Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Scotland, Lions and Germany, oh my!

It is WRITERLY WEDNESDAY! (And IWSG, and Gratitude hop...) But how would you like a few laughs first?

Since March comes in like a lion...


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And there you have it.

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



Last week, Barb and Hannah Taub shared with us their Nully City books, along with two truths and one lie. Those who guessed the lie correctly were entered into a random drawing to win both eBooks!

The Taub game:

 1. Barb's roommate is the ghost of the abandoned sweetheart in the Bobby Shafto nursery rhyme. 

2. As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Barb's sister would be considered a witch in many places. On the plus side, she will never have to pay for her own beer in Ireland. 

3. Barb was a Pillsbury Bake-Off (R) regional semi-finalist. 

And the lie is: 

#3. According to Barb, the Doughboy may actually be considering a restraining order against her. 

Their flat occupies one tower of Brancepeth Castle, which is supposedly haunted by Bridget Belasyse, the unfortunate girl left mourning her unfaithful suitor, Bobby Shafto. Neither of them have met the White Lady, but when their little dog absolutely refuses to go up a stairway or enter a room, other castle residents are convinced she sees the White Lady.

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

...DRUM ROLL...

Heather Holden!

Congrats, Heather!

Today I have the privilege of introducing a wonderful German friend, Katharina Gerlach (affectionately known as Cat), and her wonderful book:

Since Bryanna grows up in Scotland, she is familiar with hobgoblins, selkies and kelpies from the tales of her mother country. But she is very surprised when she starts seeing these creatures one day. Is she hallucinating? Before she can ask her father's advice, he is kidnapped by a woman whose scent seems awfully familiar. Instead of calling the police, Bryanna follows the kidnapper and lands smack-dab in the middle of the adventure of her life. It's just as well she knows the old legends and myths well. The world she lands in is murderously dangerous.

And even if she survives the journey, she is fated to kill her father.

Pick up your copy HERE.

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

Katharina Gerlach has been telling and writing stories all her life, but only two years ago, with the success of eBook publishing, she became an Indie author. She never looked back. Sure, her manuscripts have found praise with traditional publishers, but no one had the courage to publish something they couldn’t neatly stuff into a labeled box.

Just like her books, she doesn't fit one box. She's the daughter of a forester and a studied forestery herself. She's sister to three brothers, and a mother to three daughters. She's a tomboy at heart and simultaneously tidy and chaotic – she can’t be any different with her inner Muse dragging her one direction and inner Editor pulling in another.


There are three things in this world she loves more than anything: her family, stories (hers and those of others) and nature. The best thing that can happen is when someone she doesn’t know leaves a review for one of her books telling her how much (s)he liked it.

Her favorite cheese is Tilsiter and she loves it fried with an egg on top and a hint of paprika. You'll find her munching on this treat in her comfy chair in front of the TV. To learn more about her, sign up for her news here.

Cat 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 Scotlands Guardians, and there will be THREE winners this week. Eek! How cool is that? You have until Tuesday, March 11, at 1 p.m. EDT to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on March 12.

TRUTH OR LIE

 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.




Today I'm combining the two, and I hope my wonderful friendlies will forgive me. Sheri Larsen’s IT’S ALL ABOUT GRATITUDE BLOG HOP is happening now. If you don’t follow Sheri’s blog, you can find her fantastic blog HERE.

This month I just want to say, I applaud all you authors who inspire me. This is a long journey. It's exciting one day and dog-depressing the next. I'm just so glad I have you all along with me. You rock. 



Which is the lie? Do you know any awesome lion jokes? What has you laughing today? 

176 comments:

  1. Your book looks interesting Cate. I'm curious about the familiar scent of the woman.

    No lion jokes, but there is a song the children sing here in Ghana:
    A lion, a lion
    A lion has a tail
    It has a big head
    And a very small waist, and a very small waist (when they sing this line they put their hands on their hips and wiggle)

    It cracks me up everytime.

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    1. I love that song. It sounds a bit like one we got in Germany. of course it's not about lions but about a stork -- and it isn't a stork, it's a female stork at the end. Quite fun to sing.

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    2. I'd love to hear the kids chanting that. How cute!

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  2. Sounds quite intriguing Cate!! And I love these lion pics. Especially the one of the female lion yelling while the male lion cowers in the corner lol.

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    1. My favorite is the one with the zombie reference. ;-)
      Fun fact: my birthday is in early August so I'm actually a Leo. lol

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    2. Cat, it was totally meant to be--all the feline references. =)

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    1. PMS? Hey, I read arms and thought the joke didn't make sense... rofl. I think I need new glasses.

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    2. What woman hasn't felt that way, eh?

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  4. Cat's book sounds great! I'm not any good at the truths and lies, so I'll wait for the reveal. :-)

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    1. It's not really difficult. Hint: check out my website or find me on FB to see what I usually post and you will be able to spot the lie.

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  5. Great pictures! Ma happi face. :D

    Cat's book sounds wonderful!

    My guess: the lie is #1.

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    1. Glad you don't have a mug like that, eh?

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  6. MEOW!

    Good stuff! Love the PMS lion!

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  7. Alright that lion with the happy face totally got me ;)

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    1. I'm reminded of the beast in Beauty and the Beast when they're trying to get him to smile, but then suggest maybe he shouldn't smile.

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  8. Fried cheese with an egg on top? Oh, my. I may have just drooled a little ;)

    Congratulations, Cat! The book sounds great.

    And I love that first picture of the (drugged) lion getting a foot massage... ;)

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    1. Cheese/egg is quite savory so I don't eat it often. I'm still 20cm undersized. ;-)

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    2. I want to be the lion with the foot massage. =)

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  9. The PMS lion made me laugh out loud!

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  10. LOVE the PMS lion LOL LOL. Classic.
    Congrats and best of luck to Katharina!

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    1. I need a copy of it to post on my mirror in warning to my hubby when it's that time.

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  11. Hah! That first lion picture reminds me of one of my cats. Doesn't look at all comfortable to me.

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    1. You mean you don't like laying on your back and getting a foot massage? ;)

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    2. I wouldn't want to be the one holding the foot...

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  12. I can't wait for March to go out like a lamb. Enough with this snow already!

    The lion pictures are adorable. We can say that about lions, right? I mean, sure, they'd bite my face off but, they can look pretty friendly too.

    Go Katharina! Fitting in a box is for the birds!! =)

    Elsie
    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge
    co-host IWSG

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    1. Thanks for encouraging me. That's exactly what I need.

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    2. LOL. Sure, as long as you still have a face to say it with, lions are adorable. =)

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  13. I love books like this ~ my Scottish Celtic Soul connects! I think the lie is #1. Have a good week! I especially loved the zombie/lion joke! Have a good one, Crystal!

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    1. My favorite too. It's a little unfair that I can't have a go at truth/lie myself. But I understand. After all I have an unfair advantage.

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    2. LOL. Cat, you crack me up!

      Fundy, friend, thanks for the well wishes!

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  14. Your lion pix have me laughing today! I'm looking out my window right now at piles of snow so I'd say that we are still in the Lion part of March!

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    1. Unless you're down south. (What is this mythical "snow" you speak of?)

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  15. You had me laughing today. Loved Moustacha. The lie is #1

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    1. You have to say it out loud, right? I love it too.

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  16. Love the lion jokes, particularly the PMS one. You do have the most interesting guests. Didn't know you could fry cheese. That's a new one for me.

    Scotland's Guardians sounds like an exciting read.

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    1. Oh, friend cheese... You've been missing out, Joy. Super tasty stuff there.

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  17. I know I wouldn't have made it this far without the support and inspiration of others.
    The zombie lion one is hilarious.

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  18. Crystal you do it again with the images. Very funny...laugh out loud at the zombie joke.

    I am also so grateful for the writers who made me want to keep writing and reading.

    Leanne Ross ( readfaced.wordpress.com & @LeanneRossRF )

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  19. i don't think she likes to shoe shop!---she seems like a really interesting person---that lion with the smiley face made me chuckle!

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  20. I don't have any lion jokes, but you did make me laugh with the pictures. :) Thanks for that!

    Happy Wednesday!

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  21. Sounds like a super book! I vaguely remember my Scottish grandmother telling me folk tales when I was a young girl.

    A couple of my favorite lion images: one of a kitten looking into a mirror, and seeing the image of a lion, and the other of a lioness yelling at her mate, '"Bite me is just an expression, Bob!"

    As for which is a lie, I'll go with number one. That'd sure be a lie for me.

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    1. LOL. I looked at both of those and passed them up for zombie lions and MUSTACHA! =)

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  22. Lion zombies would be terrifying.

    I'll guess the lie is #1, because my cats hate shopping / car rides of any sort.

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    1. So true. (Ooh,..shiny new concept...must not go write about it...)

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  23. Moustascha! Ahhh, that totally made me bust up!

    And I'm going to guess that #1 is the lie :)

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  24. Thanks to all of Crystal's readers for your fantastic comments and wonderful guesses last week.

    I think I've seen that PMS lion in my bathroom mirror once or twice. Certainly my family has been very very scared.

    Best of luck to Katharina with your new book. It sounds amazing! I'm going to go with number 1 for the lie, because that's what it would be for me. I currently have three pairs of shoes, and only have #3 because my sister was so disgusted by the state of my other two pairs that she pulled off her new boots and forced them on me. I seriously hate shoe shopping...

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    1. Barb, haven't we all been that lion at some point?

      Goodness woman, if I ever come to visit and get me some real cheese, I'm going to have to whisk you away to the shoe store with me. =)

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  25. Congrats and best of luck to Katharina!

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  26. I don't know how anyone does this journey without support from their buddies! Unimaginable!
    LOVE the lion pics!!

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  27. Do lions eat cheese?
    I bet they eat Munster.

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    1. If I owned a lion, it would eat cheese, and it would eat muenster. =)

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  28. I have to get me a home security system like that! ;)

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  29. Sounds like an intriguing book, Cat! I loved what you said about other writers on the journey, too, Crystal. It makes it all worthwhile.

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  30. I never heard of Tilsiter cheese? Good Luck with your book Katharina. I'd say the lie is #1.

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    1. *gasp* Never heard of it? Be still my heart!

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    2. It's the only "smelly" cheese my kids will eat (it's not really smelly they just call it that because it's got an aroma).

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  31. I love all the lion pictures, it is one of my most favorite animals... I love the funny ones, so cute :)

    Thank you for the really lovely comment on my blog Crystal, I really loved it and the fact that you took the time to stop by the extra few moments it took to comment :) Enjoy the rest of the week ahead :)

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    1. Same to you, Launna. Here's to the blogging sisterhood, eh?

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  32. The lion pics made me laugh! :) Congrats to Heather! As for the lie, I think it's #1. Good luck to Katharina!

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  33. Are you going to have some lambs at the end of the month? I'm thinking #1 is the lie.

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    1. I might eat lamb at the end of the month. Not sure they'll make it into a post though. I tend to think lambs are kind of (how do I put this nicely) unintelligent?

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    2. They're not. They just look unintelligent and their kind of logic goes against our logic because they're herd animals.

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  34. I like the name Katharina, and the lion photos are great.

    Love,
    Janie

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  35. Those lion pics are hilarious!
    And congrats to Heather and Katharina!
    An attitude of gratitude is the way to go... I always remind myself that there are many people who are less fortunate than me!
    HAPPY WORLD READ ALOUD DAY!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Yay! I can't remember if I actually read out loud that day. I think I did. WAIT, I know I did in the morning. Whew! I was starting to get worried here.

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  36. Love the lion photos. Especially the one about home security. Katharina's book is quite intriguing. Especially when a stallion is fighting the Lochness monster on the cover and gets photobombed by a pair of fighting cartoon/anime girls. Get it? Enjoy your day you two and I'll pick the lie later.

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    1. Ooh! I want to see a photobomb. That sounds exciting, or messy, or both. Either way, it sound fun.

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    2. It's not a stallion, it's a kelpie ;-)

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  37. I love the lions, but if I said I knew a good lion joke, I'd be lion.

    I'm going to guess #3 is the li...on.
    Okay. I think I've worn that one out. xD

    Fun post. :)
    IWSG #268 (until Alex culls the list again or I goof and get myself deleted. :P)

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  38. Hey Crystal!

    I'd be lion if I say I didn't appreciate your posting. Yes, cheese and thank you.

    Number one is the lion, um lie. Yes, I saw that Melissa was thinking like me. Should I be worried :)

    Thanks for the mention of "I Was Seeking Gary." I would show gratitude if all those blog hops would end, forever!

    Gary :)

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  39. Oh, goodness, now I keep seeing animated pictures. Just as well I'm not epileptic! Obviously #1 is a lie, as women don't really like shopping for shoes, do they?

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    1. I don't know. Do they? My husband likes shoe shopping. I don't mind it...if I have money. BUT, I'd rather be reading. =)

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    2. My husband has more shoes than I have (can give that away now since the lie has been revealed while I was away).

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  40. Love, love, love "moustacha"!! Too funny!!

    Congrats to Catharina! I think the lie is #1.

    I'm just lion around, waiting for my husband to rub my feet and bring me something cold to drink. Just kidding!! :)

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    1. LOL. I think you should--lie around and wait for your hubby to treat you. You deserve it, right? ;)

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    2. A cold drink sounds like just the thing I need now. ;-)

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  41. The PMS lion made me snort, Crystal!

    Congratulations on your release, Cat!

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  42. As a Leo, I wholly appreciate all the lion pics. ^_^

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  43. Ha! What is the only animal a lion is afraid of? A lioness:) Enjoyed Cat's blurb of Scotlands Guardians! I'm a sucker for well wrought mythology. I'd wager shoe shopping isn't high on Cat's priority list, being a tomboy and all:)
    Cheers!
    WriterlySam Join the A to Z Theme Reveal Party!

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    1. I'm a total sucker for great mythology too...well, as long as it's written well. =)

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    2. got me, Sam

      I hope it is, it's hard to judge if one's the author

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  44. Love the funny messages and the photos, Crystal! I was laughing out loud while I was going through them. Some people here at the Internet Cafe were looking at me in a weird way so I had to stop. :-)

    Wish I could join the giveaways... *sigh*. It's kinda hard that I'm miles away.

    Love your IWSG post! My apologies for the late visit. Got a time limit with the computer here at the Net Cafe.

    Will visit your blog again and see what I've missed. All the best!

    SittieCates
    The Musings of a Hopeful and Pecunious Wordsmith

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    1. Oh my. Glad you got some laughing in, sorry for the funny looks. It would definitely be difficult to stay up with everyone from an internet cafe, but I'm so glad you stopped by. It's great to hear from you, Sittie.

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  45. Like SittieCates, distance keeps me from joining the giveaways--but I'll take a guess anyway. Sounds like #1 is the lie :) Good for Cat for going indie. Traditional publishing houses, eat your hard little hearts out ;)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier this week--I can't believe you've been to Curaçao! That's so awesome! Could I possibly entice you into doing a short guest post about your visit? No rush, no specific timing or anything; I'd just love to have a new viewpoint about this island I call home now. Let me know?

    Thanks!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. Oh my... It's been 12 years since I hit Curaçao, but I remember how bright and beautiful everything was. We even bought a little shirt for my son there. I would go back in a heartbeat for sure, but I certainly didn't spend enough time there to really do the island justice.

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  46. I've always wanted a pet lion. Which is kind of crazy because I've always been scared of dogs. Lions are just so much cooler.

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    1. LOL. I just read a story about a pet lion, who ate his owner. Yeah...

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  47. I love the "happy face" lion! I'm guessing #3 is the lie. (If it's not, I'd like to know how she sold her story!)

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    1. There was a call for short stories in a local paper for kids aged 10 and up. The emphasize was on imagination. I was the youngest to participate I think and I came in 3rd. I got 10 Deutsche Mark and was extremely proud. The funny thing is, I never considered writing stories as a way I could use to make a living despite that early success.

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  48. The PMS'ing lion is still making me laugh. I'm grateful to blogland also, and glad for our connection.

    Be well, Crystal.

    xoRobyn

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  49. Oh Lord, I loved the brains/zombie movie pictures.

    Okay, Cat, here goes...I think number 1 is the lie.

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  50. I'm going to say #1 is the lie.

    We had quite a rainstorm on the 1st. Lions indeed...

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  51. What an awesome blog hop! Yeah for gratitude. I agree with you- so nice to have the support of so many amazing people. :)

    Sounds like an interesting book! I love magical creatures! Thanks for the chance to win. I think #1 is the lie.
    ~Jess

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  52. thanks for the laughs, and yes, I want to cuddle with the lions!

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  53. I needed a laugh this morning. Thanks. Wishing Cat much success. Love the book cover. Congrats Heather! Have a great weekend!

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  54. I think #1 is the lie and congrats to Heather.

    Lol, so hilarious with the pics.

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  55. I loved the lions! They put a smile on what was my "sour morning" face. And congrats to Heather.

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  56. Oops, I meant congrats to Christina. Clearly, my morning dose of coffee has not made it to my brain yet. (But congrats to Heather too for winning the book.)

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    1. Connie, I love you either way--coffee or no. Glad to have you here.

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  57. LOL at all those lions! I actually never knew that "March comes in like a lion" phrase until my mom told me it last week. Very funny to suddenly see it on your blog!

    And I still can't believe I won! I'm never good at those truth/lie games normally, heh.

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    1. Seriously? How could you have not heard that one until now? That's crazy.

      Congrats to you, Heather. Hope you LOVE Null City.

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  58. I'm going to go with #1, because I hate hobbling around shoe departments. ;)

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    1. My goodness, don't we all? If only you could virtual test shoes out--like through simulation. Hey, that's not a bad idea. I should totally market that one.

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  59. It's hard to believe you have time to write a blog post with all you have going on in your life... You are amazing!

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  60. I needed every single lion meme. The brains was my favorite. :)

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  61. The lion jokes are awesome..lions are my favorite kitties, after my own kitty, of course!
    Katharina's book sounds really great!

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  62. Any book with Scottish/Celtic mythology looks good to me, thansk for hipping me to it:)

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  63. I'm going with shoe shopping as the lie.

    The lion memes were hilarious!

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  64. Crystal, what a fun-filled post! I'm also going to guess shoe-shopping. Cat's feet look sore, so I'm guessing she hates shoes! I'm right, right! I knew it!

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    1. LOL. Very astute. (And I'd love to tell you you're right, but I can for at least an hour...if you are right.)

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    2. I do. I run around nearly barefoot all year unless it snows or rains heavily.

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  65. Congrats to Heather. I'll guess .... No. 1! Have a great week! :)

    http://iurl.no/15v1s

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  66. What a comprehensive post. You are such a positive person. It's great to see you helping out other authors.

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    1. Goodness, I hope I'm positive. I try, but some days are just, you know, DAYS. This is a good one though, and I'm wishing you cheese, Theresa. Thank you for the kind words.

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  67. Those lion pics have absolutely made my day. As someone cursed with 'bitchy resting face', I especially love the one with the scowling 'happi' face.

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  68. Loved all the lion photos. Congratulations to Heather!

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Hit me with your cheese!