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Monday, March 31, 2014

March Favorites 2014

   Hey lovelies, 

   So, it's almost April. Wow. I can't believe that my book has been out for 20 days. What and what? This month has been a crazy thrill of a ride. Not only did my book come out this month, but I went on a dream vacation to Ireland (in case you guys missed that hehe). 

   Since I've been laying in bed sick the last three days, I've been reading a lot of blog posts. I love all the favorite posts going up, so I decided to post some of mine from this month. 

Favorite book: 

Oh goodness, I flew through this book. So good. I'll read pretty much anything by Jennifer.
Favorite Office Items: 
My friend got me this organizer for my birthday and I love it. My planner fits right in. I'm slightly obsessed with organization right now and it's perfect.
Favorite Song:
Can't Remember to Forget You by Shakira. I'm seriously obsessed with this melody.  It's so catchy.
Favorite Purchase:
I'm in LOVE with these two pieces. We found this little station in the middle of Grafton Street full of beautiful Irish jewelry and I picked these two. I just want to wear them all the time. The necklace is so inspiring!
Favorite View:
Sorry, you know I had to add some Ireland to my list of Favorites. 
Favorite Quote:
Found this on Pinterest. Loved it. Such a great reminder for every day. 
   I'm excited to see what April has in store for me. I have lots going on so it's going to be a good busy month. 

   What about you? What are some of your favorites this month? 

   Much love, 


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ireland 2014!!!

   Hello lovelies, 

   I'm baaaack! Seriously, I cannot believe that my Ireland vacation has come and gone. It was amazing and wonderful and just everything I hoped it would be. Since a lot of you have been asking, I'm posting lots of pictures. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, right? 

Blarney Castle!
Blarney Castle and Gardens 
I believe this is us after we kissed the Blarney Stone!
They decided to explore the tiny tower

Like my castle? 
View from the top of the Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle Gardens

Blarney House (Sadly, wasn't open to go inside. But it looked like people lived there!) 
View of Dublin front the top of Guinness Factory
Dublin, Ireland
Enniskerry, Ireland. This is the little town five minutes from where we stayed.
Delicious coffee at Cup (yes, that's the name of the cafe)
Dublin Castle in the heart of Dublin
Gelato from this little place on Grafton Street
Us at the St. Stephen's Gardens right outside of Grafton Street in Dublin
Us by the Malahide Castle in Malahide, Ireland
Malahide Castle (one of the oldest occupied castles in Ireland)
Excitement at the Waterfall
Jacob's Ladder. Yes, it was as painful as it looks.
Driving around Small Towns, Ireland
Powerscourt Waterfall
Us at Powerscourt Waterfall
Powerscourt Waterfall
Another view of St. Stephen's Gardens in Dublin
Roads in Ireland

Trinity College Campus
The "We're going on an adventure" face
   I can pretty much go on and on posting pictures, but this is all I can manage for now. If you guys follow me on Instagram, be prepared to get a lot of picture flashbacks of my trip. 

   I loved everything about Ireland. I loved the country, the people, the weather, the food, the EVERYTHING. I seriously think my body is protesting about being back because I got sick as soon as I set foot back in the states (while still on the plane). 

   Ireland is a beautiful country, full of beautiful people and history. As a writer, I gleamed so much inspiration from walking those streets. I even came up with a new book idea while riding the Dart. Once I finish my current WIP, I'll be jumping into that one and I can't wait. The back of the book has been written out and everything. That's what Ireland did to me. 

   I'm saddened to be back. I would've liked to stay longer just so I could find myself in these little cafe's, working on my book. 

   Much love, 


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Falling by Design Release Day & Giveaway!!!


Sorry, I forgot my manners. 

Hello lovelies, 

As you can see, I'm a little excited! I can't believe that the day is finally here and Falling by Design is out in the world! AH! 

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Falling-Design-Valia-Lind-ebook/dp/B00IY9ZM2K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1394627252&sr=8-3&keywords=valia+lind

Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Falling-Design-Valia-Lind/dp/1495967808/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394601933&sr=8-1&keywords=falling+by+design

CreateSpace Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/4670129

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/falling-by-design-valia-lind/1118734529?ean=2940045715096

Apple Books: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/falling-by-design/id827556752?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/411119

I want to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who've been following and supporting me through all of this. All of your waiting has finally paid off! There are two ways I wanted to express my gratitude. 
     1. If you purchase my book, ebook or paperback, and send me a copy of the receipt, I will send you a bookmark (or two). I know you want one of these beauties :)

     2. The other way I wanted to say thank you is with this awesome giveaway. I've put together two, yes TWO, identical prize packs. Buying my book is not a necessity to enter the giveaway, but it is a plus. All the details are in the video below. 


     Go forth and enter! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

     Also, go forth and purchase my book, if you be so kind! 

     I heart you all to pieces, 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Falling by Design Teaser & Giveaway Announcement!!

    Hello darling, 

    Can you believe Falling by Design is out in the world tomorrow? TOMORROW!!! That's less than 24 hours. It's actually more like 10 hours till I hit publish. 
    I'm freaking out! I can't even explain to you how much. 
    And while I'm freaking out, I thought I'd post the two picture teasers I shared on my Instagram. I know some of you don't follow me anywhere besides my blog, so here they are. 

   Are you excited? Because I'm excited! :) If you couldn't tell. 
   Don't forget to check back tomorrow. I'll be posting all the links and a giveaway of awesome proportions. You do not want to miss this! 

   Thank you for all your support and love!



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Falling by Design (Excerpt #3)

      Hello darlings, 

      So we are only 8 days away from Falling by Design release day and OMW, I'm freaking out just a little. Okay, maybe a lot. Maybe more than a lot. 

      Anyway, that's not important right now. What's important is that I have another little excerpt for you. Enjoy!

I move away, heading to the opposite side of the store and away from Grayson. I know leaving him in the vicinity of Dakota may be dangerous, but I really don't have a choice now. I'll probably embarrass myself more if I stay. I'm picking up one of the clothing boxes when I feel him behind me. 
"You know," he says, his body inches from mine, making me way too aware of him. "We should have dinner sometime and catch up."
"You do remember that we're not actually friends, right?" I move away and he follows. I step left, he steps left. I step right, he steps right. I’m about to kick him out of the way.
"Maybe we can remedy that?" he whispers. I can almost taste his breath on my lips and I jerk back. 
"Maybe not."

EEP!! I'm so excited for y'all to meet Grayson and Brooklynn for real! Just a little over a week!

Don't forget to add my book on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20871808-falling-by-design

Much love, 


Monday, March 3, 2014

Writer Recharge Update 4.0!

Hello darlings!

   Can you believe it? It's March 3rd. Already. Which means it's Falling by Design birthday month!!! I'm not exactly where February has gone, but I need more time. I'm not ready! 
Seriously. I'm not sure one is ever ready.

   But enough about that. Let's talk about February. I had some doable goals this months and while I didn't hit all of them, I hit a few. 

   1. My goal was to hit 25% on two of the projects I am working on. Sadly, I didn't hit this goal, but I did manage to hit about 20% on one. This was a huge success for me, considering how busy I was outside of writing. 

   2. Writing at ALL was a huge success for me. You know I suffered a personal lost in February, so even though I ended up being a week behind, I still managed to succeed in my eyes. 

   3. I had a lot of Falling by Design promotional stuff to do and I'm happy to say, much of this was accomplished. I had a successful cover reveal, I have figured out my formatting (for all the platforms) and I managed to get my book ready for paperback release at the same time. I'm so excited my book will be available in ebook and print. And at the same time!! SQUEE!!!
   You can add my book on goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20871808-falling-by-design

   So while I might've not hit my writing goals, I really had a productive month. I also really enjoyed writing these updates every week. It helped with my blogging as well. I'm sad to see Writer Recharge 2014 go, but I've made some good friends during the month so prepare to have your blogs stalked anyway :)

   If you're interested to know, I've got big things planned for March! My book is only 9 days away from being let out into the world and I'm planning a big giveaway for the release week. I also have a blog tour coming up and more teasers coming your way. So stay tuned!!

   How about you? How was your February? What have you got in store for March? I'm excited for all the great things!

   Much love,