Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What, When, Where, Why, How with Kate Davies

What is the last book you read?

I just finished reading The Spy Who Wants Me by Lucy Monroe. It was great fun to see characters from previous books pop in, and I loved the chemistry between Elle and Beau. The book before that was The Tycoon's Pregnant Mistress by Maya Banks. I've loved her Samhain books, and have a soft spot for categories, so it was a perfect fit for me.

When is your bedtime?

Far, far too late. I work from home, so if I don't get my work done while the kids are in school, I can't finish until they're in bed. I've been stuck in meetings all week, so the paperwork has to wait until nighttime. I'm a night person, anyway, but the school schedule forces me to wake up far earlier than I'd like. Otherwise, I'd have a grand old time staying up until all hours working and writing!

Where would we find you at noontime?

At the computer, eating lunch, catching up on e-mail, and watching "What Not To Wear" while I blithely break all their fashion rules.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

(My answer) Because it was stapled to the punk rocker.
(My 10 YO's answer) 'Cause no one else would.
(My 7 YO's answer) So he could get away from the hunters.
(My 5 YO's answer) To get to the guts.

How good are you at Monopoly?

Fair to middling. I don't have the killer instincts to put me in the "always-win" category, but I don't deliberately blow my chances so the kids can win, either. And I make a damn fine banker.

From food to fiction, Kate likes things spicy. She writes sexy romance for Samhain Publishing and Siren Publishing, and has books available in both e-format and print. When she isn't writing about strong, sexy men and women finding their happily-ever-afters, she spends her time playing with the kids and hanging with her hero husband. (How's that for alliteration?) Check out her website at for more info!

For more "What, When, Where, Why, How" segments, check out Marianne Arkin's blog.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday Meme

January 26th Questions:

1. What was your favorite subject in grade school? Why did you enjoy this subject so much? What was your favorite part about this subject?
I loved school, but my favorite subject was always English/reading/writing. Any combination of those two. I didn't really hate any subject, although I have to admit I had to work at math more than I did any of the others. I've always been a reader, so being told you HAVE to read for school? Joy! I couldn't be fussed at for not doing chores around the house because... I was doing homework :-)

2. Tell me about your best friend in grade school. Do you still keep in touch? If not, why did the friendship dissolve? My best friend was Karen Bruce. We were inseparable. Unfortunately when we got to high school she got mixed up with the wrong sort of people, left school and moved to Atlanta, where she was murdered. I still miss the friendship we had.

3. Do you remember your first day of school? If not your very first day, then please tell us about the earliest memory of your first day of school - how did you feel? What did you wear? Did it take long for you to make new friends? Do you remember anything about the classroom or the teacher? The first day I actually remember was in kindergarten. I remember flashes from then. At that time (yes, I'm old) all the little girls wore dresses to school. I remember sitting on the floor watching the first manned space flight in 1961.

4. Let’s jump to middle school. What were your middle school years like? Did you have a lot of friends? Did you adjust quickly or slowly to the change from grade school? What was your favorite subject in middle school? I was nervous going to middle school (or as it was known then, Junior High). English was still my favorite subject, but I also took Spanish and enjoyed that. Changing classes was the hardest thing to get used to (plus having people around I'd not grown up with). All of the elementary schools were together at Junior High. chanel handbags

*****Don't forget to check out Karen's giveaway while you are at her site.. and join us for Karen's Monday Meme.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday Morning Meme

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1. You have just been hired to clean your own home, what is your first complaint? OMG... look at all the clutter! How can I even see to dust the furniture? Almost every surface has junk on it ..well, in the den. The rest of the house? A piece of cake, but the den? It would take a bulldozer.

2. Are you able to ignore a ringing telephone? How often do you allow a ringing phone to go to voice mail? Do you answer your cell phone, out in public, every time it rings? Or do you silence it and get back to it when you’re in a more private area? How often would you say you’re on your home phone? Your cell phone? Do you like talking on the phone or do you view it as a necessary communication tool? Wow, that's a LOT of questions :-) Can I ignore a ringing telephone? In a heartbeat...but only since the invention of Caller ID. And, only since the influx of telemarketers. If I don't know you (or recognize the number as a local number...because ours IS a business line), then we let voicemail pick it up every time. On my depends on who it is. A lot of times it's one of my kids and they just want to chat, so I'll chat with them. I keep my phone on vibrate, though (because of working at the library) so if we're in the middle of dinner or we're talking with someone else...I'll call them back.

When I was a teenager I LOVED talking on the phone. My BF, Teri, would pick me up in the morning for school and take me home. We spoke during school (we even had a few classes together). As soon as she got home, she would call and we would talk for hours. I'm sure that wasn't an every day event, but it was often enough it SEEMS like it was :-) Heaven only knows what we found to talk about. chanel handbags

The older I get, the more I dislike talking on the phone (except to my kids...and that's just because I never get to see them).

3. When did you last go for a bike ride? Do you own a bike? Do you encourage your children to ride bikes? Given the most popular New Year’s resolution of losing weight, would you consider putting bicycle riding as one of your exercise options? Why or why not? It's been so long since I rode a bike I don't even know if I remember how. We have some bikes in the rafters of the garage. I think I'm going to talk to Bob about getting them down. We want to start walking after supper, so this might be something else we could enjoy doing.

4. If you had to name a smell that always makes you nostalgic, what would it be? What sorts of memories does the smell evoke? Baby powder. It transports me back to the times when my kids were little and cuddly. There is something so satisfying about cradling a freshly-bathed baby in your arms and inhaling that aroma. I could sit like that for hours and be perfectly content.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

LASR is up for Best Review Site

The Long and the Short of It is up for Best Review Site of 2008 in the Preditors & Editors Poll. If you think that LASR is the best review site out there (and, trust me, it, then go and vote for us. :-)

And, stay tuned, because we're going to be having our own "best of 2008" poll coming up shortly on LASR/WC.... I'll let you know the exact date later, gaters.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everyone. I'm here with my only true resolution: to be a more consistent blogger. You note I did not say to blog every day. I hope to, but there's no use setting myself up for failure. I'm stealing a New Year's meme from Marianne, who stole it from Allie.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before? Started to work at the library. I've worked before (but not for a long time). It's been hard on both Bob and me. We love spending time together and it's been hard having to be apart.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't think I really made any New Year's resolutions this past year. And, I'm not really making any this year. I do have some changes I want to make, but they are rather nebulous.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? A former co-worker had a baby, but we're not really close.

4. Did anyone close to you die? My cousin died in October.

5. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Time and money.

6. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? September 10-- the date Aaron got married.

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year? The success of LASR. It's been amazing the way it's grown. So much, we are thinking about hiring help! Let me know if you are interested. :-)

8. What was your biggest failure? Not writing enough. That included on this blog and fiction.

9. What was the best thing you bought? Uh....hmmm.... I don't know. OH... we bought Bob a mini-laptop (his desktop died and this will work well when we go to the shore..if we ever get to again... and on the big boat for navigation).

10. Whose behaviour merited celebration? My kids'...they are all good kids and make me proud even when I want to pinch their heads off.

11. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Going to steal Marianne's answer here...because she said it well: There are far too many to count. There are times I think this world is beyond saving. Then I remember there are more folks with good hearts... guess it's a balance.

12. Where did most of your money go? Keeping Arcadia up. Business about died the last half of the year, but when you own your business not all the expenses quit. There are still payments that have to be made (hence, my going back to work).

13. What did you get really, really excited about? I've been excited about our new look at the LASR website. Also, Marianne and I are about to venture forth on another new adventure, so stay tuned :-)

14. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Happier. My kids are all in good relationships and I'm pleased about that. I hate that I had to go to work, but at least I have a job when a lot of people don't and I love the library. chanel handbags
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter.. and I don't even know how many. My scales are broken (note to self: buy new scales)
iii. richer or poorer? Probably about the same. When Bob retired he moved his portfolio into a more secure, more conservative fund, so we weren't hit by the stock market fall as hard as a lot of people. But with the business slowing down, it hurt our cash flow quite a bit. But, once business picks back up (and it has started some), that will resolve itself.

15. What do you wish you'd done more of? Written.

16. What do you wish you'd done less of? Busy work that takes time away from more important things. However, it's stuff that needs to be done.

17. Did you fall in love in 2008? I stayed in love; does that count?

18. Did your heart break in 2008? No..maybe it got bruised a bit, but not broken.

19. What was your favourite TV program? Marianne turned me on to "Eureka" and I can't wait for it to come back again.

20. What kept you sane? My husband. He's always supportive and there for me. Even when he gets frustrated by my being on the computer (and, let's face it, I'm on the computer a LOT), he loves me. Having friends online that are close to me. I don't have many IRL friends here in Tifton (we just stay so busy), so it's really good to have online friends to chat with.

21. What political issue stirred you the most? The US Presidential campaign and election.

22. Who was the best new person you met? My new boss...she's interesting. Has lived in several places before coming to our little town and it's neat hearing her talk about her experiences.

23. Favorite book you read? I don't think I have a favorite. I've read a lot of books and can't alway remember WHEN I've read one. There are some really really good books out there. I did read Sherrilyn Kenyon for the first time and enjoyed her. I've also read some really good books by Karen Harper.

24. Favorite movie? We watch a lot of old movies on the cable (gotta love Turner Classic Movies and the Fox Movie Channel). I did see the end of "Miss Potter" last night...I would like to see that. We just don't go to the theater very much. I'm not sure we went at all last year...yes, we did. We went to see the new Indiana Jones movie when it was released.

25. What are your plans for 2009? I would like to write more, to be more consistent on the blog, and to lose weight.

You Remember 60% of 2008

Okay, you were somewhat paying attention during 2008.

But you're not going to impress anyone with your knowledge of what went down.

You know the basics about what went down, but little else...

Let's just say you won't be writing the history book for 2008.

Can you tell I'm not the most news-savvy person around?