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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Guest Post & Contest with Author Brenda Pandos

Today on My Overstuffed Bookshelf, I have the pleasure of introducing you to author Brenda Pandos. Brenda is the author of The Emerald Talisman and The Sapphire Talisman.  So let's see what Brenda has in store for us!



What’s a day in the life of a writer for you? 
      I have to laugh because some days I wish that was my only responsibility. My life isn’t that simple. I’ve become good at juggling. I’m a mom of two little guys (2 and 5), a wife, have another business on the side and volunteer at my church. Life is far from simple, though I do my best to streamline it. 

      So really, the question should be “How do you find time to write?” My secret is really my husband. Without his help, I don’t think I’d get any writing done. He’s a gem of a man being the cook and errand runner. We share housework and laundry duties.  

      But, the main thing is, I don’t watch TV (hardly). It’s on for the kids during the day, but off at night. That’s when I write or work on my other projects. Don’t get me wrong, I love TV, especially reality shows, but I had to carve out time somewhere. I also get a sitter during the day 1 or 2 times a week for a few hours. 

      So typically my day starts with my littlest asking “Wanna get out” from his room around 6:30-7:00. We do the “check email, eat breakfast, get ready, get brother up for school, clean-up house, laundry” shuffle. Some days I get a sitter or am able to find a moment to organize and write a tiny bit (or reread from the night before), but mostly it’s all about my youngest and his needs. Somewhere in there I do a tweet search for any reviews and stalk myself on Goodreads. It’s a sickness. At noon, I pick up the older one from school, we have lunch, then the little one naps (hopefully for two hours). I squeeze in more work. Little one gets up, Daddy comes home, we have a snack then go to the gym. Night-time routine consists of baths, dinner, kids running through the house like Indians, corralling them up and reading a story, prayers and hopefully bed by 8:30. Hubby and I crash on the couch (and he literally crashes) and I write in quiet. Or Farmville. That’s another sickness I have. 

For fun, I thought I’d include who I’d want to play my characters in a movie: 
      Charlie Weber would make a stunning Nicholas. Blake Lively is adorable and perfect for Julia. Matthew Czuchry (as a blonde) would make an excellent Phil. But, these could change tomorrow if I find someone that fits better.

Thank you so much for stopping by Brenda!! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brenda Pandos is a web-designer who lives in California with her husband and two energetic children. Shortly after the birth of her second son, Brenda's oldest was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder that turned her world upside-down. Her life became round the clock feedings with a newborn and a daily stream of tutors working to help her son. She craved a meaningful escape. The main concepts of THE EMERALD TALISMAN came to her in the wee hours of the morning as she reminisced the good old days when she lived with her best friend in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As a young girl, Brenda was a hopeless romantic, constantly lost in a fantasy world in her backyard of knights on white horses, mermaids and evil villains. As a teen, shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Interview with a Vampire intrigued her. With the encouragement of a friend after writing one chapter, she continued on to complete her first manuscript. THE EMERALD TALISMAN is a compilation of what the author would like to happen if she ever happened to encounter a real vampire.

For more info on Brenda, visit her site(s):
-Website
-Blog
-Twitter
-Facebook

The Emerald Talisman is available for purchase here
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CONTEST!!
Thanks to Brenda, she has generously donated a copy of The Sapphire Talisman for one lucky person to win! 

RULES:
1. USA and Canada only please.
2. No need to be a follower of my blog, but I would love it if you would be!
3. Please leave a comment with an email address for initial entry.

EXTRA ENTRIES:
1. Share this contest in a blog post! 
(leave a link in a separate comment)

2. Tweet the following:
I want to read The Sapphire Talisman by @brendapandos !!
(leave a direct link to your tweet in a separate comment)

CONTEST ENDS ON JAN 22, 2011
GOOD LUCK!!!

44 Comments:

Blogger Ammy Belle said...

Thanks for the contest! :)
apereiraorama[at]gmail[dot]com
I am a follower :)

January 18, 2011 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Ammy Belle said...

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January 18, 2011 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger hense1kk said...

Thanks for the contest!
and Brenda, I'm part of the street team! I already linked the contest via facebook :)

hense1kk@cmich.edu

January 18, 2011 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Lexie said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book! I tweeted the giveaway at http://twitter.com/#!/LexieBookBug/status/27403004990722048
lexie.bookbug(AT)gmail(DOT)com

January 18, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Linda Henderson said...

I would love to read this book, thank you for the giveaway.

GFC follower as seriousreader

Tweeted http://twitter.com/BookOwner/status/27416108877217793

seriousreader at live dot com

January 18, 2011 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger samantha35 said...

great giveaway
follow via gfc
drakebdog@gmail.com

January 18, 2011 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger L. Diane Wolfe said...

Brenda, I've learned I just don't have time for TV either.
wolferock AT earthlink DOT net

January 18, 2011 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thank you for the giveaway
lisa.shaw@barbersport.ca

January 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Thanks for the opportunity!

katie_tp@yahoo(dot)com

January 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger lulilut said...

Thanks for the contest!
I am a follower.
d.septer at insightbb.com

January 18, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger lulilut said...

and I tweeted here:

http://twitter.com/lulilut/status/27468836806590464
d.septer at insightbb.com

January 18, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks for the contest.

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

January 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Robin K said...

Please enter me too. I am a follower.

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

January 18, 2011 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Kelly M said...

Hi Amy,
Thank you for sharing Brenda with us... I love the book covers so pretty...

I would love to read this book so thank you fot the contest...

Kelly M
crazybookfairy@gmail.com

January 18, 2011 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Kelly M said...

Put your contest on my blog..
you know were to find me but here is my link anyways...

:D


http://crazy4bookss.blogspot.com/

January 18, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Kelly M said...

Oh and I RT the contest for ya too...

@kelAmU

http://twitter.com/#!/kelAmU


Thanks again Amy...

Kelly

January 18, 2011 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

great contest
lisa.mcgeen@hotmail.com

January 18, 2011 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

i tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/lmm831/status/27506294176882688
lisa.mcgeen@hotmail.com

January 18, 2011 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Angel said...

Thanks for the contest! They really look interesting.

angelica.craig@yahoo.com

January 18, 2011 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I retweeted and

http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/27559551544856577



(\___/)
(='.'=)
(")_(")

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

January 18, 2011 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I follow on GFC.

(\___/)
(='.'=)
(")_(")

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

January 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Princess of Reviews said...

Thanks for the contest! I am a follower:)

purplesuperstar@ymail.com

January 18, 2011 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

Sounds good. I am a follower

bacchus76 at myself dot com

January 18, 2011 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/status/27581322893467648

and

http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/status/27581292312793089

bacchus76 at myself dot com

January 18, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Library Lady said...

I wish I could make myself turn off the TV! Joined the street team tonight. Thanks for the giveaway!
I am a follower.

adsanders77 at gmail dot com

January 18, 2011 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Library Lady said...

I tweeted this too.
http://twitter.com/#!/adsanders77

adsanders77 at gmail dot com

January 18, 2011 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Tore said...

Thanks for the contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

January 19, 2011 at 4:35 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower.
girlie0620@yahoo.com

January 19, 2011 at 4:37 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I love the covers.
I'm a follower and I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/#!/Jovial_1/status/27739394165182464

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

January 19, 2011 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Carol M said...

I'd love to read this book! It sounds good and I love the cover.
I'm a follower.
mittens0831 at aol dot com

January 19, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Carol M said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/CarolAnnM/status/27780966105747456
mittens0831 at aol dot com

January 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

I am a GFC follower.

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

January 19, 2011 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger kjovus - my life with books said...

I have had the talisman series on my wish list for a while now. I can't wait to read them.

kjovus
kjovus at gmail dot com

PS I am a follower. :)

January 19, 2011 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Vivien said...

Fantastic!! Follower

Vivien
deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

January 19, 2011 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger YzhaBella's BookShelf said...

Would LOVE a chance to read The Sapphire Talisman! Please enter me!

mleger0546 AT rogers DOT com

January 19, 2011 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Emily a.k.a WilowRaven : ) said...

Awesome interview :)

I also have a Farmville addiction!

January 19, 2011 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Melanie L said...

Please count me in. I would love to read this.
peacelily_2006(at)yahoo(dot)com

January 19, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Melanie L said...

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/Melanie_2006/status/27957508123402241

peacelily_2006(at)yahoo(dot)com

January 19, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Vivien said...

Would love to win!

Vivien
deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

January 20, 2011 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

I'm already a follower and I would love to win!

TaraTagli at gmail dot com

January 21, 2011 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

http://twitter.com/TaraLin/status/28553120065781761

tweeted!
TaraTagli at gmail dot com

January 21, 2011 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Thanks for the contest!

I am a follower!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

January 22, 2011 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/#!/tessaa99/status/28856604426248194

meredithfl at gmail dot com

January 22, 2011 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

These books look great. Thanks for the chance!

I am a GFC follower!
mmafsmith@gmail.com

January 22, 2011 at 4:23 PM  

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