Friday, February 5, 2016

Celebrating the Small Things

Happy Celebrate the Small Things day! 

This fun weekly hop is hosted by my buddy Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G Keltner at Writing Off the Edge, Tonja Drecker at Kidbits, and Katie at The Cyborg Mom. Visit Lexa's blog here to see what to do if you want to join in the hop yourself and to see the list of participants.

This week I'm celebrating a few book birthdays. My first book Polar Night will be three years old on Sunday, February 7. I can't believe my baby has been out in the world for three years. To say it's been an amazing few years is an understatement. Also, Polar Night's sequel Polar Day is one year old today.

So far I haven't succeeded in coming up with another sequel, although I spent most of last year trying to make one work, but I still hope to continue this series. For now though I will just wish both books a happy birthday. :)

I'm also celebrating that my other book, The Ghosts of Aquinnah, is part of TB Markinson's monthly giveaway this month. I'm very grateful to TB for including me in her event! If you'd like a chance to win my book along with four others, visit TB here or enter the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Finally, I just want to thank everyone who left kind words and good wishes about my mom's birthday and one year anniversary of being cancer free. We had a great time taking her out for her birthday and she really enjoyed the day. So that's one more BIG thing to celebrate. :)

Happy weekend, all!

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  1. WOW!!!! Has it been that long since we first talked Julie?!!!!

    Happy Book Birthday!!!!

    Love them all!!

  2. That is worth celebrating!
    Three years - isn't it wild to look back and remember when it was new?

  3. Happy birthday to Polar Night and Polar Day! Hard to believe the first is three years old already. (I really need to re-read these one of these days!) My webcomic just celebrated a birthday, too, so we should probably find a way to force our characters to party together! :P

    And oh, that's such great news about your mom. Glad she's been cancer-free for a full year now, and that she had such an amazing birthday, too! Yay! :D

  4. Wow, has it really been three years? I think we've known each other about that long now. It certainly doesn't feel that long, but I guess the calendar doesn't lie.

    Thanks for taking part in the giveaway!

  5. Yeh for book birthdays and for cancer-free birthdays! :)

  6. Happy Book Celebration Day!

    You'll get there. I'm having the same trouble with book 4 of the Detective Quaid series. It'll happen when it's meant to!

  7. Take out your books and get some ice cream and cake! Congratulations! :) Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Congrats on all your book birthdays! Have a great weekend :)

  9. Happy Book Birthdays!!!! You should throw yourself a party. ;)

  10. Hi Julie - what a wonderful weekend of celebrations - so pleased you've got your three books out there ... and good to know about your mother, her birthday and her being free for a year - so pleased for you all .. cheers Hilary

  11. @Cathy, I think it's been closer to four years since we started chatting! Hard to believe, isn't it?

    @Alex, yeah, it's crazy.

    @Heather, that sounds like fun! LOL Aleksei isn't very good at playing though. :D Thanks and happy birthday to Echo Effect!

    @TB, thanks again for including me!

    @Madeline, thanks!

    @Yolanda, thanks for the encouragement - I'm glad I'm not alone with this. Good luck with Quaid #4!

    @Christine, great idea. :D Thanks and have a great weekend too!

    @Laura, thanks and same to you.

    @Chrys, I'm the worst at throwing parties but maybe I will LOL.

    @Hilary, thanks so much. :)

  12. Happy Birthday for both your books. That must give you a feel of achievement. Glad for your mom as well.

  13. So glad you have special book birthdays to celebrate Julie. Especially happy you and your Mom had fun on her birthday. Enjoy the weekend.

  14. @Elizabeth, they do, it's a rush. Thank you!

    @Deanie, thanks so much, I appreciate it.

  15. God bless your mother and you! Cancer-free is an amazing accomplishment.

  16. Happy Book Birthdays to your babies, and yay for Ghosts being part of TB's giveaway! I've had my share of trying to force novel ideas. I trunked each of them. But the good news is, it's possible to combine an old idea with a new one when the moment is right. I did that with my upcoming novel - took a good idea & bad plot from a trunked novel and revamped it with a much better plot. So don't lose hope. Go on to something else and know that you can still come up with a winning idea for your 3rd book in the series when the time is right! :)

  17. Julie, I think of my books as my babies too. The really are our offspring and we want to nurture them into adulthood.

  18. Amazing how fast time flies by, isn't it? But look at everything you've achieved!

  19. Congrats on the third anniversary of Polar Night! It seems like only yesterday!
    It's also fantastic that your mom just celebrated her one- year of being cancer-free!

    It sounds like 2016 is off to a great start for you, Julie


  20. Excellent news all round and I've just entered your competition so thank you :) Have a super weekend! Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

  21. Excellent news all round and I've just entered your competition so thank you :) Have a super weekend! Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

  22. Happy book birthday!
    So glad to hear you enjoyed your family celebration for your Mom.

  23. Happy Birthday to your books! My first book will be a year old on February 27th. That's just mind-boggling. You should go out and celebrate! The next book will come along when it's ready. Enjoy the weekend!

  24. @Susan, it is, thank you so much.

    @Lexa, thanks for the encouragement! I'm glad that worked for you and I'm hoping it will work for me as well. I do have some ideas kicking around so we'll see.

    @Stephen, agreed! :)

    @Kate, it really is, these past few years have been special for sure. Thanks!

    @Julie, thanks so much, and I can't complain! :)

    @SENCO, thanks!! I hope you are having a great weekend as well.

    @Suzanne, thank you, we did have a great time.

    @Lori, oh wow, that's awesome your book birthday is coming up. Yay!! Thanks and have a great weekend too!

  25. I'm glad that your mother is doing better, and I hope that she continues to get better. And congratulations on the anniversary of your books; I always liked sequels, because sometimes stand-alone books leave me wondering what happened to the characters after the last page.

  26. Three years old! Before you know it, it'll be driving itself!

  27. Happy Book Birthday Julie! Dang. You make me feel so unaccomplished now.

  28. Happy Birthday to your books, that's wonderful! I'm glad your mom's birthday was a success. Here's to many more with her!!

  29. @Neurotic, thanks! And I wonder about characters like that sometimes too. :)

    @Elizabeth, LOL!

    @Gwen, thank you and you definitely shouldn't feel that way!

    @Elsie, I hope so, thanks!

  30. Three years! Happy Book Birthday.

  31. I can't believe that was three years ago! Congrats!

  32. Happy belated birthday to your books! Hopefully a younger "sibling" will come along when the time is right. Happy birthday to your mum too, sounds like a great celebration.

  33. @Nick, we must have posted at exactly the same time. Thanks so much for both birthday wishes. :)

  34. Three years? That's epic. Today is my debut novel's 2 year anniversary. (For the print edition.) I totally didn't realize it. Happy times, eh?

  35. Happy Book Birthdays! You write good book. :) Likes me good grammar? lol No, I haven't been drinking.

  36. Hi Julie,

    Good grief! It's taken me five days to get here and I thought I had a fast computer! :)

    Happy, just gone three years, birthday for your book, "Polar Night." You have quite the writing prowess, Julie.

    All the very best to you and your loved ones for an even brighter future.


  37. @Crystal, happy times indeed. :) Happy Anniversary to Moonless!

    @Mary, LOL. Thanks!

    @Gary, aww, thank you.

    @Loni, thanks!


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