Friday, March 1, 2013

A Contest and Renovations Part 2

First, we have the contest for an ARC of Hecate's Own, my April 9th release from Samhain Publishing:

Heart's Desire Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Full
ISBN: 978-1-61921-096-7

When a wolf is hot for a witch, the sparks can be downright dangerous.

Zachary Beckett has finally done something right. He saved his brother’s life, and his reward is a ticket to Cleveland to train as a witch. Except every spell he casts wreaks havoc—until he’s banished to the children’s classroom.

At least his teacher is easy on the eyes. It isn’t long before the heat is rising, and it has nothing to do with a bubbling cauldron.

Jo has never met a walking Karma bomb  like Zachary. His blue eyes haunt her, his body is made for sin, and his magic? The less said about that the better. But Jo is determined to help him, even if she has to fight their mutual attraction, tooth and nail.

When Zach discovers he’s been operating under a hex, he and Jo come together in a blazing hot ritual to break it’s hold and reveal Zach’s destiny to fight evil. But the old enemy who cast the spell won’t give up until every Beckett male is stripped of his mate. Which could leave Zach to howl in agony forever—and doom Jo to a  fate worse than death.

Warning:  This novel contains explicit sex, graphic language, a sexy, awkward, blue-eyed wolf-witch and a woman who can make his dreams come true.

To enter, go to my Write to Dana page and send me your name (or nickname, if you don't want your name on the web), your email address, and your preferred electronic format.

The contest ends April 8! Good luck!

NOTE: Only one entry per person. Any entry missing one of the three pieces of information (name/nickname, email address, format) will be deleted without being entered. However, if you hit SEND and realize you forgot something, send it to me again, and you'll be entered.

Second, my hands are still recovering from my marathon writing session this week, and I still have two sets of edits to do. So this post is going to be pic-heavy and word-light. Sorry about that.

But... here's the progress on the renovations that have driven me and my fur-babies up into my bedroom to work:

From the living room into the dining room.

From the kitchen into the family room.

From the kitchen into the family room again.

Front door into the kitchen. The railings will be painted either white, dark gray or both. We haven't decided.

A view of the kitchen from the sliding glass doors. That niche will hold the fridge, and the cabinet next to it is one of our pull-out pantries.

The kitchen, with the wood floor completely covered. Counter tops go in Wednesday.

The living room, with a good view of the floor.

The living room from the dining room.

Until the renovation is complete I won't be posting more pictures of it. It should be done some time in the next week or two, and that's when I'll post more pics.


Beth aka Scifibookcat said...

What a great space. I like the gray (am looking for something similar for master bedroom) My family room/kitchen area has the traffic path through the center so very limited on layout possibilities.

Good luck on the home stretch of your project.

Dana Marie Bell said...

Thanks. The color we chose is Behr's Sterling 780E-3. It's a very soft gray, and pretty true, not really blue, green or red. It's very pretty.

lorimeehan said...

The reno looks great. I can't wait to see the finished pictures.

Z said...

It is looking nice. Canna wait to see the finished product.

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