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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Authors in Bloom Hop

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CONGRATULATIONS TO SARAH M. WHO WON THE AMAZON GIFT CARD
Welcome to the 4th annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop. This is my second time. Last year, I had a blast. I hope you’ll enjoy the blogs in this year’s hop. You’ll find the list of authors participating at the bottom of this post.

Spring is my favorite time of year. After a gloomy, snowy winter, seeing bits of green poking through the still brown grass and trees beginning to bud reminds me of renewal. Last spring was our first in our new house. We had no idea how entertaining the ducks would be. Talk about tame. I guess that’s what happens when people toss bits of bread to them. The best show is the duckling parade. We’ll watch those little balls of fur waddle after their mothers. As they grow, their feathers changed until you can tell the drakes from the hens. Then in the fall, those ducklings will learn to fly and they’ll be gone. All winter, we hoped they would return. The ice hadn’t even disappeared from the pond behind our house when they did. Already, our neighbors are sitting on the steps of their deck and throwing bread. Won’t be long before Hubs does, too. Then the babies will start following us everywhere we turn in the backyard.

Because winter lasted so long this year, my spring bulbs are still hibernating. Along with baseball opening day and the return of the ducks, nothing says spring like daffodils and tulips.

Happy Spring!

My only book (so far) that takes place in the spring is a romantic suspense ONE RED SHOE. You could describe it as It Happened One Night meets Knight and Day. (As you can tell, I love movies.)

When elementary teacher Daria Mason left Iowa for a writers’ conference in New York City, she didn’t expect to come home with a wounded spy. Sam Jozwiak works for a shadow agency that gathers intel vital to U.S. security. From the moment he steals digital files from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassins find him. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist. Thus, begins a road trip that takes Sam and Daria cross country with the assassins right behind them.

ONE RED SHOE is available at Amazon ~ B&N ~ Kobo ~ iTunes

I will be giving away a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble e-Gift Card to a lucky commenter. For more chances to win, use the Rafflecopter below.


GRAND PRIZE
an ereader of your choice (up to $200 value)

2nd PRIZE
$25 gift card (winner's choice of ebook retailer)
available to INTL residents (VOID where prohibited by law)


To be eligible for the Grand and 2nd Prizes, you have to visit each participant and leave your email address with your comment.

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38 comments:

  1. Thanks for having the hop. I get introduced to a lot of authors I have yet to read.
    jwisley8(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Finding new authors is a lot of fun.

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    2. Letina Bowen Kelly here: Enjoyed the hop. I also enjoyed your book One Red Shoe which I won on Fiction Fanatics!

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    3. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed One Red Shoe, Letina. Don't forget to add your email address for the Grand & 2nd prizes.

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  2. Hey Diane! I love spring because Seattle starts to have more sunny days again. We have temps in the 50s, nice breezes. It's the perfect weather to be outside in, for me :) Plus you have all the pretty things that bloom. Even though I don't see much of that living downtown, I can live vicariously through others' FB pictures!!

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    1. Email is this: _____@_____._____._____ (fill in with smiles, alumni, cmu, edu - down you go, spambots!)

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    2. Can't wait for the blooms. Love your email addy. :)

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    3. Thank you! It's actually my first initial plus last name. S. Miles :)

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  3. I love Spring! All of the new growth in my garden, setting my new seedlings out, etc.. but I must say that I am not a fan of springtime allergies, lol. Thanks for the chance! :) greentopiaries at gmail.com

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    1. Forgot about allergies. Mine act up in the fall. yuck!

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  4. I love the warm weather and seeing the flowers bloom.
    Thanks for the giveaway! =)
    JJs2468@aol.com

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    1. Warmth, yay! Here in Mich. we're supposed to get up into the 60s today. Double yay!

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  5. I like seeing everything turn green, and seeing my bulbs come up each year, then I know spring is finally here.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  6. I love spring because I can finally start to take my kids outside and enjoy nature

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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  7. I love the warmer weather in spring so I can sit out on the back porch and drink my coffee in the mornings again!

    Barrie

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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    1. Me, too. I need my coffee and what better way than outdoors.

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  8. the flowers

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. My daffodils have yet to poke more than a couple of inches out of the ground. So disappointing.

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  9. I love spring because it means the harsh New England winter is finally over (and this year was particularly brutal that month of February). cchant86 @ yahoo.com

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    1. You folks in New England really got a lot of snow. Brutal is right

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  10. Spring means I can start shedding layers of clothing, plant seeds in trays for later transplanting, and begin work on the raised beds, preparing them to receive the seedlings I've started. It means fresh air and softer sunshine and fresh lettuce from the garden; fruit trees and shrubs budding out, and a daily circle of the yard, searching for new-growth surprises. It's like an Easter egg hunt without the eggs.
    casey 4 4 6 at hot mail dot com

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  11. I know what you mean about shedding clothes. At the 1st warm day, I stopped wearing my winter coat. Not going to put it on again until next winter. :)

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  12. I live in Florida where the 3 seasons are Hot, Really Hot and Hella Hot....but I do like the longer days!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth(at)bookattict(dot)com

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    1. Love your 3 seasons, Elizabeth. Arizona is the same way--only it's a dry heat. Hot is HOT. LOL

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  13. All the flowers and our local farmers market starts back up :)

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    1. forgot my email!!
      savannahm1987@gmail.com

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    2. Glad you remembered your email addy, Savannah. Love the flowers.

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  14. I love the warmer weather and all the spring flowers!
    sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com

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  15. I love the flowers! thanks for the giveaway! my email is in my blogger profile.

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  16. Your book sounds great! eendrizzi79 at gmail dot com

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  18. Ddaffodils and tulips! So pretty! They definitely yell spring! I love looking at them too! Thank you for sharing!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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