Friday, April 25, 2014

Melody Anne's #HiddenTreasure Twitter Party

HiddenTreasure-small Join us on May 19th @ 9pm EST for an exciting hour as we celebrate the latest new release in the Lost Anderson series by Author Melody Anne. Now available for reorder .

When: May 19th @ 9pm EST

Prizes :

(1) Pre party winner will receive (1) $25 Gift Card (1) choice of any of Melody Anee e-books and (2) Signed coies of Melody Anee's books

(5) In Party Prizes of $10 Gift card plus your choice of an ebook or Signed book from Melody Anne

(1) Grand Prize of $25 Gift Card, (3) Signed copies of Melody Anne's Books and (20 Ebooks of yur choice

RSVP HERE  to be eligible for the preparty prize pack but anyone can jump right in and win prizes during the hour
 You can also preorder it now on Amazon or iTunes 

You must be following me Mizvanilla and use the hashtag #HiddenTreasure

Tweet this for an extra entry for the Preparty Prize

Join me on May 19th 9 pm EST for the Melody Anne  Twitter Party for Fun & Prizes RSVP Here  :

The second book in the Lost Anderson series is here, and it comes to you with a kicking and screaming heiress.
Brielle Storm inherits a dilapidated ranch in the wilds of Montana and she isn’t happy about her situation in the least. She may be moving to her new home, and she may be planning on doing whatever it takes to make her billionaire father happy, but she certainly won’t be doing it with a smile on her face.
No. Brielle plans on coming to Montana, hiring some ranch hand to do all the work, and then getting out of there before the first winter snow has a chance to hit.
Montana isn’t a state that offers predictable weather and Brielle is going to find out that the land isn’t the only thing she has to fear.
When her hotter than any city boy ever dreams of being, cowboy neighbor shows up on her doorstep, Brielle decides that maybe Montana isn’t so bad after-all.
That is until he laughs openly at her city girl ways. Then, she has something to prove…

Marie Astor #SearingLies Twitter Party


Come join me for an hour of fun and prizes as we Celebrate with Author Marie Astor and the release of her new book Searing Lies on May 5th at 9pm EST.
When: May 5th at 9:00pm EST
Use HashTag #SearingLies  to join in on all the fun 
Make sure to follow me @mizvanilla  and Marie to win prizes!
To gain an extra entry in to the Preparty RSVP Prize Tweet the text below exactly

You must RSVP to be eligible for the Preparty Prize, everyone who particates however is eligible for the in party prizes, which are listed below

PreParty RSV Prize: (1) $20 Gift Card & An Autographed book from Marie

(5) In Party Prizes of $10 gift cards
(5) In Party Prizes of An Autographed book from Marie
(1) Grand Prize of a $30 Gift Card and (2) Autographed books by Marie

Marie Astor is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Janet Maple Series:To Catch a Bad Guy, Catching the Bad Guy, Bad Guys Get Caught, contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, Smitten at First Sight, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window.
Marie is also the author of a fantasy adventure novel, Over the Mountain and Back.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Just a Small Town Girl

Okay, I admit it, I am homesick.

Have you ever heard the saying that once you leave home, you can never go back again? Well, I think in many cases that is true. I get homesick a couple times a year, but then I think about it or go visit and realize, Hey, I could never live here again. 

I admit, I love Small town living, it's like the TV Show "Cheers' sometimes you wanna go where everyone knows your name. I miss that, but y also, right along with them knowing your name, they also know when you went to the grocery or who you talked to , basically everything about your life. It's a little like posting on Facebook, you put it on Facebook for everyone to see, you choose to live in a small town, then everyone is going to know and see, that's just how it is.

I like knowing that if I wake up at 3 a.m. and need something I can run to Walgreens or Walmart in 5 minutes  or less, and the fact that we have 4-5 major Hospitals within a 15 mile radius if we ever need them , all with specialist on hand at any given hour.

In small town life, the streets close pretty much as soon as the street lights come on, you may get lucky and find a place open til 10 through the week, later on the weekends, especially if you want Beer of Liquor.They have one hospital which I have heard has improved over the years, but to see a specialist you have to drive an hour away.

I miss the waves from everyone you pass when you drive down the road, the people who just stop by unannounced to chat or gossip ..but only sometimes. I also love the life I have now, where I have 2 sets of neighbors and their families who I can step outside and chat with, or sit outside with on a warm Summer night. The race to see who between the three of us can get the grass mowed first each week. Needless to say we all get that award at least once a month depending on how you look at it. Considering I have a yard twice as big and ten times more hilly than they do, I usually lose if we count the whole yard, plus a hill that can take hours just to weed-eat and that I can no longer do and Chris barely has time to sit much less weed-eat. I wish I could just hire someone to mow the huge hill and weed eat my yard all summer, every week and I would do the rest of it because I love to mow. 

Small town living also has some advantages, you always have a friend you can call or a family member and everyone knows everyone else. If someone dies, the Funeral home is a constant revolving door where most everyone in town comes to pay respects, yes, even if they didn't care for the person, after all, it's a place to socialize at the same time as you pay your respects. 

The town I grew up in has changed a little but not much since I left 21 years ago at the ripe age of 17. I usually only go back once a year for our family reunion for a few days but will sometimes go back for a few hours just to see my Mom, but since getting sick that drive takes all I have, so she comes here more often than ever to help me and be with us. One thing I can say is, My Mom and I have become close again after ten years of hardly talking, but the minute she found out I was sick she took leave for 3 weeks from her job and was here for me to help me recover, we went to Yard sales, cooked together, grocery shopped together. I think I would even like it if she ever chose to leave  Small town life and move here, but she moved away a few times and always went back, so I will take whatever time she gives me when she visits.

As you can see, I am jumping subjects here and there, but that's what I like about blogging, I can write a post about anything I want, you don't have to read it, but many of you do and I love that, especially when you leave honest, heartfelt and true comments and your own stories.

I honestly don't think when I was growing up, many people took the time to see me for what and who I really was. They based the opinions on the fact that I was poor, sometimes hung out with the wrong people,  yet I never really did all the things they imagined in their  minds I did. I grew up being raised by my Grandma until around age 11, then I moved to live with my Mom because My Grandma was just too old to take care of me. My "Ma" got me up every Sunday morning for church, then again on Wednesday nights and Sunday nights. We never had money but somehow I got to go on all those school and church trips, because maybe you have heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child, and this village helped raise me and look out for me. I was never Miss Popularity, I didn't cheer lead or play many sports because I knew we didn't have the money it took. I started working when I was 12 at a little place called Mr. B's diner, rolling silverware and cleaning tables. The money I made helped pay our bills and put food on the table. Now this was a little more than 20 years ago, when many of my friends or the people I knew didn't need to work, but I knew I needed to and I loved it. I have always been the type of person who likes to work for what we have, and never ask for help, because I grew up knowing that even being poor, you had pride and my Grandma sure had a lot of pride and did not like to ask for help even though she never learned to drive, we made many walks to the grocery store and always rode the Church Bus each week. I honestly don't know how she managed to feed and clothe me on her Social Security check which was tiny and we lived in the Housing projects until I moved in with my Mom. 

I look back now, and think, and know, that what I didn't know was, growing up, I was just as equal to those folks who didn't care to be my friend as I was to everyone else. I may not have had the money or the new clothes or cars, but I had pride, I worked hard and more than anything I had a whole lot of love. So small town living did have and still does pull at my heartstrings now and again. Here, it's like a constant rat race to get things done and driving all over to get from point A to point B. When I lived at"home" you could easily walk across town in 15-20 minutes and make the entire loop in less than an hour through the entire town stopping to say hi to folks on the way.
When I left, I vowed never to go back, never to have my children living in a place like that where they would always be judged. I guess deep down, I still feel that way but I sure do enjoy going back and seeing those familiar faces once a year and feeling like I belong. If we visit the local bar, I still know 75 % of the people inside, same with the grocery stores there. Sometimes you really want to go where everyone knows your name. So, can you really go back home once you leave? I guess that depends on your frame of mind and your own perception. I don't think i could or would ever go back to live, because a long with all those wonderful memories, I have just as many not so fond memories. I do know that when I die, I want to be buried there, as Knoxville holds no special memories to me, it's just a town I chose to live in, a place I call my home now, and one day, when I die, I will go back to my real home, the have my end where I had my beginning.

So, this started out as a post about Small town life and I covered a few other topics. I would love to hear your thoughts on small town living versus City life.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Amazon Pinterest Blast win $100 Amazon Cash

Join me in this week's Amazon Pinterest Blast Giveaway along with a few other great bloggers who want you to win $100 amazon Cash! I would love to see one of my readers win!

Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

#BillionaireUndone Twitter Party

Come join us for an hour of fun and prizes as we celebrate the upcoming release of NYT Best selling Author J.S. Scott's lateest book in the Billionaire series, #BillionaireUndone.

April 28th at 9pm.m EST using hasgtah #BillionaireUndone and follow me @mizvanilla to win prizes.

We have some amazing prizes up for grabs including a preParty RSVP Prize of $25 Gift card and a signed copy of one of her books, if we Hit 200 RSVP's we will do an additonal preparty prize of the same thing.

We also have 4 in party prize packs which include a $10 Gift card and a copy of her Signed book and a grand Prize winner of a $50 Gift card and 2 Copies of her signed books and a beautiful handmade bracelet , the more the merrier because the more RSVP's we get, the more prizes she will add. 

You must RSVP to win the preparty prizes, however you can jump right in anytime with the hashtag #BillionaireUndone and tweet with us to win in party prizes and the grand prize as well. 

Tweet This Now to get an additional entry in to the RSVP Prize drawing :

   Join us on 4/28 at 9pm EST for the#BillionaireUndone Twitter party .RSVp Now to win the amazing preparty prize :  

Head on over here to RSVP.