Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday's Stupid Saying

Currently Reading: Marriage Proposal and Tribute For the Goddess arrived yesterday! I reread Tribute, and discovered I'd actually made it farther through the book than originally thought before the disk crashed on me:) Good job, Brynn! I also reread a portion of MPR and can't wait to give it to my mom! I've already raved about the 'poking', and Mom's looking forward to it.

I'm up to page 152 on the One Touch, One Glance antho. Some stories are fantastic, and others nearly have me in tears. I'm going to have to investigate more author's websites to find their back lists. Great job, ladies!

On We're Cutting Class After May 26!
Lexington Middle School Anal Exams May 27, 28, 29
Last Day of School May 29
sign outside a middle school-which was supposed to read 'Final Exams'

I thought this was appropriate, since this past week was our last day of school!

When I first joined the yahoo groups, chats were popular. In fact, my kids complained during my first official chat, because they weren't used to only seeing the back of my head for an entire evening. Being the chat virgin, I tried to respond to many posts with questions or comments. And my TBB list grew to an enormous proportion.

As the weeks went on, I continued to read every digest, but soon found myself skimming over them, looking for authors I knew. Sometimes the email was deleted without even being read. And soon I was invited to join other groups, and soon was so overwhelmed with email digests, I simply started deleting them without even opening it. I have a few favorites I checked in daily, but for the most part, I concentrated on my writing and blogging.

When edits occurred, I went 'No Mail' on nearly all my loops, but now I've ventured back. I've attended maybe five chats in the past several months, and I've noticed participation has dropped off. I had a blast with only two or three of the chats, with steamy excerpts, fun questions, enjoyable conversations. But on a few chats, the authors seemed to post and run, too busy to chat. One chat was even cut short because nobody showed up except myself.

So my question is, have authors decided that chatting doesn't build sales? Are we too busy to talk to potential readers? Has blogging become the new chatting?

And yes, I still get the 'You're not working; you're on the computer!' complaints. 'Are you getting paid?' 'How do you know you're selling any books?' And when I stepped away briefly to get a drink of tea, my 17-yr-old sat down to answer the phone and nearly choked when he saw the links at the end of the page!

' the bottom of your chat, there are links to online sex sites!' and began reading them to his buddy on the other end.

'I don't look at those, and besides, you're not over age eighteen and female.'

(To his buddy) 'My mom's on a chat loop and there's porn on it! Yeah...she writes it too.'

Teenage boys...

Have no idea what we're doing today. With the spouse home and the kids home, I've lost track of what day it is! Hopefully next week will be better. I've not even been on my FaceBook site much this week!

We did get some good news from the hall: When this wet system gets out of here, there's enough construction jobs to clear both the A and B boards (hubby's #53 on the A board!)! So rain, rain, go can rain anywhere in Indiana EXCEPT for the job site!

In other news...
Oreo was neutered on Thursday, and came home yesterday:) Poor cat looks at us accusingly and spent nearly the entire day curled up in his favorite window.

Kids are now out of school and daugher has already been to the pool.

W had his first playdate and has been invited back:) On the night-time potty-traing, we reluctantly returned to the overnight diapers, since he managed to shove the plastic aside two nights in a row. We are definitely going to need a new couch soon...remember that Seinfeld episode? We're also investigating some sort of trundle/rollaway bed for him.

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Kenzie's First Chat!

Currently Reading: Just bought One Touch, One Glance antho; Killer Curves by Regina Carlysle, and Stone and Sea by Ms Pape:) Finished Wind Dancer the other night and OMG!! This is a Reccommended Read for everyone, especially Kelly.

Got some bad news Monday. Click here for details.

Come chat with Kenzie on Thursday! She should be participating late afternoon/early evening!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Jamie, Danica, Helio, and Family

I told you I would share some pics of my weekend, so here's a sample.

Saturday: Author Jamie Carie signing copies of her 3rd book, Wind Dancer for me. We were at the Rendezvous, and she signed with an ink quill.

Sunday: Indianapolis 500:) This is (L-R) Raphael Matos, Alex Lloyd (pink uniform), and Danica Patrick.

For the first time since Danica entered the 500, we were able to see her pit clearly!

Lap #137: Fire in Vitor Meira's car. If I'd been thinking, I would have turned on the video feature on my camera. I thought I'd gotten a picture of the flames, but no such luck. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, and Vitor was able to return to the race while his crew cleaned up the mess.

Just a picture of the mural, commemorating the 100th year of the track.

L-R: Rick, his son, Carter, and my cousin Harold (green shirt). Harold and crew arrived right before the National Anthem and left before Helio pulled in to Victory Lane. I hadn't seen him since he was 11 years old, and was disappointed we didn't get to chat or even take a better picture!

Helio climbed the fence right in front of us! This was his 3rd win at Indy.

Helio was thrilled with his new Pace Car!

Me, with my parents. We arrived at the track at 8:30 am, and were not under shade until noon. The race began at 1pm, and we were home by 7pm, just in time to watch the recap on ABC. We got to see all the activity we couldn't see from the front straightaway.
I wore my 'Smart Women Read Romance...and I Write It!" tee, but no one commented on it, so don't know if I inspired anyone around me to take note of the website or not! A kid a few rows in front of me had on his Senior Shirt with the photographer's site on the back. And since my website is still not cooperating, who knows if anyone will try to check it out?
Home Again!
Monday: No pictures, since we all slept late. Ate lunch at Applebee's, bought K some shorts, shoes, socks, and a new T-shirt, and returned home to nap and pack.
Mom had a gift certificate for, so I went online and bought Kelly Kirch's Marriage Proposal (turns out she she didn't know how to order from Amazon, Kell...but it is now on the way!), Christine Duncan's Safe Beginnings, Wendi Christnor's The Water Bearer, and Brynn Paulin's Tribute For The Goddess. I have Brynn's e-copy, but the disk was damaged. K and I drove home at 6pm.
I'm off to do Laundry Goddess duties. Spouse was laid off Friday, so he's home and we hope the hall calls him for another job SOON! Kids still have school today and tomorrow.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday's Stupid Saying

A 'Duh' Moment...
For Use On Animals Only.
warning label on an electric cattle prod

I'm off to the races! Making a quick stop through the Rendezvous festival to meet Jamie Carie and pick up an autographed copy of Wind Dancer. She's going to be in period costume and signing with a quill pen and ink!

Have a good weekend. Don't know if I'll post tomorrow or Monday, so remember your loved ones.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sid and Marty Kroft, Anyone??

First of all, Kenzie picked her winner of the free download:

Bronwyn Green!


No, I've Apparently NOT Lost My Mind!
Ever have this happen to you? A word, phrase, name, anything just suddenly pop into your head, and you just KNOW this isn't something you've made up?

It's happened to me a few times, and I'm so thankful to say, some of the mysteries are being validated!

First it was the Osmund's rendition of 'Crazy Horses'. I could only remember the chorus, and was about to chalk it up to another 'misunderstood lyric', when Oprah did a special, or PBS...anyway, there were my beloved childhood Osmunds, with grainy file footage of that song!

A few years back, on one of those anything-goes radio shows, I heard the song 'I'm My Own Grandpa' and I knew I'd heard it somewhere, because I knew the lyrics. Again, after a few weeks of trying to remember, I gave up and decided I'd heard it on some obscure country station in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, or Florida.

Guess what? Remember I'm now watching the first season of The Muppet Show? You guessed it...on Disc #2, there are the Muppets, singing the song! My daughter looked at me and thought I was crazy when I cranked up the volume.

And then there was the day TBS or TNT ran a Sid and Mary Kroft marathon. It was taking place in the middle of the night back in 1996 or 7, so I set up the VCR (remember those?) to record it.

Sigmund and the Sea Monster, HR Pufinstuff, and a concert with the Brady Kids.

And now on Memorial Day, an 8 hour marathon of Land of the Lost on Sci-Fi channel, since Will Farrell has made a movie based on that show. Unfortunately, I won't be able to watch all of it, and my DVR only has about 3 hours left on it. Unless I delete my Survivor episodes...hmmm...there's a thought...

But the point I wanted to make was I vaguely remember the Slestaks, and Cha-Ka, although those words sometime pop up in my brain (don't ask why!). And when I read the episode summaries, I can hardly believe how hokey they are! But the again, I was 8, 9, and 10 during that time.

And got up every Saturday morning to watch it, along with the Bugs Bunny-Roadrunner Hour.

It's releasing on DVD this week or next...I may have to get it just for fun.

Now if they'd only release Captain Kool and the Kongs? The Bay City Rollars show? I don't remember the wacky the time I was actively watching, there was only the Captain and three others. And my sister and I both wished we could be on stage with the hunky Captain...

Maybe I'm going through Childhood Classic TV Nostalgia? My kids have no idea what 'good' TV is, hahahaha...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thursday Stuff

Currently Reading: Finished Kaenar's Something Naughty This Way Comes. Verrrrry hot! Go over to Total-E-Bound and pick up a copy for yourselves!
Checked my TBB list: The One Touch, One Glance Anthology is next, followed by Stone and Sea! I'll get them tomorrow.

Watching the news this morning, I decided a certain reality show needs to call it quits, if only for the sake of the minor children involved. The adults need to get their personal lives back under control; otherwise, they risk the disintegraation of their family.

I was thrilled to learn Shawn Johnson won Dancing With The Stars (I can't get ABC, so can't watch it), and since I don't follow American Idol, except for the results, I was neither upset nor happy that Kris beat out Adam.

Only FOUR school days left! I've decided I'm going to stick with the 6:30 wake-up time and get my lazy butt to the walking path every morning. I guess it wouldn't be prudent to stop at the bakery afterwards for a latte and a bagal? Treat myself to a Denny's Grand Slam? I'll come home to a bowl of Cap'n Crunch.

Last day to enter for a chance to win Kenzie's book! Simply leave a comment here, or over at Kenzie's Place and I'll draw for a winner tonight.

In fact, let me tease you a little...

Blurb: When Amber Johnson agrees to fill in as a last-minute chef of a dinner party, she is surprised to learn the client is none other than her ex-boyfriend, Marc Denton. The kitchen sizzles with their unfinished business; will the flames of love reignite, or will Marc’s scheming father succeed in keeping them apart?

Marc and Amber are furious when they discover lies that have kept them apart for three years. With Amber by his side again, will Marc find the courage to stand up to his father and hold on to his true love?

“Shhh….” She bent down to kiss him. “Morning.”

“Morning,” he yawned. “What the hell….” He tugged his left hand.

She intercepted his right hand as he reached for her breast and bound it to the end of the blue belt. “I’m holding you hostage for a few moments. Is it okay?”

Marc grinned warily, shifting onto his back. “What are you doing?”

Amber pushed the blankets aside and straddled him. “Just relax.” She kissed him lightly, the tips of her breasts grazing his chest. She nipped at his jaw line and rubbed her cheek against his morning stubble. “You always have that dark and dangerous look in the morning.”

“That’s me; dark and dangerous,” he echoed. “Is that why you tied me up?”

“Every time you touch me, I melt,” she complained good-naturedly. “So, I made sure you couldn’t touch me until I had my way with you.”

“You begged me to touch you last night,” he reminded her, groaning when she sucked lightly on his neck. “Am…, no hickies….”

“Don’t worry. I won’t leave any marks.” She moved lower, scraping her teeth over his flat nipples, hearing him gasp. “Like that?”

Marc closed his eyes. She was the only one who had ever loved his whole body. The women he’d had in the past three years, besides his ex-wife, were only interested in his hard cock.
Amber felt his member swelling against her inner thigh and smiled to herself. But this was her show; she wasn’t going to let him rush her. She moved to his other nipple, giving it the same attention as the first. Her hands passed lovingly over his ribs, stroking the light fur tapering off from his naval to his groin area.

Marc flexed his arms as she repositioned her body lower. “Am…, my arms are going numb.”

“Just keep doing finger flicks,” she instructed, and licked her way to the base of his swollen cock, beads of pre-cum bubbling to its surface. She gave it a perfunctory kiss, dipping her finger into the moisture and tasting him. “Hmmm,” she said playfully. “Someone had chicken, rice, and whiskey last night.”

“Very funny,” he said testily. “You fed me. Now hurry up!”

“Naughty, naughty,” she scolded, sliding a finger between his balls and watching his cock twitch. “Impatient, are we?”

“I didn’t inflict this much torture on you last night,” he panted. “I believe you said ‘Fuck me’? So put your mouth on me.”

“Say ‘please’.”

Marc swore under his breath. “Please.”

She turned her head and licked his inner thigh from groin to knee.

“Amber!” he bellowed.

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I'm off to make lasagna for dinner and scrub down the kitchen cabinets. I know I said I'd do it yesterday, but...the computer held me captive all day. Scroll down for the reason in yesterday's post:)

And Jae posted an adorable video of baby Z. Go check it out here . Have a good day:)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kenzie's Been Interviewed!

Currently Reading: Finished Marriage Proposal by Kelly Kirch and COULD. NOT. STOP. LAUGHING! There's a running joke all the way through the book that will keep you in stitches! Fasten your seat belt; I nearly fell out of the chair several times! Definitely a Recommended Read, and a fine end to this trilogy! Today, I'm rewarding myself with Kaenar Langford's Something Naughty This Way Comes. And Friday, time to buy another round of e-books. I'll have to check to see what's up next. I think Ms Pape's Stone and Sea is coming up...

Go over to

And leave a comment? Please?

Had a fantastic day yesterday, and woke up this morning to the discovery a few books had already been sold. THANK YOU if you're one of them:) If you're holding out for the drawing, that's okay too. Winner will be announced Friday morning. How to enter? Leave a comment here or at Kenzie's Place, or even the above interview, and I'll put all names in the hat and draw one lucky winner.

Even better news?
My good friend Travis has finally gotten a release date for his horror Anthology of the Living Dead, due out August 1st! I'm planning to interview him in a week or so...if I can get him to cooperate:)

He and I seem to be in synch, creatively speaking. Every time I have good news to report, things in his world go smoothly as well:) Okay....waiting for my next contract now...

What am I doing today while Kenzie is floating on Cloud 9?
-Scrubbing down my kitchen cabinets. They're looking grungy.
-Phone consultation concerning promo and website issues:)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Author!

Currently Reading: Finished Male Me last night, and this one is going on the To Be Read Again list! I really enjoyed it:) I'm up to chapter 5 on Kelly Kirch's Marriage Proposal, and am nearly through with Angels and Demons. Probably won't do much reading today. Why not, you ask? Scroll down!

Come over to Kenzie's Place and leave a comment for a free copy of her book, All She Ever Wanted:)

Update on W:
Night time training still hit-and-miss. Laundry every other day is getting tiresome! He was dry all weekend, but the past two days he's been damp. I'm very thankful to have a washer and dryer!

Found out my cousin and his son (whom I've never met) are going to be joining us for the race on Sunday! I've not talked to H in probably ten years, so we have a lot of catching up to do!

In addition to Kenzie, Brynn, Bron, and Mia Watts have books out today! So big day for Resplendence and Freya's Bower!

Monday, May 18, 2009


Woo hoo! I was sweating it out, thinking maybe JT would change his mind and take Erinn to the end, but we cheered when he took Stephen and honored his word! The tooth fairy is bringing him $1 million, plus $100,000 for being the Sprint Player of the Season (or something like that.)

Comments, anyone on the Reunion Show?

The Field is Set!

Row 1:
1. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 224.864
2. (6) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 224.083
3. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 224.010

Row 2:
4. (02) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 223.954
5. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 223.867
6. (11T) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 223.612

Row 3:
7. (5) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 223.331
8. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 223.114
9. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 223.028

Row 4:
10. (7) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 222.882
11. (99) Alex Lloyd, Dallara-Honda, 222.622
12. (2) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 223.429

Row 5:
13. (15) Paul Tracy, Dallara-Honda, 223.111
14. (14) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 223.054
15. (18) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 222.903

Row 6:
16. (27) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 222.805
17. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 222.780
18. (4) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 222.777

Row 7:
19. (41) A.J. Foyt IV, Dallara-Honda, 222.586
20. (16) Scott Sharp, Dallara-Honda, 222.162
21. (67) Sarah Fisher, Dallara-Honda, 222.082

Row 8
22. (44) Davey Hamilton, Dallara-Honda, 221.956
23. (06T) Robert Doornbos, Dallara-Honda, 221.692
24. (8) Townsend Bell, Dallara-Honda, 221.195

Row 9:
25. (17) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 220.984
26. (19) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Honda, 221.496
27. (24) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 221.417

Row 10:
28. (43) John Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 221.316
29. (13) E.J. Viso, Dallara-Honda, 221.164
30. (36) Bruno Junqueira, Dallara-Honda, 221.115

Row 11:
31. (23) Milka Duno, Dallara-Honda, 221.106
32. (00) Nelson Philippe, Dallara-Honda, 220.754
33. (21T) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 220.597

Yup...lots of bumping yesterday! I'll still be able to have a good look at Sarah Fisher's car:) Now if the rain continues to hold off, it should be a GREAT racing day next Sunday!

1 More Day...
Kenzie was finally able to get Marc to agree to an interview! All She Ever Wanted comes out tomorrow, so click here for Marc's side of the story.

Also, my friend Kaenar Langford has a new book out today, All Tied Up available at Total-E-Bound:) Click here for a preview!

Check out the links to the right; several people are posting pics of themselves. You've already seen mine, back in March! Go refresh your memory, and I'll post a pic of myself at the race next week.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Day 3 of Time Trials:)

Currently Reading: Finished Blind Date After Dark: Mr. Right; there was a twist I hadn't seen coming, and it threw me off momentarily. But was still good:) Next up: Male Me by AJ. I also broke down and bought Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, since it doesn't look as if I'm going to get to the movie theatre anytime soon. I'm halfway through it and having a hard time putting it down!

Yesterday, the following drivers made the field of 33. Who will get bumped today? Find out tomorrow!

Row 8:
23. Robert Doornbos (06T) 221.692
24. Townsend Bell (8) 221.195

Row 9:
25. Oriol Servia (17) 220.984
26. Alex Tagliani (34T) 220.553
27. Tomas Scheckter (19) 220.212

Row 10:
28. Mike Conway (24) 220.124
29. E.J. Viso (13) 219.971
30. Ryan Hunter-Reay (21T) 219.502

Row 11:
31. John Andretti (43) 219.442
32. Milka Duno (23) 218.040
33. Nelson Philippe (00) 218.032

Back To Typical Sunday
-Washing spouse's work clothes
-Visiting the MIL
-Doing promo on NSH and CITA groups
-Fixing a delicious dinner as spouse is back to eating in restaurants all week long! Pork chops on the grill, anyone?

Have a good day:)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday's Stupid Saying

Since we've had a great deal of rain, I felt this might be appropriate...

On Maybe You Should Rephrase That?
And with sudden showers the tennis players might get their balls wet.
-Canadian TV weatherman

If you didn't get a chance to see Kenzie's interview, click here and scroll down to Friday's post. Have a good day!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Survey Time:)

Currently Reading: Finished Flavia's Secret! Now onto Lara Santiago's Blind Date After Dark: Mr. Right:)

Also finished Never Seduce a Scoundrel. Excellent! Both are Recommended Reads, if you like historical romance!

Kenzie had her first interview! Click here to see it!

Got this from my friend Travis. Enjoy:)

What's your favorite color gummy bear? Don't care for gummy bears, but I'd pick red.

What is the sexiest part of the opposite sex's body? Eyes and lips

Have you ever made up/sang a song for someone you cared about? Yes:)

Ever had a song sang about/for you? No

Is there a baby in the room with you right now? No

Do you know how to dance? I looooove to dance!

Where do you sing the most, in the car, the shower or other? Car. I'm thje crazy one you see pounding on the steering wheel, 'air drumming', lol:)

What is your favorite thing that is green? My new book cover

What did your last text message say? Don't have a cell phone, but a friend texted my email and the last one was 'Okay; see U then'

What is your middle name? Jo

What do you smell like? Mary Kay's Warm Amber perfume

What's in your pocket? Nothing.

Anything in your mouth? Teeth:)

Ever hurt yourself playing Wii? No; don't have one

Do you have freckles? Yes

How many languages can you say "Hello" in? 6 I think...

What's the last movie you saw in the theater? Harry Potter 5

Ever jumped/fallen/been pushed in a pool with your clothes on? Yes

Are you wearing any clothes that you wore yesterday? No; today is HOT!

Name a song that you know all the words to: Meatloaf's 'If This is the Last Kiss'

Are you in love with someone right now? Yes

What's the last thing you watched on TV? News

What's the last video game you played? Guitar Hero World Tour

Who is your daddy and what does he do? Michael; retired and all-around fix-it man!

Can you do the alphabet in sign language? Yes

Do you have an uncle named Joe? No

What word do you use when people pass gas? Toot (I have a 5-yr-old!)

Do you wear glasses? Yes

What can you hear right now? The fan blowing

Did you feel better or worse or the same yesterday? Same

Ever been overseas? No

What are your plans for today? Don't know yet

How long have you had MySpace? One year

What was your favorite childhood show? Little House on the Prairie

Are you close to your siblings? Sort of...

What was your first job? Demo baby at the high school were Mom worked. If that doesn't count, then busser. I wasn't old enough to be wait staff yet.

Do you bite your nails? Yes

Do you like your feet? When they don't hurt:)

Do you sleep well at night? Yes

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ummm...How Old Am I Again?

Currently Reading: I'm up to chapter 5 on Flavia's Secret:) And since we've had some nasty thunder and lightening, I bought Sabrina Jeffries' Never Seduce a Scoundrel. I'm loving it also, and want to get the other books in that series!

Saw on the news yesterday that people are being encouraged to lie about their ages.

Not only in the dating world, but on job applications!


"The company may see an older person as a liability, instead of experience."

Okay, I get that part. But say a person decides to suddenly shave ten years off their age and applies for a job. What happens when they turn in their resume'? What happens if the employer decides to contact former employees? Google their names? Somewhere, the dates aren't gonna match up.

"But after you're hired, then you can come clean..."

And lose all your credibility? Let's take a look at lying about your age in the dating game.

You meet this terrific guy. You decide, 'hey...I'm over 40...I'll tell him I'm 35.' He buys it; you begin dating. You really connect with him...and suddenly you want to bring him home to meet the family, or even introduce him to your friends. Or, your birthday is coming up.

Do you:
a) Tell your family and friends not to mention your true age?
b) Pull your sweetie aside and 'fess up?

If you decide option A, you're going to be constantly on guard for someone to slip up. If you choose option B, then you run the risk of destroying his trust. Unless you meet someone so perfect they say, "It's okay; I've known for several weeks. I've been waiting for you to come clean."

When I turned 29, I started lying about my age, because thirty seemed old. I didn't want to give up my twenties, so for several years, I stated I was 29, 'with X years of experience'. This backfired when I was 35, because during my annual exam, my dr asked me how old I was. He's only a month older than me, so I replied, "I'm either 35, going to be 36...or 34, turning 35....or 36 tuirning 37? However old you are, that's how old I'll be in two weeks. I've really got to stop lying about my age!"

Another Remake:
Several months ago, I posted I'd heard a remake of Prince's 'Darling Nikki'. Sometimes I actually like remakes, but couldn't the group have picked a better song? Okay, 'Let's Go Crazy', 'Little Red Corvette', '1999', or even 'Cream' would be taboo. There are some songs or artists you just don't mess around with, like Elvis (Anyone remember Cheap Trick's rendition of 'Don't Be Cruel'?) or The Beatles. Elton John. Def Leppard. Styx. REO Speedwagon.

I heard Seether's remake of 'Careless Whisper'. Groan....don't mess with my Wham/George Michael? Now that is a classic! Why didn't they pick another artist/song?

But of course, my daughter likes it. I'll have to dig through storage and play the original for her.

Any remakes you've heard that hurt your eardrums or send you into 'How dare they...' mode? I wonder if my parents felt the same way when 'their' music was recorded by other artists?

And on the flip side, which remakes do you think are better than the original? A few of my faves are 'Locomotion' (the 70's version, although Kylie Minogue's is good too!) and 'Dancing in the Streets'. Loooove Mick Jagger and David Bowie's version!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Character Development

Currently Reading: Flavia's Secret, by Lindsay Townsend. I'm on Chapter 2, and hope to get back to it this afternoon.

This topic came up last night at Laptop Society. A new member has been struggling with different scenes in her character's life, and wanted input on where to go with the adventures.

In the beginning, the character was obviously only interested in having a good time, but as the story progressed, her relationships took on a deeper meaning. The question last night? "I need to decide where I want to go with this."

Our advice: "Show how these relationships have formed her into the woman she's becoming."

It called to mind an interview I read yesterday on the Moonlight Lace Mayhem blog, where the author mentioned the best advice she received was to dig deep into her characters and find their motivation, fears, strengths, etc. Sometimes our characters surprise us; we discover things we never dreamed we would ever consider about that character.

For example, one of my characters loves Dr. Pepper. Another one can't stand seafood. One of my stronger characters is afraid of spiders. So interview your characters; get to know them. And if you're writing an epic love story, show the personal growth. Everyone learns something from everyone they encounter, even if they aren't consciously aware of it.

Website News:
My designer and I have encountered a slight problem with the uploading, and until we get it ironed out, it says 'Under Construction'. I LOVE the new look, but until this glitch is overcome, I won't be able to share it just yet. If anyone can help with suggestions how to upload a Dreamweaver design onto Microsoft Office Live, I'd appreciate any input. Email me off loop at

Hubby returned to work yesterday! Unfortunately, today is W's final day at Head Start. We had an end-of-the-year picnic at a local park, and Papa John's Pizza delivered lunch. The kids had a great time, and I snapped several good pictures of W and his best friend B. Found out B will attend the same elementary school as W next year, so I hope the teachers are ready for their antics!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day Recap

After a delicious Mexican lunch (don't laugh at me Reg!), I came home and watched two episodes of the Muppet Show's first season; went to the grocery store; took a nap; washed a load of colors so K could have clean shorts for today. I fixed chicken cordon bleu for dinner, but K did the rest of the meal. He and his dad cleaned up the kitchen.

Today, I need to go price promo items. I need to see how much Office Max is going to charge for cover flats; CD covers; and change the 'Coming Soon' text on my bookmarks to 'Available Now'. I also want to go to the bakery and see about the cost of a cake with the cover design on it, or at least something similar.

I'm still fighting fatigue and coughing spells; I told Travis this would be a good time to schedule another blog interview, as I like the way my voice sounds! But according to my mother, I sound as if there is static; my voice cracks, or breaks up. Neither husky or sexy...told you I need a voice stand-in!

I'm also about to piss off the family and spend more time on the chat loops. I've been away for several months during the editing process, and tried not to get swamped with email. But since it's time to get the word out, I need to re-establish my relationships. Some I've kept up; others I've let fall away.

Yesterday's Indy 500 Qualifiers:

Finishing Row 4:
12. Raphael Matos (2) 223.429

Row 5:
13. Paul Tracy (15) 223.111
14. Vitor Meira (14) 223.054
15. Justin Wilson (18) 222.903

Row 6:
16. Hideki Mutoh (27) 222.805
17. Ed Carpenter (20) 222.780
18. Dan Wheldon (4) 222.777

Row 7:
19. AJ Foyt IV (41) 222.586
20. Scott Sharp (16) 222.162
21. Sarah Fisher (67) 222.082

Row 8:
22. Davey Hamilton (44) 221.956

Which means...If Sarah Fisher survives the 'bunping' next weekend, I'll have a clear shot of her car on Race Day!

Have a good day; this is also a big week for W...he 'graduates' on Wednesday, and is still doing well with the nighttime potty-training! He was dry all weekend, but damp this morning. We're thinking of getting him some sort of trundle bed, and setting it up in either our bedroom or in front of his toy area, once he gets consistant.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!


Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used biggerparts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice inthe world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly usestring, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goofball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under thebed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home, dads just work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'causethat's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind ofplastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who didit not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back ofher head.

WHEN YOU STOP LAUGHING -- SEND IT ON TO OTHER MOTHERS, GRANDMOTHERS, ANDAUNTS....and anyone else who has anything to do with kids or just needs agood laugh!!!

First Day of Indy 500 Time Trials!
Row #1:
1. Helio Castroneves (3) 224.864
2. Ryan Briscoe (6) 224.083
3. Dario Franchitti (10) 224.010

Row #2:
4. Graham Rahal (02) 223.954
5. Scott Dixon (9) 223.867
6. Tony Kanaan (11T) 223.612

Row #3:
7. Mario Moraes (5) 223.331
8. Marco Andretti (26) 223.114
9. Will Power (12) 223.028

Row #4:
10. Danica Patrick (7) 222.882
11. Alex Lloyd (99) 222.622

Remember to call your mom and tell her you love her!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Saturday's Stupid Saying...and a Retraction...

I am tired of all this sort of thing called science here....We have spent millions in that sort of thing for the last few years, and it is time it should be stopped.
-Sen. Simon Cameron, on the Smithsonian Institution, 1861

Aren't you glad he was ignored?

Yesterday I posted that come hell or high water, we were going to go north and move some of our old yard equipment to two storage units.

Not happening. Why?

Today is the former neighbor's birthday (Happy Birthday, D!) and his wife was planning to surprise him by taking him to the first day of the Indianapolis 500 time trials! And the wife wants to spend time with me....and we kind of need their trailer to move the lawn tractor! So now it's been rescheduled for NEXT Saturday.

Party Success
A enjoyed her pictures, and I also gave her a copy of Love Finds A Way. A is quiet, and doesn't curse, so I felt the tamer of the two books would be more to her liking!

Enjoy your Saturday; mine was suddenly freed up, so I have no idea what the day has in store for me. I'll probably spend most of the day on the Castles In The Sky chat loop; they are having an all day publisher chat. Join the group and get valuable inside advice!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Busy Friday!

First of all, congrats to Cindy Spencer Pape on her release of Stone and Fire! I thoroughly enjoyed the first of her gargoyle series, and am looking forward to Stone and Sea later this month.

Secondly, we're getting ready to make a trip north tomorrow. It seems our swing set, climbing tower, lawn tractor and accessories, and our canoe has worn out their welcome in a former neighbor's yard, and we need to move them to our storage unit. Why has it taken us 2 1/2 years to move it? Everytime we make plans to go up there, either their trailer has a flat tire, or they have plans, or something falls through on our end, such as the case of the forgotten-to-reserve U-Haul a few months back.

But to preserve the friendship, we're finally comitting to make the trip, no matter what! We can't move the stuff down here, yet, because we're doing this with one van. But the kids are staying behind (I think), so we can bring down at least as much as we can. I think even the canoe is coming down here, to be suspended from our storage unit's ceiling.

And when I go back up for the Hazelwood Fish Fry at the end of June, I'll swing by and grab another load. But the tractor will have to wait until we can a) borrow the neighbor's trailer or b) afford the U-Haul. Yeah, I know, they're only $20. But right now, even that's an expense we can't afford at the moment.

Maybe when Kenzie gets her first royalty check???

It rained last night, and my asthma's acting up again. Drives the spouse crazy to hear me hack all the time, but there's only so much Robitussin I can ingest, and I'm only allowed so many puffs on the inhaler. Time for more cough drops...

Tonight's the going-away party for A. We're convening at 6pm, and enjoying pizza, tacos, and B's yummy homemade chocolate chip cookies:) It's BYOB, as A's only eighteen, and since I've decided to hold onto my bottle of wine until the 19th, I'll be taking a container of sweet tea. Yes, I animal here. The memory of that huge margarita on my birthday will just have to tide me over tonight, unless T or J happen to share with me???

Have a safe and happy weekend, and don't forget to call your moms on Sunday, or do something nice for them!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Foggy Thursday

Currently Reading: Still reading Salem Falls. I'm loving it!

Woke up to fog, and the fact my kids are on a two-hour delay. W is supposed to be spending the day at the park, riding horses. Since the spouse isn't back yet, I'm assuming the picnic is still on, and he's helping out. I hope he returns for me; I want to get some pictures like I did last year!

Had another one of those weird dreams; did I tell you about the water park one? No? Tuesday morning, I'd woken up, dreaming the kids and I were in line to ride a new water slide. But the weird part was, a) we were in regular clothes, not bathing suits; b) K was the age he is now (17) while S was six or seven. She and I were going down the tame one, and I had just finished telling K that we would wait for him at the exit ramp, since our line would be shorter; and c) I woke up just as we would be the next ones on the slide.

This morning's dream was centered around a chat loop. There hasn't been a great deal of participation on the Novel Sisterhood lately, and since I've read a few Siren-BookStrand books, I decided to pop in on their author chat day and keep them company. Ended up spending nearly the entire day online yesterday! And so last night, in the dream, I was asking witty questions and getting witty answers. I remember a few of the questions, and since they'll be back the first week of June, I'll pop in again and ask them! Maybe some lurkers might even join in.

Today's To-Do List:
-Was informed K is down to his last pair of socks, so need to do a load of whites. Also, the nighttime potty-training continues...W was damp, not soaked, so need to was the blankets he slept on. He's sleeping on the couch, with a Hefty trash bag protecting the cushions, and a blanket covering it. Night #3 went well, and he got up this morning and did the rest of his business in the appropriate room.

-I'm attending a farewell party for the sister of one of our Laptop Society members tomorrow, and want to get the picture developed of all of us at Applebee's last January. Spouse may protest, but it's one picture...not the entire memory card! Although, I would like to get the entire memory card on CD at least, so if something happens to the computer, I will still have the pictures! Memory card is full, but I can still put pictures on the camera's hard drive.

-I've contacted the university about being paid for the signing; the person who cut the check for me last year is looking into it, and I should know something by the end of the day. It's not a lot, but it would pay for the above CD, one e-book, and a pizza tomorrow night! Yeah...currently I'm working for fast food...I'm tired of cooking:)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Currently Reading: Salem Falls, by Jodi Picoult. My e-book schedule may have to be slightly adjusted due to finances, but I'll keep you posted! I got Salem Falls as an anniversary present, along with a bottle of wine I still haven't opened.

One of K's friends is pregnant.

And since she's a frequent guest in my home, eating many meals with us, and calls me her 'second mommy', I don't know whether to hug her or slug her.

When she told me, my jaw dropped. I held her tightly, then lightly whacked her on the head.

"What were you thinking?"

(Laughing) "I wasn't."


I lightly whacked her again, and her cousin, who was sitting in the chair next to her, said, "Daaaamn...that's more of a scolding than your mother gave you!"

I hugged her once more and told her I would always be there for her, should she need anything, and that while this was a blow, to give her mom and stepdad time to adjust to the news.

Before the child (she just turned 16 in March) walked out my door a while later, she hugged me and whispered 'Thanks Momma' in my ear.

She's due in December, but since her boyfriend, who lives in Kentucky, was just up the week before Easter, I predict she's actually due sometime in January.

Still no word on whether she's going to keep the baby or give it up for adoption. I suspect the former, though.

I just hope she chooses to stay in school.

Better News...
W's slept in 'big boy' underwear now for 2 nights, with success! Yesterday, he was slightly damp, but no major accident, and he toddled sleepily into the bathroom when he woke up. This morning, he woke up dry from a nightmare around 5 am; went to the potty, and climbed in bed with us. He was still dry when he woke up, so Daddy made him pancakes for breakfast!

If this keeps up, I can take back that small bag of diapers I bought late Monday and get my money back!

For wonderful pics of RT and authors Brynn Paulin, Dakota Rebel, and Desiree Holt, click here!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Beautiful Day...

I just sent my final changes to my editor and am heading out to enjoy the sunshine. We're supposed to get rain for the next three days.

I'll be back tomorrow:)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Insane Debate

Currently Reading: Here's the May Reading Schedule:

Flavia’s Secret-Lindsay Townsend (SirenBooks)
Blind Date After Dark: Mr. Right- Lara Santiago (SirenBooks)

One Touch One Glance antho-Lisa Griffen, et al (Freya’s Bower)

Male Me-AJ (Resplendence)
No Holds Barred-Jayden Chelsee (EP)

Stone and Sea-CSP (EC)
Killer Curves-Regina Carlysle (EC)

See Reg? Told you I'd get around to your books soon!

Saw on the news this morning that Target and Forever 21 are offering plus-sized clothing for teens. Good news, right? Now our not-so-little darlings can have cool, hip clothing like their stick-thin friends!

Some are applauding the decision; others are slamming it.


"We're caving in and saying to our kids, 'It's okay to shop in the fat section...' We should be focusing on teaching kids about diet and nutrition, and get the parents to stop feeding their kids sodas, fried foods, and unhealthy snacks!"

The other view didn't disagree with that, but pointed out that while the kids are making eating adjustments, they still need the clothes in order to boost their self-esteem. And the interviewer pointed out that yes, she remembered a classmate who couldn't fit into the 'cool' clothes, and was ridiculed for her attire, thus perpetuating her low body image and therefore, she continued to gain weight.

I thnk the decision is a good one. I have a kid who has inherited the larger bone structure and outweighs me by nearly 60 lbs, and is three inches taller. She wears plus-size jeans, and gets her t-shirts out of the Men's section at Kohls and the occasional tee from Hot Topic. Yes, she is slightly addicted to Ramen Noodles, but once I discovered she was eating two packages at a time (four years ago), I stopped buying them. I cook healthy meals, as I have a diabetic spouse, so we're all on the diabetic diet:)

But we also live in town, and she often walks to the gas station with her friends for candy bars, ice cream, slurpies, or chips, which are infrequently found in our pantry. I've even stopped buying cookies, as the cost of food rises, and I'd rather buy ingredients for cooking than relying on the pre-packaged stuff.

And I was thrilled when I walked into a local boutique in order to find an updated look for my booksigning, and discovered plus-sized pants! (I'm a junior-size on top, but plus-size from the waist down.) As soon as I can afford another mini-shopping spree, I'm going back for a few pairs of summer Capris:)

And yes, I definitely need to start exercising again. I wore my black dress jeans to church yesterday and had to lie down on the bed to get them fastened!

So does the fact I'm suddenly shopping in the plus-size department make me think it's okay to stop watching what I eat? No. I'm happy with the way I look; all I want to do is drop a size or two. Or, come July, camouflage it well!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saturday's Stupid Saying

Currently Reading: I'll post the May Reading Schedule on Monday. Still reading The Happy Hooker on the sly...

In honor of the Kentucky Derby...

Who Farted on the extreme outside. Colorado Co-ed, Toast a Dozen, on the inside, Who Farted! Who Farted! Who Farted on the outside!

-Horse racing announcer (calling a horse race and TRYING to refer to a horse called Hoof Hearted)

The kiddies are here; Hubby treated me to a nice dinner last night while we were waiting in Terre Haute; and he very nicely took them to the park for a while.

Enjoy your Saturday; I'm off to get some work accomplished and enjoy the quiet!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bizarre Dreams or Wishful Thinking?

Currently Reading: American Beauty is a Recommended Read! Very well done, Ashley Ladd!

Don't laugh; I'm rereading The Happy Hooker. I last read this book at age 17, and scandalized my parents because I took it on a church choir trip, and showed it to my friends. When I got home, the book disappeared and my parents sat me down for the 'We're-so-disappointed-in- you-Couldn't-you-have-used-better-judgement' speech. One of my Laptop Society members had the book and I asked if I could borrow it! Am reading it on the sly, so my kids don't see it!

I've had a couple of strange dreams lately I thought I'd share.

The night I got the email about my release date, I dreamed I was on Letterman. Dave joked that since I had two pen names, he wasn't sure which author he was interviewing.

"So which one of you is here tonight, and how do you keep them straight?"

"Maybe it's the split-personality thing," I shot back, to laughter and applause from the studio audience.

How about you? Any strange dreams when your first book had its official release date?

And today, I woke up late, dreaming there was a problem with the water or electricity at school, and it was cancelled for the day. I got up, wondering if it was true when I didn't hear the radio blaring downstairs. Maybe K wasn't in the shower? Was he still in bed? Had it not been a dream after all?

I checked; his side of the bed was sort of emty; W had sprawled sideways across the double bed. I went into the kitchen and discovered that yes, the shower was running; K just hadn't turned the radio volume to full blast. was a dream!

I'm still not fully awake. I just asked D if Shadow was outside. Head slap; I meant Lucky! Shadow's been gone for nearly 2 years.

Maybe I need to go back to bed.

Update on Weekend Visitors:
Yes, we're getting A & J tonight. Another trip to Terre Haute or even a closer exit to Indianapolis, but they will be here for the weekend. Doing the entire eye-roll over certain family members priorities. I don't mind going and getting them; it's just hearing the excuses as to WHY I always have to make the trip!

Have a good weekend. Alien has still not swapped our children back, but W did manage to follow the rules yesterday, even though he protested loudly at times he "didn't want to be grounded" and that he was "only five!"

Me: Too Bad! But it's my job as a parent to keep you safe, and I can't do that if you're around the corner and out of my sight.

W: I'm sorry, Mommy.

M: You still can't leave the house.

Anyone else remember these days?