Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I Beg Your Pardon: My Blog Hiatus & other Updates

I apologize for taking an unscheduled blogging hiatus last month and this month.  I don't believe I've ever gone this long without blogging, but I unexpectedly came down with the flu.  This bugger of a cold knocked me on my a** for the better part of two weeks.  The good news is I'm better now that I'm on antibiotics and a whole host of other medications.

To make matters worse, work piled up which caused some serious delays for me.  Additionally, my sick leave has crossed over into my vacation which has caused other problems.  It's no fun feeling like crap when you're supposed to be on vaca, huh?  Anyway that's life.  Before I forget, I want to apologize for not being able to visit my blogger friends.  I promise by next week, I'll be cruising the blogosphere, stopping by to say hi to everyone.  I hope to be back on my blogging schedule by next week.

In the News
Every now and then I come across some great articles for writers.  These are two that I saw that I thought I'd share.  Let me know what you think if you get a chance.

The Battle Cry of the Romance Authors - Another great article on the what traditionally published authors are faced with nowadays.

Must-read article on Why social media isn't the magic bullet for self-epublished authors.  Reader beware.  There is a ton of speculation in this article, but I think the best message is to diversify your marketing efforts when promoting your book.

What's Happening This Week!
Game On by Krya Lennon is available now!  Need more info?  Check it out on Goodreads! Go Krya!  I missed out on the blog tour, but wanted to show my support for this super-talented author and blogger friend!  Be sure and tell your friends!

Cherie Colyer's YA novel, Embrace, is on sale for $2.99 for a limited time.  Please tweet, share and post this deal to all your reader fans! 


Coming up this Month - August 2012

-- Aug 13th! The blogfest, Twist of the Fairy Tale Classics, begins next week!  Stop by next week as I post my twist on a fairy tale classic!

-- August 21st! Buzzworthy Contemp Lit - I'm putting together a blog post this month featuring some cool contemp lit books I've discovered this summer!  Woot.  The summer's not over yet and it's hot!

-- August 30th! Distraction Book Tour - J.L. Campbell's tour is happening at the end of this month!  Wahoo!  Oooh I loved this book and can't wait to participate in the tour!

Any news you want to share with me shoot me an email!  Have a wonderful week.

Mina B.


Kyra Lennon said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been well. The flu really sucks but good to hear you're feeling better!

Thank you so much for the shoutout, and for the kind words about me and Game On! <3

Elise Fallson said...

Yeah you're back! Sorry to hear about the flu though. That sucks. But glad you are feeling better and thanks for sharing the links! (:

Mina Lobo said...

Gah, it stinks getting sick, but moreso in summer, especially when it bleeds over into vacation time! I'm sorry you've been having a rough time and hope the meds are doing good work for ya!

Thanks for all the helpful links!
Some Dark Romantic

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mina! Welcome back and glad you feel better. I have a whole bunch of upcoming events listed at my blog today.

Claire Hennessy said...

Oh so sorry you have been unwell but pleased you are better now. I have been overwhelmed with too much too and not been blogging or commenting much lately. Gotta take care of ourselves :)

DonnaGalanti said...

Was wondering about you! Been checking in...sorry to hear you've been sick and in the summer too. Not fair! See you next week. Enjoy extra cuddle time with Fred. :)

Carla said...

Missed you!
Hope you are all well soon!

mshatch said...

last time I took a vaca I got sick. What a drag! Sorry to hear your feeling poorly :(

John said...

get well soon

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michelle said...

Welcome back, Mina! Glad to hear you're on the mend!
Thanks for all the links...

Morgan said...

Oh man! I am knocked down too right now... it's awful! Soar throat, runny nose, head that feels like it has 20 lbs of pressure stuffed inside it... so crappy! I hope I'm not down for 2 weeks like you were! Ugh!

But great stuff here... I'm so stoked for cute Kyra. :)

Cindy said...

Rest up Mina...take another week. I will be looking forward to your blog after school starts. Thanks so much for the reviews and links. Your a lifesaver.

Cecilia Robert said...

Ow... So sorry to hear you had a crappy time with the flu. But Soooo glad you are back :)
Those two - Johnny Depp and Helene Bonham Carter as so good together in Sweeney Todd. Deliciously Creepy couple

J.L. Campbell said...


Hope you're feeling 100% better now. Quite a roundup. Looooove the cover for embrace and will check out those articles. Thanks for the shoutout!

cleemckenzie said...

Nothing worse than being sick unless it being sick during summer!

Great to meet you at CeCe's blog today. You asked if Alligators Overhead would be okay for a 7 yr. old. I think so. One 7 yr old I know is reading it with her mom.

See you again!

Tina said...

Hi Mina,
Wow. Chock full of info. I already have Game On, caught her blog tour somewhere...been on that A-Z road trip...have 38 new books on my Kindle. Have zero time to read...dilemma.
I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well. I'm right there with you. I went on the cruise of a lifetime, and my Olympic scale asthma really protested my return from Alaska to a mile high (live about an hour north of Denver) and I caught a bad bout of bronchitis and got 8 days of %^$#%@# bed rest. Talk about contrast. I mean, laying on your bed watching Alaska out the window, or sitting on your balcony doing the same is so not like being forced to stay in your bed and drag yourself to the bathroom, while meanwhile, your family (The Engineer, and sons 15 and almost 13) trashed the house and mommy isn't fixing it anytime soon...bleh. Hope you're back to feeling better soon. I'm off bed rest, but still zapped of any energy.
Thanks for your email. Glad we're on the same page now ;-)
Tina @ Life is Good

mshatch said...

hope you're feeling better soon and get to enjoy your vaca!