Monday, September 15, 2014

For the Love of Google

Happy Monday!

I don't know how it is in your neck of the woods, but I am LOVING this crisp fall weather right now!

Have you seen this carton above?

It cracks me up because it's so true. I can't tell you how many times I'll be in a conversation with someone and we'll question something and then I'll have to immediately pull it up on my phone to find out more about it.

In fact, I was looking through the history on my phone and thought I'd share a little of what I've been inspired to Google recently:
(in no particular order)

1) How old is Katie Perry - my daughter asked and well, then I became curious too

2) What is pepperoni -- I wasn't sure if it was pork or beef. It's both!

3) Can dogs east corn --my dog was looking forlornly at me and I wanted to give him some. It's ok in moderation.

4) Best Back of Arm flab exercises --again, just curious...

5) How to dye hair with Kool-Aid--my daughter wanted to do this to her hair before school started

6) Best way to get rid of fruit flies -- there were tons of fruit flies in my house. But not anymore!

7) Peek-a-Boo bulldog-- saw this on the news and it was so cute I wanted to tweet and share it

8) NJ minimum wage 2014-- I knew it went up but I couldn't remember when exactly. Just curious again.

9) Banana Whip calories-- had this for lunch on the boardwalk and wondered what I had consumed. Not much, thank goodness.

10) Rice Krispie Treat recipe-- wanted to make some recently but the recipe wasn't on the cereal box so I had to look it up

The list goes on.

I think I look up things several times a day. Am I smarter as a result?
Yes. No. Maybe? LOL
All I know is that I'm very grateful for the Internet.

How about you? Do you look up things as frequently as I do when a question pops in your mind?
What have you Googled lately?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Almost Forgot to Come Back!

Hey, all!

I know summer isn't technically over, but I hope everyone had a nice summer.

I had a REALLY good one.
Too good.
So good, I couldn't wait for it to end because I thought it was going to kill me. LOL

But because of my complete frolicking and fun, I did not write ONE WORD.

Huh?

Because of my complete frolicking and fun, I also BARELY READ.

What the?

I know, right? I really don't know what happened to me except that I needed some time off to do other things besides read and write. I also didn't want to be a slave to blogging or Facebook. I wanted to do it when I wanted to do it, not because I had to.

It was quite liberating.

However, it's time to blog again. One of the things that I do love about blogging (besides the people)is the accountability. And I find there is a correlation between writing and blogging. When I blog, I'm more plugged into what's going on in the writing world and more likely to be motivated to write.

It's a sort of catch-22.
It takes time away from writing to blog, yet if I don't blog, I write less anyway. :)

Anyway,I'm back! Remember me?

So nice to see you again!


Anyone feel the way I do about blogging and writing, too?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Break in this Break :-)

Hi, all!

Yes, I'm still on blog break but I wanted to make you all aware of my buddy's New Adult book that's out right now!

I just bought it and can't wait to dig in!


Stephanie Monahan

THE MEAN GIRL APOLOGIES

Sometimes the song on the radio really is about you.

You know that catchy song you keep hearing on the radio?

It’s about you.

Natalie Jamison has spent five years trying to forget the girl she was in high school: popular, pretty…and, okay, mean. Now in her twenties and living once again in her small town, she’s right back where she was: following Queen Bee Amber and keeping secrets from her best friend, Sarah.

Secrets like Jack Moreland.

Everyone knows Jack Moreland—his new album, Good Enough, is everywhere. He’s famous. Impossibly handsome. Completely untouchable. But what none of Natalie’s old clique knows is that in high school, Natalie and Jack fell in love. And their secret relationship was incredible, painful—and earth-shattering enough to inspire an entire album.

Facing friends and enemies isn’t easy, but Natalie will go to great lengths to prove she is good enough—to her friends, to herself, and most of all, to the small-town boy turned worldwide heartthrob she never forgot.

 
AMAZON * BARNES&NOBLE *GOODREADS

Check it out!


Hope you all are keeping cool!
 
 

Monday, June 9, 2014

A Little Break

Happy Monday!

Well, June is here and with school coming to an end for the kiddo, I've decided to take some time off from the blogosphere this month--possibly the summer. We'll see how much I get done.

In the meantime, I'll see you on Twitter or Facebook!

Have a great June!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cover Reveal!

Hi, all! Happy Monday!

I'm excited to help out my bloggy friend Carol Kilgore!
She has a new book coming out and today is her COVER REVEAL for it!



Ta da!!!



 
SECRETS OF HONOR
By the end of a long evening working as a special set of eyes for the presidential security detail, all Kat Marengo wants is to kick off her shoes and stash two not-really-stolen rings in a secure spot. Plus, maybe sleep with Dave Krizak. No, make that definitely sleep with Dave Krizak. The next morning, she wishes her new top priorities were so simple.
As an operative for a covert agency buried in the depths of the Department of Homeland Security, Kat is asked to participate in a matter of life or death—locate a kidnapped girl believed to be held in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since the person doing the asking is the wife of the president and the girl is the daughter of the first lady’s dearest friend, it’s hard to say no.
Kat and Dave quickly learn the real stakes are higher than they or the first lady believed and will require more than any of them bargained for.
The kicker? They have twenty-four hours to find the girl—or the matter of life or death will become more than a possibility.




Carol writes grocery lists, texts to her family, new lyrics to old songs for her dogs, love notes to her husband, and novels for herself. And for you. In between, she blogs weekly at Under the Tiki Hut and is active on Facebook and Twitter.

She sees mystery and subterfuge everywhere. And she’s a sucker for a good love story—especially ones with humor and mystery. Crime Fiction with a Kiss gives her the latitude to mix and match throughout the broad mystery and romance genres. Having flexibility makes her heart happy.


You can connect with Carol and her books here:

 

CONGRATS, Carol!
It's gorgeous!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day and Book Winner

Happy Monday, all!

© | Dreamstime Stock Photos
It's a beautiful Memorial Day weekend here at the beach!

First off, thank you to all who have bought and are continuing to buy FiancĂ©  by Fate!
It's still selling really well on Amazon.

(Feeling MUCH gratitude!!!!!!)

Secondly, thank you to all who stopped by my blog last week to check out Sandra Orchard's interview and her new book-Blind Trust.

I also want to announce the winner of the rafflecopter giveaway of Blind Trust. It is...

Pat Trainum

Congrats, Pat!!

And that's it for me.
We've gotten together with family on Saturday and with friends on Sunday. I'm hoping to have a quiet day and just sit on the beach and read today. Whew!

Enjoy your day and see you next week!



Monday, May 19, 2014

Fun Interview and Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

I'm excited because today I have a friend and special guest!
Please welcome to my blog Sandra Orchard!

Sandra has a new book out called Blind Trust. She will be giving away a print copy of this book, so don't forget to enter the rafflecopter below!

Welcome, Sandra!


Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

To quote Booklist’s review: “Orchard infuses romance with suspense and keeps the excitement coming page after page; readers will love the ever-deepening mystery as Kate extends her investigation and finds herself and her long-dead father tangled up in an international corporate conspiracy.”

What was your favorite scene to write?

The opening scene. This is the second book in my Port Aster Secrets series and hero and heroine haven’t seen each other for a while. It was fun to write this “reunion” in which she’s been caught counterfeiting and he’s the officer called in. His reaction: “If you wanted to see me, you could have just called.”

Since the store security guard who made the call doesn’t know their history and believes she is a thief, I had a lot of fun with the subtext of their conversation throughout the scene.


What is your dream cast for your book?

I’m not sure that “dream cast” would be the description, but…the heroine looks like Amy Adams and the hero’s description fits Dylan McDermott, although Mark Wahlberg is how he looks in my head. Not sure what happened there! My hero’s dad is named Keith and although I describe him as dark-haired, in my head, I picture him as Keith from the Partridge Family, their manager. Anyone remember him or have I totally dated myself? LOL


Can you see yourself or friends or family in any of your characters?
No, not at all. Except…okay, yes, there’s a bit of my daughter in Tom’s matchmaking sister. They both just want to see their brothers happy. J

What are you working on now?

Two things. I’m preparing class notes for workshops and a CE that I’ll be teaching at Write!Canada in June. And… I am writing the first draft of a yet-to-be-titled Love Inspired Suspense, in which an insidious stalker endangers the paramedic heroine. She was first introduced in Perilous Waters (April 2014), and also appears in my upcoming November release, so I’m enjoying the chance to tell her story.

FUN STUFF:

Where is your favorite place to write?
Oh, my newest favorite place to write is with my netbook while reclining in my zero-gravity chair. I love it so much that I bought a second one so that I can have one upstairs in my bedroom, which is a very sunny room, and one downstairs so that I can sit by the woodstove if it’s cold, or on the porch if it’s nice out. This chair has saved my back!

Favorite snack to eat while writing (or reading).
You have to ask? Chocolate, of course. Dark, Belgian chocolate to be precise. Mmm.

Hot and Humid or Cold and Snowy?
In the middle, please! Please. PLEASE! But if those were my only choices, I’d probably take cold and snowy, even after the never-ending winter we’ve just had here in Canada. Snuggling up in front of an AC just isn’t as romantic as snuggling up in front of a fire. 

What is one book everyone should read?
The Bible. It’s all kinds of books in one—action, mystery, drama, paranormal, how-to and of course, love stories.


BIO:
Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries, including Deadly Devotion and Blind Trust. Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Sandra has also received a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to her busy writing schedule, Sandra enjoys speaking at events and teaching writing workshops. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more about Sandra’s books and check out the special bonus features, such as deleted scenes and location pics, at http://sandraorchard.com.

 
 
Blurb:


Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can’t believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker’s investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor’s innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation–and strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets come to light, her world–and her budding romance with Tom–begin to crumble. To Kate, it’s clear that she won’t be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster’s secrets. But is it too late for her and Tom?
 
Thanks so much, Sandra!
 
 
 
How about you? What's the one book everyone should read?
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