Monday, February 8, 2016

#atozchallenge Won't ... you be ... my neigbor. Or a Sidekick!

How was your weekend? Do anything special? Did you get winter weather where you live?

We had a little on Friday, enough to cancel school, but not enough to actually shovel. Which is not a bad thing.

We did watch the Super Bowl, but only because it was football. As my husband said, he was rooting for Eli Manning's brother.

For those of you who don't do the sports, Eli Manning is the quarterback for the NY Giants, and his brother, Peyton Manning, is the quarterback for the Denver Broncos, who won the big game yesterday.


What I'd really like to talk about today is...


...being a Sidekick!!!

Due to poor structural integrity, and subsequent catastrophic failure, Stormy is having a short hiatus before The Challenge.


We sent him to Tahiti!


You know, for rest and relaxation. He really needs to unwind and pull himself back together.



When he gets back, he's gonna need a lot of help with just about everything.


Especially his section of The 2016 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge participant list and visiting bloggers. 

So, if you have a few hours a week to spare, before and during the Challenge, we would love to have you as a Sidekick!

You can leave a comment or send me an email: hgardner28@gmail.com and I'll give you all the deets.


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Don't forget the 4th episode of The X-Files is on tonight! I can't believe its half over already! It's just brilliant!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Blog Tour Stop -- Christine Rains -- Meet her Top Ten Sexy Ghosts!

What's this? New books? Yes! And, they look great! Make sure you read all the way to the bottom of this post where you'll find an awesome giveaway!

Welcome back to the blog ... Christine Rains!


SEXY GHOSTS

By Christine Rains

What? You don't think smoking hot when I mention ghosts? Clearly, you're not watching the right movies or television shows.

Yes, most of the time Hollywood gives us the buxom scream queens and ripped heroes. But the dead are beautiful too. If you think a moment, there have been some gorgeous ghosts haunting your screens.

Here are my top ten sexy ghosts:

1. Kate Beckinsale in Haunted (1995). I'm sure many of you wouldn't mind her haunting you.



2. Nina Young as the Grey Lady in Harry Potter. Beautiful and mysterious, but don't tick her off!

3. Patrick Swayze in Ghost. Too soon?

4. The cast of Dead Like Me. One of my favorite television series of all time. Okay, so they're not phantoms who haunt places, but they're Reapers, spirits who collect newly dead souls. Death never looked so hot!



5. Spike after he died on Buffy and shifted over to Angel. First he was undead, then he was dead, and then undead again. He looked incredibly hot for someone who kept dying!

6. Possessed Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters. I think every guy wanted to be a ghostbuster are seeing that movie just to bust a ghost like her!

7. Rex Harrison in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947). My oh my, the classically handsome ghost.




8. Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D. I was excited when this movie came out because I liked the concept, but it wasn't that entertaining. At least Ryan made a good-looking ghost!

9. Alexandra Breckenridge as Moira O'Hara in American Horror Story (2011). A sexy spirit in a french maid outfit? I don't need to say anything more.

10. Lia Beldam as the Bathtub Lady in The Shining. The scene with the Bathtub Lady still creeps me out to this day. I've seen the film dozens of times, and no matter how lovely Lia Beldam is, she scares me!



Who are your favorite sexy ghosts?



Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek, and they have one brilliant son. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has one novel and several short stories and novellas published. The Paramours is her second erotic series with Ellora's Cave. Be on the lookout for more in the near future.

Please visit her website and blog.

You can also find Christine on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

BUY LINKS:
Ghost Dancer:
Ellora's Cave * Amazon * Kobo * Goodreads
Poltergeist's Pleasure:
Ellora's Cave * Amazon * Kobo * Goodreads 
Lovelorn Spirits:



Thank you for coming by today, Christine! This looks like a great series! Best of luck and best wishes!



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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

#IWSG -- Anyone know what it costs to feed an elephant?

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
 
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Alex J. Cavanaugh's awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG will be Allison Gammons, Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend! 


Howdy IWSG peeps!

Can you believe we've hit February of the new year already? Me neither!

What have I accomplished so far? Well, I did finish my short story and turned it in...on time!

But, I haven't made much progress on book 3 since the last time we spoke. Which is disappointing.

I printed it out and made some hand-written notes, but I've only put about half of them into the computer.

It's like only 50 pages with a handful of changes and yet to me it's like the proverbial giant elephant in the room.

http://www.funscrape.com/Cheez-Tag/elephant-in-the-room
I don't know about you guys, but I don't think I can afford to feed the elephant. I'm lucky The Husband puts up with the gnomes. He's kind of stinking up the place, too.

The elephant, not The Husband.

I know if I start reading it, and making the changes, that chances are I'll get right back into the story.

Now, I just need to do it.

How about you guys? Are you getting anything done this year?

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Check out my post at the Warwick Valley Romance Author's blog on my favorite couple from my books...Jack & Maggie.


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We are closing in on 600 participants for The 2016 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! Sign-up now, and get to work on your posts, and you'll have more time to comment and visit during April!


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Come by tomorrow for Christine Rain's Book Tour stop!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lost & Found: Valentine's Edition - Squishy.



Lost & Found:  Valentine's Edition
       Do you remember  that special feeling of love found?   And who hasn't experienced the emotional experience of love lost?  Some of you might have even lost a love only to find that person later for another go around.
         Tell your story about love lost or found in our special Valentine's blogfest.   Your post can be a short fiction, an essay, poetry, or even a song--let your imagination run free.   Any genre is fair game, be it romance, historical fiction, memoir, or even science fiction.   After all there are no limitations when it comes to love.
          This special blogging event was inspired by a collaboration between Arlee Bird and Guilie Castillo-Oriard.   Joining them: Elizabeth Seckman,  Yolanda Renee,  Denise Covey.  and  Alex J Cavanaugh

I didn't want to just make something up for this special blogfest, so I thought it was time to honor someone special, so I decided to share the story of my Squishy.



  
Because I'm a bad mom, and never remember to write things down, we figure that we brought her stray-butt home, from the barn near my parent's house, around June of 2003.




Originally, we named her Sydney, but that didn't stick. She didn't grow like our other cats. She stayed small, so we renamed her Lil' Bit. Cause she was just a Lil' Bit o' Kitten.

Until we saw the movie, Finding Nemo.

  
It was the perfect name for this little kitty.

Squishy's favorite foods? French fries, popcorn, and peanut butter. And, she'd go crazy for chicken and turkey. Nibble your fingertips right off if you weren't careful.



 
She LOVED sleeping in sunbeams and spent a lot of time chasing it from window to window. She'd even yell at the sky when the sun went to bed.


She left us in December, but she honored us with her presence for 12 years.
We miss her everyday. 

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Coming soon!




Sarah Foster:
The Valentine's Day Muse Party Blogfest will take place on Monday, February 15. I'll be hosting the party here and you and your muse can come! On that day you can post on your blog and answer the questions I've provided.


1. Who did you bring to the party? Is he/she your Valentine or anti-Valentine?
2. Which one of you is the more romantic person?
3. What gift are you giving to your (anti) Valentine?
4. Are you guys wearing red or pink (or black...)?
5. Did you bring any Valentine's Day treats?
6. Name a song for our Love Playlist or Anti-Love Playlist (or both)!
7. Got a great anti/Valentine party game?
8. Feeling the love or just feeling nauseous? How will you have fun at the party?
9. Has your muse been a good Valentine?


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Going on now!



Sign-ups are going strong for The 2016 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge!


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Friday, January 29, 2016

There's been ... an accident. #StormyNeedsGlue - #TheXFiles returns.

It started out just like any other storm.

Well, hold on, that's not true.

First, the weather people said: "Lots of snow coming! Look out!"
And then they said: "Don't panic. Less snow than we thought."
And then they said: "Wow, we suck at this job, really not gonna get much snow at all."

So, Stormy the Weather Gnome put out a message saying: Due to the lack of storm, Stormy the Weather Gnome will not be posing for photos this weekend. ‪#‎GnomeAgeddon‬ will take place to the south.

And then they said: "Ummm, maybe a little more is coming and you should be concerned, but only in certain areas."

So, this happened: 


Followed by this:



But, what happens next is just unbelievable.

The following picture may not be suitable for young viewers.









 




It's been unusually quiet on the porch these past few days. Except for some intermittent Gnome swearing.



Then today ... this happened.


StWG: Hey! Who are you supposed to be?

StWG 2.0: I'm you. But...better. *tsk tsk* You've got to pull yourself together, man!

StWG: Ha ha. Very funny.

Yep. There is a new Gnome in town. We're infested! I might have to get an exterminator.


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The Re-opening of The X-Files News 



It's been a long time coming and it's finally here. The first 2 episodes of The X-Files have aired and they were great! 

My small hang-up? What's with Scully's voice? She sounds like she's been smoking a-pack-a-day since 2002!

Besides that? I'm loving it! But, I won't share anything else about it until more people get to see it.

Thank you all. I appreciate your patience during my obsessive countdown.

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Have you signed up for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge yet?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sign-Up List Now Open for the Seventh Annual A to Z Challenge!

Welcome to the seventh annual A to Z Blogging Challenge!

Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 4 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled. Please make it easy for visitors to comment on your blog.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Once the Challenge begins, blogs showing no activity or those that miss five days in a row will be removed.

Please note your blog name and number in all correspondences. Remember that as blogs are removed, your number WILL change.

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. See the first few blogs on the list for examples. However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows:

ANIMALS: (AN)
BOOKS/REVIEWS: (BO)
CRAFTS/ART: (CT)
CULINARY: (CU)
EDUCATION/SCIENCE: (ES)
ENTERTAINMENT: (ET)
GAMING: (GA)
HISTORY/MYTHOLOGY: (HM)
HUMOR: (HU)
LIFESTYLE/SOCIAL: (LS )
PERSONAL: (PR)
PHOTOGRAPHY: (PH)
POETRY: (PO)
TRAVEL: (TR)
WRITING/STORYTELLING/MEMOIR: (WR)
ADULT CONTENT: (AC)

Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Challenge Blog.

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge VirĂ¡g @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

We also have a Facebook Page and Pinterest Site
Email address is contactatozteam@gmail.com
Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge and Twitter id is @AprilA2Z

Sign up below and join us for a month of alphabet fun!
(When you sign up, you agree to receive A to Z related emails.)



Friday, January 22, 2016

The Re-opening of The X-Files News #TheXFiles201Days #XFiles #XfilesRewatch

The Re-opening of The X-Files News 

It's almost here.


By the time I see you again on Monday, I will have watched 12 episodes to finish out Season 9...

 
...2 movies to round out the whole series, and 1 BRAND NEW episode of The X-Files from Sunday night. It's going to be epic.



There are a lot of possible spoiler-rly articles/interviews out there (that I'm staying away from), but if you have an interest, I'll leave you some links.



FOX is doing a countdown and lots of show extras on the website.



‘The X-Files’ Review: Conspiracy Series Revival Makes You Believe Again 

Chris Carter on Reviving 'The X-Files': 'I Knew We Had Stories to Tell' 


Gillian Anderson Answers All Your Questions about the New X-Files Revival 



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My East Coast peeps are looking at a snowy weekend that could be very dangerous in some areas, so please be careful out there and be prepared.


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Sign-ups for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge begin on MONDAY!!! 

Check out Alex's post on Six Benefits of the A to Z Challenge HERE.