Book Fun Magazine Free and giveaways!

Book Fun Magazine is giving away 140 books by more than 100 authors of which I am one.

The Signature Library Contest details can be found in the magazine.

One winner will get first choice of 30 books, the next person 20, 5 people will pick 10…. it will be awesome.

Just register for the magazine and you are entered… 80 pages of great articles too! While you are there if you would click on my book cover for A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee. You’ll help me to win a competition between the authors.

Here is the link for the magazine: http://www.bookfunmagazine.com/i/90331

Thanks!
Diana

to inspire and be inspired award

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I have been tagged for an award which requires me to award 11 other bloggers. 

The rules are simple:

  1. Select 11 fellow bloggers you wish to bestow this honor;
  2. Ask them 11 questions about themselves, and
  3. Post your answers and nominees to your blog
  4. Grab the logo for your website .

But first I’ve been asked to answer 11 questions by my nominator, Peggy Lee Hanson.
My 11 questions for my nominees and the answers to them:

  1. Are you a new entrepreneur or have you been in business for awhile? I’m a writer and I’ve been penning for money since 1988. (Why does that year look like, “Once upon a time?”
  2. What is your biggest blogging challenge? Finding time to interact on social media and writing blog posts.
  3. What is one goal for your blog? There’s a goal? No one told me!
  4. If money were no object, what would you do all day long? Write and take dance classes.
  5. Who is your ideal customer/client? I have readers. I love my readers and I hope to bring them a few hours of escapism in my books, maybe a laugh or two as well.
  6. What social media sites are you on aside from Facebook? LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, TheBookClubNetwork and Goodreads
  7. What is stronger for you, your dream or your doubts? Dream!!!!
  8. What services does your business offer?A chance to read about some fun characters.
  9. Do you have a business coach? I don’t. I do have many other authors who are willing to give me suggestions.
  10. What makes you happiest about your business? I get to do what I love to do each and every day.
  11. What is your biggest guilty pleasure? melted cheese

The winners:
Laura Vincent Price Hilton http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/2012/10/at-feet-of-jesus.html

Reatha Groenewald http://www.biblefascination.com

Ken Weliever http://thepreachersword.com

Stacy Strickler http://comealivein365.com/

 Jan Kearney http://www.beyondfaithintofreedom.com/

Megan Thompson O’Donnell http://www.chaosserveddaily.com

Penny Dupis http://lifeinaletter.com

Alana Mautone http://ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

Marleen Michaelis Gallagher http://marleens-crafty-space.blogspot.ie

Dee http://moonpreneur.net

Tammara Leigh http://www.tamaraleighauthor.wordpress.com/
 

A typical Writing Day

A typical Writing Day
by Keli Gwyn
Diana invited me to respond to this prompt: “What does a typical writing day look like for you?”
I chuckle when I’m asked this question because I don’t have a typical writing day. I’d like to say that I bound out of bed full of energy, spend an hour in sweet communion with the Lord, and head to the computer to crank out a couple thousand words before lunch, but that scenario is a wee bit idealistic in my case.
In reality, I don’t think in terms of days—typical or otherwise. I think of my writing as happening in seasons. I have Research Seasons, Plotting Seasons, Drafting Seasons, Revising Seasons, and Editing Seasons. When my debut novel released this past July, I experienced the whirlwind of my first Promotion Season.
While I’m in the planning stages of a new story, I’ll spend countless hours devouring reference books. During the actual writing phase, I lose track of time as I immerse myself in the 1800s. I can get so into the period that hearing the phone ring or the dryer buzz startles me, since such sounds have no place in my story world.
I enjoy each season, but like so many writers, I have to allot time to respond to email, connect on social media, blog, etc., too. And then there’s housework, exercise, and family time. Finding a balance that works for me can be a challenge. I’m beyond grateful for my incredibly supportive husband, who understands when certain seasons consume me and certain chores don’t get done. Yup. He’s a keeper.
Thanks for hosting me, Diana. Spending time with you and your blog’s visitors is a pleasure.
I have a question for all of you: If you’re a writer, do you have a typical writing day, or do you tend to have writing seasons as I do?

Thanks for posting today, Keli.

Here’s some information about Keli and her new book, A Bride Opens Shop in ElDorado, California

Fun (and my favorite) version: Keli Gwyn writes stories that transport readers to the 1800s, where she brings historic towns to life, peoples them with colorful characters, and adds a hint of humor. A California native, she lives in the Gold Rush-era town of Placerville at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, set in the heart of the Gold Country where she lives is currently available.

When Keli’s fingers aren’t hovering over the keyboard of her newfangled laptop, she enjoys strolling past stately Victorian houses in her historic town, burying her nose in reference books as she unearths interesting facts to include in her stories, and interacting with other romance readers. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, the Coach factory outlet store, and Taco Bell.

To learn more about Keli, you can visit her Victorian-style cyber home at www.keligwyn.com, where you’ll find her parlor, study, carriage house, and more, along with her blog and her social media links.

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Widow Elenora Watkins is determined to provide for herself and her daughter without relying on anyone else. Can she run a successful business after falling for the competition? Miles Rutledge finds himself willing to do anything to keep Elenora in town. But can he win her heart while putting her out of business?

I liked this book. Elenora is not a wimpy character. She is a determined single parent making sure her daughter feels like they are family.

Keli is giving away a copy! All you need to do is leave a comment with your email address.
Here’s Keli’s question again.

“I have a question for all of you: If you’re a writer, do you have a typical writing day, or do you tend to have writing seasons as I do?”

My question is: If you aren’t a writer how to you get your reading time?
Diana

Sara Sundin

back cover copy:

 
Lt. Mellie Blake is a nurse serving in the 802nd Medical Squadron, Air Evacuation, Transport. As part of a morale building program, she reluctantly enters into an anonymous correspondence with Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer in the 908th Engineer Aviation Battalion in North Africa. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face to face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage to their past? And can they learn to trust God and embrace the gift of love he offers them?
 
Links:
 

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Blog: http://www.sarahsundin.blogspot.com
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Testing BlogJet

                                        Blogjet and Windows will it work?

I have installed an interesting application – BlogJet. It’s a cool Windows client for my blog tool (as well as for other tools). Get your copy here: http://blogjet.com
“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination.” — Albert Einstein

Sorry for this brief interruption but I’m trying out this program I heard about from Michael Hyatt. Already I’m a bit ‘unsure’ as they suggested a FTP server and sent me to a link to sign up (paid link) so we’ll see if I can upload photos without it.

If it doesn’t work you’ll see a blank space where the cat hovering over the keyboard is supposed to be.

black, white and gray cat standing over keyboard

I’d say it didn’t work. I can’t figure out how to make ftp service work (it does come with windows) you have to know things that I don’t.  So for me, while this program seems pretty great it, but not so much for me and blogger. 
Besides it’s Saturday. What are you doing inside?

Home –easier

I love hard boiled eggs, I just have a problem getting them cooked long enough, and peeling them makes my deviled eggs pretty ugly.

Make Better Hard-Boiled Eggs By Baking Them in The Oven, Not Boiling Them

Naturally most of us think hard-boiled eggs should be boiled, but a better way to get that perfect hard-“boiled” egg may be to actually bake it, according to Alton Brown. You can bake dozens of creamier eggs at once. READ MORE Make hard boiled eggs in the oven