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Saturday, April 25, 2015



This hop is hosted by Author Sandra Love
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Synopsis
A Cowboy and his Duty
Jason McGregor was a country boy raised on a horse ranch. His daddy taught him the meaning of family responsibility but that didn't teach him anything about the rules of love. In Jason's eyes it was all about the horses and keeping the McGregor Ranch going. When Haley Sheridan came to visit, Jason's world gets turned upside down. He could no longer see black and white anymore.
Haley Sheridan was far from home and lost without her father. Her emotions were all over the place. She only came to Montana out of duty to her mother. She didn’t understand how Mrs. McGregor took care of all the house hold chores from cooking, cleaning, and making sure her husband and sons were taken care. But when she looked at Jason there was something in his eyes that made her want to understand.
Could a cowboy love a city slicker? Or a city slicker love a cowboy? Neither one knew how to communicate what they really wanted. Come follow Jason and Haley in Book 1 of The McGregor Saga. See how two hearts can become one with enough faith.

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Author Bio:
Alisha Guenzel The Author

She is a native to New England although she was raised on the plains of West Texas. She has always loved to write stories. But it wasn't until she married her husband did she take a chance on her dream to become a published author. Although writing is her passion, she also loves to spend time with her kids and husband on their five acre ranch.

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Jason’s Duty
By: Alisha Guenzel
Blog Tour April 22nd-27th

A Cowboy and his Duty
Jason McGregor was a country boy
raised on a horse ranch. His daddy taught him the meaning of family
responsibility but that didn't teach him anything about the rules of love. In
Jason's eyes it was all about the horses and keeping the McGregor Ranch going.
When Haley Sheridan came to visit, Jason's world gets turned upside down. He
could no longer see black and white anymore.
Haley Sheridan was far from home
and lost without her father. Her emotions were all over the place. She only
came to Montana out of duty to her mother. She didn’t understand how Mrs.
McGregor took care of all the house hold chores from cooking, cleaning, and
making sure her husband and sons were taken care. But when she looked at Jason
there was something in his eyes that made her want to understand.





Could a cowboy love a city
slicker? Or a city slicker love a cowboy? Neither one knew how to communicate
what they really wanted. Come follow Jason and Haley in Book 1 of The McGregor
Saga. See how two hearts can become one with enough faith.









Alisha Guenzel's first installment in The McGregor Saga is a delightfully sweet love story. 

Though the story is centered around Haley and Jason's relationship, it's also a family love story - with all that entails. The reader is able to experience the couple's growth, both, individually and as a twosome. Haley learns that being part of a family whose lives are devoted to each other, brings its own challenges and rewards.

I'm particularly fond of family sagas and am looking forward to the next book in this series.  



Alisha Guenzel The Author

She is a native to New England
although she was raised on the plains of West Texas. She has always loved to
write stories. But it wasn't until she married her husband did she take a
chance on her dream to become a published author. Although writing is her
passion, she also loves to spend time with her kids and husband on their five
acre ranch.
Author Web Links:
The McGregor Saga Book Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheMcGregorSaga
Trailer for Jason’s Duty:  http://youtu.be/PqxEkZ7ZTnU











Monday, April 20, 2015

Seven Things


My publisher, Kim Mutch Emerson, (Master Koda Select Publishing), challenged us
to write seven things nobody knew about us as writers. Here are my seven.


  1. The same string of numbers appears in every book I write. They are an alarm code, a license number and so on.
  2. Every book includes the name of someone that has touched my life in some way. Good and not so good. No, I won’t say which ones. I’ll leave it to your imagination.
  3. When a word doesn’t come quick enough, I will type, “SOME WORD I CAN’T THINK OF GOES HERE”, in bright, bolded red CAPS. Doing so allows me to move on with the story. It also makes it easier to spot when I go back to edit.
  4. There are times when I type an entire paragraph of nonsensical text, (the ridiculous brown squirrel typed silly words over and over because her brain was turning to mush…), until what I need to write comes to me. Of course, that is also typed in red CAPS for later removal.
  5. While editing, I’ve been known (by my cats and poodle) to rant at my publisher and editor in a very loud voice. Afterwards, I follow instructions like a good author and thank them whole-heartedly for their brilliance. Hmm, I think I’ve just outed myself… Love y’all!
  6. I have a small fountain sitting on my desk. I listen to the water trickle over the stones when I write.
  7. I believe, as in real life, not all stories will have happy endings.


Those are my seven things. Feel free to share yours in the comments. I’d love to get a peek. 
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WE HAVE WINNERS





Thank you to everyone who visited the blogs in the Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Blog Hop
We've had fun and hope you did, too.
The winner of the rafflecopter giveaway is
Laura M. Our fearless leader, Natalie Star
has been in touch and will award the $70.00 gift card, posthaste.

Becky Nixon has won the drawing for her choice of any one of my eBooks
available on Amazon.com here. I'll be in touch. Thank you for playing.

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A bushel basket full of thank yous goes out to Natalie
of Just Natalie  for organizing this hop.




Friday, March 20, 2015

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Blog Hop!


Happy Spring Everyone!


I'm excited to revive the blog with a post to welcome spring 2015 & a giveaway. Two giveaways, as a matter of fact! You'll find the information for the giveaways at the bottom of the page. All participating blogs are listed at the bottom of the page. 



A huge thank you goes out to Just Natalie for all her hard work at corralling participants, prizes, and the like. Let's all give her a hand for putting this hop together. She's pretty awesome!
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Winter's long rest leads to spring promise - A fresh start for every living thing.
It's not for us to question why we are given the gift - it's what we do with it that matters. 


My most favorite thing about Spring 2015 is second chances

My parents. Love, kindness, deliberateness, acceptance, forgiving & giving.

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Here are a few of my favorite things about spring

Spring Rains
Freshly tilled veggie gardens


Fresh strawberries

Promise of fresh fruit

New babies!

Colorful blooms
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Now for the fun part 

The RAFFLECOPTER is at the bottom of this post. You can enter for a chance at a $70.00 gift card - your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You'll find the rafflecopter on each participating blog listed below. The rafflecopter will end at 11:59 EST on 3/23. 

In addition to that prize, I'll be giving away an eBook copy of any one of my published books to one winner. To have your name added to the hat, simply comment with something you love about spring. I'll choose the winner of the eBook on Monday. 

Also, to make it easy to share with your friends, just tick any, or all, 
of the social media buttons at the bottom of this post.

Come back here Wednesday the 25th for the names of the winners.
I'll also announce it on my Facebook page. Everyone is invited to connect with me over there. 
That way, you'll never miss another event.
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BLOG HOP PARTICIPATING BLOGGERS

1. Just Natalie (US)                                                                  8. Diary of Two Mad Authors (INT)
2. Author Jennifer Loiske (INT)                                                            9. Dominique Goodall (INT)
3. Author Linda Bolton (US)                                                         10. A New Day Has Begun (INT)
4. Making Believe (INT)                                                                           11. Vixie's Stories (INT)
5. From the Desk of Nadia Kilrick (INT)                                                           12. Lauri Fern (US)
6. Life According to Jane (INT)                            13. Debra Shiveley Welch Love and Writing (INT)


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$70 Gift Card for Amazon or B&N


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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

WOW Wednesday with Karen Magill


At the desk today, we have Karen Magill. She is an author and a quite special human being. Her blog, Vancouver Vagabond, is one of my favorite blogs. She includes so much information and many great pictures. Oh, I got sidetracked there for a minute. We're here to find out more about her books and the party Did I mention that there will be a release party on 5 March? There sure will be and it's right here.

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Author Karen Magill


What if you woke one day to find yourself paralysed on one side of your body?

That’s what happened to Karen Magill on June 5, 2000. Nine days later she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and just over three months after that, she had to leave the best job she had ever had. Ms. Magill started on a frightening, confusing journey that was her life now.

Then something interesting happened. Once Karen began adjusting to her new circumstances, coming to terms with the fact that her former life had vanished, she realized that the MS was a gift. Her eyes opened to the possibilities around her. 

On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success looks at Ms. Magill’s life with MS and the factors in life, which influence her. This isn’t a how to book on living well with chronic illness, but rather a touching, opinionated, sometimes humorous story on how one person has gone from partial paralysis to jumping to touch low hanging tree leaves. 

As long as we aren’t six feet under, we are on the right side and anything is possible. That’s the philosophy Ms. Magill lives by and hopes that readers will come to realize that they too can overcome hardships and live good lives.






Excerpts:


First thing in the morning, I am not fully awake but I do know I have to go to the washroom – that room calls me as soon as my eyes open. Sometimes even before. That Monday I crawled the short distance between my bedroom and the bathroom where I hauled myself onto the toilet, took care of business, and then dragged myself up to the bathroom sink. I leaned against the vanity and brushed my teeth, watching myself in the mirror as I did so. It was strange. Nothing on the left side of my face moved. It was as if someone had drawn a line down the center of my body and everything on the right side was fine but the left side didn’t move. What was going on?

All sorts of possibilities go through one’s mind when he or she is waiting for a diagnosis such as this. Could it be cancer? Or something I have never heard of? Was my life going to be cut short? So many possibilities. But that wasn’t what was worrying me.

I was terrified that the results of the MRI wouldn’t show anything and once again medical professionals would think I was imagining things. I began to silently chant to myself, Let the MRI show something. I chanted that refrain the entire time I was travelling downtown.

Yeah, there was a fair amount of self-pity. I resented the fact I had finally got a job which paid well enough for me to have a future and then this happens. It seemed that every time I was making positive advances in my life, something would happen to derail me. Like the accident on the horse – I was going to college in Vancouver and on my summer break when that happened. What dastardly crime did I, or one of my ancestors, commit so that every time I got something good happening in my life, I would get knocked off my feet again.

Perhaps I was also afraid. This was my opportunity to prove that I had writing talent and could succeed in the literary business. What if I didn’t have any talent? What if I was just a dreamer with no talent, no ability, and destined to remain the way I was until I died? What if all my previous failures were a sign I wasn’t capable? What if there was no hope for me?


Karen Magill is a very busy lady. You'll find her working away at any of the places listed below.





(@KarenMagill)







Don't forget to come out and be with us at the release party. 
There will be games, prizes and tons of fun with fabulously friendly people!