Monthly Archives: February 2014

Books! Giveaways! Books!

IT IS MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

As you can tell, I’m still like a six year old when it comes to my birthday. Well, any birthday really. I love them. I love the opportunity to celebrate life and have fun. Since I like celebrating so much, I’m having a giveaway. Actually, I’m having three. It’s pretty simple, in each giveaway are books I’ve read and enjoyed over the last few months that I want to share with all of you! I love books, I think the perfect gift are books. So BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!!

Here’s how you enter. Each giveaway is posted here, plus Instagram, Facebook, TwitterGoogle+, and Tumblr. To enter, like each post on the social media platforms you use, plus leave a comment on this post. Each like, comment, and share is an additional entry! The more you do, the more entries you have in the giveaway. The contest will be open through the of the day Friday, February 28th, 2014 for entries. I’ve included the direct link to each post below each giveaway. I will draw random winners (three for each giveaway). Each winner will win one ebook from the giveaway.

*One note: these ebooks are purchased by me and have nothing to do with the authors in any way. I simply liked each of these books and want to share them with my fans as a special birthday gift. If we have enough entries I may throw in some additional ebooks and signed bookmarks… or even a paperback or two!

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And finally, a personal update from me (while hiding from my children):

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Tracie Puckett Likes to Break All The Rules

It is Tuesday, which in the publishing world means it’s release day. But this isn’t just any release day, Tracie Puckett’s Breaking Rules debuted at #1 (yes, #1!!) on iBooks Australia! (Isn’t the cover beautiful?!?!)

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Now, Tracie is my friend. So of course I’m a little biased, but seriously, the girl knows how to write a story! And when I say she likes to break all the rules, I mean it. She breaks all the rules! She’s beautiful, smart, far too young (compared to me), and a mom. She rose to fame all on her own with two awesome young adult series, and now she’s published her first full length novel. She’s blazing the way for indie’s and building a solid business out publishing.

If you haven’t picked up her young adult series Just a Little, then grab the first four stories on Amazon for free here: link.

Did I mention I’m a character in Breaking Rules? Well, there is a character with my name… and she happens to own the town bookstore which is my other dream life! So… I’m pretty stoked.

So, what is Breaking Rules all about? Here is the synopsis:

Sometimes, the lessons of childhood are damaging enough that, by eighteen, you’ve figured out some rules so you don’t repeat your parents’ mistakes. For Mandy, that meant finishing her last year of high school, going to college, and then returning to small-town Sugar Creek to live a solitary life as a writer. 

That was the plan, and her main rule for avoiding complications and staying on track was to never, ever, EVER let someone get too close. 

That was before she met Gabe. 

And when Gabe starts to awaken emotions she’s never experienced, Mandy suddenly begins to question every belief she’s ever had. 

She can’t be falling in love, can she? That would be the biggest mistake of her life, wouldn’t it? Could she break one of her most important rules—for Gabe?

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A little TMI and another GIVEAWAY!

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Pre-order for the soundtrack to Maybe Someday is live and available here! If you’re here for the giveaway and are short on time, just skip to the bottom.  But come back because this one deserves a read.

I think I’ve posted about Griffin Peterson enough for the majority of you to know who he is by now.  For those of you who just joined my page in the last few minutes, let me catch you up by linking you to this post.  We’ll give you a few minutes to read and catch up.

Okay, so now that we’re all aware that he’s a talented singer and the face on the cover of Losing Hope, let me explain how he also became associated with my newest project, Maybe Someday. 

No one really knows the whole story.  I originally came up with the idea for Maybe Someday before I even knew…

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The Parent Trap Cures the Flu (and other odd things I believe when I’m sick)

Being sick is interesting and you can tell a lot about people from the way they handle it. For me, it usually throws my eccentricities into the spotlight. Echoes of my childhood, belief system, and personality all shine (for better or worse) under the intensity of feeling like crap.

For instance: I will not sleep in my own bed.

Can’t do it. Never have. As a child I’d set up on the couch in the living room and wouldn’t return to my bed until I was healed. There are actually several logical reasons for this.  There was a TV in the living room to keep me entertained. Back in the ’80’s and ’90’s you didn’t move a TV unless you absolutely had to–the things were massive and heavy bricks. I will never forget my first bedroom TV, partially rigged by my Papa (hi Papa!) so I could have a remote control. But even after that, I preferred the comfort of the couch. I hate being alone when I’m sick and it was soothing to have the busy sounds of the house around me.

Also, my bed is my bed. I don’t want germs or bad memories in it. I have to sleep there every night.

I want Campbell’s chicken noodle soup in a can. I don’t care if there are “healthier” versions out there. I want my Campbell’s! Preferably with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And a 7up or Ginger Ale.

Side note: right after Nate and I started dating, my birthday weekend and also the weekend he met my parents, I came down with a vicious sore throat. He brought me a 4-pack of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup and I knew it was love.

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I watch the exact same movies every single time I am sick. As a kid, that was The Parent Trap with Haley Mills. Usually followed by Parent Trap 2 and 3. Then back to 1 again. We’d throw in Troop Beverly Hills for variety. Also, Star Trek TNG works well for extended illnesses (especially when it was on Scifi 12 hrs a day).

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As an adult, I have a thing for Ever After and Battlestar Gallactica. I know, weird combo, but the more you get to know me, the more you realize this makes perfect sense.

I only go to the doctor if I’m near death. My philosophy is most things are a virus that has to run it’s course, so why bother? Also, germs. Also, getting dressed and moving. If it gets bad enough, I’ll go. But not very often. I prefer the “sleep your way to health” method, combined with steamy showers, and the aforementioned chicken soup. I’ve been lucky that is usually all I need. But it does occasionally backfire.

Right now I’m half asleep in bed with my son’s stuffed dog, hoping to whether this virus relatively unscathed. In the meantime, I’m ready for my chicken soup and movies!

What weird things do you do when you’re sick? Wear three layers of clothes? Sleep in the same shirt every time? Listen to rock music until the germs vibrate out of you?

Kill it With Kindness

And by “it”, I mean anything bad: meanness, doubt, fear, pessimism, bad news, doom. Kill. It. With. Kindness. 

My friend Mary Chris Escobar wrote an excellent blog post today about this. She was inspired by a movement toward kindness. How a simple act can not only help someone else, but you as well. Please stop by her blog and see what the kindness is all about.

As for me, I will be participating as soon as I get my booty to a store to buy some post-it notes. I’m going to vow to make it a weekly post on my Instagram because we all need a reminder and Instagram is fun. There is a hashtag for Instagram: #WomanKINDness if you want to see what everyone else is posting.

Now go forth and be kind. It may just change the world, one post-it note at a time.

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