Thursday, March 1, 2012

Emerald City Blog Tour: Author Guest Post & Giveaway

I am very excited to help kick off the Emerald City Blog Tour. The tour runs through the end of March, so be sure to check out the other stops for great information about the book and the author, Alicia K. Leppert.

When I read the following description for Emerald City on, I immediately requested to read it.

One city of 600,000 people.
One broken girl.
One mysterious boy.
One fateful night,
Two worlds collide....

Sounds great, right!?! It is, and you can read my review here.

I am honored today to have a guest post by Alicia K. Leppert on finding balance in life.


Being a mom and having a career is always a challenge, and, although being a writer doesn't take me out of my home, it still definitely forces me to find that balance between career and motherhood. I am blessed in the fact that my kids are older, so sitting and writing all day doesn't affect them at all, while they're at school. I have a quiet, empty house to myself all day to sit and write in at my leisure. When my kids come home, the writing stops, and I become Mom again. Cleaning, cooking, carpooling, etc. Then, when my kids are in bed, I sit down to write again, which works out really well because my writer brain seems to come alive at night. The only time I am forced to hand over the mom duties to my husband completely and lock myself in a room when my kids are home in order to write is when I have a deadline coming up. Fortunately I have an amazing husband who is incredibly supportive and two wonderful kids who...try really hard to be patient and understanding. Needless to say they don't love deadlines!

Learning to balance motherhood and a writing career is like anything else: finding what works for you. Making time for what you love, whether it's writing, reading, crafting, baking, etc. but not neglecting your responsibilities, especially when it comes to your family. I believe that if it's something that's important enough to you, you'll make the time to do it. And there's always a little time, right?

Thanks so much Alicia. You can follow Alicia on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads. And, you can pre-order Emerald City on Amazon.


One lucky LiteraryTimeOut follower will win an ebook copy of Emerald City from Cedar Fort. Once you've become a follower (by clicking the Join This Site button in the upper left) just comment letting me know that you are following and want to enter.

You can earn additional entries by sharing the giveaway on your blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Make sure you come back here and comment with the link for each additional entry.

The giveaway will be open through March 7th. The winner will be selected via a random number generator, and will be announced here on March 8th.

Good luck!

To learn more about Emerald City and other books published under Cedar Fort, Inc. visit their pages on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads.