Spencer Hill Press Third Annual Giveaway

I’m so excited to take part in SHP’s third annual giveaway extravaganza! Read on to see what’s up for grabs and enter ASAP as the deadline is December 19. 🙂

(Giveaway is limited to US residents only.)

GRAND PRIZE BASKET

Spencer Hill Family-$30 Amazon Gift Card, Candy, and Neat Things
Darby Karchut – THE STAG LORD (signed copy)
Errick Nunnally- BLOOD FOR THE SUN (signed copy)
Elizabeth Langston- WHISPER FALLS (signed copy)
Heather McCollum-SIREN’S SONG (signed copy) and Swag
J.K. Rock -CAMP BOYFRIEND (signed copy) and Swag
J.L. Spelbring-PERFECTION (signed copy) and Swag and FLAWED (signed copy) and Swag
Suzanne Rigdon-INTO THE NIGHT (signed copy)
Kelly Hashway- THE MONSTER WITHIN (signed copy)
DK Mok-THE OTHER TREE Magnet and HUNT FOR VALAMON Swag
Jennifer Murgia-FOREST OF WHISPERS Swag
Laura Diamond- ZODIAC COLLECTOR, LORE, and TSAVO PRIDE Swag
Wendy Brotherlin-FREAKS OF NATURE Swag and $20 Staple Gift Card
Kelly Hashway-THE MONSTER WITHIN (signed copy) and CURSE OF DEATH Swag
Brenda St John Brown-SWIMMING TO TOKYO (e-book)
Rich Storrs- Synopsis Critique and Query Letter Critique
Sarah Guillory-RECLAIMED Swag
Jennifer Carson-HAPENNY MAGICK (signed copy) and Swag
Michelle L. Johnson-DIVINITY (signed copy)
Dahlia Adler-BEHIND THE SCENES Swag and UNDER THE LIGHTS Magnet
Megan Whitmer-BETWEEN (e-book)
Tracy Bilen-WATCH YOUR BACK (copy) and Swag
Cheryl Ann Smith-LEADING HER WITNESS Swag and Author Tote Bag
Kelley Lynn-ROAD TO SOMEWHERE (signed copy)
Collete Ballard-RUNNING ON EMPTY(signed copy)and Swag, and TEMPORARY HIGH ​Swag
Trisha Wooldridge-McAUTHOR CHRONICLES Set: THE KELPIE and THE EARL’S​​​ CHILDE and Swag
Lisa Amowitz-VISION (signed copy) and Swag

SECOND PLACE BASKET

Spencer Hill Family-$10 Amazon Gift Card, Candy, and Neat Stuff
DK Mok-THE OTHER TREE Swag and Magnet
Errick Nunnally-BLOOD FOR THE SUN Shot Glass
Jennifer Murgia-FOREST OF WHISPERS Swag and Query Critique
Heather McCollum-SIREN’S SONG Swag and Musical Notes Fingernail Tattoos
J.L. Spelbring-PERFECTION (signed copy) and Swag and FLAWED (signed copy)and Swag
JK Rock-CAMP BOYFRIEND (signed copy)and Swag
Suzanne Rigdon-INTO THE NIGHT (signed copy) and Swag, and 1 Chapter Critique
Laura Diamond- ZODIAC COLLECTOR, LORE, and TSAVO PRIDE Swag
Wendy Brotherlin-FREAKS OF NATURE Notepad and $15 Starbucks Gift Card
Sarah Guillory-RECLAIMED Swag
Angelica Jackson-CROW’S REST Swag
Jennifer Carson-HAPENNY MAGICK Swag and First Chapter Critique
Michelle L. Johnson- DIVINITY (signed copy)
Dahlia Adler-BEHIND THE SCENES (signed copy) and Swag and UNDER THE LIGHTS ​Magnet
Megan Whitmer-BETWEEN (ebook)
Tracy Bilen-WATCH YOUR BACK Swag, and a Query and 10 Page Critique
Cheryl Ann Smith-$10 Amazon Gift Card, LEADING HER WITNESS Swag and Author Tote
Kelley Lynn-ONE WISH AWAY (signed copy)
Colette Ballard-RUNNING ON EMPTY(signed copy)and Swag, and TEMPORARY HIGH ​Swag
Kristy Shen-Query Critique
Trisha Wooldridge-DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME (copy) and Swag
Lisa Amowitz- VISION (signed copy) and Swag

THIRD PLACE BASKET

Spencer Hill Family- $5 Amazon Gift Card, Candy, and Neat Stuff
DK Mok-THE OTHER TREE Swag and HUNT FOR VALAMON Swag
Elizabeth Langston-I WISH (signed copy)
Jennifer Murgia-FOREST OF WHISPERS Swag
Heather McCollum-SIREN’S SONG Swag and $10 Amazon Gift Card
J.L. Spelbring – PERFECTION Swag and FLAWED and Swag
JK Rock-CAMP BOYFRIEND (signed copy)and Swag
Suzanne Rigdon-1 Chapter Critique
Laura Diamond-ZODIAC COLLECTOR (ebook) and ZODIAC COLLECTOR, LORE, and ​TSAVO PRIDE Swag
Wendy Brotherlin-FREAKS OF NATURE Swag
Brenda St John Brown-SWIMMING TO TOKYO (ebook)
Angelica Jackson-CROW’S REST Swag
Jennifer Carson-HAPENNY MAGICK Swag
Michelle L. Johnson-DIVINITY(signed copy)
Dahlia Adler-BEHIND THE SCENES Swag and UNDER THE LIGHTS Magnet
Megan Whitmer-BETWEEN (ebook)
Tracy Bilen-WATCH YOUR BACK Swag
Cheryl Ann Smith-LEADING HER WITNESS Swag and Author Tote
Kelley Lynn- Query Critique and One Chapter Critique
Colette Ballard-RUNNING ON EMPTY(signed copy) and Swag, and TEMPORARY HIGH ​Swag
Trisha Wooldridge-SILENT STARSONG(copy) and Swag
Lisa Amowitz- VISION Swag

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Happy Labor Day!

For the US, today is a holiday for all us laborers. 😉

See y’all on Wednesday when I discuss platform when writing in different genres.

Remember, Mondays are reserved for Mental Health Monday posts, so if you have a character that needs to be shrink-wrapped, don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll host your question here!

I’m still posting my #MentalHealthMondayWritingTips on Twitter. I’m @DiamondLB if you want to follow (link is on the side bar).

Seasonal Affective Lazy Libra Burnout Syndrome

I haz it.

What is it?

Seasonal affective disorder generally starts in fall when the season changes and daylight decreases. It’s characterized by decreased energy, fatigue, depressed mood, and a certain tendency to want to hibernate.

Lazy Libra is a term used to describe a Libra who is between bouts of activity. Yes, this curse is a real thing. Libra’s either engage in a flurry of activity, or…well, they do absolutely nothing.

Burnout happens when stress takes over one’s life and efforts to de-stress are non-existent or not enough.

I’m pretty much the epitome of all three. Yay.

Anyway, in an effort to recharge, I’m gonna take the rest of the year off from blogging. Don’t worry, it’s only like ten days, LOL! I’ll be back January 3rd to kick off another round of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog.

Don’t forget to check out Sarah’s answer regarding her experience with “writing education.”

Happy Christmas and New Year, y’all!

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Mental Health Monday is on Holiday!

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Hi all! I hope you’re having a great (maybe somber, depending on what this holiday means to you???) Memorial Day. Let’s take a moment and remember why we’re celebrating this holiday–because of the men and women who gave their lives for freedom and to protect our nation.

What’s the best way to remember someone?

Why, host a barbeque, of course! 😉

Anyway, I think it’s important to honor serious things and also to relax when the time is right. So, dear friends, what’s your favorite way to relax on a holiday such as this one?

  • I enjoy spending time with my fam.
  • I also enjoy sleeping in.
  • AND, when it’s nice out, I enjoy sitting on my porch, reading or watching the world go by.
  • More seriously, I remember my Grandpa, who was in the Navy during WWII. Luckily, he survived the war, but was taken from the family when I was 10 because of lung cancer. I still miss him.

Anyway, that was a bit of ramble. Next week, I’ll return to the regularly scheduled Mental Health Monday posts.

As always, these posts are meant for writing purposes only and are NOT to be construed as medical treatment or advice. Be sure to check Lydia’s Medical Monday post and Sarah’s psych related post.

Flake-out Friday–You’ve Only Got a Week Left!

Christmas is fast upon us. (I don’t mean to ignore the other holidays happening this time of year, but since I celebrate Christmas, it’s the one that is first and foremost on my mind.)

I am not a shopper. AND I prefer to remember the holiday for what it means. In the religious sense, if ya know what I mean. But the pressure of commercialism remains.

So, in order to lighten the mood and spoof on those who take holiday shopping too seriously, here is my flake-out clip for the week:

Happy Fourth!

Okay, so the holiday was actually yesterday, but since I only get six holidays a year, I’m taking full advantage!

So, fellow Americans, what’s your favorite activity for celebrating Independence Day? I like spending the day with the family. We generally have a picnic with burgers, hot dogs, and pasta salads. Yum!

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First Snow

We had our first snowfall the other day. Fat flakes plopped down, stuck to tree branches, and covered the ground in ultra white. Beautiful!

When I was a kid, a blanket of snow by early November was a given. It helped to set the mood; it prepared the mind and spirit for the upcoming holidays. Over the past few years, luck played a major part in determining whether or not any frozen precipitation fell by Christmas. I must say its absence has contributed to my lack of awareness of the season. For the past three years in particular, balmy temperatures, lack of snow, and the frenzied pace of residency blocked me from remembering how special this time of year is. Not to mention the fact that I’m a “late shopper” and I hate crowds. Trust me, it doesn’t add any appeal to the holiday season. Yes, I’m disillusioned with commercialism in general.

So, I’m taking the time out to stop hovering about my busy schedule. It’s important to remember why I put up a Christmas tree, why I buy presents for my family/friends, why I go to church on Christmas Eve. It’s not about objects, gifts, new gadgets, and white-knuckling it through yet another wonky holiday dinner with…well, I won’t get into the details here, but suffice it to say I look forward to January 1 for somewhat different reasons than many.

In church yesterday, Pastor spoke of bringing light to the world. He explained how people in the Middle Ages would put a burning candle in their window to symbolize their Christian roots and declare they were a light in the darkness. There isn’t the time or the space to recreate his entire sermon, but he implored us to figure out ways to let our own light shine. It was inspiring and I am encouraged to share my blessings even more.

Here’s a problem. I work in a field where disclosing personal information can get sticky. In psychiatry, the psychiatrist is supposed to be a “blank slate.” I’ve spoken of this before in an earlier post, but it allows the patient to focus more on themselves, which is the reason they’re there in the first place. If someone came to my office for help and all I did was talk about myself, well, that wouldn’t be very helpful. (Okay, dead horse sufficiently beaten.) Now, I spend 50-60 hours a week at work (sometimes more, sometimes less). It’s a great opportunity to shine my light. So, how do I do it? I have a few ideas and have implemented some (small gifts, donation, engaging in random acts of kindness), but I’m left wondering: Can I do more?

The resounding answer is: Yes. I’m just no sure how to do it.

Thoughts? Ideas?

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How To Tell The Real Santa From The Fake

My little cousin–age 7–knows how to tell the real Santa Claus from the fake.

We were all sitting in my aunt and uncle’s living room, stuffed to the gills on turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, biscuits, corn, and cranberry sauce, reviewing the flyers for the upcoming Black Friday sales. I came across one sale paper with a picture of Santa Claus showcased front and center on the first page and showed it to my cousin.

I asked, “Hey. Is this the real Santa?”

She looked at the picture, then back at me. “No.” She said it with such certainty and confidence that I couldn’t resist.

“How can you tell?”

She pursed her lips. “His beard isn’t white.” With a roll of the eyes, she turned back to her Nintendo DS.

There you have it, folks. His beard wasn’t white.

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