Monday, October 27, 2014

Five Days Left to Enter D. D. Scott's Goodreads Giveaway of an Autographed Print Copy of A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps! Happy Monday!!!

It's Release Week for my brand new Christmas Book - A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE (The Royal Heirs Book 2)!!! That means lots of fun stuff is happening in DDScottville!!!

To start with, you've got five days left to enter to my Goodreads Giveaway in which you could win one of ten autographed print copies of the book!!!



Goodreads Book Giveaway


A Royal Christmas Rescue by D.D. Scott

A Royal Christmas Rescue

by D.D. Scott


Giveaway ends November 01, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


Enter to win



I'm so excited about this book!!! One of my favorite books to write each year is a new Christmas book. There's just something magical about creating a story full of the Spirit of the Season, all of the hope, peace and love that each holiday season brings. And, I get to think about that and feel it beginning each July! LOL! That's when I begin to write the year's holiday read.

Here's the scoop on A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE...

From International Bestselling Author, D. D. Scott, comes a brand new Christmas novella — Book 2 in her 5-Star-Rated series, The Royal Heirs.

Everyone needs a little Christmas. But try convincing a stodgy royal family — and their even stodgier staff — of that!

Stella Magnus, Kristianico's new Queen, thought her inner circle was small before becoming Queen. Now, instead of a circle, it looks like a dot. She has four people that she can count on, no matter what. To be accurate, two people and two dogs. Her wonderful husband, King Adonis, and their two dogs — Wyatt, a very ornery Portuguese Water Dog, and his new playmate Gypsy, the Chiweenie, who's convinced she's a human and not a dog and should be treated accordingly — and her best friend, Sophia Fordham, who owns Wet Noses, Kristianico's premier holistic doggie grooming salon and boutique.

To make matters worse, it's Stella's first Christmas in Kristianico and her first Christmas as Queen. If she's going to haul out the holly and put up the palace trees before her spirit falls - again, she's got to find a way to convince her staff that they need a little Christmas before the biggest scrooge of all — Meredith, the King Mother — has everyone crying in their eggnog.

Luckily, Stella has an idea. A brilliant idea. She's about to become one of those people who not only rescues dogs but who has the "Who Rescued Who" bumper sticker to prove it. On second thought, can she put a bumper sticker on her royal Range Rover? The palace would probably frown on that. Even more reason to go for the gusto!

A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE is a 45,000-word contemporary Christmas novella (about 140 pages) that's Book Two of the new series, The Royal Heirs. The next book in the series will release for Valentine’s Day 2015 with two full-length novels and a holiday novella releasing each year thereafter.

BONUS NOVELLA INCLUDED:

Also included is THE SANTA PRINCE, the holiday story that King Adonis's favorite nanny NeeNee used to read to him when he was a young boy.


For those of you who Preordered A ROYAL CHRISTMAS RESCUE, it will automatically be delivered to your Kindle, Nook, Kobo or i-Device on November 1st (this coming Saturday!). And thank you all so very much for making my first Preorder Book a huge success!!! I'm thrilled that hundreds of you, and perhaps thousands by Saturday, will be getting your copy automatically delivered on Saturday!!!

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!!! --- DD

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DDScott-asana: Asana and Ahimsa - Have a Seat and Do No Harm

I've been a new yogini (female yogi) for going on one year. (I did my first downward-facing dog on a yoga mat in a for-real yoga class on January 3, 2014.) Since then, I've become a yogini off-the-mat as well as on-the-mat. For example, I'm a vegetarian, almost vegan, and I read absolutely everything I can on the yogic lifestyle and adopt the practices into my life as they fit my heart and soul.

Thanks to wonderful publications like Yoga Journal, Mantra Yoga and Health, Spirituality and Health and Vegetarian Times, I've learned what being a yogini is all about. And, I've explored the ideas presented in further detail in wonderful books that I'll be sharing with you.

And guess what? Being a yogini isn't about contorting your body into Cirque du Soleil-style poses (asanas), although I'll admit, every new one I can do helps me breakthrough some spiritual block I didn't know I had. Yoga poses are not the heart and soul of the yogic lifestyle. Yoga - the word itself - means "to join." For me, it's about joining my earthly forms - my body and my mind - with my celestial spirit. It's about connecting to the earth at the same time I'm connecting with my soul.

I've learned two Sanskrit (the language of all of the ancient yoga texts) words that, when repeated together, have become one of my personal mantras:

Asana

Ahimsa

"Asana" actually means "seat" or "connecting with the earth." So the asanas/poses that you do in yoga (examples would be Child's Pose, Downward-facing Dog, Savasana/Corpse Pose, Cow, Cat, etc.) are actually different ways that you can have a seat and connect with the earth.

"Ahimsa" is the yogic philosophy of "do no harm." And it applies to all creatures, all species and the earth at-large. What does it mean in everyday life? Being kind to people - yep, even the ones you don't really like. Being kind to animals - meaning I choose not to eat them. (Even if they're raised humanely, they still have one very, very bad day that I choose not to be part of.)

So the basics of my new yogini lifestyle are to:

Have a seat and Do no harm

With my new DDScottville column, DDScott-asana, I'm going to be sharing my everyday, very real experiences as a new yogini. I'm not an expert at all, just an everyday gal, trying to connect with my soul and spread loving-kindness, one enlightened thought at-a-time. And, you know me, I'll toss in a good dose of humor along the way.



Here are two books I read and highly recommend that helped me get started on this path:

Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Diet of Enlightenment by Sharon Gannon

The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone


Namaste (The Spirit Within Me Salutes/Honors The Spirit In You) --- DD Scott










Monday, October 20, 2014

D. D. Scott's Favorite Vegetarian and/or Vegan Recipes: Grape Tomato and Pecan Salad

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!

This past weekend, I wanted to use the last of the produce in my frig, so I "tossed" together this fabulous salad - what I'm calling my Grape Tomato and Pecan Salad:



Ingredients

Spinach leaves

Heirloom Tomato

Red Grapes

Mozzarella cheese (for a vegan alternative, you can use Daiya or any of your fave non-dairy cheeses)

Crushed Pecans

Your Favorite Dressing (I like Annie's Naturals Organic Green Goddess)


Directions

Slice the grapes in half (length-wise), cut the tomato (however thick you like it) and dump both into a bowl along with the spinach, cheese and crushed pecans. Add your dressing, cover the bowl with a tight lid and give it a very healthy shake - it is a tossed salad, after all! LOL!!!


Bon Appetit --- DD



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Book Covers Coming to DDScottville!!!

Wavin' atchya, DDScottville Peeps!!!

As I dive into my 5th year as an International Bestselling Author, I'm beginning the process of redoing many of my book covers. It's time to treat them to a fresh, new look! :) With my 31st book set to release on November 1st, that's a lot of covers to have a ton of fun with!!!

I'm over the moon with my DH's (Darling Husband) designs, and together, we're coming up with some wonderful new looks for each of my five series - The Bootscootin' Books, The Cozy Cash Mysteries, The Stuck with a Series, The Belle Bishop Queen of Witches Books and The Royal Heirs Series.

To kick off the fun, here's a Sneak Peek at the two new covers in The Stuck with a Series:







Aren't they terrific?!

So, here's the entire Stuck with a Series in order:












If you haven't read this series, or are brand new to my books, the best bang for your buck is to begin with the Ebook Boxed Set for each series. (*They'll be getting new covers, too!)



Check out my Online Store right here in DDScottville for the Amazon links. (And all of my books are also available at Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Apple, Oyster, Scrib'd, Smashwords and more!)

Many of my older titles - like The Bootscootin' Books - will also be coming out in print in the coming months!!!

So many exciting things happening in DDScottville, and I'm thrilled to share them with you!!!

Thank you for all of your love and support and HAPPY READING!!!

~~~ DD