Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday Morning Meme

Marianne didn't tag anyone for this, but I thought I would do it anyway... trying to get in the habit, again, of blogging every day.

Four Movies that I can see over and over.
1. Tremors (Yeah, I know... but it's so awesome...so many lines make me laugh out loud every time I hear them..."Earl...it's a stampede.")
2. The Princess Bride ("Lub...true lub....")
3. Drowning Mona (It's just... so bad.... lol)
4. Zorro, the Gay Blade (an oldie..."Two bits, four bits, six bits, a peso. All for Zorro, stand up and say so!")

Four Places I have lived.
1. Thompson, GA
2. Wake Forest, NC
3. Alagoas, Maceio, Brazil
4. Anapolis, Goias, Brazil

Four TV shows that I love to watch.
1. House
2. Eureka (Coming back in July...yea!!!)
3. The Lost Room (seriously freaky... but fun)

Four places where I have gone on vacation.
1. Ireland (with a writing friend...a combination vacation/research trip...and we're going to try to revive that story)
2. Mentone, Alabama
3. Raleigh, NC (our older two girls live there)
4. St. Augustine, FL

Four favorite foods.
1. Big Macs (a guilty pleasure..and, I'm proud to say, rare)
2. Guacamole
3. Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy (see comment on number 1)
4. Oyster Po' Boy from The Grill in Apalachicola, FL

Four websites I visit daily
1. "The Long and the Short of It"
2. Tetris Friends, a site I've just recently discovered...good down time after working all day
3. Marianne's Blog
4. Would Coulda Shoulda...and I owe her some visits. I've been too busy to visit, so I thought I would give her some linky love.

Four places I would rather be.
1. Visiting my new grandson in Hawaii.
2. Visiting our girls in North Carolina
3. Visiting Marianne in New Hampshire
4. Visiting Lianne in Florida

Four things that I would like to do before I die.
1. Get published in book length fiction. Guess I better start writing, huh?
2. Travel.
3. See LASR and Goddess Fish as very successful and influential businesses in the writing world.
4. See all my kids happy and successful in their chosen careers.

Four novels I wish that I was reading for the first time.
1. Outlander by Diane Gabaldon
2. The Dragonrider of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
3. Gone With the Wind
4. Angelique by Anne and Serge Golon. I think this was probably the first romance I ever read.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday Somethings

I have to give a journaling workshop to our YA Summer Reading Book Club. I don't know how many will show up, but one thing preparing for it has done is give me a great list of writing prompts. I'll be sharing those with you in just a bit.

Our LASR Best Book of the Week Poll and WC Best Book of the Week Poll are up through tomorrow, so if you get the chance, stop in and see what books our reviewers liked best this past week.
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Also, there is some excitement in Twitterdom today. Sandy Lender is being interviewed by Jamieson Wolf in the first ever tweeterview.... from 9-10 AM EST. Follow them to read the interview.

And for your edification and entertainment... some interesting sites for writing prompts:


You Are a Classic Beauty!

You have a timeless beauty that looks great in every decade

Instead following trends, you stick to what works

And this means you never skimp on your beauty routine

Upside? Your classic looks tends to attract gentlemen - not boys.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Want to Have Some Fun?

Check out http://www.hollysinbox.com. It's a hoot... I'm thoroughly enjoying myself reading this. And... if you become a registered reader of that site and leave your user name in my comments... I'll have a chance to win an autographed copy of the book :-)

So.. go check it out. And, if you like it, let me know!! Also, remember the interview with Bill/Holly can be found below.

Free Online Book

Catherine Valente, the author of Palimpsest, posted the first chapter of her "book within a book", The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. Why is she doing such a thing? Check Catherine's blog for an explanation.

If you have the wherewithal to donate, please do. If not, please read and enjoy and spread the word.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

WWWWWH with Bill Surie/Holly Denham

Leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Holly's Inbox. The contest ends Friday, June 12, at 11:59 p.m.

Thanks to Bill Surie, for volunteering to be today's victim guest.

What would you do if you came upon a plate-sized toadstool in the woods that moved when you approached it?

Firstly, I'd want to know what I was doing in the woods, and so would my wife, and telling her I don't know how I got there, but hey there was this plate sized toadstool which moved - wouldn't really help my case.

When would it be appropriate for a hero to have the compulsion to sing top 40 songs in lieu of conversation to the heroine?

He could start singing them loudly if she was telling him off for messing up her hair after he'd just saved her life.

Where do you do your best writing?

First thing in the morning at my desk, problem is I now have a beautiful 2 yr old who gets up first thing in the morning too. So I guess never, at the moment.

Why would you try to lasso and ride the Loch Ness Monster on a dark and stormy night?

Because I was late for dinner at me Mum's (it’s not advisable to be late)

How far can you walk without thinking of something one of your characters did or said?

When I’m writing something new – I walk around in a continual dream thinking about it which irritates the hell out of my wife. I end up drinking cups of tea I don’t remember asking for, taking the wrong trains, arriving at the wrong towns, going to the wrong meetings, dressed as somebody else, wearing a false mustache and calling myself Jimbo. Ok most of it happens apart from the last bit. My wife is very patient.

I would also like Bill to tell us more about himself and his book... it sounds fascinating!
Holly’s Inbox started out as a website – with moving emails appearing in real time and telling her story (the site has now been re-launched for the USA at www.hollysinbox.com). At first we only really wanted to attract more candidates to mine and my wife’s little recruitment agency which specializes in reception staff... so it made sense for me to have heroine a receptionist. We found a chap called Ash – who is a genius website developer, and soon we had our site ready to try.

To start the site off we sent an email out to 90,000 people telling them NOT to visit Hollysinbox.com because unscrupulous IT hacks had posted a live email account of a fellow employee onto the web in total disregard of our privacy laws.

We said - if she was working for your company it was essential you let her know NOW! Before the world discovered what she really thought about her co-workers.

The site went into meltdown.

The site was running for around 5 months, but then I began to panic. The story would soon reach it’s climax and I had no idea what I was going to do next, so I began emailing as many agents as possible the web link; without knowing what I wanted from them. At last a wonderful fabulous woman replied and told me it would work in a book… and it did. Holly’s Inbox has now been translated into 6 different languages but the one place I had always dreamed about being published was of course the USA, and Sourcebooks have at last let me achieve this dream!!!!

Thank you so much for reviewing my book and for having me on your website – I had lost of fun answering your questions!

X Holly/Bill

Denham’s novel, written entirely in e-mails, began as a serialized Web site, www.hollysinbox.com. The story revolves around Holly Denham, the new receptionist at a London bank, and through her correspondence, readers get to know her daily life. She befriends Trish, the other receptionist, and begins a relationship with James, a charming higher-up. Between organizing meetings at the bank, she trades hilarious, risqué e-mails with her friends Jason and Aisha, assures her parents she’s getting along well, helps her grandmother decipher the Internet, and offers her siblings much-needed advice. Her e-mails even reveal a life-altering event from her past. While the premise can be tiresome—who doesn’t have to slog through enough e-mails of their own?—the story becomes more engrossing as fresh details come to light. The author, a placement-agency owner writing under a pen name, explores a new format with compelling results. A second novel is planned, and Holly’s adventures continue online.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

A Fun Picture

Bob and I were on an outing yesterday (he was selling a trolling motor to a guy a few towns away) and stopped in a Mexican bakery on the way home. I'm glad the bakery is close enough to run down occasionally to get some good bread, but not so close I'm tempted to run down every day... because, boy howdie, would that blow my diet!
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Anyway, they had the most precious bread sculpture... it's a shame to eat him!

Check out Sandy Lender's blog stop today at http://lilystonebooks.blogspot.com/2009/06/danger-of-putting-handsome-character-to.html and comment for a chance to win a hard-cover autographed first edition of Choices Meant for Gods. We're going to be having her drawing today for the first week's prize...so get that comment in!!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Sandy Lender's Virtual Book Tour Continues"

Today, Sandy is visiting at http://afstewartblog.blogspot.com/. She'll be in and out all day to answer questions or just to chat. So, stop in and see her. Remember, every first comment on a blog will earn an entry into the weekly giveaway for an autographed, first edition, hard cover of Choices Meant for Gods. Also, if you want to host her on your blog, you have another chance to win.


On a personal note.. I'm dieting (blech). Actually... I'm making "a significant lifestyle change." I'm doing Weight Watchers Online and am learning how to eat "right." Okay.. I've KNOWN how to eat right, but obviously I've not done it.... so I've ballooned... to the point that friends and family were worried about health issues. So.. I've been doing it for a couple of weeks now and I've lost eight pounds. Some friends and I have joined together as a support group and that's really helping. chanel handbags

Work at the library is still going well... and I love my hours. The garden is growing; I'm busy as ever with Goddess Fish and The Long and the Short of It (and it may get even busier..stay tuned for more information on that); and I'm working (ever so slowly) on my writing.

And.. that's my life :-)

Monday, June 01, 2009

A New Project

Marianne and I have started a new venture (because we have so much free time on our hands... ha!). You can click on the picture above to check it out.

And... today is the first day of our very first blog tour: Sandy Lender, author of Choices Meant for Gods

Her first stop is at Travel the Ages. For a chance to win an autographed, hard cover, first edition of Choices Meant for Gods all you have to do is leave a comment on her tour. You can comment at every stop for many chances to win. AND, she's giving away a free book once a week. So... to keep up with her stops, just check out her schedule here. If you would like to host her on YOUR blog, let me know and I'll get you all the information.