Monthly Archives: May 2011

Photo Friday

Today’s shot makes me think of a motivational poster:

I titled this photo “Ahead of the Pack,” but there’s at least two ways to interpret that. Maybe I’m an optimist, but the first thing I thought of was that the fish on the right is a leader, heading fearlessly into open water, while all the others are following him. That’s the motivational poster idea.

But there’s the opposite meaning too. What if that single fish is running from the others? On days when writing just doesn’t seem to get on the calendar, that’s what I feel like. All the little things that life throws at me seem to follow me everywhere, keeping me from what I really should be doing – what I really want to do, namely, write.

What do you see? Remember, your comments count as entries in the Share the Wealth giveaway.

Hmmm…fish for dinner sounds good…


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Happy Mother’s Day

Ah, Mother’s Day. The day I get to sleep in, have breakfast served to me, and get the coolest handmade cards:

My son labeled me the “Coolest Mom on the face of the planet,” but not “a wart, zit, pimple, blackhead, sole acne dot, or other offensive facial problem.” My daughter listed why Mothers are Awesome and made me a Mother’s Day Word Lib. You can play it yourself HERE. My wonderful husband (the reason I’m a mom at all!) helped the kids make me breakfast. It’s been an awesome day so far.

But Mother’s Day isn’t just about getting, it’s about giving, too. Later, I’ll get to pamper my mom with dinner and her favorite flowers, hydrangeas.

So to all you moms out there: Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing you love and joy,


ps. If my San Jose Sharks could win tonight, this Mother’s Day would be PERFECT!

San Jose Sharks


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Photo Friday

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I have to embarrass my children. Here’s a shot from long ago…DANGER! CUTENESS ALERT!

Okay, even I went, “Awwwwww.” 😀 My babies are both teenagers now, so there won’t be any cuddling like this (unless they’re wrestling). But, babies or not, I’m blessed to call them mine.

This Sunday’s holiday may be about mothers, but I celebrate my children every day. I love you guys!

Are you planning anything for Mother’s Day? Do you celebrate it where you live? Comment on the blog and Share the Wealth!

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Which First? The Book or the Movie?

With the release of the movie, Water for Elephants, I was faced with the new-age chicken-and-egg question: Do I read the book or watch the movie first?

Over the years, I’ve seen many movies made from books I’ve read. The first one I think I can remember is Shirley Temple’s version of The Little Princess. I’d read the book, and I remember picking out the differences, especially the ending. There have been many more books I’d read made into movies since then – Patriot Games, The Bourne Identity, The Da Vinci Code and Twilight, just to name a few. What I’ve learned is that movie versions of books can be very entertaining, but should be viewed as separate entities. They are not, nor can they be, twins. In some cases, a book and its movie counterpart can be seen as siblings, in others, it’s hard to tell if the two are related at all. But that doesn’t mean each isn’t entertaining.

There have been cases where I saw the movie before reading the book – most notably for me, the first three Harry Potter movies. I wasn’t particularly interested in reading the HP books at first (probably because my kids were too young to appreciate them at the time), but I did enjoy the movies. After seeing the third movie (which I loved – don’t hate me), I read the fourth book. I then went back and read the first three, and have picked up the remaining books of the series when they came out – before the movies. Again, I enjoyed both print and film versions, even though they were different, and am looking forward to the movie conclusion to that series.

So, what to do about Water for Elephants? I had the book (thanks, Jenn!), but didn’t have a lot of time to read it before our family movie night on Saturday. I did get a few chapters in, though, and got a feel for the voice and the story, which I liked. When faced with seeing Prom or Water for Elephants, I opted for the later.  And I loved it.

There are those that have critiqued the acting, but I have to say, the movie was lovely. I especially liked the way the violence implicit in the story was handled. Yes, it was PG-13, but considering some of the horror flicks with that rating, it wasn’t that bad. Even though I’d only read a bit of the book before seeing the movie, I could see where some changes had been made, but I also recognized some dialog lifted directly from the manuscript. It was a very good blend, from what I could see.

I do intend to finish the book, by the way – it’s my “carrot” for finishing my next chapter’s worth of writing. I’ll be looking for that part of the story I didn’t see in the movie, including more about present-day Jacob. But I’m glad I got to see it when I did.

What do you think? Do you always read the book first? Does that set your expectations for the movie? What about vice versa? If you’ve seen the movie first, does the book disappoint, or give you more story than you expected? Remember, your comment gets you entered in the Share the Wealth Giveaway.

And whether you’ve read Water for Elephants or not, I highly recommend the movie.

Meet an Author Monday

Be sure and check out Meet an Author Monday, hosted on the lovely Lisa Sanchez’s blog. Just click on the photo below to check out what other authors are blogging about. Are you an author? Join the hop with us and meet new readers!

Meet an Author Monday

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Share the Wealth Giveaway

After having such a great time at the RT Booklovers Convention and scoring a TON of new books, I’m sharing the wealth and giving some away!

Here’s how it works:

1. To enter, comment on any of my blog posts that go up in May (starting with this one!). I want to hear from you! And yes, more comments equals more entries! Note: comments are moderated, so spammers are not eligible to win.

2. Due to postage costs, this contest is open to US addresses only. 8( Sorry!

3. Winner will be picked at random on June 1, 2011.


The grand prize winner will get their pick of FIVE books from the following list (you can see them all in one place HERE on Goodreads):

Body Language
Weddings Can Be Murder
A Little Bit Wicked
Lover Mine
No One Heard Her Scream
Southern Comfort
It's Hotter In Hawaii
Murder in Vein
Coming Undone
The Vampire Voss
Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives
The Panic Zone
Killer Heat
Face of Danger
Blue Diablo
Eve of Chaos
Nowhere Near Respectable
Knight of Passion
This Charming Man
Up Close and Dangerous
The Guy Next Door
Mad about the Duke
How to Woo a Reluctant Lady
Brimstone Kiss
Healing Dr. Fortune
Poisoned Kisses

The runner-up gets their pick of TWO of the remaining books.

What? You DON’T have a copy of Whirlwind yet? Each winner will also get an autographed copy!

So if you like to read, be sure and check out my blog entries this May and leave a comment or two. You may win a box of books to take to the beach this summer!


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