes sense to tell you about the bookstore, Em-Dash. Em-Dash is Kali Winters baby. She's the owner. Kali has a really tragic background and part of the reason she made it through those tough times, was her love of the Harry Potter books...another person who had a really tragic childhood. She connected to Harry and her bookstore reflects that. The entire place is filled with HP decor...from a Whomping Willow tree by the kids area to Platform 9 3/4 which is part of a seating area (where the hero, Ten, tends to hang out). 

(Book #2, Tasty Love, takes place in the bakery located in the back of the bookstore. It's run by Val, Kali's best friend.)

2. Ten...The hero of our story. Tennyson Helms fell into becoming a YouTuber when he was in college. His YouTube show, Ten with Tennyson, became hugely popular, much to his surprise. It was never meant to be a career. It was just something he did for fun, but now it's getting in the way of what he really wants to do, investigative journalism. It doesn't help that Kali considers his show a joke (she has no idea how truly big and successful it really is...she just knows he has some sort of vlog.) 

3. Kali...Kaliope Winters is not your typical heroine...or bookstore owner. She's had a horrifically tragic life, something that no one in her life is aware of besides her foster brother, Zach. She's seriously tough and her heart is filled with walls and roadblocks, but gah...when someone gets inside there, she is total mush. She's awesome...and covered in literary tattoos. This is a girl who's life was saved by books and that shows in every part of her...if anyone can get close enough to see it.

4. Zach...Zach is Kali's foster brother and when she moved to Aspenridge, she brought him with her. He's a tattoo artist, is gay, and is the only person to really know the true Kali...the hurt little girl behind the mask. He loves and protects her in everything.

5. Val...Valentina Garcia is the owner and baker of the bakery inside Em-Dash. She's Kali's other best friend, although not even Val knows most of Kali's secrets. Val is curvy, Latina, and the girl that everyone in town loves without question. She's also the heroine of the next book in the series, Tasty Love. (which is, hands down, my favorite book that Sarah and I have written together...That's saying a lot because I adore all these books!)

You can buy Crazy Love here...

Have a great weekend, everyone!

And don't forget to drop me a line if you want an ARC for Crazy Love or are interested in an exclusive readers group.