Saturday, February 20, 2016

Introducing Into the Fire by Kelly Hashway

This is a big week for our blogging friend Kelly Hashway. She has a new book, now for sale on Amazon. I read it earlier this month and I'll tell you all about it at the end of the month. In the meantime, check out her cover and scroll down to read all about her great book.




Blurb:

In one month’s time, seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman will die and be reborn from her own ashes...

Her life of secrecy has never been easy. She’s watched her younger brother, Jeremy, burn and rise again in a coming-of-age process called rebirth. And just like her brother, when her time comes, she won’t remember anything from her first life other than she’s a Phoenix—a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical Phoenix bird.

The last thing she needs to worry about is falling for the new guy in town—Logan Schmidt.

Cara is drawn to Logan in a way she can’t explain, but she’s not exactly complaining. Everything is perfect…except it’s not. Once she’s reborn, she’ll forget Logan. And to make things worse, a Phoenix Hunter is on the loose, and Cara’s involvement with Logan is bringing out her Phoenix qualities—the very qualities that will draw the Hunter right to her.

Desperate times call for desperate measures…

Afraid of hurting Logan, Cara breaks it off for good. But her attraction to him runs deeper than a typical high school crush. She wants him—needs him. And if he proves willing to stay by her side, their love might destroy them both.

Can Cara hide from the Phoenix Hunters long enough to survive her rebirth? And if so, will it mean a new beginning with Logan—or the beginning of the end?

Bio:

Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction for young adults, middle graders, and young children. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes YA and NA romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency. 


Links:

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Friday, February 19, 2016

You Can Work Anywhere

I work from home. When I worked in an office, it was my dream. In fact, I never understood those people who said they couldn't work from home because they wouldn't get anything done. Are you kidding? Being able to work all day without people chitchatting all around my cubicle?



But it can be tough to work from home. For one thing, even the smallest storm can knock the power out for hours. You might also find yourself dealing with someone doing construction work on your house, at which point you just need to get away to think clearly. And, of course, there's the top reason most telecommuters need to get away from home...



When distractions are an issue, you have a few options. Your local library probably has free Wi-Fi and quiet places where you can work. Here's a picture I took while working at a local library last winter.




You also have the usual coffee shop option. Panera has Wi-Fi, as well, as do some fast food restaurants, including McDonald's and Krystal's. Although I'm not sure Krystal's would be considered a good work environment...

A new option is a co-working space. You'll pay a fee, but you'll also have all the amenities of an office, including a break room. You'll be surrounded by the same annoying people you'd deal with in an office, with NO walls between you.



Then, of course, there's always the option of creating an awesome home office. Especially if you have a room with a good door in your house. Preferably a room that's soundproof.



Could you ever work from home? How would you handle distractions?

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Yet Another Trendy Kitchen Appliance

When I saw it at Christmas on my husband's stepsister's counter, I knew I had to have one. This device...



...is the kitchen appliance of 2016. People are going bat-poop crazy over it, no lie. There are entire Facebook groups where every post has you thinking, "These people are a little too excited about making dinner."



What is it? It's a rice cooker. It's a slow cooker. It's a pressure cooker that doesn't blow up and spew food all over your kitchen. That last part means you can make an entire pot roast in about 40 minutes or so.



That's 40 minutes of pressure cooking. That doesn't include the 20 minutes it takes to come to pressure. They don't tell you that when they're telling you that you can make an entire pot roast in 40 minutes.



Still, my slow cooker was kind of scratched up and I was planning to replace it. So I bought this one and figured it could be my slow cooker and rice cooker. And I might try out this pressure cooking thing.



The slow cooker part kinda sucks. Instant Pot freaks say that doesn't matter because who needs a slow cooker? Just pressure cook whatever you want. But I still like some things slow cooked. 



Then I made taco soup...in, like, a minute. There's a soup button on that sucker. I also made chicken wings, which involved a combination of the oven and the pressure cooker. The wings got a little overdone but instead of giving up, I'm just going to adjust the recipe and try again.



I'm not even afraid to push the lever that releases all the steam when the food is finished cooking. Apparently pressure cookers back in the mid-1900s would explode and blow up the whole kitchen or something?



That doesn't happen with this sucker. Still, I'm sure a few of you are hesitant to buy new kitchen appliances for the same reason I am. How many of you were around back when everyone had one of these for about six months?



What trendy kitchen appliances have you bought?

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Monday, February 15, 2016

A Super-Exciting New Cover

In case I haven't been obnoxious about it lately, I have a new series coming out in August. Since I haven't had a book out in more than a year, I'm a little excited to start being obnoxious again. Here's the first book:



And the second book. (They both come out the same day, August 9):



The third book comes out November 15. Piper Morgan to the Rescue has little Piper working at a rescue shelter...which means lots of puppies! I'll be doing a big cover reveal next week (February 22-26) and I need a little help. Plus, I'll be giving away a VERY exclusive advanced reviewer copy of Piper Morgan Joins the Circus.


Below is the sign-up form. I can do a guest blog, you can interview me, or you can just plop it on your regularly-scheduled blog somewhere. Just sign up and I'll be in touch!


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