Monthly Archives: May 2013

Meet W.B. Kinnette, Author of “Waiting Fate”

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Today’s guest is W.B. Kinnette, Author of “Waiting Fate.” The moment I saw her cover I knew I wanted to read this book–adorable, fascinating, and attractive. And that’s just the cute smiling guy in the background.

I’ve heard great things about her writing, too, and I’m so excited that she agreed to visit my blog today! Check out our interview:

 

1) Why and how did you become a writer? 

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was teeny tiny. I was half-heartedly pursuing that goal when my oldest daughter asked me, when I was little, what had I wanted to be when I grew up. I said a writer, and she gave me the biggest smile and said, “And you are!” At that moment, I knew I couldn’t fail, not when she smiled like that!

2) What’s your biggest challenge in the writing world?

Finding time! I have three kids. They like me quite a bit. Which means that where I am, there they are, and trying to write when they are trying to entertain me is difficult, to say the least. I write late at night, after they’re in bed and the house is quiet.

3) What’s your favorite book, and what book influenced your writing the most?

My favorite books ever are the Harry Potter series. I love the way they blew the world-building doors wide open and pretty much sucked the world right back into reading. Her writing may not have influenced me the most; I’ve read a lot in my life and I like to think that everything I’ve read has influenced me in some way, but J.K. Rowling’s story definitely gave me the biggest push!

4) Tell us about Waiting Fate. 

Waiting Fate is a true love story about a woman escaping an abusive relationship, and the man who has been waiting for her his entire life. It’s about hope and new beginnings and old friends and never letting go of the things that mean the most to you.

5) What advice can you give to aspiring authors? 

Find a support group of other writers. They are invaluable! I never would have made it through that very first draft if I hadn’t had other writers there to bounce ideas off, sprint with, and ask for feedback from. The writing community is fabulously supportive and I love it so much!

Thanks for visiting. I totally agree about the support group thing! If I didn’t have my writing friends to keep me sane through the highs and lows of publishing, I’m positive it would have never happened for me. Best of luck with your book! Here’s more info, and an excerpt at the end:

AUTHOR BIO

 W.B. Kinnette was born and raised in Utah, the baby of the family and spoiled rotten. She lived briefly in Texas and Alaska before coming back to raise her family only a few miles from her childhood home. She’s loved writing since she was small, because daydreams demand to be written down. She believes that dreams must be chased, if only so she can tell her children honestly that dreams do come true if you work hard enough – and never give up!

 BACK COVER BLURB

Sometimes Fate hides in plain sight while you stumble through darkness.

 Ivy escapes from an abusive husband, finding peace with her daughter in her childhood home. She’s determined to keep her past a secret to protect those she loves. 

Archer has been in love with the same girl since seventh grade. When Ivy comes back into his life—bruised, broken, and haunted by secrets—he knows he can’t lose her again.

 But Ivy made a promise to her daughter. No one would hurt them again. She’s afraid to trust, afraid to be wrong again, and afraid that the one man she’s loved forever will break her heart.

 Fate might take its time, but it won’t wait forever.

EXCERPT

 As he walked her to her door, she slid her small fingers into his, and he ran his thumb across the back of her hand. The night was cool. At the door she turned, smiling up at him. “Thank you Archer. It was… fun.”

He couldn’t see clearly, but he could swear she was smirking. Yeah, you blew your chance. Way to go. So he hugged her, wrapping his arms around her waist, like he’d done a hundred other times before. They were a huggy group.

He was surprised when she rose on her toes and slid her arms around his neck, holding tight like he was a lifeline. He pulled back, just a bit, hoping but afraid to hope as he searched her eyes. They sparkled, just a bit, and then she leaned forward, closing the gap between them and brushing her lips against his.

Time stopped. The world stopped and he froze in shock. It took him several seconds to realize what was happening, and then he kissed her back, holding her tight against him. He could feel her heart racing, matching his. When she relinquished his lips, he sucked in a breath, struggling to breathe. “I’ve wanted to do that since high school,” he muttered, almost without realizing it. 

MORE INFO

 Links: https://www.facebook.com/WbKinnette

Twitter: @wbkinnette

Website: www.wbkinnette.wordpress.com

 Buy Link:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Fate-ebook/dp/B00CY4A5IM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369290043&

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15 Simple Summer Ideas Your Kids Will Love–At HOME

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My kids are counting down the HOURS until school is over. They’ve already given me their wish lists (demand lists?) of activities and places to visit. That, in addition to Pinterest boards full of fun activities and crafts and science projects and summer reading and weekly schedules, just makes me feel overwhelmed. Is it September yet?

I’m trying to be a good mom here. Really. But I can’t help thinking about my childhood. Summers seemed to last forever then. If we did anything fancy it was a special treat–but mostly, I was just happy to be out of school and free to run wild with my friends. It was the simple life, and I loved it.

It’s sooo not that way anymore. When did this change? When did we start scheduling weekly itineraries with fancy and expensive activities for every single freaking day of the summer? I may be the only one, but I think a simple summer is best: slow-paced, fun, and low-cost. 

Here’s a list of fifteen simple summer activities that your kids will LOVE–and they can be done at home, basically for free, and barely take any effort. You’re welcome. 

1) Movie night–outside, complete with popcorn and sleeping bags.

2) Have a bubble fight.

3) Challenge the neighbors to a water fight.

4) Play tag, hopscotch, or your favorite childhood game.

5) Camp out in the backyard.

6) Watch the sun set and the stars appear.

7) Run a lemonade stand.

8) Grill corn on the cob–BBQ style.

9) Have a picnic on the grass.

10) Make your own popsicles. Yummy.

11) Toss a Frisbee or a baseball.

12) Have a reading marathon under a tree.

13) Running in the sprinklers/slip-n-slide/playing in the hose.

14) Invite friends for a BBQ.

15) Ride bicycles. Like, all day.

Have a fun simple summer idea to share? Please comment below. Thanks for reading, and good luck with the kids this summer!

5 Non-Spanking and Incredibly Brilliant Ways to Discipline Kids

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Spanking is a sensitive subject. I’ve talked to a lot of moms about this, and some of them say, “My parents spanked me, and I’m just fine.” And then there are those horrified moms who reply, “Spanking only teaches violence.” But no matter what side you’re on, it doesn’t hurt to have a few creative tricks up your sleeve to turn a child around quickly. Here are five of the most unique (and incredibly brilliant) methods I’ve been able to find:

1) Use a spray bottle.

I heard about this one last week from a writing friend, and she swears by it–and yes, it works for cats, too. She says that her preschooler and kindergartner don’t like water in their faces, so even the threat of being squirted in the face makes them leap up and obey. 

In the case of teenagers, though, you may want to prepare for the possibility of having that squirt bottle turned on you–so unless you want to start a water fight, consider another method for the older ones.

2) Sweep the concrete.

My husband once told me about a family whose driveway and sidewalks were the cleanest in the city. That was because their disciplining method involved sweeping until the children were ready to obey. This sounds like a constructive way to do things, and a boring one at that (which means it wears a child down quickly). Of course, if it’s snowing outside, you may want to switch the broom for a shovel.

3) The Slave Method.

We actually follow this one, and it’s mentioned in my motherhood book, How to Have Peace When You’re Falling to Pieces. When my kids ignore me or continue to argue, I give them a choice: an extra chore, or they can be my slave for five minutes. If they choose the slave option, they have to do whatever I say–from cartwheels to sprints around the yard to sanitizing doorknobs.

It’s a great way to distract from the negative behaviors and encourage the positive. On occasion I’ll make one child be a slave to the other if there’s hitting or naughty words involved, and it usually has them both laughing and apologizing by the end. 

4) Get out and walk.

“Don’t make me turn this car around!” It’s a familiar threat, and one that our kids eventually learn to ignore. There is an easier way to do it, though, and I watched a friend do it in real life once. (She says it only took one time because it worked so well.)

When the fighting in the backseat resembles WWF more than a loving family  (and if your kids are old enough and if you’re within a mile of your house), pull over and tell them to get out and walk home. It should only take one trip to teach that lesson really quick–especially during the winter! 

If your kids are younger, or if you’re not within range of home, simply pull over and sit quietly. They’ll soon realize that the car doesn’t move when there’s fighting going on, and you won’t have to say a word.

5) Chores for chores.

If you’re house cleaning and the kids are underfoot, say, “If you’re going to be in here with me, you need to clean with me.”  The younger kids will usually take me up on the offer. It is harder to get things done this way, but this accomplishes several things: 1) Your child gets to spend time with you, which she probably wanted all along; 2) The child learns how to clean, which is GREAT; 3) You’re still getting things done; and 4) The child isn’t getting into trouble somewhere else. 

If your kids are older and too cool to clean with Mom, they’ll disappear so fast you won’t know what happened. Which is also GREAT.

These are only five methods, but there are probably a thousand ways to do it. I think the best mothers that I know use a variety of methods, and even they have their bad days. But just the fact that you’re reading this tells me that you’re a lot like me–struggling, but still trying.

Don’t give up, and don’t forget to have fun! Even the smartest disciplining techniques don’t laughter and silliness on occasion. Do you have a great discipline method? Please comment. I’d love to hear it.

 

5 Reasons Books Make the Best Gifts

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1) Books are cheap–I mean, um, inexpensive.

According to a recent Offers.com poll, 52% of shoppers will spend $40 or less on their moms this year. Books don’t cost much, but they also offer hours of entertainment. Neil Gaiman said, “They have whole worlds inside them, and it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world.” Enough said.

2) A book lasts forever–it’s not an object, but an experience.

Books can teach, entertain, fill time, stimulate the mind, and help you escape. They can go with you anywhere. In the above-mentioned poll, 43% of women said they wanted something “sentimental” this year. Why not a cute photo album? Or if you don’t have the time for that, the newest novel from her favorite author? A travel book about her favorite vacation spot? A cookbook from her favorite country? Personally, I think if you’re going to give her a book, give her a box of chocolates or flowers or even slippers to go with it. Ahh. That sounds nice, doesn’t it?

3) You can find a book for the woman who has everything.

There’s no such thing as too many books. A heavy packed bookshelf is just called a library. Other than those cheap “personalized” photo gifts and key chains with the name “Mom” on them (sarcastic sigh), books are truly personal. They never come in the wrong color, size or style. A book shows Mom that you took the time to think about who she is and what she is interested in.

4) Books are DANG convenient.

They don’t make noise. They don’t ding or light up, and they build brain cells instead of depleting them. Think anti-tech in a world of high-tech. They’re also easy to ship–perfect fit for packages and relatively light to send as gifts for faraway friends and family. And the best part is, you don’t have to feed them, plug them in, or put batteries in them. They just sit there until you’re ready to lose yourself in their pages again. 

5) Books = Relaxation.

Trust me. This is what moms want more than anything. Give her an afternoon off with a brand new book, and she will kiss your feet when she’s done. (Well, you know what I mean.) DVDs that you don’t like and shoes that don’t fit are nice, but seriously–give her some time to herself. Every mom can use a little peace and quiet, and by giving her a book, that’s exactly what you’re offering. So make sure you follow through. That alone will definitely make it her best Mother’s Day yet.

Give your mom some laughs and some peace with my new book, How to Have Peace When You’re Falling to Pieces. Check it out: http://www.AuthorRebeccaRode.com. Thanks for reading!

*Some of these ideas came from other blogs, so I’m posting the links here. http://blog.timesunion.com/savings/mothers-day-poll-most-popular-gifts-and-spending-trends/2118/ 

http://www.examiner.com/article/why-books-make-the-best-gifts)

http://simonreads.ca/2011/11/30/ten-reasons-why-books-make-the-best-gifts-well-after-puppies-and-private-islands/)

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