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Friday, March 15, 2013

Guest Post with Author Marisa Cleveland and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to RFTC author, Marisa Cleveland. Marisa is celebrating the recent release of her novella, The Valentine Challenge and has stopped by to share her top 10 words of inspiration. First, lets get to know Marisa a little.

Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. If she couldn’t express herself through writing, music, and dance, she would die. Perhaps because she married her best friend, her adult romance novels focus on playfully naughty relationships developed through friendship and family-oriented values. She believes romance novels are the perfect “how to” books, because no matter the obstacles, the characters keep working toward their happily ever after.

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My Top 10 Words of Inspiration

Thanks so much for having me on your blog! I'm super excited to be here!

Guest posts are so fun, and today I get to chatter about inspiration, the trickiest interview question I've faced during my first ever blog tour. :)

What inspires you?

My initial answer is this: I don't know.

But then I realized everything inspires me. People, places, things. I'm inspired by possibilities and music and Facebook status posts and tweets and words...

So I'm going to share with you my top ten inspiring words:

10. "I'm through accepting limits, 'cause someone says they're so, some things I cannot change, but till I try, I'll never know..." -- WICKED

9. "After the game, the king and pawn go in the same box." -- Italian proverb

8. "Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself." -- Wear Sunscreen: a primer for real life

7. "525,600 minutes... how do you measure a year?" -- RENT

6. "Who can say if I've been changed for the better? But because I knew you, I have been changed for good." -- WICKED

5. "There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life. You can't go through life obsessing about what might have been." -- Hugh Jackman

4. "It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not." --

3. "Imagine, there is no box." -- me to myself

2. "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." -- Henry David Thoreau

1. "I believe in you. You can do it." -- My hubby to me

Now you know the words that inspire me. There are so many great quotes, song lyrics, and general phrases of wisdom. I'd love to know what inspires you!

Stacey Bradford believes in love, but when her hot boss, Marshall Royce, decides to close her best friend’s flower shop – days before Valentine’s Day! – Stacey declares war.

Intrigued by Stacey’s devotion to her friend, the hearts and flowers holiday, and belief in true love, Marsh issues a challenge – prove love exists or deliver the closing documents to her friend herself.

Stacey never could resist a challenge, but when Marsh makes Valentine’s Day the deadline for their deal, Stacey must decide how far she’s willing to go for love.

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Up For Grabs:
  • 1 lucky winner will win an eBook of The Valentine Challenge
  • 1 lucky winner from the ENTIRE tour will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

To Enter:
  • Please answer Marisa's question: What words of inspiration inspire you? 
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  1. what inspires me is the line 'life is like a box of chocolates' from forest gump

  2. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world. ― Gandhi
    I love that quote and it inspires me to be the best me that I can be.

  3. recently for me with everything going on in my life its been Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

  4. If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
    (I have many favorite quotes).

  5. Great post! The song you quoted from Wicked, Defying Gravity never fails to get me motivated. A funny fact - my writing partner, Carey has that song as my ring tone when I call her. ;-) Guess everybody knows I'm an eternal optimist!

  6. "Well-behaved women rarely make history." ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    That's inspiring. :D

    Marcy Shuler

  7. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

    Winston Churchill

  8. My grandmother always said "Pretty is as pretty does."

    I've know people (my sister for one) who really fit this -- when acting nice, the person is pretty, but when acting ugly, that person just looks ugly, ugly.

    So, I try to always act in a way I know my grandmother would approve.

  9. Never give up a dream just because of the time it takes to accomplish it........ the time will pass anyway - Earl Nightingale

  10. "Well-behaved women rarely make history." I don't know who said it first, but I've got it on a bracelet and a mini poster in my classroom. :)

    1. (...and now I know it's Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Thanks, anonymous!)

      I also like Margaret Mead's "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." (Also on a poster in my classroom)

  11. Wow! So many great quotes! Thanks for having me on your blog. :D