Sunday, August 3, 2014

Blondie on the Radio -- Stealing Time Interview on the Tom the Treeman Show July 17, 2014


On July 17, I was asked to join Tom the Treeman on his Thursday evening show on themixx.fm to talk about Stealing Time, my upcoming novel. This is my third time on his show and once again I had a blast. Tom, thank you so much for having me and I hope to come back soon when I'm closer to being done with it. It was great to meet his co-host Baunfire as well.

Check out the segment here:
Part 1: listen to ‘KJ Waters Radio Interview 7-17-14’ on Audioboo


I had a friend record the show, but he missed the first few minutes so the recording will start after our introductions, Also my audioboo only records 10 minutes so I've had to add a second link for the last five minutes.

Tom runs a great show if you haven't listened in you can find them here themixx.fm:

Time: The Treeman Show – Th 7-9P

Details: The TREEMANSHOW is a talk show from 7-9pm every Thursday with of course TOM THE TREEMAN running the show along with his new co-host Baunfire
; if we can find him on Skype, our producer AUGIE. Together we make up one AWESOME show with one AWESOME Brain. 727-235-6330 to call in & join in on Twitter: @TREEMANSHOW1 or Facebook: TOMTHETREEMANSHOW.

KJ WATERS

I am a mom and a writer working on my first novel Stealing Time, that I'm hoping to have out this Fall. It's a time travel thriller set in 2004 Florida during Hurricane Charley. Please check out my social media links below. 

I would love to hear from you! Please take a minute and leave a message for me in the comments section below. 

Contact Me





Monday, December 9, 2013

Blondie on the Cape

Blondie on the Cape


I found this blog that I wrote back in the summer of 2012. Not sure why I never published it but how fun to put it up in the dark, cold days of winter. It has sparked my imagination -- I hope it does the same for you. It fits neatly in between my other blog posts Blondie in the Reef, Blondie Along the Atlantic Coast and Blondie in the Pond. Please enjoy. I would love for you to follow my blog and leave a comment. I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

As I am writing this I am on Route 6 in Sandwich, Massachusetts in a lovely part of the world called Cape Cod. We are in week 3 of our amazing and fabulous vacation that began in Orlando, Florida, then continued up the coast to Maryland to see my family and then to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for several days. Now we are heading to Maine for a week with great friends and their kids. 

Our time in Cape Cod was spent 
with our feet in the ocean.
Our time on the Cape was spent with our feet in the ocean, despite the cool early June temps. As Murphy's Law would have it, today, as were leaving it is supposed to be 97 degrees. Temps while we were on Cape were in the upper 60's most of the time and definitely not warm enough for this southern gal to disrobe and jump in the cold water.

We arrived four days ago midday and the sun was shining as a bonnie wee welcome.  So we quickly dropped our stuff off at the Sesuit Harbor Hotel, a quaint little place in Brewster, and headed to the beach.

I love the water, but I can't lie, I love being warm even more, and with the cool temps there was a zero percent chance of me swimming. At Crow's Pasture in Dennis Beach we parked the car and walked about a half mile to the beach through beautiful scrubby pine forest chock 'o block full of poison ivy with constant reminders for the kids, "Do not let any, I MEAN ANY, plant touch your body!" With last year's fiasco still fresh in my mind where Shorty got a month long rash from something and I spent the entire trip with hydrocortisone cream in my pocket waiting for the, "I'm itchy" to begin again. I was determined to sleep through every night without 'bug goo' at the ready this year.

We arrived at the beach and walked over the grassy poison ivy filled dune (no lie, it was all along the path) expecting to see the glorious Cape stretched out before us. To our surprise there wasn't a lick of the sea in site. It was low tide and an incredible view. The tide was at least a half a mile out, leaving small puddles warming in the sun. You could see the oyster beds exposed as we squished along in the sun warmed sand, all of us eager to get our feet wet in the salty water.


Oyster beds at low tide basking in the sun.

The dry crusty layers around my soul began to fall away as I got closer to the sea and were completely gone by the time I got knee deep in the glorious water. Dirtville was becoming a mere memory. We spent the rest of the afternoon playing in the shallow waves, my spirit soaring with the gulls in the sky. Sun, sand, and beach were the perfect tonic to the dry, dirty, and hot place I call home.  

The next day we went back to the same beach at high tide. This time the sun was hiding, the clouds taking over the afternoon. It hardly looked like the same place. We walked around the dunes to the part of where the cars can drive on the beach, with a permit.


The dunes were gorgeous!

Now as I write this we are stuck in traffic in Quincy, Massachusetts. I remember now what I didn't like about this area. There is no rush hour in Dirtville. Doesn't help that they drive like complete Massholes! 

The kids had a ball just digging in the sand and finding seashells. There was a tiny tidal creek on the back of the beach with water still heading out to sea. Of course I walked the entire length of it in the water. Small minnows skitted out of the way as my feet squished in the soft sand littered with shells and rocks. It was blissful to be in the water for so much of the day.


Me happy to be in the water all day!

Tidal creeks heading out with the tide.
After a few hours of poking around we packed it up and went to another beach where the whelk shells littered the beach ready to be added to our massive shell collection. This place was stunning with a small strip of beach and a hill leading to some amazing homes. The wind whipped up making us all wish we had another layer on. It didn't keep me out of the water though. It was surprisingly warm and delish.

I don't remember the name of this beach, but it had huge whelk shells.
We are slowly crawling through Boston on 93N. Man I miss the city. Wishing we'd left a day to explore my old haunts on our way to Maine.

After many good finds (sea shells) we headed out to Kate's in Brewster for some fried clams. The kids even tried it. "You mean that wasn't chicken?" The sun came out and we decided we had to hit another beach and I am so glad we did. Panes Creek Beach is an amazing place. If you time it right you can ride out the tide about half a mile on a narrow strip of water that flows at a good clip like a lazy river as the water is heading out.


Pane's Creek at low tide -- an amazingly beautiful place.
We hit it at low tide and walked the four inch to about 2 foot deep sections of the flowing water towards the beach. The kids enjoyed their new shovel and dug up the sea snails, hermit crabs, and clams.

The bright sun gave the water a mesmerizing shimmer (see video), and we walked for what seemed like forever to reach the bay. The sun was so low in the sky it made everything just a few shades more beautiful. If it had been earlier I would have tippy toed out to the sand bar that was another 500 feet or so out, not caring a bit if my pants were completely soaked. 

video

As it was my family almost had to drag me out of the water kicking and screaming, but they lured me away with the promise of a 'lobstah' dinner. I thought it would taste just as good in another hour, but the kids were hungry and would have become insufferable if I let my whims take over. I'm sure there would have been another sand bar just a bit further out and who knows how long I'd be in the water.

'Lobstah' dinner was waiting for me ...

Live Free or Die is the state motto of New Hampshire that we just entered, or as I like to fondly call it New Hamster. I had an amazing canoe/camping trip from NH to Maine years ago with the same friends we're meeting in Maine. Great fresh bread, Kahlua, and steak cooked on a dirty rock followed by the sounds of coyotes in the night...but that is another blog post for another day. Just paid a $2 toll with a $100 bill -- the guy is loving us! Only 4 more hours in the car. Whew, why did we decide to drive from Dirtville to Florida and then to Maine? Oh yea, I needed some time with my favorite coast, the East one.

Another day we went to Coast Guard Beach and enjoyed a windy and sunny day in the sand. Too bad the weather was still too cool to swim. Actually, I take that back. We found out the following week that a great white shark was spotted about 15 feet out in the water just where we were sunbathing. Very glad we didn't run into that guy! I supposed everything happens for a reason. 


Coast Guard Beach, visited by us and a great white shark!

I can't wait to get back to Cape Cod. Next time we'll come a bit later in the summer to get in some swimming and more water adventures! And a major bonus none of us got poison ivy so our days in Maine were itch free!

If you ever get the chance, you really need to spend some time on the Cape. In a lot of ways it is like going back in time. The small quaint towns and miles and miles of the bay and ocean to explore are heavenly. You will leave refreshed and your soul recharged. I know I did! Now for a blissful week in Maine. I fully expect to be knee deep in the icy water most of every day. 


KJ WATERS

I am a mom and a writer working on my first novel Stealing Time, that I'm hoping to have out this spring. It's a time travel thriller set in 2004 Florida during Hurricane Charley. Please check out my social media links below. 

I would love to hear from you! Please take a minute and leave a message for me in the comments section below. 

Contact Me



Monday, November 18, 2013

Blondie's Books From Friends (BFFs)

Blondie's Books From Friends (BFFs)

Welcome to Blondie's First Author Spotlight

I wanted to introduce you to a few of my close author friends who have been supportive of my writing. I hope you will take a few minutes to check out their new books and follow their blogs and social media sites as a favor to me. You will not be disappointed. I have very good taste in friends as you will see these are quality folks, and mighty fine authors with great stories to tell. While you're doing your holiday shopping, consider adding a few of their titles to your wish list, gift list, and e-readers! I know I am!

There is something for all tastes with these 7 Books From Friends (BFFs) with very diverse subjects ranging from a science fiction tale from a NASA Astrophysicist to a Chef's love story. There is an autobiographical story from Kenya and a horror ballet frightmare to thrill you, with two short story collections with real world character driven tales. Finally a horror Christmas story sure to make you look at the holidays a little differently. 


If you purchase any of these books please take a few minutes to write a review on Amazon. This is the bread and butter for the Indie author -- reviews! I would love for you to share this post so we can get as much attention as possible for these great authors. Thank you! 

So without further adieu -- Blog readers, please meet my BFFs...


Terry Tyler

How Do I Know the Aqualicious Ms. K J Waters?

Terry Tyler, Author of 7 Books
We are but online friends, alas, but then that’s the way with so many people these days, isn’t it? I ‘met’ KJ when I first joined Twitter two years ago – I had just published my first book on Amazon and I was told I need to tweet to promote it. I joined Twitter but wasn’t at all sure what to do, so I just used to chat to people; KJ was one of the first with whom I did. She calls me ‘Glodie’ because I remind her of Goldie Hawn (all we have in common are the wrinkles, but never mind!), and I make a lot of typos, so have been known to refer to myself as ‘Glodie’….! *Terry is covering for me. I was the typo maker.*

KJ and I have since become Facebook friends, followed each others’ fledgling (now well established!) blogs, and I’m massively dying to read her debut novel Stealing Time, when it comes out. I’ve been waiting for it for two years – hurricanes and time travel? It’s so far up my street it’s practically through the door, down the hall way and in the living room!


My Latest Book
Very soon, very, very soon, I shall be publishing my seventh book, which is a collection of nine short stories called Nine Lives. It will be free on publication, for five days only, so please look out for it – I know KJ will tweet about it! *Of course I will Terry!* 

Nine Lives does not have a single theme; the stories are about such things as extra-marital affairs, jealousy, weight loss, first love, mistakes made under the influence of alcohol – much like what I write about in my novels! I’m planning publication day will be November 20, so I hope you will download!

Thank you very much for featuring me, KJ, and I am proud to be one of your BFFs!



Links
If you would like to take a look at my books, here are the links to my author pages: Terry Tyler on Amazon UK and Terry Tyler Amazon USA.

Terry's snarky and fun blog: Terry Tyler's Blog

Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook



John Malik


John Malik, Author and 
Award Winning Chef
I love salt water. I love being tossed about by the waves and I love feeling the tug and push of the tides.  I find it mesmerizing. I can’t think of a better example to describe our planet’s forces of nature. Get into the salt water on an East coast beach and you won’t need to think about how complex our planet is, you’ll feel it.

I think KJ shares that same love for salt water and that’s why I love reading her blog.  She clearly understands the attraction. There’s a sensuality to being immersed in warm salt water and there’s a wonderful attraction to being part of the ocean’s complexity. 

The grit of the sand, the brine of the water, the possibility of an encounter with a fish, crab, urchin or jellyfish is irresistible to me. Sure I’ve been stung, pinched, bumped and bit by all matters of sea creatures but I expect that when I jump into the ocean. I think KJ shares that sentiment.  And I’m pretty sure she’s part mermaid. *I am, John, it's true.*

If you’re looking for a love story, take a look at KJ’s novel, Stealing Time.  It features a hurricane as the central character and there’s a bit of time travel too. *He's kidding, it is a thriller. I do love severe weather, though, he's right about that!*

My Novel

And what about my novel, Doughnuts for Amy?  Well I’ve been picked up by a publisher, Winter Goose. Doughnuts for Amy isn’t currently for sale. It will return in late Spring of 2014.  I would love for you to become a follower of my writing. 


Links

You can connect with me on my Facebook fan page or on Twitter and my blog.

*I asked John to submit a few paragraphs for this Author Spotlight blog and he completely shocked and delighted me with an entire post called Blondie in the Water on his blog 'Chef John Malik -- A Writer Trapped in a Chef's Body.' See the full post here.  Thank you again, John! You are amazing!*


Wendy Potocki

Wendy Potocki, Author of 6 Novels
Ahoy Mateys and Manatees!

The meeting of K J, a.k.a. Blondie, was quite natural since we both frequent the same ocean. You see, I’m a navy seal … and I’m not talking military. I mean that I’m literally a dark blue seal. You know, the kind that claps and balances things on their nose for treats?  In fact, Blondie taught me those tricks. 

Now while some may eschew my rather elegant blue coloring, the only real problem I’ve encountered is finding suitable flippers. They’re almost always black—and navy paired with black is a big fashion faux pas. And in case you’re wondering if any of this is true, I should add that I relentlessly create fiction to spice things up. When I was young, it was called lying, but it’s now known as creative license. *Wendy, you're crazy! ;)x, but in the best way possible!*



My Latest Thriller -- Black Adagio


I put that imagination to good use in my latest thriller entitled BLACK ADAGIO. The genre is horror, but this frightmare can be read by anyone 15 and up. The description is as follows: Melissa Solange is presented the chance of a lifetime. Chosen as a member of a new dance company, she works tirelessly perfecting the one element of ballet she's never mastered—the adagio. 

As she rehearses, a dark force watches. Resurrected by the surprise addition of a classic ballet to the repertoire, the sinister work is thought to be cursed—destroying anyone who attempts to dance it. When the production's lead dancers begin to disappear, the old warning is taken more seriously. A death worshipping cult called The Innocents is blamed, but Melissa is not so sure. They may be the scapegoat for an ultimate evil living in the woods of Holybrook. Desperate for an answer, she searches for what lurks in the shadows of the old trees before she becomes the next victim of the Danse Macabre.



Links



Jeri Walker-Bickett

Jeri Walker-Bickett, Author
and Freelance Editor
I first encountered KJ in my earliest days on Twitter. She was a larger-than-life figure in 140 characters or less. In the months that followed, she’d occasionally say a hello or make a wisecrack. 

When she posted on Blondie in the Water to ask for input on choosing a cover for Stealing Time, I think that’s when we started to get to know each other better. She is very open to learning all she can, and not afraid to ask for help. I find that kind of openness very appealing.  


Once we friended each other on Facebook, I became even more aware of her awesome sense of humor. *Aw                                                                                         shucks, thanks Jeri*
My Short Story Collection 

Such is Life contains realistic short stories that feature characters down on their luck, yet stubborn enough to move on. A tryst between a carnival worker and a pretty high school student begs the question of who takes advantage of who. 

A young man’s encounter with a drug addict finds him striking out on his own in hopes of a better life. An English teacher publishes literature deemed inappropriate by a Mormon community. A mother goes on a quest to get rid of the family’s aggressive pet. Finally, New Orleans provides the backdrop for a stroll with a psychotic housewife.

JeriWB writes short stories, creative nonfiction, and psychological suspense. The rough Idaho mining town she grew up in populates her literary landscape. She also works as a freelance editor.

Links
You can buy Such is Life at Amazon Author Central
Blog JeriWB: What do I know?
Elisha Chirchir, 
Author and Software Developer

Elisha Chirchir


Once in a long while, you run into strangers online not knowing what will come out of it. Some will help you set up Facebook pages while some will keep the humor jar always full. K J Waters did both for me. Trust me, her smiles and straight talk keep me on my toes.

When I learned that she was working on a book, I told her I will be the first fan to buy it - and I can’t wait! *:D *Thanks so much, E!*









My first book “My Life Sentences - A True Story” has seen some significant success especially in the United States and Europe. I attribute this to the fact that it is a true story based on my own life. It took a lot of courage to write the book, let alone publish it for the whole world to see. 

In brief, it involves my personal story which is partly based in my home country Kenya (Africa) and the second part which is based in the United States. I have been humbled by the thousands of readers who have downloaded the book to date.


Links
My book is available on Amazon: My Life in Sentences
Website: http://simpledeveloper.com/about/
Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest

David Batchelor

David Batchelor, Author,
NASA Astrophysicist
I met KJ on Twitter through our mutual friend Charles Munn. I have retweeted lots of KJ's humorous postings, so various paper.li editions published her writing, too. But she usually didn't notice that she was in all of those paper.li's until I told her! Guess she doesn't do much vanity searching.

I especially loved the Blondie post about the 3 bears in Jellystone  (oops! Yellowstone) Park. And she's a great beach photographer and tweeter. We have both lived in Maryland and she thinks I'm in Baltimore but I really live in Beltsville. *Actually, Dave I said you're a Baltimoron, like me. Beltsville is close enough to qualify! ;)* We are both science fiction lovers    and writers, so I look forward to reading Stealing Time. 


My Novel

My first novel is The Metalmark Contract. It's about an alien trader who visits Earth in the near future, offering a deal for starship technology IF we trade him the planet Mercury and moon Triton of Neptune. A drama of international adventure, politics, intrigue and hard science fiction in the Asimov/Clarke flavor. Is Metalmark an honest dealer, or is it a contract with an interstellar devil? 

Please peruse these reviews by The Wisdom Cube and authors Christine Rice, Yolanda Reid, and Charles Munn. *Tell me you aren't intrigued by a NASA scientist's science fiction novel!*

Links


You are invited to follow me on Twitter.


Ron Chapman

Ron Chapman, Author and Butcher
A while ago I made a friend on Twitter who just happens to be a blonde hair, blue eyed, water loving time traveler by the name of KJ Waters. We encouraged each other about our writing and after a few months KJ convinced me to set up my blog, The Kilted Monkey. The name came from KJ’s fetish for Scotland and men in kilts, and somewhere a monkey was thrown into the mix. It’s now a running joke that if she doesn’t keep working on her book the kilted monkey will show up and crack his whip!

My first novel is a horror story called Kringle. It’s a Christmas story that includes Kris Kringle and most of the holiday legends. Kringle reveals a lot of secrets from my past that have made me into the person I am today. Along with a little bit of A Christmas Carol, Kringle is a story like no other.

My book cover is not finalized, but you can see what has inspired me for Mrs. Kringle on my blog, kiltedmonkeyauthor.blogspot.com, Check out some of the other pictures that inspired the characters in Kringle. I have a new short story up on there called Safe Sex, if you're into Zombies, for adults only.

Links

Find out more about me and my writings at:

Twitter, Facebook and Klout


Which Titles Catch Your Eye?

Please leave a comment and let me know what books piqued your interest and if you purchased anything. I'd like to provide some feedback to my authors. As always, thank you so much for reading my blog. 

KJ Waters

I am a mom and a writer working on my first novel Stealing Time, that I'm hoping to have out this spring. It's a time travel thriller set in 2004 Florida during Hurricane Charley. Please check out my social media links below. 

I would love to hear from you! Please take a minute and leave a message for me in the comments section below. 

Contact Me



 Please forgive any formatting problems with this post. It was a complete mess after I carefully created the post, Blogger went mad!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Blondie's Liebster Award #3 -- Liebster Love

Liebster Love For Blondie in the Water


A huge thank you to Jeri Walker-Bickett for nominating Blondie the Water with the Liebster Award. This is my third award of the Liebster variety and probably the most exciting, considering the company I'm keeping this round. Jeri has several blogs all award-worthy, so check them out here.

For this award I answer 11 questions from Jeri and provide 11 random facts about me. I then ask my award winners 11 new questions. I would love for my blog readers to take a crack at a few of these questions in the comment section below. A bloggers reward is interacting with her readers and I would be honored if you'd join the fun!

About the Liebster Award
Image of Liebster Blog AwardThe idea behind this award is to recognize bloggers with under 500 followers for an excellent work and help them promote their blog.
If I've nominated you for the Liebster Award and you accept it, you will need to follow a few rules.
1. Write a blog post about the Liebster Award.
2.  Thank the person that nominated you.
3. Post a link to their blog on your blog.
4.   Display the award on your blog and include it in your post and/or display it using a widget. 5.   Answer the 11 questions about yourself provided by the person who nominated you.
6.   Give 11 random facts about yourself.
7.   Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers.
8.   Create a new list of questions for the nominated bloggers to answer. 
9.   List the rules in your post.
10. Inform the bloggers you’ve nominated them for the Liebster Award. Remember to give them a link to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).
Note that you can nominate someone who has been given the Liebster Award already, as long as they have less than 500 followers/subscribers.

Questions For Me From Jeri

1. Who has been the most positive influence in your life?

I immediately have to say my mom, who is always been supremely supportive of all my endeavors. She has been my rock through hard times and the first person to sing my praises during the good times.


2. What was your most memorable Halloween costume?

One Halloween when I was 10ish I was Pippy Longstockings, one of my favorite book series as a kid. I was drawn to her crazy free spirit and goofy antics. My step-father was wicked-good (as they say in Boston) with the coat hangers and made my braids stick out straight to the sides. 


Pippy Longstockings
A close second would be the time I was a cowgirl and I talked my friends into being the horse. They realized half way through the night I orchestrated that perfectly ... they were hot and hunched over as I did my heehaws!


3.  When do you write best? Mornings, afternoons, evenings?

My best writing is mid-day. I get the kids off to school, hit the gym, and get my social media things done in the morning. Late morning and early afternoon I get into my writing groove over a cup of coffee in my living room full of sunshine and bright colors. 


4.  Where did you go on your favorite vacation?

Bermuda without a doubt, Got a Blondie in Bermuda blog on that if you want to experience it.


Beautiful Bermuda calls my name... Kaaaaay Jaaaaaay...come back to me.

5.  Why is reality TV so popular?

I'm a big fan of reality TV, starting with the first show Survivor. I think I've seen every episode since 2000, minus one season. 

For me I prefer reality TV over the scripted sitcoms and dramas. I find it more real, although I readily admit there is a lot of tinkering by the producers for the most dramatic outcome. Still, it focuses on interpersonal actions and getting to the true personalities of the contestants. For me the appeal is seeing the depth of personality brought out during high stress situations. So many possibilities for conflict. And I can't escape the fact that a good portion of the challenges are in the water.


Put me in Jeff, I could handle your water challenges!

Especially when the genre first came out it was so different than anything on TV. Now with social media you can follow along on twitter with Jeff Probst and hear his take on the contestants and the show.  


That being said, I've given up most of 'my shows' to finish my book. I still watch Survivor with my son and a few things with the family...Spongebob is a big hit here.

6.  How do you relax?

If you've read my blog you'll already know that I find water very relaxing. I have a pool and a hot tub in my back yard and I make good use of it. When I"m stressed, and this doesn't happen very often, exercise is my cure. A quick run, swim, or bike usually releases the grip of anxiety.

In terms of just relaxing, I love curling up on the couch with my kids and watching movies and any time I can get out in nature is very healing for me.
Princess Lake on Cape Cod I visited last summer.

7.  Which work of art most inspires you?

I have thought about this a lot. There are a lot of artists that have inspired me but the top of my list has to be God's handiwork with the natural beauty that surrounds us. If you follow me on Instagram or twitter, you've see what I mean. My favorites have to be big blue ocean waves, pink sandy beaches, sunny skies, green fields and flowers. Here is a fav from  this summer from the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. (Want more Yellowstone? Check out my two blogs: Blondielocks and the Three Grizzly Bears and Blondielocks and the Three Black Bears.)


I took this this summer at Yellowstone National Park this summer.

8. Could you live without electricity? 

Maybe if I were born with out electricity I'd not know what I was missing. Since I'm spoiled, and a spoiled American at that, I definitely couldn't live without electricity. 

9.  Are you afraid of the dark?

I am usually not afraid of the dark. Most of the time I'm fearless. Until I'm alone in the wee hours of the night and remember my ghost experience. With a warm body nearby, kid or adult, the ghosties stay away. 
Stay away!

9. Can you honestly say you’ve never stolen anything?

Nope, not gonna lie. This question made me think of a coffee pot I stole from the swim team moms at the pool I managed in college. I thought it was just something that was accidentally left there and took it home, ready to bring to my apartment in college. The last few minutes the pool was open for the season a lady came by asking about it. That was years ago and I still feel bad about it. Let me just say the coffee made from that pot was strictly of the bitter variety.


10. What song lyrics strike you as hauntingly beautiful?

This song was out last summer and reminds me of a friendship that ended just after that.




11 Randomly Random Facts About Me

1. My favorite number is 27.

2. I had a massive crush on Michael Landon when I was a kid. Too many reruns of Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza.
Michael Landon, from Bonanza reruns. Isn't he dreamy? Sure was nice of him to listen to me practice the flute.

3. My parents divorced when I was 7. My mom and dad both remarried and my four parents were shockingly able to get along and co-parent us.

4. I went to the Maryland State Championship for track for the 2 mile relay. Competed at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and was massively distracted by all the military dudes there.

5. Goes nicely with the last one ... I am attracted to military men. Something about patriotism, short hair, and muscles.

Need I say more?

6. My favorite color is blue -- all the shades of the ocean.

Me on the beach in Cape Cod last summer.

7. If I could live anywhere it would be Florida or Bermuda.

8. I have had the pleasure of petting a penguin. He was a King Penguin and his name was Steven. T'was a lovely moment.
King Penguins stand about 3 feet tall.

9. I just upgraded my phone to an iPhone 5c. It's blue.

10. I still remember my favorite teacher's favorite joke from Middle School. Mrs. Mongello was my eight grade science and health teacher and claimed she was going to name her first born son Lem. (Ok put 'em together, you'll see why that's funny.)

Yes, we're talking jello.

11.  My college art teacher wanted me to double major in art. I was already a business major. I kept it simple and kept the art as a minor.

My Nominees for the Liebster Award

Congratulations to the following nominees:

1.  Kevin Saito http://www.kevinsaito.com/ I Recently met Kevin on twitter and have enjoyed his sense of humor and good cheer.

2.  Kim Norris http://four-good-ideas.blogspot.com/

3.  Veronica Singleton Thursday's Child http://veronicalsingleton.com/

4.  Lisette Brodey http://lisettebrodey.com/

5. BV Bharati http://glipho.com/bharatibv

6.  Vickie Johnstone http://vickiejohnstone.blogspot.com/

7.  Tracie Banister http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/

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11 Random Questions 

Readers of my blog, please play along by including a few of your answers in the comment section below! I'd love to hear from you! If you want to know my answers to these questions just ask! 

11 Questions for My Nominees 

1.  Give us a snapshot of your favorite beach or pool memory.

2. What is your favorite genre to read for pleasure?

3. I would love to know about one of your most embarrassing moments. I'll share mine if you're brave enough to share yours. I'll even give you two …

4. Who is your favorite celebrity and why? 

5. What is your favorite place on the planet? Why?

6.  Tell us about your next book idea. If you don't have one or aren't ready to share it, make something up and give us a wink so we know it’s a fake.

7.  What is your favorite social media site and why? (twitter, facebook, pinterest, instagram ...)

8. Name one thing on your bucket list and tell us about it.

9.  In your opinion, what is your most redeeming quality? Something that makes up for the hot mess we all hide from everyone.

10.  What is the last book you read for pleasure. Thumbs up or down?

11. What is the furthest you've been away from home. Was it for work, on vacation or other?

Contact Me

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When I'm not working on Stealing Time you can find me on my social media at the links below. I hope to have my novel completed by Spring 2014 with book two close behind.