Friday, September 20, 2013

Excuses, Excuses. (And a Give-away!)

My husband was gone for two weeks for training, (thank goodness he's home now!) In that two weeks he missed a lot.

The good things:
My baby's second birthday.
His own birthday.
My other daughter's first day of preschool. (Which she was thrilled about!)

The bad things:
My three-year-old got sick with a high fever, my older two kids took the wrong bus and I had to track them down and get them home, then they all got bad colds the next week, the three-year-old got an ear infection, the oldest had to come home early from school, plus we had issues with appliances not working and bills getting screwed up and having to deal with rotten customer service and so on and so forth.

Basically, it was a rough two weeks. I got very, very little sleep.

So, anyway, that's my excuse for forgetting to post my give away on release day for Real Girls Don't Rust!

I have two cards I'm giving away:

Little Red and the Wolf 64/100 - Deluxe Edition Print               Little Red Riding Hood - Blank Card

Aren't they cool? I thought they were appropriate since my story, Seeing Red, is a Little Red Riding Hood retelling.

And, of course I will give away a copy of the book. :)
Real Girls Don't Rust
Real Girls Don't Rust is a Steampunk anthology of seven short stories
ranging from reimagined folk tales to unique alternate histories.

And, if the winner is interested, I'll also give away a three chapter critique.

All you have to do it leave a comment and I'll pick a random winner. (Usually done by having my daughter draw a name out of a hat.) Tell me your favorite fairy tale, or one you'd love to see re-told. :) And I'll toss your name in again for every time you share the link to this post, whether via Twitter, Facebook, your blog, or wherever. Just let me know in the comments where you shared. Thanks you guys!!

Oh, and in other news, if you are interested in being part of my cover reveal for RUN FOR THE ROSES you can sign up HERE.

This is an extra special cover for me. (I know the people on the cover!) More about that later, though. :)


  1. Oh, sorry to hear about your bad weeks. Those are never fun. =/ But what a fun giveaway! Did you get those cards on Etsy? They look Etsyish! =)

  2. They are gorgeous cards! I'm sorry you had such a horrible couple of weeks - hopefully everything will run smoothly for a while :-)

  3. That does sound like a crappy two weeks. I remembered to shout out about your book on Tuesday though. Congratulations on being part of the anthology!

  4. No need to enter me (thanks already!!) but just wanted to say congrats again, and I hope the next two weeks aren't so frustrating :)

  5. Bless your heart-- you have a lot on your plate when you're single-parenting it. Glad he's back home and kids are on the mend.

  6. Ooh! Beautiful pics.

    Nice to know you're still breathing after a couple weeks like that. I had a 1 month stint on my own while pregnant with #3, and it was WAY too much. You've got mom muscles worth bragging about, woman.

  7. Ack. When it rains, it pours. It's hard to have hubby away when the kids are small. Glad he's back so you can get some rest.

  8. Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Glad your husband is home and congrats on the book Rachel.

  9. Real life sometimes interferes with online life, and I know it better than most! (Not to say that online life isn't real, but . . . oh, never mind.)

    Fairy tale retellings are obviously a HUGE thing for me, considering I'm the author of one and it was catapulted into being in the first place because I read an anthology of fairy tale retellings. "My" tale is Sleeping Beauty, and I've read over 50 versions of the ancient story!

  10. Ooh, I LOVE that second image of Red. Beautiful! And glad to hear your life is hopefully getting back to normal. My favorite fairy tale is the Little Mermaid, but only the Disney version...not the original with the horribly sad ending. :)

  11. Yikes, sorry the past two weeks have been so rough for you! Hopefully you're getting better sleep now. And wow, those cards are gorgeous. As for my favorite fairytale...that has always been "The Old Woman in the Wood." :)

  12. Those cards are cute. Glad to see your hubby's back. Hopefully things are a bit better now.