Happy Homemaker Monday 09.25.17

Good Morning!!  Had an exciting weekend, check out What’s Happening below.  The weather was hotter than usual, first day of fall it was over 90 degrees out here.  Enjoy your week ahead!!

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

RECIPE I’D LIKE TO TRY:

Thought I’d change it up a bit and NOT post a dessert, lol.  I thought this was a clever idea.  I do like omelets, but not with veggies.  Just a basic meat and cheese one would do for me.

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

These guys are pretty insane, and so fun to watch.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Wednesday night was a beautiful night for our Cruise Night.  No matter how many times I go, it’s always nice to walk along the main street and see all those cool cars, and always run into some people I know.

Thursday, my mom and I went to the library for Adult Game night.  That was fun.  We played Scattergories.  I had a headache for most of the day, so my brain wasn’t functioning to capacity, lol.  How you play is you role a dice with letters on it.  The letter it lands on is the letter that each word in 12 different categories has to start with.  There are cards with the 12 different categories, and you have 3 minutes to come up with the answers.

Friday my shipment of books came in!!  That was so totally exciting!!  Nothing like having a book in your hand, especially one that you are in.  When I opened the box, Ben had to get one out just so he could see my name in print.  While my family is supportive, they aren’t overly excited about this, it’s kinda like “that’s great, mom’s a writer, what’s for dinner?”  After Ben saw my name in print, he started reading the story, and I immediately got reprimanded for the use of language, lol.  There’s a “what the hell” in the first line.  But I was able to get him to take this pic of me.  He was acting like the paparazzi.  So, he was having fun with it, and once that was all done, I figured, ok the excitement is over.  Well later that evening, he says to me.  “Hey mom, when I get to be Elijah’s age, and I’m in high school and I have to pick a book to read, I’ll just pick one of yours.  That way you can give me all the answers.”  Yeah…it kind of took a little curve at the end, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from him 😀

The paperback version is available now.

Kindle version delivered October 1.

The Box Under the Bed

Order Here!!

 

FAVORITE PIC:

I had some errands to run Saturday, when I got back my sister was at the house, and got her copy of the book.  She snapped this pic of me signing it for her.

 

QUOTES:

 

ON MY PLAYLIST:

Check this out. Holy Crap!

Holy Crap is right!! Great news especially first thing Monday morning!! So excited!!  Read the entire post here.

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

dan your humble host

I get this email from my blog:

Name: Ellen Datlow
Comment: I would like a print review copy The Box Under the Bed to cover in THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR #10. My mailing address is
Ellen Datlow
PMB (numbers)
(numbers) Avenue of the Americas
NY NY (numbers)
thanks
Ellen Datlow

Now, I get a TON of spams, and this isn’t likely to REALLY be Ellen Datlow, you know? But the name sounds familiar. I Google her; she’s legit – Datlow was the fiction editor of Omni magazine and co-edited the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series; she was editor of the webzine Event Horizon: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror…

So I show it to Allison (by email).

We are both kinda suspicious

so Allison says maybe find some other legit sources for Ellen and see if the email matches or whatever. Sounds good. So I…

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Happy Homemaker Monday 09.18.17

Good Evening!!   These weeks are flying by, we are having some really warm weather this week, but not complaining.  Trying to get out on my bike as much as I can before it gets too cold. As much as I am looking forward to snow, I’m not looking forward to cold and flu season.  Already I’ve had sniffly kids here. Of course, my kids aren’t little, but age doesn’t matter when kids are sick, lol.  Hope everyone is doing well.

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. 

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

RECIPE I’D LIKE TO TRY:

This looks interesting. I’m thinkin’ add some chocolate to the top, my youngest loves chocolate covered bacon!!

 

LOL CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES:

 

FAVORITE VIDEO FROM THE INTERNET:

So adorable.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Friday night I walked over to the little band shelter we have a few blocks away in our downtown area.  There was a concert by The Howl Experience.  It’s an all request dueling piano show.  The weather was beautiful, and again a lot of people came out.  Only in a small town can they block off part of the street for a concert.  Always nice to get out and see old friends.

It has been so much fun to be a part of this whole book experience.  Basically it has gone from conception to completed product in a very short time.  The release date is October 1, but if you pre-order before then, there is a bonus story from Dan Alatorre included in the Kindle download version only.  Also, the paperback is now available to order!!  I will be placing my order this week.  I cannot wait to have the book in my hand!!  And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, we just got word that a BIG name in writing wants to receive a review copy to be considered for The Best Horror of the Year.  It’s an annual compendium of the critically acclaimed editor’s selections of horror fiction.  Even though horror is not my genre of choice, this is still exciting news!! So if you or anyone you know loves some scary stories, grab a copy and share the link!!

The Box Under the Bed

Order Here!!

 

FAVORITE PIC:

Haven’t been taking many photos, but this is a pic my son Elijah drew.

 

QUOTES:

 

ON MY PLAYLIST:

 

If You Can Dream It…

I recently posted about being a contributing author to The Box Under the Bed.  What an exciting experience this has been.  I am part of a private FB group where all the authors have been discussing the progress of the book, finalizing the cover design,  and looking at screenshots as the book is being formatted in paperback form.  Yes!!  And that is now available for you to order at Amazon!!

We have also been getting updates as the book has been climbing the charts of The Hot New Releases in our book category.  The last time I saw it we were at #7!!  How awesome is that?  That is why we are asking for pre-orders.  Amazon has all kinds of lists that are ranked by sales.  If we get to number one, then that means more exposure for us.

Dan, as always, has been talking about it on his blog.  I’ll be honest, after the first initial excitement kind of wore off, and the realization that I live the life of a busy mom, not an author yet, I was like, eh…it’s just my first story, in the midst of 20 others.  But then I read Dan’s post, and it got me fired up all over again.  He’s done this so many times, but yet he’s excited about this.  Here’s the part that got me. He encouraged his readers to pre-order the book, and put it like this….

Now, why do YOU want to do all this?

Well of course because you’re awesome.

Because you’re helpful.

 And also because I think we have seen collectively the dream starting to become a reality for folks on this blog.

That’s kinda magical.

What happens is, you come here to learn a little more about writing and

  • the next thing you know you make some friends
  • and then you enter a writing contest
  • and the next thing you know you’re being published.

 Whether as an independent author with some guidance from me, or through my network of friends in the traditional publishing market,

DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE OVER HERE, have you noticed?

No less than three of the top winners of our first two Word Weaver Writing Contests have gone on to publish their books, partly because of the recognition, support and enthusiasm for their work that they received here, in our contests.

 Gang, that’s huge.

 

Oh, and another benefit of pre-ordering?  You receive a story from Dan Alatorre that is included ONLY in the pre-order Kindle version.

As we get closer to the October 1 release date, the excitement will continually build.  Plus, once I have the actual paperback in my hand, there’s no tellin’ what might happen!!  You may hear me all the way in your neck of the woods!! 😀

 

So  grab your copy today,

And be a part of making dreams come true.