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Holiday Get Togethers are For Everyone in the Family

You might think I’m nuts, but when I invited my family to my house for Christmas dinner, I had them bring Everyone in the family. That included everyone’s four-footed children.

Twenty-six people and seven dogs over 50 pounds each (except for the puppies) Yes, chaos ensued for a bit. But those pups sure did appreciate it. they had a great time, and my Chloe was sad to see them all go.

The nice thing was that no one had to rush home to feed their dogs or let them out. My yard may never be the same, but who cares?

Here is a precious moment that came out of the event. This is my Chloe taking some time out away from the other dogs to play with her mother, Mitsy.

Chloe is the silver with the pink bows.  And Yes, dogs do remember their birth mothers.

How cute is this?

Why do we put Christmas Trees up in our homes at Christmas?

It’s a given, right? We put up a Christmas tree hoping the Big Guy will visit. We put out cookies and milk, and carrots for the reindeer.  Oh, yes, we like to bribe the big guy with chocolate chips, don’t we?

But there’s a little more to it than that. The Christmas tree is an extension of an advent wreath. The evergreen branches are a symbol of everlasting life. The lights we place on the tree symbolize Jesus, the light of the world. So what is a Christmas tree, then but a big old birthday candle!?

In some cultures, the tree symbolizes life itself. It is the light of faith, hope and love.

So remember on this, one of the most holy days of the year, to remember what really matters in your life.

Peace, hope, love, family.

It is the season of giving, but there is no better gift in life than family. Call someone you love today, and wish them a Merry Christmas. Give someone the gift of joy.

And for those of you reading this over seas, serving your respective countries to protect the ones you love at home… an extra special hug.

We appreciate you, and you are missed.

_____Merry_Christmas

Some Great News! I have a New Release Coming. Yay!

Firstly, I’m being interviewed today over at Georgie Tyler’s blog.  Hop on over and visit! http://www.georgietyler.com/2012/12/say-hi-to-author-jennifer-eaton.html

Annnnnnddddd………………….

I’m interrupting this blog tour for “Make Believe” and “For the Love of Christmas” with some exciting news!

A while ago I announced that my story “Test of Faith” was accepted by Still Moments Publishing.

Well, It gets even better!

A Test of Faith is going to be combined with the re-release of my “Connect the Dots” as a Novella called “Jack and Jill, Volume One”.

Did you catch that?  VOLUME ONE!

I pitched the idea of following these characters through the tremulous first year in a relationship, and Still Moments liked the idea, so you will get to see more of these characters as their relationship progresses.

Yay1!

And for even more fun… Here is the Cover Reveal!

Jack and Jill, Volume One will be available on January 22!

What do you think of the cover?

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Do You Start Writing Your Story with a Plot, or a Character?

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For starters, Hesperia Loves Books asked to post an excerpt from Last Winter Red today.  Yay!  Click here to take a look and hop back here.

Tick Tock.  Tick Tock.   Welcome back!

Once in a while doing these interviews, I get a great question.  No matter the answer, I think it’s interesting to think this over.  When you wrote your last story, what did you have first?  A Character? A Plot?  A Setting?  How did you get started?

Think that over, and leave a comment below for a chance to win “For the Love of Christmas” or “Make Believe.”

For my answer, hop on over to Linda Carroll-Bradd’s Blog for that and other great answers from the depths of my demented mind.

Enjoy!

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Make BelieveFor The Love Of Christmas CoverWhy all the hullabaloo? Well, it’s to promote my two new releases “Make Believe” and “For the Love of Christmas”

That’s why!

And don’t forget to click on “Enter to Win” for a chance to win your choice of the two titles! Yay!

Oh, I almost forgot… A few random commentors along the tour path will win their choice of anthologies, too. So be sure to hop on over and say “Hi”

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Hop on over and send me some love!

Linda Carroll-Bradd’s Blog

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Visit my Anthology buddies!  They are celebrating too!

Jenny Keller Ford

J.A. Belfield

Kelly Said

Lynda R. Young

Terri Rochenski

Janelle Lee

Dani-Lyn Alexander

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Happy Boxing Day! It’s the Day after Christmas!

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Real quick- the character interview that was scheduled to appear on December 23 can now be viewed here. Enjoy http://mywithershins.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/interview-with-emily-from-last-winter-red-make-believe/

Happy Boxing Day! For some of you, the day after Christmas is just as fun as Christmas day! For those of you celebrating, have a great time! For those of you trudging back to work… Sorry, but I hope you had a great Christmas anyway!

If you were good little boys and girls and stayed away from the computer yesterday, don’t forget to hop back to yesterday’s post, where we picked back up with Write a Story with Me. Things are getting hot out there in space!

Today you can find me taking about Make Believe with Alameen Ison

and…

I am also talking-up For the Love of Christmas over at Vintage Vonnie. Comment on both for extra chances to win a copy of either anthology.

Enjoy!

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Make BelieveFor The Love Of Christmas CoverWhy all the hullabaloo? Well, it’s to promote my two new releases “Make Believe” and “For the Love of Christmas”

That’s why!

And don’t forget to click on “Enter to Win” for a chance to win your choice of the two titles! Yay!

Oh, I almost forgot… A few random commentors along the tour path will win their choice of anthologies, too. So be sure to hop on over and say “Hi”

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Hop on over and send me some love!

Alameen Ison and Vintage Vonnie

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Visit my Anthology buddies! They are celebrating too!

Jenny Keller Ford

J.A. Belfield

Kelly Said

Lynda R. Young

Terri Rochenski

Janelle Lee

Dani-Lyn Alexander

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May you have a happy and holy Christmas Eve (And check out my revew, please)

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Tonight is Christmas Eve.  What a wonderful day to settle in and celebrate with your family… unless you are working like I am.  Today I hold down the fort so my employees can be with their families.  Yeah, I’m cool like that. After work it’s a race home to get to church.

Enjoy your Christmas.  I hope it is a blessed one for you… but before you celebrate, make sure you check out today’s review and…

Find out how writing for an anthology differs from writing a novel in a combination interview with all the “Make Believe” authors on Burning Impossibly Bright along with their review of the anthology!

You will also have an opportunity to win a copy of Make Believe just by making a comment (Yeah, it’s that Christmas spirit and all… I just can’t help it.)  So Hop on Over.

Also…Please let me know if I should look at the review or not.  Thanks!

http://burningximpossiblyxbright.blogspot.ca/

Enjoy!

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Make BelieveFor The Love Of Christmas CoverWhy all the hullabaloo? Well, it’s to promote my two new releases “Make Believe” and “For the Love of Christmas”

That’s why!

And don’t forget to click on “Enter to Win” for a chance to win your choice of the two titles! Yay!

Oh, I almost forgot… A few random commentors along the tour path will win their choice of anthologies, too. So be sure to hop on over and say “Hi”

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Hop on over and send me some love!

Click on over to Burning Impossibly Bright

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Visit my Anthology buddies!  They are celebrating too!

Jenny Keller Ford

J.A. Belfield

Kelly Said

Lynda R. Young

Terri Rochenski

Janelle Lee

Dani-Lyn Alexander

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Do I read what I write? Umm… Huh? Do I have to answer that?

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Yep, I’m still hopping around in cyber-mayhem promoting “For the Love of Christmas” and

  “Make Believe”.  Today I am guest-posting on Jenny Keller Ford’s site, so please hop on over so I don’t get lonely.  I’m talking about breaking the rules a little.  Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone.

Come on over!

I love to see familiar faces!

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Make BelieveFor The Love Of Christmas CoverWhy all the hullabaloo? Well, it’s to promote my two new releases “Make Believe” and “For the Love of Christmas”

That’s why!

And don’t forget to click on “Enter to Win” for a chance to win your choice of the two titles! Yay!

Oh, I almost forgot… A few random commentors along the tour path will win their choice of anthologies, too. So be sure to hop on over and say “Hi”

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Hop on over and send me some love!

Jenny Keller Ford‘s blog- Why I don’t read what I write.

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Visit my Anthology buddies!  They are celebrating too!

Jenny Keller Ford

J.A. Belfield

Kelly Said

Lynda R. Young

Terri Rochenski

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What did you used to Make Believe about when you were a child? Cabana Boys? (Who doesn’t love a good cabana boy?)

What did you Make Believe as a child?  What a great question.  I’ve done a lot of interviews on this blog tour, and being that one of the anthologies I am in is called “Make Believe” you would think that wold be a common question … but it was only asked once, by the lovely and talented Vanessa Chapman (Who, come to think of it, talked the Little Blue Lady into setting me free when I was kidnapped, and received an ARC of Make Believe.)  Hmmmm…. I think I’m due a review from her sometime soon.

Today you can find me on both Vanessa Chapman’s site talking about Make Believe, and also talking about “For the Love of CHristmas” at Dawn’s Reading Nook where I’ll be talking about Mango smoothies and cabana boys.  Mmmmm Sounds great, doesn’t it?

When you come back, I’d love to hear about what you dis for Make Believe when you were a kid.  But if you want to talk about cabana boys, that’s cool too.  :-)ChristmasFiligree

Make BelieveFor The Love Of Christmas CoverWhy all the hullabaloo? Well, it’s to promote my two new releases “Make Believe” and “For the Love of Christmas”

That’s why!

And don’t forget to click on “Enter to Win” for a chance to win your choice of the two titles! Yay!

Oh, I almost forgot… A few random commentors along the tour path will win their choice of anthologies, too. So be sure to hop on over and say “Hi”

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Hop on over and send me some love!

Click on over to see my interview with Vanessa Chapman

Or Click here to ferry on over to Dawn’s Reading Nook

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Visit my Anthology buddies!  They are celebrating too!

Jenny Keller Ford

J.A. Belfield

Kelly Said

Lynda R. Young

Terri Rochenski

Janelle Lee

Dani-Lyn Alexander

JenniFer_EatonF

Have you ever made a promise you never expected to keep? A review of “Beginning of Forever” by Terri Rochenski

Yes, I am still on my blog tour for “Make Believe” and “For the Love of Christmas” but today is one of those great days when I can hop back here and share a little love.

This was a crazy idea, but at the time it seemed like a good one when I agreed.  Terri Rochenski, who is an anthology buddy from “Make Believe” is also in a Christmas anthology that was just released.  “Christmas Magic” is available now for your Snuggly holiday reading pleasure.

Anyway, we decided to review each other’s stories on the same day.  (Yeah, no pressure)  So, to read her review of my story “Connect the Dots” from the “For the Love of Christmas” anthology, click HERE to hop on over to Terri’s site.  I’ll be jumping over there in a minute with you to see what she said.

But in the meantime, let’s Chat about Terri’s story.

Now, Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, right?

DON’T SAY NO!  I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Anyway, this is my conundrum:  I’m reading “The Beginning of Forever”, ready for an uplifting romance… and it starts off on page one with the love of her life DYING.

What

Where’s the love?  Where’s the joy? What’s going to happen to that dinner she has in the oven?

Dang, I was bawling my freaking eyes out!

I could not, in my right mind, figure out where she was going with this… and then “it” happened. I figured it out.

This is not really a story about Christmas.

It is not even really what I would consider a Romance.

This is a story about coming to grips with life, and finding a way to cope.  This is a story about moving on, about self-discovery, and using your past to guide your future.

Terri realistically weaves this 50’s based historical “romance” into a story that will leave you wiping the tears from your eyes and turning pages, begging for everything to turn out all right.

As for the title of this review: Have you ever made a promise you never expected to keep? I need to keep that to myself because it’s a spoiler… but that is also what this story is about… Keeping promises because you have to, not because you want to, and then dealing with finding out you want to keep your promise after all.

This is a wonderfully spun tale that Rochenski should be very proud of.

My only gripe is that it is sandwiched in an anthology of more whimsical tales, and I’m not sure the readers of the “lighter” stories enclosed will “get” the depth of emotion and strength of this story. This is not a light fun read.  This is more centered to someone who enjoys something with more serious content.  Absolutely well done.

Okay… now I’m hopping over to see what she said about mine… Coming with me?

Are ya back? I hope what she said was nice.  As for comments, let’s keep with the title… “Have you ever made a promise you never expected to keep?”  Well, have you?

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Who is your favorite all-time hero? Do you have a soft spot for a hero in a book you’ve read/written?

This is one of my favorite interviews in this tour.  Admittedly, it was one of the first ones I did, and I was a little nervous, but these were some of the best and thought-provoking questions.

Today I am over at Denise Moncrief’s blog, and all of her questions surround my thought on heroes, so please stop by.  I’d love to hear about YOUR heroes!

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Make BelieveFor The Love Of Christmas CoverWhy all the hullabaloo? Well, it’s to promote my two new releases “Make Believe” and “For the Love of Christmas”

That’s why!

And don’t forget to click on “Enter to Win” for a chance to win your choice of the two titles! Yay!

Oh, I almost forgot… A few random commentors along the tour path will win their choice of anthologies, too. So be sure to hop on over and say “Hi”

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Hop on over and send me some love!

Jump on Santa’s sleigh for a ride to Denise Moncrief’s site.

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Visit my Anthology buddies!  They are celebrating too!

Jenny Keller Ford

J.A. Belfield

Kelly Said

Lynda R. Young

Terri Rochenski

Janelle Lee

Dani-Lyn Alexander

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