Double Blog Monday – Mark of the Stars and For The Love of Reading

If you’re here for the Indulgent Blog Hop – Welcome and please scroll down.

Today I’m being interviewed at: Mark of the Stars and  For The Love of Reading

I hope to see you there. Remember at the end of the tour, one lucky commentor will win a $25.00 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Mystic Ink (either Kindle or Nook version).

And if you’re here for the blog hop – One lucky (and random) participant will win a $15.00 Amazon gift card. Just leave me a comment with your e-mail address and tell me what your favorite guilty indulgence is (remember keep it clean or I’ll have to zap your comment).

May the guiltiest participant win.

When you’re done, remember to hop onto the next site.

I’m Hopping! Come Join Me!

I’m participating in Induglent Bloggers Blog hop. Thanks for stopping by my site.

One lucky (and random) participant will win a $15.00 Amazon gift card. Just leave me a comment with your e-mail address and tell me what your favorite guilty indulgence is (remember keep it clean or I’ll have to zap your comment).

May the guiltiest participant win.

When you’re done, remember to hop onto the next site.

Virtual Book Tour: The Undead Space Initiative

I’m excited! I start my very first official Virtual Book Tour for The Undead Space Initiative.

For Mystic Ink, I scheduled all the blog stops myself and quickly realized (far too late) that I am really not good at writing a zillion unique blog posts in a short period of time. And it totally killed my writing schedule.

So this time around, I decided to hire Goddess Fish to the do the work for me. They also set up an interview only tour. While I had to answer at least 2 interviews a day for a solid week and half (and it was a bit much), it’s much better than what I did before.

I hope you will stop by and leave a comment. At the end of the tour, I will award one lucky commentor a $25 Amazon gift card and e-book copy of Mystic Ink (either Kindle or Nook version).

September 10:  Bodice Ripper Novels
September 10:  STOP 2  Magically Seductive Romance
September 11:  It’s Raining Books
September 12:  Rogues Angels
September 13:  The Bunny’s Review and The Book Connoisseur
September 14:  Black Velvet Seductions Blog
September 17:  Mark of the Stars
September 17:  For The Love of Reading
September 18:  Realmantic Moments
September 19:  Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
September 20:  Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
September 21:  Talisman Book Publishing

I hope to see you there!

American Restoration, Pawn Stars and a Web Hunt!

Happy Friday everyone! Be sure to visit me over at the Scribes – My Fortress of Solitude.

I don’t normally watch a ton of television when I’m actively writing. And here’s why, over Memorial Day weekend, I made the mistake of checking out one of my favorite channels – History. I stumbled across the show American Restoration. After about five minutes, I was completely hooked. The show is about Rick Dale and his business – Rick’s Restoration in Las Vegas. I fell in love with the mix of history, nostalgia and the quirky cast of employees.

It didn’t take long for youngest son to be sucked in as well. Before we knew it, we were entrenched in an American Restoration marathon. For hours. When it was over, we were a bit bereft and bummed to have to wait until the following weekend to watch more.

Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone. Right after the American Restoration marathon ended, Pawn Stars began. Now, I know this show has been on for a few years, but I had ignored it. It wasn’t a “history” program, per se, so I lumped it in with the likes of Ancient Aliens, Ice Road Truckers, and Swamp People  – not for me.

Wrong. I couldn’t resist the old school toys, antique weapons, the haggling (which I’m terrible at), Americana, and the deluded people. Soon, I was talking to the screen  – “You want how much? Why are you even going to a pawn shop if you think it’s worth so much – try e-bay!”

 

And the History Channel was kind enough to run a marathon for two days! Like a black hole, the show latched on, not only to me, but my hubby and younger son. The only one able to resist – Older Son – his dislike of history battled Pawn Star’s gravitational pull.

At one point, I even told hubby – “The show is research. See, Devlin Ward, my satyr in Mystic Ink, he owns a pawn shop. And all this knowledge will come in handy when I write his book.”

I know. I know. I should hang my head in shame. Pathetic excuse.

Needless to say, I didn’t write very much.

I had resolved to mend my ways. Until younger son informed me – “Hey Mom! Did you see the commercial? Cajun Pawn Stars!”

NOOOOOOO! Curse you History Channel!

So in the spirit of Pawn Stars and American Restoration, consider a hunt of your own.

Today is the start of the Night Owl’s Summer Fun Web Hunt! So what’s a web hunt? Participating authors (like yours truly) have a clue hidden within the pages of their blog. The web hunt runs from June 1 – July 15th.

I’m giving away a $15 Amazon gift card! If you’d like to join the hunt, click on the picture below and follow the rules. Good hunting!

So, what television shows tickle your fancy? And if not television, what are your favorite distractions?

A Chance to Win Mystic Ink!

I’m part of a giveaway at Book & Trailer Showcase.  I’m giving away an e-book copy of  Mystic Ink to one lucky person. Head over to their site by clicking here and follow the directions on the site. Good luck!