Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Catching Up

We were at the coast this weekend and our phone line was dead. So...even the dial up that I depend on when we're there let me down. So.. I'm home, online again, and playing catch up on blogs. And... stealing some memes here and there.. just because.

First though, if you haven't already, go read my interview with Cynthia Eden. One of the very best things about being a part of LASR is the fact I get to interview some wonderful people. I love getting to know them and sharing them with you.

And... now... stolen from here and there around the blogosphere...memes to enliven your day:

Snatched from Jill--

Does your name suit you?

Well.. yeah!! Just ask Bob ;-)

J: Hot
U: Has a Smile to die for
D: Very very easy to fall in love with
Y: Awesome friend
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Now you try it:


A: Easy to fall in love with
B: Amazing kisser
C: Great kisser
D: Very very easy to fall in love with
E: Can kick your ass
F: Loves it
I: Has one of the best personalities ever
G: Doesn‘t give a shiit
H: Amazingly hot
I: Has one of the best personalities ever
J: Hot
K: Crazy
L: Adorable
M: Very good kisser
N: Rebellious
O: Very very hot
P: Popular with all sorts of people
Q: Loves life
R: Loves to smile
S: Makes people laugh
T: Dumb and funny at the same time
U: Has a Smile to die for
V : Not judgemental
W: Very broad minded
X: Never let people tell you what to do
Y: Awesome friend
Z: Loved by everyone

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Snatched from Groovy.

A meme about ME!

A meme from the Cozy Reader

1. Go to http://www.photobucket.com/
2. Type in your answer to the question in the “search” box
3. Use only the first page
4. Insert the picture into your Blog.


1. What is your current relationship stat?


2. What is your current mood?




3. What is your favorite band/singer?




4. What is your favorite Movie?



5. Where do you live?



6. Where do you work?



7. What do you look like?



8. What do you drive?

Except I drive a Dodge Sport Ram 1500... I don't guess anyone else on photobucket does though!


9. What is your favorite TV show?

We don't watch much TV... just old movies on TCM and FMC.


10. Describe yourself?



11. What are you doing today?



12. What did you do last night?



13. What is your name?



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And, one more, this one stolen from Marianne:

Here's the One Word Meme. You can only answer with one word. Try ir - it's harder than it looks!

1. Where is your cell phone?
purse

2. Your significant other? Bob

3. Your hair? long

4. Your mother? awesome

5. Your father? dead

6. Your favorite thing? coast

7. Your dream last night? weird

8. Your favorite drink? coke

9. Your dream/goal? publication

10. The room you're in? den

11. A hobby? roses

12. Your fear? blindness

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? best-seller

14. Where were you last night? florida

15. What you're not? Thin

16. Muffins? chocolate

17. One of your wish list items? treadmill

18. Where you grew up? here

19. The last thing you did? cook

20. What are you wearing? shorts

21. Your TV? Old

22. Your pets? caged

23. Your computer? pavilion

24. Your life? busy

25. Your mood? tired

26. Missing someone? kids

27. Your car? truck

28. Something you're not wearing? shoes

29. Favorite store? WalMart

30. Your summer? hot

31. Love someone? Yes!

32. Your favorite color? blue

33. When is the last time you laughed? today

34. Last time you cried? month

35. Who? You!

Let me know if you plan on playing along with any of these, so I can come visit. :-)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday's Feast

Just found this on Crikl's Nest and had to swipe it!

blog readability test

TV Reviews



We now return to our regularly scheduled meme!


Appetizer

Name something you would categorize as weird. Hmmm... I had to come back to this. Weird. I think it's weird when people don't like to read. I think it's weird people actually enjoy eating beets. I think I'm weird, and I'm glad I am :-)

Soup

What color was the last piece of food you ate? I had shepherd's pie last night for supper... so I guess brown and white.

Salad

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy being alone? My friend, Marianne would answer 10...she's very much a person who NEEDS her alone time. Me... I guess about a five. I can take it or leave it. I'm never lonely when I'm by myself, because I always have things to do. But, I love being with Bob... I can be with him 24/7 and never get tired of it. So... I guess it all averages out. chanel handbags

Main Course

Fill in the blank: I will definitely vote for the candidate of my choice in the fall. I don't discuss politics on my blog. Not now, not ever.

Dessert

Describe your sleeping habits. I tend to be a cuddler...and thankfully, so does Bob. We have a double bed and it's plenty big enough. Neither one of us wants to be that far away from the other.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Booking Through Thursday and Random Stuff


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Do your reading habits change in the Spring? Do you read gardening books? Even if you don’t have a garden? More light fiction than during the Winter? Less? Travel books? Light paperbacks you can stick in a knapsack?

Or do you pretty much read the same kinds of things in the Spring as you do the rest of the year?


I don't know whether it's because I live in the Deep South or not, but I've never noticed a change in my reading habits. I can imagine if I lived in the north, where I was forced by the weather to be inside for long periods, I might choose a larger tome...just because of having a lot of forced inside activity, but I don't shy away from larger books even in the summer. I just tend not to take them with me when I go places. chanel handbags

I am always in the middle of multiple books. I carry a book with me EVERYWHERE. I have one on my bedside table. One in the "family library" ;-) and I have a stack of books TBR for review next to my recliner in the den.

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We have some exciting plans coming up for LASR in the near future, so keep an eye out.
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My friend, business and critique partner, Marianne has received some exciting news. She has been offered a contract for another novel from Samhain! Go and tell her congratulations. I know it won't be long before we'll be seeing something like this in the stores:


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Today in History
Marianne's daughter was born. And, so was Barbara Streisand. Happy Birthday to them both!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Monday Musing

Yesterday, Bob and I took the day off. We wandered up country a bit and hung out at the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. It's been a long time since we've just taken off. We've gone to the coast and we went to the writer's conference. But, this is the first road trip we've taken in a while. Probably since the Fire Ant Festival. We had such a good time! There were some wonderful entertainers...we missed the Irish dancers, unfortunately. But, we watched a couple of ladies sing a really neat song. You might want to make sure your volume is up.



Lisa Lynne and George Tortorelli soothed us with the Celtic Harp and Bamboo Flute. Unfortunately, you will also hear some talking in the background, but I hope you enjoy this short clip.




One of the most entertaining...uh....entertainment was at the homemade ice cream booth. Sweet Georgia Sound, the local chapter of Sweet Adelines, regaled us with wonderful ice cream and even better vocalizing. And, if you look quick, you'll see a shot of Bob buying ice cream.




Mossy Creek Festival also had some tremendous craftsmen. One of them, in particular, is going to definitely be added to the "Judy's Gift Ideas" file on Bob's computer. Kemberley Giddens makes some of the most beautiful jewelry I've seen. You can see a sample of her work here. She makes some lovely miniatures and beads.





Unfortunately, I don't remember this gentleman's name.



He was doing some woodwork and I asked him what he was making.

"I'm making my wife's Christmas present." He paused a second, looked up and grinned, then added, "It's an axe handle."

"You are such a considerate husband," I responded.

He looked over at me, a twinkle in his eye, and said, "Well, if I didn't...she'd get cold."

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival runs the third weekend in April and October. We're already making plans to go back in the fall. If you can make it, let me know. I'd love to meet all my blogging friends there.

Sunday Somethings

I remembered I was tagged a month ago by my friend Jill for a six-word memoir meme, wherein you are challenged to sum up your life in a mere six words. I used to be known as the Queen of Concise in my first writing group... I can do this.. maybe.

"Live to love, read, write, edit." Hmmmm....not bad.

And...she didn't tag me for it, but I'm also swiping her husband meme from last Sunday. Just because.

1. How long have you been together?

We've started dating in January 2003 and married in October that year.

2. Who pursued who?

I don't think it was really a matter of either one of us pursuing the other. Bob had found my name online and sent me a note saying "Hi to one Tiftonite from another"...I added him to my messenger list...and when he came online in a day or two, I said hello and...that was that. We talked for hours the first night. And met in person about a week after that (after talking online every night for hours).

3. Do you wear any type of wedding/commitment ring?

I wear an engagement ring and a wedding ring. The story of the engagement ring. We'd already decided to get married...and I was lying on the couch in the den, sick with a sinus infection. I felt awful. Bob came in from work, knelt down beside the couch, and said, "I brought you a little something that might make you feel better." He had bought my wedding set and gave me the engagement ring. And... amazingly... I did feel better. I wasn't really expecting one. After all, it wasn't the first marriage for either one of us and I would have been okay with a plain gold band. But, I love my ring.

4. What was the hardest thing about learning to live together?

I can't think of any one thing. It's always an adjustment, but Bob and I were raised by the same generation (he's a little older than I am, but I was basically raised by my grandmother) and we'd both been through bad marriages, so I think we realized how unimportant some things are in the big picture.

5. Who takes longer to get ready in the morning?

Bob does, but only because it takes him an hour or so to wake up fully. Neither one of us take a real long time. I take my shower at night (I have long hair and it takes forever to dry), so in the mornings when I get ready to go, all I have to do is put on my makeup (by the way, my friend Marianne finds it funny that I don't leave the house without my makeup...what about y'all? Who goes out au naturel and who puts on their makeup to go anywhere??? Curious minds want to know.), brush my hair, and I'm ready. Bob takes his shower, shaves and gets dressed.

6. Do you usually eat breakfast together?

We eat every meal together. Part of that is that we work together as well, but even when I was staying at home and he still worked in the office, we would have lunch and supper together (we're neither one big breakfast eaters...although we eat breakfast together more now since we work together. We go out for breakfast a lot.)

7. Do you ever share clothes?

Not really... sometimes I'll put on one of his jackets if we're out working and I get cold, but that's about it. We aren't the same size, so...(of course, if I don't stop gaining weight, that might change as far as pants go!!!)

8. Who does most of the cooking?

I do. Because I love it. And because he's a self-confessed "not a good cook." He's fond of saying we're a good pair because I like to cook and he likes to eat. :-)

9. Who usually takes out the trash?

Bob always takes out the trash. I wouldn't mind doing it, but he claims that as "his job." I take the bag out of the inside trash can, tie it up and sit it by the back door. Or if it's full and he's going outside anyway, he'll take it out.

10. If you have pets who usually does litter box or poop patrol?

We only have birds and turtles... and I clean the cage.

11. Which one of you is more likely to answer the phone when it rings?

Neither of us. We really like Caller ID :-)

12. Who's in charge of the remote if you're watching TV together?

Bob does, unless he can't find anything to watch, then he asks me to try (like the shows will have changed...lol. Actually, what it is... Bob doesn't have the patience. If he can't find anything in about fifteen seconds, he's done looking. :-)

13. Who usually drives when you go out together?

Bob always drives

14. Which one of you takes care of spiders and bugs that get into the house?

Whoever's closest to the bug. But we really don't get a lot of bugs.

15. Facing the bed, who sleeps on which side?

I sleep on the left, Bob sleeps on the right. Otherwise it just feels weird.

16. Who usually checks the (postal) mailbox?

We both check it.

17. If something breaks or goes wrong in the house, which one of you is more likely to either fix it or call someone to fix it?

Bob is. He's a lot handier with tools than I am.

18. Who is generally the neater of you?

Neither one of us is the world's best housekeeper. We have a lot of clutter around and we both normally get sick of it at the same time. But...we're working slowly but surely on being better organized.

19. Who handles the checkbook/pays the bills?

I handle the household account. Bob handles the business account. Plus we have an account for special projects that I normally write checks out of.

20. What was your last fight/disagreement about?

We honestly never have any fights or disagreements. Back to the question above, we've both learned there are few things worth really fighting about. If we have a decision to make, we talk it out and decide together what's to be done. That might change down the road, but so far it's worked for us.

21. When you slow dance together, who leads?

Bob does. We don't have a chance to go dancing much. When we get in from work, we're usually too tired to go out. Sometimes we'll dance in the living room if a song we really like comes on...

22.What do you love the most about your other half?

I love how supportive he is of my dreams. I love how he wants to protect and provide for his family. I love how he makes me laugh. I love how he makes me feel pretty, even though I've gained weight since we got married. I love how he loves me.

If anyone wants to play along with either of these, let me know. I'd love to read your answers.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday Feast


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Appetizer

Name a color you find soothing. Sky blue. I never get tired of it. I have splashes of it in the living room and in the dining room/kitchen. Not the bedroom, though, but that's because I've not changed the bedroom since DH and I got married and he has deep green carpeting there.

Soup

Using 20 or less words, describe your first driving experience. "Okay, turn into this parking space. No...you have to turn the wheel sharper....Go tell Miss Rogers you hit her car."

Salad

What material is your favorite item of clothing made out of? very soft cotton. I love the feel of it against my skin.

Main Course

Who is a great singer or musician who, if they were to come to your town, you would spend the night outside waiting for tickets to see? Hmmm...I am afraid that I'm the type who would try to find some other way of getting tickets... you know, call in some favors. I can't imagine spending the night outside for anyone. Does that make me weird? (okay.. so we know I'm weird... but in this respect?) chanel handbags

Dessert

What is the most frequent letter of the alphabet in your whole name (first, middle, maiden, last, etc.)? four- t; two- a; two- n; two- u; single rest of the letters.


Appetizer

Name a color you find soothing.

Soup

Using 20 or less words, describe your first driving experience.

Salad

What material is your favorite item of clothing made out of?

Main Course

Who is a great singer or musician who, if they were to come to your town for a concert, you would

Dessert

What is the most frequent letter of the alphabet in your whole name (first, middle, maiden, last, etc.)?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Monday Musings

This is the start of a new week... and the start of something new at LASR. We have a limited number of author pages available. We're all about helping our fellow authors promote themselves, so any chance to get your name out there in front of readers is a good thing. We're excited about this new opportunity.

I finished the first draft of a vintage story. My first drafts ALWAYS reads more like you are watching a movie. I know that about myself, because I "see" the story unfold as I write it. I'm very visual as far as that goes. The problem with it is...it lacks emotion. Always. So.. it's time to work on my second draft. That's where I go in and add in how the POV character is FEELING. Get deep into their POV. I normally then do a third draft where I layer in senses and descriptions. Where are they? What do they hear? Smell? Taste? Feel textilely? Seeing? Is that a strange way to write?

I was out of commission a great deal yesterday. I was reaching for a platter on the top shelf and my back started spasming. It's no fun getting old, let me tell you!

And now.. I bring you:


April 14th Questions:

1. If you had one week to do anything you wanted, unlimited means to do so, what are some of the things you would try to do?
I would like to travel. I have so many people I want to see. All my blog friends, my IRL friends, my kids... I need a plane to be able to get to see everyone I want to see, but...I have unlimited means :-)

2. What’s the last thing you bought for yourself? Do you buy yourself things very often? If you were rich, would you buy yourself things more often? Why or why not? The last thing I bought for myself was some new clothes for the writers conference I went to. I normally hang around just in jeans and t-shirts (or pj's) and didn't think that projected the professional image I wanted to show people. As far as buying things for myself...not often. I think it has to do with the limited resources I had when the kids were growing up. I never wanted to buy myself something unless it was a matter of desperate need when there were things the kids wanted. It's carried over even now... Bob fusses at me all the time about NOT buying things for myself. If I were "rich," I might be a little more free about buying things for myself, but I still have a lot of the "do I really need this" mindset.

3. When was the last time you sang? What did you sing? Do you ever sing in front of people? Why or why not? Does your significant other sing well? If you were (are) a good singer and it was financially within your means to do so, would you ever consider auditioning for American Idol? I sing around the house all the time, especially when I'm cleaning. I'll put on one of the music channels and dance and sing to my heart's content. I've always been in choirs, from the time I was a wee little one all the way through school, so singing in front of peope, especially in a group, doesn't bother me. Solos? I don't have a solo voice, but I'm a good choir member. Bob is the first to tell you he's not musical. And as for American Idol... nah, not even if I were young enough to do so.

4. If you found $1000 dollars in an unmarked wallet on the street, what would you do? Be specific. Don’t just say, “keep it,” Or “turn it in.” WHY would you keep it? HOW would you turn it in? (And if you turned it in, would you follow up to see if anyone claimed it later?) I wouldn't turn it in to the police. I would probably place an ad saying some money was found, but they would have to prove by providing details that it was theirs. If nobody called and claimed it after... I don't know... a month, maybe, I'd keep it.




Your Personality Is



Idealist (NF)




You are a passionate, caring, and unique person.

You are good at expressing yourself and sharing your ideals.



You are the most compassionate of all types and connect with others easily.

Your heart tends to rule you. You can't make decisions without considering feelings.



You seek out other empathetic people to befriend.

Truth and authenticity matters in your friendships.



In love, you give everything you have to relationships. You fall in love easily.



At work, you crave personal expression and meaning in your career.



With others, you communicate well. You can spend all night talking with someone.



As far as your looks go, you've likely taken the time to develop your own personal style.



On weekends, you like to be with others. Charity work is also a favorite pastime of yours.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Saturday Scribblings

First: Ruth, you are the winner of the ARC of Brief Gaudy Hour. Please email me at maracujabr at gmail dot com with your mailing address and I'll get the book off in the mail to you.

I've spent the last two days playing in my yard and cleaning up from winter. Trimmed some trees.. cut down some... cleaned out my rose garden... planted some grape vines.. and watched as Bob and Mike rebuilt my arbor.

I'm tired, but wanted to drop in and say hello.....and good night.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Friday's Feast StoneGirl Style

The chef is taking the week off from Friday's Feast, but StoneGirl has come up with an alternate for us. So.. join in and play.

And, don't forget this is your last day to enter the contest for a free ARC.

Appetizer

What is your favorite vacation spot in the United States? We have a small place down in Eastpoint, Florida... across the bridge from Apalachicola. We go there as often as we can. Unfortunately, it's not nearly as often as we would like.

Soup

If someone else (friend, co-worker, family) brings up a religious or political topic, how likely are you to join the conversation, on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = not likely, 10=very likely). About a 2, depending on who it is. I don't mind talking about religion or politics, but I don't like arguing about them. Arguing won't change anyone's mind. And, it gives me a headache.

Salad

What song do you listen to when you feel very sad?


Main Course

Someone you really admire is coming over for a home-cooked dinner. What do you serve him/her? My specialty. Homemade lasagna, salad, and garlic bread.

Dessert

If the only form of transportation left in the world is by animal (horse, mule, camel), where would you live? I would live close to the ocean. But then, I would want to live close to the ocean no matter what the transportation.

Booking Through Thursday

TO READ THE REVIEW OF AND WIN AN ARC OF BRIEF GAUDY HOUR CLICK HERE. I WILL BE DRAWING THE WINNER ON SATURDAY MORNING.



Today, BTT is a writing challenge and I really like me a writing challenge. So... here it is (and it's going to be interesting, I think, because the book nearest me is a research book I'm using for a short story I'm working on...sigh.... okay.)

Pick up the nearest book. (I’m sure you must have one nearby.)
Turn to page 123.
What is the first sentence on the page?
The last sentence on the page?
Now . . . connect them together….
(And no, you may not transcribe the entire page of the book–that’s cheating!)


The Germans used this method of killing off one plane at a time all the way into the target and then back out again. ... No more raids deep into Germany could now be run.-- The United States in World War II by Don Lawson.

Uh-huh.

Okay....

The Germans used this method of killing off one plane at a time all the way into the target and then back out again. The Allies persevered, sending more and more planes, finding different routes the Germans didn't have marked. Eventually the weather changed. Snow came in and heavy clouds blanketed the sky. No more raids deep into Germany could now be run.

Okay, that stinks. Cheating here and reaching behind me blindly for a novel.

From Naomi by Douglas Clegg. (BTW, I had the honor of interviewing Doug when I edited "ShadowKeep Ezine.")

He could only run down the tunnel to the fire where Scabber kept the soup boiling and cover his ears so he wouldn't hear the Serpent howl when the Forbidden was finished. ... "Change," Romeo said ever mournfully, knowing that it was just a matter of sounding the wind through the cracks of a cave to get fat-pocketed men like this to give him some of their jinglies and cracklies.

Hmmmmmmm.....okay.... that's what I get for cheating. I'm going to check out other participants now. Have a great Thursday, y'all.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Want to Help a Reporter....Read This.

Don't forget to enter the drawing for a free ARC of Brief Gaudy Hour, a wonderful book about Anne Boleyn, written by Margaret Campbell Barnes and re-released by Sourcebooks. All you need to do is leave a comment on the post below.

Sharing with you today a great resource. You'll want to tell the
PR people, marketers, publicists, editors, and journalists you work
with about it too, because it's all about them and their needs.

If you're not already using www.helpareporter.com, check it out.
It's a service much like that other one that connects PR people and
journalists looking for sources, but this one is free. It used to
be on Facebook, but grew too large for it. Once you subscribe, you
receive about three (sometimes two, no more than four, ever) emails
a day with reporter, editor and freelance writer queries, written
so you can quickly and easily scan the topics for relevance.

If the topics do not apply to you or your clients, just hit delete.
If they do, you may contact the reporter or editor directly, as
instructed.

Note that Peter Shankman, the list facilitator, is very strict
about helping out these reporters. Respond only if your
information (or your client's info) is relevant and on target. If
not, and you send non-relevant emails more than once, you'll get
bumped off the list. Quickly. I've seen it happen. He's a big
believer in good Karma, and he's also quite funny, and tends to
also include a link to a fun site, or a funny story about his day
in the emails. It's a nice refreshing change from the boring,
non-funny emails we usually deal with.

Reporters can post queries at www.helpareporter.com/press, and
sources can sign up at www.helpareporter.com - As I said, it's
free. Peter asks that if you find it useful, then you make a
donation to any animal rescue charity or animal hospital.

You can forward the queries to others who are a fit, but do not
post any queries (or the editor/reporter contact info) on any blogs
or public websites. I received permission from Peter to send you
this note, since this is a private group and I'm helping to spread
the word to both subscribers and media to sign up.

www.helpareporter.com - The more people who use it, the better it
becomes.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Conference Highlights

I know...you've all been waiting with bated breath. The conference was.... just awesome. The best part of it was getting to know many of the members of my RWA chapter and some new writing friends. It was also great meeting Deidre Knight of the Knight Agency, Suzanne Brockmann and her husband, Ed Gaffney, and many others. http://jhthomas.blogspot.com/2008/04/monday-musings-and-i-love-my-pantry.html

I didn't have anything ready to pitch, so I spent my time in workshops and took copious notes. I'll be transcribing them (in my spare time). One thing that surprised me was ALL the agents and editors who were there said not to sweat the synopsis so much. If you're going to spend a lot of time on something, make sure it's on the story. Some of them (and, sorry, I can't remember who for sure) said they never even READ the synopsis and the others, if they did read it, read it after they read the story. So...that was comforting to know...that for these editors and agents, anyway, the synopsis was not a deal breaker or maker.

Another thing I found interesting is that so many agents and editors are looking for YA and Middle Age work. I know that Marianne is always looking for things for her 4th grader to read, so that's something to think about. I woke up this morning with the idea of a fantasy for the middle-schooler who reads on a higher level, so we'll see how it pans out. AFTER I get the things done I'm working on right now!

If you've never been to a writer's conference and have the opportunity to go to one, don't turn down the chance. There is sometihng incredibly freeing about being with a group of people talking the business...and who don't look at you like you're crazy when you start talking about the people who live in your head! You'll not regret it.

If you've been to a conference, share with us your thoughts about them.

Just a reminder: I'm giving away an ARC of Brief Gaudy Hour and to have a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. The contest will run until Friday.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Monday Musings and I Love My Pantry

The Long and the Short Reviews Site reviews a lot of romance stories. One of our keys is that there has to be a "Happily Ever After." But, occasionally we will receive books from publishers which are really good books, but do not fit into the "HEA" ending. When that happens, I will be bringing you reviews here... books which I enjoyed, but books I can't review for the site.

Here is one such work and I should have known it wouldn't fit in when we got it (let's blame the blonde roots).

Review of Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Margaret Campbell Barnes

The enigmatic Anne Boleyn comes to life in this charming, brilliant portrayal by acclaimed British novelist Margaret Campbell Barnes. &
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The infamous love of King Henry VIII and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn undertook a rocky journey from innocent courtier to powerful Queen of England. A meticulous researcher, Margaret Campbell Barnes immerses readers in this intrigue and in the lush, glittery world of the Tudor Court. The beauty and charms of Anne Boleyn bewitched the most powerful man in the world, King Henry VIII, but her resourcefulness and cleverness were not enough to stop the malice of her enemies. Her swift rise to power quickly became her own undoing.


If you are interested at all in British history, the Reformation in England, or a good historical fiction, you could do worse than pick up Barnes' latest work. The author blends facts garnered from research along with an eye to what forces worked on Anne Boleyn to make her a woman who would change history.

The reader first gets to know Anne in the context of her family and friends. We learn of her first love affair and the enmity that arises between her and Cardinal Wolsey. This hatred would last throughout his life and reveals somewhat her reasons for doing some of the things she later did.

I really liked the character of Anne in the beginning of the book and Brief Gaudy Hour makes me want to know even more about her. In this book, you can garner a better idea of what life was like than you can from history tomes.

Ms. Barnes, in this newly released edtion of her work, stands the proof of time. Even though it was first released in 1942, it reads as fresh as anything released today. If you have any intereste at all in this time period, I highly recommend this book.

EDITED TO ADD: If you are interested in winning an ARC of this book, just leave a comment. I'll have the drawing on Friday.

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I promised last week information about the writing conference, and Allie reminded me I have not done so yet. Tomorrow, I will tell you some of the highlights. I would post pictures, but they didn't turn out well. OH... and next conference I will remember to get pictures OF ME with EVERYONE I meet. And, take address labels. Trust me, if you are going to a conference and they are going to be giving away door prizes or they are going to have a raffle... you want the address labels. Otherwise you will spend a long time putting your name on way too many raffle tickets (but I did win some books!!) chanel handbags

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I spent this past weekend redoing my pantry. It's not quite finished (I need to get a couple more baskets) but I wanted to share with you the new and improved pantry. It was just going to be a simple re-organization project, but it turned into so much more. My wonderful husband deepened the shelves for me (from 11" to 15" deep)and we repainted everything. Then I got baskets and organized according to "themes" (for lack of a better word): rice and beans/ pasta/ baking/ breakfast/ crackers and cookies/ and "Ashley's Stuff" (she's always ordering snack items from Oriental sites). When I get back, I'll finish the baking zone and will have a basket for snacks (popcorn, nuts, chips, etc.) I keep opening the doors just to look at it!



Have a great day!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Friday Favorites


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Appetizer

Invent a new flower; give it a name and describe it. The flower is richly blue, with many blossoms...folded upon one another like a rose just opening up. The fragrance is like that of my favorite perfume, Inis. There are no thorns and the leaves are a variegated green. The name: Judy's Jewel

Soup

Name someone whom you think has a wonderful voice. Speaking voice: James Earl Jones/ Singing voice... it has to be Frank Sinatra. I could listen to him for hours (and often do!)

Salad

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how clean do you keep your car? Probably about a five. We tend to work out of our car a lot, so there's clutter and papers. And, I don't wash it near as often as I should. But... I've seen cars a lot worse and cars a lot cleaner. So, I think it's safe to say I'm kinda in the middle. chanel handbags

Main Course

How do you feel about poetry? I like older poetry.. I like verse. Some of the newer poems... well, let's just say to me one of the most beautiful things about poetry is the adherence to form and rhythm, so even though free form poetry has some beautiful images... without the strictness to form and rhythm, I don't see much difference from beautifully written prose.

Dessert

What was the last person/place/thing you took a picture of? Pulling out my memory stick to see... don't go away. Okay... the last picture I took was at the writer's conference this past weekend.
This is Suzanne Brockman. Unfortunately, I wasn't smart enough or quick enough to ask someone to take a picture of me with her (Michele couldn't believe it. I DID get a chance to chat with Suz, though. She and her husband, author Ed Gaffney, are the nicest people and I really enjoyed getting to meet them.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

FREE BOOKS!

!!!!THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOL'S DAY PRANK!!!!



During April, we are giving away a book every day. Most will be print romances in various genres, and there may be the occasional eBook. Either way, you'll be getting some great books to add to your keeper shelf.
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Contest Rules: To enter, leave a comment on the book you want to win -- but you only have ONE DAY in which to enter for each drawing...the day it is reviewed. The drawing for each book will be held the morning after the review posts, so make sure you get your entry in on the correct day.

NOTE: The books available for giveaway will be marked with a yellow chick. For a second chance to win, find the same chick somewhere on our main website and Email us to tell us where he's located.

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Happy April Fool's Day.

I have just read of the GREATEST hoax in the world. It wasn't an April Fool's Day prank, but it should have been. chanel handbags was the tradition in a certain high school for the seniors to pull some kind of prank. This one group of seniors took three pigs to school and let them loose. They were labeled Pig #1, Pig #2, and Pig #4. The school officials spent ALL DAY looking for Pig #3. I LOVE IT!!!!!

For the top April Fool's Day hoaxes, check out this site.