Lucky In Love Blog Hop

Lucky in LoveThere is No Such Thing as Bad Luck, Only Luck

Speak of the Devil is my debut novel, just released today! It’s about guardian angels and fallen angels, and while I don’t believe I have a guardian angel, necessarily, I am slightly superstitious and do believe that things happen for a reason. Well scratch that, I believe that when things happen you can shape them into a reasons that suits you.

I started the book when I was teaching marketing at a community college. I’d taught for three years for them and was always told that I’d be hired back again the following year. The year after I started work on the book, I wasn’t hired back. I was shocked and sad and unemployed. My youngest had started school, so it was just me, home alone all day.

I’d been trying to get published my entire adult life so I said to myself, I’m going to finish my book. I’d joined my local RWA chapter and had started SotD the year before, just writing every now and then on it. Most writers I knew would kill for the chance to have alone time all day long to write. So I made a deal with myself. I’d write the book that year and submit it to publishers. If I couldn’t publish it, I’d give up writing and start a new hobby. So I wrote and submitted it. Within a day of submitting, Steph from Crescent Moon Press asked for the full manuscript to read, and two weeks later, on Friday the 13th she offered me a contract. Friday the 13th!

My book comes out today, March 15, the Ides of March. Beware the Ides of March.
Beware? Heck no! I have barely been able to contain myself for the Ides of March! Today is not only the Ides of March, but it’s my book’s birthday! Today I am going to celebrate!

I’ve taught English and Shakespeare before so I was familiar with the quote “beware the Ides of March” from Julius Caesar and knew that ides is Latin for middle. Essentially, the ides of March means March 15. The whole beware thing came about from Shakespeare’s play as a soothsayer foresaw that Caesar was to be assassinated on the ides of March and gave him that ominous warning.

However, a few things I didn’t know was that the ides of March originally was dedicated to the god Mars and was a day of festivities and parades.

I believe that when seemingly bad things happen, it is within your power to make them positive if you only look for the opportunity in them. There is no bad luck. There is only luck. You make it whatever kind you choose.

So today, celebrate rather than beware! Go treat yourself to a present. Perhaps a book? I know of one just released today that you might be interested in. 😉

SpeakOfTheDevil

What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?

After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the event and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and that they are falling too.

Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, find a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?

Want to be lucky and win some stuff? Comment below to enter to win an eCopy of Speak of the Devil as well as to win the overall GRAND PRIZE for the Blog Hop! We have TWO grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
2nd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

For more entries to win the Grand Prizes, go to Carrie Ann Blog Hops and check out some more great blogs!

Good luck! But isn’t it all?

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43 Responses to Lucky In Love Blog Hop

  1. Tonya Rupell says:

    Looking forward to reading this book! The cover is just amazing! Best wishes or much success!

  2. Marlene Davis says:

    From the excerpt that I read…..not being hired back to teach was the best thing that could have happened. This book, from what I have read is fantastic!! I only read the excerpt and it had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t get to the next line fast enough. Well Done! I can’t wait to read the whole book 🙂

  3. Shawna says:

    Thank you Marlene. Glad you liked it. Thanks Tonya and Cheryl, too!

  4. Shawna says:

    Oh and make sure if you’re entering for the GRAND PRIZE to comment and leave your email address!

  5. Shawna says:

    Make sure you leave your email address if you want to be entered for the GRAND PRIZE!

  6. Rebecca says:

    I wishing you a wonderful Release Day! You wrote a great book!

  7. jody a kessler says:

    Congratulations Shawna, I have a good feeling Speak of the Devil will be wildly successful!!!

  8. Joy F says:

    Love the cover, can’t wait to read.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  9. Satchmo says:

    That is an inspiring take on luck. Thanks, Shawna!

    supersatchmo at myopera dot com

  10. Krista Ames says:

    I agree there is no bad luck !!! Congrats on your new release, love that cover ! Thanks for hopping !

    kristakames@gmail.com

  11. Urb says:

    Pretty cover! Good luck (that is, great sales, excellent revises, widespread acclaim) with your book.

    Urb
    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

  12. Congratulations on your release! I’m just hopping through and happy to be here! Followed you on FB and Twitter, and I’d love it if you stopped by my post, too!
    http://www.ninetteswann.com/2013/03/lucky-in-love-blog-hop.html

    email ninette.swann at gmail.com

  13. Shawna says:

    thanks!

  14. Shawna says:

    Thank you Tonya!

  15. Shawna says:

    Thanks!

  16. Shawna says:

    Thanks Erica!

  17. Shawna says:

    Ooooh, I hope you have psychic abilities! Thanks Jody!

  18. Shawna says:

    Thank you!

  19. Shawna says:

    Glad you liked it!

  20. Shawna says:

    Thanks Krista!

  21. Shawna says:

    Thank you Urb!

  22. Shawna says:

    Visited you Ninette. Thanks!

  23. Thanks for the giveaway.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

  24. Rachel R says:

    The cover’s mysterious! Congratulations on the book! 🙂

    rachelanniramos AT gmail DOT com

  25. Mary Kirkland says:

    Congratulations! I have been lucky in love, I found hubby 22 years ago and we’ve been together ever since.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

  26. Linda says:

    Love this, =) i consider myself lucky, being with my hubby for 12 years and wanting many more years together.
    Can´t wait for my chance to read your book, loved the blurb!
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Saturday!
    //linda

  27. Karen says:

    Things do happen for a reason we just need the determination to go with it

  28. Wendy Pogrant says:

    I am not lucky in love.
    wendy_pogrant@yahoo.com

  29. I’m so excited for you, Shawna! Wishing you thousands and thousands of sales!

  30. miki says:

    Congratulations on your new release^^ i love the excerpt will the be available in pdf too?
    happy St Patrick’s day

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

  31. Tina M says:

    Great Hop Thanks for the chance to win.. adgali(at)ymail(dot)com

  32. JanD says:

    Congrats on your book release!
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  33. Veronika says:

    Congrats on the release!
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  34. Kaylyn D says:

    I bet Friday the 13th is now one of your favorite days now! Congrats on the release! It sounds like a great read.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

  35. Thanks for the great giveaway! Happy St. Patty Day!! red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

  36. Natasha says:

    Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  37. Kaci Verdun says:

    Great post and thanks for the giveaway!
    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  38. Shelly Hammond says:

    Congrats on your debut novel! It sounds like a great read and one I will be adding to my to read list! The cover is brilliant as well.

    Thank you for the chance to enter 😀 Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone 🙂
    Shelly H
    booski24@hotmail.com

  39. susan platt says:

    Congrats on your release! Sounds like a great book and will be adding to my wishlist!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  40. Mary Roya says:

    Lucky or not, I am blessed. I have found my soul mate. It too 41 years to find him. But he was and is worth the wait.

    Thanks for being in the Happy St. Patrick’s Day blog hop.
    Hope ya’ll St. Patrick’s Day was great!
    Keep writing so I can keep reading.
    roya-clan@sbcglobal.net

  41. vicky b says:

    I am lucky in love mrsbrinius@comcast.net thanks!

  42. Krysta B. says:

    Nope, not lucky in love at all.
    Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Saint Patty’s Day!

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

  43. Meghan Stith says:

    What a great giveaway hop! I have yet to be lucky in love but I’m working on it. My favorite love book is “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie Fraser is amazing and beautiful. I enjoy St. Patty’s Day and this year I’m spending it with my best friend. We’re going to two Irish Pubs and also some dance clubs. I am also wearing green and am not a fan of getting pinched. I’m not Irish either, but many people think I am because my hair is red, my eyes green and my name is Meghan, but I’m not at all. I won’t be telling anybody that, however… let them believe I’m Irish.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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