This next week is going to be a whirlwind… I remember this from the past Spring, when THE REASON IS YOU was about to launch. The week before is a blur of blog posts and tours and giveaways and never-ending anxiety. LOL. Well, that’s about to start again.
When JUST ONE DAY released recently, (my e-novella) I didn’t have time for anxiety…. It was so fast and spur of the moment, I didn’t get a chance to obsess over its entry into the world. Hmmm, that may be the way to go.
Now… BEFORE AND EVER SINCE is about to step out there.
Just 11 days away. *nail chewing and pacing commences* And with that, I wanted to let my wonderful readers know what fun is coming this next week. Here goes…
- I’m starting a virtual blog tour on Monday, and I’ll post that starting link here on Monday. This tour will be at different sites and will post on M-W-F through Nov 22nd. Great giveaways on this tour, including free books from myself and other authors, swag, totebags, and gift cards! All the tour stops are also listed on my event page.
- Also kicking off on Monday are the 8 Life Lessons Learned via Emily Lockwood of BEFORE AND EVER SINCE. These are fun little daily lessons that come with exclusive excerpts from the book that you’ll only get here on this blog! These have their own perk, as one commenter from all eight posts will be chosen to have a significant character named after them in my next novella, which will be done in Spring 2013.
- Like your men handy? All this week, in honor of the hot tool guy, Ben, in BEFORE AND EVER SINCE, there will a “Hot Tool Man of the Day” posted here and on Facebook and Pinterest. Just because. Be sure to follow my Facebook Author Page and Pinterest page!
- ON RELEASE DAY! Now, this isn’t technically this week, but I want to give you a heads up… I’m having a Facebook party from 10am to 5pm CST on Nov 6th. This is piled with goodies and giveaways that all you have to do to win is register! Click here for all the details! After that…whew….is a Twitter Launch Party from 6pm to 7pm CST–an action packed hour of giveaways! Click here to go register for that!! I’ll post more on these during the week, but go ahead and register…it’s free!
*sitting down to rest*
I think that about covers things for now. I can’t wait for everything to rev up on Monday, so I hope to see you back here!
That’s right. Just two weeks from today, on Nov 6th, BEFORE AND EVER SINCE will be officially out in the world.
It will be floating around cyberspace in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, The Book Depository, and any other online book sites, and nestled in all its paper glory on the shelves next to THE REASON IS YOU. And if I’m really lucky, it will be placed on the New Releases table as well.
And there are some events to come starting next Monday, launching the book buzz into the world. There will be a virtual blog tour with giveaways (stops on my event page), Excerpt teasers with life lessons from the main character (fun!), and a Facebook party all day that day with a Twitter party that evening. Craziness! Fun! Freebies! What could be better?
Cookies!! I’m even making cookies. Or my daughter will. So that I have something to graze on during all these parties.
If you haven’t preordered BEFORE AND EVER SINCE yet, and plan to buy it, please consider preordering! (You can use any of those ebook links above and click on ‘paperback’ if that’s your preference) It makes my first week’s sales look good, which makes my editor happy. LOL.
Thanks to you all and have a fabulous Tuesday!
Short and sweet, but something to get you thinking today….
If you could choose one day in your life to go back and revisit…what would it be?
Any day…at any point in your life… And push yourself. We all have the easy picks. Children’s births, obviously. Try to think outside the box.
And would you change anything, or just want to watch again?
I’ve been very lax of late on my blogging, and I apologize. Deep, scraping bow kind of apologize. Everything is about to explode in my world–in a good way–but explosions nonetheless.
But first I want to put a shout out for my Off The Beaten Path blog feature tomorrow! This month I have RWA-WF chapter’s very own Pam Morsi! SO excited, and you will love her wit and charm. She’s giving away a signed copy of her latest book THE LOVESICK CURE to a random commenter, so be sure to come play with us!!
JUST ONE DAY, my first time writing a novella, started with Nook First last week, which runs for 30 days before it goes out to the rest of the big bad world. In three days, it hit #4 on Barnes & Noble Nook Books Bestseller list, and this week it’s holding steady in the 20′s, so if you didn’t hear me scream, suffice it to say there was noise. It made me an official National Bestselling Author, which is mega-cool to stick by my name. And it kicked off more sales for my first and upcoming books, which is even better.
Speaking of upcoming….. BEFORE AND EVER SINCE is a month away! You know there’s a hot carpenter guy in it, right? He can come to your house. You can preorder him here. And here. And probably other places too, but you get the point.
And….something I’m jumping up and down about today. You know who Kathryn Stockett is, right? (ducking as you throw things) Yeah….we ALL know who she is. We all want to BE her. And I get to sign books with her!!!!!!!! Okay not like–sitting next to her, being her BFF or anything (although I would love to be her bff, and send funny text msgs back and forth) but signing at the same event!
I was chosen for the John Cooper School’s annual Signature Author Series event in The Woodlands, TX (Houston area) as one of about 10 authors to do a book signing event. Kathryn Stockett is the keynote speaker, and she’s bringing the director of THE HELP movie with her. There’s a big luncheon, and video presentation of all the authors, and massive publicity. And….it’s three days after BEFORE AND EVER SINCE comes out….so hello…great timing!
So so so so excited about that. If you are in the Houston area on November 9th, this is an event to put on your calendar!
Okayyyyyyyy….I think that about covers things for right now. Oh, and I wrote a 4 page synopsis last night in an hour…which could mean that the world really is ending in a couple of months. Or just that angels rained down good juu juu on me for once.
Everyone have a fabulous day, and come back tomorrow to talk to Pam!!
Today I want to talk about meat.
My daughter and I were talking about whether we, at this point in our lives, could become vegetarians. See, I’ve never been one that had to have meat with every meal. Don’t gasp and throw your hands up, you carnivores out there. I do love a good steak here and there.
I’m from the south so fried chicken is a staple.
And a big juicy burger is one of my favorite foods.
But before I met my now husband, my daughter and I lived on mostly pasta, veggies, and turkey, with the occasional chicken and ground beef. Very occasional. He and his son lived on mostly meat with an occasional vegetable. Very occasional.
When we blended our two families, it began to meld. He and his son learned to appreciate a green bean. I, in turn, learned to come up with a meat dish every night.
So what are your feelings on the subject? I think I could be a vegetarian…as long as I could take a sabbatical once a year…like a weekend of burgers…but the rest of the time I think I could do it.
I wasn’t even going to post anything today…it being an official Be Lazy Day and all. It’s not that at your house? Sorry about that!
But anyway…I was flipping through my email and got the automatic feed from Jenny Hansen’s blog about So Much Coffee, So Little Time and I just couldn’t stand to not do something. She talks about her love for the brew…even posts pictures of her favorite mugs. I can’t lie down on this. I have to join in the crazies.
Coffee…I’ve decided…was Heaven sent. I mean, God put those wonderful little beans on bushes for a reason! Now, I guess you could say the same thing for tobacco leaves and …ahem…another funny little leaf… and poppy seeds… but HANG ON! Okay, maybe not everything He put down here is something we have used to our greater good, but coffee is just a cup full of wonderful.
Do you hear the angels? No? That was just me?
Here are six reasons coffee works for me, along with some pics of my favorite all time mugs that the rest of my family knows to back away from.
1) It turns my brain on in the morning after I stumble around with all systems decidedly OFF.
2) It makes the house smell good.
3) It makes that little gurgling sound that gets my birds to chirping…see it makes them happy too.
4) It WAKES ME UP, and more importantly, gives me a good attitude.
5) It can be straight, flavored, creamed, whatever. You can customize it to your liking!!
6) Without it, I’m not a good person.
Like Jenny, I’m trying to drink more water although I’m not a fan. I do drink alot of sweet tea at night…more than I should…but this is the South and I’m pretty sure it’s required. On the weekends, coffee is only a morning thing because I can switch over to that, but on weekdays at the day job, coffee flows like…well…like how water probably should.
What are your thoughts on it? Are you a coffee drinker? Tea? Soda? What’s your weakness?
And feel free to share pics of your favorite mugs, either in the comments if you can, or tweet them to me at @sharlalovelace.
Okay, Jenny, you made me be all productive today. Had to actually get up off the couch and go take pictures of mugs. See the power you yield? LOL!
This is a big year in our house. The last of our little birds has started her senior year. That pic up there is her first day of Kindergarten, and her first day of 12th grade.
Three times this week, I had the question posed to me asking how I have time to write with a full time job, so I thought I’d shed some light. It’s no big deal, not shocking. I’m far from the only one that has to juggle a day job and whatever else our calling might be. But it is a little fun to lay it out, in a way.
So here’s my very not-exciting day in the life…
5:00am alarm goes off…I either stumble to the coffee pot or hit snooze.
5:09am alarm again if snooze…let’s face it, I hit the snooze. NOW the coffeepot
5:30am coffee…sit with my old lady dog and check Twitter and email.
5:45am reluctantly drag my butt off the couch and fix hub’s lunch, feed cockatiels in the aviary
6:00am go stare at myself in the mirror & decide if I can get away with no makeup for work (I have chosen that route more than once…)
6:15am wake up hubs for work and go back to stare some more. get disgusted at my lack of natural beauty and go for another cup of coffee
6:30am kiss hubby goodbye…wake up daughter for school…listen to her stumble and grumble for coffee (mini-me)
6:35am give in and put on a face, dry and straighten swamp-girl hair, find something to throw on. Luckily I work in a refinery and this consists of a t-shirt and jeans most days.
7:00am hug grumpy teenager goodbye, give old lady dog a belly scratch, drive to work plotting out my next scene.
7:15-3:30pm sit in a void, crunching numbers, occasionally checking my phone for email. Plotting…always plotting… Of course every time I get a good thought the damn phone rings.
3:30pm LEAVE WORK !!!!
3:30-4:30pm errands, groceries, bank runs, pick up dinner if I’m not cooking, anything else mundane.
4:30-5:30pm say hello to family, do laundry, cook supper unless I was lazy and picked up fried chicken.
5:30-7:30pm My Writing Time. This is a loose term, since it’s in the living room, and people come and go as they please or need something. “Need” is another loose term, since it can be as simple as “Do you know if it’s going to rain tomorrow?”
8:00-10:30pm TV with hubby and daughter. Sometimes also writing, but hard to focus with things blowing up in surround sound. Or if it’s Hell’s Kitchen. Or White Collar. Because I’m a slut for both of those.
Anything after that…. bed.
Weekends… that’s a little different. It’s a free-for-all. I get up early before anyone else is moving, and write when I can around chores and life and family and whatever needs to be done.
So tell me YOUR schedule. And non-writers, how do you plan your days around the things you love the most?
I have to ‘fess up. I love dogs and like cats, and am basically an animal lover in general. Rarely will I pass up a chance to pet something furry, and baby-anythings just do me in completely.
My old lady dog, Ruby…proof of my love…
I’ll refrain from posting a picture of what has become the bain of my existence lately. …. read more of this post at Women Unplugged.