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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Shaking it off and moving on....

Well, I knew it was going to happen eventually - someone out there was going to hate my book! I tried to brace myself as best I could for when that day happened and thought, "No sweat, I could handle that when it happens!" Well, yesterday it did, a stinkin' one star review on Amazon. And even though I thought I could handle it - it still felt like someone was beating up on my kid right in front of me.

So, after thinking about it all night long, I have come to the realization. Not everyone is going to like my book. Everyone has different tastes and prefers different writing styles. For this particular reviewer my book and writing style was not it.  I asked her for an honest opinion and I got it! Although, I would have been a little bit more okay with that one star rating, had she at least finished the whole book (okay, maybe I wouldn't have). 

I'm not going to let one bad review ruin all of the good ones and all the positive things that I hear from everyone on Facebook and Twitter! It was really strange that I happen to stumble across this blog out of nowhere yesterday and found this beautiful review written about my book....almost like someone knew that I needed a pick me up:

So, here's to a better day! Be sure to check out my Facebook Page for a teaser to my new novel An Unplanned Lesson and get to know Mr. Dailan O'Maley a little better! https://www.facebook.com/BethRinyu

Happy Tuesday & Happy Thoughts!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cover Reveal

Well....I was going to wait to share this with everyone, but my excitement has gotten the best of me! So after only a few months of writing (yes, once I started this one I just couldn't stop) and painstakingly finding the perfect title, it's here! My cover for my new novel An Unplanned Lesson. Due out April 2013. I am so pleased with the way the cover came out, it was just how I had envisioned it! To say that I am SUPER EXCITED to share this book with the world is an understatement! I am in love with it and the characters that I created and I hope that you will all feel the same way after you read it!  I am having major writers block after writing this, I don't want to leave it to go on to another! So without further ado, here it is:

Nicole Morgan, the new second grade teacher at Pineview Elementary school, has it all together in the classroom; it’s her personal life that she can’t find peace with. Unable to let go of the guilt that she is harboring from her past, she punishes herself by running from all potential relationships.

Her patience is put to the test when Dailan O’Maley the obnoxious but very sexy uncle of one of her students enters her life.  She slowly cracks away at Dailan’s crude, crass exterior when they are forced to work together for the sake of his nephew. The two of them learn a lesson in love that neither had planned as they discover that the guilt they are hiding deep inside isn’t the only thing they have in common.  Unbeknownst to her, he holds more than just the key to her heart.  Excerpt:

Here's a teeny tiny excerpt....I want you all to be surprised when you read it for the first time:

I moved closer to Dailan and rested my head on his chest. “That was really good,” I said.

I looked up at him as he nodded and I realized that he was half asleep. He pulled me even closer to him. “I think I could fall in love with you Nicole,” he muttered. My jaw dropped as panic ensued. I looked up at him again and he was already fast asleep.

        My stomach fluttered as tears began to fall from my eyes on to his bare chest. The one thing that I had depended on this whole relationship was now gone. Dailan O’Maley had opened his heart to me. Now I had to decide if I wanted to enter.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Pooh Bear Sized Thank you!

Well, I did it! I finally hit 100 likes on my Facebook page, 103 to be exact! Congratulations to the two winners of my book! Thanks so much to all of you guys who spread the word about my book and comment on my posts, it really means a lot!

Stay tuned, soon I'm going to be announcing a new contest and you for sure, WILL want to be in this one!  Until then, keep sharing my page!
 If you don't already like my Facebook page, what are you waiting for? 
Please give it a like! https://www.facebook.com/BethRinyu 
 I promise you, this next contest is going to be a good one!  

Monday, February 18, 2013

Time For Some Cosmetic Surgery....

I am happy that I received some very positive reviews about the inside of my book this weekend. The outside well....that's a different story! No one is liking my cover, so I'm considering having a little cosmetic surgery. What do you guys think? Do you think it needs a face lift?

Or, should I live by the words of wisdom that has been instilled in us all "It's what's inside that counts" Hmmm......I have some serious thinking to do before going under the knife!

On another note.....I received the proof of my cover for my new book An Unplanned Lesson (yup, I finally thought of a title) and I LOVE it!! This cover for sure, will NEVER be going in for cosmetic surgery!  I can't wait to share the outside and inside of this book with you guys! Even though after writing this one, I'm having major writers block because I still cannot disconnect myself from the story....that's how much I LOVED it! I'm hoping you guys will too....just a few more months to go before you fall in love with Nicole and Dailan (at least I hope so!). Until then, fall in love with Kat and Julian's beautiful love story in The Exception to The Rule.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Grinning From Ear to Ear....

Yes, this review was posted yesterday and I'm still smiling! I Just can't help myself! Especially since she hit on my main goal when I was writing this story - To evoke emotions in my readers. I remember wiping the tears off my keyboard when I wrote that one particular scene to which she was referring. I was praying that it would have the same effect on my readers, but was doubtful.  After all, I had become super close to Kat after creating her and writing about her for so long, so of course I would feel for her! But would someone who had just met her a few chapters ago feel the same? Well, I'm happy to report.....yes!!!!  To know that I achieved this with someone is worth more than any amount of money in the world to me!  So I'm going to revel in this for just a little longer. I think I will look silly, walking around with a permanent smile!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sharing The Love.....Free Kindle Download Day

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! This is going to short and sweet. I'm offering the kindle version of book for free today on Amazon so head on over to:


Fill you kindle with some romance and fall in love for Valentines day! Please let me know how you liked it when you are done reading and feel free to spread the love to others by sharing that link!May your day be filled with love, romance, chocolate, flowers and whatever makes you smile.....for me it's a big cup of cinnamon pastry coffee! Enjoy :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Recipe For Love

With Valentine’s day only a day away.  I thought I would share this little recipe with all of you.  I have made some modifications. But since everyone’s taste is different, you may not want to follow my suggestions! But just in case you do, here they are:

Recipe For Love
  • 1 Cup of Romance – this could sometimes be hard to find.  If you are able to get some, I suggest sealing it in an air tight container so you will always have some when needed.  This could easily be found by watching a good movie or reading a book (I could suggest one for you!)
  • 1 Pinch of Humor – I personally suggest more than just a pinch.  You should easily be able to find this.  That is of course, if you’re not a stick in the mud (which I know that one of you are!)
  • 2 Spoonfools of Joy – some days you may have a lot on hand. Other days you may be scraping the bottom of the barrel for some. But this is an item that isn’t too hard to find.
  • 1 Pound Compatibility – I think you could cut this down to a half pound if needed. Opposites attract!
  • 3 Tablespoons of Trust – If you don’t have any of this available, abandon, recipe!
  • 1 Cup of Respect – another must have!  I would suggest even upping to 2 cups.
  • ½ Pound of Sharing – well I have the mindset,  what’s mine is mine and what’s his is mine and my recipe always comes out fine.
  • 1 Zest of Tenderness – yeah okay, I guess this makes it turn out a little better
  • ¾ cups of Patience – you can NEVER I repeat NEVER put too much of this in! It will not overpower the recipe it will just make it easier to make! Again this is another item that you may be lacking some days (especially when raising teenagers!)

Well I hope you guys have all the ingredients to make your LOVE recipe! And remember if all else fails….read my book!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

You Have To Be In It To Win It

Just wanted to let everyone know about the giveaways that I have going on:

Once I reach 100 likes on my Facebook page I will be giving away a copy of my book to two random winners. So head on over to: 
Give it a like and you can be having some romance in your life just in time for Valentines Day!

The other give away that is still going on until February 14th is on Goodreads. Three winners will be chosen from there to receive a copy:

Good luck to all of you! 
Remember, you have to play to win and this could be you!

Monday, February 11, 2013

In Search Of The Perfect....Title

Well another weekend is over and another week about to begin. I will say this weekend was semi-productive for me. I am happy to report that my new book is almost to the half-way point, editing wise. Which means I will be sharing it with everyone real soon! I know that I may have mentioned this before, but I will say it again.....I LOVE this book and I'm hoping that readers will love it just as much! Now, if only I could think of a title.  I've been racking my brain for the past two days to come up with something that doesn't sound like a cheesy drug store romance book or an adult movie and I'm coming up blank! I want to be original and classy.....easier said than done! I'm beginning to think that writing the darn book was easier than picking out the title! I'm sure my indecisiveness isn't helping matters either.  I tried not to over think it too much, thinking maybe something would come to me when I least expected it, like yesterday, when I was cleaning the bathroom. Sadly, the only titles that came to mind as I was cleaning around the toilet bowl  were: 

Learning To Aim

Sit Don't Stand

Rules Of The Potty

and my personal favorite:

What a Bunch of Freakin' Slobs

* note: I am the only female in my house among 3 males

Unfortunately, none of these fit my story line. So, I will continue with my quest to find a title that my book will be proud to display.  After all, this is like my 2nd born child in the book world. I wouldn't want it thinking:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Some Good Advice.....

Another VERY OLD poem that I'm going to share with you guys. I wrote this a long time ago for my boys when they were younger. But I think this is good advice for anyone! 

Reach for the stars each and every day, don't stress about tomorrow.
Dare to do all that you dream, never feeling any sorrow.
Enjoy each moment, as if it were your last, 
look brightly at the future, don't dwell upon your past.
Life is a chance that you have been given,
a beautiful gift sent down from heaven.
Always be loyal, caring and true and the love you give to others will be given back to you.
The time that we are given, goes by so fast,
so seize each moment and make it last.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Good Morning! This is going to be short and sweet, I promise! Yesterday I posted this on my Facebook Page and got some really neat responses. I thought that maybe you guys would want to play along as well. So, to up the ante, I'm going to give away two free copies of my book to the most creative name. I will be choosing two winners. One from my Facebook comments and one from the comments below. I will announce the winners in one week. So, find your name on the appropriate chart and leave it in a comment below. For more chances to win my book, jump over to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BethRinyu and give it a like....we're always doing something fun on there! Have a great day everyone! 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

My Best Attempt At Dr. Seuss

Here's a little poem that I wrote years ago when my boys were little and my dad would babysit! He would always fall asleep and they would get in tons of mischief.....hope you enjoy!


It was a damp and dark dreary day, much too cold for outside play. 
 So Stephan and Aidan took out their toys, they were two very messy boys.

They had trucks and trains all over the floor; they even decided to fingerprint their door.

They heard their pop-pop call up the stairs, “are you guys making a mess up there?”

“Nope not me!” they both replied, both getting a little nervous, knowing that they lied.

They decided it was time to have a little snack,
 so Aidan said to Stephan, “I’ll be right back.”

So down to the kitchen Aidan did sneak and into the living room he took a peek. 
 Pop-pop had fallen asleep in the chair as the sound of the TV filled the air.

Aidan arrived back in the room, with more junk food than they both could consume.

There were chips and popcorn spilled all over the place and chocolate cupcakes smeared on their face.

The party continued all through the day until they heard their mom’s car pulling in, to their dismay.

They looked at each other with confusion and shock. Was it already five o’clock?

When Mom walked in, she sensed trouble in the air, 
as pop-pop sit there snoring in the chair.

The cat pranced by with peanut butter stuck to his tail and it didn’t take mom long to follow the trail.

Mom opened the door afraid of what she would see and there were her two boys both saying “It wasn’t me!”

In her hand, were tickets to the “sold out” baseball game and when the boys looked outside the weather wasn’t the same.

The sun was shining not a cloud in the sky, everything outside was beginning to dry.

“Let’s leave now!” Aidan began to stress.
Mom replied, “not until you clean up this mess.”

“But we’ll miss the game!”  Stephan pouted.
“Then you’ll only have yourselves to blame,” Mom shouted

So three hours later the clean up was done. 
They had missed the ballgame and all of the fun.

Later that night as Mom tucked them into bed.  “I am very upset” Stephan said.

“Me too!” Aidan cried.
“Then next time be a little neater,” Mom replied

Mom gave them a hug and a kiss good night;
 then walked out the room and turned off the light.

Tossing and turning as they lay in bed, thoughts of the day went through their head. They thought of when pop-pop would watch them once more; and the fun filled day that would be in store!

My inspirations for this poem.....would love to have them that small again - minus the mischief!

Friday, February 1, 2013

If only life was fiction.....

Lets face it, most of us read to escape our humdrum life and become the character within the pages of the book that we're engrossed in.  Now, we all know that in real life, Christian Grey or Vampires that turn to diamonds in the sun don't really exist....right?

I not only like to read about these characters, but I also like to create them when I'm writing   But it never seems to fail, whenever I'm in the middle of writing a really steamy love scene, I'll hear "Mom....mom". Why is it, that my kids don't even know I exist until I'm deep within the pages of writing out an act of passion? So, I turn a couple shades of red, quickly close my laptop, and try to look innocent. I know they are teenagers and probably know a lot more about these things than I think (it better be from hearsay or health class and not experience!). But in every child's mind, they are the Immaculate Conception, their Mom doesn't do those things and certainly shouldn't be writing about them....right? Talk about a major buzz kill!

But the ultimate creativity killer is when you're trying to write a description of your leading man. You know - tall, dark, handsome, sexy, killer body (feel free to insert whatever adjective you like here).  The whole time, your wishing he could jump out of your computer screen as you're typing the the words that are creating him!  All the while your husband is sitting on the couch next to you, shoving potato chips in his mouth. Picking the crumbs from said potato chips out of his teeth and making no attempt to conceal his need to expel gas, from both ends (yes, sad to say that is not fiction).  Isn't that so romantic? I know one thing..... it's enough to give me writer's block for quite a few days!  

So when I came across this picture I couldn't help but think how apropos:

Luckily, we will always have these books and the character in them, to escape from the cold, stark reality of.... real life!

Happy Friday and don't forget today is: