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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

24 Hours to Subscribe before the Contest Begins!!

I LOVE Christmas---the colors, the decorations, the gifts, the baking and special time with family--but more than anything I love the celebration of Christ's birth.

We celebrated yesterday since our kids need to go to our daughter-in-law's family today, but what a blessing it was to have everyone together with our 8-month-old granddaughter, Kate! Smiles, giggles, kisses and lots of pictures accompanied our time together.

Now, on to a brief bit of business before I close. Thursday night at midnight I cut off subscriptions for this newsletter. You can still subscribe, but you won't get a copy of the one I'm mailing on Friday with the big contest and prizes!

If you use the form here on my blog to subscribe, be SURE you check your email afterwards, as you'll be getting a message with a link to click on to confirm your subscription. And please be sure you watch your email on Friday (and your spam folder), and add my email to your approved list for all future newsletter--miraleef at gmail dot com.

Merry Christmas to you all!!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Flash!! Newsletter Coming with Contest!!

Do you enjoy contests? Do you like getting something free?

Then you've come to the perfect place! I'm getting ready to send out my first newsletter to subscribers. If you sign up before December 25th, you'll get a free gift AND be eligible for the contest that I'll be announcing in my first edition a few days later.

It will come by email, so all I need is your name and email address, but I'd love to know what country you live in, as well.....some items that I give away can be shipped out of the country, some can't. But don't despair--some international visitors will be a little more limited, but not completely.

On the right side of this blog you'll see a sign up form. It's simple. Fill it out an click on subscribe. You'll be redirected to my website and receive an email asking you to click on the link to confirm your subscription. The email will come from my gmail address, so please check your spam folder if it doesn't arrive within 30 min. You won't be subscribed until you've confirmed.

Don't worry, you won't be getting blasted with non-stop newsletters. No more than 12 a year, and possibly less, depending on my release dates and the contests I run.

Some contests and giveaways (like the upcoming one) will ONLY be available to subscribers, so don't miss out.

If you sign up, refer a friend and make sure you keep track of their name. You'll get an entry for every person who subscribes!

Now what are you waiting for? Pop over to the right side of your screen and sign up! Thanks!!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas--Bah-Humbug or A Time to Celebrate?

What does Christmas mean to you? A time to celebrate, or a time to crawl into bed and pull the covers over your head, hoping the season disappears soon. 



So many people have lost loved ones in the past, and too often it's happened near a major holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Or, a spouse is out of work (like at our house right now) and there's not a lot of extra income for decorations or gifts.

What do you do if you fit into one of these categories?

It's not easy and there's no simple answer, but I do have a suggestion that might help a little.

Find at least one person--maybe even two or three--that are in worse shape than you. That might be an elderly person in a nursing home who never gets a visitor and would love a plate of cookies, a hug and a smile.

It might be a child with both parents out of work (you can talk to the school, your church, or Social Services for suggestions) and see if there's an inexpensive item you can purchase that would bring them joy. If money isn't an issue for you, consider even purchasing something for the parents, as well.

Join a church or community function that reaches out in some way. It might be serving a hot meal to the homeless, singing carols in your neighborhood, or volunteering in some capacity.

Get involved. Giving of yourself and time will do MUCH to bolster your own spirits and take your focus off your own loss.

Jesus came to earth to give His life that we might have life more abundantly. Let's follow His example in some little way while here--the world will be a better place if we do.

Merry Christmas, From Allen and Miralee , and Lacey.
The picture I posted is Lacey, celebrating in her own special way....on HER couch near the wood stove and the Christmas tree!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Julie Lessman--Fantastic Give Away Going on NOW!

VIDEO CONTEST  
On Julie Lessman's Blog
Address shown at bottom of this post
(NOTE: EXTRA-POINT OPTIONS ADDED!

One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?
— A Light in the Window
OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!
It's here ... the video for A Light in the Window is finally HERE!! And not just "here," my friends, but "here" with a contest to kick off both my $ .99 CHRISTMAS SALE for theA Light in the Window E-book AND the release of the paperback version too!! 
I am reallllly excited to see what you guys think about the video, especially your preference as to the two male models who play Patrick O'Connor and Sam O'Rourke. Since I haven't run a Journal Jots contest in a long time, I thought this would be the perfect occasion for it, don't you?, To enter the contest, all you have to do is watch the video, then tell me which of these bad-boy rogues turns your head for the title of hottest rogue in the Southie neighborhood!
THREE CHANCES TO WIN!!
Prizes:
1st Prize (person with the most points) -- gets a character named after them or a loved one in my next book, a signed copy of that book, and a $50 gift card.
2nd Prize (random drawing where every point  earned is an extra chance to win, but even one point can win) -- gets a character named after them or a loved one in my next book and a signed copy.
3rd Prize (random drawing based on 1 point per name entered) -- gets a signed copy of any of my books. 

Contest Rules:
To enter, scroll down to the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of today's post and click the box that confirms you have watched the video, then click on the next option to vote for your favorite rogue. That's ALL you have to do to enter for the two random drawings. But if you want to win the top prize by accruing extra points, then check out the other options listed in the Rafflecopter box and GO CRAZY!! The contest runs from November 11 through December 31st, with the winner announced in my January 3rd Journal Jot.
You'll need to go directly to Julie's site to finish entering....watch her book trailer video, then scroll down on her blog to see dozens of ways to get extra entries, including buying her book at only .99! That makes you a winner already, as far as I"m concerned. Julie is a fantastic author and you'll love this book!! Go to the following link to find out more and to enter:

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