Tuesday Teaser: Blog Hop Sponsors

Wow! All I can say is Ramblings of an Amateur Writer has had a lot of writers sponsor giveaways for the upcoming blog hops. Originally, I’d plan to introduce sponsors the Tuesday following the day they made their offerings. I think it would make too long of a blog post. So, this week, I’m just going to share the sponsors for the blog hop which starts this Friday and save the others for next Tuesday. Sound good? I think so.

So a reminder of what’s coming up this week:

Black Friday Book Bonanza (Nov 25-27)

Black Friday Book Bonanza Nov 25-27The end of the year is creeping up, and it’s time to clear some space on the bookshelves. What better time to give away books than the holidays? Instead of running out to the stores on Black Friday, stay in and win new or new-to-you books. The hosts for this hop are Heather from Book Savvy Babe, Jenn from The Bawdy Book Blog, and Lisa from Alive on the Shelves.

By the way, it’s not too late to sponsor a giveaway. Pop an email off to me at reenajacobs@reenajacobs.com and we’ll work out the details. 🙂

Roll Call!

You might recognize the first two names from our blog hop just a few weeks ago. 🙂 Heidi Ruby Miller and Shellie Neumeier were gracious enough to join in a second time. Woot! 🙂 So if you didn’t win one of their books last time, fear not! You now have another opportunity. 🙂 Wow! That’s a lot of smiley faces.

Heidi Ruby Miller

Heidi Ruby Miller writes Science Fiction Romance because the relationship is as important as the adventure. She loves high-heeled shoes, action movies, Chanel, intense music, and video games. Heidi also teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, which she co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, is based on the Seton Hill program and her novel Ambasadora was her thesis there.

She has had various fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as various jobs, including contract archaeologist, foreign currency exchanger at Walt Disney World, foreign language teacher, and educational marketing director for a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

Heidi is a member of The Authors Guild, Pennwriters, Broad Universe, EPIC, SFR Brigade, and Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA).

You can read her author interview series at http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com.

She lives near Pittsburgh with her writer husband, Jason Jack Miller.

AMBASADORA by Heidi Ruby millerMs. Miller is offering her latest release, Ambasadora.

If everyone told you love wasn’t real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Citizens of a six-moon system in our arm of the Milky Way don’t remember Earth, only the History of a generational worldship culture. In their multi-partner society a caste system rules tradition, but the governing body of the Embassy rules everything else. Obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power, relationships and conceptions are based more on DNA than emotional ties…or should be.

What the citizenry can’t escape are the human feelings of love and jealousy that turn the sterile to honorable suicide, force a couple to make the ultimate sacrifice, and allow rebels to spin their world into a violent revolution.

Ambasadora Sara Mendoza becomes the unwilling face of this revolution. Captured, tortured, and given a second chance at freedom, she proves that sacrifice for the man she loves is more honorable than sacrifice to a society’s antiquated mores.

Are you an eager reader? Pick up Ambasadora today at Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository, or Smashwords.


Shellie Neumeier

Married for over 20 years, Shellie and her husband have four wonderful kiddos and two goofy greyhounds. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, she went on to acquire an early childhood education certificate. Shellie also served in youth, children’s, special needs and family ministries for over twenty-two years.

Now she enjoys teaching her teens how to drive and chauffeuring her preteens across the Wisconsin countryside. And once in a while, she loves to read big people books (you know the kind without pictures).

Shellie writes because it keeps her away from her husband’s power tools and because every now and then, she doesn’t have the choice, it just takes over. Her best inspiration comes from God and the occasional walk along a country road with her greyhounds.

In addition to writing, Shellie speaks at youth groups, conferences, and women’s retreats. If you would like more information regarding her speaking engagements or to invite her to speak at yours, please contact our office at info(at)shellieneumeier(dot)com.

A Summer in Oakville by Shellie NeumeierMs. Neumeier is also offering her latest release, A Summer in Oakville.

One Magical Summer in Oakville, Wisconsin,

Love Finds its Way through Four Entwined Lives.

Tessa Hasmer Murphy has a secret. Estranged from her husband, will she let a past love and a fight to save the family farm destroy her marriage and daughter Lindsay’s happiness?

Lindsay Murphy plans to live on her grandparents’ farm until she can find a job, but developer Brandon Calloway has other plans for the property. As she wages war against him, will she lose her heart and the farm both?

Widower Arthur Hasmer’s life and that of his son, Andy, spiral out of control. Then old friend, Dana London, reenters the picture with the power to help them all back to love, joy and faith.

Andy Hasmer has the ultimate bummer life. No mom, not much of a dad, no future. When he’s sent to the farm and wrecks the truck, nothing could be worse than the lousy job he takes to pay Grampa back—except maybe putting up with the pastor’s daughter, Ella.

It’s never too soon to go shopping. Pick up your copy today at Barnes & Nobles or The Book Depository.


Ms. Miller convinced her hubby to join in the fun. It’s gotta be pretty cool having someone in the household who understand what it’s like to be a writer.

Jason Jack Miller

Jason Jack Miller hails from Fayette County, PA, as in, “Circus freaks, temptation and the Fayette County Fair,” made famous by The Clarks in the song, “Cigarette.”  He is a writer, photographer and musician who has been hassled by cops in Canada, Mexico and the Czech Republic. An outdoor travel guide he co-authored with his wife in 2006 jumpstarted his freelancing career; his work has since appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, online, and as part of a travel guide app for mobile phones. He wrote the novels Hellbender and All Saints during his graduate studies at Seton Hill University, where he is now adjunct creative writing faculty. He’s been a whitewater raft guide, played guitar in a garage band and served as a concierge at a five star resort hotel in Florida.  Now he’s an Authors Guild member. When he isn’t writing he’s on his mountain bike or looking for his next favorite guitar. He is currently writing and recording the soundtrack to his novel, The Devil and Preston Black. Find him at http://jasonjackmiller.blogspot.com.  Tweet him @jasonjackmiller.

Mr. Miller is offering his debut release, The Devil and Preston Black.

You’d think finding a song named after you on an old record would be kind of cool. But that’s not how it goes down for Preston Black.

What starts out as a search for his old man turns into a quest for an original version of “The Sad Ballad of Preston Black”. Turns out the song is about his deal with the devil, a deal Preston doesn’t really remember making.

When the devil decides it’s time to cash in things get really interesting. People he loves get hurt, and Preston starts to wonder if a long fall into an icy river is his only way out.

Lucky for Preston, he has help. A music ethnographer with connections in some of Appalachia’s darkest hollows convinces him that his salvation can be found in the music. Preston can buy that. It’s the hexes, curses and spells he has a hard time with.

And it’s the ghost of John Lennon who convinces Preston to do something about it.

John Lennon got you curious? Grab a copy today at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords.


Elizabeth Kolodziej is one of the first authors I met on this self-publishing journey. One thing’s for sure, she’s always willing to share her knowledge. And now she’s going to share her writing. 🙂

Elizabeth J Kolodziej

Elizabeth J Kolodziej, a young fiction writer originally from Torrance California, is a smart and original thinker who has researched the origins of vampires, werewolves, and witches for many years. She writes her books from the knowledge she has gained while trying to be as original and inspiring as possible. Her books encompass both true folklore facts along with innovative ideas motivated by the great writers around her. This book is her first, but not her last, in a new series entitled Vampyre Kisses.

Ms. Kolodziej is offering her debut novel, Vampyre Kisses.

Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who seems content with her life, but deep down craves more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her world and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more amazed to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind.

Faith learns that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere — especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty.

Now surrounded by a world filled with mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems?

Is the cover enticing you to buy? Find it at Barnes & Nobles, Smashwords, or The Book Depository.


I recently started chatting with Ms. James, and I have to say, she’s quite friend… not to  mention patient. Anyone who’s dealt with me through emails, knows what a scatterbrain I can be at times. So far she’s taken it in stride.

Kristy K. James

All it took was the encouragement of a student teacher in a ninth grade writing class and Kristy K. James was off and running. She has been writing for more years than she’ll ever admit to, and loves every aspect of it. From creating characters who are so real that they sometimes take over the writing when they don’t like where she’s taking a story, to adding as many twists and mysteries to her plots as she can get away with.

She is the author of Reluctant Guardian, A Fine Mess, and The Stranger in my Head.

Kristy currently lives in Michigan with her family, too many pets and the occasional spider. She spends her time living in her make-believe worlds, cooking and baking up a storm, and doing her best to learn to say ‘no’ when stray animals wander into her large country yard.

Reading is one of her favorite pastimes, as is traveling around the state, especially to coastal beaches to enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the shore and gulls screeching overhead.

Ms. James is offering her latest release, Reluctant Guardian

Except for her brother, Devon O’Leary has lost everything in the world that matters to her. When the opportunity to start over arises, they travel a great distance, hoping for a better life, only to discover that all is not what it seems.

Everything Tristan Montgomery has ever wanted is finally within reach. As long as he agrees to the terms of his enemy’s will. If he declines, the prize will be lost forever. Is a dream fulfilled worth the misery it will bring?

I checked out the trailer earlier. Seems to be a bit of diabolical scheming going on. Find it at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords.

 

 

Interested in joining the fun? Become a sponsor for the Black Friday Book Bonanza or the upcoming blog hops for December and/or January. Email me at reenajacobs@reenajacobs.com.

Giveaway Blog Hop (CLOSED)

The day has arrived! Today, we present the first blog hop of two happening this month at Rambling of an Amateur Writer. So you want deets, right? Very well. 🙂

This November Giveaway Hop (Nov. 8th to 11th) is Co-hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Tristi Pinkston.

What is a giveaway hop?
Simple – Each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers & blog readers to hop easily from one giveaway to another.
For blog readers this means lots of chances to win.
For blogs hosting a giveaway it means lots of new visitors.
It’s a win-win!

So there you have it, folks!

I suppose you want to know what’s up for grabs? I know if I came here looking for prizes, I certainly would. So let’s see.

I have a couple of authors who’ve graciously sponsored prizes for this giveaway.

First up, Heidi Ruby Miller.

Heidi Ruby Miller writes Science Fiction Romance because the relationship is as important as the adventure. She loves high-heeled shoes, action movies, Chanel, intense music, and video games. Heidi also teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, which she co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, is based on the Seton Hill program and her novel Ambasadora was her thesis there.

She has had various fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as various jobs, including contract archaeologist, foreign currency exchanger at Walt Disney World, foreign language teacher, and educational marketing director for a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

Heidi is a member of The Authors Guild, Pennwriters, Broad Universe, EPIC, SFR Brigade, and Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA).

You can read her author interview series at http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com.

She lives near Pittsburgh with her writer husband, Jason Jack Miller.

AMBASADORA by Heidi Ruby millerMs. Miller is offering two (2) eCopies of her latest release AMBASADORA. (International giveaway awarded via Smashword Coupon)

If everyone told you love wasn’t real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Citizens of a six-moon system in our arm of the Milky Way don’t remember Earth, only the History of a generational worldship culture. In their multi-partner society a caste system rules tradition, but the governing body of the Embassy rules everything else. Obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power, relationships and conceptions are based more on DNA than emotional ties…or should be.

What the citizenry can’t escape are the human feelings of love and jealousy that turn the sterile to honorable suicide, force a couple to make the ultimate sacrifice, and allow rebels to spin their world into a violent revolution.

Ambasadora Sara Mendoza becomes the unwilling face of this revolution. Captured, tortured, and given a second chance at freedom, she proves that sacrifice for the man she loves is more honorable than sacrifice to a society’s antiquated mores.

AMBASADORA is available at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords.

My next sponsor is Shellie Neumeier.:)

I’m still trying to figure out how to pronounce her last name. I bet it has some cool French meaning.

Married for over 20 years, Shellie and her husband have four wonderful kiddos and two goofy greyhounds. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, she went on to acquire an early childhood education certificate. Shellie also served in youth, children’s, special needs and family ministries for over twenty-two years.

Now she enjoys teaching her teens how to drive and chauffeuring her preteens across the Wisconsin countryside. And once in a while, she loves to read big people books (you know the kind without pictures).

Shellie writes because it keeps her away from her husband’s power tools and because every now and then, she doesn’t have the choice, it just takes over. Her best inspiration comes from God and the occasional walk along a country road with her greyhounds.

In addition to writing, Shellie speaks at youth groups, conferences, and women’s retreats. If you would like more information regarding her speaking engagements or to invite her to speak at yours, please contact our office at info(at)shellieneumeier(dot)com.

Driven by Shellie NeumeierMs. Neumeier is offering a paperback copy of her debut novel Driven. (US-only)

Robyn can’t help but notice the handsome new guy at her school. She ignores, however, the arrival of another being at Brookfield Central High School—a demon assigned to destroy her…

Robyn loves her friends, enjoys her youth group, and looks forward to meeting cute Caleb Montague. But when a caustic news reporter challenges her school’s prayer team, Robyn must choose: defend their right to meet on campus and pray for whomever they wish or back down at the principal’s request.

Now she must learn what God wants her to do. And she had better learn fast, because there’s a supernatural enemy in town whose sole mission is to stop her—no matter the cost.

Find Driven at Barnes & Nobles.

Hi! I’m Reena Jacobs.

For those of you visiting for the first time, I’m the author of a small collection of books, which you’ll find at the top of this blog under “My Works” and also the manager of this site. For the most part, I just like to ramble, which makes me perfect for blogging. So, kick back, look around, and good luck!

Amazon or Book Depository

I’m offering $15 worth of books from The Book Depository (International) or a $15 Amazon Gift Card (US-only).

Winner’s choice if you’re in the US, and by default your choice of books if you’re not. My understanding is us lowly folks in the US can only send Amazon Gift Cards to folks in the US. If I’m wrong, definitely leave a comment. It won’t change the prizes for this giveaway, but keep in mind, another blog hop occurs at the end of the month with a similar prize offer. I’d love to offer the gift card internationally.

  • International winner must be on The Book Depository’s Shipping List.

By the way, I’m still taking sponsors for the blog hop at the end of the month (see details here).

That’s not all! All winners have the option to receive an eCopy of I Loved You First. (International giveaway award through Amazon Kindle Gift)

Here’s how this works. Whether you win a copy of AMBASADORA, Driven, free books from The Book Depository, or the Amazon Gift card, I’ll also throw in an eCopy of I Loved You First if you so desire.

Additionally, I’ll be sending an undisclosed number of eCopies via the Kindle Gift feature to follow-up winners. My goal is to distribute at least 10 Kindle copies of I Loved You First.

Alexandria (Alex) Carmichael guards two secrets close to her heart. One–she’s in love with her best friend, Seth. Two–he’s gay.

As a freshman in college, Alex looks forward to fun times with her best friend. When Seth decides cycling through girlfriends is the way to fit in with the straight crowd, Alex must make a choice: watch Seth give his affection–though phony–to another while her heart breaks or come clean with her feelings and risk losing his friendship forever.

I LOVED YOU FIRST is a new adult love story told through the eyes of Alex, an African-American/Caucasian student, who takes a journey of self-discovery while watching her best friend come to terms with his sexuality.

I Loved You First is available in lots of places. You’ll find a list of links here.


As always, entering is easy. 🙂

  • You’ll earn 1 point for completing the form.
  • An additional point for sharing the giveaway and leave the link (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Linked, MySpace, etc.). *Optional*
  • You MUST be a GFC follower or one of My Honored Ones. To become one, either sign in at the top of the website or via the sidebar to the left.
  • Comments are appreciated, but only entries from the form count.
  • Giveaway ends Friday, November 11, 2011 at 11:59 PM ET.
  • Please read the giveaway policy for the nitty gritty.

Are you following the Giveaway Blog Hop? See what the next three participants on the list have to offer!

173.GraveTells Paranormal Romance News & Reviews (US)
174.Heavenly Savings (Int)
175.Big Books Tiny Voices (US)

Tuesday Teaser: Blog Hop Sponsors

This week we’re going to stretched the rules of Tuesday Teaser once again. So I mentioned last week I was participating in two blog hops for this month. If you’re interested in knowing the types of prizes up for grabs for the blog hops, definitely take a look at last week’s blog post.

What do you know, the first blog hop starts next week. 🙂 A quick reminder of the two upcoming giveaways.Giveaway Hop

It’s not too late to sign up and sponsor a giveaway. Pop an email off to me at reenajacobs@reenajacobs.com and we’ll work out the details. 🙂

Today I have a couple of authors sponsoring giveaways that I’d like to share with you today. 🙂

First up, Heidi Ruby Miller.

Heidi Ruby Miller writes Science Fiction Romance because the relationship is as important as the adventure. She loves high-heeled shoes, action movies, Chanel, intense music, and video games. Heidi also teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, which she co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, is based on the Seton Hill program and her novel Ambasadora was her thesis there.

She has had various fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as various jobs, including contract archaeologist, foreign currency exchanger at Walt Disney World, foreign language teacher, and educational marketing director for a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

Heidi is a member of The Authors Guild, Pennwriters, Broad Universe, EPIC, SFR Brigade, and Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA).

You can read her author interview series at http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com.

She lives near Pittsburgh with her writer husband, Jason Jack Miller.

AMBASADORA by Heidi Ruby millerMs. Miller has graciously offered her latest release AMBASADORA in both Blog Hops.

If everyone told you love wasn’t real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Citizens of a six-moon system in our arm of the Milky Way don’t remember Earth, only the History of a generational worldship culture. In their multi-partner society a caste system rules tradition, but the governing body of the Embassy rules everything else. Obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power, relationships and conceptions are based more on DNA than emotional ties…or should be.

What the citizenry can’t escape are the human feelings of love and jealousy that turn the sterile to honorable suicide, force a couple to make the ultimate sacrifice, and allow rebels to spin their world into a violent revolution.

Ambasadora Sara Mendoza becomes the unwilling face of this revolution. Captured, tortured, and given a second chance at freedom, she proves that sacrifice for the man she loves is more honorable than sacrifice to a society’s antiquated mores.

Are you an eager reader? Pick up AMBASADORA today at Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords.

My next sponsor is Shellie Neumeier.:)

I’m still trying to figure out how to pronounce her last name. I bet it has some cool French meaning.

Married for over 20 years, Shellie and her husband have four wonderful kiddos and two goofy greyhounds.   After receiving her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, she went on to acquire an early childhood education certificate.  Shellie also served in youth, children’s, special needs and family ministries for over twenty-two years.

Now she enjoys teaching her teens how to drive and chauffeuring her preteens across the Wisconsin countryside.  And once in a while, she loves to read big people books (you know the kind without pictures).

Shellie writes because it keeps her away from her husband’s power tools and because every now and then, she doesn’t have the choice, it just takes over.  Her best inspiration comes from God and the occasional walk along a country road with her greyhounds.

In addition to writing, Shellie speaks at youth groups, conferences, and women’s retreats. If you would like more information regarding her speaking engagements or to invite her to speak at yours, please contact our office at info(at)shellieneumeier(dot)com.

 

Driven by Shellie NeumeierFor the November 8-10 Blog Hop, Ms. Neumeier is offering her debut novel Driven.

Robyn can’t help but notice the handsome new guy at her school. She ignores, however, the arrival of another being at Brookfield Central High School—a demon assigned to destroy her…

Robyn loves her friends, enjoys her youth group, and looks forward to meeting cute Caleb Montague. But when a caustic news reporter challenges her school’s prayer team, Robyn must choose: defend their right to meet on campus and pray for whomever they wish or back down at the principal’s request.

Now she must learn what God wants her to do. And she had better learn fast, because there’s a supernatural enemy in town whose sole mission is to stop her—no matter the cost.

Can’t wait for the blog hop? Find Driven at Barnes & Nobles.

A Summer in Oakville by Shellie NeumeierThat’s not all! Ms. Neumeier is also offering her latest release for the Black Friday Bonanza.

One Magical Summer in Oakville, Wisconsin,
Love Finds its Way through Four Entwined Lives.

Tessa Hasmer Murphy has a secret. Estranged from her husband, will she let a past love and a fight to save the family farm destroy her marriage and daughter Lindsay’s happiness?

Lindsay Murphy plans to live on her grandparents’ farm until she can find a job, but developer Brandon Calloway has other plans for the property. As she wages war against him, will she lose her heart and the farm both?

Widower Arthur Hasmer’s life and that of his son, Andy, spiral out of control. Then old friend, Dana London, reenters the picture with the power to help them all back to love, joy and faith.

Andy Hasmer has the ultimate bummer life. No mom, not much of a dad, no future. When he’s sent to the farm and wrecks the truck, nothing could be worse than the lousy job he takes to pay Grampa back—except maybe putting up with the pastor’s daughter, Ella.

Pick up your copy today at Barnes & Nobles or The Book Depository.

Interested in joining the fun? Become a sponsor for one or both of the above giveaways hops. Email me at reenajacobs@reenajacobs.com.

Special Post: Kick off Blog Hop Angel Haze

It has begun! I’ll be participating with 7 other authors in a month long blog hop. Lots of goodies, interesting tidbits, excerpts and more. Visit the participating authors’ blogs and see what they’re all about.

Participating Authors:

Angel Haze

Jeffrey Martin

Lindsay Buroker

Reena Jacobs (That’s me! and you’re here.)

C.A. Kunz

Lenore Wolfe

Katie M. John

Haresh Daswani

Books Featured:

The fun starts at Angel Haze’s blog. You don’t want to miss out. 🙂