Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring Musings and Promises


Is it spring yet?

It may not feel like spring is here, but take heart, it will show up eventually. I must admit, I prefer cooler weather and even I am weary of the extra frosty temps and cloudy skies. While it still may be cold outside (depending on where you live), we can create some warm and wonderful writing inside. 

What? That little pep talk isn't inspiring you to crank out something fabulous? Okay, then check out Hope Clark's recent post. In  
Don't Hunt For It...Create Your Market Hope shares an interesting idea for generating writing opportunities that may be right under your nose. It gave me several ideas; perhaps it will inspire you too.

Another Springtime Giveaway

How about another Blogoversary giveaway to brighten the day? In case you happened to miss last week's announcement, I am celebrating my One Year Blog Anniversary this month and I am including several giveaways to celebrate.

A Promise for Spring by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the featured giveaway book this week. What's it about? I'm glad you asked!

Emmaline Bradford is nervous. Why? She came to the states to marry her fiance Geoffrey Garrett. Problem is, they were betrothed several years earlier when Geoffrey left England to start a ranch in Kansas. Emmaline was a starry eyed teen at the time and now has few memories of Geoffrey.

A series of interesting situations arise when Emmaline arrives at her new prairie home. Will things work out or will Emmaline return to England? Enter the giveaway and you can find out!

To enter this Blogoversary giveaway, follow these simple steps:

1) Leave a comment. Include your email address. Entries without email address will not be eligible.

2) Receive an extra entry by becoming a follower, or by reminding me that you already follow.

3) Receive a bonus entry by posting about this giveaway on your Facebook page. Please leave a comment telling me so.

4) Receive a bonus entry by posting this giveaway on your blog. Please leave a comment with the link.

*Entry deadline is Monday March 15 at midnight. Winner will be notified on Tuesday. Thanks for sharing in the fun. Happy Writing!

*Open to residents of the United States, only.


  1. Hi Karen, I kind of like cooler weather too. Not cold, but seventies are good for me. :-)
    (I'm in Florida, so that's cool here, lol)

    I'll have to check out that link. Sounds interesting! I'd love to be entered for the book too.
    jessica_nelson7590 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. I'm definitely thinking of spring! The sunshine and warmer temps of the past few days have given me spring fever, although here in central Michigan, spring won't really arrive until May! :-)

    Sounds like a great book!

  3. Jessica,
    Yes, 70's are about tops for me in the comfort zone. This could be why I don't live in FL:) Added your name to the list! Thanks for stopping in:)

  4. Jody,
    I forgot that you lived in Michigan. My sister lives there, a bit out from Detroit, so I know what you are saying. Thankfully spring comes eventually almost everywhere:)

  5. Hello Karen, just a little hello from a still cold England, Spring is on the way but only in my head at the moment!!!
    Have a fantastic week! Take care
    Big hug (((♥)))

  6. Hello Raymonde! Wish we could share a cup of tea. Wouldn't that be fun? Thanks for coming by:) Stay warm! Blessings for your week as well,

  7. I am waiting for Spring and hot weather. Love it. I'd rather sweat than freeze. :O)

  8. Hi Diane,
    And I am the opposite! I'd rather be a bit chilly and add layers than sweat like crazy. But I do prefer the middle ground, somewhere in the upper 50's to low 60's. Guess why that's why I prefer spring and fall.
    Blessings to you!

  9. Thanks so much, Karen. Hope's blog looks very interesting, indeed. Have a super day! Sincerely, Susan from

  10. Oh, Karen, LOVE your spring theme.
    Could USE it here in Normal!!!

    Your photo bloomed my heart!!

  11. Patti,
    Thanks! :) It's been a bit warmer here in north central KY; will send some your way! Blessings to you for a good week.

    Susan W.,
    You are welcome. Hope's blog has been a great source of info. Have a great week:)

  12. Hurry Spring!

    Congratulations Karen on one year! Woohoo!


  13. Kristen, Thank you! :) Hugs and blessings to you.

    Tamika, Happy Spring to you too. Thanks and blessings for stopping by:)

  14. Hi Karen -

    Love the pic! I'll check out the link later.

    I've read this book, and enjoyed it, so I won't enter the giveaway.

    Susan :)

  15. Hey Karen,
    You can put my name in the hat. Email is cjalex44 at gmail dot com. Also, I'm already a follower :).
    Happy Spring,

  16. Carol,
    I've added your name to the list! You are indeed a faithful follower. Blessings to you:)

    Susan R.,
    So glad you stopped by. This was a good book, I agree. Blessings to you too. :)

  17. Thanks for sharing the link. Finding creative ways to market our work is always a great idea! It does require some real thought though. ;)

  18. Yes, we are finally seeing and feeling a little spring in the air and in our step! Sushine gives you energy, doesn't it?

    Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for your generosity!


    I am a follower, too! ;)

  19. Emily,
    You are welcome. Thanks for dropping in!
    Blessings to you:)

    Good morning to you:) Added your name to the list. You are most welcome!
    Blessings to you.

  20. I liked your link to Hope Clark's post. Really interesting idea that I never thought of!

  21. It is going to be in the mid 80's here tomorrow. I think summer has already arrived. Ugh!

    Count me in the giveaway! sanctifiedtogether(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. Happy Blogoversary! Congrats and best wishes.

    I'm about to step into the rain, sigh, but the daffodils have bloomed so I can't complain.

    I'd love to be entered for the book! Thanks!
    srdietze at sbcglobal dot net

    Great idea to create a link to giveaways...Hmm...

  23. I'm so ready for spring, it's not even funny. Congrats on blogging for one year! And I hopped over to that other blog. Great link!

  24. Becky,
    I thought so too:) xo

    Thanks for dropping in. Added your name to the list!

  25. Susanne,
    Thanks so much. It's been a fun year. Hooray for daffodils! Your name is on the list, too. Thanks for coming by!

    Spring is most welcome here, too. I enjoyed Hope's link too.

    Blessings to you both:)

  26. Oh Karen! Spring is almost here. It's almost sprung. Almost. WOO-HOO

    Great sounding book. Sounds like my kind of book actually. =)

  27. Hi Robyn,
    Yes, the days are warming considerably! Glad that you stopped by:)

  28. Book looks great.

  29. Hi Denise,
    Thanks for coming to visit. Your name is on the list!

  30. Oh, my heart goes out to you guys still freezing away and longing for Spring! We are at the tail end of summer here - with frazzled gardens to match.
    I love Kim Vogel Sawyer. Please enter me in the comp:)
    And congratulations on your blog birthday!

  31. Karen:
    Thanks for the link.

    Please include my name in the drawing. cll4him(at)sbcglobal(dot)net.
    I already follow your blog.

  32. This looks like a great book! Please include me.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  33. I am a follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  34. Cecelia,
    You are welcome. Thanks for coming to see me:) I added your name to the list, too. Blessings!

    Nice to meet you! Thanks for dropping by and becoming a follower.
    Your name is now on the list.
    Blessings to you:)


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