Knocking It Out of the Park…

Have you heard? Did you know?  My assistant had her baby girl a few months ago, Ashley, err, Mega-mind is celebrating her birthday today, PLUS she’s pregnant and just found out she’s having a little boy, and I… hmm. No, I’m not pregnant. Don’t even think it. ;) I’m all the time hatching out new stories!  So, in celebration of new life, birthdays and works in progress, we’re having a Triple Play! Get this:

HearthLand Volume I (Episodes 1-6) is FREE for a limited time.

None nonesoblindthumbSo Blind is .99 for a limited time on:
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ANDnotawordcoversm

Not a Word is .99 for a limited time as well on:
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So, if you’d like a shot at winning one of three $5 Amazon gift cards, here’s how you can help us spread the word and get entries into the drawing (downloading one or more of the books will get you an entry per book as well. Look for those options in the promo widget)

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Happy HearthLand Day!

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Well, I’ve settled back into being home, I think. However, my body doesn’t seem to be liking me for it. I’ve got some sort of… I don’t know what to call it plaguing me and leaving me just feeling “off”. Nothing a little writing won’t cure, right? ;) And I’ve got plenty of it to do, I tell you what. First up, is getting some more episodes of HearthLand going for you guys! Wait’ll you see what I have planned! Then, while I was driving I was able to plot out several of the other books that I’ve started. My assistant says maybe I should drive a bit more often. It does seem to get my juices flowing.

For this week, Episode 6: Several potential investors seem close to committing, but Ralph is uncertain about a few. He throws himself into his new “homestead” life by building a shed–with hand tools (much to the amusement of Willow and crew).

A new addition to his homestead arrives just in time for disaster. Will Ralph ever catch a break? Will the most recent setback drive the potential investors away or is HearthLand here to stay?

It’s time to give away HearthLand: Episode 6, FREE on Kindle for a limited time.

Here’s another chance to get HearthLand: Episode 6 for free (which is most definitely my favorite part of writing! I LOVE releasing these episodes for free so everyone gets the chance to enjoy them) and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

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It’s Published, Effective Immediately!!!

Here it is!!! Effective Immediately is now live on Amazon!! Please join us as we celebrate the release to this third book in the Agency Files series.

This time around, because we did a pre-release special, the price will not be discounted for this promotion. However, we’ve got some fun prizes to give away for our Effective Immediately Release Party!!!

We’re giving away a Kindle Paperwhite to the grand prize winner, all the better to read these new releases on!!! In addition, we’re giving away 5 copies of Effective Immediately. So, if you love a good book, love sharing about good books, and want a chance at one of SIX great prizes, here’s what to do:

Purchase from Amazon for only $5.99 (if you purchased yours as a part of the pre-release, you are qualified for this entry).

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Just in Time for Book Three…

mismatchedcoversmof the Agency Files… Mismatched is on sale for .99 for a limited time.

I’m sitting in my Atlanta hotel, trying to keep my eyes open, so if this makes no sense, please show mercy–been driving for over 7 hours today.  WHEW.  Tomorrow–today–I fly home.  Gotta say, as gorgeous as this green stuff here is, I am ready to see my dry desert again.  :)

I have all kinds of news for you, but since I don’t even know if I CAN stay awake to do it, I think I’ll just skip it right now and do it later this week, okay?  Oh, and there are just a few days to get Effective Immediately at the pre-order price of 4.99.  We tried this pre-sale thing this time, which means we won’t be doing a .99 promo for a little while.  It’s kind of inconsiderate to those who paid full price ahead of time, don’tcha know. So the price will go up to the usual 5.99 on Friday.

Ashley has dropped the price of Mismatched for a limited time (at least 24 hours) so here’s a chance to get the book at a great low price and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

We have lots of options.  We like to try to make it easy for everyone to get at least two entries.  We use PromoSimple widgets as our giveaway manager.  Just enter your email address and name into the widget and that’s one entry!  Answer the question in the comments below, and there’s another entry!  Then, for those who like social media (and more entries into the giveaways) here are more entry options!

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HearthLand Episode 5!

Howdy from West HLep5smVirginia!  I got DRENCHED today when I tried to get into the hotel.  It just poured the moment I arrived.  Almost forgot to change over the pricing for HearthLand!!!  Oh, well.  Tomorrow, I make the long drive back to Atlanta so I can fly home on Tuesday.  I’ve been working on all kinds of things at the retreat, so maybe I can finally upload Episode 10 this week!!!

It’s time to give away HearthLand: Episode 5, FREE on Kindle for a limited time.

Here’s a chance to get HearthLand: Episode 5 for free (which is most definitely my favorite part of writing! I LOVE releasing these episodes for free so everyone gets the chance to enjoy them) and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

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Thirty Days Hath

It seems apropos for this particular book to be on special in September, considering its title. Thirty Days Haththirtydayscoversm is a fun little adventure I had experimenting with a Christian version of “The Bachelor” … sort of. ;)

Blind Dates Are for Wimps!

At least, that’s what Adric Garrison thinks.
Can you blame him? Thanks to his sister and brother-in-law, Adric is about to embark on a year of month-long, chaperoned, blind dates. awkward.
He didn’t ask for it. But Adric still finds himself living what seems more like a bad TV reality show than a new life in Fairbury.
Once an ordinary (if prematurely gray and vertically challenged) guy, Adric is now Fairbury’s newest “most eligible bachelor,” and dreams of permanent bachelorhood loom on the horizon. Will he call it quits before the year is out, or will one of his “girls of the month” change his mind?

One man, twelve women, one happily ever after.

Ashley has dropped the price of Thirty Days Hath for a limited time (at least 24 hours) so here’s a chance to get the book at a great low price and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

We have lots of options.  We like to try to make it easy for everyone to get at least two entries.  We use PromoSimple widgets as our giveaway manager.  Just enter your email address and name into the widget and that’s one entry!  Answer the question in the comments below, and there’s another entry!  Then, for those who like social media (and more entries into the giveaways) here are more entry options!

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Myner Monday: Episode 4

HLep4smThis weekend we did the final edits to Effective Immediately and got it uploaded.  So, now I have time to devote to HearthLand!  I’m so excited and have already written one chapter.  So, look for new episodes coming soon–maybe even by this  weekend!

The big day has arrived. Three special guests arrive–three people who must sacrifice something to get there. Annie makes the forty-mile journey from Rockland to escape, using money she doesn’t have to spare to get there. Ramiro’s commitment to take his mother costs him more than he ever expected, and Kate Wallier has to reconcile her objections to the project with her aunt’s enthusiasm.

But when Ralph gets a call from Kate a few days after the event, once again, she doesn’t say what he hopes to hear. Is the project doomed?

It’s time to give away HearthLand: Episode 4, FREE on Kindle for a limited time.

Here’s a chance to get the book for free (which is most definitely my favorite part of writing! I LOVE releasing these episodes for free so everyone gets the chance to enjoy them) and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

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Lessons Learned: De-cluttering Junkie

confessionscoversmBackground for De-cluttering Junkie:  I started writing Confessions of a De-cluttering Junkie on my personal blog a few years ago.  I’d been reading blogs and message board posts that seemed to take a good thing (removing the excess from our lives) and almost turned it into an obsession.  I admit that I saw myself in both sides of Kaye–the tendency toward extreme.  My nature is to be “all or nothing” in almost everything.  I wrote the book to encourage myself and a friend of mine who is much like me.

Characters: All of the characters in De-cluttering Junkie speak to the issue of how we deal with our excess in different ways.  Some of us close our eyes and pretend it’s not there, others embrace the stuff for various reasons, and some of us, once we feel the freedom and lightness that comes with less to clean, to organize, to work around–we go a bit crazy and remove even that which enriches us.

MC:  Kaye is a delightful combination of a simple and a complex character.  At the very core of her, she has one desire–to be successful at something. How she achieves this is quite complex.  I tried to show that she has a history of starting “kicks” like this and never continuing them.  Diets, organizational things, budgets–the works. But like most of us, when something finally pushes her button at just the right time, bam! She finds the strength to keep going and succeed!

Second MC:  Jacob is kind of a projection for me.  It’s kind of how I see most men responding to me and my craziness.  My husband just rolls with the crazy ways I try to fix issues around our house (and with 11 people in 1100 sq. ft. I’ve had some bizarre ideas to try to make it keep working).  But if he were someone else–if he weren’t the longsuffering man that he is–he’d probably freak out on me just like Jacob does.  I kind of feel for Jacob.  Kaye changed the rules.  Every year she goes off on a kick of some kind, and by the end of January or so, she’s back to status quo but not this year!

Third Character:  Every superhero/heroine needs a nemesis, and what better one than a cat?  Cats are legendary for their supposed arrogance and disdain for those who might interfere with their highnesses.  Some of the things Purrlock did, are actual events.  We had a house guest with a cat once.  Let’s just say that when she desecrated our sock basket, she became an outdoor cat.  Ahem.

Theme:  Moderation in application of a principle and respect for others’ differences.  It’s so easy to become wrapped up in a new project and forget that there’s more to life than that project.  But even more than that, I wanted to drive home–more to me than to anyone–that people are more important than houses or stuff of any kind.

Response:

This is a fun story about a woman who is overcome by the chaos in her home and goes “overboard” in her efforts to de-clutter. Her new “hobby” affects everyone around her, and not always in a positive way. Eventually, she finds the balance and in the process learns better relationship and parenting skills while her family discovers the rewards of organization.
Her nemesis is….the family’s cat. Yep.
You will find a clever story line, inspiration and tips for home organization, and an overall enjoyable read.  ~Colleen ND

Once again, Mrs. Havig has written a wonderful story that speaks to the real person. With feline hilarity to break up the seriousness, characters come to life who could be your next door neighbour, your sister or brother, or even yourself. Not only was I inspired to get some cleaning done, but I was reminded to remain consistent in training my children and be compassionate in sharing my convictions with others. I love how she even gave careful thought to the audience members, fleshing out people you could picture in your head and recognize if you came across them in another of her books.   ~Amazon Customer

Confessions of a De-cluttering Junkie is a fun read but also has deeper lessons to take to heart. What started as a good thing – getting rid of ‘junk’ became an obsession. Letting anything take over our lives and becoming a ‘junkie’ has effects on our family and friendships. As a person who recently became a ‘decluttering junkie’ I was cheering her on as she organized her house. But seeing how her attitude affected those around her made me realize that I need to keep others feelings in mind as well.   ~ M Wenger

This story was very helpful to me. I bought it because I have dearly loved every book that Chautona Havig has written. I haven’t been dissatisfied with any book yet. The De-cluttering Junkie was uplifting. It made me want to De-clutter my home and I am working on that. Her nemesis, Purrlock is fun. Just try it, I believe that you will enjoy it as well. Thank you Chautona for another enjoyable read.  ~Betty

Summary:  This book is a lighthearted look at serious problems in many modern Christian lives.  It addresses our tendency toward excess–both in possessions and in our response to things.   We have a tendency toward what I call “the pendulum effect”–our tendency to swing from one extreme to another instead of finding a practical balance.  Kaye overspent and packed their house with stuff, so instead of learning to get rid of what they’d never miss, she tries to get rid of everything they can possibly live without.

And watch for updated short stories over at De-clutteringJunkie.com .  Whether it’s a hunt for a purse, a new obsession, or the Purrlock Report, you’ll find fun tidbits about Kaye, organizing, and keeping the junk from your house’s trunk!

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The New and the Old…

volume2smThis is kind of a fun week for me, as it’s the first time we have specials on both of my serial novels at the same time. Past Forward is the original, and introduces you to Willow. HearthLand is the current serial novel, which continues with Willow as a background character and introduces you to Ralph Myner, among others.

This week, HearthLand: Episode 3 is free for a limited time on Kindle.

If you are new to us here at Just the Write Escape, you may have missed the initial episodes of Past Forward, my first serial novel. Here’s a wonderful chance for you to catch up on several episodes all at once, and get to really know Willow, who also plays a roll in my current serial novel, HearthLand.

Past Forward: Volume I: is free!

and

Past Forward Volume II: is only .99 for a limited time.

This collection includes episodes six through nine of Past Forward. Willow, battling grief and anger, drives Chad from the farm, but he finds himself drawn back, despite her determination to keep a wall between them. An accident and the chance of a lifetime threaten everything she thought she held dear. As the walls crumble, Chad and Willow’s friendship deepens into something truly special, but to what end? Everyone around him pushes Chad into a relationship he both wants and fights, knowing that Willow simply is not ready.

Someone is wreaking havoc around her farm. Afraid for Willow’s safety, the police take turns guarding her place when off duty and she finds it hard to endure the disruption of her tranquility.

And then, Chad asks her to dance. Can she trust him? Find out in this second volume.

Ashley has dropped the price of Past Forward Volume II for a limited time (at least 24 hours) so here’s a chance to get the book at a great low price and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

We have lots of options.  We like to try to make it easy for everyone to get at least two entries.  We use PromoSimple widgets as our giveaway manager.  Just enter your email address and name into the widget and that’s one entry!  Answer the question in the comments below, and there’s another entry!  Then, for those who like social media (and more entries into the giveaways) here are more entry options!

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In the Mood for a Mystery?

It seems liktocssme a good day for a mystery. Right along with the mystery of why the newsletter didn’t go out last night. Or why my assistant’s burner on her stove sparks when it’s not turned on. Why, the world may never know. However, I’m hoping, if you haven’t read Two o’Clock Slump you’ll take advantage of this offer and spread the word. Or, if you have already read it, I’d love it if you would let the world know, by getting your entries in for this weeks drawing for two $5 Amazon gift cards.

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