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Another Review This Week

A few years ago, I picked up  Dad Versus The Grocery Store, by Benjamin Wallace. It was originally titled, “Dumb White Husband vs. The Grocery Store” You can find my short review here. And the ebook is FREE to download! (Just click on the title.)

Recently, I was bored.🙂 and decided to see what books I have on my tablet and came across,  Dads Versus Zombies by none other than Benjamin Wallace.

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Now, I am a big fan of zombies. (I have and watch, “The Walking Dead” on blueray.) My son keeps telling me, “Mom, you’re never going to find out what happened or how it is going to end, because it never ends.” Dang! I’m a big fan of closure and happily ever afters. So I decided to see how Benjamin comes up with a theory as to how the zombies came about and how he would end his story. LOVED IT!

Benjamin has a great sense of humor and he had me laughing out loud throughout different parts of the book. He kept me turning the pages and wanting more. Okay, I have to admit his ending was okay…Kinda cliche, but…I have to give it 5 Stars!

You can check out Benjamin’s Amazon Author page here. He’s got a lot to choose from.

I will have a couple more reviews to post next week, but till then; HUGS!

Review for “Charade at Sea”

About a month ago Eden Baylee sent me an email telling me about her newest novella, “Charade at Sea” She also sent me a $2.00 gift card, but she told me, and I am quoting her.

As a dear friend, colleague, and someone I’ve enjoyed crossing paths with in the past, I’d like to offer you a gift certificate to purchase the book. As you know, marketing is getting more and more difficult, and for now, I’d rather gift a book to someone who may potentially read it, than throw money away at a book promoter.
No obligation to buy, read, or review. Just a gift for you, if not for my book, then for anything else you like.

Now being the dingbat that I am, I clicked buy now on the link and purchased the book before redeeming the gift certificate. But that’s okay because it was money well spent. I enjoyed reading “Charade at Sea”

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Charade At Sea

“Charade at Sea” is the third novella that Eden has written for the “Lei Crime Series”

It features Lainey Lee and  Max Scott, who had met (in a previous novella) in Kauai. Max invites Lainey Lee to take a cruise with him and the mystery begins…

Eden has a special way of writing suspense and keeps you guessing as to who the bad guy really is. The novella was well written. A quick read. It has a conclusion. Not really an ending. But has more of an open ended feeling to it, leaving you wanting more. And I did want more, more backstory, that is, so I used that gift certificate to pick up, “A Snake in Paradise” Which is the first novella Eden wrote for the “Lei Crime Series” But more on that next week.

You can find Eden’s Amazon page here along with all of her books. She is a very talented writer so there are quite a few to choose from!

Now I am headed off to buy the second book, “Seal of a Monk” or is it the third and “Charade at Sea” is the second? Oh well, no matter what the order, pick up one today. You won’t be disappointed!

See you in a few days and until then…HUGS!

Review for “Crushed Velvet”

Last year I won a paperback copy of, “Crushed Velvet” by Diane Vallere and last week I finally got around to reading it.

Polyester Monroe has inherited her grandparents fabric store. Getting ready for the grand re-opening Poly, as she is known, has Phil Girard pick up some bolts of velvet that she has had specially made. But when her delivery gets there Phil isn’t the driver and to her surprise she finds Phil dead in the back of the van under the heavy fabric bolts. Genevieve. Phil’s wife is the prime suspect and a friend of Poly’s. Will Poly be able to unravel the mystery and still open her shop on time?

I am giving “Crushed Velvet” a 4 star. I teetered back and forth on the rating from a 3 1/2 to a 4. The plot was good. I enjoyed the story. And for the most part it was well written, but…The details! There were details that just went on and on. Details that weren’t relevant to move the story forward.  Details that bogged down the story. One of the details that has stuck in my mind is about a pillow case. Now if the pillow case turned up missing or the suspect had drooled on it it her sleep and it was confiscated for a DNA sample I could see why the author might give it so much attention, but since it wasn’t relevant to the story I couldn’t care less about what color the flowers were, or if the edging was tatted or crocheted, etc.

Overall, it had some good twists and turns and like I said, I enjoyed the story, but if I was her editor I would have gotten rid of most of the unnecessary details.

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I have a lot planned over the next few weeks. More reviews. An update to what I’ve been up to. And a special peek into what is coming up in the near future. So stay tuned and till then; HUGS!

Shameless Promotion

Yep, That’s what I said.🙂 Just some shameless promotion for my weekly planner, “Do Something Nice”

Amazon has just gone crazy! The price keeps dropping! Get yours today for just $1.63. It’s a paperback weekly planner! Makes a great gift! 132 pages of inspiration to “Do Something Nice” Keep track of your daily plans. Jot down your hopes, dreams, and goals.

And it’s got one, yes one, 5 star review.🙂

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I’ve always loved journals and have kept one since I was a teen. This unique weekly planner encourages the reader to do something nice for someone. No one would object to this, and yet, we often don’t take the time to consider doing nice things for people. In our busy lives, we can easily forget about the small acts of kindness that mean so much to the person receiving it.

Author Karen Einsel has created a simple formula to allow us to acknowledge others. It’s a wonderful book to inspire us, to keep us connected to what is important — our humanity. Makes a wonderful gift item too.

I thank Eden Bailey for that wonderful review!
So gets yours here
It’s just $1.63  UNBELIEVABLE! I can’t see how I can make any money on it, but it’s a great deal for you!
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Hey! What are you waiting for? This is probably the cheapest it will ever get! And don’t forget to leave a review. Hugs for a great weekend!

“Spring” it On!

Spring is here! I like Spring even though here in southern California our weather seems to skip Spring. We go from rain and overnight lows in the 30’s and 40’s to what feels like summer with highs in the 80’s and 90’s.

I think everyone has a reason for liking Spring. There’s baby birds chirping in their nests. Flowers blooming. Cocoons open, revealing beautiful butterflies. That first crocus popping up through the snow. And a lot of people cheer when the snow melts.🙂 (I’d cheer if we got snow.) It’s that time of year when you relish opening the doors and windows to air out the wintertime blues and let in the fresh scent of honeysuckle and orange blossoms.

And of course, there are things people dread about Spring. Dogs and cats shedding their winter coat. And for us fashion conscious folks we all know that we only have so many weeks left to look great in our new string bikini.🙂 And let’s not forget hayfever season. Achoooo!!!!

But, Spring has a way of renewing everything! Everyone says that New Years gives us a new beginning, but I think it’s Spring that really gives us a fresh start.

My favorite part about Spring is when I go out into the backyard and see the sunflowers beginning to sprout up. They renew themselves every year without any help from me. My brother tossed the seeds out for the birds probably about twenty years ago and the sunflowers have come up every year except one. That was 2014 and it prompted me to write a short story, “A Sunflower for Bruce” That will be included in my short story collection titled, “Wisps of Words”

I’m not sure exactly when it will be out. Hopefully before the end of Spring. But…

Cover is not finished yet either, but…Here’s the front…

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And here’s the back…

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Okay, now that you’ve listened to my rambling… I guess I should get to the point of this blog post!

“Show me your cover” has been quite popular on my blog and I’m thinking, “Hey! It’s time for a little self promotion!” I’ve shared mine, now it’s your turn.

So, “Spring It On” (me). (Little play with words there, get it?🙂 )

This year we are going to do it just a little bit differently.

Okay, here’s all you need to do.

  • Tell me in a few sentences  what your favorite part of Spring is.
  • Send me a jpeg of the cover of the book you want to promote
  • Include one link. It can be any link you want to share. Facebook, Twitter, or where we can find your book or blog. But just one!
  • First come, first served.

That’s it! Simple! I will publish one a day, every day in March.

So if you want to share your latest book, a book you are having on sale, or a free book, Or maybe one that will be coming out soon, “Spring it On!” And send me an email with your post to kkrafts58@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you. HUGS till then!

 

 

Final Thoughts on Feel the Love

Hmmm…Where to begin…

First let me congratulate the winner of week 3…

  • Trisha Remacle

I was going to have another giveaway for the last week of February, but…

No. Huh uh.

For week 3, I raised the stakes. I only gave away one item and you had to be the 112th entrant. I also had it set up that everyone who entered had to follow me on Twitter, and even though I did gain new followers on twitter (only 87 new followers and quite a few of those…I am the only person they are following. Yes, they had to create an account on Twitter to follow me and enter the contest), something doesn’t seem right about the Amazon giveaways.

I only shared the link for the giveaway here on my blog. Nowhere else. And yet I only had 12 views for week 3’s giveaway and yet 113 people entered the giveaway. How is that possible?

I shared my blog post on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and yet I only had 12 views of the blog post!

So I won’t be having any Amazon giveaways until I figure out what’s going on.

Have you held an Amazon giveaway? If so, leave a message letting my readers and I know your thoughts.

Okay so no Feel the Love Giveaway next week, but I will be making an announcement for all of my author followers.🙂 Stay tuned and till then…

HUGS!

Feel The Love Giveaway Week 3

Contest has ended. We have a winner!

 

Welcome to “Feel The Love” Week 3! 

This week there is only one prize.

This adorable Angel statue with a solar powered light-up dove.

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I love solar powered lights and angels. So I thought this would be a great prize for this week’s “Feel the Love” giveaway!

This week’s giveaway will be a little different, not only do you have to have an Amazon account, you will need to follow me on twitter.

Now for some rules; 

  • You must have an Amazon account to enter. (If you don’t, it’s easy to create one)
  • You must be 18 or older
  • The contest is only open to residents of the 50 US states and the District of Columbia
  • Limit one prize per person and Amazon.com account per giveaway (That means you can only enter once)
  • Giveaway ends on February 14th. 2016 or when all five copies have been given away. Whichever comes first.
  • Sponsor (Karen Einsel) and Amazon reserve the right to modify or cancel the giveaway at any time.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win
  • All prizes will be shipped to you directly from Amazon
  • If you win a prize, you may not transfer, assign, or redeem the prize for cash.
  • All prizes are final

And to read more details about the rules, click here

And find FAQs here

Okay, click HERE for your chance to win!

And Good Luck to everyone who enters!

See you soon!

Hugs till then!

Winners & Thoughts on “Feel the Love” Giveaway

Some of you have asked that I let you know what I think about the Amazon giveaway so far. So I want to give you my thoughts, but first;

Congrats to the winners of week 1.

  • Sonya Burton
  • Cortney Housler
  • Breanna
  • Linda Boyd
  • Megan

I hope you are enjoying my weekly planner, “Do Something Nice” And when you get a chance, please do something nice for me and leave a review.

And congrats to week 2’s winners of “Love is in the Air

  • Cal
  • Kaycee Raines
  • Vincent Rosetta
  • Pamela Sementilli
  • Patricia Fite

“Love is in the Air” was written by a great group of authors and it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share the love with them. So here they are;

James Smith
Vanessa Wester
Angela Kelman
Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
Katherine Hetzel
Sandra Giles
Michelle Willis
Michael J Holley
Sam Croft
Me🙂
Mackenzie Brown
Steve Venables
David Corbett

Hugs and thanks to all of them.

You can check them out on Amazon and find & follow them on Twitter.

And don’t forget to leave a review!🙂

Now my thoughts…

The giveaway is easy to set up. You just find an item you want to give away and then scroll down to see if it has a “Setup A Giveaway” button. Click on it and it takes you to a page that gives you the options as to how many prizes you want to give away and you choose how they win, an example being; every 6th entrant. Once you’ve set everything up, you submit your order and a few hours later, Amazon emails you a link that you share where you want. Tweet it. Blog it. Facebook it. However, you want, to let people know about your giveaway.

There are other options also. You can set it up so that people have to follow you on twitter in order to enter. Or you can have them watch a video, etc. You can find out more about the Amazon Giveaways here.

And now my real thoughts.🙂

It is easy. It felt as if it was over before it started. Both weeks the contest had ended and all prizes had been claimed within the first few hours. You’d have to really up the odds for it to last a week. The thing is, I don’t think the winners actually found my giveaway on my blog. The first week, I used the hashtag #giveaway on twitter, but the second week I didn’t So now I’m wondering, is there a way to find Amazon giveaways elsewhere?

I’ve sold eight copies of, “Do Something Nice” since the giveaway and..VanessaHey Vanessa, did the giveaway increase any sales for, “Love is in the Air”? I know that you sold 5 paperback copies because I purchased them for the giveaway, but have you gotten sales of the ebook? 

I think that is one thing that has to be considered. Will the giveaway help increase your sales?

Okay, well, that’s it for today. Stop back Monday for “Feel the Love” week 3.

Till then; HUGS!

Oh! And Happy Valentines Day!

 

 

Feel the Love Giveaway Week 2

Since it is almost Valentine’s Day, the Feel the Love giveaway prize this week is 5 paperback copies of, “Love is in the Air”

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Enter for a chance to win one of five copies of “Love is in the Air” A collection of short stories written by various authors.

Just click HERE for your chance to win!

Now for some rules; 

  • You must have an Amazon account to enter. (If you don’t, it’s easy to create one)
  • You must be 18 or older
  • The contest is only open to residents of the 50 US states and the District of Columbia
  • Limit one prize per person and Amazon.com account per giveaway (That means you can only enter once)
  • Giveaway ends on February 14th. 2016 or when all five copies have been given away. Whichever comes first.
  • Sponsor (Karen Einsel) and Amazon reserve the right to modify or cancel the giveaway at any time.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win
  • All prizes will be shipped to you directly from Amazon
  • If you win a prize, you may not transfer, assign, or redeem the prize for cash.
  • All prizes are final

And to read more details about the rules, click here

And find FAQs here

Good Luck to everyone who enters for a chance to win!

And if you don’t win you can still pick up the ebook in the US HERE for only 99 cents

And in the UK HERE for £0.99

Once again, Good luck and I’ll see you soon! Till then; HUGS!

 

 

 

Feel The Love Giveaway Week 1

It’s that time!

Enter for a chance to win one of five copies of my weekly planner,

“Do Something Nice”

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It’s easy to enter. Just click on this link;

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/21a7eb18a6488ec2

And when you get there, click on the box to see if you have won!

And now for some rules…

  • You must have an Amazon account to enter. (If you don’t, it’s easy to create one)
  • You must be 18 or older
  • The contest is only open to residents of the 50 US states and the District of Columbia
  • Limit one prize per person and Amazon.com account per giveaway (That means you can only enter once)
  • Giveaway ends on February 6th. 2016 or when all five copies have been given away. Whichever comes first.
  • Sponsor (Karen Einsel) and Amazon reserve the right to modify or cancel the giveaway at any time.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win
  • All prizes will be shipped to you directly from Amazon
  • If you win a prize, you may not transfer, assign, or redeem the prize for cash.
  • All prizes are final

And to read more details about the rules, click here

And find FAQs here

Okay, that’s it. Easy peasy!🙂

See you soon and hugs till then.🙂

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