Friday, November 9, 2018

Veteran's Day blog hop from Romance Veterans

It's Veteran's Day weekend, a time to remember the service of military members everywhere.

I have joined with a group of fellow women veterans in a writing group called Romance Veterans, aka RomVets. We write romances of all kind. Adult and YA. Sweet to Sexy. In honor of Veteran's Day, we're holding a blog hop, with giveaways at each stop. There is also a grand prize of a $50 gift card, given to one participant.

The grand prize is open for entries from midnight Nov 10 until midnight Nov 12. Enter below.

To 3 winners (US only), I'm giving away a hardcover copy of either Julia Day book, Fade to Us or The Possibility of Somewhere. 

I always include a military character in my YA romances, like:
  • Fade to Us-- there are two heroines: Brooke and her autistic stepsister, Natalie. Natalie's father and Brooke's stepfather is Jeff--a recently-retired Army engineer.
  • The Possibility of Somewhere--the heroine Eden meets a new friend, Mundy. Mundy's late father was a Navy helicopter pilot, who lost his life in a helicopter crash.

My giveaway runs now through midnight Nov 12. Enter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To continue on the RomVets blog hop, visit Samantha A. Cole next.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

YA Scavenger Hunt - Fall 2018

Hello, I’m Julia Day, your hostess for this stop with TEAM PURPLE!

This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! So enjoy your stop here and at the other 19 stops on Team Purple. Check out the other 6 teams too (blue, gold, green, organge, pink, and red). But play fast! This contest only lasts until Sunday, October 7, 2018.

First, a little about me.
  • My latest release, Fade to Us, is the book I'm featuring for the scavenger hunt as part of Team Purple. It's a sweet YA contemporary romance set during a summer musical theater camp. I'm an autism mom and was proud to write an autistic character as one of the trio of MCs.
  • I have my own giveaway. See the end of this post for details on how to enter.
  • Because I love to travel, I spend my vacations traveling the world. This year, it was England, Scotland, and Wales.
  • While in Scotland, I saw haggis, but I did not eat it.
Next, a reminder about the YA Scavenger Hunt.

For complete rules and instructions, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt - How to Hunt page. Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).  Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally; anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by noon Pacific Time on Sunday, October 7. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Basically, enjoy exclusive content on each stop on the hunt, collect clues, enter personal giveaways, add up the clues (numbers), and return to the YASH site to enter for more prizes.

Here are all of the wonderful books you could win from Team Purple.

Now, introducing my guest author, Chelsea Pitcher.

Chelsea Pitcher is a karaoke-singing, ocean-worshipping Oregonian with a penchant for twisty mysteries. She began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light. You can visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @Chelsea_Pitcher.

Now, let's learn more about her book This Lie Will Kill You . (Here is where you can Buy this Book!)

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.

Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave.

Chelsea's exclusive content is a Spotify playlist.

Thank you, Chelsea, for joining us this week.

Find and follow Chelsea on social media:

Before you go...

I'm giving away a copy of Fade to Us (winner's choice of print or e-book.) Enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway below. The first question is my favorite team; hint: it's my team on the scavenger hunt.
(Privacy note: you will have to supply your email address to enter. I do not use use your private data for any reason other than to notify the winner.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fade to Us has multiple main characters: Natalie, Brooke, and Micah. I think there are 22 letters in their names. Or did I miscount?

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me and many others. Add up my number and the numbers of the other 19 authors on Team Purple so that you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize.

For your next stop on the hunt for Team Purple, click here to visit Eric Lindstrom.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Coming soon - YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2018

The YA Scavenger Hunt is back again. Running from October 2 through 7, join 140 YA authors for fun, exclusive content, and prizes. Lots of prizes.

We are organized into teams of 20 authors. (I'm on Team Purple.) Each team will award one major team prize--20 books to one lucky winner. And individual authors will be giving out prizes, too.  So check us out. Join me here again, starting Tuesday, Oct 2.

For more details, visit the official YA Scavenger Hunt website.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Autism and religious inclusion

Do you love someone who is on the autism spectrum? Are you an autistic? If so, we need your help!

My daughter is autistic. She is in graduate school, studying world religions. She is also a passionate advocate for inclusion for people with autism. She is bringing these two passions together in her graduate studies by researching how autistics experience religious environments and faith communities.

She has an anonymous survey where she is collecting data on how welcome autistics feel at churches, synagogues, temples, religious centers, mosques--wherever people gather to worship or express their spirituality. She will be attending a conference in Toronto in November and hopes to present her findings about:
  • how autistics are included in religious environments
  • how the sensitivities and traits of autistics can affect their religious experiences
  • what steps religious environments and faith communities can take to become more inclusive and welcoming

If you have experiences (past or present) that you would like to include her research, please consider sharing your thoughts in the anonymous surveys below. She will protect personally identifiable information (PII). Her presentation(s) will provide education about autism, summarized information from her research, and recommendations for being more inclusive. If you fill out the survey, share what you feel comfortable saying; you are not asked for your name.

If you are autistic, please fill out the For Autistic Individuals survey.

If you have a loved one with autism, please fill out the For Families, Friends, Associates survey.

Thank you!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

UK trip and the view from the hotel

In August, my daughter and I traveled to the United Kingdom for a 2-week vacation. I have hundreds of photos to record all of the fun, beauty, history, food, and culture of this amazing nation. I can't show all of them (of course), but I will write a few blog posts and feature some of my favorite parts of England, Scotland, and Wales.

Today's post has a simple theme: the views from the hotel rooms we stayed in. With one exception, we could peer out the window of our room and enjoy the view.

London hotel, overlooking the River Thames. This was a great location, near the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye.

Cardiff, Wales -- I'm happy to say that the road noise didn't awaken us!

Liverpool, England-- overlooking the Albert Dock

Glasgow and the River Clyde
This city is Scotland's largest, and it is an industrial/business center. We enjoyed the unique and varied architecture.

Carrbridge in the Scottish Highlands
This was a small, charming town--about an hour from Inverness. It was centrally located for the sites we visited in the Highlands and Isle of Skye.

Here is the exception to beautiful views from our hotel rooms. In Edinburgh, we stayed in a Holiday Inn. Our room overlooked the parking lot. Beyond the opposite trees was the Edinburgh Zoo. Although the view is boring, each morning, the noise of excited animals awakened us--a memorable kind of alarm clock.

We ended where we began, in the same hotel on the Albert Embarkment on the River Thames!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Deal/giveaway ending Wed

I have 3 books "free" today.

I WISH will return to regular price on Thursday, so it's free for just a few more hours.

I'm also participating in a big giveaway with other authors. Enter to win an e-copy of WHISPER FALLS or an e-copy of FADE TO US. Offer ends at 11:59pm on Wednesday.

Monday, July 16, 2018

I WISH free through Aug 9

I Wish, the first book in the I Wish trilogy, is free as an e-book from most retailers for the next 3 weeks.

Please tell your family, your friends, strangers on the street...


What she needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules.

Lacey Linden has gotten good at hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. In school, she’s a girl with a ready smile and good grades, but at night, Lacey spends her time dreaming up ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find that it’s inhabited by a gorgeous “genie.” He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there’s a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.

Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling conventional wishes, he’s one assignment away from promotion to a new job with more challenging cases. His month with Lacey is exactly what he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the hardest task of all might be saying goodbye.