Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Time Warps and History!

Just wanted to share some gems from around the web!

Tonja Drecker at Kidbits offers up her spin on the 1865 prompt with a wonderful time warp.


Stephanie Faris shares some history that reminds us what real problems are.

And a few funnies...
(yes, I do have a meme addiction)

Thanks for stopping by...be sure to visit today's challengers. You won't regret it!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

English Answers and Irish Mysteries!

Join the challenge HERE!


Next up for the challenge is my e-twinny's post. Leave it to Mark Koopmans to flip the "It was 1865..." prompt and turn it into a delightful contemporary mystery. Well done cyber brother, well done. 


And last week, Kyra Lennon was here to stump us Yankees to a slang challenge. She's back this week with the answers!

First, I'll refresh your memory on the slang...let you see the attempts at deciphering Here.

Slang quiz:
“Have a butcher’s”
“Knees Up”
“Tickety Boo”
“I’ll give you a bell”
“Rat-arsed” (if you’ve read Game On, you’ll know this one!)
“Rumpy pumpy”
Good luck, and have fun!

Now, for the official answers!!

“Have a butcher’s” – This means “Have a look”. This is Cockney rhyming slang, which makes absolutely no sense to anyone outside the UK because the word that rhymes is missing lol. Butcher’s hook = look.
“Starkers” - Naked
“Knees Up” – This isn’t as rude as it sounds! A knees up is a term we use for a party or other celebration. So, IF England had won the World Cup, we’d have probably gone out for a “knees up” to celebrate!
“Tickety Boo” – Not sure on the origin of this one, but it means “fine.” As in, “Hey, how are things with you?” “Oh, everything’s tickety boo!”
“I’ll give you a bell” – This means, “I’ll call you.”
“Cheerio” – “Goodbye”
“Rat-arsed” (if you’ve read Game On, you’ll know this one!) – Drunk – no idea on the origins of this one, either!
“Skew-whiff” – The obvious word I could think of to explain this is also British in nature, and my end-of-the-day brain told me to go to urban dictionary for a proper description. - turned or twisted toward one side.
“Chuffed” – Happy, pleased
“Rumpy pumpy” – Sex!

Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the fun – I had a great time looking at all the entries! My winner is: Kristin Smith! 

Congratulations Kristin!! Perhaps next time, we should try to stump the Brits!

Friday, July 18, 2014


Have you met the Soulless and Passionate? In the world of 1770 where supernatural beings mix with humanity, Alexia is playing a deadly game.

SOULLESS, Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she's forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

What people are saying about this series: 

"With a completely unique plot that keeps you guessing and interested, it brings you close to the characters, sympathizing with them and understanding their trials and tribulations." --SC, Amazon reviewer

"It's clean, classy and supernaturally packed with suspense, longing, intrigue and magic." --Jill Jennings, TX

"SWOON." --Sherlyn, Mermaid with a Book Reviewer

Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend†(a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

COMING October 13, 2014

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David Powers King has a new book coming and an awesome cover to match!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bella's Challenge

Join the challenge HERE!
Melissa Maygrove is next up in the challenge, and her piece is right up my romance loving alley!

Read Melissa's piece HERE!

And for romance lovers like myself, you will read and want more, so you can buy Melissa's new book  Here!!

And if you haven't checked them out- here are yesterday's contenders. 

The fabulous Suzy Turner is sharing secrets of her perpetual youthfulness.

The talented Roland Yeomans blends history, humor, and wisdom.

And to make a perfect trifecta, D.C. Legendre offers up some beautiful imagery and plot twists.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The First Challengers

Join the challenge HERE!

The challenge is on and the contenders have come out swinging!

The fabulous Suzy Turner is sharing secrets of her perpetual youthfulness.

The talented Roland Yeomans blends history, humor, and wisdom.

And to make a perfect trifecta, D.C. Legendre offers up some beautiful imagery and plot twists.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Speaking English

There comes a point in time when foul ups and mess ups hit such epic proportions that all you can do is brag.

This weekend, I tried to set up the Bella's Point Blog Challenge with a linky tools sign up form.

Tried and tried. All I got was errors.

That confirmed it. I was jinxed going to have to try harder.

Refusing to give up, I sent an email to Brent Riggs, the creator of Linky Tools. We had several back and forths, trying to figure out why his website was hating eluding me.

The problem?

I was the straw that broke the camel's back. Linky Tools was over capacity and when I tried to sign up, it was crashing.

Mr. Riggs fixed the problem- totally great guy btw- being a jinxed dork blogger in need sometimes helps you make connections!

Now, there is a linky list available for sign ups, so if you haven't signed up...do it now...HERE!

Enough of my fails! I'd like to turn things over to a lady who makes this kind of stuff look easy.

Please welcome Kyra Lennon. She is here with her own challenge and some awesome, awesome prizes...I only wish I could win!!!

Hi everyone! Thanks to Elizabeth for letting me stop by today!

When Elizabeth asked me for a guest post about the differences between English and American words – because there are truly a lot of words we use differently – I did originally write that post, with pictures and everything. Elizabeth and many others were amused by Leah’s use of British words in Game On, and through the series, so it was definitely a good suggestion related to the books.

But then I thought, maybe everyone knows these already? My problem was, I couldn’t think of anything that was so unusual, people might not have heard it before. Chips/crisps, nappies/diaper, etc. So I decided to do a different slant on it. Leah also uses a lot of British phrases and there are SO many of those out there, that I thought I’d turn this guest post into a quiz!

Below there are ten British words/phrases. All you have to do is leave a comment right here on Elizabeth’s blog with a guess to one or as many of them as you’d like. You don’t even have to get the answers right (but I will give the answers to Elizabeth in a week or so); just for entering, you get a chance to win a selection of Leah’s (tasteful) tacky souvenirs! (In Game On, Leah explains her love of tacky souvenirs, and when I did this giveaway before it was ridiculously popular!). So – here you go:

Slang quiz:
“Have a butcher’s”
“Knees Up”
“Tickety Boo”
“I’ll give you a bell”
“Rat-arsed” (if you’ve read Game On, you’ll know this one!)
“Rumpy pumpy”
Good luck, and have fun!

A week? I have to wait a week? Ahh, come on!!

Blurb: At the age of twenty-one, Bree Collinson has more than she ever dreamed of. A handsome husband, a fancy house, and more shoes than Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos combined. But having everything handed to her isn’t the way Bree wants to live the rest of her life. When an idea to better herself pops into her head, she doesn’t expect her husband to question her, and keep her tied by her apron strings to the kitchen.

Isolated and unsure who to turn to, Bree finds herself falling back into a dangerous friendship, and developing feelings for the only person who really listens to her. Torn between her loyalty to her husband and her attraction to a man who has the perfect family she always wanted, she has some tough choices to make.

While Bree tries to figure out what she wants, a tragedy rocks the Westberg Warriors, triggering some dark memories, and pushing her to take a look at what’s really important.

About the Author:

Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she's not reading, you'll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go.

Speaking of awesome Brits...

Sharon Aldcroft has started a book review blog. She loves to read and support authors she likes. Check out her reviews and say hi to Sharon HERE!

Check Sharon's review of Kyra's book Sidelined HERE!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Catching Up

Frank and Caroline Miller

Let's do an FAQ!

Why didn't I stop my mom from marrying her online beau? She's an adult.
Does it bother me that she replaced my dad? No one can replace my dad.
Why did I let her go to Alaska with him? See #1. Add to that- my mom never stopped me from dreaming big or chasing an adventure. I will miss my mom, but I'm happy she is looking forward to life and not sitting on Dodd Street sad and lonely.
How am I really doing? Honestly? I'm more worried about catching up with work and getting my new book launched than I am about my mother. She's a big girl, and I like Frank. He's a good guy. He's a welcome addition to the family.

That done...let's talk about that book!

Bella's Point is now available in paperback from Amazon. Full launch is set for July 15th, and I wanted to think of a fun way to spread the word; a way that is interesting and keeps people from getting sick of me and my posts.

So, I came up with the Bella's Point Blog Challenge!

There will be a prize package for the winning blogger, and prizes available for readers at each stop.

I'd love to have you join us! Get more info HERE!

Graphics: Forward Authority Designs

Whew. It's been crazy. Time for some normal...well, normal as defined by a gal who still plays with imaginary friends, calls it writing, and then pretends it's work. :)