Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Day in the Life

Everyone know what a writer does, but they don't really know what a writer DOES. Know what I mean? How does this process work from day to day? What does a writer's average day look like?

I have your answer! Well, my answer. Come with me on my average writing/living/being mom/being wife day.

First things first, I turn the Wi-Fi on my phone on and let it catch up with any messages while I take care of my sons' breakfasts. I told you in a post a couple weeks ago that Evan is Type 1 diabetic, so getting him his daily dose of long-acting insulin and getting his blood sugar checked before breakfast is important. Our lives revolve around this tub of supplies.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Love Letter to Reading - Feels Edition

Today, I begin a brand spanky new series of posts called Love Letters. A couple of my old reviews will be retitled so you can still see all the things I have wonderful feelings about. Any of my reviews that were negative have been deleted (sorry, guys). I also deleted the Reviews page up north and replaced it with a page for these Love Letters.

This is all in an effort to remove negativity and keep the Sarah Winter Experience™ the fun place it should be.

My love letters to reading are going to be reviews of books I have loved with my whole heart, and why I loved them so much. This love letter is dedicated to a book that makes me feel all the feels. I reread it at least once a year, and cry every time.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

My sister read this first with her third grade class, and gushed so much about it that I picked up a copy myself. Ugh....the feels this book brings on are like no other. The story begins with 13-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, who we know as Sal. She and her father have just moved to Euclid, Ohio from their farm on Kentucky after her mother leaves the family.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Month of May

This whole year has sucked The Big One. March was terrible, and the month of May might have been worse (jury's still out though, March was hard as fuck). On the 8th, Max was hospitalized overnight for a severe allergic reaction to penicillin. It wasn't anaphylaxis, thank goodness, but he broke out in the worst hives I've ever seen and had some serious joint swelling. It took a couple weeks to completely clear up, but the little man will be alright as long as we triple-check his prescriptions from here on out.

Two and a half weeks later, on Memorial Day, it was Evan's turn. He'd been suffering some odd symptoms for a few weeks, but we never put together what was going on. I was going to take him to the doctor because we'd all noticed he was getting up several times in the night for a drink of water and to pee, but then he got what we thought was the stomach flu so I decided to wait until that passed.

What was happening to him turned out to be diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication of diabetes. He was vomiting, was severely dehydrated, had very labored breathing, and was in a lot of pain. He suffered from muscle contractures from the dehydration and was so out of it he doesn't remember much from that day. His blood glucose was over 400 and, once the doctors figured that out, he was rushed to a hospital ninety miles from our home to see a pediatric endocrinologist.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Over the Line Release Date!!

Today's the day! The sun is shining, the tank is--- wait, that's Finding Nemo. Surrounded by children, sorry.

Today is the official release date for Over the Line, FINALLY! After months of waiting (and I know some of you have been on tenterhooks this whole time), it's finally available for purchase!

If you already received your copy thanks to the pre-order gods, merci and I appreciate every single order. If not, pick up your copy today at the low price of just $2.99.

It's been a long and interesting journey through the Kindle Scout process, and I appreciate you guys sticking with me through it. I hope you enjoy Over the Line. For now, I'm going to get back to life and my work in progress.

The paperback is available from Createspace and should be ready to order on Amazon within the week!

-S

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Freebie!!

Today is six days before the official release date for Over the Line!! Just seven more days before it's ready and available for everyone!

To celebrate the upcoming big day, I'm offering Snowbound for FREE for the first time in the US and the UK for those of you who haven't picked up your own copy! Pick it up now, because it's only available for free for four days!! Sale ends FRIDAY, so snap up a copy before it goes back to regular price.

Happy reading!!

-S