Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Screwing Up Your Friday

I'm loving this posting on Wednesdays only. TOTALLY doable. And rotating funnies with deep thoughts? Well, I'm pretty happy here. I have time for editing AND promoting. Oooh!

Anyhow, it's time for a laugh out loud moment. You ready for this?


Awesome, right? And who else is in the mood for Jack Sparrow funnies?






And now shall we away to our Writerly Wednesday feature? 

Writerly Wednesdays here are for readers and writers. Get to know authors, test your human lie detector skills, and WIN books. 

Last week, Misha Gericke shared with us her great book, The Vanished Knight, along with two truths and one lie about herself. Those who guessed the lie correctly were entered into a random drawing to win an eBook!

Misha's game:


1. Misha and her mom own about 8000 paperback books.
2. She wanted to learn how to fence and speak French after reading The Three Musketeers. She learned both, although her French is rusty.
3. Her first ever published piece of writing was a poem she wrote in Eleventh Grade.

And the lie is: 

#1. Misha and her mom own OVER 15000 paperbacks! (They last counted 10 years ago.) 15000 FOLKS! I know where I want to go hang out for the weekend, or life. 

Way to guess those of you who got it right! You are officially human lie detectors. And the winner is:

...DRUM ROLL...

Jess!

Congrats, Jess!

Today I'm super excited. My stellar writing buddy, Nicole Zoltack is here to share with us a book I CANNOT wait to read. Seriously. The blurb:

Once a year for the past decade, Nicholas Adams returns to Falledge and leaves a black hellebore on his girlfriend's grave. While departing Falledge, he chases after a man sneaking into the laboratory and dies for his trouble. A witch brings him back to life, but Nicholas soon realizes he's not the same man. Turns out, magic combined with a black hellebore in his pocket changed him into a kind of a super man.

His girlfriend's twin, Julianna Paige, is Falledge's deputy, struggling to solve several murders. Nicholas, and his alter ego the Black Hellebore, helps her, even as she helps him move on and even start to love again.

Unfortunately, Nicholas wasn't the only one changed in the laboratory explosion, and now there's a super villain bent on destroying Falledge, and killing the Black Hellebore. But falling in love might prove more dangerous than any super villain.

Pick up your copy HERE.

And now, let me introduce you to the wonderful author: 

Nicole Zoltack writes speculative stories for all ages. When she's not writing about knights or superheroes, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She loves riding horses (pretending they're unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dress in garb. She'll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her favorite current TV show is The Walking Dead.

Nicole loves all cheese everywhere and can be found eating them anywhere...except the bathtub.

Nicole gave me two truths and one lie to test your "lie detector" skills. Can you figure out the lie? Those who do will go into my magic hat for a chance to win an eBook of Black Hellebore. Eek! How cool is that? You have until Tuesday, February 4, at 1 p.m. EDT to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on February 5.

TRUTH OR LIE

1. Nicole hasn't gone horseback riding in over six years.
2. She hates talking on the phone and begs her hubby to make phone calls for her.
3. She's training for a marathon this fall.

Remember to join my SUPER FUN blogfest. Details HERE. Oh, and enter to win a free PHYSICAL copy of my book today on Goodreads! (Open to US, CA, GB, and AU.)

Okay, what is the lie? What's your favorite Jack Sparrow moment? Do you like Super Heroes? How about Pirates? 

90 comments:

  1. I'm saying 3 is the lie - mainly because I want it to be. So many people are training for marathons I'm feeling really lazy.

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  2. Fav Jack moment??? WAYYYYY too many. lol I loved the scene in the desert with the ship and all the crabs. Haha! Johnny totally made that happen. He's made of awesome.

    #1 is the lie.

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    1. He is made of awesome. Wait... Are you saying he's secretly made of cheese? *gasp*

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    2. It's impossible to pick one favorite Jack moment!

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  3. Always in the mood for Jack Sparrow funnies.
    And congratulations to Nicole! I'm going to go with #3 as the lie. I hope it's not #2 because I hate talking on the phone and want to have a kindred spirit.

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    1. LOL! Julie, you have a kindred spirit in my husband. He makes me call the pizza place. Yup.

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  4. I think #1 is the lie.
    And Jack Sparrow moments--I love it when he steals the coin and becomes immortal just long enough to save the day. Good stuff.

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    1. So true. The best Pirates was the first one for sure.

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    2. Definitely loved the first one the most.

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  5. That many books scares me.
    For Nicole, I'm guessing the one about the marathon is the lie.

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    1. I know what you mean. I can't even imagine how you'd shelf that many--unless you owned a library.

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  6. 15,000 paperbacks?!?!? Have they read them all?

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  7. Hmm. Maybe I should start blogging multiple times per week and then switch back to once a week so I feel like it's totally manageable. LOL. That might be slightly backwards...?

    15,000....15,000????? HOLY WOW. Amazing. And I thought 8,000 would be a lot!

    Congratulations, Nicole! It sounds intriguing!

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  8. I'm going with three, no reason...just doing the, if you don't know pick C rule.

    Once a week posting...hmm, I like it. Must consider for myself.



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    1. It's definitely nice. I started with once a week, amped it up to 2 times a week, jumped to 5 days a week, diminished to 3 days a week, and now, well, this is doable.

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    2. I did follow the C rule a few times on tests.

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  9. 15,000! Wow!

    I'll guess that number 3 is the lie.

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    1. I know, right? You have to build a whole house JUST for the books.

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    2. I can't wrap my mind around 15,000 either. Wow!

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  10. Johnny Depp is my spirit animal. (I saw that on Pinterest, totally cracked me up. Also, true.)

    I'm guessing #2. Because I've been known to do that, I'll admit! :)

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    1. Spirit animal... That one's going to take further thought.

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    2. Johnny Depp would make an awesome spirit animal!

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  11. So many times I thought it was Friday and it ends up being Wednesday... lol

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  12. Loved the Jack Sparrow pics and comments. Good luck to Nicole with her book. I'll be interested to see what the lie is. No idea.

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  13. Nicole's book sounds fantastic!
    I think her lie is #1
    I love Captain Jack Sparrow :)

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  14. Yeah, I wish we were further along too. :)
    Black Hellebore sounds like quite a story.

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  15. Johnny Depp is my favorite actor. Everything he does is perfect.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I'm going to have to pay more attention. Perfect, huh?

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  16. I'm guessing #1 is the lie...

    Also, that is a LOT of paperbacks.

    And who doesn't like Jack??

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    1. You mean who doesn't like Jack outside of the fictional world? He seemed to have quite a few enemies inside the realms of his "world." =)

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  17. I'm going for #2. Although #1 is begging... No. Number 2.

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  18. Jack Sparrow is a great character :D

    I'm hoping that 3 is the lie just so I'll feel slightly better about myself. 2 is definitely a truth for me. I HATE talking on the phone. I'm really awkward, you see...

    Writing Through College

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    1. Ooh! We should start a club of anti-phone-ists. You read that right. Yeah! We could even get not-for-profit status, and special treatment by the government... It would be great, right?

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  19. Gotta love Jack Sparrow!

    My guess is #2, makes sense to me. It is often that way in my house...Although if it is #3, more power to her!!

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  20. Captain Jack does make a good animated gif. And congrats to Nicole!

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  21. My favorite Jack Sparrow moment:

    Capt Barbossa: Why, thank ye, Jack.
    Jack Sparrow: You're welcome.
    Capt Barbossa: Oh, not you. We named the monkey Jack.

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    1. That's a great one. I think my favorite is, "The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do."

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  22. The Jack Sparrow funnies made my day! :)

    Congrats to Jess.

    And I'm guessing the marathon is made up.

    Fun post Crystal :)

    And yay for having Nicole over here. She's wonderful :)
    For her lie I will guess...

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    1. Yay! I posted them for you, Emilyann. *nodding emphatically* Just for you. ;)

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  23. Yeah! I am so excited to have won The Vanished Knight and I look forward to reading it. :) Thanks so much! I can't get over the number of books Misha and her mom have! Wow!

    This week I am guessing the lie is the marathon...

    Also- I hate when I think it is the end of the week and I still have days to go! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. It's like going to make a cheese sandwich only to discover YOU'RE OUT OF CHEESE! *gasp* ;)

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  24. Hey Crystal,

    Have some English cheese! Nice to see some of my adoring author fans getting a mention on here. Number two is the lie for Nicole. Or maybe she just has to face the fax. Yay to Misha.

    Sorry, blog fests make me want to scream! :) I thought that was Russell Brand auditioning as Jack Sparrow. Ooohh aaarrrr....

    Gary :)

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    1. Gary! I've been negligent about getting out to see you and Penny this last couple weeks. (Maybe it was due to the fests...) Awesome to see you, cheesy pal!

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  25. Oh, Jack. The only dirty, crusty man I've ever had a crush on. Well, besides my husband after a work out, but he's pretty quick to shower. Jack on the other hand... doesn't seem to shower much. Also, Crystal, I have something that I want to send to you. I'll email you! =)

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    1. LOL! Dirty man smell...yeah, definitely not the most appetizing thing in the world. =)

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  26. Love Jack Sparrow, aka Johnny Depp. Thanks for posting the funnies, and I'm glad your reduced blog schedule is helping you to reach other goals.

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  27. Nicole's book sounds really interesting.
    My favorite Jack moment is at the beginning of the first movie, when Keira Knightley falls off the cliff and the two policemen who have him in custody refuse to save her, he rolls his eyes and dives in and saves her himself. So cool.

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  28. Gotta love Jack Sparrow. I'm guessing number one is the lie.

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  29. But does Misha have a faaavorite PB ... ?

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  30. I can't say I'm a Pirates of the Caribbean fan. I only saw the first one and it was on a date where my date fell asleep and left me there to watch the movie alone. I ended up hating the movie because I associated it with being annoyed for two hours! So glad to be married now (not to the sleeping guy!)...maybe I should give the movie a second chance.

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    1. LOL! I can see where that would ruin them for you. (Pst, you only really need to see the first.)

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  31. Can't go wrong with Jack Sparrow! For me, though, nothing ruins my Friday like realizing it's no longer Wednesday, haha. (Time has been speeding by way too fast for me lately. I can't keep up with everything!)

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    1. Oh my goodness, I KNOW what you mean. Time goes WAY too fast.

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  32. I'll be going to posting one day a week when I come back from hiatus, too. Everyone who's done it says it helps a lot. :)

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    1. It's true. Welcome to the club. (Except I'm going to be breaking protocol for the next two weeks. *shrugs* It has to be done.)

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  33. I love pirates, especially Jack Sparrow!

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    1. From their pegged legs to rotting teeth, eh? =)

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  34. I'm liking only posting on Wednesdays too, Crystal. It's freeing, huh? 15,000!? I like to read, but that's an awesome amount of books.

    For Nicole, I'll guess #1 is the lie.

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    1. Freeing. Yes. My every writerly thought no longer evolves around my blog. (Wait, is that a good thing?)

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  35. Ah, man. I have less than 1500 books. Well, the library book sale is coming up. I'll have to see what I can do.

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  36. Mmm, Jack Sparrow. How can a man be so sexy even making faces like those? I'm guessing #3 is the lie for Nicole, but don't include me for the prize drawing. I've already read that great superhero book! :)

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    1. LOL! He's got as much character as one of your creations. (And that's saying something.) ;)

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  37. I think #1's the lie (don't know why, though).

    I just like Jack. Can't pick a favorite moment. :-D

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  38. i am liking pirates more and more these days--probably because my dil has written a novel around them---the marathon runner is the lie

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  39. Thanks for the Jack Sparrow funnies. You made Mma and I laugh.

    I'm guessing 1 is the lie. She probably hasn't been horseback riding in a while, but six years seems too exact a period? Like that's where the detail is where the lie is?

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  40. I think #3 is a lie.

    Hilarious post. I love Jack Sparrow.

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  41. Great Jack Sparrow moments. Don't know if I really have a fave. :) Congrats to Nicole and her book!! It DOES sound like an awesome read.

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Hit me with your cheese!