Man, I Love Distractions!

First off, a quick update. My mother-in-law, though doing and feeling fairly well, will soon need further treatment. We’re not really excited about it – and who could blame us? But she is strong and has a lot of support. My husband is taking her on a road trip to visit with her sister before she’s too tired to do so. She also keeps saying that she can watch our son again. But considering how much he wears me out, we’re quite sure she’s not ready for that. Right now, we’re just focused on her kicking cancer in the teeth.

And I just wanted to tell you all thank you – thank you for your posts and comments. Though I may not hit the ‘like’ button or remark on your blogs, I am reading them and enjoying the distraction from the day-to-day. You’re awesome – plain and simple.

Which leads me to my next distraction – a BRAND NEW book by fellow author and friend, Erik Gustafson. The best part? It’s FREE for a limited time!

Click to Get it on Amazon

Click to
Get it on Amazon

Genre(s): Horror, Science Fiction, Adventure

Description: “Trent’s grandfather vanished without a trace many years ago and now his brother has been found dead. Mutilated in a field. And the dead man’s son is missing. A fishing trip gone terribly wrong. Trent soon discovers that the guilty are beyond the law—light-years beyond the law. His quest takes him, his brother’s wife, and a small band of close friends to a haunting world he knows nothing about, to strike an impossible deal with the very monsters that tore his family apart.”

Get it on Amazon >> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FNH2YDG

Find Erik Online:

Website – http://erikgustafson.wordpress.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorErikGustafson
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Eriktiger
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004NYCP5M

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Another pleasant distraction are my book covers. Because I’ve been selling them, I’ve had to make new ones to replace them on MelchelleDesigns.com – ones I will show you now…

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General and Romance Fiction Premades

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PEACE AND LOVE
by Melchelle Designs

THE BIG DAY by Melchelle Designs

THE BIG DAY
by Melchelle Designs

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Fantasy Premades

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STORM by Melchelle Designs

STORM
by Melchelle Designs

SACRED SWORD by Melchelle Designs

SACRED SWORD
by Melchelle Designs

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Horror Premades & Science Fiction Premades

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CHILLS by Melchelle Designs

CHILLS
by Melchelle Designs

BOOM by Melchelle Designs

BOOM
by Melchelle Designs

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Thank you again, everyone! Someday, I’ll get back in the writing game. But, as I always say, family first. ;)

Take care!

2013 Hopefuls & The Coffee Quiz

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For this New Year (yes, I know a week has passed already) I am not making resolutions. I don’t believe I’ve ever made a resolution before. They just feel like promises I won’t keep or will eventually forget. So, for 2013, I will be making “Hopefuls” for this year. It feels like a lot less pressure, if you ask me. I’m still setting goals for myself, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t achieve one thing or another. And a few of them won’t even be for myself. On that note…

5 of my Hopefuls for 2013

  1. Sell More Books – I’m not putting a number on this, because I am not Corporate America. I refuse to lay out a bunch of charts and graphs and analyze every last thing, much like they do at my place of employment. No one day of sales is like any other, because there are too many outside factors that no one can predict. I would just like to get more of my books into the hands of the right readers, and I would love to make a bit more money than I did in 2012.
  2. Query (and Convince) More Agents – I’m pretty sure I didn’t query ANY agents in 2012. I had jumped into the world of indie/self-publishing so fast that I just didn’t make the time. But now that my blog is up and rolling and I’ve got my social media profiles accessible to the world, I’m ready to juggle another couple balls. I have a fairly large project (a trilogy mixed with urban and high fantasy for teens to young adults) that I would love to find representation for. It’s a story I feel very passionate about, and one I know can go far in the traditionally published world. I just need to get off my rear and pursue it with as much passion as I have for it.
  3. Read More Books – And this time, I’m not counting the children’s books that I read to my son. I received a lovely Amazon gift card for Christmas (thanks Dad & Liz!) and I definitely plan on using it. For those of my author pals I’ve met here online, I will buying up whatever of your books I didn’t already snag during a giveaway.
  4. Teach My Son to Read & Write – I know this one could be a stretch. He’s only three years old, but he should at least know how to read and write his own name. And given the prerequisites for kindergarten, he’s going to need to know more than what most of us had to before we went to school. We plan to enroll him in a Pre-K program part-time when the time comes, but there are prerequisites for that as well. Lucky for me, he loves to read.
  5. Quit Smoking – Okay, so this one is more of a resolution. But I really want this – not just for me, but for my husband and son as well. I know my husband will quit if I do, and it’s key that we do it together. We’re just afraid of lashing out at each other or even our son in the process. My biggest problem areas will be when I’m home alone or at work. I tend to slip into that “sneaky teenager” mentality of “he won’t know if I have one or two” and ruin my chances for success. We’ll have to get our co-workers to rally around us, and (probably the hardest part) have faith in ourselves and each other. I want to have the energy to run and play with our son. I want to live to see him get married. I want to meet my grandchildren and run and play with them. Plus, I’m sure the rest of my family and non-smoking friends would love for us to quit as well.

I have more, but they’re personal. You understand.

What are some of your Hopefuls for 2013?

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And now, The Coffee Quiz! Thank you to Ben Trube at http://bentrubewriter.wordpress.com/ for tagging me. ;)

1) How many cups of coffee per day? 2 or 3

2) What is your favorite caffeine delivery system? I am guilty of loving Mountain Dew. I can’t help it. It’s just so tasty.

3) What was your best cup of coffee? A warm cup after being out in the winter cold is always the best cup of coffee.

4) What was your worst cup of coffee? Any coffee served at the mandatory meetings at work. Nasty.

5) What does your favorite mug say? My favorite mug is the top half of the snowman mugs my husband and I share.

6) How do you take your coffee? Lots of cream, lots of sugar.

7) When was your first cup? I think I was 16 when I had my first cup. We weren’t allowed caffeinated anything growing up, so I started grabbing a cup at the local coffee shop with my friends before school.

8) Have you ever gone on a coffee date? Not really. I went for coffee with my guy friends, but just as friends. These days, I usually only drink coffee at home.

At this time, I will now tag the following authors to surrender their deepest confessions to The Coffee Quiz:

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Enjoy your day everyone! :D

Year in Review – 2012

Hey there! I just wanted to share my “Year in Blogging” with you, my friendly followers.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

I’d like to thank everyone who visited my site in 2012 – especially my Top 5 Commenters:

Paula Actonhttp://paulaacton.wordpress.com/ – 86 Comments

T.W. Dittmerhttp://twdittmer.wordpress.com/ – 84 Comments

Sapna & Sharmisthahttp://easyondeyes.wordpress.com/ – 69 Comments

Shirley S. Simonhttp://superphoenix.wordpress.com/ – 39 Comments

Erik Gustafsonhttp://erikgustafson.wordpress.com/ – 30 Comments

You’ve ALL made my first blogging experience a fantastic one. You welcomed and encouraged me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Here’s to 2013! More books, more authors, more followers and certainly more friends! Best wishes to you all! :D

Thank you all so much!

Family of Bloggers Award

Rules for the Family of Bloggers Award:

(1) Make sure to pay credit to the one who nominated you

(2) Place a link to the one who nominated you on your award page

(3) Tell what attributes you bring to the family, using an anagram of the word FAMILY.

(4) Nominate at least 4 other people to be in your family of bloggers, and for this award, and notify them of their nomination.

Many thanks to the lovable Paula Acton for nominating me for this award. Since starting this blog, she’s become a great motivation for me and my writing. ;) She’s a writer, poet, photographer, and Super Mum, among other things. You can check out her blog here: http://paulaacton.wordpress.com

What attributes do I bring to the family? Let’s see…

F – Frugal… I was raised on a tight budget, so I always make sure I get the most for my money. I could win the lottery and still buy only what I need to survive.

A – Anti-social… I go out in public and all, but nothing beats just hanging out with my little family at home.

M – Mother… It’s the hardest role to fill. You’re always protective, always wanting to make sure you’re doing things right, all while wishing he didn’t act so much like you.

I – Indignant… I tend to speak my mind, even when I probably shouldn’t. But sometimes, certain people need to know when they’re being a dumbass.

L – Leery… When you’re wronged by so many people you should be able to trust, it’s only natural to second-guess others. You never really know anyone.

Y – Youthful… I don’t feel like my age, and I hope I never do. I love to joke around and laugh at stupid things. Cringe if you must, but fart jokes are funny.

Real family loves unconditionally and supports you no matter what, even if you set up a sand selling stand in the desert. In the virtual world, we have a whole new family. The following four nominations only scrape the surface of all the great people I’ve found since this journey began…

(1) Easyondeyes – These two lovely book bloggers won’t stop bugging me about my next book. And I love them for it!

(2) Apparitions of Terror – Erik’s stories will stick with you and keep you up at night, while his success shows you the light ahead and motivates you to no end.

(3) David McGowan – David is always looking out for us indies, offering up an endless trove of experiences and advice to keep the words flowing.

(4) T.W. Dittmer – I think Tim has commented on just about every post I’ve ever made, and he’s a loyal RTer on Twitter. Thanks Tim!

And I have to thank Paula once again. Not only for nominating me, but for all the support she’s given me. She’s a reader every writer dreams of.

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