Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Book Review: No Holly for Christmas

No Holly for Christmas by Julie N. Ford.

Here's what the publisher says:
As Brian McAlister struggles to move past being jilted not once, but twice by the only woman he's ever loved, he's all but given up on relationships. Then, on special assignment for the DA's office, he crosses paths with ex-socialite turned social worker, Holly Cavanaugh Winter-and romance blossoms. Widowed, practically penniless, and reduced to shopping at WalMart, Holly is dreading the approaching Holiday Season. However, her angst isn't due to her husband's untimely death the previous December 25th, but because of a secret that could reveal itself unless she can find a way to avoid the coming Christmas. Love at first sight quickly turns frigid for Brian and Holly when Holly gets pulled into a manhunt for an accused murderer who now has his sights set on her. His case unraveling, Brian finds himself tasked with keeping Holly and her two daughters safe while bringing an assassin and the powerful man who hired him to justice. A heart-warming story of suspense, healing, giving and receiving, No Holly for Christmas is the perfect addition to everyone's holiday reading list.

Here's what I think: I love Christmas stories, and this one did not disappoint! While I admit I'm a sap for any story set during the Christmas holiday, I was pleasantly surprised with the uniqueness of this story. No Holly for Christmas is not your typical holiday romance; it is instead a story full of suspense and intrigue. I was impressed with the author's ability to create realistic characters. She does a fantastic job of putting you inside of Holly's and Brian's heads, helping you see the real characters, faults and all. And Holly is not your typical heroine, which makes me like the story even more. I will warn you that there is some adult content, nothing that really crosses the line, but it does get intense in a few places. Overall, the author does a fantastic job of creating real characters you will connect with in this southern tale of loss, learning, and love.

No Holly for Christmas is available on Amazon. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

We Have A Winner!

Thank you all for following my blog and entering this giveaway! Random.org has spoken, and the winner is....

Krystal Larsen

Congratulations Krystal! I'll be emailing you to get you a copy of this fabulous new book, Futures. For the rest of you, check back soon to see how you can get your very own copy of this book.

And keep checking back. This was my first giveaway, but certainly not my last.

Monday, November 7, 2011

November Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to my first giveaway! This is part of a HUGE blog hop, with over 200 blogs participating. You can enter as many of the giveaways as you want. That's a lot of free Christmas gifts, people!

The lucky winner of my giveaway will receive a copy of Futures, a new sci-fi/crime novel by Edison Carver. You can pick if you want a hard copy or ebook version of the book, which hasn't even been released in stores yet! That's how awesome this giveaway is!

You can check out more about Futures and Edison Carver here.

Okay, now the important part. Here's how you win this fabulous book.

1. Become a follower of this blog.

Yep, that's it. You can now win the new novel Futures! If you'd like one more easy-peasy additional entry, then leave a comment on this post telling me what book you'd like me to review.

Done. And done. You now have two entries to win!

The giveaway runs from November 8th - 11th. I'll announce the winner on Nov. 12th.

Now go check out these blogs to see what other awesome prizes you are going to win.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Pun Times

Pun Times is a segment showcasing linguistic humor. It'll be short, sweet, and pee-your-pants funny. And none of that is guaranteed . . . except maybe the last part.
I'd like to pretend I'll post a new Pun Times every week, but this is me we're talking about, the Queen of Procrastination. Instead, I'll just keep you guessing. So be sure to check back often or follow this blog because you do not want to miss out on these!

Also, check out my post on Tuesday. I'm going to be doing my first giveaway this week as part of a HUGE blog hop. I'll link you up with tons of other blogs doing giveaways this week--think FREE Christmas gifts!

And now, this week's Pun Times. I love this commercial!

So . . . what are you sinking about? 

Friday, October 28, 2011


Two year olds are good for many things, like being defiant and yelling "No!" then giving you the best snuggle ever. They are also good for discovering the funny, and sometimes absurd, aspects of language.
My two year old was jumping on his bed yelling, "Yeehaw! Yeehaw!" I'd never heard him say that before, so I asked if he was a cowboy.

He gave me a funny look and an "uh-huh" followed by "Moo! Moo! Momma, I'm a cow-boy! Moo!" Apparently his interpretation of the word cow-boy was a little different.
I have to admit, his idea of a cow-boy makes sense. It is a much more literal definition of the word than a man who leads cows; he is neither cow nor boy.

And my two year old, he spent the rest of the morning running around the house mooing.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


When I was little I loved olives. I would to look forward to Thanksgiving just for the big bowl of black olives. Some people think they are a garnish, I thought they were a meal in themselves. My love affair with olives began a long, long time ago.

I grew up in a big family, so we didn't go out to eat very often. On our birthday we got to pick a restaurant and go out with just my parents. For my 7th birthday I picked my favorite Mexican restaurant in town, and I knew exactly what I was getting: taco salad. Why? Because it came in a tortilla shell and, most important, it had an olive on top. In fact, it usually came with TWO olives on top!

We went to the restaurant, just me and my parents. We ordered, and I waited. And salivated. I could almost taste the salty, pickley, tart goodness that was coming my way. Finally, the salad arrived! I looked down and admired the golden, crispy shell. The aromatic ground beef and fresh lettuce. The bath of salsa and dollop of sour cream. And then . . .


I was crushed. I didn't even want the stupid salad and its stupid shell. I just wanted my olives. Two whole olives that were going to be all mine. I would have taken one, maybe even just part of one. But there was nothing. I didn't want to make my parents feel bad. I was still eating out at a restaurant, which was a BIG deal for kid #7. So, after a small bit of complaining, I said,

"Oh well, I'll live!"

And then I started to laugh. And my mom laughed, too. Because "I'll live" sounded a lot like "olive". Which doesn't make any sense other than it was punny, and I knew it.

And in that moment, on my 7th birthday, without any olives, a Word Nerd was born.


This past week was B-U-S-Y!

I had to finalize edits on the novel I've been editing all summer as well as pump out edits for a dissertation proposal. I knew the proposal was coming but wasn't expecting it this week.

The novel is called Futures, and you can find out more about it here. It's a fun sci-fi story and will be available on e-readers for the holidays. I'll let you know the purchase information once it's available.

I was contracted for the novel through Blue Cannon Group. If you're looking for an editor, graphic artist, or business marketer for your work, check them out. Or, if you're interested in contracting me as an editor you can email me: commasense1@gmail.com