Cover Reveal—Wind Chime Wedding by Sophie Moss

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This award-winning novel is one to check out! Grab the first book before the second one comes out here: http://amzn.to/1KmxHog

Originally posted on Blue Harvest Creative:

We are thrilled to reveal our cover for Wind Chime Wedding by USA Today Bestselling and BHC Author Sophie Moss. Wind Chime Wedding is the follow up to the bestselling and multi-award-winning novel, Wind Chime Café and the second book in the stand-alone Wind Chime Novel series.

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Front cover for eBook and Trade Softcover—Available June 30, 2015

Pre-order the eBook today at a special price of $3.99

$4.99 on day of release

Blurb:

Second-grade teacher, Becca Haddaway, is weeks away from walking down the aisle with her high school sweetheart when she learns that the Heron Island Elementary School is about to be shut down. In the midst of a whirlwind of wedding planning, she launches into a last-ditch effort to save it. But the one man who can help her is determined to make her question every decision she has ever made—including the man she’s about to marry.

Former Navy SEAL and…

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LIFE LESSONS

Don’t hate it…just do it….life advice…from a commercial?!?

Well like most folks, I usually hate commercials. I’ll even pay for my ultimate favorite TV shows on Amazon Prime to avoid said commercials! Shows like Castle, Survivor, Brooklyn 99 and Glee before it got the ax got the privilege of depleting my bank account one episode at a time.

But, like most folks, there are even some commercials I enjoy. And as YouTube doesn’t have a premium version yet (YouTube…you’re welcome for that idea!) we suffer through four seconds of the commercial to skip. But what if we don’t skip? What if we enjoy the commercial? Even more absurd…what if we LEARN something from the commercial?

I don’t mean how much the product is and why we should buy it, but honest, goodness…life lessons.

No, I didn’t think it was possible either.

But then YouTube kept blasting the Pitch Perfect shaving commercial. Now the songs are catchy, the girls are fun, and Pitch Perfect (at least the first one, I haven’t seen the second one yet) is a great movie. So I entertained the commercial by watching it. Then the dang songs would get in my head and I find myself watching it every time it’s on.

And the life lesson is?

“Don’t hate it. Just shave it!”

WOW!

Yes they were talking about leg hair. Yes they were leading up to the “we love it” bit. And yes they were being funny.

But guess what?

They’re right!

I’ve applied this advice to my daily chores. Laundry. Dishes. Etc. Don’t hate it. Just do it. And by not wasting time brooding how much you hate it, or how unfair it is that you have to do it, or scheme on ways to get out of the chore. Just do it!

Sounds simple…but who knew?

With chores done, theoretically, maybe that’ll give me even more time to write!

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And sorry for the inactivity, but I’ve been in edit-land the last few weeks, and yeah as other authors know…dangerous place, edit land :) Not easy to escape from!

Anywho, what is your favorite current commercial? Which commercials can’t you stand? What chores are your least favorite? Share down below!

Krispy Kreme Review

#Coffee review: #KrispeyKreme K-Cup: smooth

Hey Y’all!

It’s been a crazy month at the end of April, which I’ll post about sometime this week.

But today I was excited to try a new flavor of coffee. It’s always fun to start the week off right with a new flavor. Now I’m not sure how long these have been out, I didn’t even know that Krispy Kreme made K-Cups!
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I brought the “Smooth” blend at Bed, Bath Beyond so it made it even more delicious to have a 20% off coupon.

To be honest though, I’m glad it was on sale with the coupon because it left a little bit of a flat taste. It tasted like diner coffee. Good diner coffee, but diner coffee none-of-the-less.

Here’s the break down so you can decide if this is a k-cup worth trying, because it’s not all bad:

1. Aroma: Nothing is more satisfying than a coffee with a great aroma. It really sets up the pallet for expectations. Unfortunately, I’d only give this blend a 2 out of 5 stars for aroma. It smelled like Dunkin Donuts coffee. So if you like Dunkin, you might give it a higher rating than I did.
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2. Body Color: As the name suggests, it has a smooth brown body color. Not too dark, not too light. 4 out of 5 stars.

3. Dark or Light: This flavor was somewhere in the middle. It’d be great for a second cup of coffee. Because I always need my first cup the strongest. Or it’d be great for the afternoon.

4. Flavor Tones: I didn’t really get a hint of any flavor like berry or “Earthy”. It just kind of tastes a bit flat. 2 out of 5 stars.

5. Paired with: Might be good with something sweet to give the coffee a bit more flavor. Would stay away from nuts and go more fruit.

6. Overall: I’m not sure I would buy it again, but I’m glad I tried it. Especially with a coupon! But Krispy Kreme making K-Cups is pretty cool! Hope they come out with even more flavors.

So have you tried any new coffee lately? What do you look for in the perfect cup of Joe? Share below!

A mother-load deal of a charming Mother and Daughter tale just in time for Mother’s Day!

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Please welcome my guest speaker, Ms. Lisa Shambrook! We’re celebrating Mother’s Day with a sweet deal on a sweet story! Take it away, Lisa!

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Mothers – those wonderful women who care for us, shape us, berate us and love us…I love that

Mother’s Day is part of spring, a time when Mother Nature is renewing life and blossoming. It’s a

timely reminder to think of that person who did the same for us.

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Both my novels ‘Beneath the Rainbow’ and ‘Beneath the Old Oak’ deal with the complex relationship

between mother and daughter. In ‘Rainbow’, a mother’s grief of losing her child is painted alongside

the touching dilemma facing her lost daughter in Heaven. Freya wants to console her mother and

move on in the afterlife herself, but she can’t whilst her mother grieves. Her goal is to give her

mother a rainbow and relief.

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‘Old Oak’ follows another mother/daughter relationship, this time a

young teen tries to deal with her mother’s anxiety and depression and finds herself lost amid her

mother’s emotions. She needs to find strength and support and an old oak tree offers just that.

Relationships are always tricky, but ultimately rewarding and inspiring.

My books are on sale over the Mother’s Day period, so if you’d like to read or gift your own mother

an enchanting tale…these might just be the books for you.

Lisa’s Bio:

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A writer and dreamer who loves dragons… Lisa began weaving intricate stories inside her

imagination from a young age, but these days her words find themselves bursting forth in the forms

of flash fiction, short stories and novels. A love of the ocean and life in West Wales, rich in legend

and lore, heavily influences her lyrical and emotional writing.

You can find her novels ‘Beneath the Rainbow’ and ‘Beneath the Old Oak’ at

http://www.lisashambrook.com and she blogs under the alter-ego The Last Krystallos at

http://www.thelastkrystallos.wordpress.com and is co-owner of Amaranth Alchemy on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AmaranthAlchemy

US Amazon links: http://amzn.to/1AxeEzd http://amzn.to/1wwI2oQ

10 Life Hacks For The Efficient Writer

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Even if you only write one page per day…totally better than none at all!

Originally posted on Sacha Black:

The Efficient Writer

Do you ever need just five more minutes in your day? Maybe you want to edit another post, or write a short, or a piece of flash for a competition. But you just don’t seem to have enough time. I’m writing this post, because I always need more time. I’m pretty good at being efficient. But I could be better. I know I could squeeze another half hour out my day. But how when I’m a busy worker bee, mother, wife, friend, chef, cleaner…. Etc etc?!

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S – Sleepy time is the best time!

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Who else is a big fan of sleep? Do you take naps? Share in the comments!

Originally posted on S.D. Gates:

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Sleep is one of the best things that happens to me on a daily basis.  I really enjoy sleeping. I guess working all those different shifts for so many years as a nurse, I now appreciate that I can go to sleep at the same time every night.  Rotating shifts can drain you, make you feel like a barely functional zombie and screw up any sleep cycle you ever possessed.  When I was much younger I suffered from a period of extreme insomnia.  I have to say, I would much rather be disemboweled than suffer from sleep-deprivation, it was truly awful.

Now that I can sleep on regular basis, I am quite a happy person.  I think the average person takes sleep for granted, and that is a real shame.  I found a chart on the National Sleep Foundation website on the number of hours of sleep recommended for each…

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