Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Writerly Wednesday on a Tuesday

For those of us in the US of A, it's Thanksgiving week, which means I'll be frantically cleaning or cooking tomorrow, so you get WW a day early. 

So what better way to show thanks than to accept a blogging award and pass it on? 


Huge thanks to my pal and poet, Fifi Islaih for the award. In order to accept it, I have to list 7 facts about myself and nominate others. 

1. My love for cheese is no secret, but there are some French cheeses I don't much care for. (I know, the shock!)

2. The last time I was expecting, I was living in NYC--in an 850 square foot apartment (with 3 other family members.) 
Yes, it felt like this. (source)
3. Although I have consistently taught kids ages 18 months 18 years (not counting my own) for the last 20+ years, I have a hard time calling myself an educator. 

4. I leave reviews for 90% of the books I read. (Which is typically 2 books a week.)

5. I miss hobby writing.

6. My greatest fear is playing the piano in front of people...and I still do it on occasion. (You should see my hands shake while playing. It's awesome.)

Source
7. My first REAL masterpiece was a drawing of either a horse, or a unicorn (maybe both) at the happy age of 3.

NOW, because it's gratitude time, if you take a moment to comment on this post, you are officially nominated for the award. There are so many of you I want to give the award to, and it seems no matter how many people I do nominate, I miss at least fifty others. So that's it. You've been nominated. =)



Ready to guess the lie and win a book? 

Last week, M.J. Fifield shared EFFIGY with us, along with two lies and one truth. Those who guessed the truth correctly were entered into a random drawing for the chance to win an eBook 

M.J.'s game: 



1. Once, M.J. ran into famous New Hampshire author Jodi Picoult at the vet’s office and proceeded to make her (and everyone else around) question her ability to speak in complete sentences, as she attempted to tell Jodi how much she enjoys her novels.   
2. In high school, she sang back-up vocals for Kenny Rodgers. It is, however, not the only reason why she knows all the words to “The Gambler.”
3. In college, she worked as a stagehand and once tried to throw comedian Carrot Top out because she had no idea who he was or how he had gotten backstage.
And the lie is:

#1. Yes, M.J. has had some interesting run-ins with real, live celebrities. Awesome, right?

Way to guess those of you who got it right! And the winner is:

...DRUM ROLL...


Congrats Mary! 

And now to today's feature...

When her protective older brother disappears, sixteen-year-old Melody loses control of her orderly life. Her stuttering flares up, her parents are shrouded in a grief-induced fog, and she clings to the last shreds of her confidence. 

The only lead to her brother’s disappearance is a 30-second call from his cell phone to Rex, the leader of a crime ring. Frustrated by a slow investigation with too many obstacles, and desperate to mend her broken family, Melody crosses the line from wallflower to amateur spy. She infiltrates Rex’s group and is partnered with Drew, a handsome pickpocket whose kindness doesn’t fit her perception of a criminal. He doesn’t need to steal her heart—she hands it to him.

With each law Melody breaks, details of her brother’s secret life emerge until she’s on the cusp of finding him. But at what point does truth justify the crime?

Get your copy HERE.

Julie Musil writes from her rural home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband and three sons. She’s an obsessive reader who loves stories that grab the heart and won’t let go. Her YA novels The Summer of Crossing Lines and The Boy Who Loved Fire are available now. For more information, or to stop by and say Hi, please visit Julie HERE.

She especially loves cheese when it’s piled on a pizza.

Julie gave me two truths and one lie to test your "lie detector" skills. Those who figure out the lie will go into my magic hat for the chance to win an eBook of THE SUMMER OF CROSSING LINES. How awesome is that?

You have until Tuesday, December 2 at 1 p.m. EDT to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on December 3.

TRUTH OR LIE

1. Julie knows almost all the words to the GREASE soundtrack.
2. She used to wear a bow in her hair—Madonna Material Girl style.
3. She loves country music, but doesn’t know any country line dances.
So which is the lie? What is one unique fact about you? Are you celebrating Thanksgiving? If so, how? 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seven Deadly Sins... And a Deadly Queen

Last month, the amazing Michelle Wallace tagged me in the Seven Deadly Sins Tag. (Thanks Michelle!) Instead of letting these things stack up, I decided to jump on the train. Are you ready for this awesomeness?
So here it is, the SEVEN DEADLY SINS of the LITERARY WORLD.
The questions and answers:
Greed – What is your most inexpensive book? Truthfully, I review quite a few books for people and receive many of them free. I think it's a fair trade to the authors, but I also spend way too much time at the library and initially got Amazon Prime so I could use the lenders library. (Yes, I am cheap, but I give back.)
Wrath – Who’s the author with whom you have a love/hate relationship? Lauren Kate and her Fallen series. My hubby would come into the room and ask me what I was reading. "A stupid book," I'd reply. Then he'd ask the obvious, "So why are you reading it?" "BECAUSE I HAVE TO FINISH THE SERIES!"
Gluttony – What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame? Erm, I don't read books more than once because I remember them too well, but I did read Barbara Hambly's Silicone Mage series twice, because I do absolutely love it.
Sloth – Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness? ... Laziness? Hah! Nope. None of that here. 
Pride – What books do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader? Probably all my classics--Les Miserables (BEST BOOK EVER), Jane Eyre, SO many Dickens books...
Lust – What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character? It's all about how the character treats his love interest. Seriously. I've never been one to swoon over amazing looks, but if a guy opens the door for a girl and puts her happiness before his own, I'm in love. (Which is why I married the stud of the universe, btw.)
Envy – What book would you like to receive most as a gift? Anything on my Amazon wish list. (Although I've got about 70 books waiting around here for me to get to them...)
There is no limit to the people you can tag for THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS TAG. So, I’ve decided to tag…

(I know that everybody is super-busy, so if you decide not to play along, you can just miss out on the cheese. That's okay.)


Ready to guess the lie and win a book? 


Last week, Nata Romeo (aka ArtistaDonna) shared ALPHABET WILDLIFE A-Z with us, along with two lies and one truth. Those who guessed the truth correctly were entered into a random drawing for the chance to win an eBook 

Nata's game: 




1. Nata has traveled to Mars to study Alientology, she now speaks fluent Alien languages.
2. Thanks to the Aliens, Nata is now a prodigy in Polyglotism.
3. Nata enjoys writing and illustrating. She has conversations with her characters on a daily basis.
And the truth is:

#3. Although Nata may be considered an expert in Alientology (and fabulous lies), she has never been to Mars. Sorry to disappoint. 

Way to guess those of you who got it right! And the winner is:

...DRUM ROLL...


Congrats Murees! 

And now to today's feature...

 
The survival of a once-mighty kingdom rests in the hands of its young queen, Haleine Coileáin, as it slowly succumbs to an ancient evil fueled by her husband’s cruelty.

A sadistic man with a talent for torture and a taste for murder, he is determined to burn the land and all souls within. Haleine is determined to save her kingdom and, after a chance encounter, joins forces with the leader of the people’s rebellion. She gives him her support, soon followed by her heart.

Loving him is inadvertent but becomes as natural and necessary as breathing. She lies and steals on his behalf, doing anything she can to further their cause. She compromises beliefs held all her life, for what life will exist if evil prevails?

Her journey leads to a deceiving world of magic, monsters, and gods she never believed existed outside of myth. The deeper she goes, the more her soul is stripped away, but she continues on, desperate to see her quest complete. If she can bring her husband to ruin and save her people, any sacrifice is worth the price—even if it means her life.

Get your copy HERE.

Armed with a deep and lasting love of chocolate, purple pens, and medieval weaponry, M.J. Fifield is nothing if not a uniquely supplied insomniac. When she isn’t writing, she’s on the hunt for oversized baked goods or shiny new daggers. M.J. lives with a variety of furry creatures—mostly pets—in New Hampshire.

M.J. might be found at work spreading Laughing Cow spreadable Swiss cheese on crackers.


M.J. gave me two truths and one lie to test your "lie detector" skills. Those who figure out the lie will go into my magic hat for the chance to win an eBook of EFFIGY. How awesome is that?

You have until Sunday, November 23, at 1 p.m. EDT to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on November 24.

TRUTH OR LIE

1. Once, M.J. ran into famous New Hampshire author Jodi Picoult at the vet’s office and proceeded to make her (and everyone else around) question her ability to speak in complete sentences, as her attempted to tell Jodi how much she enjoy her novels.   
2. In high school, she sang back-up vocals for Kenny Rodgers. It is, however, not the only reason why she knows all the words to “The Gambler.”
3. In college, she worked as a stagehand and once tried to throw comedian Carrot Top out because she had no idea who he was or how he had gotten backstage.
So which is the lie? Any reading/book confessions you'd like to share? What's your greatest literary sin?