Giveaway and Goodies! – Second Wind Publishing

Date: October 07, 2009 01:14AM
Venue: this is a blog event and blogs are forever, so stop by when you can.
Location: The United States
We are the ones celebrating our new releases, but you are the ones who get the gifts!

They are giving away ebook samplers to everyone. They are also giving away an ebook edition of a new release to three lucky commenters.


September 30 to October 7: Stop by to get your treats:…

October 1: Characters You Love to Hate by Mickey Hoffman, author of School of Lies.
Can you spot a liar? Take Mickey’s quiz and find out!…

October 2: With Gratitude by Deborah J Ledford. Deborah talks about what makes Second Wind Publishing so special.

Hope to see at our celebration of new releases!

Blog Tour and Squirrel Hunt

This is the week to visit around and see if you can win a $15 gift certificate to All you have to do is visit the listed blogs and search for the squirrel. Collect 10 and you can win! Report where you found the squirrels to Teresa Slack at the following link. (There are 15 out there so it shouldn’t  be too hard to be a winner.)

“Teresa Slack” <>

The following links are sites of the tour for the week. Enjoy the tour and the squirrel hunt.

Sandi Rog:

Mid Stutsman

Elizabeth Bussey

James Tate

Dianne Sagan

Kat Crawford

Kelly Klepfer

Marion Marchetto

Lisa Lickel

Tamera Kraft

Penny McGinnis

Molly Dawn Edwards

Carla Gade

Sally Hanan

Elizabeth Byler Younts

Chawna Schroeder

Teresa Slack

Karin Beery

Vicki Moss

Fall is Definitely in the Air

The temperatures at night are around 60 degrees in the Panhandle of Texas and we’ve been in the low to mid-80’s during the day. Football season and school are in full swing. No leaves turning for awhile yet, but it looks like it will be a busy time between now and the end of the year.

“Rebekah Redeemed”, my book released earlier this year may not be hitting the top ten yet, but those who read it are touched by it and I’m happy with the great book reviews on or barnes& I’m working on the next book in the series “The Fisherman’s Wife” and hope to have it out in 2010. I’m also scheduling book signings, speaking engagements to both writing groups and women’s groups. I’ll put the dates on the blog as they get nearer.

Things are moving along for the flash fiction anthology and my novel for release later in the Fall 2009. It’s been a very exciting year and looks like next year will be even better. I also expect to pick up some more ghostwriting projects over the Fall and Winter season.

As we all move inside when the weather gets cold, I hope you all will be reading books like I plan to. Cold nights snuggled up with a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate and a good book are one of my ideas of contentment. I invite readers to leave a comment on what books they are reading or have on their list of ‘to read’ books.

November Book Releases

Things are moving along at the publisher for my novel and the flash fiction anthology to be released in November just before Thanksgiving. We’re working on the covers and have a surprise known author who is multipublished and a sought after speaker at writer’s conferences for the novel foreword. I’ll keep you all informed with the progress.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with flash fiction, it is a complete story that is written in 1,500 words or less. In the anthology (five writers with 20 stories each) our stories are 100 words. It is great fun! It’s also a great way to get past writer’s block.

I’ll be presenting a workshop on flash fiction with fellow author Barbara Mary Gendusa-Yokum for the Panhandle Professional Writers on September 26, 2009 during the afternoon session.

Welcome back, Crystalee

You are such a fun guest. I love having you with me. You are such a fun and talented writer. We’re learning more about your book and about your relationship with jellybeans today. Let’s get started.

1. Did you have a vice like jellybeans as a child? If so what was it?

Oh, I think I still have that vice! haha. Chocolate. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate. If it contains chocolate I will eat it!

2.    If you could be any color jellybean, what color would you be?

Red! No, I like the red ones too much. I don’t want to be eaten. Black. Yeah, those nasty black ones. No one eats those, right?

3.    Do you like the different flavored jellybeans, like jelly belly or the harry potter ones?

I am in love with Jelly Belly jellybeans! No others compare.

4.    What is your food guilty pleasure?

Chocolate or cheese, definitely.

5.    If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I would say chocolate except I think that would make me sick. So I’m going with cheese. A nice variety of hard and soft cheeses.

6.    If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline say?

Why, can you get me a headline on the front page? “Local woman completes MFA, debuts first children’s book in same week.” On second thought, that’s not exciting enough.

7.    If Hollywood were to make a movie of your life, what actress/actresses would you want to play you?

Julianne Moore. I’ve been told twice now that I look like her. *shrugs*

8.    If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Sara Adkins, What is with the Hard Questions? or It All Happened Because of Pittsburgh

9.    Do you remember your favorite children’s book when you were a child?

I had many. I read everything I could get my hands on. But for most of my life I read nothing but the Baby-sitter’s Club books by Ann M. Martin.

10.    Do you like to be read to aloud? Do you think different things can be gained from reading to yourself and being read to?

Yes, definitely. Listening to someone read a picture book aloud is a multi-sensory experience. Characters can really come to life when a reader adds the right inflection to his or her voice. A good storytime involves the children as much as possible, gets them thinking or moving or discussing. Of course, there is always a place and time for curling up in a chair with a good book too.

Thank you for interviewing me. It’s been fun.

Book Synopsis

Angeline wants to eat nothing but jellybeans.  Year round, from Easter to Christmas, she asks for her favorite treat.  But a strange event teaches Angeline that there's such thing as too much of a good thing!
With colorful, delightful illustrations by Stephen Macquignon, Angeline is sure to win over hearts of young picky eaters everywhere.
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