31 October 2012

Ladies, You'll Want to Lock Up Your Husbands After Reading This

I love a good horror story, and I was so excited to read the Widow's Walk League, by Nancy Lynn Jarvis.




The book starts out innocent enough - a Halloween celebration in on my favorite cities in California - Santa Cruz. Everything is going fine until someone dressed up as Death, hands out small cards to passerby's with a date on it. The date is of their death.

But, it's all fun and games, right?

A silly Halloween trick.

Until someone reads that their death is that night. And a few minutes later, they die from a stab wound.

Everyone saw Death that night, but no one can be certain of who the real killer is.

But when real estate agent, Regan McHenry, puts her nose into the middle of the investigation, things get a little more interesting. And suddenly, everyone starts to hold their husbands a little bit closer as many more die one by one.

Nancy's books gives me exactly what I want out of a mystery - a classic whodunit. While at times I had a little difficulty keeping track of character names, it didn't stop me from enjoying the exciting caper she wrote. I also really enjoyed the main character. I love anyone who can't help but put themselves in everyone else's business!


The Widow's Walk League is perfect for Halloween and will make you think twice about dressing up as the Grim Reaper this year.

You can purchase a copy of your book via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Also, make sure to check out Nancy's website for further details on her publications. You can also read Chapters 1 and 2 for free, so click this link to find out how!

Any Fans of Chris Mann from 'The Voice'?




I know you are out there, and I don't know about you, but he has the most amazing voice. Chris Mann was a finalist on 'The Voice' last season and Christina Aguilera nailed it when she said, "The heavens opened up when you sing." And you know what?? Two of his songs have already hit the top ten of iTunes Top 10 Pop singles Chart.

So, I had the amazing chance to listen to his first album, 'Roads," and I was captivated. First things first, he reminds me a lot of Josh Groban and I am so giddy about that! We haven't had this type of music become popular in a long time and I would love to see that happen again. He is so operatic and hits every note. Apparently he has been influenced by Pavarotti, Robbie WIlliams and Sinatra and those influences shine through in his music.

One of my favorite songs on the album is his duet with Christina Aguilera. She has a powerhouse voice that really compliments his and I would love to see them do another song together. And personally, I am a huge fan of his cover of the song, "I Need You Now." I love it when an artist makes me like a song that I didn't like before. I think that is a really good sign of someone talented.

If you love Chris Mann, opera, or you are die hard fans of the show, 'The Voice,' you will want to buy this album. Check it out on Amazon and iTunes. You can also follow Chris Mann on Twitter, Facebook, his website, or check out his YouTube page!

Thank you to One2One Network for providing me with a complimentary copy of the album.

Disclaimer: This is a review post from One2One NEtwork. I was provided with a copy of the album and I am elligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated are my own.

Weekly Writing Prompt - Get Inspired!

Our host, Tena Carr, has the blog reigns this week! And away we go!

YEAHH!!!! It's my turn to host:




First take a look at last weeks stories:

Story Time by Carrie Sorenson


The Neighbor and Secret Lives by Scotty Watty Doodle All the Day


Letting Go by LeAnn Sype


Next Time Let's Go to an Island by Nicole Pyles


Live My Dream by Tena Carr


Before we go any further, lets set some ground rules (for those of you new to the Blog Hop)...

1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.


2) There is also a 500 word maximum.


3) You have until the next Tuesday to create your post. (Actually, I extended the deadline to be Wednesday morning, but if you want to be eligible for the Monthly "Wednesday Writer Blog Hop Winner" drawing you'll need to submit your story by 8pm on Tuesday.)


4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!


5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.


Ok so now that we got that out of the way...... Here is the photo you have to work with



And the Five Words are:

Hovel


Jackpot


School


Autonomic


Needlepoint


Be sure and link your stories by clicking on the inlinky below:






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30 October 2012

Next Time Let's Go to an Island - A Bit of Short Fiction

I am finally taking part in our weekly blog hop! This concludes the adventures of my ongoing blog story (although it may not be the end of Marco and Figaro)! Enjoy and make sure you tune in tomorrow for our weekly writing prompt!





The flash of light blinded Marco for a second, but when he came to, he sighed with relief at vision of their apartment complex.

"Ah, home sweet home."

"Dear Saviour, we're back!" Figaro exclaimed. Marco turned to see Figaro on his back, flailing about like an overturned turtle. Marco reached out his hand and pulled his companion to his feet.

"Think the girls made it back?" Marco asked. He had some concerns over his friend's ability to actually use magic properly.

"Hang on, I'll check Facebook."

Marco watched as Figuro pulled a smartphone from his pocket and tapped furiously into it. He decided not to ask where it came from.

"Ah! See? Becky's status says, 'It's good to be home.' and Brenda..."

Figuro jumped. "Whoops! She may not be in the right spot. She's talking about joining a bullfight later." His shoulder's sagged in disappointment. "Ah, wrong Brenda. Here she is...yup, back home too."

Marco breathed another sigh of relief. "Let's go home, Figaro."

He walked to the entrance of their first floor apartment. Their regular performances as a magician and assistant team afforded them a luxury two bedroom apartment. Yet, they never seemed to stay home long enough to really enjoy He picked up the stack of newspapers on the welcome mat and unlocked the front door.

"Ah, peace and quiet." Marco said as he stepped inside.

"Quiet? I can be as quiet as a mouse!" Figaro said, following closely behind Marco.

Marco rolled his eyes as he shut the front door. "You mean you don't want to sing another verse of that awful song?"

Figuro flopped on the couch and grinned at Marco "Hey, what say I take us to a beach island resort next time?"

And for once, Marco realized, his friend didn't have such a bad idea.

29 October 2012

I Was Expecting You - Bit of Collaboration Short Fiction

I am so excited to be part of another story challenge! This part four, so make sure you read part one, part two, and part three first!




Two hours later, Jack was still weaving in and out of the twisted pathways of the Black Hollow forest. By this time of day, the sun was in the center of the sky, but Jack didn't feel a single ray of that sunshine and neither did Morgan.

"I'm cold." Morgan whined for the hundredth time.

"I know," Jack replied. He had learned very quickly that if he didn't acknowledge Morgan's pain she would screech her complaint louder and louder. He only had to learn that lesson once.

"I'm hungry."

"Me too." Jack bit his tongue before the words "knock it off" escaped his lips.

A special crunch on the ground stopped him. He glanced down at the map while Morgan freely put her finger in her nose. The map explained a fork in the road and to take the hidden path down the center. According to the messy handwriting, the path could only be found by crushing it's spine. Jack looked down at his feet and the twigs crossed one on top of the other, forming a sort of vertebrae on the ground, we're now in disarray and many of those twigs were broken.

Jack looked up and as if by magic, and it probably was, the trees that blocked the center of the path fell away like the curtain of a stage. The warm sunlight shone through the forest and like a waterfall of light, enveloped the small cabin that rest up ahead.

"This is it, Morgan." He squeezed her hand and walked to the dilated house.

As they got closer, the door burst open. It was her. The old woman who helped Jack before and who he was certain helped Morgan. She would help them now, he hoped.

"Excuse me?" Jack called out, his voice shaking with nerves.

The old woman turned. Like the stereotype, she was dressed all in black. She had a beak looking nose with a wart on the crook. Her black hat was lopsided and she swept the front step with a broom that Jack assumed she also rode on at night.

"Oh hello! I was expecting the both of you!" She took off the hat and the nose and revealed a quaint older woman with bright eyes and probably belonged in a library reading books to children rather than keeping the Black Hollow forest safe.

"Ignore the silly costume! It's for Halloween!" She replied, reading Jack's mind.

"We have a -"

"Yes, yes." She squatted down to Morgan's level, who looked up at the old woman with eyes as round as the moon.

"You've caused some trouble young lady! Now...this won't do..." The woman grabbed something from her pocket and blew it in the face of Morgan.

"Hey-hey!" She shouted out, coughing all the while. But as she coughed, the dust swirled around her and with a blink of an eye, the beautiful girl he had fallen in love with stood before him once again.

"Wow, what happened?" Morgan said.

"Come in, my dears." The old woman said. She spun around to her cabin entrance and bolted through. "We have some business to tend to! It's finally time!"

Morgan and Jack exchanged glances.

"Time?" They said in unison.

The old woman appeared in the doorway again. "Yes, yes. You know. Destiny, fate, you two belonging together, ruling the magical Black Hollow forest together." She went back into the cabin. "Come in! I have scones!"

Tune in next week for the ending!

It's Chocolate Time. Asher's Chocolate, that is.

At the top of my list of ongoing obsessions, you will find books, writing, coffee, wine, and most importantly, chocolate. And the box of chocolates my family and I got from Asher's Chocolates didn't last but twenty minutes of course. But before I tell you about the tasty delights I received, here's some background about the company itself (found in their website):

"Asher’s Chocolates is the oldest continuously family-owned confection company in the United States. It began in 1892, when Chester A. Asher opened a small candy shop in the heart of Philadelphia. In addition to candies, Chester and his staff of six also made jams, jellies, maple syrup, freshly baked cakes and ice creams. Beautiful European-style bonbons and rare candies were displayed in the window to tempt passersby. The Asher name quickly became associated with superb quality, and the store acquired larger space in the Philadelphia’s historic Germantown neighborhood."


Don't you just love chocolate with a past?





I received this lovely box of chocolates and it was the yummy flavor of Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Caramels. It had the mouth watering salty sweet combination that makes you want to float away into the clouds.

Not only do I love the history and the taste of Asher's Chocolates, their prices are unbelievable. The box of 8 chocolates I received is only $5.95 online. These chocolates are a really good choice for the holidays (or...for any reason, really).

And you know what my favorite part about all of this is?

I am get to giveaway a box of the Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Caramels! (I'm so excited for you!)

Just enter using the Rafflecopter below! Contest ends 11/16.
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Disclaimer: I received a box of chocolates in exchange for this honest review.

26 October 2012

Should You Buy A Nook? A Review





Have you ever thought about getting an e-reader?

Well, if you have, you are not alone. I've thought the very same thing!

And I can't believe my luck - I had the partner up with Staples and review the NOOK Simple Touch and it's an amazing little device that I am so enamoured with already.
Here are a few of the main features of the NOOK, according to Staples' site -

Readable text, even when reading in the sun.
Only about 7 ounces
Holds up to 1000 Books
Holds a charge for up to a month (if you are using the GlowLight) or 2 months without the glow light.

And that is just the beginning!

At first sight, I was obviously thrilled. The NOOK is light as advertised and I carried it in my purse so comfortably all week (which is a wonderful alternative to me carrying several hardbacks or paperbacks around with me all day). Plus, it is somewhat small (about the size of a very thin paperback book, maybe a bit wider) and I comfortably snuck it in between the papers, junk, makeup bags, and change purses I have jammed into my purse!

Now, the actual reading part. First off, I read while on the bus and on occasion, the sun hit the device (when there actually was sun, anyways). I had no distraction from my book and there wasn't any sharp reflexion that prevented me from enjoying it.

And how about that GLOW?

Take a look here...

 





First, what I love about the glow of the NOOK is its easy to adjust how bright you want it. Plus, it's a soft light. My eyes tend to hurt when I'm reading something lit (like my cell phone, for example) in contrast to a really dark room. So I am very sensitive to this type of thing and had no problems at all reading with the GLOW feature activated while in bed.

Now, how about actually getting the books? Well, here is the only negative - you do need wireless access to download your books to your device. I am lucky that I do have a wireless connection to use and that made downloading my books that much easier.

On a side note, if you don't have a wireless connection, there are instructions on connecting your device to your computer and downloading the books that way.

I'm also really glad for the lending program and the epic amount of free books that you can find with the NOOK. In a couple of weeks, I'll make sure to follow up this post with where you can get free e-books (or borrow them!

The Downside:

There aren't many actually. The NOOK is easy to navigate and use. So, if you are a little intimidated by new technology you don't have anything to worry about. I love the simplicity of this device. I had no interest in getting an e-reader with apps. This may be a negative if you are looking forward to that particular feature, but me, I didn't need that and I appreciated the fact that this is just for books.

Should you buy a NOOK?

My opinion? Yes. There are so many amazing e-books out there, many of which aren't in print form and you know what? It is NOT the same using an e-reader app on your cell phone. It just isn't.

And you know this would make a perfect gift for that reader in your family (or for you!), so click this Staples' link to find out pricing information and other additional details.

Disclaimer: A special thank you to Staples for providing me with a complimentary NOOK in exchange for an honest review.




24 October 2012

Writing Prompt Wednesday - Will You Join In?

Okay, we are back, and I get to host the prompt this week! Yay! I'm so excited!

We had some awesome stories last week, and I'm so sorry I haven't been able to get to everyone's stories. Next week I will get better, I promise. And I know for sure once my birthday roles around and I get that laptop I've been hoping for, I will be especially better at reading and checking out everyone's blogs.

Anyways...back to business...check out these amazing stories -

Saskatchwean Flats by Scott Taylor
Big Bird Blues, Saskatchwean Flats Part 2 by Scott Taylor
Traveling Man by Carrie Sorensen
A Gift by Tena Carr

For everyone able to write, we are happy to enter you into our monthly ad contest. You can read about the rules on this page. If you're into creating visual art, you can click over there as well to see what we have going for you. You can help spread the love of our blog hop by grabbing the button below.
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1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) There is also a 500 word maximum.

3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.

4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.

Here is the photo:

hugo häring, siemensstadt housing, 1929

And here are the five words:

Bullfight

Island

Mouse

Verse

Saviour

Yay!! I'm so excited. So, use the link below to post your story when it's ready!

23 October 2012

Meet the ZombieZoo Gang!




What is ZombieZoo?
Created by children's author and illustrator Neecy Twinem with the help of her muse Boo, ZombieZoo is a too cute line of plush undead critters that is fun and not too spooky for the little ones. Chances are most grown ups will like the ZombieZoo gang too.

Sweet Silly Sara had the opportunity to review a complete set of mini plush ZombieZoo animals . You can read her review here to find out what she thinks of this playful line.

Visit the Zootique to order prints, minis and full size plush critters.
Connect with ZombieZoo:
Website
Facebook
The Sublime Media Connection has a fun giveaway for you! You can enter to win the complete mini ZombieZoo set valued at $34.75. This giveaway begins on 10/23 and ends on 11/2.

Good Luck!

 

 

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22 October 2012

Do You Shop On Amazon for the Holidays?





I am a huge fan of Amazon and I'm an even bigger fan of finding deals on Amazon.





There is a site I wanted to recommend APCodes.com that searches for deals on Amazon for the items you are looking for. If you are looking for deals on music, toys, or bedding products on Amazon, this is the site you will want to start with. They show deals 25 up to 70 percent off! I'd love to see print books show up on the list some time soon, because I know that is on your wish list.

Make sure as you are perusing the Internet for this seasons gifts, you stop by APCodes.com/amazon-coupons-finder/ for some huge savings!

Disclaimer: I received compensation in exchange for this honest review.

20 October 2012

Colorful Artistic Products from Liane Fried Studio


I was so honored to review the amazing art products made by Liane Fried. I also have the help of a couple of other bloggers to show off Liane's beautiful work. So, a special shout out to Sublime Media Agency, Pickles and Peppers, and Sweet Silly Sara.

When you enter Liane Fried's store, her description of "whimsical," "colorful," and "quirky," ring wonderfully true. She has such amazing artistic skills. So many of the items on the store gave me great holiday gift ideas and I plan on returning to her online store and adding a few items to my Christmas shopping list.

Just check out a couple of her items here:

Magnet Clocks



Bookmarks



Wall Clocks



Aren't these awesome? I am so impressed and the colorful, bright nature of each of her pieces just add to the products. What I love about each item is the personality that goes with them. It's perfect for me, because I love colorful decorations and displays, so I just fell in love. I'm also really excited to see the ornaments she will be selling when the holidays get closer!

The complimentary coasters I received looked amazing and was a huge improvement to what I was using before (don't ask).






Make sure you check out Liane's website and like her Facebook page to keep up with this amazing talent! And today I am happy to announce that Liane Fried is giving away $25.00 certificate to her store. Use the rafflecopter below to enter!
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The blogger from The World of My Imagination, Nicole Pyles, received a complimentary item in exchange for this honest review.


19 October 2012

Do You Still Need a Halloween Costume?

I am a huge fan of Halloween. HUGE. And I am one of those late holiday shoppers (this holiday included) and I was really happy to find the Costume Supercenter, an online costume shop with really low prices and cheap shipping prices.

Now...what kind of costume did I choose?

Well, it was a toss up. I kind of wanted to be Belle from Beauty and the Beast (see costume below)...




I also thought about being Scrabble...




But not this year...I won't be the smart girl or the nice girl. This year I will be...




Va-va-va voom, people!! How is that?? This year I am going to be a Dark Angel. Mwahahahahaha. I can't wait to get this in the mail! And I will try to post pictures of myself once I do get it!

Okay, so I wasn't just shopping for me. I was also shopping for my brother who doesn't have his costume yet. And I took a gander at the men's costumes and I loved the choices.

At first my brother was sold on the Greg Brady character...





And then I pointed out the Gumby costume (he's 6'3 and would make a kick ass Gumby)...




And then...eureka!! Here's what I bought for my brother to wear on Halloween:





How cool is that?? So, I was so happy with this site. Looking at all these costumes made me wish it was Halloween every day! These photos just scratch the surface, too. But if you like any of the above costumes, click the photo and you'll be redirected to the Costume Super Store's website to purchase it! There IS still time to buy it and this site has a ton of awesome costumes (at very low prices!) to choose from!

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Disclaimer: I received a store gift card in exchange for this honest review.

17 October 2012

Weekly Writing Prompt - Are You Writing Today?

Carrie has the reigns for this week's post!

Welcome Wednesday. Let's have a quick review of this past week's talent.



Looking Back by Leanne Sype

One Line Wonder by Carrie Sorensen



Thank you. :) I know we're getting to the busy part of the year and we're grateful to everyone able to participate, whether it's through writing or reading the prompted stories.



For everyone able to write, we are happy to enter you into our monthly ad contest. You can read about the rules on this page. If you're into creating visual art, you can click over there as well to see what we have going for you.



You can help spread the love of our blog hop by grabbing the button below.






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The rules for the writing:




1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) There is also a 500 word maximum.

3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.

4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.




The Photo:


















The Words:



bird



kid



loom



soldier



ostrich












16 October 2012

Ergonomic Uglee Pen - For All You Handwriters Out There!

I have no shame in admitting I am a faithful handwriter when it comes to first drafts. In fact, my first novel draft was written that way! So to me, the pens and notebooks in my life are extremely important and to all my writers out there that are reading this post, I know you can say the same.




So I was so glad to review the Uglee Pen - an ergonomic comfort pen. According to their website, the reason it's such a comfortable pen is because of it weight, the smooth writing, and the gel felt grip. Take a look here:




And I wasn't the only one reviewing this pen, though. I offered one to my mom and oldest brother and I got their reactions from it, too!

For me, my immediate reaction was just getting used to it. It's a lot lighter than what I'm used to, and the gel portion of it takes a little time to adjust to while writing. I did see a long term benefit to using this pen though. Like I said, I am a faithful handwriter, especially when it comes to first drafts, and while using the UgLEE pen, I did not notice any hand cramping or tired muscles at any point. To me, that is very important while writing.




But, one thing to note, both my mom and oldest brother did not like the light weight quality of the pen. They both thought this was too light. So, if you are the type to like a heavy pen while you are writing, this may not be the one for you.

However, if you are a long term pen user, you may want to give this a try. I really appreciated the flow and ease of use in this pen and the comfort of the Uglee pen allowed me to continue writing without the worry of muscle cramps in my left hand.

I am happy to say that I am giving away three of these amazing pens to one of my blog readers!

Just fill out the rafflecopter below!
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Disclaimer: I received complimentary pens in exchange for my honest review.

14 October 2012

What Movie (or Book) Scene Scares You the Most






I am joining together with a bunch of awesome bloggers in the 2012 BlogFEST! I have the reins for today's writing challenge and in the spirit of Halloween, my prompt is this:

Describe a scene from a book, movie, or television show that scares you the most.


Immediately two scenes come to mind for me. First, the ending to "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," where Donald Sutherland's character screams at the end. I can see this movie fifty times and this still freaks me out. Here's the movie clip:



And then the second movie clip that freaks me out is the ending to "Neverending Story" where that kid is about to plunge into the waterfall. I don't know why but that freaks me out every time. I couldn't find a clip of it, but if you have ever seen that movie, you will know what I'm talking about!

Take part in today's challenge by commenting below or writing your own post! If you write a post, share it on the Facebook page for the blog event - http://Facebook.com/BlogFEST-2012.

What movie, book, or television scene scares you the most?

12 October 2012

Little Bird - A Fun New App

So these days I have been under a lot of stress and one thing that clears my head and distracts me just a little (in a good way) are games! Especially one that is fun, easy to learn, and slightly addictive (and aren't those the best kind?).

I had the opportunity to review a new iPhone game called, "Little Birds." It reminded me a little of Angry Birds, except this little round angry red bird is rolling through a series of tubes and passageways.

Here take a look at this screenshot I took:





This game is super fun and doesn't require a lot of "figuring it out" time. And I actually snuck played it at work (don't tell).

The trick of this game is you use your cell phone to rock the little bird back and forth and maneuver him through the tubes. You may find yourself literally swaying with him, so just be aware that people may look at you odd while you play it (heh heh).

And if you want to download this cute game, click this link here! It may only be available for iPhone users, but Android-ers, you may want to do a quick hunt for this app to see if you can download this too. In fact, I may have found a link for you here! Right now it looks like its free for everyone (for a limited time), so download this today!

11 October 2012

Finding The Silver Lining in a Dark Cloud

Today’s post is in participation with Women On Writing’s mass-blogging event, Everybody is Talking About Finding the Music in Life. We are celebrating the release of Sonia’s Song by Sonia Korn-Grimani. To read Sonia’s post and follow our symphony of participating bloggers visit The Muffin at http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/.

Share your comments on any participating blog for a chance to win a copy of Sonia’s Song!
Sonia’s Song is the story of one girl, who rises from war's ashes to sing the songs of hope and love world-wide. A heart-wrenching and poignant memoir, by internationally renowned singer Sonia Korn-Grimani. Learn more about Sonia at http://claygrouse.com/sonias_song/.





As part of this amazing blogging event, I wanted to talk about what it means to struggle through difficult times and still finding a way to focus on the positive and count our blessings. And just as Sonia did, find the music in life.
Just last week, I faced an extremely difficult situation. As some of you may know, I have a brother with a serious mental illness. He was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and most recently considered high risk for suicide.
Last week, my mom and I went to see him and meet with his doctor and show support. And let me tell you, it was not an easy visit. It was very emotional, and on top of the visible impact of his illness, he also lives in a bad neighborhood that is notorious for crime and gang violence and we are especially concerned that he may be taken advantage of one day, because of how vulnerable he is.

Is it possible to focus on the positive when this situation seems so dreary and sad?

You bet. In fact, today and last night both my mom and I took steps to help my brother into a better situation. It means so much that we were able to do that and we are continuing to fight for his well-being. My mom inspires me to do this and I have learned so much from her on continuing to fight for what you believe in. And my brother inspires me as well and he has taught me a lot about respect for others and kindness towards others no matter what.

Now in spirit of the today's subject, I will end this post with a song. "Fields of Gold," by Sting, is one of my brother's favorite songs. In fact, since I can remember, he has always been a fan of Sting (and listened to this very song last week with my mom and I).



How do you continue to find the positive in a difficult situation? What song inspires you? By leaving a comment today, you have a chance to win a copy of Sonia's Song, either in print or e-book form.

10 October 2012

Weekly Writing Photo Prompt

Carrie hosts this week hop!



Scotty Watty Doodle All the Day! Here is your button. :D












Congratulations again Scott! You will be featured for a month on the front page of my blog and the other blog hosts.



How did he do it? Find out about on The Rules page for both writers and photographer / artist submissions.





Now, for last week's stories.









Thank you, you three. :)



Now for a quick grab-a-button moment.


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On to the rules.




1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) There is also a 500 word maximum.

3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.

4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.




The Photo:


















The Words:





blame





earth





walking stick





picture





trap








Now show us what you got. Link up your story below and be entered for a chance to win an ad spot of your own.






03 October 2012

Writing Prompt Wednesday

Carrie has this week's prompt. I also know that I owe a few of you ad time on my blog and once things settle for me I'll make sure to have your pretty ad spots on my side bar!

Today is the first Wednesday of October. This means I have a prompt and a winner in today's post. Have you been waiting on pins and needles to find out who our winner is? Well, it's:








Congratulations to Scott! Want to know how he did it and what he won? You can find out about the contest on The Rules page for both writers and photographer / artist submissions.





Before we head off into our prompt, let's review this past week's submissions.










And since we haven't shared it in a while, here's our lovely blog hop button. Feel free to grab one for your blog if you love the hop.


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A quick reminder of the rules:




1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) There is also a 500 word maximum.

3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.

4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.




Now for your photo:















The mandatory words:





weather





cemetery





lump





printer





recipe








You have a week to get your story in. Link up below for a chance to win October's Ad Contest. Good luck!












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