Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Buzz for Crushed

My friend Kasi Blake has a new title out TODAY! I want you to give her a little attention for me (buying her book is good). Here are some reasons why you should read Crushed.

I asked Kasi about two key elements I always want to know about an author and a book I’m considering.

(1) Please summarize your writing style for us in twenty words or less:
My books are full of twists, action, and exciting characters you’ll want to know better.

(2) Describe your protagonist in Crushed:
Kristen is done being the good girl, the one everyone takes advantage of because they know she’s too responsible to say no. Her mom walked out on them years ago so Kristen feels like she has to take care of her dad and sisters. But now, she’s going to be bad, and it starts with enchanting the gorgeous boy known as tall, dark, and scary.

About Crushed:
The Noah girls have beauty, powers, and brains. They use all three to play their games. They blow the dust, the boys are crushed, and no one is ever the same.

Each year the Noah girls play a secret game— Crushed. The rules are simple.

1. Use wisdom to pick your target. The boy can't be too weak or too strong-willed.
2. Blow the enchanted dust into your target's face to enchant (Crush) him.
3. Give verbal commands and assign them tasks to perform throughout the year. The more tasks completed, the stronger the witch's power grows.
4. At the end of the year, the witch with the most power wins cold, hard cash.

As if being a witch in high school isn't complicated enough, Kristen picks the wrong boy to Crush. Zach is tall, handsome, and a little scary. Her Crush spell isn't working on him like it has with the others. In fact, he is behaving the opposite of every other boy she's Crushed, hating her instead of adoring her. Something is definitely wrong. After someone attempts to kill her, Kristen realizes there is more at risk than a few hundred dollars. She may be betting with her life.


Snapshots - Dizzying.

Still on safari in the Carolinas.

Not the greatest shot...but I like crows

Monday, August 3, 2015

Snapshots - Simple Nature

I'm on safari in the Carolinas...woop woop. Just something to hold you over :)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Safari - Brooker Creek Preserve

Greetings from the Hermit Writer. I told Jason (Didn't I, Jason?) that it would be really wet out there, but we'd been talking about going to the park together for a long time...so off we went (Jul 19).

This is Angela, Jason's sweetie. Everyone say, 'Hi, Angela!'

We had our Canons locked and loaded.

We found lots of these guys out at Brooker Creek.

Here's Jason and Angela having a serious photography debate. 'Just point and shoot, guys.'

This is a really nice park. I strongly recommend the visit.

But maybe not in July. See the steam billowing between the trees.

We were good with the standard bored walk.

Brooker creek was more than a creek with all the rain we've been having.

I mentioned the steam.

...that it would be wet.

Everyone say hi to Julie, who joined us on the hike...uh...wallow.

Yep. The trail was wet, and steamy.

Until the trail was just water. We didn't get far.

But we did see one critter.

I've mentioned I love oaks (well, all trees), right?

Cool how oaks lean all over the place.

Don't ask me what kind of fungus this is.

Adrian! I told you not to ask.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Snapshots - Color and Whimsy P3

Greetings from the Hermit Writer. I'm off for a vacation for the next few days...in North Carolina hiking...so please don't be offended if you don't see me visiting your blog.

...And, part the-last of my macro escape.

One last strange (but colorful) shot in housewares...

I could wear these shoes.

 I love bottles.

...and color.

...especially color with cute marketing.

I chatted up this gentleman...and we parted company with gratuitous clicks. See ya around, Andres. 

Hmmm...mysterious marketing made better. (Don't you agree?)

Dina caught up with me...dragged me home...but I got one last shot in the car.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Snapshots - Color and Whimsy P2

Greetings from the Hermit Writer. More macro lens playing around during my escape.

Don't get a crick in your neck. It says, 'the Pub.'

It didn't say anything. I just liked the art.

Er...I'm dizzy now

I'm hoping this was a restaurant...but no sure.

Another shot from around the corner.

A cute accent in the housewares dept. When I escape, you never know what I'll click.

I've mentioned I'm like a dry drunk around color.

Color. Color...ahhhhhhh.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Snapshots - At Sam's

Greetings...at Sam's for snacks for my safari to North Carolina. Saw these. Wouldn't you love to have one of these to ride around in the park? ...(Huffy...make out your check to R. Mac Wheeler)

Snapshots - Color and Whimsy P1

Greetings from the Hermit Writer. Another escape for color and whimsy. See if you can guess where I got off to.

Bright airy place. It was crowded. Must have been the three days of solid rain.

I can see myself in this hat

Definitely in these shoes.

Ohhh...so cute. It's a lamp. 'Eh?' you say.

I'm drawn to color like a scamp to a free drink.

Cheshire Cat at the kiddie play area.

You might scratch your head on this one...other than the fact it's an attractive leg. I loved her pink toes. But didn't get a good shot. I was 18" from her for goodness sakes and trying to be subtle. 

I just want to know why this lady got to park in the mall. So much for living in a classless society. I'm just saying.