Monday, July 28, 2014

Express Yourself: Who Would Portray You?

The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests.

The question for this week is: Who would you choose to portray you in a movie?

This is an interesting question.  Should I choose someone significantly better looking than me so everyone will think that is what I look like, or should I choose based on acting ability?  :)

Joking aside, I would have to choose Felicia Day.  She's a redhead like me, she's able to portray odd characters in a convincing and fun way, and she's reasonably close to my age. Sure, she's six years older than me, but Hollywood actresses seem to age significantly slower than the general population anyway, so I think it would work out.

Who would you choose to portray you in a movie?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Express Yourself: July 25, 2014

It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with VikLit!

I am one of four happy co-hosts for this weekly blog gathering.  The other wonderful co-hosts are:

Diana Wilder
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Overall, it's been a pretty great week.  Last weekend ended up being super busy, but fun!  I mentioned a parade in town last week.  Well, not only did I take my kids to the parade, they had a chance to be in it!  They were so excited!

Then the next day, we took our kids to the county fair so they could go for pony rides.  They had so much fun doing that as well!

This week has also brought me some great writing inspiration!  I'm still happily working away at it, and I'm grateful that the words are flowing so nicely.  I hope it lasts!

Today also happens to be my friend Chelsea's birthday, so I'd like to wish her a Happy Birthday!

And Chelsea, I know you're not a Trekkie like me, but I hope you'll forgive me for the GIF.  It was just too funny for me to pass up!

We should also have more interesting times ahead, because my sister-in-law is going to have a baby soon!  I'll be the crazy aunt to another nephew!  Can you tell I'm excited?

What would you like to celebrate?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Express Yourself: Favorite Items

The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests.

The question for this week is: What are some fave items you have that bring you comfort and/or special memories?

One thing that brings both is obvious.  My books.  Books are like old friends. They allow me to have wonderful adventures that I can relive over and over again.  My stack of old writing notebooks is also a great source of memories.  I can look back on them and see how I've grown as a writer.  I can enjoy old stories I had forgotten.

Another item that brings me comfort and inspires fond memories is my telescope.  I spent a lot of my childhood gazing through a telescope dreaming of all the things that might exist out there in the universe.  I can still tap into that feeling every time I use my telescope, and I love that!

What brings you comfort or inspires special memories?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things-July 18, 2014

Is it really Friday already?  Let's take the time to Celebrate the Small Things with VikLit!

Once again, I am acting as a co-host.  The other wonderful co-hosts are:

Diana Wilder
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

This week has been fairly quiet.  Nothing too noteworthy has happened (good or bad), but that's okay.  A quiet week can be rejuvenating, after all.  It's certainly good for getting some writing done!

The kids did get to have a lot of fun at a birthday party, and while at that party, I got to catch up with some friends.  That's always nice.

There's going to be a parade in town on Saturday morning, so I'll probably take the kids to see that.

What would you like to celebrate?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Express Yourself: Grade School Memories

The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted by Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests.

The question this week is: What is a favorite grade school memory?

I think the best time I had in grade school came in 5th grade.  We took a field trip to Iowa City, which is a halfway across the state from where I went to school. We visited the old capitol, and we visited the University of Iowa as well.  We even got autographs from the members of the men's basketball team.  Overall, it was an exciting day.  It was the furthest away I'd ever gone without my parents at that point, and we didn't get back until 7:00 P.M. Yes, it might seem silly now, but it reminded me of the fact that I was getting older, that I would soon get the chance to do more and more grown-up things.

What's your favorite grade school memory?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kyra Lennon's Sidelined Blog Tour

I'm so happy to welcome the wonderful Kyra Lennon to my blog today!  I could write a long, elaborate introduction, by why should I do that when you'd much rather be reading what Kyra has to say?

In Sidelined, Jude is the Westberg Warriors goalkeeper, but he is somewhat overshadowed by his wife, Bree. The cool thing about that is, he doesn’t mind because he isn’t really crazy about the spotlight. He does his job and he’s happy to let Bree take centre stage whenever they go out. This guest post from Jude is a deeper look about how he feels about Bree, from when they met, to right now.

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I met Bree in the most ridiculous, unconventional, heartbreaking way ever. Regular couples meet in regular places; a club, the movies, through friends. Nothing about Bree and I was conventional from the moment we met. We’ve sort of got normality down now, but it took a while.

Bree was broken when I met her. Fragile, scared. Right away, there was something about her, though. Something warm and sweet beneath the fear. But she was seventeen and I was ten years older than her. I know what you’re thinking. A rich soccer player taking in a damaged teenager – I must be some kind of pervert, right? Believe me, there’s nothing you can think that didn’t cross my own mind.

But it wasn’t like that. I didn’t see her and take her in because I have a thing for young girls. I didn’t feel that way about her at first. I couldn’t explain why I wanted to take care of her when I knew she could take care of herself – she was so much older than her years because of things she’d been through. There was just something inside me that told me it was the right thing to do – to take care of her until she found her own place to live. She didn’t use me or my money. She found a job when she was feeling better; but she was too stubborn to even ask me for some cash so she could buy some new clothes, even though she had almost nothing. I forced two hundred dollars into her hand and told if her if it made her feel better, she could pay me back when she started work.

Every penny of it came back to me, even though I told her to keep it.

She stayed with me for a year, saving up frantically so she could “get out of my way”. She was never in my way. Little by little, she started to spend less time in her room, and more time with me. We watched movies together, ate dinner together, and she really loved doing all the things tourists love to do when they visit L.A. That’s just one of the things I love about her. You live in L.A too long, you stop appreciating it, but she still gets excited by the Hollywood sign, even now.

Bree made me laugh like nobody else ever had. I’m pretty serious a lot of the time, but she showed me how to lighten up. She still has to remind me sometimes.

You can’t imagine how much I tormented myself when I asked her out on a date. She was eighteen – legally an adult – but I knew what kind of treatment I’d get if things actually started to work out between us. Ten years isn’t such a big deal – if I’d been thirty-eight, and she’d been twenty-eight, that would have been okay. But it was the “teen” part of her age that made me question everything.

I talked to my friends about it, asked them if there was something wrong with me for having feelings for Bree when she was so young. Miguel and Will were my go-to guys back then, and both of them reassured me that it was okay. That I was okay for having feelings for her. It wasn’t like I made a habit out of picking up younger women – it was her. She was special. She is special.

Of course, we got more than our fair share of comments. I really thought it would be me who would come off worse for “corrupting” a young girl, but while there definitely was some of that, mostly, I was the one being warned that Bree was after my money. It didn’t matter how many times I explained that she never took anything from me, nobody believed it.

I asked Bree over and over if it was too much. If the constant commentary about how wrong we were together was too much hassle for her. She always responded the same way. With a big smile, and a head shake, as if I was worth it all. Lucky for me, because I felt the same way about her.

We weathered it together. Slowly, people stopped talking about what they thought we were and saw the truth. I was in love with her, and she looked at me as if I was the best man ever to walk the planet.

And that’s our story. Most days, Bree still looks at me as if I’m the best man to ever walk the planet, and I’m still very much in love with her. More now than ever.

Blurb: At the age of twenty-one, Bree Collinson has more than she ever dreamed of. A handsome husband, a fancy house, and more shoes than Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos combined. But having everything handed to her isn’t the way Bree wants to live the rest of her life. When an idea to better herself pops into her head, she doesn’t expect her husband to question her, and keep her tied by her apron strings to the kitchen.

Isolated and unsure who to turn to, Bree finds herself falling back into a dangerous friendship, and developing feelings for the only person who really listens to her. Torn between her loyalty to her husband and her attraction to a man who has the perfect family she always wanted, she has some tough choices to make.

While Bree tries to figure out what she wants, a tragedy rocks the Westberg Warriors, triggering some dark memories, and pushing her to take a look at what’s really important.

About the Author:

Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she's not reading, you'll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things-July 11, 2014

It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with VikLit!

I'm happy to be a co-host, along with my other wonderful co-hosts.
Diana Wilder
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

We had a good 4th of July celebration with my dad.  The kids loved playing with sparklers, and it was fun to watch the fireworks.

My husband's birthday was on Sunday.  We had a nice family get-together for that.  There was cake, and there was swimming for the children.  Overall, it was a pretty relaxed day, which was fine by us.

I've been crafty this week.  I decided to make a homemade gift for my friend's daughter (who is turning three), so now I'm elbow deep in fabrics and thread.  I love sewing, but I'd almost forgotten how messy it can be.  In spite of the mess, though, it's been a lot of fun!

What would you like to celebrate?