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Tattoo winner!

2 Jul

Okay, guys…

I’m sorry that I’m late with this.   And wow– there were tons of entries… I had no idea you guys were so passionate about your tattoos!  I got entries via blog comments, FB, Twitter and tons flooded my inbox.

It’s from my inbox that I had to pick the winner.

Not because her tattoo was better than anyone else’s, because each one of you has an amazing story for your tattoos.  I mean, seriously amazing.  You guys inspire me.

The winning submission came from Anna O.  It’s a replica of the tattoo her great-grandma had tattooed on her arm… from her time spent in Auschwitz concentration camp.

Your story was so inspiring, Anna, and what an amazing tribute to your great-grandmother.  Thank you for sharing your story with me.  Please email me (courtneycolecontests@gmail.com) with your mailing address.

Thank you,everyone, for your awesome stories!!

XOXO,

Courtney

Happy Mother’s Day: An interview with Mila from IF YOU STAY (And a winner!)

11 May

So….. it’s Mother’s Day.

I was lying in bed thinking about this last night.  What does Mother’s Day mean?  Is it  day to call your mom, take her to breakfast, give her a card?   Yes.  But it’s more than that.

Being a mother is the hardest job in the world.  I know– I’ve had several different jobs throughout my life, and I’m a mother.  And hands down, being a mom is the hardest.

I’ve got Mila from IF YOU STAY here today to talk about this with me…. about how life changes after you become a parent.   Hi Mila!  Thanks for being here.  And thanks for bringing baby Madelyn!

Mila:  Thank you for having me.  We’re happy to be here.

Me:  OMG– Madelyn is so precious.  Those eyes!  They’re Pax through and through.

Mila (*beams*):  She does look a lot like her daddy. But she’s got my dark hair. :)

Me: Ok.  Let’s see if we can define what makes being a mother so hard.  I was pondering this last night.  Is it the sleepless nights when they’re young, the temper tantrums, the toilet training, the terrible twos, the teen years?  Yes, definitely.  But it’s so much more than that.  There’s a quote that I’ve always remembered because it’s so true. Elizabeth Stone said:  “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”  

Mila:  Oh geez. Definitely. I never knew how much my very emotions would change once I had the baby.  I mean, the level of intensity that I feel toward her is incredible. It’s like Love, on a whole new level.  You literally feel like you would strangle anyone who hurts your kid with your bare hands.

Me:    Exactly!!  Because all the things I mentioned before are hard… the diapers, the tantrums, teenage moodiness, etc. But what is worse, in my opinion, is not being able to always protect your kid, watching them get hurt and knowing you can’t stop it.  For example, having to let them go to school and sort out a ‘mean girl’ situation.  Letting them figure out how to handle a bully on a playground.  When they get their driver’s license, having to wait for them to call you to let you know that they arrived okay.  Waiting in the living room in the dark when they’re twenty minutes past curfew, because you’re afraid that something terrible has happened.  Holding them tight when their heart gets broken for the first time, because that’s all you can do.  You can’t fix it, you can just be there and listen.  It’s so freaking hard, harder than I ever guessed it would be. It is worrying that some kid will take a gun to school. It is worrying that someone will run a red light.  It is worrying that a harness will come open on a roller coaster (Yes, I actually worry about that.  Not for me, but for my kids).  It’s worrying about rip tides and meningitis and flesh-eating bacteria and child molesters.   I was never a worrier until I became a mother.  Becoming a parent is making the conscious decision to worry about every little thing until the end of time.

MIla:  You took the words out of my mouth.  I was never a worrier either. I’ve always been pretty laid back. But now I understand the phrase “mama bear.”  For real.  Why do you think this is the case?

Me:  *snorts* Why?  I think it’s biological.  I think we were made that way so that we can actually be good mothers.  My daughter turned to me the other day and said, “mom, I know that if I was in danger, you’d be even stronger than dad in that moment, because you’ve got that mom’s instinct to protect me.  I’ve heard mothers have lifted cars off their kids.”  I was like, yeah, that’s about right.

Why?

Because being a mother means forever letting someone own your heart.  My kids own mine in a way that no one else ever can.  There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s irrevocable.  And in my opinion, that gives us superhuman strength when we need it.

Mila:  *Nods*  I agree.   Not just physically, and I’m sure that I would be able to lift a car off of baby Mad if I needed to, but mentally and emotionally, too.  I mean, I know there’s going to come a time when she’s a teenager when I do the hard thing and say no, and she’s going to scream that she hates me and I’ll curl up on my bed and cry.  But I’ll say no anyway, because it’s the right thing for her.  Mom’s have it hard.  But or all the times that it’s hurtful, or worrisome, or hard, there are ten more times where it’s amazing.  And worth it.

Me:  I agree!!  It’s rewarding and wonderful and amazing.  And I’d do it all over again without a second thought.  Except this time, I might have an epidural with all three of my kids, instead of just one.

Mila:  Seriously?  You only had an epidural with one?  What is wrong with you?  Are you crazy?

Me:  Yes.  Moving on…

How has Pax adapted to being a dad?  I know this is Mother’s Day, but I can’t help but ask.

Mila:  *Smiles*  Pax is the best father in the world. Hands down.  This baby has him wrapped around her little finger.  The day she gets married, he’s going to be a blubbering mess.

Me:  I saw that coming.  :)     Okay, one last thing before I let you get on with your Mother’s Day celebrations.   Do you want to announce the winner of our Mother’s Day Care Package?  It will include a signed copy of IF YOU STAY.  

Mila:  *claps*  Ooooh– I hope the winner likes the book.  It’s a personal favorite of mine.

Me:  *rolls eyes*  I think you might be a bit partial.  hehe.  But anyway.  Draw a name from Rafflecopter, would you?

Mila:  It would be my pleasure.  Hold on.  *Shifts baby on lap and pushes a button on my laptop, then peers at the screen over baby Madelyn’s head.*  It looks like the winner is Mandy IReadIndie!

Me:  *claps*  Woohooo!! Mandy, email me your mailing address and I’ll send you out the package this next week.  Everyone, thank you for participating.  I hope everyone has a fabulous Mother’s Day, and that you get to hug your kids, and get spoiled all day long!  :)

Mila:  Me too!!  Have a lot of chocolate, then wine tonight. You deserve it!!

A Mother’s Day gift and giveaway!

5 May

So, Sunday is Mother’s Day!  Yayyyyy!!  The day all of us moms get to recline with our feet up, take bubble baths and drink wine, right?   Well, in a perfect world.

This world isn’t perfect yet, but I want to do my part to help you celebrate.  :)

On Sunday May 11th, I’m going to have Mila from IF YOU STAY on my blog to interview her on what it’s been like to be a mom.  It’s been a while since you’ve heard from her, so I thought you might like it.

Also, I’m going to do a little giveaway.   The Mother’s Day Care Package will include a signed paperback of IF YOU STAY, plus some of my favorite things… just a few things to spoil one lucky mom.

To enter?  All you have to do is post or tweet your favorite quote from any of my Beautifully Broken books (If You Stay, If You Leave or Before We Fall).  If you post it on Facebook, make sure to tag me.  If you tweet it, make sure to include me (@Court_Writes).   Then go to my FACEBOOK PAGE and enter the Rafflectoper.

This contest is open to mothers around the world.  :)

I hope you’re already planning a fabulous Mother’s Day… and I can’t wait to share Mila’s interview with you on Sunday.  Good luck in the contest!  :)

 

Be the First to Fall week: Day 3

27 Nov

We’re inching closer and closer to the release of BEFORE WE FALL. Six more days until Dominic Kinkaide.

Bad boys do it better

 

Can you handle him?

Errrrr.  Yes.  Back to what I’m doing.   *forces eyes away from glorious picture of beautiful bad boy*

Today, I’ve got a couple different things to cover.  A new graphics teaser and the winning photo submitted for Dominic.

First, I’ll share the photo that has been posted on my storyboard for Dominic Kinkaide.  I don’t typically think that Jensen Ackles looks like Dom, but in this particular photo, he’s perfect:

Jensen Ackles as Dominic Kinkaide

BUT.

Darcy F. submitted THIS winning picture of Dom:

Fan chosen dominic

Holy…. holy.  His eyes!!!  It’s Dominic.   Actually, it’s Rodrigo Guiraro Diaz.  And he’s mine, ladies.  Lol.

I did a quick search and found these other breathtaking pics:

Rodrigo Guiraro Diaz as Dom

Rodrigo Guiraro Diaz as Dom2

Yum.

Okay.  *shakes head to clear it of the beauty so that I can get down to business*

Time for Graphic Teaser number 3.

blindfold

You know the drill by now.  All you have to do is share this teaser on your FB, Twitter or Blog, then enter to win on this rafflecopter for a signed ARC of BEFORE WE FALL.

I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving tomorrow surrounded by everyone you love.   We won’t have a contest tomorrow, but I’ll pick back up on Friday.   I want you to know– I’m thankful for each and every one of you.  Have a blessed day!

Be the First to Fall!

25 Nov

Happy Monday!

So, I’m counting down the days until BEFORE WE FALL releases.   (8 more days!!!!!)

This week, I want to do a bunch of fun contests to help pass the time and keep me from going insane while I wait.  (I know, I know.  Too late for that….)

Besides that important reason, there’s this:

Before We Fall galleys

That’s a stack of BEFORE WE FALL galleys that my awesome publisher sent me.  So obviously, I need to do some giveaways.

So, I’m declaring this week, BE THE FIRST TO FALL week.

Every day, I’m going to post a graphic teaser on my Facebook page (which you can find HERE).  All you have to do is share the graphic on your Twitter or FB page (make sure to tag me), then go enter the Rafflecopter, which you can find HERE.  Easy breezy.

Our graphic today is one of my faves.  :)

DecentTeaser

 

All you have to do is share and enter to win.  :)

Okay.  To celebrate BE THE FIRST TO FALL WEEK, there’s a pre-release review tour going on– and each blog is giving away an e-copy of Before We Fall.  So, definitely go check out what these awesome bloggers think about Before We Fall… and enter to win on their blogs, as well!

Anyway, this is enough to kick off BE THE FIRST TO FALL WEEK. :)   Stay tuned– there will be more every day.  I’m so so excited about this book!
Have a great week!!

Before We Fall Contest #2: Win a signed ARC

20 Nov

I’m sorry I didn’t post contest #2 yesterday– I’ve had a nasty bug.  Ugh.  But I’m out of bed now– and ready to roll.

For contest number two, I’d like to see pictures of Dominic Kinkaide… the main character in my novella UNTIL WE BURN and the upcoming novel, BEFORE WE FALL.

He’s tall, dark and sexy as sin.  Actually, he’d tell you that he’s FAR sexier than sin, because Sin is his brother.  For real.  (Sinclair Kinkaide– and I hope you’ll love him toooooooo).  But that’s neither here nor there right now.  Right now, you need to know what Dom looks like.

Dark hair, green eyes, sexy grin.  He’s sex on a stick, kinky, naughty, bad.  He’s an actor who is rarely told no.  He’s arrogant.  And did I mention sexy?

Sooooooo, please email me your pictures of Dominic.  You can find them online, they can be a real person, etc.  Anything goes.  Just no full-on nude pictures– the winner will be posted on my blog.   Please email me your pics (to courtneycolewrites@gmail.com) by Tuesday Nov 26.  I’ll announce the winner on Wed the 27th.  :)    And the winner will get a signed ARC of BEFORE WE FALL.

I can’t wait to see all the sexiness!

 

IF YOU STAY quotes contest!

5 Aug

Okay, so you guys sent me in some awesome quotes!!  It was so hard to choose, but these are the three quotes up for voting.   I’ll leave these quotes up all day and then tomorrow (on release day morning!) we’ll view the winner!  Woohoo!!  Oh- and the winner will receive a signed ARC of IF YOU LEAVE.

Your choices to vote on are:

1.  Submitted by Alexandra H:

“You have no idea how sorry I am. I’m just not that good at relationships. I haven’t had any practice. But if you stay with me, if you stay… I promise that I will never leave you again. I will never shut you out again. I’ll put in the work and I’ll fix what is broken. I promise.”

 

2.  Submitted by Paula N:

“You’ve seen me at my worst. Maybe you should see me at my best.”
My words hang between us, heavy and charged, and I don’t know what the fuck I am doing.
“When are you at your best?” she asks hesitantly. And I can see from the determined look on her face that she is trying hard not to feel intimidated. I’m impressed. She’s like a kitten standing up to a lion.
“In bed.”

 

3.  Submitted by Sandy B:

“Love never fails. But then again, sometimes love has to put boxing gloves on and be tough in order to survive. Sometimes, you have to do the harder thing—the thing where you let someone grow on their own.”

 

So happy voting!!~  and I’ll see you back here tomorrow to announce the winner and for the release of IF YOU LEAVE!!

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