Showing posts from July, 2013

Book Tour: Untold Promise {Author Interview + Giveaway!}

Good morning, my lovely readers!  You may have noticed today we're doing something a bit different... While paranormal has never been and probably will never be one of the genres I enjoy reading or writing, today I'm part of a blog tour for Untold Promise, the second book in a paranormal series!  I haven't read any of Caitlin's books, I'll admit, but I've gotten to know her fairly well as a friend from Go Teen Writers.  So let's all welcome Caitlin Hensley and make way for her interview - and giveaway!

Caitlin Hensley has been telling stories since she learned to hold a pen, and is pretty much obsessed with writing. She’s the author of The Inhuman Chronicles, as well as the novelette Together Alone. When not typing frantically on her laptop, she’s usually dancing, catching up on reruns of her favorite TV shows, or getting lost in a great book. She lives with her family and a slightly nutty Chihuahua in rural Oklahoma, where she often stands outside watching…

My Imaginary Boyfriend, Episode Two: Five Minutes of Fame

See the contest this is for here:

Read my first entry (and the first part of this story) here:

See even more of Rykel at his interview follow-up, where most of the questions are mine! Haha check it out:

It so happens that the first 150-ish words of this story (the portion that can be seen before the jump) are also my entry into this contest:

 I've never been the type of girl to say yes to just any boy.  I have a list exactly thirty items long that every potential date must meet - not to mention highly conservative parents.

You can see how holding hands with Jack Brant Rykel at a glam celebrity party is as great a shock to me as anyone who knows me.  (No pun intended.)


My Imaginary Boyfriend, Episode One: Trouble

Hello, my lovely readers!  How is your Saturday morning?  I know today ought to be a new DIY Party Diva, but I've gotten bored with that series, and when you're bored then blogging is no fun and your readers can tell.  Instead, I've decided to use Saturdays like I do Tuesdays and Thursdays for now - writing about whatever strikes my fancy rather than starting a new series.  For today, I'd like to share a little something I wrote last week.  It's not your usual short story - in fact, there are no original characters of mine in it, but it's not a fanfiction, either!  (Not technically.)  It's an entry into my friend S.J's writing and art contest.

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I strap my helmet on and wrap my hands around his waist.  He grins back at me.  "Ready, ginger?"

I laugh.  "Ready as I'll ever be!"

He revs up the engine and pushes off.  Wind rushes past my face and I laugh, giddy with the speed and excitement of riding a motorcycle for the …

Heart Torn in Two {The Feedback}

Have you heard the news?  I'm writing a fanfiction!  This is no one-shot or hastily posted fluff piece, either - no, I'm in this for the long haul!  But I've already told you about the fanfiction.  Today I'll let the readers speak for me!

Here's what the reviews on are saying:

Omigosh finally a decent suspian fic! You are amazing and I can't wait for more! :) ~ HarryPotterNut94

This is AWESOME! Can't wait for more ~ A.Gabrielle-Katherine

Oh my gosh I lovvvvve this so much! I've always preferred the movie-verse and the Suspian is so well written! I can just hear his accent holy crap. And Susan's sad mysterious understated natural beauty just radiates from her. The archer queen has returned! Can't wait for more! ~ Trapped In Narnia

This is interesting. A very different, deeper take on the series. I like it! ~ Alexa Skywalker

And here's what some fellow writers - of fanfiction and original works alike - have to say:

I've loved…

Book Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee

Anomaly by Krista McGee Question.  Feel.  Believe.

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My Review of Starring Me (Also by Krista McGee)

From Amazon:
Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.
Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won’t threaten their lives again.
But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli’s secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.
She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten to postp…

Heart Torn in Two {The Fanfiction}

Some of you, my lovely readers, may remember a fanfiction I've mentioned a few times recently, titled Heart Torn in Two.  You see, I'm currently working on a Prince Caspian movie fanfiction centered around Susan and Caspian's relationship.  Now, before the book purists and canon keepers groan or tune me out, give me a chance.  This is not your ordinary Suspian romance.

The LA Shop: Chocolate Fountain {Review + Coupon}

I adore chocolate.  I mean totally, completely love the stuff.  We're talking a chocolate addiction here.

So, when a lady from The LA Shop offered me a chance to review one of the products - of which a mini chocolate fountain was a choice - naturally I gave an enthusiastic yes!
The fountain arrived in a rather foreign-looking box and the packaging was a little beat up.  There was a bit of a styrofoam explosion when I unpacked it...

DIY Party Diva: Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Party {Food}

Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Party {Food} Theme: Alice in Wonderland; Guest list: Girls, ages 15-18
Eat Me

Book Review: Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker

Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker
When the world around you falls apart, dreams are all you have.

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My Review of Interrupted (Also by Rachel Coker)

From Rachel's Website:
Scarlett Blaine’s life in 1960s Georgia isn’t always easy, especially given her parents’ financial struggles and the fights surrounding her sister Juli’s hippie lifestyle. Then there’s her brother, Cliff. While Scarlett loves him more than anything, there’s no denying his unique behavior leaves Cliff misunderstood and left out. So when he wishes for a rocket to Jupiter, Scarlett agrees to make it happen, no matter how crazy the idea might be. Raising the rocket money means baking pies, and the farmer’s son, Frank, is willing to provide the peaches if Scarlett can help him talk to Juli. The problem is, Scarlett has a crush on Frank, one that only increases. Just as she thinks things might be going her way, Cliff suffers an accident that not only affects the rocket …

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Hello, my lovely readers!  I am so excited to share a new project that I'm undertaking with you.  Many of you know I'm part of a teen writers' group called Go Teen Writers.  Recently, I met a high school graduate named Kira in that group.  We got to talking about how eventually all the teens in GTW will no longer be teens, and will be crowding out all the younger people coming to us.  So we decided to start a group for those in GTW ready to move on into adulthood!  Since this was my brainchild, I am an honorary member and very honored to also be an administrator.

Amazing Grace: Men Who Changed the World {DVD + MP3 Album Giveaway!}

Did you miss Thursday's post about FEE and the Blinking Lights Project?  Well go check it out!  I'll wait for you.  I also recommend refreshing your memory on my human trafficking blog posts.

Now that everyone's up to speed: the giveaway!  Well, not yet, actually.  First, I want to share what came with the free DVD in the discussion pamphlet.

Note sent with the DVD, also available on the initiative website:

Have you ever seen a movie so good, so moving, that tears flow freely as the audience rises to its feet to applaud as the closing credits roll? That was often the reaction in theaters when director Michael Apted’s remarkable film, Amazing Grace, appeared in theaters in 2006.

The Blinking Lights of Warsaw, Poland

Happy Fourth of July!  Today seemed like a great day to talk about freedom-related topics, yes?

A couple of weeks ago, an organization called FEE was brought to my attention.  FEE, standing for The Foundation for Economic Education, was founded "to inspire, educate and connect future leaders with the economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society."  For more information about FEE and its history, stop by their website.  It's definitely worth your time.

One way FEE is carrying out their mission today is through what they call the Blinking Lights Project.  I encourage you to stop by that page on their website - the story is brief but absolutely amazing.  Why "blinking lights"?  Well...

INSPY 2013 Winners!

Good morning, my lovely readers!  Remember when I told you about the INSPY awards?  Well, for a little refresher, it's "the bloggers' award for excellence in faith-driven literature," and I was one of the three Literature for Young Adult judges this year.
I absolutely loved judging this award and will definitely try to apply for judging again next year.  The books were all great and it was extremely difficult to choose one from the five.
The winner that Sheila, Sherry, and I finally selected was....