Blogfest 2012 is here! Come win some prizes!

Hello friends! Welcome to Blogfest 2012! This year has been really busy for me. How about you? So, I’m making this Blogfest’s contest super, super easy. Are you ready?

 

Would you like to win a signed copy of my latest release, Accelerating Circumstances?

Okay, here’s all you have to do. Each chapter of Accelerating Circumstances opens with a quote to hint at some of the meaning of the story ahead. I’ve picked out five of those quotes below. All you have to do is find out who said each quote and send it to me in an email to destinybooze@gmail.com. So, what do you think? Is that simple enough? Does it sound fun?

 
1)  “We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.”

 

2)  “The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”

 

3)  “Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

 

4)  “Good judgement comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgement.”

 

5)  “Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”

 
Okay, so who said each quote? You can do this guys! 🙂 One print book will be mailed out to one lucky winner. Of course, if you visit my blog much, you will know I never have just one winner. The results will be announced on Monday. Good luck!

 

FYI friends: All email addresses used to send answers will be kept strictly confidential and used for no other purposes than this contest. I do have a newsletter I send out. If you would like to sign up, send a separate email to the address above with NEWSLETTER in the subject line. Thanks so much!

 

Also, there are many blogs involved in all the fun. Go visit some more and win loads of good stuff! 🙂

A full list of participating blogs: http://www.ajourneyofbooks.com/

A few chosen off that list you might want to go to now:

http://kmnbooks.blogspot.com/

http://www.knittingandsundries.com/

http://thinksincere.blogspot.com/

http://themaidenscourt.blogspot.com/

http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com/

 

 
Thanks for stopping by, friends! 🙂

Drop by here for another chance to win a free book!

I’m over at Whimsical Publication’s blog. Drop by to learn a little more about my writing. Find out what reader’s can take away from my books.  Leave a comment for a chance to win a free book!

http://whimsicalpublications.blogspot.com/2011/12/interview-with-destiny-booze.html?showComment=1325033893949#c6127556695827578282

Which of my characters is my favorite?

I’m a featured author at Whispered Writings, a blog written by Rachel Kovacs. She’s written such a remarkable feature about me that I have to share with everyone! She’s truly a talented writer.

One of the questions I answer for Rachel is: which of my characters is my favorite? Interested to know? Here’s the feature: http://whisperedwritings.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/author-spotlight-destiny-booze/

I sure hope everyone will take a moment to stop by! 🙂

Only 8 Days Left! May’s Character Interview Blog Bash!

Win a signed copy of Altered Beginnings by Destiny Booze! Here’s all you have to do…Have fun reading this character interview, then email Robyn at promorobyn@gmail.com with the answer to this question: What does Jason Altarez think about while lying in bed at night?

This contest will be ongoing for the month of May only, so there are only 8 days left! Don’t forget to ask Robyn for the complete list of participating blogs in the May Character Interview Blog Bash for even more fun interviews and opportunities to win fantastic books! 🙂

Leigh Lawson (Of both African American and Caucasian heritage, she is attractive and pretty. She has a dark complexion, long black hair and dark eyes.) – Once a troubled girl with a drug addiction, she returns home a grown woman with her life back on track. Her life gets turned back up side down when the police recruit her to work undercover to bring known mobster and drug seller Freddie Garrett to conviction.

Jason Altarez (A gorgeous guy with light brown or dirty blond hair longer than his shoulders, blue eyes, and a large smile.) – He is a popular reporter in Nags Head. As soon as Leigh gets into town, he approaches her. He’s obviously chasing her, but is he really interested in her or just her story?

Emma Combs (With a fantastic figure, auburn hair and plenty of time invested into her fashion, she is absolutely beautiful.) – She thinks of herself as a perfectionist. She and Leigh were best friends in high school. It is uncertain whether they will be able to rekindle that relationship.

Shawn Branscom (He is very sexy with short and neat brown hair, blue eyes and a great shape.) – Known to let his temper flare at the drop of a hat, he is a cop with a new promotion to the narcotics team. He’s a little gruff, but he has a definite soft spot for Emma that he is unable to hide.

1. Let’s begin by having everyone tell us a little about him or herself.

Jason grinned and leaned forward in his chair. “Shall I go first? This is a little weird. I’m usually the one asking the questions.” He looked thoughtful as he ran a hand through his light brown hair, the front falling right back where it began. “Well, I’m a reporter. I work hard. At work, they call me Ice because I refuse to give up on a story, which happens to be my biggest strength, but probably my biggest weakness as well. In my free time, I spend time with my family. I like playing basketball, swimming and sailing.”

Leigh stood to pace behind her chair as she answered. “My life is really complicated. I’m not sure how much you want to know. I was raised by the Branscom family. My teenage years were pretty bad, and they eventually kicked me out of the house. I decided to leave town…”

“…without telling anyone. Everyone thought she was dead,” Emma added.

“When I got back into town, I wasn’t exactly well received. So, that’s pretty much it. I’m just trying to make things right, but I’ll be fine. I’m tough,” Leigh said in a soft voice.

Emma went next. “I’m the manager of my parent’s hotel. I love my job. When I’m not there, I’m usually working out. I’m very ambitious. My greatest weakness would have to be that I’m a perfectionist.”

Shawn sat with his back perfectly straight, looking gruff and uncomfortable. “I’m a cop. I don’t have much time for anything else,” he said, sounding defensive as if he dared someone to argue.

Emma turned toward Shawn. “Your strength is your confidence. Your weakness is you get arrogant and your temper, of course.”

He gave her a look that wasn’t easily defined.

2. Anyone currently dating?

“No,” Jason said, still grinning. “The last time I had a serious relationship was in college. She was older and graduated before me. I haven’t heard from her since.”

Leigh still stood. “I’m not dating now. My ex-boyfriend was a drug dealer, my drug dealer actually.”

Emma just shook her head in answer.

Shawn did the same.

3. Do you believe in love at first sight? What are your views on sex in a relationship? Does love and sex have to come together?

Jason actually laughed. “Wow, what a question. I do believe in love at first sight. That’s kind of embarrassing. And, I would hope that any girl sleeping with me has feelings for me, so yes.”

Leigh began pacing again. “No and no.”

Emma shrugged. “I haven’t really thought about it.”

Shawn fidgeted, looking absolutely miserable. “That’s really a crazy question. I don’t know.”

4. When you lie in bed at night, what do you think about?

For the very first time, Jason momentarily paused. “I think about what I want in the future,” he said, his eyes sliding over his shoulder to Leigh.

“I try not to think,” Leigh said with a voice that was a bit uneven. She sounded shaky or perhaps on the verge of laughter.

“That’s easy,” Emma said. “I think about everything I have to get done the next day.”

Shawn smiled slowly. “I can’t say what I think about.”

5. Last question guys: what would it surprise people to know about you?

“A lot,” Jason said and laughed. “If I had to pick one thing, it would probably be my family. It’s big. I have three brothers and two sisters. There are six of us all together. We’re a very close family, and most people don’t see me as a family guy.”

Leigh sat back down. “That I’m alive.”

Everyone laughed.

When things grew quiet, Emma said, “It would surprise people to know that I’ve made many mistakes in my past that I’m not proud of.”

Shawn just shrugged. “I don’t know.”

From the author: I hope you enjoyed getting to know the characters of this book a little better. I had a ton of fun doing this interview! To learn more about ALTERED BEGINNINGS, visit www.destinybooze.com

Welcome to May’s Character Interview Blog Bash!

Win a signed copy of Altered Beginnings by Destiny Booze! Here’s all you have to do…Have fun reading this character interview, then email Robyn at promorobyn@gmail.com with the answer to this question: What does Jason Altarez think about while lying in bed at night?

This contest will be ongoing for the whole month of May! Don’t forget to ask Robyn for the complete list of participating blogs in the May Character Interview Blog Bash for even more fun interviews and opportunities to win fantastic books! 🙂

Leigh Lawson (Of both African American and Caucasian heritage, she is attractive and pretty. She has a dark complexion, long black hair and dark eyes.) – Once a troubled girl with a drug addiction, she returns home a grown woman with her life back on track. Her life gets turned back up side down when the police recruit her to work undercover to bring known mobster and drug seller Freddie Garrett to conviction.

Jason Altarez (A gorgeous guy with light brown or dirty blond hair longer than his shoulders, blue eyes, and a large smile.) – He is a popular reporter in Nags Head. As soon as Leigh gets into town, he approaches her. He’s obviously chasing her, but is he really interested in her or just her story?

Emma Combs (With a fantastic figure, auburn hair and plenty of time invested into her fashion, she is absolutely beautiful.) – She thinks of herself as a perfectionist. She and Leigh were best friends in high school. It is uncertain whether they will be able to rekindle that relationship.

Shawn Branscom (He is very sexy with short and neat brown hair, blue eyes and a great shape.) – Known to let his temper flare at the drop of a hat, he is a cop with a new promotion to the narcotics team. He’s a little gruff, but he has a definite soft spot for Emma that he is unable to hide.

1. Let’s begin by having everyone tell us a little about him or herself.

Jason grinned and leaned forward in his chair. “Shall I go first? This is a little weird. I’m usually the one asking the questions.” He looked thoughtful as he ran a hand through his light brown hair, the front falling right back where it began. “Well, I’m a reporter. I work hard. At work, they call me Ice because I refuse to give up on a story, which happens to be my biggest strength, but probably my biggest weakness as well. In my free time, I spend time with my family. I like playing basketball, swimming and sailing.”

Leigh stood to pace behind her chair as she answered. “My life is really complicated. I’m not sure how much you want to know. I was raised by the Branscom family. My teenage years were pretty bad, and they eventually kicked me out of the house. I decided to leave town…”

“…without telling anyone. Everyone thought she was dead,” Emma added.

“When I got back into town, I wasn’t exactly well received. So, that’s pretty much it. I’m just trying to make things right, but I’ll be fine. I’m tough,” Leigh said in a soft voice.

Emma went next. “I’m the manager of my parent’s hotel. I love my job. When I’m not there, I’m usually working out. I’m very ambitious. My greatest weakness would have to be that I’m a perfectionist.”

Shawn sat with his back perfectly straight, looking gruff and uncomfortable. “I’m a cop. I don’t have much time for anything else,” he said, sounding defensive as if he dared someone to argue.

Emma turned toward Shawn. “Your strength is your confidence. Your weakness is you get arrogant and your temper, of course.”

He gave her a look that wasn’t easily defined.

2. Anyone currently dating?

“No,” Jason said, still grinning. “The last time I had a serious relationship was in college. She was older and graduated before me. I haven’t heard from her since.”

Leigh still stood. “I’m not dating now. My ex-boyfriend was a drug dealer, my drug dealer actually.”

Emma just shook her head in answer.

Shawn did the same.

3. Do you believe in love at first sight? What are your views on sex in a relationship? Does love and sex have to come together?

Jason actually laughed. “Wow, what a question. I do believe in love at first sight. That’s kind of embarrassing. And, I would hope that any girl sleeping with me has feelings for me, so yes.”

Leigh began pacing again. “No and no.”

Emma shrugged. “I haven’t really thought about it.”

Shawn fidgeted, looking absolutely miserable. “That’s really a crazy question. I don’t know.”

4. When you lie in bed at night, what do you think about?

For the very first time, Jason momentarily paused. “I think about what I want in the future,” he said, his eyes sliding over his shoulder to Leigh.

“I try not to think,” Leigh said with a voice that was a bit uneven. She sounded shaky or perhaps on the verge of laughter.

“That’s easy,” Emma said. “I think about everything I have to get done the next day.”

Shawn smiled slowly. “I can’t say what I think about.”

5. Last question guys: what would it surprise people to know about you?

“A lot,” Jason said and laughed. “If I had to pick one thing, it would probably be my family. It’s big. I have three brothers and two sisters. There are six of us all together. We’re a very close family, and most people don’t see me as a family guy.”

Leigh sat back down. “That I’m alive.”

Everyone laughed.

When things grew quiet, Emma said, “It would surprise people to know that I’ve made many mistakes in my past that I’m not proud of.”

Shawn just shrugged. “I don’t know.”

From the author: I hope you enjoyed getting to know the characters of this book a little better. I had a ton of fun doing this interview! To learn more about ALTERED BEGINNINGS, visit www.destinybooze.com

Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month? According to http://www.autismspeaks.org/, autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

To help raise awareness about this disability, I’m giving away a signed copy of my newest release, The Curse of a Mind to one lucky winner that can answer as many questions about my books as possible. I bet you can figure out the answer to the first question right away. 🙂 For the others, it’s perfectly acceptable to give your best guess! Either send me your answers to destinybooze@gmail.com or leave me a comment with your answers. Just be sure I have your email address in case you win! Good luck!

1.  In The Curse of a Mind, Chris’s adult brother, Garrett suffers from which developmental disorder?

A.  Aspergers

B.  Mental Retardation

C.  Down Syndrome

D.  Autism

2.  In The Curse of a Mind, what is Chris’s full name?

A.  Chris Chambers

B.  Christopher Chambers

C.  Christine Chambers

D.  Christy Chambers

3.  In The Curse of a Mind, which member of her investigative team wants her job?

A.  Leon

B.  Elliot

C.  Ricky

D.  Aidan

4.  In Altered Beginnings, how many siblings does Jason Altarez have?

A.  one

B.  three

C.  four

D.  five

5.  In Altered Beginnings, what is the name of Freddie’s hit-man?

A.  Robert

B.  Shawn

C.  Nate

D.  Slick

6.  In Predetermined Endings, why are Shawn and Emma fighting at the beginning of the story?

A.  They are fighting over money.

B.  Emma wants Shawn to move in with her, but he wants her to move in with him inside his apartment.

C.  Emma doesn’t like Shawn’s job as a cop.

D.  Shawn thinks Emma dresses too sexily.

7.  In Predetermined Endings, what is William’s pet name for Angelica?

A.  Angel

B.  Sweetheart

C.  Honey

D.  Baby

This contest is open from April 11-14, 2011. Winners will be announced April 15th! Again, good luck. Look here http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2011/03/upcoming-event-autism-awareness.html for some other participating bloggers in this important event. There are many more prizes to give away!

I’m Chatting It Up!

Saturday, March 12…8 AM to 8 PM EST


Join me for a chat at Coffee Time Romance’s Yahoo Group! I’ll be there with many other talented authors from Whimsical Publications and Purple Sword Publications. The topics open for discussion will be books and…well,  just about anything goes. Come on by! I’ll be popping in and out and I would love to see you there!

By the way, if you’re not yet a member of the group, drop on by today and sign up so you won’t miss out on any of the chat tomorrow! 😉


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/karenfindoutaboutnewbooks/

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Hello 2010!

My blog The Smiling Pains of Novelist Destiny Booze is changing. I’m adding a new themed day into the blog schedule.

Every Friday (let’s make it a Fun Friday), I will be posting emails from readers. Please help me get this off to a great start by sending me some fun stuff in, okay? The emails can be a question to me (almost anything goes), a comment, a review, a personal embarrassing moment would make my day (lol), your personal story of success, an experience worth sharing, or it can be anything you have to say. It’s all about you. What do you want to say every Friday?

Submit emails to destinybooze@gmail.com. Also, please keep sending me submissions for my creative corner. I’m truly loving everyone’s work!

I’m also considering one more themed day and I want to put it up to a vote. The choices are: (1) Amazing Stories, (2) Picture of the Week, (3) The world through the eyes of _______ (fill in the blank with a different person each week, like a child, a senior, a brother, a mother),  or… (4) (this will probably surprise you) a Destiny’s venting day. Does Desitny vent? Yes, she does!

So, what do you think?

While you’re voting, let me know if you want to keep my two current themed days: A Smile Every Sunday and Motivational Monday.

Send your votes to destinybooze@gmail.com. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

It’s going to be a great year! I can feel it!

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Professional Blogging

One of my favorite things about blogging is the lack of rules! Anything goes. Really. Anything.

Well…almost anything. There is so much more flex to blogging in regards to grammar, acceptable content, even ethics. So, what does it mean to be a professional blogger? If there are no rules to blogging, can there be a professional? What do you think?

I read mostly other authors’ blogs. Some of the blogs that I read only contain "professional" content – business updates, thoughts on the writing industry, promotions, marketing, etc. Other blogs seem to be at the other end of the spectrum – only having feelings, rants, raves, like an online diary. Some people even have more than one blog.

So…I guess the only real rules should be set by readers. What do you want to read? Let me know! Yes or no – do you enjoy Destiny’s blog? If no, what should I change?

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Woman in Charge: Destiny Booze

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