Monday, September 24, 2012

Uncontrollable

Yay! Uncontrollable is out today!

Uncontrollable is the second book in "The Nature of Grace" series by S.R. JohannesUntraceable, the first book in the series, has won and been nominated for several awards including Winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Award (YA), 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (YA Nominee), and a finalist in The Kindle Book Review's "Best Indie Book of 2012 (YA)".

Kirkus reviewed Untraceable as "A thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance.  The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page."

If you like a page turner, you will love this series!

Head over to Mundie Moms for a Big Uncontrollable Launch Party with tons of prizes and then over to SR Johannes blog for even more.

To continue on with the blog tour, check out the line up! Where SR talks about anything from marketing to writing to her books to personal interviews and giveaways.

Book Summary

As 16-year-old Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program". 

While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter recorded, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is picking silk plants and growing fake plants. 

After a couple of wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. However, when a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues. 

Little does she know, she is being hunted too. 

On Sale Now! 

Uncontrollable is on sale in paperback and ebook at all major
booksellers including Amazon, iBooks/Apple (coming soon),
 Smashwords, and B&N.

If you haven't read Untraceable, you can get it in paperback and ebook
at all major booksellers including AmazonAppleSmashwords,
and B&N.

Author Bio

S.R. Johannes is the author of award-winning and Amazon bestselling Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and new tween paranormal, On The Bright Side. She has also published short novelettes as well as a teen romance anthology with 16 other authors titled, In His Eyes.  Uncontrollable, the sequel to Untraceable, is scheduled for September 2012.

S.R. Johannes is a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult) and was also recently nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult). Untraceable was also recently named a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review's Indie Book of the Year (YA)

After earning an MBA and working in corporate America, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world. 


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Friday, September 21, 2012

Coffee Chat Today? Nah...:)

First things first:
I don't know how to express how happy and relieved I am that

I am so happy...a little exhausted (okay, who am I kidding - I'm A LOT exhausted)...but all in all, thrilled that the week is over.
Yay!

If we were having coffee today - wait....

Let's not have coffee. 
Let's just sit together and talk...
Maybe have a handful of caramels and shoot the breeze?
Whattaya say?

Let's just talk about...nothing. 
No thinking, just being.  How does that sound?
How about we just ramble on and on about stuff that isn't important?

~ Like the fact that I silently hooray'd when I heard that Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson may be getting back together. (Because Breaking Dawn Part 2 would not feel the same, okay?)

~ Or that I'm kinda hoping that they'll reveal the cast for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie already? (I think Emma Stone would be a great Anastasia..)

~ How about we talk about the fact that I've been really trying to make an effort on doing my hair, makeup, and having a good outfit at work EVERYDAY.  Miss Confidence isn't always right next to me, cheering me on, but I'm being my own cheerleader.

~ Also, how about letting you know that I have my first essay due next Wednesday and that I wrote a rough draft last week...but when we reviewed them in class, it pretty much...well, sucked.  So I have to re-write, re-write and re-write a little more this weekend.

~ Oh! And that I absolutely loved this post from Absolute Mommy this week.  I kept nodding my head up and down the whole time I read it. Loved it!

~ I'd tell you that I'm happy I'm not a for-profit blog...I don't think I could keep up if I was...and for all of you who "do it all" and make money off your blog...I bow down to you...wow! I have no idea how you can fit everything in.  You do, though - and I'm amazed!  You go girl.

~ I'd tell you that when I read a FB status update from Pidgapeg that said -->PidgApeg: Looks like I will be back to blogging soon... :/ <-- I was pretty stoked! (And then felt really bad for being so selfish...sorry Pidgalicious!)  I miss her way too much.  Blogging hasn't been the same without her.

~ Another thing...I'd talk to you about the lottery.  Like, why can't I win?! No really...am I destined to be a worker bee? Really? I would be a really nice Queen Bee.  I promise!

So after listening to everything I rambled about and then listening to you, of course
(I would try really hard not to take over the whole conversation...I only do that to my hubby, I promise.)
I would ask you,
"Wanna grab a coffee?"

'Cause who am I kidding? You know I can't survive without the stuff.
:)

linkin' it up with the real Coffee Chat Friday Queen:) She even does vlogs...you can just drink coffee and listen...cool concept:)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Desire to Inspire and Believe

♪♫♪I believe the children are our future♪♫♪
{those were the first words that came to mind when I heard about LIY's link up today}
:)

I believe ...
... in a good sense of humor - the kind that has you laughing until you cry and pee in your pants.

... that "dude!" is always appropriate to get your feelings across.

... in Taco Bell, Tommy Burgers, Macaroni Grill, peruvian food, and my hubby's yummilicious spaghetti.

... that maxi dresses are the best invention.  Ever.

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... coffee does the trick every. single. time.

... in a good juicy novel while soaking in a warm bath after the kids go to sleep.

... that a phone call to your "best friend for life" is mandatory to keep you sane.

... in community and building bloggy friendships.

... inspiring others to be what they always dreamed of.

... a good work ethic like the 7 dwarves philosphy is awesome (don't you whistle while you work?).

... in dancing in the car.

...in this kind of marriage:)
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... in raising my daughter to be confident and strong.
... in teaching my son how to respect women.

... in "time-outs" in the corner - hitting is unacceptable.

... in answering questions as truthfully as possible.

... in not hurting people's feelings and using words of affirmation to anyone who crosses your path.

... in Him and everything He has done for me (even the things I don't know about).

... in you and your potential and reminding you that YOU ARE AWESOME.


... in old school games on long road trips.

... in thinking in Spanglish.

... in crying while watching commercials, movies...um, Star Trek.

... that music lyrics are meant to be written down in a notebook along with favorite quotes.

... in secret admirer notes to your hubby.

... in "I'm proud to be your mommy" notes in their backpacks.

... in making cake, muffins, cookies in the morning before getting ready for work so that the hubby and kids have a special surprise in their lunches.

... in me.

And oh. so. much. more...

What do you believe in?
How do you inspire others?
What will you do today to show how awesome you are?

Linking up with these awesome ladies:
  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I'm cool like that...{no, really}



I am that cool, you know.

I am so cool that when you look up "cool" in the dictionary, you read,
"See Nay at Cover 2 Cover".

I am so cool that sometimes people can't take all that coolness that is bouncing off of me.

Yeah, that's my reasoning for the weird stuff that I say when my talking filter is off.

Or that "in-the-car-back-up-dancer"-kinda dancing I do every morning as I drive with my hubby to work?
Yeah, only MC Nay can get down like that.

Or when I pretend I'm on a cooking show making eggs for the kids in the morning.  No audience, mind you.
That's cool.

Or when I talk non-stop, pretty much having a conversation with myself, on those car rides in the morning. Yup, you guessed it.
Cool like that.

But seriously, I must be the bomb-diggity for him to stick around, right?
What I really think is that I'm just so entertaining!
He's probably thinking, "Oh, let's see what she does next!"

Yeah, um, maybe I'll just go back to my reasoning of thinking I'm just too cool for words.

What makes you cool?
{ps: by the way, you are cool just for reading through this post!}

Monday, September 17, 2012

Traps, Cuts, and Starbucks, of course...

Happy Monday, Loveys!
{Weren't we supposed to have coffee on Friday? Oops - one meeting lead to another....}

So how would you like to see how my weekend went?
Wow, could you try to contain your excitement?!  Jeesh...
{smiles}

"Sh, Mommy...I'm making a trap!"
Don't all Friday nights include making traps at your home?
:)
"Little Love" is too cute when he's being sneaky...

Saturday morning...
Thought I was being efficient by getting my nails done
while the Hubby took the kids to the dentist.
I was efficient, but the nail lady wasn't.
She cut me deep and then laughed when I asked for a discount.
Oh well...the cut wasn't as bad on Sunday morning...and this morning it doesn't hurt at all!
{good grief}

Oh. Em. Gee. Loveys!
The family and I went to the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica on Saturday night...and who do we see?!
Ro from RoVi's Box...
It was such an awesome surprise to see my beautiful niece!
{huge surprise because she lives in Las Vegas, remember?!}
I love me some Ro!

Since I got to see Ro that meant I got to see my godson.
Goodness my little one is growing up so fast.
Stop it, little M, just stop it!

My "Lovebug"...just chillin' and watching the street performers.
I really like that about her.
She's content to be there by herself and enjoying herself.

My Sunday morning treat since I had to work on Sunday.
It was really hard to indulge in the Salted Caramel Mocha Frapuccino...
But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!
{wink}

So how was your weekend?

linking it up with

Friday, September 14, 2012

Time for Coffee!!! {Or is it?}


But I have a meeting this morning...
We'll chat and have an after-morning cup, k?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Compliments of Mama & Him

Source: etsy.com via Renee on Pinterest

There are two things going on in my head at this exact moment {on top of all the other wonderous thoughts happening}
That song ♫♪♫ain't no mountain high enough♫♪♫, you know the one that Diana Ross sang
- and -
The constant reminder that keeps coming to my mind whenever I think I can't do something...the one I have repeated countless times on here, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".



Both of those things remind me of strength and love...and both from two very special sources.
That Diana Ross song? ...that's my mama.
I can't remember a time my mother wasn't singing...in the kitchen, in the car, when she put us to sleep {oh goodness, I'm getting a little weepy thinking about it}.  Not until very very recently have I ever thought my mother as a strong woman.  For some insane reason, I thought my mom was weak.  But something happened a month or so ago...I thought about my mom and how good she was to me and my brother...how she made things possible with what little we had, how she knew us inside out even when we weren't sure of ourselves, how she taught us to be happy, how she was our best friend. 

Often times, I look back on my childhood and dwell on all the bad things...and that's wrong.  There were so many good things and all of them were because of my mama.
She didn't sing us lullabies - she sang Motown hits and James Taylor and the Beatles to soothe us.
She was hip and cool before I even knew what that meant.

I often wonder how can I do it all - family, work, home, school, lil projects, keeping in touch with friends and all of you, blogging...- and then I think of my mom.
She did it that's why I can.  She is a ROCK.  And, amazingly, I am a product of her - and wow, did she do a good job with what God gave her:)

The only way she could do all these things - how I can do all these things - is because of that Guy Up There.  The one who even though things were rough around the edges, even though there is hurt and pain from the past...He has given me everything I have now.  Everything because He knows I'm strong enough to handle it - to take the blows - to take the good and make it awesome!

Yeah, I can do all things through Him...but having some of my mama helps a lot too.

A little note to you, as well:
Lovey, you are awesomely made.  You can do whatever you think you can.  And those things you don't think are in you?  I promise - if you try to do them -even if you fail miserably - you will have succeeded.
You. Can. Do. This.

{and} a little note to me:
Call Mom.
{smile}

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

just. one. more. thing!!!

Every night before I fall asleep, I get on my hubby's phone and surf.  Surf the internet, that is. 

So I'm looking at my instagram account-thingy, minding my own business, when I see a pic posted by Ashley of lil blue boo 

...and then dang it, one thing leads to another, so that by this morning, I have just one more thing on my to-do list of life.... 

Have you see this little itty bitty project that Ashley started on her bloggy? 
{yes, I'm being sarcastic}
So I know I'm a little late
{actually a lot late, but better late than never, right?},
but I so. very. much NEED to do
 
My "I want to do it all" list
{it's imaginary...and in my head...because if I actually wrote it down, I'd probably get all overwhelmed - lol} is getting longer and longer, loveys.

I want to do it all...all. the. time.  I want to live life as fully as possible, you know?
This journal thing is just another way to do that, right?
{I'm talking myself into this...can you tell?}

That's not too much to ask, right?
{laugh laugh laugh}

Yeah, now I'm laughing...I can be hilarious...
"One more thing, Nay? Really?"
{and I talk to myself - wink}

Yes, just. one. more. thing. 
I gotta!
You know what, though?
He's got my back:)
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See?
{smile}
I got this!

What's that "one more thing" you want to do?
Oh, and are you doing the lil journal project?
I wanna see!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

in remembrance



"These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve."
~ Former President George W. Bush ~

Monday, September 10, 2012

God's Little Helpers :)

On Saturday morning, as I was waking up without an alarm (!), I reached over to grab my hubby's phone to check my email.  I do this every weekend morning and the email box is usually just filled with my blog subscription emails or junk mail...but not this Saturday morning!!!

To my most pleasant surprise, there was a lovely and totally taken by surprise kinda of email...
First, I gasped!
Then, I got teary-eyed...
Why?
See this?
I was dying to go to this mini blog conference!
But up to that moment I wasn't going to be able to go....at all.  The budget's been tight. extra tight.

But there was another plan at work, loveys!  One of God's little helpers in our bloggy world bought me (little ole me!) a ticket...

Me!
How cool and wonderful is that?!

Now I'll be able to see Alissa and Nat speak!
Now I get to sit with Summer, Nichole, and Rachel and learn all kinds of great bloggy stuff!
Now I get to walk around the boutique and see all the cool handmade stuff!

I feel so blessed.  I feel so very encouraged.  I feel a light inside of me again.
Thank you, God's Little Helper, thank you!

So not only was that day awesome because of that blessed email, but the same morning I got the text from Nichole about this redesign...
{you've already seen me gush about that this morning...}

The bloggy community is good.
It's really good.

And I am so very thankful!

love for the blog {Thx Nichole!!}


See anything different? {{giddy smiles over here!}}
Remember one of my beyond the blog friends I told you about during our coffee chat on Friday?

My wonderful girly, Nichole, from
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She made my blog presentable, lovely, and all ME...It's like she went into my thoughts and created exactly what I've felt that I was missing with my bloggy.
The redesign that she initiated is not yet done, but I love it already!
My Dearest Nichole,
Thank you...there are no words to tell you how special you've made me feel with this!
Thank you!!!
Your Nay
Have a beautiful day bloggerettes:)
Happy Monday - make it great!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Some coffee talkin' - just you and me...


Coffee
Blueberry Muffins right out of the oven
My Jason Mraz Pandora station
No bumps in the routine
Catching up with office stuff without interruptions
Going to English class and having a good professor
An out-of-the-blue hug, kiss, or “I love you mommy” from my kids
Text messages from my hubby
Being on the phone with my BFF
Reading blog posts before going to sleep


Just a few of my favorite things...
 
If we were having coffee today and we were getting to know each other, I would tell you in detail about all those things and more.



I would tell you that
… recently I’ve been doubtful about the direction of my blog, the name of this blog…and that I feel like a newbie all over again. 
… I miss that time when I started blogging and didn’t have a lot of followers.  I just wrote about whatever because I didn’t know about the blogging community yet and what it entailed (the good and the bad).
… I miss my coffee chats, emails, and rants with Pidgapeg.


I would tell you that
… everyday I want to delete this blog and start all over.
… I still get sad when I see that I lose a follower (even though I’m not supposed to care).
… I want you to see the real me on here and that I don’t know if the connection is there or if I’m to blame for losing my focus and connection to you all.


I would tell you that
… although I have a love/hate relationship with my blog, I don’t with you.  Whenever I get a comment, I’m thrilled.
… that I am so inspired by all of you.  All. The. Time.
For example, Amanda’s new weekly link party (was she reading my mind?!), Alissa’s coffee date Fridays (I look forward to them!), Nat’s all-around goodness and authenticity, all of Living in Yellow’s blog posts (I have to read them before going to sleep…),  my beyond the blog friendship with Pidgy, Kristen and Nichole….and so many more of you!


And after all that babbling (or would you call it whining?), I would tell you that you need to go over to Alissa’s for another cup.  Although I would love love love to chat and coffee it up with you all day, everyday…I can’t L


Responsibility is calling and if I don’t answer, I’ll be in a heap of troubleJ
Have a wonderful rest of the day and a glorious weekend!

Good Morning:)

I received that in an email yesterday...one of those "forward it on to 8 women"-kinda emails...
I really liked the sentiment and the hope that those words gave.  A little bit of "you are awesome and you can do it" behind those words.

Leaving that with you this morning as you start off your day...

Going to go get my coffee on before I write you again.
Caffeinated Nay will be back soon!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Try...


What a beautiful thing to say to someone, right?
Having someone tell you that you can do anything,
be anything you want to be as long as you try.
If you don't try, you will never know if can or will. 
Behind every "try" is a willingness to do something, anything.


In the last two weeks, I have been beating myself up. 
I've been telling myself that there is just too much on my plate. 
I've been asking myself why I would even consider adding more to it.
Why would I want to go back to college now?
How am I going to fit in
studying, homework, writing essays, reading textbooks
along with everything else I do?
Why?
Because I have to try. 
I have to try to do it all.
How am I going to be an inspiration to
 other women,
to other moms,
to my daughter
if I don't try?
I want to be able to answer the question,
"How can I do it all with everything else I have to do?"
by saying,
"I did, so you can."
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I want you to know that I am going to try. 
I'm going to make sure that I get as close to success as possible.
I want you to know that if I can do it, you can too.
You can do anything and everything.
Why?
I believe in you, that's why.
{{smiles}}
 
Join in on the inspiration nation!
 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

appreciation on a wednesday.


I tend to complain...
Also...I worry about what I think I need.
And...wish for things I don't have.

I don't take the time to appreciate what I do have.

I need to start appreciating.
Appreciating that I wake up every morning.
Appreciating that I have two beautiful, healthy children.
Appreciating that I have a husband I am in love with and can still laugh with.
Appreciating that I have a job when so many others struggle to find work.
Appreciating that I have the resources to go back to college
and that I have support at home to fulfill my dream.

What do I have to complain about?
That I think I don't have enough time to do it all?
Maybe it's time to make sure I have the time and just do it.

Why do I need to worry or wish?
How about just being happy?
How about just knowing that what I have is enough?

Good idea...I'll go with that.

If you stopped for a minute and just thought about what you are truly grateful for...
what would you start appreciating?
 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Inspiration Nation...

Have you heard about this new vision from Amanda?
She's calling us to inspire others with our writing. 
This is something I strive to do.
This is something I used to do.
Do you remember that about me?

I have been unable to write these days, but when I saw this post last week I knew it was time.
It was time to get all inspiration nation around here!

I have so much going on - like, I have to schedule breathing sometimes!  But I am going to do this...
I am going to inspire you with my words...like I used to.
I will write the words you need to hear and figure out how to get the time to do everything...

I'm going to stop saying "How?" and not think about it. 
I'm going to just say "Do!"
I've missed you...

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ps: 
Have you met Carrie?
She won an ad spot on this here bloggy:)
Go give her some lovin', k?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Where is Nay?

Hi there,

Not here right now...

 
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I'm over at the fabulous
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guest posting, though.
Just in case you miss me...
:)

Friday, August 17, 2012

bag of coffee for ya?

It's Friday already?!
How did that happen?
Let me tell you what's been going in my neck of the woods...
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Like, can someone please pump this into my veins right now?
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You too?
Oh yay!  Let me grab you a bag!

So, again...
I'm running around like a chicken with her head cut off.  I'm trying to get all the stuff done at work, making sure the house doesn't collapse from all the laundry and dishes and toys scattered around...and maybe get a moment to shave my legs?  Would that be okay? Jeesh!

{{smile}}

But yes, I'm still smilin'
{I literally do have a steady coffee stream going here!}
I'm a happy camper, loveys.
It's Friday!
Which means last day of work before the weekend...and that it's Coffee Date Friday!
Duh! My favorite caffeinated-kind of day!

Oh, and I've been meaning to tell you that I'm finally in the cool kids club!
{lol}
I was picked to try out an
Influenster VoxBox!

Look at the cool stuff I got!
Source: via Influenster on Pinterest

I have yet to try the Veet wax strips {I'm a waxing virgin, ladies! I'm gonna be waxing up a storm this weekend - ha! or should I say ouch!?} or the Always Radiant Infinity Pads {but, don't worry (sigh), I will next week.  So exciting! Yes, I'm being sarcastic...}.

I've used the Shea-Enriched Shower Gel from Bath and Body Works {mine is in "Pink Pearl"} every.single.day since I received it.  It's been my little luxury every morning.
But...
My favorite fav-o-rite FAVORITE product has been the NYC lipgloss

Usually lipglosses and I don't see...um...lip to lip, so to speak...
But this one is AWESOME!
Not sticky and my lips don't get stuck together.
Pure ooh la la kissable lips!
{Mwah!}

Cool kid! I told ya!
And just to make you feel special
and as the reminder that we always need
{or maybe a little laugh?}
Source: etsy.com via Renee on Pinterest

If you need another bag...uh, I mean cup - ha! - go see Alissa and the rest of the Coffee Date Crew!
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ps:  I received each product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.  AND you know that all my opinions on the products are my own...who else would write about it the way I do:)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bloggy Friendships {Yeung Mother Hubbard}

Hi there, my name is Nichole and I blog over at Yeung Mother Hubbard.  I am super excited to be hanging out with you all today!  Nay is one of my bloggy bffs and an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G person.  I am truly honored to be guest posting here today.


I know that everyone has gone through this feeling or maybe still is feeling this way, so I wanted to share my experiences.  Blogging friendships... they are kinda like a cool kids clique in HS, yes?!?! Well, that is how I felt about them anyway.  I would post... and post... and didn't feel like I ever connected with anyone.  I didn't have any blog friends, I didn't even know if anyone even cared about what I was posting.  I almost threw in the towel because I was tired of being liked... or not... for that matter.

Instead of throwing in the towel... I started visiting others blogs and commenting on their posts and guess what happened?  They started commenting back... and then a whole conversation started... and then I had made a new friend!  Awesomeness!  If someone comments on your post respond back.  They took the time to comment, take the time to thank them!  And if you are commenting, please don't be a no reply blogger!  I didn't know that I was a no reply blogger until Nay told me and showed me how to fix it!  Do you know if you are a no reply blogger?  Ask Nay, she will set you straight!  {wink}

Summer, Me, Reannah, Jen
Earlier this year Summer called me and asked if I wanted to help her and Jen plan a blogging conference... Elevate to be exact.  I was really excited that they had asked me so of course I accepted!!  I was already planning on attending, so it was perfect... except that I didn't know anyone in bloggy land.  BUT that all changed once I started emailing back and forth with the lovely ladies that donated to the event as well as the attendees.  By the time Elevate had actually arrived I had new bloggy friends that I couldn't wait to meet!

Elevate Blog Conference
Have you attended a blog conference yet?  No?!?!  Go!!!! and make new friends!  It doesn't matter how "small" you think your blog is just go and meet new people, learn new things, and have fun!  Remember everyone is nervous just be yourself and say hi!  I know that is hard!  TRUST me I KNOW!  If you ever see me at a conference, come and hang out with me!

I would love it if you stopped by and said hi sometime!

Thanks for having me on your blog today Nay!  Love you girl!

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