Bestseller Bound Friendship Blog Hop


“Friends helping friends isn’t the same as taking advantage.” Maggie’s eyes sparked, and Cam knew she was still upset with him for canceling the meeting she’d arranged for him with her son, a scout for the Colorado Avalanche.


The above passage is from my upcoming novel, Faceoff of the Heart.

I, like Cam, suffer from the fear of taking advantage of my friends. I've always been afraid to ask people for help because I believe they're going to be annoyed with me.

I know how busy everyone is with their own obligations and projects. I feel guilty to ask them to add something to their crazy schedule for me.

I'm trying to ask for help when I need it. I hope people will tell me if they don't have time to help me, but I've realized it's not my place to decide what a person can fit into their schedule. It's their responsibility to know when to say, "No."

I'm so happy to have found BestsellerBound and become a member of their community. It truly is a great bunch of people, who are always willing to answer my questions and provide guidance to me on this journey of writing.

Self-publishing can be scary, but I'm confident that my friends from BSB will never steer me awry. And I can do this, as long as I remember that it's okay to ask for help.

Now for the fun stuff :) is a wonderful community of indie authors. Created by Darcia Helle in the late summer of 2010, and featuring resident authors, Maria Savva and Stacy Juba, the community has grown and now boasts over 500 members. Quite a few of the members are active on the forum. The group wanted to celebrate one thing that has kept them all going over the past two years: friendship. Many friendships have been formed on the board. In fact, one of the most common things our members say is that BestsellerBound is the friendliest group of writers they have found. We pride ourselves on that.

To celebrate not only a successful 2 years as a popular indie writer forum, but also the friendships we have made on the board, a few of the regular members have organised a blog hop. The theme for this blog hop is of course, Friendship. If you follow the tour, you can read blogs by each of the participating authors based on the theme of friendship. Some of the authors will be writing about fictional friendships in their novels, others will be writing about real friendships. We are sure it will be an interesting and varied blog hop. We are also offering a big prize! One lucky winner will win the following prizes:

Secrets by Darcia Helle (Print) Haunted by Maria (Print) Harmony's Passing by Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick (Print) Belkin Mod Standing Cover for Kindle Fire Sink or Swim by Stacy Juba (ebook) Alaskan Healing by Lana Voynich (ebook) Nexus Point by Jaleta Clegg (ebook)

** This is a tour-wide giveaway, so you can enter from any one of the blogs. Use the Rafflecopter form and follow the instructions for multiple entries. Each author has included a simple question as a way for you to earn bonus entries. The answers can be found within that author?s friendship blog post. You can answer all the questions on one form, or answer from the form on each author?s blog.

This giveaway is open to everyone 16 and older, everywhere in the world. Enter between Monday, November 12 and midnight, EST on Monday, November 26. **


Check out the following blogs, for some wonderful stories about friendship, and to find the answers to the bonus questions on the Rafflecopter form!

BestsellerBound Recommends A Word Please - Darcia Helle The Far Edge of Normal - Jaleta Clegg Maria's Goodreads Blog - Maria Savva The Tale's The Thing - Joel Kirkpatrick Stacy Juba's One Stop Reading - Stacy Juba Scribblings from my mind - Lana Voynich

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Alaskan Healing Interview!

I feel so important! Darcia Helle of Quiet Fury Books interviewed me after reading Alaskan Healing. Make sure you check out the interview and show Darcia some appreciation for tolerating my presence long enough to ask me some questions! If more questions are posted in her comments, I'll do my best to answer them.

While you're on her website, check out her books. I've read two of them (several more are on my "must read soon" list) and she is masterful with suspense.

There's a coupon code for Darcia's readers to save 25% off Alaskan Healing at Smashwords. If you know someone who is considering a purchase, have them head over to Darcia's blog and grab the code! The code is valid until November 1st.

"The Look" blog challenge

Oh Darcia and Marty, I will get even with you both. Eventually. When you least expect it. ;) These two wonderful authors have both tagged me in "The Look" blog challenge. Thanks to them, you (my faithful followers) will get to experience something few people ever get to experience. You get to see part of the current manuscript I'm working on.

You can see what Marty and Darcia posted on their blogs for this challenge by following the links above.

The instructions are: The Look is a writing prompt, a game, another tagging event. This is how U Got “The Look” works: you take your current manuscript, search for the word “look”, and post the surrounding paragraphs. Lastly, you tag 5 blogging authors who you think will be a good choice for the game.

So without further ado, here are a few paragraphs from Faceoff of the Heart.

The announcer finished the Red Wing introductions and moved on to the opposing team's. Rhianna tuned him out until she heard, “Number seven, Cameron Walker, former Michigan State University Spartan returns to Detroit with the Devils.”

Rhianna jerked in surprise and almost jumped to her feet as the player skated onto the ice. Even if she had heard wrong, she would know him anywhere, just by the way he moved. He’d always had a fluid grace to him which was unexpected for someone so large. The row of women looked at her curiously and she forced herself to relax back into the seat, as she said, “I think he was in my chemistry class at MSU.”

Rhianna didn’t hear anything else the announcer said. What the hell was he doing here?

Her voice was calm, but her mind raced. She avoided meeting the gaze of the well-coiffed woman next to her, Teresa, who smiled.

Teresa leaned toward Rhianna and pointed one of her long, manicured fingernails. “I bet there was chemistry with a lot of hockey players.”

This is from the opening scene of Faceoff of the Heart, which is scheduled for release at the beginning of December, 2012.
And now, for my five victims, erm, I mean, fellow authors.