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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

If the Hat Fits by Eliza Boyd Release Day!

If The Hat Fits by Eliza Boyd is out today! Don't miss Jake and Diana's emotional story of finding and then choosing love against all odds. Find out for yourself why everyone loves #Jake in this brand-new adult romance, which is FREE on KU and $2.99 on Amazon!
Eliza Boyd - If The Hat Fits
Release Day: 9/28/2016
Genre: Adult Romance
Publisher: Patchwork Press Buy: Amazon Add to Goodreads here.
Blurb:
The hats tell the story... And I wear them all. The widow hat. The single-mother hat. The overworked-woman hat. I spend my days trying to adjust and fit them all. Without ever dropping one. Or worse: Losing one. And then he comes along. Offering another hat. One I haven't seen in a long time. Love. And, sure, it's tempting and intriguing. Because he's tempting and intriguing. Yet he's forbidden and off-limits. Jake. He's everything and more. But nothing I should have. And all I want. Can I wear just one more hat?



About the Author:
Eliza Boyd is a contemporary women's fiction and romance author. Also an avid reader, she writes novels, short stories, poetry, and whatever else strikes her fancy. Born and raised in Northern Illinois, she now lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and her plethora of animals. When she's not reading, writing, or working, she can be found walking around her neighborhood (for exercise, not for stalking), taking photos of her pets, or catching up on her favorite shows. Catching up really means binge-watching.
Feel free to contact her on any of her social media sites. She spends too much time on the Internet, so she'll probably get back to you right away.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Social Media & False Connectedness


Originally Posted at www.christiecote.com. I shared this on my author blog the other day and thought I would share here too.

I’ve been thinking about Facebook and social media a lot lately. I think social media, especially Facebook, gives us a false sense that we are communicating with our friends and family. It makes us believe we know what is going on in someone’s life because we see their posts and click the like button and maybe even write a little comment and they might do the same in return.

Here is the thing.

We aren’t actually having a personal dialog with these people. We don’t necessarily know what is going on in their lives, only what they choose to post publicly. If we don’t communicate outside of those posts then we don’t know anything more than that. Some people post almost everything that happens in their daily life, but others are very selective or don’t take the time. I used to post about almost everything, but over the past several years, I have grown and changed. I’ve turned into a selective person and generally just post about big events or something that relates to reading and writing or one of my other interests. If you only look at my posts, you are only getting a tiny fragment of my life; I have so much more going on. My life has changed significantly in recent years and in ways I’m a different person then I was just a few years ago.

I think people have this false relationship with me and believe we are communicating and engaging in each other’s lives and I’m certainly guilty of living in the false sense of friendship as well, but it isn’t real communication. It isn’t a real relationship. It doesn’t compare to when I used to spend hours on the phone with my friends talking and having real dialog, getting deep and very personal about things I wouldn’t want everyone to know and I certainly wouldn’t be posting about on the internet. It’s not the same as sending a letter, email, or even a text message and corresponding directly with that person. We aren’t keeping those personal connections anymore. Social media is great for mass communication to a bunch of people at once and being able to advertise and promote stuff, and even finding people we lost touch with for various reasons, but it’s truly hindering our interpersonal communication and our relationships. I have people who I used to be really good friends with but now we’ve morphed into Facebook friends. We just don’t talk outside of Facebook anymore. How did this happen? When did it become so uncomfortable to talk to someone on the phone, or it just become not worth our time? Why is it easier to just post on the black hole that is Facebook instead of reaching out directly to the people who mean the most to us? Honestly, there are very few people I feel connected to anymore and I think this is part of the problem.

Don’t get me wrong, I love that social media exists and the Internet and am thankful for it. I wouldn’t have met one of my best friends if it weren’t for the Internet and social media because that is how we met. We’ve never been in the same state, but our conversations grew from social media messages, to emails, to texts, to phone calls. We don’t get to talk on the phone much, but when we have it helped grow our relationship. We are such good friends because we text each other almost every day to see how the other is and check in and are always there when the other needs to talk or vent. Especially, since I don’t usually vent on Facebook any longer. I grew out of that and instead talk my frustrations out with my husband or my friends in person or through emails or text messages.

I just think it’s really sad and tragic how our communication has changed. I hate how I don’t feel connected to people I used to be very close with and this isn’t me blaming those people because as I mentioned I’m guilty of this as well. I get stuck just paying attention to Facebook and don’t reach out to people personally.

This isn’t meant as a rant, but to try to make people think; to encourage people to close out of social media once a day or week and reach out to someone they haven’t talked to in a while outside of social media. Find out what is truly going on in their lives and engage in a dialog. Don’t let communication and relationships get lost in favor of a fa├žade. Engage with people. Build real relationships. Connect!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Escape to Eden by Rachel McClellan Blog Tour

 

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Escape to Eden by Rachel McClellan

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When seventeen-year-old Sage wakes up in a hospital with no memories, her only clue are the words written on her hand. With a deadly disease threatening to wipe out mankind, Sage must find out who she is and why most people would kill to get their hands on her--before it's too late. This fast-paced, futuristic thriller is a spine-tingling read!

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About the Author

Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she's not in her writing lair, she's partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel's love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was...  


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Top Ten Movies
1. Count of Monte Cristo
2. Batman, Dark Knight series
3. Harry Potter movies
4. Underworld
5. The Heat
6. Napolean Dynamite
7. Moulin Rouge
8. Pride and Prejudice
9. Legend
10. Better Off Dead

 

Character Casting

Sage Radkey: Lucy Hale
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Colt: Dylan O'brien
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Jenna: Dove Cameron
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Anthony: Theo James
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Max: Levi Miller
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Snippets

Snippet One:
All of a sudden I shiver, the kind of shiver that makes me know I’m being watched. I look around to find the reason for the hair on my arms standing to attention. Across the room is the tall, dark outline of a man. Lights flash over him, illuminating electric blue eyes, making me think of lightning. I feel the power in them as strong as thunder. He sees me watching him and moves forward.
Straight for me.

Snippet Two:
Cold air rushes up at me, and I think this is the end. I shouldn’t have trusted Colt. Surprisingly I don’t think of Max, but of my father in the last few seconds of my life. Why didn't he prepare me better? Maybe give me some pDNA injections, anything, so I could've better protected Max. Now I've failed because I'm normal.
The thoughts are bitter, and I can taste them in my mouth. A horrible thing before you die.

Interview

What is your favorite color? Black
Favorite holiday? Halloween
Most embarrassing moment? Is it bad that I don't have one? I don't embarrass easily.
Dream vacation? Italy
Something unique about you? I have been sky diving and am scuba certified
All-time favorite book? Atlas Shrugged
Writing snack of choice? Cheetos
Top hobby you do when not writing? Sports
Favorite Animal? Hippo

excerpt

"Stop!" a man shouts. He runs towards us. Two more appear behind him.
Jenna reaches a hand down. "Grab it!"
Colt takes hold and she easily lifts him out. They are all so strong.
"Go up, Sage,” Anthony says. “I've got these guys.”
He's holding the same dagger I'd had in my hand earlier.
"I'm not leaving you alone," I say.
"Three guys is nothing. I'll be fine. Go."
I look up toward where my brother sits waiting for me and then back at Anthony.
"Stop right there and we'll let you live," a guard says. He has a single spike sticking out of his otherwise bald head.
"Don't listen to him Sage," Anthony says. "You're too valuable. Just go before they capture Max again."
This makes me move. I scramble up the ladder. When I'm at the top, I shout down, "Come on! You can make it."
He stares up at me through the narrow opening and smiles. "Change the world," he says just as an invisible blast knocks him to the ground.


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