Does 7-11 (July eleventh) have any significance to you?
I won't be blogging that day, but it's held a special place in my heart for 17 years. That's the day I met a wonderful man who keeps me laughing, fixes my computer when I do things like this
and tells me every day he loves me. We met while doing this:
And have been doing this ever since:
I love you, my Matthew!
(And now for those of you who love to chuckle, a volleyball fail.)
Ready to guess the lie and win a book?
Last week, the fabulous Ally Malinenko shared THIS IS SARAH 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. You can get a copy of her book HERE.
1. Ally fell off a waterfall in high school and cracked her skull open.
2. She was kicked out of the country of Monaco when she was 16 for "trespassing."
3. She's stepped foot on nearly every continent in the world.
And the lie is:
#3. Ally would desperately like that to be a truth, one day.
Way to guess those of you who got it right! And the winner is:
And now to today's feature:
And now to today's feature:
Isabella Troy Stanley is a divorced, slave freeing pariah surviving in the shattered post Civil War south the only way a fallen debutante knows how.
She heads to a Yankee prison and buys herself a husband.
Jack Byron is the former Troy plantation stable boy and object of young Bella's affection. He rejected her then, and he's still not sold on the idea of marrying her now.
Though to Bella, it’s simple: make Jack love her, marry her, and live happily ever after. The plan seems to work...at least until her secret is revealed.
Get your copy on JULY 15th.
Elizabeth is a wife, a mom, and a writer. She has four wonderful boys, one dusty house, and three published books to her credit. Feel free to check them out and buy them HERE! Erm, the books, not the kids or the house...though all things in life are negotiable ;)
She loves too many cheeses to pick a favorite, but she'll take mozzarella in a stick at the beach any day.
Elizabeth 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 BELLA'S POINT.
TRUTH OR LIE
1. Elizabeth was a resident advisor at Marshall University.
2. She is amazing at Call of Duty.
3. The beach is her happy place.
Which is the lie? Is July 11th significant to you? Do you like volleyball? Are you as excited as me about Elizabeth's book? (And Ally's?)
My fiance and I actually count the day we met as our anniversary...it'll be weird to have a new one once we pick a wedding date! Hope you have a nice day with your husband.ReplyDelete
Hooray for Elizabeth! I'll guess #2 is the lie.
My hubs and I celebrate both. We started dating on the 15th of March, got married on the 18th of August. Once you have a house full of kiddos (if you choose), you will need to take advantage of every special date you can!Delete
Hey, that works for me. We celebrate 2 anniversaries. The more the merrier, right?Delete
I'm guessing #1 is the lie. (Even though I think it's really got to be #2.)
Ah come on Connie...I live in a house full of men, why would it have to be #2?Delete
LOL. Connie, you crack me up.Delete
Happy Anniversary. Enjoy the day.ReplyDelete
I love volleyball and I'm going with #2 as the lie. Congrats on your anniversary.ReplyDelete
Hey, I could be a COD queen. :)Delete
Thanks, Susan. I love volleyball too.Delete
Congratulations on the anniversary!!!! Wow, 17 years is awesome!ReplyDelete
You know, the usual thing that goes through my mind when I hear "7-11" and "17 years" is that's how long most of the hot dogs at 7-11 have been spinning on those little rotisserie ovens...
But I digress...
Enjoy your anniversary!
(and I'll blindly go for the "obvious" one -- #2 is Elizabeth's lie).
Obvious? But, but...I play all the time! I even know what a screen cheat is!Delete
LOL. Yeah...we had to go get slurpies for the kids, so we weren't thinking that far off from you, Chris.Delete
Happy Anniversary.... I love hearing that you still hold hands after 17 years... that is so sweet and romantic. Enjoy your special day ♡ReplyDelete
Thanks, Launna. It was a wonderful day.Delete
I love you too!!!ReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary! Hope you two have a wonderful day. Oh, and the getting hit in the head with the volleyball? That would so be me. :)ReplyDelete
Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
LOL! I'll keep that in mind next time we're picking virtual teams. ;)Delete
(DID you do that to your computer?)
And this is a killer blurb! "a divorced, slave freeing pariah surviving in the shattered post Civil War south the only way a fallen debutante knows how. She heads to a Yankee prison and buys herself a husband."
Elizabeth <3's Dianne. Thanks for the blurb love.Delete
I totally agree--Elizabeth's blurb is EPIC.Delete
And no, I actually pilfered that picture from the interwebs a long time ago.
Wishing you many more happy years!ReplyDelete
Hmm... Even though Elizabeth has teen boys, I'm gonna guess #2 is the lie.
I can't wait till your book comes out, Elizabeth. If I don't win a copy, I'm buyin' one for sure! :D
Hugs to Melissa!!! Fellow walker in loves in the past.Delete
(But I will warn you, I even have my own online profile!)
LOL. Melissa, you might have just chopped your chances of winning. ;)Delete
Aww, so cute! Congrats you two! And best of luck to Elizabeth, I love that blurb! I'm going to guess #2 is the lie :)ReplyDelete
Everyone guessing number two...hmmm....perhaps you will all be fooled?
Yay! Elizabeth, everyone seems to think they have you figured out.Delete
Yes, definitely celebrate your special day!ReplyDelete
We did. Thanks!Delete
Yay! Happy Anniversary if the day you guys met! ^_^ReplyDelete
Love the volleyball gif. Lol! I actually do like volleyball a little bit. I don't play very much. I like outdoor volley better just because I can take more risk because it's safer to fall on my face. ^_^
Bella sounds awesome. :) Hmm, going with #2 today.
Bella is awesome, trust me ;)Delete
*high five* I haven't played in so many years, I'd probably kill myself too, but hey, that doesn't mean I can't love the sport. =)Delete
My wife and I can barely remember our anniversary, much less the day we met. And I do mean "my wife AND I," although she's been trying to do a better job of remembering it after she forgot all about it a couple of years ago.ReplyDelete
Well as long as your priorities are the same...Delete
Hi Crystal - congratulations to you both .. a man that does is worth keeping - especially when a move is going on!! I know little about Volleyball - but that must have hurt! # 2 for me ....ReplyDelete
... but I knew I was posting about the right thing for your anniversary ... cheese .. Le Tour du Fromage ... a la my blog! Enjoy when you get a chance to get over ..
Bella does sound an interesting tale ... good luck to Elizabeth .. cheers to one and all - Hilary
Thanks for the cheese, Hilary. It certainly made an excellent boost to my day.Delete
Congrats on all your wonderful years together! Wishing you many more. :) Thanks for the intro to Elizabeth. Have a great rest of the week!ReplyDelete
Thanks Karen! Nice to meet you too :)Delete
What a beautiful love letter ... Congratulations. I met my husband 32 years ago and still remember the first time I set eyes on him. It wasn't exactly love at first sight but was certainly unforgettable!ReplyDelete
Awesome. There's nothing like a love story that can go the distance, eh?Delete
I hope you have a very special july 11th. You are very fortunate to have found such a wonderful person.ReplyDelete
Agreed, and thanks!Delete
Wow, that's tough. I'll say the second one is the lie.ReplyDelete
Crystal, do you guys have something special planned for that day?
My gamer persona cries from the lack of faith.Delete
We did. We went on a super awesome date to dinner and a historical district with live music and old-fashioned ice cream.Delete
The volleyball fail was very funny. That just cracked me up. Your story is so cute.ReplyDelete
Thanks! We need a few extra laughs in the day, right?Delete
Aww! Happy Anniversary!ReplyDelete
I'm going to guess #2 as the lie.
Ah Cherie, join the "Elizabeth can't manage the controller club". LOLDelete
LOL. Elizabeth, you're getting ganged up on.Delete
I forgot to add a thank you Crystal! Thank you for checking me for a pulse and for hosting me. You're all sorts of awesome and you deserve only the best...and it seems you've found him! Congrats to you and Matt. I love a good love story :)ReplyDelete
Aw. No, you're the best, Elizabeth. Here's to good friends and fabulous book sales!Delete
Aw, Happy Anniversary. And good for you for picking a guy who knows computers. ;)ReplyDelete
I know, right? Although when I picked him he didn't know a thing. Seriously.Delete
Glad you'll be enjoying your 7/11 day:)ReplyDelete
Happy anniversary!! Seventeen years? That's impressive. Congrats!ReplyDelete
I say the lie is #1.
Well we're going for eternity, so we're just getting started. ;)Delete
happy anniversary! I met my hubby playing tennis :)ReplyDelete
Aw! I love tennis.Delete
Happy Anniversary Crystal!ReplyDelete
I think the lie is no.#2 simply because I have no idea what Call of Duty is... maybe some kind of game...
LOL! I guess I might not if I didn't have a gamer husband.Delete
Since everyone seems to be going with #2 (with a few #1s), I'm going to guess #3. Just because.
Just to be different, eh? You rebellious woman, you.Delete
Happy Anniversary, hope you have a lovely day. I'm going to guess #2 is the lie!ReplyDelete
We did, thanks, Suzanne!Delete
Happy Anniversary. I'm glad I don't have to count on my guy for computer repairs. (Not his strong suit.) I'm going with #3 for the lie because it looks so obvious as a likely truth.ReplyDelete
I love your reasoning. So you're the computer hero, eh?Delete
Hahahahahah!!! Love this. The volleyball fail is cute. :DReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary!! When they make you laugh, they are keepers.
Cute? Okay. Cute. LOL.Delete
Happy Anniversary! So very sweet!ReplyDelete
#3 for me.
Happy Happy Anniversary! It's amazing to find a great person to spend a life with. Yes?ReplyDelete
I am guessing #2 is the lie for Elizabeth.
Congrats to Joy!ReplyDelete
Elizabeth, your book sounds awesome.
I'm guessing the lie is #2.
Have a great 7-11, Crystal!
First off, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! (Such a sweet way to post about it...)ReplyDelete
Elizabeth's new book sounds terrific! Let's see; I'll pick number one as the fib. ONE of these times, I'm gonna guess the right one. I hope it's this one.
It's definitely tricky. Kudos for all your guesses.Delete
I hope you guys have a wonderful day together! With no volleyball fails. ;) But yes to lots of cheese. Maybe you could go to a fondue place. Dipping everything you eat in melted cheese sounds right up your alley, lol!ReplyDelete
Lots of cheese. It was an epic evening, and thanks!Delete
Happy Anniversary! It sounds like you two have a great thing going!ReplyDelete
We certainly do.Delete
#2 is the lie. No one is amazing at Call of Duty ;)ReplyDelete
Happy happy anniversary!!!
LOL. No one, eh?Delete
I was going to say 7-11 is the date that matches the name of my eighth favorite gas station, but nah. Happy anniversary! 17 years is sooper dooper awesome. P.S. Thanks for tagging me in the Writing Process Bloghop! I promise I'll get to it soon. It's just the little blogging kick in the pants I need.ReplyDelete
LOL. Thanks, Madeline. You know, as often as you make it to blogging I'm impressed. If I'd been trying to blog when I was a busy teen, I'd have killed myself. =)Delete
There's something special about still knowing the day you met, even after this long. ^_^ Here's to many more years together for you two.ReplyDelete
Happy anniversary! I think #2 is the lie. I know Elizabeth loves the beach. Can't wait to read her newest book!ReplyDelete
Seventeen years? What!? Good grief, young lady, you must have been, very, very, very young! Congrats to you and your beloved, my adorable friend.
Speaking of adorable, yay to the adorable Elizabeth. You realise she's yet another one of my starstruck fans :) Number two, I reckon, aint exactly the truth.
Take it cheesy, um, easy, oh what the heck, take it cheesy, Crystal.
We met right before I turned seventeen and I'm certainly glad we did. It took all the guess work out of my dating years.Delete
I'll take the cheese. Thanks, Gary!
Happy anniversary! I'm guessing the lie is #2.ReplyDelete
July 11th is actually my character Adicia's birthday. She'd be 60 if she were real.
Awesome. Happy birthday to Adicia!Delete
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I want to be tricky and say #3 is the lie, and its actually her second happy place or something :P but beaches are so gooooood!ReplyDelete
They are. I LOVE them...and not just because I'm surrounded by them.Delete
Happy Anniversary! Loved the pictures to go with your story. :) The volleyball fail made me chuckle.ReplyDelete
I am going with #2 being the lie- but this is tricky. ::)
Have a wonderful anniversary! Elizabeth's book sounds outstanding. Maybe #3 is the lie.ReplyDelete
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It does, doesn't it? I can't wait.Delete
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! :DReplyDelete
Thank you for the volleyball fail - I DID actually LOL.
I think #2 is the lie...?
Thanks! Me too. I still lol when I watch it.Delete
Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more years of happiness!ReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary! It will be 17 years for us this year too.ReplyDelete
I love Elizabeth's cover! I'm guessing #2 is the lie.
*high five* We must be running on the same time stream.Delete
Happy Anniversary, Crystal! So sweet how you and your hubby met during a volleyball game and have been together ever since=)ReplyDelete
Bella's Point sounds super interesting. I love how she is determined to win her husband's affections but is set up only to fail. Makes the reader want to know even more about this secret of hers!
I'm going to guess number 2 is the lie.
Happy Friday and thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Gina! You are always so generous with your comments. Just wanted you to know I noticed and I think you're awesome.Delete
How sweet. Enjoy your anniversary! And have a platter of cheese! ;)ReplyDelete
The lie could be #2 but . . . to mix things up I'll pick #3.
Will do! Thanks, Chrys.Delete
Awww you met him 17 years ago! You two sound so cheesy cute :DReplyDelete
I say the lie is #2, and goodness that volleyball fail is funny!
We are cheesy cute, especially when at Cheesecake Factory. =)Delete
Wow, I love the "cheesy" cuteness of it as S.K. Anthony mentioned above. My boyfriend and I count the first day we officially met in person as our anniversary.ReplyDelete
Congrats to Elizabeth. I'm going to guess #2 is the lie. ;)
That works for me, but does that mean you knew each other virtually before?Delete
So cool! You met while playing volleyball? Love across the net!ReplyDelete
LOL. Yes, love across the net for sure.Delete
That is so fun that y'all met while playing volleyball. I played volleyball at the beach all the time in high school with a bunch of cute boys, but as much as I adored all of them, alas, it was always platonic.ReplyDelete
Aw. Well, they weren't the right guys for you.Delete
LOVE that volleyball gif. That's something I would do. As is the computer into the screen. :)ReplyDelete
LOL! I hope not. Ouch.Delete
Well happy anniversary meet day to the both of you. xReplyDelete
What a good idea to go and buy a husband ref- book review!
I think number 2 is the lie.
ps- I've moved - http://www.julessmith.co.uk/blog
Wahoo! I'm off to check out your new site.Delete
Happy Anniversary! I love what 7-11 means to you. It always means slurpees and big gulps to me. :DReplyDelete
It means that to my kids too. =)Delete
Happy anniversary, a little late!! :DReplyDelete
I think #2 is the lie.ReplyDelete
Congrats to J.L.
I'll guess #2 is the lie. Although if she is good at Call of Duty, I'll be pretty impressed. :)
Thank you, Kristin.Delete