Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seven Deadly Sins... And a Deadly Queen

Last month, the amazing Michelle Wallace tagged me in the Seven Deadly Sins Tag. (Thanks Michelle!) Instead of letting these things stack up, I decided to jump on the train. Are you ready for this awesomeness?
So here it is, the SEVEN DEADLY SINS of the LITERARY WORLD.
The questions and answers:
Greed – What is your most inexpensive book? Truthfully, I review quite a few books for people and receive many of them free. I think it's a fair trade to the authors, but I also spend way too much time at the library and initially got Amazon Prime so I could use the lenders library. (Yes, I am cheap, but I give back.)
Wrath – Who’s the author with whom you have a love/hate relationship? Lauren Kate and her Fallen series. My hubby would come into the room and ask me what I was reading. "A stupid book," I'd reply. Then he'd ask the obvious, "So why are you reading it?" "BECAUSE I HAVE TO FINISH THE SERIES!"
Gluttony – What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame? Erm, I don't read books more than once because I remember them too well, but I did read Barbara Hambly's Silicone Mage series twice, because I do absolutely love it.
Sloth – Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness? ... Laziness? Hah! Nope. None of that here. 
Pride – What books do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader? Probably all my classics--Les Miserables (BEST BOOK EVER), Jane Eyre, SO many Dickens books...
Lust – What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character? It's all about how the character treats his love interest. Seriously. I've never been one to swoon over amazing looks, but if a guy opens the door for a girl and puts her happiness before his own, I'm in love. (Which is why I married the stud of the universe, btw.)
Envy – What book would you like to receive most as a gift? Anything on my Amazon wish list. (Although I've got about 70 books waiting around here for me to get to them...)
There is no limit to the people you can tag for THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS TAG. So, I’ve decided to tag…

(I know that everybody is super-busy, so if you decide not to play along, you can just miss out on the cheese. That's okay.)


Ready to guess the lie and win a book? 


Last week, Nata Romeo (aka ArtistaDonna) shared ALPHABET WILDLIFE A-Z with us, along with two lies and one truth. Those who guessed the truth correctly were entered into a random drawing for the chance to win an eBook 

Nata's game: 




1. Nata has traveled to Mars to study Alientology, she now speaks fluent Alien languages.
2. Thanks to the Aliens, Nata is now a prodigy in Polyglotism.
3. Nata enjoys writing and illustrating. She has conversations with her characters on a daily basis.
And the truth is:

#3. Although Nata may be considered an expert in Alientology (and fabulous lies), she has never been to Mars. Sorry to disappoint. 

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

...DRUM ROLL...


Congrats Murees! 

And now to today's feature...

 
The survival of a once-mighty kingdom rests in the hands of its young queen, Haleine Coileáin, as it slowly succumbs to an ancient evil fueled by her husband’s cruelty.

A sadistic man with a talent for torture and a taste for murder, he is determined to burn the land and all souls within. Haleine is determined to save her kingdom and, after a chance encounter, joins forces with the leader of the people’s rebellion. She gives him her support, soon followed by her heart.

Loving him is inadvertent but becomes as natural and necessary as breathing. She lies and steals on his behalf, doing anything she can to further their cause. She compromises beliefs held all her life, for what life will exist if evil prevails?

Her journey leads to a deceiving world of magic, monsters, and gods she never believed existed outside of myth. The deeper she goes, the more her soul is stripped away, but she continues on, desperate to see her quest complete. If she can bring her husband to ruin and save her people, any sacrifice is worth the price—even if it means her life.

Get your copy HERE.

Armed with a deep and lasting love of chocolate, purple pens, and medieval weaponry, M.J. Fifield is nothing if not a uniquely supplied insomniac. When she isn’t writing, she’s on the hunt for oversized baked goods or shiny new daggers. M.J. lives with a variety of furry creatures—mostly pets—in New Hampshire.

M.J. might be found at work spreading Laughing Cow spreadable Swiss cheese on crackers.


M.J. 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 EFFIGY. How awesome is that?

You have until Sunday, November 23, at 1 p.m. EDT to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on November 24.

TRUTH OR LIE

1. Once, M.J. ran into famous New Hampshire author Jodi Picoult at the vet’s office and proceeded to make her (and everyone else around) question her ability to speak in complete sentences, as her attempted to tell Jodi how much she enjoy her novels.   
2. In high school, she sang back-up vocals for Kenny Rodgers. It is, however, not the only reason why she knows all the words to “The Gambler.”
3. In college, she worked as a stagehand and once tried to throw comedian Carrot Top out because she had no idea who he was or how he had gotten backstage.
So which is the lie? Any reading/book confessions you'd like to share? What's your greatest literary sin? 

60 comments:

  1. I can see the first one happening! I'd guess the second one is the lie.

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  2. Thank you for the tag but - and it pains me to say this! - I'm going to have to miss out on the cheese. Between NaNo and other stuff, I am just swamped - mostly in a good way, but still. :)

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  3. Yay me! Wow, I'm on a roll. Thank you. I loved your answers.

    M.J. is great. I think the lie is number 2.

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  4. Haha! You tagged me. Looking forward to doing this one. And a big YAY! for ArtistaDonna & MJ. Yeah, your Pride answer is pretty good. So hard to choose.

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  5. No laziness here! Oh how I WISH I could say the same....

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  6. I'm guessing the second is the lie ... Also, love all your answers :)

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  7. I burst out laughing when I read your response to Wrath!
    And now you've just encouraged me to move Les Miserables closer to the front of my TBR pile...

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  8. yay, excited to do this! I'm going to catch up on tags Thanksgiving week! love your answers!

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  9. I'll guess the lie is #2.

    One of my book sins might be buying books and then neglecting to read them in all the years I've had them.

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  10. My guess in #3!

    I love your response to wrath. Made me giggle.

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  11. Les Miserables is totally awesome. On my top ten of books of all time.

    I'm going with #3 tossing Carrot Top out.

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  12. I agree with you about the way the love interest is treated as the most attractive quality. I'm going to guess #2, no Kenny Rogers backup.

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  13. I'm going to go with the crowd and guess #2 is the lie.

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  14. My book sin is buying up books for my Kindle and then forgetting all about them for a couple of years. Shame on me.

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  15. Love your use of the 7 deadly sins. Funny to think about it in real life, but I often try to apply such sins as flaws to my characters in books:)

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  16. Nope, no laziness for reading here either. ;)

    All three of those choices are good! Err...I guess I'll go with #3 as the lie.

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  17. YO! I love cheese. So will accept the tag, pal. ;-) YaY MJ. WOOHOO! The lie is either #1, 2, or 3. *wink* I'm going against the people here (just for fun) so say the lie is #3. She could have sung backup. Right?

    Congratulations to Murees. And GO, Nata! Yeah!

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  18. Great answers! I'm guessing M.J.'s lie is #2.

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  19. Thanks for hosting me today, Crystal!

    Thanks, also, for the tag. I'll do it later in the week, probably.

    And I have to finish a series once I start it, too. I'm pretty sure my significant other and I had the exact same conversation over that exact same series.

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  20. If you have 70 books in your TBR pile, are you sure there's no Sloth going on? :)

    Have a great week!

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    1. LOL! No, those are just the books from the TBR list that I currently have waiting in a stack or on the kindle to be read. There are another hundred or so on the list I have yet to acquire.

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  21. Hmm, very hard to tell the lie among the truths. I'm going to guess #3 as the lie.

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  22. Because you have to finish the series! Lol! I feel the same way about series. I can't stand not knowing, even if I'm upset. Ooh, I forgot about Les Mis. I was planning to read it after I finished The Phantom of the Opera and its sequel, but then I was so mad...

    Oh, I hope #3 is true! Lol! So I'm going with #2 for the lie. :)

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  23. There's no such thing as spending too much time at the library. Libraries are wonderful places! The 7 Deadly Sins is such a cute idea for a hop. I loved your answers. :)

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  24. I think I'm guilty of lusting after Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, but I think the same could of most women who've read that book. ;)

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  25. I think I had about the exact same response as you described in your Wrath response :) The end of that series...ugh!!

    And I'm going with #2 as the lie. Effigy sounds awesome!!

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  26. I'm the opposite when it comes to Gluttony. I have to re-read my favorites as I begin to miss the characters. My answer probably would come down to the potter series or Stephen Kings IT. Matt @ JC's Book Haven.

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  27. What a fun tag! My biggest literary sin is envy for books I love so much I wish I'd written them.

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  28. Excellent sin list. Oooh, if DL and Steph take part, that'd be awesome! Not sure I know the others tagged very well, but I'll work on that.

    Murees- Congrats on winning!

    Effigy-- That cover is delicious. I know I wouldn't be able to walk past it in a bookstore without flipping to the back cover.

    Truth or Lie:
    1 sounds very plausible. And 3... who hasn't, by accident, tried to toss out Carrot Top? So I'm going to guess 2 for the LIE.

    My sins... well, Envy - I'm with you on wanting all the pretties on my Amazon wishlist! Sloth... I know I'll get backlash for this, but "Pride and Prejudice." As for that Lust question- nothing is hotter than confidence.

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    1. Oh, my bad, I DO know Beth! We met this week. LOL.
      Nanowrimo has eaten my brain like a hungry zombie.

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  29. YAY! I'm IN. There's no deadline for doing this, right? I may wait until after the holidays so that it doesn't get lost. Next week it's going to be a ghost town around here, I think. Did you create that picture at the top? I thought about you yesterday and how your blog tours and such always have their own graphics and decided you must be either a graphics wiz or you have a really good pro helping you!

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    1. Yay! Can't wait to read your post, Steph!

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  30. I'm guessing that #2 is a lie. (But I've read the book already, so I don't need to be included in the giveaway. And it's an absolutely awesome book! I loved it!)

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  31. What a fun blog hop/tag. :-) Great responses. I am so with you on ANYTHING cheese-related but, wow, are we different. (Unless you're being sarcastic--then we are, like, twins.) You don't read books twice? *gasp* You have bragging rights to classics I am completely lazy about reading. The horror!

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  32. I'm going to guess #3 as the lie.
    I did the seen deadly sins blog hop, but I don't remember my answer off the top of my head. It was fun though.

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  33. I'm going with #2 . . .

    I'm cracking up at your "Wrath" answer. I totally get it. And your "Lust" answer, I agree 100% ;)

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  34. I love all my classic lit books too. I'm glad I read them.

    I'm going to guess #1 is the lie.

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  35. You are too much fun. Love the list, the answers and your attitude. Have a great one :-)

    ~Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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  36. Seven deadly sins is a great idea for a blog hop :) Yay MJ! I think #2 is the lie... maybe...

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  37. My biggest reading sin, I think, is how much I still love ridiculous comics that are aimed at people less than half my age. ^_^ So much fun, though...

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  38. As much as I love reading I just don't have the time like I used to... I do miss getting lost in a good novel though, hopefully I can find the time again soon... maybe after my course is over, besides I still read a lot but now it is blogs :)

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  39. Hi Crystal - well that was fun to read .. and the 7 deadly sins .. I'm just getting into the swing of the hop ... but I'm hopeless at reading now-a-days .. but I will linger with some cheese!

    for MJ # 3 ... easy to mistake a somebody for a nobody ..

    Cheers and congratulations to Murees ... Hilary

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  40. Jane Eyre is GAH! SO AMAZING. Now you've made me want to read it again! You know how we have comfort foods? I think we also have comfort books, and Jane is definitely one of mine.

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  41. Jane Eyre is a great book! And then Dickens . . .

    All right. Onto the serious business of guessing.
    #2 is the lie, right?
    Happy Cheesiness!

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  42. What a clever way to talk about books. Had to laugh especially at the Pride question.

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  43. Ahahahaha, the Seven Deadly Sins game is super funny! And so weird... I am teaching my students Doctor Faustus right now, and we just read the Seven Deadly Sins scene. Oooh, synchronicity!

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  44. I think #1 is the lie because my rule of thumb is that the thing that seems MOST likely is almost always the lie. I can almost see #3 happening.

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  45. Ha! Love it!! And, yes, it's all so true.

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  46. Ha! Love it!! And, yes, it's all so true.

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  47. I haven't read Fallen yet. I don't feel too compelled to finish series, although I wish I would.

    I think 1 is the lie.

    Congrats to Murees.

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  48. This is such a great idea for a tag. Loved reading your answers and learning more about you.

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  49. This was a fun way to talk about books. I have never seen anyone do a post like this before. Cool!

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  50. Hi human, Crystal,

    Another day and another tag, you're it! Arf! I guess number 3, um number 1 aint da truth.

    Well done to Murees. And well done to my adoring fan, Crystal for everything. Your responses are most interesting.

    Time for me to munch on some real cheese, not that glorified wax they sell y'all.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny! :)

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  51. I'm going to go with Kenny Rogers as the lie. I had that issue with Twilight, where I couldn't stand it, yet wanted to know how it ended. I avoided it for ages, so I don't know why I picked it up in the first place. I do read some books over and over. They're nice and familiar, and they're always ones in which I enjoyed the actual writing, the workmanship of the words.

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  52. Loved your answers. For some reason this post made me think of the movie 'Seven' LOL

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  53. Great answers, Crystal! It's always nice to learn something more about you.
    I love reading my classics over again. Like you, Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books and I've read it three times. It seems to bring something new to my life whenever I decide to dive into it again.
    I'm guessing number 1 is the lie.

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  54. Great cover on Effigy.

    I'm like you in that I hardly ever read a book twice. Not saying never, but I can't remember.

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Hit me with your cheese!