Last Day for a Chance to Win A FREE Book!

Because I’m a person who needs constant reminders for all sorts of things, I’m just going to assume that the rest of the world needs them, too. And so, my Public Service Announcement is a reminder that one very random person who supports my blog and/or sporadic newsletter will be selected to win a FREE paperback book! I will contact the winner via email/message at the end of this week and publicly announce the winner on my July 2nd post. More info below (as posted on June 13, 2019):

To get you into the summer reading spirit, and to thank the nearly 1,200 of you for your support – it means so much! – I’m giving everyone who supports my blog and my mailing list a chance to win an awesome FREE book!

As you likely know by now, my latest novella involves a love triangle. I was attracted to the messiness of it all, and as a writer, I wanted to explore the trope in all its ABC triangular glory. Luck of the Irish will be released on August 8, 2019, but for those of you who are looking to enjoy some geometrical hot mess romance right now, I’m giving away a FREE copy of a book that really had me turning the pages (well, mine’s a digital copy, but yours could be this sweet paperback version, wrapped in delicious cellophane). Yes, I enjoyed it so much, I bought it twice.

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Meant To Be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow includes one heck of a love triangle that’s sort of like a bouncy ball, but that’s not the only interesting thing that happens. Not by a long shot. This sucker is a roller coaster that pretty much doesn’t slow down until the last page. Check out this trailer about the book on YouTube:

So, to show my love to all of you, I’ll randomly select one name to whom I’ll send a complimentary copy of this book. Why? Well, because I appreciate you, I’m a fan of this book and the author, and I’m sure it’s cool to see me plugging someone else’s awesome work other than my own for a change, haha.

If you’re interested in getting my attention, just leave a comment below or mention #AtinaReads on Twitter @Atina_Atwood. I’ll announce the winner on my Tuesday post on July 2, 2019. Be sure that you’re active on my mailing list (my sort of every other month newsletter) or following my blog to be eligible. Good luck, and THANK YOU!

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available for preorder.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

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Motivational Monday: Find a Way to Get What You Want

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“When you know what you want and want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.” – Jim Rohn

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available for preorder. Remember to join my mailing list for a chance to win a free copy of Meant To Be Broken, A Carolina Clay novel by Brandy Woods Snow! The winner will be announced on July 2nd.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Love is a Teacher

Love is a great master. It teaches us to be what we never were.

“Love is a great master. It teaches us to be what we never were.” – Molière

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available for preorder. Remember to join my mailing list for a chance to win a free copy of Meant To Be Broken, A Carolina Clay novel by Brandy Woods Snow! The winner will be announced on July 2nd.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Love Must Be Light and Flame

 

Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.

“Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.” – Henry David Thoreau

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available for preorder. Remember to join my mailing list for a chance to win a free copy of Meant To Be Broken, A Carolina Clay novel by Brandy Woods Snow! The winner will be announced on July 2nd.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Your Chance to Win a FREE Paperback Novel (Meant To Be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow)!

Whatcha Reading This Summer?

Okay, so now we’re finally in the month of June and SoCal is living up to its sunny reputation! Now that June is here, for me, it means kicking back a little bit and catching up on some summer reading. Last year, I simply recommended a great book to you (Home by Jezz de Silva). This year, I’m upping things up a notch.

To get you into the summer reading spirit, and to thank the nearly 1,200 of you for your support – it means so much! – I’m giving everyone who supports my blog and my mailing list a chance to win an awesome FREE book!

As you likely know by now, my latest novella involves a love triangle. I was attracted to the messiness of it all, and as a writer, I wanted to explore the trope in all its ABC triangular glory. Luck of the Irish will be released on August 8, 2019, but for those of you who are looking to enjoy some geometrical hot mess romance right now, I’m giving away a FREE copy of a book that really had me turning the pages (well, mine’s a digital copy, but yours could be this sweet paperback version, wrapped in delicious cellophane). Yes, I enjoyed it so much, I bought it twice.

want-a-free-book-join-my-newsletter-

Meant To Be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow includes one heck of a love triangle that’s sort of like a bouncy ball, but that’s not the only interesting thing that happens. Not by a long shot. This sucker is a roller coaster that pretty much doesn’t slow down until the last page. Check out this trailer about the book on YouTube:

So, to show my love to all of you, I’ll randomly select one name to whom I’ll send a complimentary copy of this book. Why? Well, because I appreciate you, I’m a fan of this book and the author, and I’m sure it’s cool to see me plugging someone else’s awesome work other than my own for a change, haha.

If you’re interested in getting my attention, just leave a comment below or mention #AtinaReads on Twitter @Atina_Atwood. I’ll announce the winner on my Tuesday post on July 2, 2019. Be sure that you’re active on my mailing list (my sort of every other month newsletter) or following my blog to be eligible. Good luck, and THANK YOU!

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available for preorder.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Love is Seeing Imperfection Perfectly

Love isn't finding a perfect person. It's seeing an imperfect person perfectly.

“Love isn’t finding a perfect person. It’s seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”
– Sam Keen

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available for preorder.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Motivated Monday: You Were Born for a Reason

Find Your Why

THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF YOUR LIFE ARE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN AND THE DAY YOU FIND OUT WHY.-2

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born
and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Romantic Quote: Never Without You

Romantic Quote:

“If you live to be 100, I want to live to 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” – A.A. Milne

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Join my mailing list to be the first to know about my new releases, books slated for release in 2019, giveaways, and more. Follow me on Amazon and Goodreads. Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available for preorder.

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Confession: I’ve Never Watched GOT

Game of Thrones & Real Game Changers

Okay, so a day or two has passed since the last episode of the 8th (and somewhat infamous) season of Game of Thrones has aired. People are still coping, many are still fuming, and other, more pro-active folks are using their energies to create petitions to completely redo the last season of the multi-million dollar show. Meanwhile, some provocative legislature on women’s reproductive autonomy is being passed like wildfire in many states, and even the president is saying “Whoa, Nelly” on Alabama’s extreme, newly passed abortion law. Under this specific law, women and children would be forced to give birth to babies forced upon them in depraved, violent, and profoundly traumatizing circumstances, namely rape and incest.

I am personally Pro-Life and I’m also 100% Pro-Women’s Health and reproductive-autonomy. We’re treading a dangerous line when our society is once again turning blame and shame to only the female populous. The growing lack of consideration for women and girls is increasing at an alarming rate. When this argument reaches the Supreme Court – as it inevitably will – our country needs to be prepared to accept full responsibility for the health and safety of all, whatever the outcome. At this point, we’re already failing pregnant and post-partum mothers in myriad ways. It’s increasingly becoming more deadly and costly for mothers to safely give birth to their children in America, especially for women of color (specifically, Black women). More American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications than any other developed country in the world. No wonder our birthrate is declining.

But let’s go back to Game of Thrones, a show that I have never seen.

 

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GOT on HBO

Apparently, the show took place in a medieval-like society with 7 kingdoms containing royalty, dragons, slaves, and zombies. People loved it until well, the end, and now there’s a big hole where folks had made space for a “satisfying” ending.

Why am I writing about this show if I’ve never seen it? Well, because it all has to do with writing, of course.

Game of Thrones is based on the books written by George R.R. Martin. He’s written five books of what he initially planned to be a 7-book series, but the most recent book came out eight long years ago in 2011. Coincidentally, that’s also the year of the HBO series’ first season. According to this article, Martin shared major ideas for how he wanted the books to end with the main show writers years in advance.

Now, as a writer, I find a lot of this to be highly interesting. First of all,  the author is a genius because once he landed that HBO deal and the show took off like a juggernaut, the man said, “Wait, let me see how all of this turns out before I toss another precious book baby into the world.” The whole time, people are buying merchandise, subscribing to HBO, devouring his books as canon, and some have even gone so far as to name their offspring after some of his characters.

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(I have no idea what this baby’s real name is. But look at those ROLLS!!)

Why would Martin disrupt that flow of interest and devotion by presenting another book until after the show has ended? Will he even release another one at all?

Watching all of this from the sidelines is interesting because most writers like to imagine what it would be like to have their work shared with, and appreciated by, millions. Very few people understand the struggle and heartache it takes to create a cohesive, alternative world as well as all of the beings that live within them. Many of us are happy if our work reaches a few hundred or *gasp* a couple of thousand people.

Now, Martin has the wonderful option of deciding whether or not to finish the series, or tour forever talking about ways he would have written it differently, or ride the wave of all of the continued hype and actually drop the next book installment with a continuation of the author’s solid character arcs that apparently disintegrated in the final season’s adaptation of the saga (this happens so often, it’s almost cliché). To be fair, the show’s writers no longer had any books to base the final season on, so there’s that.

No matter how we sum it up, in the end, author George R.R. Martin is clearly the biggest winner of all.

What are your thoughts about the last season? Have you read any (or all) of the books? I’m enjoying seeing how impassioned people are about all of this, and I’d love to hear your take.

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Romantic Quote: Yours and Mine

Romantic Quote:

“I can be someone’s and still be my own.”
– Shel Silverstein

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Join my mailing list to be the first to know about my new releases, books slated for release in 2019, giveaways, and more. Follow me on Amazon and Goodreads. Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats#3, is now available for preorder.

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.