Jake Grady needs your vote as Hottest Cowboy!

Jake Grady, from No Accounting for Cowboys, has beaten 60 other cowboys, including his big brother Ben, and made it into the finals of the Inner Goddess Forums’ Hottest Cowboy contest!

Now he needs you to show him a lot of love and vote for him again!  I’m shamelessly begging — Help Jake Win! Vote Today!  Click on the Hottest Cowboy contest graphic, or on the link above and go cast your vote! (And there are lots of prizes you can win by voting.)  But don’t delay, voting is only open today and tomorrow! (Dec 12 – 13)

cowboy contestAnd to remind you why Jake is hot?  Here are some quotes…Promises

8 seconds

Love You Paige

Sang to her

Trying something new

I’ve been whining for a while about how Facebook™ encourages authors to have pages by limiting us to 5,000 friends on our profiles. So we created pages and worked hard to get people to “Like” our page. But then they switched things up when they went public and we started noticing that they were showing our posts to less and less people. (I have almost 2200 Likes on my page yet on average any post on any given day is seen by less than 100 people, sometimes as few as 30.) Well, now they’re coming clean and saying basically they don’t want to show any post that might be considered promotion (in other words, anything with a link, which probably means even a link to my blog) — that if we want our posts to be seen, we have to pay them for visibility.

thumbs-downNow if they were charging a yearly fee for page ownership, I might be interested, as long as they guaranteed that everyone who liked my page actually saw my post. But to have to pay for every single post to be seen? It’s counter-productive, and far too expensive for this author.

My street team leaders set up a community page (Leah’s Lounge) as a work-around but it’s tough to see posts by non-admins and there wasn’t a lot of the interaction that I’d hoped to have with my readers.

thumbs-upSo I’ve created a Facebook Group. I’ll post snippets of what I’m working on, members can ask questions, or post eye candy pictures, or just chat! And of course there will be contests just for members only. It’s a closed group, so people can see who the members are, but not what they post. And since I get bothered by people adding me to groups without permission, I am not going to do that to my friends on Facebook. If you want to take part, you have to join up yourself–it’s easy, just click on the link above or ==> HERE . Either I or one of my moderators will approve your request and then you’re free to post away.  We will be posting rules — simple things like no trolling, no flaming, no naked men (sorry, but FB has already dinged me for a photo of a perfectly respectable man…which I’ve posted below so you can judge for yourself).  And we’ll try to limit how much promo there is so it’s not all spam, all the time. (Because I don’t like that in groups either!)

So if you’re on Facebook, come on over!  And if you’re not on Facebook, there’s also Leah’s Lounge over on Goodreads…you’re free to chat over there too. Please?

Oh and here’s a little exercise session for you (the one FB objected to…)

neck stretches

One more sleep til we party!

FTF-rough-raw-and-raunchy5I’m so excited — Feeding the Flames, part of the Five Alarm Alpha bundle, finally releases tomorrow.

Preorder from Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ iBooks ~ KoboARe

The bundle will be available for 99 cents for a limited time only!

We’re having a party!

Invited party sign

If you’re around tomorrow, the authors in the bundle, along with a few special guests, are hosting a party over on Facebook to celebrate the release. There will be contests with prizes, so if you have a chance, stop in. We’ll be there from 9 a.m. eastern to 9 p.m. eastern.

 

On Birthdays, uncluttering and unplugging

I’m over at the Contemporary Romance Cafe today, talking about what I did last week. And what I didn’t do.

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Also, one of my favorite bloggers/reviewers, Shayna Renee, is celebrating her birthday on her blog by giving away signed paperbacks, including a copy of my Private Deceptions.  Stop by her blog to wish her a Happy Birthday, and enter the contest. (There are lots of other paperbacks to be won too)

Shayna Renee


 

And if you’re on Facebook, (or you can leave a comment for her here) don’t forget to wish my friend and street team leader Tabatha a happy birthday too!

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Birthday Bash!

Leah's Birthday Giveaway

It’s my birthday so I’m celebrating by giving away a basket that is worthy of Paige from No Accounting for Cowboys. The only thing missing is the Betty dye she uses. ;) You have lots of ways to enter using the Rafflecopter widget below — use as many or as few as you want, but the one mandatory item is that you have to leave a comment on my blog. And sorry international folk, the cost of postage these days makes it prohibitive to send this package outside of North America. The contest will run until August 1st…void where prohibited, no purchase necessary.

In the basket:

One bottle each of: (you can find close ups of all the colors here)
– OPI Love, Angela, Music, Baby from the Gwen Stefani Collection (gold satin finish)
– OPI In True Stefani Fashion (silver glitter)
– OPI Oh Hey, Baby (pink creme gloss)
– OPI Push and Shove (chrome with mirror finish)
– OPI 4 in the Morning from the Gwen Stefani Collection (black satin finish)
One pumice stone
One nail brush
One ASP Miracle Buff & Shine Block
Kissy Lips Toe Separators
2 nail files
Heel to Toe Peppermint Pedicure Salts
Freeman Bare Foot Lotion in Peppermint Plum with Tea Tree Oil
Freeman Diamond Mineral Rinse Facial Mask
Trim Manicure Set ~ cuticle scissors, 3 orange sticks, metal nail file, nail clippers, cuticle pusher and cuticle trimmer

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