#Giveaway Monday Love Caters All

Note: David caught that the button isn’t working on the widget. I’m in contact with Wix and will update this page as soon as I have it fixed. Meantime, here is a link that should work:


Photo by Jane M. Sawyer, user name cohdra, Morgue File
Photo by Jane M. Sawyer, Morgue File

I haven’t done a Giveaway Monday in a while! Well now I have one of my own to offer. Through July 28,  I am giving away 10 signed copies of Love Caters All at Goodreads.

The easiest way to enter the giveaway is by clicking on the widget on my Events page.

Happy Monday!


#Giveaway Monday

Okay, it’s Tuesday, not Monday, but I have some giveaway opportunities for you. I discovered these giveaways and book reviews while preparing for my own blog tour, which is coming up in May/June. All you have to do is comment on the blog postings and you get entered in a raffle for cold hard cash (via Amazon). Plus the book reviews, blurbs, and author bios are fun. You might find something you’d like to read.

This book, Taken by Passion, by Jaymie Holland had a Reviewer’s Choice award from Romantic Times:


This novel Before We Say Goodbye, by Julie MacLennan about four strangers who meet at a pivotal point in their lives, looks quite interesting.


This Polish and Stalin history family memoir meets speculative fiction book, Grace Revealed, by journalist Greg Archer, looks amazing. Apparently the book has light moments too.  The author interview is interesting and fun.


Free, fun, or useful stuff Monday

Happy Monday! Today I have a few links to share of some things I found on the internet over the past week.

I found this great article with lots of links about WordPress on Molly Greene’s blog:


Here are some recipes for breakfast things you can have for dinner:


Have a great week.

#Giveaway Monday

Happy giveaway Monday. Here are some free things I enjoyed this week.

First up, 25 Life Hacks for Eating Better from My Fitness Pal:


I’m starting with the first 9 for breaking bad habits. I’m not willing to throw out my box of Peppermint Patty’s though, so I’ll just have to not buy more junk food. I’ll also only use them when I’m traveling, which is why I bought them in the first place. (I always buy a Peppermint Patty at a gas station on the way, so I figured getting a box of them would be a cost savings, but there are downsides to having them in the house.)

Let me know if you are going to try any of these techniques!

Next up, I really enjoyed Amy Rose’s photos of Niagara Falls on her blog, Petals Unfolding:


I hope you enjoy that visual feast!

Have a great Monday.


#Giveaway Monday 2

More giveaways for you (because I forgot I had already scheduled one!) LOL! I didn’t want these links to go to waste. Good stuff here. Enjoy!

Dangerous Justice by Terri Reed is an exciting book. It’s being released a chapter a week from Harlequin. It caught my eye because it’s about a K-9 unit. I just read the first chapter which is action packed! It’s really short, too. Check it out.


The following list of books aren’t free, but the list is free, and it’s a really good list. What I like about the list of 22 contemporary authors is the very short blurb approach. In a few minutes you can scan the authors and see whose work you’d like to read next:


Thanks to https://villagebookslg.wordpress.com/ for tweeting about that list. The Village House of Books is great at curating books. Speaking of which, here’s a link to a guest post from an interesting historical author whose very interesting book Rebel Queen is in book stores tomorrow: https://villagebookslg.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/guest-post-michelle-moran-author-of-rebel-queen/

I found this sweepstakes today. It looks pretty easy to enter. If you use Twitter and live in the USA, you can retweet this tweet and follow @AOL to be entered to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (retail $149).



That’s it for today! Have a great Monday. I do hope to bring you some skiing pictures tomorrow, if I can tear myself away from my cozy condo and manuscript and brave the snow!


#Giveaway Monday

There’s a big giveaway happening on Wednesday, February 25th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST. Here are the details:

Hook a Book: A Lobster Cove Facebook Party

The Wild Rose Press and the authors of Lobster Cove are hosting a Lobster Cove Facebook party on Wednesday, February 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., EST. Readers can find out all about the Lobster Cove books and “meet” the authors. At the end of the party we will give away a basket of Lobster Cove print books and a Kindle Fire!!  Individual authors will also be doing giveaways throughout the party. There will be lots of prizes!

I hope you’ll stop by “Hook a Book: A Lobster Cove Party.” Enjoy a party at the beach—a fire, friends and a good time. Come party with the authors of Lobster Cove on Facebook.

If you have a Facebook account, just click on that link or copy and paste this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/928761120475937/?ref=br_tf into your browser and then you can RSVP by clicking on the little button near the top that says Going. In the same area, there’s also a button called Invite. You can click on that and invite friends. You can also just click on that link at the time of the party. I will be hosting from 4:30 – 5 Pacific Standard Time. That is 7:30 – 8 Eastern Standard Time.

The day of the party and the day after, the publisher also plans to put all the Lobster Cove e-books on sale on their Website.

Lobster Cove is a fictional small town on the coast of Maine, near Bar Harbor. It is quaint and quirky with a colorful history, a friendly population of charming residents, and a vibrant tourist business. It is home to research scientists and small shop owners, grumpy cops and sassy chefs. Back in the day, it was a bustling fishing town and home to many immigrants, from both the state cabins and the lowest decks.


#Giveaway Monday and my first book signing

Today you can get Dead to the Max for free. It’s the start of what looks like a great series. This is by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasmine Haynes/Jennifer Skully, who signed with me, along with Adina Senft/Shelley Adina on Saturday at The Village House of Books!

Nicci, Jasmine, and Adina
Nicci, Jasmine, and Adina

Jasmine took a picture of me signing my very first book sale. Yes, that’s a friend. I had a lot of support from friends, which made me feel wonderful!


Here’s the free book. I already downloaded it and can’t wait to start!



A ghost, a psychic, and one very hunky detective, all tied up with a bit of murder and mayhem…

Thirty-something, down-on-her-luck accountant Max Starr has the unfortunate gift of being psychic, a newly-discovered wrinkle in her already messed-up life. Her husband, Cameron, is dead, killed in a botched 7-11 robbery two years ago. She’s cut herself off from friends, moved out of her San Francisco home in favor of a studio apartment, and dumped her flourishing career as a CPA to do temp work.

And now Max has developed an annoying penchant for attracting the spirits of murdered women. Okay, they possess her. And to exorcize them, Max must unmask their killers. But how?! By stepping into the void their deaths created, taking their jobs, befriending the loved ones they left behind. Max goes wherever she has to go and does whatever she has to do, with a lot of help from the ghost of her late husband Cameron and hunky and very enticing Detective Witt Long.

In Dead to the Max, Book 1 in the Max Starr series, Max steps into the shoes of a murdered accountant and starts to learn that even supposedly boring accountants can have secret lives and secret desires. Max just has to hope the secrets she uncovers don’t get her killed, too.

You can download the ebook here:


Kindle UK

Kindle CA


iBooks AU

iBooks UK


All Romance

Coffee Time Romance

And here are the titles of and links to the Max Starr series:

Dead to the Max, Book 1

Evil to the Max, Book 2

Desperate to the Max, Book 3

Power to the Max, Book 4

Vengeance to the Max, Book 5

#Giveaway Monday and book review

Yesterday I made this: http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/07/avocado-salsa/

Here’s my photo…the one on the recipe is prettier since I didn’t think to take a picture before we ate most of it, but in case you don’t want to hop over there to look, here it is:


The recipe did require that I go to the store and buy most of the ingredients, but that’s okay, because that was my NEAT activity for the day. What is a NEAT activity? Funny you should ask, since that, along with the link to this recipe, is the giveaway for today.

NEAT is Non-exercise activity thermogenesis, a term used in the book Move a Little, Lose a Lot.

It was raining yesterday, so going shopping was a great thing to do to make sure I accomplished my daily two and a quarter hours of moving around.

It took about an hour to make this, maybe 45 minutes, not sure, but it was worth it. It’s incredibly delicious. We had it as a side with a vegetarian tamale from Costco.

Move a Little, Lose a Lot is the most fun I’ve ever had with a weight management program. I love the rewards feature. At the start of the book, you choose 4 rewards of increasing value. That really motivated me, so now I also know that planning out rewards really works for me. But the best thing about the book is that I quit the gym! Well, that’s not quite true. I did quit the gym, which is great, and saves $88 a month, but the best thing is that I now know that cleaning the house, yard work, washing the car, walking to the store, de-cluttering the house (an overarching goal for the year) and going for a walk all count toward my movement goals for the day, which must add up to two and a quarter hours (by the end of the book). It’s liberating, and I lost a little weight and a lot of stress because now I’m not stressing about the fact that I’m not going to the gym, or going to the gym and hating the time it took from my life. I’m also not stressing about all the chores hanging over my head that I never get to. Now, I rely on those chores and de-cluttering goals to get my NEAT activity. By following everything (almost) that the author said to do, I have really changed my whole set of behaviors and mindset around activity and work. The author (a Mayo Clinic researcher and doctor) knows what he’s doing regarding changing human behavior and overcoming the traps of our modern society. I’m in the final two weeks, which are about your community. This is where he starts to talk about how having a NEAT lifestyle is good for the planet and the community.

As for the weight loss, I don’t have a lot to do, and I already ate pretty well (except for over the holidays), so it’s just a bit slow. But I’m not gaining any more, and I know I will gradually reverse the last couple years of weight gain caused by too much work and stress-related eating. (I can hear you: “You’re a writer, how can that be stressful? You should see my job.” Yes, I had one of those jobs too, so I do sympathize, but writing has it’s own stress, trust me. And if you are a writer, you know of what I speak.)

So, here is the giveaway. If you feel comfortable giving me your mailing address, leave a comment and I’ll enter your name in a randomizer. Once I’m done with the book in 2 weeks, if you live in the USA, I will email you, get your address, and mail you the book. If you live really far away, and you win, I’ll give you a digital copy of my book, or one of John Holland’s books that I edited, your choice. If you live in the US and really want one of my or John’s books instead of Move a Little, Lose a Lot, that can be negotiated! Okay, I’m making this up here, obviously! But I’m trying to keep the cost below $5. Final caveat, if you subscribe to my blog but can’t leave a comment, you can contact me by filling in the form on my Contact Me page on my website. (While you are there, feel free to sign up for my monthly newsletter, which has an original recipe along with news and writing tips.)

Here’s another giveaway that floated across my virtual desk this week. The author is selling all her books for $.99 and running a contest for $120 gift certificate.


I think you need a pretty picture today, too.


#Giveaway Monday

Good morning, and happy Giveaway Monday. Here is a free cookbook with simple recipes:

The 2014 Quick & Easy Holiday Garden Gourmet

NOTE: I just found out that the above link, which is


is not working from mobile devices. I’ve contacted the publisher about this technical glitch, and I’ve asked for permission to email a PDF. If you are interested in getting that PDF sent to you by email so you can download it on your mobile device, please leave a comment below. I will email you the book.

If you click the link from a non-mobile device (a computer), it will work.

Okay, back to the cookbook. Itis not all holiday recipes, mostly not, actually. Here’s what’s in this book:

  • Crockpot Recipes
  • No Bake Recipes
  • One Pot Recipes
  • 5 or Less Ingredient Recipes
  • 30 Minute or Less Recipes

I just downloaded it. This book was put together by authors at The Wild Rose Press. Writers are always looking for shortcuts to cooking so we can spend more time writing, hence they are the perfect go-to folks for easy recipes. Here are the ones I’m going to try: Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese, Emily Darling’s Lentil Soup, Linguine with Garlic and Prosciutto, and Stracciatella Soup.

There are also book covers from the authors, so you can get a sampling of good books to read too.

On Saturday I went to the library for a meet up. I was fascinated by these shadows, so I took a shot with my phone and fiddled with it a bit using Snapseed (a free download for your Android or iPhone).