Friday, February 28, 2014

February 2014 reading challenge - Love

Here's the details for the reading challenge one of the groups I'm a member of on Goodreads had for February:

"15 Different Kinds of Love: Read as much as you want or can.

Infatuation- loving feelings towards a love object that are largely based upon fantasy and idealization (instead of experience). - 1. Read a book that is in the fantasy genre!

Romantic Love- An abiding love for a partner with whom you feel passion, attraction, caring and respect. - 2. Read any book that is in the romance genre!

Eros Love- a passionate love usually involving sexual feelings for a love interest. - 3. Read a book that you were passionate about - Old Time Favorite.

Companionate Love - feelings of warmth towards a friend with whom you love to spend time - 4. Read a book off one of your friends list.

Unconditional Love - A type of affection and caring that is so strong that you feel it consistently, regardless of what that other person does - 5. Read a book that is written by one your favorite authors.

Conditional Love - A love that requires specific action or conditions in order to be maintained. - 6. Read a book that can be found in the Action/Adventure genre.

Puppy Love - A childish, innocent temporary crush on someone that you don’t know well. - 7. Read a book with an animal or child on the cover.

Maternal Love - This term usually connotes love that is nurturing, accepting and protective. In actuality this love can also be given by a father etc. - 8. Read a book that begins with your mothers name. (example - my moms name is Frances (my pick is Fire Country.)

Paternal Love - This term connotes love that involves guidance and some authority. Paternal love usually prepares a child to be ready for the outside world. Again, in reality this type of love is not gender specific. - 9. Read a book that is in the New Adult Genre (ie coming of age).

Soulmate Love - This type of love is described as a love that has survived multiple life times. Not everyone believes in this concept. 10. Read a book that is in the romance genre, see if you can find one where they find their soulmate.

Spiritual/Divine Love - This type of love recognizes the Divine light in everyone and everything. Love is given to everyone as an act of loving God. - 11. Read a book that is in the Christian/Spiritual genre.

Love of your country or patriotism - This is love for the place you live or the place that were born. It is a type of loyalty and a special feeling of belonging that you attribute to that specific geographic location. - 12 Read a book that is from a author in the country you were born.

Self-Love - This is a positive feeling that you have about who you are and what you deserve. It often is expressed by treating yourself well, respecting yourself, wanting yourself to be happy and expecting others to respect you too. 13. Read a book that will make you happy.

Brotherly Love - This term connotes having a feeling of love for your neighbor, because all humanity is considered to be part of a larger family of human beings. - 14. Read a book that a friend has recommended.

Tough Love - This term is used to describe a love that is expressed by setting boundaries for the good of the other person. - 15. Read a book that has the word tough or love in the title."

And here's what I managed to do for it:

1. Infatuation: Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer (read February 10th 2014).

2. Romantic Love: Innocent Hearts by Jess Mountifield (read February 12th 2014).

3. Eros Love: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (The Chronicles Of Narnia, #3 or #5; publication and chronalogical order respectively) by C.S. Lewis (read February 23rd 2014).

5. Unconditional Love: Raising Steam (Discworld, #40) by Terry Pratchett (read February 15th 2014).

8. Maternal Love: King Of The Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgo (read February 11th 2014).

12. Love of your country or patriotism: The Suitcase Kid by Jaqueline Wilson (read February 16th 2014).

14. Brotherly Love: Not A Drop To Drink (Not A Drop To Drink, #1) by Mindy McGinnis (read February 13th 2014).

15. Tough Love: Love And Freindship by Jane Austen (read February 22nd 2014).

I completed 8 of 15.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fire Country birthday blast

Today, Fire Country by David Estes turns one year old. In the first year since Fire Country was born, so much has happened. David signed with an agent, sold more than 10,000 books, wrote five more books and published a further three). He knew he just had to celebrate and he'd love for you to be a part of it! David owes so much of his support to the blogger community, and he wants everyone to have the chance to be a part of the Fire Country Birthday Bash.
Everyone goes home a winner, simply follow the prompts below and swipe your eCopy of Fire Country from Smashwords. Read and leave a review on Amazon if you enjoyed it. Feel free to share the code with your friends, family, neighbours and literary inclined pets.
Coupon Code: WH62C
Expiration: March 1, 2014
What's a party without prizes? Yes, David is not only giving everyone a chance to download their own copy of Fire Country, book one in the Country Saga for free, but he's also giving you stuff too. You could win an Amazon giftcard open internationally, U.S residents can win a signed copy of the David Estes book of your choice, or a handful of David Estes eBooks of your choice. Awesome.
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Devin turns 15

My nephew, Devin (my hubby's sister's son, for those who don't know, or don't remember) turns 15 tomorrow.

Seems like only yesterday he was a cute little boy of four, just learning how to tie his laces!

Time flies, doesn't it?

Anyway, since I have something else planned for tomorrow, I'm going to say happy birthday to him today. I doubt he'll see this, but I usually say it, so I will this year too!


Happy birthday, Devin!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Of reading challenges and itchy dogs

Here's how many books I've read for each of the reading challenges I'm doing right now:

2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge: 40/300
2014 A-Z character challenge: 20/26
2014 A-Z title challenge: 20/26
2014 1st quarterly challenge: 30/12
February 2014 Love Themed Reading Challenge: 6/15

I'll post what the books are for the last two at the end of the time frame (end of March and end of February respectively) along with a short description of what the challenge was, and will do the same for the others when I've completed them.


Kero's still scratching, though not as much. We're pretty sure he's flea free, but not entirely certain so we'll give him another flea treatment next week and see how he goes.

We want to do one more flea treatment first because of how he's calmed down some on the scratching.

I really do want to avoid the vet if I can!


OK, I'm supposed to be working on some writing projects right now, so I better get back to them... Especially since some of them have deadlines to be finished by!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kero's fear-filled leap

Our weather's been really bad lately.

Storms, storms, and... Yes, you guessed it... More storms!

I don't mind storms, but Kero and the degu boys (Jasper especially) hate storms!

Jasper starts squealing shortly before a bad storm, so at least we get a bit of warning. Though not enough to prepare Kero for the huge peel of thunder that - as far as he was concerned - came out of nowhere Wednesday night, causing poor Kero to somehow manage to go from being curled up in his bed not far from the window to standing on top of me on my bed in one swift movement (there's a gap of about a foot between his basket and my bed, and his basket is under a low table on which I keep my stereo). It's a leap he can't usually manage, especially now age has made his hips weaker.

I'm glad he's a small dog, that's all I can say! I mean, it hurt enough having him land on me like that, so I'd hate to think how much it would hurt being hit by a larger dog.

I couldn't be mad at him when he was so frightened though... Poor little guy was trembling with fear!

He spent the rest of the storm laying under a blanket between Kelly and myself.

We couldn't do anything about the degus at the time, but they weren't squealing so we had to assume they were OK and comfort Kero. Or rather, I had to, since Kelly slept through most of it, only waking long enough to pull Kero between us, since how he was standing on me made it impossible for me to do so without hurting him or myself (he was standing on my back). I checked on the degus afterwards though, and - though a little upset - they were fine. I guess Luna did a good enough job with them for me or something.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Upcoming book birthday blog party

I remembered what I was going to post about last night.

There's going to be a post on here on February 25th 2014 as part of a blog party to celebrate the birthday of a book by a fellow self-published author.

There's a Banner about it on the sidebar.

Keep an eye out for the post, because there's a coupon code for a free book in it, and details about a giveaway!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Weekend writing progress

I've had a pretty productive weekend.

I got the second draft of one of the stories I had in early draft done, and the first draft of the prologue for a longer one I'm working on done too.

I'm quite excited about this longer story, because it's going to be longer than the longest of the ones I've published so far!

I actually came on here to post about something else, but I forget what it was, so I'm going to leave it at this for today.

I'm tired, so don't judge me too harshly, LOL

Friday, February 07, 2014

Pre-released platypus

I've finished "Filicity The Musical Platypus" and prereleased it. It's already approved for premium status too, since Smashwords gave it approval less than 24 hours after I put it up on their site. So that means it will soon be available to pre-order from sites like Barnes And Noble. The official release date for it is April 15th 2014.

Now to start working on my next book! :)

Monday, February 03, 2014

Degu Days, Book 2: A Very Degu Christmas

"It’s Christmas, and the human caretakers have told the degus that Santa Paws is coming to visit. They have no idea who he is, but since the human caretakers say he’s bringing nibbles for them, and degus love nibbles, they’re excited about it; though the news that he plans to come when they’re sleeping seems strange to them.

Will Santa Paws really be coming? If so, what sorts of nibbles will he bring? More to the point, can the degus stay awake long enough to make sure they don’t miss his visit? And, if not, will they still get nibbles?"

This is the synopsis for the second book in my "Degu Days Duo" series, which is officially published today.

Yeah, I know Christmas was almost two months ago, but I wanted to get both of the books in this series published now. Plus, I have another story in mind for December.

Anyway, you can already buy it from Smashwords and Barnes And Noble, and will soon be able to buy it from other retailers.