Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Geeky Imagination

Are you ready to geek out with me? Here we go.

First off, Stephen Tremp's new book, Escalation is finally out! Yay for Stephen (and all us readers)! As part of that, today I'm participating in the...

2014 Annual National Wormhole Week (or 2014 Wormfest) hosted by Stephen Tremp, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and L. Diane Wolf: For 2014, the theme is to name one thing where science advances mankind, and one where the same technology with unforeseen consequences will go too far and set mankind back.

If you've been around here long, you might have heard me chatting about the scientists locked in my Floridian basement. (Think about that one for a second.) They create all kinds of amazing gadgets--like a teleportation device I had to break after they started escaping testing it. Ahem. They're very close on a cloning device, and we've even discussed a weather modifier... BUT my favorite invention is the Time Stopper.

On the plus side, you never have to stop working because you can just hit pause on time and freeze the world around you. SUPER convenient when writing or reading. Or, if you need a break, you just hit pause and take a nap.

On the not so plus side, your memory may end up like this.



If you forget your anti-aging elixir, you may end up like this:


You'd lose all urgency to do anything, and take ten years to clean the bathroom rather than a week. SO, while I love this technology, I'll be keeping it to myself, and ensuring that my scientists remain happily placated in their prison laboratory.


Are you ready to meet a new author and enter to win an awesome book? 

Last week, Katharina Gerlach shared Scotlands Guardians with us, along with two truths and one lie. Those who guessed the lie correctly were entered into a random drawing for one of three chances to win her eBook!

Cat's game:


1. Cat loves to go shopping, especially for shoes.

2. She's married to the love of her life, whom she met at the ripe old age of 16.

3. She sold her first story when she was ten.

And the lie is: 

#1. Cat is SO not a shoe person. 

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


Congrats, ladies!

Do you love mazes? I've always been fascinated by them. Today I have the privilege of introducing a wonderful friend who wrote an entire book about a labyrinth. Oooh! Check it out:

Araina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall.

Will the walls that confine her be the walls that set her free? 

Pick up your copy HERE.

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

Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, watching movies and then acting them out with friends or toys gave living an extra flavor. This is likely why she spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing, before switching to Graphic Design and then graduating with a BFA in Digital Art (2011) from Missouri State University. Her novel The Labyrinth Wall is an Amazon Best-Seller and the first installment of the Obsidian Series.

Given her three focus transitions as an undergraduate, it isn't a shock that she is a multi-medium lover, exploring writing, digital art, photography and design. She finds that her creativity is most fluent when given the opportunity to bounce between artistic outlets.

To truly understand this Author, there are two things to know. Emilyann hopes to share a love for others and God in all she does. She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul.


You might run across her eating Mexican cheese dip at the El Jimador restaurant in Missouri.  Yummmyyy!!

Emilyann 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 a chance to win The Labyrinth Wall (eBook). Awesome, right? You have until Tuesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. EDT to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on March 19.

TRUTH OR LIE

1. A brown recluse spider bit her forehead and nearly killed Emilyann when she was three years old.

2. She met Drew Barrymore when she visited a friend at her Sony Pictures job in L.A. a couple years ago.

3. Her first language was Turkish.


So, friendlies, which is the lie? Do you have a technology hiding your basement that may or may not destroy the world? What is your favorite/least favorite technological advancement of the last century? 

144 comments:

  1. I am really really hoping the brown recluse story is a lie. Wowzers!

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    1. I can't say.. .Crystal will reveal next week :) *scary music*

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  2. I only have a teenage video gamer hiding in my basement. :-)

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  3. Very interesting! Although that aging face weirds me out a bit!

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  4. I'm all for freezing time around me so that I achieve more. Ah, but I'm already losing my memory.
    What was it I was going to say? Oh, yea - I've already lost the urge, but I can't remember what for. I think somebody's freezing my time!

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  5. Congrats to the winners, and to Stephen! I have him on my blog on Monday. Eeek! A spider! I want that one to be the lie. Just because I don't want to imagine it.

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    1. *Fingers tap* I'll never say. =-) But Crystal will next week.

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    2. I'm right there with you, Christine.

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  6. Dude, that is a freaky spider. *shudder* For the hate of creepy-crawlies, I say the lie is #1.

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    1. Loni, just use your time stopping abilities, freeze it, and smash it, eh? ;)

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  7. Wow, what a post today - congrats to everyone!! And I loved your Wormhole entry (and gifs) :)

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  8. Aging was the first think I thought of when I read about your Time Stopper. And then you mentioned it. Time is a really weird thing. If you're going to play with it, remember to invite me.

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    1. Oh I don't just play with it, I work it. ;) Hey, did you miss my phone call? Doh! I must have been in frozen time when I called.

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  9. Crazy technology...not sure I'm ready for it yet though;)

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    1. And why not? It would be so fun, wouldn't it? =)

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  10. Stephen is popping up all over the place! Wishing him all the best.

    It's nice to meet EmilyAnn. Congrats to her as well! I'd guess #3 is the lie.

    Have a great week! :)

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    1. Nice to meet you also Karen, and thank you :)

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    2. Yay, Karen! I hope you have the best week too.

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  11. I'm hoping the spider story isn't true!
    And I already have a cloning device...
    Thanks for participating in the blogfest.

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    1. My lips are zipped. And I'm jealous of your cloning device :)

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    2. Dude! I knew they got the cloning tech out while testing the teleportation device. Darn scientists.

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  12. Such tough choices!! I'm going to go with Turkish being the lie...hoping that she spoke Kurdish ;)

    If time stops, does aging stop? If so, send me one of those!

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    1. I'm glad these have people stumped :)

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    2. LOL! Elizabeth, I'll ship it on over with a jar of anti-aging creme. =)

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  13. Just to be different, I'll guess number two is false.

    As for technology, I think any gizmo we come to rely on to the detriment of our capability to think and do for ourselves can go from being a good thing to becoming a very dangerous thing.

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    1. I'll be excited when she reveals the answer next week :) It's hard not to say.

      And I agree... technology is like a double-edge sword.

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    2. What? Are you saying you don't want to lose your memory? But it could be so fun. Come on! =)

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    1. Thanks for guessing :) Nice to meet you Damaria.

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  15. That would be awesome technology - at the same time, I think it would make me even more tired than I already am!

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    1. Probably. We already have a hard time knowing when to stop, eh?

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  16. I need a time stopper down there. I just have a bunch of junk that my husband refuses to throw away. Been sneaking some on the weekends though.

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    1. LOL! Hey, you never know. Some of that junk might be prototypes for an amazing scientific breakthrough.

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  17. Because I'm totally a mad scientist, I absolutely have world-destroying technology--it just happens to be at my lab, not at home. I mean, it's nice to get a break from it at times ;) I still need a time-stopper though!

    And I'm guessing #1 is the lie!

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    1. A time stopper would be really cool. I always thought the time-turner in Harry Potter was awesome too :)

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    2. LOL! The lab thing works, but I had to keep this tech under wraps, and since no one would suspect I actually have a basement in Florida (because that would be insane, right?) this is the perfect set up.

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  18. Keep them away from invisibility formulae - that leads to trouble. Just finished the HG Wells book over the weekend.

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    1. Staying away from invisibility, check! ;)

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  19. I really hope the spider one isn't true!

    Congratulations to Stephen!!!

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    1. *Lips zipped* about the truth and lies :)

      And Escalation looks really cool, doesn't it?

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  20. I'm guessing #1 is the lie and that she was older than three when she was bitten. (At least, I hope so.)

    BTW, the book sounds great!

    Um, could I borrow the time stopper? I'd give it back--I promise.

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    1. Borrow... Um, no. Now, for the great price of $199,999,999.99 I will happily sell you a copy of the invention. (Believe me, it will pay for itself.)

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  21. I really want that time stopper scientist to let me in on the secret - even for a couple of hours a week!

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  22. Because spiders are icky, I'll guess #1 for Emmalyn's lie. Congrats to her on the new book. I need some anti-aging potion. Pronto!

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    1. Put me on the tab for anti-aging also. And thanks about the book :)

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    2. Anti-aging potion coming right up! (It may only work on the brain...)

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  23. I'll say #3, although I hope I'm wrong and #1 is the real answer.

    Hope you're feeding your scientists well!

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    1. Thanks for playing and nice to meet you T. Decker :)

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    2. ....Do you consider table scraps good feeding? Hm. Note to self: create underground garden for scientists to sustain themselves.

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  24. We don't have basements around here. They'd flood. Lake Junebug is close to becoming a permanent fixture in my backyard. Congratulations to Emilyann.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. *shifty eyes* You don't say! Basements don't work out in Florida? *shifty eyes*

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  25. Wow. That is some super duper power you have trapped in your basement!

    I am guessing that #2 is the lie. I don't think she met Drew Barrymore.

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    1. Nice to meet you Robin. Thanks for guessing. Can't wait for Crystal to reveal next week :)

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    2. I know, right? It's a good thing everyone just thinks I'm kidding around. =)

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  26. Ha! That aging picture is already too close to what my life feels like. I'm going to guess number two is a lie.

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    1. Nice to meet you S.P. And my lips are sealed on the truth and lie... mwahaha ha ha ha.....

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    2. Yikes! I know what you mean. The sun comes up, and suddenly it's setting and I'm like, "Where did the day go?"

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  27. I bet I know what happened to the cloning device: It was stolen by a ninja!

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    1. And here I thought it was from the teleportation experiment. You're totally right. *squinty eyes at Alex J. Cavanaugh*

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  28. Time Stopper... interesting.. not sure it is a good idea... I think time would be stopped all over the place :)

    I wanted to thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog... oh yes, sleeping in would be amazing... if I actually slept, it is almost 6 months since I have slept more than 2 hours in a row.... I hope to be able to sleep soon :) Have a great rest of the week Crystal :)

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    1. Yup, that's why I'm keeping the tech locked up tight. ;)

      I'm hoping your sleeping habits become solid again, Launna. I know what that's like, having dealt with extreme insomnia for the last couple years. Not so nice.

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  29. I really could use a time stopper for that napping thing. Or sleeping. It's so hard to choose between reading and sleeping some nights. I really need the sleep, but the book is waiting...

    For the lie, I'm going to go with #3.

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    1. Nice to meet you Liz :) Thanks for guessing.

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    2. If given a choice, I always go with reading. ;)

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  30. Congrats to Stephen on Escalation! I've been seeing it around a lot and it looks cool.

    And thank you for featuring me and The Labyrinth Wall Crystal :) Lots of good guesses on the truth or lie... mwahwah ha ha ha... I know the truth =-)

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    1. Yay! It's such a blast to have you, Emilyann!

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  31. Hmm. For the lie, I'm going to go with #3. It seems like the one that would be least obvious. Congrats to her!
    I'd be all for a time travel machine--I'm more interested in the past than modern technology. :)

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    1. Thanks for guessing Jenni and thank you for the congrats :)

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    2. We messed with time travel a few years ago. It didn't turn out so well. (Thus the death of the dinosaurs.) We're locked that technology in the red vault. ;)

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  32. Woohoo! Thank you. :)

    Weird. I was listening to a Turkish song when I read this. (I have no idea what they're saying in it, either. LOL) Great to "meet" you, Emilyann!

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  33. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And I love anything with my favorite Doctor in. I'm going to miss Matt Smith.

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  34. Hmm, this is a tough one. I'm gonna have to say that #3 is the lie. Nice to "meet" Emilyann--her new book sounds amazing!

    Congrats to Stephen! I think the internet is one technological advance that could be used for good or ill.

    Oh! Almost forgot....can I get some of that anti-aging cream? Unfortunately, I don't have any prisoners--I mean scientists--in my basement. :)

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    1. What?!? No scientists? You're totally missing out. ;)

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  35. It's so enjoyable to have scientists coughimprisonedcough working of their own free will to provide you with personal technology to better your life. ;P

    Great premise for a story, Emilyann. Very intriguing.

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    1. That's right. Of their own free will... *shifty eyes* *upping voltage on shock gun*

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  36. I love the idea for this blogfest.

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  37. I'm mesmerized by the aging face. It grows and then it shrinks. Too weird!

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  38. Oh my God, I need face cream....

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  39. I wanted that morphing thing to go slower so I could watch it.

    I think I'll guess that # 2 is the lie. For no reason at all.

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  40. I wish I could stop time before I napped. . . accidentally napping longer than you want is the worst. ;) Though naps are never a bad thing.

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    1. They can be if you have a 2 year old in the house. Ah the things you have to look forward to. ;)

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  41. I will go with her first language being turkish. It just sounds to easy to be a truth.

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    1. I'm thinking Turkish would be a difficult first language. ;)

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  42. I think #3 is the lie.

    I can't remember what I went with last time. I'm not into shoes, so I might have picked that one.

    I'm against the time stopper too.

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  43. dude I don't have a basement. Sounds like I'm missing out. As for the lie, I'm hoping number 1 is. Scary!

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    1. Dude! All kinds of crazy things can happen in basements--especially when they're not actually feasible for the area you occupy.

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  44. Such a shame that the Time Stopper has--GASP--downsides. That device would be so handy to have otherwise...

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    1. They can be counteracted...other than the mental disorientation. Wait, what day is it?

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  45. haha i can't believe some woman don't get into shoes although one of my best friends probably only has 3 pr----i think #3 is the lie :)

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    1. ... Here's where I admit I wear the same 2 pairs of shoes everywhere. *shifty eyes*

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  46. I'm guessing #3 is the lie, and that German was Emilyann's first language.

    Crystal, the time machine was sounding great, though I already take 10 years to clean the bathroom. Smiles. You're a clever lady.

    Be well,
    xoRobyn

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    1. LOL! You need a minion. Or clone. I'll send you Alex's direction, since he has my cloning device. Darn sneaky ninjas.

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  47. Congratulations to the authors on their books!

    Hard to say which one is the lie...my guess is #3?

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  48. I'd forget the elixir, I'm afraid. I'm terrible at taking meds of any kind. As to the lie, I'm going with #3.

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    1. Well, if you forgot then you'd fit right in with the Doctor up there. ;)

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  49. That spider story HAS to be the lie... it's too horrendous... *aargh* *shudders*
    Congrats to Emilyann! Congrats to Stephen too!

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  50. I don't believe in time, and the spider is the lie.

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    1. LOL! Okay, I'm with you. Time doesn't exist. I made it up.

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  51. Awww I hope you remember to feed your scientists! LOL!

    I think radio and tv are great inventions! :-) Take care
    x

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      *running to the basement and dumping rations on the table*
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      *out of breath* Yeah, I think they're still alive. I hope.

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  52. I'd like a working Time-Stopper. Definitely. I picked number two for the lie at random.

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    1. Too bad I'm SUPER SELFISH, eh? ;)

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    2. Congrats Garrison, you're a winner =-)

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  53. Hmmm- They all sound like they could have happened. I am going with #3 being the lie. Emilyann's book sounds amazing. I love the cover and I am a fan of mazes. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. :)

    Your scientific device does sound great, but you pointed out some good down sides. I wasn't even thinking of the aging thing. Imagine! After a year of stopping time on and off we could look much older than those around us aging at the normal speed. Fascinating to think about. :)

    ~Jess

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    1. Yeah, we can't be scaring the natives, you know? I mean, one missed dose of anti-aging and... *shudders*

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  54. so much goodness! i'd love a time stopper - i think about it all the TIME! and kidnapping a scientist sounds good, or inviting them for an extended visit...
    congrats to winners =)
    and emilyann's book sounds mysterious and exciting! a labrynth! that word alone is one of my favorite! i guess she didn't meet drew barrymore - but how cool would that be! congrats EA!

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    1. There's been no kidnapping here. Mine were raised in captivity, and they love it. Especially the human gerbil wheel that powers my house, and the trampoline, of course. ;)

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    2. Thanks Tara. And I know! I wish I had met Drew :)

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  55. Hope I'm better late than never here...
    1st- Cool books.
    2nd- Freezing time sounds like trouble and really hard to pull off.
    3rd- Love the clips and the you have scientists trapped in you basement. :)
    Cool post!

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    1. 1st- They are pretty cool, right?
      2nd- Epic trouble, and worth every bite.
      3rd- Does that make you a wee bit sadistic--liking the fact that I imprison human beings for my own gain? Or does that make me less than ethical? Hm. I always thought of myself as a humanitarian, I mean, what would these scientists do if they didn't have my every demand to meet? ;)

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  56. I sure hope that scientist can swim!

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    1. LOL! Yeah, there were a few, uh, kinks at first, but they figured out the liquid displacing field rather quickly.

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  57. #3 is the lie
    And yes, I have secret tech in my basement but if I told you... you know the rest ;)

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  58. Haha..the other comments made it obvious! What a nice way to introduce books and writers!
    Visiting you via the A to Z Challenge list as one of Arlee's Ambassadors. It would be great if you got an A to Z badge up on your sidebar! :)

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    1. Corinne! Great to see you here. Yeah, I've been a little too occupied with escaping scientists to keep my sidebar updated. ;)

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  59. Congrats again to Stephen. I like the sound (and cover) for The Labyrinth Wall. I say #3 is the lie.

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    1. It sounds pretty epic, right? I've got it loaded on my kindle and ready to go.

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  60. I think #1 is the lie because I don't remember coming across venomous spiders in Turkey! How neat that you can speak Turkish, too, Emilyann!
    Congratulations, Stephen!
    And ha ha on the scientists in the basement! Not sure I'd want an anti-aging elixir... Something that cures diseases might be nice, though...

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    1. Both spider and Turkish are true. However, I should clarify that I lost most of my Turkish a few years after moving to the U.S. (Didn't have anyone to speak with anymore). But it's kind of a cool factoid nonetheless :)

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  61. Congratulations to Stephen! Sounds wonderful!

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  62. I'm going with #3 being the lie, just because it's the most...simple?

    I have a construction genius and a computer genius living in my basement. Given, they are both the same person, my husband, and he doesn't so much live down there as have his office down there, but I think that's close enough. ;)

    The Warrior Muse

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  63. Just checking your a-z theme. Sounds good, Crystal. Count me in :) Shells–Tales–Sails

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