Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When Life has Got You Down


It's day 16 of the book release blog tour. Yippee!

Are you feeling down? Feeling like life is coming at you with unfair force?


Combat it with cheese! Let's lighten some of that today with a few EPIC and fun posts.



The Maiden of Time Series:

The romance of Jane Eyre meets Supernatural.

In a world where people can heal with a touch, kill with a scream, and rob a person of their memories, Alexia is struggling to find her place and learn her gifts--before the Soulless come for her.


on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or get signed print copies from yours truly!

Tour stops

November 16

November 17



(Email address is required for awarding prizes.)



Last week, Joylene Nowell Butler shared MATOWAK: WOMAN WHO CRIES along with two truths and one lie. Anyone who guessed the lie correctly was entered to an eBook.

The game:


1.  Joylene trained a wild tomcat by attaching a hair-brush to the end of a yard stick so she could brush his coat at a distance of three feet without having her legs torn to shreds. 
2. Robert Goulet, singer, actor, best known for The Naked Gun 2 & 1/2, and for being portrayed by Will Ferrell in Saturday Night Live is Joylene’s cousin. 
3. Joylene once won 10 bags of jujubes by eating 15 jujubes in one-minute while being blindfolded and having to pick up the candy one at a time with a toothpick.

The lie: #3. 

From Joylene: I do love jujubes, but because I live such a boring life, I had to look up a good lie. I found this one in the Guinness Book of Records.

Way to guess everyone! And the winner is:

...DRUM ROLL...

Hilary Melton-Butcher!

Congrats, Hilary!

And now, how about a wonderful book giveaway? (This one is one of the INSTANT prizes you can win in my Wheel of Death giveaway game.)

In this modern day retelling of Rapunzel, Anya has her books, her photography, and her daydreams. She doesn’t think she needs anything else.

She lives in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother, who goes to extreme measures to keep her daughter safe. Anya doesn’t even go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Anya tries not to acknowledge her loneliness; she puts her efforts into pleasing her mom, and gives her heart to her stories, secretly wishing for a story of her own.

Then one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.

Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.

Get Your Copy HERE.

Ready to meet the author?

Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

You might find Rachel, kicking back with her kids and eating Colby Jack in crackers. Meet her on her FACEBOOK PAGE.

Rachel gave me two truths and one lie to test your "lie detector" skills. Those who figure out either lie will go into my magic hat for the chance to win an eBook (open internationally):

You have until Tuesday, November 29 at 2 p.m. EDT to guess. Be sure to come back for the answer (and some FUN trivia) on November 16, 8 a.m. EDT.
TRUTH OR LIE

1. I caught a Snorlax in my living room.
2. I almost died when I was four. 
3. I saw Patrick Swayze at a horse show.

So sleuths, which is the lie? Have you met Rachel? Love fairy tale retellings? What's got you down lately? And more importantly, how are you going to fight it? Now guess the lie and get out of here--on to the next tour stop!


116 comments:

  1. Have you slapped cheese on your cat today?
    That's really Joylene's cousin? Impressive.
    I do know Rachel! I'll say number two is the lie.

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    1. I don't have a cat, but if I did, my 10 year old would torture it relentlessly. (Incidentally, he's the reason we don't have a cat, because he's allergic.)

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  2. Hope you're enjoying your tour! You're certainly getting around.

    Training a wild cat doesn't sound boring, Joylene!

    I'll say #1 is the lie just because I don't know what a Snorlax is. I'm picturing some sort of cute alien... I sympathise with the almost dying. Asthma nearly finished me off when I was two!

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    1. Yes, the tour is going wonderfully, thank you. (And it's almost over. Yippee!)

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    2. Lol! It's a Pokemon. I have a 10yo boy. ;)

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  3. It's been great to join you on your tour. I'm exhausted so you must be. A big ole cheese knees up is definitely in order :) Congrats on everything!

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    1. LOL. Not exhausted. Actually, this has been the most laid back tour thus far. It's good. Thank you for following along.

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  4. The cats have me laughing. Looks like the tour is going well! :)

    Congrats to Hilary!

    Don't Fall sounds interesting and I like the cover! I think the lie is #2.
    ~Jess

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    1. It is indeed. Thanks for popping in, Jess!

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    2. Thanks, I love how the cover turned out too. :)

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  5. you take the cheese and i'll take the chocolate! ;)

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    1. LOL. Or maybe I'll just take both and leave you the crumbs? ;)

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  6. LOL that poor kitty. Although I wouldn't mind having cheese thrown at me, any kind would do.
    Joylene's life doesn't sound boring at all! I'm so impressed with the tomcat taming.
    And congrats to Rachel! I'm going with #1 as the lie.

    Hope the tour continues to be a great success, Crystal!

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    1. Yes! Toss some cheese at me. I'll take it too. Thank you, Julie.

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  7. Hi Crystal, if you could point me in the direction of chocolate flavoured cheese, I just might join you in your obsession.

    I caught a Snorlax in my living room. I have no idea what a Snorlax is but I WANT it to be true.
    I almost died when I was four. I hope this is the LIE.
    I saw Patrick Swayze at a horse show. TRUE.

    PS Chocolate is the best food on the planet! :-)

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    1. LOL! I need to resurrect my cheese VS chocolate post. Hey, I like both, so you won't hear me complaining.

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  8. What a fun post. My cat never liked cheese, which was good for me! Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Right!? If you cat liked cheese, you'd have to actually surrender some. *gasp*

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  9. Cheese eating the mouse! That's a good one! ^_^

    Hmm, number 1 for the lie?
    I LOVE retellings! I'm writing one right now! I have a whole arsenal of them between my bookshelf and my head. Fairy tales are my second favorite thing in the world. ^_^

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    1. It was bound to happen eventually--the mouse-eating cheese.

      I hear you about fairy tales. I've got a ton of them too, and if they ever get written it will be a miracle.

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    2. Awesome, Krystal! I love fairy tales. :)

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  10. Yay for Rachel! I love her cover. I'll go with number one as the lie.

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  11. Cats are so funny!
    Congrats to miss Schief.... I can't spell it!

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    1. LOL! I've known her for a few years, but it took me a while too.

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  12. When life has me down I have to paint. I should be painting everyday ever since the election stuff started. SO many people against people.

    I sometimes wish I was a different animal.

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    1. Wouldn't it be fun to take on a different form for a short time and see through someone else's eyes?

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  13. #1 is the lie.
    I've had a few sick symptoms thrown at me, and I let myself just read for a bit, and sleep more, and my oldest daughter cooked dinners for two nights in a row. Basically, sometimes, it's just good to rest so I can get back up fighting later.

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    1. I agree 100%. I've had to rely more and more on my family for things since the baby and then the car accident. I'm just now coming to that point where I'm okay with it.

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  14. I hope the almost dying is the lie.

    Best of luck to Rachel! I always love her stories.

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  15. Woot Crystal! I'm seeing you everywhere! Yay for Timeless!

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    1. Thanks, Loni. I'm almost done with my takeover of the internet.

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  16. Huge congratulations.
    Our current cats don't eat cheese. All the more for me.

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  17. Well, I have a headache, but I don't have a cat. Or cheese for that matter. Maybe I've just identified two solutions.

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    1. There you go! Borrow someone's can and cheese, or watch this one on loop. ;)

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    1. It's loaded on my kindle and waiting. Why can't I just freeze time!

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  19. Congratulations on your book and tour! You are everywhere! That book and series sound amazing! Best wishes!
    JQ Rose

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  20. OMG, Joylene, maybe you should write a bio! It would probably read like an adventure story:)

    Hey, Crystal.
    Having fun...I like that thought.

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  21. Congrats on the book tour. Now for your reward, as a cheese lover, I give you this cartoon. Cute Animation

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  22. What a cheesy post. But, coming from Wisconsin, home of the Green Bay Packers and a proud Cheese Head, that's a big compliment.
    Ha-Ha, just teasing.

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    1. LOL. If I could stand the cold, that's one place I would be VERY tempted to move.

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  23. Hope your book tour is still going well! And as for the lie, hmm....I'm going to guess that she didn't really catch a Snorlax in her living room. That is, unless she had to cheese to wake it up maybe?

    Going to have to snag a copy of Don't Fall for myself. Sounds like a really good read.

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    1. Maybe she did have the cheese to wake it up. ;)

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  24. The truths all sound so valid, but catching a Pokemon in your own living room...hmmm... but he isn't a rare one so maybe it's possible. So I will say #2 is the lie.

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  25. I did have a little sharp cheddar today.

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  26. Cats always make a down day better. =D

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  27. Sending you well wishes on your tour! I just bought a copy of Moonless and can't wait to read it. Then I'll be addicted and buy the rest of the series. Have an awesome rest of your week! xoxo

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    1. Aw, thanks, woman! I wish you many hours of happy reading.

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  28. Here's a little nibble of jalapeno jack for you. Sounds like you are having a busy month. I'll go visit you on your tour stops. Good luck with the novel. I've already read Don't Fall, so I won't enter. Loved it!

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    1. Thanks for the cheese and wishes! Throwing cheese back at you.

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  29. I wish you all the best with the novel, Crystal! And I love the cats...and cheese, too! :)

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Cats make life better. :)

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  30. I just read that the secret to a long life lies in eating cheese. That could be a lie in itself, but hey, it's one I'm willing to believe.

    Best wishes on the book tour!

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  31. I was going to say #1 was the lie, but then I looked up Snorlax. So... I'll go with #3.

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    1. Wait, how can you be a sub and not know what a Snorlax is? LOL. ;)

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  32. LOL the cat and the slice of cheese...

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    1. It's working already, isn't it? Your day has been lifted.

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  33. Hmmm…. tough lie this week! I think I'll go with #2, although they are all so plausible!

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    1. Right? The worst you can do is guess wrong.

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  34. Hi Crystal - thanks for letting me know about my amazing win - lucky me: sorry had an 'away' day here yesterday with three things going on - so the computer was off.

    Wonderful - love cats ... just could do with being one at the moment - lying in the sunshine zizzing my day away for now would be good ... then I could wake up and patter over to demand cheese - sounds a great idea. Thanks so much .. love cheese too .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hey, we all need an away day every now and again. I took one too...unintentionally...stuck in bed...

      I'm reminded of a certain Disney cartoon: Everybody wants to be a cat!

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  35. When life gets you down, always seek out images of cats!

    And mice-eating cheese? ;) … Actually I think that last one horrifies me a little bit.

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    1. LOL. A little disturbing, yes. And you're right. Funny cats make everything better. =)

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  36. Hmmm, I'll guess #3 is the lie.

    What's got me down?(Have you not been here during this awful election...?) As for what's gonna bring me back up again, it's going to take a liberal amount of time with some of my giggly grandchildren. That should do the trick. :)

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    1. I love that! Nothing is better than spending time with adorable littles!

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  37. So Joylene is related to Robert Goulet! Wow. I might have guessed that as the lie. Who knew?!

    Thanks for the intro to Rachel, Crystal. Wishing her well with her book. And wishing you well as you continue your blog tour! :)

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    1. Thank you, Karen.

      Well, someone has to be related to Robert, eh?

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  38. I honestly can't wait to read your books- I'm a slow reader though and I've got 3 books going right now, but once I free up some I'm picking them up.

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    1. Aw, thanks Tess. I'm pretty slow lately too, but there have been one or two distractions...

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  39. LOL! That gif with the Kitty + Cheese drop is hilarious. I'd have to say that maybe #1 is the lie? So hard to pic. It may even be the more serious of the three options.

    Also, I'm super late to the party here, but congrats on the your recent release!! It's gorgeous! <3

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    1. Thank you, Anna! Late is better than never.

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  40. Well, number three sounds the most plausible so I'll say that's the lie. And stop throwing cheese at that poor cat.

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    1. I'll try. *can't break the time machine's permanent loop...*

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  41. Many congrats to Hilary!

    That video of the cat is just too funny. It had no idea what to do. Poor thing. My dogs would've been like, "More please!"

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  42. Don't Fall sounds intriguing. You're right--what we all need is a little more cheese. Can we pair it with some white wine?!

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    1. LOL. I'll take apple cider, but you can have your wine. ;)

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  43. Life has been coming at a lot of people hard lately, sometimes overly so. >_< And I like the idea of fairy tale retellings, though I've only read one or two, mostly in short stories. I have one myself in a file somewhere, though it's less a retelling and more of an out-there reimagining. Eh heh heh.

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  44. Congratulations to Hilary!

    And yes to cheese!

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  45. My cat loved to lick potatoe chips. Just plain ones. He loved salt! He actually loved butter too! LOL! Crazy cat! Never tried cheese with him!
    Congrats to Hilary!!

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    1. Crazy cat. What would we do without these silly animals to entertain us?

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  46. Yay Hillary! Also, I absolutely loved that cheese eating the mouse gif. Small and silly, but fun. haha

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  47. Congratulations, Crystal. I hope the blog tour is going well. Wishing you many sales. You definitely deserve tons of cheese.

    Congratulations, Hilary.

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  48. I'm so behind on blogs. Gotta find some time to catch up with all these guest posts!

    And how exciting to see Rachel here! Really love her writing, but shamefully haven't read Don't Fall yet. Even though I'm always terrible at games like these, I'm going to guess #2 is the lie!

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    1. I hear you about being behind. *sigh* We do what we can, eh?

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  49. #1! #1! And I've never heard of this book before, but I WANT IT! Thanks for introducing Rachel and her book to me! So excited. And also... now I want to write a fairy tale retelling! Christy

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  50. Besides having a lot of cheese, I need my peeps. All the rest takes care of itself. Happy Thanksgiving. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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Hit me with your cheese!