Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

Normally, I do not shop on the day after Thanksgiving—for one reason because it’s way too crowded!—unless there’s something I really want and it’s priced ridiculously low (as in 75% off).

But this year, #2 son woke me up at the crack of dawn to go shopping, because he saw a necklace in the paper that he wanted to buy his female friend for Christmas. So since we were there, I decided to look at two other necklaces that were also on sale.

Surprising, we were the second in line at the jewelry counter (which just shows how early we arrived, because by the time they opened, the parking lot was packed). The woman in front of us asked to see the two necklaces that I was interested in. During the course of their conversation, the saleswoman stated that they only received one each of those necklaces, so, of course, the woman purchased both. Thankfully, they had six of the necklace that my son wanted, so he did get to buy his Christmas gift.

I’m not upset that I didn’t get to buy these necklaces, but here’s what does upset me—if a store advertises something, they need to have it in stock (to only have one is ridiculous!), and if they don’t have it, they need to offer rain checks. Could I get a rain check? No, because at the bottom of the sales paper in tiny print it said ‘no rain checks’.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

For those celebrating the holiday...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congrats to Terry Spear!

Big huge congrats to fellow author and critique partner, Terry Spear. Her book, Heart of the Wolf, was named one of the Best Books of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly.

Way to go, Terry!

If you haven’t read this book yet, you should--it’s fabulous!

You can learn more about Terry's books by clicking HERE to visit her website.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Newest Member Of Our Family

On my first birthday my grandparents gave me a puppy (although, I honestly don't know what in the world they thought a one-year-old needed with a puppy). He died when I was sixteen. I cried for an entire month. I have refused to have another dog since then.

My kids have spent the last 10 years begging for a dog, and we've always replied with a very firm 'no'. the newest member of our family:

He's a stray that we adopted from the pound (with a nice, hefty adoption fee attached!). I swear I feel like I have another child. I have to watch him constantly to make sure he's not into something. I'm hoping things will settle down in a few months, and he'll learn the rules of the house. But in the meantime, if anyone has any tips on how to get a dog to stop chewing on shoes, please share them! He has chew toys, but for some reason would rather chomp on shoes instead.

On the bright side, he does very well with not using our house as a toilet, and for that, I am most grateful!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Winners Are...

I received approximately 75 entries for my November contest. A huge thanks to all who took the time to enter!

I had my oldest son draw two names out of the hat, and the winners were: Cathy M. from California and Michelle B. from New York.

Cathy chose to receive a copy of Her Protector, and Michelle chose to receive a copy of Finding Passion. Enjoy, ladies!

Please remember to check my website and blog the beginning of December for information about my next contest.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

November Contest (ends 11/20/08)

Since my monthly contest was on hiatus last month, this month I’ll be drawing two winners. Each winner will receive a download of either Her Protector or Finding Passion (their choice).

To be entered into the drawing, all you have to do is send me an email and tell me what you’re grateful for this year (since we in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving this month) and tell me which book you would like to receive. You can view the blurbs for the books and read excerpts and reviews at my website.

The contest will run through November 20th, 2008. One entry per person please.

Visit my website HERE for more information.

Good luck!