Boy and Girl Clothes

Happy Ostara! Happy Spring!

I’m hoping 2017 will be good for me to do some spring cleaning. I have already begun my Great DeCluttering of 2017 and 2018, where I’m making goals for myself – read all the books and empty one bookshelf by end of 2017 and sell the books. Unfortunately I tend to accumulate more books. I don’t know how that happens…

I did clean out one shelf so that’s good. If anyone is my friend on Goodreads you’ll see a mass addition of “read” books in the coming year. Next I want to clean out closets again, especially the baby’s as she grows out of clothes, and then start on the kitchen with dishes that we don’t really use. My friend and I intend to have a garage sale soon, so I’m gathering up stuff in boxes in a place in the garage for when that happens. I just hope the weather gets nicer so I can go out and start pricing things.

Speaking of kid’s clothes, I have another friend who’s expecting a boy soon and she’s always lamenting how boys clothes are not at cute as girls clothes, and it’s funny because I’ve kind of felt that both clothes are cute, and I’ve wanted to buy my daughter boys clothes before, and we have, but clothes with dinosaurs, super heroes, and power rangers on it were cute too, and made me miss having a boy as well. I love my daughter, but maybe some day I’ll be able to have a boy? I know it’s not really up to “me” if that happens, but I would love a little boy to buy clothes with dinosaurs and lizards on them, as well as play outside in the mud with him, find toads and earth worms — I guess I can do that with a girl too. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not limiting what my daughter can do either…

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We definitely bought this boy’s onesie for our daughter. Because this is totally her. You can find this at Target.

But maybe I feel cliche as a mom that wants to have one of each. I’d love to see my husband bond with a son like I do with my daughter, and hope that he has a relationship with a son that he had with his father.

Oh, and yeah, I’m sure he wants to buy our future son dinosaur shirts too.

No matter what, if we have girls, a girl and a boy, or just one girl, I hope we can take them to Gatorland like we did for our Honeymoon in Florida. No matter what gender you are, they have to enjoy seeing big crocodiles, pythons, turtles and all the other kinds of animals they have there. That’s my hope anyway.

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In other news, I’m still working on the short stories. I was looking for stock art for covers the other day and enjoyed it very much.

There is this stock photographer that I follow at DeviantArt that has a lot of book cover contests with her art. Sometimes I vote on them, but I also think in the back of my mind that I can do a better job. I know that’s rather pretentious of me, so I kind of thought if I think that, why don’t I do it? I can’t be all talk. I have to show that I can do it. So I looked at her current contests and downloaded the images and plan on entering. Fingers crossed!

If anything it’ll be good for my portfolio.

Cheers,

H.K. Rowe

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The “To Be Read” Shelf Quiz

Stolen again from Aether House.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Goodreads. It’s the only way I can keep track as I’d be a mess without it.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

Mostly eBook. Though I do like reading ebooks and print books at the same time. I just bought myself a Kindle and I’m really liking it so I’ll probably go the ebook route from now on unless it’s a book I already own.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I usually read one Non-Fiction Book, one book for work like Market Research, and one fiction book. Sometimes I read two fiction books at once. Or instead of a fiction book I’ll read another non-fiction book that looks like light reading or something enjoyable.

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?

Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris.

A book you recently added to your TBR?

A Frozen Heart by Walt Disney Company. It’s basically the Frozen novel. I heard it had more than the movie so I was curious.

A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover?

The Blue Diamond by P.S. Bartlett

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

Probably the Holy Bible. I have it on there to skim if I want to and because it was free. Plus, I’ve read most of it and don’t plan on re-reading it with any sort of purpose.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

Doctor Who: The Legends of Ashildr by various authors. Ever since they announced that this character was getting her own adventure book I was stoked and pre-ordered it right away!

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. It’s the only Jane Austen book I have yet to read. I just haven’t been that excited to read it yet, but I love her work so I’ll get around to it. Honestly, I’d love to find an audio book on it like I did for Persuasion.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

The Game of Thrones series. I’ve read the first one and it was dense and took me FOREVER, so it may take me some time to read them. The show is more enjoyable honestly.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I need to read this before the movie comes out. I will probably start on my holiday break.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

385 and counting!

Please take the challenge if you feel like it!

Cheers,

H.K. Rowe

Goodreads Giveaway completed! Happy Winter Solstice!

My first giveaway for Unbridled ended last night, and 752 people entered the giveaway! Five winners were chosen, and I’ll be signing those copies and sending them out this week.

Thanks to everyone who entered and showed an interest in my book!

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Happy Solstice to everyone and Happy Holidays! I’m off to my aunt’s house to spend time with family, eat turkey, and root for the Green Bay Packers!

Cheers,

H.K. Rowe

Goodreads Giveaway! ONE DAY LEFT

There’s one day left in my Goodreads Giveaway, so if you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time!

The giveaway is for my debut novel Unbridled about two orphan brothers, Brian and Ethan. Ethan is caught up in a seedy crime family to help Brian, but all is threatened when they become involved with their adopted cousin Elekta. Think Flowers in the Attic meets This Gun for Hire.

Here is where you can find the Giveaway:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Unbridled by H.K. Rowe

Unbridled

by H.K. Rowe

Giveaway ends December 21, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Thanks! Cheers,

H.K. Rowe

Monday Blogs: Giveaway & Book Review

Happy Monday, everyone!

I am still reeling from NaNoWriMo and catching up with my never-ending to-do list. I do plan on setting up a more regular blogging schedule at the beginning of the new year, but until then my posts will be a bit random like before. For now…

Tomorrow (which is my birthday) I am kicking off my Goodreads Giveaway for Unbridled. I will be giving away five FREE signed copies of my book. So you’ll see an official post for that tomorrow when it begins. I hope you enter for a chance for a free book. Who doesn’t love free, right?

In other news, I’ve been reading a lot, and normally I don’t do much reviewing of books because it seems like everyone does that, and though it probably is a good skill to foster in the indie-book world, it also depends on time. So normally I don’t have any sort of structured time for that, but when I read a good book, I feel I should share – whether it’s an indie author or not.

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The book I read recently is The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. Amanda Palmer was the former lead singer of the Dresdon Dolls, a bit of a cabaret punk band. She is an independent artist now and makes music regularly. Amanda Palmer is known for taking the music world by storm with her Kickstarter project and other advocacies, and I’ve been following her career for a while and just love her spirit, her engagement with fans, and her wisdom in art and music.

I don’t have a lot of free time to read much anymore, so I was amazed how enthralled I was by her book and finished it so quickly. I’m partial to biographies anyway, but sometimes I read them and it takes me forever, but not Amanda’s book.

I read it with ferocity, absorbing her stories, her biographical accounts, her romance with Neil Gaiman, and her struggles with asking people for help and then her art itself. Sometimes it felt like a self-help book, that I could adopt some of her wisdom with my own life and struggles. I know it probably wasn’t supposed to be like that, but once you read some of her own wisdom, you feel that her words are adaptable, and they make you think.

Especially when it comes for asking for help and receiving gifts. I feel like that can be a struggle for people, myself included, in getting over your pride and asking people for help, whether for money or goods, and when you do, as Amanda did, you see the sense of community and collaboration that is born from that. It was really touching to read about that, to see all her friends and fans come together in a unifying spirit to help.

I also enjoyed the concept of making art, how making art “is not hard” – and I guess I can see that as a more liberal sense of the concept, where if you make art for the public and someone, even one person, appreciates it, it’s a success.

If you’re a fan of Amanda’s work, I definitely recommend the work. If you’re intrigued by her, I’d look into her music and get a sense of her and then if you like her, totally pick up her book.

Here was my review I posted to Goodreads:

This book was so amazing I couldn’t put it down.
I began reading this and felt so connected to Amanda through her words, her snippets, and her stories. I was moved to tears many times that I was reading so furiously that I didn’t even realize I was crying until my cheeks were wet.
Such a powerful, moving book, that there were several parts of it I just absorbed with abandon, and other parts of it I just felt I understood her and nodded my head with what she was going through, explaining, or feeling.
It felt like a random, almost-self help book on and FOR artists, but it’s not that, (or is it? I’m not sure), it’s everything Amanda. That’s how much you connect with her when you read this book. I’ve never actually met Amanda in person, but once you read her story you feel like you’ve always known her and loved her. (But I want to meet her one day, because wow, what an amazing human being she is…)
Wonderful, wonderful book. It’s the best book I’ve read this year for sure.

Enjoy! See you all tomorrow to kick-off my Goodreads Giveaway!

Cheers.

H.K. Rowe

Upcoming: Goodreads Giveaway

Unbridled on sale now!

Unbridled on sale now!

It looks like I’ll be doing a Goodreads Giveaway in December. I signed up for December 9th as my start date, which is my birthday, so I thought that’d be a good time. Also, NaNoWriMo will be over so I’ll have more time to work on it.

I’ll be giving out 5 free copies of my debut novel Unbridled. I’m making them available to the United States and Canada.

Once approved, I’ll post here and link to the giveaway. I’m getting rather excited for it!

Cheers,

HK Rowe