Friday, March 27, 2009

Green Idea



A lot of people are concerned about the environment these days. I have to say I am not a green freak, though I should be. However, I have taken small measures to leave a little smaller print behind. Mind you, I did say LITTLE.

What have those things been?




  1. Well, when we moved into our new home, we bought the cork screw type light bulbs. And might I say, it cost a small fortune to put them in the whole house. Well over a hundred bucks. But at my old house, and I do mean OLD, the bulbs would blow within a week. I spent so much money on light bulbs and I always had to grab a box at the store. Some of the lights in my house got so bad I just gave up changing them. I've been in my new house for about a year and we haven't changed one yet. They did take a bit to get used to but I think they are well worth it.

  2. I got dryer balls, hoping they would work. I love them. They do leave much less lint so I don't have to use tons of lint rollers (less money and waste). They also eliminate wrinkles if you get the clothes out when they are still hot. And even though it's not a great deal of time, the cut down on my drying time by 10 minutes per load on normal heat. I do have an older dryer, so they might cut down even more in a newer one. Now I tend to do wash on the weekend and all at one time. That way when I put the second load in the dryer the machine is already heated, using less energy. Plus, if I do six loads, which I usually do at least six, the 10 minutes cut down from the dryer balls saves me an hour of work.

  3. I've also started cutting off my computer monitor at night. I have no clue how much this is saving me, but it has to be something. A dear friend of mine has about seven computers in her home. She claimed that when she started shutting down all the computers (not just the monitor) at night her electric bill went down $70 a month. That's $10 a month per computer. Where I work, we started shutting off the monitors at night to save on electric. We can shut off the computer because upgrades are made at various times. Anyway, I work for the government and we have at least two hundred plus computers, maybe even three hundred. Now when you're talking about that many monitors being shut off, that's a nice chunk of change to save the taxpayers considering if every government office in the US would take this small step at the end of every day.

  4. I bought reusable shopping bags from Wal-mart. This saves a TON of plastic bags. Now, I do still get plastic bags now and then. I use them around the house in small trash cans, to scoop the litter box or clean out the car. But you can get at least three or four plastic bags of stuff in one reusable bag and it's easier to carry. Plus they sit up better in the trunk than the plastic ones. We like to see how much we can get in one bag. I think they're great.

Okay, so that's not much. I am researching places to recycle at. I did recycle when I lived in Florida, but I can't seem to find anywhere in Mississippi close since I don't live in town. Some centers are just for town residents. I think I have found a place to take clear plastic #1 and #2. While this isn't much, it's a start.


Plus my anniversary is coming up in April and I want some sort of compost container.



And the BEST green idea is to buy EBOOKS. No paper, no shipping packages or gas to use and they take up way less space.

Yes, these are all small steps but it's start. I'll have more cool ideas each month.


Tell me what you do to keep the Earth green.



Jasmine

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Eye Grabbing Cover




This cover grabbed my eye the first moment I saw it. This sort of cover grabs my eye because I love historical. I love to see the setting and get a sense of where the story takes place. Don't get me wrong, I love to see a well oiled rock hard chest. But the cover with a great old house, castle, cabin or anything close will get first look from me.

The story sounds good too. This one might have to go on my TBR list.




Blurb:


Love can be so... unexpected.


In the spring of 1935, understated beauty Eva Edwards is widowed. A blessing to be sure. Having long since left England, a rare talent for music and notions of love behind, her one focus is keeping her farm and raising a child not her own—no matter the sacrifice and struggle.


Born of wealth, veterinarian Tate Prescott Brown has come to the dust of Saskatchewan’s rural Qu’Appelle District to find independence and take possession of his farm—Eva’s farm. Now, in an effort to solve a legal misunderstanding, Tate faces a sacrifice and struggle of his own: to do what he thinks is right by Eva ... or what’s right for his heart.







Jasmine

Friday, March 20, 2009

Book Review

For anyone who doesn't know or hasn't made the connection, I've started reviewing books for Dark Diva Reviews. I'm so excited about it. They just changed their layout and it's so gorgeous. I got one of those cute divas that looks just like me. *wink, wink* The staff is wonderful and a hard working group of people. Be sure to check out their site.




So in the spirit of my new endeavor, I'd like everyone to check out my latest review.

FORGET ME NOT by Ericka Scott.


Summary:

September 11, 2001 was a momentous day in history. It was also the day Letitia Davies lost her memory and began seeing ghosts. Despite the loving care of her husband, she never regained any memory of her past.

When he unexpectedly dies of cancer seven years later, Letitia travels back to Napa, California, to celebrate her birthday and plan out her future. There she encounters a sexy man who claims to be her real husband. Although her mind doesn’t remember him, her body does and his touch inflames passions she’d only dreamed of before.

In order to take her mind off her lust for the handsome stranger, Letitia investigates the death of a ghostly beauty. However, the series of clues she finds leads Letitia right back to her past and could either unlock her mind or destroy the only memories she has left.



Read the complete review here.

Buy the book here.

Jasmine




Monday, March 16, 2009

Book Trailer Day

Today's book trailers are from author Aubrie Dionne.









Buy the Book Here








Buy the Book Here


Jasmine

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

So You Want To Write A Book

READ ALL ABOUT IT!

A very important part of writing is reading. I mean if no one read then why would anyone write? The best way to learn the craft is to read. Yes, I said learn the craft. You don't have the "writing talent" to write. But I do think you have to love what you write.

The reading writer reads many different things.

You should always read current releases in the market your aiming for so you know what is selling. That doesn't mean you have to write the book to the market. I think you should write the story of your heart. But you need to know what your chances are of it selling and where it fits in the market.

Want to write an ebook? Download a few, kick back and relax without even getting out of your pj's or filling the car up with gas. Plus, no shipping fee. (I love that about ebooks. Shopping at home.)

Read books on the craft of writing. You can find books that walk you through the entire process or books that break down each element of a book. Such as, having problems with conflict. (I hate that part. It's so mean.) But if you need help there are books to help you. One such book that has been recommended to me by an author friend is Stephen King's, On Writing. I haven't read it, but I've heard it rocks.

I have read How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey. It was pretty a good place for me to start as it covers all areas of a novel.

I really spent most of my time reading articles on the web, posts on yahoo groups and I've took a few online classes.

Harlequin has a good web page if you are marketing to them.

There are a ton of great articles on suite 101.

And let's not leave out Charlotte Dillon's web site.

Well, I'm pretty sure that will keep you busy for a while. And if not, you can always grab one of my ebook to reads.


Jasmine

Monday, March 9, 2009

These things are cool! And a bit scary.




You Are a Boston Creme Donut



You have a tough exterior. No one wants to mess with you.

But on the inside, you're a total pushover and completely soft.

You're a traditionalist, and you don't change easily.

You're likely to eat the same doughnut every morning, and you pout if it's sold out.





Jasmine

Odd But Dead On!




You Are Cranberry Juice



You're sassy and even a bit snarky at times. You have an edge to you.

And while you can be brutally honest, you're still quite a charmer.



You are confident, modern, stylish, and dazzling. You have an overpowering personality.

You're a bit of an acquired taste. People often wish you were sweeter.

Well, maybe not the modern and stylish. But, I'm too lazy to try to be stylish.
Jasmine

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Author Website Day

This month's author website is the talented Piper Denna. Ms. Denna is another new author to watch. Her books are filled with raw emotion. She'll have you laughing, cursing and crying all on the same page. Her characters and stories are unique and a bit off the beaten path, which in my opinion is something we all want to read-New and Fresh.



Piper Denna



You can also check out her website just for her new release Fantasy Mountain. Fantasy Mountain

Her books have had rave reviews from places like Dark Diva Reviews, Night Owl Romance and Coffee Time Romance.








Jasmine







Monday, March 2, 2009

Book Trailer Day


Today's trailer is ALL FORE REVENGE by Piper Denna.


Who says revenge is best served cold? The hotter, the better…


Playing other courses was never a handicap for Ali's golf pro husband. But now that she's got proof he's been cheating, [she decides] it's time to even up the scorecard with hottie cable-guy Cam.


Cam makes a perfect revenge partner. Their steamy days and erotic nights are pure pleasure...until he falls in love.


What happened to her simple plan for a harmless sexual escapade? Somehow, revenge doesn't taste as sweet now that her heart's ended up in Cam's hands and he wants to make their twosome permanent.


Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and flashbacks of a f/f encounter.

Watch the video:

Buy the ebook:

http://www.onceuponabookstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_12&products_id=37

Buy in print:

http://www.amazon.com/All-Fore-Revenge-Piper-Denna/dp/0981890555/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235999438&sr=1-1

Jasmine

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March Goals

Sleep.

Well, now that's I've done that most of the day, I should get on to my writing. And set new goals for myself this month.

1. Find out where my stories have been sent for review.

2. Review at least two books.

3. Update my myspace page.

4. Update my Manic Readers page.

5. FORCE myself to FINISH chapter 13 on a WIP that I have pushed off for to long.

6. Keep on my blog schedule.

7. And if I'm really good and get 1-6 done, start on chapter 14. (We'll see.)

Oh, the things I dream!

Jasmine

Update

Wow. Feb. blew by like the wind. I did better with my schedule this month, but I still didn't post very time I should have. I did update the site with some links. I still have some more stuff to work on. And I did start chapter 4 to my WIP, I just didn't finish it. And I didn't get those 5 reviews out. I got one out, then I found out that my publisher has started offering this service. So, I'm not sure who they have sent it to.

Okay, That was my goals. Now for news. I had a release this month. It's #1 right now on the best seller list at Mystic Moon Press. Everyone can check it out at http://www.mysticmoonpress.com/bookstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=69&products_id=458




I had a story accepted for Coming Together: Al Fresco coming out on Earth Day in April.
http://allromanceebooks.com/product-comingtogetheralfresco-14361-166.html



I got 4 Divas on Marital Affair from Dark Diva Reviews. http://darkdivareviews.webs.com/erotic.htm




I also did my first author interview conducted by the very talented Amanda Young. http://www.amandayoung.org/2009/02/27/tgif-interviews-jasmine-black/
Drop over and check it out.

I started reviewing for Dark Diva Reviews.


Well, that about does it. I didn't finish anything new. I did start something new, but I haven't subbed anything this month. Maybe I'll feel better in March and my muse will get her butt back from Hawaii.

Jasmine