Three Witches in a Small Town (giveaway)

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For those of you new to my blog or curious about my book this is a great opportunity! Three Witches in a Small Town is my first novel that won the Jan Carol Publishing Believe and Achieve Award and was published last June. I’m currently running a giveaway on Goodreads for a chance to win a signed copy! The contest winner will be announced on June 22nd.

Here is the description from the back: Three sisters are called home to their small town to learn the old ways of mountain healing and magic. Guided by their aging grandmother, the sisters embark on a path of self-discovery. Through good times and heartbreak, the sisters stick together and learn a new appreciation for their unique family heritage and one another. Witches, potions, romance, laughter . . . you will find them all in Three Witches in a Small Town.

I wrote the book in a very short amount of time and had all sorts of amusing (now) drama trying to get it submitted. That’s definitely a blog for another time! But I poured my heart and soul into it and couldn’t be more proud of it. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but one or two people saying they enjoy it means a great deal more to me than a person who didn’t.  So please check it out, enter the giveaway or order a copy as a gift. And let me know what you think!

Order or read my reviews on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Three-Witches-Small-Willie-Dalton/dp/1939289653/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462553344&sr=8-1&keywords=three+witches+in+a+small+town

Enter the giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/186592-three-witches-in-a-small-town

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A year of plenty

Since Alafair’s birthday was New Years Day and her party was on Saturday, yesterday was my first real day to reflect on what I hope the new year brings. I’m beyond excited about what lies ahead for me in my writing but I’m also looking forward to enjoying simple things. Spring will be here before we know it and I’m determined to have a small vegetable garden this year and get at least one more room in the house looking the way I would like. I can’t wait for hiking with Josh and trips to the park with Alafair and possibly our first trip to the beach in many years. I’m not a beachy person, I love looking at the ocean and looking for seashells but you can keep the crabs, jellyfish, sharks, blistering sun, seafood and rip tides. A trip every five or six years is sufficient for me, but it will be Alafair’s first trip and she is super excited. If she turns out to be a beach girl I’ll adjust.

I’m don’t usually make resolutions on the new year because I believe we should always be trying to better ourselves and setting a goal once a year seems to be a cop out for most people. If they don’t reach their goal they say “oh well I’ll try again next year” instead of “I’ll try again tomorrow”. However I did make a  resolution this year, to finally be able to do scorpion pose (picture at the bottom). I’m closer than I was last year but still very far away.  It is definitely attainable with daily practice, but I’ll get there before the year is out.

I find the new year to be an exciting time. A new year full of hopes and possibilities, challenges, joy and sometimes loss and sadness, all of it change and motion leading us ahead toward the direction of our choosing. I hope we all choose happiness and health and kindness. My wish for you is a year of plenty, plenty of food and warmth, plenty of new experiences and rest, plenty love and laughter and plenty to give to those who have less.

Carry peace with you throughout the year and don’t let the hard things of the world make you cold.

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It all begins with a question

About a year ago my daughter walked through the house and asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. Most people my age (late twenties) already have a career or are working toward their goal. I’ve been a massage therapist, helped run a health food store, nearly have my doctorate in naturopathy and for the last several years I’ve been a stay at home mom. Yet, I’ve never felt like any of that was “my thing” I was meant to do.  So when she asked me that question I really thought about it and an image came to mind. An image of me walking into a bookstore and seeing a book that I wrote on the shelf. It was the mother of all epiphanies, it was a peaceful knowing that writing was what I should be doing.

I’ve loved writing since I was a child. The time or two I thought of pursuing it seriously I scared myself away by reading how difficult it is to get published and I wasn’t sure I could handle any criticism that came my way, but I decided to push those fears away and see where it could take me. I set a goal for  myself to write something and get it published by the time I turned thirty.   A couple of months later my mom picked up a magazine that mentioned a publishing contest and said she thought I might be interested. The deadline was a little over two months away but I decided to try my luck. So nearly every single day for two months I wrote at least 1000 words and edited the entire book within one week. At times it was challenging but I loved the challenge and the story I created. I submitted it on the day of the deadline with many many prayers, only to find out they had extended the deadline by three more months! I was frustrated at how much more thought and review I could have put into my story in that time frame but it was done and submitted and I had to hope for the best.

December 1st, I was checking my email looking for a lost password to a site I rarely used and a message from the publishing company was waiting. I won the contest. I am not an overly emotional person, it takes a lot to get me excited. But I screamed and screamed, then cried. So now I am picking out cover designs, writing dedications, creating blogs and twitter accounts and in a few months I’ll see my book on bookstore shelves. If it comes out this summer it will be the best way to spend my 29th birthday I could possibly imagine. Dreams are attainable through hard work and faith and I’m so excited to see where this new journey leads. I hope you follow me on the adventure.