Friday, August 15, 2008

New Meme: Food 4 Thought Friday

Jodi has come up with her own version of Friday's Feast... so if you've missed Friday's Feast, go support her and play along.

What is your first thought when you wake up?

Is it sad that I don't have thoughts until I've had my coffee??? Seriously, my mind is almost a blank. I get up, potty, weigh, brush my teeth, start the coffee and only when the coffee touches my lips do I think. I'm doing good to get through the habitual things I do every morning.

If you could go out to lunch with any three people (real of fictitious/ from any time period, dead or alive) , which three people would you choose and why?

My first choice would be Jesus Christ. My second choice would my dad. He left us when I was a child and he died before I got up the nerve to contact him. I'd like to rectify that mistake. Third is my blogfriends (yes, I'm cheating... I want one huge lunch with all of them... or a weekend retreat... or something)

What is your favorite restaurant and what do you like the most on the menu?

The Apalachicola Seafood Grill. They don't have a web presence but then they don't need one. They have the BEST fried oyster po' boys! Mmmmmmmm.

Midnight Snack
What do you usually think about right before you fall asleep?
God, this bed feels good.

Recipe for this Week (instead of your recipe for life - what is it for just this week?)
Make time for my writing....somehow.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More News in the Blogosphere

I am very excited to let you know that Marianne's latest book Kitchen Matches is available for purchase today! To buy it, click here. Go on... you know you want to!

Here's the blurb:

A feisty auto mechanic and a hunky chef cook up chaos!

Cori Weathers is a wizard with a torque wrench, but the moment she lays eyes on her cooking teacher, Micah DePalma, her lessons turn into a klutzy symphony of flying poultry and burning aprons. It makes no sense. He couldn’t be less her type: tall, skinny, and born with a silver spoon in his mouth. So why is her heart sputtering like a badly tuned engine?

Despite family pressure to date only women of his own social class, something about the cooking-challenged spitfire lights all Micah’s burners. Cori’s a complex dish inside a deceptively simple coating, one he’s willing to risk tackle football and jealous ex-boyfriends to sample.

His every attempt to crack her stubborn heart strikes sparks. Will they ignite the flame of love—or explode into just another kitchen disaster?

Warning: This story contains flying poultry, annoying older brothers, the occasional quote from Shakespeare, and enough sexual tension to overheat ovens—and engines.

Joy Nash’s Immortals: The Crossing--sixth book in Dorchester’s USA Today Bestselling series Immortals--hits the bookshelves on September 30. But 50 lucky readers will win autographed copies on or before that date!

Yes, that’s right – 50 copies of The Crossing will be given away on 50 participating websites and blogs, which means readers have 50 online chances to win this hot new paranormal romance during the 50 days between August 12 and September 30.

You can find all the participating sites where you can enter here. I'm sure going to!!!

Time for Stinky Stuff

Have you ever had a really really rank odor in your car? If so, Jill and Mr. Lady is having a really neat contest, with the help of Febreze. All you have to do it go to Jill's blog or Mr. Lady's blog and leave a comment telling them what stinky thing you found in YOUR car. I don't know that you can beat theirs... but give it a try. So... go check their contest out and enter.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday Morning Meme

1. What is the last thing you attempted to quit? How did you do it and were you successful? Does overeating count??? And, no I wasn't successful.. at least not yet. I'm determined to lose this weight by the end of the year, though. So.. if you see me reaching for a cookie... slap my hand, okay??

2. Are you a roller coaster sort of person (impulsive, takes chances, likes to live in the fast lane), or a merry-go-round sort of person (slow, steady, predictable, peaceful)? This is an excellent excuse to do a little self-analysis! I'm more of a merry-go-round person, I think, with brief bouts of insanity. But, I also don't like to be bored so Bob and I do lots of different things and we're pretty spontaneous about things like that. So.... the answer to the above question is.... Yes. :-)

3. Have you ever worn your slippers, or pajamas, in public? If so, when and why? If not, would you ever consider leaving your house looking less than your best? What do you think of people who do so? (Be honest, we all judge on some level). OMG.... the one time it happened is seared into my memory. Sit back, put your coffee down, and hang on. It was winter, 1983. Nearly all the pipes in the entire town froze Christmas Eve. Our house froze and we went to stay with my BFF and her family (we were going to eat over there Christmas Day anyway). The day after... our water was still frozen but my hubby at the time had to go to daughter and I stayed with Sandye (did I mention I was six months pregnant???) Anyway... we were lounging around the house... just taking it easy... when husband called and asked me to bring him something to the store. Okay.. I was a good wife... hopped in the car and ran whatever it was down to him. chanel handbags While I was there... he asked me to go to the grocery store and pick him up something. So... again... being the good wife, I said, "Sure." Hopped in the car... went to the grocery store... and was in the middle of an aisle when I happened to look down and there on my feet were frog slippers my mother had given me for Christmas (I collected frogs).Similar to these only worse:

Yep... that's what I wore out in public. And now... no. I do not go anywhere outside the house without looking my best (including make-up)....a fact which Marianne finds amusing to no end.

What do I think of people who go out looking not their best? If they are clean and decently dressed ...not much. If they are trashy looking .. well.. I think they are trashy looking.

4. If you could go back and tell your 13-year-old self one thing about the future, what would you say? Follow your dream of writing. Don't get sidetracked by what other people say. Go for it.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Warning for Facebook Fans

I just got this email from Marianne and wanted to pass the warning on:

I stumbled across this on ZDNet (so... this isnt' some weird email whoosie going around):

On Wednesday, the FBI and its partner, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), warned against a new email campaign being used by the creators of the Storm worm botnet.
The email uses the phrase 'FBI vs. Facebook' in its subject line and contains a link to view an article about the FBI and Facebook, the popular social-networking website. Clicking on the link downloads malicious software onto the victim's computer.
I've already rec'd this email in my spambox several times and just deleted... but wanted to pass it on. I double checked it with Snopes, being naturally skeptical, and it's real:

Everyone, be careful out there.

Friday Frustration

Good morning, all. I clicked over first thing to do Friday's Feast but it appears as if the chef, Susan is still having problems. And, Jodi who filled in so well for her the last couple of weeks had the audacity to go to camp and leave us in the lurch (but she looks like she'll be having a blast if these pictures from last year are any indication. I guess she's forgiven.

Anyway, in case you've somehow missed the news, LASR is still having the big birthday bash. Up for grabs on the 27th is a $50 Amazon gift certificate.

My husband showed me a website this morning. When I looked at the link, part of the address was "idle women wanted." My first thought was....???? I might not get a lot done, but I am seldom IDLE! We always have something going on. But, it turns out it wasn't what I thought at all. Some of you might find this interesting. I'm going to share it with our LongandShort Yahoo Group. The "Idle Women" were a group of British women during WW2 who worked on the waterways. It's kinda neat.

He has also been sharing some different kinds of foods with me: Black Country Food like "faggots'n'pays","fill belly", and "gray pays n bercon." Amazing what you can find on the Internet and where following links can take you.

What are some things YOU have found interesting on the Internet just by clicking links?

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Thursday Thirteen: I Stole It

I am so swiping this Thursday Thirteen from Marcia at Joy is My Goal. Even if you don't play TT, I challenge you to do this meme and let me know so I can come visit you~~~~

The Name Game

1.Your rock star name (first pet, current car)
Greta Dodge-Ram

2.Your gangsta name (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite type of shoe)
Rocky Road Barefoot

3.Your Native American name (favorite color, favorite animal)
Blue Cat

4.Your soap opera name (middle name, city where you were born)
Ann Portsmouth

5.Your Star Wars name (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 of your first name)

6.Superhero name (2nd favorite color, favorite drink)
Red DietCoke

7.NASCAR name (the first names of your grandfathers)
William Nelson

8.Dancer name (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)
Inis Chocolate

9.TV weather anchor name (your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) Purser Paris (actually... I would want to reverse that.. Paris Purser)

10.Spy name (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Summer Rose (sounds like a new line for The Wild Rose Press

11.Cartoon name:(favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now) Passionfruit Shorts

12.Hippie name (what you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)
Coffee Maple

13.Movie star name (first pet, first street where you lived)
Greta Elizabeth
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Give it a try and let me know how you did :-)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Contests Abound.....

Marianne's latest book, Kitchen Matches is being released from Samhain next Tuesday. And, to celebrate she's having a fun contest with TWO winners. You can check out all the details here, but in short.. you need to email her at authormariannearkins(at)gmail(dot)com and send her your worse cooking story or your worse car mishap story. There are free books and an Amazon gift certificate at stake.

Also, The Long and the Short of It is continuing its nearly month long party. Today's prize is a copy of Donna Marie Rogers' newest book Golden Opportunity, being released tomorrow, AND a $10 TWRP gift certificate.

Don't forget, too, we are giving away a free PDF recipe book containg all the recipes we've featured on our site for the past year. Just email us at lasreviews (at)gmail(dot)com and we'll get it right off to you.

You Are an Excellent Cook

You're a top cook, but you weren't born that way. It's taken a lot of practice, a lot of experimenting, and a lot of learning.

It's likely that you have what it takes to be a top chef, should you have the desire...

Friday, August 01, 2008

I've Been AWOL

But it's been for a good reason. Marianne and I have been working frantically on our First Anniversary Party celebration! You can go check out all the fun at The Long and the Short of It and follow the banners :-)

Not only do we have twenty-six wonderful author's joining together to help us celebrate, but we are giving away a Grand Prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate. And, as a special birthday present for our readers, we have a PDF of The First Anniversary Recipe Book. All you need to do is email us at and tell us you want it.

So.. come on over and party with us. New prizes every day, plus every time you enter one of the daily contests you are also entered into the drawing for the Grand Prize. Plus if you tell your friends and blog buddies about the contest, you can get an additional entry. Just sign the Mr. Linky on the Anniversary Contest Page.

Hopefully now I'll be able to come around and visit everyone. I miss y'all!!