Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday, a Spotlight, and Writer's Block

Today's post has lots of stuff to choose from.

Not sure how to give an book as a gift?
It's easier than you might think!

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I'm excited to spotlight Natalie Palmer's new book, Second to None. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Second Kiss.
You can see my review here.

“Things change. People change. Jess and I weren’t above it.”

Gemma’s first year of high school isn’t starting out the way she hoped. Jess is back from California and before she can memorize her class schedule their summer romance comes to a screeching halt. To add to her misery the gorgeous new girl in school also has eyes for Jess and despite Gemma’s unfailing attempts to win him back she keeps finding herself alone.

But when a late night car crash lands her a three month grounding and twenty hours of community service she discovers that there’s more to life than just romance and boyfriends.

Unpredictable and heart wrenching, Second to No One is the perfect continuation to the magical beginning of the Gemma and Jess romance.

About the author:
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where I was spoiled to have the huge Wasatch Mountains in my backyard.  I graduated from the University of Utah with a major in English Literature but that's boring.  The exciting part was when I met and fell in love with the boy of my dreams. He wasn’t my first or second kiss but he was by far my favorite and it didn't take us long to figure out that life could never be as good apart as it was together. So we got married and have been living happily ever after ever since.

Second Kiss

“Even my most humiliating moments seemed funny somehow when I told them to Jess.” 

Gemma Mitchell is a normal girl who somehow gets herself into abnormally embarrassing circumstances. And while she thinks she's the biggest loser in school because of them, there are a few people in her life who would disagree. One of those people is her best friend, Jess Tyler, who is opposite to her in every way. He's popular, good looking, athletic, and intelligent, and he can't get enough of Gemma. But while Gemma is dealing with problems like wrong locker combinations and Valentine's Day dances, Jess is living in a world of serious issues that are foreign to Gemma, until she realizes that he's holding on to her for dear life.
Humorous and true to life, Second Kiss is an entertaining saga about a boy and girl who find that their lives have a lot more meaning once they have shared them with each other.

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Have any of you seen Amanda Hocking's hilarious blog post (yes, it's from last May) about How to Give Yourself Writer's Block?
So much good advice in there.

To my credit, while I've done them, I've never given myself writer's block. Just lucky so far, I guess. But I'm learning to steer clear of the reviews thing, especially.

Okay, be honest. Have you ever done any of those things?


  1. How to give myself writer's block? Like I need the help!

  2. I'm like Alex, I don't need any help with that LOL. Congratulations to Natalie!

  3. haha so far I've never had writers block, better off avoiding learning how to get it, congrats

  4. Great post by Amanda Hocking. I hope I don't ever do those things. We'll see. :)

  5. What a useful video. They have a "How To" for everything!

  6. I'll admit to nothing but I may or may not have done anything on that list. I've never given myself writers block. Yet. Just a few extra pounds when I start binging on chocolate.

  7. That video is pretty helpful.

    And I'm not sure if I need any extra aid on the writer's block thing. It seems to like stopping by and staying like that unwanted relative who thinks it's okay to mooch off you lol!!

  8. Thanks for the spotlight Donna! I love your blog and love that we've known each other for a good part of our writing/publishing journey! :) You're amazing!

  9. I'd better stay away from that post. I don't need any help not writing. And thanks for the book recommendation. Congrats to Natalie!


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