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144So, I’ve been on vacation for the last couple of weeks. It’s been awesome having a break from the real world for a while. But unfortunately, all good things must come to end–tomorrow it’s back to work (ahhhh). It’s always so hard come back home. I love being in the wilderness and the slower pace of life. I love being able to fall asleep at night to the sound of waves crashing against the shore and waking up to that same sound. I love being able to just get up and walk like 50-60 feet to the beach. Eventually, we plan on moving up near where we vacation, but it’ll still be a little while before we do that.

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So, here’s your first chance to win a signed copy of The Winter People on Goodreads. If you’re a member of Goodreads the giveaway is up for the next 39 days! So from now until August 25, 2014 you can enter for your chance to win a copy (US residents only).

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/100369-the-winter-people

 

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Blurb of the Book: Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.
 


Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

 

Okay, so there are days where I think we all get to that point of “AH, how the heck am I supposed to get through this, or I won’t ever get this or this done.” It can be overwhelming. Between the day job, the writing, lots of running with the kidlets, long commute to/from work—court, deadlines…ah, you name it. It’s called life, right? Busy. Creativity sucking. Mind boggling. Life.

 

Since I do most of my writing during my lunch hours at my day job, I have a couple of things that are hanging on my desk that kind of keep me going or give me that extra push when I need it. Those moments where I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel (or I feel like I’ll never get this chapter I’m writing just right—or the day job work off my desk etc).

 

The first is a poem by Robert Frost. It was something I had to memorize for my English Lit class in high school. A poem that has stuck with me forever. I’ve had it hanging at my desk since I started the day job almost 15 years ago, as well as had it in a notebook when I joined the army right out of high school.

 

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost:

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

This is one of my ALL time favorite poems…so inspiring for those days when you’re like “Why am I doing this again?” LOL. Or when you just need a pick me up.

 

The other poem is by an Unknown Poet:

 When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to small, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—

You may succeed with another blow!

 Success is failure turned inside out—

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And never you can tell just how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far.

 So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—

It’s when things seem the worst that you must not quit.

 See what I mean? LOVE these words…they’ve been the driving force behind me for years. Do you have any poems or sayings or quotes that kind of keep you on track when things get crazy? If so, feel free to share them below.

 Hope you’re having a FAB summer. Mine so far has been crazy busy! And it’ll be getting more busy (LOL). In the midst of plotting a “secret project” with some other lovely authors. SO excited about guys. Will hopefully have more details on that beauty come September. I’ll also be getting edits for How to Unbreakup come August (can’t wait for you guys to read this nerdy, summer romance—which will come out I believe in January 2015). And of course, I’m nearing closer to the release of The Winter People (September 2, 2014). OMG, I’m flipping freaking out here…hahahaha. So excited. I’ll be speaking at the Fremont Public Library (in Fremont, MI) in October, I’ll post more details as I get them.

 ((HUGS))…and let my vacation countdown begin (less than 3 weeks—squeeee)…then it’ll be me, in the wilderness enjoying some camping, hiking, and rafting!

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Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far!! Well, this week is ALA in Las Vegas! Woot-woot. As you know (or might’ve heard me mention before), my publisher Entangled will be at ALA and they’re going to have The Winter People ARCS, along with some signed bookmarks (which I think are pretty—hahaha). So if you get a chance to stop by the Entangled booth # 536, look for my ARCS. I’m not sure what day(s) they’ll have them there, but hopefully if you’re out there you’ll be able to snag one.

Would LOVE it if you manage to get your hands on one to go ahead and take a picture of it (wants to see the pretties—hahaha).

Had an awesome weekend with the kidlets at soccer tournament. Both Chase and Erin’s teams took 3rd place in their divisions/age groups. So proud of them. it was definitely a long weekend with lots of games. But they played hard and were so fun to watch. I think all the parents lost their voices cheering. And we’re all one sunburn richer (even after applying sunscreen like every 1-2 hours–ahhhh). Below are some pics from the weekend!

 

The picture below is of Chase on defense during his 1st game on Saturday (look at that mean face–LOL)

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This is a picture of my daughter looking all tough!! LOL–she definitely gave the boys heck during these games that’s for sure…

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Picture of Erin’s team after they won they’re 3rd place trophy (she’s on the bottom far right).

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This is Mollie,  Emma and my daughter Erin (these are two of her BFFs that she’s played soccer with since she was really little).

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Here’s a pic of the girls with their siblings. It’s funny because all the siblings played on a team together too…

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And this one is of Chase and his friend Kevin, sporting the purple hair in the semi-finals…

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And this is Chase and his team after their 3rd place win….

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June has kind of come out of nowhere! Seriously. We’re nearing the end of soccer season here in the Purdy house. We have two games this weekend, then we have tournament Friday-Sunday next weekend (well depending on how well the kids’ teams do—LOL). But at least 3 games each (so that’s 6 games we’ll have to be at for sure). GAH. But it’s super fun to watch them play!

 I’m still working on writing the sequel to Legend of Me. Just finished a REALLY tough scene. Hoping to get this on cranked out by July, at which point I’ll need to start writing The Winter People bk 3. Also have like 3 side projects I want to work on, but I have to get all my contracted stuff written first…

 Oh and for those of you going to ALA, I’ve sent out some signed Winter People bookmarks (they’re really sweet looking) that’ll be at the Entangled table. They’ll also have some ARCS on hand for those of you who want to get your hands on TWP before it releases in September.

 I’m getting super pumped about vacation, which is coming up in August. Can’t wait to hike and camp. And have a break from the day job (LOL). So yeah, I’ll be counting down to that.

 REALLY hoping to get out this weekend to see The Fault in Our Stars—but not sure if my schedule will allow for it or not. If you guys haven’t read the book this movie is based off of, GO NOW AND GET IT. Super awesome. You will laugh. You will cry. You will go through lots of tissue.

 Hope you all have a FABULOUS weekend!!

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OMG, so this message is a long time coming. But last week my LOVELY LOVELY LOVELY crit partner and fellow YAFFer Penny Randall signed with literary agent Jamie Cowen of The Ampersand Agency 

I can’t even tell you guys how happy I am for Penny. She’s a MAGNIFICIENT writer and storyteller. I can’t wait for everyone to read her stories, she’s absolutely brilliant. I’ve had the pleasure of being one of Pen’s crit partners for over 4 years now and knew this moment was coming. And I tell you all now that she’s a writer you’re going to want to keep on your radar! Her stories are so awesome and you’ll LOVE her characters!

LOVE YOU PENNY!!! And am SO SO SO SO SO proud of you!

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