Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dear Diary: Leap Day Giveaways and Other Musings

Happy Leap Day everyone! Since this day only comes around every four years, we have to take the time to celebrate in high style. My most faithful readers know there's a connection to Leap Day in Everyone Loves a Hero. In honor of Cole and Olivia and the leap they take together, I'll be giving away TWO copies of Everyone Loves a Hero here on the blog. To be entered to win, tell me about a time you took a leap of faith and how it changed your life. YOU MUST include your email address to be entered into the drawing and ONLY entries posted to the comments section of this post will be considered. The contest ends at 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 1, and winners will be posted tomorrow night. Leap away!

I'm also offering a giveaway copy of Maid for Love today on my friend Pamela Clare's blog where we are celebrating Pamela's "12th" birthday. She is a very accomplished 12-year-old, and if you haven't read her I-Team books, you are sooooo missing out. I'm very much looking forward to diving into her historicals once I finish the final book that I'm judging for the RITAs (the romance writing equivalent of the Oscar). I got a great batch of books this year that really held my attention, but I'm looking forward to digging back into my TBR pile! At Pamela's blog, some of my other writing friends are offering giveaways as well: Julie James, Bella Andre, Joyce Lamb and Joan Swan. Come comment about your favorite birthday memory to be entered into the drawings for seven different books!

In other news, this week I set a goal of getting the new Fatal Book, Fatal Attack, to 25,000 words by Friday. This morning, I hit 20,000, so it's looking good for making the goal for the week. Perhaps I will even exceed it. I made it back to the gym this morning after being off with the kids last week. I always love being there, but I hate getting myself there. It's a mental hurdle I'm working to get past as I keep the gym front and center on the schedule. Another interesting thing I noticed yesterday is that when I was working two full-time jobs, I took a heartburn pill almost every day. I can't remember the last time I took one. Interesting what stress does to a body!

My other big news is that my daughter is now a licensed driver. I've had many people tell me you haven't really experienced parenthood at its finest until you kids start driving. I'm happy for her that she passed the first time around and that she will have some increased independence, but I am also worried, too. People drive like maniacs around here. I'm not worried about her. I'm worried about them. So, to all the crazy drivers who live near me, keep away from my kid please. She's a very good kid, and I want her to be safe always. Sigh...

Today I'll be Skyping into my reader friend Karen Lawson's book club to talk about Marking Time. We did Treading Water last month and had a great time, so today we're doing book 2. I'm always happy to join the book club chats and with Skype I can be there "in person." If you'd like me to join your book club meeting, send me an email to get on the schedule.

Lastly, who did you like among the guys last night on American Idol? I liked Phillip Phillips the best. How about you? And what did you think of the Parenthood finale? I love that show SO much it's not even funny! One thing I have to say is WHOA, DREW! Who knew you had that in you, my shy friend? Did you watch? What did you think? Can't believe we have to wait six months for more of the Bravermans.

16 comments:

Karen L said...

My biggest "Leap of Faith" is probably like everyone else's - deciding who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. When I met Bob the first thing I thought was, nice guy who will be fun to date when I visit home. In fact, I told some Cincinnati friends that he would be fun, but I would never marry him when I returned back from visiting home. After many weeks of burning the phone lines when long distance wasn't free, we developed a lasting love for one another. I have never regretted making the best decision of my life - taking that leap to make Bob my husband.

And, I got him to move to Cincinnati to me, then after 3 years there, we moved back home and had our family.

Karen Lawson
klawson5@roadrunner.com

Cindy W said...

I took a leap of faith and worked for my uncle. Let's just say it did not turn out well...

Love your books Ms Force!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin.cindy.w (at) gmail.com

Scrapbook Sensations said...

I took a leap of faith when after a divorce I took a job offer in another city that I had only visted once. Ended up meeting my dh of 17 years and raising 4 wonderful children

Anonymous said...

My "Leap of Faith" began with my mom urging me to join a traveling singing church group and she added that there was a cute guitar player. My first response to my mom was "no thank you" but, she has her persuasive ways and I went. I took one look at the guitar player and wanted him to play me. It was after midnight mass he kissed me and wished me a Merry Christmas then another for each holiday coming up. Well, that was 32 years ago and I believe the heavens were smiling down on me that day I went to church. Thank you, Mrs.Force Jackie Wheelock jseeuu@wi.rr.com

Na said...

I took a leap of faith when I ended up taking a year off from school before begining university. I had graduated high school and everyone I knew seemed to know what they wanted from life. Up to that point it was always school for me and I wanted that year to discover things about myself and spend time with my love ones. It was refreshing and I went into the school year with more confidence, rest and motivation.

Now, I wonder if I'll need to take a leap of faith when it comes to love.

:)
Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marie Force said...

Great comments everyone! Enjoyed reading your stories! :-)

Mary G said...

Lots of good news Marie! Everyone Loves a Hero is one of my fave books. I remember I had to tell you that the minute I finished it. I'm not entering the contest but I'll tell you that hubby proposed to me 3 weeks after we met & after 28 years I've never regretted saying yes.

If you don't win this book buy it. It's such a feel good book.

Amy said...

I met him on a Monday in June. I was nineteen. He was twenty-seven. He stood out like a neon sign amongst the ladies in the room, waiting for Neuroanatomy of Speech and Language to begin. I took my seat, but could take my eyes off of the long-legged, pink-shoed, bleached-hair, visibly-pierced newcomer to the group.


We met for lunch on that Wednesday and talked a bit about ourselves. The first topic was “People are Stupid”. The second was “The New Radiohead Album is Unbelivably Good”. The Third was “I just found out that I have MS”. He was relieved that I had a clue what MS was, but we didn’t have a clue what the future would hold for his health.

We met for dinner on Friday. We stayed up half the night laughing and eating and listening to music. He drove me home in his black ’64 ½ Mustang late that night. I spent my Saturday in bed. I could not get up. I bawled for him, grieved that I knew that I loved him and that he was mine, but that this was going to be an awfully scary leap of faith that I was compelled to make. At nineteen, I knew that my love for him had to be bigger and stronger than my fear of what may happen to him.

Sixteen years later, I still sometimes cry. He walks with a cane. Using his hands is difficult. He is easily fatigued and has fallen more places than I can count. But he’s my best friend and the love of my life. He taught me about courage and bravery and toughness and trust. His passion and relentless determination makes me grateful that he made me take the leap with him.

Amy
alineaweaver@centurylink.net

Sina Buckner said...

My leaf of faith was when my future husband & I were working at the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. At the end of the season, He asked me to share a bus ride home to Seattle, Wa. and I lived in Oregon. We saw one another through the summer but didn't know one another well.When we got home, letters from him arrived and we corresponded and every other weekend we were either up in Seattle or Portland,A few weeks later, he Suprised me with an engagement ring and we've been married for over a quater centery now:)

A Tasty Read said...

Oh my biggest leap of faith probably was moving away from both of our families and taking a chance last year moving from NY to Wilmington, NC....It has been an interesting year and it sure has brought me and my husband closer.

Great giveaway!!

Lisa
lisapos@live.com

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MamaMasseyWVU said...

I took a Leap Of Faith when I met a guy over the internet in person.... we have no been together 10 years, married for almost 6 and have a 4 year old son!

and my mom was so worried that I was meeting a stranger I met on the computer! LOL

I forgot my email address and then deleted the wrong post. Sorry everyone!

Brenda
bmassey9@gmail.com

Carolyn said...

Marie what a fabulous giveaway, and one of my favorite books of yours(really). But I hope someone who hasn't read this book will win. I would rather have a hang out day with you (okay dreaming here, don't wake me up). Picture it now, sitting and getting pedi's and you could tell me how you make these stories so real, and make us get sucked into the characters, like we know them, and what to read more about them. I would tell you about my stories, but I can't write for beans. But we would laugh about other things, too. Because I can be pretty funny. Okay corny post over, write on! Macbeth423@aol.com

Kim Eckenrode said...

Hi Marie,

My biggest Leap of Faith had to be when my gut told me I needed to change where my career was going - I just couldn't invision myself a gray haired computer programmer - I was at a HR type class for work and we were in small groups - I mentioned my dream to teach - and this man about 10years older than I - looked at me and said you know you shouldn't have regrets you should try. I thought about it - and then realized he was right - I was young - if it was wrong I could just change again. I then researched and was accepted to grad school. Today I am a college professor - I am happier than I have ever been in my career.

Quilt Lady said...

Drew really suprised me, I was shocked myself. I kind of hate to see the show end for the season. Not sure about Idol yet. Haven't really made up my mind yet.