Thursday, February 28, 2013

What Makes Single Dads so Sexy? Author Donna Fasano has the secrets!


I have to say that I am VERY excited about today's guest! She is an Indie Chick with me AND she writes romance. . . and who doesn't LOVE romance??? Plus she has a new book in her Single Daddy Club Series. 
Umm. . .little know fact about ME. . .I married an amazing single daddy!!! YES~they are very sexy! 


What Makes Single Dads So Darned Sexy?

Come on. You have to admit it. When you're out at the mall or the playground, and you see a dad alone with his child, your heartstrings get a good, hard tug. You pause, your eyes follow him, you watch him smile down at his kid…and you get tingly all over.

What is it that makes bachelor dads so sexy?

You might be too young to remember the movie Three Men and a Baby, but just look at this picture:


Who wouldn't find these guys drool-worthy? When a man automatically picks up a crying baby, or races to rescue a toddler who's fallen, or stops what he's doing to comfort a child, a complicated chemical reaction takes place in a woman's brain that makes her think…mmmm, now that's sexy.  

Let's break it down:

A single dad who puts his kids needs before his own will, more than likely, put his woman's needs before his own too. (Sexy!)

A single dad who raises happy, well-adjusted kids has proven he's responsible, mature, and strong. (Sexy!)

A single dad who dedicates himself to his children has shown that he's a good and caring provider, and the selfless love he exhibits shows he's willing to sacrifice for his family. (Sexy!)

Raising kids takes patience, discipline, kindness, tenderness. (Sexy, sexy, sexy, and sexy!)

The simple answer would be human nature; procreation is a basic human instinct, and, as women, we are attracted to men who show signs of being good mates and excellent fathers. Now, that doesn't mean we're willing to "be fruitful and multiply" with the bachelor dads we meet…but is does help explain why seeing a father hug his baby makes us think, awwww, that's so sweet…and sexy!

Do you think single dads are sexy? One lucky comment wins a BOXED SET!!!! I will announce the winner on Reader Monday!!!



Single Daddy Club Boxed Set Links:

Kindle – www.amazon.com/Single-Daddy-Club-Boxed-ebook/dp/B00B4H3IYI/

Nook – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-single-daddy-club-boxed-set-donna-fasano/1114198504?ean=2940016037219

Kobo – http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Single-Daddy-Club-Boxed/book--RnN6vERxUezvQcQgzRbkg/page1.html?s=hFCRjm2QD0-rUIs5-X98Ug&r=1

iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/single-daddy-club-boxed-set/id595755620?mt=11

Author Bio:
Donna Fasano is a three time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, and a Golden Heart finalist. Her books have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #17.
What others are saying about Donna's books:
"...complex, funny, and realistic..." ~Wilmington News Journal
"Excellent!" ~Bookreview.com
"Could not help myself from reading excerpts to my husband and friends. This book is well written, the characters are real, everyday folks. It is very easy to identify with them. Donna Fasano is a talented author." ~Elizabeth M. Caldwell on Amazon
"...a fast paced riotous look at family life today. Donna Fasano is right on target!" ~Donna Zapf, SingleTitles.com

Author Contacts:


Facebook: hppt://www.Facebook.com/DonnaFasanoAuthor



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Muse Wednesday! Pamper this author!

Transitioning a blog from writer focused to reader focused is really hard to do! I've been trying to come up with ways to incorporate both and I've been hitting a brick wall! So. . .I thought it would be fun to let y'all know what really gets my muse going. How much fun will that be?? Especially on hump day!

Every Wednesday I'm going to feature what gets MY MUSE awake and helps me get my words on a page.


Many hours of my writing is spent sitting at the computer, straining my eyes, multi-tasking at my guys sporting events, hours in car line (just to mention a few!). . .IS ALL WORTH IT!

I wouldn't change any of it! I absolutely adore my life. In fact, I LOVE MY LIFE!!

There was one thing that I did want to change. . .MY NAILS!!

Think about it. I have to sit at the computer all day long and look at them while I happily type away. I also notice them at book signings. It's not that I hate my nails or that they are ugly, but they are boring.

My nails are thin and brittle. I wash them all the time, use lotion, and sanitizer because I'm a germ freak!

Anyways, years ago (like in the 80's) I had acrylic nails for years, and then one day the strangest thing happened. My fingers began to itch and swell. I became allergic to them. So started my twenty years of ugly nails. 

No matter how many times I polished them, they looked bad and they cracked! Recently I had decided to see if I could wear acrylic again. . .NOPE! Within twenty-four hours my fingers reacted the same way they had done twenty-years ago....sigh....

BUT....

SHELLAC came along and I have been saved! My manicurist, I go to a salon where you have to make appointments, told me that she would have my nails pretty in no time. And she was right!

Every other week, I have a standing appointment with my fun and fabulous manicurist to keep my nails amazing while I'm busy working on my next novel and signing the last. It's something that I have begun to look forward to. We have made a friendship that is going to be long lasting! Plus. . .pampering myself a little makes me happy and more productive!!


Do you do something to pamper yourself?? 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Reader Monday with Book Reviewer FORGET THE HOUSEWORK I'M READING


Happy Monday morning! The sun is shining and it's a beautiful day in Kentucky! I'm excited to have book reviewer Tobi Helton on the blog today!  A year ago, Tobi did a review of my chick-lit novel, Carpe Bead 'em, and I couldn't help but fall in love with her blog (especially since the review was AMAZING!).
I have found that her blog, Forget the Housework, I'm Reading, is a great place for reviews. I have found so many new reads from her. 



Hi!  I’m Tobi I’m on Tonya’s Street Team and I have my own Book Review Blog Forget the Housework, I’m Reading……

I love reading and I started my blog when I found a book that had so MUCH potential and ended too quickly with forgiveness to the male character too easily.  So, I wanted to vent!  In a positive way but had to get it out of my system.  This brought the birth of my first blog Mommy to 3/Book Lover.  As my blog grew and more authors began asking me to read and review their books I worked with my now friend Elizabeth Ann West on creating a more reader friendly and fun blog basing my ratings on how much housework I avoided or neglected during the reading of a book! 

Through my blog and author friends I have gained more and more author friends and non author friends. I love meeting people and talking.  I could talk to a brick wall honestly.

 I support all authors.  Indie, published and the in between.  I thoroughly enjoy reading ROMANCES, romances of all kinds.  However, I can’t do horror, not if you want me to sleep! 

I read by my mood.  If I need a lift in mood, I pick up one of Tonya’s books.  Then there are times when nothing will do but Cowboy romances (my guilty pleasure).  OH and paranormal!  I love all kinds of paranormal. Let’s just say I’m known for my eclectic reading.

Anyway, Thank you Tonya for having me!  I hope to do this again.

Oh....Do you read by your mood?? 



The winner of last Reader Monday blog of Heather Blake's signed novels It Takes A Witch and A Witch Before Dying is. . .SUSIE R.!!! Contact me through the contact tab so I can mail your books to you!!! 


Monday, February 18, 2013

Join an Author Street Team and Support Their Work

Yippee!! Another Reader Monday! Allyson Brann is a member of my Street Team. She's an avid reader and an active street team member of many authors! Allyson is an amazing example on what a street team member should do for their favorite authors!




I Love Reading!!!! 

I love books! 

Particularly all types of romance novels! 




I feel like reading is a great escape,just a time to curl up with a good book,for me a cup of coffee or a drink and just relax!




So over the last year I have been active on Facebook,Twitter,Goodreads, and Pinterest! I have found lots of great authors and books and made new friends! 

I also joined several street teams as well, now these authors that have made my days more relaxing and better, I can help them by sharing, tweeting,pinning,liking and posting reviews! That only takes a few minutes of my time and in return these authors keep writing great books! 

I am on Tonya Kappes Street Team and not only is she a great person but an awesome author! I have fallen in love with her books! 


(I'm hosting a party on my STREET TEAM! If you aren't a member follow the link HERE and join!)

Alexa Grace' s Street Team is another one I am on as well as Jennifer Probst, Carrie Ann Ryan, Lilana Hart and Lia Davis! I have enjoyed being on each of these ladies street teams for numerous different reasons! 

Obviously I love their books and want them to keep publishing more:) But I have had so much fun, I truly enjoy checking the post on Facebook as well as the blogs, they have made reading even better if that was possible! 

Okay I could go on and on about why I love reading but I don't want to put anybody to sleep! 

Hope everyone enjoys their day and check out these authors their books a great reads! 

Allyson

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Thank you so much, Allyson! I'm so honored to have you on my STREET TEAM! So much so that I'm going to give away TWO BOOKS books by HEATHER BLAKE! And they are signed!!! 



Tell me what you like best about the Street Teams you are on! 


If you would like to write an article for READER MONDAY, I'd love to have you! Shot me an email by using the contact me tab at the top!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Gluten Free Saved This Author!

I know all the rage has been going gluten free, but it really did save my life as a writer!
And I'm NOT the one in my family that went GLUTEN FREE!
As a writer, I'm constantly talking about how I never sleep. It's true. Writers barely get enough time alone in their heads to have a real conversation with a non-make believe person, especially in their sleep.

I wake up in the middle of the night with my characters poking my brain, telling me about why they had to kill someone in their book or how come they had to have big hips and not the perfect size six. It's true! I even keep a journal next to my bed to write down some of the things they say so I will remember it in the morning. Plus my husband snores, which is a double whammy for me!

I use to love this game show!

Anyways. . .last summer I took a road trip with my author friend Heather Webber (aka Heather Blake). She is gluten free for a variety of reasons, but some of her symptoms struck a chord with me. Migraines, aches, pains etc....

I don't get headaches, much less migraines, but my dear husband does! I wonder if he needed to be gluten free? He gets about three migraines a month. So the more I talked with Heather about it, the more I wanted to tell my husband. What did he have to lose?

So I got this big idea that I would put him on gluten free. Of course everyone and their brother thought my husband had this family disease (which he does not) and was so concerned that he went on gluten free to help with any symptoms of that. But we tried to tell people that he didn't have the disease, but they were still leery, or nosy, so we let them believe what they want.

After a couple months of gluten free living, the unthinkable happened! Not only did his migraines completely stop, HE STOPPED SNORING! I was in between novels, and my characters had settled down a little bit. I STARTED TO SLEEP MORE THAN FOUR HOURS A NIGHT!


I was waking up refreshed and more creative than ever! My husband may not be allergic to gluten, but being gluten free has helped my writing career.

Have you tried gluten free? What has been your experience?
(BTW....gluten free is NOT calorie free or low fat!)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Readers LOVE Valentine's Day

Readers LOVE Valentine's Day!
Writers LOVE to write about the meaning behind Valentine's Day. . .ROMANCE!

Really Valentine's Day was named after several Christian Saints by with the name of Valentinus. Some of these saints were imprisoned for performing marriages for soldiers who were forbidden to marry because their job was to go around and minister to Christians. They were not supposed to be married.

BUT who isn't a sucker for love??


(Isn't this heart donut cute? It's from a local bakery and it's half the calories of a regular donut!)

There is way more to the history of Valentine's Day, but the romance is what struck a cord with me as a writer. And I know readers love romance. Take the Fifty Shades of Grey series~every single woman reader (okay, not every single one....but a ton of them!) went goo-goo-gaa-gaa over them. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Reader Monday on Why Leave a Review!


Happy Monday! That means that it's READER MONDAY!! I'm excited to introduce a very cool reader, Jean Segal, to the mix! I met Jean on line. She is an amazing reader and reads a lot. 

As an Indie author, I take every single necessary step to make sure that my novels are just like traditional author's novels, from hiring a top-notch editor to amazing cover artists. BUT the one thing I do and suggest to a lot of Indie authors is to put a link in the back of the book that will immediately take the reader to a page where they can leave a review.

Reviews are so important to authors, especially Indies. Good or bad, I always BEG my readers to leave a review. I'm excited to know that Jean has taken advantage of this option! 
All my life I read books and never even gave it a second thought to write a review until I got my Kindle. 

At the end of each book it would ask me to review the book. At first I would disregard the request and went on to read the next book. Each time I went on Amazon looking for free and inexpensive books to load on my Kindle I would read the reviews to see what other people thought of the book before purchasing it. It wasn't until after reviewing one on Tonya's books that it clicked.

Since then and after joining Tonya's Street Team I've learned a lot. One thing I've learned is that authors want honest reviews. They want our honest opinion of their books. Now when I read a review that peaks my curiosity about a book and helps me decide to buy it on Amazon I let them know.  When I get done reading a book I try to review as soon as possible while it's fresh in my mind. I try not to start the next book until I've written my review.

Since joining Tonya's Street Team I've gotten to know lots of new authors and enjoyed many of their books My "to be read" list just keeps growing.

I am currently reading Angel in Flight by Gerry McCullough. I won this book on Tonya's blog in December. It's a great book so far. When I finish reading it I will be sure to write a review.

What about you? Do you use the clickable link and leave a review after you finish a book?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Reader Monday. . .Let Me Whisk You Away!


Happy February!! It's a wonderful month to celebrate LOVE. . .especially your love for reading books! Don't you love when an author whisks you away to another place? That is exactly what my guest, Kellie Mounce, is talking about today! Please welcome, Kellie!!



I LOVE BOOKS.  I have had this love affair for as long as I can remember.  Put me in a bookstore and I can be lost for hours.  There is just something about the feel of a good book in your hands.  It doesn’t matter if it is a new book with crisp pages or a worn book with its age showing in the creases.  The smell of the pages always leads me into my very own corner of the world. 

The first “big girl” book I read as a child was James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.  I remember not being able to put it down for a second.  All I had to do was close my eyes and I was there with James, my friend.  We had quite an adventure living inside that giant peach!  We went over a cliff into the sea where we were carried by sea gulls to New York City.  We were chased by the Cloud Men and had to rescue our friend Centipede who fell out of the peach.  We ended up on top of the Empire State Building.  What a great time we had!  I look at my friend James and I can finally see happiness in his eyes.  He knows he is now free to live the life that every little boy should.  I hug him and promise to visit very soon.  I open my eyes, smiling because I know my friend is just a page away! 

When an author can take you on an adventure, make you feel emotions that you might never have felt before and leave you wanting more…that is when you know you have a treasure in your hands!  I still feel like I’m 7 years old when I see my first “big girl” book.  It will always have a special place in my heart.    

Do you remember the first “big girl/boy” book that took you on an adventure?