Friendsgiving Harvest: Grateful, Joyful, Thankful (Gracious Giveaway Hop)

Gracious-Giveaway-Hop

**You can read my full disclosure here.

Welcome back to the second part of our “Friendsgiving Harvest”! I am so excited you decided to join me again because today I have a special treat!

That’s right!

Who wants to win some prizes??

If The Glasses Fit has teamed up with Dede @ Savings in Seconds and many more amazing blogs for the Gracious Giveaway Hop. Sooo many amazing prizes are being given away during this giveaway hop, including tickets to Cirque Dreams Holidaze by Says Me Says Mom and an Incredibles 2 DVD Giveaway hosted by NannytoMommy.

If The Glasses Fit is giving away a $10 Starbucks E-card and a $5 Barnes and Nobles E-card just in time for a little after Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving relaxing!

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So scroll on down, click on Entry-Form to enter my giveaway (starts at 8pm CST November 12 and ends 11:59 pm CST November 17) and don’t forget to HOP on over to enter all the other amazing giveaways!

Disclaimer: Host and participating bloggers are not responsible for prizes that sponsors don’t deliver.

 

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At The Mouth Of The River Of Bees by Kij Johnson (Review)

“At the Mouth of The River of Bees”, by Kij Johnson is a group of eclectic and imaginative science fiction short stories that feature not only humans but also animals including cats, bees, wolves, dogs. If reading the unimaginable and quirky is your style, then “At the Mouth of The River of Bees” is a book that must read.

Johnson is an established fantasy and science fiction writer, who has worked in publishing: managing editor for Tor Books and Wizards of the Coast/TSR, collections editor for Dark Horse Comics, project manager working on the Microsoft Reader, and managing editor of Real Networks. She is also the Associate Director for the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, and serves as a final judge for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Johnson has won awards including Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short story of 1994 for her novelette in Asimov’s, “Fox Magic”, the International Association for the Fantastic in the Art’s Crawford Award for best new fantasy novelist of the year. As well has been nominated and been placed on the final ballot for the 2007 Nebula and in 2010 won the Nebula for Spar, and the 2011 Nebula for Ponies. In 2012, she won both the Nebula and Hugo for “The Man Who Bridged The Mist”.

In 2009, Johnson also won the World Fantasy for “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, which starts out the collection of short stories in “At the Mouth of The River of Bees” stories.

“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, is a whimsical, magical realism and emotional story based on a traveling monkey show. I found myself laughing through the story, as well as shedding tears along the way. Great touching lines, “They like visiting wherever it is, sure. But this is their home. Everyone likes to come home sooner or later.” Johnson told this story in a clever way by using vignettes. It was quite disturbing though how much I could relate my life to this story.

I must say that I found “The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles”, to be a simple yet uplifting story of adventure and finding your own stories in life. After chasing the stories that she had been told, Small Cat, set out of her own journey to find the home where The Cat of the North had lived. Never finding the exact place, what Small Cat realized was that she made her own stories along this journey and at the end found not only a home and a life, but someone to share her stories with.

It is hard to pick a favorite story from this collection, but I must say that “At the Mouth of The River of Bees”, is hands down my favorite. All I am going to say on this story is have your tissues ready for a sob fest. Johnson uses great imagery in story, as well as, great metaphors and analogies, such as, “a dark mist like the shifting of a flock of flying starlings, like a pillar of gnats over a highway in hot August dusk, like a million-tiny fish changing direction. South to north, the river runs like cooling lava, like warm molasses. It might be 8 feet deep, though in places is much less, in others much more. It changes as she watches … “.

The clear theme throughout each story is loss. Loss of home, loss of friends, loss of life, but there is a clear picture of hope to compensate the loss. Whether you are a fan of fantasy fiction with a little magical realism thrown in, without reservation I must tell you, read this book. But remember that if you are like me, you might get emotional over a character or a story, so be ready for the waterworks.

A Bramble House Christmas (Book and Movie Event)

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One of my favorite parts of the holidays is Christmas Books and Hallmark Christmas Movies.

Yes, I said it. I’m that person. Completely!

There is nothing that gets me in the Christmas Spirit more than snuggling on the couch, in front of the fireplace, drinking a cup of hot cocoa while watching a heartfelt Christmas movie, with the lights twinkling on the tree. So that is why I was so excited to learn that CJ Carmichael’s book,  A Bramble House Christmas, is now a Hallmark movie that will air November 19th at 8pm (cst).

*Watch a clip here.

If you haven’t read the book yet, I suggest doing so right away!!!

Summary:

Finn Knightly a.k.a. Finn Conrad wants to know why his recently deceased father left his nurse fifty thousand dollars after knowing her a mere six weeks. So he travels to Bramble House B&B in Marietta, Montana to find answers.

But Willa Fairchild is not the conniving woman he expects to find. Before he knows it, Willa-and her six-year-old son Scout-are stealing his heart. And that’s before he finds out Scout’s secret and the real reason this Christmas is so important.

You can read an amazing excerpt here.

But not only is this a movie event, but CJ Carmichael has turned it into an interaction Movie Event with recipes and a fun quiz!

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And then to top this sweet event with a cherry, I won a Bramble House Viewing Party Pack from Tule Publishing!!  Yay, I am so excited!!

So I hope all my readers will join me in watching A Bramble House Christmas, as we eat Bramble House Popcorn, drink adult hot cocoa and snuggle under a fuzzy blanket, hopefully watching the snow fall outside!

But not only that, I will be hosting an online, interaction viewing party through my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Accounts! Yes, that’s right! We will be reviewing scenes from the movie, sharing pics of where we are watching and playing a few games, along with prizes.

So mark your calendars now!! You don’t want to miss out!!

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Book Reviewers Needed

Well, I officially bit the bullet and self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing.

Now comes the hard part, getting book lovers to read your story. That is where I need your help. I am looking for open-minded readers to review my book and help me promote. 

If you are interested in reading my story, please use the contact form or leave me a comment below. 

Book Info:

1800 word short story

Creative Non-Fiction

Does include sexual content 

Book Summary:

One wife and mothers’ engaging sexual drama of how tangled our lives can become in the web of social media relationships when we allow ourselves to become weaved looking for love, self-assurance and affection.  How one innocent message can lead our lives down a path of self-destruction.