A December Full of Books


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Yes, the 7th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo is this Saturday! Our biggest event of the year, the Expo features over 120 local authors in all genres – history, romance, mystery, science fiction, children’s books. Fabulous raffle items this year, free admission, free parking, and even Santa! If you’re in the vicinity, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello.

JINGLE VALLEY GIVEAWAY!

Next up – Martha’s big giveaway! My newest novel, All’s Well in Jingle Valley, was released earlier this week. It’s my 9th novel and my 10th book, and I’m so, so grateful to be doing this thing I love. All’s Well in Jingle Valley is actually the third (and final) book in The Happy Ever After series, which includes my 2015 novel A Jingle Valley Wedding and 2018’s April in Galway. While I hadn’t intended to write a trilogy, when I wrote the ending to April in Galway last year, I decided to weave the story into Jingle Valley. The first book, A Jingle Valley Wedding is discounted at Amazon (ebook) to just 99 cents for the month of December.

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So – here are the details to qualify for the giveaway:

  • If you pre-ordered the book prior to November 15, let me know in the comments (3 entries)
  • If you pre-ordered the book between November 15 and December 1, let me know in the comments (2 entries)
  • Post an honest review at the Amazon site before December 13 (5 entries)
  • Post an honest review at the Amazon site before December 22 (4 entries)
  • Share the book and its buy link on Facebook (3 entries)
  • Post a photo of the book on Instagram and use the hashtag #JingleValley (3 entries)

And what can you win?

  • ~ a black Eccolo journal with magnetized closure and a fancy pen to record your brightest thoughts (maybe this will be the year you write that novel?)
  • ~ an Almond Cookie gift set from Carol’s Daughter, featuring Almond Cookie Softening Body Wash, Almond Cookie Frappe Body Lotion, and Almond Cookie Nourishing Hand Cream
  • ~ a $10 Starbucks gift card
  • ~ a set of postcards from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts (Dalton, Massachusetts is practically next door!)
  • ~ a small box of maple sugar candy from Stockbridge
  • ~ a Vera Bradley zip ID case in Romantic Paisley
  • ~ and of course, a signed copy of All’s Well in Jingle Valley with a fabulous BookFlip bookmark
  • ~ and there may be a surprise or two! (I always add a little something)

I’ve got two more book signings this month – on Saturday, December 14, I’ll be at  Stillwater Books in downtown Pawtucket from 1:00 to 3:00.

And on Saturday, December 21, I’ll be at Ink Fish Books in Warren from 1:00 to 3:00.

Finally, let me say THANK YOU for supporting me since I began this writing journey in 2011. I am very grateful for all of my readers, whether we’ve known each other for decades or you’re someone new who’s recently discovered my books. My personal goal is to write a book each year as long as I’m able to do so. I’m already planning and plotting my next novel!

Wishing you warm blessings, comfort, and good health this holiday season.

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Rhode Island Authors Showcase


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It starts this Monday, November 18 and runs all week, through Sunday, November 24. I hope you’ll join me online at Facebook (yes, this is a Facebook event) here

The Rhode Island Authors Showcase will feature 30 authors of varying genres (something for everyone!) – each author is giving away a prize at his or her Facebook page. I have a sweet chocolate sampler up for grabs. The chocolate is local (of course), from The Chocolate Delicacy in Warwick, Rhode Island. Dark, milk, white – it’s all there!

Each day you can visit the pages of the featured authors (four or five per day). Once you’ve visited and answered their questions, come back to the main page and answer the question of the day. Participate all seven days and you could win our Grand Prize, a $250 Amazon gift card, just in time for some serious holiday shopping. We’ve got a Bonus Prize as well for the runner-up, a Rhode Island-themed gift basket valued at $50.

I hope you’ll join in the fun! And don’t forget, locals – the Rhode Island Authors Expo is coming up on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Over 125 local authors will have signed books available! There will also be informative panels, author spotlights, the best raffles around, and Santa! Free parking, free admission.

 

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Christine DePetrillo


Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month!

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Wolves

People often ask me why I write about werewolves. The answer is simple.

Wolves rule.

Did you know wolves can roam up to 12 miles in a single day? Or that wolves help feed other animals in the ecosystem by leaving remains of their kills?*

So if real wolves are this awesome, then fictional wolves who are also humans have to be even better, right?

That’s what I think anyway. I’ve loved werewolves since watching Teen Wolf. And I don’t mean that newish TV show. I mean that 1985, Michael J. Fox, teenager-turned-werewolf, how-can-I-become-popular-and-get-the-prettiest-girl-in-school-to-notice-me movie.

Something about werewolves is regal. When I add six-pack abs and a desire to have a happily ever after with their soul mates, werewolves become sexy. That makes for a steamy read that will keep you howling into the wee hours of the night.

The Warrior Wolves Series follows five Celtic warriors who have a little extra… They get banished from Ireland of the past and tossed into modern-day Vermont when they anger Flidae, the goddess of wild things. If they want to get back home, they need to do something worthy, but falling in love might change their definition of home.    

Wolf Kiss, Book One, is where the story begins. I’ll be signing this book and others at the 6th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on December 1, 2018. Come see me. My wolves and I would love to add you to our pack! Can’t make it to Rhode Island? No problem. Hang out with me on Facebook in my reader group, Small Town Hearts.

*Facts about wolves from Wolf Matters.

Giveaway!

What’s your favorite creature? Werewolves? Vampires? Fairies? Something else? Leave a comment on this blog post and be entered to win one ebook by Christine DePetrillo. Randomly selected winner must provide a valid email address. Winner will be chosen ONE WEEK from today, and the author will coordinate delivery of her ebook with you.

Christine DePetrillo

Christine DePetrillo writes because if she didn’t she’d look weird acting out all the scenes that come to her. Writing is a way to make those scenes exist somewhere and keep her from becoming a social outcast.

You can learn more about Christine and her books via the following links:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Christine-DePetrillo/e/B004OB0JA2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1534897384&sr=1-1

Other Retailers – http://www.books2read.com/u/4Awwlp

Website – http://christinedepetrillo.weebly.com/

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/christinedepetrilloauthor/

Facebook Reader Group – http://www.facebook.com/groups/141435039780507/

Twitter – http://twitter.com/cdepetrillo

 

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 for the RI Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Tara Williams


Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month! (Print copies to US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

 

Angel Friends Tara Williams

An inspiring story about friendship, kindness, resilience, bravery and self-acceptance. Most people don’t realize how often bullying occurs with young children. Join Aria, India, and their Angel Friends, as they deal with the difficult issue of bullying and smart ways to resolve an upsetting experience. Aria’s Angel Friend, Michael, gives her some great ideas like to hold her head high, walk away and sing… “I will smile and I will shine. Look at me, I’m just fine. I won’t let you bring me down. You won’t even see me frown. I will smile and I will shine. Look at me. I’m just fine.” Parents can use this approachable book to discuss bullying with their children in a comforting way.

There are NINE themes in this book:

  1. Respect
  2. Kindness
  3. Accepting Differences
  4. Stand up to Bullies
  5. Resilience
  6. Self-acceptance
  7. Friendship
  8. Bravery
  9. Positivity

How to deal with bullies?  SMILE!

S – Stand up for yourself

M – Move away/avoid

I – Ignore

L – Let an adult know

E – Exhale

Tara Williams

Tara Williams began writing books when she became an early childhood educator. She realized books can be for both enjoyment and an amazing conversation starter with children. Many difficult topics can be addressed using a great book.  Visit her website and find her book here.

GIVEAWAY! Tara is giving away a print copy of her book Angel Friends: Let Your Smile Shine to one winner. Just leave a comment on this blog post (with a valid email address) to be eligible, and one random winner will be selected on November 13. Tara will coordinate delivery of the book directly with the winner.

 

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 for the RI Author Expo!

 

November #Book-a-Day Giveaway Preview


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Once again this year, I’m hosting Rhode Island authors on my blog during the month of November. Representing a variety of genres, I’ll showcase a different author each day, and every day you have a chance to win either an ebook, a print book, or a gift card. What better way to spend November?!

Here’s the lineup for the month of November:

  1. Barbara Ann Whitman
  2. Tabitha Lord
  3. Denise Flagg
  4. Dana Gambardella
  5. Dana Vacca
  6. Tara Williams
  7. RK Bentley
  8. Mai Donohue
  9. Christine DePetrillo
  10. Jan Cornell
  11. Donna McCarthy
  12. Hilary Salk
  13. Hershey Rosen
  14. Michael Hartigan
  15. Vanessa Paniccia
  16. Dr. Michael Battey
  17. Matt Espeut
  18. Corey Calligano
  19. D.R. Perry
  20. BJ Knapp
  21. Lena Lane
  22. Karen Petit
  23. Paul Caranci
  24. Julien Ayotte
  25. Pat Hinkley
  26. Mark Perry
  27. Karen Gasperini
  28. Alison O’Donnell
  29. Martha Reynolds
  30. Leigh Brown & Victoria Corliss

That’s quite a lineup! Each day you’ll have a chance to win something (the blog post will tell you what’s up for grabs) simply by commenting on that post. Make sure you comment, because there’s a big prize at the end, and everyone who comments throughout the month will be eligible. You have up to 30 chances to win! More importantly, here’s a chance to discover a new author or revisit one of your favorites.

The 30 days of giveaways in November culminates with the Sixth Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Hope to see you there!