So I Pulled Up My Big-Girl Britches and Carried On

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No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I’m still here, and I’m so sorry it’s been a few months since I’ve posted anything. I had high hopes for my #writing this summer … such positive expectations. I was giddy at the thought of two months with no car-rider lines, late night writing sessions to finish the 4th Grimsley Hollow book, BBQ’s in the back yard, and time off from stressful mornings of trying to get two kids to school on time. Ah, delusions of grandeur.

And then reality came crashing down, as it usually does.

Instead of peaceful mornings of sipping hot coffee while rocking on the front porch, I found myself knee-deep in college preparations for my son, which included summer orientation, preparing him to get his driver’s license (for those who don’t know, Gage has autism and Tourette’s, so learning to drive was a bit more complicated for him than most), and muddling my way through financial aid forms and scholarship info. Instead of spending time on inspirational writing sessions where I breezed through the first draft of my #WIP, I ended up spending more time at the hospital where my mother was admitted, twice. And, though I may not have been stuck in car-rider lines, the slow procession of my uncle’s funeral had been enough to make me wish I were.

I won’t bore you with all the details. Life has a tendency to fall apart, and the best we can do is pull on our big-girl (or big-boy) britches and carry on. Today is August 11. My daughter started 7th grade yesterday (though she had to come home two hours early because of a stomach virus – another bump in the road), my son got his driver’s license two days ago, all preparations for college are done (he starts on August 31st), and my mother’s health is holding its own, for now.

My daughter, Sydney, and my son, Gage.

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I’d hoped to have the first draft of Grimsley Hollow: The Longest Days of Night finished by now and simmering on the back burner while I began another book. Now, I’ll be lucky to get GH4 out before Christmas. It was also my intention to start the monthly #contests and #giveaways again. Maybe I’ll have time to cook up something for September. With things the way they are, I make no promises, but will try my best.

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In the meantime, I’m looking for some help. Because I’ve fallen so far behind with … everything … my book #marketing has suffered. Other than a few posts here and there on Facebook and Twitter, I’ve been too swamped to do anything else. I need someone good with #graphic #design skills to create a few pictures I can share on social media, and possibly a new banner or two. Because I’m not technically savvy, I have to use websites like Canva and PiZap, and my graphics are as simple as they come. I’d like to find someone who’s a bit more talented. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, please send me an email.

I promise to try to be more active on my blog, to drum up a contest or giveaway for you guys next month and, most importantly, to get back to work on my next #book. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. Love you bunches!

 

A Generous Group of Indie Authors

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After it was decided that our #LIFT4Autism2016 group would hold an auction to raise funds to donate to Talk About Curing Autism’s (TACA) scholarship fund (for more information on that, click here), I sent out a request to my #IndieAuthor friends for help, and they didn’t disappoint.

I received a total of 27 #books from 16 extremely talented writers, and I’d like to thank them again for their generosity. Click on their names below to visit their Amazon page and show them some love!

Rich Meyer

Linda Lee Greene

Yvonne Hertzberger

Erin McGowan

L.B. Clark

D.J. Jameson Smith

Jim Devitt

K.S. Brooks

Jacinda Buchmann

Blaze McRob

Alexandra Butcher

Vanessa Kings

Melinda Clayton

S.A. Molteni

Greta Burroughs

A.C. Winfield

 

If you haven’t registered to bid on the auction, trust me, you don’t want to miss it! BOOKS GALORE, #SWAG, gift cards, even #marketing promo and graphic design packages! Oh, and did I mention the #AmazonFire tablets (yes, PLURAL!) and #VIP tickets to the Mile High author event in Denver???
What are you waiting for? The auction begins the last week of April.

I’m including all the important links below. Get to clicking!

Register to Bid in Auction

Authors Donate to Auction

Campaign Website

Join LIFT FB Group

Make a Tax-Deductible Donation to TACA

 

LIFT 4 Autism 2016: Stronger Together!

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As the mother of an autistic child, this yearly event is dear to my heart and I’m honored to be a part of it. As most of you know, April is #Autism Awareness month, shining a global light on the condition an estimated 3 million people in the United States and 70 million people worldwide live with every day – 1 in every 68 American children, 1 in every 42 boys.
Though autism is the fastest growing developmental disability, for those on the outside looking in, it often remains a mystery. This month, we hope to shine light and spread compassion for families living with autism.

In addition to raising awareness, we also want to take action. This is the second LIFT 4 Autism campaign, rallying the reading community around this cause. More than 200 authors and bloggers are partnering with this effort, many donating #books and other items to an #auction the last week of April. Proceeds from this auction will go directly to our charitable partner, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting families affected by autism. Specifically, our efforts will benefit #families served through TACA’s scholarship program to offset medical and therapy costs.

To stay abreast of LIFT news and developments this month, please join our Facebook Group.

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How can you be involved???

1. Authors Donate books or other items for our auction

2. Bid on the auction, and your money goes straight to TACA’s scholarship fund (you’ll be asked to register before the auction date in order to bid).

3. Purchase a LIFT 2016 T-shirt

4. Make a tax-deductible donation to TACA

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Make sure to enter our LIFT #Giveaway. You could win a $5 #Amazon gift card, LIFT T-shirt, and eBook from any of our LIFT authors! Click the link below to enter, and I’ll make sure to keep you updated on LIFT 4 Autism 2016!

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