Yesterday, in case some of you missed it because I wasn't thinking straight on Tuesday night and posted my guest blogger's post immediately instead of scheduling it to post on Wednesday morning, Jana Richards stopped by to celebrate the launch of her new book, HOME FIRES. If you didn't get a chance to read her post, I encourage you to do so today - she's got some amazing research stories about war brides. Jana has really taken a liking to this era of history (HOME FIRES being her second book set in WWII - her first, FLAWLESS, is a brilliant read). Jana's also doing something interesting with her launch - she's giving away a free book with the purchase of HOME FIRES! Here's the details from Jana's website:
And the goodies don't stop there! Between July 4 and July 18, I'm offering a bonus gift to anyone who purchases a copy of "Home Fires" or any of my other titles. Send me an email at jana.richards at hotmail dot com (the ats and dots are my, Janet's, attempt at deceiving the trolls) with the receipt number of your purchase, and I'll send you an free PDF copy of my romantic comedy "Rescue Me".
Check out all the details at Jana's website: http://www.janarichards.net/ (info under 'contests').
****UPDATE: The winner of Jana's book, HOME FIRES, is Connie! Congrats, Connie - Jana will be in touch!******
On the running front - signed up for another half marathon in August, so the training has ramped up! I had a glitch with my running watch (for those who don't know, I love my running watch, so a glitch was like a total disaster). I could still use it, but it wouldn't transfer the data to my computer. Now the whole point of the watch is to have it on my runs so I know how fast I'm going (don't want to go out to fast and burn out before the end of the run) and how far I've gone. But the fun part is seeing the data on the screen. The little elevation graph, the chart that shows my pacing and whether or not I was steady-eddy or fast, slow, fast, fast, slow, slow, dead. So to not have that drove me nuts.
I ended up in contact with the watch's support team - nice people - and they suggested a couple of things. In the end, I had to do a complete overhaul and default my watch back to factory settings. That meant all my totals were lost. Thankfully they told me that - so I wrote them down: Since receiving the watch for Christmas 2010, not using it until March 2011, letting it go dead over a couple of winter months 2011 - 2012 (was on the treadmill, so still running) I've logged 744.05 miles over 147.37 hours! Wow, I was impressed!
And check this out - I love this! Please feel free to substitute anything you feel passionate about in place of running. I find that if I use 'writing' it makes perfect sense, too - well, except for the babe running in the desert, but I imagine a babe sitting at a desk typing away on her keyboard (oh, yeah, that babe is me and I bet you didn't know that Nova Scotia was actually a desert)!
Hey, it's good to be back - missed you all.