Saturday, January 30, 2010

Congratulations, Sandra!

The winner of the maroon socks is Sandra Cooper!

Look for a new contest Monday!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Running Out of Time!

So far, only one entry to win these lovely socks!

As the winter winds blow in, imagine your toasty toes curled up with hot chocolate and a good book!

Post this with a link on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog for an entry to win. Contest ends Friday night! Winner announced Saturday morning--so don't delay!

Be sure to leave a comment telling me how you entered!

Good luck!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Crayon Messages" by Christine Thackeray Book Review

Have you ever been lonely in a new place? Had your well-meaning actions misunderstood? Worried about an errant teen? Wondered if your best would ever be good enough?

Then you can relate to Cath, the main character in "Crayon Messages" by Christine Thackeray. Despite the many challenges facing this mother of four, we can all feel inspired by her persistence. You'll laugh out loud as she battles toilet-papering teens, hot fudge, and her fears.

This book is as fun to read as it is encouraging. I loved the characters, and hope the author writes a sequel.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

More socks!

Enter to win another pair of cozy hand knit socks by:

1. Posting a link to this contest on Facebook.
2. Tweeting (with a link).
3. Blogging (also with a link).

Must be a follower to win! Leave a comment to tell me how you entered.

This pair is maroon. Photo to come soon!

Contest will be open until Saturday, January 30.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cozy Feet Winner!

The winner of the new socks is . . . . (drum roll, please!) . . . . Rebecca Talley!!! I hear you just won a book, so this is your lucky week!

Send me your snail mail address to and I'll send them right out!

Thanks to Random Choice for selecting the winner.

Watch for another sock giveaway in a few days!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Free Socks--Running Out of Time!

Imagine your happy toes luxuriating in these soft, fluffy, warm socks! Put them on after a long, hard day, or when it's cold outside.

Today is the last day to enter to win the free hand knit socks! Winners will be chosen tomorrow morning.

Contest is only open to followers, and you can enter by posting on facebook with a link, tweeting with a link, and blogging with a link, and post a comment here to tell me what you've done.

Good luck--and if there is a big response, more sock giveaways will be in your future!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Silent Warrior Trilogy

The Silent Warrior Trilogy is complete!

The saga started with book one, The Elf and the Princess:

Menarm was a great and prosperous kingdom, known throughout the lands for its friendly, hard-working people and fair trade. But a bitter struggle of succession between brothers left the kingdom devastated, the people divided. Some stayed with Fenil, who had conquered the crown, others followed Renil to the north, founding a new kingdom.

Now Adren, the last princess of the vanquished realm of Menarm, finds herself alone in a world where women live in the shadows of men. Not only must she battle her enemies, but also a truth that could obliterate her last hope for happiness and bring dishonor to all those whom she hold dear. On her quest, she finds unlikely allies in a powerful prince and a defiant mercenary, only to be devastated by an ancient elf.

Book two, Trouble in the Elf City:

It’s been three years since the war between the Orks and Tahitans destroyed the proud kingdom of Menarm. Adren, the land’s last princess, has settled comfortably into her new life as wife to the elf Dellin in the kingdom of Lothia.

But all is not well. And when a mysterious enemy shatters their peace, an enemy the elfs appear powerless to fight, complete annihilation seems imminent. Will Adren witness the destruction of yet another kingdom and once again find herself alone in the world? Or can the Silent Warrior come to her rescue and save them all?

Book Three, Elfs in a Conquered Realm:

King Paletin and Adren, the last Princess of Menarm, set forth on their mission with a team to find the hidden treasures of the now vanquished Kingdom of Menarm. Led by the young strategist, Zyrthal, the team is strong in number and sure of purpose, yet they find themselves facing ruthless mercenaries who are determined to claim the kingdom’s riches for themselves.

Once again, the Silent Warrior is called upon to rescue the captured team, but he has begun to battle demons of his own and has become unsure of his abilities as the champion of Adren. The shadows in his heart become all the more magnified with the disappearance of the two half-elf princes from the dead kingdom.

Front Street Reviews has praised Dye’s works as “fluid and flawless” and has said in their complimentary review of Elfs in a Conquered Realm that “it should come as no surprise that one will find this story as fulfilling as the first two in the trilogy. Her talent for writing fantasy will leave her name forever entrenched in our memories as we hope to read more of her stories long into the future.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Giveaway - Sony Reader Pocket Edition

See the "Book Giveaways" blog at for how to enter to win a Sony Reader Pocket Edition (value $199) for free!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cami's Still Giving Books Away!

Enter to win a copy of "My Son, John", and read a review at

'Tis the season for contests!

And keep entering to win the socks! Many entries will show me that I need to make another pair for a future contest!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

First Winner and New Contest!

Congratulations to my first winner! And the proud recipient of "Eat This, Not That!" is Sue Layne! Send me your snail mail address, and I'll get it right to you!

Thanks to "Random Choice" for selecting the winner.

This week's contest:
Do you have cold feet? I have this pair of hand-knitted socks to keep your toes toasty!
All winners must be blog followers, and to get an entry:
1. Posting about this contest on Facebook gets you one entry.
2. Tweeting earns you an entry.
3. Make a comment for one entry.

Good luck!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Save the Child"

Margaret Turley's new book, "Save the Child", will be out in late February/early March. It deals with the parents' rights to make medical decisions for their children.

Her "Save the Child" blog has interviews with doctors and tons more information on this subject. You can read all about it at

***Don't forget today is the last day to enter to with "Eat This, Not That!"***

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Positively Negative!

I've been thinking a lot this week about impressions. There are those we give by mistake, those we erroneously form, and a few that are correct.

A few weeks ago, the wind caught my door as I got out of my car and banged it into the protective strip on the door of the car next to me. There was no actual damage, just a little dirt, which I managed to wipe off. The irate occupant of the vehicle in question leaped out, and accused me of deliberately trying to damage her door.

I explained what happened, then demonstrated where the door had hit and showed her there was no damage. She was still very upset, so I offered to exchange insurance information. She declined, so I apologized again and started towards the store.

After entering,  I felt impressed to turn around, and I saw her taking pictures of my license plate! Afraid she would accuse me of hit & run, or other damage to her car (there were other previous door dings), I went back outside, and again offered my insurance information. She declined again, so I called the police.

I'm sure the officer thought I was a nut ball, but I wanted him to witness that there was no damage and that I was trying to do the right thing. I just felt that I needed protection from whatever revenge this crazy lady was plotting.

Nothing happened as a result, but what I think upset me most was her characterization of me as someone who deliberately goes around damaging the property of others. It seemed that nothing I did could correct this impression.

Mom was right. First impressions are the most lasting.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

First Giveaway Contest

In honor of the new year, and the resolutions we all make, I'll be giving away a copy of "Eat This, Not That" by David Zinczenko.

How can you win????

First, you must be a follower of my blog.

You will receive 1 entry if you feature this contest with a link on facebook, Twitter, or your blog. Post a comment and tell me what you've done. A winner will be drawn on January 13.

Happy self-improvement!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cami's Contest

Enter to win a free copy of "Where the Wind Blows" by Caroline Fyffe at . She has giveaways all month long, so check back often.

Watch this space for my contest information tomorrow!

Book Review: "By Love or By Sea" by Rachel Rager

"When a mysterious and ragged sailor appears in the seaside town where Alice Lind Frank lives with her grandparents, Alice is shocked to learn that the sailor is her childhood love, Caleb, who she thought was lost at sea. She yearns to trust him again, but what about her plans to marry Clarence Hielott, the wealthy shipyard owner? When Clarence exposes the secrets of Caleb s past, Alice realizes that the boy she once knew is now a man with a dark history. Can she trust Caleb with her heart once again? And what will she do about Clarence? Find out in this thrilling and adventurous love story."

This book was a fun read, with great characters and enough plot twists and turns to keep me wanting more! My 17-year-old daughter enjoyed reading it, also.