Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

fiftydollarbillOver the next two weeks, until February 5, 2015, I’m holding a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Here’s how you can enter and what you need to know:

  • The entry form is below and on the Rookie Season page of the blog.
  • Enter your email address (we need to have a way to contact you and get your prize if you win!) to enter.
  • The only other requirement to enter is to sign up for my Veronica Robbins Author Newsletter. If you don’t want to sign up for the newsletter, you won’t be eligible for this giveaway; however, there’s still more time left on another giveaway for the Rookie Season Blog Tour!
  • Signing up for the newsletter gives you 3 chances in the drawing, and you can only do that once, but once you have done that, you can earn other chances for the drawing by following me on Twitter, following me on Pinterest, and tweeting about the giveaway!
  • You can get 2 chances in the drawing every single day of the two week drawing sign-up period by coming back and tweeting every day.
  • The more chances you have in the drawing, the better your chances to win.
  • The winner will be announced on Friday, February 6, 2015.
  • Keep your eyes open for other giveaways to be featured here in the coming weeks and months.

And don’t forget! You can still pre-order Rookie Season for the special pre-order price between now and January 30th.  The purchase links for several different platforms (Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Kobo) are right here.

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Writing with My Son

Danny January 2015I’m working on a collaborative project with my youngest son.  He is eleven.  I started this project on my own, but then I needed his help with a few things, and that escalated into him doing a bunch of writing with me.

The project is A Parent’s Quick Guide to Learning Through Video Games. I’m writing most of the main guide, but we’re also developing about 15 video game learning guides to accompany the book.  Most will be sold separately, but the Quick Guide to Learning Through Minecraft will be sold with the main book. Danny is doing a lot of the writing on the individual game guides, and he’s doing a great job so far!

Writing with my son has turned out to be a grand adventure! I can’t wait to share the results.

Starklight Volume 3 Is Available Now

Starklight Volume 3Starklight Volume 3: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction is now available for purchase for Kindle!

In the fall, Starklight Press held a contest for Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction short stories. My story, And a Little Child Lead Them, was one of the winners selected for publication in the anthology. There are eleven stories in the anthology, by eight different authors, and all of them are well worth reading.

I’ll post my review of the full volume soon.  In the meantime, click here and get yourself a copy.

More information and author interviews are available on the Starklight Press website.

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Don’t forget to check out the Rookie Season Blog Tour! Learn all about the book and get a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

First Rookie Season Blog Tour Starts Today!

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Our first virtual book tour for Rookie Season starts today with an author interview on The Book Adventures of Emily. Be sure to visit and read my interview with Emily. Don’t forget to leave a comment!

Here’s the rest of the schedule for the next few weeks:

January 12th The Book Adventures of Emily
January 14th BFD Book Blog
January 15th Sizzling Hot Books
January 16th Feed Me in Books
January 18th Underneath the Covers
January 21st my name is Sage
January 24th Totally Addicted to Reading
January 24th Smut and Bon Bons
January 26th Romance Readers Book Blog
January 30th Pinky’s Favorite Reads
February 1st Reecaspieces
February 2nd Naughty Book Eden
February 2nd A Well Read Woman

But that’s not all….

We are having a giveaway for readers participating in the tour! You can access the rafflecopter giveaway from any of the stops on the tour, including here. You can get up to 6 chances to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Entering is easy.  Just sign in to the giveaway with your Facebook account or email address (we need to be able to find you if you win) and complete as many of the six tasks as you’d like. That’s it!

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You can help make this tour a great success.  Thank you, in advance, for your support. The more you share this post, the posts written by the tour bloggers, and my tweets, the more you can help me get the word out about the book.

And don’t forget…..if you haven’t yet pre-ordered your copy of Rookie Season, what are you waiting for?

Amazon (Kindle)

Barns & Noble (Nook)

Kobo

There will be a special gift in the book that will only be available to those who pre-order.  After pre-orders go out, the surprise will be removed. Don’t miss it!

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This Rookie Season blog tour is being coordinated by Sage’s Blog Tours. Sage is the best!  If you are planning a blog tour for your book, go to Sage.

 

Poem of the Week – 1/9/15 – Disposable

cut treeChristmas trees litter the gutters

Waiting for the annual tree disposal pick up.

Such a nice service for the community,

Saving us all a trip to the dump.

Standing on my curb I look down the street

At the dead, fallen forest.

What a sad ending to a season of home and joy.

We all move on, throwing out our hope with the trash.

Story of the Week – 1/9/15 – They Saved Each Other

western womanAnnabelle heard horses approaching.  She knew who it was, and she was dreading this visit. She walked to the door, smoothed her hair, and said a quick prayer.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. She married a man with land and money, but four years later he was dead, and the drought had sucked up all the money and killed whatever hope was left in the land.

She went outside to greet Mr. Johnson, the bank manager, who was there to take the farm once and for all. Corey Jones, the owner of the adjacent farm, was with him.

Corey’s farm had a river running through it, so it survived the drought much better than most of the farms in the area, at least for the first few years. If her property line was one mile further west, she would have had that water, too.  What a difference a mile can make, she thought.

Corey looked nervous. Annabelle was sure Mr. Johnson brought him along to make the whole situation easier. She did feel more comfortable with him there.  He was always kind to her, and with him there she felt like maybe things would be okay after all.

“Annabelle,” said Mr. Johnson, dispensing with the normal greeting pleasantries, “I think I’ve found a way you can keep your farm.” Continue reading Story of the Week – 1/9/15 – They Saved Each Other

Why Am I Already Behind?

lateHow can I possibly be behind already when we’re only six days into the new year? Regardless of how it happened, I am.  I’m already running trying to catch up, and I hate that feeling!

As you know, my book is scheduled for release on January 30th. Rookie Season (Love in the Ballpark Series Book 1) is available for pre-order now.  If you haven’t pre-ordered your e-version yet, do it soon.  You can pre-order through Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Nobel (Nook), or Kobo.  The print edition will be released at about the same time.

Anyway, the editing process is finally wrapping up.  I’m collecting comments from beta readers to incorporate into the final draft.  Soon I’ll be doing the final formatting. The first virtual book tour starts on Monday. The book trailer is just about finished. All of this requires a bunch of work and coordination, even though I have some awesome folks helping out and doing a lot of the heavy lifting.

And then there’s all my other writing.  Ack!

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m very grateful that I get to do what I love, but it’s not as much fun when I’m struggling to keep up.

Still, I’m a very fortunate gal. 🙂

Am I the only one who’s already behind?

Goodbye to 2014!

Goodbye-2014-cardI’ll admit it.  I’m glad to see 2014 go.  Charles Dickens comes to mind. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” If you read my post, My New Sight, you have an idea of what I mean.

I struggled with some serious health problems, my business went through some profound changes (both good and bad), and I was faced with some pretty important personal decisions.  The first half of the year was hell. July through October was purgatory as I started making big changes, and November and December have shown me some lengthy glimpses of heaven.  That’s the trend right now.  Heaven.

I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the process I went through in 2014. For that reason, I’m grateful for it all, but it’s still hard to say that. It’s hard to be grateful for pain, isn’t it?

Since 2014 is ending on a very positive note for me, I’m optimistic about 2015. I’m happy and reasonably healthy.  I have a plan for the year and I’m excited about it! I have several publications in process. Even better, I know that there is a lot of unexpected good in store for me over the next year and I’m ready for it.

For the first time in over a year, I’m looking forward to creative opportunities, rather than just working as hard as I can to overcome obstacles. What a difference this one change makes!

Specifically, the creative opportunities I’m looking forward to right now are related to publishing several more books in the coming year. That’s not all I have planned, but that’s what’s motivating me these days.

What about you?  What are you looking forward to in 2015?  Are you ready to say goodbye to 2014?

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Photo courtesy of HolidaysWishes.net

If You Can Read This, Be Grateful

children readingIf you can read, it probably seems like everyone can, and it seems like literacy is no big deal.  In reality, it is a very big deal.  One in seven U.S. adults can’t read.  Let that sink in for a moment. That’s about 14%.  In a group of 100 people, about 14 of them can’t read. On a global level, 774 million people are illiterate and two-thirds of those are women.

I’ll admit that I have taken literacy for granted. My mother taught me to read when I was 3 or 4 (she says I taught myself, but I’m not sure I believe that), and I can’t remember not being able to read. Not only can I read, but I read well (and in more than one language), so I have access to more printed material than I could ever consume. These days, though, I am keenly aware that there are millions of women in this country and abroad who can’t read and, as a result, don’t have the opportunities that I do. I am now profoundly grateful.

Literacy is not just about economic opportunity.  For many people it is about survival.

Almost twenty-five years ago, I was teaching a bilingual (Spanish-English) 4th grade class in southern California. It was that year that I learned how much literacy really matters.  I had a young girl in my class that year named Elena.  Elena was a very bright girl with excellent literacy skills in Spanish. Her command of spoken English, however, was very basic, and our school district had very specific guidelines for English reading. One of the criteria was the achievement of conversational fluency in English. As a new teacher, I was following district procedures by not including Elena in my English reading group, but I was working with her intensively on developing her English conversational skills.

Until my first meeting with her mother in October that year. Continue reading If You Can Read This, Be Grateful

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