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Didi Oviatt

Author of the Time Waster Series-Super Short Preludes, and suspense novels Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians… (blogger)

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and granddads! Thank you for all you do!

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The Entertainer Blogger Award!! I’m So Excited!!

The Entertainer Blogger Award!

Thank you so very much Jo-Ann over at Inspiration Pie  for tagging and nominating me for the Entertainer Blogger Award! Jo-Ann is such a supportive and creative blogger. I absolutely love her page, it’s overflowing with personality in every single post!  Jump on over and check it out if you’re not already following.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

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WHY DID YOU START A BLOG IN THE FIRST PLACE?

I’m a mere small down gal, trying to make a name for myself as an independent author. So I guess being a nerdy book blogger is a must for us creative weirdos.

 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?

This is probably the hardest question there could ever be asked!!  Narrowing down one book really just isn’t going to happen lol..  Also, note that if I were to be asked this same question a year ago, or even a year in the future then the answer would surely be different. But, for today lets go with this:

Colleen Hoover, It Ends With Us is neck and neck with Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE THE MOST?

Cows!  Sounds silly, but I’m scared to death of the stupid beasts!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD AT THE MALL?

I’m kind of a Panda Express Junkie… If they were to make Orange Chicken crack, I’d probably smoke it lol…  Really tho!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PAST TIME?

The only thing I love more than being outside in the wilderness during the day, is being outside at night under the stars. I grew up in a beautiful place a far ways away from city smug. Before my own kids came along needing camp trailers and mommy closeness indoors, I would prefer to throw a sleeping bag out on a lawn, trampoline, or truck bed to sleep in. There is nothing more refreshing than a nights sleep in fresh open (preferably mountain) air lit by the moon and kissed by the stars.

On the plus side, my kids are ALMOST old enough to pass on the tradition.  My son is 4 and my daughter is 2 so we intend on giving a campout on the trampoline a bash sometime this summer…. So WISH ME LUCK!

I Nominate:. (I may or may not have stopped at 12 lol)

Evie

booksfromdusktilldawn

sonofabeach96

K. D. Dowdall

brickleyjules

Patricia Fairweather Romero

By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff

Geybie’s Book Blog

Man of many thoughts

susandyer1962

Original-Dante

Ricardo Sexton

onebookishgirl

Tenacity T

THANKS AGAIN JO-ANN

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We Have A Winner!: ” We Only Said Goodbye With Words” #kdsuspense #amwriting #music #amywinehouse

Rest in peace Amy. Thank you everyone who voted!! This was actually my favorite choice in the prompts this week as well, so I can’t wait to write a story inspired by these lyrics!

Kim Knight_ The Author

Whahooo! I’m so glad you all voted in this great iconic British singer’s lyrics, as this week’s writing prompt, for Didi and I. I was at this concert, in this very room with Amy in London. She was fantastic live (when she was sober). She died too young, when she did I personally felt like a part of my musical love would forever be missing something. I still to this day often play the  Back to Black album really loud.

I’ve been a fan of  Amy before the iconic Back to Black album that won so many awards, did you know she had an album called Frank too? Check it out.

The writing has commenced, I can’t wait to pay tribute to Amy and use her as inspiration to write. Didi and I will post our short story on Tuesday. Another poll will go up too. We now do…

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Vested In Her, by Brickley Jules #blogtour #review @BrickleyJules @abookishdelight

MY REVIEW 5 of 5 stars:

I think I’m in love with the sexy Biker hunk Riker! The main character Haven (which I love the name BTW) really lucked out in landing this manly man! WOW he’s hot! What started out as an only sex, with all personal boundaries kind of fling, quickly grew into something more… Much more. Haven and Riker are pulled to one another in an intense and completely unavoidable way. Yes, their sex life is to die for. But in my opinion, their emotions really make the book that much better!

Haven is on the run, trying to escape her father’s Biker Club. More so than her father and the MC itself, Haven is forced away by her crazy heartless overbearing uncle. This guy is a real dick, and I didn’t blame Haven at all for wanting to get away from his pushy douche bag tactics. This uncle doesn’t care one bit for Haven, he has alternate selfish motives. The fact that Haven’s father allowed such non-sense is beyond me. I’m glad that daddy-o redeemed himself in the end, or I may have disliked him just as much as the uncle.

Haven travels by bus, on a spur of the moment rout, leaving no trail. When she stops to rest at a small trucker town far from the MC boundaries, she is discovered by a woman named Ruby. I love Ruby! She’s sweet, outgoing, funny, lovable, and everything Haven could have ever dreamed of for help in the journey. Ruby runs a small trucker stop and offers Haven a job and free room to stay in wile working for her. Their bond grows into something beautiful (I wont give away any details, but it’s perfect.) Ruby even helps Haven with a new look and name, as to keep hidden from the MC.

Riker, as an MC prospect, is on a mission to find Haven. Having never met her before in person, he doesn’t recognize her alias. He’s in question with her first look, but the second image that her and Ruby have concocted is able to hide her true identity from him. Needless to say, they are drawn to one another. They are comparable in EVERY way, and their bedroom shenanigans are as steamy as can be! I love what their relationship grows into, and the ending is exactly what I was hoping for.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series, you can bet I’ll be among the first to pre-order as soon as it’s available! Kudos Brickley Jules, this book is outstanding!

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Brickley Jules – Vested In Her

Release date: April 26, 2015.

Small town biker princess Haven Mercedes Johnson wants to live a normal life, but she’s relentlessly protected by her father and his crazy right-hand man who will do anything to keep her under his thumb. With the help of an ex, Haven escapes the confines of the club, and after one last wild night, she eagerly sets off to start a new life. After being on the run for days, she’s taken under the wing of a kind woman named Ruby, and with her help, Haven disappears.

 Riker Davis will do anything to earn a vest and become a member in Chrome Thunder, a prestigious motorcycle club. His chances are bleak until Haven, the club leader’s daughter, runs away. As a prospect, Riker is tasked to finding her, and he agrees, determined to do anything to earn a vest, including finding a woman who doesn’t want to be brought home.

 Haven thinks she’s in the clear until Riker walks into the diner where she works, and her old life boomerangs back at her. Now she must choose, go back to her old life and give Riker what he wants, a vest in her father’s club, or give him up and keep the life she’s always dreamed of.

Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15939902.Brickley_Jules

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/718656

http://amzn.to/2ozbP28

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Excerpt:

Riker rolled of Haven panting, “That’s three.”

She agreed through ragged breaths, “It most certainly was.” Haven rested her arms on his shoulders. “I have this naughty little voice in my head that’s telling me to say something that would be a spankable offense, but I think it’s writing checks my body can’t cash. At least not til after I sleep for a little bit.”

“I would be more than glad to spank you in the morning. Tell it to hush then.”

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GO READ THIS BOOK!!!

5 Tips for Attending a Book Signing

Great post for book signing attendees 😍

Rhodes of Reading

This week, I was able to drive over to Frisco, Texas, to listen to Sarah Dessen talk about her latest book, which I reviewed HERE. I hadn’t ever been to a book signing before, so I really had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t sure how early to show up or if I could bring a book from home for her to sign. How long would it last? (This one was about an hour, from when she started talking to the point where my book had been signed.)

After attending the event, I’ve made a list of a few tips for anyone going to a book signing for the first time!

  1. Bring a book, buy a book — I wasn’t sure if I was going to be allowed to bring a book from home for Sarah Dessen to sign or if I needed to plan on making a…

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Do you have a favorite lyric?? #kdsuspense

Take a pick! Which lyric is your fav?!?!?!

 

Song Lyrics are so FUN to work with!! Especially when they’re quoted from the songs of amazingly strong female artists! 

For week five of our suspenseful weekly short story challenge we’re having fun, we’ve put together eight well known iconic Femme Fatale  singers. Big voices, great dance moves and lyrics, the talent is endless. Dead or alive their music and lyrics live on. This week, our challenge ( you included) is to creatively write a short story, using a lyric from one of their songs, that you all vote for. Join us and write a story of your own and tag it with #kdsuspense. This is a fun week.

Who will it be? I hope you picked your favorite lyric, then stay tuned to see what kind of story we come up with based on the words!

Note: The song’s theme is no influence on the type/genre of story we create, we’ll write as we feel not focusing on the actual type of song. Just using the lyric to be creative.  Voting will close this Friday (tomorrow). Find out more about our weekly writing challenges / read previous week’s stories here.

Femme Fatale week! Check out these talented ladies!  Kim and I can’t wait to write a story inspired by the lyrics of one of these amazing women’s songs! 🙂

Femme Fatale week

 

Excerpt: Search For Maylee …. COMING SOON!

Nervously, Autumn hurried to the door. Before opening it, she took a quick heart throbbing look out the peep hole. There he was, the man she had spent her evenings swooning over while listening to the steady hum of his voice over the phone. A man that she once detested, and now ached for. There were so many things she wished could be different about this moment. She would have prepared herself, dressed nice and fixed her hair – probably up and swept from her face. She would have picked something with a low neckline to wear, lathered her skin with her silkiest lotions, and even taken the time to shave. Everything…

Rather than the romantic reunion Autumn had been anticipating, she was being forced to see him in dreaded conditions of her own, and clearly of his too. It was going to take everything she had to shoo him out of her apartment. She had every intention on telling him all about Josie, but not until she had the time to speak with her first. Josie needed to warm up to Autumn, and rest. That wouldn’t be a possibility if she was thrown to the wolves before even being able to catch her breath. Autumn had to keep Josie a secret, at least for tonight.

Chance stood outside the door waiting impatiently. It’d been a long trip, he’d caught the first flight possible after hearing news of another sighting of Maylee. Right there in Denver nonetheless. It was time to be completely honest with Autumn, and he had to do it in person. Anxiously, he held his breath as her metal door creaked open. All he could do was come clean about his lies and pray for her forgiveness.

Their eyes locked and for one brief moment they were the only two people in the world. Josie, Craig, Jeremy, and even Maylee faded into mere background.  The sharp gray shards of color in his eyes pierced through her, and she drank in their naked vulnerability. There was a sense of surrender in the upward pull of his brows. It was a look she was yet to see plastered on his handsome face, a look that melted her from the inside out.

As she welcomed him in, the sexy familiar scent of him threatened to consume her. It smelled like spruce bark and ocean mixed into a fresh rustic blend, and it followed him into her apartment, her heart, her future. They had opened up to each other in a way that there was no turning back from. Even if it had only been by phone. No matter what he had to say, there was sure to be a way around it. Autumn was confident of that.

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As usual, I’ve bitten off more than I can chew lately. One project after another, I’ve filled my to-do glass until it’s spilled on the floor leaving me nothing but a mess. But, I’m happy to announce that I see a light at the end of the tunnel.  I have set everything aside for the last couple of days, and have really thrown myself into my latest and greatest!

I’ve been working on revisions for this portion of my book-to-be Search For Maylee, and I’m so excited about it! So, I thought I’d share an excerpt today, hope you enjoyed, and I hope you hang in there!  I’m definitely still planning on a fall release for this book and I’ll keep everyone posted as soon as I set a date!

Thanks for reading!

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Vote For Wk #5’s Writing Prompt: It’s Femme Fatale Week! – Song Lyrics That Rock #kdsuspense #amwriting

Mixing things up with some song lyric writing inspiration 😍 Pick our promt!

Kim Knight_ The Author

Femme Fatale week

Do you like music? I love music. Always have, and I always will. I grew up with it, I think I get it from my Mum. I dance to it, fall asleep to it, drive to it, write to it, cook to it. There’s not a lot I do without music. Didi from what I’ve learned also has a big thing for music too. For week five we’re having fun, we’ve put together eight well known iconic Femme Fatale  singers. Big voices, great dance moves and lyrics, the talent is endless. Dead or alive their music and lyrics live on. This week, our challenge ( you included) is to creatively write a short story, using a lyric from one of their songs, that you all vote for. Join us and write a story of your own. This is a fun week.

Who will it be? Look at…

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LIEBSTER Award!

Thank you so very much to K. D. Dowdall (Author of Garrett’s Bones, a book that I absolutely loved!) for nominating me for the Liebster Award! K.D. has put together an outstanding Pen and Paper blog. It’s always packed with useful advice for authors. The content is always engaging, very top shelf!! If you’re not already following then jump on over to check out her blog now!

The Rules:

  • Say thank you to the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Answer the 11 questions you have been asked.
  • Nominate and notify 11 bloggers for the award.
  • Ask those you have nominated 11 questions.

My Own Answers:

1. Why did you choose book blogging over something else?

To be honest I was scared out of my mind to start blogging!  I had no idea what I was doing, but as a writer I knew that having a book blog was critical. Readers blog about books, its that simple.  So I jumped in and haven’t looked back.  I absolutely LOVE blogging, and even more so. I love the people I’ve meet here on WordPress!

2. What is one thing you’re really passionate about beside books?

Being a mommy! Raising my two little’s is EVERYTHING!

3. Have your reading tastes changed over the years?

Absolutely! In every way, I’ve became much more versatile in reads.  I wen’t from being a picky ‘I’ll only read YA mysteries and horror’ kind of a gal to loving literally every single genre out there.  I adore variety! 

4. What is your favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere with warm sandy beaches. I was raised in a desert area, so naturally I crave the opposite.  I love the ocean.

5. Do you collect anything (other than books)?

Not really, I don’t have the patience for collections lol… So aside from books goals and thoughts, I’m very collection-less.  Although I do have quite the shelf of wine and shot glasses! Maybe that counts? 

6. What has been your favorite book so far this year?

Hands down the Sinners of Saint Series by L. J. Shen.  I’ve loved each one equally!! They’re perfect!

7. What is one law you would change if you could?

I’d make medical marijuana legal in all of the U.S. States. Sounds silly, but I think it’s huge. I have some friends and family who suffer dearly and such a change could really be quality of life altering!

8. If you had to donate money to a charity, which one would you choose?

There are several to chose from that help to house and feed homeless children. I’d try my best to spread as much money as possible in those.

9. What is your favorite genre to read?

I’m moody and like to rotate. But, more often than not I find myself circling back to psychological thrillers and adult romance the most.

10. What is your dream car?

I like big trucks lol. Call me crazy, but I’d much rather drive a new jacked up Chev with mud tires and sexy rims, than a sports car. 

11. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

After 12 years, I was able to quit smoking cigarettes.  GOODBYE camel filters, and HELLO healthy future!

My nominees:

James J. Cudney IV

Brickley Jules

Nessie’s Place

Kim Knight (This is my writing buddy friends!  Check out our weekly short stories.. And be sure to vote on this weeks prompt!  Kim will be sharing a voting poll today! So excited!)

Reads & Reels

Prajakta

KrystiYAandWine

TeacherofYA

D. Wallace Peach

WL Hawkin

Annabelle Franklin

The Rules:

  • Say thank you to the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Answer the 11 questions you have been asked.
  • Nominate and notify 11 bloggers for the award.
  • Ask those you have nominated 11 questions.

The Questions:

1. Why did you choose book blogging over something else?

2. What is one thing you’re really passionate about beside books?

3. Have your reading tastes changed over the years?

4. What is your favorite vacation spot?

5. Do you collect anything (other than books)?

6. What has been your favorite book so far this year?

7. What is one law you would change if you could?

8. If you had to donate money to a charity, which one would you choose?

9. What is your favorite genre to read?

10. What is your dream car?

11. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

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