Monday, June 12, 2017

#FridayReads: A Reader Journal

For the past couple of years, I've been on a bit of an organization kick. I'm blogger - probably too many times - about my love for my Happy Planner, and talked about goal setting, and shared my motivation/goal-inspired Words of the Year.

This year, I'm adding to that with something totally new - a reader's journal. I'm doing a reader challenge - actually 2 - this year. The first is a 50 books in 50 weeks challenge I'm behind and we're not even halfway through the year...but I have hopes I'll catch up. Why a 50 book challenge? It sounded like fun and, well, why not give it a go? But apparently, when I decide to do something now I go all out - because I'm not just doing the 50 book challenge, I'm doing a read/watch challenge. In which I read a book and watch a movie/documentary/tv show all with the same theme -- themes like 'New Beginnings' and 'Retro' and 'Unusual'. That challenge I'm keeping up with, possibly because it's one theme per month, believe it if it was a theme a week, I'd be so far behind. Anywho, with these reading challenges, I decided I didn't only want to read, I wanted to think about what I was reading - what I liked/didn't like, how what I'm reading is changing my thoughts about...oh, everything and anything. A journal is what I needed, but I needed a journal that wasn't just blank or I knew I wouldn't use it. Or that it would wind up with a simple listing of book titles and authors, and I wanted more than that.

I found this little goodie at BooksAMillion, thumbed through it a little and realized this is exactly what I was looking for - a reader's journal with just enough direction. There is a place for the title and author (naturally) along with follow-up
books (assuming it's a series book) or just more books by that author that seem interesting. But, the journal also prompts for favorite quotes from the books, plot things I liked/didn't, and character things I liked/didn't.

But what I like best about this journal is the pictures. Samantha Hahn is the journal 'author' and along with the journaling part, she's included her watercolors of famous literary women - Wendy from the Peter Pan books, Emma Bovary, Hester Prynne, Ophelia, and even little Mary Lennox from "The Secret Garden". There is also a quote from each book (y'all know how I love a favorite quote)...and I'm already considering re-reading a few of these favorites as the year goes on.

I'm excited to start both reading challenges, but now I'm just as excited to start my very first reader's journal...I can't wait for all the adventures I'll find between the pages this year.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

It's a Mega-Giveaway!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

#NewRelease - Famous in a Small Town by @AuthorKristina Knight

It's release day! It's release day! Slippery Rock is finally open for business - and the first book, Famous in  a Small Town, is on store shelves! I am so excited for y'all to read these books, to get involved in Slippery Rock, and get to know the characters I've fallen a little bit in love with. It all starts with Savannah and Collin. Here's the blurb: 

Lifestyles of the small-town famous 
Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn't humiliating enough, on her way into town she's rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler. 

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn't need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can't be denied. And when disaster strikes, they'll both be surprised by who's still standing when the dust settles.

Buy Famous in a Small Town: Harlequin  Amazon  B&N  iBooks  KOBO

To launch Famous in a Small Town, I'm hosting a giveaway with lots of fun goodies,
including some Mary Kay products, a Philosophy pouch, an autographed copy of my book, First Love Again, and more! You can enter here: 

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And, we're (as in, me and my family) are doing something special with this release - a portion of the proceeds from the Slippery Rock series will go toward providing Sweet Cases from TogetherWeRise to foster children. In 'Famous', Savannah was a foster child who was adopted at the age of 7 by the Walters family; she was dirty, had ill-fitting clothes and nothing else. The trauma in her early life causes her to act out, even into her adult years...right up until the moment she decides to come home. The trauma she faced in the book is so similar to the trauma that foster children face every day, all over the United States.

Most children going in to foster care have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Sweet Cases are duffel bags given to children coming in to care, and once given, the bags remain with that child, giving them a sense of home and, hopefully, a sense that they aren't alone. Each duffel includes a warm blanket, a teddy bear, hygiene kit, and art supplies.

I hope you all enjoy Savannah and Collin's story...happy reading!