Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Monday

I'm happy because it's Monday.. and because that means in just a few more days I'll have my new battery for my laptop. Yep, the battery in it just died deader'n'a doornail yesterday. At least, we're hoping that's what the problem is. We were thinking the power cord had gone bad, but the people at Staples tried a new cord and that wasn't the problem, so they are thinking it's a battery problem. Seems it's not good to leave a laptop plugged in all the time...that it will kill the battery. Who knew? So.. Wednesday the new battery will be here.. just in time for NaNo. So.. that's good. And, I'll be able to finish the editing I was finishing up. I think from now on, every night I'm going to put my work for the day on my thumbdrive.

I'm also happy because I'm still making good progress on my 70 Days story. It's progressing nicely even though it's completely different than anything I've ever tried. I'm having fun doing it, though.

And...I'm happy because we have some awesome contests going on this week at LASR. And, as a special heads-up to you, my wonderful readers, we are giving a way a free print book at our romance review site. Make sure you head over and scheck everything out. You'll be glad you did.
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You Should Be a Mechanic

You are logical, calm, and detail oriented.
You're rational when things are chaotic, and for you, reason always prevails.
And while you are guided by logic, you aren't a slave to it.
You're flexible when it counts. You are always open to being wrong.

You do best when you:

- Work with your hands
- Can use tools, machines, or equipment

You would also be a good architect or carpenter.


UH.. NO... not even close.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Happy Halloween Week

I've been pleased with my progress on the new story for 70 Days of Sweat. So far, I've made my goal of 750 words every day. I was pushing it Saturday, though, because normally I get up at 5 AM to do my writing and editing. Yesterday, it didn't happen. It was 8:00 before I woke up! (Yeah, I know... I'm such a sloth, sleeping the day away!) But... I did manage before I went to bed, so that's my success story of the day.

I'm excited with where the story is going. I'm writing for a new line I've never targeted before, so we'll see how it goes. At the very least, I'm stretching my creative wings, so that can't be too bad, can it?
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Since it's Halloween this week, I hope you'll check out all the fun things we have going on at The Long and the Short of It. We have an interview with an author of paranormal romances, who has graciously allowed us to give away her SOON TO BE PUBLISHED romance, Black Rock: A Time for Love. Just think, one lucky winner will be one of the very first to read this exciting first book in a new series. We'll also be reviewing and giving away free books on the review site. Stay tuned for some exciting news from that area. And, if you have subscribed to our newsletter you'll find out even sooner! (Don't forget, every month a $5 gift card will be awarded to one lucky subscriber...so if you haven't signed up for it, what are you waiting for?)
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Do you think you know a lot about Halloween? Take this quiz and find out. Let me know what your score was... mine was 14.
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I took a quiz to find out which costume I should wear. I'll let you help me pick it out.

"Just Let Me Be! Personality"
You are the type of person who sits back and lets life happen! You don't like change and fight it. You live life at your own pace and only speed up if it suits you. You hate parties but go because it is the right thing to do and you are usually one of the first to leave.

You prefer spending time with a close group of friends rather than meeting new people. If you do decide to speak up, which is infrequent, you usually aren't at a loss for words.

You never do things on the spur of the moment and are extremely organized and meticulous. You refuse to take chances and analyze each possible scenario before acting. You lean towards perfectionism. When it comes to Halloween parties and costumes, you love classic costumes and more than likely will wear the same one you have worn for years!

Here are some of the costume suggestions that are custom fit for your personality!

Witch

Frankenstein's Bride

Indian Princess

Medusa

Southern Belle

Any Disney Princess (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella)


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And, for your fun this week, I bring you:


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Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday's Feast

I know I promised you more on the anniversary getaway but that's before I remembered that it's Friday and time for

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Appetizer
Name a great website you would recommend to others. Is it going to surprise anyone who knows me when I say that if you like reading you really should visit The Long and the Short of It? It has everything I look for in a website. It's never the same old, same old website. It has weekly contests, author interviews with some incredible writers, free short stories, articles on the craft of writing, and fun things every Friday to enjoy. You never know what will show up on Fridays! It might be anything from a recipe for a great snack to a recipe for a sexy body paint! All bets are off when it comes to THAT day!

Soup
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how often do you dream at night? Unless I'm medicated (and sometimes then.. just weirder) I dream every night. I don't always remember the dreams, but on awakening I always have the impression that the dreams were very detailed. I can't imagine why... it's not like I have a busy life or anything!

Salad
Did you have a pet as a child? If so, what kind and what was its name? My first pet was a dachshound named Greta. She was a sweetheart and someone stole her out of my backyard. I remember crying for weeks about it.

Main Course
If you had the chance to star in a commercial, what would you choose to advertise? My novel, of course, which had just debuted to a "Best Book Award" from the world's best romance review site, LASR. By the way, you can help make that statement a reality by voting for The Long and the Short of It review site here. There's a nifty little poll on their sidebar.

Dessert
What is your favorite kind of hard candy? Hmmmm, since you specify hard candy, there goes chocolate and caramels... so I guess I'll go with
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You Are a Light Pink Rose

You represent sweetness and grace.

Your vibe: Kind and gentle

Falling in love with you: is like falling in love with a best friend

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A Strange Combination

Marianne and I have joined together in an effort to overcome the flab. We are doing Weight Watchers together and hopefully I can get rid of some of this excess weight I'm carrying around. I had not quite realized how much (the scales not withstanding) until Bob and I had our picture taken together in the Sequoyah Caverns... and, no, I will NOT post it. I believe in truth and honesty on this blog, but I don't want to turn anyone's stomach.

So... I'm going to put up a handy-dandy little ticker to help me stay accountable not only to Marianne, but to all of you as well.




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And, now to the "strange combination" in the title. I want to tell you about the wonderful restaurants we ate at while on vacation! (and you will know why I'm back on Weight Watchers!)

The first night there was also the first night of Mentone's Colorfest. It was a lot of fun. They kicked the festivities off with a bonfire and live music. After we ate at Dessie's, we had the pleasure of listening to James Smith. He was very good! It was fun to sing along with him.

The following day we perused the arts and crafts at the festival and then drove to Ft. Payne and ate at The Box Office Grill at the Strand.
Box Office Grill at the Strand - Located inside Strand Antiques in downtown Fort Payne, this grill offers Hot Dogs prepared fresh just like you like them. Order up the John Wayne, the Box Office Special, the Railroad Dog or any other variation of this popular food item. We also have the best burger in town, chicken salads and sandwiches. Now serving dinner on Friday nights, offering the finest in steak dinners.
I had a "John Wayne hotdog" and it was the best hotdog I have ever put in my mouth. A freshly grilled hotdog with mustard, onions, chili, and cheese, you literally had to eat if with a fork and knife. I'm salivating just remembering it!

Supper was at The Little River Cafe.
Little River Cafe - This rustic restaurant features homemade dinners such as southern country fried steak and catfish fillets. We also have specialty sandwiches including a Reuben and the French Dip. All of our desserts are homemade with our signature dessert being Carolyn's made-from-scratch Fried Apple Pie. It is great by itself or go all out and try it Ala-Mode.
It's a charming restaurant that started life out as an Alpine Chalet and has a huge fireplace in the middle. The food was most excellent.

Sunday, we did some rambling after church, and eventually wound up eating "lupper" (what? you've never heard of lupper? If you can have "brunch" ... a combination of breakfast and lunch... why can't you have "lupper"?) at
The Golden Rule - The Original Golden Rule BBQ and Grill. The South's most famous Bar-B-Q
. And it's most famous for a reason. The food was to die for.

Before you think all we did was eat, let me assure you that tomorrow you will be regaled with other things we did :-) Fortunately, the other things usually involved a lot of walking... otherwise I would have come home even bigger!

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Your score on this personality test was 55%
 

Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Home from Vacation

We had a wonderful time while we were gone! I wanted to share some of our vacation with you, because if you ever get the chance to go to northern Alabama, I heartily recommend it. If you like the mountains, but don't like the crowds and traffic that surround so many of the more popular areas, you would do well to give this area a try.

Several months ago, Bob was looking for something special for us to do for our anniversary. We'd spent our honeymoon in the mountains, but had not gotten a chance to go back. We knew we didn't want to go to the North Georgia mountains...the traffic is horrendous and Bob doesn't suffer fools on the highway easily. He found The Rooster's Rest and made reservations...prepaying. His reasoning, "If we go ahead and pay for it then, no matter how busy we happen to be when the time gets here, we'll still go so we don't lose that money." And... it worked! (We may do that on all our vacations from now on... just go ahead and prepay the accomodations.)

We stayed in the smaller cabin and opened the door to a flickering electric fireplace and Kenny G playing softly. The one-room cabin was tastefully furnished and very comfortable for two people. If you are taking your family, you would want to request this cabin.

Our hosts were just wonderful. Donna knew it was our anniversary, so she had a few special surprises for us. There was a basket of muffins and fresh fruit waiting for us, as well as....







If you want to stay within driving distance of a ton of things to do, I highly recommend The Rooster's Rest.

I'll be sharing some more of our adventures during the week, but don't want to overload you with pictures and commentary all on one day ;-)
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Have you checked out LASR yet this week? Patti Shenberger is giving away not one, but THREE, prizes in this week's contest. You can't win, though, if you don't go enter. So...what are you waiting for?
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I'm way behind on my Marianne quizzes. I might get caught up one day this week and have a "quiz day" (I know you are all looking forward to that!)



Who comes up with these things?????? So weird. I'm going to try one of the ones I missed over the weekend..maybe it will be more accurate. (It certainly can't be LESS accurate!)

What Your Halloween Habits Say About You

You're a friendly person, but not the life of the party. You like making someone else's day - and you'll dress up if you think of a really fun costume.

You're weird. You're downright deviant. And you use dressing up in a costume as an excuse to act out.

Your inner child is open minded, playful, and adventurous.

Your fears are irrational and varied. It's hard to predict what you may be afraid of on any given day.

You're prone to be quite emotional and over dramatic. Deep down, you enjoy being scared out of your mind... even if you don't admit it.

You are picky and high maintenance. If you wear a Halloween costume, it's only when you really feel like it. And it has to be perfect.


Emotional and over-dramatic? Okay.. I'll buy that. One day when I was a kid, my cousin and I were walking up at the lake and passed a ratty old house. We proceeded to make up a story about the man who lived there. Of course, when we heard rustling in the woods that sounded like it was following us, we were convinced the man had heard us and was following us, so we ran home terrified. We got in so much troule for scaring ourselves.

The rest... okay... playful, weird (but maybe not deviant!), making other people's days... I can deal with those.

But, some of the others? I'm definitely not high maintenance. And, I'm not afraid of anything (except how often Marianne and I get the exact same answer to these quizzes!!!

How did you do on the quizzes?

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Interrupting this Vacation

... with an important message. Do you like our review site? If so, there's a nifty little poll at Much Cheaper Than Therapy. Why don't you take a minute and go vote for us?

Back to the regularly scheduled vacation... and do I have a lot to share with you all when I get back! This was JUST what I needed.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

TGIF (well, almost :-))

This has been a killer week, so I'm VERY glad it's almost over. We've had two huge tree jobs to do, which has run us late every night. Add to that the fact that I've been getting up at 5 AM (GACK) to make sure I can get my 750 words a day in for 70 Days of Sweat (and... in case you didn't notice the handy-dandy little gadgets in the side bar, you can see I've met my goal every day so far!)

Tomorrow, my darling, wonderful, handsome husband is taking me to the mountains for four days for our anniversary. I am SO excited. We've been so busy, we haven't had the chance to get out of town for pleasure since the fourth of July holiday. So... we are ready!

I'll be up early again in the morning (I hope) to get my 750 in and do Friday's Feast. We have a very special day planned at LASR tomorrow. Our contest is coming to an end, so you'll want to be sure to enter, if you haven't already. Also, Marcia James has a fun and sexy surprise for us at Fun Friday (that is, if our webhosting is working right. It wasn't tonight so say a little prayer for Marianne, because she might just go shoot someone over there!)
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Your Karaoke Theme Song is "Margaritaville"

You are a true party animal, but your style is mild and chill.
Kicking back with a few friends and a few drinks is all you need to be happy.

You certainly don't feel pressured to be a part of any party scene. In fact, you avoid trendier spots.
You've been known to kick loose anywhere and everywhere. All you need is a cooler.

You might also sing: "Gin and Juice," "Love Shack," and "Red Red Wine"

Stay away from people who sing: "Wind Beneath My Wings"

Monday, October 15, 2007

Monday Madness

Have we got a lot of giveaways for you at LASR this week. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on checking us out.

First, we are so very excited to be spotlighting this year's winner of the Golden Leaf Award for best long contemporary fiction, Liana Laverentz, and will be giving away your choice of a free book from her, including the one that won the Golden Leaf. To read reviews of the two books we are giving away, go here and here. Our reviewers REALLY liked both of these stories.

And... we are also interviewing Marcia James, as she tells us about her new book, At Her Command, another free book you don't want to miss! It's "rated R, for Risque" and is a hot, sexy, funny book that will have you looking at law enforcement in a whole new light! (And.. just for my readers, I'm going to let you in on a little secret...if you go to Fun Friday on October 19, you will have a sexy and fun surprise).

I'm not done yet...we have recently had the opportunity to review two Regency novels that are being released tomorrow. If you go to our romance reviews site today and tomorrow, you will have the chance to win both of these books just by leaving a comment. This contest runs all week.

You can't say we don't love you. As a matter of fact, we love you SO much that if you tell your friends and loved ones about our contests in your blog, you'll get an extra entry in whichever contests you have entered. How can you beat a deal like that? If you enter all four contests, you get four extra chances for one blog entry :-) Just leave a comment either here or at Marianne's letting us know you talked about us.
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And, it's beyond any doubt. We've all thought I was nuts... now we have the proof. In addition to doing Nano (btw, I've decided to write a ghost story for that one), I've also committed to do 70 Days of Sweat. Thankfully, the Nano words will play double duty. But, since I can't write any of the ghost story until November 1, I've come up with another fun project for 70 Days. And...it's a surprise. Let me tell you though, it will be like NOTHING I've ever written before.

Hopefully, I will get the nifty little sidebar icons up this evening when I get home, because.. yes... right now I have to go to work. I'm taking my handy-dandy legal yellow pad with me to jot down the first of 750 words for today as I steal moments away from trees.(YACK!...Lock me up right now and just throw the key away until the first of the year!)
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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sunday Scribblings

I went to my first IRL writers' group meeting yesterday and it was wonderful. I have a lot of processing to do, but I hope to be sharing some with you in the days to come. Suffice it to say, it was indeed a treat to be sitting in a group of women talking about POV, "show don't tell," and submissions without feeling like people are looking at you as if you've suddenly (oops... one of our presenters said that was on the "no no list")... rephrase.... as if you've sprouted another head in a split second.

Like I said, a lot to process, but I met some wonderful people and had some kind words on my writing. So...that was all good.

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Taken from Marianne who swiped it from Allie,

These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and strike through books you hated. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your TBR (To Be Read) list. [[NOTE: Although it looks like I've read a lot, chalk it up to a combination of being a literature major in college and the happy circumstance of my grandparents' owning a complete set of classics while I was growing up.]]

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights*
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick*
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice*
Jane Eyre*
A Tale of Two Cities*
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The Historian
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave new world*
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein*
The Count of Monte Cristo*
Dracula*
A clockwork orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King*
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
1984*
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray*
Mansfield Park
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Dune
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes
The God of Small Things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A confederacy of dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The unbearable lightness of being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five*
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit*
In Cold Blood
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

If I counted right, 42 out of 106. I have to admit, some of the books I've never even heard of.

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And, once again, a quiz that proves no matter how different Marianne and I are... in the land of quizzes we are identical twins separated at birth by time and distance.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

TGIF (at last)

Today is a VERY SPECIAL DAY. My friend, critique partner, and co-hort in crime, Marianne, has just posted her... are you ready for this?... 1,000th post! Go and congratulate her for sticking it out! And tell her Judy sent you!
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Today is the last day to win two free books from Staci Stallings. Don't forget, there are multiple ways to enter.

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Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!


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Welcome to This Week's Edition of Friday's Feast


To play along, just click on the picture.

Appetizer
When was the last time you were surprised? A couple of years ago. Aaron had told me he was not going to be able to get leave. He had, however, LIED to his Mama! He arranged to fly into Raleigh and spend time with his sisters, then one of them drove him down to Atlanta, where my sister lives, and she and her husband drove him the rest of the way down. When the doorbell rang, my hubby (who was not in on the plot, btw) went to the door, but then made some excuse for me to go unlock the door (he didn't have his keys and had an...ahem...emergency in the back). I was grumbling... until I opened the door! chanel handbags

Soup
Fill in the blanks: My eyes are tired, but I wish they were not.

Salad
If you were a Beanie Baby, what would you look like and what would your name be? Hmmmm... I've never thought of myself as a stuffed animal. If I were a Beanie, I would look like a monkey, and my name would be "Murphy Monkey.

And, stolen, I mean, borrowed from Gabrielle:







Which Ty Beanie Baby Are You? (cute pictures)




You are like Snip!Like Snip, you are pretty normal, but love to play and hang with friends. People like you a lot, you are easy to get along with.Snip's Poem:Snip the cat is SiameseShe'll be your friend if you pleaseSo toss her a toy or piece of stringPlaying with you is her favorite thing!
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Main Course
Name two things you consistently do that you consider to be healthy habits. Does brushing your teeth count? Yanno, because of all the germs and stuff? And...let's see... I keep my coffee intake down to about five cups a day. What do you mean that's not healthy?!? It's not a dozen cups a day... I think I'm doing good.

Dessert
What brand of toothpaste are you using these days? Do you like it? Why or why not? Colgate, I think. I buy what's on sale. Toothpaste is toothpaste. No brand loyalty here :-)
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Swiped borrowed from Marianne:
You Are Buffy the Vampire Slayer

"We saved the world. I say we have to party."

Monday, October 08, 2007

Writing Style Meme

A writing meme I stole from Marianne who swiped it from Melissa:

What's Your Writing Style?


1. Are you a "pantser" or a "plotter?"

A pantser to be sure. I might start out with a couple of characters (and sometimes with just one), mix and stir and see what happens.

2. Detailed character sketches or "their character will be revealed to me as a I write"?

No details (except for maybe hair and eye color and that's just so I don't get confused) :-)

3. Do you know your characters' goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing? LOL.... I don't know anything about my characters until they tell me.


4. Books on plotting - useful or harmful?

I don't think they hurt, as long as you remember they are helps... not the be all of writing. Don't go crazy with them.

5. Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?

Very much a procrastinator. Just as Marianne!

6. Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time?

It depends on if I'm "in the zone" or not. When I'm "in the zone" I can go for hours.
If I'm not, sometimes it's like pulling teeth to get a word out.

7. Are you a morning or afternoon writer?

Whenever I find time.

8. Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?

I can't concentrate WITH complete silence. It drives me crazy. I think it comes from always hearing my grandmother's soap operas while I was doing homework as a kid. Now, if I don't have something to "tune out," I can't work.

9. Computer or longhand? (or typewriter?)

I prefer working on the computer, because I can type faster than I can write longhanded. However, there are so many times when I'm NOT near a computer, so I've started taking a notebook with me so I can write wherever I am. Got to steal those minutes when I can.

10. Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One?

Sometimes I don't know the ending until I type it!

11. Does what's selling in the market influence how and what you write?

I write what I like to read. Hopefully somebody will like it well enough to publish it. If not, I've enjoyed the process and the journey.

12. Editing - love it or hate it?

I don't mind it too much.... sometimes :-)

Sunday, October 07, 2007

We Have a Winner

Deborah has won a copy of
Sometimes dubbed "chick-lit" for their bright covers and catchy titles, this series provides far more depth than witty banter and wacky situations. Inspired by a prayer group of real women, each book will have you laughing, crying, and perhaps praying anew.

In this highly anticipated installment, the Yada Yada sisters-a group of multi-cultural friends-and their families prepare for the event of the season.


This sounds like a fun book and I might just have to order two copies ;-)

Congratulations, Deborah. BTW... she's having a book giveaway on HER blog as well. Go enter (and tell her I sent you).

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You Are a Lace Bra!

Dreamy, romantic, and ultra-feminine
You're a womanly woman who makes guys feel like men
Your perfect guy is strong, determined, and handsome
With a softer side that only you can draw out


Sounds like a recipe for a romance novel, doesn't it?

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Speaking of Romance... don't forget to go to The Long and the Short of It this week, where you have the chance to win, not one but TWO free books. The contest doesn't start til Monday, but then you have at least FIVE chances to enter. You never can tell with us... sometimes we throw in extras. Just got to check it out to see!
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Have a great Sunday and enjoy the holiday tomorrow.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

It's Here Again (sticky note)

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That's right... it's Buy a Friend a Book Week! Here is the official "rules":

Celebrating BAFAB is easy. Just get yourself to a real-life or virtual book store during Buy a Friend a Book Week (the first weeks of January, April, July, and October) and, well, buy a friend a book! But here's the fun part: you can't buy your friend a book because it's their birthday or they just graduated or got engaged or had a baby or anything else. You have to give them a book for no good reason. In fact, this present out of the blue from you should shock the pants off of whomever you decide to give it to. And it'll make them happy. And that's the point: promote reading, promote friendships. Just make sure to let them know about Buy a Friend a Book Week, so they can spread the joy in turn. chanel handbags


As always, I'm offering a contest that will run until Saturday, October 6. Just leave a comment here with the title of the book you would like to win (up to a $20 value) and I will have a drawing on Sunday, October 7.

And, Happy BAFABW!

BTW, stop by our review site for some good ideas of books to read.

OTHER CONTESTS RUNNING THIS WEEK: (this will be updated throughout the week. If you know of a contest or have a contest and want to be listed, please email me at maracujabr at gmail dot com)

Keeper of the Snails is running a MONTH-LONG contest.
Marianne is giving away a free e-story/book of your choice from one of her publishers.
Karen
Write from Karen
Lissa

Friday, October 05, 2007

Friday's Feast

Appetizer
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you look forward to your birthday? I guess about a 7. I don't dread it, but Bob enjoys taking me out or doing something special for the day, and that's nice.

Soup
What is one word you don’t like the sound, spelling, or meaning of? There are several words, but most of them are so offensive I wouldn't put them here anyway. Of the inoffensive variety, the one that most stands out is rutabaga ... and, no, I don't know why I don't like the word. The food is okay... lol.

Salad
Do you wear sunglasses when you’re outside? If so, what does your current pair look like? all the time, just about (I tend to get migraines otherwise). And, they are just plain, cheap, black-rimmed sunglasses (sometimes I lose sunglasses and I don't want to wear anything too expensive)

Main Course
If you were to write a book, to whom would you dedicate it? the next book I write would have to be dedicated to Marianne and Lianne because they are always encouraging me to make the time to write.

Dessert
Name a beverage that you enjoy. coffee... but it's more than enjoyment. It's essential to a happy life as we know it. :-)
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Today is the last day to enter the AWESOME contest LASR is running this week (remember.. CANDY as well as a FREE BOOK!). Rush over there and enter!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Going Pink for October

,courtesy of Carol Sutton

You may have noticed that my blog looks a bit strange. I have decided to "go pink for October," mainly because I've just discovered that my cousin has breast cancer. I've not had the chance to talk with her, but my mom saw her this weekend and says she is in good spirits.

Ladies and gentlemen, please share with your loved ones the importance of regular breast examinations. Your life may depend on it.

A Great New Contest for a Free Raleigh, NC Getaway

Hold on to your hats! I TOLD y'all this was a week for contests, and have I got a contest for you. You can enter this thing, but you are NOT allowed to win, because I want to win!!! After all, my two older girls live in Raleigh and a free trip there would be just the thing, don't you think?

I lived near Raleigh for several years and absolutely loved it. Raleigh has all the amenities of a big city (things to do, places to go) with the benefits of a small town (it's easy to find your way around and the people are super!) And fall is one of the prettiest seasons there. Autumn is definitely the time to visit.

So, I was very excited to have the opportunity to share the news about this contest ith you. Y'all know how I love me a contest or two or hundred! And, it's easy to register for the free Raleigh getaway! I do like easy!!! The prize is really awesome,too. Just look at what you get:

-One night accommodations for two at the Courtyard by Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley (this is a great hoel... and it's really close to the mall... shopping, anyone?)
-$25 gift certificate to Bloomsbury Bistro (new since I've been there, but it sounds awesome)
-Free VIP admission for two to Rum Runners (a Caribbean themed restaurant with a dueling piano show)
-2 tickets to the North Carolina Theatre (you have to check them out to see what all they offer... awesome shows)
-2 tickets to the N.C. Museum of Art’s Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism
-2 tickets to Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

During your fall getaway you can find a lot of different things to do, such as Carolina Ballet's Carmina Burana or The Man of LaMancha at the North Carolina Theater (does everyone remember To Dream the Impossible Dream? I love that song!)

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I win.. but do.. go on and enter. You will be glad you did!



Which Sink Should I Choose?

Y'all might remember me telling you that we are remodeling our house (along with the kagillion other things we are doing... like running a business, starting a website, writing... you know... LIFE?)

Anyway, we're about ready to start working on the kitchen and I really need to check out some sinks. The one we have in there is stainless steel and, while the sink is okay, the faucet really is horrible. As a matter of fact, I can hear it dripping and I'm in another room!

I'm not sure, though, whether I want to stay with stainless steel or try one of the newer finishes. Has anyone else had any experience with other types of kitchen sinks? I would love to know what you think and what you would recommend. Just so you know.... all my appliances are white.



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