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Daydreaming: October 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Welcome to the
Trick or Treat Blog Adventure!!!


Here are the simple rules:

Listed below are several blogs by authors
covering a wide range of genres.




Bookmark JLB Creatives Blog so you can
return to grab new blogs to Trick or Treat to. http://jlbcreatives.blogspot.com/


Trick or Treat to as many of the
blogs as you'd like between Oct. 28-31, 2011.

The authors/bloggers have devised contests for you to enter to win their special prizes.

Simply follow the rules:
1) Become a follower of the author's blog.
2) Each blog host has devised their
own unique contest,
3) Follow their rules and you'll be entered!


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Author's and their blogs are listed in no certain order.

Listings include the following:

1) Author Name

2) Blog Name

3) Blog Address

4) Contest Instructions

5) Prize(s) Offered
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The Daydreaming Trick or Treat Contest & Giveaway
Follow My Blog and Leave a comment letting me know you're following anytime between 10/28/11 and 10/31/11 and be automatically entered to win one of 5 Free ISLAND OF SECRET ebooks. 
One Lucky Winner will receive a copy of my NEW novel THE COUNTERFEIT as soon as it is launched. (Within the next few weeks)
Everyone who comments and signs up for my Newsletter on my website http://www.tammieclarkegibbs.com will receive a free surprise gift just for
TRICK OR TREATING at my website!!!
Thanks for visiting and Have Fun!!!!
Be sure to Visit All of the Trick or Treat Blog Adventure Authors for great Treats!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Daydreaming about Rocky....

Well, today we lost our Chocolate Lab. We think it was heart worms, but really don't know. He was  fine and then didn't eat much yesterday and today was weak.  Rocky was my son's dog and loved his igloo dog house and little pen. I've never seen a dog that preferred the small space to running lose, but he did.  He'd play for a while and run all around the yard then back home he'd go.

I was told once that labs don't like change. It must have been true because we actually took down the pen he was in when we thought he'd out grown it and moved him to a larger space. We thought the dog would grieve himself to death, and we had to put it back up and put everything exactly the way it had been. He was definitely a creature of habit.

We will miss him.  We lost his buddy, Prissy our Well, today we lost our Chocolate Lab. We think it was heart worms, but really don't know. He was  fine and then didn't eat much yesterday and today was weak.  Rocky was my son's dog and loved his igloo dog house and little pen. I've never seen a dog that preferred the small space to running lose, but he did.  He'd play for a while and run all around the yard then back home he'd go.

I was told once that labs don't like change. It must have been true because we actually took down the pen he was in when we thought he'd out grown it and moved him to a larger space. We thought the dog would grieve himself to death, and we had to put it back up and put everything exactly the way it had been. He was definitely a creature of habit.

We will miss him.  We lost his buddy, Prissy our chichua two years ago. They were an odd pair. I have a photo of them when Rocky was around Prissy's size. They were sitting in our recliner chair.  We always take losing a pet pretty hard around our house.  Rocky was an outside dog, Sissy our Maltese Baby (who doesn't think she is a dog) is always with us and cries when we leave her.  As hard as it is to lose Rocky, I hope it's a long time before we have to go through this again.

We'll miss you Rocky! two years ago. They were an odd pair. I have a photo of them when Rocky was around Prissy's size. They were sitting in our recliner chair.  We always take losing a pet pretty hard around our house.  Rocky was an outside dog, Sissy our Maltese Baby (who doesn't think she is a dog) is always with us and cries when we leave her.  As hard as it is to lose Rocky, I hope it's a long time before we have to go through this again.

We'll miss you Rocky!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Daydreaming with Author, Jodie Brownlee

Please help me welcome Jodie Brownlee author of the  Critically acclaimed children's book "The Magic Carpet" and her new book "The Traveler's Telescope" as she shares with us a what she Daydreams about...

The best thing about being a writer is the Daydreaming. When I was at school I used to get into trouble for daydreaming. Now it's my job! Some things just cause you to daydream and there’s no stopping it: treasure chests, tattered old maps, attics, basements, old fashioned keys, Persian rugs, and brass telescopes. I bring these things into my stories and give them magical qualities. One scene even takes place in the Museum of Magical Objects… Then there was the ‘mirror of shame’. It hurled insults at anyone who looked into it. In severe cases it screamed and even cracked.

Excerpt For The Traveler's Telescope
I hardly think that's a laughing matter,” snapped Mrs Pinkus, bustling past the telescope to the attic door. “You haven't heard the end of this. There are laws against abducting people, you know. And as for this – this – magical paraphernalia,” she said, shaking a finger at the telescope. “It shouldn't be allowed. Not in this neighborhood. Not near my house.” She stared coldly at Granny. “I won't have witches living next door to me.”
Granny smiled. “I'm not a witch, Mrs Pinkus; I'm a genie.”

When Ruby and her friends accidentally zap Mrs Pinkus and her poodle into another world they follow to retrieve her. Unfortunately, they bring back more than they bargained for unleashing a threat on the genie world. Granny McQuirky is accused of the resulting crimes. Ruby and her friends must find the real criminal before Granny is sentenced to life in a bottle, but at every turn a mysterious enemy threatens Ruby's life.

 Jodie is offering a special for reviewers.  If you would like to review The Traveler’s Telescope Jodie would love to send you an ebook. You can contact her by visiting her website where she also has links on where you can purchase her fantastic children's books.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Daydreaming with Author, Joseph M. Rinaldo

Today, I'd like you to help me welcome Author, Joseph M. Rinaldo to Daydreaming.  Recently, I've had the pleasure to meet several authors who may have appeared to be just another acquaintance on the surface, but upon further inspection stand out from the crowd for various unexpected reasons.

You may have noticed a pattern forming. When you can spotlight an author and at the same time bring recognition to either a condition, situation or occurrence of social worthiness, it is even more worthy of the effort.

Joseph's books both have a character with Down syndrome. In his own words, "My experiences with this wonderful population come from not only living with someone with Down, but from my roles of Special Olympics coach, volunteer, and coordinator, and the countless interactions life provides for a dad with his child and her friends."


I'd like to share the blurb from his book. 

Hazardous Choices

After surviving life in a violent Chicago street-gang through his high school years, Darnell Jackson’s future appears promising. A football scholarship gives him the chance to escape the thug lifestyle.
During his first year in college Darnell safely resides in a small Kentucky town, playing Division Two college football and trying to make something of himself. Adjusting to the new surroundings proves tough, but a teammate and a girl give him hope that his future will be better than his past.

In the summer after his freshman year, he returns to the old neighborhood to be with his mother. The gang reasserts its hold on him, and the leader orders Darnell to kill a member of a rival gang. Nearly dying in a gang fight and mistakenly shooting a wrong rival gang member forces Darnell to re-evaluate his future. As a result, he lies to the mercurial leader of his gang.

When the head gangbanger learns of Darnell’s lie, the small Kentucky town isn’t so safe anymore.

You can purchase by visiting Amazon

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Daydreaming about the impact of Ebooks...

Just, a few days ago I was honored to speak at the NEW Jeff Davis County Public Library in Hazlehurst, Georgia. Hazlehurst is a small rural town, much like my own hometown. The function was the meeting of their Friends of the Library Group, which is active and motivated to make their new library the best in all ways.


I made some surprising observations right from the start. Of course there were plenty of crisp new bookshelves laden with volumes of reading luxury, but right up front and also a working part of the library, were rows upon rows of computer stations.  The staff is delighted, and I could tell how proud they are of their new facility.  In addition, there were informal seating clusters, which encourage casual reading and enjoyment through the placement of couches and comfy chairs. 


When the meeting began, I could tell that this is a group of knowledgeable, concerned patrons with a genuine interest in books. Instead of a dusty corner for used books, this group has a small room they fittingly refer to as the Book Store. Volunteers man the room and offer patrons of the library much discounted books, magazines and other reading material.


When it was time for me to speak, I could not resist the opportunity to ask their opinion of e-books.  I expected this group to be very anti-e-book, instead I was surprised by their response.


One member of the group,  a gentleman,  stated it was a revolution.  Many had heard of e-books, but didn't own e-readers or really understand how they were used. 


The most surprising response came from the Library System Director, a booklover who admittedly has books in every room, reads multiple books at one time and owns an e-reader.  She stated what I believe as well, that e-books are not going to replace print, instead that e-books are and have enhanced the reading experience and opportunities.


She also touted the library ebook lending program and the fact that patrons can purchase using a link on the library website to buy via Amazon and help the Library at the same time.


Many of those present, asked very thoughtful questions about how the e-readers work, how to purchase books, adjust font size. 


I can't tell you what a joy it was to speak in front of such a group of obvious book lovers and receive such a warm and hospitable response to this new technology that is changing the landscape of the book loving community one Kindle, Nook and other E-reader at a time...


Do a little Daydreaming for me today,
Tammie

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Daydreaming with Author, Laurie Bellesheim about her recently launched book Surviving Emily

Please help me welcome Laurie Bellesheim, Author of SURVIVING EMILY, a book both designed to entertain and educate.

Daydreaming:

For as long as I can remember back, I've always loved to write. Even as a kid, I wrote short stories about my pets or my friends. I remember reading books by Judy Bloom and wishing I could write like that. Never in my wildest dreams did I think, as an adult, I'd author my own novel. But this dream come true is twofold.

When I was 18 I lost a very close friend to Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). At the time this happened, SUDEP was unheard of and rarely recognized in the medical communities. Only in recent years has it caught more attention and is being talked about more and more. When I lost my friend, I wanted to do something to honor her memory and my novel, Surviving Emily does just that. Surviving Emily is also about helping to raise awareness about epilepsy and the deadly condition of SUDEP. To see my novel now published and available to others, is bigger and larger than any daydream! It means more to me than I can express.

Thanks again for the opportunity to share this special book,

Laurie Bellesheim
 
Book Blurb:
 
Abigail Hooper and Stephen Sparks had never heard of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy until one fatal morning in November when it crushed their hopes and dreams. Twelve years after the devastating loss of their dearest friend Emily, they find themselves still affected by the trauma.

Abigail, married and newly pregnant, helps others through her work for the Department of Children
and Families. When a new client with epilepsy unexpectedly forces her to re-examine the past, Abigail realizes she’s the one who needs saving. Stephen has struggled emotionally, physically and spiritually after losing the love of his life, and the long-term effects of his grief have kept him from truly living and finding love again.

As the two search for redemption and the power to heal, their paths cross once again. Emily’s presence so long ago still has meaning in their own lives, teaching them the meaning of true friendship and what’s really important. Drawing on her own experience with a close friend with epilepsy who died, author Laurie Bellesheim raises awareness about the disease in this compelling tale told partially through flashbacks.
 
You Can Purchase the Book by visiting http://www.SurvivingEmily.com
 
You Can Connect with the author on Twitter by visiting  http://twitter.com/LaBellesheim
 

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Speaking today at the NEW 2.5 Mil Jeff Davis County Library in Hazlehurst, Ga.

Hi everyone,
Just wanted to let you know that I will be speaking over in Hazlehurst, Ga. at their brand new, library. I consider it quite the honor to be asked to be the second speaker in their new facility.  I will be bringing some copies from my personal stash of the "Out of Print" Recipes For Romance from the Leading Ladies and Gentleman of Romance Cookbook. I will be speaking on all of my writing endeavors and the new ebook revolution and what it means to the future of books.

There will be a booksigning/sale afterward. If you're in the area and would like to drop by I'd love to meet you. I'll also be talking about my new release THE COUNTERFEIT. It's going to be a lot of fun.

The event is at 7pm.

Remember, Daydreams can come true!
Dream on...
Tammie

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Daydreaming with Christian Author, Sherri Wilson Johnson about her New Release!




I'd like to introduce you to a Fellow Georgia Author.
Sherri Wilson Johnson  writes Christian Fiction and she is celebrating the launch of her new book,
TO DANCE ONCE MORE.


All Lydia wants is to travel the world before she has to settle down with a husband.
But she may not have that choice anymore.

April 1886

Debutante Lydia Jane Barrington lives a carefree, protected existence on Live Oaks Plantation in Florida. But while her sisters happily learn the traditional tasks of women and talk of courting, Lydia dreams of adventure and independence. Even her friendship with handsome Hamilton Scarbrough isn't enough to hold her back.

Then one day Hamilton opens Lydia's eyes and her heart to love. But before they can receive permission to court, Lydia overhears a secret conversation about an unscrupulous business deal. Worse, it has everything to do with her and her future. Now she's faced with the biggest decision of her life--to concede or to fight. Either choice will require great sacrifice...and, perhaps, countless rewards.


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