Monday, May 21, 2012

Maternity Leave

Although I've scheduled a few blogs, I am now officially on maternity leave! I may stop in to post a few pictures...depends how much sleep I'm getting. ; ) Yup, for a writer, maternity leave is way different.

Thank you all for your support. I will be back full time in August.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday Tidbit

I am a WWE fan. Although I think the Undertaker is a genius,  Triple H has the best entrance music, and tons of respect for the high flyers such as Rey Mysterio, my current favorite is Sheamus, the Celtic Warrior. Also known as the Great White. Why do I like Sheamus? Well, the fact he doesn't grease up before a match is nice, but I really like him because he has so much fun! You can tell he really enjoys beating people up. This, my romance-loving friends, is a Celt that in a different time would have wielded a broad sword with finesse, honor and a smile. He defends the weaker and isn't afraid to speak his mind. He wouldn't look too bad in a kilt either. ; ) 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Baby Shower Day Five

Today is the last day of the baby shower. I hope you all had fun!

Today we'll keep it simple. Comment on any of the subjects in the previous blogs or a random piece of advice, funny story, good wishes, etc.

 Leave a comment and you could easily win an e-copy of Demon Crossings by Eleri Stone! This is a gorgeous cover!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Baby Shower Day Four

Welcome back! Today we're going to play a game. Don't worry, the answers are found in blogs posted earlier this week. The person who gets the most right, wins an e-copy of Veronica Scott's Priestess of the Nile!


How many children do I currently have?

Is the baby a boy or a girl?

What's the baby's name?

How many weeks am I?

There you go! Good luck. : )

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Baby Shower: Day Three

It's Wednesday! And for today's baby shower fun, I'm going to ask you what your favorite baby shower game is. Least favorite?

I hate the diaper game. You know, with the mustard.... ewww. but I recently went to a baby shower that had us make a baby collage. We cut parts of babies from magazines to make a single baby. I won't lie, it was kinda hard to cut pictures of babies, even babies I don't know, but the results were adorable! My team didn't win (even though ours was awesome) but it really was fun.

Also, random advice and good wishes are also welcome and are eligible for the prize.

Which brings me to today's prize: A $5 gift certificate to Bath and Body Works!

Spread the word and don't be shy, leave a comment!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Baby Shower Day Two

Welcome to day two of my Internet baby shower!

Congratulations to Jax who won the $5 gift certificate to Amazon by commenting on yesterday's blog!

Today I'm asking for a funny story about you, your significant other, a relative or friend and a newborn.

However, if you want to give me advice on anything else, I'm up for that too. Can you tell I'm not picky here?

So what's today's prize you ask?

Today I'm giving away a $5 gift certificate to Starbucks to one lucky commenter!

Today I'm also over at Everybody Needs a Little Romance!   So after you leave a comment here, swing on by! : ) I'm giving away something there too!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Baby Shower!

As most of you know, I'm expecting a baby. My official due date is June 6th, which makes me 36 weeks along, but the doctors are thinking it's not likely I'll make it past 38 weeks. By the way, she's a girl and her name is Emily Hannah Guzman. : ) 

As friends and family plan a baby shower for me here, I'm a little melancholy. You see, a good portion of my friends live on the Internet—at least from my perspective. ; )  I suppose it's part of the world in which we live and the fact that, as a writer, I spend a lot of time on the Internet. When asked who I wanted at my baby shower, friends from Twitter, Facebook and members of my group blogs came to mind. I really wanted to invite all of you to celebrate with me.

I think I've figured out a way. ; ) 

This week I'm having a baby shower giveaway. No, not asking for gifts, instead, I'm giving them. Think of them like party prizes. 

This is not my first time at the rodeo, but it is the first time I'm going to attempt to work from home with a newborn—a task that seems more daunting as the day approaches. Also I have six other kids that will need my attention. How thin can you spread mommy? Don't get me wrong, I have an absolutely wonderful, supportive husband, but after our 8 weeks maternity/paternity leave, he's going back to work.

So this is what I'm asking you to do.

Leave a comment with any advice you might have on juggling work, babies, and home, a funny story about babies or siblings, your favorite memory of those newborn weeks, or just wish me luck. I may ask a question to get the conversation going.

Every day I will randomly select a commenter to win the daily prize.

Prizes include $5 gift certificates to Bath and Body Works, Amazon, Starbucks, and two e-books: The Priestess of the Nile by Veronica Scott and Demon Crossing by Eleri Stone. The Baby Shower will last from May 7th to May 11th.

Everyone is eligible to win every day because I want everyone to show up! So please spread the word!

Today's prize is the $5 gift certificate to Amazon!
So go! Today, just any random advice you might have on balancing work and family!

Friday, May 4, 2012

And the winner is...

Congratulations, Nicole Luiken!

You won 10 ebooks and an awesome compass key chain. You're set for summer and you'll only have to worry about getting lost in a book. ' _ ' Yeah I know, but you guys should know how corny I am by now. ; )

Stay tuned for another giveaway! I'll announce the details on Monday!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesday Tidbit

It's May 1st! Yay! Gulp. It's getting close. Okay, for your tidbit of the week. I love fresh bouquets. During the spring, summer, and fall, I pick a bouquet from the garden every Friday morning. This week it'll be roses, but it can be something small like pansies or huge like calla lilies or birds of paradise. My house feels more homey with a fresh bouquet of flowers and that makes me a happy woman. ; ) It's the little things, you know?

Are there any little things you do just to make yourself smile?

Footnote: This picture is not from my garden because I'm big and pregnant and too lazy to take my camera outside. ; ). It's from here.