*CLOSED*”Make It Mine” Monday – Eyes Like Stars Book Giveaway

This week’s book is Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev. You can read my review here.

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Entry will close at 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, November 4, 2011. Winner will be chosen using www.randomizer.org and will be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to claim the book. For more information, see the “Make It Mine” Monday page. Sorry, US only.

Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary is back! I didn’t post one last week. I ended up publishing four posts on Sunday, and when I finished the fourth one at 9:30 PM, I decided that was enough for both me and you. So, you get two weeks of reviews and giveaways.

Ain’t No Sunshine: Men Reveal the Pain of Heartbreak, The Virgin Diaries, The Only Way to Paradise, A Sound Among the Trees, and Eyes Like Stars.

Nancy M. won Redeeming Love.
Shannon B. won The Leftovers: A Novel.
Congratulations to Nancy & Shannon and thanks to everyone who entered!

Sneak peek at next week
I’ll be reviewing Surviving Emily as part of a blog tour for author Laurie Bellesheim. November is “Adopt An Indie” month, and while most of my reviews are from indie authors, I’ll be featuring at least one this month. Maybe more if we have more authors in need of adoption. (Hint, hint) I’m reviewing The Unwilling Bride.

The Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is still open. Enter to win Waking Hours by Lis Weihl.
Tomorrow’s “Make It Mine” Monday book will be Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev. There is still time to vote for a different book, but Eyes Like Stars has a pretty strong lead. No dangling chads here.

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I Write Like…

I saw this on Leeswammes’ Blog this morning, and thought I’d give a shot. My first response was, “I write like a deranged lunatic,” but apparently that wasn’t one of the choices. Judith writes like James Joyce. The blogger friend she swiped this from writes like J.D. Salinger. I write like people I’ve never heard of.

Actually, I’ve seen this before, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried it. So I put one blog post in, and got Cory Doctorow. I’ve never heard of him, but apparently, he’s a sci-fi guru. Color me clueless.

Tried another blog post just because I can’t just stop with one and assume everything’s hunky-dory, and got David Foster Wallace. Never heard of him, either, but it seems he was big on irony. I can relate to that. Except I call it being a smarta$$. Whatever works.

So I put part of a story I wrote. I was curious if I’d get yet a third famous writer I was clueless about. Nope. Cory Doctorow again. So there you go, I’m sure you were dying to know that…

I write like
Cory Doctorow
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Kid Stuff

I haven’t posted anything about the kids in while. One of them will say something cute or funny, and I’ll think, “I need to remember that.” And then I don’t. So here are a couple of things I managed to remember. I’ll try to do better. I know they’re more entertaining than I am.

When Jeffrey isn’t fighting with his little brother, he’s doting on him. We have no middle ground. He frequently tells Bennett, “You’re a genius!” Apparently, Bennett believes it. Last night, Jeffrey was reading a book to Bennett in the other room and I heard B say, “…horseshoe crab!”
J: You’re right! Mama, how does Bennett know what a horseshoe crab is?
Me: I don’t know. Diego, Dora, one of his many dinosaur books?
B: I’m a geni-us!
Me: Or that.

Bennett: I want to play a game.
Me: What do you want to play?
B: Macaroni
Me: Whac-A-Mole?
B: Yeah.

A Couple of Quick Things

The Uprise Books Project
The Uprise Books Project is nearing the end of their Kickstarter Campaign, and they still need almost $2,000. The way Kickstarter works, if they don’t meet their goal by the deadline, they do not get any of the pledges. It would a shame to see them get this close and not make it. I’ve pledged $5. You can pledge as little as $1. Their goal is to provide banned and challenged books to underpriviliged teens to raise literacy rates. Check out their Kickstarter Campaign page to see how they’ll use the money they raise.

On a completely unrelated note, Writerspace.com is holding their 2011 Halloween Mash. Register for a chance to win one of 100s of romance, young adult, or mystery novels or a Kindle. The more entries they get, the more Kindles they’ll give away.

“Know Me Better” Round 4

“Know Me Better” is a new weekly meme hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. Each week five questions are asked as a way for your readers to get to know you better. Want to play along? It’s easy! Just click the link above to take you over to the host’s page. From there, copy and paste the meme image into your blog along with the meme code. Link back to the host and you’re done!

This week’s questions:
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? If we’re choosing someone we’ve never met, I would have to pick my great-grandfather. All my life, I’ve heard my mom and her siblings talk about him, and he sounds like a wonderful man and the coolest grandpa ever (except for mine, of course).

Chocolate or Vanilla? For eating: chocolate, every time. However, the only scent I like (candles, lotion, etc) is vanilla.

What do you do in your free time? I’m sorry, what? I don’t understand the question.

What movie are you looking forward to this year? I don’t even know what movies are coming out this year. Um, I think there’s a new Twilight movie coming out soon. I do like those. Oh, and Cars 2. That just came out, right?

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? Planning is a necessary evil, but I only do so when absolutely necessary. I don’t even plan my blog posts. I have three or four going in my head all the time, and I sit down at the computer every day and stuff falls out.

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Pandering or Accepting: Where Do We Draw the Line?

I have to wonder if our society has crossed over into some bizarre twilight zone. I see some of the strangest things on the “news”. Apparently, a 7-year-old boy from Denver wants to join the Girl Scouts. I’m not going to worry about how the child dresses or whether he paints his nails or even his sexual orientation. Frankly, none of that is anyone’s business. My issue with this is that the Girl Scouts are for girls. It seems I’ve heard of girls trying to join Boy Scouts, too. Same thing. Boy Scouts are for boys. With all this talk of accepting everyone and respecting every person’s rights, we seem to be forgetting that everyone actually does have rights, not just those who are different by birth or by choice.

I was in Brownies (the level of Girl Scouts young Bobby would be joining, in fact) for a year or two. We went to camp, where we shared cabins and showers and bathrooms. Obviously, all of those involve being partially or fully unclothed. At the age of seven, that may or may not be a big deal. (Although you may want to read this before you decide kids don’t think about sex.) But what happens when Bobby is twelve? And so are all the girls. Even if Bobby is homosexual, this is hardly appropriate, and do you really think that either Bobby or the girls are going to be comfortable with this arrangement? Or do the Scouts just tell Bobby and the other boys who have now joined that they can’t go to camp? Or should the Scouts build separate facilities at all of their camps to accommodate members of the opposite gender? That would be ridiculously expensive, and really folks, how much more cookies and popcorn can we buy?

So, the question is: Are we trying to teach our children that it’s okay to different, whether it’s looks, language, or gender? Or are we trying to teach them that no one can be different? That no one can ever gather with non-malicious groups of like-minded (or -bodied) people to form any kind of organization? We must all blend together 100%. We can not have our own interests, because not everyone has those interests so our group will not include everyone. If there were no such thing as Boy Scouts, then Bobby and his mother would have a valid argument. He wants to join a Scouting organization. But the Boy Scouts do exist, and Bobby is a boy. Why is this even “news”?

Note: Both Adventure Scouts and 4-H are co-ed, offer similar experiences as Boy and Girl Scouts, and are already set up to handle members of both sexes.

I know not everyone will agree with me, and I have no problem with that. I’m just stating my opinion. You’re welcome to leave your opinion in the comments. Rude comments or name-calling (of anyone) will not be tolerated, however, and the comment will be removed.