Skip A Starbucks Day WINNERS!

First, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for participating in this wonderful event for CJ Redwine and her family. I am blown away by the outpouring of support from the writing and twitter communities. Seriously, you all give me hope.

Now, on with the WINNERSI actually typed SINNERS first and about died laughing. Well, we ARE dealing with vampires and werewolves here, aren’t we? All you sinners, you! LOL I used to pick winners.

Zombie Giveaway winner:


Vampire Giveaway winner:

    Caitlin – oh, Caitlin, please tell me you’re 18!!!

Werewolf Giveaway winner:


Witch Giveaway winner:


AND … ::drumroll::


     Jami Gold

Alright m’dears, I’ll need each of you to email me your snail mail addy to: jinxieg13 (at) gmail (dot) com by this Friday, September 3rd, and make sure your first and last name is in that email too. All items will be shipped by September 4th. For the Faery prize, I’ll probably insure that Jami, just so you know. =)

Once again, thank you so much for participating in all the giveaways across the blogosphere! I know I had a blast, so I’ll be figuring out some more contests soon just for fun! =)


Skip a Starbucks Day is Here!

Good morning everyone! Today is a great day! I hope you skipped your Starbucks today because we’re doing a wonderful event for the Redwines and their soon-to-be-adopted daughter to help bring her home from China.

Let’s bring the baby home, folks!!!

First, I’ll have CJ tell you her story:


We had three biological boys in four years and then I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I had a hysterectomy and while I mourned the fact that I couldn’t have any more biological children, I was certain our family wasn’t finished. My husband wasn’t so sure. 🙂 I’d talked about adopting and I always saw us with a little girl from China. He came up with a ton of reasons why now wasn’t the right time to adopt. Then, on Mother’s Day of 2005, he leaned over to me in church and said, “We have a daughter in China. We need to start the adoption proceedings to bring her home.” I adjusted to this unexpected news (we hadn’t discussed adoption for months) in about 15 seconds. 🙂

The next day, we began researching adoption and we picked out her name: Johanna Faith. Johanna means God’s Gracious Gift and Faith is what it is taking to bring her home. We signed up with Chinese Children Adoption International agency based out of Colorado. We completed our stateside paperwork and homestudy within a few months, sent off our dossier to China with the understanding that it would be a 6-8 month wait, and eagerly planned to bring our daughter home. Soon, though, we began to hear rumors that the wait time was extending. Then we heard that the government had cracked down on orphanages who were receiving money from the state but who weren’t keeping all of their beds full and the wait slowed to a crawl. Our dreams of having her home for Christmas were dashed. And then our dreams for having her home in time for summer were dashed as well. Before we knew it, another Christmas had passed and we were still waiting. Meanwhile, the Olympics were coming to Beijing, and the word was most adoption processes would stop altogether because China didn’t want unfavorable international attention on their orphanages.

As the wait stretched from 8 months to three years, I struggled with depression. I could hardly bear Christmas, because she wasn’t yet there. I shut the door of her bedroom and left it closed because I couldn’t bear to walk past it in the hall. It hurt to think about having a child out there whom I couldn’t protect. Couldn’t love. Couldn’t save. Three years became four with no real change. Our homestudy expired. Our immigration petition expired. Three times. Our fingerprints expired. Four times. And China raised the orphanage and court fees by thousands while we waited. Suddenly, the cushion of money we’d fundraised at the start of this process was almost gone and China was picking up speed in their child match program.

In September, it will be five years since we officially started our adoption process to bring Johanna home. We expect to receive her picture, information, and permission to travel sometime by the middle of September.

I opened her bedroom door for the first time in 3 1/2 years.

And we need to raise 8k to cover travel and the cash required to pay the orphanage for Johanna’s freedom.

You can read more of their story on CJ’s blog and check out some of the other cool giveaways going on. There’s a huge list and tons of awesome prizes to be had! Choose and pick which ones you want to enter.

Alright, folks, are you ready to help get this child home? Thought so! This is why I love you.

And on to the Jinxie giveaways:

The Zombie Giveaway:

1) A copy of Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome this book is. Oh wait, yes I can, go read my review here.

2) A copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

The Vampire Giveaway:

1) A copy of Heather Brewer’s Eighth Grade Bites. Are we sick of vampires yet? I didn’t think so, and this one is good.

2) A copy of JR Ward’s Dark Lover, one of my favorite paranormal romance series that is HOT HOT HOT!

The Werewolf Giveaway:

1) A copy of Annette Curtis Klause’s Blood and Chocolate, one of my favorite YA werewolf books. Don’t watch the movie, though. I’m serious. Stay away from it. The book rocks!

2) A copy of Patricia Briggs’ Moon Called. This is the first book of the Mercy Thompson series, which is probably my favorite series right now.

The Witch Giveaway:

A signed audio book copy of Yasmine Galenorn’s Demon Mistress.

The Grand Faery Giveaway:

A copy of Julie Kagawa’s The Iron King …


This is my Fairy Summer Procession print, framed and waiting to hang on your wall. Measurements are 12.5 inches by 22.5 inches.

How to enter MY contests:

Donate what you would spend at Starbucks today, Tuesday, or Wednesday (or all three days) by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post or in the sidebar, and help bring an orphan home to her new family.

You must comment on this blog so I know you’ve entered and please specify which (or all) of my giveaways you are entering. Donate and comment by Wednesday evening, preferably before I go to bed around 10pm (PST) so I can get your names to CJ.

There is no limit to how many of these giveaways you can enter.

If you live outside the US, don’t worry, I’ve got ya covered! I will ship internationally. ALL of MY prizes will be shipped on September 4th.

Click the button below and it will take you to the donation area, then come back here and leave your comment.

Check back on Saturday to see if or what you’ve won!


Skip A Starbucks Day Pre-Post

By now, you’ve likely seen me tweet about this a few times with the hashtag #skipastarbucksday or mention it on Facebook. What is it? Well, let me tell ya…

Skip A Starbucks Day is right around the corner – Monday, August 23rd. On this day, I am asking you to skip your Starbucks. I know this will be difficult for some of you – me included – but here’s the reason I’m asking you to do this: My dear friend CJ Redwine and her husband Clint Redwine are in the process of adopting a beautiful little girl from China. They need to raise around $8,000 for the rest of the fees. I’m asking you to skip your Starbucks and donate at least the $5 you’d spend there on that particular day to help bring a little girl home to her new family.

And here’s what I’m going to do for you: For those who donate, we’re having a grand giveaway!

On Monday at 7:30am, a post will automatically appear here on this blog, and within it’s bloggy goodness will be all the details of this wonderful event with links to CJ’s blog (like the one above) and other authors/writers who are participating in this. Also, I will include Clint and CJ’s story so you can get to know them and the reasons they’re doing this (but who really needs a reason other than they’re giving a child a home and a chance) and I’ll let you know what MY prizes will be. Yes, there will be pictures. =)

So be ready Monday morning, folks! Save that $5 you’d spend at Starbucks, drive on by, and donate it to this wonderful cause.

Creepy-Crawly Update

RAID kills scorpions too!!!! Kitty killed one the other night, thankfully outside. This was the most common of the scorpion species here – the Arizona Bark Scorpion. This guy was less than two inches long and had a semi-translucent body. That means his poison is deadlier. In other words, for someone like me, who has a compromised immune system, not good news. He’d probably kill me.

Sorry for the crappy picture, but I wasn’t about to get any closer with that tail and those claws up! And here he is D-E-A-D! You don’t know how happy this makes me. Seriously.

I’ve also seen two more damn centipedes – adult and baby – but have been unable to kill them yet because those little bastards are quick.

And I’ve learned the bugs that Kitty and I have been calling “beetles” are actually a “kissing” bug or something; not necessarily beetles, but whatever. It’s still a beetle apocalypse in my book.

Killed one wolf spider this week, right on the front door blocking Kitty from entering the house.

Aside from that, the moths, gnats and flies are annoying the hell out of me.

It’s So Monday

Yep, it’s Monday. Know how I know this? No, not by looking at a calendar. Not by the date on my phone or computer. Not because I woke up early.

I know it’s Monday because as I left for work this morning – which only takes me 10 minutes to get to – I realized school started today instead of last week like every other fucking school district in this godforsaken state. What did that mean for me? I was four minutes late for work this morning. Not cool.

This is what happens when you don’t have children, live by a school that doesn’t post the start date, and live on a damn street that is busier than hell during rush hour times that make it damn near impossible to get out of the parking lot during the first day of school!


I’m leaving earlier tomorrow….

….and I just realized I was going to take a different way home tonight and I forgot.

Damn it.

I’m going to go take a nap.

End of the First Week

Well, I can honestly tell you that I’ve enjoyed my first week back to the grind in the working world, even though I nearly fell asleep several times during training due to lack of sleep. I was so sleep deprived that I couldn’t even edit anything this week. Not cool. I’m basically learning their system, which isn’t too difficult because I’m a geek and love learning new things, especially on the computer. The system isn’t too dissimilar from others I’ve used before, so it should be a quick learning process. The devil of it is that it’s taken this entire week to get my access ID to log on to their system, hence the falling asleep thing, so I’m hoping next week will be more in-depth training on everything.

I’ll update more here and there as I go along, but for now, I’ve already had two glasses of wine in celebration of completing my first week on the job and typing this is a bit difficult. I’ll work on Trent’s blog post this weekend and schedule it for Monday for those of you following that story, which has now turned into an actual story and I guess I’m working on the damn book now. *sigh*

Have a great weekend!