Saturday, August 31, 2013

#RockYourBlog August Writing Prompts: Favorite Childhood Book

This month, I am participating in the #RockYourBlog Writing Prompts hop. The hosts provide a list of topics for the month, and bloggers can write about them in the order they’re provided, or even out of order. If you’d like to join me, just click on the banner above, and it will take you to the page that explains the hop and lists the topics. Plus, you can enter to win ad space and a Starbucks gift card by submitting your post links!

The topic for today, August 31, is: What is your favorite book from your childhood?


I can’t put my finger on just one, but there are two book series that I read over and over again as a child. When I was a younger reader, it was the Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. When I got to be a little bit older, I loved the Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

#RockYourBlog August Writing Prompts: Favorite Restaurant

This month, I am participating in the #RockYourBlog Writing Prompts hop. The hosts provide a list of topics for the month, and bloggers can write about them in the order they’re provided, or even out of order. If you’d like to join me, just click on the banner above, and it will take you to the page that explains the hop and lists the topics. Plus, you can enter to win ad space and a Starbucks gift card by submitting your post links!

The topic for today, August 30, is: What is your favorite restaurant?


I’ve lived in Florida for more than 27 years but I still dream about the pizza from DeLuca’s Restaurant in Lansing, Michigan where I grew up! I’ve never found a place here in south Florida that compares. There was just something about the taste of their pizza -- and I can’t put my finger on what that is -- that made it unique and irresistible. If I ever return to Lansing, I must return to DeLuca’s!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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#RockYourBlog August Writing Prompts: Favorite Place

This month, I am participating in the #RockYourBlog Writing Prompts hop. The hosts provide a list of topics for the month, and bloggers can write about them in the order they’re provided, or even out of order. If you’d like to join me, just click on the banner above, and it will take you to the page that explains the hop and lists the topics. Plus, you can enter to win ad space and a Starbucks gift card by submitting your post links!

The topic for today, August 29, is: What is your favorite place to be?


This is a very tough question. I’m not sure if it refers to a certain spot in the house (perhaps where you like to curl up and read) or a particular type of place (like the beach) or a certain town or country (like Alaska or Australia). I love to travel, so I’m happy almost anywhere as long as there are plenty of interesting sights to see. But I still dream of having a particular spot I love, like a home library or porch or a window seat. Our house is small, and my two boisterous twins have got their stamp on just about everything, so I don’t feel at the moment that I’ve got a place that’s special to me. My dream, when I’m an empty-nester, is to get a house in the country and create a special place of beauty where I can feel relaxed and just read or write. I’m not sure where that will be, but I’m hoping I figure it out someday.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: Best Book Club Read

It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time for the Literary Addicts Weekly Meme! Every Wednesday, they suggest a fun theme to write about. The theme of this week: What book would be the BEST book club choice? Why?


I just finished reading The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, and it was an incredibly intellectual and fascinating read! It was about the search for the “real” Dracula, but it was so much more. There are so many elements that could be discussed in a book club, as you’ll see when you read this description of The Historian from Amazon:

To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history.... Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of -- a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history. The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known -- and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself -- to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed -- and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler’s dark reign -- and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages. Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions -- and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad’s ancient powers -- one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil. Elizabeth Kostova’s debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful -- and utterly unforgettable.

What about you? What book would you recommend for book clubs? CLICK HERE for links to the other blogs participating in this meme to find out their choices!

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#RockYourBlog August Writing Prompts: Chocolate, Strawberry or Vanilla?

This month, I am participating in the #RockYourBlog Writing Prompts hop. The hosts provide a list of topics for the month, and bloggers can write about them in the order they’re provided, or even out of order. If you’d like to join me, just click on the banner above, and it will take you to the page that explains the hop and lists the topics. Plus, you can enter to win ad space and a Starbucks gift card by submitting your post links!

The topic for today, August 28, is: Chocolate, strawberry or vanilla?


I like them all, but I usually choose chocolate. Add some mint or coconut, and I’m in heaven!

DiSemblance Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

DiSemblance
DiSemblance

Jason Tanner’s life has always been different from the ordinary citizen’s. It started when he was an infant and his parents were only teenagers. A computer science prodigy, Lloyd attended MIT but left a pariah in the eyes of the school’s dean -- but a computer physics genius in the eyes of his primary investor. Then his theories and ideas created a holographic machine, and their world shrunk as contact with the outside world became less and less frequent. A computer prodigy now himself, Jason is about to learn that the world never waits for you if you have the ability to change it: it will come for you.

Detective Bruce Durante has been handed the case of the Comfort Killer, a serial killer so named because he appears to abduct terminally ill patients before returning their corpses to their families in refrigerated coffins. When he picks up the trail, it leads straight to the home of Lloyd Tanner.

Jason has been living life through the world of Lloyd’s invention and wishing he could carry on a relationship with Boston, the beautiful girl next door. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, he is brought back to reality in a hurry. He is forced to destroy all of the planted evidence -- and finds he is being targeted as the killer’s new fall guy. But the secrets of his father’s invention run deep, and Jason, his brother Isaac, Boston, the Comfort Killer, and Detective Durante hurtle towards one another on a deadly collision course that leaves everyone’s life hanging in the balance.


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Author Shanae Branham

I am a professional writer with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay Writer’s Expo.

I love suspense thrillers and am a master at plot and character development. I enjoy stories with happy endings. I promise all my readers that when they put one of my books down or walk away from one of my movies, they will be enthused with excitement and joy. This does not mean there will not be some sad parts, because you have to feel the bitter in order to understand the sweet. In fact, I have struggled with Dyslexia my whole life, so you can imagine how overjoyed I was when DiSemblance won a Silver Medal in the fantasy/science fiction category at the eLit awards in 2012.


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

#RockYourBlog August Writing Prompts: Last Vacation?

This month, I am participating in the #RockYourBlog Writing Prompts hop. The hosts provide a list of topics for the month, and bloggers can write about them in the order they’re provided, or even out of order. If you’d like to join me, just click on the banner above, and it will take you to the page that explains the hop and lists the topics. Plus, you can enter to win ad space and a Starbucks gift card by submitting your post links!

The topic for today, August 27, is: Last vacation?

This past summer, we went to historic St. Augustine, Florida! We had a wonderful time. We rented a cabin at the KOA, where the boys enjoyed fishing and paddle-boating on the lake. And, of course, we explored the many sights in St. Augustine, such as the Castillo de San Marcos (fort), the Old Jail, Whetstone Chocolate Factory, Alligator Farm, Ripley’s Museum, the beach, and more. Here are some scenes from our trip!

Alligator Farm (yes, this guy is real!)

Fun at St. Augustine Beach

Paddleboating on the lake at the KOA

Castillo de San Marcos (fort)

Old Jail

Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse

Books to Movies Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win "The Descendants"!

Announcing the Books to Movies Giveaway Hop
August 27th to September 3rd

This hop features books that have been made into movies or TV shows. Some blogs will be giving away the book, some the movie & others both!

For my giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of The Descendants, by Kaui Hart Hemmings. This is the movie tie-in edition with a picture of George Clooney on the cover.


About the book:
Fortunes have changed for the King family, descendants of Hawaiian royalty and one of the state’s largest landowners. Matthew King’s daughters -- Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old, and Alex, a seventeen-year-old recovering drug addict -- are out of control, and their charismatic, thrill-seeking mother, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident. She will soon be taken off life support. As Matt gathers his wife’s friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation is made worse by the sudden discovery that there’s one person who hasn’t been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair. Forced to examine what they owe not only to the living but to the dead, Matt, Scottie, and Alex take to the road to find Joanie’s lover, on a memorable journey that leads to unforeseen humor, growth, and profound revelations.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

#RockYourBlog August Writing Prompts: Disney or Nickelodeon?

This month, I am participating in the #RockYourBlog Writing Prompts hop. The hosts provide a list of topics for the month, and bloggers can write about them in the order they’re provided, or even out of order. If you’d like to join me, just click on the banner above, and it will take you to the page that explains the hop and lists the topics. Plus, you can enter to win ad space and a Starbucks gift card by submitting your post links!

The topic for today, August 26, is: Disney or Nickelodeon?


I love the classic Disney movies, but my twins have never shared my excitement for them for some reason. They prefer watching Nickelodeon over the Disney Channel. SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Oddparents, Sam and Cat, Haunted Hathaways, and Rabbids Invasion are all favorites with my boys. And one of them is absolutely addicted to reruns of Full House! I have to admit that I like that show, too, since I have fond memories of watching it when it first aired. Unfortunately, we’re now onto about our fifth time watching every episode, so it’s getting a little old! But I like that it teaches good family values to my kids (unlike some of the other shows they watch).

Sunday, August 25, 2013

#RockYourBlog August Writing Prompts: Tea or Coffee?

This month, I am participating in the #RockYourBlog Writing Prompts hop. The hosts provide a list of topics for the month, and bloggers can write about them in the order they’re provided, or even out of order. If you’d like to join me, just click on the banner above, and it will take you to the page that explains the hop and lists the topics. Plus, you can enter to win ad space and a Starbucks gift card by submitting your post links!


The topic for today, August 25, is: Tea or coffee?

I like both, but if I had to pick one I’d rather not live without, it’s coffee. I look forward to my one cup of coffee each morning, especially if I have some coconut-flavored creamer to put in it!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

#RockYourBlog August Writing Prompts: Pepsi or Cola?

This month, I am participating in the #RockYourBlog Writing Prompts hop. The hosts provide a list of topics for the month, and bloggers can write about them in the order they’re provided, or even out of order. If you’d like to join me, just click on the banner above, and it will take you to the page that explains the hop and lists the topics. Plus, you can enter to win ad space and a Starbucks gift card by submitting your post links!

The topic for today, August 24, is: Pepsi or Cola?

I’m assuming the question above refers to the two most well-known sellers of cola, pop, soda (whatever you call it): Pepsi or Coke. My preference is actually Mountain Dew, which is a Pepsi product, so I guess I have to vote for Pepsi! And NO diet please. It’s got to be “regular” (sugar-laden) soda for me!

Friday, August 23, 2013

#RockYourBlog August Writing Prompts: Worst School Assignment

This month, I am participating in the #RockYourBlog Writing Prompts hop. The hosts provide a list of topics for the month, and bloggers can write about them in the order they’re provided, or even out of order. If you’d like to join me, just click on the banner above, and it will take you to the page that explains the hop and lists the topics. Plus, you can enter to win ad space and a Starbucks gift card by submitting your post links!

The topic for today, August 23, is: What was the worst assignment ever given in school?

Honestly, I can’t remember any specific assignments that were so terrible that I haven’t forgotten them! But there were two types of assignments that I truly hated: oral presentations and group projects. I hated oral presentations because I am an introvert, and I feel very uncomfortable having that kind of attention on me. My instinct when I’m in a room full of people is to make myself as unobtrusive as possible! So, oral reports used to fill me with fear and dread. I also hated group projects because I always felt like the slackers got credit for the project that the “doers” (like myself) did! Or the reverse would happen, and I would get a lower grade because somebody on my team didn’t come through on their part of the assignment. I always preferred to do projects on my own and not have to rely on others’ efforts to succeed.


Imperfection Book Blast: Giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card and Swag (3 Winners)!


Imperfection (Pure Blood)

At the center of a war brewing between two packs: her son

Meara Falk always followed her parents’ rules, until one night in March when the temptation to let loose changed her life forever.

Nine months later, disowned and with a baby on her hip, she discovers werewolves exist after being on the wrong end of some teeth and claws. During her first change, werewolves attack, stealing her son and driving her out of her home.

Now she’s looking for the man who kidnapped her baby and turned her life upside down. Meara’s son is in the middle of a threatened war between two powerful packs. Getting him back will jeopardize the lives of everyone she loves.

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About the Phaedra Seabolt
Phaedra Seabolt is the youngest of four and the only girl. She spent her childhood trying to be the best she could be at everything she did, which drove her to attend college long enough to attain her master’s degree. Now she is a stay-at-home mom and happily married.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

#RockYourBlog August Writing Prompts: What Was the Best Present You Ever Received?

This month, I am participating in the #RockYourBlog Writing Prompts hop. The hosts provide a list of topics for the month, and bloggers can write about them in the order they’re provided, or even out of order. If you’d like to join me, just click on the banner above, and it will take you to the page that explains the hop and lists the topics. Plus, you can enter to win ad space and a Starbucks gift card by submitting your post links!

The topic for today, August 22, is: What was the best present you ever received?

I wrote about this very topic in my book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Women. It was called “The Best Christmas Gift.” I hope you enjoy it!

My oldest “baby” is nineteen now, but for all his wisdom he doesn’t believe he was the best Christmas present I ever received -- even though I’ve told him numerous times. The eighties were drawing to a close, and I was expecting my baby around November 30, 1989. This would be a very special Thanksgiving for our family. We planned to have the turkey dinner at my house so I could be close to the hospital, and everyone helped out with the cooking so I didn’t have to do too much.

But Thanksgiving came and went, November passed into December, and still there was no baby. My belly grew rounder and rounder, but my little firstborn seemed content to stay huddled inside. After all, it was unusually cold that year for a Florida winter!

Eleven days into December, I received a call from my doctor. “This baby may be trying to greet Jesus on his birthday,” he said, “but I think we’d better give him a little nudge.” So, the next morning, I waddled into the hospital and delivered my beautiful almost-Christmas baby. An enormous 9 pounds, 13-1/2 ounces, he was perfect in every way... just as I always imagined the little baby Jesus had been.

Dylan’s arrival just two weeks before Christmas put a little kink in my preparations for that year, but nobody seemed to mind. He was my parents’ very first grandchild, so he was their best Christmas present, too! I have no idea what presents were beneath the tree that year, but every December our family celebrates the best gift that God ever gave our family at Christmastime -- our very own Christmas baby to love.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: Villains We Love to Hate

It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time for the Literary Addicts Weekly Meme! Every Wednesday, they suggest a fun theme to write about. The theme of this week: Which book villain do you just love to hate?


For me, it’s got to be Aro, the leader of the Volturi, in the Twilight series. They did such an amazing job casting him in the movies (played by Michael Sheen). He creeps me out every time I see him. He’s just pure evil!

What about you? What literary villains do you love to hate? CLICK HERE for links to the other blogs participating in this meme to find out their choices!

#RockYourBlog August Writing Prompts: Vampires or Werewolves?

This month, I am participating in the #RockYourBlog Writing Prompts hop. The hosts provide a list of topics for the month, and bloggers can write about them in the order they’re provided, or even out of order. If you’d like to join me, just click on the banner above, and it will take you to the page that explains the hop and lists the topics. Plus, you can enter to win ad space and a Starbucks gift card by submitting your post links!


The topic for today, August 21, is: Do you prefer vampires or werewolves?

Actually, this same topic was addressed in a recent Literary Addicts Weekly Meme that I participated in, so I hope you’ll CLICK HERE to find out my answer!

Keeper of Reign Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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Keeper of Reign
Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?

For Jules, the heir of a Keeper no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse that reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books did not help ward off that anathema.

Now Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn’t get himself killed first.


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Author Emma Right
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home and looking after their five pets, which include two cats, two bunnies and a long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one. Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.


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