Learning New Skills

Learning New Skills

I love learning new skills. I love how I can be more independent and not feel like I have to rely on others to do something  I really want to learn how to do myself. Now, don’t get me wrong. I know when it’s time for me to call in a professional. But…learning something as useful as designing promotional items is a skill that will save me lots of money in the end.

That’s what I just spent two weeks doing. Learning a new design program. I currently use Photoshop CS6 and I am completely self-taught. This is not an easy program to be fumbling with by yourself, let me tell you. Lots of YouTube videos and web searches have been performed. But I’ve been pretty proud of the results.

So, what’s this new design program? GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). It’s FREE! Yep!! It’s an open source program based on Photoshop. I will admit that at times I found it a bit frustrating because it’s not as advanced, but for a totally free design platform it rocks!

Check out what I made:

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Cool right????

Just wanted to share my new experience!

Sincerely,

P.A. DePaul

JRS Showcase Giveaway and Excerpt for SHADOW OF DOUBT

JRS Showcase Giveaway and Excerpt for SHADOW OF DOUBT

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SHADOW OF DOUBT and I have invaded Just Romantic Suspense’s Showcase page!

Not only can you enter the giveaway to win cool prizes, you can read an excerpt from SHADOW OF DOUBT!

You have multiple ways to enter. All you need to do is visit Just Romantic Suspense’s Showcase page or visit my Contest page for the giveaway form. You will find complete details and terms and conditions on my contest page. 🙂

Good Luck!!!

If you think about it, I’d love to know what you thought of the excerpt. Will SHADOW OF DOUBT make it to your TBR pile? Has it already? I’d love to know.  😀

Sincerely,

P.A. DePaul


Win a 7″ Tablet,  Signed ARC, and More!

Win a 7″ Tablet,  Signed ARC, and More!

GIVEAWAY‬ TIME!! May 18th-June 1st

SHADOW OF DOUBT Leave A Review Giveaway!
You could win:
* A signed ARC of EXCHANCE OF FIRE
* Gift cards
* Free books…and…
* Grand Prize: 7″ Quad Core Tablet!

All you have to do is leave a review for SHADOW OF DOUBT! (Links to qualified websites found at the link below)

The prizes are awarded on a Tier-based system…so, the more reviews you leave, and the more reviews SHADOW OF DOUBT receives, the bigger the prizes and the more chances you could win! (Hint: This is where you encourage your friends to also read SHADOW OF DOUBT and leave a review!) Woot! Woot!

Since the contest runs for two weeks, if you haven’t read it yet, you’ve still got time to pick up a copy, devour Cappy and Michelle’s story, and leave a review! 🙂

Full details, links to qualified websites, and giveaway form to complete for entry into the contest are found here:
http://padepaul.com/sweetbriar/contests/

GOOD LUCK!!

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Pre-Giveaway Giveaway! May 16th-May 17th

Pre-Giveaway Giveaway! May 16th-May 17th

**Note this giveaway is now closed. Winners have been notified. Thank you all for participating!**

PRE-GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY on Facebook! I want to make sure everyone as a copy of SHADOW OF DOUBT so we can be sure to unlock the big Grand Prize in the Leave a Review event starting this Monday (Full details about this exciting contest found here).

Help me spread the word! Like and share the post this hyperlink to my Facebook Page takes you to, leave a comment on that Facebook post you’ve shared the post (tagging friends works too!), and I’ll pick a winner from the commenters on Sunday, May 17th at 6pm EST.

What will you win? How about a $20 gift card to your retailer of choice (as long as I can send it to you electronically)!!

This is open to U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Bonus: If you Tweet about picking up a copy of SHADOW OF DOUBT (including a buy link listed below) and leave the link in the comments, I’ll draw a second winner from those specific comments to win a $10 gift card to Amazon/B&N/Kobo (whichever you prefer). Here is a list of buy links for SHADOW OF DOUBT to include in your Tweet:

Amazon US: http://ow.ly/HIDZD

Amazon UK: http://ow.ly/LuTvC

Amazon AUS: http://ow.ly/LuUzT

Amazon CAN: http://ow.ly/LuVzr

Nook US: http://ow.ly/HIE74

BAM: http://ow.ly/HIEec

iTunes: http://ow.ly/HIElq

Kobo: http://ow.ly/HIEuO

Google Play: http://ow.ly/LuVuu

All Romance: http://ow.ly/LvsUh

**You can use this one if you’d prefer:

SHADOW OF DOUBT by @PADePaul. Get caught up in #RomanticSuspense and #SpecOps today. AM: http://ow.ly/HIDZD BN: http://ow.ly/HIE74

 

Good Luck! Winners will be announced on P.A. DePaul’s Facebook page and on Twitter Sunday evening so be sure to check back then to see if you’re a winner!

SHADOW OF DOUBT-Exclusive Excerpt

SHADOW OF DOUBT-Exclusive Excerpt

Woot! Woot! Want to read an exclusive excerpt from SHADOW OF DOUBT? How about a first kiss between Cappy and Michelle? Click on the link below to head to Heroes and Heartbreaker’s website!!

I’d love to know what you think!! 😀

http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/stories/2015/03/shadow-of-doubt-exclusive-excerpt

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Want to learn more? Need the buy links? Click on this link to be taken to SHADOW OF DOUBT’s page.

Enjoy!

~P.A. DePaul

 

 

 

 

 

SHADOW OF DOUBT Cover Reveal Today!

SHADOW OF DOUBT Cover Reveal Today!

HELLO!

Exciting news!! Heroes and Heartbreakers unveiled the cover for Shadow of Doubt, SBG #2! Click here to see Cappy in his delicious glory!!

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Disclosure: Snagged photo from Heroes and Heartbreakers page

 

Synopsis:

The new SBG novel from the author of Exchange of Fire—“if you enjoy military action, suspense, steamy romance, and a little danger, this is the series for you” (Library Journal).
When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand the son of a US senator, but he’s been murdered—and she’s the number one suspect. With both the senator and an avenging drug lord on her trail, her life is in danger. There’s only man she can trust. He saved her once, but will he still be her hero six years later?
Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator’s order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she’s no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Columbian cartel, and he’s never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They’re also dangerous as hell.
Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle’s innocence may be a ruse—a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.
Praise for Exchange of Fire
“A pulse-pounding thrill ride from start to finish that will leave you clamoring for more.”—Elle Kennedy, author of the Killer Instincts series
“A dynamic tale…fast-paced and riveting, with surprises at every turn of the plot.”—Fresh Fiction
“This book was everything I love about romantic suspense.”—Smitten with Reading

 

Hope you enjoy!!

~P.A. DePaul

 

Sexy Snippet from SHADOW OF DOUBT

Sexy Snippet from SHADOW OF DOUBT

Hey All!

As I’m working on the edits for book 2, Shadow of Doubt, I’m feeling the need to post a little sexy snippet. It’s just a little taste, but wow, I can’t wait for you to read this whole scene . 😀

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[Cappy] froze and she tightened her hand. Was he going to pull away?
“You want this too, Cappy,” she whispered, a breath away from his mouth. “Just as badly as I do. No more excuses. One kiss. If it sucks we’ll never speak of it or repeat it again.” Her fingers caressed the stubbly hair at the base of his neck. “But if it doesn’t…”
He groaned. “The Fates hate me right now.” His eyes burned with fire. “It’s going to be a mind-blowing, life-altering event. I just know it.” He dropped her hand and grasped both sides of her head, closing the distance.
The second his lips met hers she knew he was right.

OMG! Squeals.

I can’t wait for you to read Cappy and Michelle’s story!! It comes out April 21, 2015. Want to read more about the storyline or need the link to the board I’ve created on Pinterest? Click here. 🙂

Until next time!

P.A. DePaul