A to Z of Authors

2011bookstoreadApril is the A to Z Challenge … for those who dare.

I don’t dare, LOL.

Instead, I’ll share an A to Z list of authors!

  • Ann Mayburn
  • Angela Brown
  • Ciara Knight
  • Diana Castle
  • Eve Berlin/Eden Bradley
  • Liz Fichera
  • Stacy Green
  • Heather Blackwood
  • Larissa Ione
  • Joely Sue Burkhart
  • Kelly Jamieson
  • Lindsay Buroker
  • Melanie Macek
  • Kait Nolan
  • Olga Bicos
  • Kate Poole
  • Susan Kaye Quinn *
  • Jodi Redford
  • Sloan Parker
  • Tracy Cooper-Posey
  • Ursula Sinclair *
  • Viola Rivard *
  • Angela Wallace
  • Xondra Day
  • Samantha Young *
  • Maria Zannini

* I haven’t actually read these authors…yet.

How many of these authors have you read?

Have you done an A to Z reading challenge?

Celtic Gathering & Games

I’m proud of my Scottish ancestry, to the point of eye-rolling according to the wee beasties, and I wholly support any event that celebrates that. I went to the Las Vegas Celtic Gathering and Highland Games yesterday.

Perhaps it’s because I went alone.

Perhaps it’s because with “games” in the heading I expected, well, games.

Perhaps I’m spoiled, and likely bias, but the Portland Highland games are much better. In fact, I highly recommend if you find yourself in Portland, Oregon on the third Saturday of July that you make your way to Mount Hood Community College and enjoy a taste of Scotland.

Clan and vendor presence is about equal between the two events. The music, as in bands and singers on a stage, is probably better at the Las Vegas event. However, the marching bands are probably better at the Portland event.

The Portland games are very sports oriented. There are more dancing, piping, and drumming competition stages at the Portland event.

The Las Vegas event includes street parties on Freemont Street Friday and Saturday nights and the Gathering/Games goes on for two days. The Portland event only happens the one day and is followed by the Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee).

I used to be a contributing sponsor of the Portland games and regularly volunteered. I’d hoped to become similarly active in the Las Vegas organization yet yesterday left me feeling blah.

Kilts, I promised you kilts. Enjoy ;)

Wicked Tinkers1
Wicked Tinkers2
Wicked Tinkers3

Caber Toss

Caber Toss

 

The Ladies

The Ladies Throwing the Weights

Caber

I couldn’t resist :snicker:

Ten on Tuesday: Yummy Together

ToT-ButtonToday’s prompt is Foods That Belong Together. Oh, so much yummy and so few spaces…

  1. Nutmeg and Cheese. I add nutmeg to just about every cheese sauce I make. Mac and cheese with fresh grated nutmeg, heaven. Alfredo sauce with fresh grated nutmeg, divine. Freshly grated nutmeg into the ricotta for that lasagna, scrumptious.
  2. Dark Chocolate and Raspberries. I love this in any form though I indulge this combo most often in my coffee.
  3. Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup. This has to be one of my main comfort foods.
  4. Fish and Chips with Melt Vinegar. That Man thinks this is the nastiest combo on the planet but the Brit in me says this is the only way to eat Fish and Chips. Le Yum.
  5. Cinnamon and Chocolate. I add cinnamon to hot cocoa, to coffee (when not indulging in the aforementioned combo), and chocolate chip cookies.
  6. Tea and Scones. Especially delicious if the scones are cranberry-orange.
  7. Cranberry and Orange. Toss dried cranberries and mandarin oranges in with salad greens. My favorite combo in scones and muffins. Great addition to a harvest dressing (stuffing). Cook pork chops or chicken breasts in orange juice and serve with cranberry sauce.
  8. Yogurt and Muesli. My current favorite breakfast. 3/4 cup plain yogurt (Greek or regular) with a 1/4 cup Muesli, combine the night before. Makes for a quick and easy breakfast that’s full of protein and very satisfying.
  9. Whole Wheat Toast with Peanut Butter. Add a glass of milk and this offers a full protein.
  10. Orange Juice and Champagne ;)

What is your favorite food pairing?

A Third Blogiversary

Tip-toed up behind me and gave me a Gibbs head slap befitting of Tony DiNozzo. Despite best laid plans to celebrate this month.

April, instead, is CampNaNoWriMo month.

I started strong during Day One (1,742 words) and Two (1,476 words) then fizzled the rest of the week. The problem, besides the craziness that is my life, is that characters from another story are clamoring for attention. It would be so awesome to be able to work on multiple projects at a time.

Maintaining a blog presence continues to be a challenge. Posting interesting content here, stuff people actually WANT to read, fails me. Getting around to other blogs, a goal of at least twelve each week, went a bit better with me commenting on fourteen this week.

Maintaining a social media presence also continues to be a challenge. Though I did quite a bit of activity the first couple days of Camp both on Twitter, with a lot of conversations back and forth, and Facebook, that level has never been something I can maintain long term.

There’s been nothing to update on Goodreads as this month’s focus must be writing, and Camp.

Time to see if I can’t catch up on some wordage for Camp.

So tell me, do you find monthly goals more successful for you, or quarterly, or annually?

April Goals

2014-Participant-Vertical-BannerWhere, oh where, is this year disappearing to?

Round One of ROW80 2014 did not go as successfully as I’d hoped. I really, really want to get this steampunk story drafted. That is my sole goal for April.

I’m joining Joely and Diana and Nicole and going to Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m PeachesNCream over there if you want to join us around the campfire.

Here’s to a productive April!

It’s Official, There’s a Teen Male in the House

If the rapidly increasing food bill wasn’t enough,
If the changing voice wasn’t a clue,
If the growth spurt, which caused him to pass me in height, wasn’t an indicator,
If the changing interests didn’t tip us off,
The cheesy pick-up lines did it!

Him: “Did it hurt?”
Her: “What”
Him: “Did it hurt when you fell to earth?”
Her: blushing “Thanks.”

Him: “Do you have a map?”
(Different) Her: “For what?”
Him: “Me. I got lost in your eyes.”
Her: embarrassed laugh as she walked away

We could be in trouble, LOL.

What cheesy lines have you heard, or had used on you?

Ten on Tuesday: the Book Edition

ToT-ButtonToday’s prompt is the last ten books read. :snicker: Like THAT is a hard one. They also asked for reviews…hmm, we’ll see what happens as I list them.

Fasten your seat belts, here we go.

  1. Somebody’s Angel by Kallypso Masters, I’m actually reading this one now. The continuation of Marc and Angelina’s story, too many dragons to slay in one book :) Ms. Masters has completely sucked me into this series/saga. Recommend the entire series. I understand she’s working on the next book, Nobody’s Dream, now. Write fast, dear author, write fast.
  2. Nobody’s Perfect by Kallypso Masters. Damian and Savi’s story, well deserved HEA.
  3. Nobody’s Hero by Kallypso Masters. Adam and Karla’s story, nice HEA.
  4. Nobody’s Angel by Kallypso Masters. The start of Marc and Angelina’s story, HFN.
  5. Masters at Arms by Kallypso Masters. The Prequel to the Rescue Me series, came with Nobody’s Angel, where we meet the main three men and how they ended up on an rooftop in Fallujah. BDSM, Wounded Warriors.
  6. Highlander’s Curse by Melissa Mayhue. Colin and Abby’s tale, HEA. I adore this Daughters of the Glen series. Recommend the entire series. (Highly recommend to readers of Karen Marie Moning.) Fae. Time-travel. Soul-mates.
  7. Ty Hard (Willow Springs Ranch #1) by Laura E Harner. Cass and Tyler’s story, HEA. This is the first book of a series and, while I enjoyed the story, I doubt I’ll continue the series. Recommend to readers of the genre. GLBTQ. Cowboys. Wounded Warriors.
  8. Unexpected Dad by Trina Solet. Tyler and Jake’s story, HEA. I enjoyed the tale but not the execution, which isn’t to say it was badly done. Recommend. GLBTQ. Friends to Lovers.
  9. Penance by Ann Mayburn. This is the second book about Wyatt and Michelle, wrapping up their story – I believe – HEA. When I read Still (the first book) last year I was definitely left with a HEA feeling at the end. Then came the teaser chapter for Penance and holy cow but I needed to get my hands on Penance. It delivered too, though the editing felt a bit rushed compared to Still. Michelle saves Wyatt in Still and Wyatt saves Michelle in Penance. Highly recommend. BDSM. FemDom. Wounded Warriors.
  10. Dreamlander by KM Weiland. Chris and Allara’s story, a hinted HEA. Chris crosses over to an alternate world in his dreams where it is Allara’s job to train and guide him. This is a hard one to sum up without spoilers. Recommend. Fantasy.

What was the last book you read?

Sunday Catch Up

Crazy busy week with little to no internet time. Will attempt to catch up today in between loads of laundry and grocery shopping and general finding my house beneath the week of cleaning neglect, LOL.

I see Kait calling for Round 2 Sponsors and wish I could answer. Perhaps one of these Rounds.

In the meantime, there really isn’t anything to report today. This was not a productive week toward any of the listed goals. On the other hand, it was productive in other ways and, overall, a successful one.

ROW80LogoYearly Goals

  • I have once again registered on Goodreads to read 100 books. However, this may change as I plan to put writing before reading this year. – On Target.
  • Lose 50 pounds. I slacked off the last part of 2013, ’nuff said. – Nothing to report.

Quarterly (AKA ROW80) Goals

  • Draft the Steampunk story I attempted for NaNo 2013. Oh, and figure out a title. - This isn’t happening this Round. I haven’t been able to stay in the zone long enough to do justice to this story, even allowing for a crappy first draft. Nor have I been able to brainstorm any titles yet. – I’m thinking about joining April’s Camp NaNoWriMo because I’d really like to get this story drafted. Hopefully, the more single focus will help.
  • Read Who Are You in the Tarot? by Mary K. Greer and do the applicable exercises. – Read two chapters, no exercises yet.

Monthly Goals

  • Read, at least, one paper book. With the ease of carrying my eReaders around my poor paper books have been neglected. – Goal attained for January. Read Desire’s Edge by Eden Bradley writing as Eve Berlin. Goal attained for February. Read A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. Goal attained for March. Read Highlander’s Curse (part of the Daughters of the Glen series) by Melissa Mayhue.
  • At least, one date night with That Man. – Goal attained for January. Goal attained for February.

Weekly Goals:

  • Spend a minimum of 3 hours per week on writing. – Not attained.
  • Maintain 3 blog posts per week. – Not attained.
  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs. – Not attained.
  • Connect on Facebook and Twitter with, at least, one non-blog post or share per week. – Not attained.
  • Maintain books read on Goodreads. – Target attained.
  • Exercise 3 times per week. – Not attained.

You can find and support other ROWers HERE.

Sunday Summary

I’m terrible at titles, LOL. It’s been a busy week of football, fundraising, and continued single mum land.

My tackle football guy had his first game yesterday. Our team won, yay team! We’re all a wee bit crispy as a result. Gorgeous weekend with temps in the mid to high 7o’s and low 80′s but with a nice breeze so as to hide the effects of the sun until the damage is done. Definitely time to break out the sunblock!

ROW80LogoYearly Goals

  • I have once again registered on Goodreads to read 100 books. However, this may change as I plan to put writing before reading this year. – On Target.
  • Lose 50 pounds. I slacked off the last part of 2013, ’nuff said. – Nothing to report.

Quarterly (AKA ROW80) Goals

  • Draft the Steampunk story I attempted for NaNo 2013. Oh, and figure out a title. – This isn’t happening this Round. I haven’t been able to stay in the zone long enough to do justice to this story, even allowing for a crappy first draft. Nor have I been able to brainstorm any titles yet.
  • Read Who Are You in the Tarot? by Mary K. Greer and do the applicable exercises. – Read two chapters, no exercises yet.

Monthly Goals

  • Read, at least, one paper book. With the ease of carrying my eReaders around my poor paper books have been neglected. – Goal attained for January. Read Desire’s Edge by Eden Bradley writing as Eve Berlin. Goal attained for February. Read A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. Goal attained for March. Read Highlander’s Curse (part of the Daughters of the Glen series) by Melissa Mayhue.
  • At least, one date night with That Man. – Goal attained for January. Goal attained for February.

Weekly Goals:

  • Spend a minimum of 3 hours per week on writing. – Not attained.
  • Maintain 3 blog posts per week. – Not attained.
  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs. – Target attained (19/6 ROW blogs).
  • Connect on Facebook and Twitter with, at least, one non-blog post or share per week. – Not attained.
  • Maintain books read on Goodreads. – Target attained.
  • Exercise 3 times per week. – Not attained.

You can find and support other ROWers HERE.

Tuesday Book Talk

Open Thread for Readers:

  • Got a book you want to talk about?
  • Frustrated with a book or series?
  • In love with a new one?
  • Found a buried treasure?
  • An issue that keeps popping up in the books you are reading?
  • Just want to chat about stuff in general?
  • Post away…

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