Authors in Bloom!

Spring came to north Texas in a violent way last Tuesday with over a dozen tornadoes touching down within 50-60 miles of me! Luckily me and mine are safe and well. Many families were not so lucky, though we were very fortunate that no human lives were lost in those terrifying few hours. But as with every storm, the skies eventually cleared. The sun shone down on the wreckage. The bent flowers lifted their stems…and bloomed. Our state flower, the blue bonnet, is turning the fields blue and spirits are rising along with the tender petals.

In honor of the rebirth spring brings each year, accompanied this time by recovery in Texas, a bunch of authors are having a blog hop! That means lots of prizes and giveaways!

For the complete rules and instructions, read this.

For my part, I’ll be giving away 2 copies of my upcoming novella Mother Nature & Father Time: A love (and hate) story.

And if you’ve read the instructions already, you’ll understand why I’m posting this next sentence…

“However, it’s not long before the inevitable comparisons arise.”

This blog hop will run April 9-18, so you’ve got plenty of time to enter and win. The participating authors are listed below.

1. Dianne Venetta 2. YA Author PJ Sharon
3. Vickie Taylor 4. Alexa Grace
5. Marilyn Brant 6. Celebrating Spring
7. Diana Layne Blog 8. *lizzie starr
9. Darcy Flynn 10. Off Kilter
11. Marci Baun 12. Sarah Gilman
13. Renee Pace 14. A Cozy Reader’s Corner
15. Children’s Author Maria Dismondy 16. Indie Author How-To
17. Deb Sanders 18. Fresh Start Stories with Beverly Nault
19. Aris Whittier 20. Darcyholic Diversions
21. Chick Lit (Bridget Jones’s Diary meets The Office) 22. Beate Boeker
23. Jessica Chambers: Straight From The Heart 24. Gotta Have YA
25. Karl Fields 26. Sally Clements
27. Dina Silver 28. Sybil Nelson
29. Priscilla the Great 30. Nina Benneton
31. Caron Rider, YA Author of Silver Knight 32. Tara Woolpy
33. J.M. Kelley 34. Susan Mallery Cooks
35. J.L. Campbell 36. Amy Saunders
37. Kaira Rouda 38. Michael Scott Miller
39. Samantha March 40. Marika Christian
41. Elena Aitken 42. Nearly Brilliant
43. WHO GOT LIZ GARDNER 44. Amy Lignor – Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles
45. Jolene Perry – Night Sky 46.
47. DeeSWhite-Author, Inspirational Speaker, Vocalist 48. Tracy Marchini – Hot Ticket
49. STAY TUNED – Lauren Clark 50. TwoCanDo Books  Mary Laudien’s Website- Follow the Blog!
51. Maria Geraci 52. Pandora Poikilos – Peace from Pieces
53. Christina Wible 54. ALMOST HUMAN – venomous vampire series
55. Walking with Justice 56. Author Darien Gee and the Friendship Bread Kitchen
57. K.E. Saxon 58. Cynthia Vespia Author of Thrills and Chills
59. Louisa Mack – Cooking Up Trouble 60. Cheryl – Books, Products and More!
61. Sloane Wolf – Margay Leah Justice 62. Daddy, Come & Get Me
63. Author Mia King (Good Things, Sweet Life, Table Manners) 64. Welcome to the Woods
65. More Than Words-S.Carol Crovo 66. But What Are They Eating?
67. Sheila Seabrook – Tripping My Way Through Life 68. Alicia and Roy Street
69. Indie Pub Promos 70. RS Author Stacey Joy Netzel
71. Doing Italians, Oops!, Italy

20 Responses to “Authors in Bloom!”

  1. 1 Chelle (@winey_mommy) April 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    So fun! Question, though–what sentence # is yours?

  2. 3 Diane April 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    So glad the tornadoes kept their distance! Am enjoying this blog hop a LOT. Good luck, and I hope it brings in lots of new followers.

  3. 4 Mel Bourn April 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Good morning! I am sorry about all the tornados. They are nasty things. We have several a year here as well. I have seen whole neighborhoods wiped out. It is the craziest thing to see. I will keep ya’ll in my prayers.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  4. 5 kimmaccarron April 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Those Texas tornadoes were scary just to see on television. I can’t imagine actually experiencing them. I’m glad that the Blue Bonnets are blooming to remind everyone of hope and spring and all things good!

  5. 6 JOYE April 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Nice photo of those beautiful flowers. Thanks for having the contest.
    Your book sounds really good and I love the cover.

  6. 7 A. C. Cockerill April 11, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Hi Vickie, So glad you’re okay. I heard the growing tornado count for that storm is up to 17. It certainly was scary at the time. Stay dry through this week’s storms. Cheers, Ashley

  7. 8 janashe April 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    my mom, now 85, grew up in Texas heartland on a farm and every spring waxes poetic about the bluebelles. She has gone back a few times for the festivals, but as she is blind now, sees them in all their glory with her mind’s eye., Please enter me in your Authors in Bloom contest.

  8. 9 Lorelei B. April 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Hi! glad to be hopping in your site! I read the instructions for the drawing but I’d like to know what line # is your sentence? Thanks!

  9. 12 Sabrina-Kate Eryou April 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Wonderful to discover new authors this way.

  10. 13 Rachel@theJeepDiva April 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Your book looks good. Look forward to reading it. Good to hear your okay even though I know the tornados were a few days ago now. Please enter me in the contest.

  11. 14 Carole in Canada April 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Having fun participating! The pictures and video of the tornados were awful. Mother nature can be devastating but at the same time stunning. Love the picture of the bluebonnets!

  12. 15 Amy April 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I live in Iowa so I know about tornados. Only been to texs once but love it as Texas is home to my favorite football team the COWBOYS.

  13. 16 Books For Me (@BooksForMe2) April 14, 2012 at 12:41 am

    La Nina did make Texas NOT the best place to be this winter and spring but all should be returning to normal now. Glad you are ok!

  14. 17 Shadow April 18, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Sorry about the tornadoes. They are nasty things. You stay safe! Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway! 😉

  15. 18 bn100 April 19, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. 19 JESSE COHEN April 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Saw you on authors in bloom. If you’re interested I’d love to feature your novels on my site –


    Jesse Cohen

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