Friday, December 31, 2010

A Look Back at 2010

As we come to the end of the year, I wanted to take a look back and see what was going on. So, I bring you the first post for each month:

January: Hi, All.... popping in to fulfill my New Years Resolution about getting back to my blogging... and I can't think of a better way than sharing this with you. I had high hopes, but I also started working full time at the library. What a shock to the system. Between work, LASR and WC, Goddess Fish, and my family... well, as you can see I kinda fell down on the blogging.

September: Yeah Yeah Yeah... I know I've said it before.. but this time I really mean it :-) Yep, my next blog post was nine months later. I could have had a baby! (Not that I want one at my

October: It's a conundrum: when the economy is bad, people use the library more-- they stop buying books and start borrowing; instead of Netflix or Red Box, they check out DVDs; they come in and use the computer to look for jobs. This was a fun post-- a video. As a matter of fact, it's worth posting again

November: Happy Monday Music Memories! Today, I want to know which song made you cry. I started a new meme called Monday Morning Memories, because I wanted to do something on Monday's and couldn't find a meme I really wanted to do. Feel free to play along :-)

December: This post is part of the Virtual Book Tour for What Choices We Made, Volume II-- an awesome collection of short stories. One of my favorite people, Sandy Lender, contracted Goddess Fish for her latest Virtual Book Tour. It was a lot of fun and I encourage everyone to check out her site.

And...that's it for me for 2010. Hopefully, I won't go nine months between postings any more!!!

Happy New Year's Eve... have fun; stay safe.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Countdown to Christmas 5 Days

I'm Irish, by heritage and by inclination. I had the pleasure to visit that wonderful country several years ago with another writer/friend while we were researching a book (the book is languishing on a hard drive and discs somewhere, but the friendship is still alive and day we'll get back to the story, cause it was fun). When I arrived in Ireland, I felt like I'd come home and, to this day, I still get homesick for Ireland.

I wanted to share this beautiful piece of music with you and wish you: Nollaig Shona Dhuit

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Countdown is Interrupted for a VIA

Very Important Announcement, that is:

If you are a fan of Diana Gabaldon, here is a chance to win a brand new copy of Outlander and enjoy a new blog to book. A Novel Woman has a contest going on. Check it out!

Countdown to Christmas 6 Days

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Countdown to Christmas 9 Days and Thursday Thirteen: Kendall Grace

A special welcome to Kendall Grace on her Virtual Book Tour for Come Undone, organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Kendall is sharing with us today:

Thirteen Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Writing

1. An outline of the story is important. Very. The Panster Ahoy ship can sink unexpectedly and quickly.

2. You can develop TMJ from the anxiety involved with writing for publication (and night mouth guards ain’t cheap).

3. Others won’t view your writing as serious unless you get a book contract.

4. The word “that” and “of” are really very useless in the English language.

5. Characters favorite time to come out and play is in the middle of the night.

6. You will not remember the great scene the characters show you in the middle of the night the next morning so you must get up and make notes then. Right then.

7. You will begin to narrate your own actions in your head in the third person (or is this just me?).

8. You will obsessively check your inbox like a mad person while a sub is out.

9. When you do finally get a contract it’s possible to panic, after the initial rush, from fear you might not have what it takes to actually keep writing books and keep getting contracts.

10. The muse does not always cooperate and tends to take a hike when there is actually time to sit down and write.

11. Writers are amongst some of the most supportive and encouraging people out there.

12. You must remember the calories in/calories out formula, as you can’t write while jogging.

13. The pure joy you receive when you get that first contract makes everything you’ve gone through worthwhile.

You can follow the rest of Kendall's tour here. Remember to leave a comment to be included in the drawing for a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

And now... on to the countdown video:

Monday, December 13, 2010

Countdown to Christmas 12 Days

Welcome to today's Monday Music Memory. The Christmas tree has always been my favorite part of the holiday decorations, so it's only fitting that for the classic Christmas song, I give you O Christmas Tree. I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Monday Music Memories and Countdown to Christmas: 19 Days

One of my first Christmas memories was lying on the floor watching TV (something on PBS, I think)-- a movie about a child who was born with six fingers on one hand. Mama and Grandmama were decorating the tree. Greensleeves was on the soundtrack for the movie. I have no idea what the movie was.. but it was heartbreaking; maybe that's why I remember the song so well. It was the first movie I remember really being moved about.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Thursday Thirteen With Sandy Lender

This post is part of the Virtual Book Tour for What Choices We Made, Volume II-- an awesome collection of short stories. Any comments left on this blog will be entered into a drawing for an autographed copy of What Choices We Made, Volume I. You can also follow her tour by clicking on the banner below.

I invited Sandy to tell us thirteen of her favorite things. So here, in no particular order, are Thirteen Favorites of Sandy Lender.

1. Petri, my companion parrot

2. Chocolate (all forms including white, but not with marshmallows inside)

3. Dragons

4. Fan mail (although it's a wee bit frightening when they're threatening concerning the release of Book III)

5. Swords

6. The second amendment

7. Duran Duran (their next album "All You Need is Now" is being released on iTunes Dec. 21st, in stores in February--I HIGHLY recommend it)

8. Writing by candlelight

9. The way Nigel Taiman steals Amanda Chariss's hair ribbons when he sees them laying around
10. Writing on the beach

11. Sea turtles! (I have sea turtle patrol during nesting season down here on the Gulf Coast of Florida)

12. Sci-fi/fantasy conventions where I get to speak AND dress up like a fan

13. Living in Onweald with my characters when I'm writing...

Welcome to a world of dragons, magic, sword and sorcery.

Dive into the legends that make up the history of the Choices series from established fantasy author Sandy Lender. Both new and familiar characters will enchant you. From families in peril to youth in scrapes, the men and monsters who shaped Onweald politics left epic tales in their wake for you.

As a special treat for Choices readers, this volume includes the love story of Ella and Rohne. She’s a general’s daughter with modern ideas about growing old at her father’s side. He’s a moody old god who’s used to getting His way. When they clash, she elects to run away with one of His guards. Catching the fugitives would be easier if the evil Julette’s minions weren’t crashing the party with her poisonous plans.

A stand-alone novella that newcomers to the series can enjoy, "The Influential Love Story of Ella and Rohne" offers suspense, horror, action, fantasy, and a sweet romance when an opinionated young lady faces her future—and a feisty god.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Monday Morning Memories: Fun Songs

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One of the first fun songs I remember from my childhood is "On Top of Spaghetti."

"On Top of Spaghetti" was written and performed by Tom Glazer.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Three Word Wednesday: November 3

Welcome to another Three Word Wednesday. Click above or on the link below to play along.

Stolen blatantly from the source:

Each week, I post three words. You write something using the words.
Then come back and post a link to the contribution with Mr. Linky.
As always, there's no hard-and-fast rule that you have to post on Wednesday.
But I invite everyone to check back often to read and comment on other contributions. This is, after all, a community for writers who clamor for feedback.

Go write. Go read. Go comment.

This week's words:

abrupt, kernel, wield

Julianne yanked the duvet off the bed, sending a swirl of dust into the air. After her fit of what her family always called "chihuahua" sneezes subsided, she returned to the task of stripping the bed a little more cautiously. An hour of wielding a can of Pledge and more than one dust rag left her with a room she could live with--at least for the weekend.

A creak in the hallway caused her to hold her breath, waiting for ...what? The other shoe to drop? A knock on the door? A ghostly voice saying, "Trick or treat"? With an abrupt shake of her head, she flung the door open and found nothing. Just an empty hallway and dust motes dancing in the shaft of sunlight that streamed through the open window.

She had turned to head down stairs when she paused as a kernel of memory forced its way into her mind's eye. When she had come up, the window had been closed.


For our daily "How alike are Marianne and Judy" Quiz:

The Good Life is in Your Big Picture

You like nothing more than kicking back and relaxing. And you think you've earned it!

You really value your leisure time, and you are the type of person who pursues many interests.

While you don't think money will make you happy, it can keep you busy for a while... and that's appealing.

You're not ashamed of wanting the very best in life, and you'll probably get it.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Monday Music Memories November 1

Happy Monday Music Memories! Today, I want to know which song made you cry.

The first song I can remember that made me cry wasn't a love song in the traditional sense, but it was still very much a love song. And, even after nearly fifty years, it still makes me cry.

What about you? What song has made you cry?

Play along and be sure and leave a comment :-)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

3 Word Wednesday 10/27/10

Sorry I'm late today. I'm on our anniversary vacation with my wonderful husband and plumb forgot it was Wednesday. :-) But... late or not, here's the latest entry... I need a title....anyone?

To play along with 3 Word Wednesday, or find other participants, just click the button.

Today's words are: fragile, rampant, tremor For earlier entries in this story.

Julianne sat the heavy bag on the floor of the foyer and took a deep breath. For better or worse...a tremor ran up her spine...she was here for the weekend. The first order of business was to find some place to sleep. Leaving the bag, she climbed the wide staircase that lead to the second floor.

Dust motes played in the light streaming from the open doors on either side of the hallway, and Julianne thanked whatever god was listening that it was a sunny day. She wasn't sure she could have gone through with her plan had the day been dark and dreary.

Surprisingly, the rooms were in pretty good shape for having been unused for so long. A testimony to the strength of the structure of the house, she supposed. She walked the length of the hall, glancing in at all the open doors, before she came to the one door that was closed.

The brass knob turned easily enough and, when the door swung open, Julianne gasped.

She had dreamed about this room as a child and, in that dream, it was a place of wonder and safety. In her waking memory, she had never been to this house-- never even knew about her aunt until the letter had come from the lawyer. Here, though, now was proof that at some point she had known both.

Everything was exactly the same as her dream...the wallpaper of blue flowers, faded now by time; the window seat looking over the garden. In her dream, the garden was a sea of color. Now it was overgrown, but color still peeked from behind the rampant growth of weeds. For the first time since entering the house, Julianne felt at peace and at home. This was where she would stay for the weekend.

Thankful, and surprised, the bed coverings weren't as fragile as she had feared, Julianne stripped them from the bed and carried them downstairs to the laundry room. She retrieved the supplies she had brought with her and returned to the house, determined to do battle against the ages before doing battle with anything supernatural.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday Reminder

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

3WW and other stuff

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Today's words are: effect, immense, shimmer

Julianne turned from her packing as her roommate came into the room. The retort that had risen to her lips in preparation for yet another round of rational arguments against her decision died on her lips as she saw the armload of items Rachel held.

"If you are determined to go ahead with this harebrained scheme, then at least be as prepared as you can be. I still don't believe there's anything supernatural at that house...more likely it's an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato'," she quoted, "but, on the off chance I might be wrong, I would feel better if you had these. They were my mother's." The word was uttered with the customary twist of the lips that recollection of her mother's occupation always caused.

Julianne lay the immense silver cross, rosary, scapular, and holy water next to the more mundane items in the bag. For an instant, the cross seemed to shimmer, but Julianne laughed inwardly at her own imagination and closed the case with a click that sounded oddly final to her ears. She turned back to her friend and said, in a voice that shook despite her best efforts, "I'll see you Monday, then."

The casual words did not have the effect Julianne was going for. Tears welled in Rachel's eyes as she responded, "You have no idea how much I hope so." Without another word, she turned and left the room.


For our daily See how Alike Judy and Marianne Are" quiz:

You Sometimes Attend to Your Emotions

You find expressing your emotions to be quite natural. You just say and show how you feel.

When it's time to make a decision, you always follow your heart. You believe your heart knows what's best.

You are very emotionally responsive. It's not difficult to tug on your heartstrings.

You are an extremely empathetic person. You find it easy to put yourself in someone else's shoes.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday's Meme Fun

Welcome to The Queen's Meme #57.

Shamelessly stolen from The Queen's Meme site.

We're talking THREES. Answer these questions all having to do with the number 3. I predict this meme will take about 3 minutes to do.
Of course I could be wrong.
It's been known to happen.
And watch out! Question #3 is a doozy.

3. Where were you 3 hours ago?
It's 8:58 pm as I'm writing this; three hours ago I was locking the door of the library after our last patron had left :-)

3. Is there anything pink within 3 feet of you?I am already in my jammies and there's pink on them; plus there's a plastic cup that's pink that is sitting on the table between my recliner and my husbands.

3. Name the 3 scariest places in the world. 1. My brain (because I just this minute realized all the questions are question 3); 2. California (because no matter what they say, I'm sure if I go to visit, it will fall off into the ocean; 3. my child's bedroom (nuff said)

3. Name the 3 loveliest sights you've seen lately. My husband's face when he surprised me for lunch; a flower from our yard my husband brought me yesterday; the clean kitchen I came home to tonight

3. Name the top 3 Bands in the year you were born.The top three according to The Oldies Guide are: Maybelline by Chuck Berry; We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets; Tutti Frutti by Little Richard.

3. Walk to your front door. Go outside and get in your car. Drive 3 miles East. Describe 3 things you saw on your way. Okay.. it's late.. we're going to pretend I did this. I passed some lovely ponds, the post office, and my friend's RV park :-)

3. I, Queen Mimi, have sentenced you to a 3-day diet of your most sinful cravings. What will you be partaking? Reading, chocolate, wine, fresh bread

3. Go back to question #3. Change the first word to "travel" and let me know if you survived. I'll hold a room for you in the dungeon in the meantime. I survived the trip to my brain, but I don't recommend it for the faint-of-heart; I'll let you know when I finally make it to California; and even I'M not brave enough to venture into A's bedroom without the National Guard standing by.

3. If you are the 3rd person to do this meme and sign the Mr. Linky as #3 you win a prize! The prize is you don't have to do this meme. Oops. **Don't you know you should always read all the instructions/questions FIRST??** Unfortunately, I'm not going to be number three, because I'm not going to sign it til in the morning and the number three spot is already taken :-)


For our daily "See How Much Judy and Marianne are alike" quiz:

You Are Rules by Mars

You are an extremely passionate person, and you're quick to take action on your passions.

You take large leaps and huge risks. You definitely aren't one for planning.

You have a ton of energy, and you are a natural leader. You motivate and inspired people.

You have a pretty strong competitive streak, and you can be a bit aggressive when you're trying to win.

You really need to check out Marianne's for today. It's eerie.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Test 2

Wherein possibly Marianne can work her magic and make Twitter, FB, and Blogger all talk to each other and play nice.


This is another test... thanks for your patience.

Forgive the Test

I'm working on linking my blog, Twitter and Facebook.... so please bear with me :-)

Monday Morning Music Memory

Welcome to the first edition of MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEMORY, wherein I share with you videos of music that I have enjoyed. Please play along and post on your site so I can enjoy your "Music Memory" with you. Just follow along and sign up.

One of my favorite groups as a kid was The Monkees...and especially Davy (pause for swoon).

What about you? What singer made you swoon?

Saturday, October 16, 2010


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Friday, October 15, 2010

I'm Off Work and Get to.... Work

Today is the first day of my three day weekend. In case you don't know, I work at the library full-time, but since we are open on Saturdays and two nights a week, it's not a 9-5/M-F kinda job. We are closed on Sunday, but that just means that Mondays are really really busy. I work one night a week (Tuesday) and every other Saturday. The Saturday I work, I'm off Sunday and then back to work on Monday. So...the following weekend, I have F/S/S off. It's nice, but by Thursday before the 3DW, I'm last night, I came home, and vegged. Did a little bloghopping and visiting commenters from yesterday, played a little Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook (my friend hit over 500,000.... I love a challenge, and did little else. So....

This morning I have to get on the stick and finish the LASR/WC pages before Marianne hits me with aforesaid stick, so... toodles!!


For the daily "How Alike Are Judy and Marianne" Quiz:

You Are Radiant

You have a natural glow from with in. You seem to always sparkle.

You are joyful and delighted with the world. You have found your bliss.

You remain bright and sunny even when the outlook isn't so good.

You believe the world is a glorious place, and you're going to celebrate it as much as you can.

Yeah, even though we got the same results, you can see by her response just how accurate it is for her! Me, pretty close.

As illustration, in 1996 my family and I lived near Raleigh when Hurricane Fran came in, leaving us without power for over a week. At one point, my oldest daughter was griping about the heat, or the lack of hot water, or something, and I said to this 16-year-old that we could just think of it as if we were living back in the days of Little House on the Prairie. She put her hands on her hips, looked at me for a long moment, and said, "Mom, do you have to always be so cheerful about everything?"

Well...yeah... pretty much :-)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday Thirteen: Librarian's Work

In addition to my writing, LASR/WC, Goddess Fish, family, and home-- I'm also a librarian. Librarians don't just check out books. Here's 13 things I normally do during a regular day.

1. Check out books.

2. Check in books.

3. Explain to patrons that, no, they can not check out more books when they owe over $10 in late fees.

4. Explain to patrons that, yes, they did indeed bring the books back, but the books were three months late and, even at just ten cents a day for each book they checked out, when they had out fifty books and kept them out an additional ninety days, fines tend to add up.

5. Teach patrons how to use the card catalog (which now exists on a computer and not in a drawer)

6. Explain to patrons that they will not find our non-fiction books in the fiction section.

7. Help patrons set their account up so they can place things on hold and renew books from their home.

8. Check in DVDs, put them on the cart to put on the shelves, then check them back out to other patrons.

9. Explain to patrons about the fabulous things we offer in our 24-7 Library, including basic skills, audio book downloads, test preparation, and foreign language learning.

10. Call patrons and remind them that the book they had us borrow for them is in the library and they can come pick it up.

11. Register new patrons who have never had library cards before and explain the rules.

12. Tell patrons who have had library cards before and who are still in our statewide system that they need to bring back the twenty books they still have out from the last library they had a card at before I can issue them a new card.

13. Gladly announce when it's closing time. :-)

Seriously, I love my job at the library. Today (I'm writing this on Wednesday night for Thursday Thirteen) we had a man come in who had recently been laid off his job. He was sixty and was going back to college to try to learn a new skill. He didn't have a library card, so we fixed him up and showed him how he could go onto the computer to study and brush up on his reading skills because he had tested out at the tech school as reading on a second grade level. It's being able to help people like this that make my job so rewarding.

And, on the "just when you think you've seen everything" side, we had six books turned in today that were due in 2004 :-) Better late than never.

What's the longest you've ever kept a library book?


The daily "How Much Are Judy and Marianne Alike" poll:

You Are the Fairy

You are charming, cheerful, and a little bit magical. You make other people's lives better.

You are a bit eccentric at times, but you truly care about people in your own way.

You are hyper and restless. It drives you crazy to sit still, and you are usually the first to leave any event.

You are unpredictable and flighty. No one can guess what you'll be up to next ... or where you'll be!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

3WW: 10/13

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Today's words are: absolve, hiss, ridicule

Julianne darted to the door, but even as fast as she moved, by the time she reached the opening, she could see nothing in front of her. No robed figure, no furniture, no light at all. Except for the foot or so she could see from the light behind her, there was total darkness ahead of her.

Hissing in frustration, Julianne turned. There were no matches laying unattended on any of the dusty surfaces and, of course, she had left her flashlight in the car. Who expected to need a flashlight in the afternoon? Even as gloomy an afternoon as this one should have afforded enough light through windows to be able to see. Absolving herself of the guilt of not being prepared, Julianne made a mental note that the next time she returned to the house, she would have everything she needed and more.

Her friends may ridicule her, but her aunt had left her this house and she was determined to find out why--disappearing robed figures, rooms without windows, or any other thing the went bump in the night or not.


The daily "How Much Alike are Judy and Marianne Quiz":

You Are Not Stressed

You may have some stress in your life, but you're coping quite well.

You are able to find balance, and compared to most people, you aren't stressed out.

Consider helping out a friend or family member who is experiencing some stress.

You are in a great position, and better off than almost everyone else in the world.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday Twitterings

Got a lot to do this morning before going to work (this is my late night ...noon-9...sigh), but wanted to stop in and say hello. We are hoping to finish working on the garage this weekend (it's my long weekend...F,S,S... nice!) and only one of the garage doors is working. So...that's on the agenda. Plus I need to get pages done up far ahead for LASR/WC because for our anniversary week Bob and I are running away to the coast (hopefully, I'll be able to contact Mediacom about fixing our Internet down's been horrible the last few times we've tried to go.) Fingers crossed. I've even been looking into wireless Internet connections...anybody have any suggestions?


The daily "How Much Alike are Judy and Marianne Quiz":

You Are Whimsical

You are an unpredictable and fascinating person. You are quite mischievous.

You are curious about the world, and you rarely resist indulging your curiosity.

You are a total optimist, and the world makes you happy. You can be downright bouncy.

You are nonchalant and carefree. You are easily amused and delighted.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Mutterings

My first time playing Manic Monday. Come and join me.

Imagine you can only keep 5 things that you have (people not included). What 5 things would you keep?Okay.. that's easy. First thing: my computer. Second thing: my iPod Touch. Third thing: the cat (sorry, cat, them's the apples). Fourth thing: my external hard drive with EVERYTHING on it. Fifth thing: the picture of my husband's mom and dad.

Family pictures? The kids all have their baby books and everything else is online. We do live in a digital age :-)

What's the hardest thing you've ever had to learn? There really isn't enough time in the day to do everything I want to do

Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I'm going to...go to work, do LASR and Goddess Fish stuff, and tell my family I love them.


For our daily, "see how much Judy and Marianne are alike" quiz:

You Are Good Luck Bear

You are definitely a lucky person, and you believe that you make your own luck.

You try to spread your luck around. You do your best to make sure your friends share in your good fortune.

You are a total optimist. You are always hopeful that things will work out for the best... and they usually do.

You are confident and sure of yourself. You don't let self doubt weigh you down.

Saturday, October 09, 2010


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Friday, October 08, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins

It's been a long time since I've played...come along and play with me!

To play along, click here. we go!

1. My favorite month is December because it has Christmas and that's my favorite holiday. All the kids try to come home and it's just fun.

2. I love a fresh breeze.

3. I love to sniff freshly mowed grass.

4. Something cooked by someone else is what I like to have as a treat for breakfast.

5. The hobby I enjoy most is reading

6. Library, LASR, and housework oh my!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing my LASR work, tomorrow my plans include working at the library and Sunday, I want to do nothing!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Things I Should be Doing Instead of TT

1. Writing the interview for next week's LASR Interview. Pssst...Stephanie Draven will be joining us as part of her Blog Tour for her new release Poisoned Kisses.

2. Writing the interview for next week's Whipped Cream Interview. Raine Delight is joining us and giving away an awesome Halloween surprise.

3. Coding the pages for next week's Author Spotlight on Michelle Picard as part of her Virtual Book Tour

3. Coding the pages for next week's WC Spotlight on Annabel Joseph

4. Write the interview with Simone Elkeles for Aurora

5. Check on email for the Goddess Fish tours we have running

6. Finish my office (our son moved out to college and took all his furniture, so we took over his room.. mwhahahah....)

7. Clean the kitchen

8. Write.

9. Finish getting ready for work./p>

10. Vacuum the house./p>

11. Dust

12. Weed my roses

13. Did I mention work?

But.. instead.. I'm doing Thursday Thirteen... the rest will be here tonight when I get back from (you guessed it... ) work.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun!

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

3WW: 10/6

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Today's words are: hint, lust, sheen

A continuation from last week's 3WW.

Julianne pressed her ear against the door, but not a hint of a noise came through. Gritting her teeth, she turned the knob and pushed the door open, cursing the lust for knowledge that led her to this conundrum. Apart from a heaviness in the air, the room was empty. A sheen of dust covered the surfaces...dust that hadn't been disturbed for a long while.

She shifted her gaze and a shadow shifted across the mirror. Whirling to look behind her, she caught sight of a robed figure disappearing silently through a door.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Happy Birthday to You!

Today is the birthday of a very special person in our The Long and the Short of It family... our "PDF Dispenser" and "Keeper of the Database." Michele has been with us from very nearly the beginning of our endeavor and was the first person we "hired": her first title was AABH (All Around Big Help).

Michele always keeps us laughing and, even though I've never had the chance to meet her in person (the wonders of Internet), I count her as a dear, dear friend. I would love everyone to stop by her blog today and wish her a "Happy Birthday."

~*~*~Our Daily See How Much Alike Judy and Marianne Are Quiz~*~*~

You Are a Stool

You are a true friend and a down to earth person. You're very accepting of faults - both in yourself and others.

You generally like people, and you like yourself. You enjoy a night out more than a night in.

You don't think you're better than anyone else, and you certainly don't act it. You are humble.

Your friends love you just the way you are, partially because you love them just the way they are!

Saturday, October 02, 2010


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Friday, October 01, 2010

Friday Fun

It's a conundrum: when the economy is bad, people use the library more-- they stop buying books and start borrowing; instead of Netflix or Red Box, they check out DVDs; they come in and use the computer to look for jobs. Libraries are busier these days than ever. The conundrum comes in because our budgets are being slashed right and left. So... what to do? Here's what one library did:

How about you? Do you utilize the library? Do you support the library?


For our daily, "See How Much Marianne and Judy Are Alike" Quiz:

You Are The Extrovert

You have a huge circle of friends, and you're always adding to your crew. You love to be around other people.

You are fun-loving and well-rounded. You enjoy most activities, and you find little reason to complain.

You get along with almost anyone - kids and animals included. You never feel shy in a room full of strangers.

You are very engaged with and interested in the world around you. People matter a great deal to you.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday Thirteen: Kele Moon

I would like to welcome Kele Moon as she continues her Virtual Book Tour sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions. Comments will be entered into an drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the winners choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You can find her other stops here.

13 of my favorite lines from Beyond Eden

1) “I promise I’ll love you forever... Never, ever forget that.” -- Paul to Eve the night before she leaves for New York.

2) “The studio I worked for got shut down for tax evasion and I lost my job. My fianc√© left me for my best friend and my dog died.” –- Eve on why New York didn’t work out.

3) “You are the perfect woman.” Danny gave her another sexy grin. “I always told Paul that. Any woman who looks as good as you and loves to fish is the perfect woman.”

4) “Always the boy scout. You never change.” –- Eve’s drunken observations of Paul.

5) “I’m putting Eve on my ‘to do’ list.” –- Danny to Paul

6) Eve sat obediently, staring bleary eyed at Danny as he poured her a cup of Cuban coffee. “Two men being so neat, I find that suspicious.”

7) “I did make the right choice,” Danny said proudly. “I told you I could be vanilla.” -- Danny’s prideful boast to Paul over being able to pick out a bouquet of flowers for Eve all by himself.

8) “The forbidden tastes good to you, it always has. Bite the apple, Evie, it’ll blow your mind.” – Danny

9) “The devil was the most beautiful angel. Remember that and I think we’ll all be fine.” –- Danny

10) “I could never be ashamed of you, Evie Girl. You’re radiant to me.” – Paul

11) “I was born to live on the edge. Break every rule, I’ll only love you for it.” – Paul (the secret rebel)

12) “When I was young, I thought it would be fun to grow up and be a professional asshole. It worked out nicely.” – Danny on being a Dom.

13) “You two are like a very twisted version of the odd couple,” Eve said with a soft smile. “It’s sweet.” –Eve’s thoughts on Paul and Danny.

Three lifelong friends find themselves tangled in a web of love, pain and dangerous secrets in this erotic Garden of Eden tale.

Tall, dark and handsome Danny Carlow has always gotten whatever he wants except for the two he wants more than anything—his best friends, lovers Paul and Eve. Determined, he waits like a snake in the grass, poised for the right moment to offer them a temptation too delicious to resist.

Artist Eve Everton makes the painful decision to leave behind her true love Paul for the Siren’s call of New York City. Ten years later with her life in shambles, she returns home. When Paul’s waiting arms aren’t available, Eve falls for Danny’s charm and finds herself a willing accomplice in the dangerous games Danny plays.

Former college football star, Paul Mattling is now a successful attorney with a bright future ahead of him. But behind those brilliant blue eyes are secret desires for a taste of the forbidden. Will he play it safe or will he give into Danny and Eve and bite the apple?a

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Middle of the Week Musings

Working at the library gives you a chance to see a wide range of humans. There's the person who is very concerned when they have a ten cent fine. There's the person who pays their fine down to $9.95 so they can still use their card, but heaven forbid they try to pay it all off. Then there are the people who try to figure out a way they can still use their card, no matter that they have lost a $20 DVD and have yet to pay for it. People are funny.engulf, imminent, tamper

What is your reaction when and if you take a book back late to the library?


It's been a long time since I participated in 3 Word Wednesday, but here are today's 3 words: engulf, imminent, tamper

Waves of imminent danger engulfed Julianne as she stood motionless outside the heavy oak door. She reached out her hand but jerked it back before she reached the doorknob. There were "more things in heaven and hell, Horatio" and she didn't know if she should tamper with them or not.


Our daily "how much are Marianne and Judy alike?" quiz:

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You Should Stay Away from Red

You are a balanced and calm person. You definitely shy away from aggression and anger.

You are a natural peacemaker, and you feel bad when people can't get along. You wish everyone was kinder to one another.

Red sometimes represents defiance and strain. You are too harmonious to want to be near either of those.

Red also can point to too much passion or intensity. If you want to remain peaceful, stay away from this color.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thursday Thirteen: Mysti Holiday

This post is part of the Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions for Mysti Holiday's latest release, Blue Light Special, a contemporary erotic romance. For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the online book retailer of your choice, leave a comment here and follow Mysti's tour. Her other stops can be found here.

Thirteen Things I Didn't Title My Story

1. Gone With the Panties

2. Lady and the Cop

3. Pride and Pepsi Shooting

4. Love in the time of Last Call

5. Dirty Bartending

6. You’ve Got Male

7. When a Cop Loves a Bartender

8. Say Nothing

9. While You Were Pulling Me Over

10. When Caleb Met Karin

11. Sleepless in Sacramento

12. Never Been Ticketed

13. Breakfast at Karin’s

You can find Mysti at her website: and her blog

When Karin Lattimer moves across the country and her over-protective brother asks his friend Caleb Hawkes to keep an eye on her, she’s more than annoyed…she’s turned on. The attentive cop is a walking wet dream, but Karin knows he’s only hanging around out of a sense of duty. Acting on her crazy attraction would reveal more than the man’s buff body—it would also reveal her heart.

Caleb is well aware that Karin is all woman. He can’t keep his eyes off her and his hands itch to touch her. But she’s not one-night-stand material, and he firmly believes cops make lousy partners for long-term relationships.

Still, thinking clearly isn’t a top priority when Karin and Caleb finally touch. Sparks fly and barriers melt away as easily as their inhibitions, but can she convince him there's more to life than playing it safe?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fun Stuff

My friend, Cynthia, sent me the link to this video.... I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:

PacMan rules!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Thursday Thirteen: Wendi Zwaduk

Today's Thursday 13 is part of the Virtual Book Tour for Wendi Zwaduk's My Immortal. Leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for a download of this book. Check out the rest of her stops for more chances to enter.

13 Lines from My Immortal
With a little commentary because I love to talk

13. Doesn’t your friend Falco bounce there?

(sounds kinda hinky unless you read the book.. hee hee)

12. Vampires were people, too…

11. "I know how you hate to lose, so I’m placing a wager."

10. "I’ll tell you while we wait. Or do I have to spank you to get you to behave?"

( I love a man who takes charge.)

9. "It’s the middle of August and at least eighty-eight degrees here in New Haven. I can’t fathom why you’re cold."

(This comes out of my real life. I am perpetually cold. DH would tell you combined with my inability to tan, I probably am part vampire.)

8. "When you’re done with the time killer, come find me."

(The antagonist has the best one-liners.)

7. You missed the Bruce and Cherylyn show.

(Nope, not a reality show on TV. A real life couple arguing in public. You can't make this stuff up.)

6. She smacked the cool metal into his outstretched hand. "You can drive, but if you scratch my baby, I will come get you." She crossed in front of the hood and thanked the attendant as he closed her door. "Don’t forget, I know where you live and the security code."

(She's talking about her '78 Camaro, and yeah, if I had a Camaro, I'd protect it as if it were my child, too.)

5. "We stayed up until nearly six in the morning, bad girl. I would like to think I wore you out, but your skepticism wounds me."

(Can't let the man's ego grow too big)

4. The man tightened his grip on her wrist. The leather gloves he wore creaked. "Do as I say and look less conspicuous. We’re a couple out on an evening stroll."
"Yeah, because men lead their women around like cattle in this town."

(I loved Stevie's response here. She's a pill and not about to let antagonist win.)

3. "You know NASCAR bores me to tears, right?"

"I don’t doubt it, and I have a plan that should keep your attention just fine."

"Tell me the plan, babe." Storm kissed her. "Get me up to speed."

She scraped his areolas with her fingernails. "You can’t watch a race without sporting your colours, but since you don’t have a favourite driver," she nibbled her bottom lip, "you’ll be nude."

(NASCAR is a sport you love or hate. But if this is one way to make it more interesting...I think more people would fall in love.)

2. "I think about her all the time But I won’t mess things up. Now, go to sleep before the sun comes up and bakes you to a crisp." Or I come over there and kick your ass for butting in.

(Vampire threats. No one else is afraid the sun will bake them, unless they're trying to tan.)

1. You and Storm belong together, like you’re cut from the same oddball cloth or something.

(Coming from Stevie's sister, Gypsy, this is the ultimate compliment. Plus, oddballs are the best balls.)

Blurb: What’s a girl to do when she finds out the man of her dreams is a 340 year old vampire?

Run like hell or offer her heart.

Being a vampire hasn’t been easy for Storm Richardson. He’s not programmed to kill or harm, unless he needs to feed. When he meets Stephanie “Stevie” Persing, he knows he’s found his mate. But if he crosses the line between work and play, he risks losing the only person who matters—her.

Stevie’s been in love with Storm since the moment she laid eyes on him. He’s brooding, intense, and her one weakness. But is her heart too steep a price to pay for his love, especially when she discovers his deepest secrets?

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

People Watching

Working at the library is a chance to do a lot of people watching. It's interesting to see how people interact with each other. And, it's a marvelous chance to pick up mannerisms and speech patterns for characters :-) I daresay some of my patrons will make it into my books in one form or another.

For the majority of time, we have great patrons. Then...there's that patron. If you've ever worked in an service industry, you know the ones I mean. Fortunately, at our library, each of us have a different that patron...the one when you see them coming through the door, you suddenly have something urgent to work on in the office-- let someone else help

Have you ever had people you have to deal with who just annoy you? I would love to hear about them.

NOTE: don't forget to stop by tomorrow, visit Wendi, and leave a comment :-)

And now... in a time-honored tradition, I bring you my answers to Marianne's quiz (this is from yesterday...she's late this morning. If I get the chance will repost today's quiz as well):

You Are Considerate

You always notice those around you, and you are very polite. Manners come first for you.

Relationships are the cornerstone of your life, and it's important for you to get along with people.

You are the ideal friend. You are dependable, down to earth, and a great listener.

You support your friends and family as much as you can. You love to help other people thrive.

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And, today's quiz:

You Are Refined

You aren't uptight, but you are still very polished and polite. You are graceful.

You are classic, both in style and tastes. You don't even notice trends.

You are charming and charismatic. You are good at smoothing over even the most difficult situations.

You are eloquent and understated. You don't keep going once you feel someone gets the point.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I'm Back.....

Yeah Yeah Yeah... I know I've said it before.. but this time I really mean it :-)

Updates: Work at the library is going well. I love the work, the people...hate it takes me away from home 40 hours a week. The cool thing is, I work a weird schedule so that every other weekend I have three days off in a row. Of course, that means the OTHER weekend, I only have one day off, but...thems the breaks.

LASR/WC/Aurora are all doing well. We're in our fourth year now...who can believe it? Time flies when you're having fun.. unless you're a frog.

I'm going to be hosting one of our authors here on Thursday for my re-introduction to Thursday Thirteen: Wendi Zwaduk. Stop back on Thursday and comment... you might just win a download of her newest book The Immortal.

In other news... I've never made it to any of my high school reunions. But, that's about to be remedied, thanks to the Class of '75 (yes, I AM that old!).

I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of people. My sister and her husband will be coming down as well. It should be fun.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Great Contest

Hi, All.... popping in to fulfill my New Years Resolution about getting back to my blogging... and I can't think of a better way than sharing this with you.

One of our new tour hosts on Goddess Fish is hosting a contest. She's giving away an audiobook copy of THE SWAN THIEVES by Elizabeth Kostova and I want to win :-). You can see the details of the contest here: The Library of a Distracted Musician and I encourage you to go enter (as long as you promise not to win). I'm currently reading Kostova's first book, THE HISTORIAN, and enjoying it. If I win THE SWAN THIEVES, after I listen to it, I'll donate it to the library where I work so more people have the chance to enjoy it. See... it's a win/win situation :-)

Go and check it out :-) You'll be glad you did.