Wed Words – Happy

Apologies for being absent for a few weeks. Things around here haven’t been so great. In fact, I’m currently on a two week medical leave from work because things with my depression have been so bad. Which is funny considering I’m supposed to write this week about what makes me happy. That’s a really hard thing to ask of someone who is in a double depression. But, I’ll do my best.

* My Doodlebutt – I love my niece and nephews all so much that I can’t put it into words. But the youngest one, aka Doodlebutt, is kind of in his own special category. Maybe it’s because he’s almost 8 and still likes a good snuggle, or because he hasn’t grown out of Aunt Kellie being on the Cool list… But there’s just something about the kid that makes me grin. Yeah, he can annoy me at times, but generally he makes me giggle like a nut. He’s uber creative and makes up the craziest stories. He just wants to be listened to, and so I do my best to do that for him as much as I can. He’s the baby and his bigger sibs aren’t always so appreciative of his crazy creative spirit, so I give him as much love as I can, and he gives it right back.

* Knitting – I used to knit every day. Now, my hands wouldn’t really let me do that, but I really do enjoy a good knit session with friends. When Bronwyn and Jenny started knitting this year I was SO happy! I don’t get to knit with them nearly enough due to the fact we all live an hour apart, but when we do, it’s great. And I’ve been trying to make an effort to find time to knit with my local peeps more too. I’m working on a sweater that I cannot wait to wear! It’s the first sweater I’ve knit for myself. :)

* Medication – Okay, medication doesn’t make me happy, but it helps make it easier for me to be happy despite this annoying disorder.

* My Mom – My mom is kind of amazing. She puts up with me and never gives up on me even when I’m on the crazy train. I love her long time.

* Coffee – I’m not exactly an emotional eater, but I do tend to use coffee as a reward. Had a rough home visit? You deserve a trip to Starbucks! I know, it’s not great to reward with food/drink, but coffee really is a comfort to me and so is sitting in a coffee shop.

* Great Books – I love to get lost in a good book. I stayed up til 3:30 this morning reading Jenny’s The Bride before I couldn’t stay awake any longer. :) Books always make me want to write too.

* Fall – Fall is my favorite season. I love the color changes, being able to wear jeans and socks, not being sweaty all the time… It’s bliss. Of course, tomorrow it’s going to be in the mid 70’s here, geesh.

* Friends – I have some pretty amazing friends. The kind who stick around even when I’m not myself and know that I’ll eventually get back.

* Movies – I would go see a movie every day if I could. They kind of fall into the same category as books and music… Great escapes. I saw This Is Where I Leave You last weekend and it was SO good! Great movies make me want to write as well.

* Backstreet Boys – You saw this one coming, right? I love them, they make me happy, I’m not planning on giving them up anytime soon. My first concert was 16 years ago last week. :)

* Blog Comments – Okay, this is a shameless plea… I KNOW people read this blog because I get notifications that the posts have been viewed and I have followers. But for some reason only a handful of you take time to respond. If you’re one of those people… I LOVE you! Seriously. Writing a blog that no one bothers to comment on is depressing. It’s like talking and feeling like no one is listening. Just take a minute to respond, please? It really isn’t that hard and I don’t have one of those damn password things that you have to type in order to post. :) Even if you just say hi, it’s awesome.

So there you have it… What makes YOU happy? Let me know and then see what my girls have to say.

Kris Norris | Bronwyn Green | Jessica Jarman | Gwendolyn Cease


Wednesday Words: Cover Judging

Ahh the book cover… I’m not going to lie, I judge books by their covers, I really do. I know there are books out there that I’d probably love that I’ve passed on because I didn’t like the cover and therefore never bothered picking it up.

Anything that looks like this…

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I totally wouldn’t bother picking up. No offense to the writers, because they could be awesome books… I’m just picky when it comes to covers.

So here are some of my favorites in no particular order.

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Okay so this one isn’t so much the cover as it is the fact that it’s all about frogs and the illustrations inside are brilliant. The cover is lovely, but the inside is wonderful. Next time you’re in a bookstore, look this one up. :)

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I love the cover of this book. Simple yet with so much detail too. I can’t even remember what the book was about but I remember liking it and the cover totally stayed with me. It was actually the first book I thought of when I saw this week’s topic.

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Another simple design that has stuck with me. With or without text, this image will always relate to this book.

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Do you see a pattern here? I really like simple covers. I love the covers of this trilogy.

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Sarah’s covers are always gorgeous.

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I love this book, love the cover, love the illustrations throughout.

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This is a perfect example of a great cover. I LOVE Chris Moore, but based on the original covers of his older books, I totally wouldn’t have picked him up. I saw this though and it pulled me in.

But this is the original cover… I never would’ve read the blurb on this.
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And it looks like this is the new one… Not really digging this one either.
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I’m glad to have discovered him though because his writing is amazing!

Okay, your turn… Tell me the covers you like! Are you picky? :)

And check out what the girls enjoy when it comes to covers!

Bronwyn Green ~ Leigh Jones ~ Jessica Jarman ~ Kris Norris ~ Gwendolyn Cease


Wednesday Words: Zodiac

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Hello again my fair readers!

I can’t believe that it’s time for our weekly post again already. I also can’t believe that I’m working on mine before dark. LOL This week’s topic is “What’s your sign – does it fit?” I’m kind of tempted to just post the above graphic and say, “Yep.” LOL I’m SUCH a typical Cancer there isn’t a whole lot more I can say. When I read a description about what a Cancer is supposed to be like, it’s usually me to a T.

Moody? Yep. Passionate? Yep. Forgives but doesn’t forget? Absolutely. Home body? Yuh huh. Easily hurt? Yep. Struggles letting go? Story of my life. :) Quiet? Definitely. Intuitive? Oh yeah.

My best friend Shawn says that I’m scary because of how intuitive I can be sometimes. I’ll admit, there are times when I feel like my intuition is a little more than intuition… like, I sometimes can just know that someone I love is having a bad day even if they’re states away and I haven’t spoken to them. But most of the time I just pay attention. I’m huge on details, I notice things that other people don’t. I’ll notice by the way someone types a text message that they’re in a shitty mood just because their typical way of responding has changed.

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That little doozy right there? I can’t tell you how true it is. It generally takes a lot to get me mad and even more to make me lose my temper. But when I do get mad and do lose my temper, you better watch out. I’m the ultimate Mama Bear and if someone is hurting a person that I love, you better watch out. :)

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So yeah… that’s me! :)

Jenny Trout | Bronwyn Green | Kris Norris | Jessica Jarman | Gwendolyn Cease


Wednesday Words: James Lipton Edition

I almost forgot to blog this week! It’s already been a long week around here. I had a bat in my bedroom last night and in the process of catching it I hurt my back. Something is pinched and causing all sorts of pain and also my pointer fingers keep going numb. So now I’m in my grandpa’s old room using the Craftmatic bed (it’s not helping much) and I’m barricaded in here so if we have another visitor it can’t get to me. Ugh.

Anywho… This week we get to play like we’re famous actors being interviewed by James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio.

What’s your favorite word?
Love.

What’s your least favorite word?
Hate.

What turns you on?
A good laugh.

What turns you off?
Lying, backstabbing, abusive, assholes who pretend they’re great people but they aren’t. How’s that for specific?

What sound do you love?
Laughter.

What sound do you hate?
The sound that flying rodent bastards make.

What’s your favorite curse word?
Fuck.

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Mama.

What profession would you not like to do?
My current one which shall not be named because it gets tracked online when it’s mentioned. LOL

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
We’ll done, you.

Dog or cat person?
Both, but I love my kitties a whole lot and technically the dogs don’t belong to me and are my fur siblings.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee. Tea tastes like dirty water to me. Although I do like chai tea.

Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars. But I grew up watching reruns of Star Trek and I love the new movies. We’re a big Star Wars family though.

Buffy, Angel, or Firefly
I’ve never seen Firefly (yes, I know… The horror!), so that’s out. Buffy and Angel are kind of tied though. They kinda go together, ya know?

Pirate or ninja?
LMAO… Uh, ninja? Yeah, I’ll take the hot ninja from the last Wolverine movie. :p

Morning or night person?
Night, totally. I struggle with insomnia so mornings usually suck.

Procrastinator or get things done early?
Gee, let me give you a hint… I’m typing this at 11:52 pm Tuesday night. :)

Introvert or extrovert?
Mostly introvert. I used to be more outgoing but when I get uber stressed (I.e. The last 5.5 years in my job), my anxiety kicks in and I go inward.

What do you like best about writing?
I get to be mostly in control. My characters sometimes like to take over and make huge plot changes, but for the most part I’m in charge and that’s cool since in real life I feel out of control a lot.

What do you like least?
Second guessing my talent, comparing myself to others, feeling like there are so many “rules” to follow that the fun of writing gets sucked out.

That’s all folks! Check out what Kris, Bron, Leigh, and Jess have to say this week at the links below. Also, don’t forget to look at my previous cover reveal post! :D

Kris Norris

Bronwyn Green

Leigh Jones

Jessica Jarman


Cover Reveal! Eventide by Christine Allen Riley

A while back my niece and I were Super Secret Readers of this book. It’s WONDERFUL, and I’m so excited for it to be released in October so that everyone else can read it too! Christine is an amazing person, writer, mentor, mom and all around person. You’re going to love her!

Eventide (Iron Falls, #1)
Release Date: 10/2014
Summary from Goodreads:
The driver in a tragic
car accident that killed her best friend, Devon Greer is consumed by guilt.
When powerful hallucinations convince her that she’s seeing Rachael everywhere,
Devon thinks she’s going crazy. But her friend isn’t truly gone.

To save Rachael from the faeries who stole her, Devon must pit herself against
the Court of the Sidhe. Once she witnesses the true form of the fey, Devon’s
life is in danger—and so are the lives of everyone she loves.

Now, Devon must not only protect herself, but also Jonah Seafort, Rachael’s
cousin and the only person Devon can trust to help her. While the Sidhe walk
among them, no one is safe…

About the Author
Lover of books, nature, cats and shiny things. Active disliker of
cooking, cleaning and stress. Mom, freelance editor & YA author – also a
bit of a nerd.
Author Links:
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Favorite Things – TV Edition

Ahh, television, how I love it. I haven’t been watching a whole lot of anything lately because when I get stressed out I either watch a whole lot of Disney Junior or I don’t watch anything. I think the last time I turned the tv on in my bedroom was a few weeks ago when my nephew was spending the night. I do love tv though. :)

For the record, I’ll just be the first one to admit that unlike most (maybe all) of my fellow Wednesday Words girls I have never seen an episode of Dr. Who, Merlin, or Sherlock. LOL Not that I think I’d dislike them, but yeah… I just haven’t. The thought of Dr. Who overwhelms me because there are so many seasons. I like to do things in order and even though I’ve been told which Dr. to begin with, it might bug me not to start at the very beginning. :p I’ve also never watched Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead although both shows are in my Netflix queue. :)

Anywho… these are the totally random favorite-ish shows of mine in no particular order.

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I can’t help it, I love this show. It’s freaking adorable and when I need something fluffy to watch that doesn’t involve sad things or reality, the Doc is my girl. :)

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I just got caught up on the first four episodes of this show and it’s pretty damn good. I’m not a big fan of the whole wormy thing that these vampires use to feed, it’s kind of gross, but it’s a cool show. I’m very curious to see how it plays out.

Derek
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Oh em gee I love this show! If you haven’t watched it and you have access to Netflix, go watch! There are only two seasons so far and it’s a total of 12 or 13 episodes. It’s such a weird, funny, touching show. Ricky Gervais is absolutely amazing in it. I have laughed, snorted, and cried watching this show. And it’s up for an Emmy!

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I’m only part way through the first or second season of this show but wow is it good! If I had time to sit and binge watch I totally would. I just think it’s such a clever idea and I love hearing the inner dialogue when he just doesn’t understand normal human interactions. :)

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I have last season’s DVD’s sitting on my coffee table right now and I neeeeed to watch them. If you recall my celebrity crushes post, you’ll remember that a certain sexy man named Joe Manganiello was on it and well… he’s on True Blood. :) Yes, I do know the fate of his character this season… damn spoilers. But I love the show. Yeah, it’s not like the books, blah blah woof woof, but it’s still good. In some ways, I think the show has been better than some of the books. Speaking of the books, I still have to read the last one or two of the series. :p

I’m sure there are a billion other shows I could share, but honestly… I should be asleep right now. I have court tomorrow for work and haven’t slept for crap lately so I’m hoping tonight the Ativan will kick in and work it’s magic!

Tell me what your favorite shows are and check out the girls to see what they like to watch! I’m not sure if all the girls are blogging this week because several of them are already at Authors After Dark in North Carolina.
But here are the links for Bron, Jess and Gwen!

Bronwyn Green

Jessica Jarman

Gwendolyn Cease


Delurker Time!

WordPress keeps telling me that I have all these blog followers but only a handful of people ever comment. So I wonder, are you guys really out there? Or is WordPress a big fat liar? :) Therefore, I’ve decided that today is the day that my lurkers come out of the woodwork and say hello! Technically, National Delurking Week is in January, but whatever… I’m doing it now. LOL plus apparently yesterday was my four year bloggerversary here so I get to make shit up. :)

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Tell me your name, how you found my blog, and where in the world you are. :) You can tell me more, but at least give me that, okay? Don’t just click the like button (although I do appreciate likes, don’t get me wrong). Please and thank you!

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