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Valentine’s Day Giveaway

We had a snow day–which is a treat for the Seattle area because everything shuts down and the world goes very very still for about twenty-four hours.

I took advantage of the day to get some Valentine’s Day sewing done and am giving away one Valentine’s Day apron and a signed print copy of SWEETHEART SUMMER.





The giveaway is going on at Mindy Hardwick, Romance Author Facebook Page and all you have to do is  leave me a comment and I will pick one winner on Friday.

Please comment on the Facebook page here.

Good luck!

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Cover Art Reveal Kids in Orange

I am happy to reveal the cover art for Kids in Orange: Voices from Juvenile Detention as well as the blurb! The book will release in both print and ebook in mid-February!



Blurb: The gang leader doesn’t like poetry, but will a detention center workshop show her how to express love for her newborn daughter?  A teen boy dies of a drug overdose. Will his final poem speak what he cannot say?

In the middle of a career change from teacher to writer, Mindy Hardwick volunteered to facilitate a weekly poetry workshop at a juvenile detention center. By helping the teens write poetry about their lives, Mindy discovered strength and courage to grieve the loss of her father, find forgiveness and release the past.

Cover Art Designed by: Earthly Charms 

Also, the Daily Astorian ran a nice profile article about the Cranberry Bay romance this week. You can read that article here.

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Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop



Happy Holidays! I am participating in the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop sponsored by BookHounds.

This month I have been drafting the third book in the Cranberry Bay series, SWEETHEART WEDDING, release date is summer 2017. Since I have been in the wedding mood, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway of a couple winter wedding books. In order to be entered in the giveaway, please leave me a comment about your favorite holiday memory and your email address. (US or INT). I will choose one winner and announce by January 2 ,2017.

The first is A Season to Wed which is a collection of three novellas all about weddings at Christmas.




The second is the latest Brenda Novak book, A WINTER WEDDING set in her town, Whiskey Creek.


You can find all the blogs participating in the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop here.





Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Winner



Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

The winner of the hand towel and apron is Jeanna Massman!

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day



It’s Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! This is a great opportunity for sewers, crafters and those who enjoy giving and receiving handmade gifts!

You can find everything from fabric to supplies to handmade items. The the links for Sew Mama Sew Day are here.

I have been meeting once a month with a group of fun gals in a stitch group and working on embroidery. I’m giving away one of my hand embroidered towels–it’s snowmen so you can keep out after the holidays! As well as a half-apron from a favorite pattern of mine I discovered this fall, an apron in an hour. You can find the pattern here.



The gals in my sweet contemporary romance books, SWEETHEART SUMMER and SWEETHEART COTTAGE (with forthcoming SWEETHEART WEDDING (Summer 2017) love to sew and participate in a sewing circle. You can learn more about the series set in the fictional small town of Cranberry Bay located on the north Oregon coast here. The books are available in both ebooks and print here. Sweetheart Summer_MindyHardwick_800

Sweetheart Cottage by Mindy Hardwick_Final Ebook

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day is open until Sunday December 11. Please leave me a comment with your email address (US entries only) and I will announce a winner by Wednesday, December 14. Your items will ship priority mail by the 16th so you should have them in time for Christmas if you’d like to give them as gifts.





Creating Characters from Life Class



In January, I am teaching an online class for adults (older teens are welcome to attend too) with the Loft Literary Center.

Creating Characters from Your Life is a six-week on-line class that starts January 18 and runs until March 1. You can register here.

Let’s explore how to create characters from life and give meaning to our struggles and triumphs by drawing on life experiences to create fictional characters for any length or genre of story. We’ll begin by brainstorming ideas for characters including: truth and lies, love and betrayal, and first and lasts. Next, we’ll look at how character archetypes can help us move from fact to fiction by creating bigger than life characters.

Every story has two sides, and it’s important to explore the point of view of our villain too. We’ll look at not only what makes our villain bad, but more importantly what makes them good. No great story is complete without the wise mentor or wizard and We’ll examine how to show and not preach those wise moments to our hero.

Finally, we’ll give our hero the moment they have been waiting for and construct a scene in which they will confront the dragon while learning how to create tension and craft dialogue that makes the scene sizzle. At the end of class, students will understand how to create a character from life and write a fictional scene which empowers both the reader and writer.



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Write For Rights


Amnesty International’s Program, Write for Rights. takes place during the month of December.

From the website: Sometimes a letter can change someone’s life. That’s the premise of Write for Rights, Amnesty’s global letter-writing campaign. Today, it’s one of the world’s biggest human rights events.

Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked. They are people like you, continuing a long tradition of writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs.

And it’s not just letters – it could be petitions, emails, Tweets, Facebook posts, photos, postcards. Your words really can change lives. Join us.

The list of this year’s cases can be found here.

Amnesty International has done all the work and sample letters can be found for each person as well as ways to submit on-line letters in support of this year’s cases rights.

It only takes a few minutes, but Write for Rights is a great way to champion for someone who has lost their rights. I hope you will join me in writing.

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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop Winner



Congratulations to Lisa M for winning a signed copy of Seymour’s Secret and the fall apron! Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop



Happy Fall! I love Halloween and this week I’m participating in a Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds.

I’m giving away one signed copy of my middle grade, Seymour’s Secret as well as this cute half-apron made from Peanuts fall fabric! One winner will be chosen from the comments. Be sure to leave me your email address and tell me what you love about fall! U.S addresses only–sorry.

Seymour’s Secret Blurb: Eleven-year-old Colt is devastated when his beloved Granddad’s vintage toy collection is stolen by a gang of obit robbers. Determined to solve the crime, Colt enlists the help of a girl who talks to ghosts and a gang leader who plants marigolds in the moonlight. But can Colt uncover the secret behind Granddad’s toys before everything is destroyed in this middle grade contemporary mystery.







Book Signing Photos

On Saturday, I had a great time at a book signing hosted by Mimi’s A Shabby Chic Boutique in downtown Snohomish. There was also a zombie walk taking place at the same time and it was fun watching everyone get all “ghouled up!”


Here are a couple photos of the signing. The book fit perfectly in her shop and looked like a page out of the Cranberry Bay setting!







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