Monday, July 9, 2012

CHRISTMAS and FISHING IN JULY

MuseItUp Publishing is hosting a Christmas in July Hunt from July 9 - 23, 2012.

For details, check out their webpage at

Find one hidden Christmas Tree or find them all, then receive your gift:
Package One: a $25.00 gift certiciate to MuseItUp Publishing's bookstore
Package Two: 10 EBOOKS 
Dead Witness is one of the participating ebooks.


Winners will be announced at the end of July.


Other news: 

As you know, my suspense thriller BROKEN BUT NOT DEAD won the IPPY Silver Medal for Canada West - Best Regional Fiction. I'm happy to announce that my eBook, DEAD WITNESS is a finalist in the 2012 Global eBook Awards, under the Suspense Fiction category. 

July 12th and 13th, I'm helping children's author, Carole Anne Carr, promote her new age 8+ mystery, FIRST WOLF. Hope you can stop by. 

You may have noticed my little Mickey Mouse promotional cartoon on the left? Truth is I love my followers and seeing their numbers grow gives me much happiness. Course, I can also hear my mother's voice in my head saying something like, "Modesty is a virtue, Joylene. The Mouse is tacky." I know, Mum, but ...." (head hanging low) "Go away, will ya." If you'd like a similar widget, just click on it while you can and you'll find a new page and numerous widgets to choose from. I can't promise how long mine will be here.


A big THANK YOU to Cher Green for the Fabulous Blog Ribbon Award, which I will feature next week. Speaking of awards, you may have noticed I've removed all my awards on the right? It wasn't an easy decision, I loved them, even though I could hear my mother whispering in my ear, "Joylene, remember it's not ladylike to--" However, several of my readers emailed to say that my blog took too long to download and they final stopped visiting for that reason. Yikes!

Lastly, I went fishing on the weekend with my DH and sons. I'd love to post pictures of all the happy burnt faces but I've been ordered NO INTERNET PHOTOS MUM!!! So, I'm left with a quick note to say it was a wonderful day for all involved, except maybe for the fish.

ps. My mother actually never said anything to me about bragging. She, herself, never boasted about her abilities. Come to think of it, she only ever bragged about her children and grandchildren. So, maybe it was my grandmother whispering in my ear?

Which reminds me, our little man Blake got his first haircut!


pic compliments of Skype

Definitely lastly, a prayer to all those experiencing the terrible heatwave and fires across Colorado. Smoke settling on Cluculz Lake alerts us all to just how bad those fires are. Our thoughts are with you. 








27 comments :

  1. What would your mother say about me bragging on you? *smile* I'm thrilled to see DW is a finalist. It deserves awards!

    HoHoHo and happy fishing.

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    1. LOL, thanks Santa, I mean Keith! Happy Week.

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  2. I'm not at all surprised, but am delighted to hear DW is a finalist! And congrats as well on the Fabulous Blog Ribbon award. Both are well deserved!

    As for displaying awards in the sidebar, I think your mother (or grandmother) is related to mine! LOL! Those whispers reinforce my own sense that mine have been up long enough. I don't know if they slow down the loading time of my site, or if all my larger posted photos are worse culprits -- nobody has mentioned it yet -- but they make me uncomfortable so I think they'll be coming down soon, too.

    Now I'm off to check out Christmas in July. At 31 degrees it's an appealling option.

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    1. I adore you, Carol. Just thought you should know.

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    2. You're pretty special, yourself. Hey, that makes us a Mutual Admiration Society. :)

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    3. Great idea! I even know some people we could send invitations to.

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  3. Thanks for the info on the contest. Sounds like fun! Congrats on the Ippy Award! I'm not surprised, either, that you're a finalist for the Global Award. :) For the record, I don't think you're bragging, I think you're sharing good and exciting news. Nothing wrong with that. Plus you encourage the rest of us writers in the process.

    Blake is adorable! But you knew that already...

    Have a great week,
    Karen

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  4. Congrats on your newest awards! How exciting that must be! I'll link over to MIU Pub and check out the contest. I took off all my blogger awards, too, mostly because it was cluttering up my page. Never thought about the loading issue. Duh! Aw, Blake is so cute! Enjoy him!! We've only just begun to warm up here in Seattle. A whole week of 70+ degree weather. YAY!!

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    1. Our weather is very hot for this area, plus we're enshrouded in smoke from Colorado because of the direction of the wind. You guys are missing it, which is good. Thinking about you and your puppy, Nancy. Best to you.

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  5. Hey Joylene!
    "Christmas in July", eh. With the weather we're having it feels like Christmas, temperature wise.
    I think that's awesome that you are being so interactive with the wonderful Carole and being so helpful.
    Huge congrats on your awards and on everything, actually. And great stuff that Blake has had a first haircut. Brings back memories of my first haircut.
    Oh and nice touch with good old Mickey. I notice you are catching up to me in 'followers'. This will never do. Must go do some 'drive-by' blogging. Follow some new blog and leave a comment such as. "Great post! Thanks for sharing!" That'll work :)
    Your starstruck fan, Gary

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    1. "Drive-by blogging" really? LOL. Gary, you are too dang cute! Join IWSG. Those people would love you.

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  6. Congrats on the silver and being a finalist. I loved both books. You deserve that award, so it is not considered bragging at all. Just the truth. Blake is a cutie. We have a godchild named Blake. Love that name. Enjoy!

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  7. Congratulations on the new nomination! That's fantastic, Joylene. :)

    I completely understand about the awards. I had to put mine on a separate page. One of these days, I'll stick them in one of those slideshow gadgets...

    P.S. Blake looks adorable with his haircut!

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    1. Darn, I never thought of a separate page. Darn, I'm not quick these days, Carrie. But that's okay. These bloggers know I was appreciative. At least I hope they do.

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  8. Blake is beautiful!! :) And those fires are heartbreaking, aren't they? :(

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    1. Indeed they are, Adriana. Thanks for visiting. Have a great week.

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  9. Thanks for the contest 411. I love the act of fishing - if only the last phase didn't involve fish. Ick.

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    1. I agree, Leslie. That's why I refuse to clean the fish. Uck! Have a great day!

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  10. CONGRATS on Dead Witness being a finalist.

    Who got to clean the fish?

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    1. Thanks, Susanne. My son cleaned the fish! And he didn't even catch one of them. Haha.

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  11. Congrats on the IPPY and being a finalist!

    Blake's adorable.

    My heart also goes out to the people suffering from heat waves and forest fires.

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  12. It’s good to read such interesting stuff on the Internet as I have been able to discover here. I agree with much of what is written here and I’ll be coming back to this website again. Thanks again for posting such great reading material!!

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  13. Congratulations, my friend, on the awards! VERY well deserved! And Blake does so look like every bit the little man!

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