Lyn's Licks & Laughs...with alter egos Bobbie Cole & Sunny
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Happy Birthday, Rinda!Yesterday was my friend Rinda's birthday - and I got so wrapped up in life this weekend that I neglected to do what I'd intended to do for a week...wish her a great birthday and a marvelous year ahead.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
So how has your weekend gone?
It's only Saturday evening here, and so far...I've discovered bulbs growing on the new place that I didn't recognize at first.
Then there are these guys. Very cheery. They like the rain we've been having.
I started to cancel my interest in the line, but…somehow…it just fit, so we shall see what happens.
JUST DESSERTS IS IN PRINT NOW!!!!! WHOO-HOO!!!!!!! Feels like it’s been forever since this book debuted in e-book form. I’ve been looking forward to this all year. What this means is that I’ll be signing the book at the upcoming Romantic Times convention in Houston, end of April. I was worried for a bit that the book wouldn’t be out in time.
Bring your hankies and weep at the awesome power and beauty of birth. Dee had her twins, and the video is on her blog HERE under “Hubby’s Art Project”.
Have a nice rest-of-the-weekend, everyone.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
About La Bella Luna
"Keeping this murder a secret is only part of Bobbie Cole’s thought-provoking novel. The three forty-something women are forced to forge remarkable bonds and discover their own strengths. There is sadness, silliness, laughter and revelation. We should all be lucky enough to gain the support and insight these Oklahoma socialites give each other. I loved the mature perspective and truly believable characters. - I highly recommend this one, especially for women past their twenties. And I am going to seek out the author’s many other titles. She is a talented storyteller." ~ Lynn Bushey with The Romance Studio - 5 hearts out of 5
Last Minute MusingsA cheerful note from CJ - and then I got it from Janet as well...passing it on.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile.
I can live with that.
You can thank Janet for being the pain in the butt who sent me the next one - a test for people who think they know everything. (Hmm...why did she send it to ME?)
1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?
6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw" and they are all common words. Name two of them.
7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?
8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.
9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter "S."
Oh, and you expect me to post the answers? You'll have to wade through the rest of the post before you get to them. C'mon - instant gratification isn't worth it.
I took some Dr. Phil quiz on how others see you the other day (friends are marvelous creatures, aren't they? - sending things like this...when all they really have to do if they have the guts is to TELL us what they think of us or how they perceive us). I scored 48 - seems Phil got 50-something and Oprah a 38, and at the end of it, I still wasn't sure what I'd taken. The damn thing was only 10 questions, but it seemed to take forever.
Answers To Quiz: 1. The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends . . Boxing 2. North American landmark constantly moving backward . Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.) 3. Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons . . Asparagus and rhubarb. 4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside . . Strawberry. 5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the bottle. (The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season.. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.) 6. Three English words beginning with dw: Dwarf, dwell and dwindle. 7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar . . Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses. 8. The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh Lettuce. 9. Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with "s". Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
"I realized that my mouth was on autopilot and so just shut up while my brain had a chance to blink owlishly and stagger around looking for a gear to be in."
You are driving in a car at a constant speed. On your left side is a drop off (The ground is 18-20 inches below the level you are traveling on), and on your right side is a fire engine traveling at the same speed as you. In front of you is a galloping horse which is the same size as your car and you cannot overtake it. Behind you is another galloping horse. Both horses are also traveling at the same speed as you. What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?
For the answer click and drag your mouse from star to star. * Get your drunk ass off the merry-go-round. *
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
What Color Is Your Parashoot?I've not read every single post, and I'm SLOW at cathing up, but have you been reading the posts at Monica Jackson's and Karen Scott's on where to shelve African American books? (and please fortheloveoffreakingod don't refer to anyone outside the US as AA unless they are citizens of this country. It's not a term that encompasses every person of color)
Anyway...the discussions remind me of RWA in Atlanta last year. Part of me wondered why it took RWA so damned long to recognize people like Vivian Stephens (and yes, I know I've blogged this before, somewhere here around August 11, 2005) and why that particular year was devoted to Vivian and Shirley Hailstock, who was a terrific RWA president. Did we really have to WAIT until we were on "their turf" or in the South or where it might be EXPECTED to honor these women? Why the wait? (Okay, I'll shut up.)
Romancing the Blog, who gets literally dozens of responses to some pretty shallow questions or posts at times (and don’t get me wrong – I love these gals) only had TEN responses to their excellent post regarding both Vivian and Shirley last fall. We can find hundreds of posts on some serial killer’s website, dozens just bitching at someone who dropped their drawers in public and farted, but we can’t support the very people who were pioneers for us…and that saddens me. [I’ll probably not get five posts to THIS one – lol.]
Back to Atlanta. I make it a point at every writers’ conference to snag books for the hotel staff. Atlanta being Atlanta, we had a large number of AA on the hotel’s staff, so I visited the Kimani book signing and the Spice (since there were AA authors at both – Kimani being ALL black). I handed out the extra books I could wheedle out of authors and publishers, and I was pleased to see Gwynne Forster stopping one of the girls to whom I’d given books, and Gwynne signed hers for the girl (April was her name). I went home, found the Kimani authors’ blog, and I thought oh, good, maybe this will give them more exposure, because many of the hotel staff I’d befriended had said they didn’t even KNOW there were that many books containing AA characters.
Uh, nope. That blog didn’t even last a month after conference before it just petered out. I’d have thought that at least the AUTHORS would have supported it, but for some reason the damn thing fizzled, and…that’s sad. I came home and blogged the Kimani authors, put up a cover or two, but…no response really. Maybe if I’d blogged on Italian characters or The Olive-Skinned Shiek’s Erotic Blonde Mistress and her Secret Baby by a Native American Cowboy…in other words, maybe just stating BLACK or African American is too simple. Who knows? At any rate, I hate to see any group of authors taking a back seat as far as marketing, but damnit, instead of just voicing the problem, somebody needs to come up with some solutions. Stop bailing out without a trace and leaving whoever started the discussion, the blog, the whatever.
Back to Karen Scott’s blog now. She’s interviewing some really terrific authors and asking some tough questions (and getting them answered). Hope even if you don’t post here that you stop over at Karen’s and read the interviews.
Am including some covers of AA authors I hope you’ll read – you might be surprised at how much rather than how little you have in common with the authors and their characters.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Dear LordI just posted a blog that took me 2 hours to complete, what with all the interuptions - and I posted it on the WRONG damn blog! - lol. I am one of a group of Ellora's Cave authors on Lust for Life, and unless I corrected that sucker, I'll have all of them hating me by tomorrow. It's difficult to piss off that many people within seconds, but if anyone could do so, it'd be moi.
What? You want talk of writing? Thought you'd never ask.
Let’s talk about Smooth Ride by Cash Cole (my naughty male alter ego).
And I'll end with humor from Mary Ellen and with photos of my two furry children...Pita & Chewy.
1) This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles. (Kelly age 6)
2) Oysters' balls are called pearls. (James age 6)
3) If you are surrounded by sea you are an Island. If you don't have sea all round you, you are in continent. (Wayne age 7)
4) Sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson. She's not my friend no more. (Kylie age 6)
5) A dolphin breaths through an asshole on the top of its head. ( Billy age 8)
6) My uncle goes out in his boat with pots, and comes back with crabs. (Millie age 6)
7) When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean. Sometimes, when the wind didn't blow, the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would be better off eating beans. (William age 7)
8) I like mermaids. They are beautiful, and I like their shiny tails. How do mermaids get pregnant? (Helen age 6)
9) I'm not going to write about the sea. My baby brother is always screaming and being sick, my Dad keeps shouting at my Mom, and my big sister has just got pregnant, so I can't think what to write. (Amy age 6)
10) Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea where I think they have to plug themselves into chargers. (Christopher age 7)
11) When you go swimming in the sea, it is very cold, and it makes my willy small. (Kevin age 6)
12) Divers have to be safe when they go under the water. Two divers can't go down alone, so they have to go down on each other. (Becky age 8)
13) On holiday my Mom went water skiing. She fell off when she was going very fast. She says she won't do it again because water shot up her fanny. (Julie age 7)
This is my little Pita Pie. She started her life with me as a Pita - therefore, the name. Now she's Protected In Total Adoration, and she'll never have to scrounge the streets for food again.
Have a great weekend, folks. Thanks for stopping by, if only to lurk.