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Thank You For Following Me!

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I have had many new followers in the past week thanks to the I Am A Writer’s $300 Holiday Cash Giveaway that I am participating in. Following my blog is my entrance requirement to the giveaway. I would like to say “thank you” to all my new followers. I hope you will continue to follow along and learn more of my journey with mold-induced illness and multiple chemical sensitivities through my blog posts and my book.

Thank you also, to my loyal followers and especially to those who take the time to not only read my posts but comment and re-blog them.

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$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway

Who couldn’t use a little extra cash during the holidays? I have joined together with an amazing group of authors and bloggers in this year’s Holiday Cash Giveaway sponsored by I Am A Reader.

Holiday Cash Giveaway

An Amazing Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined with me to bring you 1 fabulous prize

1 lucky winner will receive $300 Cash!

 

Holiday Cash Giveaway Sponsors

I Am A Reader
FeedYourReader
eBooksforReview
Kathryn Chastain Treat
TMBA Corbett Tries to Write
Amy Harmon
Kelsey Ketch
KellysLuckyYou
Ann’s Afterthoughts
Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow
Lori’s Reading Corner
Corina Lombardi
Heather Gray (Author)
Cynthia Luhrs Author
Donna Hatch
LeahSay’s Views
Laurie Treacy, Author
Glistering Bs Blog
Unshelfish
The Discerning Reader
A Tattered Copy
My Book Self
Author Inger Iversen
Simple Wyrdings
Deb Atwood Author
Reviews from a Bookworm
Sarah Ballance
Lexia Press
Rockin’ Book Reviews
A. Wrighton, Author
Scrapn’ Today
Angela Myron
Leisure Reads
Author B. Kristin McMichael
Laurie Here – Cont Fiction and MORE
Author Melissa Wright
MoreThanaReview

 

Giveaway Details

$300 Paypal Cash

Ends 12/21/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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If it’s January – It must be Kindle Fire Giveaway Time

Hello all,

Once again, I have chosen to participate in I Am A Reader, Not a Writer Kindle Fire Giveaway.  This time we are giving away the Kindle Fire HDX.  Who wouldn’t want that?

January Kindle

 

Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

 

This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HDX 7″.


The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (US Only – $229 Value)

 

Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

 

Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)

 

 

 

January Sponsors

  1. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
  2. Feed Your Reader
  3. The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl
  4. Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton
  5. Author Inger Iversen
  6. NESSAROX
  7. Author Carol Davis Luce
  8. The Reporter and the Girl
  9. Author David Pandolf
  10. Bella Street Writes
  11. Author Bonnie Blythe
  12. Author Elizabeth Seckman
  13. MyLadyWeb: Women’s History and Women Authors
  14. Just One More Chapter
  15. Author Donna Fasano
  16. Author Lia Fairchild
  17. Author Linda S. Prather
  18. Author Heather McCoubrey
  19. Author M.A. Comley
  20. Jessica Loves Books
  21. Fae Books
  22. Author Cidney Swanson
  23. Lori’s Reading Corner
  24. Author Jennifer Laurens
  25. Allergic to Life
  26. ~Owl Always Be Reading
  27. Author J.L. Weil
  28. Buku-Buku Didi
  29. Barb’s Wire – eBooks & More
  30. Author Jennifer Gilby Roberts
  31. Another Head Full of Fantasy
  32. Fairiechick’s Fantasy Book Reader
  33. Author Kim Cresswell
  34. Mother Daughter Book Reviews
  35. Buried Under Romance
  36. Jenna Does Books
  37. Laurie Here
  38. The Bunny’s Review
  39. Bea’s Book Nook
  40. Fabulously Girly Book Blog
  41. The Loopy Librarian
  42. Bound4Escape
  43. Michael SciFan
  44. Chapter by Chapter
  45. Author Helen Smith
  46. Button-the-Push Books and Giveaways
  47. Author S.M. Blooding
  48. Back Off My Books
  49. Author Brinda Berry
  50. Author Christie Anderson
  51. Author Leslie A. Susskind
  52. More Than A Review
  53. Author Heather Gray
  54. Paige Ryan
  55. Fire and Ice
  56. Author Bryna Butler

Sign up to sponsor the next Kindle Fire Giveaway:

http://www.iamareader.com/category/kindle-giveaway-sign-ups

 

Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7″ HDX (US Only – $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7″.

Ends 2/9/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Best of 2013 Blog Hop Giveaway

Best of 2013 Hop

The I’m A Reader, Not A Writer blog posted in October about an upcoming Best of 2013 Giveaway.  Bloggers could choose a book that they had read in 2013 and give a copy away through a drawing.  I knew which book I would be giving away and signed up to participate.  The book I will be giving away through a Rafflecopter Giveaway is “A Jane Austen Daydream” by Scott Southard.  Not only will I be giving a book away, but Mr. Southard has autographed the book for me as well.  To view the entire list of bloggers giving away their Best of 2013 click on the linky tools link at the bottom of the post.

I don’t remember reading any Jane Austen books in high school.  I was just becoming ill when my sister invited me to watch the BBC’s version of Pride and Prejudice.  She assured me that I would love it and we watched it over six evenings.  I immediately became hooked on the characters Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and had to read the book and others written by Ms. Austen.  I think the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice is my favorite and I watch it often.

This year I read about “A Jane Austen Daydream” through a post that my friend Jennie had shared with me.  I was drawn to the title of the book because I love all things Austen but was wary of a book whose intention was to capture what Miss Austen’s life was like based on her writings written by a man.  How could a man capture the true essence?   As soon as I began reading, I forgot all about the gender of the author and became absorbed in the story.  The characters remind me of the characters in many of the Austen books and Mr. Southard uses phrases that are synonymous with these same books.

To learn more about Mr. Southard and how he came about writing this wonderful book, I asked him some questions.

1)      Tell me what made you choose to write about Jane Austen?   I first discovered Jane Austen in college. I was captivated by her voice, her incredible skill in characterization and her wit. Upon reading all of her books, I decided to learn more about her, meet the wizard behind the curtain.

It is shocking how little we actually know about her!  Whatever the case, it is obvious she sadly did not live any of the adventures she had written for her characters. That realization was the first spark that inspired A Jane Austen Daydream. I wanted to correct a wrong. So I used her own characters and plots as a template to imagine something a little more “Austenesque” for her.

2)      My image of Miss Jane Austen is of a young woman sitting at her desk with ink stained fingers laboriously writing her stories.  It is not of a young man sitting at his desk composing the story by clicking away on his computer keyboard.  How did you get your mind set to writing in the tone of Miss Austen?   Well, first I needed the courage to undertake it, because I knew right from the start how challenging it would be. I sat on this idea for years before I started it! It was actually my wife that encouraged me on, almost making me feel guilty I didn’t do it sooner.

The first thing I did was completely immerse myself in her books. I ruined numerous paperback copies of her books in the undertaking. See, in the book I draw more from her own fiction than history (this is not what I would call historical fiction, which is why daydream is part of the title).  I spent almost a year just planning it out, creating the template. The image of me hunched over a computer does come up later, but I started first in longhand, filling up numerous yellow notepads in my illegible scribble.

3)      Have you read all of her books?  What research did you do in writing your book?   I knew that if I was to do this book right, I couldn’t only dip my toe in. I had to do this fully, live in the deep end of the pool, underwater. Her books, a few biographies, her letters, her unpublished works, I even visited some locations back before I began the book looking for inspiration. Everything I could get my hands on plays a part in the work.

My goal was not just to write about her, but to have her be a part of it. So references and quotes from her classic works are sprinkled throughout it. The trick for me was though writing a book that could work for the casual fan as well as the obsessed reader. Again, it all comes down to planning, which means I had to find a narrator voice that was between Jane and my own. If I did this right, there is something for everyone in this book and it is readable even for those not used to reading regency novels.

4)      What was your greatest inspiration in writing this book?   I would point to three inspirations. One, I already discussed; the fact that she didn’t find love like all of her characters did, dying tragically at only 41. I wanted to fix that, give her an adventure.

 The second was the big twist in the book, which I won’t ruin here. I wanted to see if I could pull it off in a book and what the reaction would be. I’ve spoken to quite a few fellow readers and writers and I think I might be the first that has attempted such a surprise. The reaction to it has been a lot of fun for me to read (like when a reviewer at the Jane Austen Centre called me cheeky); and it’s nice that so many reviewers are passionate about keeping it a secret.

 The third inspiration was my wife. She has asked for me to write this book for years! And after giving birth to our first child I wanted to give her a thank you that only I could, something very personable.

5)      This is the first of your books that I have read but I currently have downloaded on my Kindle your book Maximillian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare.  How many books have you written and are any of them similar to “A Jane Austen Daydream”?  One of my goals as a writer has always been to surprise my readers. Which means, every time I undertake a story I am aiming to do something new, not only for myself but for the reader. It’s why there is the big twist in Daydream, for example.

So when someone reads one of my books they can’t be guaranteed what they will be getting. With Daydream, I have four books available right now. Megan is a dark contemporary fantasy about the power of the imagination; My Problem With Doors is a time-travel adventure; and Maximilian (which you mentioned) is probably my most experimental. It pretends to be a gothic period mystery, but underneath it is a very different book about the idea of creation and fiction.

6)      What do you most like about writing?   Writing has always been a lot of fun to me, and I have always been drawn to the idea of being an author.

I love every step of it, the spark of the initial idea, the frantic energy of having to write it down before it is lost. And then watching it grow and evolve over time as new chapters emerge and plots develop. When done right it is all very organic. There are few things I have found in this world more satisfying than the feeling of completing that first draft and holding it in my hands.

A Jane Austen Daydream was a dream project of mine for many years. It is truly satisfying to know that readers, like yourself, are enjoying it as much as I did creating it.

I would like to thank Scott Southard for sharing a little of himself and the book with us today as well as agreeing to sign a copy of the book for one of my lucky readers.

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December Kindle Fire Giveaway

Holiday Kindle Fire Giveaway

Just in time for the HOLIDAYS – Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HDX 7″.  I am pleased to be one of those participating in the giveaway.  I wish all my followers that choose to enter the best of luck.

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (US Only – $229 Value)

Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)

Holiday Kindle Fire Giveaway #1 Sponsors:

  1. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
  2. Feed Your Reader
  3. Allergic to Life by Kathryn Chastain Treat
  4. The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl
  5. Living, Learning, and Loving Life
  6. Confessions of a Librarian in Training…
  7. Bea’s Book Nook
  8. Author Kary Rader
  9. Author Jennie Sherwin
  10. A Book Lover’s Retreat
  11. These are but Shadows
  12. Tressa’s Wishful Endings
  13. Author Lia Fairchild
  14. Author Helen Smith
  15. Buku-Buku Didi
  16. Truth Seekers Dare to Enter
  17. The Reporter and the Girl
  18. Author Terah Edun
  19. Young Adult Book Deals
  20. Diva Booknerd
  21. Jessica Loves Books
  22. Homebound Unlimited
  23. Author L.A. Matthies
  24. Author Janeal Falor
  25. Like a Broken Vessel
  26. Author Bonnie Blythe
  27. Author Bella Street
  28. Candlelight Reads
  29. Author Louise Caiola
  30. Kelly’s Lucky You
  31. Author Elizabeth Isaacs
  32. Word to Dreams
  33. Kimber Leigh Writes
  34. Author Wendi Sotis
  35. ~Owl Always Be Reading~
  36. Fairie Chick’s Fantasy Book Reader
  37. Author Talia Jager
  38. MichaelSciFan
  39. Author Charlene A. Wilson
  40. Every Free Chance Book Reviews
  41. MyLadyWeb: Women’s History and Women Authors
  42. Darkmotive’s Books and More
  43. Ketch’s Book Nook
  44. Blogging the Beloved
  45. Book Lover’s Life
  46. Kelly P’s Blog
  47. Fae Books
  48. Lori’s Reading Corner
  49. Author Kay Kenyon
  50. A Bookish Escape
  51. Christine’s Blog

Sign up to sponsor the next Kindle Fire Giveaway:

http://www.iamareader.com/category/kindle-giveaway-sign-ups

Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7″ HDX (US Only – $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7″.

Ends 12/18/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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