Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dear Pinterest, I Think I Love You


Congratulations to "Kathleen B.", the winner of Terri's giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Have you found Pinterest yet? Have you given into the addiction, scrolling through the images, convinced you're going to make that recipe, redecorate that room, and totally remove that stain?!

I have. And I'm in deep. The sad part is, I don't mind it.

To be fair, I'm not wasting away hours of my day. I check in maybe twice a day, for a max of 5-10 minutes. There's just so much to see. And then if you click through and visit the source of the pic, you have to read the blog or recipe or dress description. (Yes, I look at dresses I know I'll never buy. Did you catch the word addiction above?)

As with any new social media site, I resisted at first. I had a Twitter account for a year before I did anything with it. For me, that site takes too much dedication. I'd have to stay on for longer periods of time, reading lots and lots of tweets just to find one I find interesting. Interacting is almost impossible since by the time I come across something I'd feel qualified enough to comment on, it's old news.

However, if there's a major happening in the world (Boston Marathon, Sandy Hook, Aurora), I hear about these things first on Twitter. Before any news source puts out a Breaking News bulletin, I've already seen six details in my Twitter stream.

That's another thing. Most of these sites have a newsfeed or stream. Something I have to track through, read, absorb, and process. But not Pinterest. It's more a smorgasbord of visual delights. I can visit the rainforest, drool over tree houses, shop for shoes, and learn how to do my hair. I can find new music, new movies, new books, or new inspiration for future heroes. (This might be the best feature.)

But mostly, I gather inspirational images for my work. Each of the books in the Anchor Island Series have their own boards. The board for Book 1, MEANT TO BE (available now), will introduce you to the island. You can see the ferry that invokes Beth's panic attack in the opening scene, the little blue house where she renews her love of art and creating jewelry, and even the hero Joe's mutt Dozer who steels every scene he's in.

While writing Book 2, UP TO THE CHALLENGE (out Jan 2014), I came across a beautiful picture of a table on an oceanfront deck set for a lovely dinner party. I knew I had to put that in the book, and it became dinner for two on a short pier behind the heroine's house.

If I hadn't accidentally found that picture, I'm not sure I would have come up with that scene. I suppose you can use Pinterest to improve your life. Get into shape. Expand your cooking/baking horizons. Even expand your wardrobe.

Or you can use it like I do. For a quick hit of inspiration, a dose of awe, or a smile when I need it. There's nothing better to battle back a hard day than an entire board of adorable animals.

How about you? What's your social media addiction? One lucky commenter will win a Kindle version of Book 1 in the Anchor Island Series, MEANT TO BE. Here's the blurb.

Sometimes the next best thing is what you’ve been looking for all along…

Beth Chandler has spent her whole life pleasing others. She went to law school to make her grandparents happy. She agreed to marry her workaholic boyfriend, Lucas, to make him happy. And, despite her fear of boats, she took a ferry to see Lucas’s parents just to make them happy.

While suffering through a panic attack on the ferry, Beth meets a tall, sexy stranger who talks her down from her fear—and makes her heart flutter in the process. Soon, she has a new reason to panic: her gorgeous, blue-eyed rescuer is Lucas’s brother, Joe.

But could she ever leave her fiancĂ© for his own brother…even if Lucas is more focused on making partner than on making their relationship work…and even if Joe turns out to be everything she never knew she wanted?

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 19th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

25 comments:

  1. I love Pinterest! I have a board for the book I'm writing. Everytime I get stalled up, I search out pics or inspiration. And I've made lots of the recipes there, Ter. Some have been awesome. Others, not so much.

    Don't include me in the giveaway. I've read Meant to Be (and LOVED it!!)

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  2. I love Pinterest too. I check less often, but often get stuck there looking more time. *LOL* I'm not sure if I've cooked a recipe off there yet or not...

    My social media addiction is Facebook. Can barely go a day without it. I sometimes skip a Saturday or Sunday, but it's a harrowing experience. :) How else would I know where my favorite authors are blogging?

    I too have MEANT TO BE--so I don't need to be in the giveaway.

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  3. The recipes. I have an entire board full of them, always pinning with the best of intentions. Haven't made one yet. But someday! That's the good thing about this site. So long as the original link stays around, I can get to it... eventually.

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  4. Hey babe, I'm so excited for book 2!!
    I've just found Tumblr and it's too addictive :)

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    1. Hey, JK! My kiddo lives on Tumblr, and she got me into it. I don't have a blog over there, but I scroll through hers all the time. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy book 2.

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  5. I have not taken the leap with Pinterest yet. I'm just getting on the Twitter bandwagon. One thing at a time!

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    1. Pinterest doesn't require every saying/pinning anything if you don't want to. You can just admire the pretty or strange or funny. Come to the dark side, my friend. :)

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  6. I love pinterest for decorating ideas, hair styles , oh frankly for everything
    And BTW missTerri, you have spoiled me. I want to start another book and what I am looking for is one like Terri Osburn writes....ahem

    you won me over!

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    1. Thank you, Hope! If you haven't read Marina Adair, you should give her a try. :)

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  7. I avoid Pinterest like the plague. It sounds VERY addictive! Can't wait for the second book... You know we have all preordered it already, don't you?

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    1. Thank you, Bridget. But you must give Pinterest a look. It can be addictive, but it's easier to step away from than some others, I believe. And you can only look at specific things (decorating, photography, fashion) if you're so inclined.

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  8. I love, love, love Pinterest. I was never crafty at all before Pinterest came along. I love that it has made me try things that I was never brave enough to start before. Baby steps, my friend, baby steps. :)

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    1. That's it exactly, Crystal. I haven't even gotten up the nerve to try anything, but I have an entire board called For The Home of projects I WILL get around to doing.

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  9. Just saying hi Terri. I have all read won and read your wonderful book and can't wait for the next one

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  10. I have a Pinterest account, but I haven't done much with it. I'm intimidated by the copyright issue. I loved Twitter but found it too time consuming. I like Facebook less but find it easier to control the amount of time I spend on it. Is that strange?

    I too already have copies of Meant to Be, which I love.

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    1. I'm with you on Twitter. My stream goes by much quicker than I can keep up. I see people having conversations, but if I wanted to talk to a friend, I'd just email, ya know?

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  11. NO NO NO YOU WILL NOT CONVINCE ME TO USE ANOTHER SOCIAL MEDIA THAT WILL SUCK UP MY TIME. EVEN IF YOU MAKE A GOOD ARGUMENT FOR IT. NO!!!!!

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  12. Abigail, I'm using it RIGHT NOW to write a scene where my girls pick bridesmaid dresses. See? It's helpful!

    Just sayin'. ;)

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  13. I'm afraid to get on Pinterest. Why afraid? Addiction? Yep. I will next year, how's that! Looking forward to reading your book!

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    1. Kathleen, share your email address so you'll be in the contest. As of right now, you'll be the only one. LOL! Your odds are good!

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  14. Hi Terri!
    So fun to see you here rather just in an "official" capacity on TGN! First of all, I love your books and premises. I have "Meant to Be" on my Nook! Second, I, too, am addicted to Pinterest, although for me it's more the visual feast you described than anything, I have quite a few boards -- my faves are the ones for my books, the ones for funnies and Dr. Who, and the one I call Decadence--where the only things allowed are highly caloric items. I have found several new, impressive desserts to bring to family gatherings this way! You're better than I am--I tend to be on for 20+ minutes, so I try to limit my visits. But I really do love getting lost in the pics and paths to new ones in the same veins. I'm really glad you posted this--so we who are with you know we're not alone! Thanks for sharing your addiction.

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    1. Hello there, ma'am. Yes, I come off the board bench now and then. :) I just saw your boards tonight. Lots of good stuff I'll be checking out. I'd be lost without the boards for my books, but the rest are mostly "someday" boards. Someday I'll bake this chicken recipe. Someday I'll tile my backsplash. Someday I'll fit into this dress.

      :)

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  15. I love Pinterest and recently became addicted. As a writer who is surrounded by words, I love the visuals that Pinterest provides whether I need inspiration or entertainment!

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  16. Exactly, Angela. It can serve so many purposes!

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