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Yes, I am strange.

Hello Everyone!

So. It’s been a while since I just blogged. Which is okay, cause I’ve been having fun letting some truly awesome people take over ;o)

So. I got this award. You can see it, it’s over there on the left. I love it. I’m told by the one who passed it along… Matt from Pensive Sarcasm. that he doesn’t find me that strange, but digs my blog and then something about me being friendly…. pss. don’t pass that around, it’s bad for my rep. LOL

Matt is the coolest. I’ve said many a thing about him on this blog. All good, of course. But, yeah he’s strange.

I’m gonna call him out. He left me a comment on the last blog post and didn’t read the post….I thought that was hilarious by the way…

I love his blog, he’s always there with some snark and cool pics. He’s the very first Featured Blog I ever did on here. Ah, memories… Anyhoo. He’s awesome. Go follow his blog if you’re not, trust. He’s highly entertaining.

I’m going to do something I haven’t done in a while. I’m going to actually pick some people for this award. I know. Crazy thought.

First. Rules. Inevitably I’ll break them, but in case rules are your thang, here they are ;o)

1. Add the logo of the award to your blog post.

2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you (the strange ones will come after you if you don’t…well, not really, but it sounds good).

3. Nominate seven other blogs telling us why you think the recipient is strange enough to deserve the award.

4. Leave a message for those nominated on their blogs.

5. And, if you email catephoenix(at)gmail(dot)com and tell her you’ve received the award for your strangeness, she’ll enter you in the biggest kick-ass Strange Men competition ever. Details over at (click on the award link on the home page)

There ya go. So. this is hard. Strange is relative. We’re all a little strange, we live in our books most days. Have two lives, one real the other, well… real too, but with fake characters… so really everyone is eligible. I hate leaving people out. But. I said I was going to link some peeps up there, so here goes. If you love this as much as I, please just take it and pass it along. I’m an equal opportunity blog giver ;o)

Here’s some peeps, I don’t think I’ve given any to before… oh and I absolutely adore them & thier blogs. And they’re all strange, in different ways. Welcome to the strange club! Love ya ;o)

Carol’s Prints – Carol’s so sweet and thoughtful. Her blog is full of fun, gotta love it!
Grab a Pen – Tahereh’s awesome. No other way to put it. Cool blog, cool posts!
Just Jemi – Jemi’s super nice and she always has something interesting to say. Love her blog!
Editing Hat – Adam is witty and fun! His blog is as good as his book ;o) Love both!
A Broken Laptop – Mercedes is an awesome twitter buddy and supporter. Love her, love her blog! She has a pic with a knife you have to see. Seriously, go look.
We Do Write – Dorothy is also a fantastic twitterer, she’s always there to say hello. Love the blog. She interviews all types of writers ;o)
Read~Write~Revamp – Shauna is fantastic. Her blog is all about the paranormal, mostly the vamps. Obviously. LOL She’s super cool, just like her blog!

Go henceforth and follow!

Whew! Can I tell you. I had all those links done and friggen blogger ate them. Every one, well except for Carol’s. It must like her… I know I do ;o) I’m not complaining. Okay maybe I am. Ha! Blogger. I worked hard on those links. Luckily, I had enough energy to do it again.

Have a great week, guys! I’m almost to 200 followers, so keep an eye out for the contest. I’ll be giving away books and goodies. And. I’m going to announce the contest with a Vlog! Yay you get to see my ugly mug again. Ha.

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Packing My Bags Once Again ;o)

I’m heading out again!

This time my hubs and I are both visiting my wonderful Crit Partner Jamie’s blog The Variety Pages! Wanna know a little more about my hubs and I? There’s even a pic of us! If so, head on over to Jamie’s fantabulous blog! While you’re there, check out her serial novel Indelibly Inked! Good stuff folks ;o)

I know I’ve been a bit of an absent blogger lately. I’m truly sorry. It’s been a little wackadoodle around these parts. I’m working on getting back to blogging regularly.

I did receive an awesome award while on hiatus. The super-sweet Ashelynn over at World of My Own bestowed upon me the Life is Good Award! It is isn’t it? *grin* Thanks so much, Ashelynn. Check out her blog for a glimpse into her wonderful little world! Welp. In order to accept this blog award, I must answer some questions she asked… so here it goes!

1. What’s your favorite genre to read? Why? Definitely YA Paranormal, really anything YA. I like Mysteries too, like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.

2. If you couldn’t write in the genre you do, what genre would you write in? I’d love to write a coherent Mystery Novel. (my attempt was futile)

3. Pepsi or Cola? Caffeine Free Coke

4. How do you like to spend your Sundays? Lounging around with hubs and doggies, reading.

5. Penguin or Giraffe? Penguin

6. What type of vehicle do you drive? ’05 Ford Escape

7. Would you lick a battery if your life depended on it? Sure.

8. When do you like to write – in the morning, in the afternoon, evening? Definitely late at night, my best thoughts crawl outta my crazy brain after midnight.

9. Which do you like more – Facebook or Twitter? Twitter! I’ve met so many great people through it. Love facebook too, but for connecting with people I already know ;o)

10. If you get hurt (like a scrape on the knee or break your arm), do you ask for a band aid? Yes, I don’t want it gushing onto my clothes. Ew.

This is a bit overdue but I was one of the winners in Shannon’s 500 followers contest! Woo hoo! Thank you Shannon! If you haven’t already (and I doubt that) check out her super entertaining blog Shannon Whitney Messenger, Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe.

Life is good with all of you in it, so feel free to take the “Life is Good” award ;o) Have a great rest of the week!

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Friday Featured Blog – TH.Mafi, Call Me Tahereh

Hi Everyone!

Sorry about my absence. For those wondering, the surgery went well and I’m recovered for the most part ;o) I haven’t done much but watch movies and lay around. I did go back to work on Tuesday, so that was nice… Oh I saw Up in the Air – good movie, somewhat unpredictable at times.

Well we have a fab-u-lous featured blog today. I haven’t been following it that long, but I enjoy it immensely and am already hooked. If you haven’t been over to TH.Mafi Call Me Tahereh, you are missing something and you can’t be one of her besties, and believe me, you wanna be! Her blog is one of the most stylish ones I’ve ever seen, trust me, stop on over and check it out… so cool. I was sucked in, like a dove to a vortex. Except we all no I’m no dove…. Ahem. I digress.

She recently had a post that was inspiring, sincere and something I think we all need to hear sometimes. You can find it Here. Wanna know a little about her? Check Here and Here.

What can I say, she’s spunky, sweet and encouraging. A blog not to be missed ;o) Oh, wondering about the photo? That’s Dave Grohl *sigh* at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. . My li’l sis and I went to the Foo Fighter’s concert a couple years ago and I took that with my phone. And well, it seemed appropriate cause Tahereh is quite the rock star ;o)

Tahereh’s Profile Info:

I’m 22. I’m a girl. I write YA novels and I’m repped by the ever-fabulous Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency.

You can find her on Twitter as @thmafi

The super sweet Amy over at That Amy Sia has bestowed onto me the sweet blog award. Okay… all at once. “awwwww.” Thank you so much Amy! Her blog is full of awesome. Hop on over and check it out ;o)

I can’t pick who’s sweet, cause you all are, you know that. I want ALL of you to have this. Now, I know, since I didn’t link your blog and such, you won’t take it, but please feel free to.

Welp, that is all for today. Sorry I. After being off for a few days it’s hard to get back into it, but I’m starting ;o) I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Do something fun!


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Friday Featured Blog – Editing Hat

Hi Everyone!
It’s Friday, Yay! I hope life is treating you well. It was 80 degrees here today *gasp* in fact I had to get the old chainsaw out and trim my winter toenails… LOL (nice image huh?) no, not really, but I did paint them a pretty color so I can wear my sandals ;o)

The eye is doing okay, it got better and I was starting to see better, then I had a relapse and I have no clue why, so we’ll see what happens – again excuse any typos ;o)

On to our wonderful featured blog. This is one nice dude. Trust. Author, Adam Slade from Editing Hat! He has a great blog and a lot of cool stuff is going on over there, he’s going to be a guest poster at (his wonderful editor Cyn’s blog) soon and he’s also scheduled to guest post on Dolly’s wonderful blog Writer Revealed! in the near future. You may remember Dolly as Lost Wanderer ;o)

He has an additional super cool blog called Gumshoes Casefiles where posts are contributed by fictional Private Eye, Frank Peterson, you can find the mysterious wonderment Here.

Adam is great. His comments are thoughtful and funny. He always seems to be in a good mood, which is awesome ;o) Back in January he had a post about why he writes. It’s simple, to the point and if I may say so myself, sweet as can be! You can find it Here.

His first novella, A REAPER’S TALE The Undecided, is coming out May 17th by publisher Lyrical Press Inc. Here’s a little excerpt courtesy of the Lyrical Press website:

Even Grim Reapers have bad days on the job.

Mal has managed to stay out of the afterlife for 31 years, despite having been dead for the last three. He’s a Grim Reaper, and while he may not be the most enthusiastic, he enjoys his “life” too much to give it up to death. But he’s got a problem. A troubled young woman’s soul becomes bonded to his, and a vicious demon is hired to retrieve it.

If Mal can’t get her soul free in a hurry, he’s doomed to share her destination, whether it be heaven or hell.


Doesn’t that sound like a kick a** story? And how mysterious is that book cover!

He has an great website too. You can find it Here

or Visit his fan page on Facebook, you can find it Here

The wonderful author, blogger and twitterer Medeia Sharif has given me the Picasso award! Thank you so much! Check out her super blog where she discusses books or whatever fancies her at the time!

I’m going to hand this off to Adam (remember him?) – he’s got a great blog and he’s super nice. So Adam this award is for you – enjoy buddy!

Okay I think I have to tell 7 things about myself for this award… I’ll keep ’em short since these posts are typically long!

1. I love to watch Days of Our Lives – I’m addicted really!
2. I’ve been working out with my Wii and EA Sports – and love it!
3. I’ve locked my keys in my car countless times and twice while it was running. I’ve gotten much better, most happened in my teens. I blame my sister for one of the times while it was running, she distracted me… LOL
4. I love animals, but they drive me nuts at night!
5. I’m not good at math.
6. I named my first cat Annie after the movie.
7. My first job at 16 was at a movie theatre. I had to work holidays, but it was so much fun and free popcorn and movies!

That’s all I got peeps. I hope you have a great weekend filled with lots of fun activities!! See ya next week ;o)

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Friday Featured Blog – The Babbling Flow of a Fledgling Scribbler

Hi Everyone ;o) Happy Friday! Now see, that has a much better ring to it than Have a good Monday, which I’ve always thought was an oxymoron.

I hope you all had a great week! Mine was good, busy at the day job, but that’s a good thing ;o) Please forgive any mistakes in this post as I am in my glasses because my right eye is watering like crazy. I think it has a scratch in it.

We have a wonderful blog feature today. Straight from Saradise! Sara over at The Babbling Flow of a Fledgling Scribbler is one of the nicest bloggers I’ve “met.” She’s always there with a sweet comment and her blog posts reflect her coolness as well.

I’m so impressed by her book trailer for her story Shattered. Really, she should do them for a living. Just click on that little linky there and check it out!

She’s also holding an Awesome Contest! where you can win up to 5 different prizes! Um. yeah. Good odds there. So make sure to check that out! Sara also shared her insight on super agent Jenny Bent, owner and founder of The Bent Agency in a uber helpful post. She shares querying and finding an agent, representation etc. It’s a great post. You can find all it’s gloriousness Here.

I thought the next post was so cute. Her Nana gave her some Old Books (which I think is awesome – are you reading this Grandma? Oh yeah. No. You don’t have a computer…) It’s one that I found sincere and entertaining, like all her posts.

Sara’s profile info:

I’m a full-time writer in Northern Virginia. Currently, I’m editing my YA urban fantasy, SHATTERED. Oh–and there’s a fun new project simmering as well!

I write the stories that I want to read, and when I revise I always use purple ink! I like my chocolate ice cream doused in maple syrup (the real kind) and when I finally grow up I want to be a princess… The sword-wielding kind, of course!

She’s also part of another awesome blog The YA5. You can find it Here. What is the YA5 about? Well I’m glad you asked.

In their words…

YA that matters, 5 days a week

The YA-5 is a group of writers with a shared vision for change. Change in the way that information about YA books is shared on the web – with you, the people who read & love YA books. We don’t want to tell you which books to buy – we’d rather hear what you think.

Talk to us. Tell us what you think, what you know and how you feel about YA. Comment on our blogs, our vlogs, our ramblings. Tweet us, tag us, call us out when we’re full of it. We’re The YA-5 and we can take it.

But don’t look for us on the weekend, ’cause even superheroes need days off.

How fun does that blog sound too! Yeah, I know you want to – go on and follow that one too ;o)

You can find Sara on Twitter as saramcclung

I got another award! Man you guys are awesome peeps! Super sweet Jen over at Unedited gave me the Silver Lining award! Thank you so much Jen – make sure to check our her stupendous blog when you get a chance!

I’ll be in Chicago on Saturday to do some shopping! Yay fun ;o) I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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