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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

DAY 14: Birthday Extravaganza [CLOSED]

Thanks to Dee DeTarsio, today’s Birthday Extravaganza giveaway is for 3 Kindle copies (via Amazon Kindle Gifts) of The Scent of Jade by Dee DeTarsio. Dee DeTarsio is also here today to share some poems and words of wisdom with us. Take it away Dee DeTarsio!


The Book Vixen
There once was a Vixen of Books,
Who loves getting all the looks.
You have to kiss a frog
To be on her blog,
‘Cause romance is how she cooks!

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may always set the tones. The passion and power of words--those we read and those we write, and even more importantly, those we speak--create a magic potion.

From saying a word over and over until it becomes nonsense, to the wishes behind a favorite name that we bestow upon our child, to words that conjure up our personality (Literally, Rob Lowe on Parks and Recreation!)--it’s up to us to use our powers for good.

For Pete’s Sake!
My friend, Pete, joined us for a dinner party a little while ago. I was complaining about how much my husband loves salmon. Seriously: morning, noon and night. Guess what I served that evening? I do have a great, (according to reports) easy-peasy salmon recipe that does NOT have to be prepared with love! (You don’t even have to touch it.)

"I hate salmon," I said. Pete smiled at me and told me I shouldn't say hate. I laughed, and agreed. He is right--I used to tell my kids that all the time. The conversation turned to weather. "I hate to be cold."

From across the room, I glimpsed Pete as he turned his head, whispering, "We don't say that." We laughed together.

I had no idea how often Negative Nellie was inviting herself to my party--but thanks to Pete's gentle reminder, she is officially off the guest list.

Pete's got a big birthday coming up this month, too: he'll be 4.

Happy Birthday, Pete--and The Book Vixen!



OMG I LOVE The Book Vixen poem!! Thank you Ms. DeTarsio!! And happy birthday to Pete too!

From TV writer Dee DeTarsio, a new novel, The Scent of Jade. When an ancient jade relic that holds secrets to global warming ends up in the hands of a not-so-perfect heroine, she is thrust in a fish-out-of-water adventure, lost in the Costa Rican rainforest.

“Romancing The Stone” meets “Survivor” for Julie Fraser, who was minding her own business, living her life as snug as a bug in a rut in San Diego, California. As the least adventurous person she knows, Julie finally whooped it up one day to jet off and surprise her husband, who was on a business trip in Costa Rica. Reeling from the discovery that her husband wasn’t who she thought he was, she accidentally steals an ancient artifact and is chased through the wilds of the rainforest, not knowing where to turn, literally, or whom to trust. She knew she should have stayed home.

Can a monkey, a blond Juan, a foreign scientist, a mysterious ‘love potion’ and the jade stone itself (that may hold secrets to global warming), help Julie on her mission to find and forgive her husband?

The stolen idol catapults her on a quest, as she discovers truths along the way about herself and her place in the universe. The Scent of Jade is creative and unique with surprising twists--in turn suspenseful and heartbreaking, combining humor and romance to reach the payoff ending. Original characters keep the pages turning.

The Scent of Jade spins its story with wit and wisdom, drawing those who love mystery, suspense, romance and adventure. While there are no vampires, readers are invited to enjoy the intrigue...

Places to find Dee DeTarsio online: 
Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Thanks to Dee DeTarsio, three lucky winners will receive a Kindle copy (via Amazon Kindle Gifts) of The Scent of Jade by Dee DeTarsio!!

  • Giveaway open to US residents.
  • Comments are appreciated, however, you must fill out the form below in order to enter the giveaway.
  • Please read the Contest/Giveaway Policy for complete list of rules.
  • You have until midnight (your time) on Thursday, July 7, 2011 to enter.

Good luck to all who enter!

9 People had something to say:

  1. Maria (pronounced Mariah)Jun 29, 2011 06:36 AM
    Thank you!
  2. misskallie2000Jun 29, 2011 08:52 AM
    Hi Maria, I love your poem. So cute.. Reminds me of my school days when I use to write poetry.
    I love mystery and romance in my books and The Scent of Jade sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
    My daughter gave me a Kindle for Mothers Day and I am enjoying using but still learning the ropes. I would love to have The Scent of Jade loaded on my Kindle.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com
  3. Denise ZJun 29, 2011 12:55 PM
    What an incredibly wonderful post - you made me smile :) Thank you for the lovely giveaway opportunity - I think I want to celebrate my birthday for a month and sent out all this fund and blessings.
  4. scarletkiraJun 29, 2011 11:16 PM
    The poem was a fun read. Negative Nellie is a hard guest to kick out of a party and life in general.
  5. Mare/TommyGirlJun 30, 2011 12:08 PM
    The poem made me giggle! Thank you for sharing!
  6. Andrea IJun 30, 2011 01:54 PM
    I enjoyed your poem.
  7. leisaJul 1, 2011 12:41 PM
    great giveaway...Thank you
  8. JulieJul 7, 2011 05:32 AM
    This looks like another good one! Thanks for the chance to win a copy:)
  9. Dee DeTarsioJul 11, 2011 06:57 AM
    Thanks so much for allowing me to be part of your birthday extravaganza! Enjoy the rest of your summer--and good luck with Baby #3!! Take care, Dee

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