Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Awards for Me=Awards for You

Friendlies! As I am want to do, I've stored up a couple awards/whatevers and now it's time to unload.

#1 To the AMAZING and so personable Janie Junebug, thank you for the Versatile Blogger!


I'm supposed nominate 15 bloggers I've discovered recently or follow, and then tell seven random things about myself. (To come.) Nominations are hard when I've got so many AMAZING bloggy pals, but even if I didn't nominate you, I wanted to. Congrats to:

1. S.P. Bowers who relaxes me with her laid back background every time I visit. (And her great words too.)
2. Michelle! Who is easily one of the nicest, wittiest people I know. (Check out her A to Z Challenge!)
3. Meradeth Houston who not only inspires me with her amazing book reviews, but that woman is unstoppable. Seriously. She's a brain and a go-getter.
4. Liz Blocker, who must the be the most tolerant person in the world to let me butt heads with her, and still call me a friend.
5. River Fairchild. I totally die over her amazing book covers, and she's such a gracious blogger. 
6. H.R. Sinclair. Her posts are fascinating, bursting with great info, and always worth dropping in for. 
7. Keith, my optimistic buddy who muses about this strange world and always brings a smile to my face. 
8. Jennifer L. Hawes--one of my favorite newer blogging buddies. She admits a fear of technology, but she's doing awesome where blogging is concerned. 
9. Stephanie Faris, who writes to influence young minds for the best. She's amazing.  
10. Kristin Smith. *squeal* She's probably new newest blogging bestie, and not just because she raved about my book. (Although that might have some sway... Love you, Kristin!) From her sense of design to the words she types, this gal is epic.
11. Krystal Jane. I seriously want to high five this woman after every post. She's a writer after my own heart.
12. Jenni Enzor. I just love Jenni, and that's all there is to say. She's awesome. Like cheese.
13. Kathy Combs who must be THE most supportive blogger I've ever met. This woman shares EVERYTHING with the world. You rock, Kathy!
14. Juliette who has me busting a gut every time I stop by. Unless she's got me crying. I wonder why this woman isn't pursuing a career because she sure knows how to make you feel through the written word.
15. Sia Mckye who must be the MOST professional looking blogger I know, yet she always condescends to visit me.


I was also tagged in the My Writing Process hop thinger by S.A. Larsen (thank you, lady of awesomeness!) and so I'm going to mix the two up a bit by sharing 4 answers about my writing process, then adding 3 random things about me--to finish off the Versatile Blogger.

My Writing Process:

What am I working on now?
BELLEZZA: a serial story. TIMELESS: book 3 in the Maiden of Time trilogy.

How does my book differ from others within its genre?
You've never met the Soulless or Passionate before, and you've certainly never met them in the 1760's of England--not unless you've read Moonless. I wanted a modern feel or voice (for paranormal) mixed into a time period that oppressed women's rights, importance, and value. How else could a female protagonist truly shine?

Why do I write what I do?
Initially, I started writing because I was suffering. I'd torture my characters and make their lives ten times more miserable than mine--so I could count my blessings. My stories have always been about people in unfair circumstances, societies or plagued with tragedy, who eventually overcoming.

How does my writing process work? 
I start with a dream, pen what I dreamed, then leave it. While the story is sitting, my subconscious works through plot, character, etc, and when I come back to it, I plot loosely, followed by steady writing over the course of one to three months (to orchestral music), then months and months of editing, critique partners, beta readers, and finally my editor.

What's your writing process like?

NEXT UP ON THE WRITING PROCESS TOUR: Misha Gericke, Robyn Elana Engle, & Madeline Jane.

My 3 additional random facts...

1. I can quote Serenity almost as fluently as The Princess Bride.
2. We don't have pets, but we do have a pet ficus tree--that we've named Benjamin.
3. I got my first patch of white hair--stress induced--when I was 23 from coordinating Girl's Camp.



Ready to guess the lie and win a book? 

Last week, the fabulous Melissa Maygrove shared COME BACK with us, along with two truths and one lie. Those who guessed the lie correctly were entered into a random drawing for the chance to win her either a signed print or ebook.

Melissa's game:


1. Melissa has touched a real piranha--even its sharp little teeth.
2. Somewhere out there in the world, there's an orchid named after her.
3. She absolutely, totally and completely hates broccoli.

And the lie is: 

#3. Melissa loves broccoli, especially lightly steamed. She likes brussel sprouts, too. She actually touched a piranha, but it was a stuffed one her dad brought back from one of his trips to South America, and her dad used to raise and crossbreed orchids. The name 'Melissa Ann' was taken, so he registered his prized hybrid as 'Phalaenopsis Prissy Missy.'

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

...DRUM ROLL...

Carol Kilgore!

Congrats Carol! 

And now to today's feature:
Gabe is an average fifteen-year-old goblin. He’s in the marching band, breezes through calculus, and gets picked on daily by the other kids at school, especially the ogres. He's tired of being a goblin – he’d like to try other things. And he has his eye on the new ogress at school. It’s against all beastly rules, but there’s just something about her.

When a prank goes wrong, Gabe is forced to join the football team as punishment, but finds a way to make it work. Soon the whole school is getting in on the fad of mingling with other species. Too bad the adults decide to step in and ruin things, threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. And Gabe is their scapegoat. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest hoping to saving Broken Branch Falls. After all this trouble, it better work.

Get your copy HERE.


Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action, a moral, and a few laughs!

Her favorite cheese is baby swiss and I like to eat it rolled up with roast beef - a great low-carb/hi-protein snack!

Also by Tara Tyler, techno-thriller detective series:
The Cooper Chronicles, Book One: POP TRAVEL



Tara 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 BROKEN BRANCH FALLS

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

TRUTH OR LIE

1. When Tara was young, she and her classmates would have recess in the snow and once made a dragon as long as the school.
2. When she was growing up, she and her family were the victims of burglars two times in two different houses.
3. When she was young, a huge St Bernard tackled her, causing her to be afraid of dogs.


Which is the lie? What's your writing process like? Have you ever dealt with bullies? 

156 comments:

  1. I'm going to guess that number one is the lie. Broken Branch Falls sounds awesome!

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  2. I'll guess that number three is the lie.

    Happy Wednesday, friend! :)

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    1. Dana! Yay! It's been forever since I've seen your smiling face. Great to see you!

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  3. That's cool you write down your dreams and use them for your writing. My last novel was born that way. :)

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  4. I got tagged in the Writing Process hop, too, but I've been procrastinating...

    I'll guess #1 is the lie.

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  5. Thanks so much for thinking of me!
    I love your process of writing down your dream, then letting it percolate. It's similar to what I do. Imagination is a wild thing, isn't it?
    Congrats to Tara!

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    1. So wild I sometimes can't sleep at night, if you know what I mean. ;)

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  6. Thank you so so much for the nomination!! And what an awesome idea about dream-inspired writing. I think #1 is a lie, but it would be cool as hell if it wasn't!!!

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    1. It would, right? And you totally deserve the nomination. Totally.

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  7. Congrats, Carol!

    Thanks again for featuring my book, Crystal. :)

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  8. Hmm, I'm going with #3 as the lie.

    I love how you have a pet tree! In my house, plants don't usually last long enough to get a name. :o

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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    1. Yeah, Benjamin would probably be dead if it was up to me, but my daughter latched onto him.

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  9. Thanks so much, Crystal!! I'm not at ALL the most tolerant person in the world, though :) I just think that people prove their character in many, many ways, and you are always a kind, generous, positive presence. Of course I still call you a friend! I might say the same for you, too ;) I already got this award last week, so I probably won't post on it again, but I WILL give you a big thank you when I'm back from vacation in a couple of weeks!

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  10. Hi Crystal - you've awarded some great bloggers ... and all their books and WIPs .. amazing crowd of blogging friends ... I think I guess (1\) .... cheers and congratulations to one and all .. Hilary

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    1. I agree. They're all pretty stellar, and so are you. =)

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  11. A whole patch of gray hair? Who knew Girl Scouting was so stressful!

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    1. Gladly! Yeah... What you don't see behind the scenes...

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  12. Wow thank you Crystal! Now you've made me cry! I'm truly honoured :)
    #3 is the lie.. I think.

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    1. Aw. Congrats, Juliette. You totally deserve it. =)

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  13. Thank you!!! That was seriously all kinds of sweet of you :) I just started Moonless last night, which made me giggle a little at the synchronicity! Anyhow, my guess is #1!

    (Oh, and Girls Camp. Totally get it. That's some stressful stuff there!)

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    1. Yay! I hope you love Moonless and eat cheese while reading. =)

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  14. Thank you, Crystal, for nominating me! I was so touched to see my name on this list next to these awesome bloggers.
    I loved reading about your writing process, especially how you chose a time period to make your character be even stronger. Yay for strong female characters!
    I'm guessing #2 is a lie. If #3 is true, I can relate. St. Bernard's scare me too.

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  15. Congrats to Tara! I'm going to guess #1 as the lie, although it would be totally awesome if it was true.

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  16. Hi, Crystal. CONGRATS on your award! CONGRATS to all who you passed it on to.

    I'm going to guess that #2 is the lie.

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    1. Thanks, Susanne. Wish I could have saved a nomination for you. =)

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  17. What great awards! And congrats to Tara for releasing her book!

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  18. Congrats to everyone! Fun facts, Crystal. You nominated a lot of great bloggers.

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    1. I think so too. What I really should have done was offer up a fill-in-the-blank nomination, as in, "put your name here." =)

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  19. So interesting that you start with a dream ... I've had characters appear in dreams from time to time, but haven't had whole plots appear. I do find that time just before waking very productive though. Just the other morning, the final outcome to the novel I'm plotting and researching at the moment drifted into my half awake consciousness. I always have a notebook and pen by the bed.

    As for bullies, iy happened to me a fair bit at school. When I was in primary (aged 7) I was bullied mercilessly because I was the new girl. It took the form of a group of girls and boys making up things I was supposed to have done (kicking them etc) and they'd tell the teacher who punished me by depriving me of playtimes etc and making me stand in the corner of the playground where naughty children had to stand so everyone could see them (no, it wasn't Lowood and my alter ego isn't Jane Eyre!). I moved on to another school when my family moved and I had a happy time at my new school but the bullying took a new form when I went to secondary school. I am a Christian and some boys took delight in taking every opportunity to ridicule me and my faith. The bullying was both verbal and physical. I think most people have experience of being bullied at some point, whether as a child or adult. I try to live by Jesus' teaching that we treat others as we would like to be treated. (I do not always succeed - in fact, I often fail miserably).

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    1. I guess it's kind of rare to get the whole plot and cast in a single night, eh? Well, it happens.

      I know what you mean. There's no excuse for bullying, and I think it's an outward manifestation of people's insecurities. If only we all saw the world through one another's eyes, eh?

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  20. Cool! I excited to win Melissa's book. Thank you :)

    It's great seeing Tara here - her book sounds great. I'm guessing her lie is #2 is the lie.

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    1. Lucky you! I'm looking forward to reading it, as soon as I can breathe again. =)

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  21. Oh Lordy if I ever wrote the things I've dreamed I'd be investigated a hundred times over! LOL

    I love this idea, though. I'm going to try it. Thanks! :)

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    1. LOL. Admittedly, I do occasionally mold the aspects after dreaming. ;)

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  22. Thanks for thinking of me! I'm honored.

    I totally believe planning girls camp gave you white hair. I did it for the last seven years. They finally released me and I'm having a very relaxing summer!

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    1. Whew! The last seven years? You must have nerves of steel, woman. STEEL.

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  23. Congrats on the award, and to those you've passed it on to! Congrats to Tara as well! It's interesting to hear about your writing process. Inspiring too. :) Have a great week!

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  24. I'm guessing the lie is the fear of dogs. Tara is so gutsy, I can't imagine her being afraid of anything!

    Great list of wonderful bloggers! How cool to have a flower named after you...I am jealous much of Melissa!

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  25. In college, I had a pet lamp named Bubba. I put a face on him. I miss Firefly. I say that at least once a week.

    I'm guessing #3 is the lie for Tara.

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    1. Yes! Bubba, that's awesome. (I miss Firefly too.)

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  26. I'm really rubbish at that two truths and a lie game, but I am still giggling over the fact that you have a pet tree! :D

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    1. Benjamin. You should see the kids cooing at him. =)

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  27. Congratulations on winning the Versatile Blogger award! :)

    Those truths and one lie are the best I've seen so far. It's hard to pick one, so I guess I'll wait to find out which one is the lie.

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  28. Congrats on the awards Crystal. Tara all the best. I'm not entering for the book but I'll guess #1.

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  29. Congratulations on the awards. Jenni is like cheese...
    I'm going to say the third one is the lie.
    And that you can quote Serenity and the Princess Bride is just awesome!

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  30. I'm hoping the third is the lie! I had to get plastic surgery after getting bit in the face by a blind dog when I was young, but I still adore the cuddly creatures.

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  31. Wow, there are a lot of blogs I'm going to need to check out.

    Congrats to Tara! I can't enter the competition because my TBR list is tottering and ready to fall over, but my guess for the lie is #2.

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    1. I know what you mean about that TBR list. Mine's ridiculously long, but there's only one solution for that, you know. ;)

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  32. Really liked hearing your writing process -- very interesting that your story seeds are dreams. I very rarely remember dreams unless I wake up during them, they never make much sense, and they're usualy gone and forgotten pretty quickly.

    I'll also go with the dog-knock-down as Tara's lie.

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    1. It's a special science to take ten minutes after waking and just focus until the dream comes into clarity. Practice, eh?

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  33. Congrats to Tara, and to you for the awards! :)

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  34. #1 sounds WAY too awesome to be true, so I'm going to go with #3 as the lie.

    I love your writing process! I'm a big fan of letting things bake in the old subconscious. ^_^ I had a few stressed-induced white hairs come in a couple of years ago. Lol!

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    1. The subconscious is the greatest undervalued resource, eh?

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  35. Broken Branch Falls sounds like a winner:) Thanks for the award! You are awesome!! I think the lie is #3. Hope you catch a little break this summer and get to relax.

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    1. Me too. Probably not going to happen, but it would be nice. =)

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  36. Great answers! Thank you SO much for tagging me. I just did this one--it posted Monday. This one is really making the rounds! But I'm going to go through your list of tagged people because it looks like there may be a few great blogs I'm not reading yet.

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    1. Oh man! I was so careful in checking, but so go the best laid plans, eh? =)

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  37. It's interesting that your writing process starts with a dream. I'll have these dreams and wake up thinking they'll make awesome stories, so I jot down notes. But then I go back and read them and am like, 'that doesn't make sense in any way, shape, or form.' Dreams are funny.

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    1. LOL. I find mine make a ton of sense, but they have to be looked at through a fantasy lens. =)

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  38. I can't write about my dreams - they're FAR too scary. I don't want to live in those worlds for the time it would take to write and edit!

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    1. Ooh! Scary dreams are the best! Seriously, some of my horror story ideas would bring Hollywood to its knees.

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  39. Yay for Tara's release . . . ordering it for my classroom :-) I hope #3 is the lie!

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  40. Hmm... I never thought about writing a female protagonist in a place where she was oppressed in order to get her to shine. Interesting idea. Though I'm not sure if I'd be able to write woman-oppressing characters without having them die horrible deaths by the third chapter. -_- Challenge noted.

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    1. LOL. It's easier in past cultures. You can't change the past, and you have to realize that these mentalities or treatments were perfectly acceptable and even expected, although my characters defy their social norm quite a bit.

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  41. I love that you have a pet ficus tree. Now I want one! =) Of course, w/my houseplant skills, it would die a slow death...

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    1. Maybe. Ficus trees are especially resilient.

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  42. I tried to get one class last week to watch some Firefly (we were watching movies as they had already finished their finals). No dice. Sigh.

    Lie... This one is hard. #3 is my guess.

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    1. What? Crazy kids. Maybe you should have started out with Serenity. =)

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  43. I read a couple of these people on your list... I love Keith and Stephanie, I am sure I would love many of these... I will have to check a few out. I like seeing why a reader likes reading a certain blog, it is interesting... :)

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    1. I know! I've met so many amazing people via recommendation. =)

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  44. It's tough being a goblin surrounded by ogres! That story sounds like fun :D

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  45. Thank you for the tag, Crystal. I'll tray to crank something out this week for it. (I'm going to be away next week. It's actually pretty timely to do the hop and mention where I'm going.) Be well.

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    1. Awesome! I want to get away too. *sigh*

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  46. " I can quote Serenity almost as fluently as The Princess Bride." <--- Love this.

    I do that too!

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  47. Thanks for the tag!

    I'll post my response today. :-)

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    1. Correction. Monday. (Had a rough day today. :-/)

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    2. Misha, you are epic fast. Way to go!

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  48. Congrats on the Versatile Blogger award! And ooh, how fun to see your writing process! I can relate a lot to the bit about torturing characters, haha. Good luck with Bellezza and Timeless!

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    1. Thanks, Heather. It's going well so far.

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  49. Thanks for your visit to my blog. Good luck with your writing.
    JB

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  50. Love it that you write your dreams! Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Mary Montague Sikes

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  51. I love your writing process, Crystal. It's inspiring to hear about the period of time you choose to have your novels take place as well as having your characters suffer tremendously before overcoming the struggles you face them with. This sparks my interest even further into reading your books. Moonless is waiting for me in my Kindle=)
    I will have to visit the other bloggers you have listed!

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    1. =) Oh, I'm so glad that sparks your interest. It's surprising how many deeper elements we unearth if given the chance to dive into an author's head, eh?

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  52. I love the idea of making your characters' lives worse than your own :) that's sheer brilliance ....
    Thank you for visiting my place today - lovely to meet you :)
    Fil
    Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

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  53. Congrats to Carol! And, wow, what a writing process you have. Starting with dreams, that's cool:)

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  54. A pet ficus tree would be a whole lot cleaner than a German Shepherd!
    I'm impressed you actually named 15 bloggers to get the award. I've been so lazy when it comes to that!

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  55. I wish I had a pet ficus. #2 is the lie. Thank you for accepting the award.

    Love,
    Janie

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  56. A pet ficus isn't a bad idea... you don't have to board it when you go away, don't have to trim its nails and get it shots... no poo to clean up, no messy baths. Then again, it doesn't wag its tail when it sees you coming, either.

    Congrats on the award! Let's see, I'll guess that number one is the fib.

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  57. I accept! I accept! :) Thanks so much for the nomination and shout out! I feel so honored!! :) Love you too, Crystal! You are the best and such an inspiration to me!

    Loved reading about your writing process. So interesting how you initially started writing to torture your characters so their lives were more miserable than yours. I write to escape, so I totally get the torturing characters thing. We don't have any pets either (unless you count our half-dead leopard geckos).

    I'll guess that the lie is #3...

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    1. *hands over whip and mace* Let's get to torturing, eh? Wahoo!

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  58. Nice list of nominations. I would love to check out some of the blogs.

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    1. Sweet! I hope you will. They're all awesome.

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  59. Thank you much for the nomination. I am honored!!

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  60. I think #3 is the lie. I suspect she's not actually afraid of dogs :)

    Also, I am impressed at your ability to save up those blog awards/tours and combine them. I've never thought of that, and I usually do the tour things right away so I don't forget LOL Maybe if I were a bit more organised...

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  61. Hey Crystal,

    Wow and gosh, I'm actually here. Such is the life of a celebrity. Either I have a hectic life or a really slow computer.

    Ahem, cannot get enough blogging awards. Well done and time for a Cheesy Blog Fest!

    Thrilled to note the lovely Tara has been mentioned. Congrats to Tara and of course, I'm her adoring groupie. Number 4 is the lie.

    Your writing is formulated from your dreams. Now I know why my writing is a nightmare.

    Have a cheesy weekend, Crystal.

    Gary :)

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    1. LOL. Gary, how long has it been since I visited you? *she asks sheepishly*

      Here's to nightmares that turn into awesome stories, eh?

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  62. Congrats on the awards! And as for Tara's lie, I'm going with #3.

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  63. Awards are so much fun! Congratulations to all the bloggers you've nominated.
    Hmm, guessing #3 is Tara's lie...

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  64. Crystal! you're just so darn popular! Love your award answers! How fun!
    Thanks, y'all for the wonderful comments and guessing which is the lie, some of you got it right (ha ha)
    Thanks again, Crystal for having me!!

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  65. Yeah for all the awards! Congrats. :)

    I have been seeing Tara's book around the blogosphere this week. It sounds great and I have it on my list to read. I am guessing #1 is the lie. :)
    ~Jess

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  66. Kudos to you on the awards! So neat to get a glimpse into your writing process.

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  67. Congrats on the award! I got really bad to giving them out. I kept putting it off until I had 15 to deal with. :P

    Hmmm I'm going with #3 for Tara's lie.

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  68. Congratulations on all the awards! And awesome of you to pass it all on!

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  69. Congrats on your awards!!
    And congrats to Tara. I like the sound of a dragon the length of a school, so I don't want that to be a lie ;)

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  70. This was a fun post! Congrats on your awards!

    I can relate to writing characters whose lives were worse than mine, to help myself feel better. It works.

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  71. Congratulations on your awards! I'll guess the lie is #3.

    I'm a bullying survivor, and to this day have body memories every single time I walk or drive past my old junior high. Some skeptics insist body memories don't really exist, but I know what I'm feeling when I see that old building. I hope to God those now-adult bullies aren't teaching their own children to bully kids who are different from the supposed norm,

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  72. Here's to the awards and the great job of handling them.

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  73. congrats to all those fab winners. totally deserving and also to Melissa and Tara!!! whoo-hoo! the lie is #3??

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  74. What great awards! And congrats to Tara for releasing her book!

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  75. You are movin' and groovin'. Congrats!

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  76. Congrats to Carol on the win and you on the awards. I always enjoy reading the writing process hop.

    I think 3 is the lie.

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  77. oh, crystal! what a slew of awesome comments! thanks for playing everyone!
    and thanks again, crystal, for having me!!

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