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SIFWIW - The Creep Factor

Notice: I had a human user malfunction (i.e. I deleted all my pictures off of Google and I think that it's really stupid that they all got deleted from here because now they're totally GONE) so this is more like stuff you're just reading me blab about rather than looking at anything.

Yesterday PeeWee and I braved the humid air to take a walk. He's been extremely disappointed in my exercise regime and threatened to poop in my shoes if I didn't pick up the pace. We only have a month to fit into a our skinny dress pants, after all. Okay, I only have a month to fit into my skinny dress pants. He doesn't wear pants. I'm pretty sure that Kit Kat I just ate was counter productive to fitting into the dress pants. @#$%&*!

We started down the trail, which was same old trail. No new flowers to take photos of and I was starting to worry that maybe we wouldn't find anything to take pics of. Then I saw it. A terrapin and I knew that was just the thing.

PeeWee had…

Oh, My Hero! Blog Hop Featuring Abel Courte

Hey, y'all. We have a lot going on on the blog today. We have my blog hop (go on over, enter to win prizes, it'll be fantastic) and a special interview with one of my favorite heroes (oh, who am I kidding, I love all my heroes), Abel Courte. I'm going to turn the blog over to him and let him answer a few questions. Have at it, Abel.
Abel: *Stares at the keyboard, inspects the monitor, pushing the mouse around, mumbles* So, this Intersnare thing is like a 'gram machine, right? How hard can it be?
Me: Um, that's Internet. It's way different than a telegram machine. Instead of just sending and receiving messages, you can see pictures and update your Face--never mind.
Abel: *Looks up and grins* I was just testin' you, darlin'.
Me: Riiiight. Well, go to it then.
Abel: No problem. Watch this. *Black screen of death. Awkward shuffling in the background:* Ah, maybe you can type, Allison, and I'll just dictate.
Me *restarts computer* Good idea. You just stand ther…

Be There or Be Left Out

I wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow is TELL A STORY DAY! Yes, I just shouted at you. Shame on me. But we're going to have 19 authors telling a story of some sort or the other and you'll have the chance to win prizes and we're cumulatively giving away a $30 gift card to Amazon (or I supposed B&N can be arranged).

So make sure you come back sometime tomorrow, drop in on the authors and get your win on!

I'll also be participating in the Oh, My Hero! Blog Hop, so in this spot, you'll get to read an interview with The Treasure Hunter's Lady hero, Abel Courte. My other post will be on that tab above that says Tell A Story Blog Hop, 'kay? There is no The Friday Five tomorrow. Repeat, no The Friday Five. Tune in anyway, it'll be worth it!

Author Interview - Bonnie Trachtenberg

Hey all, author Bonnie Tachtenberg's release day for her book Neurotically Yours. Give her a big hand!

What’s your book about?

Neurotically Yours is the humorous story of Dara Harrison, an attractive, single, thirty-seven-year-old advice columnist in Los Angeles, who decides to open up a revolutionary dating service geared for the romantically challenged. It becomes a huge success, but when a publicity stunt backfires, it forces her to join the ranks of her lonely heart clientele, setting her simplified, under-control life on its ear.

What’s your next project?

I’ve been mulling over a story about a woman who has a near death experience that completely disrupts her life.

Describe your writing in a sentence.

I write romantic comedies that entertain readers while making them feel and think.

Do you choose character names or do the characters whisper them in your ears?

It’s different every time. Many of the characters in Neurotically Yours named themselves, but I’ve had experiences where …


Great weather for walking last week. This weekend has been kind of cold, so I'm glad I got when I did. I don't feel like being real social this Monday morning. Hit me up later for some talk. But here are some things I photographed for you last week.

Ugh, that Monday thing again. *headdesk*

The Friday Five - Symbolism

I had to put a lot of thought into The Friday Five this week. I hope you enjoy symbolism. When I was in high school, my English teacher made us figure out the symbolism in everything we read. Even and especially Tommy. But I'm not here to tell you about movies from the '70's (not today anyway), instead I'm going to carry on about symbolism in The Treasure Hunter's Lady.

#1) Colors - In the opening scene of The Treasure Hunter's Lady, Abel is admiring the black sky and the white stars. Black is prevalent color throughout. When Abel meets with Dr. Farrington, it's night time and they use a candle as their only source of light. The curse fang and the tattoo on Abel's arm are both black, as well as the Serpent (although its skin also reflects light of every color). Black, in most cultures symbolizes death. Romy's eyes are blue, which symbolizes confidence, loyalty, and intelligence. I often refer to Abel's eyes as 'whiskey-colored', which t…

Author Interview - Marianne Spitzer

Today we have author Marianne Spitzer sharing with us her interview and celebrating her debut release. Congratulations, Marianne!

What's your book/current WIP about?
Recently released as an e-book, Gypsy Spirits is a supernatural mystery:
Spirits? Madness? Which haunts Daniel? His teenage bride, Annamarie, must answer the question while she deals with her husband’s controlling behavior and horrific fear of spirits he believes exist in the surrounding woods near their home. During an argument, her anger erupts and she yells a few odd words at her husband, which she explains is her Gypsy curse. A bad day at work convinces him the curse is real, but after the brutal death of his best friend, his belief in the curse and his terror of the spirits escalate. Frightening events spiral out of control and Annamarie must fight for her husband’s safety, his sanity and her own.

Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story?
Grief is an extraordinarily strange state of mind. At that moment…

Book Feature - Skater Boy by Mari Mancusi

And a very good day to y'all! Today I've got something special up my sleeve. It's a book feature from YA author, Mari Mancusi. She's making her rounds on the CBLS book tour. You all know that I love some good YA, so let's see what Skater Boy is all about:

Title: Skater Boy Author: Mari Mancusi Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC Length: 50,000 words Sub-Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult (YA)
BLURB: Dawn Miller is sick of being good. Her parents have scheduled her to within an inch of her life and her popular friends can only think of hooking up and shopping. She's ready for a serious boyfriend, and it's definitely not the obnoxious rich boy everyone wants her to date.
Then she meets Starr, the headmaster's punk rock daughter who refuses to play by the rules. The differences between them are night and day but Dawn is fascinated. Starr introduces her to a world she didn't even know existed: hip indy record stores, all night raves, and cute skateb…

The Friday Five - I'm Such A Slacker

Five reasons I forgot to write The Friday Five this week until about half an hour ago.

#1) The. Stupid. Print. Book - First and foremost in my mind, this print edition of The Treasure Hunter's Lady. Most of my spare time goes into making it look presentable. Today, I'm looking at the .pdf proof version and I think, holy cow, that thing looks awesome! Then the fine proofing people at Createspace tell me: Hey, dummy, your even page numbers are one THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BOOK. Insert lots of swearing here. Great. Something else to correct.

#2) Organizing the ORA writing contest - Trying to make sure I get all the questions answered, figure out how many entries I have for each category. If you haven't entered, what are you waiting for? The deadline is May 1st, but you'd better get a move on. Go here to enter. We want entries for each category, but we really need more in YA and para/sci-fi.

#3) I was busy reading The Hunger Games - We went and saw the movie last weekend. It …

Author Interview - Janice Grove

Hey y'all! Welcome Janice Grove to the blog on this lovely Wednesday morning!

What's your book/current WIP about?  Oh, well I actually have a couple of WIP. One is the 3rd book in my Zeppelin series where we see the Remington family finally back home and getting settled, only to find that not everything that targets their newly formed family is supernatural. I have started a werewolf story that honestly even I have no actual idea where it’s going, although it seems to want to be a romance of sorts. And I have a futuristic steampunk genre story that has a bit of paranormal/mad scientist/militaristic/family dynamic stuff going on. Why yes, it is a bit crowded in my head, thank you!
Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story?  One that really stands out is when David hits a boy for calling Micah retarded, and a girl tells him that he did the right thing. David looks at her and says, “I know, he’s my brother.” It just shows that family bonds don’t have to be long in the m…

My Newest Giant PIA Project

"Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." - Richard L. Evans
If you read my posts or follow me on Facebook (my personal one, not my fanpage--although I don't typically tell people about the personal one, you can still friend me if you want), you're aware that I'm converting The Treasure Hunter's Lady from e-book to print.
I accused formatting for epublication of being the biggest pain in my butt of all time. Until I met the template for print at Createspace. It's maddening, the trying to figure out how to make the text span the pages evenly, getting the gutters right, working with the headers. None of that is important in epublication. Only getting page breaks and well, tons of things that have been booted out of my brain due to print formatting. I've no recollection of how I formatted THL, so now when I go to do SPW, I'll have to relearn everything. Actually, a quick run through of the presentat…

SIFWIW - The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is one of my favorite children's books. I remember my aunt giving me a copy when I was young. She told me I could only read a chapter a day so I could extend it over my vacation. I hated that chapter a day rule. My mom pulled that with me on the book Bingo too.

There's something about walking out in the conservation areas during this time of year, when there are wild flowers, budding trees and carpets of green grass that go on and on. I've been spending time at Hayes Spring because it's a shorter walk and I'm building up to those longer ones after a long winter off. I've started walking earlier this year than last because now I understand the benefits of it.

As a refresher, the trail is a linear half mile, so you pull a whole mile if you go back to the parking lot. Which is probably a good idea if you want to go home and since they don't allow camping. Part of it is wooded, the other part open field that looks like a place where Predator m…

Party Like It's Your Birthday

A great big Happy Birthday to paranormal romance author Carrie Ann Ryan! We're here today and tomorrow celebrating in her honor. And I'm also going to tell you about my favorite birthday memory. Plus, I'm giving away this cool pair of earrings and when you comment, you get a entered for a chance to win either a Kindle Touch or a $60 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Sweet!

Cue wavy lines and piano music: Way back in the summer of 1996 I was a horse-crazy teenager. Funny, because when I was little I was afraid of horses. But I always liked animals and somehow the magic wheel of love landed on horses. I wanted one so bad. Maybe because we leased property from our neighbor and his daughter had this ancient nag they called Frisbee and we called Old Gray. A gentler horse has never graced the earth. I wallered all over that mare with a saddle and without. But she was ancient and it took way too much energy to get her to trot. So I begged for a horse of my own. And I just…

Tomorrow We're Hopping

I don't have an author interview today. But I do want to tell you about the blog hop I'm participating in starting tomorrow. Because there are fantastic prizes to be won. Here we go:

April 6th is Carrie Ann Ryan's birthday. To celebrate, around 60 of authors and bloggers are hosting a hop for two days!

Each author is going to talk about their favorite birthdays or why they love (or hate) them.
What does that mean for you as a reader?

Each participant is giving away a prize at their blog. And we're giving away TWO grand prizes.
1) A Kindle Touch

2) A $60 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card

You can comment on each blog and enter to win! So on April 5th the hop begins and you have until 11:59PM on the 6th to participate!

So what am I giving away? Oh, it's nothing lame like one of my books. I found these awesome earrings online and I want to give you a pair. Ta-da! They're made out of red shells and are perfect for summer. So don't forget to drop by tomo…


I don't have any Stuff I Find While I'm Walking photos today. It isn't that I didn't walk. Oh, I walked a lot. On Saturday I went shopping with my mom. She bought me adorable new tan snub-nosed flats. I'm wearing them for the first time today. I didn't put mole skin in the backs, so I may end up miserable by the end of the day.

Then yesterday my husband and I went to the Branson Landing and I bought this really cute headband with feathers on it. Only to discover that *ahem* my roots are showing quite badly (I already knew that) but the feathers on the headband are dark brown and not easy to see against my roots. Then I went and forgot to buy hair color and makeup. So for the first time in over a year, I'm wearing liquid foundation today. Weird.
Sorry, this blog is not about fashion or what I slather on my face to get rid of dark circles (which failed, btw) and my hair color (which is not really blonde).
It is, however, a blog about making like a kitty cat a…