Friday, August 24, 2012

Breathless Press-and Mine-Birthday Bash

As most of my readers know, the road to publication has been fraught with worries and stumbling blocks galore. Between moving too much, losing my house, car, everything, my duaghter having brain surgery and not having reliable internet half the time, it's been a long road. Who am I kidding? Although I'm no published, it's still a struggle. One, I want to be a best seller and have put pressure on myself, and two, I keep having issues.

But, you know what? I'm still trying. I have two publications out with Breathless Press: The Ulfric's Mate is a full length novel and starts off The War of the Were Series, and Ravaged, an anthology focused on shifters of all sorts and stories of all types. You're sure to enjoy at least one. Barely There is the title of the one in Ravaged and it introduces to characters you're going to see more of later in the series. Beware, it's scorching hot.

Now, while my brain tries to fix the latest one I'm working on, I'm writing a Birthday Blog! Breathless Press has lots of free reads. As if that weren't enough, we are having a huge birthday bash blog hop. At every stop they are giving away something and leaving a clue for you to follow. Find all the clues and follow the instructions and you can win a huge grand prize. The blogs are up from August 24-27. Be sure and hit them all. Here's the official blurb and instructions:

Welcome readers to the Breathless Press Birthday Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop!
We have nineteen blogs participating, and each author is giving away a prize, books, name it!

BUT...It's Breathless Press's Birthday!

And have they got a gift for one lucky reader! Visit every blog in the hop, and locate the eighteen clues- blue letters. Create a list of each author whose blog you visit (Don't forget to leave a comment so your visit can be verified!) and the blue letter you found on their post, unscramble the message, and email the whole list to .

How's that for a whole lot of fun!! You get a chance to win at every single blog, and a grand prize. For the full list of blogs, go to the Breathless Press blog here:

But here's a list of the bloggers for you to make sure you catch them all!

1. DC Juris -
2. Gayl Taylor –
3. Em Woods –
4. Havan Fellows –
5. Hank Edwards –
6. Leona Bushman -
7. LB Shire –
8. JR Boyd –
9. Dianne Hartsock -
10. Lee Brazil - H
11. Carrie Pulkinen  –
12. Raven McAllan –
13. Samantha Thomas –
14. Yazmin Subha
15. Kiru Taye
16. Doris O'Connor-
17. Jamieson Wolf-
18. Story Orgy Blog –
19. Breathless Press Blog –


Also, it's my Birthday on the 25th, so I'm giving away more prizes. First, everyone who comments will be put in a drawing for The Ulfric'sMate. It's on sale as part of the birthday fun, so get it now :) If you win a copy and you've already bought it, I can gift it to someone instead. Great fun all the way around.
How do I determine the winner? I put numbers on folded up post it notes and let my son's take turns drawing out numbers J They love it and it gets them involved with my writing in a fun way. Also, if I hit 50 comments, I'll be giving away handmade bookmarks with beaded tassels to a lucky winner. And if it hits 75, I'll be giving away an 8x10 in print of the dragon at the top of the blog. That is a photo of one of my paintings. If I hit 100, I will give away a painting (I will let the winner choose between two.) If I hit 150 comments (I'm thinking big here!!) I'll give a grand prize which includes bookmarks, print, and a painting. So tell all your friends and let's have a birthday bash to remember.


  1. Happy birthday to both Breathless Press and you!

    Tami B []

  2. Hi, Leona.

    You're a new author for me but not for long. I look foward in reading your works.

    Happy Birthday Breathless Press! And Happy Birthday to you, Leona.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  3. Happy BIrthday Leona!!! and Breathless Press to
    i hope you have a wonderful b-day

  4. Hello Leona! I'm a BP writer too...I just noticed my invitation to the Blog party too late...however, I'm having a blast hopping from blog to blog and connecting with other BP authors.

    Your blog post is inspiring. A lot of people let even tiny things keep them down. No matter what life throws at you, you do have to keep going and trying because one said life is easy!!

    Happy Birthday to you and I wish you continued success!

    Ivy B

  5. Happy Birthday, BP! Thanks for the giveaway. And almost birthday to you, Leona! I usually have must husband draw a number out of a hat when I draw!

  6. Hi Leona, Happy Birthday tomorrow! Your artwork is awesome, you're very talented! Wishing you lot's of success and sales!!!
    lsbookcrazy at yahoo dot com

  7. Happy birthday Leona! Your art is amazing!

    And happy birthday to Breathless Press.

  8. Happy Birthday! Awesome post.

  9. Leone, sounds like a lot of fun in your house; your youngest is a sweet blessing. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday Breathless Press. You are new to me, so I will be getting a book of your. Left brained are you- your art displays it.

  10. Happy Birthday BP from

  11. I love your cover art!!! Good job on making it thru the challenges of the year, you should be very proud of yourself!!


    steelstories @

  12. Happy Birthday Breathless Press!!!! Paranormal is one of my favorite genres. Shifters are sexy and hot and furry good reads. I haven't read any of your books yet, but I'm looking forward to learning more about them.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  13. Happy Birthday. Boing, Hop Bounce. I've met quite a few authors from Breathless Press, including a woman who comes round for lunch a couple of times a week. After her visit, my so called sweet romances that I write tend to end up a bit norty!

  14. Happy Birthday Leona and BP! I love that you're thinking big because your dragon painting is cool! Thanks for the giveaway!


  15. Happy Birthday, kiddo!! Great fun for your day!!

  16. Congrats on the birthday blog hop. Great idea.
    Charlene Raddon

  17. Happy Birthday!!! Hope it's been a great one! I will be checking out Ulfric's Mate!
    New GFC Follower
    hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com

  18. This is such an awesome idea! I'm wandering through the scavenger hunt having a blast!!!

  19. Happy Birthday Breathless Press! I love finding so many authors and books I didn't know before.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  20. Happy Birthday from your Klout & Twitter pal. If adversity is a writer's friend, then you have one tight friend there! *hugs*

  21. It must be frustrating for authors when they are trying to get published. As this affects the family, it is great to get your children involved and get them to draw the winners.

  22. Love hops and meeting new authors I look forward to checking out your books :-D

    Sarah S


  23. happy birthday to BP and you!! I can't wait to read your work!
    Christy T

  24. The Winner is comment #16... which is Kiersten? Wow!! Post your preferred format please :) Thank you ALL for Playing. Oh, wait, I did a second drawing. Silly me... I decided to give away two copies of the Ulfric's Mate because you're all so awesome! Thanks for all the birthday wishes. The second winner is comment #19...which is DJ Shaw :D Again, please respond with your preferred method to receive it.

    Congratulations :D:D:D