Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lights Camera Blog Action!!!

I was featured over at Page Turners.  Thanks Becky!!!  Go check it out.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Guest Post by Robin Wells Author of Still the One

I always wanted to write a novel -- that’s been my dream ever since I was a little girl. In fact, was such a closely held dream that I almost didn’t do it, because I was afraid to put it to the test. I mean, it takes a lot of work to write a book; what if I did it, and it wasn’t any good? So I put it off. I worked in advertising and public relations, and built a pretty successful career.

I finally decided to get serious about writing a novel after I had my first child. It made me think big thoughts: what did I want for my daughter? Well, I wanted her to follow her dreams, and it made me painfully aware that I hadn't followed my own. Watching that little baby grow and change was like watching time fly, and it made me realize how easily my "someday" could turn into "never."

So I dove into writing headfirst-- I took a course, I bought lots of how-to books, I joined a local chapter of Romance Writers of America, I joined a critique group of other aspiring writers, but most importantly, I wrote. I sat down every day and put words on the computer.

I was intimidated by the length of the books I liked to read, so I decided to start writing category romances-- they’re about 200 pages instead of 400. It took me a year to write the first one. I sent it out, then started on another one right away. By the time I learned that my first book had been rejected by every possible publisher of the genre, I was already halfway through another one, so I told myself, “well, I need to keep going. Hopefully this one will sell.” And sure enough, it did!

That night, my family and I celebrated with a Chinese dinner. My fortune cookie read, “Romance moves you in a new direction.” It gave me shivers!

My advice to beginning writers is to just do it. Learn all you can, write and revise, and be persistent. Try to always have something in the mail so that you’ll always have the possibility of getting good news.


--Robin Wells

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Traveling Story...Wanna Join In??

We are looking for writers to help us with our Traveling Story.  A traveling story is one where each part is written by a different writer.  A new story (it is chick lit but we have other genre stories going on too!) will start tomorrow. Romance in the Backseat is going to do part 1 and then pass it to me for part 2.   Each part will be 500-1000 words long and leave the readers with a choice to make: Scenario A, B, or C. Voting lasts 2 days and then the next writer takes over with the winning scenario. When you post your part, you post a link to the part before yours and to the next writer after you. Love writing? Wanna join in? All you need is an active blog and to email romanceinthebackseat@gmail.com Leave comments with any questions you may have. Need an example? Go check out  Cheeky Reads!   Thanks!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday Book Blogger Hop


It's Friday! Time for another Book Blogger HOP!!


This is for ALL BOOK BLOGGERS (NEW AND OLD) and READERS! Let's make some new friends and have fun! It's FRIDAY!!!

ABOUT THE HOP:
In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all book bloggers and readers a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! So, I created this weekly BOOK PARTY where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start PARTYING!!

The Hop lasts a full week so if you don't have time to Hop today, come back later and join the fun! This is a weekly event!

This weekly Blog Hop is hosted by Jennifer @ Crazy for Books.


Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog!!  Check back later today I have about 4 book reviews to post and maybe a giveaway or surprise.  Have a great Friday!!  If you follow (Thanks!  Love new followers!!) me please leave a comment with your blog address so I can go and follow you back.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Book Review I Love You- Now Hush by Melinda Rainey Thompson & Morgan Murphy


Title: I Love You- Now Hush
Authors: Melinda Rainey Thompson
              and Morgan Murphy
Publisher: John F. Blair
ISBN: 978-0-89587-378-1
Published in 2010

Summary:  "The grass is ablaze, the lawnmower blade dangles from a tree, and your frustrated husband is hiding in the garage. You (a) tell him you’re going shopping, (b) ask him if everything’s okay, or (c) sneak back into the house and pretend you didn’t see him reading the instructions.

Your wife says she’s “fine” after an argument. You (a) assume she’s fine, (b) go back to watching the game, or (c) duck and cover.

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, then this book is for you. Two of the South’s funniest voices have come together to write this hilarious, heartfelt collection of essays about the nature of men and women. From keeping house to romance, from yard work to money, their fresh take on these common arguments will make you laugh out loud and maybe even instill a bit of insight when it comes to the opposite sex. Also covered are quite a few not-so-common squabbles, such as proper singing etiquette and hoarding mayonnaise jars. "

Have you and a member of the opposite sex ever looked at the same thing and saw two completely different things? When putting something together (oh let’s just say the TV stand) do you read the directions, plan how to build said TV stand, lay out all the pieces/tools/screw/nails and only then begin building? Does your husband think instructions are only for people who don't know what they are doing? (Not that I know this from personal experience or anything. I have just heard things. And who’s TV stand is still standing? And who’s collapsed?) This is only one example of the vast differences between men and women.

I Love You- Now Hush is a hilarious look at all of those differences and how the differences affect our relationships. The book is split into topics. Melinda will discuss the topic from a woman's (read correct) point of view and then Morgan will respond with a man's (read crazy) point of view. Even the titles of each essay showcase the differences between the sexes. For example: Melinda's "Save that for Me" and Morgan's "A penny saved is just a penny."  I love it!!! 

If you are looking for a very funny book to read then this is your book.  I was laughing out loud in so many parts, my husband kept asking "What's so funny?" Duh!  The book I'm reading. Men!  LOL I also really liked that as the Battle of the Sexes rages on it is all in good fun and is never serious or mean.  It is not a man bashing (or for that matter woman bashing) book.  It is just a funny look at the differences that have and probably always will split the sexes!


This book would make a great wedding gift since it is a humorous look at life as a married couple. Or even an anniversary present ot the couple who has been married forever.  Rating: Photobucket


** Disclaimer: I received the opportunity to review this book because of my membership with Business 2 Blogger ***

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Book Review Easy as Pi by Jamie Buchan

What is the subject that is almost every student's least favorite?  MATH.  I think that most people dislike it because they don't realize how much of our life is made of numbers.  We use numbers everyday without even realizing it.  I personally find math pretty easy and was really interested to read this book.  Now this book is not really indepth about math so don't get scared.  Before you turn and run just listen.  This book is about all the ways we use numbers in our daily lives.  Have you ever said seventh heaven or cloud nine?  Have you ever wondered why we say the phrases we say?  Well this book answers those questions and more.

I found this book is very interesting!  It is broken down into 5 parts: Numbers in Language, Number in Fiction, Numbers in Culture, Numbers in Mythology and Religon, and Numbers in Math and Science. 

Some interesting facts I learned was that in the novel Catch-22, the author made up the phrase Catch-22.  He tried it with a few other numbers first but they were discarded for various reasons and finally settled on 22.  I had thought it was a common phrase.

Have you seen The Number 23 with Jim Carey?  Did you know that there is actual people who believe those superstitions about the number 23?  I had thought that it was just made up for the movie.

You should read this book because it is very interesting and you will learn a lot about things you think you already know about.  Rating:Photobucket

Guest Post by Jamie Buchan author of Easy as Pi

Brushing Up on Math is Easy as Pi


By Jamie Buchan,
Author of Easy as Pi: The Countless Ways We Use Numbers Every Day

"World War II? I don't know much about it. You've lost me. I'm sorry, I was always terrible at history. I just don't have the brain for it!"

Few people would willingly admit to this level of ignorance about key events that shaped the world. But when it comes to math -- which shapes not only the world but the entire universe -- many otherwise highly intelligent and educated people will happily proclaim ignorance. In many cases, there's the implication that math is boring and difficult -- the exclusive domain of the severely geeky.

This may seem merely frustrating for mathematicians and scientists in social settings, but it has serious and wide-ranging consequences. On an everyday level, a lack of confidence about math makes it hard to split a bill, work on a spreadsheet, or help a child with homework (and this can easily become a vicious circle, since anxiety about math can be passed on to the next generation).

If you feel like you're math averse, be not afraid: the book Easy as Pi can help. Math itself is based on a limited number of very logical rules and, whether we like it or not, it surrounds us in everything we do. As Pythagoras (the guy behind the famous Theorem) remarked: "Number is the ruler of forms and ideas, and the cause of gods and demons." The head of a sunflower has evolved with mathematical precision into a double-spiral pattern that packs the most seeds into the smallest available space. The computer on which you're reading this, and every electronic device -- from cheap digital watches counting seconds and minutes to NASA's Columbia supercomputer, which simulates the collisions of entire galaxies -- is powered by a vastly complex system of ones and zeros, which only works at all because they can be interpreted mathematically.

Just like our explorations of science, humanity's understanding of math has advanced amazingly since we were counting how many mammoth hides it takes to wallpaper a cave. The concept of zero -- a number representing nothing -- is taken for granted today (apart from anything else, how could all that electronics work otherwise?). However, for centuries it was a thorny philosophical and mathematical question. Roman numerals stopped being used in Europe when medieval Italians learned the zero from the Arabs, who in turn had picked it up from India. The ancient Greeks gave us much of our understanding of geometry, and the Romans put it into practice with structural engineering. We've come a long way. The Pirahã tribe, a few hundred people living in a remote area of Brazil, reminds us just how far -- with almost no contact with outside cultures, their math is limited to counting "one, two, many."

Numbers have also slipped into our language and culture in various ways -- the third degree, the fourth estate, and fifth columnists spring to mind. And have you ever been asked to "deep six" something? Intelligence agencies use "numbers stations" -- radio stations broadcasting strings of numbers -- to communicate in code with spies in other countries. And they've gained a cult following of fascinated civilian listeners. The controversial conviction of the Cuban Five came after FBI agents found a decryption program for a Cuban numbers station on their computers.

The influence of numbers in our everyday life also seeps into our superstitions. The number 666 -- still feared by many people as the "number of the beast" -- is believed to be based on gematria, a form of numerically encoding Hebrew words, which is also at the root of claims about a "Bible code." Math anxiety and ignorance allows people who practice numerology and astrology to make a lot of money by claiming to imbue numbers with a spiritual and cosmic significance. Not only is this completely unproven, it masks the far greater beauty of a mathematically ordered universe.

To sum it all up, math and numbers are everywhere, and they are embedded in our lives in every respect. Anxiety about them is really worth trying to overcome. The benefits they bring us are countless.



© 2010 Jamie Buchan, author of Easy as Pi: The Countless Ways We Use Numbers Every Day