Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Love Songs for You...and the countdown continues

It's said, "It's love that makes the world go 'round." And, now you have a chance to add your little bit of love to the world. One Million Love Messages is a way we can all help bring a little love to the world. I've sent my love message... why don't you? Here's a bit about the site:

It all started with the wars in this little planet we live in.
A piece of love drops in the middle of a world full of hate?
Can that be contagious?
That’s the point.
The idea is to spread the love and/or friendship around the world.

But are there one million people that do like the use of the “love” word in their lives?

Well that was the question that originated this project.
I believe there is… and the only way I can prove it, is with this project.
You don’t need courage to say I LOVE YOU to the person that you love.

All you need is:
A computer with Internet connection…
onemillionslovemessages on your browser…
And your heart and fingers to write what you feel.

It’s fantastic how we can make a difference in a person’s life only by saying or writing 3 simple words “I LOVE U”.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I Did It

I made sure, though, that I saved everything from my old blog and it's in a document so after Valentine's Day I can go back to normal. I hope. :-)

Thanks to Sarita for the head's up on Pyzam and to Rachel for her friendship and offer to help.

Now.. for the next couple of weeks y'all will be hopefully entertained during this countdown to Romance :-)

For all kinds of wonderful romance, check out the books we've reviewed on our romance review site,. Remember, at least once a week, one of our reviewed books will be given away and all you need to do is leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

And now... on our countdown to Valentine's... I share with you:

Your Candy Heart Says "First Kiss"

You're a true romantic who brings an innocent hope to each new relationship.
You see the good in every person you date, and you relish each step of falling in love.

Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a romantic dinner your sweetie cooks for you

Your flirting style: friendly and sweet

What turns you off: cynics who don't believe in romance

Why you're hot: you always keep the romance alive

Saturday, January 26, 2008

It's That Time of the Year Again

My Valentinr - judythomas
Get your own valentinr

It's getting that time... I love Valentine's Day. I'm going to see how I can change my blog to look Valentiney... all of you computer geniuses out there who regularly change the looks of your blogs.. help me out here. I'm NOT a techno-babe! But.. I do want to look like Valentines.

Anybody want to be brave and volunteer to help out the blonde?????

Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday's Feast

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How many times per day do you usually laugh? Lots. Bob and I can usually find something to laugh about on the Internet, on the television, or just watching people. And when I get with my friends online chatting.. well, a lot of times we just crack ourselves up. And, I think that's a good thing. After all, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22).”

What do your sunglasses look like? Rimless, greyish... and I have a pair for working in that are black rimmed

You win a free trip to anywhere on your continent, but you have to travel by train. Where do you go? Up to New Hampshire ...there are a few people up in that neck of the woods I would like to meet

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Name one thing you consider a great quality about living in your town/city. I can do better than that... you can go read about my town in this article I wrote several years ago.

If the sky could be another color, what color do you think would look best? I think the sky is just perfect as it is...especially at sunset. On some days you can see just almost every color in the rainbow in the sky... I don't think I've ever seen any tints of green, but just about everything else. chanel handbags

Let me know if you are playing along.

And, don't forget to check out LASR today for your last chance to get in on the contests we are running. You don't want to miss out.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

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What’s your favorite book that nobody else has heard of? You know, not Little Women or Huckleberry Finn, not the latest best-seller . . . whether they’ve read them or not, everybody “knows” those books. I’m talking about the best book that, when you tell people that you love it, they go, “Huh? Never heard of it?”

And, folks–Becca was nice enough to nominate Booking Through Thursday for a Blogger’s Choice Award –while you’re here, why don’t you head over and vote for us, too. Because, a vote for BTT is a vote for all of us who play each week!

The first book that comes to mind is a book from my childhood. I found a copy at an antique store this past year (okay.. no comments about the fact that my childhood books are now antiques!!!) and reread it. Reading it from the standpoint of an author, now, ....okay, it's not the greatest book. But, when I was seven it transported me away and touched my heart. It was Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, by Alice Hegan Rice.

What about you? Even if you don't play BTT, let ME know what your favorite book is.

OH.. and while you're at it... I have a short story up at The Long and the Short of It. And, if you've written a short story, why not share it with us? Just email me at lasreviews @ (no spaces, please) and put "short story submission" in the subject line. I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ways YOU Can Help

My daughter, her husband, and some friends are organizing a benefit concert in Raleigh, NC called Chords for a Cause: Concert for Darfur '08 will all proceeds donated directly to Doctors Without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. A private, nonprofit organization, Doctors Without Borders was founded in 1971 as the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and bear witness publicly to the plight of people it assists.

As I get more information about this, I'll let you know.

click the book to buy

Judith Rochelle, is one of our multipublished authors at The Wild
Rose Press as well as a personal friend. In late summer, 2007 I
approached her with an idea of a project that would enable RJ and me
to give something back for all the wonderful things that had happened
to us since we opened in May 2006. I wanted to find an organization
that I felt everyone, everywhere would care about and really
embrace. While many qualified, the one that kept coming back to my
mind was St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

A few days later, Judith created a synopsis and a proposal for a book
incorporating romance, suspense and St. Jude's. It took my breath
away at what she'd come up with. Judith wrote the book, RJ and I
edited it, and Kim Mendoza did the beautiful cover. None of us,
including the publishing company, will receive any compensation;
every penny will go to St. Jude's. Children's Hospital.

The result of this, is the amazing Crimson Rose book called "On the
Run" by Judith Rochelle. The book will be offered in both print and
electronic format. The amount raised will be announced on our web
site twice a year. The first report to be posted at the end of June

If you've purchased this book, thank you for your contribution to St.
Jude's, if you haven't purchased it yet, I strongly encourage you to
do so. The download is $5.00 and will go into a special fund to be
donated to St. Jude's twice a year.

If you would like more information on this project, you may contact
Rhonda Penders at To learn more about
the author, please visit

To see the amazing work St. Jude's does, please visit their web site

Thank you for your support of this important project.

Rhonda Penders

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Saturday Smatterings

I swiped this fun new activity from Melli

Here's how it goes. You are about to have your own band's CD cover. Follow these directions to the letter. It's fun and requires no thought at all. Go to......


The first article title on the page is the name of our band.


The last four words of the very last quote is the title of our album.


The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover

4. Use whatever you want to make a nice cover and post the official result.

AAAAAAAANNNNNNDDDDDDDDD, here it is! (drum roll please)

You Are a Dreaming Soul

Your vivid emotions and imagination takes you away from this world
So much so that you tend to live in your head most of the time
You have great dreams and ambitions that could be the envy of all...
But for you, following through with your dreams is a bit difficult

You are charming, endearing, and people tend to love you.
Forgiving and tolerant, you see the world through rose colored glasses.
Underneath it all, you have a ton of passion that you hide from others.
Always hopeful, you tend to expect positive outcomes in your life.

Souls you are most compatible with: Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Fridays Feast

Welcome to this week's Friday's Feast. Click on the pie to play along.

What is your favorite beverage? Diet Coke or Diet Dr Pepper (esp. cherry vanilla). NOTE: I tried Diet Dr Pepper's new chocolate cherry version... uh.. no.

Name 3 things that are on your computer desk at home or work. The four books I need to write reviews for, my notebook of interviews, and normally my coffee

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how honest do you think you are? Probably a 9. I don't like being lied to and I do my best not to lie to other people. I think you have to be able to trust the people you are around. chanel handbags

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If you could change the name of one city in the world, what would you rename it and why? I would change the name of my hometown to Judyville in my honor for being such a really neat person.

What stresses you out? What calms you down? Deadlines... that or realizing I have something due for LASR and I've forgotten it! That also stresses out my business partner, Marianne :-)

Calms me down? My hubby giving me a massage!

Let me know if you play along so I can come and visit.

Booking Through Thursday

This week’s question is suggested by Puss Reboots:

How much do reviews (good and bad) affect your choice of reading? If you see a bad review of a book you wanted to read, do you still read it? If you see a good review of a book you’re sure you won’t like, do you change your mind and give the book a try?

Reviews play a part in what I want to read... especially if it's an author I'm unfamiliar with. Of course, it depends on the reviewer as well, just like taking recommendations from friends. I have one friend whose tastes are so far removed from mine that when she tells me, "I loved this book," I know not to get it because the odds are I will hate it. (No, blogging buddies, it's no one from online). That said, there are a lot of reviews I've read on LASR Review Site that have made me go.. hmmm... I need to check that on out. On the other hand, there have been some, even though the review has been good and the reviewer loved in, I can tell I probably wouldn't.

I enjoy reading reviews, but I wouldn't let a bad review keep me from reading a book I wanted to. I've had too many cases where I know someone absolutely hated a book and I enjoyed it immensely. Reviews are subjective, after all, and what one person hates (or loves), others differ. That's important to keep in mind.
Go check out the free short story that Marianne is sharing with us today.
Your Vibe Is Secretly Sexy

Sexy isn't exactly a word you'd use to describe yourself
But you have a quite allure that certain men feel appealing
You don't need to flaunt your stuff to be sexier
A little more confidence in yourself, and you'll really light up a room!

Okay... :-)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Roar for Powerful Words

I've been tagged by Jim Melvin of the Death Wizard Chronicles and been presented with the Roar for Powerful Words award. If you haven't read any of Jim's work, you really should. Especially if you like fantasy. He's a very talented writer and I'm very pround he's one of my "blogging buddies." The rules follow:

* Link back to the person who tagged you.

* List three things that you believe are necessary to make writing good and powerful.

* Tag five others and comment on their blog informing them that they've been tagged with this award.

Three things that I believe are necessary to make writing good and powerful are

a. You must believe what you are writing. Even if you are writing fiction or fantasy such as Jim does, on some level you must believe in it. Even fantasy is rooted in a reality somewhere deep inside you. A grasp of that is important to make your writing strong.

b. Basic knowledge of how words work and how they are put together. Words can make beautiful pictures and lovely images or they can make the reader cringe in horror.... not at the images but at the grammar! If your writing is not clear, you lose the chance to show the reader what you want them to see.

c. Truth. The underlying truth of your story must come shining through. Whether you are setting your story in Outer Mongolio or downtown Chicago, the universal truth must be what the reader can grasp.

And.. now to pick my victims recipients of this prize.

Marianne at Reading, Writing, and Things that Make Me Crazy

Allie at Allie's Musings

Karen at Write From Karen

Mert at Almost Somewhat Positive

Ceri at It's All About the Romance

Tagged and Valentine's Day is Coming Soon

Kailani is once again sponsoring her Valentine's Day Goody Swap. These are so much fun. I played last year and met Jill and she's one of my bestest blogging buddies. If you want to play along, click on the picture for the rules. And, per the rules, here's a questionaire questionairre questionnaire for my swap buddy to get to know me better.

1.What is your idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day?
Time spent with my hubby away from the house, just enjoying each other's company.
2. In reality, what is your Valentine’s Day really like?
We're usually working, which I guess technically fits #1.
3.If you could have a lifetime supply of your favorite sweet indulgence, what would it be?
Hmmmm...Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Oh.. or M&M's.. you know the ones with peanuts in them. Or the ones with peanut butter in them... Or... my mouth is watering.
4. Is there any sweet treat you absolutely do not like?
Black liquorice, Conversation Hearts, Gumdrops, Jelly beans
5. If you fell into a pool of chocolate, how would you get out? I have to get out?????
Both Marianne and Allie did this meme yesterday and since neither one of them tagged anyone for it, I'm honor bound to do it. (HUH???) Anyway, here are the rules, shamelessly swiped from Marianne:

The rules:

Link to the person who tagged you;
Leave a comment on their blog so that their readers can visit yours;
Post the rules on your blog;
Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog;
Tag 7 random people at the end of your post;
Include links to their blogs;
Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So... seven weird and/or random facts about me...
1. When I was in school, I used to chew on pencils. I don't think I had a single pencil that didn't have teeth marks on it. It was not unusual for me to chew them in half.
2. I also used to bite my fingernails. That, in itself, is not odd nor particularly random. I did, however, also used to bite my toenails (needless to say I was a LOT more flexible then)
3. I have lived in Brazil and Morocco.
4. I started in drama class as the head makeup artist. It was neat watching how you could "age" a person with just a few brushstrokes and some baby powder.
5. While I was in college we had the annual "Idiots Award" that was given away the afternoon of our "Honors Day." I won the "Shake It, Don't Break It" Award... twice. And it was just a junior college!!!
6. I was also fourth runner-up in our Miss Andrew pageant, a preliminary to the Miss Georgia Pageant. My boyfriend at the time said he hoped I didn't win, because he didn't want to have to go to the Miss Georgia Pageant. He didn't last long after that.
7. I can still recite the monologue I did from that pageant... "Your servant? Your servant?? Indeed, I'm not your servant. Although you give my less than servant's pay...I'm a free and independant employay!...employee. Because I'm a woman, you think like every woman, I have to be a slave or concubine. You conceited, self-indulgent Libertine!....Libertine." And... extra points if you tell me what play this is from.

Tag... hmmmm... how about you, you, you, you, you, you,... oh, and Let me know if you play along.

Monday, January 14, 2008

A New Monday MeMe

Come and play along with a brand new meme my friend Karen has developed. You have all day Monday to play (which is good, cause I'm VERY late!)And, straight from the horse's mouthKaren, here are the rules:

All you have to do is answer the questions below either in the comment section, or on your blog. And elaborate! Make these questions show your unique and special personalities. This meme entry will post at 12:01 every Monday morning and will be the first entry listed on WFKall day Monday. (This is an all-day Monday meme, so please, play all day!)

January 14th Questions:

1. If you could hypnotize someone for one day, who would it be and what would you have him or her do?
The owner of Harlequin and I would hypnotize him to think I was the greatest romance writer since Nora and he would publish all my stories.

2. Which two singers do you believe would create horrible music together? Perry Como and Michael Jackson... or me and anyone

3. If you woke up and saw your name on the front page of your local paper, what would you want the caption to say? "Local Author Signs Million Dollar Contract"

4. Of all the books that you have read in the past year, what was your favorite? Oh,dear. This is a hard question. I've read so many good ones. The one that instantly comes to mind, though, is The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. You can read a review of it here.

Let me know if you decide to play along (even if it's not Monday ;-))

Friday, January 11, 2008

Fun Fun Fun in the.... Rain?

First, birthday wishes to my friend and business partner, Marianne. Go over and wish her a Happy Birthday. I would love to have her comment box fuller than it's ever, Friday Feasters, go say hello and grab a cup of coffee while you are there.

And, there's still time to vote for LASR in the P&E Poll, not to mention time to blog about our New Year's Contest and get your name in the pot. The drawing for the autographed books will be this weekend.

What is your middle name? Would you change any of your names if you could? If so, what would you like to be called?My middle name is Ann. And, the only name I would change is my middle name and that would only be to add an "e", because I'm like just "sounds" prettier.

If you were a fashion designer, which fabrics, colors, and styles would you probably use the most? Even though I'm a jeans kinda girl in real life, I love soft fabrics, so I would probably use silks and rayons... blues, reds, and blacks... and loose flowing styles. What a contradiction, huh?

What is your least favorite chore, and why?Can I say all of the above? I guess my least favorite is folding up the laundry and putting it away. I don't know why... unless it's just so boring. I normally dump my clean laundry on my bed and eventually turn on the TV back there and find something to watch while I fold.

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What is something that really frightens you, and can you trace it back to an event in your life? Through the years, I've worked through this one and now I can handle it, but I have always been terrified of getting injections. To the point that when I was a kid and had to get a booster, I remember one time it took my mom and three nurses to hold me down while the doctor got ready to stick the needle in my butt... and even then either my muscles were so tensed or I ended up kicking the needle (my recollection is fuzzy on this point) the needle actually bent. Maybe that's when they held me down. And... when all the kids in school were getting tested for TB, I was so hysterical they didn't give me mine and Mama didn't find out for ages afterward. The cause: when I was little, my father was stationed in Morocco and I had been given a puppy. The puppy bit me right beside my eye. Since the puppy was too young to have had his rabies shot, since he was from the village not the base, and since the bite was so close to my brain, the doctors decided they didn't want to wait... so at the age of three I had to go through the rabies series of shots. I understand things are better now, but back in the late fifties, this was daily shots in the abdomen with a large needle for three weeks.

Where are you sitting right now? Name 3 things you can see at this moment. In my recliner with my new laptop (thanks again, HP!) I can see my husband sitting at his desk, the television set, and our pair of parakeets.

If you've never played Fridays Feast before it's fun. Come and join us.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A New Meme

Swiped this meme from Renee. It's been nice catching up with blog buddies and I still have a lot more to catch up on, so if I've not been by to see you yet, don't worry. I'll be there soon.

1.Do you wear a name tag at work? Even when I worked I didn't, except for my first job right out of college with JC Penney. I actually enjoyed retail.

2.What kind of car do you drive? My vehicle is a Dodge Ram 1500 that needs a new paint job. I also drive our Explorer, though.

3.What do you order when you go to Taco Bell? Usually the Taco Salad, but since Renee likes the Mexican Pizza, I might try that one next. I was tempted to yesterday.

4.Have you ever had a garage sale? Years ago. It was fun, but you have to keep in mind one thing when doing a yard sale. You are in it to get rid of junk, not make money. If you have that kind of attitude, you'll enjoy it a lot more. We stay so busy now, though, we normally just donate to Bro. Charlies, Goodwill, or Salvation Army and get the tax write-off.

5.What color is your iPod?I don't have one and don't know when I would have time to use one if I did.

6.What kind of dog do you have? we don't have a dog. With our schedule, it wouldn't be fair to the animal.

7.What's for dinner tonight? Who knows? That's too far away to decide on.

8.What is the last alcoholic beverage you had? I had some eggnog during the holidays. Oh.. I had wine with supper the other night.

9.Stupidest thing you ever did with your cell phone? Forgot it was in my pocket and jumped in the ocean to rescue our boat. Cell phones don't like to swim, did you know that?

10.Last time you were sick? Does now count? I'm getting over a horrible cough. At least, I hope I'm getting over it.

11.How long is your hair? about halfway down my back. I like it long, because I can do so much with it and, actually, it's easier to take care of than when I have short hair.

12.Are you happy right now? Yep :-)

13.What did you say last? "If we can get the old channels we like, let's go for it."

14.Who came over last? Mama came over last night for a few minutes.

15.Do you drink beer? Nope. I feel about beer like my mom always said, "They can put it back in the horse where it came from."

16.Have your brothers or sisters ever told you that you were adopted? Nope, but then I'm the oldest.

17.What is your favorite key chain on your keys? All I have are rings and a fish... oh, and some of those key tag things from stores.

18.What did you get for graduation? Do you know how long ago that was??? The only thing I remember is a set of luggage from my mom.

19.What's in your pocket? Who has a pocket? I'm still in my jammies.

20.Who introduced you to Dane Cook? Who in the world is Dane Cook? I guess if anyone did it would be Renee since he's in this meme, but I'll have to check and see....okay, he's a comedian.

21.Has someone ever made you a Build-A-Bear? Nope! (hint, hint)

22.What DVD is in your DVD player? It's empty, as far as I know. I haven't watched one in a while, but sometimes Ashley will come in and watch something. Over Christmas we played a game of WatchIt (I think that's what it's called) so I guess that one might be there. I'm too lazy to go check.

23.What's something fun you did today? Oh the day is still young, all I've done so far is get up and do this meme!

24.Who is/was the principal of your high school? I can remember the principal from my elementary school (Mr. Hamilton), but I don't remember from high school. Y'all, that was over thirty years ago!!!

25.Has your house ever been TP'd? nope

26.What do you think of when you hear the word "meow"? Kitties!

27.What are you listening to right now? Bob talking on the phone to his cousin.

28.Drinking? my coffee

29.What is your favorite aisle at Wal-Mart? I like the garden center and the craft department

30.When is your mom's birthday? in the fall

31.When is your birthday? in a couple of months

32.What's the area code for your cell phone? the same as for my regular phone, of course

33.Where did you buy the shirt you're wearing now? It's an oversized man's shirt I've had for years that I like to lounge in. I have no idea where it came from

34.Is there anything hanging from your rear view mirror? No... those things bother me.
35.How many states in the US have you been to? heavens, can I get back to you on that? it's too early to count. several, but all in the east

36.What kind of milk do you drink? Skim or 1%

37.What are you going to do after this? I have to write the interview and pages for next weeks LASR. I also have four reviews to write and we have to go give an estimate this afternoon.

38.Who was the last person you went shopping with? Bob

39.What is your favorite fruit? Oh, that's hard because I like all the fruits... my favorite changes depending on my mood

40.What about your favorite dessert? anything with chocolate

41.What is something you need to go shopping for? nothing...we just went shopping

42.Do you have the same name as one of your relatives? Nope. But there are a lot of us around :-)

43.What kind of car does one of your siblings drive? I have no idea.

44.Do you like pickles? Dill or bread'n'butter, yes. Sweet, NO Way!

45.How about olives? Yep, both green and ripe.

46.What is your favorite kind of gum? I used to love any kind of cinnamon gum, but I don't chew gum much any more.

47.What is your favorite kind of juice? grape

48.Do you have any tan lines? yep... I work outside a lot, so I always have a "farmer's tan"

49.What hospital were you born in? Portsmouth Naval Hospital

Let me know if you play along. I'd like to get to know you better.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I Am SO Excited

...that I just had to share the news with y'all. Some of you may know (because I've been whining about it to you) that my laptop has been down since right before Thanksgiving. It was only ten months old and all of a sudden decided it didn't want to recognize the fact I have a power cord any more. Such fun.

Well, I called HP tech support and the people in India told me to send it in for repair. After the computer reached the repair shop I was able to talk to a great guy named Paul (:::waves at Paul:::). We had several conversations back and forth about what was going on and he upgraded my power cord to a higher amperage (or something...don't shoot me; I don't speak the language). He sent it back to me; it worked about three weeks; it died again.

So...what to do? Do I call tech support again? Nope.. not this chickie. I still had Paul's number in my cell phone so I cut out the middle man and called directly to the source. Of course, he remembered me SOOOOO well (NOT), but I finally managed to tweak his memory a little and he pulled up my file. We spoke a bit longer about the problem and he admitted he didn't have a clue what was going on, so he called HIS boss... a case supervisor named Colleen. She was super. She and I also had several conversations and she had me send the computer back again.

This time when it came back (right before Christmas)... it was still dead. Didn't work. Poor computer. Poor Judy. Poor Bob, because he was having to share his desktop with me so I could work. I waited until after Christmas to call Colleen back and tell her it was DOA (I knew nobody would be wanting problems right before Christmas!) I told her what had happened and she was so upset. She did some checking and found out that it had NOT been sent back to Paul like she had scheduled, but had gone to an entirely different repair center where the people (of course) had no clue what was going on. So, she said... let me just send you a new laptop. Not only that, let me upgrade it for you.

OMG... I could not believe it. But, today Fed-Ex brought me a new, upgraded computer with all kinds of bells and whistles on it. HP has certainly found a very satisfied customer in this family!
Have you voted yet? LASR Best Romance of 2007; P&E Poll (remember The Long and the Short of It); have you blogged about our New Year's Contest yet? Time's growing short to win all those books.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

A Blatant Plea for Votes

Good morning! I've been so busy talking about the contest for LASR Best Romance of 2007 and authors who are in the running at P&E Yearly Poll that I didn't even realize WE were in the contest as well. If you haven't yet voted for Best Review Site of 2007, please go vote for The Long and the Short of It. It would be greatly appreciated.

And, don't forget to check LASR for another great contest and a chance to win an autographed book.

Speaking of autographed books... here is a sampling of the books we are giving away in our NY Contest. All you have to do is tell people on your blog about the contest and then sign Mr. Linky to let us know about your blog entry. There are only a few days left, so get your entry in now.

The Recipe For Judy

3 parts Tease
2 parts Sexiness
1 part Humor

Splash of Beauty

Sip slowly on the beach

Okay... that's about right ;-)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Friday's Feast and a Video

Marianne has dedicated the following to me... just because whenever she talks about being so cold, I comment... "there's a reason I live in the South!" I can't understand why she doesn't like being reminded that it's in the 50s down here when her temperature is 14 degrees ;-)


Click on the feast to play along

When was the last time you received a surprise in the mail, and what was it? I received a box of autographed books from Deborah MacGillivray for us to use giveaways in LASR contests. The reason I was so surprised is she had already sent one box of books. I've been amazed at how giving and nice "big name" authors have been. We have truly made some good friends all around the world in our authors.

If you could have a summer and/or winter home, where would you want it to be? Even though we live in the south, we wouldn't mind going further south for winter... probably the Florida Keys.

Pick one: pineapple, orange, banana, apple, cherry. Hmmm.. a real "fruit salad"... I wonder what it says about me if I pick.... cherry.

Main Course
Describe the nicest piece of clothing that you own. I hang out mostly in jeans, but I do have a few "going out" clothes. I guess the nicest is a strapless little black dress. Maybe in a few month's I'll look good in it again.

If you could forget one whole day from your life, which day would you choose to wipe from your memory? I have enough trouble with my memory without wishing to forget any days. I think I'll keep all of them...even the ones that hurt, because they have all gone into making me who I am.

Play along.
You Are 45% Addicted to the Internet

You're somewhat addicted to the internet - but who isn't?
You can keep it under check, and you're by no means a hermit.

Contests Abound

The Wet Noodle Posse had such a great time with their month of Golden Heart prep that they're giving away writing month at a time. In addition to book and critique giveaways, join Q&A sessions and read guest blogs from bestselling writers like Sherrilyn Kenyon and Gena Showalter.

Check out this great line-up of topics!

January-Getting Started (goals, choosing story idea, focus, etc.)
February-Character Development (names, physical descriptions, backstory, etc.)
April - Conflict
June-Business side of Writing (market, marketing, promotion, etiquette)
July-Prepping for Conference (both for national and smaller conferences)
August-Inspiration (for stories and for keeping yourself going)
September-Writer Health (physical and mental)
October-GH Preparation
November-Writing Challenges (NaNo, BIAW, turning off the internal editor, etc.)

Get great information in a fun community! Visit

You can enter to win Barnes and gift certificates by posting this news release on your blog or forwarding to a chapter/group e-mail loop or newsletter. To be eligible, e-mail the particulars of your forward/post to jillmonroe @ (no spaces) and post no later than January 20, 2008. A random drawing will determine the winner(s) of the gift certificates.

I can't wait for this. The posse is composed of a great group of writers, many of whom we've interviewed at The Long and the Short of It. Some of these authors have also donated autographed books you have a chance to win in our Happy New Year contest. If you haven't told your readers about it, why not? It's painless and it gives you something fun to blog about. Just be sure and sign Mr. Linky to let us know where we can find your post.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Contests, Voting, and Polls... Oh, My!

There's a LOT going on in cyberspace I want to remind you of. I'm all about sharing the goodies with my friends and I don't want you to miss out.

Marianne's latest story from The Wild Rose Press is out today. It's a great story!
It's June, 1953 and Lizzie Scott recently lost her brother, Seb, in the Korean War. When his friend and unit buddy, Jeremy McMasters, brings her Seb's "goodbye" letter, little does she know her life is about to change forever.
Click here to purchase it.

Don't forget the LASR New Year's Contest in which you can win many, many autographed books. All you need to do is tell the people on YOUR blog about it and you are entered. How easy is that? Just sign Mr. Linky and let us know where we can find you.

Also, voting is now open in the LASR Best Romance of 2007 contest. If you haven't voted yet, go do it now.

Finally, Preditors and Editors are having their own "best" contest. Marianne Arkins has been nominated in Romance Short Story for "The Christmas Curse" and Allie Boniface has been nominated twice in Romance Novel. There are many other great authors chosen in that contest as well. I won't suggest who you should vote for, just go and vote.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my friends!

Just wanted to remind everyone that voting starts today for the LASR Best Romance of 2007and continues throughout the month. You can only vote once in each category, but you can tell your friends and readers about it through your blogs, loops, word of mouth... hey, pull strangers in off the street and encourage them to go vote for the book/story you consider the best.

There are four categories and four chances to vote: Best Print Long, Best EBook Long, Best Print Short, and Best Ebook Short. There are some great authors represented and I'm proud of all of them.

I hope everyone was safe last night. We went to bed fairly early, but our youngest woke us up about 11:50. Seems one of her friends had run off into the ditch not far from our house, so we went out and pulled him free as the New Year was coming in. Everyone was safe... so that's the most important thing.

I wanted to share with you some New Years' superstitions. Enjoy.

1. Eat black-eyed peas, hog jowls, and collard greens to guarantee prosperity through the year. I never knew why you should eat only pork New Year's Day, but discovered it's because poultry scratches backward, cows stand still, but a pig roots forward. Who knew?

2. You should not wash clothes on New Year's Day, lest a member of the family be "washed away" the coming year. (Heck.. any excuse to get out of doing laundry!)

3. It's bad luck to let a fire go out on New Year's Eve. Ours stayed on, because I didn't want to be cold when I woke up :-)

4. If the wind blows from the south, there will be fine weather and prosperous times in the year ahead. If it comes from the north, it will be a year of bad weather. The wind blowing from the east brings famine and calamities. If the wind blows from the west, the year will witness plentiful supplies of milk and fish but will also see the death of a very important person. If there's no wind at all, a joyful and prosperous year may be expected by all. Hmmm... ours is blowing NNW right now.

5. Avoid breaking things on that first day lest wreckage be part of your year. Also, avoid crying on the first day of the year lest that activity set the tone for the next twelve months. This probably goes along with what I've heard all my life... whatever you do on New Year's Day, you'll do all year. Let's see.. I've worked on LASR, I've blogged, I've cooked. I've chatted with friends. Yep, I can live with that.

6. Nothing -- absolutely nothing, not even garbage -- is to leave the house on the first day of the year. OOPS.. too late. We've done this.

What about you? Are there any other superstitions you know of?