Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 2014 reading challenge - Summer Vacation

One of the groups I'm on on Goodreads had a reading challenge this month where you spell out the name of somewhere you'd like to be this Summer using book titles. You use the first letter of the title, and can either use "a" or "the" as part of the name, or not, depending on your personal preference and the letters you need. For example, "The Pineapple Loving Dragon" could either count for the letter "p" or the letter "t"... Get it?

Anyway, I went with the word - well, words, technically - "the seaside" for where I'd like to spend at least some of my time this Summer. So, here are the books I read for the challenge:

T - Tanequil (High Druid Of Shannara, #2) by Terry Brooks ~ read on July 8th 2014.
H - The Homework That Time Forgot by J. Smith ~ read on July 16th 2014.
E - Enter: Ten Tales For Tweens by M.J.A. Ware and others ~ read on July 12th 2014.

S - Straken (High Druid Of Shannara, #3) by Terry Brooks ~ read on July 9th 2014.
E - Escape To Mars by GregKrehbiel ~ read on July 15th 2014.
A - Antrax (Voyage Of The Jerle Shannara, #2) by Terry Brooks ~ read on July 4th 2014.
S - Scarlet's Escape (The Sanctum Series, #2) by Katrina Cope ~ read on July 13th 2014.
I - Ilse Witch (Voyage Of The Jerle Shannara, #1) by Terry Brooks ~ read on July 2nd 2014.
D - Drippy The Peg-Legged Rainbow by John H. Carrol ~ read on July 16th 2014.
E - Esmerelda The Witch by Pacze Moj ~ read on July 17th 2014.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Can you solve these riddles without reading the answers?

Riddle 1: What looks like a star, falls off a tail and burns in the air?

Riddle 2: What swirls, loops, and circles on your fingertips, yet never moves?

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Answer 1: Dust and gravel from comet tails.

Answer 2: Fingerprints.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Space weekend

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, this weekend is space weekend on one of the TV channels we get.

So, I've spent most of today watching shows about NASA's various trips in to space: from the first shuttle launch, to the building of the space station.

I also watched something about the different weathers on other planets: the acid rains of Venus, the storms of Saturn, etc. This show compared the weather to the weather we have here on Earth, and discussed what would possibly happen to our planet if we had similar weather.

Plus, I watched a documentary about the possibility that life used to exist on Mars, and some of it possibly made it to Earth on an asteroid.

All very interesting.

There are more shows on tomorrow. If it's anything like dinosaur weekend was they'll be the same ones, but if they are then I'll just watch them again, LOL!

Edited on Sunday July 20th 2014 at 2:12pm to add:
Nope! They're different shows! Today it's about how the universe works: from the big bang theory and how the universe evolved after it, to what will possibly happen to the universe in the future.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Random things on my mind - July 15th 2014 (FD)

I have no idea where this year has gone. Did someone put the world on fast forward again? I wish people would stop doing that, LOL!

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It's a beautiful day today. Probably one of the warmer ones we've had this year, which is bad when you consider the fact it's only somewhere around 20 degrees C (about 72 degrees F).

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I've been dying for some kiwi fruit, but for some reason we've had trouble getting any. No idea why. We managed to get a couple of these tubs of prepared fruit with a few grapes, a couple of chunks of kiwi, and several chunks of pineapple in them. Those were nice, but not what I wanted. Finally found some kiwis today though, and it wasn't long after they were in the house before I was eating one.

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The camera has some photos on it, but we haven't had a chance to sort them out. I admit this is partially because my computer is the one with the card reader so it has to be done through mine, and I've been engrossed in reading and writing. On the bright side, I'm more than half way through my 2014 reading challenge, ahead of schedule on the books I promised to read and review, and ahead of my own writing schedule when it comes to the writing and editing of my own stories.

Speaking of my stories... Don't forget that all my books are 50% off until the end of July 2014 on Smashwords. Just go to my Smashwords author page, pick your books, and put coupon code SSW50 in the boxes beside each book at checkout.

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Kero's still all itchy. I think we're going to have to have tests done on him to see if more can be done to help him. Poor little guy! I don't think it helps that he's in need of grooming, but I haven't had him booked for a grooming session so far this year. We've been bathing him, but he's not had a haircut. I don't know how well she could manage with him covered in sores and being all grumpy, so I haven't had his groomer come cut his fur. Anyway, Kero hates the vet, but I think we're going to have to take him back pretty soon. He's not been his usual self in general to be honest. I'm hoping it's just where the itchyness is making him uncomfortable, but since he hasn't been quite right since when he got that doggy virus last October, and he is 10 years old after all... Well, you know what I mean, I'm sure.

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OK, that's enough of the random things on my mind for now.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale 2014

I've enrolled my books in the 2014 Smashwords Summer/Winter sale.

Until the end of July, my books are on sale at 50% off!

Go to my Smashwords author page and grab a bargain while you can!

Just add any of my books to your cart, and enter coupon code SSW50 at checkout to get the book at half the regular price. The code works for all my books, and can be used for as many of them as you want.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Jinx And The Faerie Dragons - Officially released today!

"Jinx’s little sister, Ayla, has warned him time and time again that one day his mischief making will get him in to serious trouble. But Jinx isn’t interested in his sister’s warnings; not even when the trouble she warns him about is a cave full of goblins.

Like most pixies, Jinx loves to play tricks and explore. But, unlike most pixies, Jinx takes his tricks too far on a regular basis, causing chaos and taking risks that no other pixie would even consider, much to the amusement of his faerie dragon friends, Caia and Draco, and the annoyance of just about everyone else; especially Ayla. Now Jinx and his faerie dragon friends are off on a treasure hunt, and not even the threat of being captured and eaten by goblins is enough to stop them answering the call of adventure."
That's the synopsis for my latest book. It's called 'Jinx And The Faerie Dragons' and is officially released today. You can already buy it from Smashwords in all formats they offer, as well as from a few other ebook retailers (such as Barnes And Noble), and will be able to buy it from others that carry my books soon.

I'm proud of this book for two reasons. For one thing, this is the 30th book I've published; 25th children's story, but 30th book total. For another thing, this is the longest story I've published.