LDS Authors Giveaway Hop

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I’m participating in the LDS Authors Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not a Writer & American Night Writers Association.

I’m giving away an autographed, personalized copy of SADIE or AUGUSTINA (US only) They’re both LDS romantic suspense novels written by yours truly. You can get extra chances to win by sharing about the giveaway or following my facebook/twitter/blog, etc. 

The giveaway ends on my birthday, October 15th. How cool is that?! My readers give me so much, I love giving back to them/you. So this is perfect!

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WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY

SADIE: 

Sadie Dawson thinks she has the perfect life until accusations and misunderstandings throw her life into turmoil. Fleeing her boyfriend’s wrath in a blinding Montana snowstorm, she is rescued by four friends on their annual ski vacation. While she knows there is more to a perfect life than diamonds and dinner parties, she must discover who has her best interests at heart and who she can trust . . . before it’s too late. (more)

AUGUSTINA:

Against the odds, Sarah Augustina Dawson survived the wrath of Guillermo. But not without a price. Forced to leave her beloved Montana behind, she and Josh are on the run. Within the warmth of the South, she’s determined to find peace and conquer her past, even if only in her mind. But Guillermo can’t let go. He’s still orchestrating, hunting, and devising ways to exact his own kind of justice. When the law swings in his favor, he’s ready to end the feud that started the moment Josh walked into Sadie’s life.(more)

Once you enter, make sure to jump from link to link (see bottom of this post) to win tons of other books. There are 53 links down there. That’s a lot of chances to win!

BUT FIRST…I want to put in a quick plug for the Whitney Awards. I’m the secretary of LDStorymakers, and we’re trying to get the word out about the Whitneys. The Whitney Awards recognize the best novels written by LDS authors in a certain year. Awards are given in the following categories: Best Novel, Best Youth Novel, Best Novel by New Author, General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Speculative, YA General, YA Speculative, Middle Grade. They are completely dependent on reader nominations. See the winners from last year here. Several were written by NYT Bestselling authors. So, if you win a novel and love it, or if you’ve already read and loved another novel written by an LDS author (published this year), please nominate it for a Whitney Award here. You can nominate as many books as you’d like.

Alright. Are you ready?  :)

Good luck!!!

Each of these blogs is hosting a giveaway as part of this hop:


Just in time for AUGUSTINA, SADIE is on sale!

Just in time for Augustina, Sadie is on sale.Sadie

It’ 75% off for a limited time! That’s $4.99 at Deseret Book right now.

Wow!!!

Early Christmas shopping anyone? If you can get the book to me, I’ll sign it.

(And in case you didn’t see or hear the shouts of joy from Michigan, Augustina is now available on Amazon:http://alturl.com/ruocp)

Fun, fun, fun!

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Countdown to Augustina: The Cabin

I came home from Utah with three boxes or pictures (not tiny boxes either) from my  parents’ house since they’re moving. I browsed through them today and came across a few of our family cabin we had awhile back. My parents sold the cabin when they went on their mission to England, so we haven’t been there in awhile. But…

I loved that cabin!

In fact, I loved it so much, I wrote it into SADIE and AUGUSTINA.

Sam Jackson’s family owns a cabin up in Whitefish, MT, and the four guys go up their every Christmas Break to ski. Sam’s cabin isn’t exactly like my family’s cabin, but it definitely has similarities: huge great room, two-story stone fireplace, loft, large pine walls, wrap-around deck.

With AUGUSTINA a week-ish away, I thought you might want to see it. :)

  • Side note to my dearest family: Don’t kill me for posting these pictures. Here. I’ll mention to my blog readers that the pictures are at least 10 years old, and we’re all much skinnier, prettier, and more stylish now. *cough*. Plus (1) I didn’t tag any faces or name any names, and (2) I’m 1,600 miles away so what can you do to me? :) Hopefully, the pictures will bring back great memories. We all loved the cabin.

So here they are:

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The cabin in early spring. In Sadie I mentioned large windows and a wrap-around deck, plus aspens all around the lot. So pretty.
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This is my family 17 years ago (again, don’t kill me). Note the matching outfits? When you read about Sam’s family having matching outfits in their pictures, you’ll get the general idea.
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Not the greatest picture, but here’s a shot of the large, stone fireplace. Sadie loves the stone fireplace in Sam’s cabin. :)
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Besides a cute pic with my dad and my oldest, this one shows the loft where the guys slept.
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More matching outfits. My mom is the queen of matching outfits. She kept OshKosh in business.
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The pine kitchen with some awesome girls.
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Haha. I just had to add this one because…well…it’s awesome. My boy is 17 now. Talk about bribery. Only unlike my brothers and sisters, I live with him. Shoot. I might be in trouble for posting this. Shhh!

I hope those give you a better idea of the cabin mentioned in my two books.

Only more week until AUGUSTINA!!!

Do you picture Sam’s cabin looking at all like our family cabin?

Countdown to Augustina: Taking a Poll

As I work on Augustina, specifically on the formatting, it got me wondering which formats people read Sadie in.

And then in the last few weeks, people have mentioned that they’ve reread Sadie  in anticipation of Augustina (so cool!!!), which made me wonder how many times you’ve read Sadie

And then I wondered who was your favorite character.

So…

If you read Sadie, answer the three questions below:

Awesome. Thanks!

If you haven’t read Sadie, now’s your chance. It’s 50% off here.

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Countdown to Augustina:

Countdown To Augustina: Synopsis

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For day 2 of the countdown, here’s the synopsis of Augustina, the sequel to Sadie:

Against the odds, Sarah Augustina Dawson (Sadie) survived the wrath of Guillermo. But not without a price. Forced to leave her beloved Montana mountains behind, she and Josh are on the run. Within the warmth of the South, she’s determined to find peace and conquer her past, even if only in her mind. But Guillermo can’t let go. He’s still orchestrating, hunting, and devising ways to exact his own kind of justice. When the law swings in his favor, he’s ready to end the feud that started the moment Josh walked into Sadie’s life.

Check back for more updates in the countdown to Augustina, or if you aren’t signed up yet, you can get updates to your email address by signing up here.

Thanks!!!

SADIE’s Book Birthday Giveaway

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Well, it’s almost time folks.

SADIE, the World’s Greatest Christmas Break LDS Romantic Suspense Novel, was released on 11-11-11. That means as of Sunday, it will be exactly ONE year ago that I went from a girl with too many voices in her head, to a published author!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SADIE!!!!

To celebrate this momentous occasion (okay, I’m fully aware that nobody cares but me, but still…) I’m giving away an autographed, personalized copy of SADIE.

To enter to WIN, you must:

  1. Promise to love the book. Or at the very least you must really, really, really, really like it. After all, it’s the World’s Greatest Christmas Break LDS Romantic Suspense Novel. :)
  2. Live in the US. (Sorry. Shipping issues.)
  3. Fill out the form below so I know you’re interested.
  4. ENTER by November 19th. That gives you a little more than a week to enter. 
  5. That’s it. However…If you want EXTRA chances to win, spread the news about this book birthday contest on facebook, twitter, or your blog (1 extra entry per mention). But you kinda have to tell me if you’ve spread the word, so I can put your name in extra times. (Why does that make me think about Hunger Games–yikes! This is a much happier reason to have your name entered multiple times, so don’t be expecting extra food rations, ’cause it’s not happening.) It’s easy to share this contest with the buttons at the bottom of this post. Just drop me a note in either the comments here, or in an email here to let me know. 

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Here’s the synopsis:

Sadie Dawson thinks she has the perfect life until Christmas Day, when accusations and misunderstandings throw her life into turmoil. Fleeing her boyfriend’s wrath in a blinding Montana snowstorm, she is rescued by four friends on their annual ski vacation. While she knows there is more to a perfect life than diamonds and dinner parties, she must discover who has her best interests at heart and who she can trust . . . before it’s too late.

 Read more about Sadie (and watch a couple videos) here.

Okay, now you really want it, right? And don’t forget, if you already own a copy, it will make an awesome Christmas gift. See…look how happy the ladies are.

Alrighty. Are you ready? Setty? 

Go!

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One more cheesy picture. Can you tell I spent several hours on the couch this week sick?

Good luck!

Leave a comment or ask questions here.

I Geek Being an Author

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The White Lake Library in Michigan hosted a local author event last weekend, and they were nice enough to let me join the other 17 authors from Southeast Michigan.

Like other events, I met some amazing people, both authors and readers.  I have to say, this is a perk of being an author I didn’t anticipate. I’ve have thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and talking about books, books, and more books.

It’s awesome!

During the event, the library filmed each author talking about their book(s).

Here’s my video:

Let me just say, there’s a reason I’m an author, not an actress. Okay, there are several reasons, some more obvious than others. But one of the main reasons is I am a million times more comfortable behind a computer screen than a camera. Heck, it took me nine months to get comfortable explaining my books to complete strangers. Doing it on camera was like…well…like taking a final exam with people you respect, adore, and want to speak to you again watching you the whole time.

You think you can talk about your own book? Prove it. Under duress. 

I’m being a little silly. I wasn’t under duress. It’s the nerves talking.

A…n…y…w…a…y…

As part of the GEEK THE LIBRARY campaign, the library gave me two cool pictures to thank me for coming. They now hang on my fridge because I truly geek being an author. 

Love it!

Btw, THANKS!!!! friends and readers who came out to support me at the library. You guys are the best!

Side note: After hearing my stunning description of SADIE, I’m sure you want to give it to everyone you know for Christmas, right?  Well, you’re in luck!

SADIE is 50% off at Deseret Book right now!

While I might be the tiniest bit biased, it’s a great read for Christmas. It’s set over Christmas break and has fun stuff like skiing, roasting marshmallows, and cozy fires.  Get it 50% off here.

If you live anywhere near me, email me and I’d be happy to sign it for you or your friends. If you don’t live near me and don’t mind shipping it to me, the same thing applies. Just drop me a note. My email is on my bio page.

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Have a good one!

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Pinterested in Augustina?

I’m a visual person.

When I write books, I like to watch the scene play out in my mind before I ever type a single word. Expressions. Curtains. Clothing. Sunlight. I see it all–or if I can’t, I daydream away until I have it. 

Then I write.

Often I’ll go looking on the internet for photos that capture the mood, feel, or character I’m looking for. Those are the fun days. Guess what. Today is one of those days. :) 

I’ve placed a few of my favorite pictures on a new Pinterest board I’ve created for Augustina, sequel to Sadie. Pinterest was created for visual people. I love it!

Check out Augustina’s board here for a sneak peek of what’s coming.

I’ll definitely be adding pictures as I finish up the novel.

Tellico Lake, Eastern TN

For now, I have to say, I’m loving where Sadie’s story goes. I know, I know. I’m the author. I’m supposed to be in charge of where the story goes, right?

Wrong.

I make outlines and plot like crazy, yet sometimes the characters take over. They do what they’re gonna do, and occasionally that’s in direct opposition to what I want them to do. It’s like Frankenstein. I might be the mastermind of the creation, but once it comes to life, it has a mind of its own.

Thankfully, I like where Sadie headed. She’s awesome!

(Yes, I’m fully aware that I’m insane. She’s not real. She’s not real! Keep telling me that.)

I still feel horribly guilty for all the garbage I’ve thrown Sadie’s way. She comes to a dark place in her mind in book 2. It was hard to write it–very hard to let her hurt inside so badly. I think one of the biggest mistakes authors make is protecting their characters. I knew this going into the book, yet I still wanted to protect her emotionally. But that’s not life. In fact, that’s not even good fiction. The best stories are about people who hit bottom and rise to the top. I’m hoping that you as a reader will hang in there with Sadie. She goes pretty low. Hopefully you’ll forgive me for it. She has. And she comes through it stronger and better for it. I think.

(Yep. You’re ready to call the insane asylum on me. I know it. Well, you can’t call until I finish the book. Sorry. After that, go ahead. Quite frankly, I could use a break. If it makes you less worried, I’m laughing as I type. Or does that worry you more?  It’s like Shannon Hale says, “Becoming a writer sounds more like a mental illness than a professional choice.” So, so true.Oh man. I need more sleep. Okay. Take a breath. Now I’m ready. *putting professional hat back on*)

The first book took place near Whitefish, Montana. 

My husband and I visited Whitefish (near Kalispell) awhile back, and I fell in love with the area. It’s so gorgeous with its crisp mountain air, unending pines, and amazingly blue skies. 

Sadie’s favorite place in the world, Whitefish Lake, MT. (This was taken from our cabin in 2007).

One of the things you’ll notice in the Pinterest board are a lot of pictures of Tennessee. Not Montana. That’s ’cause book 2 takes a turn. A turn southeast.

Back in ’04, my husband and I took our three (at the time) kids, and traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee.

We went to watch the filming of my dad’s movie, The Work and the Glory, which was filmed close to Knoxville.  What an experience that was–one for another post. But here are a few pics:

Inside the McBride family store as they got ready to shoot
“Nathan Steed” with my two kids. Super nice guy.
On set, outside the McBride store. We’re all wearing heavy boots because it had rained so hard in the last month, the entire set was one big mud puddle. It ended up causing a lot of issues, but we thought it was loads of fun.
“Lydia McBride” learning to ride a horse. Do you see what I mean? Tennessee is gorgeous. This picture makes me want to put Sadie on a horse. Hmmmm.  Thinking….

 

In a few short days, I fell in love with Tennessee. It’s so picturesque. We spent a morning in the Smoky Mountains hiking and exploring waterfalls. Gorgeous. And the people were so open and friendly. Very welcoming. Very southern. If Sadie and Josh couldn’t be in Montana, it only seemed fair to send them somewhere just as amazing. 

Great Smoky Mountain NP
Gerald N. Lund (Grandpa) taking Andrew on a hike through the TN version of the Sacred Grove

Side note: spelling Tennessee over and over and over again has been the bane of my existence this last year. For the life of me, I can’t get it right. Is it two ‘E’s or two ‘S’s, or both, or neither? And what about the ‘N’s? Ugh. What would I do without spell check?

Alright. Enough rambling. This was supposed to be a quick post. Of course they all start that way in my mind: “Oh, I know. I’ll just write a quick post about…” 1,000 words later. Ugh. Sorry. :)

The gist

Check out Augustina on Pinterest here, and tell me what you think. Hopefully, I’ll have a release date for it soon!!!

Have a great one!

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