Thursday, September 29, 2016

Space Kitties 2 update!

It's a good day. Sunny, crisp, a little bit autumn-y.

Also, because I was sOOO totally NOT ready for the Space Kitties 2 print release party, which was to coincide with the close of the entries submission window. BUT!!! All is not lost!
Because WE'Ve PUShed It BacK!!!  
YES! We've extended the deadline to end of October because No. 1) we have writers that want in but are just "this close" and need a teensy bit more time, and No. 2) We are NOT READY for the Space Kitties 2 release, and we need a TEENSY bit more time...

So, we're giving us all more time. What is Space Kitties about if it's not about FUN... and what's fun about stressing over deadlines that are completely in our own hands?

So, presto! We have defeated stress. (For this month. Which, yes, I know, is about another 32 hours, but hey... ya gotta take stress defeats where you can get'em! That's what I say!   )
Also, I'm feeling really good atm because I'm about to flee the computer and the office and go work outside with my favorite sis (That would be Abi-sis, my bestie and Space Kitties graphic designer) and we're going to peel poles. Trees cut from the pasture, which will be used in building the shop the farm needs. So yes!
(On multiple levels. :-) )

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Just a Closer Walk giveaway!

This is for the release of Just a Closer Walk... 
Enter to win!!!

 To celebrate the release of her novel "The Solid Rock", #5 in her Hymns of The West series, author Faith Blum has a giveaway running!!!
  Hop on over to her blog and get in on the chance to win this fun prize!!! You never know, I just recently won a cute necklace on a blog contest, which I totally thought would not happen... but it did!!!

 Therefore, I recommend everyone go get entered, and then you've made that potential a possibility!!

I am weak, but Thou art strong/Jesus, keep me from all wrong/I’ll be satisfied as long/As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Katie and Joanna meet on a train headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming. They start talking and find out they
are both headed there to become mail order brides. They quickly become good friends. When they get on a stagecoach with three other young women, Katie becomes suspicious. What is going to happen to them?
Or is it really possible that nothing untoward is happening?

 Here's an Interview from Faith with her character Stephany:

Hi, Stephany. I love your name. Thank you for having me here today.

1. What made you decide to become a mail order bride? What do you expect to happen when you arrive in Cheyenne? 

I had no choice, really. I couldn’t find a job and no one would hire me. When I saw the ad in the paper, I wrote to Mr. Williamson. When I arrive in Cheyenne, I expect that Mr. Williamson will be there to meet me and we will go to the pastor to be married. Then I will take care of his two children.

2. Where are you from? Tell us a little about your family and how you feel about leaving them?

*takes in a deep breath and schools her face to a neutral position*
I am from a town in the East that I prefer not to name. My family is all gone and I had no qualms about leaving them.

3. What makes you suspicious when you and Joanna are joined by the other woman?

Five young women on one stagecoach with a driver who looks more outlaw than gentleman and no one else on the stage. That was the situation I found myself in and it just seems a bit odd and suspicious.

4. What is your favorite scripture and why?

I haven’t really read the Bible a lot, but I have always liked the verse that says, “Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you.” Even when I don’t follow it, it’s still a comfort.

5. What qualities do you hope to find in your soon to be husband and why?

Someone who is gentle, kind, and temperate. I’ve been around too many ill-tempered men to want that in a husband.

6. What is your most prized possession and why?

I don’t actually have any prized possessions. I never had much money and my mother didn’t leave me anything when she died.

Monday, June 13, 2016

SpK2 Tour Wrap-Up, and Other News.

 Okay, the Blog Tour is wrapped up, and the winner PDF has been chosen!

 A big thanks to everyone who participated... and to our fantastic Tour Co-ordinator,  Melody Muffin!

 So...  the winner is... LeAnne Douglas!!!
        Enjoy the read, LeAnne!!!

In other news... looks like we'll be making a big move these upcoming few months, so I'll probably not be on line much!

  I will be trying to keep on my writing schedule, so for all those wanting to know when the next book is out... (Where is King's Ward?! Where is Reindeer King?!)
 Never fear... I'll be getting them done as swiftly as I possibly can!!

 (Abi-sis and I were just discussing some of the finer points on those two books this morning over breakfast... and they're both such fun tales!!!)

 Also, the Space Kitties 3 will be in submissions stage until Sept. so keep spreading the word about that, and get those stories finished and submitted so when we gather up the tales and send them to the judges, yours will be among them!

 Also, I've got some art work that needs done, and I'll probably be around from time to time, so if you want to drop me a line, or message me with anything on your mind!!!

   Take care...

 P.S. Who's up for a Writer's Weekend Garden Party in the Sprignfield. Mo. area sometime in Sept/Oct. when the heat cools off down there? Wanna come?
  Let me know!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Space Kitties 2: cover reveal

Hello Kits and Cats! We've got a Space Kitties book to launch!!!

 Starting today, we've got a Facebook party going on just after noon Central, and that kicks off to a blog tour that will last all week!

 There will be a chance to win a PDF copy of Space Kitties 2: Searching the Cosmos at both the party and the tour, so be sure to drop by each of the participating bloggers posts and get in on the chances to win!

And here, the moment you've all been waiting for... (well, some of you, probably) The COVER REVEAL!

 This traveling Tuxedo kitty stares out into the nebulae as he contemplates the vastness of the Creator's galaxies!

 And to make your travels through the inter-webs easier, here's a handy-dandy list of all the blog-spots to make sure you hit!!!!
  Take care, and have fun!!

June 4 - FB party
~ tour kickoff and cover reveal at E. Kaiser Writes A Blog
~ interview with E Kaiser at The Splendor Falls
June 5 - Interview with Jamie Mortensen at Lesa McKee
June 6 - Interview with Lesa McKee at Bookworm Reading
~ FB giveaway winner announced
June 7 - Interview with Rachel Harris at Bookish Orchestrations
June 8 - Interview with Faith Blum at Rachel Rossano's Words
June 9 - Interview with H.L. Burke at Jessica Greyson
June 10 - Interview with Aletha Bakke at H.L. Burke, Author
June 11 - blog giveaway winner announced and tour wrap-up at E. Kaiser Writes A Blog

Monday, May 30, 2016

Space Kitties 2 set to release!!!

All right!!!
 Well, it's been a busy month!

 Last time I posted was to "pin the list on the wall" so to speak of the winners involved in the Print Launch of All Titles... which was a pretty big deal for us here at Hearth Books, and the completion of a whole lot of hard work throughout the past several months. (P.S. madelinejrose still hasn't contacted me, so she's at risk of forfeiting her prize win!)

 Now that this launch is over, we've actually got another one coming right up! ;-)
  Space Kitties 2 is wrapping up final edits right now, and will be officially released June 4th. There will be a FB party, as well as a corresponding blog tour running the whole first week of June, at both either of which readers can win an e-copy of this second addition to the Space Kitties tales!

  How does this sound for a teaser blurb?

"Pawsitively purr-able accounts of feline shenanigans from across the
cosmos, by a constellation of authors from across the country.
Seven cutting edge spec-fic writers band together for a
second installation of light-hearted and suspenseful stories
about kitties in space. Could anything be more purrfect?
Eight original literary entries await your imagination as kitties assert their superiority in far flung galaxies..."

 Be there or be square!!!

In other news, many of you may know that I've been using the My Word Circle site for tracking goals,
 (If you're looking for a progress bar + chart to keep you inspired, I recommend it!)
and it's been a great help in keeping on the straight and narrow with that!

 Anyway, so this is also a post to report that I finished my 20k for May 3 days early!!!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Winner Announcement... At Last! :-)

   The birds are shining, the sun is singing, it’s a lovely day...!!!

  You know what?

    Scratch that.

           It’s actually evening; the rain (rare as it is here!) is spattering against the window... (I kind of love rain, always have. There’s a word for that, “pluviophile”. Did you know that? And “petrichor” is the after-rain-smell. Isn’t that just a beautiful sounding word?)

 On this soft, rainy evening I find myself alone at my computer, consulting papers with scribblings and diagrams on them, and along with Bilbo I can say with a sigh;
 “I’ve put this off for far too long.”

 Though, I really couldn’t have given it the proper attention any earlier... and right now, I still feel a little exhausted-into-a-stupor, so you must overlook the lack of vim and vigor in this post!!!
(If you happen to notice any vim and vigor lacking, that is, of course.)

 All right!!!
  Down to brass tacks.

Once again,
 “Win'wing... 'win'wing is what b'wings us togev'ew to'w'day...”

 And we shall cut straight to the chase!!!
  I have to admit, if you find this slightly confusing, you are not alone. With so many prizes and therefore so many winners, it can be hard to keep straight.
 (Hence the papers with scribbled diagrams mentioned above! *wink* )

 But, with the help of the handy-dandy random number generator, here are the many winners of celebratory stuff!!!
  Each comment on each blog post in the tour was eligible to win a prize or prize package... and once a winner won, their other comments were eliminated and the next winner generated.

So, for the Blog Tour comments prizes the winners are...:

A prize package of,
Snow Leopard Luggage Tag & S.Leop. slim-line Wallet 
5 snowflake charms

 ...winner is LeAnne Douglas!!!


Hair Jewels (from seller)
  ...winner is Christine!!

Snow Leopard print (from seller)
 ...winner is Kelsey!

Snow Leopard photo download (emailed from seller)
...winner is  Claire B!!

2 Sets of:
6 Snowflake charms
Plus a dagger charm with each of those.
 (These mailed from us.)
  ... the two winners are... madelinejroseSkye!!!

  So... Congratulations, Ladies!!! You all made out like bandits! Wink Get with me soon as possible with your mailing addresses so I can get these things headed your way!

   Thanks to everyone who pitched in to make this happen, and special thanks to the sponsors and the bloggers!!! Wink

    Take care,

P.S. Because I'm crunched for time and don't have the energy to track down every winner here across the vast and frozen landscapes of the interwebs...  Upshot of this sentiment is: winners have to contact me.
 If they don't do so within a reasonable time, their prize falls forfeit.  And I can give it to somebody else, instead! (Who is easier to actually give it to!)

  Take care, and stay dry out there in that rain, fellow travelers!!!

 P.S. What do you think of the doodle my opening line mistake inspired? You see? You people are keeping me up later at night, even when you aren't here!!! *wink*

Friday, April 29, 2016

Announcement Postponed!

Hey all you lovely peoples!!!
 We are here to announce today that the very Official Winner Announcement needs to be postponed due to the fact that I'm way in over my head with stuff and scheduling, and a sudden trip that can't be postponed... (business, business...!)

 Anyway, because you lovely readers deserve a fun and happy announcement party here on this blog, and because I am simply unable to create that for you today, I'll have to go all dramatic and mysterious on you and say "To be continued... at a later date."

 Like, a week. I'm thinking. (Because I'm going to be gone for 5 days, and then who can tell what condition I'll be in when I get back! Ack! Introvert alert is going off, here!!!)

   So... rest assured that the entries have been noted, the votes have been tallied, the winners have been selected with the handy dandy help of a Random Number Generator.... But you won't get to see them until at least a week has past.

 (Also, please be advised that several of the blogs who had volunteered to be part of the tour actually failed to go live on the day they were supposed to... in fact, haven't yet done so, and so of course none of you could leave comments there. Never you mind, those of you who did go about and leave lovely comments on all the blogs who really were participating in the tour... Your perseverance is noted! Thanks for showing such enthusiasm for the event! We appreciate YOU!!! )

  Anyway, that's probably partially my fault, since I failed to go back and remind (read: pester) all the blogs in advance, so it was left up to each one to be organized themselves.
 (Again, crazy pressured here, so that causes a lot of things to simply slide!!)

   And thirdly, thanks to all of you who have participated in any way in our Print Launch events... we really do super appreciate you all and wouldn't have the heart to do much of this without you.
 So thanks for being there.

   Take care, and think of me these next five days... (Good, happy, adventuring thoughts!!!)


Friday, April 22, 2016

The Print Launch begins!!! *Duh-de-du-dummm!*

  Wow, today is the last day before the Launch officially starts! And the FB party's tomorrow!!!

Ack! HOW did time go bay so fast?!!!

 Oh, well, never mind! We've been working hard with the PR team and we've got a lot of super fun things lined up... with the select help of some

  First things first...
 The Print Launch will be featured on these blogs through the week, and everyone who comments on those posts will be eligible for a selection of prizes and prize packages that will be announced back here on the 29th.

 Thanks so much for the lovely features, everyone!!!

Kelsey Bryant           22nd

Rachel Rossano         22nd
Claire M. Banschbach 22nd
Deborah O'Carroll      22nd
The Editor's Note          23rd
Hope Chapel Homeschool 23rd
The Splendor Falls       24th
Megan Lynn Glass         24th
Kathy Lorentz               24th
Faith Blum             25th

  There has been such a generous response for this and I feel very humbled and blessed by each and every one of the fantastic people behind it all!!! Thank you all so much!!!
   And there can be no doubt that I appreciate it all to the moon and back, and I hope they are all blessed in return for that which they have done!
  I am very grateful for all the help and support from all the sponsors and the authors participating in the Blog Tour and the FB party!!! 24th 23rd

  There's going to be a lot of fun prizes on both the FB party and the Blog Tour comments, so everybody join in on the fun!!! :-)
 Thanks again!
  Elizabeth (aka E. Kaiser Writes!)

Prize Package lists:
 FB Party...

 We've had a lot of wonderful sponsors want to share their products during this exciting launch event, which is just marvelous! Some of these will be shipping from us, others will be shipping from the seller, so be sure to check out what else they offer, because the lucky winner will have the opportunity to have additional purchases  combine shipping with their Prize!
All of these are really at great price points, so you can have some fun and indulgence that is very easy on the wallet!!! 

 (And for a several of these winners, they'll be receiving a wallet to be easy on! Wink )

Snow Leopard Luggage Tag & S.Leop. slim-line Wallet 
5 snowflake charms
Necklace Set

Snow Leopard Luggage Tag & S.Leop. slim-line Wallet 
5 snowflake charms
Bath Bomb (from seller)

Snow Leopard Luggage Tag & S.Leop. slim-line Wallet 
5 snowflake charms

Snow Leopard Luggage Tag & S.Leop. slim-line Wallet 
5 snowflake charms
S. Leopard Card (from seller) 

  Order of the other giveaways is not set in stone. :-)

             ~     ~     ~     ~     ~     ~      ~

Then for the Blog Tour comments prizes we have:

A prize package of,
Snow Leopard Luggage Tag & S.Leop. slim-line Wallet 
5 snowflake charms


Hair Jewels (from seller)

Snow Leopard print (from seller)

Snow Leopard photo download (emailed from seller)

2 Sets of:
6 Snowflake charms
Plus a dagger charm with each of those.
 (These mailed from us.)

  So... that's quite a line-up of loot that will be heading to someone's house very soon, and you have multiple chances to up the odds it's your house they head to! Wink Each comment on each blog post in the tour will be eligible to win a prize or prize package... so get around and get your mark down with all the participating bloggers!!! Wink

    Take care,