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July 2015
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I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July. It's so hard to believe that we are in the middle of summer. Time is slipping by way too fast.  Which means before we know it the holiday season will be upon us.

Speaking of holidays...I was watching the Hallmark channel and they are playing their Christmas movies as part of a "Christmas in July" celebration.  Then I saw a couple of sale ads for it as well. No one is quite sure who started it, or how it started exactly but it seems to be a thing in certain areas.  Wikipedia mentions about the difference of weather in the Northern & Southern hemispheres. As well as the fact that after July 1st (Canada Day) & July 4th (US) we lack holidays until Labor Day, so perhaps this is when it's easier for families to get together. Also, merchandise sells are good toward the end of July (after summer sales are done but before school shopping begins).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_in_July

*shrug* No matter the reason, I thought it would be nice to celebrate with a little contest. Who wants to win a $20 Amazon gift card? It's easy to enter.

 

There are 3 ways to enter my drawing:

1. If you already subscribe to my newsletter, you are automatically entered. It's easy to subscribe on the front page of my website: www.martyrayne.com .

2. If you friend me on Facebook or Twitter your name will be entered a second time. Links are at the bottom of this newsletter. (Please send me a quick email  with "Christmas in July" in the subject as well as your Facebook or Twitter name to marty@martyrayne.com for confirmation) 

3. Refer a friend to my newsletter and your name will be entered a third time, as well as the new subscriber. (Please send me a quick email  with "Christmas in July" in the subject with the friend's name as well as your own to marty@martyrayne.com for confirmation. The friend must subscribe to the newsletter before your name will be added)

Contest will run until July 31st.
Winner will be announced on August 3rd.


So who is up for a little "Christmas in July"?



NOTE: This is a quarterly newsletter, with the occasional announcement when there is news such as a release date, winner announcement, and other publishing information. So no need to worry about your inbox being overloaded.


 
Happenings:

July 30th - Aug. 2nd : I'll be attending GeekyCon (as a fangirl) again.
It's full of youtubers, actors, writers, music, & panels galore. I've met screenwriters such as James Moran (from Dr. Who & Torchwood), & Robbie Thompson (from Supernatural & writes the Marvel comic "Silk") as well as Amber Bensen (actress & YA writer) and many more last year. Even caught a glimpse of John Green.. www.geekycon.com 

Aug. 23 - 29 : I'll be relaxing...um, I mean researching at St. Pete Beach. 
Attending a conference with my husband that has nothing to do with writing, but I'm sure I'll get plenty of story ideas.

Sept. 21 - 29: My first time visit to New York City
Which will be awesome in itself, but right in the middle of the vacation I'll be in Secaucus, NJ attending a "Supernatural" Con. It's full of meet & greets, panels, autographs, & photos. Yeah, I so see a story popping up with a Convention setting.

So excited for this summer's activities! Also, hoping to complete the rewrites to "Testing Passion" with new scenes added and submitted to a publisher, as well as trying to finish my 3rd Dragon Riders book.

Have a fun filled summer!

 
My husband and I have recently changed a part of our lifestyle.. Rather than saying "Diet" we've decided to call it a "Change in our eating habits". Our eating plan comes from "The Maker's Diet" by Jordan Rubin (book found on Amazon). We've knocked out all the preservatives, all the non-natural sugars, and processed foods. It's not always easy, but we've gotten great results and we feel much better. So far, 8 weeks and I'm 20 lbs lighter.
It's also had me looking and experimenting with healthier recipes. With the summer beating down on us I'd like to share one that is simple and makes a great evening snack.

Homemade Healthy Ice Cream
1 banana – sliced and frozen
Fruit of your choice frozen (mango, strawberry, blueberry, etc…)
Several tablespoons of milk
 
*Place frozen fruit in a food processor (It doesn’t work as well in a blender)
* Be patient. You may have to stop and push the fruit from the walls a couple of times
* Add milk a tbsp. at a time until the desired consistency is desired.
Makes one large bowl or 2 smaller ones, depending on how much fruit is added with the banana.

Enjoy a sweet treat without all the preservatives.
 
Looking for some spicy Christmas joy in July?

Available at Loose Id

   

 

Spend a weekend with Nate and Kyle from A Master’s Love.

The holidays have arrived and Kyle can't wait to get away with his lover. What he doesn't know is that Nate has a special surprise waiting at their destination. As old memories of a failed attempt of a threesome surface, Kyle's determined to face them. But will it strengthen their relationship or break what they've been building for the last two years?


Available at Secret Cravings Publishing
 


Spending the Christmas holiday on the east coast, Christopher O'Malley finds himself without family or friends. That is until he meets little Emily, her mother Devyn, and her uncle Mason...a writer whose pen name is Master Stafon. The author of a series of BDSM books Christopher is fascinated with.

Christopher is immediately attracted to Mason, even before he discovers the man's profession. As Christmas draws near, the holdiay looks more appealing as Christopher is given the opportunity of a lifetime. To experience bondage play first hand. Could this be the gift that keeps on giving?


 
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