Thursday, August 30, 2012

Failing is Not the End

Today, I invited a fellow writer from my author's guild to share a thought. Tanya is celebrating the release of her new novel. Here's her inspirational thought:

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." -- Samuel Beckett

While Beckett is a playwright, his words ring true for any writer (or artist, for that matter). No matter how perfectly I may envision a scene or a story in my mind, somewhere between my imagination and the words that form on the monitor, something is inevitably lost. As the writer, Mary Gordon, put it: "It's a bad business, this writing. No marks on paper can ever measure up to the word's music in the mind, to the purity of the image before its ambush by language." I love Beckett's quote because it gives me room to breathe in my career. It makes each rejection an opportunity to try again. It makes each less than favorable review an opportunity to work at changing someone's mind the next time.

And so I try, fail, and try again. Hopefully, with each new book I'm failing better.

Tanya Parker Mills is the award-winning author of The Reckoning. After a life abroad, she now resides in Washington with her husband, son, and two cats.
Tanya has a terrific contest going on right now at her site with lots of great prizes!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Book Bomb for FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY by Merrill Osmond and Shirley Bahlmann

Celebrate the release of FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY by Merrill Osmond and Shirley Bahlmann with a special price today and get a free video of the NEW original song by acclaimed singer/songwriter, Merrill Osmond!

I have a special offer for you—it’s only good for today—Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Purchase FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY  from Then email with your order confirmation/receipt. Once Rachelle receives your order details, she will email you an amazing selection of over 10 free gifts from Merrill Osmond, Shirley Bahlmann, and several others!

 Here’s what’s in store when you purchase FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY  today only:
(All items will be emailed to you from Rachelle after she receives your order confirmation.) You can purchase the Kindle Edition HERE for $3.99 today! Paperback also available for $15.99.
Over 10 free gifts to enjoy!

To celebrate the launch of his new novel, Merrill Osmond, singer/songwriter, producer, and author is offering a free video of his new song titled after the novel, Faith, Hope, and Gravity.

 Shirley Bahlmann, co-author of Faith, Hope, and Gravity, is offering
EBOOK-DETOURS-WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU A CURVE JUST FOLLOW THE ROAD begins with 5 friends facing a journey to an incredibly lovely estate glimpsed in the distance. Their kindly host tells them to follow the signs as they travel. But did he really mean for them to obey the "Detour" sign that takes them off the paved road onto a rough track? Or is it a clever prank? Find out where they end up, then ask yourself: Where are your choices leading you?

EBOOK by Shirley Bahlmann - ANEDRA AND THE FISH PRINCE proves that a beautiful yet selfish young lady really does have a heart when she volunteers to help her mother. But all the good seems to go down the drain when she disobeys her father and eats a bite of forbidden fish. Her disobedience sends her on a remarkable journey. She swims under the sea, flies into the air, and finds herself smack in the middle of an angry giantess's castle with only a grumpy dog as her companion.
Shirley Bahlmann has had over 20 books published in 10 years, with several more manuscripts eagerly awaiting publication. Go ahead and visit her blog at:

THE PRIZEWINNING SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL BREAD RECIPE. This grand prize winning recipe won Rebecca McGarry a brand-spanking new Bosch mixer, still in the box, against the entries of 39 other hopeful bread makers. As the mother of 10 children, Rebecca makes good use of her mixer. Go ahead and make yourself a batch of warm award-winning bread, and feel right at home.

Connie Sokol, author, speaker and life coach is offering a free podcast: Life Vision
Create a Life Vision!
Get back to center with this 30-minute CoachCast to help you find your focus, set successful and enjoyable goals, embrace the unexpected, feel the power of simple rewards, and create your own Life Board. Learn why a Life Vision is key to becoming your ideal self-start today!
Visit for video segments, blog posts, products, and more.

Heather Johnson from Family, shares with you 5 powerful tips for keeping your marriage strong. Including the "anatomy of a successful date night" and tips for better daily communication. Free download of PDF file.

Free Children’s song from the American Tall Tales Collection of Story Time Felts & More written and performed by Rachelle Christensen & Craig Hancock. The Johnny Appleseed song tells the story of the beloved folk tale hero who walked the frontier planting apple trees for the future.
Story Time Felts & More is the leader in interactive felt products creating imaginative play for children for over 25 years.

EBOOK by Tristi Pinkston - Secret Sisters is an LDS cozy mystery novel about an elderly Relief Society presidency who turns to espionage to get their visiting teaching done, and accidentally bring down a drug ring.
Tristi Pinkston is the author of fifteen books and works full-time as a freelance editor. She is a popular presenter at writers conferences all over the Intermountain West. You can learn more about her at

Free song from Craig Hancock, acclaimed pianist and producer, owner of Sage Mountain Studios. From Sounds of the Seasons, you’ll receive the original song, “Snowflakes.”

·         Shear Luck free ebook by Heather Justesena romance novella-- When salon manager Chelsea Robison walks into the restaurant next door, she's surprised to run into her teenage crush Vaughn Krenshaw. Though he is still mourning his wife's death, he can't help but take a chance and ask her out. As things start getting serious, family pressure about dating again, and rumors from his past surface, making the chance for happily ever after look farther than ever.

The PDF of “Solving the Mystery of Writing—5 Steps to Successful Writing” from award-winning author, Rachelle J. Christensen.

Why a book bomb? A book bomb is when a large group of people purchase a certain book on a specific day on Amazon. This pushes the book's popularity up the Amazon ranks, which in turn gives the book more visibility to Amazon shoppers. That’s the goal today for FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY. 

So feel free to pass this on to your friends and shout it out on FB, Twitter, etc. We’d like as many people as possible to benefit from these bonus gifts.

 Remember this offer is only good for purchases made on Wednesday, August 29, 2012! You must Email with your order confirmation/receipt when you purchase FAITH, HOPE, AND GRAVITY (Paperback) from (ebook).

Monday, August 27, 2012

Back to Basics 8 Week Challenge

Turn over a new leaf this fall by joining our bi-yearly "Take the 8-week Challenge"!  Get organized, fit and fabulous, a personal life vision and more. The first 15 people to register from this blog site will be entered to win a FREE 30-minute CoachCast in Week 1 of the Challenge!

I loved reading this book and I'm planning on participating in the challenge once again because Connie is amazing! She offers so many valuable insights--her podcasts are great, just listened to one when I went running the other day. I love that feeling of hope and motivation that she shares--the idea that we can do a little bit at a time that adds up to a lot of wonderful changes in our life!

From Connie:
Through the program, receive weekly online support through our podcasts, video segments, motivational posts, and surprise gifts for dedicated doers. Based on my Faithful, Fit & Fabulous book, each week you will set and achieve one goal, accomplishing a total of 8 goals that focus on 8 areas of your life.

This program works! Women have lost weight, organized their homes, strengthened relationships, created more joy in daily life and more. Here are two comments from participants: "Thank you so much for giving me the needed push to do something I've wanted to do for months & never completed. I got 10s on my goal reviews...that has never happened for me with goal setting. THANK YOU!" B.Bird. And, "As I've created my life vision, I've learned about who I am and what I want to do in my life. I've gained a new sense of happiness. My husband and girls have noticed the change in my attitude." C.Adams

Register today and begin making the life changes you desire by clicking here.

Connie Sokol
President, Back to Basics

Faithful, Fit & Fabulous: Get Back to Basics and Transform Your Life - in just 8 Weeks

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Feed Your Reader Giveaway Hop

We're celebrating back to school with all kinds of great giveaways and BOOKS!
I think you'll definitely want to check this contest out-- a gift certificate you can use to purchase a Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet OR another ereader of your choice up to $200!

Want to enter? Just jump over to my new team website, and enter on the rafflecopter form. It's super easy, and while you're there, it'd be great if you would like to follow Mashed Potatoes and Crafts.

In addition to the ereader contest, I'm participating in the ebook only hop sponsored by and

Enter HERE on my rafflecopter form to win one ebook of your choice up to $9.99 value. That's right, you get to pick the ebook, I'll buy it from Amazon and send it over to your Kindle. If you have another ereader, you can still enter, as long as it is easy for me to send you the free ebook.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
You can enter at any of the following blogs for free ebooks!


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