Hearts & Scribbles

Welcome to the 4th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

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April 8th – April 17th 2015

10 Days of Giveaways-Gardening Tips-Recipes-and more!


The grand prize is ereader of your choice (up to $200 value) 

A second prize of $25 gift card ~ winner’s choice which ebook retailer gift card, available to INTL residents (VOID where prohibited by law)

You will have 10 days to enter each individual author contest and then submit your entry for the grand prize!! 

To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop.  Further blog hop details below...

Spring has sprung!!! :-)

I usually enjoy all four seasons, but I have to admit that this winter was brutally cold and long. So I'm very, very happy to see the tulips and daffodils popping up through the ground.

This is the time of year when I have my flower seeds started in my garden window. Years ago, I used to spend a fortune each spring at the nursery. Then I got daring and decided to try growing flowers from seeds. How hard could it be? Hey, I was really good at growing bean plants in Styrofoam cups for elementary school, ;-)

And believe it or not, it worked out. So my tip is to get one of the gardening trays that hold quarter-size coir pellets. I love them because they are all in one. There's a large outside tray that holds the plants and keeps the water/dirt off your counters. And there's a clear plastic lid to keep in the moisture until the seedlings sprout. Best of all, the trays are reusable. I just buy new pellets each year. 

It's so easy. I promised. Pop pellets into each opening. I use a 72-plant tray. Once the tray is filled with pellets, hold under the faucet and cover each pellet with warm water. Wait until the pellets fully expand. If they don't expand fully, you might need more water. Then again, if the pellets have fully expanded and you still have excess water, you should drain it from the tray.

And then you're ready to plant your seeds. Good luck!!!

Now for some information about the giveaway hop:

You will have 10 days to enter each individual author contest and then submit your entry for the grand prize!!  To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop.  Each site will post the links of participating authors but please feel free to visit www.diannevenetta.com to find the author link list at any point in time. Some authors might offer more than one entry to win, ie. a “follow” on Twitter or a “tweet,” maybe even a visit to their facebook or pinterest page, however only one is required to enter.

Grand prize entrants will be entered via a rafflecopter giveaway widget, available on the initial and final landing page of this hop, located on BloominThyme.  All entries (and actions) will be verified to deem winners.

Each author will be posting a giveaway, gardening tip, recipe or both!  It’s a spring celebration designed to introduce you to authors and give you a chance to win prizes. Individual authors may offer more than one chance to win their individual giveaway, so increase your odds and enter them all!

What will be given away?

Everything from books to swag, promotional products and more! The grand prize is an ereader of your choice (up to $200 value). A second prize of $25 gift card ~ winner’s choice which ebook retailer gift card, available to INTL residents (VOID where prohibited by law).

Authors will note US or INTL for their giveaway eligibility. Where US or INTL is not specifically noted, US eligibility will apply. The grand prize is available for US entrants only. Winners will be announced on the landing page, BloominThyme.

What do I do when it’s all over?

By April 19th we will post the grand prize winners on the main page and the landing page.  Individual authors will announce and contact the winners of their author-specific giveaways. You will be required to claim your prize according to each giveaway’s terms and conditions.

“Giveaway ends April 17th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Rafflecotper.com and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Dianne Venetta, host of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop, is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.” VOID where prohibited by law.

For my personal giveaway, I’m offering three digital copies (Kindle or Nook) of the first book in the Whistle Stop Romance series, A MOMENT TO LOVE...

Welcome to Whistle Stop…where anything can and most likely will happen. 

The notorious cowboy meets his match… 

Cord Lawson instantly distrusted the young woman in a smart suit who’d just arrived in Whistle Stop. She was very pretty and clearly a city girl—but with memories of his failed marriage still darkening his mind, he’s determined to steer clear! But she’s sniffing around his land—land that has been in his family for generations. There was no way he’d let it go—even if the bank was threatening to foreclose, and even if selling could give Whistle Stop a new lease on life. 


Alexis Greer had one mission—close the deal on the Lawson ranch; without it, her father’s land development company would go bankrupt. But the word around town is to keep clear of Cord and to stay away from his precious land. What had happened to cause such a handsome cowboy to live such a solitary existence? However, determination was Lexi’s middle name. She just had to keep on trying to breach Cord’s barriers, to appeal somehow to his head and heart—even if it put her in danger of losing both of hers…to him. 

Available now:

Amazon   |   Amazon - UK   |  Barnes & Noble   |  Kobo  |  iTunes

P.S. the second book in the series, A MOMENT TO DANCE, will be available any day now for pre-order. Yay!!!