Thursday, 22 January 2015

Another First Prize for My Valentine's Day Contest!

There was something missing from my Valentine's Day contest. Something that would take it from fun to fabulous. A romantic novel and . . . of course! Chocolate.

And not just any chocolate. The generous folks at Rhéo Thompson Candies are donating a box of Mint Chocolate Smoothies®THE iconic chocolate that built the Rhéo Thompson reputation. The unofficial official chocolate of Stratford. 

Therefore, here are the two prizes for the lucky winner of the "What's the Most Romantic Thing That Ever Happened to You?" Valentine's Day Contest.  First, your choice of a signed copy of one of two books:  The Dating Do-Over, a contemporary romantic comedy, or The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster, a sweet regency romance.




Plus  a box of Mint Chocolate Smoothies.





Contest Details
  • Using the "Contact Cathy" app to the top right of this post, leave your name, e-mail address, and a brief paragraph about the most romantic thing that's ever happened to you. Of course, I won't share your information with anyone else.
  • The contest is open from Friday, January 16 to Friday, February 13 at 6 pm (Eastern time).
  • Contestants are welcome from any country.
  • The top story winner will be mailed a signed, paperback copy of one of my two romances, The Dating Do-Overor The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster, plus the Rhéo Thompson Candies Mint Chocolate SmoothiesI'll e-mail the winner for his or her choice of book and a mailing address.
  • The top 3 romantic stories will be posted (with first names only) on this site on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14th. Good luck!

For more information about the books, click on the "The Romances" tab.

If you would like to receive an e-mail when a new Cathy Spencer novel is released, just leave your name and e-mail address with the "Contact Cathy" app to the right of this post.

Friday, 16 January 2015

"What's the most romantic thing that ever happened to you?" Valentine's Day Contest


Valentine's Day is approaching soon, a time I'm sentimental about because my husband surprised me with an engagement ring on that day 28 years ago. So, to celebrate romance and Valentine's Day, I'm holding a contest, the prize to be a signed paperback copy of one of my two romance novels - The Dating Do-Over or The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster - plus your chance to see your story here!

The purpose of the contest is to share the most romantic thing that's every happened to you. The stories will be posted on Valentine's Day, so please check back to enjoy them. 


Contest Details
  • Using the "Contact Cathy" app to the top right of this post, leave your name, e-mail address, and a brief paragraph about the most romantic thing that's ever happened to you. Of course, I won't share your information with anyone else.
  • Contest is open from Friday, January 16 to Friday, February 13 at 6 pm (Eastern time).
  • Contestants are welcome from any country.
  • The top story winner will be mailed a signed, paperback copy of one of my two romances:  The Dating Do-Over, a contemporary romantic comedy, or The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster, a sweet regency (details below). I'll e-mail the winner for his or her choice and a mailing address.
  • The top 3 romantic stories will be posted (with first names only) on this site on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14th. Good luck!


The Prizes

The winner can choose between an autographed copy of . . .



School teacher Viv Nowak has a sympathetic heart and abominable taste in men. She expects an engagement ring when her live-in lover of six years lands a terrific job in a new city. Instead, she gets dumped . . . on Valentine’s Day! Everyone, from her best friends to her father to her estranged mother, has an opinion on how she should fix her life. Her friends even insist on a dating do-over. But will they like her choice when she finally knows what her heart wants?

or . . .


Harriet Walters, a twenty-six year old spinster, is evicted from her home and sent to live with a persnickety aunt.  Resigned to the life of an unpaid companion, fate intervenes and Harriet becomes an heiress.  Leaving her small town life for the glittering attractions of London, Harriet chooses an unconventional path to happiness and love. 

Welcome to the Regency world, where life is slower, people are more courteous, and men and women court each other. So, pour yourself a cup of tea or chocolate, sit back in your chair, and enjoy an old-fashioned, sweet romance.

If you would like to receive an e-mail when a new Cathy Spencer novel is released, just leave your name and e-mail address with the "Contact Cathy" app to the right of this post.

Tags: Valentine's Day, book giveaway, contest, romance novel

Monday, 12 January 2015

eBook Survey from "The Fussy Librarian"


Jeffrey Bruner, The Fussy Librarian, whose eBook recommendation service I have used, has devised a survey to determine the reading habits of eBook buyers. He used suggestions from authors to choose the questions, and his outcome will help us to market our books more effectively. If you have 5 minutes, would you please take the survey? Thank you! 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Anna Nolan Mysteries on "Print Book Paradise"


Indies Unlimited is a site that celebrates and supports the independent author. Every Sunday, they offer a promotion called "Print Book Paradise" that allows authors to feature their paperbacks available for $15 or less. Today my 3 Anna Nolan mysteries are featured. Just scroll down through the comment section to see them. Cheers! Print Book Paradise



Framed for Murder
Winner of the 2014 Bony Blithe Mystery Award
Anna's ex-husband just turned up again . . . dead!
Paperback can be ordered from your favourite bookstore, Amazon and Amazon Europe, and CreateSpace.
Canadian readers please purchase paperbacks directly from the CreateSpace store to avoid delays.



Town Haunts
It takes a witch to catch a ghost.
Paperback  can be ordered from your favourite bookstore, Amazon and Amazon Europe.
Canadian readers, please purchase paperbacks directly from the CreateSpace store to avoid delays.


Tidings of Murder and Woe
Christmas can be murder on families.
Paperback can be ordered from your favourite bookstore, Amazon and Amazon Europe, and CreateSpace.
Canadian readers please purchase paperbacks directly from the CreateSpace store to avoid delays.

If you would like to receive an e-mail when a new Cathy Spencer novel is released, just leave your name and e-mail address with the "Contact Cathy" app to the right of this post.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Our Must-See Christmas Movies



Every Christmas season, my two grown-up daughters insist we watch the following movies. Most of them are fun for kids as well as for adults, although you may want to hold back on the last movie until your kids are older. See if your list matches ours.

#1 The Santa Clause


Santa falls off Tim Allen's roof, and Tim becomes the big guy. My younger daughter developed a crush on David Krumholtz as Bernard, the arch-elf, in his days before the TV series, Numb3rs.

David Krumholtz as Bernard


#2 How the Grinch Stole Christmas



The cartoon version of the Grinch from the classic Dr. Seuss book. Boris Karloff narrates. Theodor (Dr. Seuss)  Geisel also wrote the lyrics for that memorable song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."


#3 How the Grinch Stole Christmas



Apparently you can never have too much Grinch. This one is the hilarious Jim Carrey version with Jim stealing the movie with his over-the-top antics, although it's hard to take your eyes off Christine Baranski as the sexy object of his affection, Martha May Whovier.


Christine Baranski as the lovely Martha May


#4 The Muppet Christmas Carol



Michael Caine plays Ebenezer Scrooge with Kermit as the good-natured Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as his feisty wife. There are lots of songs and laughs added to this adaption of the Charles Dickens' classic tale. 


#5 A Child's Christmas in Wales



After all the high emotions and zaniness of the former films, it's nice to have a change of pace with this movie adaptation of the classic Dylan Thomas poem. A grandfather shares his recollections of Christmas while growing up in a small town in Wales. We had to order this DVD from an online retailer, however; I don't think I've ever seen it on TV.


#6 Love Actually



Warning: because of the sexual content, you will not want to share this movie with the kiddies, so wait until after they've gone to bed to enjoy it. There are several story lines with lots of romance, humour, and tugging of the heart-strings. The cast is fabulous with Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Martin Freeman, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson, and too many more to mention.

If you would like to receive an e-mail when a new Cathy Spencer novel is released, just leave your name and e-mail address with the "Contact Cathy" app to the right of this post.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Omnimystery News Featuring "Tidings of Murder and Woe"


Omnimystery News is featuring my latest novel, Tidings of Murder and Woe, on their website today. Please check it out and share with anyone who may be interested in reading a Canadian mystery. Thanks!

http://www.omnimysterynews.com/2014/12/an-excerpt-from-tidings-of-murder-and-woe-an-anna-nolan-mystery-by-cathy-spencer-1412161200.html#.VJDTKfnF_eY


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