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Thankful to You Blog Hop Winner

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Thank you to all who participated in the Thankful for You Blog Hop. I am happy to announce the winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card is: Sally Peckham!



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Free Tween and YA Books

Happy Shopping Weekend! Two of my ebooks are free this weekend on Amazon. Both books make great gifts for the teen and tween readers in your life.

Weaving Magic, a young adult romance can be downloaded for free here.


Stained Glass Summer, a tween coming of age story, can be downloaded here.


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Thankful for You Blog Hop

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Happy Thanksgiving! This week, I’m participating in the Thankful for You Blog Hop sponsored by Herd Hops.

November is all about giving thanks to the people in our lives who are important. And some of the most important people in my life are those of you who follower my writing career.  Some of you are friends and family. Some of you are people I have met face-to-face at writing events and book signings. Some of you are educators who take my classes at Seattle Pacific University SPIRAL program. And some of you are people who have come along for the ride through blog hops and other social media networking. Thank you to all of you!

And it’s not just this blog. I am also giving a special shout out Thank You to all of you who have follow my Facebook Pages including:

Mindy Hardwick, Romance Author Facebook Page.

Stained Glass Summer Facebook Page 

Weaving Magic Facebook Page.

It’s been a long journey and many of you have been with me since I first started blogging back in 2006 when my very first short story, “Hurricanes”  was published in the collection of stories for kids entitled, Summer Shorts. You can read that post here.

 You have followed me as I took the risk and went with smaller epublishers for both of my tween and young adult book. You followed me as I moved into writing sweet, contemporary romances. You stuck with me when I posted often and filled your eboxes with my posts and when I’ve hardly posted at all.

And you’ve followed me in the last month as I jumped into my own imprint, Eagle Bay Press, and brought out the first in a three book, sweet contemporary, small town romance series set in Cranberry Bay entitled, SWEETHEART COTTAGE.

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So, to say thank you to all of you who have followed me, I am giving away a ten dollar gift card to Amazon. All you have to do to be entered is leave me a comment in the comment section of this post and tell me you follow me on my blog. Be sure to include your email address!

And for those of you who do not follow me on my blog, it’s not too late to become one of my followers and get in on the thank you. All you have to do is click follow this blog on the left side of the page to subscribe to my posts and then leave me a comment in the posts below that you are now following my blog.

You can also subscribe to my newsletter here.

Please be sure all of you who comment leave your email address!

The contest is open to both International and US followers. The hop ends on November 27 and I will pick one winner and announce it on this blog on November 30.

Thank you for being a follower of Mindy Hardwick, Author!


Tie One On Day–Wednesday November 25, 2015


“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.” EllynAnne Geisel

Celebrate the apron and give from the Heart on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 and then give thanks on Thursday. Participation in Tie One On Day is easy and uplifting. Simply wrap a loaf of bread or baked good in an apron and tuck an encouraging note or prayer into the pocket; then present your offering to a neighbor, friend or person in your community who could benefit from your gesture of kindness. Tie One On – and put the “give” back into Thanksgiving.

You can learn more about Tie One On Day here.

I will be participating–will you?


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November Author Events

There is a lot going on this month for author events. The following are places you can find me for book signings and author talks.

Stormy Arts Reading and Book Signing. Primary Elements Gallery, Stormy Arts Festival. Cannon Beach, OR. November 8. Noon. I’ll be reading from my book, Stained Glass Summer, and have both Weaving Magic and Stained Glass Summer on hand to purchase and sign.

Author Next Door. Panel Q and A. November 21. Sultan Library. 1:00-2:30 p.m. I’m participating with a group of local authors on a panel in which I’ll talk about writing for kids and writing romance.

Sweetheart Cottage Book Release. All Day. November 21. If you’ve pre-ordered Sweetheart Cottage, check your ereader for the book! Print books will be available on November 21 and be sure to check in to Mindy Hardwick, Romance Author Facebook page for fun giveaways including copies of my novella, New Year Heart Song and Love’s Christmas Gift.

Sweetheart Cottage Book Signing: Mimi’s A Shabby Chic Country Boutique. 111 Glen Ave, Snohomish, WA. November 28. 11:00-1:00 p.m. Join us for a fun book signing of Sweetheart Cottage! This is Shop Small Saturday and downtown Snohomish is a great place to get all your holiday shopping done!

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Sweetheart Cottage Goodreads Giveaway

Enter to win a signed copy of my newest romance, SWEETHEART COTTAGE on Goodreads. SWEETHEART COTTAGE releases in both ebook and print on November 21, 2015. The giveaway period ends on November 21, 2015.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sweetheart Cottage by Mindy Hardwick

Sweetheart Cottage

by Mindy Hardwick

Giveaway ends November 21, 2015.

See the giveaway details
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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop Winner

Spooktacular2013Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by at the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. I enjoyed reading all the favorite memories about fall.

The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card is…Bookloversue! Congratulations. The gift card is in your email!!

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Chapter Three of Kids in Orange: Voices from Juvenile Detention on Wattpad

I’ve posted the third chapter of KIDS IN ORANGE: VOICES FROM JUVENILE DETENTION on Wattpad. This will be the final chapter I’ll post–so enjoy!

You can read the first three chapters of KIDS IN ORANGE: VOICES FROM JUVENILE DETENTION here.

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Author Newsletter Sign-Up

I’m getting excited about the upcoming release of the first book in my new, sweet contemporary romance series, “SWEETHEART COTTAGE: A CRANBERRY BAY BOOK” The book releases in both print and ebook on November 21 and you can pre-order the ebook here.

And as I’m setting up book signings, author events, blog hops and thinking about fun reader perks for this series, it has finally come time for a newsletter!

Now this will be a periodic newsletter, but when you subscribe, I’ll give you all the details on where I’ll be signing books, fun perks you can get in on as a part of the Cranberry Bay Series–including winning a vintage apron….and more.

To sign up for my newsletter please go here.




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Chapter Two of Kids In Orange on Wattpad

I have posted the second chapter to my memoir, KIDS IN ORANGE: VOICES FROM JUVENILE DETENTION on Wattpad.

I’m trying out the first three chapters on Wattpad to get some reader feedback. The book is not published, this is simply a test to get some feedback.

Please let me know what you think. The link can be found here.

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