I'm So Appy!!

11:13 AM Elizabeth Seckman 78 Comments

Yesterday, I had a conference with my editor (or as my husband so accurately understood that meant I Facebook chatted while answering his Trivia Crack challenge), and Defying Reason should be ready to launch in mid- February!

So, I am adding the cover to the coming soon category and looking for blog stops. My plan is small promos with a new odd fact for each stop (playing on the Defying Reason idea). Anyone who has space available, I'd be grateful for the help.

Now, about those Apps....

I love saving money. 
Money saved is money not spent, therefore it's just like money earned.
First, and the easiest ever way to save money is with the Wal Mart Savings Catcher. It's price matching without hauling in the sale ads! I got the app on my iPhone, so all I have to do is scan the QR code on the receipt.  So easy!!
Another savings app is iBotta. Basically, you scan the bar code of an item they offer a rebate on, take a picture of the receipt and you get money back.



I also love writing!

Being the list making, need to quantify what I've done in a day sort of gal, I wanted a way to log in the number of hours I was working. I downloaded the Writing Journal and I love it.

It has a timer, so when you sit down to write, you can time yourself. Then when you're done, log in your word count and the Writing Journal keeps track of your stats- rate, word count, project total, and combined total. The app is free if you only want to log in one project. 2.99 for the upgrade.


And I LOVE playing games!! 

My latest addiction: Trivia Crack.

I got this to play my kids, especially my guys away at college.
It was a fun way to interact, get my butt kicked and have fun.
The upside is that it's a quick back and forth. Since I'm no genius, I can play all the games on my challenge list in about ten minutes. Or I can just play the games that are expiring- I have two days to respond.

I even let Tara Tyler beat me a time or two. It's just fun!

That's it for the Apps.
But I do have more good stuff. I got this before Christmas and kept waiting for the perfect time to brag it up a little. One of my favorite bloggers, Ms. Sheena Kay Graham has a cover for her upcoming book. Yay!!!


Isn't it lovely? Congratulations Sheena-Kay!!!

78 comments:

  1. Huge congrats on your release date, Elizabeth! I look forward to seeing the cover.

    Sheena-kay's cover is beautiful!

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  2. Never heard of trivia crack, saving dough is always good too. Congrats on the release date

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    1. I now wish I had never down loaded Trivia Crack, though I am #3 in my circle. Yes, it's a time suck.

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  3. Interesting writing app, I might have to check that one out.

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  4. You can always visit my blog. Let me know :)

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  5. Sheena did great and I tried that Walmart app but I never got money back so I deleted it. Don't hate me!!

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    1. I put a bigger town in as my store- that way I have more stores to price match against.

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  6. Those are brilliant apps and I love that philosophy.

    When is your tour?

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  7. Congrats!
    My wife is the one that makes me keep all the receipts.
    She scans them all and tells me we are saving money..

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    1. I do ours too. And my husband gets to hear the totals. It's like a savings jinx.

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  8. Cheers to the upcoming release date! That's just around the corner. And I don't know if I could write while being timed. The pressure! Plus, does is stop if I take a Trivia Crack break...?

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    1. The saddest part of the timer is that I now have empirical evidence of just how slow I am at getting things done.

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  9. I'll have to get the Journal Writing app, and Walmart. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes with the new book.

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    1. Thanks Peaches! I'm loving both of those apps so far!

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  10. I don't have a phone where I can use Apps. :(

    Congratulations on your book's upcoming release! :D

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    1. I didn't have one until last month. My kids upgraded and gave me one of their old phones.

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  11. Yay for a release date. Come over to my blog any time you want!

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  12. Thanks for the App tips, Elizabeth! I'm going to see if I can get The Writing Journal for my computer. I need to get a cell phone for the others. Soon!

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    1. Hope it works for you! I'm enjoying tracking my progress.

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  13. That is a great cover for Sheena's book! And I'm also excited to see yours! Cover reveals are like crack for us book lovers. ;)

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    1. I do love cover reveals! I have to stop myself from going to cover website and just looking and looking.

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  14. Congrats to Sheena-Kay!! And yay for the February release date for you, Elizabeth! If I downloaded game apps, I'd never get any more writing done! lol

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    1. Trivia Crack probably wasn't a good idea. No longer recommended. LOL

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  15. Congratulations to Sheena. And wow! You have a Feb release!

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  16. Trivia Crack - that sounds addictive.
    Congratulations to Sheena-kay.
    And I will gladly host you on a tour, Elizabeth! Shoot me an email.

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    1. Extremely. I found where I can check my ranking...talk about upping the addiction exponentially.

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  17. Pretty cover for Sheena!
    I have some February spots open if you want one. :-)

    The best I do on Trivia is on MSN games. It can be addictive. :-)

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  18. Yay for Sheena! The cover is gorgeous. So happy for her :)
    I steer clear of trivia. I'm horrible, terrible, awful. But it sounds like a neat way to keep in touch with those college kids. And congrats on the up-coming book!

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    1. I'm pretty decent at it. I know a lot of useless stuff. Ask me how many yards of carpet for a room and I'm useless.

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  19. Nice cover, Sheena!

    Those look like fun apps. I'll have to check them out. I don't play much in the way of games, but I'm all about saving money and writing!

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    1. I love to save money. Any money I don't spend is like money earned.

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  20. Looking forward to the cover release. That's one more milestone reached on the way to release. And good luck to Sheena and Where Is Sarah.

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    1. Yep, passing those mile markers one right after the other.

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  21. Congrats on your upcoming book release, Elizabeth!

    Love Sheena's cover!

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  22. That is such a cool cover! Congrats, Sheena!

    Looking forward to seeing Defying Reason in the flesh (or in the paper, I'm not sure which). :)

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  23. I LOVE Sheena-Kay's new cover. So awesome.

    Count me in for helping. I'll take you for a Writerly Wednesday on Feb 25, if that works for you. And that absolutely has to be the LAST feature I schedule until after this baby is here. I keep pushing it out and thinking, "Oh I can fit another one in. No big deal!" But what if they baby comes early? So anyway, rambling over... You're on my calendar.

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  24. Ooh, sign me up for your blog tour!! I'd love to help out!! Just email me with details. ;)

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  25. Cool apps! I like the writing one! And that is an awesome cover!

    I would love to host you at my blog in mid-February or mid-March on a Wednesday. Let me know what works best for you. :)

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  26. Each of those apps sounds better than the last ;) I'd be glad to have you at my place, just email me at bulletproof-92 at hotmail.com

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  27. Wow, you're so much better at app-hunting than I am! I always feel like there MUST be great apps out there, but I always forget to look for them. Oops. Thanks for the recs!! And congrats, Sheena-Kay!

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    1. I don't really app hunt, I just am really bad at ignoring pop up ads for the new stuff.

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  28. Congrats to Sheena-Kay and to you! I'm one of the weirdos that don't have a cell phone or tablet. Apps are still foreign thingies to me.

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    1. I didn't have one until this year. I do love it.

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  29. Another book launch soon?! Woohoo! I'm proud of you, girlfriend. Congratulations. And that was very kind of you to let Tara beat you.

    PS I'm still enjoying Bella. I'm a very slow reader and haven't been making enough time to read. But I love what a sweet bad-ass she is.

    xo

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    1. I'm a slow reader too, so I totally understand. Besides, I know life is pretty busy for you and George ;)

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  30. Come on over to the Flipside for a blog stop. I'd love to have ya!

    Those are some great apps - I have to do some searching to see if there is a comparable Android version.

    Congrats on the February release date!

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    1. Thanks! I have trivia crack on my kindle too...I think that's Android.

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  31. I avoid Walmart like the plague. Pretty much all my shopping is at either Publix or Amazon! Our closest Walmart is a 15-minute drive and it's mega-packed all the time. I can't even take the crowds at Kroger!

    I'd love to host you. Let me know!

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    1. It is insane, and at our Wal Mart, it's always all lanes waiting. Love Amazon shopping!

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  32. I don't have a smart phone, so no apps for me. :( Although my sister loves to rub it in when she finds a good one.

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    1. I do love my smart phone. It's been very handy.

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  33. I love the Writing app but if I had the Trivia game I wouldn't have any hours to enter into the Writer app. (I'm easily distracted.)

    Best of luck on your release next month and Sheena Kay's cover is awesome.

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    1. I love the writing app too. The trivia is addictive, some days I wish I had never downloaded it!

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  34. My hubs is addicted to Trivia Crack! Since I've taught every grade from 1st-7th over the past 13 years, I answer a lot of Q's for him :-)

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    1. I will often use my guys for the sports questions. Group efforts are allowed.

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  35. Hmmm, an app for writing goals... I might have to look that up. On the other hand, I can sort of tell when I'm not working enough. It rattles up my bones and shakes nightmares out when I'm trying to sleep.

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    1. I think I am just addicted to gadgets. If there is a gadget for a job, I want to try it.

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  36. I love Sheena's cover.

    I don't like to have too many apps, but I'll check out the writing timer one.

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    1. I doubt you'd ever need an app to keep you working! You're amazing!

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  37. what an awesome cover. And omg trivia crack, it's going to be the downfall of my writing career. My dad introduced me and I wish he hadn't lol

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    1. Isn't it addictive. I'll play the games I have and then someone will send another and I just can't walk away!

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  38. Writing Journal - is that just apple store, or is it also GooglePlay? Because I couldn't find it.

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    1. I found it on apple. Not sure about google. Sorry!

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  39. Apps are cool. My Android taught me that. Thanks so much for promoting my cover!

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    1. It was my pleasure Sheena-kay! I can't wait to read the book.

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