You gifted me socks?…Really? -_-

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Musings, Reader Fun, Uncategorized | 0 comments

You gifted me socks?…Really?  -_-

I tore off the paper, sharing a giggle with my sister, who furiously ripped through bright and festive wrapping paper next to me. I opened the box as a squeal, just dying to be released, waited in my throat for the signal. And opening boxes from Santa was no small feat.  I had to battle through unreasonable layers of tape. It was a war worth fighting, though. I would catch my sister’s eye, we’d grin, then dive into our boxes. Socks and underwear. Yep. Nothing brings Christmas cheer to the small heart of a child quite like socks and underwear. I’d rather have a piece of coal. I mean, come on. It’s carbonized plant matter. If I couldn’t have Hans Solo frozen in carbonite, the least Santa could do is give me carbonized something. Coal seemed like a pretty good option. I didn’t care if it branded me as naughty. I was a weird kid like that. I even told Santa once, at the mall, that I wanted coal and he looked to an elf for an appropriate response. Rocks and fossils were the best gifts ever. Socks and underwear? Not so much. Never wishing to appear ungrateful, I swallowed back my disappointment, offered a brave smile and said, “Thank you, Santa.” Year after year after year after year. As I grew older, “Thank you, Santa” turned to “Laaaaaame”, then to, “That bastard!” to eventually, “Dirty old man.” That’s when my parents FINALLY got the hint. Maybe gifting socks and underwear from Santa wasn’t the best idea.  Santa was more clever and creative after that. But, by that time, I had grown up. And frankly, getting socks and underwear was kinda cool. Then, I got it. I felt like I had a “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” moment and uttered a dramatic, “Whoa…” as my brain contorted with the epiphany. Adults like to get socks and underwear. I like to get socks and underwear. Why isn’t anyone buying me socks anymore? I didn’t mean it! Truly! I take it all back. Pleeeaaassseee….! Still waiting for that lump of coal, too… 😉   What was the ONE boring gift you got over the Holidays as a child that you appreciate now as an adult? Slippers? Robes? Pajamas? Clothes? Comment below!   Banner picture: “Christmas gifts / Новогодние подарки” by ahenobarbus,...

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Author meet Reader and Reader meet Author

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Book News, Musings, Reader Fun, Uncategorized | 8 comments

Author meet Reader and Reader meet Author

Authors, I am pleased to introduce you to these excellent Readers. And Readers, it is an honor to present these fine Authors to you. Now, check the comments section. Shake hands. *smiles* *wipes away happy tears*   THE RULES 1. Authors: – post in the comments a short and sweet synopsis of your book (like 300 words or less). Please make summaries visible with “quotes” or by italicizing (use HTML). Don’t forget to add your book title and name! – a link to your website – one main link to where your book can be purchased online (please, just pick one). Shorten the link to a bitly if you don’t plan to use HTML shortcuts. I will post my book in the comments as an example. * NOTE: No erotica or sexually explicit content, please. I am a young adult writer and have a wide age range of visitors to my site. I will not approve your comment if you do so. Thank you!   2. Readers: – All right, so maybe that would be asking too much 😉 But, definitely check out the books below. After all, making new book friends is what this is all about. – Feel free to comment and share – And, of course: HAPPY READING!  ...

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Answer a question for your chance to win a FREE copy of LEGACY!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Book Giveaway, LEGACY, Reader Fun | 0 comments

Answer a question for your chance to win a FREE copy of LEGACY!

To celebrate September 28th, the day “The Biodome Chronicles” opens up in Legacy, I am giving away a FREE signed copy of the book (physical or eBook) to a random winner residing anywhere in the world! Simply answer this question in the comments below: Would you want to live in a biodome? Why or why not?Winners will be notified on October 3rd, the day LEGACY ends and ELEMENTS begins. And, if you already have a copy, join the conversation. You can never have too many copies, right? Or, I am happy to gift it to a friend/family of your choice.Ready. Set. GO!Follow additional comments and threads...

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Banned Books Week 2014. Which ones have you read?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Musings, Reader Fun | 2 comments

Banned Books Week 2014. Which ones have you read?

The history of challenged and banned books is long and rather amusing. Seriously. Check out this list of banned books from 1850-2002 that helped shape America. Crazy, right? The TOP TEN most challenged or banned books of 2013, according to the American Library Association, are as follows:   Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone Looking for Alaska, by John Green The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya Bone (series), by Jeff Smith   I have read #1 (whole series), #5 (whole series), #7 and #8. Which ones have you read? Please comment below...

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Help! Will write for music…

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Book News, Reader Fun, The Biodome Chronicles | 0 comments

Help! Will write for music…

I LOVE to listen to music while writing. It’s a huge part of my process in crafting a story and characters. Here is my current PLAYLIST for ELEMENTS, book two in “The Biodome Chronicles”. These songs continually feed my imagination and emotively flesh out the characters’ journey in my mind. But I need more music! *raises hands in air like a mad scientist* So I come to you to keep the inspiration burning brightly:1) What songs would you add to this list that make you think of Fillion, Leaf, Willow, Coal, and/or Lynden? 2) What songs speak to YOU? Comment below (with links if possible) and I’ll add a Reader Selection page in my “end of the book features” with full credit! 😀  (Be sure to leave the name tag in the comments that you want me to publish in the book, even if it is “anonymous”) Thank you, Moss. Truth....

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