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Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

Clear Your Shelf August (2)

This week I’m participating in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop sponsored by Bookhounds and I Am a Reader Not a Writer.

The hop is all about clearing books from our shelves and giving them away. On each blog participating in the hop, you’ll find giveaways  for books taken from people’s shelves! All the books are physical books, not ebooks. How fun is that!

You can find all the participating blogs in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop here.

I’m usually pretty good about “clearing my book shelves” on a regular basis.  I made a rule with myself that whenever a book comes into the house, one has to go out. Most of my giveaway books go to the local library which has a Friends of the Library Book Sale every July. This sale supports library programs during the year.  One thing I’ve noticed is with ebooks, I don’t have such a big to read pile sitting on my shelves…..don’t ask me about the list on my tablet! That’s another story!

So….what books am I giving away in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop?I am giving two books away–one for an adult reader and one for a teen reader.


Book Blurb: Once a month on Monday night, eight students gather in Lillian’s restaurant kitchen for a cooking class. They come to learn the art behind Lillian’s dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each one unknowingly seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. One by one, they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create. Over time, the paths of the students intermingle and intertwine, and the essence of Lillian’s cooking expands beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of their lives, with results that are often unexpected and always delicious. The School of Essential Ingredients is an Indie Next Pick book.

I heard Erica Bauermeister speak about her book and writing at Get Lit at the Beach in Cannon Beach. The story is a wonderful literary tale which is told in short vignettes from the point of view of each character.  This is a book for adult readers.


And….I am giving away….



Story Blurb: It’s 1972. Twelve-year-old Joan is sure that she is going to be miserable when her family moves. Then she meets a most unusual girl. Sarah prefers to be called “Fox,” and lives with her author dad in a rundown house in the middle of the woods. The two girls start writing their own stories together, and when one wins first place in a student contest, they find themselves recruited for a summer writing class taught by the equally unusual Verla Volante. The Wild Girls brilliantly explores friendship, the power of story, and how coming of age means finding your own answers.

This story is for teen readers, or those who enjoy teen books.

Now for the giveaway rules on this blog….Please leave me a comment telling me which book you would like to win along with your email address. I will select two winners (One for each book) on August 28. The giveaway is only open to US addresses due to the cost of shipping. Please one comment per person.

And to continue on the Clear Your Shelves Giveaway Hop, here is the listing of all the blogs participating.

Good luck!





Positive Traits Thesurus Giveaway

Happy New Year!

To start things off with the first giveaway of 2014, I’d like to offer one PDF copy of THE POSITIVE TRAITS THESAURUS.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000046_00066]

*A large selection of attributes to choose from when building a personality profile. Each entry lists possible causes for why a trait might emerge, along with associated attitudes, behaviors, thoughts, and emotions
*Real character examples from literature, film, or television to show how an attribute drives actions and decisions, influences goals, and steers relationships
*Advice on using positive traits to immediately hook readers while avoiding common personality pitfalls
*Insight on human needs and morality, and how each determines the strengths that emerge in heroes and villains alike
*Information on the key role positive attributes play within the character arc, and how they’re vital to overcoming fatal flaws and achieving success
*Downloadable tools for organizing a character’s attributes and providing a deeper understanding of his past, his needs, and the emotional wounds he must overcome

THE POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is a great resource and part of their trilogy of resources for writers including: THE NEGATIVE TRAIT THESAURUS and THE EMOTION THESAURUS. I have all three books on my Kindle and reference them often when writing both middle grade and romance.

You can find lots of great additional information on The Book Shelf Muse here.

You can find out more about THE EMOTION THESAURUS here.



Negative Traits Thesurus

In order to be entered for the giveaway of THE POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS, please leave your email address and one positive trait of a character in your work-in-progress. I will announce the winner on Friday, January 10. U.S. and International entries. One comment per entry.

Good luck!



Congratulations to EVA who won a print copy of WEAVING MAGIC on the Goodreads Giveaway.

Weaving Magic - Front cover 72 dpi

There were over 588 people who requested WEAVING MAGIC on Goodreads.

Eva is starting a new blog for teens and tweens. She will be reviewing WEAVING MAGIC for her blog, and I will post a link here soon!

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