Christmas Spirit Giveaways

I think my Christmas spirit just jumped into overdrive. That or I have just had one too many Tim Tam Slams with coffee (YouTube it!). At my salary job, we are having our Holiday Social this week, and my daughter’s birthday party is this weekend. We finally put our tree up in our house, and I have been playing nonstop Christmas music all day, every day. I’m just all over the place with planning festivities and oozing joy!

OK, maybe too many Tim Tams and coffee, but that’s OK. It’s my cheat month! Resolutions are coming up quick.

Can I help put you in the Christmas spirit? How about a chance to win one of three signed paperback copies of my latest novel Alyeska through GoodReads?

Still not doing it for you. How about a chance to win one of five e-book copies of Alyeska simply by subscribing to my blog?

That should put a smile on anyone’s face!

This time of year brings a season of happiness and giving. Bring Alyeska into your life, and I promise you, you will find you holiday spirit this winter in the midst of this steamy romance.

Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas!

Now, where did I put my Tim Tams and coffee?

Happy Release Day!

After three long years, my latest novel Alyeska has finally released! So much has happened during those three years that stalled my progress on this project, but I like to think that all that time only made this experience that much more enjoyable. alyeskacover

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped me over the past few years, thank those who have pushed me and supported me through this process. I would be nowhere without my loving husband and beautiful daughter who have allowed me to dream bigger dreams and inspire me everyday. I want to thank my extended family and friends who have consistently asked me to publish another novel and supported me with my previous books.

Finally to my followers, readers, and all around amazing people I have met through this entire journey, thank you for allowing my works into your life, for experiencing a world alongside the characters I have created. Without all of you, none of this would be possible or have meaning.

I am so proud of this book! From its cover which I would like to thank Melody Pond for, the formatting thanks to ebooklaunch.com, all the way to the act of publishing which my wonderful husband does; for all of it and more, I’m excited to bring to you Alyeska!

A weekend trip to Alyeska Ski Resort and Spa for Kayleigh was exactly what she needed to put herself back in the game of dating and romance, but she never planned on meeting a man who could actually alleviate her past and allow her to experience every emotion she had shut off. As Kayleigh faces her past, she fights to keep herself from falling back into the darkness of unfeeling.

I hope you fall in love with Kayleigh and Ben as much as I have! Enjoy, lovelies!

Catch me on Twitter @L_Chamberlin for giveaways and more fun facts today. It’s Release Day, so let’s party!

For a sneak peek, check out Book Release: Alyeska 12/2/2016 Part 4.

To purchase, check Amazon for the ebook and paperback copy, or Smashwords and other distributors nationwide.

Book Release: Alyeska 12/2/2016 Part 4

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I am so thankful for everything in my life. My wonderful husband, darling daughter, house, job, and extended family; all of it is why I am celebrating this holiday with such enthusiasm, but there is something that is just the cherry on top that makes my heart go pop! (Like the rhyme? Don’t worry, I’ll stick with fiction.)

The release to my latest novel, Alyeska! For weeks now, I have gone on about my newest book. Here we are, down to the final week before release day, and I’m a jittery mess! No, it is not from the 30 oz. cup of coffee I have been consuming regularly to make it through this holiday season. I’m just so happy to put my latest masterpiece in your hands that I can hardly contain myself.

Not only am I thankful this year, as I am every year, but my giving spirit is in overdrive early this holiday season. I’m feeling a bit like Oprah! Except I’m not passing out cars.. Sorry. Actually, I’m going to giveaway something even better!

FREE PRE-RELEASE COPIES OF MY LATEST NOVEL ALYESKA!

Feel the thankful and giving spirit? I sure do! If you would like a pre-release copy of Alyeska, simply follow my blog if you don’t already and comment on this post “HAPPY THANKSGIVING”! Three random lucky posters will receive a code for a free copy of Alyeska before the official release date for their reading pleasure.

And don’t worry if you are not selected in the first go around. I’ll be giving out pre-release copies all week via my blog and Twitter, so don’t be discouraged! There are plenty of chances to obtain your copy before the official release which is one week away. Ready for a wild ride?

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Alyeska today!

Holidays Are Upon Us

This time of year is always busy for me and my family. With the release of my new novel, Alyeska, and the various other events in our lives, I’m already stressing thinking about it!photo-1421906375741-f6bda4abe433.jpg

It starts with hubby’s birthday mid-November which I always try and make a big deal because you only turn your age once. There’s always a lot of poking and prodding in order to figure out what he would actually like to do for his big day, not to mention what he would like as a gift. He literally changes his mind on both accounts at least a dozen times before we have anything concrete in place a week before.

Next is Thanksgiving, and as we all know, that’s an undertaking in and of itself. A tradition I tried to start when my daughter was born was having the event at our house with all extended family and segment the meal preparations between us. That way everyone could spend the holiday together, and we wouldn’t have to run around visiting a bunch of different places. Due to some work related scheduling issues that is out the window this year.

It’s going to be a year of endurance like when hubby and I first ventured out on our own. We had a total of four Thanksgiving events and five for Christmas. Not necessarily a good thing, but events have become less, so it should only be two, maybe three events for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Then comes my daughter’s birthday. We normally (I say normally even though we’ve only had one birthday for her so far) have her party early in the month due to travel during the holidays. Her first birthday, I went all out and invited way too many people! Not that I didn’t love each and every one of them for being there, but it was just very stressful to plan, organize, and host. I feel like I barely got to spend any time with my daughter on her special day.

This year I plan to keep things a bit lower key. Fewer people, less decorating, just more focus on my daughter! I have all the decorations I plan on doing, so all I need is food and drinks. Well, and to send out the invite.

Finally, Christmas. I have family that live about four hours away, so twice a year we go visit, and Christmas is one of those times. We will make the trip and spend two nights away from home then travel back on Christmas Eve in time for Santa to arrive at our house for Christmas morning. That day will be spent with my in-laws and hubby’s extended family then a day or two after with mine. family-in-snow

I haven’t even begun to shop yet! I am absolutely determined to not think about Christmas until Black Friday at the earliest. I won’t go out shopping during that mess, having worked in retail before, but I might start getting ideas for gifts in all the sale catalogs from my comfy couch.

The holidays are upon us, and with everything this time of year brings, I try to remind myself to enjoy it in the midst of the chaos. It really is a beautiful time year that brings families together, and in a blink of an eye, its over then we’ll be celebrating the New Year. AH! Haven’t even dared to think that far ahead!

Book Release: Alyeska 12/2/2016 Part 3

Another week closer to the release of my latest novel, and I’m getting so anxious! I’m not one to rush the holidays, but the sooner December gets here, the sooner Alyeska is yours.alyeskacover

I’ve been thinking lately about how long it has been since my last release and all that has happened between The Shoreline and Alyeska. It has been a long time coming for me to complete another book, but with a growing family and full time career, I am happy to say that this one took its sweet time to develop into the gem I am dying to push out to you. It finally came together, and all the pieces it took to finish this puzzle have fallen into place save one. THE RELEASE DATE!

OK, I can’t take it anymore. This week, I’m giving you a sneak peek into this wintery romance, just so you get a taste of the excitement coursing through my veins. This quick glimpse into Kayleigh’s journey to Alyeska Ski Resort and Spa will be the last straw you need to reach my level of eagerness. Get ready, darlings. You’re in for one steamy ride!

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Alyeska today!Read More »

Book Release: Alyeska 12/2/2016 Part 2

If you haven’t realized yet, I am over the moon excited about my latest novel, and cannot wait for the release date. Until then, we are going to hardcore pregame each and every week! Pop a bottle of wine and relax, my friends. Alyeska will be here before we know it!

This week, I would like to share something a little spicier than the name and release date of my newest novel. This week, I think my readers deserve something to be even more excited about than the tiny slice I provided previously. Well, lovelies! Here is the cover for Alyeska!

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Absolutely stunning! Melody Pond did a phenomenal job designing the cover for me, and I give great props to her. I will use her services again in the future, for sure.

This snowy romance may be tucked away in Alaska, but I promise you, it brings the heat! Until next week (or sooner!)…

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Alyeska today!

This Just In: Book Release Scheduled

This just in: I am editing my latest novel and preparing it for formatting.

Did that come in clear? Need me to repeat it?

I am editing my latest novel and preparing it for formatting!

I am so excited I can barely contain myself. The cover is perfect. The story line is amazing. Ah! It has been three years since my last release, and I can’t wait to share this novel with you.

Each week until the release date, I will give a new piece of glamour for this novel, so be on the lookout! I’m talking about the synopsis, a sneak peek, cover reveal, and even pre-orders and giveaways! This week, we’ll start with the name reveal and release date included in the below still.

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Get ready, my friends. These next few weeks are about to sweep you off your feet and land you right in the heart of the Alyeska Mountains encompassing this whirlwind romance. Break out the hot cocoa and settle in. Until next week..

Insomnia..

bedI’m feeling a bit like The Walking Dead again lately, and I guess it is appropriate with the season change and all, but man, insomnia is kicking my butt. I try each night to at least get six hours of solid sleep because eight would just be striving too high, but with a toddler fighting colds and teething her last round of baby teeth for a while (I hope), even six at times is unattainable, especially in a solid form. Broken sleep patterns and lying in my bed staring at the ceiling, begging the sandman to drown me in his sleeping sand, are the new norm since I have become a parent, but I didn’t realize just how bad it was until I stumbled haphazardly onto this wonderful vat of knowledge.

New parents don’t get jack for sleep! Well, duh, but did you realize how little you were actually getting in this little one’s first year of life? New parents experience a sleep loss of 20.3 hours per week, making up 1,055.6 hours lost in the first year of a child’s life – equivalent to 44 days. New Parents Lose 44 Days of Sleep in Baby’s First Year

44 DAYS!!

Bet you won’t find that in any of those wonderful pregnancy and baby books! I’m telling you, if they would make these facts known to not only adults, but teens practicing unsafe sex, the birthrate would drop tremendously! There is so much that people don’t tell you about pregnancy, birth, and raising a child. I swear, it’s like some sick joke of those who experience it before you that they don’t tell you everything just because they want to see you suffer through it, too. Misery loves company!

The lack of sleep is kicking in, and I’m finding myself ranting, but 44 days!!

Then I remember those beautiful blue eyes, perfect button nose, and the goofiest smile I have ever seen, and losing 44 days of sleep, 44 days of my eyes closed and not being with my beautiful little girl, is completely worth it. I’ll take 44 days of memories with her over 44 days of unconsciousness any day.baby

Well, maybe just give me four of those days back? Make it an even 40? Darn you, insomnia.

Not 140 Characters

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Am I coming in clear? Can you hear me out there? For all the world, and all the universe, I hope you can. I send this to you this day, so that you may understand.

What’s happening?whats-happening-on-twitter

With me? With the world? With this very existence on this small blue dot? I don’t even know anymore.

What’s on your mind?fb-whats-on-your-mind

The words I would speak aloud? Or the words only my conscious has ever heard? I can’t tell you how many times I have had to defy my own will in order to keep from saying the words dancing on the edge of my tongue.

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My story? You want my story on this blank canvas? My story is my own, but if you wish it, I may share it with you. Only if you promise no judgement, and no hate. Only if you promise you will listen with open ears.

All the words we speak, feel, think, and cherish in this life, can they really be requested in simple phrases? Can we real consolidate them to short blurbs of nothingness and send them out to the world without a bat of an eye? Are we really so far gone that none of it has any meaning anymore? Take a snapshot, and give it one word; you can’t. Stop asking for everything, but expecting nothing. If you want to give it all, share it explicitly, or not at all. If you want to keep it in, protect it, but don’t give it a chance to glimpse even the slightest bit of freedom and dull everything you ever knew.

Live without simple phrases. Live without consolidation. Live without mindlessness. Live free. Speak all. Feel all. Think all. Cherish all. This is life. Not 140 characters.photo-1465145177017-c5b156cd4d14.jpg

Need to Decompress

I have always said that I am a gluten for punishment, and I live up to it regularly. I find new ways to add on to my plate, and eventually, I get so overloaded that I have to take a step back, regroup, and figure out how to tackle everything I promised to take on. This is definitely one of those moments. I am looking for my center then trying to add things slowly back into the mix to find the balance I lost somewhere along the way.

The good news is that I am scheduled to graduate this time next year with my Bachelor’s degree from SNHU (Southern New Hampshire University), so that will be one large chunk of weight off my shoulders. I also just finished another certification program at work, so I am officially a CAP-TA through IAAP. See a previous post for more information about them. My daughter is hinting at wanting to be potty-trained, so that will be another alleviating moment once she masters that feat. All in all, some things will be falling off my scale here shorty, so I am trying to see the finish line through the haze of the bombarding present.photo-1473624566182-509e437512f4.jpg

Through all the chaos that seems to happening around me, I have tried multiple times to pick up the diet and workout plan I had successfully been on before I became pregnant, but to no avail. I’ve come to determine that there just isn’t enough time in the day to deal with everything I have taken on, and try to diet and exercise as heavily I had been pre baby. I don’t have time to make a breakfast or lunch, so I grab a protein shake and whatever Lean Cuisine I can find before hitting the road. I tried doing it the night before, but again, I don’t have time between dinner, bath, and bedtime routine if I want to get to bed at a decent hour and/or have some “mommy time” or pay any attention to my husband.

So I did what any mom would. I scoured the internet for what other moms do when they want to diet and exercise with a full plate of commitments. I found that you are either a “fit mom” or an “excuse mom”, and I was definitely an “excuse mom”. These type of moms are the ones that come up with a whole handful of reasons as to why they can’t lose weight or diet while the “fit moms” have ab muscles and tiny waists, and say that “excuse moms” are just lazy.

How about I’m just a mom trying to do the best I can for my child? I may not be taking care of myself as well as I should in the diet and exercise aspect, but I am filling my heart full of memories, and trying to better myself through education and hard-work in my career to provide the best life I can for my daughter. That may not make me a “fit mom”, but that sure as hell doesn’t make me an “excuse mom”, either.

I digress on my rant, but I hope I leave everyone with the idea that life comes in stages. Right now, my stage is self-enlightenment through education. Maybe as my daughter gets older and more independent, and I finally add a diet and exercise plan to my balancing act, then it will be healthier mom time. Until then, I’ll just enjoy making memories.photo-1466699514193-d2327ed2cccb.jpg