Friday, March 28, 2014

Freebie Starts Tomorrow (March 29th, 2014)

Spread the word. My book, BLOOD MOON, will be available as a free Kindle download starting tomorrow (March 29, 2014) at Amazon.

Click here!

I wanted to give away copies of my book in time for the April SATs for all those juniors out there who need a more interesting way to cram for the vocab section. If you are unfamiliar with my book, here is the blurb:

Werewolves are roaming Northeast High, and Savannah Black is determined to hunt them down.

When Savannah's academic rival mysteriously disappears, she enlists the aid of her two best friends, Dina and Nick, to solve the mystery. Football players with glowing eyes and razor sharp canine teeth may have fooled the faculty, but not Savannah and her friends. These brave students are determined to eradicate a clan of deadly werewolves who threaten to take over their school.

When Dina disappears right before the big Homecoming Dance, Savannah and Nick must act quickly to save her from the werewolf's curse. But will a straight-A student be able to master knives and silver bullets as easily as chemistry and calculus?

Warning! This book contains pentagrams, bonfires in the woods, and 1000 SAT words and their definitions to challenge you.

It's a fun book, not super duper long (151 pages), and has some great reviews so far. Please download a copy starting tomorrow and, if you are so inclined, rate the book either on Good Reads or Amazon when you are done reading. I'd really appreciate it!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fun With Fashion

Okay, so this is a totally non-book, non-writing related post. But it's a whole lot of fun!

About a week ago, I found out about a monthly subscription service that started about 2 or 3 years ago. It's called Stitch Fix. Let me give you the low-down on what this service is all about, if you haven't heard of it:

  • First, you fill out your fashion profile on their website, which includes questions about style, size, colors you like, accessories you wear, etc.
  • You pay $20 per month for the service.
  • A stylist is assigned to you, reads your fashion profile (you can also give them the link to your Pinterest board and other online sites in order for the stylist to get a better feel for what you like), and selects items for you.
  • You receive one box per month with 5 clothing and/or accessory items from a variety of affordable designers/stores.
  • The items come with 'styling cards' that give you a casual and more formal 'look' for how to wear each item in the box.
  • You can choose to keep any or all items in the box if you like them.
  • Any items you don't like you return to the company in a pre-paid envelope within 3 days.
  • If you choose to keep an item(s), the $20 fee is discounted from the cost of the item(s).
  • If you buy all 5 items in the box, you get a 25% discount on the total price of the items + the $20 in credit.
  • You provide feedback on a card to your stylist, so she gets a better idea of what you like, so each successive box you receive should hone in better and better on your personal style.
I love this whole idea!  I live in a pretty rural area and about 45 minutes to 90 minutes away from a decent sized mall or well-known chain stores. I buy some of my clothes locally, but a lot of times I shop on the internet or save my shopping for the few times a year when I have the time and happen to be in the city. I'm not the kind of gal who likes to take all day to shop. I find that tiring. Usually I whip through a store, thinking I know what colors, patterns or styles I'm looking for and focusing only on a few items in a store full of stuff.

Also, I am not that fashion savvy. I am not good at mixing and matching things and have secretly liked the idea of someone styling me! So I think this service is ideal for someone in my situation. My other thought is, my assigned stylist will inspire me to try on clothing I might never have selected on my own, which would be a good way for me to get out of a styling rut and jazz up my wardrobe.

I completed my styling profile and registered for the next available Style Fix date - May 13th!  Long time to wait, I know. At first, I signed up for only one month of service, but then I returned to the sign up page and selected the 'monthly' option. I realized that to head down to the city to shop would probably cost me $20 in gas, so if the shopping came to me, it might actually be worth the fee, even if I don't buy something every time. And, considering how long I had to wait for the next available date, I was worried that I'd love my Style Fix delivery and have to wait another 2 or 3 months to get back on the shipment schedule.

When I get my box in May, I will report back and let you know what I think. If you believe this service might be of interest to you, check out the link below:


Just FYI, this is a total self-promo link, as I will get $25 in credit for anyone who signs up using the link. But, hey, I might as well give it a try? Why not!?