Monday, January 18, 2010

Pay it forward - a surprise give away to my 40th follower!!!

New Year's Resolution tracking:
Writing progress:  Good.  I keep going back and forth between two different stories as they move me..but both seem to be coming along far. 
Weight progress:  The scale is happily to not get distracted and keep up the good eating habits and exercise.  Easier said than done!
Reading progress:  Nada.  I failed on this one over the weekend but since I did some writing..not feeling so guilty about it today.

Good morning everyone!  What a wonderful many lovely comments left for me and a few new faces!  Hope your weekend went well...before returning to the grind I have an announcement...

Congratulations to Eisley Jacobs for being my 40th follower!  As you may or may not be aware, I won a give away for being Michele's 40th follower (see post here) and received a very cool book that I will be reading next!  I thought it would be cool to pass along the 40th follower give away as there was just something so fun about receiving a new book in the mail that I didn't purchase myself.  We all love books, right?  I also like the way Michele chooses to support local venues, new authors and independent publishers so I've chosen my list of books in that same way.  And there are even a few from some fellow bloggers.  And without further they are...

Eisley - feel free to email me (think you can click on my profile and send an email but if not let me know) with your selection and your address, which I promise to keep private and use only for purposes of sending your free book.  This is too much fun.  I could get addicted to give aways.

Lily Wright is a doctoral student in psychology struggling to uncover the cause of her own serious depression.  As the anxiety generated by her increasingly disturbing dreams and flashbacks convinces her she has repressed the memory of some traumatic event, she finds herself clinging to the one unexpected bright spot in her life - the intoxicating and debonair Dr. Gabriel Martin.  Losing herself in their whirlwind romance, Lily is almost able to escape the depths of the psychological darkness that once nearly engulfed her.  But when their budding relationship is threatened by an unknown foe, Gabriel's mysterious behavior leads Lily to supsect that he is not who - or what - he appears to be; in fact, he may hold the answers to her own forgotten past.

There's more to life than playing make believe.  Sandra Moyer has a good reason to distrust actors.  She was once married to one who left her and her child.  However, she's desperate for publicity to help her struggling preschool.  Hollywood playboy Ben Capshaw's request to access her classes to prepare for a role is an offer she can't refuse.  Sandra second guesses herself on that decision until she sees Ben in action with the children.  Her apprehension turns to wonder, and then to feelings she'd thought were closed off forever.  Yet how can she trust that what she's seeing is real?  As a boy, Ben learned that acting was the answer to everything.  The role he's up for now will enhance his career and, he's sure, secure his happiness.  But spending time with Sandra and her daughter stirs up emotions that-for once-aren't pretend.  Ben's ready for a lifetime role as husband and father-if he can convince Sandra not to typecast him.

Past mistakes can never be forgiven...
Mike Taylor is the epitome of stability.  His family is proud of his academic and athletic achievements at Georgia Tech, and despite the temptations of college life, he has maintained his moral standards.  Yet beneath the peaceful surface, Mike is consumed with guilt, fearing condemnation and rejection.  A former girlfriend's abortion and the intense love he feels for his roommate's wife constantly remind Mike of his failures.  Unable to forget and full of shame, he refuses to forgive himself.  When Danielle enterst his life, he realizes he can no longer hide the past.  Will she be able to reach him or is Mike past the point of redemption?

I REALLY REALLY wanted to list even more but I'm running out of time.  Hope everyone has a terrific day and I look forward to catching up to each of your blogs!

I'm off for coffee...



  1. Congrats Kristi on your 40th follower!

  2. WHOA, could my day get any better?!?! ;)

    That is completely awesome. I am stoked! Thanks... I gave away chocolate a few weeks ago... maybe *I* should give away a book. Hmmmm, you have my wheels turning now!


  3. Okay, I cant find a place to email you... @EisleyJacobs Tweet me and we will exchange mail ;)

  4. That's cool.

    And oops, wrong cover art for my book, too! Right one is up at my blog.

  5. Thanks Kimberly!

    Eisley - I'll email you and get your excited to give away my first book on the blog! WEEEEE!

    Diane - SO sorry about the cover...I've updated it! I pulled it from the Barnes & Noble website this morning! Thanks for letting me know!

  6. Congrats! I think I may need to check out that book myself :)

  7. Congrats to Eisley on the win and to YOU for the 40th follower! Huzzah!

    Happy Monday,

  8. Congrats on more than 40 followers. I left something for you on my blog. Check it out.

    Lynnette Labelle

  9. Congrats on 40 followers, although now I think it shows 45! I am excited each time I see a new face!

  10. Thanks for the book recommendations. I always love to have them. I am trying to get caught up on the Harry Potter series before movie 7A comes out this summer and I am trying to write, I have a project, and read adult books in between. Congrats! 40th follower.

  11. Congrats on the 40th follower and congrats to Eisley! Also, how fun to see Jennifer Shirk's novel up there (I've been following Jennifer for a while). She's so sweet.

    It sounds to me like your New Year's resolutions are going well. There's only so much time, so you can't be too tough on yourself.

    Thanks for the visit and the follow. Back at ya! ;)

  12. congrats on your 40th follower except now it shows 48 ---wow that went fast. Now with me it's 49.

  13. Thanks everyone for all the GREAT comments! I am feeling the blogging love today!

    I feel like I should also post a disclaimer: I haven't yet read any of these books that I'm giving away. They are on "my list" but I haven't gotten to them quite yet!