Sunday, September 30, 2007

Contests are Bustin' Out All Over

In addition to the BAFABW Contest and the LASR Contest (you really need to enter that one... the prize is awesome), there is yet ANOTHER contest going on this month for book lovers.

Camy Tang is giving away THREE baskets of books AND an 8 GB Nano IPod and all you have to do is subscribe to her Yahoo newsletter, read this message on the group, and follow the directions ... Camy has a link to the entry form on her site. It's as easy as pie.

I would appreciate it if (when you fill out the entry form) you would put down you were referred by me... maracujabr. Thanks so much and good luck in the contest! When you've entered over there, leave me a comment here and you'll be entered in another drawing here for even more books AND an extra entry in my BAFABW Contest.

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Judy
"Be nice to your enemies - it will drive them crazy"
'What is your personal life motto?' at QuizGalaxy.com

Banned Books Week

Marianne has a new look!!! If you've ever read any of her work, you would know her work can be sassy with a witty bite (although she does do serious on occasion, imho, her strength lies in her humor) and we thought her website should indicate that. So... go check it out!
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Now, on to something serious:

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.


To go along with BAFABW, why don't you choose one of "The 100 Most Challenged Books of 1990-2000" to give to a friend. And, I challenge you to pick one or more to read yourself. As an exercise, and to see point out books I still want to read, I'm bolding the books I have read.

Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Forever by Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Sex by Madonna
Earth's Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
The Goats by Brock Cole
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
Blubber by Judy Blume
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
Final Exit by Derek Humphry
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
Deenie by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
Cujo by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
Fade by Robert Cormier
Guess What? by Mem Fox
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Native Son by Richard Wright
Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies by Nancy Friday
Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Jack by A.M. Homes
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
Carrie by Stephen King
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
Family Secrets by Norma Klein
Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Private Parts by Howard Stern
Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
Sex Education by Jenny Davis
The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

In YOUR opinion, which "banned book" should I read next and why?
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You are Betty Grable

The ulitmate girl next door
You're the perfect girl for most guys
Pretty yet approachable. Beautiful yet real.

Googlegangers

I was reading about our Googleganger a few minutes ago. I've always known there were more of "me" out there... and until recently, I was NOT number one when I googled my name.
Now I am... YEA me!

Then you can find a retired school teacher, an actress, a real estate agent, someone tracing her family roots, another real estate agent (do you think I choose the wrong line of work?), someone of whom it may be said they look like they are speaking English but I can't understand it, a Scientologist (and actually, she WAS a real estate agent, so I suppose she might already be listed... or not), and an artist.

When I Google me on Images, though... I don't even make the first page. We'll have to see what we can do about that!

What about you? Do you have a Googleganger?
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What Kind of Butterfly Are You?




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Friday, September 28, 2007

This Is Dedicated....

....not to the one I love, but to all the moms out there. I discovered this on Melissa McClone's blog and it is OH SO TRUE! Enjoy. EDITED TO ADD: I just discovered the talented lady you are about to see is Anita Renfroe and I wanted to give her credit. Thanks for a laugh, Anita!


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The Disney Heroine Quiz




You are Cinderella. Cinderella is a true lady. Timid and bold simultaneously, she is a woman who will always prefer dreaming to real life. She will stand up for herself, but she knows her place. She would follow her stepmother's orders without complaining, a sign of true restraint. She is humble and caring, so much so that even animals love her. Dreaming worked for Cinderella, and it is only a matter of time before your dreams come true, too.
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Friday's Feast

SPECIAL EXCIING NEWS AT THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT Monday, October 1, the inaugural issue of our newsletter goes out. If you haven't subscribed why not? One lucky subscriber will win an Amazon gift certificate AND we'll be running a special contest that only subscribers will be privy to. So.. there's still time for you to join in the fun.
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Appetizer
How are you today?
Today I am tired. We've had two rough days at work. Did you see the size of that stump yesterday? And, today we have to take out some more stumps, finish cleaning up a HUGE tree job, and give two estimates. On top of that, I have to finish the author interview for LASR (we're interviering Sandy Blair next week and you don't want to miss it.

Soup
Name 3 television shows you watch on a regular basis. We don't watch a lot of television. And, nothing on a "regular" basis. We do enjoy watching Law and Order in almost all its incarnations (I've been unable to warm up to Criminal Intent. I also enjoyed Midsomer Murders before Biography took it off. I like British mysteries, and we watch (or record) Mystery!. We record a lot of old movies and shows we enjoy so we can watch them when we get time.

Salad
What’s the scariest weather situation you’ve experienced? Hurricane Fran in 1996. I was living near Raleigh at the time and was awake during the storm. A tree broke in our backyard and came through the window of my son's bedroom. He was asleep in the bed and the limb missed him by about a foot. He slept right through it and didn't wake up til I picked him up and put him in my bed.

Main Course
If you could wake up tomorrow morning in another country, where would you want to be? Ireland, hands down (that is, if Bob was to be transported with me)

Dessert
What do you usually wear to sleep? Uh... the pajamas I was born in :-)
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My friend Kailani has started Aloha Friday.

Here are the details... swiped shamelessly from her site.
Welcome to the first edition of Aloha Friday - The Meme.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, Aloha Friday is a very popular term used in Hawaii. It’s basically a day where we take it easy and look forward to the upcoming weekend - kind of like T.G.I.F. In keeping with this idea, I thought I would have an Aloha Friday on my blog as well. No long posts, no deep soul searching revelations . . . just a little fun.

To accomplish this, I’ll be posting a simple question or topic of conversation and then opening up the comments to you. If you’d like to join me, just post something on your blog with your own question and then sign the Mr. Linky below. Then we can all go around and visit each other. Simple, huh? (BTW, you can still answer the question even if you’re not participating.)

As an incentive, I’ll be giving away a 2008 Hawaiian Pictorial Wall Calendar to one random participant. The winner will be announced on Monday.

Here’s this week’s question:

What one special talent would you like to have and why?

All I wanted was to sing to God. He gave me that longing... and then made me mute. Why? Tell me that. If He didn't want me to praise him with music, why implant the desire? Like a lust in my body! And then deny me the talent?
--- Salieri in Amadeus

You Are A Lily

You are a nurturer and all around natural therapist.
People see you as their rock. And they are able to depend on you.
You are a soothing influence. You can make people feel better with a few words.
Your caring has more of an impact than even you realize.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Booking Through Thursday

Buy a Friend a Book Week is October 1-7 (as well as the first weeks of January, April, and July). During this week, you’re encouraged to buy a friend a book for no good reason. Not for their birthday, not because it’s a holiday, not to cheer them up–just because it’s a book.

What book would you choose to give to a friend and why?

And, if you’re feeling generous enough–head on over to Amazon and actually send one on its way!


It depends on the friend. Lianne would probably get Brandilyn Collins' new book or something Scottish. Marianne would have to get something with HEA. Everyone has different tastes. And, books are very personal.

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You Are A Hazelnut Tree

You're a charmer with a killer sense of humor.
You are very demanding, but you can also be very understanding.
No matter what, you always make a lasting impression - you're quite popular.
Passionate, you are an active fighter for social causes and politics.
In general, you are moody, honest, a perfectionist, and very sexual.


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We've had a busy couple of days. We took out one of the biggest stumps we've ever taken out.



I laid my cell phone on top so you could get an idea of the massiveness of this stump. It was a whopper.

But...not this whopper:

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Hard Wednesday

We had a really rough day at work today, so I'm stealing borrowing this idea (and the quizzes)from Jill.


Judy --

[adjective]:

Extremely extreme!



'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com


I can live with that.. :-) And Marianne would probably wholeheartedly agree!

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You Scored an A

You got 10/10 questions correct.

It's pretty obvious that you don't make basic grammatical errors.
If anything, you're annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.
As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they're only human.
And it's humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.


With all the editing I do, I would hope so!

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Your Vocabulary Score: A

Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.


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Your Celebrity Baby Name Is...

Sonora Melody


Maybe I'll have to use that as a character one day.

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And, one just because....

You Are 40% Nerdy

You're a little nerdy, but no one would ever call you a nerd.
You sometimes get into nerdy things, but only after they've become a part of mainstream culture.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007



If you want to play Tuesday Twosome with us, click the button above and it will take you to today's questions.

Were you more likely to have a crush or be the crush?
If we're talking high school, I was definitely more likely to have a crush. I was a late-bloomer. When I got to college, things changed some. There were some people who had crushes on me then, but I still think I had them beat. I was... ahem... a bit of a flirt and I found out years later (from one of the guys I had had a crush on) that most of the guys thought I had a LOT more experience than I did and were intimidated. HA! Wish I had known that then!!!! :-)

Were you more likely to lead or be lead?
I was more likely to lead, but from behind the scenes, as it were.

Were you more likely set trends or follow trends?
Probably follow trends. I was never "stylish," and still am not. If I have my books and my writing, then I don't much care about other things.. like "trends."

Were you more likely speak your mind or remain quiet?
It depended on the situation. And, who I was talking with.

From the above four questions, what two answers have changed the most? Probably the first. I don't really have crushes any more :-) But then, I don't think I'm on anyone's list of fantasy lovers either! lol And... maybe the last. I've always tended to be non-confrontational if I was talking with someone who mattered to me. I didn't want to "rock the boat." Now, I've learned to trust the people I care about and to know that even if I disagree with them on an issue, they aren't going to stop loving me. It's taken me a long time to learn that.
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Have you stopped in at The Long and the Short of It yet this morning? Our interview with Elaine Cantrell is up and I think you will enjoy it. And, don't forget to stop by the contest page and answer a question about the interview for a chance to win a free download of one of Elaine's books.
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And, once again, truth is stranger than fiction. Marianne and I are more alike than we thought.

Your Superpower Should Be Manipulating Electricity

You're highly reactive, energetic, and super charged.
If the occasion calls for it, you can go from 0 to 60 in a split second.
But you don't harness your energy unless you truly need to.
And because of this, people are often surprised by what you are capable of.

Why you would be a good superhero: You have the stamina to fight enemies for days

Your biggest problem as a superhero: As with your normal life, people would continue to underestimate you

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AND.. just because I saw this and it seemed interesting, I present:

You Are 39% Burned Out

You are a little burned out these days.
You are mostly energized and happy, but you occasionally wear yourself down.
Think about taking a personal day every so often.
You work hard, and you deserve to give yourself a little break!


I would be interested in finding out how YOU did.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Monday Mutterings

IN THE NEWS: It's true what they say about fitting a square peg in a round hole: Jack Hanna and His Flamingo.
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We have quite the week planned at theromance reviews website, The Long and the Short of It. Janet Mullany is in our author spotlight this week and you have the chance to win your choice of two autographed books. Also, we have a treat in store for you with our author interview of Elaine Cantrell, up tomorrow. But, you can begin entering today to win a free download of her novel Purple Heart. Why, yes, I did say begin. You didn't think I would give you just ONE chance to win, did you?
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You Are Mud Pie

You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth
Those who like you give into their impulses

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Saturday Somethings

I am so excited! I don't think I could be much more excited if it had happened to me (well, yeah,... but you know what I mean). What am I so excited about, you ask? My good friend Allie won Ciar Cullen's Best E-Book of the Summer contest. I love One Night in Boston and feel like I was a part of it from the beginning. It richly deserved to win. Go and congratulate her (and tell her I sent you).

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Do you like to read romance books? Would you like some free books? If you do, all you need to do is become a reviewer with our romance reviews site. Check it out. We are receiving review requests every day so there's a lot of books to read.
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Speaking of free books, next week we'll be giving away TWO free books. Go to LASR every weekday next week for new chances to enter.
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You Should Play the Trumpet

You are a natural leader. You have a very dominant and strong personality.
Working with others suits you. As long as you're in charge, that is!

You are aggressive and strong in your approach to most things.
You feel like no one is as competent as you are, and you rarely make mistakes.

The limelight is where you feel most comfortable - and you'll take risks to get some extra attention.
You definitely would bring your own flavor to any music you were a part of. Even if it means being a little loud and obnoxious.

Your dominant personality characteristic: you're a showoff

Your secondary personality characteristic: you like to be in charge of other people


I don't know about this. Okay, y'all know me. Does this sound like me?

Friday, September 21, 2007

If It's Friday....



Appetizer
What is your favorite type of art? It shouldn't surprise anyone that my favorite kind of art is the written word. I like this quote:
Creating and expressing ones’ self through various media, such as art and literature, has been a desire of mankind since the beginning of time. Also an art form, literature has been used to express mankind's deepest observations, most profound thinking and firmest beliefs; it encompasses many genres such as drama, poetry and novels. While both the physical arts and literature are a form of self-expression, each also represents a profession. Explore the world of arts and literature and discover mankind’s fascination with self-expression.


Soup
When was the last time you got a free lunch (or breakfast or dinner)? Who paid for it? Hmm... I guess the last time was when we went out with our cousin on a business trip and he picked up the tab. About time to go with him again...lol.

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how emotional are you? During most of the month, probably a nine. During that time of the month, it goes off the scale. If my dearest, most patient husband was to tell me the sky was blue during that time, I would probably cry because I should have made it red. Yeah, it's that bad, people. At least I just cry.... I've heard of a woman who literally threw the TV out of the window because her family was watching it instead of cleaning up like she'd asked them to!! chanel handbags

Main Course
Approximately how long do you spend each day responding to emails? Less than an hour. Now, if you start adding in all the time Marianne and I spend discussing author interviews, or the free books we like to give away in chat.. well, let's just say that it's more than an hour, shall we?

Dessert
To what temperature do you usually set your home’s thermostat? Normally around 76. And let me tell you, the best investment we made was to get a digital therostat that we can lock with a secret code!!!
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What Your Hands Say About You

You are logical, analytical, and rational. You have good verbal skills.

Bold and daring, you're not afraid to change your life if you think it needs an overhaul.

Practical and down to earth, you're a doer not a dreamer. You rather get something done than think about it all day.

Your emotions tend to be relaxed and uncomplicated. You don't read too much into things.


My DH says this is spot on... hmmm.. nice to know.
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Have you checked in at ourreviews site this week? We had some awesome things going on. And, we have even more excitement next week. Don't forget, every weekday, something new goes on :-)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Booking It Thursday



The reverse of last week’s question:

Imagine that everything is going just swimmingly. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and all’s right with the world. You’re practically bouncing from health and have money in your pocket. The kids are playing and laughing, the puppy is chewing in the cutest possible manner on an officially-sanctioned chew toy, and in between moments of laughter for pure joy, you pick up a book to read . . .

What is it?



When everything is going great, it doesn't much matter what I read. Unlike Marianne it's seldom I revisit an old favorite. Not if there's something new to read. Right now, I'm reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander), the last book (so far). Lianne turned me on to this series and now I can't wait for her to catch up so we can talk about what's been going on!

Not that I've had a lot of time for reading. I've been working diligently on LASR (go read a wonderful interview with M.G. Braden and don't forget there a lots of chances to win a free e-book from M.G. or a free autographed book from Jill Monroe) :-)

Also, don't forget the new Yahoo group we formed to discuss romance stories and authors. Come and join us for what promises to be a fun group.

And, the day wouldn't be complete with the obligatory test to see just how much alike Marianne and I are alike.

You Are a Strawberry Margarita

You're so sweet it's a little overwhelming, and people are a little afraid of corrupting you...
It's a little difficult to imagine you with a margarita. And you're truly a different person after you've kicked back a couple!


Okay :-)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

An Invitation to a New Group

Yep, as if there's not enough going on in my life, I thought I would start a new Yahoo group, "We Love Romance." It should be fun and I'm hoping it will lead to some interesting discussions. If you enjoy reading romance, check it out. It's brand new, so invite your friends as well. The more the merrier. I'm looking forward to some great discussions on the books and authors we enjoy. Click here to check us out.

Your Driving Is is: 35% Male, 65% Female

According to studies, you generally drive like a typical female.
You are a careful, skilled driver. And you are patient in sticky driving situations.
You may get aggressive from time to time, but normally you're a cool, collected driver.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Does Anyone Have a New Head... Cheap?

I grabbed this from Southern Girl, because my head hurts. And besides, I think it's a grand idea.



Warm the Globe through Friendship








Lynne's Little Corner of the World had this up the other day, and I thought it looked like fun. This is an idea started on a blog by Vic Grace from British Columbia. Miss Bee quoted Jeni of Down River Drivel about this idea:
As we are all aware, blogging does give us the opportunity to reach out and yes, "touch someone" by our words, pictures, links in our blogs, and by our comments to follow bloggers as well.
If you'd like to participate in Vic Grace's effort to "warm the globe through friendship" all you have to do is copy this post with the list of links below and add your link at the end. Hopefully when someone sees it on your blog, they will do the same and in that way it will reach more and more people. You can tag people to do this if you want, or just let your readers choose to do this also. This is a good way to meet new bloggers and have them meet you.

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10 Years Running Blind
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I'm ready to switch heads with someone.. anyone. I don't know what's growing out there, but whatever it is is playing havoc with my allergies. Anyway, I can't do any serious thinking, so here.... enjoy this.

You Are a Mermaid

You are a total daydreamer, and people tend to think you're flakier than you actually are.
While your head is often in the clouds, you'll always come back to earth to help someone in need.
Beyond being a caring person, you are also very intelligent and rational.
You understand the connections of the universe better than almost anyone else.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

We Have A Winner

The winner of our first photo caption contest is Karen at Pediascribe with "Gene Simmons lives out his retirement in the back of a pick-up truck."


You can see the resemblance:



Congratulations, Karen! And, we'll have to do this more often. I enjoyed it. I hope you did.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Photo Caption Contest ~~ Sticky Note

I saw a dog in the parking lot yesterday. That's not so unusual. What's strange about this dog is.. I noticed his tongue first. People, this dog has the LONGEST tongue. So.. I just had to take a picture for you.




My husband told me I couldn't say anything obscene, so I won't. However, I will give a $20 Amazon gift certificate for the best caption. I'm going to be running this contest through Saturday, so let all your friends know. The caption will be based on a conglomerate of things...I'm looking for the funniest, as decided by my husband. The captions will be read to him without him knowing who wrote what... so it's fair to everyone. chanel handbags

Enter as many times as you like. One caption per comment, though.

Thanks.. and have fun.

A New Blog

I have had so much fun with the photo caption contest, that I've decided to create a new blog dedicated to my photography (or what passes for photography). Come visit me at Photo Fun.

I'll be back in the morning with the winner of the "Photo Caption" contest!

Not Tonight, Dear... I Have a Headache

Which means.... you get to check out some quizzes:

from Marianne:

You paid attention during 97% of high school!

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don't get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

Do you deserve your high school diploma?
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from Allie:

BLUE

Congratulations, you are a primary Blue. Your heart-felt communication style creates peace and harmony in the workplace. You know how to bring out the best in others.


You can find out your colors by going here.

And... not from anyone:







What Disney Love Song is Yours? (Video and Lyrics Included)



"A Whole New World"From AladdinLyrics:I can show you the worldShining, shimmering, splendidTell me, princess, now when didYou last let your heart decide?I can open your eyesTake you wonder by wonderOver, sideways and underOn a magic carpet rideA whole new worldA new fantastic point of viewNo one to tell us noOr where to goOr say we're only dreamingA whole new worldA dazzling place I never knewBut when I'm way up hereIt's crystal clearThat now I'm in a whole new world with youNow I'm in a whole new world with youUnbelievable sightsIndescribable feelingSoaring, tumbling, freewheelingThrough an endless diamond skyA whole new worldDon't you dare close your eyesA hundred thousand things to seeHold your breath - it gets betterI'm like a shooting starI've come so farI can't go back to where I used to beA whole new worldEvery turn a surpriseWith new horizons to pursueEvery moment red-letterI'll chase them anywhereThere's time to spareLet me share this whole new world with youA whole new worldThat's where we'll beA thrilling chaseA wondrous placeFor you and me
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Booking Through Thursday and other fun stuff



Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better.

What do you read?


I don't know about warm and comforting, but I would head for my library and stock up on Stephen King. One thing about his books.. they can keep your mind off what's bothering you. And... the bad guy... you can picture him as your ex, or your boss... then when the bad guy gets his.. well, it's just a good revenge :-)

Play along.
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Speaking of reading, The Long and the Short of It have been getting many requests from publishers to review their stories. That is great news and we're very excited about it. But, it also means we need more reviewers. So, if you are reading this, then you are a reader (see how well that works?). So, if you like the idea of free books, then let us hear from you.

And.. you know we always give you a chance to win free books at LASR, but this week we are giving you an extra chance to win. Just go here, read the review, leave a comment, and you will be entered into the drawing to win an autographed copy of the book. How much easier can we make it?
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Your Inner Child Is Surprised

You see many things through the eyes of a child.
Meaning, you're rarely cynical or jaded.
You cherish all of the details in life.
Easily fascinated, you enjoy experiencing new things.


OH, so very true! My DH says it's one of my most endearing charms.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Book Meme and a Quiz

It's all Marianne's fault. She keeps me SOOOO busy giving away free books that I hardly have time to blog! (NAH... that's not true... but I HAVE been very busy AND I'm trying to rework a couple of short stories there have been "interest" in)

Anyway, I had seen this meme once before and was going to do it, but Marianne beat me to it. Oh, well, I always steal borrow things from her so why should I stop now?

Here are the rules:

Go to the advanced book search on Amazon, type your first name into the Title field, and post the most interesting/amusing cover that shows up.




Judy Moody sounds like my kinda girl... and she seems like she is having a day like I do sometimes!!!

Poor Judy Moody.
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Once again, Marianne are twins. I don't guess it's any wonder we work so well together!

What sport are you?
Your Result: Tennis
 

You get get quite touchy sometimes, chill out! You prefer you own company, and concentrate better on your own. Try going own with your friends more. You should try listening to My Chemical Romance, Evanescence and Take That.

Volleyball
 
Hockey
 
What sport are you?
Make Your Own Quiz

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Efficient or Lazy?

I'll let you choose. I swiped this from Marianne. She's the technical guru of our little adventure in giving away free stories and free books. So... she can do the work and YOU can reap the benefits.

Diane Craver is giving away one of her books -- autographed personally -- and it's easy peasy to enter. Just go read an exerpt and send her an email. New chances EVERY DAY. What are you waiting for? Trust me, she's an amazing author and you won't be sorry. Tell your friends... spread the word.

Melissa McClone is giving away a book every week! All you have to do is read her blog (daily!) and comment. C'mon, it doesn't get any easier than that.

Speaking of easy, Harlequin American Authors are giving away four books this month. Again, just go to their blog, comment, and you're entered! There should be a gazillion comments every day -- FREE BOOKS people. Spread the word.

Of course, LASR is giving away an autographed book this week. There are seven different ways to enter. What are you waiting for?

Allie mentioned the Romance Studio's Book-a-day Giveaway. They're giving away a book EVERY SINGLE DAY. How can you go wrong?

I found a book giveaway at Readers Read. Just fill out a form.

Book Browse is giving away a book.

Samhain Publishing offers regular eBook giveaways AND print book giveaways.

There... I've done the work for you. Go enter. Good luck.

PS... if you'd like to post all this stuff on your own blog, I'll happily supply the HTML so you don't need to do all the links. Just comment here or email me and I'll send it to you.

Spread the word. Support the authors. Help in any way you can!


And... to further my habit of stealing borrowing things from Marianne:

What Your Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich Means

Your eating style is gluttonous. If you like something, you're going back for seconds... no matter how full you are!

You have a total sweet tooth. When you can get away with it, you like to have dessert before dinner!

Your taste in food tends to be conservative and traditional. It's likely that you prefer "All American" favorites like mac and cheese or hamburgers.

Admit it, you're a little trashy and low class at times. You're definitely more comfortable at a tattoo parlor than the theater.

You are a tough person who isn't afraid to live life fully. There isn't a lot that scares you.

Precise and controlled, you can be a bit anal retentive when it comes to how you like things. You're definitely a perfectionist.
This is so WRONG, it's funny... all except not being afraid to live life fully. There they have it right. :-)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Headachy, Today.. so enjoy the quiz

What fantasy Creature are you?(AWSEOME pictures!)
Fairy
Fairy
Your fantasy creature is Fairy! You're very peaceful and like to be with friends. But you don't always have to rely on your friends; you can survive by yourself for a while. You're barely evil at all. But sometimes your thoughts can be a little evil if angered. Image (c) Goldenwolfen.Deviantart.com

Take the quiz!
myYearbook.com

Friday, September 07, 2007

What a WEEK (as opposed to day) It Has Been

I apologize for my absence from the blogosphere, but work has been really keeping me busy. We've had several big jobs (which is good) but they keep me out from early (to me) to dark...have I mentioned lately how much I hate Daylight Savings Time? It's been eighty forevers since I've had the chance to "talk" to Marianne. Thank goodness for email or we'd be lost in the website business (have you visited our website yet this week? I've been too busy to mention it, but... ahem, the short story this week is... MINE! Yep, go.. read....AND check out the rest of the site.. there are fun things on every page... including another contest but then come back, because it's FRIDAY and we know what that means!!!)



Appetizer
Using only one word, how does grocery shopping make you feel? Satisfied

Soup
What is your favorite part about the season of Autumn? Earlier dark times and shorter days!!!

Salad
Have you ever had any bad experiences online? I have been really blessed to NOT have any really bad experiences online. I've made some great blogging friends, started a business venture, and had several stories published... (oh, and btw, did I mention you can read one of them here? Go, read, and tell me if you like it (okay... so I'm not above begging for positive reinforcement on my writing. Do you know a writer who is???)

Main Course
Name three things that make you happy daily. my husband, my family, my blogging friends

Dessert
What one household cleansing or organizing item would you not want to be without?Baking Soda. You can do almost anything with it!!! Here... have a book that explains everything you ever wanted to know about baking soda plus some. Did I mention it's a free book? And... that we have a free book to give away on our contest page? But, you better hurry. The contest ends at midnight tonight (Friday). The most excellent thing is.. there are ways you can have multiple entries... check it out.

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And, to share the same quiz as Marianne, I present you:

You Are Mexican Food

Spicy yet dependable.
You pull punches, but people still love you.