Monthly Archives: August 2013

Big Bang Theory!

I have to admit that I am addicted to the sitcom The Big Bang Theory

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The show explores everyday issues and makes me laugh endlessly. I mean seriously. (no pun intended!) Sheldon just cracks me up. If he were my real friend (and not my imaginary friend) I would probably slap him silly. I love his childlike ways and the fact that they treat him like a child in order to deal with him. Come on Penny and Leonard fought over him like a custody battle when they broke up. Penny took him to Disneyland and Leonard was upset because he ate too much. They even put him to bed and commented like parents on how cute he was when he was asleep. It was priceless.

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I love that Penny sings ‘Soft Kitty” to Sheldon when he is sick. His childlike demeanor is adorable and makes his ‘logical side’ easier to deal with.

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Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty Little ball of fur. Happy Kitty, Sleepy kitty purr purr purr.

And how can you not love the relationship between Sheldon and Amy Farrah Fowler? It is priceless. These two seemed to be so much alike in the beginning. Until Amy’s femaleness invaded and now she is just hilariously doing anything she can to make Sheldon see her as a woman…even pretending to be sick so he will rub vapo rub on her chest!http://www.prosieben.de

So tell me, Who is your favorite character on The Big Bang Theory? If you could play one of the characters who would it be?

Friday Finds (Aug 16)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Friday Finds this week was discovered while perusing Teaser Tuesday posts. It looks interesting and I love the cover.

Banish Banish by Nicola Marsh.

Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit… and save her soul.

After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.

Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.

But her new found peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognizes the body that has been murdered a week forward!

Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural…despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks? (Goodreads excerpt)

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

FREEBIE ALERT!

Free download of the first installment of Falling For you!

Irrefutable Law of Success #4—Give People What They Want to Consume

Imagine, give the reader what they want! Simple but awesome advice from Author Kristen Lamb.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the notion we are artists, and forget about the business side of our business. This is one of the reasons we need to be honest about our goals. It’s a noble goal to want to earn a living, a good living from writing. Yet, if we want to make money writing, we have to feed people what they want to eat.

A Tale of Two Parsnips

I remember being in NYC in 2012. It was our final day in the city and we were celebrating a member of our group’s birthday. Since I have a bazillion food allergies, we called ahead of time to make sure the restaurant could accommodate someone with allergies to half the known universe.

Since the place was an Asian-Australian fusion restaurant, they assured me that there were lots of grilled meat dishes that could be easily adjusted to…

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Shift (shade #2) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shift (Shade, #2) Shift (Shade #2) by Jeri Smith-Ready.  Published April 28, 2011 by Simon Pulse.  CDN $9.99 Kindle Edition.

Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.

Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart. (Goodreads Excerpt)

I have to say I really enjoyed this book as much, if not more than, the first (Shade).  The story grows and answers more questions for the reader.  I was intrigued by the whole ghost/shade/solid aspects of the non living characters and the concept of the shift.  The reasons for and the result of the shift are so original and well thought out.  I don’t want to give anything away so I will leave it at that.

I am not usually a fan of love triangles, but this one works well with the story line, especially given that one of them is dead.  You assume that she will end up with Zachary, or does she?  Like I said the book is intriguing and original and leaves you guessing.

There is a lot more drama and action in this one, which I found exciting and pulled me further and further into the story.  You get to read the missing pages of the journal and find out a lot more information about the shift.  The story is compelling from front to back and I couldn’t put it down.  I can’t wait to read the next book Shine.

5 stars for me.

Is it Friday Yet? (Aug 15)

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Ah Thursday is such a difficult day to get through. Many days I want to just skip it and go straight to Friday! do you not just see the strain on these two? Such a difficult work week for them.

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Irrefutable Law of Success #3—We Learn By Doing

Awesome article by Kristen Lamb, author of Rise of the Machines-Human Authors in a digital World.

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Theory is great, but it may or may not jive with reality. My goal as a blogger, author, teacher is to equip you guys for success from all angles—craft, brand/platform, and business. Yet, want to know what all these have in common?

We have to DO them to get better.

We can read all the craft books in the world, but we only grow as writers by writing. We improve on Facebook or Twitter with practice. As authors, we are corporations of ONE. We need to make business decisions. The more decisions we make, the more we grow.

One of the biggest business decisions we’ll make is which publishing path to take. This is why I dedicate a lot of time to educate you guys about how all forms of publishing work in my new book. We have to choose a path that fits our personality, our lives…

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Wordless Wednesday (Aug 14)

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WWW Wednesdays (Aug 14)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

Taking Back Forever (The Kindrily, #2)Recently Finished: Taking Back Forever (Kindrily #2) by Karen Amanda Hooper. Awesome book that I couldn’t put down! Review is here: https://cynthiastacey.com/2013/08/06/taking-back-forever-by-karen-amanda-hooper/

Shift (Shade, #2) Currently Reading: Shift (shade #2) by Jeri Smith-Ready. THe first one was fantastic so I’m hoping this is just as good.

Next for me?

Promise (Soul Savers, #1)Promise (soul Savers#1) by Kristie Cook is up next for me. Unless of course something else derails me and I have to bump it!

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Teaser Tuesday (Aug 13)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

The sensation of being watched clung to me like a spider web, invisible threads bristling the back of my neck and down my spine. I brushed my fingers across my shoulders, as if I could drag the feeling ff and flick it away.

Promise (Soul Savers, #1) Promise (soul savers #1) by Kristie Cook.

I cheated a little this week as I haven’t started this book yet. I am a little behind on my reading and didn’t want to use the same book as last week. I flipped through my kindle and found this gem waiting patiently for me. It is the opening line of the book and it intrigued me so much I bumped it up on my list to TBR next list. There are currently 5 books in the series.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Irrefutable Law of Success #1–No Whining

No whining allowed. Awesome advice from Author Kristen Lamb!

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When I first started teaching social media to writers, I was new thus insecure. Often, I’d give advice like, “Well, if you don’t like it, don’t do it.” Bad advice. Hey, I’m learning and growing, too. There are a lot of writers out there only doing what they enjoy. That is the masses, the average.

“Average” is the top of the bottom, the best of the worst, the bottom of the top, the worst of the best.” ~John C. Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

This advice to only do what we enjoy might have flown four years ago (though barely). These days? Discoverability is a nightmare for all authors. If we want to do this “writing thing” long-term and be successful?

Average=DEATH

Chasing Sasquatch Wastes Valuable TIME

Thing is, I want that job where I never have to do anything I don’t enjoy, but it doesn’t exist. It’s…

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Hugs to you!

Sometimes it is lonely being a writer.  We write and write and sit in our office/bed/table/corner whatever, and alone we create stories that others enjoy.  Sometimes however we need to get out and see the world and experience the community of other people.  Be it our family…even though we sometimes think they are strange (Mine is!)

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So today I want you all to go out and give everyone a great big HUG

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…to show that you care, and so that you know that you are part of a bigger community.   After all…it isn’t healthy to always be alone!

A great big shout out to all my blogger friends and writers who also make me feel part of a bigger community!

Friday Finds (Aug 9)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Friday Finds this week was discovered while perusing Teaser Tuesday posts. I laughed so hard I had to check out the book. I have never read anything from this author but this is now on my TBR soon list.

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True How Zoe Made Her Dreams (mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer.

From Sarah Strohmeyer, author of Smart Girls Get What They Want, comes this romantic comedy about one girl’s summer job from hell. Think The Devil Wears Prada set in Disney World.

When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at the Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they’ve hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want?

Once Zoe arrives, however, she’s assigned to serve “The Queen”-Fairyland’s boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money.

Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe’s job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams? (Goodreads Excerpt)

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Is it Friday Yet?

 

I couldn’t resist this picture when I found it!

Then I came across this one and had to put up two.

Wake me when the weekend is here! This is too adorable!

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In case you haven’t figured it out, I am a push over for kittens and puppies and pretty much all baby animals. Kittens are my favorite though.

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Take Your Career to the Next Level–Getting Pruned

Awesome advice from Kristen Lamb, author of Rise of the Machines-Human Authors in a digital World

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I’d like to blame it all on Jay’s roast, but having time away, true downtime, allowed me to do some thinking (which is generally dangerous and has a wide blast radius). For any of you who’ve done any yard work, you know that for a vine to bear fruit, for a rose bush to produce more flowers, for a tree to grow taller, it needs to be pruned.

One of the key ways we grow in our careers (or even as people) is to be pruned. Pruning hurts. It sucks. It takes away all the pretty fluff we thought was “progress” and renders us naked and vulnerable. After pruning, we might not look like a lot to others, but inside and beneath, great things are happening. Our roots (commitment) dig deeper so we can stand taller.

The first step to being pruned is honestly and critically looking at where…

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