Monday, February 8, 2016

Blogging Love #ShareTheLove Hop

It’s time for our annual Share the Love giveaway hop! This hop is a little different and all about sharing our favorite bloggers and authors with you! There’s a giveaway at every blog so visit them all and find out who all we just adore.

As an author and a reader, I've had the pleasure of meeting some amazing bloggers and reviewers over the past six years. My first book released in 2010. Hard to believe it's been that long! Many of these awesome women I've met in real life, too, and can totally vouch for their authenticity.

Contest: I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. It's not virtual and will need to be mailed. Please follow those who interest you, and leave me a comment that you did with an email address. Winner will be chosen at random at the end of the event.

As I put this list together, I discovered some not-surprising trends. They’re strong women, with strong voices and opinions, and I respect them. Please note, it’s not comprehensive. We are limited in the amount we’re allowed to feature.

The list in alphabetical order (because I can’t pick favorites!):

A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet
She tells it like it is, even if you don’t want to hear it. Honest, and real, and quite witty.

Booked & Loaded
Annie Slasher
In addition to reviews and author tour spotlights, Annie also features authors at upcoming conventions.

Cariad Books
Heidi Rundle
Heidi offers a fresh voice in reviewing and author promotions.

Deneale’s Book Buzz
Deneale puts together some comprehensive and in-depth Q&As with authors that run along with her book reviews. She’s always looking for new authors to feature.

For the Love of Bookends
Sheri Vidal
Disclosure: Sheri’s been my roommate at a con, and we totally bonded over a purple store. If she’s on your side, it’s a good thing. She’s a passionate reader, and keeps odd hours.

In the Pages of a Good Book
Beckey White
A reader before being a blogger, Beckey focuses on the author and offers honest reviews (plus, she gets my writing!)

In My Humble Opinion
Donna Antonio
A true fan of romance, seeing Donna at conventions keeps it real. She’s always on the go, and lugs around reading treasures. Hint: Her opinion is not “humble,” but a strong voice in the community.

Joyfully Reviewed
You’ll know Joy when you meet her. She wears an assortment of awesome bunny ears.

Mary Ménages
The reviewer who specializes in ménage. If you have a question about the genre, she’s the one to ask. Check out her annual “best of” contest. Nominations are being accepted now.

Oddity Reviews, Author Classifieds
Ravannah Rayne
Ravannah throws some of the best Facebook parties, in addition to hosting annual contests and reviews. I’ll be taking part in the Valentine’s celebration on Feb. 13
So that's my amazing list to Share the Love! I didn't count the suggestions until I finished, and thankfully ... at 10, the limit! Thank you for visiting, and special thanks to Anna at The Herd Presents for putting together this awesome hop!

Until next time,

Louisa Bacio

Monday, January 25, 2016


Parents with school-age children will be familiar with Red Ribbon Week, where schools have students dress in crazy themes each day as part of anti-drug campaigns. This year, my daughter’s middle school is doing something different – The Great Kindness Challenge.

The information touts more than 2 million students in over 5,000 schools nationwide. The goal is “one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.”

While the intent is a good one, what my daughter hears is: I don’t have to wear my uniform!

Here are the themed days:

Monday – Team Up for Kindness (favorite team or sports clothing)
Tuesday – I Love Kindness (wear something purple)
Wednesday – Dream of Kindness (favorite pajamas)
Thursday – Crazy for Kindness (crazy hair and socks)
Friday – Peace, Love and Kindness (Tie-Dye, Peace clothing)

As a rule, being kind is something I strive to do. Why be mean? I try to help others, especially via teaching to help them reach their goals. A week dedicated kindness? Sure … Where’s my purple shirt? Oh, my daughter borrowed it. 

For more information on The Great Kindness Challenge,

Twitter: @KidsforPeace

Until next time,

Louisa Bacio

Monday, January 18, 2016

Blue Monday Blues

It’s not just an everyday Monday, but a Blue Monday. A what?

“How does it feel
To treat me like you do?”

There’s no drastic scientific research, but myth has it that today – out of all Mondays of the year – is the one that makes us feel the most blue.

How’s that?

One article says the day was marked in 2005, so why did New Order sing “Blue Monday” back in 1983? Hmmm?

Anyway, now that you know, what are you going to do to kick it? Here’s an article that offers 5 Ways to Beat Blue Monday.

Me? Maybe I’m going to read (or write).

Until next time,

Louisa Bacio