Monday, March 31, 2008

WHY DO WE LOVE HER?

Last night as I was watching the new Masterpiece movie Sense & Sensibility, I finally figured out what I love about Jane Austen stories: the idea of women waiting for true love, even when the odds and social conventions are against them. When I place myself in their shoes, life could be a frightening prospect if you didn't find a husband, especially as you grew older and less desirable. What a relief that things have changed in our day, and women have an opportunity to make their own way in the world. For women in Austen's time this was not so--and that's what makes matters of love and marriage so urgent in her stories.

That said, I have a confession to make, and some of you are going to think I'm nuts, while others of you are going to have the same secret: I've never read a Jane Austen book. There, I said it. A giant weight of guilt lifted off my shoulders. Everything I know about Jane, I know from the movies, and from Kaye's blog. (Which you should check out, by the way, because she's done an excellent series!)

So here's my question for you: who among you is brave enough to admit you've never read the books but desperately enjoy the movies? And two, what is it about the stories that, in your opinion, strikes a chord with so large an audience? How can you apply it to your own stories?

Friday, March 28, 2008

IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME TO...

...relive the 80s!!! I may have done this one before, but today my 80s hunk is:




Your 80s Hunk Is



Scott Baio

Come back and tell us who your 80s hunk is! (This includes people who are children of the 90s--you know who you are!)
BETRAYED

Do you ever get so absorbed in a book that you literally think you're there? This happened to me while reading Betrayed because the setting was done incredibly well, without slowing the pace or distracting from the excitement. The twists created by the hidden identity thread gave the ending some teeth! If you like suspense, grab a copy of this book.

Here's the blurb:

Fires smolder endlessly below the dangerous surface of Guatemala City’s municipal dump.

Deadlier fires seethe beneath the tenuous calm of a nation recovering from brutal civil war. Anthropologist Vicki Andrews is researching Guatemala’s “garbage people” when she stumbles across a human body. Curiosity turns to horror as she uncovers no stranger, but an American environmentalist—Vicki’s only sister, Holly.

With authorities dismissing the death as another street crime, Vicki begins tracing Holly’s last steps, a pilgrimage leading from slum squalor to the breathtaking and endangered cloud forests of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere. But every unraveled thread raises more questions. What betrayal connects Holly’s murder, the recent massacre of a Mayan village, and the long-ago deaths of Vicki’s own parents?

Nor is Vicki the only one demanding answers. Before her search reaches its startling end, the conflagration has spilled across international borders to threaten an American administration and the current war on terror. With no one turning out to be who they’d seemed, who can Vicki trust and who should she fear?

A politically relevant tale of international intrigue and God’s redemptive beauty and hope.







As the child of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than twenty. She has more than a dozen books in print, including political/suspense best-seller CrossFire and the Parker Twins series.





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Thursday, March 27, 2008

GENERATION NEXT MARRIAGE

I have the awesome privilege of telling you about Tricia Goyer's new book, Generation Next Marriage. The first cool thing that I have to mention is that it took me back in time. Yep, I'm an 80's girl through and through, and this book is geared right at me! Cool thing number two: even my husband was interested--and never reads anything but the newspaper. He saw the book and said, "Hey, let's do this together." A-ha, the point of the book was already being made.

If your family is anything like mine, you're going to love Chapter 4--Under Pressure. Tricia stresses the importance of balance, and tells us the ground rules that keep them from over committing to activities outside their family. Here's a quote she uses that really illuminates what many of us feel:

The problem with most roubled marriages is that both partners are trying to accomplish far too many things in the world...(The Mystery of Marriage, 1985).

Ain't that the truth? While I consider our marriage relatively healthy, the busyness of life can have a major stress on us at times. This goes back to establishing ground rules to avoid over committment.

If you're married, or plan on getting married someday--this book is a must-have. At the bottom of this post is a contest--enter today!!!

Here's the official blurb:

Do you still find yourself humming the love songs of the 80s and 90s?
Do you still believe that every marriage should be between soul mates?
But -- do you wonder how you can succeed at love and marriage when the generation you grew up in didn't?
Marriage isn't what it used to be-it can be better than ever.

If you are a Gen Xer, your marriage has challenges and potentials that no other generation has known. A Gen Xer herself, Tricia Goyer offers realistic help to achieve the God-honoring marriage you long for. She includes:
·Ways to protect your marriage despite the broken relationships modeled in your youth
·Stories, suggestions, and confessions from fellow Gen Xers facing the "What now?" question of real-life marriage
·Advice from the ultimate marriage survival guide: the Bible
·Stats, quizzes, sidebars, and study questions related to this "relationally challenged" time in history
·Practical helps for negotiating kids, work, sex, money, and dirty laundry-sometimes all in the same evening
If you are part of a generation of adults who don't want to bow to their culture or live and love like their parents did -- this book is for you.



Tricia Goyer is the author of twelve books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana.

HERE'S A CONTEST!!!

Love Gen X Style!

Share your story and WIN a dinner for TWO to the restaurant of your choice! ($50 maximum)

Tell us the story of how you and your spouse met. If you have photos, send those along, too! The winning story will be chosen at the end of the blog tour and will be posted on Tricia's GenX blog. More comments on your post increases your chance of winning ... so tell your friends!

Contest entry formfor Generation NeXt Marriage blog tour!


CLICK HERE to get this book!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I SAW THEM CRINGE WHEN I WALKED IN THE DOOR...

...of the Post Office. What a way to make a girl feel good. The reason? I was pushing one of those carts, overflowing with boxes. People in front of me sighed with relief, people behind me were tapping their feet, and the postal workers? I'm sure they were hoping their buddy to the left or right would get stuck with me.

So why, you ask, was I at the Post Office with all those boxes? This year I volunteered to be a category coordinator for the annual Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, sponsored by the Faith, Hope, & Love chapter of RWA. Last week I finished judging a few entries for the Genesis contest, sponsored by ACFW.

You know what I discovered in all this? How much I appreciate the large community of Christian writers. This is my first time getting involved at this level, and I love it! It's eye-opening to see how much time and effort people put out to keep organizations running and make things special for all of us. You can be sure that I'll continue to contribute as time goes on.

If you don't mind tooting your own horn--and really, it's not tooting since I'm asking--please let us know how you stay involved and contribute to the writing community. You might spark interest in others to join the fun!!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

FOR PETE'S SAKE


For Pete's Sake is a remarkable story about the unlikely live between a grown-up tomboy and the millionaire next door.

Ellen Brittingham isn’t sure true live exists until she contracts to do the landscaping of the estate of the sophisticated widower next door, Adrian Sinclair. Adrian has it all—at least on the surface, He’s engaged to a beautiful woman who helped him build a successful business and he’ll soon have a mom for his troubled son Pete.

Yet, from the moment Ellen rescues a stranded Adrian on her Harley, his well-ordered world turns upside down, cracking his thin fa├žade of happiness and revealing the void of faith and love behind it. Even more, his son seems to have his own sites set on Ellen – as his new mom.

As Ellen’s friendship grows with Pete, she realizes that his father is about to marry the wrong woman for the right reasons. And despite her resolve to remain “neighbors only” with the dad, the precocious boy works his way into her heart, drawing Ellen and Adrian closer. Close enough for heartbreak, for Pete’s sake!

But how can her heart think that Adrian Sinclair is the one when he’s engaged to a sophisticated beauty who is everything Ellen isn’t. When Ellen’s three best friends see she’s been bitten by the love bug, they jump into action and submit her to a makeover that reveals the woman underneath her rough exterior and puts her in contention for Adrian’s love.

But Ellen must ask herself whether she’s ready to risk the heart that she’s always held close. Will Ellen be able to trust that God brought this family into her life for a reason? Or will her fear of getting hurt cause her to turn away from God’s plan and her one true chance at love?


Maryland author Linda Windsor has written some twenty-nine historical and contemporary novels for both the secular and inspirational markets, but she is most noted for delivering “The Lift of Laughter and Spirit” in her modern inspirational romances.

A Christy finalist and winner of numerous industry awards, Linda has written for Multnomah Publishing (historical fiction and contemporary romances), Barbour Publishing (romcom novella), and Westbow Press (the Moonstruck romantic comedy trilogy). Wedding Bell Blues the first book in her new The Piper Cove Chronicles series, is featured on Avon Inspire's launch list.

In addition to writing and doing fiction-writing workshops at conferences across the country, Linda continues a music and lay speaking ministry started by her and her late husband, and she is a part-time financial analyst. She also works on “as desperately needed” home improvement projects on the 18th-century-plus house that she and her husband began restoring in 1986. Wallpaper and paint are definitely in her near future.

LINDA WINDSOR LOCAL APPEARANCES:
Saturday, April 5th, 2008
Jack's Religious Gift Shop
701 Snow Hill RoadSalisbury, MD 21804
2:00PM

Saturday, April 12, 2008
The Gospel Shop
800 South Salisbury Blvd
Salisbury, MD 21801
11:00 AM
To get your copy, CLICK HERE!

Friday, March 21, 2008

HE'S ALIVE!!!

Happy Resurrection weekend, friends =)



Thursday, March 20, 2008

COME VISIT...



...me at Julie Carobini's beach pad today!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

DISCIPLINE

treadmill

Yesterday I climbed back on the treadmill after a long weekend of eating and, well, not exercising. I've been trying (emphasis on trying) to workout three times a week but lately I've failed miserably. The treadmill kicked my butt, and it was way harder than it would have been had I stayed disciplined.

It's the same with writing. A few years ago when I started taking writing seriously, I had our third daughter and let the discipline of writing slip away. The less I wrote, the less I wanted to write. Thankfully I got past that, but in many ways it was like starting an exercise routine. Now that I have my routine established, my brain seems to jumpstart when the writing part of the day rolls around.

As soon as the kids fall asleep at naptime, it's my time to crank out the pages. Too bad their naps are down to an hour. It's okay though--that's just my dedicated time. I'll do anything to sneak in a few pages here and there with my book. The treadmill is another story.

What's your routine? Do you have the discipline?

Monday, March 17, 2008

BOBBLEHEADS

Now that I'm in the process of reworking a manuscript, I'm starting to notice some sameness to the body language I'm assigning my characters. Here's what keeps cropping up:

nodding heads
shrugging
smiling/grinning
crossing arms

Seriously, how boring is that? Now that I've finally noticed the pattern, I'm taking a closer look at each use and evaluating the necessity.

*Is this gesture adding flavor to the scene?
*Is it adding to the characterization?
*Did I use this gesture because it's what I saw when I was writing and for no other reason?
*Is it conveying any emotion?
*If it is helping convey an emotion, is there any other way to say it?

In my first book, Table for One, when I did my final edits I noticed a lot of people "tossing their head back in laughter." Not just one character, but all of them. Booo!!! I fixed several instances, but I'm sure you'll still spot a few =)

Any pet gestures in your books? Have you found fresh ways to convey the same old thing?
WOW!

Did you see how many entries we had for Only Uni? Are you ready? Drumroll please..................

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And the winner is.........................

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KARAZAY!!!

I'll be contacting you shortly! Congratulations!

Friday, March 14, 2008

ONLY UNI

Ahhhhh......

That's my sigh of happiness. I just closed Only Uni, and I'm coming off that "good-read euphoria." The twists and turns in this book kept me flipping pages, and even when I needed to set it down all I could think of was when I'd get to read again. I absolutely adored watching the heroine, Trish, wade through socially awkward situations as she learned about true grace. A sneak peek into the Asian culture added another fun dimension. A well-rounded story, wonderful characterization, and Camy's unique voice all blend together to make Only Uni a great addition to the Sushi Series.

BACK COVER:

Senior biologist Trish Sakai is ready for a change from her wild, flirtatious behavior. So Trish creates three simple rules from First and Second Corinthians and plans to follow them to the letter. No more looking at men as possible dates, especially non-Christians. Second, tell others about Christ. And third, she will persevere in hardship by relying on God. And just to make sure she behaves, she enlists the help of her three cousins--Lex, Venus, and Jennifer--the only Christians in their large extended family.

But Trish's dangerously tempting ex-boyfriend, Kazuo the artist, keeps popping up at all the wrong moments, and her grandmother, who has her eye on his family money, keeps trying to push the two of them back together again. Then there's Spencer, the hunky colleague at work who keeps turning Trish's thoughts in the wrong direction.

It just isn't fair! She's trying so hard, but instead of being God's virtuous woman, she's going nuts trying to stand firm against two hunky guys. Trish thought following her three rules would be a cinch, but suddenly those simple rules don't seem so simple at all.




CAMY TANG grew up in Hawaii and worked for years as a biologist/researcher until she felt God's call to return to the writing she had loved as a student. She now writes "romance with a kick of wasabi" and, with her husband, is a staff worker with the youth group at her church. Visit her website at http://www.camytang.com/


Here's the really cool part: enter your email address in the comments for your chance to win. I'll draw a name on Monday! Just in case you don't win, you can get your copy HERE, then we can compare notes. I'm sure you'll enjoy this book as much as I did!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

WHY IS GAS SO CHEAP???


When we filled our tank the other day, I just about gagged. Then I remembered a list, similar to this one, I saw a few years back. Naturally I wanted to share with you guys. All I can say is, I'm so thankful our cars don't run on Krazy Glue!

2% Milk
3.99

Arizona Ice Tea
3.99

Whole Milk
4.49

Soda by Pepsi & Coke
5.33

Pelligrino Sparkling Mineral Water
6.40

Minute Maid Orange Juice
6.99

Snapple Peach Tea
7.68

Propel Fitness Water
7.68

Safeway Canola Oil
9.84

Dawn Dish Detergent
11.43

Charcoal Lighter Fluid
11.96

Rubbing Alcohol (Safeway)
13.52

Safeway Peanut Oil
13.89

Liquid Tide Detergent
14.49

Windex
17.29

Kikkoman Soy Sauce
18.21

Softsoap Liquid Soap
20.45

Starbucks Frappuccino Iced Coffee
20.48

Elmer's Glue
20.54

Progresso Clam Chowder
22.07

Safeway Balsamic Vinegar
25.60

Ragu Pizza Sauce
30.17

Garnier Shampoo
35.23

Old Spice Body Wash
41.17

Worcestershire Sauce
48.64

Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
77.75

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Makeup
1162.47

Krazy Glue
2322.29



For the full list, click here.
SWEET CAROLINE


I adored this book. Absolutely. At one point tears sprung to my eyes and I leapt off the couch so no one would notice. A few pages later I giggled, and Giggled, and GIGGLED until my husband politely asked me to "Be. Quiet. Already." Spending time inside Sweet Caroline was like truly relaxing and hanging out with friends where all you can think is, "I so want the best to happen for these people." The spiritual message rings true, and the ending is so natural and unforced that I was completely satisfied when I finished reading. This is a must read!

Here's the blurb:

When a Southern waitress inherits the Lowcountry cafe where she works, she suddenly has to balance more than just her next food order.

Caroline Sweeney has always done the right thing--the responsible, dependable thing--unlike her mother who abandoned her family. But when her best friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Barcelona, Spain, Caroline says "yes" to destiny.

Then, without warning, ownership of the run-down cafe where she's been waitressing falls right into Caroline's lap. While she's trying to determine the cafe's future, handsome Deputy Sherriff J.D. Rand captures Caroline's heart.

But when her first love, Mitch O'Neal, comes back to town, fresh from the heat of his newly-found fame as a country music singer in Nashville, Caroline must make some hard choices about love and the pursuit of the sweet life.



I graduated from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) with a degree in Journalism. As a member of Phi Mu sorority, I partied my way though the last few years of college.

But, the truth is, and always will be, I belong to Jesus. At the age of six, I knelt at the altar of a Tulsa Methodist church and gave my life to the One who loves me.

After graduation, hired on at Harris Publishing as a software trainer, determined to see the world. And I did it without a laptop, a cell phone, an IPod or portable DVD player. Those were hard times.

But, I traveled to Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the U.S. from California to Maine. But, life on the road is difficult. Working twelve to fourteen hour days, one doesn't get to see many of the sites. In Ireland, our company's distributor drove me around at night so I could see something of Dublin.

I met Tony, my husband, in '87, at church, of all places. We got married in '92. Tony has been a pastor for twenty years. I've worked with him in eighteen of those twenty. Our heart is to see teens and adults passionate, radical and whole hearted for Jesus.

Tony and I don't have any children of our own, lots of kids-in-the-Lord and we love them all. However, we do have a very spoiled dog, and an even more spoiled cat.

I've always wanted to be a writer. My dad used to tell me, "You're a writer." I have letters he wrote me post college, exhorting me to write. In this, I believe he had the heart of God.

In '93, I started an epic WW2 novel with two plots. It was well rejected. After that ordeal, I took a break and put efforts into my job as a software project manager. But, I missed writing and in late ' 99, I took up the craft again.

With a little help from my friends, my first book was published in ' 04, Lambert's Pride, a romance novel. I love writing chick lit and romance. I love writing. What an honor.

Rachel has several other books that have been received with great praise, including Diva Nash Vegas and Lost In Nash VegasYou can purchase copies of Rachel's books, signed personally for you,at this site: Signed by the Author.com

GET YOUR COPY HERE!

Monday, March 10, 2008

DRUMROLL PLEASE......

Wow, tons of entries for Truffles by the Sea! The winner is.....

...........Stacey! I'll be contacting you shortly. Congratulations!
THE PERFECT LIFE


Let me start by saying that this is the only full-length novel I've ever read in one day. Didn't think it could be done! That alone, should tell you something about The Perfect Life. This is also the first Robin Lee Hatcher novel I've read ((hiding until you're done throwing sharp objects at me.)) This book really speaks to the evil intentions of others, the trust inside marriage, and imperfect relationships. Several times I asked myself why I believe what I do about my own life, and about others. Scripture is laced beautifully throughout the book, and shows that no situation is beyond God's grace.

Here's the blurb:
Katherine Clarkson has the perfect life. Married to Brad, a loving and handsome husband, respected in their church and the community. Two grown daughters on the verge of starting families of their own. A thriving ministry. Good friends. A comfortable life.

She has it all--until the day a reporter appears with shocking allegations. Splashed across the local news are accusations of Brad's financial impropriety at his foundation and worse, an affair with a former employee. Without warning, Katherine's marriage is shattered and her family torn apart. The reassuring words she's spoken to many brokenhearted women over the years offer little comfort now.

Her world spinning, Katherine wonders if she can find the truth in the chaos that consumes her. How can she survive the loss of what she thought was the perfect life?


Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd's Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 50 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can be found at the outdoor amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Shakespeare under the stars. She makes her home outside of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon.

She also likes to blog. Go leave her a comment at Write Thinking!

To get your copy, click here!

Friday, March 07, 2008

TRUFFLES BY THE SEA


Mmmm...even the title makes me hungry. Not only did this book make me crave a little chocolate, it made me long for the beach. Julie Carobini did a wonderful job combining a beach setting and an interesting story. The heroine dealt with serious problems without coming across as angsty. I really enjoyed the way the romance played out, and didn't guess what would happen until the end.

Because I like you guys, I'm giving away a copy! Leave a comment at the bottom with your EMAIL addy, and I'll draw on Monday.

Here's the official blurb:

If you read, Julie's first book, Chocolate Beach, then you might remember Gaby as Bri’s dramatic, lovesick best friend. Unfortunately, things get worse—much worse—for her before they get…well, best not to give it away.

Sometimes all a girl has left is chocolate...

Gaby Flores has a penchant for drama and an unfortunate knack for dating Mr. So Wrong. After breaking off yet another relationship, watching her apartment building burn to the ground, and discovering that her dippy delivery guy has run off with most of her business, Gaby decides it’s time to turn things around.

So she moves to a tiny waterfront loft and takes on a new motto: “Be gullible no more!” With help from her friends, she works to rebuild her flower shop—and her life. But when legal troubles and quirky neighbors and two surprising romances enter her beachy world, Gaby’s motto and fledgling faith are put to the test.

Can a young woman prone to disaster in both work and love finally find happily ever after?




Julie Carobini is an award-winning writer whose stories often spotlight her family, the sea, and God's timely work in the lives of those around her. She lives with her husband, Dan, and their three children in Ventura Beach, California.

She also likes to blog! Go leave her a comment at Waves of Grace.

Julie left you all a special message:

To celebrate my upcoming CFBA tour March 5-7, I'll be giving away a copy of Truffles by the Sea AND and a 1/2 lb. box of yummy truffles to three of your readers.All they need to do is drop by my blog http://juliecarobini.blogspot.com/ during the tour and leave a comment and a way to contact them if they win!

In case you don't win the book here, or at Julie's site, CLICK HERE to purchase a copy! Remember, leave your email addy to enter!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

I'M SHAKESPEARE!!!

OK, we all know I'm really not. But it's still a fun quiz!

Which famous author/poet are
you?

You scored as a William Shakespeare

You are most like William Shakespeare, considered to be the greatest writer in English. Mystery surrounds his life, but scholars know he had a wife and family, who was not around much because he was in London writing and directing plays at the famous Globe Theater, where he produced plays that everyone of any background could enjoy. His sonnets show his mastery of style. His plays show his insight into human nature, as he has created some of the greatest characters in all of literature. His works are too many to list, but some include "Hamlet," "MacBeth" and "Twelfth Night."

William Shakespeare
83%

James Joyce
50%

Ernest Hemingway
50%

Walt Whitman
46%

Edgar Allen Poe
25%

Click HERE to see who you are, then come tell us!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

BATTLE SCARS...

Come visit me at Write Place, Write Time where I reveal my battle scars up close and personal!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

WRITING IS NOT FOR WIMPS!

When I first started taking my writing seriously--almost 4 years ago now--I had no idea of the work involved. I tinkered with greeting cards, a blurb in a magazine, and I voraciously read every craft book I could get my hands on while trying to come up with an idea for the next big novel.

Little did I know how many long hours of writing, rewriting, learning, polishing, editing--did I mention rewriting?--that it takes to sculpt a novel. Then there's the next step: submitting. This follows with queries, proposals...rejections. Ugh. I'm still looking for a shortcut.

In the meantime, I keep asking myself why I enjoy this process so much. What's the big attraction? Is it money and fame? Uh, no. Is it because I want to see my name on a book cover? That'd hardly be enough motivation.

SO WHAT IS IT?

The only reasonable answer I can come up with is that it's part of who I am. Years of my life slid away without my touching a keyboard, and yet, the vision was always there. It was always "someday I'm going to write." As a child, it wasn't just a simple dream, it was the only dream. It took a long time to get back to it, but here I am, putting in the time--no shortcuts.

Writing is not for wimps. What is your motivation?

Monday, March 03, 2008

She Really Liked It!


One of the most fun things about having a book out is reading the reviews. Here's an exerpt from Friday's review from The Long and Short of It:

This story was hilarious, moving, engaging. I found myself utterly captivated...Ms. Daniels drew me into her story and made me feel with the characters. I shared the joy, laughter, frustration, tears and love. That is the mark of a truly gifted author...

Me here again: You can sooo tell I'm a newbie! When I read the full review I bolted out of my chair and started hopping up and down, clapping my hands wildly. My family probably thought I was nuts, but that's okay, it's part of the journey =)
IF YOU WERE A LITTLE GIRL IN THE 70's.....

I found this on Michelle's ShoutLife page last week, and naturally I had to steal it. I'll put a * by the ones that ring true to me.

You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked.

You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it.*

You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels.*

You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (admit it!)--{I was a Peter Brady fan, actually}

You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island.

You had either a 'bowl cut' or 'pixie', not to mention the 'Dorothy Hamill'.(People sometimes thought you were a boy.)

You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days.

You owned a 'Slip-n-Slide', on which you injured yourself on a sprinkler head more than once.

You owned 'Klick-Klacks' and smacked yourself in the face more than once !

Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.

You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers.*

You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.*

You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits, or the sunshine family.

You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze.*

The swing set tipped over at least once.

You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color.**

You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole & the buckle).

You also had a pair of salt-water sandals.

You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on thePrairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture;and you despised Nellie Olson!* {7th grade photo!}

You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink!

PONG! ('video tennis' ) was the most remarkable futuristic game you've ever heard of !*

Your hairstyle was described as having 'wings' or 'feathers' and you kept it 'pretty'with the comb you kept in your back pocket.*

When you walked, the 'wings' flapped up and down, looked like you were gonna 'take off'.*

You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.*

You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic.

With the thermos inside some were glass inside and broke the first time you dropped them.

You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard was your boyfriend.

YOU had Star Wars action figures, too! *

It was a big event in your household each year when the 'Wizard of Oz' would come on TV.Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping bags!

You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: 'Who will I marry.Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or David Cassidy?'*

You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Fame soundtrack record album.***

You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick God's eyes, decoupage,or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom.*

You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts!*

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker.*

You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat.You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from Judy Blume books.(Are you there God, It's Me, Margaret.)*

You thought Olivia Newton John's song 'Physical' was about aerobics. (?? its not??)**

You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart or rain bow designs.

You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.

You drowned yourself in Love's Baby Soft - which was the first 'real' perfume you ever owned.

You glopped your lips in Strawberry Roll-on lip-gloss till it almost dripped off. *

Ahhh, the memories! Who's with me here?

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