Monday, January 31, 2011

Am I Meg?

I have been getting this question lately. And people aren't meaning the beautiful girl on the cover (I wish), but they mean my character, Meg Sanders.

On the one hand, this is a really flattering question. It's cool that Meg's story seemed so real that it could be based off of my life. And, I really enjoyed writing about Meg. I wouldn't mind people thinking that I was like her.

On the other hand, I have my own stories and trials and personality (and husband and kids) and don't want people mistaking me for my fictional character! Meg has quite a life... just not my life. :)

Since I just got this question again this weekend, I've decided that you all need to know more about me and you can decide which part of myself I'm putting into my various characters.

Today's tidbit:
Although I've been telling my husband our entire marriage (6+ years) that I love camping, I have in fact proved that I am a city girl the two times he's braved taking me out with him.

Camping trip #1
Peed on myself. Three times. Girls were not meant to squat. For anyone who wants to argue, look at the evidence above. Three. Times.

Did not sleep at all. Every noise was for sure a bear coming to eat me and therefore deprive my children of their mother.

Woke my husband up at least a dozen times. "Are you asleep?" "Did you hear that?" "Are you asleep now?" "Can you shine a light so I can go to the bathroom?" "Oh, man, I peed on myself again. Do you have a change of pants I can borrow?" "Can we switch sleeping bags. Yours must be more comfortable because you can actually sleep." etc.

Camping trip #2
Husband brought bucket with toilet seat. (Yes, I was mocked by our friends. Yes, I was glad to have it anyway.)

Air mattress lost most of its air in the night.

Had to go to the bathroom, didn't have my contacts in, so I tripped over the cot, got up, tripped over it again, and crashed out of the tent. But at least I didn't pee on myself.

Brought kids this time, ages 5, 3, 1. It was about 20 degrees outside. Too cold for this AZ girl and her kids. The kids (and me for a while) spent most of the morning in the SUV with the heater on, watching Ice Age 3 while husband broke camp.

Then the bees came out. I can't even describe to you how much I hate bees.

Needless to say, my husband does not believe me anymore when I tell him I love camping. I don't think I even believe myself.

***Update: I just got an email from an agent yesterday that started out: "Dear Meg..." I think I'm going to start developing a complex soon!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Me

It's Monday, the longest day of the week for me! So to have a little fun, and shake off the Monday blahs, I'm going to tell you about the time the bird pooped on me. On my wedding day.

I  married my wonderful husband, Jeremy, about six years ago. After the ceremony, we went outside to take a ton of pictures--so many pictures that my cheeks hurt from smiling. Everyone was getting hungry and hot (this was Sept in AZ, so still really, really hot outside) so the photographer wanted to get a big family/extended family portrait before everyone left for lunch.

He arranged all 40+ of us under this huge tree on the lawn, with me and my husband right in the middle. Just as he was getting ready to take the picture a bird in the branches above me pooped. It splattered all down the front of my beautiful white wedding dress. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry. In the end, it wound up being a combination of an 'are you friggin kidding me' laugh and a 'not my dress' cry.

After my mom and I had cleaned up my dress in the bathroom the best we could, I went back out to the lawn to see my husband and all five of his groomsmen, in their really nice tuxes, throwing rocks at the tree. The sight of all of these guys trying to take out the bird is still one of my favorite wedding day memories (not that I'm all for revenge, but come on, out of 40 people, the stupid bird pooped on the bride!)

My grandmother later told me that having a bird poop on you is good luck. My marriage has been great so far, so I guess she's right. I just wish that the bird could have dropped a rose in my hair or something more Disney-esque.

Here's something else to help out with the Monday Blahs....
Congratulations to Chris (commented on Jolene's blog) for winning the copy of Meg's Melody from the blog tour. I used to generate the winner. Thank you everyone for participating. That turned out to be pretty fun. I think I'm going to have to do more contests in the future. :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Last Day

Today is the last day of the Meg's Melody blog tour. Thank you so much for becoming followers and making comments!! I am really excited for the drawing.

Here is the list again for all of the blogs that participated in the tour. You can leave a comment on their review of Meg's Melody for the drawing to win it. I'll be drawing the name and posting it on Monday.

I really appreciate all of you  making this so special.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Editing woes

I am in the process of editing my second book right now, tentatively titled IF I FALL. I think I'm just a little obsessed with editing and finishing this thing! I have read it through several times, had my beta readers read it, then sent it out to some of my writing friends to critique it for me, and now my husband it reading it/proofing it for me. He is the king of finding missing words and awkward sentences (I am the queen of skipping words when I type!).

So last night I start dreaming about people giving me feedback on my book. I woke up feeling exhausted! It's probably just time to send it in. Sometimes it's really hard to send a book into a publisher, though. With Meg's Melody, I finished it, and it took almost three months to work up the nerve to send it out. There were many times that I almost didn't (and my mom would pep talk me into sending it it, which is part of the reason why she gets a whole paragraph in the acknowledgments section of my book. My mom rocks!) I think I'm going through the same thing here. I'm totally dragging my heels over writing a synopsis for IF I FALL. But I've made a deadline for myself. I WILL start sending it out the last week of February no matter what (earlier, if I can talk myself into it.) The last week of February is the ANWA conference (check out the widget for more info), so it's a good deadline for me.

Here's to crossing fingers that I'll stop being such a wimp!

On another, blog tour related note...
Today Fire and Ice has posted a review of Meg's Melody. Stop by and comment for a chance to win a copy.
Also, if you get the chance, check out this post, and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Joan Soward's latest book, The Star Prophesy.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Meg's Melody Blog tour--Taffy's blog

Okay, I had my days a little mixed up yesterday(husband stays home on a Friday and all day I thought it was Sarturday)!! Taffy is actually posting her review today. :) She's also giving another copy of Meg's Melody away, so visit her blog and leave a comment for double the chance of winning a copy!

And remember to become a follower of my blog as well, for an additional entry. Thank you!

On another really awesome note, I just got an email from my writing friend Shaunna that said Meg's Melody was in the glossy mailer from her local LDS bookstore. Woo hoo!

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Star Prophesy by Joan Sowards

Today in the blog tour for Meg's Melody, stop by Taffy's review blog and leave a comment (or go to this post for a list of other blogs you can leave comments at), or become a follower of my blog for a chance to win a copy of Meg's Melody.

I so excited to be a part of the blog tour of The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards this week! I really enjoyed this book. While reading this book, I kept thinking: I want to read this to my children! There is a lot of exctiting adventure as Enoch travels from Zarahemla to Jeruselem to see the baby Jesus. As an adult, I enjoyed thinking about the birth of the Savior from a different perspective and watching Enoch grow and hold fast in his faith. I think that my kids would be completely drawn into the Nephite world and an adventure at sea. A recommended bedtime read!

The adventure begins with the blog tour
The Star
by Joan Sowards

We will be giving away THREE copies of The Star
It's easy to enter.
1. Visit the fabulous reviews and leave a comment letting us know why
you're excited to read The Star
. Remember to include your email address.
2. If you tweet about the blog tour, or post about it on your blog or
facebook, leave the link in the comments section and you'll receive an
additional entry.

Good Luck! Entries close at midnight (MST) on January 28.

You are crazy. No Nephite has ever

Most people laugh when they hear of Enoch's dream of returning to
Jerusalem to find the infant Messiah. Even Enoch's future father-in-law
mocks him when he asks for a postponement of his long-awaited wedding to
his beloved Rebekah. A few take Enoch seriously - the shipbuilder Omnihah,
Enoch's teacher David, and the prophet Nephi.

Five years before, a Lamanite named Samuel had stood on the wall of
Zarahemla and prophesied that "five years more cometh" and the Christ
would be born in Jerusalem. Time is running out! Enoch knows he must set
sail across the great waters in search of his dream - to see the face of
the Messiah.

The Star Prophacy is a surprising
story of courage and love, faith and fortitude. Sail with Enoch and his
friends across the sea through hardship and adventure in search of the
Christ child.

January 10
I Am A Reader, Not A

January 11
Totally Tina

January 12
Peggy Urry

January 13
Tangled Words and Dreams

January 14
Kaylee Baldwin

January 17
Of Writerly Things

January 18
Writers Mirror

January 19
Bonnie Gets a Say

January 20
The Blessing of Family

January 21
Anna del C. Dye's Blog
Renee S. Clark

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Meg's Melody Blog Tour--Shaunna Gonzales

Today the tour is stopping at Shaunna's blog. I had a chance to read a women's fiction novel that Shaunna wrote that I really enjoyed.

Thank you to everyone who has become a follower of my blog and making comments. I'm really excited for the drawing next week!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Meg's Melody Blog Tour

Today Jolene Perry posted a review of my book along with an interview. I've had the opportunity to read a few novels that Jolene is finishing up, and they are AMAZING! I love her writing style and am pleased that she could review Meg's Melody.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Win a copy of Meg's Melody

I am so excited this week! The blog tour of Meg's Melody is starting today and going through next week.

Leave a comment at any one of these blogs on their blog post about Meg's Melody and you will be entered into a drawing to win Meg's Melody. You can leave comments on multiple blogs for multiple entries.

I will give you another entry if you become a follower of my blog!

January 10th

Shanda at LDSWBR

January 11th
Tristi Pinkston

January 12th
Jolene Perry

January 13th
Shaunna Gonzales

January 15th
Taffy Lowell

January 17th
Heather at Fire and Ice

January 18th
Marsha Ward

January 19th
Alison Palmer

January 20th
I am a Reader Not a Writer

January 21st
Rebecca Talley

The contest will run until January 22nd.

Today, reviewing my book is Shanda over at LDS book review. I love this blog! Take the time to look through more of their reviews and contests that they have going on.

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