May
20
2007
Don’t you just love technology?

Honestly? Some days.  Today, a little, since I am breaking in my new laptop.  A few days ago when I found out my hard drive was six feet under?  Not so much.  When I heard how much it would cost? Definitely not.

I did back up a few things recently, within a few days, but the whole my documents folder was two weeks at least.  Not fun.  I’m still in the process of learning what I lost. I’ll be quiet for a bit as I catch up.  :)

May
15
2007
www.LisaReneeJones.com

Today, I’ve been featured at Lisa’s blog.  :)  She’s a wonderful friend and so very prolific.  She has six books coming out this year!  As I struggle to finish book 2, it’s just amazing.

After all this time, I have two prime pieces of news!  My release month is January and my new cover is:

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 I’d love to hear what you think!  :)

Jamie

May
3
2007
My newsletter…

is late.  This is totally my fault because while I wrote a lot of notes about Geoffrey’s first couple of centuries of life, I haven’t written story 2.  Why?  Precisely the question I keep asking myself.  My mind was so full and busy that my dh actually *told* me to make a list.

Silly man.  Didn’t he know how dangerous that would be?

I am a born list maker.  But, I learned something totally awesome about my list this time.  I am so happy.  See, when most people make a list, they forget things because they are so focused on one area of their lives and the other ones don’t make the list, let alone get done.  But me, being the freak I am, if I want the house clean, I itemize room by room what needs to be done for me to feel “good” about my surroundings.  My kids think I’m a perfectionist.  They are right.  But, the good news is, they *like* lists.  They are able to look at them, divide them up AND limit me to them.

Sneaky brats.  They let me know if it wasn’t on the list, well, that’s my fault.

So, I made a To Do list for myself.  First, I divided it, a column for each role in my life. (Am I the only one who uses a spreadsheet to make my To Do lists?) And they weren’t in a specific order, like importance.  So, I put a column for writing, a column for promotion, a column for RWA (Since I’m VP of www.IECRWA.com and love to volunteer.) a column for Faith and one for Family.

There are my roles.  Wow.  Do you have *any* idea how many years it has taken me to narrow my roles down and keep those specific ones at the top?  It has taken a major amount of dedication and a lot of saying no.

I think that is what I did the last few weeks. I’ve just about finished Copyedits on Betrayed, and sent out the advanced bound manuscripts of Betrayed for reads.  And I’m just about finished with the rough draft of Cinderella’s Shoe.  Of course, then it will need an amazing amount of revisions.  LOL

So, here’s what I plan to do.  In a few days, I will have story #2 and I will share the cover for Betrayed!  I am so excited.

So, until I post the next newsletter, anyone can join my newsletter and be eligible to win April’s prize.  Good luck!  And feel free to write me an email or leave a comment.  :)

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Gorgeous purse embroidered with metallic silver, lavender and gold threads.
Aromatherapy Foam Bath Set – Kiwi Delight, Bountiful Berry and Heavenly Lavendar
Kiwi-Melon Body Wash
Kiwi-Melon Body Lotion
Kiwi-Melon candle
Wooden handled Mirror
Metallic Green Fingernail file
Foot shaped Pumice Stone
Small Loofah
 

**TOR books not included** LOL

Apr
21
2007
Candlelighters

Last night was the dinner auction for the Inland Northwest Candlelighters. At these, they have table upon table of items that have been donated for the silent auction. Everything from gift baskets of candles or gardening items or wines or baby items. They had some beautiful antique silver sets and handmade blankets and quilts. My husband fell in love with the medeival gold and cobalt chess set. Absolutely gorgeous.

We got a complimentary photo that I’d scan in for here if it hadn’t somehow gone home with my mother in law.

So, when dinner started and they played a video of some of the kids and we did the candlelighting ceremony, honoring those children who’d gone through treatment for cancer, the families who’d stood by them, the doctors who helped them, and those who’ve already “grown their wings”, it was all I could do to drink my coffee and sip my wine without crying. It’s hard, but so necessary to be there for those moments.

When Craig and I had first arrived for the dinner, we were standing and visiting with one of the security guards. He’d had no idea what the organization was for. He could only assume something like Partylite or something. So I’ll state here what it is and who it is for.

We exist for every child who is diagnosed with cancer. We are an organization made up of survivors, parents, friends, and family members who’ve all had their life impacted by childhood cancer. That means babies diagnosed from birth to teenagers diagnosed at a time when their only worry should be what college to apply to.

When we first were admitted to the hospital, Craig, our daughter and I were there, every day, every night, every minute. We had friends who stopped by that first weekend, then once in a great long while over the next two years. We had friends who checked on us once a month. We had lots of people asking, “Is there anything you need? What can I help with?” Honestly, we had no idea. We didn’t know what we would face or what decisions we’d have to make. By the time the first few weeks were over, we’d closed in. Us three and the grandparents. A few other in-laws came by periodically throughout, but for the most part it was just us.

No one knew what to do for us. We didn’t know what to tell them. All we knew is that once the adrenaline rush of an immediate emergency wore off, other people could move on with their lives, but we were just starting. There’s no way an adrenaline rush will last for a year and a half for everyone we knew. But it did for us. A constant, never-ending, never-easing, exhausting state of emergency.

Candlelighters’ members understand that. They understand a lot. But for people who are more practical, there are other, more concrete things they help with.

1. Gas cards. We faced our first 2 years with an appointment every day of the week, all day on Fridays. We traveled from one end of Spokane to the other. Pool therapy up north, Physical Therapy two days a week in the Valley, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, all these were everywhere and we were doing it just as gas prices were hitting the roof. $80 a week in gas adds up quick. We were thankful every time we were handed a card. Last night, we learned Candlelighters gives out $1000 a month in gas cards, distributed among the hundreds of families at the Children’s Hospital who are facing childhood cancer. And so they took donations for $25 gas cards, totalling nearly $6000.

2. Groceries. Our first welcome package had a $10 gift certificate to a grocery store. It helped. We were living in our daughter’s hospital room. Thankfully the new rooms had a small refrigerater we could fill with drinks and snacks. Also, Candlelighters helps stock 2 Ronald McDonald Family rooms that have a small kitchen, sitting area, cabinets for dry food and a large fridge. If it weren’t for these rooms and all the donations to Ronald McDonald, life at the hospital would have been so much harder. And when we went home, we learned the difference in shopping needs. More and more cleaning supplies, fresh foods until blood count falls too low, then no fresh foods. It’s an entirely different experience, an entirely different focus on needs.

3. Snack Baskets. Every month, Candlelighters provides a $300 basket full of snacks for the kids and their families who must spend entire days in the clinic doing chemo, getting a blood transfusion or other medicine and tests. These baskets have bags of popcorn, cookies, crackers, chocolate, chips or juice. I just have to say, when you watch a healthy 9 year old drop from 74 lbs to 60 lbs in two short, sleepless months and you’re told get calories in her any way you can or face needing a stomach tube, well, seeing that child open a bag of chips takes on a whole new meaning. Unfortunately, last night the money had run out by the time they’d come to the snack baskets. They raised enough money to provide 2. We are very grateful for that, please don’t mistake my meaning. But I know next time we go shopping, we’ll buy an extra can or two of soup and a case of popcorn to help out.

4. The Family Resource Room. Full of free books, 2 computers with a printer and internet access, this is a quiet place to meet and to learn. While dealing with this, we discovered there’s never an end to the learning.

5. A Poke Box. Remember, we are dealing with children who must face a needle in their arm or chest on a regular basis. Yes, they have numbing cream, but would you believe one of our insurances actually considers this to be OPTIONAL? As in heavy copay, if they covered it at all. And lets not go into the necessity of anti-nausea meds which are barely counted in some cases. We always numbed the poke area, but the children are still so afraid of the needles that coping skills become an art form. And one of the coping skills is out and out bribery. :) So, get this poke and you can pick a prize from the poke box. After a year and a half, she had so many little toys and prizes, but I have to say she earned every single one of them. Of course, for surgery days and big days like MRIs, we also bribed with trips to the bookstore, Chinese food, and we couldn’t have survived without the unlimited Blockbuster rentals. Not to mention the Disney Channel. For about 2 years, Craig’s mom was the poke box fairy. She took all her bargain hunting skills and kept it full for the little kids and another one for the older teens. She’s still heavily involved.

This is getting quite long and I have church in the morning, so I’ll stop here. But here are 5 ways Candlelighters helps families. By far, these are not all the ways or even the most important. But next time someone you know has a child with cancer and you want to do something to help, here are a few ideas. Gas Cards. Grocery Cards. Snack Baskets. Learning Resources. Poke Box Prizes. Or even just drop your change in the receptacle outside the drive-thru window at McDonald’s. Or save your pop tabs and take them to the Ronald McDonald rooms at the hospital. Or buy a seat at the next dinner auction. :)

So, this morning, I told Craig I thought I had a hangover. He started laughing at me! I don’t understand why. I had 2 glasses of wine!

Apr
20
2007
My Very First Blurb!!!

This is so cool! On Monday, I mailed out bound copies of Betrayed to a few authors, hoping they’d like the book enough to endorse it. (With permission of said authors first, of course. I can’t think of a better way to get a bad blurb than to just dump books on an unsuspecting, overwhelmed anyway author.)

So, here is the very first endorsement of Betrayed! I am so tickled.

Jamie Leigh Hansen’s Betrayed is fresh, original, and compelling, with a to-die-for (literally!) hero, a strong, believable heroine, and a fascinating villain. [Betrayed] kept me up until waaay past my bedtime reading last night. (I didn’t plan on finishing it–I just had too many pages left to go–but there was no way I could put it down.) I can’t wait to read more!

— Jenna Black

www.JennaBlack.com

Author of:
Watchers in the Night – out now
Secrets in the Shadows – 5/07
Shadows on the Soul – 9/07
The Devil Inside – 12/07

Apr
16
2007
April Contest

I still don’t have a contest page. Boohoo! But, I will quit waiting. Chock-full of bath tubby goodness, the next address I draw from my newsletter list on April 30th will win this grand prize:

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Gorgeous purse embroidered with metallic silver, lavender and gold threads.
Aromatherapy Foam Bath Set – Kiwi Delight, Bountiful Berry and Heavenly Lavendar
Kiwi-Melon Body Wash
Kiwi-Melon Body Lotion
Kiwi-Melon candle
Wooden handled Mirror
Metallic Green Fingernail file
Foot shaped Pumice Stone
Small Loofah

**TOR books not included** LOL

 

 

 

 

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Have fun, everybody!

Apr
9
2007
Arthur Bustamante Perez

In loving memory…

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Arthur Bustamante Perez

April 16, 1931-April 4, 2007

75 years old

Thank you for being my Papa. For making sure I had a graduation cap, gown and invitations. For being there as I accepted my diploma. Thank you for walking me down the aisle at our wedding. For sharing your birthday with us that day, and for each year after. You were among the first at the hospital to hold our newborn daughter, then came for her birthday nearly every year after. You shared so many of the most important occasions of my life. You were there.

You were always so big, tall and strong. It didn’t seem anything could ever bring you down. You might get sick and you might forget, but you’d always be there, somewhere in the background, often quiet but smiling your little smile with your devilishly twinkling eyes. I still don’t know how many of the times you drove Grandma crazy were because of the Alzheimer’s and how many were just because you thought it was fun.

You may have been sick and your blood pressure may have gone down, but there was no way you died from having a bad heart. In the end, I think you remembered everyone who was important to you.

I love you, Papa.

Goodbye

PS: Don’t forget to visit my dreams and tell me all about heaven. I know God fixed that little memory problem for you. :)

 

 

 

Mar
20
2007
2nd Annual Writing with Purpose Weekend Retreat

Hi Everyone!

The Inland Empire Chapter of RWA will be having our 2nd Annual Writing with Purpose Weekend Retreat in picturesque Sandpoint, Idaho the first weekend of May, 4-6. We’ve booked the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch at www.westernpleasureranch.com for the entire weekend and attendance for the whole weekend is only $175 for all non-IECRWA members. That includes workshops, lodging, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch. All day Saturday is $90, including lunch and dinner.

This year our theme is “Pampering the Inner Writer” and our workshops include:

  • Pamela Aidan – Author –
  • Suzy Bryant – Life Coach – Owning the Authorship of Your Own life
  • Bonnie Hamre – Author – The Three Most Important Aspects of Good Love Scenes
  • Julie Hutslar – Core Belief Reconstruction and author – Challenging Boundaries
  • Becky Kemery – Author –Taking Charge of Your Own Marketing
  • Sherry Ramsey – Columnist and novelist – Writing For Magazines and Newspapers

Please visit www.iecrwa.com/retreat2007.htm for any further details. PayPal options are available.

We’d love to see you! Please feel free to email email hidden; JavaScript is required with any questions/concerns/special arrangements. And please feel free to pass this email around to other chapters/writers. J

Thank you.

Jamie Leigh Hansen
Vice-President of IECRWA
www.iecrwa.com

Mar
16
2007
Newletter

Okay, I’ve tried. All day, I worked on it. The newsletter will be a bit late. I am very sorry.

The winner for this month’s contest has been contacted. But don’t worry, there will be another. :) I will post the prize picture for next month within the week.
Oh, and we did end up seeing 300. Who can say no to the man they love? So, dramatic. Intense. Interesting graphics on the eyes. I’m still not sure if I’m attracted or repelled. Could have wished for a happier ending, but that’s history. :) In the end, I walked out with one word in mind. Yes, a made up one. Wargasm.

Yep. That about sums it up.

Have a good night and I will get the newsletter out asap as soon as I have tech support. Geez, you mean some people sleep at night? Where’s a vampire webmaster when you need one? LOL

Mar
14
2007
Newsletter Begins tomorrow!

I just wanted to remind everyone that I’ll be sending out my newsletter tomorrow, along with the first edition of history before the prologue!  Check out the Prologue and Chapter One of Betrayed in the Scriptorium for an idea of why YOU WANT this history.  :)  It is so fun to write.

All you need to do is enter your email address on the form in the Monastery, or send a blank email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and you will receive the newsletter tomorrow night.
Also, I will be drawing the winner for the contest tomorrow and will announce the lucky person who gets to celebrate with me in my newsletter.  :)

See you tomorrow!