It’s day 3 of The Hot Winter Nights Giveaway Hop
Follow the Hop! We’re giving away prizes valued over $100 (an ebook package and $60 in eGift Certificates: $50 Amazon gift card and $10 Bookstrand Bucks) And every author is in on the fun and offering more prizes on their blogs too. Stop by each and comment on that day’s post — more comments = more chances to win goodies. Winners are chosen from among the comments so be sure to leave your contact email when you do. Ask questions, be chatty. We authors just love reader participation! 🙂
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Scroll back to see what’s been offered here in the past two days. The following how-to is one of the many gifts I’ve made over the years. Sorry I don’t have pictures, but I’ve made the steps as detailed as possible so you should be able to follow along. You’ll see. Cute and easy.
Snowmen vs. Santas Checker Set ~
A friend of mine drinks different types of beer and saves bottle caps of all colors and brands for me. A few years ago I thought up a twist on an old standard game – checkers.
- 24 bottle caps. Be sure they’re not bent or sharp.
- 1 bottle of clear Diamond Glaze (check your craft store) or two or three bottles of cheap dollar store clear nail polish
- 12 pictures of Santas and 12 pictures of Snowmen thought really it could be anything as long as there are 12 of one and 12 of the other. I cut mine from a catalog with vintage pictures but you could also check the dollar store for inexpensive holiday greeting cards. It’s possible to cut the small circles (bottle cap size) by hand by tracing a quarter. Or buy yourself a nice quarter-sized hole punch. I eventually did that. Much easier and super fast.
Once you’ve assembled your supplies, dab a dot of glue inside the bottle cap and carefully center the picture inside. Smooth out any bubbles and lumps. Allow to dry then slowly fill the bottle cap with Diamond Glaze or nail polish. I found simple checkerboards at my local dollar store and used those to go with my games. You can easily make your own. A search online will show you the exact count of squares needed. The completed project really is adorable. You could even mix is up for other holidays or themes — jack-o-lanterns vs. skulls, bunnies vs. chicks, moons vs. stars, cats vs. dogs, Edward vs Jacob…ok now I know I’m out of ideas. lol
About those ebook prizes ~
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I’ve giving away an ebook copy of Dreamscape as my prize in the Hot Winter Nights Giveaway. Written in homage to Agatha Christie, Dreamscape is a haunting, a murder, a mystery, and a love story that transcends time. Above all, this sensual tale is a reader’s Easter egg hunt in the truest sense. Peppered throughout are hints suggesting a story behind the scenes. Will you find them all before it ends? It’s not necessary to the telling of the tale, I put them there just for fun. 🙂 I’m a sneaky author that way.
Here’s what readers say about Dreamscape:
“I wondered as I read this how the lovers were ever going to solve that problem, but was totally surprised at how Anderson arrived at the HEA ending I was hoping for, as I read far into the night. Great read with a surprising twist ending.”
“There is no doubt in my mind that this is one heck of a novel, one that had me introspective and thoughtful when I finished, a kind of wonder that someone could have crafted such a wonderful book.” “So readers who love erotic romance wrapped in the mists of dream and fantasy and time-travel will find this to be a delightful reading experience, an entertaining way to spend some time, and an exercise of the mind and imagination. This novel is already on my favorites list as well as my “to read again” list.” “This is not a story that should be missed. I feel it has been a true delight and privilege to read this tale.”
5- Stars ~
“Dreamscape is phenomenal! I will rant and rave about this novel’s amazingness because it is rocks in all aspects of writing style, character development, plot, and story line. Rose combines history, mystery, romance, intrigue, and sensuality seamlessly and beautifully in Dreamscape.”
5- Stars ~
“Every once in a while you read a book that is so well written and the story so real that when you finished reading it, you almost want to cry because the story is over. This book is one of those. It seamlessly combines it all, history, romance, mystery and sensuality. Without a doubt, this was one of the BEST books I’ve ever read.”
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Hello, I’m Rose Anderson, the author of these scorching romances:
The Witchy Wolf and the Wendigo, Loving Leonardo, Dreamscape, and Hermes Online.
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Just Released — The Witchy Wolf and the Wendigo
Take a peek inside the book for the entire first chapter on Amazon!
After the burial mound is excavated.
Cora called to the others, “See you in the morning guys. We’re starting at six to beat the heat. Don’t forget to drink water tonight to rehydrate, and eat a pretzel or something like that. You’ll need the salt.” Her words were met with nods and good byes. Alone now, Cora crouched beside the opened mound and carefully unrolled the last sheet of plastic canvas. Before she turned and walked away she spoke softly, as if the bones could hear. “I’m so sorry we’re disturbing your peace. I wish I could have stopped all this, but I’m powerless.” With that, she left.
A large curious field mouse scurried over the top of the burial mound. He watched the people, his gaze pulling time and again first to the fire-haired young woman leaving with the others, then to the slightly older woman who’d stayed behind to spread a blue covering over the soil with obvious care.
Sensing the people were gone, the mouse drew a deep breath. Suddenly his form changed from mouse to rabbit, from rabbit to fox, and then from fox into a wolf with unusual black markings on its face. This higher vantage allowed him to check the area before continuing. Confident he was alone, his legs lengthened as he slowly shifted from wolf on four legs to a wolf on two. His muzzle shortened, as did his ears. A moment later he stood as a man.
His throat tightened as he walked amongst the tables and pails. A small bone caught his eye and he bent to pick it up. He stared a long while, seeing but not seeing the hand it belonged to so long ago. It was his task to watch over this resting place, and his task alone. Coming here later than usual today, there was nothing he could do to stop the white man’s destruction. His eyes filled with tears as his fist closed around the finger bone. Slumping to the ground, he sobbed in anguished sorrow.
There was no sense to this. What kind of people disturb the dead? Couldn’t they see this was sacred ground, a resting place? Composing himself, he wiped the tears from his eyes before reverently setting the small bone back in the opened mound.
Twilight fast approaching, he faced the setting sun, his palms held up to the sky. He hadn’t spoken for a very long time and doing so now, his voice sounded dry and strange to his ears. “Sky Father I have failed, I beg your forgiveness!”
Kneeling, he pressed his hands to the ground. “Earth Mother, I beg forgiveness. I have failed in my task…”
Rising, he turned his back to the sun and held his arms out wide. “Wind Spirits of the East, I beg forgiveness for this failure.” Turning, he croaked, “Wind Spirits of the South, I beg…”
He rasped his plea to the remaining directions and the spirits who dwelled there, and then addressed the mound and the body that lay within, “Aiyanna my love, my heart. I have watched over you through time but I can watch no longer. Please forgive me, I have failed you….” His throat choked close. Swallowing hard, he whispered to the earth that half-covered his wife, “Again.”
Kneeling beside the dirt-encrusted bones, he pulled the cover away to expose them fully. The small bones of the baby he knew laid with its mother had dissolved in the acids of the soil. Gently digging through the loam between the exposed rib bones, his fingers found the bird stone, its cord long since returned to the earth. Holding it now, he remembered…
As a reader, I enjoy unusual love stories. As a writer I get a kick out of stretching my creativity to come up with a story that will please the reader I am. My recent release, Loving Leonardo, began this past summer in response to hateful topics in media news. The thing is, they were OLD topics — whom we could love, women’s rights to control their destiny, prejudices and hatred. Before I knew it I’d crafted a Victorian love story and wouldn’t you know, the same issues fit right in. The average person can’t control everything in our world and make it right, but writers can! I find I enjoy shaking the snowglobe. Muahahahahaaaaa!
Here’s the book trailer for part one of Loving Leonardo.
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Join me and more than 300 authors and publishers for a month of goodies at The Romance Reviews’ big Year End Splash Party. Discover new authors and read hundreds of excerpts and grab your chance at over 300 prize! Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m there the week of December 9th. To see my part in the whole thing, I need to send you to my satellite blog.
Rose Anderson’s Satellite blog on blogspot.com There you’ll find an excerpt of my recent release — Loving Leonardo.
The week of December 9th my question will be posted on The Romance Reviews site. Simply find my name on the participant list. Follow the link given to my excerpt posted on my satellite blog, read it, then go back to answer my multiple choice question on The Romance Reviews site. Play the other games and amass more points and you’ll have a pretty good chance to win an ebook copy for yourself!