Monday, April 27, 2009

Green Idea

A lot of people who suffer from fibromyalgia also suffer from chemical sensitives (MCSS). Now I can't say that I have MCSS. What I can say is that I itch and have burning sensations where cleaning chemicals touch my skin. I also have this problem with makeup and metals (jewelry and such.) Metals also make my teeth ache. I can't touch wood products that are not smooth. So even books that are printed on low quality paper hurts my hands to touch.

Is this MCSS? I don't know. But here is what I do know.

I got this new product at Wal-mart. It's called a bathroom stone made from
Earthstone . It's made for heavy duty cleaning and scrubbing. It's made with no chemicals and is 100% Eco-friendly and 95% recycled material. I saw it in the cleaning isle the other day and said, what the hell, I'll give it a try.



This morning I tried it out on my shower. WOW! This thing really works. Now it took a little bit of time to get it started. You have to use water to make it work and it takes a couple of minutes for the water and the stone to interact with each other. But once that takes place, it was amazing. I had the residue on my hand, which according to the label is safe to wash down the drain, and no itching or burning. It didn't irritate my eyes, skin, breathing...nothing. And it was easy to use. I did have to scrub a bit, but I have hard water and I hadn't found anything to get a deep clean. So I'm thinking next time I won't have to scrub as hard since this got that deep clean.


According to their website, they also make stones for the kitchen, grill, pool and to remove paint. They also have a growstone that is made from recycled glass. You use it in place of soil and plants grow in them. Cool.

I definitely recommend this product for anyone. And who knows, changing to more green products might help my fibro and other conditions people suffer from as well as helping the planet.


Jasmine

Friday, April 24, 2009

Eye Catching Cover

This months cover is Night Visions by Ariana Dupre'.

Blurb:

He appears to her every night, chasing her until she's trapped at gunpoint. A stalker who wants her dead. Terror jolts her awake with vivid scenes of her death. The problem is that Angelina Benton's prophetic dreams always come true. The day Jared Maxwell walks into The Variety Vine, the nightmare becomes reality. Circumstances force Angie to work and live with Jared. If she refuses, she loses her home and business. If she agrees she may lose her life.

Love at first sight isn't possible in Jared's mind. When he meets Angelina his world turns upside down. He's determined to gain her trust and win her love even though he has an ulterior motive for being in Dansburg, Virginia.

Strange events unfold that put Angie's life in danger. Despite her fears, she realizes she's falling in love with the rugged man from her dreams. Can she overcome her fears and suspicions to fulfill her destiny or will trusting Jared be the ultimate mistake?

Publisher Note: This book was previously published elsewhere under the same title, but has been revised.

This one looks to promise to be a chilling tale. (Again I have not read the book. I am only judging by the cover on Eye Catching Cover Day. After all, cover artists deserve the spotlight too.)

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Jasmine

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Shout Out Contest!

Contest Time

In honor of my latest story coming out Earth Day, April 22, I'm holding a contest. I'm going to make this real easy for you. For a chance to win an ebook copy of Coming Together: Al Fresco anthology, all you have to do is give me a shout out.

Yes, that's it!

Just give me a hey, hello, or I always like to hear I love your blog. Leave me something. Are you a writer or reader? Even say hey and tell me your latest release. (Coming Together is all about charity so I would like them to get most of the exposure so just the name and publisher please, no long excerpt.) If you're a reader, you can tell me your favorite author (and it doesn't have to be me, but I love being buttered up. Not in the literal sense though.) If you're shy, just leave a hello and that will be fine.

I'll announce the winner in two weeks, May 3.

Coming Together: Al Fresco

The latest in Alessia Brio's charity anthology series, Coming Together: Al Fresco features stories in which the action takes place without a bed... or a bedroom. All proceeds benefit Conservation International. GREEN is the new black!

Check out the line up of this book!

So what are you waiting for? Give me a shout out.

Jasmine

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Book Trailer Day

Today's book trailer is for all you vampire lovers out there. MY SUN YOUR SHADOW from Suzannah Safi; her new book just released from Mystic Moon Press.

Blurb:

Cat Mckibben wakes up one night to find herself chained to a bed at the will of a mysterious dark stranger. Yet his allure is more than she can handle as he entices her to follow him down a path of self-revelation and self-indulgence. When given to her fantasies, Cat finds the stranger more powerful than she imagined-and his identity is revealed as Dracula. Set out to take for himself a queen, Dracula informs Cat that her secret heritage makes her the predestined queen. Cat faces a decision-to stay with Dracula and enjoy a vampire's life teeming with sensual bliss, or the alternative fate that awaits her when she wakes up once again in her former nightmarish reality . . .




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Jasmine

Monday, April 13, 2009

Fibro and Me

I've been reading some articles about fibro on Everyday Health and I realize that without the support of my husband, I could never do the things that I do. Now, I knew this before I read the articles, but they reminded me of how good he is to me.

Everyday activities that the normal person does is hard for someone with fibro and holding down a job and running a household is a huge challenge. Without my husband I could never work full-time.

Here's a look at a typical day for me.

My husband gets up and showers. Then he makes sure the kids are up and get on the bus. (My kids are 11 and 14 so they just need some prompting.) He walks the dog and wakes me up. I go through the morning in a daze. Sometimes I can think clearly, but most of the time I can't. Because of this, I keep things at my evil day job like a tooth brush and tooth paste. (Yes, this sounds nasty that I could forget to brush my teeth in the morning, but at least I know this and have taken measures to combat it.) When I'm ready to go, he grabs the cat food and feeds the outside cats. Then he drives us to work.

This is a blessing that we work at the same place. If he didn't drive me every morning I'm not sure I could make it. We work on different floors but we have lunch together everyday. After work, my husband drives us home or to the store. If we need to shop, we tackle Wal-mart with a plan. We split up and grab items on different sides of the store and work our way to each other. We inspect each others cart and make sure we didn't forget anything.

Once we are home, we carry in the bags while the kids put the groceries away. Most of the time he cooks dinner. I try to cook at least one meal a week. Sometime I cook two. I feel guilty about this because before I got sick, I had dinner on the table every night at 6. A lot of those dinners was cooked from scratch too. (I digress.)

My night consist of working on my writing in some form. Or spacing out with a computer game. The housework is done by my husband and kids. I do the laundry on the weekends. Sometimes I do the dishes or we all pitch in together to clean the kitchen or living room good.

He never complains if the wash isn't done, that he drives everywhere, cooks, cleans and get the kids off for school. Actually, the three of them have their morning routine down and I just get in the way if I'm up. He loves this time with the kids. They come to me for everything under the sun. So the morning is his time to have the kids and he loves that they would rather have him up in the morning than me. (And I'm perfectly fine to let them have it while I get some more zzzz's in.)

He's never told me my illness is in my head or that I'm just lazy. He supports me and listens to when I don't feel good. He also massages my back from time to time and tries to work the knots out of my muscles that form in people with fibro. (Sometimes I can get my daughter to, but I have to pay her.)

I am truly blessed to have my husband to walk by my side. We just celebrated our 10th anniversary on the 8th and everyday our relationship gets better and better.

Jasmine

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Author's Web Page

This months Author's web page is Maura Anderson.

Ms. Anderson writes m/f and m/m and many are paranormal. She currently has books out with Aspen Mountain Press.





Wow! What a cover.
Be sure to check out Ms. Anderson's Link page. She has quiet a long list of helpful sites and plenty of blogs to check out. And in this economy, who wouldn't want to check out her free reads page?

And don't forget to read her bio! Wow, were does she find the time for everything?

Her page should keep you busy for hours. A great way to procrastinate from that glaring WIP you've put aside. (Oh come on, if you're an author, you know the one I mean.)


Jasmine


Saturday, April 4, 2009

And it only took three months.

I discovered the little post option link at the bottom of the create page. Now I can write my blogs when I feel up to it and schedule them to be released on the correct day. Thus helping me to stay on schedule. How cool is that? And it only took three months for me to find.

This should help me so much more to stay on schedule. I can't promise it will solve everything, but I have three blogs written and scheduled to post on the correct day and in the morning hours instead of late at night after I get home from work.

Now If I would stop procrastinating and finish my WIP.

Jasmine

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Book Trailer

Today's book trailer is on the The Actor's Guild Series by Charlotte Holley. The first one is the new book covers and the second one has the original book covers.












Book One Blurb:

McCann's Manor: Portal

Elizabeth Carr and her friend Kimberly Henson are psychically gifted and have worked together for years to help unfortunate souls find peace and go into the Light, a calling which has brought them much joy and adventure—and trouble and heartache.

When John Carter, internationally acclaimed screen actor, meets Liz and Kim at a party and tells them of McCann’s Manor, they accept the invitation to live at the Manor for a year try to help its restless spirits.

They soon find themselves in the midst of a puzzle that could prove too much for even their honed paranormal skills. Nothing is what it seems. The doors Liz and Kim open may not be so easily closed, should they change their minds about the endeavor they have taken upon themselves, and a secret more sinister than they can imagine is waiting for them inside the passages of McCann’s two hundred-year-old Manor . . .

Check out the review of book one from Night Owl Romance.



Book Two Blurb:

The Bakery Murders: Challenge

Liz Carr and Kim Henson got more than they bargained for when they agreed to move into McCann's Manor and rid the place of unfriendly spirits.

Nothing they had experienced in their ghostbusting careers could have prepared them for what lay ahead. They solved the mystery of the deaths of Leonard and Missy Tatum, as well as the murder of Benjamin McCann two hundred years before, but they never guessed that was only the beginning, nor could they have dreamed of the strange creatures from another world waiting to invade their lives.

Now death stalks them on all sides as they attempt to unravel the enigmatic questions surrounding Benjamin McCann and the beautiful house he built . . .


Check out the review of book two from Huntress Reviews.



Book Three Blurb:

Whispers From The Past: Vendetta

Whoever said the past is dead and buried never knew the evil wizard Arvashan or his fiendish plan to avenge himself on those who caused all the trouble at the very beginning . . . Liz Carr and Kim Henson find they have only skimmed the surface when it comes to the mysteries of the past and their lingering affects on the present. They are about to learn their lives and those of John Carter and Mark Adams are hopelessly tangled with Arvashan’s in a way they could never have expected.

The four friends, the local priest and the ineffable Benjamin McCann himself, have worked hard to return peace to McCann’s Manor, only to find each step forward has brought only more repercussions, leading them deeper into Arvashan’s diabolical schemes. Now the ancient sorcerer, infuriated by their success in freeing his captive souls, makes his demands, offering Liz an ultimatum she can never hope to accept or live with.

Liz has a few weeks to set her affairs in order and return with Arvashan to the past and a fate she has no memory of, or Arvashan will kill everyone she loves. The situation calls for a level of cunning and skill the friends will somehow have to find within themselves, along with a mastery of magic greater than any they possess, in order to emerge victorious over the ancient nemesis. But there is more . . . much more . . . and they are running out of time . . .

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Jasmine

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Goals

This year is moving by so fast. If I don't dig my heels in and get this WIPP done I'm not sure I ever will. And that's sad really because I am about 3 chapters away for the last period. I found that looking over my goals every few days for March made me get my butt in gear and complete the tasks. Maybe it will keep me focused this month as well.

  1. Stay on my blog schedule. This month I have more trailers and a cool author website. Plus another eye catching cover. One that I fell in love with. This month's so you want to write a book will be about research.
  2. This month I'll be reviewing a longer book for Dark Diva Reviews so I might only get one done this month, but it promises to be an outstanding read.
  3. I have a story coming out this month on earth day in an anthology, so I plan to do some promoting.
  4. Submit All For An Angel for reviews.
  5. I'm planning on a contest this month- so stay tuned.
  6. The biggest one of all-FINISH my WIPP!

Wow! Now that sounds like a big list for me. It is also my 10 year anniversary this month, so one night goes all to my hubby. (Yeah okay, I have to give him another night as well since I have to go shopping for his present. UGH! What do you buy for 10 years? I all ready promised to wear a dress and heels to go out to dinner with him.)

Well, wish me luck with my goals.

Jasmine

March Updates

I am a day late on this. My back has been hurting me, so I finally went to the doctor and she gave me some pain medicine that knocked me out. I went to sleep last night after I got home from work at about 6:30 and I didn't get up until about 11:30 today.

Anyway, back to my goals. I stayed on track with my blog, all but 2- last night and my fibro and me post. I couldn't think of anything to say that didn't sound like I was whining, so I skipped that post. But it will be up in April.

I haven't subbed anything and I don't have anything out with anyone. So nothing to report on there. I did finish all my goals for the month. I even started on chapter 14 of my WIPP. And I ordered business cards. I thought it was time since I have 2 books out and 2 coming out. By this summer I'll have a back list!

I also have some trailers and author websites scheduled for the next couple of months. I feel great about that having to write it down on a schedule. Makes me think people are reading my blog. So, if you are keeping up or checking in with my blog, I'd love for you to give me a shout. Leave a comment even if it just says hey. I loved to know if you enjoy reading my rantings, any certain blog title you like or even don't like. Let me hear from you.

Jasmine