Poetry – Better Than Money


I like many things
better than money –

windy skies
and resilient wings,

fiddles that set
everyone dancing,

minds that are open
and yet, not empty,

churches unconcerned
with old books,

and warm, cozy homes
littered with cats.

Writing Prompt: $1,000 to Spend


Today’s writing prompt: If you were given $1,000 to spend right now and you had to spend it, what would you buy?

My response: If someone gave me $1,000 to spend right now and I couldn’t save any of it, I would go on a fun shopping spree! The top things that come to mind to buy are books and toys of course! There are a bunch of books on Amazon I have been wanting to get for a while, so I’m sure I would grab up a bunch of those. Lately I have especially been interested in getting some of the poetry collections written by people who have bipolar disorder. I would also do quite a bit of shopping on Ebay, getting certain toys and collectibles that I have been wanting for my collections. The Funko mini Heroes series comes to mind since I have been collecting those recently.

I would also likely grab some new agey or pagan stuff. There are some t-shirts put out by The Mountain company that I would love to have that feature all kinds of cool designs. I would probably buy my husband that 3-D Star Trek chess set he has always wanted too. Pretty much, I would buy the stuff I always buy, just in greater quantities! Oh! And I would pick up the new Halloween candle at Bath & Body Works! And do some shopping at the PINK store at the mall! And Hot Topic! Man, now I really wish I had that $1,000!

New Romance Novella Ebook only $0.99 on Kindle!



Hi everyone! This is just a short post to let everyone know that I have decided to brush off an old romantic novella that I never published and put it for sale as a Kindle ebook for only $0.99 (FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited)! It is entitled “Improper Intentions” and is a fanciful historical story set in England with a little bit of a gothic feel at times. It may be a little cheesy and predictable, but then again, aren’t most romances? Even the good ones lol. Lately I have been in more of a mood to write fiction and might try to come up with another romantic novella or two in the near future, so keep an eye out!

If you do check out the story, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads! It really does help me to know what you all think! I am willing to give a few free PDF copies of the story to interested reviewers as well, so feel free to contact me if you are interested!

Download the Kindle version of my newest book for FREE this weekend!

Just wanted to post a quick note to let all my fans and friends know that my brand new young adult poetry book, “Not Afraid to Be Real”, is currently available as a FREE Kindle download today, tomorrow and Saturday (July 26th-July 28th). This is a great chance to try the book out without having to lay any money down! If you do download and read the book, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or sharing the book link with all your friends and family on Facebook & Twitter! I appreciate all the support you guys have given me in the past and hope you enjoy my latest creation!

PS. Not only did I write all the poems in “Not Afraid to Be Real”, but I also took the photos that are included in the book and even came up with the idea for the cover design. So in many ways, this truly was my baby!

Free books for Amazon Prime Members

Hello everyone!  I know it has been quite awhile since I posted, but with the holidays, family illnesses and other responsibilities that have been thrown my way, I have just been overwhelmed, so I took some time off.  We did have some great times over the holiday, for instance, the cosmic bowling that we did on New Year’s Eve.  The picture included here is of me and a family member celebrating there!

In addition to the happiness the season brought to my family, it also bumped up the sales figures for my newest picture book, “Ode to Icky”.  Most of these were signed copies that I sold personally, but still, getting my book into the hands of readers always puts a smile on my face!

Over the holidays, the Kindle version of “Ode to Icky” became available for FREE to anyone who happens to be an Amazon Prime Member.  Unless I’m mistaken, the Amazon Prime program is rather new, but it seems to have some great perks if you shop Amazon often for books or other products.  You receive free shipping on most of your Amazon orders, unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows and access to tons of free books for the Kindle through the Kindle Lending Library program.

To be completely honest, I haven’t signed up as a Prime Member yet, but I am seriously considering it.  I love my Kindle and whenever I can’t find something I want in a nearby store, I almost always purchase it from Amazon.  So if you happen to be an Amazon Prime Member, I have two requests to make of you:

First, please consider downloading “Ode to Icky” for free!  Even though it is free to you, I do receive a small royalty every time it is downloaded.  Secondly, I would love to hear your opinion of the Prime program and how you have liked it so far.  Has it been worth the money?

Trick or Treat Blog Adventure Giveaway!

Logo Design by Tammie Gibbs

I want to invite you all to participate in the 1st Annual Trick or Treat Blog Adventure, hosted by the JLB Creatives Blog! To participate, simply visit the JLB Creatives blog between October 28-31st and check out all the freebies that are being given away by other authors and bloggers! My blog will be participating as well, if you visit this website between October 28th-31st and leave a comment on the “My Books” page, you will automatically be entered into a contest to win a signed paperback copy of my latest children’s picture book, “Ode to Icky”!

“Ode to Icky” has already gotten two great reviews and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you don’t win the contest, but would like a signed copy, feel free to contact me at Shojobeatgirl@live.com. The book retails for $9.99, but if you wish to buy a signed copy, the total is $14 with shipping and handling.

UPDATE:  And the winner of the signed paperback copy of “Ode to Icky” is…Sherri-Lee Pressman!  Congrats Sherri!  I will be in contact soon!  I also want to thank all of the participants in my little giveaway.  Thank you so much for supporting me and my writing!

Picture Book Giveaway! Make sure you enter!

The folks behind the educational website, www.wedolisten.com have made a very generous offer to give away a free, autographed copy of their most recent book, Howard B. Wigglebottom Blends in Like Chameleons: A Fable About Belonging right here on my blog!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this organization, you should definitely check out their website!  They have lots of free animated storybooks, songs, games, coloring pages and ecards for kids!  They also offer lessons and posters for parents and educators about important subjects such as bullying, listening, honesty, self-esteem and much more!

To be entered into the book giveaway, simply check out their website and leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you thought!  Please include an email address in your comment so that I will be able to contact you if you are the winner!  If you don’t want to give away your email address publicly, leave your Facebook or Twitter link and I will contact you that way, just make sure that your security settings will allow me to send you a message!

PS. Contest will run for a week, winner will be chosen Sunday, August 28th.

Update:  And the winner is….Sarah Butland!  Congrats Sarah!  And thanks to all of you who entered!

Some of the best simple pleasures life has to offer

Today was one of those lazy days that I absolutely love.  I really didn’t do much of anything all day, other than watch anime, nap, eat and lounge around in my comfy pj’s.  The pure enjoyment of being a lazy bum got me thinking about the simple pleasures that really don’t cost much at all, but can add immense happiness to your life if you just take the time to appreciate them.  Here are a few of my personal favorites when it comes to simple pleasures:

1. Watching my cats totally spaz out, like Einstein is doing right now.  Free entertainment that is totally contagious!  It seems when one cat spazzes out, the other two aren’t far behind.

2. A warm bath.  I would probably sleep in the tub if I could.  I especially like to read a good book while in the bath, although that has led to more than one soggy bookmark.

3. Putting on new socks…especially ones that have cute designs or characters on them.  It may be a really girly thing, but I can’t help but smile when I see Miss Piggy smiling up at me from my feet!

4. Taking a nap.  One of the best simple pleasures of all.  Even though I often wake up groggy and feel crappy afterwards, those few minutes when I curl up on my soft bed and cuddle with my blankie make it all worthwhile.

5. Cookies and cereal!  My two favorite comfort foods never fail to cheer me up, even if I do feel a little bloated after indulging.  Bonus points if you eat a cereal that is made from cookies!

So what are some of your favorite simple pleasures?  I could go on and on about mine, but don’t want to waste too much of your time (see, ain’t I thoughtful?)