Spring Break

The kids are home all week for spring break. We are redecorating their rooms from kid-to-teen. Yikes. Huge undertaking due to the intricate designs they have but it'll be fun (and expensive). But between that and everyone being busy for A to Z, I am taking the week off from the blogs--the whole giant interwebz, really.

Have a great week, everyone. Happy A to Z-ing!

eta: I've decided to take a break for the entire month. It's a busy one at home.

Thank You!

I want to start with a quick thanks. Almost half of the folks who signed up for my Self Lovin' Bloghop re-joined last minute, after my blog and linky list went awol. Thanks so much to all of you--it was really great to see the self-positivity floating around the blogoshere last week! If you didn't get a chance to play and would like to, please do, and if you do please let me know in comments so I can come take a peek at your strength. :) I also discovered some interesting things through this hop and will be doing a follow-up post later in the week.

I'm thrilled to feature M. Pax today. She's always inspired me with her positive attitude and out and out friendliness. Worlds On Edge is the 5th (fifth!) in her Backworlds series.The cover is so gorgeously vivid.

The story of the Backworlds continues, and the story of Earth begins.

Worlds on Edge
by M. Pax
Fifth book in the Backworlds series

War is coming. A horde of merciless aliens poise just beyond the Edge. In a matter of weeks they will devour the worlds.
Racing ahead of the apocalypse, Craze returns to the Backworlds to warn them and plan a defense. Only he can’t go home. Banned from Pardeep Station, he must wage a more urgent battle. His moon is under siege, and his friends are dying.
Bad things come in threes, and the galaxy is no exception. An old enemy returns, attacking moons and defenseless globes, leaving a wake of destruction. Worse than that, they threaten to join forces with the alien horde.
Defeat seems inevitable. Craze may not be able to stop it. Yet home is worth the fight.

Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons to M. Pax, and she blames Oregon for that, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers, teaching the public about the stars and the galaxy. A Bachelors of Science in Journalism, she had former lives in marketing and television before settling down to write. Want to know more?


Self Lovin' Bloghop

The day is here, and while my linky list disappeared last week I'm so happy to see that many re-signed on the new one. Thanks guys.

For those who don't know what this hop is about, well it's simple, really. I wanted to know what you're good at. I started it from a writing standpoint, but it doesn't have to be inclusive to only writers. I have some (amazingly talented) photographers who follow, some (fabulous) artists, assorted various others, and some great friends.

It's too easy to be hard on yourself, and sadly difficult to pat your own back. That's what today is about. Or the whole week. I wanted to give those short on time due to the upcoming A-Z challenge or any reason in general plenty of time to post. It can be as long or short as you like. And if you haven't signed up but are interested, please do. I'd love to come to your place and read about your greatest talent. :)

For me, in regards to writing, it was a toss up but I'm going with dialogue. Funny since I'm not a chatty sort of person. But my dialogue is clean and concise. I was always decent at it, but it definitely had to be honed into what m betas/CP's call sparkly. And I don't write about vampires in any way... who knew. ;)

Sometime soon I will be blogging about dialogue and offering some tips. I also have a characterization and voice post planned for the near future.

So if you're not signing up to do a post, maybe let me know in comments ... what is it you do oh so well?


March Lions

Actually this year March came in like a pack of ravenous, rabid lions, all out to get me. Yikes. So far the month has been one thing after another. Luckily nothing devastating. It began with a sick kiddo, continued with the big ice storm and loss of power (intermittently) for 3 days, another sick kiddo, a dead battery in grocery store parking lot, and onto a hail and windstorm. There've been other incidents in between. And last night my blog all but disappeared. I gave up trying to fix it and came back this morning to restoration, but a missing linky list. *Poof* like it never existed anywhere. It's fairly comical at this point. It could all be worse, of course, but I wouldn't mind crawling back into bed until April 2.

 My little list looks abandoned now, and I would love it if anyone who signed up before could join back in! I love newcomers, too!

For anyone who missed it, this is all about loving yourself. Blog style. Here's the original post. I know *you* are good at something... yes you. Time to fess up.

See you next week!


Sidelined Cover Reveal

First a quick thank you to all who have signed up for my Self Lovin' Bloghop! I can't tell you how happy I am with the turn out so far. There's still plenty of time to sign up (linky below) so please do. :)

And now ... today I have the pleasure of hosting a cover reveal for a new friend I've made sine returning to the blogosphere. Kyra is sweet and supportive and I'm happy to be able to help her in some small way. Without further ado, here's the cover for her upcoming release, SIDELINED.

So pretty--I love the yellow over the black and white!

Title: Sidelined (Game On Book 3)
Author: Kyra Lennon
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 31st 2014
At the age of twenty-one, Bree Collinson has more than she ever dreamed of. A handsome husband, a fancy house, and more shoes than Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos combined. But having everything handed to her isn’t the way Bree wants to live the rest of her life. When an idea to better herself pops into her head, she doesn’t expect her husband to question her, and keep her tied by her apron strings to the kitchen.
Isolated and unsure who to turn to, Bree finds herself falling back into a dangerous friendship, and developing feelings for the only person who really listens to her. Torn between her loyalty to her husband and her attraction to a man who has the perfect family she always wanted, she has some tough choices to make.
While Bree tries to figure out what she wants, a tragedy rocks the Westberg Warriors, triggering some dark memories, and pushing her to take a look at what’s really important.
Sidelined is the third book in Kyra Lennon’s Game On series. Game On (Book 1) and Blindsided (Book 2) are available on Amazon and Smashwords.

About the Author:
Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she's not reading, you'll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall. And occasionally hanging out with rock stars, because that’s how she rolls!

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go in November.

You can find Kyra at the following places: