Friday, August 29, 2014

Three Freebies and the $175 Gift Card Giveaway!

So there's only a couple more days until the $175 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway ends. If you haven't entered yet, hurry and go do it! You know you can think of stuff to get on Amazon for $175.  Click here to enter.

Today's your lucky day. I have THREE free Kindle books to show you!

The first one is Lost Then Found by Heather Moore from her Aliso Creek series.  Here's the back copy:

Welcome to the Aliso Creek Novella Series:

Liz, Gemma, Arie, Jess, and Drew have been best friends since creating “the Five” at Aliso Creek High School. But that was over ten years ago, and each is still trying to find that perfect someone… if perfect is even possible.

Arie, at the top of her career as VP of an established real estate company, discovers that her professional success has led to a less-than-successful dating life. But she may have just met the ideal man in workaholic film producer Dustin Jacobs. When Arie discovers that Dustin’s life is more complicated than she thought, she wonders if there is room for her in it after all or if she should add him to her long list of disaster relationships.

Want it? Click here for your free Kindle copy.

The second one is by Shannon Guymon and is called Come to Me. Here's the back copy:

Will the past repeat itself? Rob hasn't had the best of luck when it comes to women and his epic failure with Kit Kendall is still very fresh. Rob might be successful in sports and in business but does he have what it takes to be successful in love? When Rob gets to know Wren Tyler, his sous chef, he's willing to try again even knowing he could get hurt. Wren on the other hand, is very attracted to Rob, but she knows she's not in his league. So when he starts to pay her attention, who could blame her for being a little suspicious? But have Wren's past heartbreaks destroyed her ability to trust? And will Rob be able to overcome his past failures and become the man Wren needs him to be? Only true love will be able to heal Wren's heart and help her trust again.

Want it? Click here for your free Kindle copy.

The third one is by Susan Aylworth.  Her first book in the Rainbow Rock collection is free, but all three books in the series are being offered for .99 cents.  Here's the back copy:
Come to Rainbow Rock, Arizona to meet the McAllister Men—Jim, Kurt and Chris.

Book One

Jim McAllister has worked hard to become a qualified and respected dealer in Navajo and Hopi art, yet professional success hasn’t given him what he wants most—a love and family of his own. The daughter of a serial-marrying mother, Meg Taylor has a fear of emotional intimacy and a grudge against the town that mistreated her when she was the principal’s daughter. Meg returns to help a friend and is startled to find that “Little Jimmy” has become one of the most attractive men she has ever met. As their feelings for one another rekindle, each must assess what matters most.

Book Two

Kurt McAllister has everything going for him. So why is he discontent? Alexa Babbidge has just earned her first great break as a screenwriter. So why does bad luck find her now? Kurt and Alexa have differing ideas about what constitutes success and their differences may be too great to bridge. So why are they so drawn to one another? This heart-warming love story examines Navajo weaving, small town living, and the nature of independence versus inter-dependence as Kurt and Alexa each decide on goals and priorities at the rainbow’s end.

Book Three

Chris McAllister is a healthy bachelor looking for some good times and some help on his pig farm. What he isn’t expecting and doesn’t want is romantic complications. Behind her composure and professional demeanor, pretty veterinarian Sarah McGill is hiding deeply painful personal secrets. The last thing she needs is some handsome cowboy stirring up trouble, digging for answers, making her feel emotions she never wanted to feel again. When a project for the Navajo Nation throws them together, they must decide whether they can risk making promises they may not be able to keep.

If you want Book One for free click here.  If you want the link for all three books for .99 cent series, click here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bellon Family Favorite Youtube Videos

Today I'd like to share with you some of the Bellon family's favorite Youtube videos. Because they make me laugh. And it's late. And I can't stop laughing.

Chuck Testa (Nope, just Chuck Testa!)

The Rainbow Sponge (I love to wiggle. The whole thing!)

Things Cats Do That Would Be Creepy If We Did Them

Holding People's Hand

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Word Count Wednesday

Instead of writing, I've been working on wedding stuff because my oldest son is getting married next week! Woohoo! I'm so happy for him. But there's a lot of work to do when you're the mother of the groom. (I did finally find a mother of the groom dress that I love, though. So, whew on that part!)

I really will need some help getting back into my novella after the wedding is over.  I'm trying to think of ways to help that along.

So far I have:

  • Read over my plot outline and character bible.
  • Have some quiet time to allow the ideas to come.
  • Write every day no matter what. Even if it's only half an hour.

What are your favorite tricks for getting back into the writing groove after you've taken some time off?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More Than Just A Wheat Field

When I was traveling to Canada last week, my little three year old in the back seat kept asking, "Are we in Canada yet?"  He asked it over and over and I was so anxious to get to Canada so I could finally say yes.

Once we'd crossed the border, there were beautiful wheat fields as far as the eye could see.  I love the grain elevators that stand sentinel there, I love the views, the wide roads, everything about that place.  I was anxiously waiting for my little boy to say "Are we in Canada yet?"

He finally did and I held my hand out, pointing to the windows and said, "We are in Canada! We're here!"

He looked out his window and said, "This isn't Canada. This is a field."

(I snapped a picture.  Here it is.)

I couldn't help it, I laughed.  Here I was, so excited to be in Canada and to him, it was just a field.  It's all in the perspective.

So it is with any book that we read.  We all bring our own background, perspectives, and experiences to a book and what works for me in a book might not work for you.  Reading can be such an individual experience and yet shared by thousands.  A book experience becomes beautiful, just like that view of the Canadian wheat field is to me, when it expands into something more than "just a field" for you.

And yes, I think this is true of most genres.  Even fluffy escape fiction can provide an experience that expands my view.  What do you think?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Free Book Instead of a Book Review!

The book I was going to review today didn't turn out like I thought it would, so instead of putting up that review, I'm going to tell you about a free book that I downloaded today that looks good! Win/win for everyone!

(I've just started reading it, and so far so good.)

Here's the cover:

Here's the back copy:

Eliza Dunmar is about to turn thirty-one and fears her best days are behind her. Soon she'll be too old to attend church in a singles ward, her career as a painter is no longer considered cool, and she feels too old to use the excuse that she's "just starting out" to explain why she still can't pay the bills. The only man interested in her is a scruffy, video game addicted nerd who is the first to admit that they are all wrong for each other. 

When her beloved Aunt Nora calls from England and begs her to visit, Eliza leaps at the chance. Even better? Nora had the perfect romance with her late husband and is eager to share the tale. As Eliza sets out to immortalize this courtship in a series of paintings, she learns a lesson that will change her outlook on life and love forevermore.

If this looks like something you're interested in click here for your free Kindle copy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nearly Freebie Friday---Five Novellas for 99 cents!

Today's Nearly Freebie Friday is five novellas for less than a dollar! Fun, contemporary romances.

The complete Aliso Creek series is having a back to school sale on their boxed set.  If this looks like something you're interested in, you can download it here .

Here's the back copy:

Welcome to the Complete Aliso Creek Series Box Set
Liz, Gemma, Arie, Jess, and Drew have been best friends since creating the “Five” at Aliso Creek High School. But that was over ten years ago, and each is still trying to find that perfect someone . . . if perfect is even possible.

This box set includes all 5 stories:

PICTURE PERFECT: Gemma Staheli has never done anything out of the ordinary, until her boyfriend Randy starts to ignore her. But even cutting and dyeing her hair doesn’t get his attention. She decides to join her old high school friends for spring vacation, only to be faced with Drew, her best friend who suddenly seems interested in her as more than a friend. Gemma must determine if her heart is on the rebound or if it’s finally met its true match.

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM: Liz Carlson will settle for a normal man. A normal man with a job, that is. Married twice, then divorced twice, Liz’s rose-colored glasses fell off and shattered on the ground a long time ago. Her main focus now is raising her six-year-old daughter and surviving long days at work on her feet as a hairdresser. When Sloane Branden answers her call for help, quite literally, Liz doesn’t even give him a second glance. She’s sworn off dating for as many years as it takes, and it seems that Sloane has done the same after his own tumultuous marriage. But when Liz realizes that Sloane defies every stereotypical deadbeat she’s dated, she might just find room in her heart and discover the third time’s the charm.

THE DAISY CHAIN: Jess Giles does find her perfect match, but since Charlie’s several years older than she, they never have a moment of harmony from his adult kids who protest the marriage. When Charlie dies in a tragic accident, his kids add insult to injury and sue Jess for her share of the inheritance. The only person Jess trusts for financial advice is Charlie’s financial planner, Preston Michaels. Just talking to Preston on the phone makes Jess feel flustered, yet strangely comfortable at the same time, so she puts off meeting him for as long as possible. When Jess has to attend the formal hearing, she’s about to find out if the man she’s been talking to over the phone for several months lives up to the voice that she’s grown attached to.

LOST THEN FOUND: Arie, at the top of her career as VP of an established real estate company, discovers that her success has led to a less-than-successful dating life. But she may have just met the ideal man in work-a-holic film producer, Dustin Jacobs. Seeing each other once a week, or even once a month, is no big deal since they are both ambitious… until Arie realizes she wants much, much more.

ONE CHANCE: Valentina is the odd-woman out. She’s part of “the Five” when she dates Drew for a couple of years, and remains friends with the women, but with her traveling schedule as a runway model, it’s impossible to maintain a real relationship. When Valentina attends her cousin’s wedding in LA, she runs into Cesar, who she was school friends with in her native country of Puerto Rico. Cesar is not the young skinny boy she remembers, but a grown man who seems interested in what’s beyond her model-appearance. Back in New York, Valentina can’t get him out of her mind, but she also can’t deny the fact that they’re separated by more than one country.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Meridian Magazine Reviewed My Novel Today!

I was so excited to wake up this morning and see that Meridian Magazine had reviewed, Ring Around the Rosie, today!  And Jennie Hansen, the reviewer, had a lot of nice things to say.

Here's some of the highlights:

"Julie Coulter Bellon in Ring Around the Rosie proves once again she is a master at capturing her audience from the very first page . . . The characters in this book are easy to like and there is strong growth in both Ron and Sarah as they are forced to look at their failures, come face to face with death, and discover what really matters to them. Supporting characters are distinct individuals, showing both positive and negative qualities. The concept of family plays a strong role in this story as does the destructive urge for revenge.

Unlike most suspense novels, the most suspenseful portion of Ring Around the Rosie is the first two thirds of the book. The rest of the book is exciting and wraps up the story nicely, but doesn't have quite the edge-of-your-seat quality the first part has. It's kind of like the nursery rhyme, "ring around the Rosie" until we're dizzy then "we all fall down", and nobody knows where we'll land. Suspense readers as well as anyone who just enjoys an absorbing story will enjoy this one."

Isn't that awesome? I loved this review!  Totally made my day. I was so glad that she saw the family theme and the growth in my characters. It really validated what I'd tried to highlight in that book without being too obvious, you know?  Anyway, I am doing a happy dance today. Come dance with me!

You can go here to read the entire review.  Or you can see the list of books that Jennie recommends (and I'm on there, too! Yay!)  Click here for Jennie's list.