Crazy Canuck Blog Hop Contest


Join us December 27 to January 2 as we
ring in the New Year with some great Canadian authors.
We have some great stops along the way and at
each stop you will have the opportunity to enter to win our Grand Prize!

Grand Prize:
Digital copies of a book from each participating author including:
Altering Authority by Ashley Dooley
Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme
Something in the Air by Marie Landry
Magic Resistant by Veronica DelRosa
The Naughty List by Cori Vidae
Firefly: Ice Born by P.M. Pevato
Thirteen by Shannon Peel
Enemy Within by Marysol James
Questing for a Dream by P.D. Workman
Vice by Rosanna Leo
Lakeshore Secrets by Shannyn Leah
Guarding Midnight by Kacey Hammell
3013:Renegade by Susan Hayes
The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros
Alien Next Door: Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject
Slow Ride Home by Leah Braemel
One Gold Heart by Sadie Haller
Unconditional Devotion by Kayleigh Malcolm
Festive Persuasion by Charlene Roberts
Two $10 gift cards for Chapters-Indigo


Visit the other stops on the Blog Hop for more great Crazy Canuck posts and more chances to enter to win! Click here to enter:  a Rafflecopter giveaway


Make sure to stop by and check out the posts of each of our hosts.  Not only will you get to learn more about some Canadian authors, but you’ll have the opportunity at each stop to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway.

Click the button below to see a list of the sites to visit.  Stop at them all!


Holiday fun–and prizes too

Join us for THE Romance Event of the Holidays.

21 Authors in various Romance genres and 4 bloggers are bringing you a brighter holiday with a month long event full of joy, cheer, book promo, and games! There will be a Rafflecopter with gift cards totaling $250. Invite your friends. Starting on November 23rd, the authors will be showing up randomly through the following month. Make sure to leave your notifications on so you don’t miss any giveaways.


Participating Authors
Amie Stuart
Anne Lange
Aubrey Wynne
Jennifer Lane
Jodi Redford
Kishan Paul
Kris Hack
Laura Lee
Leah Braemel
Margaret Locke
Marina Adair
Mika Jolie
MJ Summers
MK Meredith
Natalie-Nicole Bates
Rachael Slate
Renee Kennedy
Shelley Munro
Sonali Dev
Taylor Sullivan
Valerie Twombly
Participating Blogs
1 Rad-Reader
Guilty Pleasure Book Reviews
Books N Pearls
Lazy Day Library Reviews


Be a superhero

I first started blogging back in 2007, before I got published, and I used talk about my life. My family. Trying to fit writing into all my obligations. And then I got published, and the blogging slowed, and when I did, it was all writing related. But I was watching an old episode of Grey’s Anatomy the other night (re-watching it actually), and learned something from it that I wanted to share.

It was a scene where Amelia Shepherd who is a neurologist is about to do brain surgery to remove a huge tumor.  Just before she enters the surgical theatre, she stands in what she refers to as a superhero pose — back straight, hands in fists on her hips, shoulders square, head up. And she says that there was a scientific study showing that if you held the pose for two minutes, you’d do significantly better in job interviews or stressful situations.

(The video is dark, but it gives you the idea.)

As a writer, and as a former nursing student way back in the 70s, I call foul on some situations that are shown on television, but I wondered if there was something to this particular pose. So I googled it, and found that a nurse had wondered the same thing, and he found it was based on an actual study by social psychologist Amy Cuddy.

But yes, the superhero pose was tested (although Amy called it the Wonder Woman pose). They brought test subjects and had them hold high and low power poses for two minutes, testing their saliva both before and after they held the pose. They learned that when you’ve held the “superhero” pose or one of the other high power poses, your levels of testosterone go up, (the dominance hormone), and your cortisol (the stress hormone) goes down.  If you fold into yourself, the opposite is true.

It’s a fascinating talk — the whole thing is 20 minutes long, but it’s worth the time, and it may get you looking at what message you’re giving to people around you. And how you react to their body language. (And if you’re a writer, you can transfer that into your characters’ body language too.)

So next time you’re facing a stressful situation, hold the superhero pose. Be a superhero.