Blog Tour Book Hunt w/ Prize: One Day at a Wedding World Tour / April 6-10th

This is going to be a busy week in the blogoshpere for my One Day at a Wedding characters. They are excited and ready to travel around enticing new readers. For a little fun and a chance to win an eBook copy of, One Day at a Wedding, let’s have a scavenger hunt with the blogs, for the week! Here are the rules:

1. Each Day this week find a post on one of the blogs, scheduled for that day, about my book (all blogs noted below)

2. Comment on the blog post and share it via social media (whichever you want is fine and tag me, so I can verify/validate your entry @kellyraebooks or http://www.facebook.com/kellyraebooks)

3. Come back here on Friday and let me know which blog and which day you visited, to be entered to win (example: Monday: Cajun Book Lover)

Okay, here are the list of bloggers who will post about One Day at a Wedding at some point this week, go find my book on their site and keep track of your visit, so you can win an eBook copy of One Day at a Wedding (US/International Welcome)

This Weeks Blog World Tour

http://2gbgw.blogspot.com/
http://abibliophobiaanonymous.blogspot.com/
http://adirtybookaffair.com/
http://jenisbookshelf.blogspot.com
http://www.apairofokies.com
http://ashleysaddictivebookblog.blogspot.com/
http://felfern.blogspot.com
www.bookheathens.com
http://www.bookinlovetoread.blogspot.ca
http://mikkysworldofbooks.blogspot.fr/
https://book-loverblog14.blogspot.co.uk
http://brendasbookbeat.blogspot.com/
http://www.cajunbooklover.blogspot.com
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/chellesbookreport
http://coast2coastbookbesties.blogspot.com
http://www.cruisingsusanauthorpromos.com
www.leticiachen.com
http://kittyanddeaushabookblog.blogspot.com/
http://fictionalrendezvousbookblog.blogspot.com/
https://fyrpilotzwife.wordpress.com
https://fyrpilotzwife.wordpress.com
http://www.ggwblogs.blogspot.com
http://hereiswhatireadblog.wordpress.com
http://hookedonbooksforever.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1&zx=8f0628a04d78920
http://www.cusebookgiveaways.weebly.com
http://indiesstealourheart.blogspot.com/
http://lynelleclarkaspiredwriter.blogspot.com/
http://sultrysteamyreading.com
http://ambookblog.blogspot.com
http://byobookclub.blogspot.com/
http://www.jjsouthernspiceblog.com
http://travelthroughthepages.blogspot.com/
www.pearlsandpeacocks.com
http://crasyabout.blogspot.com
https://kezkorner.wordpress.com/
http://www.lovebitessilkties.co.uk/
http://luv2read4me.blogspot.com
http://lynnsloveofbooks.blogspot.com
https://marebaresbookshelf.wordpress.com/
http://midwestbookloversclub.blogspot.com/
http://literaturelitehouse.blogspot.com/
https://nerdychampagne.wordpress.com
http://norwayellesea.blogspot.no/
http://mazzysbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/PageByPageInsideOutReviewsandPromotion
www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com
http://readreviewrepeat00.blogspot.com/
http://readingdrinkingandrelaxing.blogspot.com/
readinginsarahscorner.blogspot.com
http://southernyankeebookreviews.wo 
http://www.readwriteripley.com
http://romance-bytes.blogspot.com/
http://rosiesbookheaven.com/
http://www.rubylovesbooks.com
http://sdlashbrook.ramblingsfromseks.com/
http://undercoverbookreviews.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Kirstys-Book-Reviews/740671655951314
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Kirstys-Book-Reviews/740671655951314
http://badassbloggettes.blogspot.com
http://www.bound2escape.com
http://sweet-n-sassy-book-a-holics.blogspot.com/
http://thenaughtlibrarianplayground.blogspot.com/2015_03_01_archive.html
http://theartofromancepromotions.blogspot.com/
https://thehoardingreaderscorner.blogspot.com
http://bookgroupies2.blogspot.com/
http://thepleasureofreadingtoday.blogspot.com/
www.thereadingroomblog.com
http://triciaciak.blogspot.com/
usgirlsandabook.blogspot.com
http://westoleyourbookboyfriend.weebly.com/

One Day at A Wedding  Sale

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Bride in wedding day in lavender field

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Writer Problems…What’s Your Name Again?

There are a lot of issues that strike authors throughout their career. Deadlines, an over active imagination, days where a story you aren’t even working on interrupts your WIP or days when not a single person living in your head wants to come out to play. So, from writer’s block to multiple personalities – we all have issues.

Recently, I have developed a new tick, of sorts. It is a regular part of my job to create people, to decide what they look like, their mannerisms and silly quirks, and then I name them. Whatever I want to call them, so shall it be!

Thad - Teaser 1This is Thad, he is a smooth talker and a loyal friend. He has a crooked smile and what some might call a devilish grin; all held together with a heart of pure gold and a wicked sense of humor! I named him. I couldn’t imagine him with any other name.

I adore him! I better get back on topic, he is distracting to say the least. 🙂

Back to my new-found problem, a lot of times when I see someone I get an idea of what their name “should” be, you know if I was writing their life. Unfortunately, this is not always the name they actually have. When I am introduced to said person, I am now having a hard time remembering their actual name and instead want to call them the name I feel suits them best. Like the kid on my son’s baseball team who looks like a Jake to me, his name is Logan. Or the high school basketball who I call Todd, even though his name is Josh. It has gotten so bad that my son now knows who I am referring to when I use their name improperly – because it happens so often. LOL

I am not saying that I prefer my imaginary world to the real world; no, no, I would never say that. 🙂 It just seems to bleed over more and more the longer I do this and the more books and characters I have under my belt!

On the bright side it makes life interesting for me and new people I meet and gives my son one more reason to shake his head at his crazy MOM! ❤ Good thing he loves me and has a good memory for names! 😛

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Speaking of characters, Thad and the rest of his wedding crew are all on sale this month of March. Each book in the One Day at a Wedding Series is 99 cents each or you can buy the entire collection for $3.50, which also includes a BONUS STORY, When Cassie Met Thad. It’s a peek into the early days of Cassie (Book One) and Thad’s (Book Three) friendship and why their loyalty and love is so unshakeable and PLATONIC! LOL

$3.50 eBook on Amazon, Barnes&Noble,Kobo and iTunes Paperback $9.26-11.99

(Prices Vary at retailer discretion)

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Thanks for stopping by today and at the very least I hope you get a good chuckle at my expense or maybe even smile knowing you do the same thing. If you have a funny quirk that you have gotten due to your work or life, tell us about it and we can all compare notes. 🙂

Wishing you well, in Fiction and real life!

Kindly,

Kelly Rae

One Day at a Wedding Series

Image The funny thing about writing, well one of the funny things about writing, is that sometimes the story doesn’t go where you thought it might or it doesn’t end when you thought it would. When I decided to join the Authors of Main Street, for another boxed set, I quickly came up with the plot for my novella, Once Upon a Wedding.  Cassie and Dan talked to me constantly, ever before I started writing their story. (Hearing voices in your head…another one of the funny things about writing.) It was probably half way through their story, that I decided Dan’s voice needed to be heard. He wanted so badly to tell his side of the story, to talk about the things that kept him away from Cassie at the start, and how he planned to win her over. So, Every Other Wedding, the 2nd in what is going to be a summer series, was born! The best part is that I have at least 2 other stories floating in my head, so the series may continue past the summer. I might not be able to put out one a month, like I will this summer, but I have room and stories to grow. I love a story line that gets me excited and flows easily when I set out to type. They certainly don’t always go that way. So, this summer please check in to see where these characters are headed, whether they are headed down the aisle or running from one. For now, you can read Once Upon a Wedding as part of the Weddings on Main Street boxed set by The Authors of Main Street.

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KV0AZVI B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/weddings-on-main-street-tori-scott/1119711535?ean=9780985515485 iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id888130300 KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/weddings-on-main-street

Weddings on Main Street

Weddings on Main Street

Off My Rocker…

It can be painful when you choose ART, as your way of  providing a life for yourself, in this world/economy. Some days – I’ll say 1 out of every 30 for me – you decide you must be completely nuts. … Continue reading

Writing is a Business…

ImageWhen you own a business and work from home, it’s often hard to set boundaries. First, I have to be clear with myself that writing is my BUSINESS. People like to marginalize it by calling it a hobby, but the reality is that I write 5-7 days a week and there is a profit, well not exactly a profit for the last two years, but this year I am expecting a profit.  Yeah me!

So, I am at home writing, writing, writing and trying to market myself on social media as best I can. Which includes a lot of time anxiously posting, editing, deleting and reworking posts, because I am not as charming as I wish I was. 🙂 Also because it’s not really in my nature to share bits of my life with others or scroll and locate information about them. This is a total departure from what is comfortable to me. Wait….that was off topic, but true so I won’t delete! Ha!

Back to my original point, it’s easy to volunteer for this and that, because you think well I am home and I can do it, so you do. It’s easy enough to become distracted when I am working between the internet, “research” (aka looking at hot guys on writers Facebook pages) and well heck the snow falling is enough some days. There are days when I look up from not working and find that I have only a couple of hours left to be productive, which makes me so irritated with myself. I am a business. My writing is my business and yes there is some flexibility in owning my own business, but it also means nothing gets done without me. If I don’t show up for work, pages are left blank and deadlines fail. And just because those deadlines are set by me, doesn’t mean they are valid, stick to dates. Image

I think it’s easy sometimes to see things the way the majority of the world does, but when I focus and remember that just because writing seems like a really cool and easy gig doesn’t mean I have to buy into that concept. It’s hard work, painstaking some days and like I said if I don’t show up, books don’t get written.

 

With as many ideas as I have already outlined and that come to me while I am driving my kid here and there, I will be working for a long time! Thank goodness, because I really love this work and I am excited to see my business grow and flourish and reach new heights. Goal setting 101, step ONE: SHOW UP!

Okay, now back to work, I still have time before I have to start dinner!

Kindly,

Kelly Rae

aka Jocelyn Bell (xo)

Determination is the KEY!

Yesterday I spent the day on a lovely mountain, about 45 minutes from my home in the Pacific Northwest, learning to snowboard with my son. It was a gorgeous day, even though it was only about 30 degrees outside. Once you start trying to learn how to snowboard, you become beyond warm and have to peel layers. Trust me! We had a great time and I was reminded of an important lesson.  

The biggest takeaway for me was watching my son tackle the mountain over and over, so determined to get better and not let the mountain win. He must have fallen more than a dozen times, spending more time sliding on his butt down the slope than his board. I was so proud watching him go again and again, never once giving up or sitting it out, even though he was beyond frustrated and often very verbal about his distaste for the sport. LOL

I had to tell him it was time to go, because he was exhausting himself (not that I was tired or anything) and the wind was picking up and his cheeks were as red as cherries. He would have stayed out there until they closed the slopes just to get a perfect run. Life can be frustrating and things don’t always go well the first, second or seventeenth time – but if it’s something you want, if it’s important to you, then you have to press on. My eleven-year-old seems to have this fighting spirit and watching it over and over made me just amazed by him. I want him to be all of the things most parents want their kids to be; happy, healthy, responsible, kind and successful in whatever way that looks to him. After watching him yesterday I feel much better about his future. A future that will require hard work, determination and the ability to get back up every time you get knocked down.

So today, I feel a renewed sense of determination to continue my own passions and dreams. To never give-up on myself or the things I want. To look at getting knocked down literally or figuratively as another opportunity to get up and show what I am made of – determination being part of that mix!

Thank you for stopping by today, I am diligently working on edits for 2 full length pieces and just last week finished a rough draft for my contribution for the next Authors of Main Street project (www.authorsofmainstreet.wordpress.com), which I am unbelievably excited to share this summer.

For now, please check out my current releases on Amazon by heading to my website and clicking on each book cover. Your support in reading & reviewing my books is just about the loveliest gift a writer can be given. Thank you!

Kelly Rae

What if…

What if..this Christmas (sold solo & with the Authors of Main Street Boxed Set)

Jocelyn Bell

Dare Me

Want Me