Something for Everyone ... A 3-Ring Circus!

Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of FUN STUFF in this week's post. So let's get to it.

Blog Break
Yes, I'm taking another blog break for the month of April. I'll also be spending less time on Facebook and Twitter, but I'll still be at each a couple of times a week. You may also see me pop up with a comment on a few of the A-Z blogs every once in a while. Some of them sound too cool to miss!

Why am I taking a break? Read on!

The top ten reasons I'm taking a blog break in April:
10. Edit...Edit...Edit
  9. I'm too lazy to participate in A-Z this year
  8. We're hosting a crawfish boil thingie mid month
  7. I need a vacation
  6. Edit...Edit...Edit
  5. My current manuscript is due to my editor by May 1
  4. My dogs told me we need more play time
  3. So did Live-In Handyman
  2. We're going to the beach for a week
And the #1 reason I'm taking a blog break in April:
  1. Did I mention Edit...Edit...Edit!
      You can see for yourself.

Melissa Maygrove's Cover Reveal for COME BACK
I'm so thrilled to be participating in my friend's cover reveal for her debut novel. I know just how excited she is, and I'm sending her loads of good wishes for a huge success!

Sometimes a single choice alters the course of a person's life forever.

Left behind by everyone she loves...
Rebecca Garvey had the promise of a California future dreams are made of, until the wagon train her family was traveling with left her behind. Now she’s slowly dying in the wilderness, abandoned and stripped of her self-worth. Once the shock of her desertion turns to embittered despair, she doesn't want to be found. Then a handsome stranger challenges her convictions and changes her mind.

Headed for Texas, chased by the demons of his past...
Seth Emerson knows exactly what he wants. Working to save for a cattle ranch of his own keeps him busy and keeps his pain buried. Rescuing a stubborn woman from the hills of New Mexico Territory isn't part of his plan—but she’s exactly what he needs.

Making greater sacrifices than either of them could foresee...
Seth and Rebecca set off on a risky journey and a quest for truth, each healing the other’s love-starved soul along the way. Will they give in to their growing attraction?  Or will they honor their commitments when Seth returns Rebecca to civilization... and her betrothed?

Title: Come Back
Author: Melissa Maygrove
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Category: Adult / New Adult
Publisher: Truelove Press
Expected release: May 12, 2014

Cover credit:

Cover design by Carrie Butler, Forward Authority Design Services

Native Texan Melissa Maygrove is a wife, mother, nurse, freelance editor, and romance writer. When she's not busy caring for her tiny nursery patients or shuttling teenagers back and forth to after-school activities, she's hunched over her laptop, complicating the lives of her imaginary friends and playing matchmaker. Melissa loves books with unpretentious characters and unforgettable romance, and she strives to create those same kinds of stories for her readers.

Twitter @MelissaMaygrove:
Goodreads author page:

Guest Bloggers Wanted
I have guest spots beginning late May, and I would love to host you here at the Tiki Hut. Drop me an email at tikihuttime AT gmail DOT com and we'll chat. Or message me on Facebook or Twitter.

Stay Tuned
Depending on when I finish my portion of the edits, you may notice a little cleanup around the old Tiki Hut. No major rehab, just a little spring cleaning. BUT ... my website is undergoing a complete renovation. When I come back, I'll have news of a new contest going on over there starting in May. The site will have the same tired look for a little while before the new one goes live.
No Peeking!!!

An Invitation for My Cover Reveal
If you would like to sign up to participate in the June cover reveal for my new novel, you can find all the details here. Once there, please scroll down for the signup sheet.

Huge thank yous to everyone who has already signed up!

See you on Monday, May 5!
Blog Break Officially Begins . . . NOW!


If you're not doing the Challenge, it's a great month for a break. Happy editing.
And cool to see Melissa's cover come together.
Karen Baldwin said…
You deserve a break! .And I hear you about needing time to edit. I've missed blogging every day, but the time I've gained is a lot. I love the bottle with the note and blood.

L. Diane Wolfe said…
I'll still post one day a week, but with a big project due in May, I'm taking a break too.
Good for you! Hope you get lots of editing done. :)
Unknown said…
Enjoy your break and good luck with the editing! My current one has to be with my editor by May 1 too, so I'm starting to panic a bit. :)
randi lee said…
Sounds like you certainly need a blogging break! I'll miss your posts this month--and hope editing goes well! PS--thanks SO much for the positive vibes--greatly appreciate your support!!
Linda Kage said…
Congrats to Melissa! Very nice cover. Here's hoping you have many happy sales.

Have fun on your break, Carol--when you're not editing, that is!
Unknown said…
Good luck on your Editing.
I think blog breaks are healthy and necessary sometimes!! I hope you enjoy your break and come back refreshed :)
Melissa said…
Thank you so much for the kind mention, Carol! I hope you enjoy your break. :)
Karen Walker said…
I'll be cutting way back on blogging in April as well since I'm not doing the Challenge either. Happy editing - that's what I'm working on, too.
Robin said…
Good for you on hunkering down for those edits. I have been VERY SLOWLY working my way through mine. Right now there is so much menial stuff that is wrong that it is like trying to see through the forest to find the trees and get to the BIG STUFF. I guess that is what multiple revisions are for... little stuff, then medium stuff, then big stuff.
I hope your time off is great. I will be participating in the A-Z maybe. hopefully.
VR Barkowski said…
Enjoy your editing break. Hee hee! Editing break, now there's' an oxymoron if I've heard one!

See you in May, Carol!

VR Barkowski
Have a wonderful, relaxing, invigorating and productive break. Perhaps not all at the same time.
And congratulations to Melissa, who I have seen popping up elsewhere. I do love the support that is here in the blogosphere.
Enjoy your break--although it looks like it will be a busy break.
Liza said…
Good luck with your edits. I have pages that look like that too. As for the thought of being left behind in the middle of the wilderness...YIKES. Great story premise, Melissa!
H. R. Sinclair said…
oooooo - a crawfish boil! That's sounds so fun!
Unknown said…
LOVE Melissa's cover. And the book sounds amazing.

Enjoy your break. I'm not participating this year either but will enjoy hopping around and visiting others!
Unknown said…
LOVE Melissa's cover. And the book sounds amazing.

Enjoy your break. I'm not participating this year either but will enjoy hopping around and visiting others!
LR said…
The beach vacation is what stood out to me. Lucky!
Good luck with your editing, and have a wonderful beach vacation! Congrats to Melissa!

Helena said…
I'll miss you, Carol my dear, but you sound so crazy busy (in a good literary way) that you really do deserve a blogging break. Come back refreshed!

And speaking of Come Back--Melissa's book sound great.
Enjoy your break...and all that editing.

Congrats to Melissa!
Anonymous said…
Enjoy April, edits, beach, fun time, and all. See you in May.
cleemckenzie said…
All excellent reasons for taking that break. Can I come to the crawfish thingie?
All the best with your editing!
Linda G. said…
Mmm...crawfish. Yum!

Melissa's book sounds great, and the cover is wonderful. :)

Happy editing!
Stina said…
LOL Some of those reasons are in my top 10 too. Like the editing part and the lazy part. I just don't have time to participate. My edits will be due throughout the month.
Unknown said…
Have a great break, Carol, and I hope those edits go smoothly!
I am editing too, as well as participating in A-Z. Luckily all my A-Z posts are written and scheduled, so I can really focus on the manuscript.

Best wishes from one editor to another!
klahanie said…
Hi human, Carol,

Some pawfect reasons to take a blog break in April. Especially knowing that your dogs have insisted on more play time. Pawsonally, I wish that silly A to Z would go away forever and then some :)

Nice to see some revealing on here.

Penny, the pawsitive host of the Alphabark Challenge, 2014!
Crystal Collier said…
Yikes! It seems like everyone is going on break for April. Well, if you must. We'll miss you!
Deniz Bevan said…
Editing is a great reason to take time off from blogging!
That crawfish thingie sounds fun - hope we get to see photos!
LD Masterson said…
Well, I was gone when you left, so I'll just leave a comment for when you come back. Hope you're having a great blog vacation.
Misha Gerrick said…
Best of luck with edits! Hope you're having a productive time away. :-)
Rula Sinara said…
Have a great break, Carol! Can't wait to see your new blog look!
Jay Noel said…
Hope you're getting a lot done. Congrats to Melissa. And Carrie did an amazing job with the cover.