Fun Friday – Competition Time

Happy Friday!

It’s been a while since I’ve had a competition here, and since I’ve just had a new delivery of swag, I thought it was time I remedied that! Take a look at the pretties that arrived in my mailbox this week:

I love these branded USB Pens, courtesy of the lovely people at https://www.usbmemorydirect.com.  They’re perfect for backing up my writing after a long day of toil!

For your chance to win a pen, just leave me a comment below, and I’ll pick the winner by random.org.

I’ll keep the competition open for a week, and will let the winner know by close of play Friday March 17th. It’s open internationally – so make sure to leave a comment! I can’t wait to see who wins 🙂

For terms and conditions see here

Good luck!

72 Free Books to download!

First Free For all

Happy Friday!
To celebrate the coming weekend, I’ve teamed up with 70 Romance Authors who are offering 72 books for FREE!

Sign up to receive the link to this awesome event.

Click one, click them ALL for FREE on Amazon.
Then settle in for some happy reading.

So if like me you’re looking for some fantastic new books to read now the sun is finally showing her face, you should be able to fill your e-reader for no cost at all!

Enjoy!

 

 

The Electronic Age

writingI often lament that due to the advent of emails, text messages and IMs, we are losing the art of letter writing and journalling. That we won’t be able to hold these things in our hands and read them again and again, letting our memories transport us back to those days, remembering the people we used to be.
However, I’m absolutely delighted to say I’ve just proved myself wrong. I was having a little internet browse this morning, and remembered an old blog I used to have when the family and I moved to Washington DC back in 2005. And though I can’t for the life of me remember the log-in details for it, I still remembered the name of the blog and the url, so I typed it in, and was instantly transported back down memory lane.
It was amazing. Right there, on the screen, I relived the stories from when my now 14 and 12-year-old were tiny, only 4 and 6 years old. In the blog I’d detailed funny conversations I’d had with them, like the one below:

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2006

Genetically Modified Meat

 

Sample of conversation with my eldest earlier today:

Me: ‘What’s your favourite dinner?’
E: ‘Roast Dinner’ (good girl – English tastes rule supreme)lambcow
Me: ‘What sort of roast dinner?’
E: ‘Lamb.’
Me: ‘That’s good’
E: ‘What sort of beef is lamb?’
Me: ‘Do you mean what sort of MEAT is lamb?’
E: ‘No. What sort of beef is lamb?’
Me: ‘Lamb isn’t beef, it’s a meat.’
E: ‘Uh?’
Me: ‘Where does lamb come from?’
E: ‘Lambs?’
Me: ‘Yes. And where does beef come from?’
E: ‘Cows?’
Me: ‘Yes. So what is lamb?’
E: ‘A kind of beef?’

Honestly, I was so delighted to see, written in down, an example of one of the many funny, crazy conversations I used to have with my kids when they were little. And if the internet–and blogging–hadn’t been invented, I probably never would have written it. So I’m taking back everything I said about the internet killing letter writing and memories. Instead, it’s not only allowed me to recover happy memories, but let me share it with my teenager, who couldn’t stop giggling.

shut my mouth

Hope you all have a great weekend, 
Carrie Pink

Into the New

 

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This has been a week to learn new things. Sometimes they can be scary. Sometimes they can be amazing. But always, they expand horizons, keep me on my toes and ensure I never get bored.

 

New Thing Number One  publish

I am being published in Brazil. This is so amazing to me. I’m more than excited to see my words translated into the beautiful Portuguese language, and can’t wait to hold that book in my hands. My lovely editor from Universo Dos Livros is already working on the translation, and we are hoping for a release date some time in the fall.

 

New Thing Number Two

google plusGoogle Plus. Am I the last one to the party? I’ve finally managed to get my google+ account up and running. I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do next, but I’m having fun reading stuff and working out what I should post. If you’re over there and you fancy saying ‘hi’ then here is the link: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115611006918670657053/posts/p/pub

 

New Thing Number Three

youtubeI’ve recorded my first video, ready to upload to YouTube. I’m taking part in my lovely friend S.L. Scott’s read-a-long for her fabulous book The Resistance (if you haven’t read it yet, you should, and come join in the read-a-long). After about fifty tries and untold amount of laughter I’ve finally managed to get a passable recording of me reading an excerpt from her book. The wonderful new video will make its debut during the read-a-long on Facebook, but if I’m feeling brave, I’ll also post it here some time.

So there you have it. You can teach an old dog new tricks, particularly if they involve books. Have a fabulous weekend everybody. I’m off to a party tomorrow where, no doubt, I’ll learn a lot of new things 😉

Carrie Pink

Fabulous Friday – My Week in Pictures

It’s Friday! This can only be a good thing. This week has been on the wrong side of crazily busy, but hopefully I’ll have the weekend to catch up on everything I need to, ready to start Monday with a blank slate. Today, rather than regale you with written descriptions of what I’ve done this week, I thought I’d let the pictures do the talking.

 

Monday

crazy office

Yep, just another day at the office. Except a bit more exciting.

 

Tuesday

Steam Train

A 5:30 am train to Bristol. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite as pretty as this one, but a girl can dream.

 

Wednesday

editing

Yep, you’ve guessed it, I’m editing.

 

Thursday

housework rules

This is what my husband thinks I do. The reality is similar but without the smile. Or the apron.

 

Friday

reading nook

Managed to grab a bit of time to indulge my favourite habit. Now I just need to find a bookshelf like this

What I’ve been reading this week…

All of the books I read were on special offer this week. Two of them were free via Bookbub alerts (If you don’t subscribe already, you can go here. It’s a great way of finding out special offers in your favourite genres. The other two – Number Thirteen by Bella Jewel and Love Lines by S. Walden – were less than $1.99 when I bought them, and in my opinion they both knocked it out of the park. 

Highlander's Hopenumber thirteenJust this onceLove Lines

 

 

 

Well, that’s pretty much my week in pictures. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Carrie Pink

 

 

I’m Clearing Out

clear out

This week has been dedicated to clearing out my clothes. Mr E has decreed that we are decorating the bedroom, and as we will need to rearrange the wardrobes (closets to my American friends), I first have to go through everything I have and decide whether to keep, donate or throw out.

It’s hard. First off, I have too many clothes. I have those things that I loved so hard I wore them out but can’t bear to throw away. I have clothes that were impulse buys that I’ve never worn but know will come in handy… one day. Then I have clothes that I have grown out of / never grown into / am keeping until I shed that pesky half stone that clings to me like a limpet. All of these should be easy to throw out, right?

Well… no, not really. Because I have an emotional attachment to them. Whether they bring happy memories of the days I wore them, or the last vestiges of hope that I’ll ever fit into them, they’re more than just pieces of sewn-up fabric. They give me promise of a better life, thoughts of a time when I was happier. A dream that I’ll finally be a size 10 (that’s really tiny, okay!) That’s what makes this clearing out thing so hard. If they were just things that meant little to me, then I’d happily jettison them. But if I get rid of them now, it’s like I’m admitting I’ve moved on or am never going to fit in those clothes.

Let’s face it, I’m not. So I’ve filled up the bags and taken them to the charity shop for somebody else to enjoy. Which leaves a lovely gaping hole in my wardrobe waiting for new clothes to be bought and for the cycle to begin again. Which in my very humble opinion is a pretty good metaphor for life. And in the meantime, have a little drool at how I imagine my perfect storage space to look. So much better than the mess I have now!

perfect storage

Have a great week!

Carrie Pink

Fun Friday – Where I talk about writing, editing and why I’ve jinxed the weather.

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It’s been a crazy few weeks. Everything seems to have come at once. I’m delighted to say I’ve finished the editing for Halfway Hidden and have now sent it off to be proofed. The cover reveal happened last week, and I was so pleased with everybody’s comments. I really love the design, and was excited to be able to finally share it. To top it all off, I’ve become consumed by a new story that I couldn’t get out of my mind.

With a working title of Unexpected, my latest project is a full-length, New Adult novel. I’m already in love with the characters, and the plot makes my heart race a little. I’m planning on getting it finished by the end of November, ready for editing. For the moment, it is spilling onto the page at a fast rate, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this continues.

It’s a completely different beast to Halfway Hidden, not only in genre, but also in tone and length. Writing it has taken me out of my comfort zone in a good way, and I’m really looking forward to getting it polished up and out there. I’ll let you know more details as soon as I do.

I’ve also been super-busy at work, as well as doing the usual, mom-type activities with the young’uns, and trying to keep the house from looking like it has a layer of nuclear dust throughout. We have some lovely friends coming to stay this weekend, and I’d rather not clog their airways with dust motes. On the plus side, we’re planning on taking them to London on Saturday. It’s not often that somebody goes to the Big Smog just to get some fresh air, but hey, that’s just the way we roll.

Well, that’s about it for now. I hope you all have an amazing weekend. As we’ll be spending most of it outside, sightseeing, it will almost certainly rain. Have a great one no matter what you do. And thanks for reading.

Carrie Pink