Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Funny, Deadly Love, and Alternate Realities

So, Valentines Day. Do you hate it? Do you love it?

Allow me to make it a little more loveable for you:

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(Replace that with cheese and I'm all over it.)
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Now how about a giveaway?

Last week R.W. Hert shared with us DAEMARKIN, DEMON'S VOW, along with two truths and a lie. Those who guessed the lie correctly were entered into a random drawing for the chance to win an eBook.

The Game:


1. I climbed a waterfall barefoot and when I reached the top gorged myself on wild raspberries. Best raspberries I’ve ever had (and the most awesome climb I’ve ever done). 
2. I ran over a mile in under 4 minutes because I thought I was being chased by a mountain lion. 
3. I was dropped down a twenty foot hole and left to get out on my own. 

The lie: #3. My brothers did dig a twenty foot hole in our back yard, but they didn’t bury me in that one. Instead they dug another hole, (one I could climb out of), convinced me to climb in, put boards over the top and covered it in dirt, then left me behind. After a while I realized they’d run off and unburied myself. Guess that makes me a vampire!

Way to guess everyone! And the winner is:

...DRUM ROLL...


Congrats, Diedre!

And now for this week's feature...

In a world where everyone has talents, every child is tested at puberty, carefully screened to help guide them into the field that would coincide with their natural strength and interest. Degrees of talents normally range from low to average, but every once in a while one will spike off the charts, these special few usually become Guardians, protectors of the people.

For nearly two centuries guardians protected from natural disasters, accidents and when someone turn evil. Now guardians face their strongest foe, a guardian strength talent that is gathering a force of other strong corrupt talents to help him wipe out the governing council and the guardians so they can take over the world, turning it into a place where the strongest talents rule and the weaker would be subjected to serve them.

Aurora Rising takes you into the future and off Earth. Aurora Straye is thrust into the role of being the protector she was born to be and has to stop a man of immense power who would enslave everyone to feed his ego.

Taking her place as a guardian also lines Aurora up with the man she’s destined to love forever – if they can survive.

Get your copy HERE.

Ready to meet the author?

I grew up in a small town in Wyoming loving the outdoors, sports, art, and reading Hardy Boys books. After reading them all at least a half dozen times, I started writing my own stories.

Thirty years ago I married a wonderful, honorable man. I’m mother of five children and grandmother of six boys. I love traveling. Through my husband’s work and vacations, I have visited much of the United States, all over Eastern Europe, Canada, Mexico, China, Thailand, Cambodia and Australia, giving me many intriguing locations and experiences for my stories.

I am a storyteller. I write the classic hero story because I think there’s a need for more heroes, love, and adventure in our lives. I’m not out to change the world with my writing; I’m just hoping to make your day a little better.

Hope you enjoy.

Alysia S. Knight

Alysia 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 an eBook of AURORA RISING (Open Internationally) and a FANCY bookmark for U.S. residents only.



You have until Tuesday, February 16 at 1 p.m. EDT to guess. Be sure to come back for the answers on February 17.
TRUTH OR LIE

1. I’ve climbed to the top of the Sidney Australia Bridge.
2. Took my son on his first deer hunt. He shot a big buck and I did a controlled slide with a rope to lower the big deer over a 40 foot shale drop off because my son was afraid the antlers would break if we let it roll.
3. I’m preparing to climb Denali. 

So sleuths, which is the lie? What's the funniest Valentine you've ever seen? Do you celebrate this holiday? Do you like stories about alternate realities or star-crossed lovers?

56 comments:

  1. Tough one! I'd say the second is the lie.
    Okay 4 your age - now that's funny! I can think of all sorts of funny sayings for those little hearts now. (Would've made a great bloghop, wouldn't it?)

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  2. Hard to believe Valentine's Day is almost here already. Love the Dysfunctional Valentine Hearts! Some of my snarkier characters would enjoy handing those out, LOL.

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  3. Ha! Love the pics! I think I used to hate Valentine's Day but now I'm ok with it. I'd much rather stay home with my sweetie and cook a nice dinner than try to go out, though. The world gets way too crazy on V-Day.

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  4. Love the dysfunctional hearts and the creepy love poem! Thanks for the laughs!

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  5. The overly attached girlfriend meme one cracked me up, haha! Also, I love those cute conversation hearts :)

    I'd say.. my guess is on number 3?

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  6. I don't like Valentines Day. The hype us super annoying. I just pretend it's like evert other day. Love the dysfunctional hearts. Why can't those be a candy?

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  7. I eloped on Valentine's Day - silly romantic me!
    I'd say number 1 is the lie.

    Congratulations Alysia!

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  8. That meme was creepy, keep that poem. I'm okay with Valentine's Day. But I'll more likely celebrate Bacon Day and yesterday was apparently National Pizza Day. Usually I would replace coffee with orange juice. But on your blog Crystal I'll go with a grilled cheese sandwich.

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  9. I used to acknowledge Valentine's Day. I'm not sure what happened, but I don't even like people to give me anything now. That crazy poem...I LOVE that poem! So much. ^_^

    I'm going with #2 for the lie, just because it's different. :)

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  10. I'm going to guess number three is the lie.

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  11. Goodness, that last gif... lol. I'm going to say that #3 is the lie?

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  12. I loved the coffee one. Not sure which one I'd pick. Just kidding.

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  13. I never would have figured out which one was true.
    Nancy

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  14. I'm not big on Valentine's Day or any of those other 'greeting card' holidays. It's just an excuse to guilt people into spending money they don't have on things no one needs….

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  15. Ha! Great poem. Sounds like me.

    I do love Valentine's day. It is my favorite. Happy Valentine's Day to you! I hope you get plenty of cheese.

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  16. Ha! Great poem. Sounds like me.

    I do love Valentine's day. It is my favorite. Happy Valentine's Day to you! I hope you get plenty of cheese.

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  17. I like Valentine's Day. Any opportunity to get chocolate is a win for me!

    Goodness, this is a hard truth or lie. I'm going to go with #2 as the lie.

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  18. I've never had a problem with Valentine's Day, although I am glad that the "Whatcha get? Whatcha get?" pressure from my girlfriends has eased. It used to seem like a competition for who had the best boyfriend.

    I'm not from the US, so I guess I'm out of the running, but I really hope #2 is the lie.

    Happy Valentine's Day, Crystal!

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  19. LOL!! Those heart candies....kill me! I personally love valentines day..at least being engaged has allowed me to really love it more. I remember being single on v-day and it was a tad more of a poo-poo feeling.

    Hope you have a blessed one with the kiddo and fam! <3

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  20. I don't really have an opinion about Valentine's Day. It's just a lot of marketing, imho. Though chocolate does go on sale after, which is nice :) And I'm going with #3 as the lie.

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  21. Aurora Rises sounds good. I'll go with #1 as the lie.

    I like coffee but I love my husband more.

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  22. The Valentine's poem is scary...
    I think Valentine is a bit over commercialised. Businesses make tons of money.
    Cute red face...a heart"felt" moment.

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  23. I gave up caffeine. Yikes! I know! And I can't drink wine. What kind of writer am I? lol I still eat chocolate. Valentines is a painful anniversary for me, so I don't care for it.

    Congrats to Alysa! Great sounding book. I'll guess #3 is the lie.

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  24. What I like best about Valentine's Day is actually the day after, when the candy is half price! :) Nice to meet Alysia! Wishing her all the best with her book.

    Have a great week, and hope you have a "cheesy" Valentine's/President's weekend! :)

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  25. Alysia's book sounds great! I think #1 is the lie :)
    We're not big on Valentine's around here - we tend to have a nice dinner and hang out! :)

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  26. I like Valentines:) And a happy one to you, Crystal.

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  27. Lovely to meet Alysia. Best of luck with the book.

    I love how folks love everyone during Valentine's Day (and the chocolate). *wink* Sending you some cyber cheese, Crystal.

    Is #1 the lie?

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  28. ...ignoring Sunday...

    Lie. Well, since I'm 0 for I don't know now... #2???

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  29. That's a rather creepy poem... I like it.
    My partner's got teeth coming out the day after, and we never celebrate valentine's anyway, it'll be a quiet night for us.

    Oh, and I guess #2.

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  31. I was never one for Valentine's Day. I'm not really for or against it. I'm just kind of indifferent about the holiday.

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  32. I'm not big on Valentine's Day, but I do it for my son. That creepy poem is hilarious! And I think the lie is #3.

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  33. I do not do well on these lies, but I'm going with #2, although i can see that happening. I love V. Day. It seems to love me, too. I get tons of attention. Whoopi.

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  34. #1 is the lie because... reasons.
    And I'm kinda indifferent towards Valentines Day. I love my man. He is gorgeous. And he loves me just as much. End of story ;)

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  35. Valentine's Day most likely means a nice meal at home. We can do ourselves something as good as most restaurants, and can well do without all the icky money-grabbing commercialization. Love the poem, though :)

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  36. I only like it if I get tons of roses and chocolates and cars with bows round them from secret admirers otherwise it makes me miserable. ;)
    I think number 1 is the lie.

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  37. from your last post - loved the poem, love to show extra love to my boys on <3 day! and i've been way too emotional lately... wah!
    congrats to Rena, RW, and Alysia!!
    i'm guessing #2 the lie =) love the fancy bookmarks!

    have a great valentine's day crystal!

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  38. Hi Crystal - those sweets I used to love eating ... not with those slogans on! Valentine's Day somewhat passes me by - but I understand the celebrations ... the lie ... #2 ... I'm sure Sydney Harbour Bridge has been climbed, as too you will be doing Denali .. well Alysia will be - cheers and Happy Valentine's weekend - Hilary

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  39. lol those are great! Happy Valentine's day to you!!! <3

    I'm going with #2 as the lie... :)

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  40. I love the stuffed heart- it is so cute! :0

    I think the lie is #3. Sounds like an interesting book!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you. Hope you get lots of cheese. :)
    ~Jess

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  41. i cannot believe what a life you've had--now how did the mountain lion come into play?

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  42. I think 2 is the lie. Cool bookmarks and congrats to Diedre. Happy Valentine's Day weekend.

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  43. I think #3 is the lie. I have mixed feeling about Valentine's Day. It's nice and romantic for people who have loving relationships, but a sad reminder of what's missing for people who don't.

    I hope you have a very nice Valentine's Day with lots of cheese!

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  44. Crystal... I actually like Valentines day even if I am single, I like that mostly it brings good feelings and reminds us we should show love ... It should be more than one a year...

    Oh and if that was cheese... I would be all over it too... lol xox

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  45. I feel differently about Valentine's Day from year to year. This year? I hate it. >_<

    Also, it's good to see someone doing classic hero stories. While there are all kinds of ways to mess around with the formula, sometimes the original is the best way to go.

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  46. I love those dysfunctional candies. Mine would say, "you could have done worse" or "shower first, then we'll talk."

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  47. I'm ambivalent about Valentine's Day. Rather than make a big deal about one hyped-up commercialized calendar date, I'm more a fan of love and romance every day of the year. That being said, I enjoy it on February 14, too, especially when it comes with a sweet card.

    As for the truth/lie thing, I really hope number two is true; that'd make her one bad-ass mama. The fib? I'm going to pick number one.

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  48. Hehehehe I love that Valentine's Day poem. Just the right amount of creepy. :-P

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  49. Valentine's Day is fun...so long as we've got someone to watch the kids:) But wait a minute, your brothers dug a 20ft hole? That should be on the news or something:)

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  50. I don't know...I like coffee a whole lot. I've only ever given it up twice, for a few months at a time. So, yea, I guess 49.9% seems accurate :-)

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  51. I loved the dysfunctional Valentines. Hilarious!

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Hit me with your cheese!