Thursday, June 22, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Moonrising Series by KS Haigwood & Anne Conley

Here's a special little treat for you Urban Fantasy Romance lovers out there! The first TWO books in the Moonrising series are FREE June 22nd, 23rd and 24th!

There is a new Alpha Wolf in town, and she is about to change everything.
Mena had all she wanted in life: a nice house, money, a successful husband who treated her like a queen. That was, until she found out her marriage was all a lie, and things she never thought could exist, did.
Vampires are real.
Werewolves are real.
And Mena is not human anymore.
Accepting the Moon - Prequel - FREE

Midnight Moonrising - Book 1 - FREE

Andromeda's Reign - Book 2 - $3.99
ME? I already got my copies...better grab yours!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Getting to Know You: #BlogFest

It's been a while since I posted (thanks to a family wedding, grand baby birthday and two eye surgeries to remove cataracts).

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and came across this fun blogfest on a blog I follow. It's open all summer, so feel free to jump in and join the fun!
  1. What did you want to be when you were a kid? 
    Initially I wanted to be a nurse, like my mother. By my teens, I wanted to be a dancer. Then life intervened along with marriage and two children by age 22. I stumbled through several jobs until I truly stumbled into my career into IT. Who knew?

  2. Which “Friends” character do you relate to the most? Why? 
    While I am most like Monica, I would have wanted to be Rachel but with a dash of both Phoebe and Monica. Rachel was the cheerleader I wanted to be as a kid, the popular one but with a kind heart as she grew older. I share Monica's obsession with neat and orderly but would love to be a little more unconventional and able to not care what others think of me.
  3. Do you like your name? Why? 
    It's okay. I disliked it in my tween/teen years, thinking it was too plain. Most of my adult life, I rarely ran into another "Donna" but since my 60's, I have found a lot more. I have over twenty Facebook friends named Donna.
  4. Are you messy or neat? 
    Way too neat at times, I tend to be OCD in some things but I've gotten a little looser with age. I let more things go that would have driven me nuts when I was younger.
  5. How tall are you? 
    5' 3"
  6. How tall were you when you were 10?
    Shorter than I am now.
  7. What is your guilty pleasure?
    Silly SciFi disaster movies and Hallmark channel romance movies.
  8. What are you saving money for right now?
    We want to build a pole barn on our property for hubby's future hobbies. he's always wanted to build a hot rod as well as restore old cars and trucks.
  9. How many Pringles can you eat at once? 
    On a good day, half a can. On a bad day, the whole thing.
  10. Tea or coffee?
    Coffee but every 5-10 years, I switch to tea for a couple months.
  11. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? 
    I've always said I was an introvert but after reading a lot, I acknowledge that I'm more of an ambivert. I can socialize when needed but definitely need my down time. I could easily become a hermit, if allowed.
  12. What will be your Halloween costume this year?
    No costume...haven't done one in several years.
  13. Sweet or salty?
    Yes...the mix of the two is the best!
  14. Favourite social media?
    Facebook, mainly because most of my extended family and many, many friends are on there. I also am on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram but pretty much ignore them other than to share blog posts.
  15. Who is the last person you kissed?
    My husband!
  16. What is your favourite breakfast?
    It used to be bacon and eggs but that's been replaced with fresh fruit and Oikos Triple Zero Vanilla yogurt with crushed walnuts.
  17. When is your birthday?
    September - and whether you believe or not, I'm not only a Virgo but a double Virgo (moon and sun signs). The characteristics are SOOOOO me!
  18. When did you start your blog?
    My first official blog, now closed and merged into my main personal blog, was started in 2006. I was widowed in 2004, rode cross country on my Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 2005 (42 states, 27k miles across a couple of trips) and in 2006 decided to sell my house and become a full-time RVer so I could continue travel. Since that first blog I have several others, some closed and some merged into my current personal blog.

    I now have this blog, DB McNicol, author,  our personal blog [Our Prime Years], a shopping/gift blog [Shopping, Just for Fun], and recently started a personal thoughts blog [Hopping Thru].
  19. What is your opinion on the Kardashians?
    Narcissistic nobodies!
  20. How would you describe your style?
    Fashion? T-shirts and jeans. I dress for comfort, for the most part. I am slowly transitioning my wardrobe into colors that work best for me.

    Decor? Country but not too rustic, a little eclectic but definitely comfortable.
  21. What colour is your hair?
    Grey...I quit coloring when I turned fifty and haven't looked back.
  22. What colour socks are you wearing?
    None - it's a flip-flop day!
  23. What is your dream job?
    I had my dream job in IT, it suited me. Now retirement is my dream job and I'm loving it!
  24. Dogs or cats?
  25. What makes you weird?
    I think you'd need to ask my husband that question. LOL!
  26. Celebrity crush?
    Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, John Barrowman...the list could go on and on.
  27. Opinion on cigarettes?
    Never smoked, now allergic to smoke so avoid being around it as much as possible.
  28. Do you want/have children? How many?
    I have three children and seven stepchildren (six living, one deceased). I also have over twenty grandkids (we lost count with multiple blendings) and have number six great-grandchild on the way!
  29. Three favourite boy names?
    Hunter, Jeremy, Sean
  30. Three favourite girl names?
    Jillian, Samantha,
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#IWSG for June 2017: Quitting

Once again, it's the first Wednesday in the month and time for a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group.

If I thought April was crazy, May was just as bad. Full of medical appointments, a family wedding, catching up with family and friends here in Maryland, lots of rainy weather to keep us housebound and more.

This month I'm going to use the prompt shared by our hosts at the Insecure Writer's Support Group because it fits what has been at the back of my thoughts these past few months.

Did you ever say “I quit”?
If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

I haven't quit writing - yet. But I have been considering it. I turn 70 this year and I find myself treasuring my time with my husband as well as pure "me" time. When we first got together back in 2008 and on through 2012, I wasn't writing (other than a blog or two). We spent a lot of time doing things, seeing things, riding through beautiful scenery and more.

Since I took up writing, other than our two years in Ecuador, I find I have to schedule time off. And at 70, time is getting shorter. I am finding it harder and harder to choose between family time and writing time. So I hibernate, getting/giving too little to each.

I am committed to finishing and publishing two novellas in the Lei Crime Kindle World series, the third book in my Klondike Mystery series and one children's short story compilation of fantasy stories.

Once that is done, I think I am going to quit....

What about you?

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Love romance novels? Cowboys? Military Vets? Horses?

Here's your chance to steal a new box set of six full-length novels (pre-order for $.99), get some good books AND help a wonderful charity, Heroes & Horses.

The authors of this box set write military heroes (or plan to real soon!) in our Western romances. While they guarantee happy endings for our heroes, they know that the men and women who serve our country often aren’t so lucky. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide each day, and countless others are grappling with PTSD.

There's no easy solution, but every little bit helps. That's why they decided to put this box set together and to donate the proceeds to a program that helps veterans adjust to life after the military. They want to raise awareness and make a positive impact for our real life heroes. What better program could they choose than Heroes & Horses?

Heroes and Horses is a three-phase reintegration program that uses the remote wilderness and the horse/human connection to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.
*All proceeds go to Heroes & Horses, an organization helping veterans in a new way—with horses and wilderness.
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