Monthly Archives: November 2012

Contest winners announced.

My Goodreads book giveaway ended at midnight with 987 people entered to win an autographed copy of Pucker Up. Is that amazing or what?! But in the end, only three people were chosen. Congratulations to Julie from Tasmania, Australia; Mattie from New Jersey; and Gaby from San Diego. The books have been signed and shipped off to you this morning. For those that didn’t win a copy, don’t despair. You can still buy your own paperback copy on Amazon, or the ebook at Amazon, B&N, Apple, and Smashwords. So rejoice!

I also had another contest going to name a character in the short story I’m currently working on. And the winner is Kody. He didn’t actually suggest a name, but he commented and so I decided to name the character after him. How exciting is that? I would love to have a character named after me *hint, hint*. And you would think with the number of talented writers I surround myself with, *hint, hint* that one of them would name someone after me. I think Ruth would be a very fitting name for a strong, beautiful, badass assassin. *hint, hint* Don’t you? I mean, she looks just like me.

 

 

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Last day to enter Pucker Up book giveaway!

Today is the final day of my book giveaway on Goodreads. Three lucky winners will be getting a signed copy of my debut novel, Pucker Up. I already have over 850 entries *SQUEEEE!* Let’s see if we can exceed 900 before the contest closes at midnight. Thank you to everyone who’s entered. I hope you win.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Pucker Up by R.A. Gates

Pucker Up

by R.A. Gates

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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Another Alan Rickman movie crossed off the list

I hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving. We stuffed ourselves with turkey and then played a hilarious game of Uno. I won, of course, but learned that my sister’s boyfriend has a bit of a vindictive streak. I won’t sit next to him next time.

Tonight, my teenage daughter and I decided to watch another Alan Rickman film because…well, because he’s Alan Rickman. The movie of choice was Mesmer. Not one of his better movies. Not because of his performance, mind you, but because the plot was a bit confusing and very little was explained. And I don’t know if it was just my computer, but it was hard to hear a lot of the dialogue. Rickman’s voice is naturally low and smooth but when he whispers, you can’t hear a thing. The main reason I kept watching was because Rickman was at his peak of hotness. I was so jealous of the actress during the kiss scene, you have no idea. Then, they end the film without telling you what was to become of him and Maria. They’re just sitting alone in a room while revolutionaries (I think. It wasn’t explained) mob the streets. Overall, the movie was forgetful, but Rickman was not.

And don’t forget to enter my Pucker Up giveaway on Goodreads. It ends this Friday and I hope to have at least 700 entries by the end, but let’s push for 800. Just think of what a wonderful Christmas gift it would make for your teenage reader.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Pucker Up by R.A. Gates

Pucker Up

by R.A. Gates

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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Breaking Dawn part 2 is AWESOME!

Today, my daughter Monica and I went to see the last movie in the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn part 2. We’ve seen all the others so, of course, we had to see the final installment. It did not disappoint. You would think that having read the book nothing would surprise you. NOPE! They threw a twist in there that totally caught us off guard. I was practically hyperventilating. I don’t want to give anything away, so run now to your local theater and watch this movie!! And because it is the last movie, I thought they did a wonderful job wrapping up not just this movie, but the entire series. Stephanie Meyer should be very proud.

I didn’t read the series until after watching the first movie, which was always my favorite. I didn’t really care for New Moon because it felt too forced. With the annoying background music( that should have stayed more in the background), they were trying too hard to make the scenes dramatic. It was too much. Eclipse was okay and Breaking Dawn part 1 was good considering it was the slow part of the book. But I think this last movie blew me away. The first is still my favorite because that’s where we fell in love with Edward, but BD 2 comes a very close second. The second part was also my favorite part of the book.

One of the vampires that come to help the Cullens, Garret, caught my attention right away. I mean, how hot is he?! He looks like he could be Severus Snape’s hot, bloodsucking, younger brother. Yum!

Don’t forget to enter my Pucker Up Giveaway on Goodreads. The last time I checked, 555 people had entered. It ends November 30th, so enter now. Let’s get at least 600 entries before the contest is over.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Pucker Up by R.A. Gates

Pucker Up

by R.A. Gates

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Three cheers for friends and Alan Rickman

I’m very thankful for all the friends I’ve acquired over the years. From my writer friends who support me through the first, second, nineteenth draft of my manuscript, to the friends who not only bought my book when it was released but actually read it too, I’m so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

On the resolution front, I crossed another Alan Rickman movie off my list: Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Man, was that movie gross! But so tragic and hilarious at the same time. I loved Mrs. Lovett; such a savvy business woman. And Judge Turpin—what a disturbing man. Rickman portrayed him well, but I felt he could have been a little creepier. I’ll blame the director and editing. I wasn’t surprised that Rickman had a nice singing voice considering the man could seduce the most hardened woman simply by reading the phone book. He could make a killing reading audio books.  I know I’d buy all of them. I wonder if he’d consider reading my book.

Also, don’t forget to enter my book giveaway on Goodreads. My goal is to reach 500 entries by Thanksgiving. Happy reading!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Pucker Up by R.A. Gates

Pucker Up

by R.A. Gates

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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I’m grateful for my family and Alan Rickman

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon of saying thanks for the many blessings in my life. First and foremost is my family; my husband Cameron and our children Kennieth, Monica, Paul, and Angela. They make life worth living.

Even after 16 years of marriage, my husband still shows me how much he loves me whenever we see each other.

Unfortunately, that isn’t as often as we’d like because of his job. He’s a truck driver and can only make it home once a month for a few days. But, we make the most of the time we have together. He’s a wonderful and devoted husband and father.

My children remind me to see all the wonders floating around us. I love the sound of their laughter and watching them enjoy the simple joys of life.I’ll never tire of hugging them, especially in front of their friends, and telling them how much they are loved. Between the teenagers, nine-year-old, and kindergartner, life is never boring. Although,  at the moment, Angela would beg to differ as she languishes on my bed and watches me type.

An update on my Alan Rickman Resolution: I watched The January Man today. It was interesting, though Mr. Rickman’s part should’ve been bigger. With all his talent, the character, Ed, was sorely underused. He played a painter, an artist who happened to know all about computers. Hmmm, how convenient. I don’t know why they didn’t just make him a computer tech because being an artist did nothing to further the plot or help solve the mystery. But then, the answers just seem to pop into Kevin Kline’s head with such fortuitous ease you can’t help but roll your eyes. Oh well. Every actor needs to have a flop or two in their resumé and this movie was obviously one of Rickman’s.

Don’t forget to enter to win a free, signed copy of Pucker Up on Goodreads. The last time I checked, I had 395 people entered to win. Let’s see how fast I can reach the 400 mark.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Pucker Up by R.A. Gates

Pucker Up

by R.A. Gates

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Book Giveaway and Alan Rickman

For the entire month of November, you can enter to win 1 of 3 signed, paperback copies of Pucker Up. Go to Goodreads to enter. Of course, if you don’t want to wait that long to read it—and really, who could blame you—it’s available at Amazon.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Pucker Up by R.A. Gates

Pucker Up

by R.A. Gates

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

On a more personal note, I’ve checked off another Alan Rickman movie from my list. My wonderful friend, Karen, and I watched Sense and Sensibility this weekend. Lovely movie and I was so glad he didn’t die at the end. Although, I still don’t think Marianne is good enough for Col. Brandon. But, I could be biased. I mean, how could anyone not fall in love at the first sight of him, the first sound of his voice? I’m sure all you Rickman fans agree with me. Other than that, it was a very entertaining film. Now I only have 16 movies to see before the end of the year to reach my goal of seeing all of his films by the end of the year. I think I need to hurry up.

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