Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Deep Thoughts for a Wednesday...Plus FREE STUFF

I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood for some deep thoughts:



And now that we have that out of the way...

GUESS WHAT?!? I was asked to contribute to a really awesome SUPER HERO anthology, and you can get your hands on it
(Soon to be free on Amazon.)

Heroes of PHENOMENA is a global, cross-industry collaborative campaign encouraging the next generation of authors, artists & musicians! 

Epic motion picture advertising music production house, audiomachine, will make a donation to the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra with every download of the PHENOMENA album companion collection. 


A dedicated youth section showcases talented aspiring artists and authors from Elevate’s Life & Art Studios, alongside inspiring industry professionals and the winning entries of PHENOMENA's Epic Heroes Event!

Contributing authors include Darynda Jones, Amy Michele, Susan Kaye Quinn, M. Pax, Jessica Bell, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Crystal Collier (That's me!!!), C. Lee McKenzie, Ruth Long, & Samantha Redstreake Geary.

Yuppers. Is that epic or what?


Ready to guess the lie and win a book? 

Last week, the fashionable Anna Soliveres shared VIOLET STORM 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 eBook.

Anna's game:


1. Anna is an accomplished vocal performer.
2. She was a Police Cadet.
3. She had nine different jobs while in college.

And the lie is: 

#1. Anna says sadly, she is not an accomplished singer, but she swears she sounds AMAZING…alone in her bathroom…and in her head when she's not singing out loud. 

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

...DRUM ROLL...

Melanie Crouse!

Congrats Melanie! 

And now to today's feature:

Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.

All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?

Each installment of the Light Chronicles is a standalone story.

Pick up your copy HERE.

Now let me introduce you to the incredible author: 

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.


She is a cheese-aholic. (After my own heart.) Her favorite is Colby Jack—doesn’t have to be sliced, a giant chunk will do. She enjoys eating it curled up in bed watching TV or a movie. 

Kimber Leigh 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 SHADOW FIRE (open internationally), and two bookmarks (US and Canada only). 

You have until Tuesday, June 17, at 1 p.m. EDT to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on June 18.

TRUTH OR LIE

1. When she was nine, Kimber Leigh made it through several call backs auditioning for the Broadway show Annie.
2. She won third place is a city-wide Super Mario Bros. video game contest when she was a teenager.
3. While in college, she spent a summer playing Ariel, the Little Mermaid, at Disneyland. 


Which is the lie? Do you have any deep thoughts to add? Do you love stories about superheroes (and did you pick up your free copy)? 

108 comments:

  1. Tough choices! I'll say number two is the lie.
    Awesome we are both part of Heroes of PHENOMENA!

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  2. I won! I am so excited! Thank you very much. Now let's test my truth detector skills again...I'm going to say 3 is the lie, because I think she is a dead ringer for Belle.

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    1. Wow. Have you ever looked at a career as a detective? ;)

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  3. Congrats on the anthology! That cookie pic made me laugh…and cry a little, too. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  4. Congratulations with adding your story to the anthology. Your story will have great company.

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  5. Those are some deep thoughts, man. Wow. XD
    Congrats on the anthology!

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  6. What triggered this deep reflection? A lack of cheese or too much cheese? LOL
    I need to get my copy of Heroes!

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    1. LOL. I'm always in deep thoughts, but it's rare I actually share them--because I'm too busy thinking about them. It must be the cheese. ;)

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    2. About two weeks ago, I saw a snippet on the news about an annual cheese-rolling tradition in Gloucestershire... I thought about you!
      (P.S. I don't think that any cheese was harmed in the process... lol)
      The website is www.cheese-rolling.co.uk

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  7. What a great collaboration to be a part of!

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  8. Love the kangaroo picture, and I've picked up my copy of Heroes of PHENOMENA. Congrats!

    I think the lie is #2.

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    1. Woot, woot! Awesome. I hope you love it, because you will.

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  9. I am such a murderer of cookies. Cold milk murderer.

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    1. LOL. Cold milk murderer... Rena, you are priceless. =)

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  10. Congrats to Kimber! I'm going to guess #3 as the lie.

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  11. I love superheroes! Picked up my free copy. Thanks for featuring me today, Crystal.

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    1. So glad to have you! Hope you thoroughly enjoy the anthology.

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  12. Congrats to Kimber--Shadow Fire looks awesome! And I'm guessing #2 is the lie.

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    1. It does, doesn't it? I totally need to get me a copy.

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  13. LOVE the deep thoughts today!! LOL. I'm still laughing over 'cookie murderer'...

    Congratulations on the anthology! I'm gonna pick up a copy after this :) And congratulations to Kimber Leigh!

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    1. Yay, thanks! *sigh* A the things that get us through the day, eh?

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  14. Your deep thoughts made me smile. And congrats on the anthology and to Kimber on her book.

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  15. Hi Crystal - poor cookie .. permanently ready to be dunked. Great news re the anthology and to many I know ..

    I think number 3 is what Kimber - good luck to her .. cheers Hilary

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  16. Sounds like a great book! I think the lie is #2. Kimber Leigh, I live in SA, too!

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  17. Oops...Crystal - I was so excited to see someone else from San Antonio here that I forgot to say Congrats on the anthology!

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  18. The little arms is why...

    Woot fellow author in Phenomena!

    Congrats to Kimber. I'll guess #3 for no particular reason.

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  19. I think the lie is #2. That anthology looks great . . . and creepy. I do love superheroes and I love those deep thoughts :-)

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  20. Love the drowning cookie and T-Rex deer! :)
    Congrats on Phenomena!

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  21. Cool accomplishment, Crystal. Congrats to the winner.
    I'd say number 2 is the lie.

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  22. Yay! Happy for all of you involved.

    And I'd love to go murder some cookies right now. :)

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    1. LOL. As long as you're merciful about it and give them a quick death, eh?

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  23. Wow! Awesome! Congrats to the winner!

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  24. Congrats on the Super Hero anthology! So much fun stuff in your blog posts.

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    1. I know. Too much, right? I really need to get back to multiple posts in a week, but I just can't find the time.

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  25. Congrats to the winner.

    I pick #2 at the lie!

    I picked up Heroes of Phenomena over at Smashwords!

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    1. Woot, woot! I hope you enjoy it, and cheese to you.

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  26. Aww, it's a shame one of those is a lie because they're all very cool! I'll guess ... 1. ;D

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  27. I'm picking #1 as the lie but I'm hoping it's not. ;)

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  28. I like the one about the cookie... didn't we all think that about our cheerios... or was that just me... lol

    I love your comment to me on my blog Crystal... you love cheese as much as I do... :) To bad my memory is so good about him though...

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    1. Yikes! Now I'm drowning my cereal too? What a world, what a world. ;)

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  29. Haha love those deep thoughts! In line with the cookie train of thought, ever since Toy Story, I've always felt bad leaving behind my stuffed animals. Not like I'm a murderer though. . . Congrats on the anthology! It doesn't get much better than super heroes. :)

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    1. I know! Stuffed animals have feelings too. ;)

      SO great to hear from you, Madeline. I was afraid you got sucked into real life. Fear alleviated.

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  30. Those deep thoughts are the best! ^_^
    Congratulations about the anthology! Will definitely be picking this up!

    Hmm...going with #3 this week.

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    1. Yay! I hope you love Heroes of Phenomena. It's epic.

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  31. Crystal- Hooray for the anthology!!

    Kimber- love your bio. :D your book sounds great!

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  32. My daughter and I had a good laugh about the kangaroo. Too funny!

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  33. I'm never going to be able to dunk a cookie again...

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    1. Don't have that killer instinct, eh? ;)

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  34. Ooh, that book sounds very cool; going to have to snag it on Amazon once it's available. ^_^ And I'll be putting that cookie picture up outside my cube at work, for the sheer joy of messing with people. Bwa ha ha.

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    1. LOL. I love it! You know what would be even better? If you filmed people's reactions to the picture. =)

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  35. LOL! Kangaroos and cookies will never be the same again...

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  36. I'm hoping it's #2, because #1 and #3 sound so cool. I have such a soft spot for Annie.

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    1. Me too, especially since the original writer is a friend of a friend and a potential contact for getting our musical somewhere...but that's another story for another day.

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  37. The superhero anthology sounds cool! I will check it out! :D

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  38. Congrats and it's wonderful to see many nsmes that I know. I say the lie is number two

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    1. I know! Is that the line up of awesomeness or what?

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  39. The kangaroos and cookies pictures cracked me up. I'm never going to look at the two the same way again.

    I'm going with #2 as the lie.

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    1. Same here. It's amazing how such a little suggestion can change your entire outlook, eh?

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  40. Never thought of kangaroos that way, but you're right!! LOL.

    I think #3 is a lie :)

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    1. Give them a carnivorous disposition and we'd all be in trouble, eh?

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  41. I'm eating cheese and typing at the same time;-) How awesome that you are featured with all those great writers! I'm going to guess the lie is #2.

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  42. T-Rex deers. Haha. I love it!

    Congratulations on the anthology opportunity!

    I'm guessing that #2 is the lie.

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    1. Thanks Chrys! I was super stoked to participate.

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  43. Okay, I'm going to get the anthology. BTW, I liked the cookie cartoon, but I figure that if I was planning on eating the cookie anyway, then drowning it first may be the more humane way to go about it.

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    1. It's true. So true. Way to think around it. =)

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  44. I love the kangaroo. I am still laughing :)

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  45. I'm going to say #1 is a lie. Also, how can she have a teenage son? Was she a child bride?

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  46. Congrats on Heroes of PHENOMENA - what an intriguing project. The T-rex = kangaroo deer has me both laughing and nodding my head in agreement. The cookie thing makes me sad. I eat Oreos dunked in milk all.the.time so how many cookies have I murdered? I won't be able to sleep tonight because of their screams.

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    1. Thanks, Jocelyn.

      LOL. Dead cookies are the tastiest. Just keep that in mind.

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  47. It's too late at night for me to have any deep thoughts. Sorry.

    I'll say the lie is #2.

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  48. I don't dunk cookies--I hate soggy cookies! But I'm sure I've killed a couple of cookies in my life.

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    1. You'd rather they die a teeth point, eh?

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  49. I have definitely not thought about murdering my cookies. I'll have to tell my son that, cause he likes to dunk chocolate chip, and see what he thinks. He'll probably look at me like I'm weird.

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    1. Or brilliant. Let's go for brilliant here. =)

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  50. Cookie killer. Arrrg. Now you ruined dunking forever.

    Congrats on being in that super hero anthology!

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    1. LOL. Unless you don't think about it. =)

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  51. I think #2 is the lie and...

    O_O

    I think I'm a cookie psychopath.

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  52. Yes, the act of drowning a cookie in milk does equate with homicide. Thank you for publicizing this.

    Hmm, I keep missing the mark with these truths or lies. But I'll try again: I guess #3 is the lie.

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    1. LOL. It's one of those universal truths, eh?

      And guess what? YOU GOT IT RIGHT! Way to go, Robyn!

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  53. Eep! How did I not know about that superhero anthology?! Congratulations to all of you!

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    1. Thanks, Deniz. I hope you got yourself a copy. =)

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Hit me with your cheese!