Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Goodies!!!


Okay, seriously...you know Mary and Joseph had to be some pretty special people, cause were I the mother of God on earth? There would be some bragging going on.

Just sayin'....

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Tis the season and there are good things to share. I've been hoarding them all...just waiting for today...

I barely left my house to shop this holiday season. Spent Black Friday curled up on my couch watching football and eating left over turkey.

Am I joining the anti-capitalist and refusing to shop this season? Not hardly!!

I'm doing the online shopping, baby! The UPS man visits my house so often, the neighbors probably think we have a thing going on.

And the best part of the online shopping experience?

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back
They should pay me for the ad, right?
Well, they will if you tell them I sent you.
But that's work, so screw it.
Just go shop and save some money.
This site is awesome!!! I've earned over $177 this shopping season. I just go to Ebates and follow the link to stores I would be shopping at anyhow and I earn cash back!

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This year, I'm hosting the family Christmas party. I plan to keep things simple- hot dog bar anyone?

Our family has a lot of little kids, so to offset my lame menu- I found these awesome crafts to make my party a step above a visit to McDonald's.

Isn't this awesome?
From Kissing Frog's Photography
This is a great keep sake for the little ones. Or- if you think your cousin brought a felon to the family mixer...you have the opportunity to lift some prints without raising an eyebrow.

Another awesome, awesome idea I plan to do this year is one I got from the talented writer of Christian fiction, Jesse Andersen. Using a table cloth as a family history record! Love it. I wish I had thought of this when my kids drew pictures that never involved penises and boobs. I'm not at all sure what it is about teen boys and the obsession with body parts.

This is Jesse pic of her family's tablecloth.

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I have good news too!! Fate Intended is a finalist in the AuthorsdB cover contest. Special thanks to Lindsay Anne Kendall for her hard work. Working with an author (specifically, this one) has to be a pain in the butt.


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How about some holiday bargains?


Buy Here
The creative minds at Untethered Realms have put together this awesome box set and it is only
                               .99 cents!!
Buy the box set here!

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That's not all the good stuff I've got to tell you about- 

The delightfully talented Medeia Shariff has another book coming. This lady has oodles of talent, so this one gets added to the top of my to read list.

VITAMINS AND DEATH, Prizm Books/Torquere Press, December 10, 2014
Purchase from Prizm, Amazon – Vendor sites will be updated on the author’s site.

Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother's briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High. Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, she thinks no one will figure out they're the Battles from recent news and that they're safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed Deidra's life. Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Missing the Boat


Dinos missing the boat and becoming extinct is a little known theory often never shared by scientists. I kind of like the theory. It beats the whole disease/meteor stuff. If given the choice among a hideous disease, a directionally challenged meteor, or a huge flood with a direct order from God to build a boat? I'll grab me a saw. I like having a lifeboat as an option.

And speaking of life rafts and NOT wanting to miss launches:

The IWSG book is available!

This book is FREE!!! 
An excellent resource and inspiration- why haven't you gotten your copy?
Get yours now at AmazonBarnes and Noble, or Smashwords.
And be sure to add it to your read list on Goodreads!

Join the IWSG here!

Now, onto the regular IWSG* post!!

Here's the thing- if I'm doing well in one area, I am sucking in another. If my word count is solid, I forget to pay the cable bill. If I make sure my personal life runs smoothly, my word count goes down the toilet. 

I know, I know...my husband tells me all the time, I just need to find a balance, set priorities...

That's all well and good, but what do you do when work isn't really work? What if it's more like an addiction. One that you don't want to walk away from until someone interrupts and asks you if you've bathed or eaten in a few days?

Any suggestions? 
*IWSG is a writer's group where you can hang with other writers understand your pain. 
Started by the ninja master and all-round good guy, Alex Cavanaugh. He's being assisted this month by some fabulous co-hosts: Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins. 

IWSG support can be found at here too:

Friday, November 28, 2014

Book Sales


Misha Gericke and Beth Fred host the monthly goal update. You can sign up and track your progress by clicking the magic bar under their names.

My goal for this year was to publish two books. That isn't going to happen, but I am making progress. Defying Reason is with the publisher awaiting edits. It will be available soon. As a matter of fact- it even has a cover. I mean, once a book has a cover, it's as good as done, right?



Defying Reason is the fourth book in the Coulter Men Series. Each novel is a stand alone story chronicling each of the three brothers' happily-ever-afters. There were only three Coulter sons, but fans of the series wanted more. Some suggested a love child should surface. Not a horrible idea, but I couldn't wrap my brain around that. Instead, I moved the time line forward a few years to see what young Tanner Coulter was into. Surprisingly, the ornery teen from Past Due was partying it up in college, having the time of his life...until his dad cut off his funds. Forced to return to his island home, he has to pass the time chasing the beautiful new genius girl next door.

Never read the Coulter series? Now is the perfect time to catch up. All three books are on sale for .99 each today through Monday. 

Buy them Here Now!!!


If three books aren't enough to keep you busy, my publisher, World Castle, is running a huge sale. Over 85 books for sale- each only .99!

Check out the huge selection in this blow out cyber sale HERE!!!!




Monday, November 24, 2014

Not Talking Turkey, Until It's Time

Welcome to the Oh, How I Miss You Blogfest, hosted by Andrew Leon, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and Matthew MacNish.         
It's time again for the Miss You blogfest! What bloggers have dropped out of the bogosphere that you miss. and what bloggers would you miss if they disappeared, er well, stopped blogging? Not suggesting anyone was abducted by aliens or anything...though that hasn't been completely ruled out.

The rules say pick three, but I make my own rules, so I am only picking one. And that very sorely missed AWOL blogger is the lovely Leigh Covington. A visit from Leigh always brings a smile, and I like to smile...so come on back Leigh!!!

I miss chatting with Leigh about books.
She has such good taste ;)


And I especially miss our fabulous double dates.


I miss you Leigh. 
Come back!!

And who would I miss if they quit?



My cyber twin.
He got the looks, I got the hair.

I mean, where would I be without Mark's virtual noogies and fashion advice?

Lost. I'd totally be lost. 

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It's almost Thanksgiving. The American holiday where it's not just the turkey that gets stuffed. 

Have some fun!!



 






Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Why We Talk Funny

My niece posted this Buzzfeed link on Facebook: Ten Signs You Grew Up In The Northern Panhandle*

Number 1 on the list was: People often ask you why you don't have a thick Southern Drawl.

This is true. We do have an accent, but it lacks the drawl, or that slow, leisurely stretching out of our vowels.  Usually, when we travel North or West, people know we sound different, but they can never put a finger on our geographic location, usually they just give up and guess Texas. We have the Southern lingo- we know all about not giving a rat's ass, ya'll. We just say it a lot quicker and we don't add the ya'll.

 BUT, when we go South, they peg us real quick as...gasp...Yankees.

And by saying, "Go South", I  mean just go a few hours by way a bird flies within the state and Ya'll will be greeted by a Daisy Duke sounding farmer's daughter. 

So, why are we so weird?

I know the answer (or at least the answer according to historian, Ray Swick, of the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park)! There was a colony at Marietta, Ohio made up of affluent, well-educated Yankees. These Northerners overflowed south, following the Ohio River into what was then the frontier. And the difference in dialect stops at Parkersburg, WV because the settlement at Marietta  (which is across the Ohio River from Parkersburg) was considered the last stop for civilized society.

So, now you know. Yankees infiltrated the Northern Panhandle following the Ohio River to the frontier town of Marietta.

Now, follow me on a tangent.

Me, being amazingly efficient at becoming completely distracted, I started googling Southern Drawl to see where that came from.

 Long story short- lots of theories.

So, no answer there- but I did find this gem:

Big Bette (AKA Wendy Tippens)

 It's like she understands our Northern Panhandle dilemma-

Big Bette says if you don't talk Southern, you must be a Yankee. And she ain't prejudice against Yankees- so long as they stay above the Mason Dixon**

And she admits she doesn't want her kin marrying Yankees, cause the children suffer. They don't know where they belong. Give them a cup of tea and they don't know whether or not to ice it or stick it in the microwave.

Here in the Northern Panhandle, we are much like the confused offspring she worries about.

Give us tea and we'll drink it hot or cold. We swing both ways. I didn't realize that was so odd until I asked for a cup of hot tea in a South Carolina restaurant. The poor waitress was so confused, she had to have a pow wow with her manager. The end result? They microwaved me a cup of iced tea.






*Since most people are still confused about the whole West Virginia is no longer part of Virginia thing...I've decided a brief geography lesson on where to find the Panhandle may be in order.

This is the state of West Virginia
The top stick looking part of the state,
that looks a bit like the handle on a pan?
That's the Northern Panhandle.
Here it is blown up-
you know, made bigger?
 **The Mason Dixon line is the imaginary line that separates the North from the South. Notice it runs below the Northern Panhandle.





Friday, November 14, 2014

When America Was 200...

 The year was 1976

My husband and I were 7 years-old, and these are our elementary school pictures.

(I'm the blond girl, he's the dark haired guy.)

Please note: the camera man asked us to NOT touch the bell.

I remember, because I really wanted to touch that bell...to know whether or not it rang.

But, being the good kid I was, I did NOT touch the bell.

Then there was my husband-

Notice how he man-handled the bell?

He ignored the NO TOUCH rule and happily reports that the clapper was gone and it wouldn't ring.

Some people crave solving mysteries in life. Some people prefer to follow the rules and satisfy their curiosity in a healthy way...like by reading a good book.

If you're one of those- check out this bell ringer of a story!

(I must admit, calling a story set in 1976 historical fiction makes me feel OLD!)



THE ATTIC OF SAND AND SECRETS 
by Medeia Sharif

Vendor links will be updated on Medeia’s site.

Middle Grade Historical and Fantasy, Featherweight Press, November 2014

Lily, a learning disabled girl, attempts to unravel the mystery of her abducted mother using supernatural clues from an ancient stranger, even when it means posing a danger to herself.

Learning-disabled Lily desires to prove herself, although her mind freezes when presented with big problems - such as her mother's abduction. With a French father and Egyptian mother, Lily worries that her mother hid her ethnicity from her French in-laws. However, there's something deeper going on. Lily finds a way into an attic that's normally locked and encounters a mysterious, moonlit Egyptian night world. There she finds Khadijah, an ancient stranger who guides her to finding clues about her mother's whereabouts. Lily becomes a sleuth in both the real world and magical desert, endangering herself as she gets closer to the kidnapper.

The book takes place in 1976. 

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I was tagged by the lovelyTara Tyler to list my Seven Deadly Book Sins!!


What are my 7 sins in literature. . .

Greed - What is your most inexpensive book?
Man's Search for Meaning. I spend the most money on that book because I am always giving away my copy and having to buy another. If life has you down, if you need direction- you NEED to own this book. Just don't ask to borrow my copy, you know you won't return it!

Wrath - Who's the author with whom you have a love/hate relationship with?
Stephen King. Love his books and articles on writing. Love most of his stories, but cannot, for the life of me, finish The Dark Tower series. 

Gluttony - What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?
Gone with the Wind

Sloth - What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
Pride and Prejudice- I've read the first page a hundred times, never want to keep reading on. 

Pride - What books do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
Shades of Grey- I like to roll my eyes and point out its flaws, even though I've never read it. 

Lust - What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?
I just want personality. Just make me love you- that's not so hard, right? 

Envy - What book would you like to receive most as a gift?
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is on this year's Christmas list




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Begging for Pennies



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Bella's Point by Elizabeth Seckman

Bella's Point

by Elizabeth Seckman

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Can I get a Huzzah?

Seriously...can I buy one or do I have to beg?

I'm jousting at M Pax's blog. No, I'm not picking up the spear looking thingy and poking knights in the chest. I'm just asking you guys to go on over to Mary's and say this in a comment- by say this, I mean copy and paste the following in a comment or just mention the words that are in bold print:

Lady Margaret and her trusty spear thingy, Bella's Point, says fare-thee-anon!

(Or use those words in any combo to gain me points. No wonder I am so fluffy, right? I joust with words from my comfy chair!)

Now, for the begs and bribes...for all of my huzzah-eers, I will reward you with a chance at showers of ale!**

                                    Begging over...onto the post! 

No more pennies?

While cleaning out my mom's house* to get it ready for sale, I picked up a pocket full of pennies. They were hiding everywhere- under furniture, in boxes of letters, and in their favorite place- in drawers full of junk. My husband pointed out that pennies may be on the way out.

On the way out?

Yes, on the way out- like no longer minted.

Seriously? How can we do without the penny? I mean if you want to get rid of something, ditch that bulky, awkward, quarter wanna-be nickel. Nobody gives a plug about the nickel, right?

Come on, we all know pennies are from Heaven. If you find a penny and pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck.

Without the penny, how will you make wishes? It's a penny well people! A quarter doesn't get you twenty-five wishes, it gets you less bubble gum. You have to toss a penny to get the wish.

And how will you buy someone's thoughts? I mean a penny for your thoughts is like, a really good bargain. A dime for those same thoughts just shows we have a sad inflation issue.

Stop the change in change! 

PROTECT WISHES, THOUGHTS, AND BLESSINGS FROM ABOVE....SAVE THE PENNY!!



*My mom is alive and well and living in Alaska- don't anyone panic.
**By showers of ale, I mean this Amazon gift card valued at $10.00


 photo credit: Jeannette E. Spaghetti via photopin cc