Friday, December 30, 2011

Last Friday of 2011

Sitting here going over plans for the next year and wondering if I have totally lost all sense of reality. For comparision I looked back over my goals for 2011 and found that I accompished quite a few of them, but far from all.

If I had to choose something that surprised me this year it would be my novells A Damsel Without A Dress winning a Bookie Award at Author's After Dark Conference in Philly. 

I'm also happy to say that in December I had my 15th title released. It only took 3 years to reach that goal. I also managed to master Facebok and Twitter. Maybe I'll get this blog under control by the end of 2012.

Vanessa "The Jeep Diva"

Joy from Joyfully Reviewed

I attended 2 reader conferences giving me the honor of meeting some amazing authors, and wonderful bloggers.

Matt and Rebecca Sawyer
Author's After Dark in Philly

Some Siren Publishing Authors at
Lori Foster Reader Get Together

I had so much fun. The different parties, events, and panels were amazing.

Over the last twelve months a read some great books too.

                                               Melissa Schroeder's A Little Harmeless Sex,

Karen Hawkins  Scandal In Scotland,

Sabrina Jeffries How To Woo A Reluctant Lady,

and Erin Kellison's Shadow Bound were just a few of my favorites.

Next years schedule is jam packed full of work, fun (I hope), and lots of reading. Here's hoping everyone accomplishes everything they want in the next year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Christmas Eve Dinner

This year my family is getting together at my mother's house for a little Christmas Eve dinner. Well really there's nothing little when my big family gets together. So Saturday I will be making 2 huge lasagnas, a pan of chicken broccoli Alfredo, and a pan of linguine Carbonara. I'll also, with my nieces help, be making mini-pigs in a blanket. Now the question is what's for dessert?

What are you having?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday Thirteen: Christmas Likes (and contest)

I decided to spend this Thursday thinking about all the things I like about Christmas.
1.) Holiday Contest. I'm have a great giveaway HERE check it out!

2.) Other author's Holiday Contest. Adele Quinn is holding a contest to celebrate the Holidays and her debut release Hands On with Secret Cravings Publishing. Check it out HERE
My daughters Zombie Gingerbread man
3.) Gingerbread men.
4.) Christmas Carols. Especially when sung by Michael Buble
5.) The tree.
6.) Christmas cartoons. Who doesn't like Rudolph and Frosty?
7.) The movie White Christmas.
8.) Wrapping paper. Hey, don't laugh. It's shiny and colorful.
9.) Christmas books. I did one a few years ago. 8 Ways Onto The Naughty List.
10.) Cookies.
11.) Christmas Lights.
12.) Spending time with my hubby and family. This weekend we'll be decorating gingerbread houses, and making crafts for the tree with my sister and her kids.
13.) The best thing about Christmas is that my kids are finally old enough that I don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn. I'm guessing they'll make it until nine before they wake up.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Check This Out

A fellow author friend of mine is also doing a Holiday giveaway. Head on over to her blog and see what it's about.

Adele Quinn's giveaway

Christmas Contest

The holidays are here. To celebrate I'm doing a little giveaway, well two actually.

Are you spoiling everyone else this season ? Why not spoil yourself.

Enjoy this bounty of bath supplies and a bottle of bubbly.

Or how about a cozy cup of cocoa for two?

In this basket you'll get to have your choice of peppermint cocoa, pumpkin spice latte, vanilla latte, peppermint mocha, cocoa supreme, carmel cocoa, mint cocoa, and french vanilla cocoa in to fun holiday mugs. Oh and the little visitor is going along for the ride.

How do you win? It's easy. Like my fan page on facebook then comment here so I can verify and you'll be entered. The contest will run until December 25th with the winners being drawn, announced and notified on the 26th.