Happy Sunday

happy sunday Pictures, Images and PhotosHappy Sunday, everyone!  I hope you’re having a great week, with lots of happy, upbeat news to be grateful for.

My week has been exceptionally busy…but most of it, at least, turned out to be with good stuff.

First, I’m more than a little excited that Kensington Brava chose to give away e-book downloads of THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS this weekend at both Amazon & Barnes & Noble.  What fun that was!  I got to spread the news that anyone who hadn’t grabbed a copy already could read my very first vampire book for free & then experience the wonderful response as readers came out of the woodwork to share their enthusiasm for the special offer.  (And, no, they weren’t all cheapskates looking for a deal; most of them were readers who had already picked up their paperback copy of BITE, but were delighted to have it on their Kindle or Nook, too, or romance readers who have never read me & will hopefully turn into die-hard fans. :gotcha )

And then imagine how thrilled I was to see BITE shoot to the top of both lists.  With hundreds of free downloads available this weekend, THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS hit #1 in Romance, #1 in General Fiction, & #3 overall in Amazon’s Kindle Store, & #7 on Barnes & Noble’s digital download list.  Whoo-hoo! :dancing

The second bit of good news I got last week is that LOVES ME, LOVES ME KNOT is a finalist for Heart of Denver’s Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award.”  Yippee!  I’m absolutely thrilled about this, & it was so much fun to find out the way I did.  Normally, you get a phone call or at least an e-mail about this sort of thing, but I literally stumbled across the information when someone posted a list of all the finalists to one of the loops I belong to.  I wasn’t even paying much attention, just sort of skimming the list for friends’ names.  Then suddenly I saw mine at the very bottom & had to do a double take. :whhhat  Whoo-hoo!

And since good news (sometimes) comes in threes, add to that my supercalifragilisticexpialidocious excitement over the news that KNOCK ME FOR A LOOP has gone into a third printing.  Woot-woot!  This is very good news indeed; it means that the response to KNOCK has been so wonderful, they’ve run out of copies twice. :biggestgrin And I owe it all to you guys! Thank you so much for following the “Chicks with Sticks” series & running out to buy Zack & Grace’s story & giving them such a warm, wonderful reception!  You guys rock, you really do! :party

Not quite as exciting as all the rest, I had my hair done for the upcoming NJRW conference & am quite happy with it.  No, I didn’t go with the “Wolverine” or “Hannibal Lechter”—just a good, old-fashioned redo of my color & a much-needed trim.  But I was really beginning to hate my hair & now I don’t, so that’s a definite plus.  Fingers crossed I’ll be able to do something with it for the conference, but if not & pictures begin to circulate…just pretend we all thought the “Mug Shot” was a good idea, okay? :winkwink

That’s about it for me this week.  Now’s it’s your turn to regale us all with the wonderful things going on in your life!  Do tell… :justsoool


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  1. Dee says:

    Well…in my life…I had a job interview on Tuesday with the possibility of a second interview sometime this coming week. Also, one of the recruiters I go through wants me to call tomorrow morning about a possible job placement in the HR Dept at Viacom in NYC. So keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

    Today we’re celebrating my parents’ birthdays [Dad’s is tomorrow and Mom’s is on the 21st]. I believe roast beef and chocolate mousse cake is part of the menu. My mom insisted on doing her own cake. My family is a stubborn one so I gave up arguing with her on that point.

    Next Sunday, I’ll be participating in a Diabetes walk with my friend Paula and her sister Pam [who is a Red strider aka someone with diabetes walking for a cure]. Afterward I’ll be going to Paula’s house for her adorable son’s 2nd birthday party. So I got a busy weekend.

    As far as my love of soccer…my poor Azzurri didn’t even get to play on Tuesday because of jerk fans who snuck in enough crap to have a mini battle. There were riots in the streets of Genoa pre- and post “game” as well. Seriously, I can’t even sneak a bottle of water into a sporting event and they bring box cutters and flares. But in better news, my Roma boys won yesterday and I have a new Roma hubby. I’m not fickle, the whole beard and scary ass tattoo thing got old. Seriously. “Hi Mom, this is Danny. See the tattoo of the baby crawling through flames? Isn’t that cool?” My mom would kill me and my dad…he never yells but he would. Yes, I’m a grown woman but my parents’ approval still means so much. Especially my dad’s.

  2. Laura J. says:

    YAY!!! I’m sure all those new readers are going to fall in love with your books Heidi! I was hooked from the first one I read.

    And yet another award nomination?!? How FREAKING AWESOME is that!?!?

    Well my week is both good and bad. It started out with GOOD. My oldest got a nomination from Senator Evan Bayh to attend the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Pointe, NY. He still has to be accepted by the school and he’s currently finishing up the paperwork for that and the we send and wait and see. The nomination is a big hurdle though.

    Then the bad…My gr. aunt passed away Friday night. She fell a couple of weeks ago and broke her hip and I knew then that is was the beginning of the end. She was 86 and never married or had kids. Us nieces and nephews were her kids. She has been going downhill for sometime and the last year or so she wasn’t able to recognize me or even my mom who was there pretty regularly. The sad part is though, there is a whole lot more to this story and it’s going to get quite ugly here soon. So if you would please keep our family in your prayers.

    And now more good news: My kids are on fall break this coming week!!! Wait, I’m not so sure that’s good news. Let me get back to you all on that next week.

    • Dee says:

      Congrats on the nomination!!!! I am so sorry to hear about your aunt. Your family is definitely in my prayers.

    • Hollie says:

      Wow Laura!! Good for your son!!! That is sooo cool that Evan Bayh did that!! I met his dad Birch Bayh a looooong time ago and he was such a sweet guy!!
      On the other…so sorry for your loss!! and Your family will definately be in my prayers!!(you already are ya know!) Stuff like that sucks!!!!

  3. Jessica Lemmon says:

    Someone near and dear to us passed away before his time – his viewing was Friday.

    Despite that rather sad news – I am still having a happy :happyjoy weekend. We spent Friday after the viewing with a good friend we haven’t seen in a while, then carved punkins w/the fam on Saturday and visited w/my Dad & 84 yo grandpa – and on a fluke, friend’s band played at local Tavern and other friends were nearby so we all went to see them. THEN, at the tavern, ran into a friend we hadn’t seen in ten years.

    What an amazing weekend full of the people we love! :blinkie

  4. Paula R. says:

    Hey Heidi, I am really excited that I finally get to meet you in person at NJRW Con next week. Congrats on making the lists for Bite…tres excited about that. I am also really happy because I had great parent-teacher conferences…the parents were really happy with what I had to say. I am also happy because I get to meet Tori Carrington at the Con too. How’s your speech? The weather is great. One of my former students is coming up to see me from Florida, and it’s just been a great day. I also go off duty at 4 pm EST, which I am uberexcited about as well. And, I got to chat with Leslie Kelly/Leslie Parrish, one of my all time fave authors and people in the world. That’s a lot of happiness for me.
    Have a great rest of the day. I will be back to see what’s going on later.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

    • Paula R. says:

      Forgot to add…my internet is back up and running. Now I get to make all my blog pitstops…yippee

      Peace and love,
      Paula R.

      • Hollie says:

        I am sooo jealous of you Paula!!! :mad
        I want to meet Heidi and Lori K too!!! grrrrr!!!

        • Laura J. says:

          Hmph! No Dungeon hotties for Paula!!!! Nope no sharing since you get to hang out with such fabulous peeps! :tpspspspt

          PS. Have fun anyway!! *g*

          • Paula R. says:

            Girl, keep the hotties…I get the fun!!! I will be thinking of you guys here. Just live vicariously through me, and you will be there too. I will try to post pics and write something in the Dungeon. Would that make you feel better, Laura?

            Peace and love,
            Paula R.

  5. Carole Fiore-Abshire says:

    Hi! Congrats! Just bought both your books, Knock Me for A Loop, and Loves Me, Loves Me Knot, haven’t started it yet for I got this other book called Threads West American Saga, by Reid Rosenthsl, that i can’t put down. Its a western but with romance and its so breath taking. Anyways, I’m also study for my mid-terms went back to school, its different and a challenge for I’m 57yrs old and working full-time at my home daycare…but doing quite well so far. Have a good sunday and have fun with your family!

    • Laura J. says:

      Just lock the kids in a closet! Okay just kidding, how about movie day. Let them watch movie after movie while you read the Chicks triology?!?! You will love them!

  6. Dee says:

    OMG this cracked me up and I HAD TO SHARE!!!!

    Male bats have the highest rate of homosexuality of any mammal.

    Well, that explains Edward Cullen.


  7. Hollie says:

    Congratulations Heidi!!! :congrats
    ok…Im here!
    this week has been full of crap!! Thought last week was bad and I was wrong!The only thing i can come up with for good is that it is over! :devil
    Next Saturday Im going to be walking in a “making strides for Breast cancer awareness” walk in South Bend…
    My son is home for fall break until Tuesday…not a bad thing..but he is off with another member of his “Nerd Herd” right now. Hopefully I’ll get to see him before he has to go back!
    Our fall break starts on Thursday so i only have to go to work until Wednesday. thats a good thing.
    My father in law was admitted into the hospital on thursday with a mrsa infection in his shoulder. They are checking the strain to see what will take care of it then sending him home. Fingers crossed!
    Then my bestest friend is having some major problems and has been admitted into a facility to help her….visited her today and she continually begged me to get her out! ummm cant do that!!!! and no we cant switch clothes so that you can escape!!
    So this week im thankful for Books and the Authors who write them….for without that i would have NO escape from what is going on in “real” life!!

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