Friday, May 26, 2017

Interview with author, Kristen Kooistra

Blog Tour day. Author, Kristen Kooistra is with us.


Kristen fell in love with reading at a young age and never resurfaced. She loved solving mysteries, riding across the prairie, and sailing on the open sea. But her favorite books were those that held the fantastical. So when the time came for her to seriously approach publishing a book, it had to be fantasy!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Disney Song #Book Tag

I'm taking the time to reconnect with some old favorite books and presenting you with The Disney Song Book Tag created by Aria’s Books.  continue reading

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Weekend

Okay, so I don't usually blog about my day to day life.  Although it is something I want to try to do and hey why not?! It's not like my life is so crazy or abnormal that no one would be able to relate to it . . .

So on Saturdays I usually get up around 6am.  This Saturday, hubs watched the Baby all night, thank God.


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I got the baby ready for his morning and then I made it on over to my writers group.  It's called Green Line Writers.  It meets at the Black Dog Cafe.  Black Dog, isn't that a cool name?!  It's a pretty hip place and always has music artists show casing their work.  It's kitty corner from a farmer's market so you get every type of person coming in and out of that joint.


Anyway, we usually write for a few hours based on some writing prompts.  This is totally the highlight of my week  because for two hours I get to act like Marta Kauffman (writer of Friends TV show) and sit down with other fantastic writers and write on-the-spot pieces.  Then we compliment and explore what made or or didn't make a specific piece.  (okay we don't actually do a whole lot of discussing) but more laughing than anything (it sorta turns into a stand-up comedy routine).

Then when I get home I usually relieve the hubs of his parenting duty, so he can go off and play cricket.  Because he's an awesome cricket player and that's what he does.


I usually play with the baby for a few hours and read books and watch Booktubers vlog.  And then eat dinner and go to sleep.


This Sunday,( major highlight of my week once again) I went to see a play.  I won't get into the specifics because I may want to write a review.  But I'll just say it was fabulous and the venue was way cool.  I've been there before but this is the second time I got lost and had to get help.  


There seems to be a difference between the way you plug in an address into a GPS vs. the way you put in the name of the place you want to go instead.  The latter seems to be more spot on and will get you there without delays.  But I'm glad I got lost because I was able to tell a perfectly nice stranger that yes there is a play center in the vicinity and yes you should go there sometime if you live in the area.



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That concludes my weekend.



Readers, let me know about your weekend in the comments below.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Michael J. Fox:Love and Diapers

So I came across this old magazine in my house today and it really had me thinking.  Readers, I had no idea how old this magazine was until I flipped  o the inside and saw it was posted in 1989.  On the front cover was a picture of Michael J. Fox and a headline that said:

New Dad
Michael J. Fox
Love and Diapers



It had me thinking about all the ridiculous News Headlines that are out there, so I posted this clip for amusement.

Readers, do you read magazines and if so which ones?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Celebrating the Little Things Tag

CELEBRATING THE LITTLE THINGS TAGπŸ’

I came across this book tag from Marta over at  The Book Mermaid . I'm sorry to admit I don't know where it originated from but if you do please let me know.

So let's get started...

WHO WAS YOUR VERY FIRST FOLLOWER?

I'm not sure if I can figure out who my first follower was it was such a long time ago but the first person to make a comment this year was from Tam May. πŸ˜€ You see... I send out my words into the world hoping they might help someone (usually that someone is me) but when someone actually listens, I'm delighted and lately I've extended my branches and have started receiving more listeners.  πŸ˜Ž I started doing Author interviews and blog tours which I'm still doing.  (Check out my interviews the last Friday of every month). 
Then I was introduced to #TheAtoZchallenge which helped me find a lot of bloggers and then I started doing random blog hops which is a way cool way to motivate me to read lots of blogs. 
WHAT WAS THE LAST MILESTONE YOU REACHED?
The latest milestone I reached was 816 followers.  πŸ˜€Wow awesome!!!!! Lots of my followers are from twitter as well so check me out sometime @trincarl


WHAT WAS THE VERY FIRST POST YOU POSTED ON YOUR BLOG? SHARE IT WITH US, IF YOU CAN FIND OUT!
I knew when I first started posting my blog I wanted it to include some of my creative writing.  So my first post was a piece called Derrick.  It's about a Dancer who is a bit of a drinker and is pursuing his life's dream of creating a successful dance team.

WHO WAS YOUR MOST RECENT FOLLOWER? TAG THEM AND GIVE THEM A SHOUT!

Crystal @ Crystal-Collier πŸ’ .  Crystal is in The Insecure Writer's Support Group which is a group that's helped me out a lot this year.

WHAT WAS THE LAST POST YOU POSTED AND WHO WAS THE FIRST PERSON WHO TOOK THEIR TIME TO CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON? GIVE THEM A SHOUT OUT!)

My most recent post was a Would You Rather Book Tag, created by RayKayBooks and thank you so much Deb @ Pen in Her Hand for being the first person to respond to the book tag and post it on her blog.

HOW MANY MONTHS HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR?

I started blogging in December of 2010 Wow! I've been blogging for seven years!! πŸ™‚πŸ˜€πŸ˜ƒπŸ’πŸŒΌ

I can't believe it!!!!!!!!




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DO YOU HAVE ANY BLOGGERS YOU’RE FRIENDS WITH? GIVE THEM A SHOUT OUT!

Thankfully, I’ve made a lot of friends since I started blogging.  I don't even know how I would begin giving SHOUT OUTs to all of them.  But just know that I'm thankful your out there.

WHO ORIGINALLY CREATED THE LAST MEME OR TAG YOU PARTICIPATED IN? GIVE THEM A SHOUT OUT!

My last tag was Read This?Watch This book tag-I loved digging up my favorite shows and matching them to book.

HAVE YOU ANY SOCIAL MEDIA RELATED TO YOUR BLOG?

I do. I'm active on Goodreads and also have a Twitter and Facebook account.  Check out my contact page to learn more.

LAST BUT NOW LEAST… JUST GIVE THANKS TO ALL YOUR FOLLOWERS!

Thank you so much.  Having readers actually read my stuff is way cool.  I feel like I'm making an impact on the writing community and bloggers as a whole.  I can't thank you enough for your friendship and support. 
This post has really helped me think about my blog as whole and spread a lot of love. I'm tagging  Tam May  at tammayauthor.com and Lexa Cain .


Readers, feel free to answer these questions  in the comments below or volunteer yourself to do this book tag.  It's a lot of fun.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Amir, Lane, Shadow Maker #thursdaythoughts, #amreading

With me today is Amir Lane. Amir was born in Canada and his parents are from Iraq.  He is a supernatural and urban fantasy writer and the author of the Morrighan House Witches series that debuted in October 2016. The series opens with Shadow Maker, and follows physics major Dieter Lindemann as he's dragged down against his will into Necromancy and blood magic.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Read This? Watch This-Book Tag

THE RULES of Read This? Watch This Book Tag
I.  Create five Book-TV Pairings.
II. Tag your favourite book bloggers/booktuber.
If You’ve Read:  House Rules by Jodi Piccoult 


You Should Watch:  Parenthood
Why:  Both have families with very supportive networks.  In House Rules we have the character, Jacob Hunt who is a teen with Aspergers who is accused of murder and in  the Parenthood drama series, the character of Max Braverman is diagnosed with Aspberger's and his family rile around behind him to support his individuality.


If You’ve Read:  Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
You Should Watch: The Walking Dead
Why?  This is a stretch to be honest because I certainly wouldn't want a young adult reader of Hunger Games to be watching Walking Dead.  But they both have survival elements and fight to the death scenarios. Plus some really cute characters.

If You’ve Read:  Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger
You Should Watch:  The Killing
Why:  I love, love, love William Kent Krueger ever since I read Ordinary Grace.  In Manitou Canyon, a wealthy businessman disappears during a fishing trip in Minnesota's Boundary Waters and a detective also disappears. Krueger weaves Native American culture and beliefs through his story.  Likewise, there are detectives and Native American beliefs intertwined in the second season of The Killing, along with an Indian casino and a mob plot.  Might I add that the character of Sarah Linden and Holder would make a fantastic couple.

If You’ve Read:  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
You Should Watch:  New Girl
Why:  Both are about characters who are embaraking on new chapters in their lives.  Fangirl illustrates characters living in college dorms while New Girl shows the lives of room mates living together.   In New Girl, characters Jess, Nick, Schmidt, Winston, and Cece make you feel like your not alone when not knowing which decision is the right one to make in your twenties.  

If You’ve Read:  Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office by Jen Lancaster
You Should Watch:  Ugly Betty
Why:  If you read anything by Jen Lancaster, you know she is the funniest writer around.  But in Bitter is the New Black you meet a woman who has gone from six figures to unemployment and really has to check herself before she wrecks herself.  The same goes for Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty except her story is a bit opposite.  She is starting her career from the ground up in the fashion industry only her fashion sense needs a bit of work before she works her way up.  

This was a lot of fun and took a tremendous amount of time thinking of all the series I've watched on Netflix, Amazon, etc. I got this idea for a post from Aentee over at Readatmidnight.com

I'm tagging Fanni SΓΌtΕ‘ fromwww.inkmapsandmacarons.com and Stacy and Mischenko, Writers of  twogalsandabook.com  to do this tag.

Readers, feel free to include any shows you think I should watch in the comments below.



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Would You Rather-Book Tag #amreading

WOULD YOU RATHER Book Tag



This sort of book tag will probably shoot me in the foot one day when authors turn me away for reviewing their book so I’m preempting this post by saying I’m pretty open minded on the most part. This booktag was created by


RayKayBooks on Youtube and I first saw it done by Samantha, Hollye, and Anna over at spinesandcovers.com


1. READ ONLY TRILOGIES OR STAND ALONES?

I prefer stand alones. I find I'm satisfied with learning about characters within a short time span. Rarely do I need a trilogy to help me with that.  

2. READ ONLY FEMALE OR MALE AUTHORS?

I don’t like this question so I’m going to skip it.
3. SHOP AT BARNES and NOBLES OR AMAZON?
I’m going to have to go with Amazon. Back in the day when I didn’t have a touch phone I would have loved to peruse the bookshelves of Barnes and Noble.  But I’m such an on-the-go person. I love the flexibility of books I can buy on Amazon.

4. ALL BOOKS BECOME MOVIES OR TV SHOWS?

I’m going with TV shows. I know I just got done saying that I like books that are shorter vs  in a trilogy but when it comes to the big screen the options are endless and always engaging.
5. READ 5 PAGES PER DAY OR 5 BOOKS PER WEEK?
Five books per week, that is If I had the time.  I’m satisfied with just searching for five books a day, sometimes.  I like to read a book’s synopsis and wonder if it would be a perfect fit.

6. BE A PROFESSIONAL REVIEWER OR AUTHOR?

Definitely an author.  This question is like a double edged sword.  In order to be an author you need to read a lot of books and in order to be a great reviewer you may need to write a lot.

7. ONLY READ YOUR TOP 20 FAVORITE BOOKS OVER AND OVER OR ALWAYS READ NEW ONES THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ BEFORE?

I always read new books.  I think it was a motivational speaker that once said you should never watch a movie more than once, there’s so much out there, you should always diversify your interests. So I believe that same mentality applies to books as well.
8. BE A LIBRARIAN OR BOOK SELLER?
I like the IDEA of being a bookseller, a fictional character who sells books like A.J  Fikry or the Bookseller of Kabul.  But to be honest, I think I would rather be a librarian because of all the great books I’d come across while shelving.
9. ONLY READ YOUR FAVORITE GENRE, OR EVERY GENRE EXCEPT YOUR FAVORITE?
Ohh, tricky and mean question.  I think I would rather give up my favorite genre: contemporary.  I don’t want to be deprived of horrors like Stephen King Books or lose out on any fantasies that will later be adapted into movies.

10. ONLY READ PHYSICAL BOOKS OR EBOOKS?



If I had to choose I’d pick physical books. There's no phone charger or eye straining involved with a physical book.

I'm tagging Tamara at GetYourGiggleOn and Deb over at PeninherHand to do this book tag.

Truth or Lie?
1. I have danced in stadium in front of 30,000 people.
2. I have interviewed with Cassandra Clare.
3. I was once had Pica. 



Readers, can you answer any of these above questions? Is there a book that's just been in the back of your mind lately?

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Great Dialogue from David Wallace Foster

I came across a site when looking for writers who really know their dialogue.  David Wallace Foster came to my attention.

This is an excerpt from David Wallace Foster


"The trajectory of nearly all technology follows this downward and widened path:by the time a regular person is able to create his own TV network, it doesn’t matter anymore that I have or own a network…..nothing really changes: the the individual’s ability to project his message or  throw his weight around remains miniscule.
..."In the case of the web, each of us has slightly more access to the mass audience-a few more people slide through the door" How Literature Saved my Life, By David Sheields



Here is a list of Essays that Foster has written, retrieved from this site .

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Creative tuesdays #tuesdaythoughts #tuesdaymotivation

Happy Tuesday.  I'm joining Creative Tuesday blog hop.  

I thought I would share with you some fun cars and creative cars and funny transit advertisements.

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