Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Been a Long Time

Wow! I have to say that it has been a long while since I have posted or even visited my own page! I have finally finished school and now ready to pick this blog back up. So glad that you stayed and hung in there with me...much appreciated!

I look forward to getting back into the swing of things here and meeting more great people along the way!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Winners of the Pre-Party Celebration!...

First I want to thank you all for participating in the blog hop and especially thank Reading Romances for hosting it, allowing me to meet new people and gain new followers! By the way the party doesn't stop here...hop back over to Reading Romances for more fun!

Anywho, time to announce the winners!!

Entry # 59Ashley E! and Entry #322 Krysta Banco! 

I am sending the both of you an email...please respond with the needed info to claim your prizes!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

It's a Celebration! Pre-Party Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Drinking and Winning Giveaway Hop aka The Blogiversary Pre-Party! This hop is hosted by Reading Romances Book Reviews.

  drinking and winning giveaway hop  
The Pre- Party Giveaway Hop is being hosted by Reading Romances as a preparation for their blogiversary party on March 29!

First and foremost, dont forget to grab your drink! My suggestion....Apple Martini's are the best. Smooth and sweet with just enough kick to help you enjoy and get your read on!

What you can win here: 1 signed hard-copy each of In Between Lies and Intimate Illusions  (US) and 1 of each as an ebook (Int'l). Each winner will also receive a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card!

Number of winners: 2
Open to: US  only for hard copies, International for ebooks only
How to enter: Simply use the Rafflecopter below. Please be sure to leave your email address and name!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Hop and enter the other giveaways!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

How to Support Your Favorite Indie Authors

How to Support Your Favorite Indie Authors

This is a post that I thought I would share with you. It comes from the indie author of THE FOREVER GIRL, Rebecca Hamilton. BTW, I am reading this book.. and it is an interesting read. Check out the post and feel free to either post a comment here or on her blog.

The Forever Girl
by Rebecca Hamilton

Sophia Parsons’ family has skeletons, but they aren’t in their graves...

Solving the mystery of an ancestor’s hanging might silence the clashing whispers in Sophia's mind, but the cult in her town and the supernaturals who secretly reside there are determined to silence her first.

As Sophia unknowingly crosses the line into an elemental world full of vampire-like creatures, shapeshifters, and supernatural grim reapers, she meets Charles, a man who becomes both lover and ally.

But can she trust him?

It’s not until someone nearly kills Sophia that she realizes the only way to unveil the source of her family's curse: abandon her faith or abandon her humanity. If she wants to survive, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.
(This was taken directly from her page)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spicy Addictions!

Hi all,

I changed the blog name from A Novel Life... Shawna Hill's Blog, to Spicy Addictions! This will reflect some changes that I will be making to this blog. In the coming weeks, days, months, I will be adding shorts to this site and adding more reviews (now that I have my trusty Nook) that I have been dying to tell you about.

Its all about the spice! Whether it be erotic, sweet, sensual, etc. I will be dropping it here...by me and maybe a few other authors that I find are interested in sharing their hot stories as well.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Upcoming Guest Post/Interview

Come join me on my fellow author's blog, Scandalous Secrets, this coming Sunday, March 18th and check out my interview/guest post! It's been a while since I have been a guest on any sites, so I am excited and thankful that she asked me to post! Go to Secret Lounge ~ Author Interviews

 Also if you have read either of my books, you know they are full of scandal, so I think they fit perfectly on her site! My characters are not finished just yet, I am still at work creating havoc with them and working on some new stories/characters as well. I hope to release them on the world very soon because keeping them pent up is a struggle! They are dying to escape and tell their stories and compel you with their lies, sex, and scandal....

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

More books I've Discovered

I ventured into Barnes and Noble today and was over excited about the number of books that I was grabbing left and right. Yes, I know I have a Nook, but the physical book is intoxicating too! Oh, and i did fail to mention that despite what some people think, book covers do have a way of selling the book! I love these covers. It's simple, but makes a point.

Witch & Wizard - The Gift    
Witch & Wizard
One series that I'm most interested is the Witch and Wizard series by James Patterson.. they are YA and look to be pretty awesome. I love the paranormal element....always had a fascination with witches and the craft.. never practiced nor learned anything of the sort, but always drawn to it for some reason.

I do have an affinity for crystals and stones (could it be tied to the witchery?? LOL.. not sure).. but as we all know crystals and stones are supposed to or rumored to have mystical powers....ran a whole city (Atlantis). Now I know that Atlantis is not supposed to be real, but people have been looking for ruins for ever with no results, but the belief is still strong and still there.

Natural Quartz Crystals

Ok, I have gotten off my subject, which was um.... Barnes and Noble and the series... I wanted to purchase the first installment, Witch and Wizard and found that it was back ordered. Seems its very popular... so I will download it. The second one in the series is The Gift... looks just as promising. I'm interested in where these novels go and cant wait to read them. I will give you my thoughts later. :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Look What the Nook Drug In :)

I went out and brought me the Nook Simple Touch about a week before Christmas for both me and my daughter. I thought it would be a good way to reel my daughter in and get her hooked on reading as much as I was when I was her age. She is starting to really enjoy being swept away in books...and I love that! So purchasing the nook seemed like a great idea.

I loved the simple touch. And it's just .... simple. Black and white, no color and only wifi to download books, newspapers, and magazine. No frills, but serves its purpose. Now, what I really wanted was the color nook, which is about $100 more. Besides the color, it does much more. It's almost like a mini tablet. Surf the net, watch Netflix, hulu, music, books, books, and more books... I just couldn't seem to justify spending the extra $100 since I have Internet at home, on my cell, Xbox, and have access to it all already. So, I didn't get it.

What I didn't count on was getting one as a gift for Xmas! I was SO excited! I love it! So, now I have two of them and went Netflix, Hulu, and book crazy! I have to say life with my Nook will never be the same....it will be better. It's my brand new toy that I just love to death! My daughter was a little salty because she still has the black and white, but oh well... when she gets a color one (and I probably will get her one so she can enjoy its awesomeness too!)...she will appreciate it, but she needs to read a few 100 books first so I can feel she got its worth!

Some of the books that I have read (downloaded so far) are pretty good....
I'm reading a book by Patrice Michelle... A Taste for Passion (Kendrian Vampires)... so far its pretty good..

 I also read Mandy Roth's Winter Solstice.. I absolutely loved that one! Only problem I had was that it was too short! I wanted more. I recommend this one and her others...

Moonlight Becomes You, by Linda Winstead Jones.... so far I like this one too...its just a novelette.

And I downloaded a whole lot more, including some for my daughter and my son...Anyway, I thought I would share that with you. So... what are you guys reading?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year, Outlook and Goals

2011 flew by really quickly for me and I'm sure a lot of you. I am always one to look to the future, but the future quickly becomes the present and very quickly.. the past. There were a lot of things that I had in mind that I wanted to accomplish, but I didn't reach my goal as I wanted :(    But don't count me out just yet. I have some great things in the making, revised some of my plans and goals to make them more attainable and will reach them very soon! I'm excited to see what 2012 brings my way!

One of my biggest goals is to complete one of my new books that I am writing under a pen name...more to come on that one later! All I can say right now is that it is a paranormal novella series that I have been wanting to write for quite some time.

I have to use a pen name since its nothing like my current books and I don't want readers to be confused or upset with the new books that have paranormal themes, especially when they are not into paranormal. I am not releasing them until I have at least two of them done and plan to release them two at a time. My initial release time frame is this early Spring, but want to get them out much sooner if I can. Wish me luck!

As promised, but much later than I anticipated, The Ladies Club is still a work in progress and almost ready for the initial editing stage.

I know that I haven't been here in a while... but I plan to be more active again...starting today! I appreciate you tagging along and hanging with me all the while...  :)