Sunday, September 2, 2012

A Day in the Life of Cameo Renae (+ Intl. Giveaway!)

Hello and welcome to "A Day in the Life of..."©, a featured guest post exclusive to my blog that's published on Mondays and sometimes, on Thursdays. On these two days, a spotlight guest will share a normal day in their lives, giving us insight on their thoughts, projects, interests, obsessions and more. Occasionally, and if we're lucky, they'll even throw in a giveaway.

And now on with the show...

About Cameo Renae

I love reading great books that whisk me away from reality, even if for a little while. :)

I love a great love story, anything paranormal, supernatural, magical, things with vampires, angels, mysteries, thrilling, suspenseful, and fantasy (yes...unicorns, elves, and dragons :))

I recently released my debut novel, In My Dreams, and am thrilled at how well it is doing! Writing is an escape, and I enjoy every minute of it. I hope you'll join me in one of my adventures!

We'll see what the future holds. Until then... :) HAPPY READING!

Connect with Cameo Renae

Facebook    Twitter    Website    Blog

 *When Nely Cab asked me to do a post on her blog I was THRILLED!!! But then I noticed it was a Day in the Life of _ME_! OMG… My life = Not so thrilling… But, it does have its moments. Here we go!

Somewhere around 9:00 AM:
Rise and shine!!!
Yep, my kids are grown (18 and 20), so I get to sleep in. We started a family early. I know MANY of you are wondering how old I am… I just turned 40. HEY – I’m still younger than J-Lo, and I can move like Jagger! Okay… maybe not like Jagger.
Once my eyes open and my brain kicks-in… that’s it. The first thing I do is reach for my iPhone and quickly check my notifications on FB, and then my email.
30 minutes of my waking moments - Gone.
I push out of the comfort of my warm blankets, and battle the Alaskan cold. It’s like I’m in an icebox, even in the summer mornings…and even with sweatpants and socks on. Brrrrr! 

Teeth chattering, I stumble for the kitchen and coffee pot. I fill it up, add the grinds, click it on, AND…wait. Tick, tick, tick… It never brews fast enough. A thought quickly passes through my mind… What are we going to do today?

Coffee is done, and I pop out of my zone. I fill my cup with the steamy, very-potent, black coffee, and then pour in the wonderful, flavored creamer which turns it into a sweet, magical potion.

My morning crew:

Brain is starting to show signs of life. I’m beginning to feel some type of normalcy, and movement in my limbs. I quickly pour a second cup of brew.
Then, it’s cleaning time. Make the bed (once the hubby is out of it), laundry, vacuuming…and whatever else needs to be done.
Somewhere within this time, our son brings his baby in. Yes, we have an 11 month old grandson, who is the cutest little munchkin, injected with super-energy.
I think to myself…I need whatever he has.
I pour myself a third cup of coffee, and its playtime! He’s very bossy, but adorable!

If the kids are working we run our errands. Bank, store, gas station.
If the kids have a day off, we all vote on a road trip. (Let’s assume they have a day off.)
Choices are Walmart or Hatcher’s Pass? It’s unanimous… Hatcher’s Pass is a “GO!” That is…after we pick up some essentials at Walmart first. haha
Immediately the two teenage girls (my daughter and son’s girlfriend) commandeer the bathroom. Flat iron and make-up are strewn all over the bathroom counter.
I check FB and attempt to get some writing done. Usually not gonna happen.

My desk:
Sorry it looks so dark. The lighting is pretty bad.

12:30 pm
Girls are still getting ready. I ask... “WHY the heck are you guys putting on make-up and getting all dressed up when we’re going to the mountain???”
Snarky remark from the daughter, “Because we have to take pictures! Hello?!”
OMG… :/

1:30 pm
Everyone is ready. Car is loaded and we begin our journey. 

2:30 pm
We make it to Hatcher’s Pass. The drive is breathtaking. My hubby has to pull on the side of the road, many times, for awesome photo shots. I love to take nature shots, while the girls take shots of themselves, in different poses, with a bit of nature in the background. They quickly post photos to Instagram before we lose service.  
The views at the top are AMAZING!!! We walk around, maybe pick some blueberries, hike a trail, see a beaver and its awesome beaver dam, and hopefully won’t run into a bear.

Photos I took of HATCHER’S PASS:
(FYI: Hatcher’s Pass is one of the locations in my novel, In My Dreams.)

6:00 pm
HOME! Dinner has either been bought or prepared, and we usually gather to watch a movie.

Everyone is settled in their rooms. My hubby puts on a movie for himself, and I grab my mini-laptop. I settle into my bed, and fluff the pillows behind my back until I’m comfortable. Then, I plug in my lime-green earphones, sign into Spotify, and listen to some music while I quickly check FB to see if anything exciting happened.

My night crew:
(Mini-laptop, Headphones, Kindle & Caffeine)

One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite groups…Maroon 5 – One More Night.
(FYI: I don’t really care for the video.)

11:30 pm
I realize I’ve wasted an hour’s worth of writing, while messing around on FB. Grrrrrrrrrrr Happens every night. I turn on my writing music… which is music with no words, and pull up my WIP.
I can’t write with music which has someone singing, because I end up singing along, in my head, and can’t write. I need background music. Musical scores. They work great for me.

1:30 am
Eyes are getting droopy, so I decide to shut down the computer and grab my Kindle.

2:30 – 3:30am
I realize I’ve dozed off a few times. I turn off my Kindle and my world fades to black, hoping for sweet dreams and more adventures in the morning...    

And there you have it! Thank you, Nely for letting me visit your amazing blog!!!

*bow and exit stage left*

 Thank you, Cameo, for sharing your day with us and thank you, readers for taking the time to stop by. I hope that you've enjoyed today's 
"A Day in the Life of..."

In My Dreams

 G   I   V   E   A   W   A   Y

(1 Signed Print Copy of In My Dreams with swag)

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  1. Thx for the awesome give away! In Your Dreams is in my TBR pile! I love the cover!

  2. Thank you for sharing your day with us Cameo! <3

  3. Thank you Cameo for doing this post and giveaway! And Nely, as usual, you are awesome! <3

  4. Super<3.Cameo is one of my favourite writers <3.A big thanks dears<3.

  5. Thank you for the giveaway! Good luck with your writing!

  6. This is my favorite post in "A Day in the Life Of..." . Ioved "In my dreams" and Cameo is now one of my favirte auhors. And , Cameo, you're 40? I wouldn't say it? I thought that you are 28,maybe 25?Thank you for this amazing post! <3 <3

    1. Thanks, Bianca!!! :) I'm so glad you loved In My Dreams!!! <3 Glad you stopped by!!!

  7. Thank you for this amazing giveaway and post.

  8. Thank you for the post and the giveaway. You are awesome!!!

  9. Haha, I would like a granny like her! <3 Genius guest post.


  10. great giveaway! thank you Kely and thank you Cameo :)

  11. I love Cameo and I own her book and all her beautiful swag I can not wait for book two to come out so Good luck to those of you who have to read this wonderful beautifully written book.

  12. WOW!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE AMAZING COMMENTS AND SUPPORT!!! <3 You guys TOTALLY rock!!! XOXO ~ And thanks to all those who thought I was in my 20's ~ GINORMOUS HUGS!!! BTW... I still act like I'm in my 20's. Drives my hubby mad! LMBO

  13. Thank you for the giveaway. Good luck to everyone!

  14. Thank you for the giveaway! I got here thanks to the lovely Cameo Renae! :)

  15. Your day is very interesting! I adore Maroon 5 and thank you for the giveaway,

    Demitra Giote

  16. Cameo is quickly becoming one of my heroes!!! She's the sweetest! She writes beautifully!! AND she's an island girl at heart!!! BOOM!

    You rock Cameo (I mean's in your name! WORD UP!)

    Good luck! Shine on! ~ M

    1. Thanks, Madison! And, same here ~ I am a total fan of yours!!! :)

  17. ~Loved your post, Cameo!! Thanks so much for sharing your day with us :)Your grandson is absolutely adorable!! What a face to wake up to! :) ...And that sign by your coffee pot, I need it! hehe..Thanks again!~

    1. Thanks, Alycia!!! My mom actually bought the coffee sign for me...for Christmas. LOL They all know I'm addicted. :p

  18. Your grandson is the cutest!!! Thanks so much for sharing your day with us and for the awesome giveaway!!! I have your book on my TBR list and can't wait to get a chance to read it!!

  19. Awesome giveaway, Thank you :)

  20. Loved hearing about your day. The grandbaby is adorable and I just want to play with him for the day so you can write or do whatever you need to do. I totally love babies. I have a charity I started about 10 years ago where I make afghans as well as little converse booties and hats for needy babies in the NICU at local hospital. At this time I am the only one making them so I can't donate as many as I want but I love to take them to the hospital. Such an amazing feeling.

    1. Thank you, Karla!!! That is so awesome and amazing of you to have a charity!!! <3 xoxo

  21. Awesome post and hank you for the giveaway!

  22. I LOVE that song by Maroon 5 too!<3

    And your days seems fun and exciting. It's really great that you can go on road trips with your family. Umm...are you taking any new members? I can help with the little one, he's so ADORABLE. Or, um, I can help the girls with the hair and make up and take their pictures. I'm good with that. Hey, I can even beta read your books.:)) J

    Thank you for the Int. giveaway!

    1. Thanks, Deea!!! Haha You're hilarious!!! You'd totally be welcome!!! :) <3

  23. Can't believe how much I like these posts. This one was amazing . I love Cameo and I enjoyed reading about a day in her life.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!<3

    1. Thanks, Antonia!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post!!! :)

  24. I just love the lime headphones...well I love the entire crew. And your book In My Dreams just got to my attention thanks to some good friends of mine.

    1. Thanks Michikit!!! :) And thank you to those friends of yours!!!

  25. I just love me some Cameo. I think her book is amazing. Shes a great, mother, wife & grandmother. I am just lucky to have read her book. Awesomesauce ;-)

  26. I love the A Day in the Life of's! I think Cameo is great too!

  27. Nice day!! I loved that awesome-sweet-impressive 11th months old baby <3 he's sooooooooooo adorable!!! <3<3

    Also, thank you very much for the giveaway!

    1. Thanks, Theo!!! He is adorable, and keeps me young!!! :0 haha

  28. Thank you Cameo!

    This giveaway is awesome! Thank you!

  29. thanks for the awesome giveaway thanks Cameo!!!

  30. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

  31. Thanks again, EVERYONE!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!! <3 ESPECIALLY YOU, NELY CAB!!! Thanks so much, for letting me on your blog!!! xoxo

  32. Always looking for something good to read. This looks like a great book!

  33. This sure looks like a book I'd love to see in my library. =)
    Thanks for this awsome giveaway! :)

  34. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! If I don't win I plan on buying this one for my bookshelf :)