28 November 2015

Chat With @JenniferLOtt and Win Prizes [Twitter Party]

If you have joined me in previous Twitter Parties you may remember author Jennifer Ott, author of several amazing books, and she has joined us again to chat about her new book Desperate Moon. I can't wait for her to join us and I'm sure you will be excited too!  It will be on Sunday, December 13th at 2pm PST (and this time I've triple checked that date).

Here's some information about her book - Desperate Moon - 



A thought-provoking take on the vampire mythos that makes you consider how the natural-spiritual and scientific worlds might intersect.

Countess Katerina Vaduva roams Eastern Europe as a vampire for nearly six hundred years experiencing the horrors of mortal man - wars, plagues, genocide and torture. For centuries, she seeks shelter and security in the castles of counts and sultans.

When her husband the Count of Slovakia passes, she pursues a new life with a colonel in the Prussian military. While her husband quests victory at battle, Katerina desires a Naturalist scientists who seduces her with knowledge and a greater understanding of herself, for this she will risk everything for the one thing she never had - immortal love and the pursuit of progress.

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Doesn't that sound exciting?? Not to mention author Jennifer Ott is really interesting to chat with. If you join in that day, we will have prizes for participants!

1. $10.00 Amazon Gift Card

2. (2) $5.00 Starbucks card.

3. eBook copy of Saying Goodbye
4. Compact Mirror (pictured above)

5. Flask (pictured above)

As well as a door prize of a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card awarded to one random participant.

Doesn't that sound amazing? Again, it's Sunday, December 13th at 2pm PST using hashtag #DesperateMoon. All you need to do is to RSVP below -



By the way, if you are new to the idea of Twitter Parties, I invite you to take a look at this website which tells you how to participate and what to do. Let me know in the comments if you have questions though, I'm happy to help! Also be sure to check out Jennifer Ott's website at www.jenniferott.com.

Let me know if you are joining in by clicking this link below which automatically tweets out your participation -

Join @BeingTheWriter on 12/13 at 2pm PST to chat w/author @JenniferLOtt and win prizes. RSVP to win #DesperateMoon


Here are some disclaimers -

Winners to be announced throughout the Twitter Party. I am not responsible for shipping the prizes to the winner. Selections of winners are random and based on whether or not the participant has participated in Twitter party and include hashtag # in their tweets in response to questions asked of participants throughout the party. Prize winners will be announced throughout the Twitter Party and must follow necessary directions to claim prize.

Please only RSVP once. Multiple RSVPs will not increase chances to win prizes. I have been compensated to host this Twitter party. I am not eligible for prizes.

15 November 2015

The Time Chamber - Get Lost in a Magical World (A Coloring Book)

A glimpse of my coloring technique!
I feel like adult coloring books are the latest obsessions hitting us this year. Have you heard of this trend lately? I didn't fully understand it at first. As a child, I wasn't a huge fan of coloring anyways (shocking I know, but I liked drawing my own pictures and writing stories and coloring books just seemed finished to me). As an adult, I've sort of likened to the idea of coloring as a way to relax but that usually isn't my first go to.

So I was really excited to review this coloring book to see if I could fully embrace the new coloring book trend. Here's a bit about The Time Chamber by Daria Song -

Korean artist Daria Song’s sequel to The Time Garden takes readers on a visual journey into a magical nighttime world seen through the eyes of a fairy.

This second book in the bestselling Time coloring series features the voyage of a fairy who, when the cuckoo clock chimes midnight, enters the human world. To the tiny fairy, everything seems enormous and magical, from the curtains to the chandelier to a mystical rowboat that takes her further into an inky adventure. With her she packs her favorite items, which colorers can find throughout the book’s pages: an owl-feathered pen, a star-scented spray, a time tape measure…even the key to the time chamber itself!

Filled with the imaginative, intricately detailed illustrations Song’s readers have come to love, The Time Chamber presents a view of our world made new—and ready for coloring.

The Time Chamber features extra-thick craft paper, ideal for non bleed-through coloring, and the jacketed cover with flaps is removable and colorable. Special gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine and a To/From page make it perfect for gifting to adults and kids alike.


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What I thought?

Coloring aside, the story is charming and the pictures are intricate and beautiful. For the coloring part of things, it made me want to run out and buy a bunch of fancy markers, pens and colored pencils. I had a collection that I used to color in some of the pages and I can see why people find this relaxing. If you're feeling anxious or nervous or stressed, start coloring in one of these pages and it will captivate your attention and set your mind at ease.

Some of the drawings to color in were a bit tiny and I clumsily scraped my colored pencil across the pages. I felt a bit disappointed in myself that I couldn't at least color in the lines (I know there is a metaphor there, but I wanted my coloring to be as neat and beautiful as the drawing and to me that means coloring inside the lines!).

As the holiday season approaches and you are trying to think of gifts to purchase for family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, mailmen, and delivery people, you may want to consider adding this book to your gift list. It's a beautiful book and process of coloring the pictures in was truly relaxing to me. Add onto the gift of this book though, the gift of colored pens, colored markers, or colored pencils. I think a good majority of us may still have some somewhere but to give the gift of a coloring book without something to color with is a little like giving coffee to someone who doesn't own a coffeepot.

Find out more information Daria Song by following this link. Best of all, download some of your own coloring pages by following this link here! Purchase your own copy by visiting the link.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

10 November 2015

Chat with Author James DiBenedetto and Win Prizes! #DreamSeries

I have another Twitter party coming up that I want to share with you guys! We will be chatting with James DiBenedetto, author of the very popular books the "Dream Series." Just wait until you read what his newest book is about, I KNOW you will want to join in -

We'll be chatting with James about his book "Dream Student," which is the first book in the Dream Series. Here's what it's about -

College junior Sara Barnes thought her life was totally under control.  All she had to worry about was her final exams, Christmas shopping, applying to medical school – and what to do about the cute freshman in the next dorm with a crush on her.  Everything was going according to plan, until the night she started seeing other people’s dreams.

It’s bad enough that Sara is learning more than she ever needed to know about her friends and classmates, watching their most secret fantasies whether she wants to or not.  Much worse are the other dreams, the ones she sees nearly every night, featuring a strange, terrifying man who commits unspeakable crimes.  Now Sara wonders if she’s the only witness to a serial killer – and the only one who knows when and where he’s going to strike next.

Here's what you'll have the chance to win -

3 eBooks (or audiobooks) from the Dream Series
5 eBooks (or audiobooks) from the Dream Series
$10 Amazon gift card
USB Flash Drive with all author's book preloaded
Signed paperback of any book, winner's choice

Also, one random participant will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

This Twitter Party will happen on Sunday, November 22nd at 2pm Pacific Time. All you need to do is make sure you are following me @BeingTheWriter on Twitter as well as the author @jjdibenedetto. Make sure you use the hashtag #DreamSeries to check in and let me know if you are joining. RSVP below in order to win prizes by leaving a link to your Twitter Account and leaving your username in the "Title" section like I have below -


I hope to see everyone there! Make sure you visit the author's page on Amazon to see what amazing books he has to offer by clicking here or check out his website! Again, our hashtag for the party is #DreamSeries and it will happen November 22nd at 2pm PST! Click to tweet to let me know you are joining in!

Click to Tweet: "Join @BeingTheWriter and author @jjdibenedetto on 11/22 at 2pm PST to chat about his #DreamSeries books & RSVP to win http://ctt.ec/q1OmR+"

Here's some disclaimers -

Winners to be announced throughout the Twitter Party. I am not responsible for shipping the prizes to the winner. Selections of winners are random and based on whether or not the participant has participated in Twitter party and include hashtag # in their tweets in response to questions asked of participants throughout the party. Prize winners will be announced throughout the Twitter Party and must follow necessary directions to claim prize.

Please only RSVP once. Multiple RSVPs will not increase chances to win prizes. I have been compensated to host this Twitter party. I am not eligible for prizes.
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