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Congratulations to Ann-Marie Wilson, the winner of the blog giveaway.  She wins a Taylor Lakke Beach Tote Bag and an autographed copy of "A Heart For the Ocean".   Thanks to all of you who visited and participated in the giveaway.   Happy Valentine's Day!

 

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02/03/2013

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Oh, what a feeling.  What was your romantic day at the beach?


 
 
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Madison's crushing on Landon. He whispers in her ear with his sexy voice.  She is secretly 'freak'n' on the inside from the words he whispers.  Her soul is singing.

 
 
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I am thrilled to announce that JESSICA JASTER and RENEE MERILIC are the winners of Goodreads Book Giveaway.  Their autographed copy of "A Heart For The Ocean" was mailed today.  Thanks to all of you (a record number) who participated in this Giveaway.

 
 
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These are the Sea Trek Helmets that both Madison and Landon's father Cameron wore while under the water during a special ceremony.

This is a live shot that Taylor took while vacationing in the Grand Cayman Islands.

 
 
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Isabella Reed is a fast-track twenty one year old from a small Florida town. She flees to the Land of Enchantment, Albuquerque, NM, where the beautiful painted skies go on forever and hold hope for a fresh start.
She meets Logan Hayes, a sexy guide who has been hired to show her all the sights of her new city. He shows her much more than that. Something Paranormal happens to Isabella that she is unaware of when touring the Petroglyphs and her life takes a downward spiral into a supernatural captivity that no one will believe except for Logan. He vows to protect her with his life after seeing for himself.


YA/ New Adult Paranormal Romance Author 
I am a Registered Nurse who is now devoting my time to writing fiction, reading, making scrapbooks, taking pictures, traveling and enjoying family and friends. I am a mother of two. When I'm not writing, I'm dreaming up characters for my next book. I love cotton nighties and comfortable shoes. My dream is to one day have an island of my very own where I can hold up there and write until my hearts content.
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This starts today and closes the day after blog tour on Jan. 20, 2013
Win this ring that Logan gave to Isabella in my book a $220 value or take the cash!This is for readers and bloggers alike. All you have to do is review her book and post on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews will be verified. Enter your name in the rafflecopter set-up for reviews on her blog here:

http://www.jennaroads.com/road-to-heaven-giveaways.html



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And Last but not least is the release party on Jan. 9th during the tour with many prizes to be given away. Real jewelry and costume book nerd necklaces , tote bags, mouse pads, cups, T-shirts and New Mexico themed items and so on.

And for the next 2 weeks you can find Jenna being showcased in all these blogs on the Tour Stop:
Jan. 6 Taylor Lakkehttp://www.taylorlakke.com/blog-taylor-lakke-writes.html Review/Interview/Giveaway
Jan. 7Kristina Snyder http://everandeversight.blogspot.com/ Review/Interview/Giveaway
Jan. 8Mel & LanaLissalynnsreviews.blogspot.comReview/Interview/Giveaway
Jan. 8 Thomas Ryderthomasrydder.wordpress.com/Feature/Giveaway
Jan. 9Nova Reylinhttp://myseryniti.wordpress.com/Review/Interview/Giveaway
Jan. 10 Ellie Dunn authorelliepotts.blogspot.comFeature/Giveaway
Jan.11Tammy Hallhttp://www.tammysteatime.blogspot.com/ Review/Interview/Giveaway
Jan.12 Kendall McCugginhttp://bookcrazy123.blogspot.co.uk/Review/Interview/Giveaway
Jan. 13 Vicki Elamwww.authorvickielam.com Feature/Giveaway
Jan. 13 TamaraBeardhttp://theindieshop.blogspot.com/Feature/Giveaway

Jan.14Mary Smithbooknerdsacroosamerica.comReview/Interview/Giveaway
Jan. 15Jennifer Mathis http://booksnbrownies.com/ Review/Interview/Giveaway
Jan. 16Rebecca Van Kaamgottoreadthosebooks.comReview/Interview/Giveaway
Jan. 17 Peggy Warrenwww.lebooksquirrel.blogspot.comFeature/Giveaway    
Jan. 18 Jennifer Swigerjennswiger.blogspot.comFeature/Giveaway
Jan.19 Lindsay Avalon lindsayavalon.blogspot.comFeature/Giveaway

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And for stopping by today and visiting my blog you may enter yourself for a $50 Amazon gift card here:    http://www.jennaroads.com/road-to-heaven-giveaways.html

Win a free e-copy of Jenna's Book by leaving an answer to this question:  What is your favorite thing to win in a giveaway?  I will pick a winner at random on the release date of January 9th!
 
 
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Happy New Year!  To celebrate in style A Heart For The Ocean is FREE TODAY on Amazon.    
Hhttp://www.amazon.com/Heart-Ocean-Serenity-Series-ebook/dp/B009O08DE2/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1356912067&sr=8-1

 
 
 
 
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Dianne Gardner is both an author and illustrator living the Pacific Northwest. She's an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National League of American Pen Women. She has written Young Adult Fantasy novels as well as articles for national magazines and newspapers. She's also an award-winning artist.
Dianne spent many years living out in the desert wilderness of the American Southwest, lived in a hogan made from adobe and cedar for thirteen years, co-owned 25 horses both pure bred and Native American ponies, traveled horseback and by wagon throughout the Navajo reservation, herded sheep and goat, worked in the forest planting trees and piling, farmed on barren soil and even lived in a teepee for a short while. She spent many long years using survival skills as a way of life.
Later she studied pastoral counseling and was a Pastor's apprentice at a mainline church. She and her husband have been feeding the homeless for over twelve years. Today she draws on both her survival experiences and her love for people, especially young people, into her writing, seeking not only to give her readers a firm understanding of her stories' characters, but a rich appreciation of nature.



 I thought we would have a fun interview in honor of the season and get the skinny on how Dianne celebrates Christmas as she has told me already that Christmas is what she celebrates.



How do you celebrate the holidays?
We feed the homeless every Sunday, so for Christmas we gather from donors and from our own funds and get warm things for them, and toys for parents to give to their children. We have many homeless dads/vets come in who only see their kids once in a great while and feel really bad that they have no gift for them for Christmas. We'll give them the present to give to their children.


What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
I love the family getting together and having a nice meal. I also love watching the grand kids open presents early in the morning while we have a cup of coffee and a good breakfast with them.


What is your favorite Christmas song?
Oh Holy Night, especially the second and third verses. I love the chorus "Fall on your knees, oh hear the angel voices..."


What food do you always make or get for Christmas?
I'm allergic to dairy, so my daughter always makes me a dairy free chocolate truffle cake. It's the best!


What is the best present you have ever received?
I got a banjo when I was young. I loved it! Also, the book Black Beauty. I read it many many times and I still have that same copy..

What is the worst present you have ever received?
I hated getting clothes that matched my sister's


Do you put up a real tree or artificial?
I used to swear to a real tree when the kids were young because I love the fragrance. But we have a small house now and I found this really cute 'real pine' artificial table top tree. So I use that now. I might decorate a tree outside this year. We live in WA and are surrounded by fir on our property.


Can we find mistletoe at your house hanging in a doorway?
No. My husband kisses me all the time anyway.


What is your favorite Christmas candy?
The only candy I really eat any more is dark chocolate. I can't have dairy and I don't like hard candies, although a butterscotch once in awhile is still nice.


What is your favorite pay it forward idea or tradition?
Wishing each other well, even in the face of adversity.

That was a fabulous interview Dianne. I loved  your answers and capturing yet a small glimpse into the your life and the lady behind the wonderful imagination.

Thank you so much. I really enjoyed it.



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Ian's Realm Trilogy by Dianne Gardner
Hydra Publications Ian's Realm: Deception Peak
now available
Teenage Ian Wilson follows his father through a portal into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run free, the wind sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatars come to life. But separation from his dad puts Ian in peril as he’s abducted by a tribe of dragon worshipers and forced to find his courage.  As he struggles for his freedom and embarks on a perilous search for his father he meets the true peacekeepers of the Realm, and learns of a greater purpose for his being there.

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Ian's Realm: The Dragon Shield
release date Feb 2013
As a young man, Ian returns to the Realm to search for his father, and to fight against the tyranny that has befallen his friends. But the Realm is a different place, the forest is dying, the Kaermperns have lost the shield that protected them from the dragon, and Ian has a hard time proving his allegiance when trouble follows him through the portal. His struggle to do right buries him in confusion, and he must fight his own will to prove his integrity.

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Ian's Realm: Rubies and Robbers
release date 2013
Ian has proven his abilities as a warrior and now the most dangerous battle begins, the battle against the power of evil. Ian must unravel the secrets of the mountain and discern who his real enemy is, the enemy both without and within. He tackles with the twelve year old boy who seems to hold the fate of the entire Realm in his hands, and yet the pressing Songs of Wisdom call for compassion in his dealings. Ian leads his men in the fight against the powers of darkness. But he must also be willing to sacrifice everything he ever hoped to have in order to save those he loves.

You can find her books here on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Dianne-Lynn-Gardner/e/B0090LIYEO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1


You can find Dianne in her many wonderful places full of adventure:

http://dragontargeseries.blogspot.com/

WebsiteFacebookhttp://facebook.com/gardnersart
https://twitter.com/DianneGardner

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6473931.Dianne_Lynn_Gardner

http://pinterest.com/diendrial/


Go to her website for a Christmas Party going on now until Dec. 15, 2012 and while you are there check out her book trailers. They are awesome.

She is very generously giving away where four people will win a signed copy of Deceptions Peak   http://dragontargeseries.blogspot.com/



 
 
FREE: Just In time for the holidays my new book is FREE on Amazon today and tomorrow Dec. 6 and 7th!

http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Ocean-Serenity-Series-ebook/dp/B009O08DE2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354452422&sr=8-1&keywords=taylor+lakke
 

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    I was raised in the South but have lived in many places around the United States. Reading is my favorite hobby and has been since I was a little girl. Just started writing and am finding pure joy, it is something I was born to do. I love the ocean: swimming, snorkeling, sailing and boating. My secret ambition is to be a professional golfer. Travel is another passion I have.  I like to chew gum and wear a baseball cap when I write.  By day I am a Facility Director in Healthcare and in the wee hours of the night I am living my dream of writing books.

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