Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday Feature and Goals for 2015

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!  Whether you are a writer, author, blogger or dedicated reader, I am sending positive vibes your way and hoping this year gives you everything you ask for and more.  From reading around the blogosphere, I have realized many of us have set up some amazing new goals.  Some of my goals for 2015 are as follows:

  1. Read more books
  2. Send my 2nd picture book off for publication
  3. Finish the edits for my WIP and look for representation
  4. Finalize a pitch I have been working on for a big time film company (Hey, we can all dream, eh?)
  5. Not allow the day job to get in the way of my personal space (I'm such a pushover)
  6. Give more reviews to my fellow authors
  7. Spend as much quality time with the dear and Luna (my rescue kitty) without having my writing goals suffer
  8. Be the best friend, lover, daughter, sister and auntie I possibly can be=)




Monday's Feature


Today, I am featuring 25 Roses by Stephanie Faris.  I will be spreading word about this book because I read one of her other YA novels, 30 Days of No Gossip, and absolutely loved it!  25 Roses is available January 6th but you can pre-order it today!




25 Roses

Stephanie Faris



Blurb:

Mia moves from the shadows to the spotlight when her matchmaking plans go awry in this contemporary M!X novel from the author of 30 Days of No Gossip.

Mia is used to feeling overlooked: her perfect older sister gets all the attention at home, and the popular clique at school are basically experts at ignoring her. So when it’s time for the annual Student Council chocolate rose sale, Mia is prepared to feel even worse. Because even though anyone can buy and send roses to their crushes and friends, the same (popular) people always end up with roses while everyone else gets left out.


Except a twist of fate puts Mia in charge of selling the roses this year—and that means things are going to change. With a little creativity, Mia makes sure the kids who usually leave empty-handed suddenly find themselves the object of someone’s affection. But her scheme starts to unravel when she realizes that being a secret matchmaker isn’t easy—and neither is being in the spotlight. 

Stephanie Faris:




Bio:

Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.


Stephanie is the author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, both with Aladdin M!x. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive. 

Links:

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I am leaving for Costa Rica in six days!!!  I can't tell you how excited I am because the dear and I have been looking forward to this trip for YEARS.  We have traveled quite a bit together but this is the first time we found an impeccable deal for this gem.  We will be white water rafting, zip-lining through rain forests, visiting volcanoes and stumbling on whichever dive restaurants the locals steer us toward.   

This is where we will be staying.. I am syked!


I will be back toward the end of January after I have wrapped up vacation time, some writing and two school visits for my children's book.  See you all then!






55 comments:

  1. Thank you for featuring me and for your nice words about 30 Days of No Gossip. That made me smile!

    OMG to Costa Rica. That's AWESOME!!!

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  2. My pleasure, Stephanie! I'm happy to spread the word=)
    We can't wait to leave on Saturday!
    Good luck with your tour and I wish you the BEST with 25 Roses!

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  3. Excellent goals. And have tons of fun in Costa Rica! What a great way to start off the new year. :)

    Congrats to Stephanie!

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    1. It certainly is! We will be counting down the weekdays until we leave for the airport=)
      Congrats to Stephanie!

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  4. I'm with you on reading more books. And a lot of other goals, too. Travel more is right up there with everything else for me. Enjoy your trip. Bring pictures.

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    1. I love taking pictures so I am hoping to capture some really amazing things while in Costa Rica. Will be sharing when I get back and looking forward to hosting you as well=)

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  5. have the best time in Costa Rica, Gina! so jealous!! and how amazing does Stephanie's book sound?! I love your goals and I'm so with you on #7! (the kitty part since I don't have a bf!) Luna is such a precious name <3

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    1. I love the name "Luna." Not only is it one of my favorite character's names in Harry Potter but it also means "moon" in Spanish=)
      I can't wait to leave for Costa Rica and sending huge congrats to Stephanie!! Yay

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    2. Thank you, Beth Ellyn! I'm with you on being jealous of her Costa Rica trip!

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  6. Your goals for this year are perfect, Gina! None of them are unrealistic or will put too much pressure on you because you didn't say how many books you want to read or "get representation." Read more books and look for representation is how to do it! Have fun on your vaca!

    Congratulations, Stephanie!

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    1. Lol, this is why I didn't put a number on anything Chrys! I would rather know I am pushing myself but not overdoing it=)

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  7. Have an awesome time in Costa Rica!! Sounds like an amazing vacation :) And I think your goals for 2015 are wonderful!

    Best wishes to Stephanie, too--her book looks great!

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    1. Yay! I can't wait! I hope I can accomplish at least 90 percent of them=)
      Stephanie's book looks lovely! I know teens will love it.

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  8. Great goals, Gina! And yay for Stephanie. I really loved this book. Have a great time in Costa Rica!

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    1. I will have to grab a copy for my niece. She loved Stephanie's first book=)

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  9. Have a great time in Costa Rica! I've heard nothing but great things about it.

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  10. Congrats to Stephanie! Have a happy new year!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly!
      I'm am really looking forward to Stephanie's book!

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  11. I read an advanced copy of 25 Roses and it is great! Fans won't be disappointed.
    PS: Have fun in Costa Rica!

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    1. Wonderful, Valerie! I would expect nothing less from Stephanie=)
      Thank you!!

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  12. Congrats, Stephanie! I hosted her on my blog today. Her book looks fantastic. I also want to read more books this year. I hope I can manage my time well enough to do that. So excited for you about Costa Rica. Have enough fun for me:)

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    1. I want to read more books this year, too, but I probably won't. I judged a contest last July where I had to read 35 books in a month--that's not happening again!

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  13. Congrats, Steph. See you tomorrow.

    Costa Rica? How exciting, Gina.

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    1. I'm heading over to your blog now, Sandra=)
      Yes, we are ecstatic! I'd say only 30 percent of my mind is at the day job this week. The rest is with the monkeys, volcanoes, rainforests and sea!!

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  14. I stopped being a pushover at work years ago, and I can tell you my reading and writing time quadrupled.

    These are wonderful goals. My friend keeps asking me to travel with her to Costa Rica. I might take her up on her offer. Enjoy.

    Stephanie's book popped up in my Kindle this morning.

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    1. I'm heading over to Amazon to order Stephanie's book. Looking forward it reading it because I loved 30 Days of No Gossip.
      You should totally take your friend up on her offer. I have a couple of best buds who grew up in Costa Rica but moved here to make some money. They always travel back each year and plan on retiring there permanently. I hear so many incredible things from each person I talk to=)

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    2. I love those Kindle surprises. Thank you guys! :-)

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  15. Happy New Year Gina to you and yours. And its great to meet Stephanie. best wishes to her and 25 Roses.

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    1. Happy New Year Stephen and best wishes to you too.
      Welcome to my blog!

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  16. Gina, Read more books...what a perfect resolution.
    I'm gonna miss ya while you're gonna, but it sounds like you're going to have all kinds of fun.

    Way to go, Stephanie.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. Yes, we'll miss her, for sure!

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  17. I will miss you, too, sweet Sandra.
    Yes, read more books! Including another of yours:)

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  18. Your vacation sounds fabulous! I can't wait to read all about it when you return :-)
    You can't miss with your thoughtful list of goals. Especially since a few embrace the endearing qualities that you naturally possess! I wish you all the success in the world but you already are :-) Read away and write on!

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  19. Wahoo on the vacation! I'm excited for you and what a wonderful set of goals for the new year. I think setting that many might overwhelm me at this point, but I'll be a cheerleader on the sidelines for you. =)

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  20. Congratulations, Stephanie!!! And Gina, I love your goals. They sound fun and loving and full of success! Have the most amazing time in Costa Rica. We went a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. You will LOVE it. It's so beautiful!!!

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    1. Awesome, Liz! I think we will fall in love with Costa Rica as well. I've heard so many great things!

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  21. Congrats to Stephanie! Her book looks delightful! I'm wishing her much success.

    You have great goals, Gina - so thoughtful, mature, and well-balanced. I hope you succeed in every single one! The pic of the hotel is gorgeous! I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time. Bring us back lots of pis so we can vicariously enjoy looking at the beach while shivering under our blankets! lol

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    1. I'm shivering as we speak, Lexa! It is about 6 degrees here so you can imagine how excited I am to greet the 90 degree weather in less than 48 hours!!

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  22. Those are some amazing goals!! What a year 2015 will be for you. I should write them out as you have and post them on my wall, checking them off as I meet each one. I'm so excited for your upcoming trip to Costa Rica and can't wait to see the pics! LOL We're all really for a vacation after the holidays. ;)

    Congrats to Stephanie! So much love and positive vibes being sent your way!

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    1. Thank you, Anna! I will be back and posting lots of pictures, I'm sure=)
      Yay for Stephanie!

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  23. Wonderful goals! Have a great trip!

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  24. Your goals sounds great, Gina! Submitting to a movie producer? Sweet!! Keep us posted on that so we can live vicariously through you. 25 Roses sounds like such a sweet book. I heard about it on Chrys Fey's blog. Happy New Year, Gina. 2015, here we come!

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  25. Your goals are excellent, Gina! (And every dream counts.) Have fun in Costa Rica and with all the adventuring! Good to see Stephanie's book release featured here as well. That's such a fun cover. :)

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