I just had my daughter do this! It’s easy and fun. A pretty cool way to make someone’s holiday brighter! Check it out :)

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Holiday Mail for Heroes is a partnership between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes to deliver one million holiday cards to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Please send cards to this address, following the guidelines listed below:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

You can also:

Please follow these simple guidelines when sending your card to ensure it will quickly reach service members, veterans and their families.

  • All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Cards sent after this date will be returned to sender.
  • If sending more than one card, please mail all cards together in one large shipping envelope. Cards sent in this manner do not need individual envelopes or postage.
  • Please ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Please use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.”
  • Please do not include personal information, like email or home addresses.
  • Please do not send letters.
  • Please do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, glitter, confetti, gift cards or calling cards. Any items inserted into cards will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • All cards received may be used in program publicity efforts, including appearing in broadcast, print or online mediums.

More information available at http://www.redcross.org/email/saf/

In follow up to my Aphrodisia blog post, on whether I would or would not do the early morning shopping, here’s the result…

I got up at the butt crack of dawn–or wait, that’d be before the butt crack of dawn–and went shopping this morning! I’d almost decided to skip it. Because there was nothing I really needed….until I saw it. An advertisement for the Leapster with a video game, selling for $35. Marked down from $70. And. It was the pink one. I’ve been jonesing to give this to my kid for Christmas for awhile now (fine motor skills, hand eye coordination!)  And I just couldn’t beat the price.

So, I set my alarm for 4:30, left the house ten minutes later and picked up my friend. The store opened at 5. Amazingly enough the store wasn’t that packed (no big television deals like elsewhere!), so we were only about 10th in line. By the time the door opened it had grown quite a bit. So when they opened the doors, even though we were one of the first in…I ran. Because I needed the exercise and the adrenaline rush. To make me feel like I was really working for it. But we saw an old friend from high school in line and got the chance to talk with her and catch up on life. And now we’re Facebook friends! Yay!

Okay, so of course I had to document my shopping expo with a couple pics and here they are…

Mission not-so-impossible

Success!

Stephanie Julian is guest blogging at Naughty and Spice. Come on by!

I’m at the Aphrodisia blog talking about Black Friday. Are you in?

http://www.aphrodisiaauthors.com/blog/

Lauren Dane and Jaci Burton have teamed up in this fantastic holiday book from Samhain! Put this on your list ;)

To Do List by Lauren Dane: Since she could pick up a pencil, Belle Taylor has used lists and charts to map out her life. When she achieves a goal, she marks it off her to do list. Simple. But now, just steps away from her corner-office, name-on-the-letterhead goal, she realizes that the life she thought she wanted may come at too high a price.

Exhausted, she retreats home for Christmas vacation to rethink her life, complete with all-new lists. What she hadn’t expected is Rafe Bettencourt, her brother’s best friend, the man who she thought only saw her as a pesky younger sister. But when he kisses her under the mistletoe, Belle finds herself with a whole new set of goals to balance with what she thought she always wanted.

Rafe knows Belle is trying to figure out what to do with her life. He also knows he’s done loving her from afar, and he’s not beneath making it as hard as possible for her to choose to return to San Francisco.

Because Rafe can make to-do lists too—and his plan is to seduce Belle back home where she belongs. At his side. And in his bed.

UNWRAPPED by Jaci Burton: Amy’s kind of fantasies wouldn’t cut it in the straight-laced law firm where she’s fought her way to partnership. And she refuses to let a younger man use her to advance in the firm. Justin might be brilliant, gorgeous and sexy, but he’s firmly implanted in the look-but-don’t-touch realm. Until a corporate acquisition in Hawaii over Christmas gives Justin the opportunity to show Amy he’s interested in her as a woman. And he has the ideal plan to help unwrap the perfect Christmas gift for Amy.

Buy it at Amazon.

And then Cynthia Eden’s second book in her awesome Midnight trilogy, MIDNIGHT SINS, has just released!

Cara Maloan doesn’t look like a monster. In fact, the gorgeous blond nightclub singer possesses heavenly attributes that make Atlanta detective Todd Brooks sure there’s a higher power somewhere. But a twisted killer is leaving a trail of bodies in seedy hotel rooms across town. The male victims show no wounds–it’s as if the life was simply drained from them. And right now, mysterious Cara is Todd’s only suspect.

Cara knows it’s foolish to be so drawn to a man who thinks she’s a murderer. She also knows Detective Brooks would find the truth even harder to swallow. Cara is one of the Other, a race of powerful, paranormal creatures who live among humans. Cara’s particular abilities make men putty in her hands–all except this rugged, sexy-as-hell detective. But now someone, or something, has singled Cara out for serious payback…

As uneasy trust gives way to mind-blowing desire, Cara and Todd will go head-to-head with a killer whose mission is deeply personal, and who’s determined to serve up revenge that’s hotter than hellfire, and just as deadly…

But it at Amazon.


Today is the day! Dangerous Grounds is officially out in print! Although Amie Stuart just mentioned she saw my book at a Barnes and Noble store a couple of weeks ago! (Squee!) You can pick it up online or maybe in the store. Here are some links! Borders, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, My Bookstore and More!

Also, I’m announcing the winner of my newsletter contest. Congrats to: tatertot374@sbcglobal.net  Please email me for your prize! Anyone can sign up for my newsletter, I hold contests and give away books often!

Something’s hot in Seattle, and it’s not just the espresso.

And my friend and fellow author Jackie Barbosa made me a fabulous book video to give you a glimpse at the story! Check it out (please, she spent a lot of time! And I helped, searching for pics! But that’s the fun part!;)

What do I hate in a romance novel? Come to Naughty and Spice to find out!

http://www.naughty-and-spice.com/

First, I have to say the sad news. Pushing Daisies, my favorite and only television show I watch has been canceled. *Sobbing* What are these people thinking? It was fresh, original, so fun…sigh. What can you do. Back to nothing but the news and other random shows for me.

Onto the good news. I got my first New York cover! Amie Stuart IM’d me this morning to tell me my cover was out. I asked what cover. And she seemed to think I was a bit daft. But truly, I didn’t think it would be ready until March. But it was! Squee! It was in the Kensington catalog. The quotes I gathered will be added later (I asked!).

So here it is, and the announcement for my upcoming Kensington Aphrodisia book Take Me. I’m THRILLED!! (Click on both to make bigger!)

Come by Naughty and Spice where Cynthia Eden is guest blogging about the darker sides of a character. Comment for a chance to win a copy of her book!

http://www.naughty-and-spice.com/

Kicking ass at NaNo seems to kick the rest of my life to the curb. Seriously. I hit 40k tonight on NaNo, but what is suffering because of it? Ooooh EVERYTHING! I’m behind on emails. Cleaning. Phone calls. Researching editor/agent emails for conference. And God knows what else! I guess that’s somewhat the point of doing NaNo though. When you excel dramatically in one area, another area is going to tank. Or maybe that’s just me? Anyway, thought I’d put that out there. It’ll be December in no time and life will be normal again! Riiiight.

On a random note. I’m in love with Etsy. It’s an online market of crafts and such. I’m digging the jewelry section. I *heart* it. Seriously, check it out and support someone’s hobby/craft/career.

On another random note, I wanted to share a love song I adore. Seriously I love it. It was sung at the wedding of one of my best friends. (I have to say I was peeved I didn’t get to sing it! But I was Maid of Honor and the timing was wrong;)  This song Come What May is from Moulin Rouge. It’s romantic and sweet. I was a bit surprised that Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor can sing so well! I can also confess to thinking Ewan is a bit of a hottie.