Monday, October 22, 2012

Naughty and Nice Blog Hop

Congrats to Stephanie Sloane, Ruthie Knox, and Molly O'Keefe on their upcoming release!

Prizes - R@R is giving away (must be 18 or older to participate):
  •  15 Net Galley Preview copy winners of Naughty & Nice  
  •  5 ABOUT LAST NIGHT paper giveaways (US only)
  •  Grand Prize of $15 Gift Certificate to eRetailer of choice!!

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For the Naughty and Nice Blog Hop, I'm giving away a few delightful treats as well. I'm giving away the first book in my Coveted series and some other favorite eBooks. Four winners can possibly win one of the following:
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Want a chance to preview my Coveted series for free? Check out Collected, my free prequel novella on Amazon. Or try other retailers.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wicked Romances Giveaway Hop

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  Sharing My Favorite Read Giveaway Hop was organized by Reading Romances!
Thanks for stopping by! What's up for grabs? An eBook copy of Kept, the UK edition!

What you can win here: eBook - UK edition of Kept
Number of winners: 5
Open to (INT, US or US/CAN): INT
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Want a chance to preview the series for free? Check out Collected, my free novella.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Authors Against Bullying

When I got the email from Mandy Roth via Yasmine Galenorn about Authors Against Bullying, I couldn't wait to express my thoughts on the matter. I want to say point blank that bullying is wrong. It is a hurtful act that has a long term effect.

Sadly, I know what it feels like to be bullied and that's not a good thing to carry on your shoulders. When I'm with friends, I'm pretty easy-going and social, but in actuality, I've always been quiet and shy. Add on top of that I'm an awkward geek. My favorite place is working at home all alone--which doesn't make me an ideal person to plan a party. LOL Crawling into my shell and keeping quiet is easier that talking and having people judge me. Which shouldn't have to happen.

Over ten years ago, when I was in college, I cared about what everyone said I should look like, what I should say, and do. Even farther back in middle school, I was bullied from time to time. Now that I think about it, I didn't have the best fashion sense (in college, high school, or middle school), but I didn't deserve to feel left out or different. I've had people tell me I talked funny (I was from Iowa and lived in Florida for a period of time) and people said cruel things about my clothes. (Hey, I thought the leg warmers I had on were awesome.)

Memories can really suck. Especially when they are vivid. I remember how much it hurt and how I dreaded going back to school with kids who had pretty hair and nicer clothes than me. That nicer clothes thing never ended, even into college. As an adult, I've come to realize that there will always be someone who dresses better than me. The same pretty much applies for everyone. And it's okay! As long as you have a good attitude about the skin you're in, it's all good. I've met strangers who weren't in the latest designer duds and had more positive energy than some of the unfortunate folks who had plenty to say about the department store clothes I wore. I've had some wonderful friends who treated me well and I'll always remember them and smile. Wouldn't you like to be the person who does that for someone else? I'd like to be someone's good thought for the day. It's not that hard, either.

I actually had a woman say something interesting to me yesterday at the post office. She said, "You're so polite."
"Well, I want my children to be that way," I said. "I guess I should practice what I preach."
She just smiled at me and gave me my stamps. As I left the parking lot, I thought, Gee, she noticed how polite I was. Shouldn't everyone act that way? Does that mean people aren't even courteous anymore? To her?

It doesn't take a lot of work to not be a bully and I hope everyone who reads this will work today toward treating others with respect.

Another thing I want to add. If you have been bullied, I want you to know something cool I've learned: I don't worry about those things as much any more that bothered me when I was younger. Even though I encounter people every day who judge me, I see through a different set of eyes now. I finally realized that all the strangers outside of my door won't pay my bills, take care of my kids, or live my life for me. (Or back when I was kid, I should have seen that they weren't lining up to do my homework or my chores.) I don't need their opinions as a source of happiness. I should make my own. When something is about to bother me, I say to myself, "If someone has something foul to say about me, that's on them to work out. I have better things to do and they don't mind my business so why should I mind theirs?"

Over time, I've learned it's okay to be different. I've embraced my quirkiness and I've had so much fun doing it. I've learned to rise above other's people's negativity and you can too!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Be Mindful of What You Want to Collect

I'm pleased to announce I've released a prequel novella to Coveted called Collected. Be sure to check out what trouble Natalya got into before Thorn returned home. :)


Natalya Stravinsky, the charmingly neurotic werewolf from Coveted, is featured in this prequel novella. Before Thorn Grantham returned to South Toms River, New Jersey, Natalya lived alone with her stash of holiday trinkets. Her life takes an interesting turn when she faces a difficult challenge: to find a stolen figurine she’d recently won from a magical creatures auction website. It should be simple, just demand for it back from the pesky thief. But a set of events occurs that puts not only her life at risk, but her family’s as well.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Thank you, Paul Marron!

I got the coolest surprise today from a wonderful friend who gave me the ultimate hook up! She gave me a signed copy from the cover model, Paul Marron! Isn't it awesome? How she managed to get him to sign the darn thing, I do not want to speculate. He was probably doing what he always does--looking awesome--and she probably begged and did some elaborate, hypnotic dance. After that she probably told him how I'd blubber and repeat the words, "No way. No way. Are you serious? Are you for real? How did you get him to say yes? Umm, okay. No way! No way!"

I shall call it my precious and kick away the filthy hobbits who try to come near it!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Shawntelle's Street Team

Want to help me get the word out about my books? I'd love your support. To help spread the word, I invite you to join my street team. Even if all you want to do is recommend my books to your friends, that great. To learn more about my street team, check my website.