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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello Blog Hop!

We’re ringing in the New Year with lots of giveaways! And by sharing some fun and wacky facts about ourselves. There’s a new giveaway at each stop so be sure to visit them all!

I'm giving away an e-copy of The Edge of the Sphere, for reasons you'll learn as soon as you read my list of quirks. Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter to make sure you maximize your chances of winning!

Now on to my list of fun, silly things that I don't think I've ever revealed on this blog....

1. I refuse to use store-bought tomato sauce. I know I'm anal-retentive in a lot of areas in my life, but I insist on knowing exactly what goes into my sauce. When writing the beginning of The Edge of the Sphere, I needed to convey what type of person Stephen's ex-girlfriend was and the sort of things they argued over without spending a lot of time on it, so I borrowed from my own non-negotiable demands. (Though unlike Alison, I don't hold it against people who try to serve me can from a jar. Most of the time. ;) )

2. I've always looked very young for my age. (I appreciate it, I promise!) I've been mistaken for a college student within the past couple months, and I'm approaching the ten-year anniversary of graduation. Sometimes when I'm out with my kids, people think I'm the babysitter/nanny.

3. I'm afraid of snails, to the point where I have a panic attack if I even see a picture of one. I don't know what it is about those little fuckers that freaks me out so much.

4. I will eat any kind of seafood, even if I don't know what it is. (And I have done this on some Caribbean vacations, in fact.)

5. When I was younger, my ideal woman was Geena Davis's character in A League of Their Own. I didn't know if I wanted to grow up to be her or date her.

6. One of my claims to fame in college was being able to tell what season a Law & Order rerun was from before the opening credits rolled. Seasons 7 and 8 were the most challenging because the casts were the same, but the film had a different quality.

7. I love Legos and I buy a new set to add to my Lego Christmas village every year. Hey, there are perks to being an adult with disposable income!

Stephen’s quiet life is turned upside down when he experiences vivid dreams of a woman he’s never met. Liora, having grown tired of her forced isolation and servitude in the land of Marindal, uses the mystical sphere housed in her cellar to attempt to reach someone to help her break free. They meet up several times in a subconscious illusion Liora creates for them and quickly form a strong bond. Stephen follows her to Marindal, where he’s instantly captured by her cruel master, Thirvar. Plans for escape become their top priority, and their feelings grow deeper during their secret meetings in the realm of fantasy. The knowledge that they will want different things once they are safe from Thirvar’s clutches taints the prospect of reaching their goal. They are faced with the decision between seeking out the lives they left behind and taking a chance on the future of their love.

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  1. My favorite seafood dish is Grilled Halibut with Peach and Pepper Salsa.

  2. My favorite seafood dish is shrimp gumbo

  3. I don't have a particular favorite seafood dish. And, I have watched far too many L&O episodes to pick a favorite. Do you like other crime dramas as well. We watch a lot of them.

  4. I'm from Louisiana, so my favorite seafood dish is crawfish etouffee.

  5. I'm not big on Law and Order, and I'm allergic to iodine, so my seafood is limited to fish (I love my saltwater fish!). I do love halibut, though.

  6. I don't like seafood. Sorry! My favourite Law & Order episode was an SVU one, entitled RAW or something like that. Another of my favourites, thinking of SVU, was the one where we're first introduced to Novak and the kid gets kidnapped and then they find her in the esky or something. Great episode.

  7. I love shrimp Scampi. I don't eat animals. Only seafood. I'm not a fan of Law & Order. I love reality TV, mainly the Bravo Housewives.

  8. filet of sole is my fav - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  9. The only sea food I like is shrimp and fish and it has to be cooked throughly :)

  10. My favorite seafood dish is Scallops Mornay.

  11. My assistant and her husband created this dish:
    angel hair pasta
    seafood (crab, shrimp, lobster, clams, whatever)
    olive oil
    3 colors of bell peppers

    It's really very good.

  12. I love drunken shrimp, specifically using beer for the marinade. I'm with you on seafoodtrips. ;)