Book Giveaway Wednesday

Happy mid-week!

So my friend just called and she’s traveling for business in Texas. She said, “You would not believe what I just passed. You have to pull this up on the Internet.” So of course, I did. Here’s what I saw. And it even has a fun story to go with it! It’s strange, isn’t it? If I won 49 million in the lottery, I wouldn’t buy tee pees.

I just got my copies of Just Between You and Me !!!! I get all giddy when the UPS guy rings my doorbell. Walking to the mailbox is still a highlight of my day. I just love getting stuff on a daily basis–like a new magazine (one of my 200 health/fitness mags that I pretend to read), a new Pottery Barn catalog (that I’ll never buy anything from because the shipping costs more than my couch), or a belated birthday card (it’s never too late to send those). But getting a couple boxes of your book is an awesome feeling.

You can read one of our first reviews on Just Between You and Me HERE. Thanks, Rel!

This book is quite different from the others I’ve written. First of all, it’s not YA. So a teenager is not the lead actress here. Maggie Montgomery is the big 3-0. And it packs a little more of a spiritual punch than say the Bella Kirkwood books. It’s funny, one thing I’ve learned with So Not Happening, book one in A Charmed Life series, is that it’s not EVEN possible to please everyone with the level of faith in the book. If you read the reviews on Amazon, you’ll see the whole gamut–people who are upset there isn’t more God, people who read the same book and found there to be too much God, and of course, my favorites–the ones who said, ‘This is just right.” (Probably people I’m related to. Checks forthcoming…)  So it will be interesting to see the response to Just Between Me and You in terms of the faith thread. And the alien battle in the last chapter. And the mermen on page 173. And then there’s Elvis’s appearance when the main character learns she can shoot fire out her armpits. Yep. Really interested in see the reaction.

So the book is about Maggie, who travels the world as a cinematographer for a travel channel. She’s been everywhere, but the place that is the scariest of all to her–home. Maggie hasn’t done anything more than make a brief stop at home every now and then since graduation. But a family crisis demands her return to Ivy, Texas. When she’s there, she’s itching to get back on the road and rack up some more frequent flier miles. So the question of the week is…if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? (Let’s say you won 49 million in the lottery, and after you bought your Tee Pee Hotel, you had some Benjamins left over.) I think right now I’d go to Greece. Then Italy. Or vice-versa. What about you? Leave a comment and let me know. You have from now until Sunday afternoon after church, yet before NASCAR to enter. One winner will be drawn and announced on Monday’s blog.

Have you seen THIS CLIP on YouTube of the latest phenom on the X Factor, Britain’s American Idol? He’s really good, eh? I didn’t like it when he got a little too comfortable and less humble, but we’ll see how he does. I’d vote for a teacher any day.

I’m already compiling a list of student quotes. Here’s one I posted on Facebook this week. Story from a ninth grader: “A long time ago I was on the monkey bars. A friend made me laugh. I peed my pants.”  I’m trying to enlarge that plot for my next novel. I think it has potential.

Have a great rest of the week. Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me your dream vacation location. And remember, you won the imaginary lottery, so imaginary money is not an issue for your imaginary vacation.



  1. Robyn says

    I’m pretty certain I’d just travel around the world and build as many tee pee motels as possible.

    Nah, I’d go to the UK first thing: drink tea beside the Thames river, watch Riverdance in Ireland, eat some shortbread in Scotland, and well, Wales… maybe try to find a lion?

    After the UK? A nice three week (or lifetime) stay in Hawaii. :)

  2. says

    I would want to go to Ireland first! After all, I am part Irish… It’s really noticeable because of ALL the freckles. I am frequently told that I can play connect-the-dots…. How flattering! : )

  3. says

    Katie P., freckles are awesome! When i was little, someone made fun of my freckles (I’m covered with them too). I cried and told my dad. My dad told me a face without freckles was like a sky without stars.

    I don’t need to be entered b/c I already bought your book (I’m trying to make myself wait to read it … but it is so. HARD.) But my dream vacation would be Europe. I would love to go to Ireland, England and Scotland with an unlimited budget. Have a month or so to spend there. I don’t think I would ever get tired of it. I would get tired of the food, but not the place 😉 My #2 pick would be Hawaii. Never been, but it looks so pretty. Once I won two tickets to Dollywood on a radio show. When you can’t have hula skirts or pretty castles, funnel cakes are the next best thing, right?

  4. Missa says

    I think I would go to not one place but many on the cruise that travels around the world and you live on it for a year. I think that would be a huge adventure not to mention all the places you would see. But if you get sea sick easy…then I guess it would really suck.

  5. Cassidy says

    I would take a trip around Europe, and stay at any place for however long I wanted. That is a big dream of mine. I’d love to just go over to Europe and travel around. It’d be so amazing to not have to care about when I will come home and being able to hop on a train or plane to my next location. I really want to go to Italy. It just seems like it would be so romantic and historical. And a few other places I’d like to visit would be England, France, Finland, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Norway, and a few others. Of course, I’d have to buy a few houses or something at each place. And it’s not just Europe I’d like to visit one day. There’s also a few U.S. States that I haven’t been to. Of course one of them being Hawaii.

  6. says

    Umm.. You wrote “Just Between Me & You” and the book cover says “Just Between You & Me.” Do I need to change it before the review on Friday? Email me.


  7. Catrina says

    I want to go everywhere!!! but if I had to pick just 1 place it would either be somewhere in Japan or Rome, Italy…

  8. says

    How could I possibly choose? I want to travel the world!
    But I think I would pick a deluxe travel of Europe–England, France, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Greece, and all those little countries I can’t remember the names of…like Luxembourg.
    And then if I had some more imaginary money left over, I’d hit Egypt, New Zealand, and Japan. Not necessarily in that order.

  9. Leah says

    Oh there are sooo many places to go! I would love to go to Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Jamaica and surrounding exotic islands, New Zealand, and someplace with an awesome name… like Romania! 😀 That’s a lot of places, but it would be really cool to go see them all.

  10. Sherry says

    So, I just won the Lottery???… Boy would that be great! I would get my husband his Cabin at Pinecrest lake in California. A place he could go to and relax, and enjoy the outdoors.

  11. says

    Ok, not fair that I was in a different part of TX this week, so I did not see the Tee-Pee Motel. We could have stayed there!! Next time I guess.

    And I got a lovely thank you card in the mail :) You are very very welcome!

  12. Lauren says

    I would go to Nashville, then Ireland, then Mexico (after the flu would be over and done with…if ever)
    That would make a good book! “Kid never gets over humiliation of ‘That Day’.” He lives his hole life in fear someone will find out. He goes through crazy and insane obstacles to avoid anyone finding out. Then someone does find out and wants to blackmail him. Like in Eagle Eye!LOL
    Have a great weekend everyone! I’m going shopping!:)

  13. Hannah says

    Hmm, if I could go anywhere in the world, I’d head to Northern Cascades National Park in Washington (state). I’ve seen photos and the landscape is beautiful: all sweeping ridges, gnarled pines, and steep drop-offs. My main reasons for going there are:

    * I don’t have to ride in a plane to get there

    * It’s like Lord of the Rings come to life, sans goblins

    * I don’t have to ride in a plane to get there

    The only possible conflict that would come from me going to Washington instead of France is…do they have good chocolate in Washington?

  14. Carman Boley says

    I know what you mean about going to the mailbox. I’ve won 16 books this summer, and we have netflix. So the mailbox has been a continous delight for me the last few weeks. 😉

  15. Jennifer says

    Absolutely love traveling, unlimited budget would be a dream come true! After 3 plus months traveling Europe, with emphasis on Italy, Greece, France & Austria, I would pop over to New Zealand/Australia, with a nice little Alaskan cruise to finish up!

  16. Alli says

    My dream vacation would be to go to Germany because that’s where I was born! I now live in Canada and I haven’t been back to Germany.

  17. Liana says

    (btw new to this blog :)
    I would go to ireland and whatch riverdance (i irish dance) then to the Rein in Germany. (Been there, most amazing place) Then Hawaii. Man, and if possible have a tan like theirs! NOT. The I would go to New Zealand! And bungee jump. My friend did that. I live in Australia, so that isn’t an option :)
    Ive been to France but it let me down….. Scotland is awesome too……. That is about everything!

  18. hannah says

    shooting fire out of your armpits sounds painful….

    im looking forward to reading it (your book) and i cant wait for bella to come back. can not wait.

  19. hannah says

    shooting fire out of your armpits sounds painful….

    im looking forward to reading it (your book) and i cant wait for bella to come back. can not wait.

    i’m from germany, but i go there every other year to visit. i wanna go somewhere else, maybe france, italy, or brazil, japan seems like a cool place to go….

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