Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dear blog comment-spammers

Dear blog comment-spammers,

You have forced me to have to screen all replies before they are posted. (thumbs in my ears, fingers wiggling and tongue out blowing a big fat raspberry at you!)

My apologies to all my blog buddies that don't need screening.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Critter is going to California!

It looks like Critter is on his way to sunny California. I wish I could go with him! He'll visit with MG Higgins! I can't wait to see what they'll be up to! :0)

Will you be the next host for Critter?

It's time for Critter to move from Illinois to somewhere new. Critter has all kinds of interests. Rural farms, City life . . . he loves it all! United States, International . . . All he really wants is for someone to want him, take pictures and blog. (he's a bit co-dependant. Love is all he needs. He's a Beatles fan. What can I say). He will love anywhere that he can travel. Vistit Kelly's blog, where Critter rocked back stage with a band, went sledding and fate saved him from hungry dinosaurs and Critter eating spiders by the skin of his fangs!

We're also working a possible humanitarian efforts for Critter upon his return. If this works out . . . we'll need the help of every possible Children's lit bloggers that we can whip up.

For now; blog, twitter and facebook about Critter's travels. Eventually, he'll be up to a greater good (possibly auctioned for) Saint Jude, Haiti, homeless?. The more that know about him, the better. We just have to work it out the final details.

More to come!

Monday, February 8, 2010

My article in the Carolina Parent Baby Guide. YaY!

Hey look! Click here to view my article in the 2010 Carolina Parent Baby Guide, Baby Basics on a Budget. You'll have to flip over to page 17, I'm not able to link the article directly.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

And the winner is . . . . . (plus a Critter siting!)

First, it's time to announce the winner of the book giveaway. And the winner of I'd Tell You That I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill you by Ally Carter is . . . .


Please send me an e-mail and give me your snail mail info. Congratulations!

Critter has been rockin' the house with Kelly in Illinios. By the looks of this picture, it seems as if he's getting some back stage privileges. Lucky Critter! Stop by Kelly's blog and say "HI!" Keep an eye out for the other adventures that he'll take with Kelly and sign up to be Critters next host when it's time for him to move on.

Rock on Critter!!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

It's time for a Book Giveaway!

Last month I entered a book give away over at the generous Christina Farley's blog. This wasn't just an ordinary book giveaway. It was a MEGA book giveaway. I didn't just win A book. I won a pack of books! ~it still makes me giddy. Squeal!~

So, when I received the package, I did what I always do when I have a stack of books and am not sure which to read first. I played the role of editor/agent and gave them all the "First Page" test. I read the first page of each book and the one that intrigued me the most, would be the winner. I was surprised at which one tickled me fancy the most. I was surprised because the cover threw me off. The cover made me think that this was just another snotty prep-school story. It's not! And yet, it's the perfect cover because the story takes place at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. To everyone else, it looks like a regular snotty prep school.
But the students know that there's nothing regular about a school where you can get extra credit for mixing lethal poison concoctions, vending machines pop open to reveal secret passageways and Covert Operations is a standard class. Cammie Morgan is a student at a secret spy school. But when she goes into town and falls head over heals for a normal guy who things she's just a regular girl. Cammie can't let him know the truth about her, however, she finds that it's much easier to be a spy than to pretend to be a normal girl.

This was such a fun book! Told in a first person, witty voice. The first page wasn't misleading, the rest of the book did not disappoint.

And now . . . It's time to share the wealth. Now that I've finished this book, I'm passing it onto one of my lucky readers. Simply leave a reply in the comments section. For additional chances to win, let me know if you tweet, blog or facebook about this contest. (you get an entry for each one). Also, if you become a follower of this blog or are already a follower of this blog, you will gain another entry in the contest.

Please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU.

I'll draw the name of a winner on Thursday. :0)