Friday, July 1, 2016

Adding Another Vendor (I Hope)

Happy July!

I love July. It’s my birthday month.

I’m getting ready to upload Blind Temptation and A Vampire Wedding to All Romance Ebooks (ARe). My other three books are listed there (through Kensington) and I thought it was time to put my self-pubbed books there. For all I know, most of my readers buy from them, so it would be foolish not to have them listed. My books also show up in Google Books, but they don’t take indies anymore (that I know of), not that I would put my books there. They mess with prices and screw things up with other vendors that it’s just not worth the hassle.

Of course, as I went to upload the books to ARe yesterday, I ran into some technical difficulty. Not surprising, since I’m technically challenged. Hopefully I’ll get it figured out today.

The Goodreads Giveaway for Bite Me, I’m Yours is still on, so if you know someone who would be interested, let them know. The link is in the sidebar.

So… Got any plans for the long weekend? Seeing any fireworks? I’d love to see a fireworks show, but the one in our city is the same night that we’ll be going to a Dragons Game (which is Saturday). I was hoping Dayton would have theirs after the game, but no. They’re having them the NEXT day. I’m not driving down there just for fireworks. So I guess I won’t see any this year. Bummer!

Stacy

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wednesday Reads and a New Goal (Sort of)

Wow. I don’t know how I did it, but so far I’ve gone half the year (Yikes! Where did it go?) and posted 13 posts each month (this is the 13th for June). I didn’t even try, just posted Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Now I’m determined to see if I can do that all year. If I have to go out of my routine, I just might. I’ve got a GOAL! Hahahahahaha!

Here’s what I read the past week:

June 23: “Accidentally in Love With the Biker” by Teri Anne Stanley, a novella (by my standards) in the A What Happens in Vegas Story series, a contemporary romance at 165 pages. Blurb from book: Aspiring writer Kellie Dalton needs a man, and fast. When she’s rear-ended by a sexy-as-sin biker on the way to a Vegas romance readers convention, she sees her chance. If he’ll pose as her fake boyfriend long enough to impress a bestselling author, Kellie has a shot at saving the bookstore for underprivileged kids she runs back home. Quinn Anderson doesn’t know what to make of the cute little writer who stirs his heart and his libido, but he does know he wants to get better acquainted. And if that means keeping up their sexy ruse all week, he’s game. Quinn knows girls like Kellie deserves someone with a secure future to help with her store, not a guy struggling to turn a profit on his chopper shop. But if his motorcycle designs win the big Vegas competition, he’ll have enough prize money to fund his dreams…and hers. Cute story. Hot biker, sexy scenes, and humor to boot. If you’re looking for a quick, fun read, give this one a try. You don’t have to have read any of the books in the series to enjoy this one, either. They’re pretty much written to a theme—in this case: Vegas—by different authors, and aren’t connected.

So… What are you reading now? I’m currently reading the next in the Midnight Breed series (I’ve been alternating by reading other books between the series books). Not sure what I should read after that, though. I’ve got “End of Watch” sitting in front of the fireplace (where most of my TBR books are) begging to be read, but also a Lori Foster ARC I won at RAGT (so I’m feeling a little obligated there), and I just ordered the next Darynda Jones (Charlie Davidson series) book. If it gets here before I’m finished with my current read, I’ve got quite a dilemma in choosing! Ah, but what a dilemma to have, huh?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, June 27, 2016

Arrgghh! Stop Calling!

I am so sick and tired of those recorded calls. If it’s not the “IRS” calling saying I will be arrested if I don’t call their number and get my taxes straight, or some other scam place telling me due to “Treasury Government” changes I have to call their number or face persecution, then it’s a stupid bank calling saying something’s wrong with my account (when I pay my bills in full and on time).

Hello! I’m not falling for them. Stop Calling!!

It’s gotten where I don’t even get up to answer the phone anymore. But man, having the phone ring multiple times a day is really getting on my nerves.

The latest is the rash of recorded calls (got three on Sunday alone) from Citibank for my daughter’s Goodyear account. It sounded real (they listed her name), so I gave the information (phone number) to my daughter. The message said that she hadn’t paid her bill in full, yet they hadn’t been mailing her any bills. When she went on line, she said her account shows her phone number, not ours. Daughter said she will call Goodyear (based on the phone number on their website, not the phone calls) and figure out what’s going on. Because if she owes them money, why didn’t they just bill her? They have her address! Just makes me think this is another scam.

I sure wish there was a way to report these calls, but when you can’t talk to a real person, makes it kind of hard. And being on the “do not call” list doesn’t stop scammers from calling.

So… How many of these annoying calls do you get? Have you figured out a way to get them to stop? Sometimes I think I should just call their number back and let them have it. If I was brave, I’d do it, too. But I’m chicken.

Brawk. Brawk.

(That’s a chicken call, in case you couldn’t tell. J )

Hope your Monday is stress-free!
 
Stacy

Friday, June 24, 2016

Storms and Walking

We had some nasty storms come through early Thursday morning. Like 3am early. And we were on a tornado watch, so I really couldn’t go back to sleep until the storms passed. When my alarm went off at 6am, I almost didn’t want to get up. But I did. I blame my husband and the Fit Bit for that (more on that later).

I got dressed, went downstairs, and checked the weather. Hmmm… It was still cloudy, but the radar wasn’t showing anything. Could I walk to the fitness center without getting wet? I decided not to risk it and drove.

Good thing I did, too. Apparently during the storm a tree decided to fall across the sidewalk I normally take. I would have had to detour. Plus, it started raining on the drive. Yep, made a good decision. Just meant I had to walk my five miles on the treadmill.

And let me tell you, that’s not fun at all.

I discovered that when I want to walk faster on the treadmill, I have a harder time reading. Or maybe it was due to the fact I was blowing my nose every five minutes. Yeah, this cold is still lingering, but I’m not going to let it stop me from exercising.

I walked for 45 minutes before my weight routine and then 45 minutes (faster and on an incline) after. Got my five miles and 10+K steps. Felt good about that.

So what does my husband and Fit Bit have to do with my going to the fitness center?

Hubby likes to create these challenges with me. Like I even have a shot at winning. He walks 10 miles to my 5. Still, I want to at least make it a respectable loss, so I couldn’t not walk yesterday.

Funny thing is, I had a good shot at beating him last week. He couldn’t walk for a couple of days because of weather (threat of rain in the afternoon). Unfortunately, I got sick, so I didn’t walk, either. He won. Bummer!

But this will be the first week I’ve walked 5+ miles five days in a row (because I will be walking this morning). I feel pretty good about that, even if I don’t beat Hubby.

Tonight Hubby and I will be going to a Dragons game. Got another one to go to tomorrow. Weather looks to be a whole bunch better. Temps will be in the mid 80s but the dew points will be in the low 50s. I like those numbers!

So… Are you doing anything fun this weekend? Besides the games, it looks to be rather quiet around here. Hmmm… Maybe I’ll take a walk!

Have a great Friday!

Stacy

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday Reads and a Giveaway

Yay! I finished a book. Here’s what I read the past week:

June 16: “Taken By Midnight” by Lara Adrian, book 8 in the Midnight Breed series, a paranormal romance at 370 pages. Blurb from book: In the frozen Alaskan wilderness, former state trooper Jenna Darrow survives an unspeakable breach of body and soul. But with her narrow escape comes an even greater challenge. For strange changes are taking place within her as she struggles to understand—and control—a new hunger. To do so, she will seek shelter in the Boston compound of the Order, an ancient race of vampire warriors whose very existence is shrouded in mystery. Perhaps the most mysterious of them all is Brock, a brooding, dark-eyed alpha male whose hands hold the power to comfort, heal…and arouse. As she recovers under Brock’s care, Jenna finds herself drawn to the Order’s mission: to stop a ruthless enemy and its army of assassins from subjecting Earth to a reign of terror. Yet in spite of their resolve, a purely physical relationship without strings soon binds Brock and Jenna together with a desire fiercer than life and stronger than death itself—until a secret from Brock’s past and Jenna’s own mortality challenge their forbidden love to the ultimate trial by fire. If anyone looked at my stats (and they’re posted somewhere, I’m sure), you’d wonder if I enjoyed reading this book because it took me nearly two weeks to read. Yes. TWO. WEEKS. But sometimes life (and work) just get in the way and the first thing to go is reading. Doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the story because I did. Very much. Sure made it hard on me to work, though (because I kept wanting to pick it up and read!). But once I got down to 60 or so pages remaining (about 90 minutes worth of reading), I pretty much said “forget it,” and finished it. I enjoyed reading about Brock and Jenna and the continuing storyline is keeping me hooked (as is the writing). I love this series.

I’ve got a Goodreads giveaway starting today where you can enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of Bite Me, I’m Yours. I’ll eventually have something in the sidebar where you can click to enter, but you should be able to see the giveaway on the book page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22647199-bite-me-i-m-yours

I just thought it would be nice to give away a copy of this book to celebrate the release of A Vampire Wedding. I mean, it is the book that made the novella possible. Plus, I’m hoping it generates some interest (for both books). I’m still trying to find my audience (which is not an easy thing to do nowadays).

So… Got any vacation plans this summer? How about weekend trips? Hubby and I are going up to Chicago (and Wisconsin) for a weekend trip next month (found a great rate on a hotel room). Planning on returning with a trunk load of Kringles, too. Man, are we hooked on those things! Hopefully Hubby won’t have any problems eating them by then (although he’s doing pretty darn good at eating right now—yay!).

Happy Reading!

Stacy