Parties, Giveaways, and Accolades!

Today, Jen on the Edge wrote a blog post about SCRAPBOOK OF SECRETS is doing a little giveaway. Speaking of giveaways, my publisher, Kensington Books, is giving away an actual scrapbook page designed by me, plus a $25.00 scrapbooking gift card.

Other news:
The mystery expert on B & N has selected SCRAPBOOK OF SECRETS as one of the best new e-book mysteries! Woot! I’m so excited about this.

I had a fabulous launch party on Saturday at Stone Soup Books, here in Waynesboro, and my friend Christy Majors took some great pictures. Check them out here. And more on the party later.

You may have noticed that I’m blogging once a week at Killer Hobbies with other mystery authors who have craft themes in their books. Tomorrow evening at 9 p.m., we are having a Valentine’s Day bash and giving away chocolates. We are having the party on Joanna Campbell Slan’s FB author page. The last time she had a party there, it was so much fun. I hope you can join us. I’ll be there!

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Tess’s cello recital this morning. Last night I received a call that I need to bring cookies, which is how these thing generally work.  I don’t mind—as long as they are not expecting homemade!

2. This past month has been so busy that we’ve all barely had a chance to breath. Emma’s play. Tess’s dance recital. My New York trip.

3. So I can’t wait for summer. I hope to have my next book sent off to the publisher before school lets out and take the summer to relax and catch up with my girls, my friends and scrapbooking, possibly quilting.(Although I KNOW I’ll be getting copy edits on the first book over the summer.)

4. Yesterday was the most fun I’ve had at a photo shoot. I’ll share those pictures later.

5. My blog has been giving me fits. I have a new “Five Questions” with a fiction author. But it won’t post. Argh!

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Yes. I ran. I know what I said–that I wouldn't run every day. But I
won't be running tomorrow because I have early morning appointments–one
is a dr. appt., the other is a book signing. Someone from
Charlottesville is coming across the mountain for me to sign her books.
So, I'll be at Starbucks in Waynesboro tomorrow at 10–if anybody else
needs their books signed.
2. I took my daughters to get their pictures taken at the local Olan
Mills. They had this special running–which of course had all kinds of
small print and will end up costing me more money than the "special."
But the pictures are amazing. Especially Emma's photos. She's my kid–so
I think she is beautiful. Her sister is, too, and is photogenic, as
well. But something happens when Emma gets in front of the camera. It's
startling to me.
3. Up and down all night. I had forgotten to take my Benedryl. My dr.
told me to take children's Benedryl to help me sleep and it works–but
only if you REMEMBER to take it.

4. So many things are popping out of the ground suddenly. Spring is my
favorite season. I've written a poem about Spring. If I can find it,
I'll share it.

5. Can't wait to meet with the writing students at Waynesboro High
School.

Here is the poem:

Spring

Spring is a woman

who thaws slowly, leaving patches

of snow behind, teasing

with hints of green

and buds that promise

of daffodils, dandelions,

tulips, cherry blossoms—

beauty yet to come.

Her name is Oya. Her rivers

and streams rush, roar, rise,

and flow over rocks, sand, mud,

to kiss all life with wetness,

cool and crisp, driven

from the winter snow.

She gurgles with giggles.

Her names is Gaia. Smell her

rich, luscious soil. Feel the

contractions from her life-giving

core while she gives birth

to the music of robins,

Sparrows, and cardinals.

She labors, toils and pushes.

She dances, giggles, and flirts.

She is raw beauty.

Her name is Woman.

Five things I thoought about during my morning run:

1. Yes. I ran. I know what I said–that I wouldn't run every day. But I
won't be running tomorrow because I have early morning appointments–one
is a dr. appt., the other is a book signing. Someone from
Charlottesville is coming across the mountain for me to sign her books.
So, I'll be at Starbucks in Waynesboro tomorrow at 10–if anybody else
needs their books signed.
2. I took my daughters to get their pictures taken at the local Olan
Mills. They had this special running–which of course had all kinds of
small print and will end up costing me more money than the "special."
But the pictures are amazing. Especially Emma's photos. She's my kid–so
I think she is beautiful. Her sister is, too, and is photogenic, as
well. But something happens when Emma gets in front of the camera. It's
startling to me.
3. Up and down all night. I had forgotten to take my Benedryl. My dr.
told me to take children's Benedryl to help me sleep and it works–but
only if you REMEMBER to take it.

4. So many things are popping out of the ground suddenly. Spring is my
favorite season. I've written a poem about Spring. If I can find it,
I'll share it.

5. Can't wait to meet with the writing students at Waynesboro High
School.

Here is the poem:

Spring

Spring is a woman

who thaws slowly, leaving patches

of snow behind, teasing

with hints of green

and bus the promise

of daffodils, dandelions,

tulips, cherry blossoms—

beauty yet to come.

Her name is Oya. Her rivers

and streams rush, roar, rise,

and flow over rocks, sand, mud,

to kiss all life with wetness,

cool and crisp, driven

from the winter snow.

She gurgles with giggles.

Her names is Gaia. Smell her

rich, luscious soil. Feel the

contractions from her life-giving

core while she gives birth

to the music of robins,

Sparrows, and cardinals.

She labors, toils and pushes.

She dances, giggles, and flirts.

She is raw beauty.

Her name is Woman.

Five things I thoought about during my morning run:

1. Yes. I ran. I know what I said–that I wouldn't run every day. But I
won't be running tomorrow because I have early morning appointments–one
is a dr. appt., the other is a book signing. Someone from
Charlottesville is coming across the mountain for me to sign her books.
So, I'll be at Starbucks in Waynesboro tomorrow at 10–if anybody else
needs their books signed.
2. I took my daughters to get their pictures taken at the local Olan
Mills. They had this special running–which of course had all kinds of
small print and will end up costing me more money than the "special."
But the pictures are amazing. Especially Emma's photos. She's my kid–so
I think she is beautiful. Her sister is, too, and is photogenic, as
well. But something happens when Emma gets in front of the camera. It's
startling to me.
3. Up and down all night. I had forgotten to take my Benedryl. My dr.
told me to take children's Benedryl to help me sleep and it works–but
only if you REMEMBER to take it.

4. So many things are popping out of the ground suddenly. Spring is my
favorite season. I've written a poem about Spring. If I can find it,
I'll share it.

5. Can't wait to meet with the writing students at Waynesboro High
School.

Here is the poem:

Spring

Spring is a woman

who thaws slowly, leaving patches

of snow behind, teasing

with hints of green

and bus the promise

of daffodils, dandelions,

tulips, cherry blossoms—

beauty yet to come.

Her name is Oya. Her rivers

and streams rush, roar, rise,

and flow over rocks, sand, mud,

to kiss all life with wetness,

cool and crisp, driven

from the winter snow.

She gurgles with giggles.

Her names is Gaia. Smell her

rich, luscious soil. Feel the

contractions from her life-giving

core while she gives birth

to the music of robins,

Sparrows, and cardinals.

She labors, toils and pushes.

She dances, giggles, and flirts.

She is raw beauty.

Her name is Woman.

Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. GLORIOUS weather for a run.

2. Breakthrough on my memoir. I've been writing it off and on for a few years. Had essays here and there. I put them all together yesterday and saw it, unfolding right before my eyes. And I wrote an intro. I've got like 15,000 words. Shocking. Of course some of it is pretty raw. But I'm on my way. Andrea and Sue-lessons from both of you are slowly sinking in.  On my way,

3. Taking pictures of some of my scenery during my run. Will post soon.

4. The girls running project at school. The school sent a notice home about how good running is for you–not just physically, but emotionally, and I'd add spiritually, as well.

5. Tess wearing a Halloween shirt this morning. It's luau day at school. She refused to wear anything but her Halloween shirt. I refuse to fight with my daughters over clothes or hair. Maybe you've noticed. 😉