Friday, November 28, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness + Big Giveaway #28

Welcome to November and Unwritten's next BIG event, 30 Days of Thankfulness, featuring a tremendous giveaway that will be PERFECT for a reader on your Christmas list...or a gift for yourself!!! We are giving away a...



Yep, you heard me right, but that's not all. All authors participating in this month's event have also generously donated a Kindle copy of one of their books so you'll already have some great stories to read when you curl up with your new Kindle!! To enter, just complete all the easy entries on the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this page. Today let's hear from author Tony Acree and what he's thankful for :

Mom

The thing I am most thankful for is my mother. On May 23rd of this year, my mother passed away from acute leukemia. The disease hit her quickly and from diagnosis to her death was four days.

My mother raised her children to be independent, strong willed and loving. She taught us there are two ways you can face adversity: throw in the towel and ask, “why me?” or push forward and say, “I can”.

The last day of her life, she continued to show all of us how to live our lives better. Knowing she was going to die, she made several phone calls, checking on friends and family, sharing a laugh and letting each of us know, we were going to be alright.

My mother’s faith in an afterlife was unquestioned, her love of family, unequaled, and the joy she shared unsurpassed. I owe all that I am to my mother. This will be the first Thanksgiving without her. But when we all gather for dinner at my aunt’s, we will be giving thanks for having my mom in our lives.

I love my mother. I give thanks for all the memories which keep her with me, every day. 

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Amazon best selling author, Tony Acree,likes putting characters in situations they think they will never survive, and find out if they're right. He lives near Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, twin daughters, two female dogs, a female cat, and says the way the goldfish looks at him, he's sure she's female, too. 

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Author of the bestselling novel The Hand of God and The Watchers


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness + Big Giveaway #27



Welcome to November and Unwritten's next BIG event, 30 Days of Thankfulness, featuring a tremendous giveaway that will be PERFECT for a reader on your Christmas list...or a gift for yourself!!! We are giving away a...




Yep, you heard me right, but that's not all. All authors participating in this month's event have also generously donated a Kindle copy of one of their books so you'll already have some great stories to read when you curl up with your new Kindle!! To enter, just complete all the easy entries on the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this page. Today let's hear from author Amber Skye Forbes to tell you about some things she's thankful for :

Strength
            This year has been difficult for me. I have gone through several mental health crises that have made it difficult for me to be thankful about anything. I was hospitalized in October after a traumatic event and being in a mixed episode for bipolar disorder. It was a 24-hour suicide watch. Yet, these things have strengthened me, and that is what I am grateful for. I am grateful for the strength I have gained this year through everything that has happened to me.
            Many of us do not think we are strong. Many of us do not think we are strong enough. As someone with PTSD, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, I fall prey to thinking this copious amounts of time. I am a survivor of these things that have happened to me this year. I am a survivor because of my strength, my willingness to fight through the pain and still go after what I want. I have become more compassionate and understanding. I was already these things, but continuously building strength without letting the world harden you magnifies these qualities of mine each time I have nothing left but strength I have to grasp on to. After all, when there is nothing left, strength is all you can grab to survive. It may be merely surviving, but strength will soon help you live.
            As a marketer for Southern Siding, this job constantly reminds me that I am strong because it is a goal-oriented job. My job seems so simple on the surface, but it is unlike retail or working in food service. It’s a job that requires fight and determination. It’s a job that requires you to read Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends & Influence People. It’s a job that empowers me, it’s a job that reminds me what I have in life, and it’s a job that pushes me toward the future.
            You would think writing would do this for me—and to a certain extent it does. However, my passion for ballet, another love of my life, does instill confidence in me, because, for me, ballet is MUCH harder than writing. I know I am a good writer. I don’t need to be told that. Of course I can always improve. That’s what I strive to do with each story I write. I want each book I write to be better than the last. Yet, with ballet, you continually learn new things, you continually learn new exercises. When you grasp these things, when you can get an exercise that was so difficult at first, you are filled with a sense of pride, confidence, and strength. My job as a marketer does the same for me. Writing is so subjective. Some will hate your work. Others won’t. But ballet and my job are objective.

            Thus, I am grateful for my strength pushing me through life. 

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Amber Skye Forbes is a dancing writer who goes through life creating words with the tips of her toes. She dances ballet and writes for teens. As both a dancer and writer, she has gained enough confidence to go out into the world and instill this confidence in others. She loves her job as a marketer for Southern Siding and has high expectations for her future in this company. She lives in Augusta, GA, where she attends an online college to make her life more flexible. Besides writing, dancing, reading, and working, she loves her fiance, fashion, make-up, video games, her family, cat, and compassion. 

Website: AmberSkyeForbes
Facebook Page: AmberSkyeForbes
Twitter: AmberSkyeForbes





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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness + Big Giveaway #26

Welcome to November and Unwritten's next BIG event, 30 Days of Thankfulness, featuring a tremendous giveaway that will be PERFECT for a reader on your Christmas list...or a gift for yourself!!! We are giving away a...




Yep, you heard me right, but that's not all. All authors participating in this month's event have also generously donated a Kindle copy of one of their books so you'll already have some great stories to read when you curl up with your new Kindle!! To enter, just complete all the easy entries on the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this page. Today and all other days that aren't spoken for, I'll be taking the reins to tell you about some things I'm thankful for :



Food & Memories

My mom and I loved cooking together for the holidays. One of our favorite discoveries were these double layer pumpkin and chocolate pies. So light and fluffy--the perfect dessert after we'd stuffed ourselves with turkey and fixings. When I married and moved away, my mom cut the recipes for the pies out of a magazine and taped them to her handwritten recipe page so I could have them  for Thanksgiving dinner with my hubby. Even now, 11 years after she passed away, I still have this page, and as you can see from the pic below, have used it faithfully every Thanksgiving since then. Tonight, I'll once again be making these pies, only in my mother-in-law's kitchen instead of my mom's. Along with that, I'll be making my mom's famous cranberry salad, a true family favorite. My kids will be helping me, and while we pop open cans, stir, measure, and mix, we'll talk about my mama and some of the great memories we shared together as I grew up.

Who are you remembering this holiday season? What special foods/recipes make you think of that special person?


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness + Big Giveaway #25

Welcome to November and Unwritten's next BIG event, 30 Days of Thankfulness, featuring a tremendous giveaway that will be PERFECT for a reader on your Christmas list...or a gift for yourself!!! We are giving away a...




Yep, you heard me right, but that's not all. All authors participating in this month's event have also generously donated a Kindle copy of one of their books so you'll already have some great stories to read when you curl up with your new Kindle!! To enter, just complete all the easy entries on the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this page. Today and all other days that aren't spoken for, I'll be taking the reins to tell you about some things I'm thankful for :

Travel

Though I've never left the States, I am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to travel to a bunch of cool places within the USA. Most of those places are thanks to my husband, who occasionally travels for business, and the kids and I occasionally get to tag along. This year, we've had some great trips, like St. Louis for spring break:

At the top of the St. Louis Arch--great view!
In July, hubby and I got to sneak away to the Smoky Mountains & Gatlinburg, where we took a hike through the beautiful forest on my birthday:


In August, we made our annual trek to Dayton, OH for the Trans Am Nationals. Took 1st place in our class with our 30th Anniversary Trans Am. Again :)


And we visited the famous haunted bookstore in Tipp City, which has appeared on several TV shows. 
My daughter's face is representative of how bored the kids were in there.
I don't understand my kids sometimes... books AND ghosts--what's not to love? :)
Our latest trip was to Atlanta for fall break, where we visited Coca-Cola World, The Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Zoo, and the kids proclaimed favorite restaurant in Atlanta: Burger Fi.
Trying sodas from around the world at the tasting lab in Coca-Cola World.
Wherever our travels take us, I'm thankful that I can share these adventures with the ones I love most in the world.



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Monday, November 24, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness + Big Giveaway #23 & 24!

Welcome to November and Unwritten's next BIG event, 30 Days of Thankfulness, featuring a tremendous giveaway that will be PERFECT for a reader on your Christmas list...or a gift for yourself!!! We are giving away a...




Yep, you heard me right, but that's not all. All authors participating in this month's event have also generously donated a Kindle copy of one of their books so you'll already have some great stories to read when you curl up with your new Kindle!! To enter, just complete all the easy entries on the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this page. Today and all other days that aren't spoken for, I'll be taking the reins to tell you about some things I'm thankful for :

Teachers

I took a day off from the giveaway yesterday, but today, I'm devoting TWO days to my heroes--teachers. They are amazing, devoted, hard-working people who do not get enough recognition. Here's a great video that shows how teachers really deserve to be treated! Thanks to teacher and fellow author, Matt Posner for sharing:



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Saturday, November 22, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness + Big Giveaway #22

Welcome to November and Unwritten's next BIG event, 30 Days of Thankfulness, featuring a tremendous giveaway that will be PERFECT for a reader on your Christmas list...or a gift for yourself!!! We are giving away a...



Yep, you heard me right, but that's not all. All authors participating in this month's event have also generously donated a Kindle copy of one of their books so you'll already have some great stories to read when you curl up with your new Kindle!! To enter, just complete all the easy entries on the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this page. Today let's hear from author JT Adeline and what she's thankful for :

JT Adeline/ author of A Day as Dark as Night/ First in the Dark As Night Trilogy

What is the one thing I am most thankful for this year?

I found this very difficult to answer. The several different versions before this one would prove that. Of course, I am thankful for the obvious reasons; family, friends, having a job. But how do I narrow it down to one thing without sounding big headed and selfish?

This is how.

I have wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember. I have been writing down ideas and stories since I was in grade school. It took just one meeting, and sitting next to one very important person, to make my dream a reality. None of this would have happened if my sister Debbie hadn’t shown me the way. My journey started with a newspaper clipping.

My sister lives in Wyoming MN. Like anywhere, a small community newspaper is delivered to her home. Inside was a notice of an author meeting, Northern Lights, at the local library. She cut it out and mailed it to me. On the day the meeting was held, I like to say I crashed the meeting. Crashing it sounds so much more exciting and so not me! But in reality, I walked in and was invited to stay. As luck would have it, I ended up sitting next to an editor of Mélange/Fire and Ice. And before I knew what was happening, I was on my way to be being a published author.

So, what is the ONE most important thing I am thankful for this past year? I am absolutely, positively, thankful that my big sister Debbie gave me the kick in my pants I obviously needed. Thank you Deb, for sending me on my way to become the author I have always wanted to be, and giving me one of the most amazing rides I have ever been on!


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JT Adeline is the youngest of six kids, and two very supportive parents who have always encouraged imagination and creativity. She currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband of 26 years, her two sons, a stubborn cat and a large American Bulldog.







A Day as Dark as Night is her first published work and can be purchased at; Amazon.com, LuLu.com, and FireandIce.com.

JT Adeline can be reached at the following:
www.facebook.com/JTAdeline



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Friday, November 21, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness & Big Giveaway #21

Welcome to November and Unwritten's next BIG event, 30 Days of Thankfulness, featuring a tremendous giveaway that will be PERFECT for a reader on your Christmas list...or a gift for yourself!!! We are giving away a...



Yep, you heard me right, but that's not all. All authors participating in this month's event have also generously donated a Kindle copy of one of their books so you'll already have some great stories to read when you curl up with your new Kindle!! To enter, just complete all the easy entries on the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this page. Today let's hear from author Christoper Carrolli and what he's thankful for :

Everything            

What am I most thankful for this year? It’s a question that I, like everyone else, usually takes for granted. Mainly, I’m thankful for my health and the health of my loved ones. The recent holidays have been hard with the loss of my mother in 2011, but I’m thankful that my family manages every year to celebrate the holidays the way she always had. It becomes a tribute to her. I’m thankful to know that some semblance of our departed ones lives on. I’m also thankful for my faith in Christ.

            And of course, I’m thankful to be a published author with Melange Books. I’m extremely grateful to work with a publisher who devotes so much time and energy not only to my books, but to all Melange authors—thanks again, Nancy. And yes, I’m thankful to be working alongside a great group of authors. I would also like to extend my thanks to my readers who have stuck with me through these first four books. You all know who you are. Thanks to all of you, keep reading, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Christopher Carrolli is a 2006 graduate of University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and an English Writing major, and also the winner of the Ida B. Welles Prize in Journalism. The Skinwalker’s Tale is Christopher Carrolli’s fourth novel and fourth installment in The Paranormal Investigator series from Melange Books. He is anticipating a fifth release in 2015.



Contact links:



The Skinwalker's Tale

http://www.melange-books.com/authors/christophercarrolli/index.html



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