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“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.:-)

Weekly Planners

Towards the end of last year, I wanted to try something different. I love to be creative. Crocheting, plastic canvas projects, drawing, cooking at times.:-) And writing. And sometimes, I like to combine projects, making them uniquely mine. So I decided to create a weekly planner and then another one and I have plans for another one, but it is going on the back burner for now.

Anyway…

“Look for the Silver Lining” is pretty basic. You have your weeks; Monday thru Sunday. There are lines to jot down appointments, reminders, etc. for each day. And there are pages at the back to write down your goals, hopes, dreams, etc.

The only writing I really did for this planner was weekly inspirations such as “be kind”, “work hard” that sort of thing, but the main reason I put this one together is that; I hope it inspires you to look for the good in everyone and everything and in yourself. I believe there is good in everything. Even when I look into the mirror and see all my wrinkles, I know they give me character, or make me look like a character. Maybe that evil guy from the old Dick Tracy comic strips…hmmm…And then there are days when I think I have more character, er wrinkles, than Tommy Lee Jones. That can’t be good. But I have to say, I have earned every single one of those wrinkles! (A sense of humor is good, right?) Haha!

You can find, “Look for the Silver Lining” at Amazon.

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The second planner, I designed and created is, “Do Something Nice.”

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It is also a 52-week planner, but the theme is to encourage you to do something nice for someone else and together we can make the world a kinder place. I’ve included lists of people you can do something nice for and ideas of what you can do. Over the course of a year, a few years ago, I would do something nice for someone once a week.

An example: I was talking to my Avon lady and she asked if my kids were going to take me out to dinner for Mother’s Day. I told her no that I would cook dinner (restaurants are way too busy on Mom’s day) Then I’d relax, spend time with my sons, watch a movie, or read. She told me that no one ever takes her out to dinner, ever. So I went to our local restaurant and picked up a gift card and put it in a card that said, “Thinking of you. Enjoy.” I didn’t sign it or put a return address on the envelope and mailed it to her. I don’t like people thanking me. I like to do things for others and if I don’t want to do it, I won’t. So sending it out anonymously worked perfect!

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do something nice. A card to a friend letting them know that they are special to you. Stopping by the elderly neighbor’s house on your way to the store to see if you can pick them up anything. Holding the door for the person behind you.

We have become a “Me” society and maybe it’s time to go back to the old ways of helping one another. Try it. What’s the worst that can happen? You never know, you might just make someone’s day.  :-)

Note: Both books are available in paperback copies only.

Okay, now for the fun part! I’ve decided to try Amazon giveaway. Have you tried it? Have you heard about it? Find it here.

Well, for the month of February, I’ve decided to have a “Feel the Love” Campaign and will be having a few giveaways through the Amazon Giveaway program.

So make sure to stop by my blog on Monday and enter for a chance to win a copy of, “Do Something Nice.”

Till then: HUGS!

 

 

My Secret Life

Two days ago I wrote a post titled, “I Work” But I’m not just a domestic Goddess. I have a job. I’m a writer. Shh, Don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret. Well, at least I try to be a writer. How do the big guys do it? No, really! I need to know.

The last two and a half months of 2015 were hectic, to say the least.

Some of you know that my dad had a mild stroke at the end of September and a week later, my stepmom went into the hospital to have a feeding tube inserted. And two weeks later she was put on hospice.

So, I was out at my dad’s twice a week and when I wasn’t there, I was on the phone. Doctors, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, coordinators, caregivers, family, and dad. And even now, after things have calmed down a bit, I can still find myself on the phone some days for up to 6 hours a day!

But life didn’t think that my load was heavy enough…

My middle son had to go out of town to work for a week, so he dropped off his two dogs for me to doggy sit.:-) Now you would think, hey, that isn’t so bad, but I have 3 dogs of my own and one of mine doesn’t get along with his and on top of that they all think they should be in the house. But with a little creative scheduling… It was actually quite fun.

Dogpile bedtime was a little uncomfortable, though. Haha!

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Then on top of that, three weeks after these guys went home, my dog who doesn’t get along, came down with parvo. My fault. Life had been so hectic, I hadn’t gotten her in to get her shots so she spent 4 days at the vets. To top it off, two weeks before Christmas, I caught a virus and was sick for three weeks. (I’m still blaming the guy at the grocery store who was sneezing.)

Even with everything going on, I did manage to design and create two weekly planners, which I will do a blog post for in a couple of days.

The past three days have been relatively good. I am finally getting back to the writing part of my life. In fact, I have been working on a memoir titled, “Dad Called Today” I wrote a blog post months ago telling about a phone conversation that I had, had with my dad and my step-sister Val had said I should write a book about dad’s phone calls and ever since I have been jotting down past conversations on bits of paper everywhere, so…

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This is just a draft copy of the cover. Not sure how it will turn out yet.

I love talking to my dad on the phone even when he’s yelling and cussing me out and defying me, and raising my blood pressure.

I’m not asking for sympathy. Life has detours and sometimes it puts up roadblocks and makes us jump over hurdles to get to where we need to be. And I’m okay with that.

It’s just how does everyone juggle everything and still come out ahead?

I’m open to suggestions!:-)

Tomorrow I’m off to see my dad. Oh, and just so you know they are doing pretty good. Jinny is off of hospice care and getting stronger every day!

See you in a couple of days. Till then, HUGS!

 

I Work!

If you talk to certain people, (My Dad) He’ll say, “Have Karen do it. She’s not doing nothing.” Well, I hate to tell you, just because I don’t work outside the house doesn’t mean I don’t work. Take today, for instance, I’ve made the bed, cleaned the bathrooms, did the dishes, done two loads of laundry, washed my hair, painted my nails, sorted through paperwork, (That was all finished by 9 a.m.) and since it is cloudy, (My Mom used to call this weather gloomy.) I made some banana, applesauce, bran bread.

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Instead of making individual muffins or a bread pan, I like to use a sheet cake pan.

And served with a pat of unsalted butter…Ahhh…Comfort food.

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Here’s the recipe!

2 ripe bananas- mashed

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 and 1/2 cups of oat bran

1 and 1/2 cups of flour

4 Tb. oil

1 and a half tsp.  baking soda

1 and a half tsp.  baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

Spray pan with cooking spray and preheat over to 350 degrees

Directions

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted into bread, comes out clean. If you have an oven like mine (Old and cranky :-)) baking times will vary.

And one other thing I did today…

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I put new batteries into my old Furbies! Aren’t they cute? Okay, now off to finish the other half of my To-Do list. Have a great Saturday, everyone.

I’ll be posting again later today or tomorrow morning.

Till thenHUGS!

 

 

Complaining!

I complain sometimes. No, really, I do! This sweet, helpful, kind, caring, and compassionate person has a dark side. I usually keep everything inside and then one day…My head just explodes! Haha!

I have been working so hard on creating and designing my weekly journal, “Do Something Nice” And formatting. Oh God the formatting issues! Those are enough to make you bang your head on the desktop. Finally, I got it to my satisfaction, uploaded it, Createspace approved it, and I ordered my proofs.

Here it is…:-)

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Cool, huh? Holding your own book in paperback form, no matter if it’s your first or your one hundredth, is an awesome feeling.

So I’m going through it page by page and found a mistake (my own) on one of the pages and I also wanted to tweak the setup. So I fixed my issues and resubmitted it. But first; Here is my, “About the Author” page from the paperback copy; 004

Now Createspace accepted it and approved it, but when I was tweaking my copy to resubmit, I put a space between Amazon.com and my quote beneath it, and I received an email from Createspace that read in part;

“The interior file does not meet our submission requirements for the reason(s) listed below. Please make any necessary adjustments to your interior file and upload it again by logging in to createspace.com.” 

And they go on to say:

“The interior contains text referencing Amazon.com on PDF page(s) 116. If you would like to include an Amazon.com reference, please update this text to include two additional outlets where your title is available, otherwise it will need to be removed.”

UGH! So did they just miss it the first time around? A different reviewer, maybe?

So I changed it to read like this

    “If you would like to order copies of

“Do Something Nice”

for family and friends

you can find her on Amazon, Createspace, and karensdifferentcorners.wordpress.com” 

Yes, it should read; you can find Karen, 

 But I am not changing it again! Well, not unless Createspace doesn’t approve of it again.

Sometimes the hardest part of putting out a book is the formatting and then the waiting. You get it to the point where you think it is near perfect and then you have to wait 24 hours for Createspace to approve it and if they don’t, you have to go through the whole process again, and again, and again…Haha!

Anyway, I’m once again waiting. Only 22 hours to go…Hopefully….

See you soon! Hugs till then.

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