Today, the lie is revealed!


Today, Jamie Ayres‘ new book, 18 Truths, was released.  If you haven’t already grabbed a copy, do so today, right now.  Just click HERE.  It’s also available in paperback.  If you buy the book today, you will help drive the book to the #1 spot on Amazon!!  The book is awesome and deserves to be on the best-seller list.  Make sure you grab a copy of the first novel in the series, 18 Things.

In honor of her new novel coming out, Jamie conducted her own Can You Handle the Truth book release blog fest.  For the last week, participants posted 2 truths and one lie and others played along to guess the lie.  

My two truths and one lie I posted were the following:

1.  A horse ate my dress once while standing in line to go on a tour of a castle.

2.  When I was ten, I tumbled over the handlebars of my bike while going downhill, and broke my arm.

3.  I played a pirate in a college stage production of The Pirates of Penzance.

I am so happy to announce today that #2 is the lie.  I did race down a hill and tumbled over my handlebars, but all I got was major road rash.  No broken arms.  In fact, I’ve never broken a limb in my life, though I did have a small hairline fracture in my little toe after cramming it into a door frame.

As for #1, I was 7 years old and we had just dismounted from the horse-drawn cart that carried us up the mountain to Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.  My mom wanted a picture of me in front of the horses.  I guess one of them liked the color green as he proceeded to munch down on my dress.  Thank goodness, my mom brought a change of clothes as the horse pretty much ate the seat out of my dress.

As for #3, it was a dare to try-out.  I never thought I’d make it.  I’d been in plays before when I was younger, but this was a musical and everyone who knows me knows I can’t carry a note for diddle squat.  Came to find out, I just needed to hang from the rafters of the ship and pretend to sing.  I did, and all turned out well, especially since I lip-synched most of the songs.  🙂

And there you have it.  Make sure you check out the other participants to find out what their lies were.  Just click here!

 

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Traveling Tuesday – where do you go to find inspiration for your writing?


How far do you travel to find inspiration for your writing?

If I had copious amounts of money, I would travel to Europe and visit as many castles and ruins as humanly possible, especially in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and England.  As a child, I was lucky enough to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.  The experience has remained with me my entire life, not only because of the opulence and sheer beauty of the palace, but more importantly  because of the romantic tragedy surrounding it’s owner, King Ludwig II.  I would someday like to return to the castle and experience it through the eyes of an adult with the knowledge I’ve gained over the years about this “crazy” romantic “fairy-tale” king and his very suspicious death/suicide.

Until I gather the funds necessary for travel, I have to look closer to home for inspiration for my medieval-esque tales, and where better to look than at my local Renaissance Festival.

Every Spring, I try to attend “Ren Fest”, an enchanted realm of wizards and warriors amongst gourmet treats and unforgettable entertainment. Guests are encouraged to dress up in period clothes and wander around the ‘medieval’ town where jugglers, magicians, fire eaters and specialty acts perform.  One can experience live armored contact jousting, Human Chess Matches, strolling minstrels, maidens faire, peasants, fools, and Royalty.   The great thing is that Ren Fest is not limited to Florida.  There are Ren Fests all over the United States.   If you haven’t attended a Ren Fest, I urge you to go.  They are a lot of fun, you meet a lot of interesting people and you’ll come away feeling as if you’ve experienced something quite unique and entertaining.

Where have you traveled to get inspiration for your writing?

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Another lovely blog award!


Lookie, Lookie!  I got an award today from the lovely and talented Jennifer Eaton!!   Thanks so much, writer buddy, friend, confidant and butt-kicker!  (she never stops hounding me to finish my novels.  Don’t let her sweet demeanor fool you.  She’s a tough beta!)

Anyway, I have to tell you guys seven things about me and then pass the award on to seven other unsuspecting bloggers so, here goes.

1.  I suffer horribly from ingrown toenails (yuck)

2.  I have a few more pounds on me than I did in high school (quite a few more, actually)

3.  My top 3 romantic comedy films are:  While You Were Sleeping, Kate and Leopold, and Simply Irresistable.

4.  I was a majorette in high school.

5.  I’m listed in the 1978 edition of Who’s Who Among American High School Students.

6.  I’ve been to, and fell in love with, Neuschwanstein Castle.

7.  I love live theater, operas and classical music performances.

Now, who to pass the torch to.

Jennifer Randolph

Amy Newman

Julie Catherine

Lori Freeland

Liza Kane

Pillows-a-la-Mode

Joanne Wadsworth

Congrats, ladies!  Happy Saturday!!