Not just a one day event, I'm blogging every day about what I'm thankful for

Archive for February, 2015

Author feature

So, have you heard the news??? 

Over on PoetryByPamela I am turning every other Thursday into a Featured Author/Blogger post. I will be doing something different with each one. I debuted it today with my favorite author, Sarah M. Cradit. Sarah writes the House of Crimson and Clover Series. You can check out the post here

But what am I thankful for today. Everything!!!!!

Today was just one of those days. But I left work early to go to the Home and Garden Show. Just seeing colorful flowers and landscaping that was alive (instead of the dead stuff we have right now) really lifted my spirits. So, while I bask in the glow of seeing flowers, you should dash over to my other blog and read about Sarah Cradit

Clean car

My poor van. It’s supposed to be a deep red color. But with all the salt on the roads, it has been looking rather white lately. It finally warmed up into the 20’s today so I figured it would be a good time to get it washed. 

Evidently I wasn’t the only one with that idea. Five lines of cars were at the car wash. As I was waiting for my turn to merge into the single line, the car next to me was making me nervous. First the lady guns it with her foot on the brake. Then she cut me off. I was still shaking my head about her when she can’t seem to get her car on the track to go through. The attendant was leaning in her car, presumably to be sure she had it in neutral. But still no luck. 

You should have seen them trying to get cars backed up so she could get out of line. Since she was right in front of me, I was sure she was going to back straight into me. Luckily that didn’t happen. 

I’m just thankful I was able to get my car washed. 

Cover Reveal: Empire of Shadows (The House of Crimson & Clover Volume 5)

As Sarah said, if you haven’t read all of this series yet, get started

...and then there was Sarah

After months and months of working to smooth and color the text for this fifth volume in the series, Empire of Shadows is off to my editor at the end of the week. Guess what that means? If you guessed coed naked pillow fight, you would be wrong. But if you guessed cover reveal, you are the winner!

Speaking of winners… I’m holding a contest over on my Facebook page. $10 Gift Card is the prize. If you like free stuff, I recommend checking that out. The pinned post has the deets.


Still working on an appropriate synopsis and blurb, and hope to have that soon. Pre-order will be live in the next few weeks.

What else can I say? This is my most ambitious work yet. So if you’re not caught up on the series yet… I recommend carving out some time! Below you’ll find a ton of…

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I know today isn’t Monday (my day to post about weight loss), but this is truly something to be thankful for.

I wear a mascot costume and even though it was custom made for me, I felt like it was tight through the arms. Tonight I put it on for an event (sidebar…it was a book swap at the local elementary school and loads of fun). Lo, and behold, it fit so much better. I was very excited to think that even though I’ve only lost 10 pounds and haven’t felt like you could tell, it made a difference. Plus I even sat on the floor criss cross applesauce and didn’t need a crane to get me up!

It is a little thing…but the little things add up to big things

Giveaway Directly from Now You Can.


Giveaway SP Vol 1 No purchase necessary. See official rules:


Now you can give away free physical products, like printed books, directly from

Amazon hosts the contest:

  • Amazon hosts the giveaway.
  • Amazon determines the winners.
  • Amazon ships brand new products directly to customers.

How does it work?

  • Find the US product page for a physical product available directly from
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Look for Set up an Amazon Giveaway. Click the gray Set up a Giveaway button.
  • Select Lucky Number or First-Come, First-Served. A Lucky Number giveaway will last longer.
  • Select the number of winners. For a Lucky Number giveaway, also select a number for which entrants (like every 25th entry) will win the contest.
  • You may add your Twitter account and require entrants to follow you on Twitter. This is optional.
  • Click the yellow Next button.
  • Complete the welcome page. If you…

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National Geographic Traveler of the Year

Give an incredible author a minute of your time. Savannah has written two amazing books about her travels already and is working on the next book – surely you’ve read them. If not, what are you waiting for? She inspires me to want to see the world.


Hey guys, could I possibly ask another favour on top of all that you already do for me?!?! A few people have brought National Geographic’s Traveller of the Year to my attention and have nominated me. If you guys feel I inspire you as a traveller, I would LOVE if you could nominate me too (and of course, any of your favourite travellers). Thank you SOOO much in advance, the form is linked below. The deadline for nominations is March 1st, 2015.
My email is and website is name Savannah Grace –>
Photo: Stumbled upon these elephant skulls next door to a little “restaurant” in Ghana, West Africa. 2008


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You Win Some and You Lose Some

I know, I know, I haven’t been here in a week. It’s been a tough week for me. This cold or flu, or whatever it was, really knocked me for a loop. I was in bed (well my chair actually) more than anything. I was off work three days and should have been off more but I was determined to get some things done. Anyway, I’m feeling a little better – still struggling with my sinuses and coughing but it is manageable.

Now, the weight loss. I didn’t have as good of a week this week. I actually gained .2 pounds. Considering that I made a couple of really bad choices and ended up binging on crackers one night late, that wasn’t so bad. I’m back in the saddle today though and tackling those two tenths plus working on more for this week.

Amazing Matilda by Bette Stevens Review

I love children’s books and read quite a lot of them to children (4-6 yrs). This story of Matilda shows how a caterpillar develops and changes into a beautiful Monarch butterfly. It is done in a way that is just perfect for young children to understand. I think this book could serve as a great introduction to more learning about butterfly development and habitat. And what a perfect thing for children to learn so they can become advocates for the environment.

Five out of five stars

Only Tuesday?

I’m still fighting this whatever it is. Cold. Flu. Just sheer misery. I shouldn’t have gone to work yesterday at all. But I stayed home today. Sleeping mostly. Feeling sorry for myself. Haven’t even been able to read. Why is it I always feel a little better in the afternoon, then the sun goes down and I feel worse again????

I’m sitting here right now absolutely miserable. I think it was the flu because I was achy and didn’t have any sinus or congestion issues. But now my head and sinuses are stuffy, but at least the achy feeling is gone. I’ve filled an entire wastebasket with kleenexes. My eyes are puffy and scratchy. It’s a good thing I don’t get sick often because when I do, it’s usually bad. I have no choice but to go to work but I’m not sure how productive I can be.

But I’m thankful today that at least I got out of the house long enough for my hair appointment. I hated to go and thought about canceling. But I knew if I canceled, getting a replacement appointment would be really difficult. And I do feel (and look) better.

Weight Loss Monday

I’m not gonna lie. I truly expected a gain this week. I was bad. Went out to dinner with a friend and had drinks. And I didn’t stick to wine, which is at least a better choice. Oh no, chocolate martini and Bailey’s on the rocks. Plus then I had another bad day.

Somehow, though, I still managed to eek out a tiny .2 loss. I will take it. At least it is still going in the right direction. Did I mention I moved down a size in jeans? That means more to me than the scale.

Onward and downward.

On another note, I’m still fighting the flu. This has really knocked me on my butt. I have been in bed since Friday afternoon. But decided to try and go to work. I lasted until 2:30. Then I came home. And now tonight I’m just all done in.

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