Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy release day!

Amazon -- Kindle edition --  Autographed copies --  Excerpt

Time For Death
has been born!  Welcome to the birthday of a brand new book series.  I'm so proud and overjoyed.  :-)  I have a lot to share with you this morning. 

First off, the Release Day Celebration has begun with the first reader review.  I was happy to receive an e-mail late last night from a pre-orderer (is that even a word?) letting me know that she LOVED the book and can't wait for book 2.  I thanked her, and we discussed the ending a bit (no, I won't tell you), before she popped over to the Facebook Fan Page to leave a little note.  I'm thrilled to hear from her, and as a reader who has read all of my books, I hope to hear from her in the future.

I greatly enjoy when readers want to talk about actual events in the books.  It means people are reading and thinking about what I've written.  I especially enjoy the statements of love for the characters.  It's really all about them in the end.  :-)

One other thing that jump started the celebration today was when I checked the Amazon rankings and found that the Kindle edition is already selling.  Yay!  I don't know who ordered, or when, but I hope you enjoy it.
As I've mentioned numerous times, the Author Chat will be tonight at 9pm EST.  I always plan for at least 1 hour, but we tend to still be chatting up a storm when that tie arrives.  The chatroom link has been added to the website, and here it is for the blog.  Release Day Author Chat &Giveaway  I hope to see you there!

Remember, by making an appearance at the chat you'll gain another entry in the goodie bag giveaway.  There is only 1 person who has already collected all 4 of the previous ways to enter and she plans to try to pop in at the chat for her 5th entry.  However, keep in mind that someone with only 1 entry can have their name drawn just as well as someone with 5 entries--though the more entries, the better chance.

Next up, I was surprised the other day with an article by M.J. Joachim.  I didn't even know she was going to write about me.  Stop by and check it out.  :-) "Christie Silvers, Author of Vampire Books"

Now, as a side note, and before I go, today is the last day to receive free shipping on any of the Alex & Fiona books.  Stop by the Contests, Giveaways, Discounts page for details.

I think that's it.  That's enough though, isn't it?  LOL.  I'm off to take care of some domestic responsibilities before tonight.  Have a great day and I hope to see you at the chat. 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Time For Death excerpt

Tomorrow's the big day.  If you haven't already started collecting entries into the goodie bag giveaway, now is definitely the time to do so.  Tomorrow is chat night.  I can't wait and always have a fun time chatting with all of you.  :-)

Since it's excerpt day, I'll just get right into it.


“Come on, Liz. You know it’ll be a blast. We always have fun when we go out to Fosters Cemetery,” Rick begged while straddling a bar stool in front of me as I poured long-time patron and mother-figure, Adele, another shot of Jack Daniels.

Rick’s green eyes sparkled with the thoughts of our previous romps around the county’s supposed haunted graveyard. Not that I blame him, we do always have a good time out there. I resisted the urge to swipe his blonde hair away from his face--it would just provoke him further--and started wiping down the bar counter top instead.

I’ve known Rick ever since high school. He was the small, skinny, geeky guy friend that most girls have. He hung around like a lost puppy, trying to include himself in any activity I was involved in, until I finally had to give in and notice him. He’s been one of my best 6

friends ever since, even though he has wanted more than that ever since.

Two years ago, a drunken, lonely evening turned us into a little more than friends. He’d always had his women, as I’ve had my men, but we also had each other when things went sour in our other relationships, as it always does. I suppose it was just natural that we would finally gravitate toward one another after all these years. Not that we were technically dating, or linked together by any other means, but everyone who knew us referred to us as “Rick and Liz”.

“Not right now, Rick. You can see how busy it is tonight,” waving my hand around to acknowledge the large crowd waiting in line for drinks. “Susan didn’t show up for her shift and Chad has no idea how to mix drinks.”

Susan, my longtime waitress, has trouble remember to come to work sometimes. I often wonder why I keep her around. Chad, well, Chad may be smoking’ hot, but he was only trained as the bar’s bouncer.

“Please, Liz,” Rick pleaded. “Just for a little while?” He batted his eyelashes and stuck out his bottom lip in his favorite pouty expression.

I couldn’t help smiling at his persistence. I knew that I was the only girl who would go romping through the graveyard with him. His eagerness was showing, and the begging was distracting me from my duties behind the bar.

Shouting over the roar of the blender mixing yet another strawberry margarita for the petite red-head in the corner, I conceded, “Okay, go away and I’ll meet you after I close up.”

He flashed his bright smile at me and hopped off the bar stool instantly. “Victory!” he shouted with arms raised in triumph. I rolled my eyes, switching off the blender and pouring the icy mixture into the awaiting glass. “I’ll see you later then,” he smiled, with a quick peck on my lips and a dash for the door.

I knew that I shouldn’t, but I glanced over at Adele. She was grinning like a loon, and even though she hadn’t spoken yet, I knew what she was thinking. “Don’t say it, Adele,” I pleaded.

But she did anyway.

“That boy has the hots for you more than you realize, Liz. When will you put him out of his misery and just marry the guy?” she asked with a sincerity that I imagine my mother would have if she were still alive.

“Ah, Adele. I don’t know about that. Rick enjoys having a willing fuck-buddy, but I doubt he’s the marrying type,” I replied with a wink and a smile, before mixing a Long Island Iced Tea for the next customer in line.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Welcome to Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!  This has already been a very productive week around here, and I hope that the rest of the week will be, as well.  Productivity makes me happy.  I like having something to show for my week when it draws to a close.

Tim is off to his second day of orientation at his new job this morning.  This week he's "at work" during the day, but next week when his actual job begins he'll be working nights.  It has been five years since I've had to sleep alone.  Luckily, this time it'll only be for 3 nights a week.  However, the hardest part about him working nights isn't the sleeping alone, it's having to keep the kids quiet during the day when he's sleeping.

Nonetheless, I'm thrilled that he has a new job and I know he'll be quite happy having something to do now.  He mentions often that he misses his last job.  In particular, the locomotive he use to drive a few times a week.  While he won't be driving a locomotive at this job, hopefully it'll keep him busy.  LOL.

This morning I'm doing some laundry while watching a movie from Netflix.  Once it's over & the laundry is put away, I'll be able to jump into some book work.  Time to get back into the routine of writing every day.  I've missed it so, but it's quite difficult to work when Tim's home vying for my every moment of attention.  Now I'll have three days a week of uninterrupted work time.  Woohoo!

Before I go today, I wanted to let you know that tomorrow I'll post an excerpt from Time For Death.  With its release on Friday it seems like the perfect time.  :-)  Now, off I go to check on laundry and jump into Kill Me Next Week

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Going red for Liz!

As you can tell, the blog has gone red for the week.  The website has also gone a nice shade of crimson in honor of Time For Death.  The release is only days away.  How exciting!

I noticed yesterday that Amazon already has the book loaded into its system, with its own page and everything.  Woohoo!  It's a few days early, and I don't mind.  :-)  The Kindle version isn't available yet, but it should be all set by Friday as well.  In the meantime, I've updated the ordering links on the website.

As promised, here are some pictures of the bag of goodies I'll be giving away Friday night.  There are still several ways to enter into the giveaway if you haven't already.  I'll recap those after the pictures.

Goodie Bag Goodies
Alex & Fiona bookmark, Ink Pen, Wheel of Being key chain from Breath of the Dragon, Autographed collage poster, Time For Death notebook, and lastly, the winner will also receive an e-book copy of Time For Death.

I think this is the most I've given away in a long time, and it's a lot of great stuff.  Hell, I liked the ink pen so much that I got one for myself.  I wanted to have some Time For Death bookmarks by giveaway time also, but they won't arrive in time.  :-(  With the stress and sadness of last week, I'm forced to give up on perfection.

Before I go, here's a recap on how you can gain entries into the goodie bag giveaway.

  • Be a member of the Facebook Fan Page.

  • Share the fan page with others on Facebook (be sure to let me know when & where you've done this).

  • Give me a shout out on Twitter by adding @christiesilvers to any of your posts.

  • Lastly, there will be a chat April 30th at 9pm EST. Join in and you'll receive a bonus entry.
The chat link will be posted Friday morning here on the blog, both Facebook pages, Twitter, and the website.

Okay, that's it for today.  Tim has left for orientation at his new job and I'm hoping to get a good bit of writing done before he comes home.  I'm looking forward to getting back into a normal work routine, even if it has to be at night starting next week.  :-)

Have a good day!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Life returns to normal.

I'm back!  After the stress, sadness, exhaustion of last week, I'm finally back in motion this week.  Here's a quick recap for those who aren't connected with me through Facebook (cause I post everything on Facebook).

-- Tuesday morning:  Tim had his second interview.
-- Tuesday night:  Ambulance was called to the in-laws' house.  MIL passed away.
-- Wednesday: Tim is sick as a dog... vomiting, fever, chills, didn't get out of bed all day.
-- Wednesday: I went with FIL to make sure all the funeral arrangements were made.
-- Thursday: Spent most of the day at the funeral home.  Tim feeling better (thank goodness).  We're working on very little sleep for the week.  Oh, and Tim got the call we'd been waiting on...  HE GOT THE JOB!
-- Friday:  Took the kids to Mom's for the night.  Tim & I were at the funeral home until 10pm.
-- Saturday morning: Woke up to rain.  MIL's burial will not be graveside due to it.  Was at the funeral home for almost 6 hours before picking the kids up and spending another 4 hours at FIL's house.
-- Sunday: Visited with and had lunch with FIL before taking the girls to the cemetery.

After all that, we finally made it home.  Exhaustion took over and we all crashed.

Here we are on Monday.  Whew!

We'll be getting back to normal this week.  I have a lot of work to catch up on after a week of no work.  Especially considering that Time For Death releases at the end of the week!  Yay!!  Tim starts his new job on Tuesday.  This week he just has orientation and paperwork and all that jazz.  Next week he starts the actual job.

Tim's new job will be Tues, Wed, Thurs at 12 hours a day.  He'll be working nights (again, boo, hiss!) from 7pm to 7am, but at least it's only three days a week, and he gets a 4-day weekend every week.  Not too bad for someone who hasn't worked in almost 9 months.

Okay, I just wanted to let everyone know we survived a week of hell and came out the other side into a new week.  Hopefully this week will be much better.  Tomorrow I'll be posting pictures of all the release day goodie bag stuff and we'll get into all those details for Friday.  I'm excited that the world is about to meet Liz Baker.  She's a lot of fun!  :)

Have a happy Monday.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A sad day for my family.

First off let me start by saying that Tim's second interview went very well yesterday.  Unfortunately, we won't know if he has the job until sometime over the next three days. It does sound promising though.

Last night ended very roughly for us.  An ambulance was called and his mother passed away a little after 9pm last night.  She'd been very sickly for the last two years, requiring breathing treatments and oxygen tanks.  Last night she took her last breath and couldn't be revived.

Tim didn't make it home until 2am and has been sick ever since.  He can't keep anything down and hasn't slept more than 30 mins here and there.  I don't know how long it'll take him, but I'm taking care of things until he can.

The girls were heartbroken when they woke up this morning.  I gave them the option of going to school or not.  They chose not until about 7:50am and then they wanted to go.  I signed them into school 30 minutes tardy.  The oldest said she just couldn't sit at home all day.  I don't blame her.

Since Tim can't do it, I'll be heading to the funeral home with FIL in a few minutes.  He and MIL had already made their final preparations last year sometime, but he needs to make sure everything is confirmed and get the details finalized.  I sat with him for about an hour this morning helping him get paperwork together and making sure he had everything.  Then back home to check on Tim before I head out again.

It's going to be a difficult next few days.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Keeps those fingers crossed!

Good morning everyone.  :-)

Tim's birthday went well yesterday.  I baked him a cake and the girls and I gave a loud rendition of "Happy Birthday" right before he blew out 14 melting candles (that's all I had).  After the way those 14 melted so quickly, I do believe that if I'd actually had 34 candles it would've been considered a fire hazard.

It's back to normal today.  He has his second interview from the one he interviewed with last week.  Hopefully we'll find out one way or another today if he has the job.  *Fingers Crossed*  Please send happy thoughts, if you're so inclined to do so.

In other news, the Facebook Fan Page reached 500 members yesterday.  Yay!  And congratulations to Timi Harris-Rutter for being chosen as the e-book winner.  She won her own copy of A Midnight Infatuation.  I hope you enjoy it, Timi. 

Not only is Timi the winner of this giveaway, but she, and all her fellow fan page members, already have entries in the Time For Death Release Day Celebration.  There are five ways to gain entries before I give away the goodie bag, so don't forget to try your hand at it.  The key chain from Breathe of the Dragon arrived yesterday and it looks great.

Now I'm off to get a shower and start my day.  I have writing to do in Kill Me Next Week (Liz Baker, book 2) and all the normal household stuff.  I should get a decent amount done while Tim's gone for his interview. That is, if I'm not waiting on pins and needles to hear from him.  LOL.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy birthday, baby!

Welcome to a brand new week.  It's not so bad, especially when you have a birthday to celebrate right at the beginning!

Today is my honey's 34th birthday.  Yesterday we went out for lunch with his parents to celebrate with them.  Today we're planning a cook-out here at home.  He swore he didn't want a birthday cake, but I got the stuff to bake him one anyway.  We'll grill out and have cake this evening.

I--very slowly and Marilyn Monroe-like--sang him "Happy Birthday" this morning, but I'll be required to do the shouting/screaming/off-pitch singing with the kids this evening.  LOL.  It's all fun though.

This morning I've already dried & put away three loads of laundry, ran to the post office to drop off a package and buy stamps, and then over to the grocery store for hamburger buns (whole wheat since Tim's older now, LOL).  Since I went by my lonesome, I got a taste of how quickly errands will go when the youngest is in school and Tim is back to work.  That was quite odd!  What will I ever do with myself when the house is empty all day and I have to (get to) go to town all alone?

I can't wait to find out!  :)

Well, that's it today.  I'm off to do some writing while Tim's playing Xbox and then all attention is on him for the day.  Have a good one!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Simple Saturday

Today has no plans, no expectations, no nothing.  We did run out for a not-so-quick trip to Lowe's for wire and house wash.  Unfortunately, we didn't leave Lowe's with anything we went for.  LOL!

Tim did manage to get some house wash at Ace Hardware and sprayed the house down as soon as we got home.  Oh, did I mention that he also got the a/c unit fixed?  Yay!  The house is staying a comfortable 74 degrees now.  And it only cost us $48 for a new breaker. Whew!  That was much better than what the a/c guy would have charged.

This morning I woke up to the sounds and smells of Tim making breakfast.  It was 8:30 and he'd let me sleep in.  I was quite surprised.  When asked what made him decide to cook, he replied, "I just felt like it."  I don't eat a big breakfast very often (mainly because I don't want to cook it), but when he cooks for me I'm all too happy to enjoy it.  :-) 
Speaking of the hubby... His job interview Thursday went very well.  He now has a 2nd interview scheduled for Tuesday morning.  Hopefully that'll be the day we find out one way or another if he has the job.  Fingers and toes are crossed that he does!  Oh, and this job pays more than his minimum salary requirement, too!

Since this seems to be the day for updates, I updated the website this morning.  While doing that (adding the Twitter widget, updating the contests page, etc.) it hit me that I need to work on the Character Dictionary next week.  Time For Death is almost here and I need to add all of its residents to the dictionary.  It takes a couple of days to get all the info together, and then I'll have it ready to add to the site.  I'll post when it's done.

Before I go today, the Facebook fan page is now only 9 members away from reaching 500.  At 500 I'll be giving away an e-book to 1 lucky winner.  I share all kinds of stuff on that page, and absolutely love talking to all the members.  If you'd like to join, pop on over!  Feel free to say hello, the wall is open to all.  :-)

Friday, April 16, 2010

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Time For Death celebration details.

Good morning everyone.  We're now at two weeks away from Time For Death's release day, and I decided that today would be the perfect day to share all the details of the big day.

First off, the giveaway goodie bag is currently stuffed with the following (with the possibility of more stuff added before the drawing):
  • Autographed collage poster of all my urban fantasy books - Time For Death, A Midnight Infatuation, A Birth at Dawn, A Twilight Abduction
  • Ink pen personalized with my actual business card
  • Notebook with the cover of Time For Death on the front
  • Bookmarks
  • Wheel of Being keychain (this symbol has big meaning for Liz in book 2)
As you can probably guess, I'm big on both reading and writing.  That's why I added a notebook and ink pen.  I have always felt that everyone should write down their thoughts on a daily basis (or near-daily, at least).  You may not blog, write, or even leave notes behind, but I hope whoever wins the goodie bag will enjoy using them, and think of me when you do.  :)

Anyway, here are the details on entering to win the goodies.  There are multiple ways to gain entries into the giveaway.  You can only do each item once for 1 entry, for a grand total of 5 entries per person.
  • Be a member of the Facebook Fan Page.
  • Share the fan page with others on Facebook (be sure to let me know when & where you've done this).
  • Give me a shout out on Twitter by adding @christiesilvers to any of your posts.
  • Readers who pre-ordered* their copy of Time For Death have already received a surprise entry!  Didn't know about that one?  Duh, that's why it's a surprise entry. ;)
  • Lastly, there will be a chat April 30th at 9pm EST. Join in and you'll receive a bonus entry.
Keep in mind that a name with one entry can be drawn, but if you have five entries you'll have a better shot.  This is all for fun and I hope everyone will enjoy it as such.  I'm looking forward to giving these goodies away and hope who ever wins them will enjoy them.  I may be adding more to the list of stuff, so you never know what'll arrive.

All right, that's it for today.  You may now commence collecting entries  You have until the April 30th chat ends at 10pm EST to get your entries in.  I'll draw a name and announce the winner the morning of May 1st.  Have fun!

*Pre-orders will stop being taken on April 23, 2010.  You still have time to get your order in for an extra entry.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Errand Thursday.

Morning everyone!  I made it through the heat last night and woke up to a much cooler house.  Luckily my sister loaned me her favorite oscillating fan yesterday and it worked like a charm.  I haven't even owned a room fan since we built the house.  Now I'm feeling like it may be a good idea to have one around, just in case.

Today is my weekly errand day.  I've already paid some online bills this morning, but in a bit I have to get dressed and head out.  Today's list of errands consists of dropping books by the library, buying groceries, filling the car with gas for next week, making a bank deposit, a trip to Lowe's, and lastly, a stop by the local tag office to buy the new car sticker (we have to get it before Tim's birthday on Monday).  I have so many places to go that I've made a list so I don't forget one.

Oh, and Tim has another job interview today.  Woohoo!  My fingers and toes are soooo crossed for this one.  It's not as close as the one he interviewed for last week, but it's closer than his last job that was an hour away.  Plus I know a bit more about this company than the one from last week, and this one shouldn't have any problems offering him enough pay.  I still don't understand that one from last week not even paying enough to match what he draws in unemployment each week, much less more.  Geez!

Anyway, today's interview is at 2pm, while I'm parked in the school pick-up line waiting.  He'll call me as soon as he's done there to let me know how it went. *Fingers Crossed*  I'll update the my personal Facebook page as soon as I hear from him.

Okay, I'm off.  Time to get started with my day.  Here's hoping it all goes smoothly and Tim has a job offer by the end of the day.  But if he doesn't I know that something good is right around the corner.  We just gotta wait and see which one arrives first.  :-)

Have a great Thursday and be sure to stop by tomorrow for details on my Time For Death release day celebration.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A hint at the summer to come.

Here in Georgia it tends to get quite warm fairly early in the spring.  This year is no different.  The mornings are brisk and jeans are usually a good idea before 10am.  However, after lunchtime the heat zooms up and it's tank top and shorts weather. 

With the temp changes you need heat in the morning to knock the chill off (no more than 45 minutes of heat) and then around dinnertime the A/C is required to keep you comfortable while cooking.  Unfortunately, Tuesday morning I woke up to a strange smell.  After that our heat & air unit no longer worked.  Ugh!

We built the house while I was pregnant with the oldest in 1996.  The heat/air unit has been a pain ever since.  Every couple of years we have to have a guy come out to fix something on it, and every time it costs us a couple of hundred dollars, most just in labor.  This time, Tim's going to see what he can do for it... since he has no job, and we can't afford the heat/air guy.

He has decided that he "thinks" he found the problem.  We'll pick up a small part tomorrow so he can see if he's correct. I hope, hope, hope he's right and gets it fixed.  Our house stays pretty cool all day long, until about 6pm when it's hotter in here than it is outside.  Sweltering is the word that comes to mind. 

If the part doesn't work then I guess we can only do one of two things... call the a/c guy, or buy a window unit, or two.  At this point I really don't give a damn as long as I can cook dinner without having a heat stroke.

Anyway, this Georgia heat is just a small hint of the heat summer has in store for us. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thrilling Tuesday

Monday's over, Tuesday begins. 

Today will be the busiest day of the week.  I have articles to work on, books to write, school to run back & forth to, the oldest has an orthodontist appointment right after school, and then we have to rush back after that for Open House.  Tim asked me last night what we'd be having for dinner tonight and I shared that I hadn't gotten that far in my ultimate plan yet.  Then he reminded me that we wouldn't even be home for dinnertime tonight.  Oops!

Not only that, but I think he's suppose to go help his dad with some things today, so I may be handling all the craziness alone with all the kids.  Fun.

No matter what happens I'll make it through fairly unscathed.  I work best by moving from one task to the next in sequential order.  Finish one before beginning the next and go from there.  Don't worry about the next task until you've completed the current one.  However that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep and eye on the clock.  I'm a stickler for being on time, or better yet, at least 5 minutes (preferably 10) early to every appointment.
In the meantime, this morning will go much more smoothly than the rest of the day will.  At this very moment, the older girls are already gone to school, the youngest is quietly eating  Go-gurt and watching Blue's Clues, and Tim has jumped back in bed for a little while.  The only sound in this room is the sound of my fingers dancing across the keyboard of my purple laptop.  That's the kind of peace a writer can only dream of on most days.  And dream I have!

It won't last.  She'll finish her yogurt or get bored with Blue's Clues.  He'll grumble and growl his way back out of bed when his back starts to ache from being in bed too long.  The phone will ring.  The dog will bark.  An e-mail will chime its entrance into my in-box.  And then we'll go about our day...

But at this moment I'll simply finish this entry while enjoying the silence that surrounds me.  It won't be long until it's an every day occurrence and I may miss the noise.  :-)

*No fingernails were painted for the making of this blog*

Monday, April 12, 2010

Manic Monday, or maybe it should be Maniac Monday.

Monday.  *Yawn*  It's Monday.  The first day back from Spring Break.  Did I mention *yawn*?

Tim just drove off to take the older girl to school, and the youngest is still sleeping--though that won't last much longer.  At this very moment everything in my world is quiet.  That won't last much longer either.

This will be a very busy week for me.  Not only do I have the normal weekly stuff (house cleaning, back & forth to school, writing work, etc.), but there's more.  Tuesday the oldest has an orthodontist appointment right after school, and then we have to come back to school for Open House.  Wednesday she'll have Quiz Bowl & I'll be running some errands.  Thursday she has a talent show.  Friday I have to get all the left over errands done and buy groceries.  Then Saturday we're loading the car up and heading to Fairburn, GA for this year's Georgia Renaissance Festival.

All of this on top of the already short enough days filled with my every day normal "stuff".

Oh, oh, and please, for all that's good in the world, please do not let me forget that Tim's birthday is next Monday and I'll need to bake him a cake sometime before then.

Now, before I have a panic attack thinking about the week ahead of me, I'll take a nice deep breath and move forward.  I'm now off to enjoy the last few minutes of quiet this morning will allow me before the 5yr old wakes up and Tim comes back home.
Have a great week!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Happy Saturday.

Saturdays are full of fun, laziness, sunshine, warm temperatures, and just an all-around good time.  Or at least that's how they're suppose to be. 

Luckily, for me, today is just that!  Well, minus the warm temperatures since I woke up to a very chilly house.  The sun is shining, the house is spotless, peace and quiet is abound, and I'm spending the day with my one and only.

Yesterday the kids ran off to have a weekend of fun with my sister and mom.  This gave Tim and I a weekend of fun all alone for our anniversary.  So far it has been lots of fun.  Of course we would've liked to be out of town like we planned, but this is good too.  :)

The anniversary sale went out without a hitch yesterday.  I'm thoroughly pleased with the number of e-books that found their way to new homes.  I hope everyone that took advantage of the sale will enjoy their new purchases.  I even heard from a few last night that had already dove into the stories and had nothing but good things to say.  Nothing makes me happier than to hear that.

Due to the sale yesterday, someone asked if they could get all three Alex & Fiona paperback books at one time, or if they'd have to order them individually.  Because of that question, the 3-book Alex & Fiona set can now be purchase from the webstore on!  Nothing like catering to my beloved readers. *Smooches*

The next big thing will be when Time For Death (Liz Baker, book 1) releases on April 30th. I'm still planning a celebration, and goodies for the giveaway keep arriving in the mail.  I'll be posting a picture of the goodies and sharing all the celebration details when we get a bit closer to the date.  I love a good party! 

Well, I'm out for today.  Tim's playing the Xbox and I have nothing to do in the house.  Thinking I'll go outside and enjoy the sunshine with a good book.  Have a good one!

Friday, April 9, 2010

My anniversary means a sale for you!

Happy anniversary to me. Happy anniversary to me. Happy anniversary to meeeeeee! Happy anniversary to me!

Those of you who receive the monthly newsletter already know about today's celebration.  For those who don't, here it is...

Today is my 16th wedding anniversary.  To commemorate our special day, I'm having an e-book sale on my website today.  You can pick up A Midnight Infatuation, A Birth at Dawn, and A Twilight Abduction for only $2.50 each.  You can pick up the entire series for a grand total of $7.50!

This sale is only through the e-book links on my website under the "Available Books" page, or use the links below, and only lasts for 12 hours... April 9, 2010, 9am-9pm EST.

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A Midnight Infatuation  -- $2.50 E-BOOK SALE!
A Birth at Dawn -- $2.50 E-BOOK SALE!
A Twilight Abduction -- $2.50 E-BOOK SALE

Now, I'm off for the day.  We're getting an early start because I need to buy groceries, run a few errands, and then it's party time!

My mom and sister are taking the kids tonight and tomorrow so we were going to run off to Gatlinburg, TN.  But we decided to take care of some bills instead and will now we celebrating here at home.  Like I told Tim, "It's not where you are, it's who you're with that matters."  We can "celebrate" (wink, wink) just fine in our own house.

We're thinking about going to see "Clash of the Titans" and then home for a seafood dinner by candlelight.  Then tomorrow we're going flea marketing.  I'm still in search of a writing desk for the bedroom--one of these days I'll find just the right one.  :-)

Have a great Friday and be sure to grab your own copies of the Alex & Fiona series.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Whole days are missing!

Where have the days gone this week?  I can't believe it's already Thursday.  I remember posting Monday morning about Easter and then *BOOM* the days shot by like a cannon ball.

Let me see here.  It all started Monday afternoon when my sister told me about a job opening for Tim.  I found the company and e-mailed them his resume.  Within 20 minutes his phone rang and they wanted him to come in Tuesday morning at 9:30am for an interview.

I was giddy with excitement and hoped this would be the one for him.  However, we'd planned to take the children to the TN Aquarium Tuesday morning.  Luckily, with no real schedule time limits during Spring Break, it wouldn't be a problem to go a bit later.

Tuesday morning came and Tim headed out for his interview.  By 10am he was calling me to say he was on his way home.  All in all, he had the job in the bag until the discussed wages.  I find it appalling that companies will offer LESS than he draws from unemployment... and then STILL have taxes and insurance coming out of that.  We know how much he needs to make per hour--which is less than what he made at his last job--in order for him to support his family, and this job was not offering it.

So we were both disappointed, but moved on and took the kids to the aquarium (which was packed with more people than we expected).  The rest of the day was fine and fun.  We took the kids for ice cream & ran a few errands before coming home and whipping up some homemade pizzas for dinner.

Then yesterday...  We spent all day Wednesday at my sister's house because she had heating and air guys coming out to put a new unit in and she had to work.  She told me it'd be an hour or two...  Turned out to be 6 1/2 hours and we were still there when she got home from work.  LOL.  Oh well, so much for Wednesday.  The time was passed playing with her Wii.  Turns out I'm a pro bowler!  At least in the Wii world.  ;-)

Today.  Today is Thursday.  I can't believe it's Thursday, but it is.  I have two things planned for today:  1. pay the power bill, and 2. take the kids to the library.  That's it.  That's all.  Nothing else.  Now if that turns out to be all, well, that remains to be seen.

Before I go, the newsletter went out yesterday, and I hope everyone enjoyed it.  Just a reminder that my anniversary is tomorrow and so is the big e-book sale.  I hope you'll stop by and take advantage of it.  :-)

Have a good Thursday!

Monday, April 5, 2010

How was your Easter?

Morning all!

We're still on Spring Break in the Silvers household.  The kids are having a good time so far and not driving me to batty... yet. 

We had a very nice Easter yesterday, even though it all started on Friday when we had dinner at my sister's house.  By the time yesterday rolled around we were all a bit "over it" with Easter.  That didn't stop us from having fun out in the sun.  Eggs were hidden and hunted. Chocolates were eaten and eaten and eaten. Kids later on crashed from sugar highs and were easily put to bed a bit earlier than is usual for a school vacation.  LOL.  It was quite nice.

Then we came home, change out of our nice clothes, and got to work around the house.  Tim washed the car.  I mowed the lawn. The oldest racked leaves.  The two younger girls played with the dogs, helped wash the car, and ran around.  After all that I curled up in the hammock with my honey.

Today there aren't any plans to leave the house.  All child entertainment will be done right here in the backyard today.  There will be puppy playtime, finger painting, bike riding, and even some Moon Sand sculptures.  I have to make some phone calls, thus the outside playtime for the children. Then tomorrow we'll be spending the day at the Tennessee Aquarium.

I haven't decided on Wednesday and Thursday activities yet, and Friday will be hectically busy.  All in all, we'll all be having a nice Spring Break week.  I might even get some work done...  I said might.

Before I go for today, my newsletter will be going out on Wednesday.  You don't wanna miss this one!  Use the link in the upper left to subscribe.  Then there will be a fun, money-saving announcement on Friday.  All details will be in the newsletter.
Have a great Monday!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring Break has begun.

Today is the last day of school for the older girls.  Starting tomorrow they'll be on Spring Break for ten days.  Now, this means I won't have to listen to the blasted, infernal, irritating alarm clock at 5:50am for ten days.  However, that also means that I need to listen to my own advice on surviving Spring Break as a SAHM.

SAHM: Surviving Spring Break with Your Sanity Intact

Or maybe I'll just go ahead and have them help me work on our yearly vegetable garden.....

SAHM: Growing a Family Garden with Your Children

Yes, yes, that was blatant self-promotion on my part.  LOL!  I do so love those monthly pageview payments I get from my article readers though.  I love you all, so stop by and give my newest articles some love.  :-)

Okay, now that's out of the way.  Time for me to relish in the loveliness of today.  It is a glorious spring day outside my open windows.  The sun is shining brightly, the temperature is perfect, birds are chirping loudly from their perches high in the trees, and there is a slight breeze blowing through my house.  I can't wait 'til all the trees have their leaves and greeness explodes all around.  I love spring!

This morning I went grocery shopping and picked up some gladiola bulbs for my front flower bed.  Shopping needed to be done while the kids were still in school (shopping with all of them is unbearable) and I want to plant the glad bulbs tomorrow when all the kids will be here to help.  

You may not hear too much from me over the next week due to the house full of kiddos.  We'll be spending a lot of time outside, and we have a trip to the aquarium planned.  Then next Friday is my 16th wedding anniversary and Tim's wanting to run away for a night or two.  We'll see how that works out over the next couple of days.

However, those of you who received my March newsletter know that I have a special planned for April 9th to share my happiness with all of you.  If you weren't a subscriber then, rest assured that I'll also have the details in my April issue next week.  :-)

I have a growling tummy, so I'll be off now to fix myself some lunch.  I hope you have as lovely a day as I am.