Monthly Archives: April 2015

How About A Spring Fever Giveaway?

WINNER SELECTED:   Congratulations, Angela LaFrenz! 

I don’t know where you live, but here in the Northeast, we’ve suffered through a long, cold winter.  Only very recently has spring begun to reveal itself.  Presently, these few hyacinths are the only touch of color in my yard.  FullSizeRender(10)

Nonetheless, the warmer weather and birdsong in the air puts me in a generous mood.  With Mother’s Day approaching, I thought I’d give away a little “outdoor summer reading” gift bag for a lucky winner.  The goody bag will include a signed book, a $25 Amazon gift card, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, and some fun nail polish just for the heck of it!

To qualify, you need to be a member of my newsletter mailing list (which is not the same as signing up to receive blog posts).  My mailing list is private and will not be shared with anyone.  Benefits will include early news about upcoming releases, chances to win advanced reader copies and other gifts, and more.  There will only be two or three mailings per year, so your inbox won’t be flooded with updates!FullSizeRender(9)

You can sign up here, my website (right sidebar of its landing page), my Facebook page (sign-up tab in the banner), or on this blog right beneath Katherine’s bio!

I’ll go through the mailing list on Tuesday, April 28th to pick a winner, so she (or he) receives the gift in the mail before Mother’s Day.  I’ll announce the winner here and on my Facebook page (and contact her or him via email).

Good luck!

XO-Jamie

 

The Romance of Trying New Things

Part of me wishes I were writing a post about traveling to some exotic new destination or conquering a new physical challenge, but I’m not.  No ticket to Iceland, no backpack headed to Mount Kilimanjaro.  Just me and a box of books headed to Book Expo America on May 29th for a book signing at the Romance Writers of America booth.19912283_s

Despite living nearby, I’ve never been to the Javits Center in NYC. I’ve also never done a formal book signing anywhere, let alone at the biggest publishing industry event of the year. I’m sure I’ll be overwhelmed.  I’ll probably also feel quite like a poser amid the many major authors, booksellers, and other more experienced professionals milling about.

Yet, those sporadic, nervous tingles of anticipation in my belly are exhilarating!

It may be trite, but there is something to be said for pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. The promise of possibility shimmers, making one feel young and enthusiastic. So whether you are considering trying a a new hobby, going on a first date, or even in mastering some complicated recipe, don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back.

Care to share some secret “first” you are dying to try?

xo-Jamie