Friday, August 30, 2013

Funny Friday Photos and Color Wielders Release and Cephalopod Coffeehouse

Happy Friday! We made it to the weekend, and another round of funny photos!

As I'm sure you can tell by the title, I have some extra "stuff" going on this week. First, my blog post about "It's Just Books" was featured on the Passive Voice yesterday. Although the comments here and the comments there are as different as a warm summer rain and midwinter in Antarctica, I am still extremely honored to have been featured on the blog.

Next, I have joined the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, which is the brainchild of the Armchair Squid. It's a reading bloghop in which I get to share the best book I read in the month. During August I've been devouring The Eye of God, the new thriller by James Rollins. Sigma Force is at it again, fighting to save the world and overcome the bad guys. What I really like about this book, besides getting to hang out with my favorite characters and read James Rollins's superb writing, is how the story line is put together. Instead of being linear, there are two tracks in the beginning which converge around the middle and then continue on together. This really upped the tension and curiosity kept me turning pages long after I really needed to go to bed. Highly recommended!

And at last, before the funnies, I'd like to share Dawna Raver's great news about the re-release of her debut novel, The Color Wielders. Please be sure to stop over at this post and get registered for the giveaway and learn more about the Facebook party and other fun planned for her re-release party!

Thanks for sticking with me! Last week's funniest photo was:

A three-way tie! So, just go look at them all again if you want to relive the fun.

Here's this week's photos.

And a punny X-Men joke:

My favorite is "What ball?"
Which is your favorite?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Colour Wielders by Dawna Raver Indie Release

I'm happy to announce that Colour Wielders is back on the market with a pretty new face and updated content. It thrills me to be able to share it with you today. Thank you Jade Hart at Black Firefly for all her work, Michelle Johnson for my amazing cover, and Danielle Blanchard for all your hard work and help. If you have time, please stop by Facebook tonight and party with us at 4:00 central hosted by the wonderful Leslie Whitaker.

 Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away. Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her birthday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle-forever changing her life. Arik Morgaine—Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm—tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers. Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks? New Adult. Recommended for 18 and above. Mature themes, sexual situations, and profanity.
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Gentle fingertips grazed the edge of her jaw, trailing down her neck to her collarbone. His citrine gaze stared deeply into her eyes, and her body heated at his tender touch.

“You’re okay, yeah?” Thaene asked, his voice hoarse from their lovemaking.

Am I okay? She hardly knew. Though she had nothing to compare it to, this feeling was more than giving her virginity to him. Quinn felt like something bigger inside had stirred to life, wanting to escape.

“You know I love you. I’m sorry if it hurt.” He kissed her again, his lips caressing hers, as if he could take the ache away.

“Say something, Quinn. Please.”

“I love you, Thaene.” She pressed herself into him, passionately returning his affection. As their kiss continued, Quinn wondered if he wanted more. She also wondered if she had more to give.

“I want us together, always. Do you want that, Quinn?” Thaene’s eyes danced with a mixture of emotions—love, passion, possessiveness, and something else she couldn’t name.

“We can have forever. You want that, don’t you?” Thaene asked.
“Yes,” Quinn answered breathlessly, before realizing what she’d agreed to. She smiled, finding his need for her exciting. “Forever is a long time. But I could do it with you.”

Thaene smiled back. Happiness lit his face. He looked like he’d just won a major prize—he looked triumphant. “Being with you on your twenty-second birthday was very special to me. You’ve given me such a precious gift.”

“I love you. I can’t imagine my first time with anyone else.”

Besides, my gift of Sight showed you to me, over and over. How could I not give myself to you?

Her gift had shown her something else as well. Since she didn’t understand it, Quinn ignored it. She’d followed her heart where Thaene was concerned. Not even her mother’s dislike—or in spite of it— changed her mind. Following your heart always led you down the right path.

Thaene lightly brushed her hair from her face, then he rested his forehead on hers.

“There’s something else I’d like you to give me. Will you do that? Give me what I desire the most?”

The longing in his voice made Quinn squirm underneath him. Right now, she’d give him anything.

“It’s the most precious gift of all. One I’ll cherish forever.”

Oh my God. He wants to marry me.

“Yes,” Quinn said, drawing in a breath. “I’ll give you anything.”

“Good.” Thaene nuzzled her neck. “I want you to show me your Magyk.”

“What?” Quinn blinked at him, wondering if she’d heard him right.

“If you want us to have forever, you must show me your Magyk.”

DawnaFlowersDropShadowAbout the Author:

Dawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Colour Wielders, Book One, is her debut novel. When she's not spending time in her fantasy world, Dawna loves football, reading, and pretending she's a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.  

Contact Dawna at:

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Monday, August 26, 2013

For The Writers: It's Just Books

The idea for this post has been knocking around in my head for several weeks now. I've wondered if I'm brave enough to write it. I've wondered if it's something anyone wants to hear.

After much internal debate, I've decided that what I want to write about was important for me to learn. If it might help someone else to read about my experience, I decided to give the post a whirl, and see what happens.

Now, as we know, some writers have (what appears to be) lucky success. I'm not saying they don't work hard, or aren't talented. But, how many hard-working, talented writers do you know? That's right. Quite a few, huh? And what makes any one writer who has that crazy-good success better than any of the others that you know? See what I mean? For every one lucky hard-working, talented writer there are many hard-working, talented authors who just didn't have the stars align in quite the same way.

Photo Couresy: Free Digital Photos
Here's a secret about me. I'm a very competitive person. I'm so competitive that I don't compete. I hate losing that much. Plunk me down in the middle of a competitive field like writing, and I'm sure to have some mental ticks.

Using this post by Leslie Ramey as a guide (Redefining Success for Self-Publishing), Finding Meara has actually done quite well when compared with the many other self-published books out there. But! I'm competitive. And each disappoint has the potential to cut me to the very depths of my writer's ego.

And the truth of writing is the majority of authors are going to be disappointed over something, sometime. Maybe even frequently disappointed. Heck, even those with crazy-good success blog and post on Facebook about how disappointed they are with something that would make 99% of other writers drool. (Can I just say how irritating that is...)

My point is that there are bound to be disappointments. Maybe forever.

Sometime this summer, I finally realized all of this. And then I realized something very important.

It's just books.

All of it is not life or death. Whether I sell a zillion copies or two copies, it really won't change the important things in my life. I'll still be a wife to my dearest husband, I'll be mother to two of the quirkiest, most-lovable kids in the world. I'll still have a job as a social worker if I want it. I'll still be a daughter and an aunt, and a friend. I'll still write and create the fantastical and magical.

It's just books.

I don't know if I'll ever have crazy-good success. There's lots of people who think so - and God bless them for being hopeful and carrying me through my dark times. But the truth is, I may not. And it doesn't mean anything more than the time didn't come. It doesn't mean that I was untalented. It doesn't mean that I didn't work hard enough. It doesn't mean I failed. It means nothing at all, because...

It's just books.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Funny Friday Photos

Hello and happy Friday to one and all!

Well, it happened. I went back to work yesterday - a new school year has begun. I have to admit I kind of wasted the summer as far as writing time is concerned. I'm trying to decide if I should beat myself up about it or just let it go. Mental flaggelation is probably not helpful, so I guess I should let it go. If anyone has any tips for how to do that, please tell me in the comments. I'm not very good at it.

Last week's funniest photo winner was:

And now for this week's photos!

Elevators are so faithful like that.

It's the cat's expression. Are cats reincarnated humans?

This looks sooooo bad.

Aargh! I want to fix it. Please, let me fix it!!! Cruelty - pure cruelty.

The caption was "The floor has a sad."

The pun for the week...

We have lots of windfarms, and it's so cool to drive by these windmills.

And  a little something for any science geeks. 

Funny, huh? *nudge, nudge* Get it?

Guess what? Saturday is my eleventh wedding anniversary! You know how everyone says the man forgets important dates? Well, when it comes to my anniversary, I can never remember if it's the 23rd or the 24th. I have no idea why that is, but every year I have to ask either my husband or my mother which day is the day. I've only heard of one other woman who can't remember her own anniversary, so I am truly an anomoly. Luckily, my husband doesn't take it personally.

My favorite this week is "I don't like to move it."
Did you find a favorite?
Do you have any fun plans for this weekend?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Something Bizarre Happened...Or not.

Apparently, when you're at home a lot, not much bizarre happens. At least, not the kind of thing a person can write a blog post about. I
The rock.
highly doubt anyone but me finds the fact that we found a polished and pretty rock my son lost three years ago when we planted one of our new cherry trees this summer particularly interesting. I may have to rethink the topic for this slot.

So, what to do today? I've promised myself that I wouldn't skip anymore blog posts, so how about a round-up of some other people's internet offerings I've enjoyed lately.


* Redefining Success For Self-Publishing by Leslie Ramey on The Creative Penn was a welcome reframe of what constitutes success in self-publishing.

* The Madness of the Muses by Sarah Callender on Writer Unboxed was an enjoyable affirmation that I am not the only one who worries over the amount of time I submit to writing.


*It's OK To Not Understand These Pictures. Our Brains Weren't Built To Handle Them on Upworthy via Nicole L. Bates, Author reveals the grand size of the Universe. We are truly small.

* Mix of Housecat, Teddy Bear: New Mammal Discovered in Cloud Forest via Accuweather (But don't forget the monkey discovered in Columbia. It's got the prettiest eyes. Human or Monkey? on Keeping Babel at Bay.) Cute animals, but the monkey really does have a human-like face.


* Certain Doctor Who Phrases and how Olive Garden Customers React: An Experiment Done by a Server on The Stranger. Just cute!

Feel Good:

* Maroon 5 The Daylight Project (You Tube Video) Not sure why this is so powerful for me, but I suspect it has something to do with the song and the honest humanity of the people in the video.

On writing news, I have listed Finding Meara with Story Cartel, a site which brings readers and authors together. Readers join the site to receive free books, knowing they are "encouraged" to leave reviews on Amazon, among other sites. So if you know of anyone who might want to get a free copy of Finding Meara in exchange for a review, you can send them here.

Did any of the links pique your interest?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Funny Friday Photos

Did anyone miss Funny Friday Photos last week? I did! It was eleven o'clock on Thursday night before I even realized I'd forgotten to get the post together. And then, I forgot to write the Creature Feature post for Tuesday, too. It was a nice little blogging break, though, albeit unplanned.

Since it's been two weeks since we've had photos, I'll just get right to this week's pictures. I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

I didn't laugh until I saw what was under it's wings. 

Awful and funny at the same time.

Who remembers Ferdinand? I LOVED Ferdinand!

Poor monkey!

And it's going to get you in your sleep.

My day yesterday...

What has been seen cannot be unseen.
And a couple of puns!

Food humor... he, he.

A new way to talk about sex.
My favorite is the Lion and Bear, Oh Mai picture.
Do you have a favorite?

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Cover Reveal: (Never) Again by Theresa Paolo

Today is normally the Theme Park blog post, but when I had the chance to be a part of Theresa Paolo's cover reveal, I signed right up! It's a beautiful cover and I'm happy to welcome Theresa to Motivation for Creation...

Today is the day! The official cover reveal for (Never)Again to be published by (Berkley) Penguin on October 15th, 2013.

Just when she had finally moved on…
…He moved back.

When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex's voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls' bathroom.

Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother. It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a happy face and pretend he didn't leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of emotional wreckage?

Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out.

 Cover time: 

Available for preorder on Barnes and Noble and Amazon
Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads.

Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her boyfriend and Milton, their big eyed goldfish. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty which is why she writes New Adult and Young Adult books, reliving the best and worst years of her life through her characters. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. On November 11th 2011 at 11:11 she made a wish. Two hours later she was laid off. Jobless for the first time since she was sixteen she was determined to make her wish come true. Writing became her life again and after many nights of ignoring her boyfriend to spend time with her characters, she finally received the call that all her hard work, finger crossing and eye crossing paid off. She signed with Berkley (Penguin) and her debut novel, (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, will be out in Fall 2013.  When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera or can be found in the blogosphere or on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Funny Friday Photos

It's Friday! We made it through another week. How's everybody feeling?

Not much to say here! Just working away on Adven 2 (I really need a working title), cleaning the house and preparing to return to work in several weeks. Next week we've got some overnight trips planned, including one to Devil's Tower. I love that place. Of course, now I always think of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I figure as long as I don't start making my mashed potatoes into a Devil's Tower sculpture, it's all good.

Last week's winner was...Eggbert!

And here are the new photos. I have to give a disclaimer that the pickings were pretty slim, but there were several that gave me a good chuckle, so I hope you can find a favorite, too.

Don't you wonder how that happened?

And other kitty replies: "Not with new TVs. No remote means no channel changing."

He looks so embarrassed!

Awww. Poor thing.

I would have freaked out. And yes, it's a real TV show on Animal Planet.

All parents understand this one. Heck, baby pet owners, too. A puppy is as bad as an infant, it just doesn't last as long.

And the pun for the week:

My favorite is the cat from hell. Cracks me up each time I look at it.
Were you able to find a favorite?

Have a great weekend!


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