Guest Blogger Jolyn Palliata
Today I have the honor of having guest blogger and author Jolyn Palliata on.
Holiday Hop Winner!
Thank you everyone that entered the contest! Hope your holidays were wonderful and you have a super great New Year! Check back on the Fourth of January for another blog hop and more chances to win!
Holiday Blog Hop, Giveaway, & Contest!
Do you smell chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Is Jack Frost nipping at your nose?
Well, then you should probably move closer to that fire, but not too close since it's open!
From December 15th to the 25th, come and check out some good reads and fab prizes. Click the image or click here to take you to the main page. An awesome prize will be given away from the main site from all the winners from the separate blogs, so make sure you enter my contest!
In the true spirit of Christmas, here's what you need to do to enter my contest. Read "A Bella Notte Christmas Story" (it's only like 2270 words or something) and then contact me via the contact form under "Forum & Such". All you need to do is answer this question correctly and you'll be entered into the contest.
"What does Dominic get Emma for Christmas?"
The winner's name will be featured in the third installment of the Bella series, and they will be entered into the grand prize drawing for the entire blog hop, which is... *DRUM ROLL PLEASE*..... A KINDLE FIRE!
Come on, you know you want it... so get cracking! Enter my contest! :0) Be immortalized in a story and get a chance to win this awesome little device!
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What a Nice Guy by Phil Torcivia
_Do you know any nice guys? Perhaps you’re married to or good friends with one. Well, consider the possibility that this nice guy is so frustrated with his relationship failures that he needs to vent to keep from turning into a bad boy with anger issues. Then, try not to spit hot coffee as you read his sarcastic rants about why men and women don’t seem to fit.
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_*Win one of two signed copies of Bella Notte*
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Something Strangely Satisfying
Life as a writer can be a cruel mistress to keep. Today alone, on one of the groups I'm apart of, one of the amazing writers got a bad review- sucky, but unfortunately, it happens. Not only do you have your own expectations, but you have those of others to contend with as well. And EVERYONE has an opinion.
I got a 3 star review on a quick short story I wrote to help flush out the Christmas scene in Bella Notte. Now this is just one person's opinion. That's life. However, on another site, I got a 5 star review on it! And two sensuality kissy lips (not sure about those), but the 5 stars make me do a little dance. I have no idea who did, I don't wanna know. Truth be told, when it's someone that knows me and they tell me- it ruins it. I want to believe that I am a good writer, that my works is awesome enough to reach people other than the ones that feel emotionally obligated to pat me on the back and tell me I did a good job. Yeah it's awesome to get that gold star, but I want to
know that I actually earned it. It's like in the movie Arthur *SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE THAT HAVEN'T SEEN IT* where the girl finds out that he bought the company just so her book would get picked up. She wanted to know that she could do it and that someone other than those that gave to bits about her liked it. *SPOILER OVER*
So yeah, pat me on the back my friends and loved ones. But like my books because they are awesome, because the story touches you, because they hold great tales that you want to share with others. Don't tell me I've done good when you hate it. If you hate you can take your opinion and shove it, I'm just playing. No everything will like what I write- something I learned a long time ago.
So I will take my 3 stars at one place- knowing that at least that person took the time to freaking write something and rate my story. And I will enjoy my 5 star and smile because someone thought my short story was awesome. It is strangely satisfying to have a 5 star review and 2 sales from a website that I think would do very much, or anything at all. Unexpected surprises make me happy.
I've not been sleeping at nights... it's starting to effect me. I am so tired and my back hurts like hell from hunching over the computer doing nothing productive... I still have 3 guest blogs to write and I've not started them... and to finish entering my BV edits... I just need a laptop to snuggle up with again. And now I've got books coming to review. I got the first one today, it's called "The Snail's Song"... Not sure about it or the illustrations... but we'll see. Oh, I posted up a new website for me now... jessekimmel-freeman.weebly.com I'm kinda proud of it..
_ Ingredients! (yum):
1 Graham Cracker Crust
1 8 oz. Package of Phillips Cream Cheese
1/2 cup sugar
¼ cup milk
Sprinkle of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of sour cream
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