Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! I'm taking the next week off and I'll be back on January 1st! Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Treats!

It's that time of the year when Dairy Queen has their peppermint and chocolate chip Blizzard, which happens to be my favorite! Yes....I've been going frequently and the girls who work there know me by name!



What is your holiday favorite treat??

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Gifts!



Remember to promote the gift of reading this Christmas during your gift giving time. I'd be honored if you gifted one of my novels, if not mine, another author would be GREAT! 

Let's READ!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Thunder...HUH?

I've jumped into the social media world of Thunderclap!
Thunder. . . huh?
Thunderclap is an amazing campaign free to me and to you. It really helps get the word about about the campaign you are supporting by connecting to your Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler.

If you sign up or participate, on the day of the campaign, mine is January 1st, the campaign message will go across social media in one big THUNDERCLAP.
No...you won't hear it, but everyone will see it! It's just spreading the word and that is the best thing a reader can do for an author. SPREAD THE WORD!

All you have to do is follow the link below and Thunderclap does all the work. You don't have to do anything on January 1st. Thunderclap does it all! Easy peasy!


If you sign up for my THUNDERCLAP, Here is what you will be spreading to the world. 


I want everyone to discover the magic of the MAGICAL CURES MYSTERY SERIES NOVELS! But I need your help in promoting my Thunderclap. I'm asking for 100 supporters. If I get the 100 supporters by January 1st, all the novels will be .99 for a limited time! Please help me spread the word! 
http://thndr.it/1w2sTI0


I'd love to have your support! Happy weekend! xo

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TRUE Confessions of June Heal!

June Heal was asked to do an interview. Of course she wanted to, so I had to be there during the interview....

I had no idea she had such a BIG MOUTH! Plus there is a giveaway, so pop on over and check it out!




June Heal Interview HERE.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tsu....who?

Most of you have heard about the new social media Tsu. Of course I'm over there! Come find me!

Tonya Kappes on Tsu.

Here are my thoughts....
1) It's easy to use.

2) The timeline feed is called a diary. It doesn't trickle like and move like Facebook's feed. AND it doesn't show me last status updates from a few days ago like Facebook does. It shows me the true up to date status of my friends/followers! I love that!!

3) It also give me the reach of ALL of my friends and followers, not like Facebook. For instance....I have 3k LIKES on my Facebook page. These are authentic likes from people who want me in their feed. Not just friend and go. They are LIKES.  I had a Holiday ISpy party and Facebook ONLY let 261 of my likes see the post. 

Facebook is making it harder and harder for authors to connect with their readers. 
4) Tsu is helping cut back on trolls. You aren't allowed to just share to be entered into a contest, or like to be entered into a contest. You really have to LIKE someone in order to use a share. This is priceless!


5) You can like, share, and comment to get a cut of their cash...I'm not really sure what I'm talking about here (hahahaha!), but it's still something Facebook isn't doing!

So are you going to TSU???

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Goodreads

Are you on Goodreads? I am! I hope you come over and join me. 
Tonya Kappes Goodreads 

But I want to know exactly how you use Goodreads. Do you only mark the books you want to read? Do you actually go to the author's pages and look around? Do you take advantage of the 'ASK THE AUTHOR' feature? 




I truly want to know how to connect with you on Goodreads!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Club Love

Over the weekend I was able to make it to my Diva-Lit Couture Book Club! These girls are amazing!!! We get together once a month and discuss a book. There is even a quiz about the chosen book and you can win a prize! Fun! 





It's truly not about prizes. It's about making the time to get together with friends and share our love of reading! 
And if you do have a book club and you are reading one of my books, I'd love to know about it. We can Skype, Google hangout, and I send swag!

Do you have a  book club? Tell me about it!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Favorite Ornament and Giveaway!

Happy holidays! This time of year makes me (and a lot of others) a bit more sentimental.
My family celebrates Christmas and everything that comes with it, making gingerbread houses, putting up a Christmas tree or seven (yes! I have seven in my house…is that weird?), candy making, cookie decorating, skiing, snow tubing, gift giving (the wrapping I’m not a fan of), eating the candy and cookies we made, church, and family gatherings. But the one tradition I love most is going to pick out the live tree.
It’s become a tradition for me and my family (hubby and three teenage boys) to go pick out the tree, strap it on the car, bring it home (yes, you can picture Christmas Vacation and I’m definitely Clark…and we do have a few Uncle Eddie’s in the family), and immediately put it up.
(Cody's glitter ornament. He is now 21!)

The homemade Christmas ornaments my boys have made over the years are so much fun to go through and we laugh while Bing Crosby and old school Alvin and the Chipmunks play in the background…and yes, a plate of homemade cookies and apple cider to go with it.



(Austin's homemade snowman, Jack's Popsicle stick reindeer, and Brady's homemade penguin are only three of a tree full of memories!)

Then we get to the box my guys have titled: Mom’s Special Ornament. It is only one ornament that I get to place on the tree. It takes my breath away every time I see it.
Rudolph…the little guy that stands about three-inches tall and is missing his little black eyes, takes his place~front and center.


Rudolph was given to me, now over thirty-five years ago, from my grandmother. She was and remains such an inspiration to me. 
My grandmother didn’t drive and couldn’t read. But she could tell a great story. She told me about all the things Rudolph had to overcome and encouraged me to be as strong as him because sometimes life wasn’t easy.

All it took was that three-inch plastic reindeer to inspire everything in my life, to overcome any and everything that stepped into the way of me reaching my dreams.

What is your favorite ornament and why? One lucky comment will win an ebook copy for them or for someone else of SNOWPLACE LIKE HOME! 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HOLIDAY ISPY!

Today is my Holiday I-SPY party with awesome mystery authors Laura Bradford, Maggie Barbieri, Lynn Cahoon, and Susan McBride!

It's easy and fun! We are giving away a basketful of print books, audio books, and swag! Be sure to bounce over to my author page on Facebook and join in on the fun!!

Here is the link!



Remember! You can order your June's Gems today from Cooper's Cocoa! They are also giving away any Tonya Kappes ebook with purchase!
Plus they have a bunch of other awesome treats you can purchase or send to family and friends. 
Check them out right here!


And...it's not too late to send me coloring books/crayons for Alyssa's Coloring for the Cure! Check out the blog post here for details about why I do this every years.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Giveaways Galore!

Today I'm hanging out on Facebook with Jana DeLeon and Denise Grover Swank at their release party of their co-authored novel of Rose and Helena Save Christmas! 
Denise Grove Swank's Rose Gardner from her award winning Rose Gardner Series and Jana DeLeon's Helena from her Ghost In Law Mystery Series has teamed up to SAVE CHRISTMAS!

You can purchase their book today!
Amazon

I'm excited to be part of their release party today at 3 pm CT (4 pm EST)! I'm giving away a lot of stuff! BUT the party starts at 2 pm CT, so jump on over and join in the fun!! Here is the LINK
Here is the line up, remember the times listed below are CT:




2:00 Jana DeLeon
3:00  Tonya Kappes, Author
4:00 Leslie Langtry
5:00 Jenna Bennett & Jennie Bentley
6:00 Lyla Payne
7:00 Traci Andrighetti
8:00 Larissa Reinhart
9:00 Denise Grover Swank

Lots of prizes and fun, including a $100 Amazon or iTunes gift card! grand prize!


Remember! You can order your June's Gems today from Cooper's Cocoa! They are also giving away any Tonya Kappes ebook with purchase!
Plus they have a bunch of other awesome treats you can purchase or send to family and friends. 
Check them out right here!


And...it's not too late to send me coloring books/crayons for Alyssa's Coloring for the Cure! Check out the blog post here for details about why I do this every years.  

Monday, December 8, 2014

JUNE'S GEMS!! and GIVEAWAY!

Seriously! How lucky can a gal who write about a fictitious magic village where there are talking crystal balls, fairy-God cats, and fun witches galore be??
Last year I was lucky enough to have a clothing line named after the characters and places in the Magical Cures Mystery Series.






These are just a few of the clothing items that sold out in hours!!! Now I'm beyond thrilled to have real life JUNE GEMS available for sale from Cooper's Cocoa and Cookies! Seriously! How adorable are these??

Plus they have a bunch of other awesome treats you can purchase or send to family and friends. 
Check them out right here!

If you haven't checked out the MAGICAL CURES MYSTERY SERIES, you can get the first three for only $5.99!!! 
If you place an order with Cooper's, send me a receipt of your purchase and I'll enter you into a drawing for any print book you desire plus some JUNE GEMS!

And...it's not too late to send me coloring books/crayons for Alyssa's Coloring for the Cure! Check out the blog post here for details about why I do this every years. 


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Santa Baby

Can you believe it's only a few weeks until Christmas? 
Have you even started your shopping?
I'm the one who does most of it from the comfort of my office. 
What about you?
One lucky comment will win an audio download of Grooming Mr. Right! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Calendar


Last month I was the keynote speaker at the Sweet Tea and Chocolate Cake Reader Luncheon in August, Ga. I had a wonderful time! 

I received this cool 2015 calendar as a thank you gift. As you can see, all of my favorite things are printed on the cover! 


Over the weekend, I sat down and began to fill up the calendar with my 2015 events. I'm so excited to use this! I love the turn into the new year and using a filling up a new calendar. 

Since my Ghostly Southern Mystery Series is releasing next year, I'm going to be doing a lot of book signings and events around the United States and meeting readers. 

Please take a minute to click on my appearance tab and plan a trip to meet up with me! 

xo

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy December 1st! Happy Release Day!

Today is the official release day for A CHARMING CHRISTMAS....but it really released on Saturday! 
Whispering Falls is having a winter storm warning. Not only from a blizzard, but a thief. . . the Whispering Falls Grinch. Sheriff Oscar Park is snowed in the nearby town of Locust Grove and unable help catch the unwanted visitor in their magical town. It is up to June Heal and her familiars, Mr. Prince Charming and Madame Torres, to put their amateur sleuthing skills to work and bring the Whispering Falls Grinch to justice.

KINDLE
NOOK
IBOOKS
KOBO


Thank you so much for loving June Heal and the Magical Cures Mystery Series.Whether you call her a witch or a homeopathic spiritualist, June Heal and the magical village of Whispering Falls is a lot of fun to write.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday

Okay...Dish! Did you go black Friday shopping? (which includes Thursday into Friday!)


Not me!
I was curled up on the couch watching old Christmas movies. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Preparing!

UPDATE: Brooke Bumgardner you are the winner of It's a Family Tradition. Please email me and let me know which Christmas ebook you would like!

I'm hosting Thanksgiving for my family this year. By family, I mean my family, my parents, my husband's parents, my sister's family, my brother in law's family, and some strays....

When I took on the challenge, I was pretty excited since this is only our second Thanksgiving in the new house, but the first time I have hosted in this house. 

Then. . .the requests started to come. I'm allergic to nuts. I'm allergic to gluten. I'm diabetic. I'm vegan. . . 

Man, oh, man....



Oh well. . .I'm just happy to be with family! 

Please remember I'm still collecting coloring books for Alyssa's Coloring For the Cause. 



Alyssa is the daughter of a friend of mine. When she was younger, she was in the hospital over Christmas and noticed the children didn't have their own coloring books. She asked Santa to bring each of them a coloring book, then decided she'd collect them. Every year her donation to Children's Hospital has grown.
If you want to donate, please mail them to me by December 15th.
Author Tonya Kappes
PO BOX 176488
Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's A Family Tradition Giveaway

My guys can tell you that I'm huge on tradition and keeping them going every year. I have always wondered the impact that it has has on my boys. If they get it? If tradition is important to them? After all, they are boys! 
Every Thanksgiving we build our gingerbread houses. 

This year my boys are 17, 17, and 15. I wasn't sure if they were too cool to make the houses. BUT....we went to the grocery for the Thanksgiving feast supplies and they grabbed the gingerbread house kits. I smiled and didn't say a word. I have peace that I have given them the warmth of traditions. 
Here is the houses we will be putting together. A Village! 

I'll be sure to post a picture!

What traditions have you started? Or been part of?

One lucky comment will receive an ebook of any of my Christmas short stories. If you have them already, I will gift them in your name to anyone you would like!