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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday with Linky

Here are a few of my Do it Yourself Projects for Christmas. They are pretty simple and easy to make. I have the flu..coupled with a sinus infection so I can't get any sleep which is a major bummer, but I was still able to make the the following three items today. I used a tutorial on YouTube. You can check them out below. Happy Wordless Wednesday!

A butterfly pin for the girls in the Rhoer Club of Sigma Gamma Rho.
My version of a cobra style bracelet with chain
My version of a helloberry bracelet.
Hello berry bracelet tutorial

Helloberry bracelet tutorial

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

10 Do it Yourself Gift Ideas w/ Wordless Wednesday

Make a trip to the dollar store to make these post it note frames:
Click for tutorial

Have some mismatch earrings? Make some bookmarks:
Click for Tutorial
DIY Journal: Click for tutorial
Tea Wreath: Click for tutorial
Doughnuts and Milk: Click for tutorial
Caramel Apple: Click for tutorial
Take a visit to the hardware store to make some free gift tags:
Click for tutorial
Newspaper Gift Bags: Click for tutorial
When you don't know what to do with all your Christmas cards:
Christmas Card Booklet: Click for tutorial
Gift Card Snow Globe: Click for tutorial
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wordless Wednesday with Linky

Do It Yourself Bookmarks

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Do's and Don'ts of a Literary Journey by Vickie Hall

Vickie is the author of Secrets of the Red Box. She is a native of Utah, but growing up, lived in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Nebraska. When she is not writing, she's composing music, or shopping with her sister. She loves animals of all kinds and camping with her family. Her favorite pastime is watching old movies on TCM, and unashamedly has a crush on Cary Grant. She is also the author of the book, All That Was Promised.

Secrets of the Red Box
Bonnie has secrets to keep- secrets with the potential to destroy lives, including her own. Running from her destructive and pain filled past, she recreates herself, believing sh has escaped the damning evidence hidden in the red box. When her former life is revealed by a cruel twist of fate, Bonnie faces losing everything, including Glen, the only man she's ever loved. But is Bonnie the woman he thinks she is? Set against the backdrop of the 1940's, Secrets of the Red Box is filled with intrigue and suspense- sure to keep you guessing to the very end!

5 Do's
1. Keep writing, no matter what.
2. Marketing is essential to your success, but find what works for you.
3. Continue to hone your craft - you can always learn something new that will make you a better writer.
4. Seek honest critiques of your work - family and friends are too nice.
5. Always keep a supply of your favorite snacks handy when writing.

5 Don'ts
1. Don't go to a book signing and just sit - you have to engage your potential readers with conversation and interaction.
2. You don't need an agent or a publisher to be a successful writer in today's world.
3. Don't be shy about your writing - tell everyone you meet to check out your work.
4. Don't let a publisher take advantage of you - read a contract very carefully and seek legal advise if necessary to fully understand what you're signing.
5. Don't self-edit your writing - by that I mean, write as freely as you can, without too much interjection of your; inner critic. You can always go back and revise, edit, and change, but doing so while you're writing can sometimes diminish the impact.

5 Books every aspiring author should have on their bookshelf and why?

1. The Power of Point of View by Alicia Rasley
This is a great resource for discovering what perspective works best for you, or for the genre you write.

2. Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
This book really helps define what makes a great character, how to raise the emotional stakes, transformations and why your characters need to change.

3. A copy of the book that made you want to be a writer

4. The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Still a useful resource, with usage and composition rules, commonly misused words and expressions, and the Approach to Style section is great.

5. Writing on Both Sides of the Brain: Breakthrough Techniques for People Who Write by Henriette Anne Klauser PhD
Left brain is analytical, mathematical, straight line thinking. Right brain is creative, uncensored and free.Tapping into the right brain can open avenues of writing you might never have considered.

You can continue to follow Vickie's journey at the following:
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop

If I listed all the people and things I'm grateful for, I would never shut up or stop typing because I am one blessed and highly favored child of God. One of the things I'm most grateful for is the written word. I've been fortunate enough to become an award winning author and now I can add award winning blog to the list of things I'm thankful for (I won two Black Weblog Awards; one for best personal blog and one for best blog post series). A very special thank you to all the blogaholics and book gangstas that voted for me. 

In gratitude to the written word, I'm participating in the Thankful for Books Giveaway. Books have been an important part of my life since I was a child. It was one of the ways I escaped reality and ventured into unknown worlds. Every time I write or read a book it leaves an imprint on me as a creative human being. I will forever be a writer and a reader, it is who I am.

The Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop runs from November 8-13, 2012. 

To Enter: 
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Giveaway is open to U.S. and International participants.

What's up for grabs?
$20 Gift card from Amazon or up to $20 in purchases from the Book Depository.

There are over 150 blogs participating in this hop, please take time to visit the other blogs and enter their giveaways. You could end up winning a great prize for the coming holiday season. For a complete list of blogs participating in this hop, click HERE. Thanks to Trista Pinkston and I am a Reader, Not a Writer for hosting this hop.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wordless Wednesday with Linky

Congratulations to President Barack Obama on his re-election! 
Did you exercise your right to vote today?

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Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens

Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens

Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty.

Everything except, of course, her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace--one that's purported to make beauty immortal--she stages her own death to escape him.

With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She's forever flawless, forever young and forever pursued by her past.

But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she'd left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she's known... and embracing the role she was born to play.


About the Author:

I write YA books. Whatever my heart desires, I write. I don't have someone over my shoulder, in some office somewhere telling me what I can and cannot write. Or should and shouldn't write. I listen to my heart, the center of my muse, and trust my instincts.

I've written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.

They say "write what you know" and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we've been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.

My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.


Tour Giveaway:

$10 Amazon Gift Card + Copy of Grace Doll & Swag
Copy of Grace Doll
(Paperback open to US only, Ebook Internationally)
Ends 11/15/12

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