Friday, April 29, 2011

Foto Friday

Love this "self-published" blurb! What can you come up with? (Click on the pic to make it bigger.)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Platform 9 3/4, please!

Love this!
From King's Cross Station

Platform 9 3/4
Kings Cross Station is the departure point for students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, of which it’s most famous student, Harry Potter, attends. The Hogwarts Express departs from Platform 9 3/4’s in September.  Unfortunately, Muggles can only use platform’s 9 and 10.
Interestingly, platforms 9 and 10 at Kings Cross Station are not adjacent to one another, so they don;t have an adjoining wall separating them, instead it’s the railway line separating them. When J K Rowling was quizzed about why she choose platform 9 and 10 in Kings Cross Station, she said that she was thinking of Euston Station instead and mixed them up. However, Euston Station has the same problem, and railway track between the two platforms.
To overcome the numbering problem, platforms 4 & 5 were renumbered in Kings Cross Station during shooting of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.
Kings Cross is also the title of the chapter 35 in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, which is the final book. Kings Cross also serves as the final setting of the Harry Potter series.
To acknowledge Kings Cross Station’s role in the mythology of Harry Potter a “Platform 9 3/4″ sign has been erected on a wall close to the real platform 9. Under the sign is a half trolley lodged in the wall, creating the effect of the trolley going through the wall. The trolley is the perfect photo opportunity for passing Harry Potter fans, to pretend their on their way to Hogwarts. (see below)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

12 1/2 Writing Rules

 I like #6 and #12 1/2...
What about you??

Friday, April 15, 2011

Foto Friday

Who is she?
What or who is she looking for?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Crazy Daze of Motherhood by Jane Isfeld Still BLOG TOUR & PRIZES

Product Description

A mother's day is filled with all kinds of emergencies, from bumps and bruises to hospital stays. Find the perfect way to recover from your own family's little emergencies with Jane Isfeld Still's latest book on the hilarious daily challenges of a mother in the fray. You're sure to laugh and cry as you celebrate the joys of motherhood.

From the Back Cover

Jane is married to Rick Still, who she believes has the distinction of being the only man in history brave enough to give her earwax candles for her birthday. They had six children in eight years, and while her children were growing up, she discovered she had a great sense of humor. At least that was her take. Rick once said to her, "Honey, you know all those real corny things you say all the time? Who ever thought you could make money at it?" Her son Adam once told her, "Mom could you please stop telling jokes to my friends? It's really embarrassing." One of Jane's philosophies is, "You're not doing your job unless your children are worried about being seen in public with you."

To read more about Jane and her exploits visit her website at or her blog at

This book will make a fantastic Mother's Day gift! Jane's stories will have you laughing out loud and secretly glad it's her and not you (not that I haven't had my fair share of mommy moments!)
Everyone should all write down their funny moments! The next generation will want them :)
 I have to add, the illustrations are cute too.

You can win a fun prize from Jane to help celebrate the release of her book.  Just go to her blog at and become a follower, and then leave her a comment and tell her that you're a new follower.  You could win:

1. Mother's Daze basket, soap, chocolate, lotion, decorative candles, and recipe cards
2. Box of blank cards with a smattering of Canadian chocolate
3. Chocolate

Did Jane mention chocolate? Not sure. Go to her blog and find out more!

Want to buy it?

 Page 69 Test:
"Maybe something was hidden in the center of the display. I started to dig into the middle of the boxes.
"Where the heck is that music coming from?" I said out loud. I quit digging, and the music immediately stopped.
Weird. It had to be a prank. I glanced around to see if I was being filmed on some reality show. I decided I may as well buy a box of the shakes. Maybe I'd find the secret of its music at home.
I picked up a box, and instantly the music started again. This time I was determined to find it. I ripped off the plastic and opened the package.
Suddenly it occurred to me that the noise was coming from my purse. I snatched it from my shoulder; dug around inside, found my phone, flipped it open, and pushed the green button.
"Hello! Rick, why didn't you call me before I left home so I knew what the ring was like? I've been doing a dummy dance with the diet drinks. You didn't tell me you changed the tune.""

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Depth of Deceit by Betty Briggs TOUR & GIVEAWAY!

Here is the backliner information for the book: 

Blonde and beautiful, fledgling attorney Stephanie Saunders vows to protect the innocent even though as indigent defense attorney her clients rarely are.  Does that include Josh Durrant who seems to be following her? Stephanie is dismayed when her peers begin calling her “Prom Queen” as her boyfriend, Todd Saxton, often does. Desperately trying to prove her worth, she falls prey to those who steal her innocence.  Although she plans to forgive Todd for his ultimate betrayal, she is never given the chance. Her boss, Attorney Charles Connelly, offers solace, but is Stephanie’s welfare, or his own, top priority? The only thing that keeps Stephanie sane in her insane world are the horses she loves but does not own, especially the abused mare, Riskie Business, whose example helps Stephanie make the most difficult decision of her life. Relying on wit and courage, Stephanie must save herself and another during the final showdown where she proves a loyalty of which she never knew herself capable.

2010 Winner of the Silver Quill for second place in the Fiction category for the League of Utah Writers Publication Awards.

 Interesting story of deceit, lies and unusual pregnancies. Stephanie wants to establish herself as a credible DA. While she works for and helps the dregs of society she becomes mysteriously pregnant. When she finds out how, she wants nothing to do with the baby. To help soothe herself and calm her life, she works with horses. By caring for them she cares for herself.
Stephanie finds herself falling in love with someone she shouldn't. And all the while, she's in the middle of a whirlwind of illegal activity.
Griping story. One that will have you turning the pages, wanting more.

Rating: Adult (because of adult material but not racy)
L: None
V: None
S: None
Visit Betty here.

Want to buy it?

Want to win it? Answer this question:

Have you ever ridden a horse?

The giveaway will be one week, so check back on the 20th to find out the winner! 
(Sorry! USA & Canada only)

Page 69 test:
"Chapter 6
By the time Stephanie arrived at her condo, it was nearly noon. She'd wasted practically the entire morning. she had encountered Jessica Dawson--what an experience that had been--and she'd met Josh Durrant, another curious individual. Stephanie would have to start working on his case as soon as she got her head together. Well...probably sooner than that. it was going to take more time than Josh had before his trial for her to accomplish that task.
She guessed the judge would soon disqualify himself form Josh's case because of the obvious conflict of interest. She wondered why he hadn't done so immediately, but decided he had wanted to stay at least long enough to make sure she was assigned as Josh's counsel. Th judge was counting on her inexperience to help him ensure that Josh got what he deserved, She'd just have to show the arrogant old grouch. Pondering why a judge's daughter had become involved with someone who couldn't afford to pay his own legal expenses, she'd decided that parents seldom have control over their children's choices.
Strange how she could almost forget her own problems when she started thinking about the law. She guessed she really did enjoy competing in the cat and mouse games attorneys played for their clients. How would having a baby affect that?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Foto Friday

I couldn't help posting this; isn't it beautiful?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Great Writing Quote

"If you're going to be a writer, the first essential
is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start
writing something and the ideas will come. You have
to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow."

~ Louis L'Amour

Saturday, April 2, 2011

What? A Saturday Post?

I know! I usually don't post on Saturday. I thought with so many friends sending out query letters, and a few recieving rejections, this was a great post on expectations:

Plan B: What's To Be Expected After Getting Rejected 
From Flaubert's Pyramid

A couple of quotes I thought were noteworthy:

" is always good to look at rejection letters with a fair bit of suspicion.  Because they are incapable of telling the whole story, and the part they tell isn't always completely accurate, trying to discern your next course of action from them is often a fool's errand. "

"If an editor/agent takes the time to write you a long rejection letter (more than two or three paragraphs with several long sentences each) and lets you know specifically what the dealbreakers were for them, take those criticisms to heart.  You may not realize it, because you were preoccupied with all the nasty and dismissive things they were saying about the work of art you painstakingly created, but that agent/editor just did you a huge favor."

"If you have a box full of form rejections, or you get no response at all (after a matter of weeks or months) then I would seriously consider revising your query letter. "

"Email submissions, give it two weeks (three if you're patient) if you don't hear back then move on.  If you receive no response to an unsolicited submission, don't bother to follow up."

Friday, April 1, 2011