Monday, November 30, 2009

Featured Author for the Month

Featured author of the month
for December

Sunday, November 29, 2009

CALICO CANYON IN HARDCOVER-LARGE PRINT

This is the best image of the cover I could find. Copied it off of Amazon. It looks like...trees? Snowy trees? Well, there were definitely snowy trees in my book :)

I'm excited about it. I love having the books releasing in hardcover, large print.

THANK YOU THORNDIKE for deciding to handle my books.

These are intended mainly for libraries. They're expensive.

But just in case you'd like one, a Christmas gift for an elderly person perhaps, and when they said "This is all you got me? One measely book?" You can say, "Hey, this cost a lot of money, Grandma. I spent plenty on you, quit whining!"

(I just love sweet holiday moments like that, don't you?)

buy it


When I get a better image of the cover I'll put it up.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Come, ye thankful people, come;
Raise the song of harvest home.
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin.
God, our maker, does provide
For our wants to be supplied.
Come to God’s own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Have you ever had a Planet of the Apes moment?

So, I was making pie crust for Thanksgiving.
Kinda hard.
Not my favorite pastime but it IS Thanksgiving.
And I think I'm good at it. Not great, but good. Better'n those lame frozen crusts.
So for Thanksgiving, sure, I'll make the pie.
Pumpkin, right?
No, we need pecan, too.
sigh

It's not that big a crowd. Plus we'll be stuffed. We don't need two pies.
Puhleeeeeze, Mom, it's THANKSGIVING.

Sure, fine, whatever, I'll make a pumpkin and a pecan pie.

Uh, and can we have lemon meringue, too?

Three pies? Three? For the eight of us?

Over kill, with real killing considering we'll probably eat ourselves to death.

But it's my FAVORITE!!!!!! It's THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!

FINE! Three pies.

What do three pies have to do with The Planet of the Apes, you ask?

That moment above in the picture is the moment that Charleton Heston sees the Statue of Liberty's head laying on it's side in the sand. Remember? Remember the screaming? Remember how he fell to his knees and screamed with the horror and tragedy and total ruination of his life?

I had that moment, when I lay the third pie crust down on the pie pan and realized it was too small. About four square inches of crust too small. Not HUGELY too small, I'd have seen that coming and rolled the first pie crust out a smidgen thinner.

But NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

And that is how The Planet of the Apes, Thanksgiving, Pie and Mary intersect.
Enjoy your holiday!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ode to an Autumn Day

Ode to an Autumn Day

I killed a snake
Of modest size

To dispatch it
Was very wise

It was in my basement
It had to die

Someone had to go
It was not...I

I did not run
I did not yell

I did not consign the snake to ... well

I kicked it soundly out to the door
But it turned and slithered back for more.

With no wish to further contaminate my toe
I turned instead to a handy hoe

The snake is dead and gone in a blaze
I do not fear snakes ... HAPPY DAYS

If the creature had been a mouse
And I had found IT in my house

The screaming would have gone far and wide
And the mouse would be alive...and still inside.

By
Merica Neely
Pseudonym...I thought a fake name might be for the best

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Why-oh, why

If you know the answer to any of these questions please notify me. Immediately.

How important does a person have to be before they are
considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to 'put your two cents in'...but it's
only a 'penny for your thoughts'?
Where's that extra penny going to?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we
figured out it would be a good idea to
put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they 'slept like a
baby' when babies wake up like every two hours?


Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and
then put money in binoculars to look at
things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change?
They're going to see you naked anyway.

Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that
burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which
no decent human being would eat?


If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make
a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a
hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains
on all fours? They're both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all
that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, & vegetable oil
is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made
from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does
morality come from morons?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle
Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs
above?

Why do they call it an asteroid when it's
outside the hemisphere, but call it
a hemorrhoid when it's in your...next question

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a
dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you
take him for a car ride, he sticks his head
out the window?

Why do we press harder on a remote control
when we know the batteries are going dead?

Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient
funds' when they know there is not enough
money?

Why does someone believe you when you say
there are four billion stars, but check when
you say the paint is wet?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death
by lethal injection?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest,
but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word
'lisp'?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath
you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on
sale?

Why do people constantly return to the
refrigerator with hopes that something new to
eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen
times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down,
pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give
the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the
end on your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed
light fixtures?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams
our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes
for doing so, why do we say, 'It's all right?'
Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say,
'That really hurt, why don't you watch where
you're going?'

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch
something that's falling off the table, you
always manage to knock something else over?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Top Ten Chuck Norris Facts


1) If you have five dollars and Chuck Norris has five dollars, Chuck Norris has more money than you.
2) There is no 'ctrl' button on Chuck Norris's computer. Chuck Norris is always in control.
3) Apple pays Chuck Norris 99 cents every time he listens to a song.
4) Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.
5) Chuck Norris can eat just one Lay's potato chip.
6) Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.
7) Chuck Norris destroyed the periodic table, because he only recognizes the element of surprise.
8) Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird.
9) There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.
10) Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Stimulus Jobs?


THE HUSBAND TREE- 4 1/2 Stars-Coming in January


I received
4 1/2 stars
from
for my January Release,
The Husband Tree
Book #2 in the Montana Marriages Series.
Now available for pre-order on Amazon.
The review isn't online yet, just the rating, but Keli Gwyn saw it and sent it.
Belle Tanner just buried her third worthless husband under a sprawling tree. Her main concerns now are her daughters and getting her cattle to market before winter sets in. She hires cowpuncher Silas Harden to help drive the cattle across the Rockies, a treacherous trip. Silas just escaped marrying against his will -- only to lose his ranch in the process. With both Belle and Silas determined never to get tangled up with marriage again, love seems bound to lasso them in. Will they survive the drive and make it to the winter unhitched? (BARBOUR, Jan., 320 pp., $10.97)
Connealy has written another wonderful historical, and her trademark humor is apparent throughout. There's also romance, adventure and even some suspense thrown in. Don't miss this great new read.

Monday, November 16, 2009

GPS-PMS


Question:
What do you get when you mix PMS with GPS?

Answer:
A mean, crazy old woman who WILL find you!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Computer Error - Story of my LIFE

I was having trouble with my computer so I called the 11 year old next door whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over.

The kid clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.

As he was walking away, I called after him, 'So, what was wrong?'

He replied, 'It was an ID ten T error.'

I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, 'An, ID ten T error? What's that? In case I need to fix it again.'

The kid grinned. 'Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?'

'No,' I replied.

'Write it down,' he said, 'and I think you'll figure it out.'

So I wrote down: I D 1 0 T

I used to like the boy

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I got one simple question

HAS ANYONE, ANYWHERE, EVER,
IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD
ACTUALLY HANDED OVER THEIR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER TO A
NIGERIAN PRINCE
I MEAN EVEN ONCE?
ANYONE? ANYONE?
BUELLER? BUELLER?

WHY WON'T THOSE EMAILS
DIE???!
I GET A DOZEN A DAY.
ANYONE WHO READS THIS AND HAS FALLEN FOR THAT
PLEASE, STOP, IT'S FAKE.
YOU'RE WELCOME.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

BIGGEST DAY ON SEEKERVILLE EVER

TO CELEBRATE THIS HARDWORKING EDITOR
WE'RE MAKING IT A PARTY GIVEAWAY DAY
9 to 5
with
TINA JAMES
STEEPLE HILL SENIOR EDITOR
COME ONE, COME ALL, BOOKS ALL DAY,
HOURLY DRAWINGS, LEAVE A COMMENT TO GET A CHANCE TO WIN.
Can't you just heard the carnival barker, the roar of the roller coaster, the caliope music?
LEAVE A COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE FROM:

9 a.m. EASTERN TIME-Cheryl Wyatt
10 a.m. EASTERN TIME-Mary Connealy
11 a.m. ET-Debby Giusti
12 NOON ET Missy Tippens
1 p.m. FIRST EVEN GIVEN AWAY ON THE PLANET -Ruthy Logan Herne (coupon...book will be sent when available)
2 p.m. ET Glynna Kaye
3 p.m. ET Janet Dean
4 p.m. ET Myra Johnson
5. p.m. ET Camy Tang
6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. Central Time)Julie Lessman
7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. Mountain Time) Debby Giusti
8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. Pacific Time) Audra Harders GRAND FINALE CHOCOLATE GIVE AWAY!

*ALL COMMENTERS UP TO THE HOURLY DRAWING TIME WILL BE INCLUDED. WINNERS ANNOUNCED EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR....UNLESS I GET BUSY. :)

Monday, November 09, 2009

Pepper Basham's blog today

Pepper asked me two questions.

1. Who is your favorite heroine & hero you've ever written?

2. What is the 'behind the scenes story' for the creation of that hero & heroine?

Mean, cruel questions,
cuz I love ALL my characters.
If I didn't, I rewrite them before I turned them in, now wouldn't I?

Come see who I picked.
on
Faith and Fiction on Fire

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Fun with Words

LONGEST CALCULATOR WORD
The art of calculator spelling--Type in numbers and turn the calculator upside down and you've got a word.
The longest is 53177187714 which spells hILLBILLIES. Eleven letters long.
A close second 378193771 or ILLEGIBLE with nine letters.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Fun With Words

English is a language which permits the legitimate extension of existing words to serve new purposes by the addition of prefixes and suffixes.

This is sometimes referred to as agglutinative construction.

This process can create arbitrarily long words: for example, the prefixes pseudo (false, spurious) and anti (against, opposed to) can be added as many times as desired.

A word like anti-aircraft (pertaining to the defense against aircraft) is easily extended to anti-anti-aircraft (pertaining to counteracting the defense against aircraft, a legitimate concept) and can from there be prefixed with an endless stream of "anti-"s, each time creating a new level of counteraction. More familiarly, the addition of numerous "great"s to a relative, e.g. great-great-great-grandfather, can produce words of arbitrary length.

"Antidisestablishmentarianism" is the longest common example of a word formed by agglutinative construction, as follows (the numbers succeeding the word refer to the number of letters in the word):

establish (9)
to set up, put in place, or institute (originally from the Latin stare, to stand)

dis-establish (12)
to end the established status of a body, in particular a church, given such status by law, such as the Church of England

disestablish-ment (16)
the separation of church and state (specifically in this context it is the political movement of the 1860s in Britain)

anti-disestablishment (20)
opposition to disestablishment

antidisestablishment-ary (23)
of or pertaining to opposition to disestablishment

antidisestablishmentari-an (25)
an opponent of disestablishment

antidisestablishmentarian-ism (28)
the movement or ideology that opposes disestablishment

The use of additional affixes could stretch the word to the oft-cited 'pseudoantidisestablishmentarianism' (34) or 'antidisestablishmentarianisticalized,' (36)

Author by Night

I had a lot of fun with this interview.
in the November Issue of
Christian Fiction Online Magazine
Come and read about Mary the Insomniac
who is