Monday, October 27, 2014

Madness and Kitchens

Four years ago, my husband and I bought our first house.
In this cute little house
there has been joy,
babies,
celebrations and backyard barbeques.

We've seen Blue Angels.
Briefly, there was a swimming pool.
...And there was this...
...Storage-lacking...
...grubby-tiled...
...brown monstrosity...
...of a kitchen.
 
 
When I first started publishing books, I optimistically referred to my first book, Wishing for a Highlander, as Wishing for a Dishwasher. My critique group, who also happen to be my closest friends (Amy Raby and Julie Brannagh), knew that my goal was to earn enough through that book to purchase a new dishwasher to replace the autumn-gold, non-working appliance taking up space in this kitchen.
 
I am happy to report that not only did Wishing for a Highlander bring in enough for me to purchase my beautiful stainless steel, quiet-as-a-mouse GE dishwasher (shown in the kitchen pictures above), but it brought in enough to bring my biggest house dream into reality...a NEW KITCHEN!
 
For four years, I baked cookies, made Saturday morning pancakes, cooked counteless meals and scrubbed countless pans in this nightmare of a kitchen. When we first moved in in 2011, there was no working oven, no working dishwasher, a broken garbage disposal, clogged pipes, and tile so nasty I had to spend 2 full days on my hands and knees with a scrub brush and bleach.
 
I made the kitchen livable and cobbled together a mismatched package of Craig's List appliances and did my best for four years. Now, thanks to Wishing for a Highlander and my other books and all my wonderful readers, I have an opportunity to bless my family and my neigborhood with a shiny new IKEA kitchen.
 
Here's what it looks like at the moment:

 
Here it is a few days ago as I took imense pleasure in participating with my contractor's crew in the demolition.
In a few short weeks, I'll be cooking Thanksgiving dinner in my new kitchen! It's WAY more than I hoped for when I embarked on my publishing journey, and I am so SO thankful.
 
In celebration of my new kitchen and my upcoming new release, I'm holding two separate giveaways so YOU can happy dance right along with me!
November 1st is the official release date for COLE IN MY STOCKING, my holiday contemporary romance with a Harley-riding state-trooper hero. But you can get it at just about every e-retailer now. See the purchase links at the bottom of this post :)
 
But, why spend money when you can get Cole in YOUR stocking for FREE?!
 
There are two ways you can enter and lots of prizes to be had.
1. Go to my Rafflecopter page and enter to win one of three ecopies of Cole in my Stocking, a $25 gift card, or a holiday bracelet charm set.
2. Go to Goodreads and entery my giveaway for one of three print copies of Cole in My Stocking.
 
Whether you're excited with me about my future kitchen happiness, love Harley-riding cops, or just like free stuff, thanks for celebrating with me!
 
Purchase links for Cole in My Stocking:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How do YOU read?




How do YOU read?


I must admit, in the last few years I have become a total technology junkie.
Well, sorta. I’m not a gamer or anything, but I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t glued to a cell phone (hanging my head here…just a little).

My cell (I have an iPhone) is rarely far from me. I can say the same for my laptop and my tablet—I honestly hardly ever leave the house without all three items. (I have to carry a big heavy bag, too.)

But, I have become dependent on these items (especially the cell phone).

This isn’t wholly bad.

I love to read. Always have. Since I learned how, I suppose. 

In the last few years, I mostly read e-books. It started when I got a Nook for my birthday a few years ago. I loved it right off the bat. I loved buying books without having to leave the house. I loved being able to finish a book if I was out and about (or stuck in the purgatory of my doctor’s office) and not having to wait to go home to get the next book. Having the choice to quit one book and start another. But my favorite thing is that I can have all my embarrassingly high amount of To-Be-Reads in one place and not take up the physical space in my bag, or in my house for that matter.
 
Then I won a Kindle.
 
Then I bought a tablet. You’d think that’s too much, but it’s not.

Now, I have all my books on BOTH my devices in ONE place. And the screen is bigger, so I tend to do most of my reading on the tablet these days. (I also downloaded the KOBO app, I am so bad…still working on my collection there).

I have friends who read ONLY real books. They say they have to have it in their hands. They like the scent of the paper, and it feels more real. I do get that. I love to walk into a library or bookstore. I love the smell of the books.

I also have friends who read ONLY ebooks. 


I still do both, but I prefer ebooks. I am a super busy person (I work 60 hours a week plus write) so convenience is key for me, and it’s so darn easy to shop from the device.
It doesn’t help the my impulse-buyer tendencies, but who can have it all? Hehehe.
But the most important fact is READING in and of itself. The how (the media in this case) doesn’t really matter, as long as the books get read, characters and awesome writers continued to be discovered.


How do YOU read? What media is your fave and which would you never check out even a fave book with?




Bestselling, award winning author of romantic suspense and epic fantasy romance, C.A. loves to dabble in different genres. If it's a good story, she'll write it, no matter where it seems to fit!
She's a hopeless romantic and always will be. Risking it all for Happily Ever After is what she lives by!
She's originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She's happily married and has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
She works with kids when she's not writing.




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Monday, October 13, 2014

THE ANGEL HAS RISEN! New PNR Release from Deena Remiel

It's finally happened! ANGEL RISING is complete! From the moment this story was a simple seed of an idea, I knew that it would be epic and need to be broken into two books. ANGEL RISING BOOK ONE, released September 8th, and today, the duet is complete with the release of ANGEL RISING BOOK TWO.

 This latest Brethren story actually began years ago with the release of TRINITY. Hannah Livingston was just a little girl at that time, but had a huge fate awaiting her. ANGEL RISING brings us to the present, with her about to turn 36 years old and...immortal, with very special gifts. Of course, what would her life be without the most infamous evil that ever existed stalking her? That's right. Satan's back and wants her powers, the world, everything. Enter Gabriel Seeker, Brethren Protector. An angel destined to be her sole protector and soul protector, but with major issues of his own. A tragic past has held him captive to recurring episodes of horrifying memories.

Now, for the first time, you can read TRINITY and ANGEL RISING together, without the wait! Or, you could always read the series in order:
ELIXXIR (if desired, read Nathanael's Hunt first)


ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL WIN AN eCOPY OF TRINITY AND ANGEL RISING BOOK ONE!


JUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION BELOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN...

WHAT SUPERNATURAL POWER WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE AS A GIFT?


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tattoos are awesome!!!

I'm on a total tattoo kick right now! Yea for ink!!
So I'm just sharing some of the ink pictures I've found and loved recently!!!
Enjoy!!












 

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Jennifer Kacey is a wife, mother, and business owner living with her family in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

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