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Daydreaming: February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Let’s Play Villain, by Melissa Foster


How fun would it be to throw caution to the wind and do all the naughty things you have only thought about or worried over? Wouldn’t it be fun to tell off those that anger you without any need for restraint? How about pummeling the bullies who are bothering your kids? Bank robbery could be fun for some. Or maybe you want to dress the part, too. Throw on leather and chains and pull up on your Harley, smokin’ a doobie and drunk off your butt? To each his own, right? Obviously we cannot go around doing all of those things…but our fictional villains can. And where are villains born? In our clever little minds. So, let’s play villain.

What do you wish you could do? Who do you wish you could be? Would it be cool to be as cunning as Hannibal Lector? How about as badass as the Terminator? Or maybe your villain would go all Shades of Gray and their whip might be used for other things. Whatever your pleasure, don’t fret over being a hated villain, try being an empathetic villain! Maybe you’re misunderstood and you’ve gone over to the rough side of town because of that. When I create villains, I always give them some redeemable qualities. I like to be conflicted over my hatred of their evil doings. How about you?

Our dear readers are so precious to writers, because you are the ones we try to entice, excite, and surprise. Your enjoyment is a writer’s motivation and inspiration. So share your fave villains with us! Who did you love to hate? Who could you simply not get past?

Here’s a fun (and weird) game for you to take away with you. Find a close friend and play VILLAIN. No, don’t go out and rob banks or pummel people in real life, but come up with who your villain might be, what they might look like, then combine them with your friend’s villain and see what you come out with. I think you’ll be surprised at how complex a villain can be, and brainstorming with friends only makes the villain more interesting.

My villain in TRACES OF KARA was derived from many sources and conversations with friends and readers—and I adore him.

Ready to play? Ready? Set? Go!

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of three International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. Melissa also hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC.




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Monday, February 18, 2013

I'm so excited about this movie...

Talk about childhood dreams! I absolutely loved the Wizard of OZ!!!! It was my favorite movie. I had to cover my eyes when the flying monkey's attacked, but cringe-worthy moments and all...I would sit memerized by the graphics, music and sheer brilliance of the movie-making and story.

Disney has now entered the realm of Oz and I for one cannot wait to visit it once again.

So will you go to the movies or wait until it comes out on DVD?

Here's a sneak peak....

Evolution of AMAZING!

 
 
Today I want to encourage all my fans and friends with this really cute illustration. I want to encourage you all to reach for the stars and nurture your AMAZING to reality!
Have an Amazing Day! Tammie
 
 
 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Up Close and Personal with Author, Cindy Young-Turner

I am so excited to be featuring several authors here on my blog.  I wanted to give readers an intimate look at the author behind their books.  



I am so excited to be featuring several authors here on my blog. I wanted to give readers an intimate look at the author behind their books.

WIN AN ORIGINAL PROOF COPY OF MY BESTSELLING ISLAND OF SECRETS
It's time to get Swept Away!!! I'm participating in the Valentines Day Blog Hop!!!
I'll be running a contest for one of the original "Proof" copies (Yes, sort of like bloopers for video) So it's a totally unique item and sure to become a collectible. This print copy of "ISLAND OF SECRETS has one of the original "VERSIONS" of the cover and will be yours complete with any of the later corrected imperfections. This book has been consistently on three bestsellers lists for over seventeen months on Amazon. To register simply "Follow me here, sign up for my newsletter and LIKE my Facebook Page) You need to do all three, but you'll get three entries when you do.
CONNECT WITH MORE AUTHORS AND ENTER TO WIN MORE PRIZES BY VISITING THE EVENT PAGE AT http://thebloghopspot.com/event-page/


Now, Welcome to:
 






 

Author,


Cindy Young-Turner

Cindy Young-Turner has always been an avid reader and became fascinated by mythology and Arthurian legends at an early age. She quickly decided she enjoyed creating her own worlds and characters and set to work writing her own stories. She believes genre fiction can be just as well written and valuable as literature. The universal themes of love, hate, revenge, and redemption are present regardless of whether our characters live in the distant future, on other planets, or in fantastical realms. 







Cindy's Favorite Sweet Treat

I love chocolate and peanut butter, so one of my favorite recipes is peanut butter blossoms (also known as the Hershey kiss cookies). My mom gave me this recipe.

 

Peanut Butter Blossoms

14 oz Hershey kisses

1 C margarine

2 eggs

1 C brown sugar

1 C sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1 C peanut butter

4 C flour

2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

 

Cream together margarine, eggs, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla, peanut butter.

Sift together flour, salt, baking soda.

Mix together and roll into balls, then roll in sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10 min. Remove and push a Hershey’s kiss into the middle of each cookie. Bake for 4 more min.

What do you consider a truly romantic evening?
I have a four-year-old so my husband and I don’t get out much these days. Dinner at a nice restaurant (he’s a chef, so standards are high) and a movie would be a great night out.
What is your favorite romantic movie?

A Room With A View

Of your own characters whom do you consider “Most” romantic? Why?




Unfortunately my characters don’t have much opportunity for “romance” in Thief of Hope because they are too busy worrying about their enemies and the task they need to accomplish without getting killed.  But Willem does his best to be romantic when given the chance.
What is the “Most” romantic gift you ever received? Why?





When we were first dating, my husband gave me a long purple floral hippie skirt. I loved it. It was so “me.”


What do you consider romantic that doesn’t cost money?

A walk on the beach in the wintertime.
 

Thief of Hope


Sydney, a street urchin and pickpocket in the town of Last Hope, has managed to evade the oppressive Guild for years, but there is no escaping fate when she's sentenced to death for associating with the resistance.

 

After she's rescued by a wizard, Sydney is forced to accept that magic—long outlawed throughout the Kingdom of Thanumor—still exists, and the Tuatha, a powerful faery folk, are much more than ancient myth and legend. When the wizard offers a chance to fight the Guild and bring Willem, bastard prince and champion of the Tuatha, to the throne, Sydney embraces the cause as a way to find her own redemption.

But Sydney's fear of the Guild, distrust of authority, and surprising connection to the Tuatha threaten Willem's success. Can she untangle the strange threads that entwine her life not only to the fate of the kingdom, but also to Willem himself?

Buy links: Amazon |Barnes & Noble | Kobo
 

Journey to Hope

A brief tale in the Thief of Hope Series
 
As the third son of a lesser nobleman, Edgar Gray’s prospects are limited at best. He longs to find some meaning in a life of privilege. A chance encounter with Rose, a peasant girl, gives him a chance to help those in need. But the Guild has spread to Tipton Village, and unrest is brewing among the villagers. Edgar and Rose are torn between love, duty, and loyalty to family, and the rise of the Guild threatens to destroy Edgar’s very way of life.
In a land where magic is outlawed, both a wizard and the faery folk have taken an interest in Edgar. Sometimes there is no escaping destiny, but even sacrifice can lead to hope.
Buy link: Amazon Kindle
Connect with Cindy by Visiting her:

Thanks so much to Cindy for being my guest and sharing a little more about herself.









 


 

 


 

 


 
 
 
 



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Up Close and Personal with Author, Sherry Soule

I am so excited to be featuring several authors here on my blog.  I wanted to give readers an intimate look at the author behind their books.  

WIN AN ORIGINAL PROOF COPY OF MY BESTSELLING ISLAND OF SECRETS
It's time to get Swept Away!!! I'm participating in the Valentines Day Blog Hop!!!
I'll be running a contest for one of the original "Proof" copies (Yes, sort of like bloopers for video) So it's a totally unique item and sure to become a collectible. This print copy of "ISLAND OF SECRETS has one of the original "VERSIONS" of the cover and will be yours complete with any of the later corrected imperfections. This book has been consistently on three bestsellers lists for over seventeen months on Amazon. To register simply "Follow me here, sign up for my newsletter and LIKE my Facebook Page) You need to do all three, but you'll get three entries when you do.
 
CONNECT WITH MORE AUTHORS AND ENTER TO WIN MORE PRIZES BY VISITING THE EVENT PAGE AT http://thebloghopspot.com/event-page/


Now, Welcome to:
 
Author, Sherry Soule

Sherry Soule is the bestselling author of the acclaimed YA Spellbound series. She writes urban fantasy, an odd hybrid of the horror genre that includes elements of mystery, romance, fantasy, and suspense for teens and adults.


 
 
What do you consider a truly romantic evening?
Sitting in front of a cozy fire on a cold winter night, sipping wine and talking.
 
What is your favorite romantic movie?

Pride and Prejudice 2005
Of your own characters whom do you consider “Most” romantic? Why?

Trent. Read this excerpt from my YA novel, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN to understand why:

I went to snatch my hand away, but Trent caught my hand in his, startling me. I looked up to see warmth on his face. His smile held the promise of happiness. He scooted closer and held my gaze for a breath, glanced down. He leaned forward, as if he had no control over his actions. I inhaled his nice, soapy-clean scent, and all coherent thought left my head.

His hands gripped my waist and Trent yanked me against him, his mouth covering mine in a deep kiss. The caress of his lips was softer than I’d imagined. An unfamiliar rush of excitement engulfed my senses. My hands wrapped around his neck, fingering his silky tousled hair. His moist lips seared a path from my lips to my neck, igniting a blaze of desire that flooded my skin everywhere his lips and roaming hands touched. Boys had kissed me before, but not like this. Never like this.

Yes, yes…this is what I want and yearn for—affection. To fall in an impetuous head-over-heels kind of love. Let myself go. Surrender my heart…

What is the “Most” romantic gift you ever received? Why? A dozen sterling lavender roses. Why? We had a fight. LOL


What do you consider romantic that doesn’t cost money?

Walking along the beach on a lovely summer night.

 
Books:

BUY BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN:




 
 
Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:
Twitter @WriterSherry: http://twitter.com/writersherry
Thanks so much to Sherry for being my guest and sharing a little more about herself.








 


 

 


 

 


 
 
 
 



Monday, February 11, 2013

Up Close and Personal with Author, Barbara Ivie Green

I am so excited to be featuring several authors here on my blog as a part of the First Love Blog Hope.  I wanted to give readers an intimate look at the author behind their books.  



Image of Barbara Ivie Green
 

Author, Barbara Ivie Green

I am an artist and author who LOVES ancient world history, mythology, romance and laughter! I adore my babies and love my hubby.
 
Barbara's Favorite Sweet Treat

HOT BUNS
The ultimate cinnamon rolls.
Dough
1 cup water (warm)
1 tablespoon or package of yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
In medium sized bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water, sugar, oil, and salt. Slowly add flour and knead into a ball place in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise. On a floured surface, roll dough out into a rectangle 12” x 8” x about ¾” thick.
Filling
Half cube of butter softened
½ cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
 
Spread softened butter across dough, sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Starting at long edge roll loosely until the dough is in a log. Use floss to cut into six equal parts. About 2” thick spiral. Place in a 9” x 12” casserole dish and allow it to rise again. Preheat oven to 350º. When rolls have doubled bake for 18-20 minutes.
Sauce
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
 
In a sauce pan combine sugar, butter, and egg, whisk together and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil for a minute. Take off heat and add the vanilla. Dribble over Hot Buns for extra Ahhh!
 
I developed this dough recipe years ago and it is still one of my favorites for sweet rolls, bread sticks, and pizza! Enjoy!!!  Barbara Ivie Green :O)
What do you consider a truly romantic evening?
Having a great home cooked meal, a glass of wine, and cuddling on the bed with the whole family and watching a favorite show.
 
What is your favorite romantic movie?
Pirates of the Caribbean, Groundhog Day, French Kiss.
It is too hard to pick just one!
Of your own characters whom do you consider “Most” romantic? Why?
Alec from Treasure of Egypt is the most romantic to me. I think he is the sexiest alpha-male type I’ve written, but he’s also a real hero. He’s caring, straightforward, faithful, and respectful of woman and he knows how to actually woo and woman.

What is the “Most” romantic gift you ever received? Why?
Flowers and chocolates on an ordinary day just to say I love you.
What do you consider romantic that doesn’t cost money?
I really like to cuddle, but when in public holding hands is a nice way to connect. 
 
Catch up With Barbara by visiting her:
 
Newest Release: Cupid’s Treasure, second book in the series Paranormally Yours:
Cupid's Treasure - Mystery of the Golden Arrow (Paranormally Yours)
 
First book in the Paranormally Yours series:
 
Treasure of the Jaguar Warrior - Mystery of the Mayan Sun Calendar (Paranormally Yours)
 
Treasure of Egypt first book in the series Treasure of the Ancients: http://www.amazon.com/Treasure-of-Egypt-ebook
Treasure of Egypt (Treasure of the Ancients)

 
 
 
 


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Why Are Blog Hops Popular? A guest post by Mimi Barbour


Why are blog hops popular?

 

****Thank you Tammie for having me as a guest on your blog today. It’s a pleasure to meet your followers***
 

Why are blog hops popular? I can only tell you why I think they are from my own experience.


I’ve been involved in a few recently and tho I hesitated at first to take the time away from my writing, I had become feeling a bit secular in my little office. I mean there’s a real world out there and I’ve lived in my characters heads for so long, I’d begun talking like them at home. And trust me; the gritty language used in “Roll the Dice” didn’t sit well with my family. LOL

So…when I had a chance to get involved in a blog hop with S.J. Bourne and Tammie I jumped at the chance. Although there was some work involved, it was different from my daily norm and pulled me out of the rut I had nestled into so happily. I guess the best thing about the whole process—and trust me, this part is invaluable—you can make a whole bunch of new friends. I have. People who I probably would never have met if I hadn’t taken the leap. Plus, I have no doubt the reason my book sales are rising is from the group efforts at advertising.

 

And that is another plus we can’t ignore. I’m always on about how important it is to belong to groups. And that’s true. But the reason is – that promoting within a group gives you a heck of a lot longer range than one person trying desperately to push their own work. And blog hops are all about the group. They’re a little like doing a blog tour without all the expense that one has if they sign up for a professional one. I’m not saying it’s as effective… I have no doubt it isn’t. But it’s fun and helps you to see other’s work at the same time.

 

Let’s face it. If you’re like me, there’s days when you sit in front of the computer looking at the blank page of your blog and wondering what the hell you can blather on about today? Thankfully, I can honestly say that it doesn’t happen to me very often because I’ve become fanatical about writing down any and every idea no matter where I am. Therefore, I have a list I can choose from. But isn’t it lovely sometimes to have a wonderful guest and not have to produce the work yourself? I do SO appreciate those days.

 

The books I’m promoting on this blog hop are my two Anthologies. Mimi’s Mix which has a fast-paced, romantic suspense short story called “Partners” book #1 from the Vegas series, a humorous full novel from the Angels with Attitudes series called “His Devious Angel” and a lovely novella called “He’s Her” from the spirit travel Vicarage Bench series. All for only $.99

 

The other - The Vicarage Bench Anthology has three humorous novellas from the spirit-travel, time-travel Vicarage Bench series called “She’s Me”, “He’s Her” and “We’re One”.

 

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