Express Yourself – BEST PRANKS

Hello bloggers! It’s time for Express Yourself, the weekly blog hop that posts different topics and updates monthly. 

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Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people with weekly topics that change every month. They also have a site they co-author together:  Cover Girls.

The topic for the week of June 29-July 3 is:

What’s the greatest prank you ever pulled? Not a prankster, then what’s the best prank you’ve heard about?

Oh man, this one can get me into some serious hot water. It was so long ago who’s gonna remember this foolishness, right? Right???

Back in my Bronx dayz, I threw a little house party at my first apartment. My best friend at the time was staying with me. Our kids were are their respective grandmas’ houses and there was a good mix of people over. Unfortunately, one of the guys drank a little (well, maybe a lot) too much alcohol before it was even midnight and passed out on my sofa.

In my defense, I did NOT do this alone! His best friend removed his sneakers and socks and polished his toenails. My bff did his hair, two dorky pig-tails on top of his head (it was the ’80s people!) and make-up, while I polished his fingernails. Throughout this whole debacle, he didn’t budge. The finishing touch was a cigarette dangling off his fire engine red lips.

We snapped some pix with my friend’s camera and continued to party. He woke up about a half hour later and it took a good few minutes for him to realize what was going on. Our hysterical laughter didn’t help. He was pissed for about a minute, but then got over it. Yup, good times were had that night. 🙂

 Your turn! I know you’ve got a story. Let’s hear it. We’ve all been the prankster or the pranked. I’d love to hear yours. Until next time, enjoy your week!

 

 

A-Z Challenge – XOXO

Three days left in the A-Z Challenge. For X, I had nada, nothing, zilch, zip, so I decided to go with XOXO, which are just a few cheesy characters that symbolize hugs and kisses. 🙂

A to Z Challenge!

Hop Around, Make Friends!

I’m going to take this opportunity to thank some very special people who stood behind me throughout this challenge by giving them a slobbering mess of hugs and kisses. Best of all, I’ll include a link to their sites for all who happen to visit! 😀

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They’re a wonderfully diversified group I now call friends. Many are writers and authors, but some are artists, photographers, culinary enthusiasts, activists, or general bloggers who like to write about life.

You would be missing a great opportunity to interact with some wonderful people, should you ignore the links. I’m just sayin’…   😀

Please note that this list is in no particular order. I’m listing them as they come to me:

My Faithful Cheerleading Crew: Father Dragon, Lisa Buie-Collard, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Elizabeth Seckman, Melissa Maygrove, David Powers KingMark Koopmans, Jo Wake, Morgan Shamy

The Most Awesome-est visitors/commenters this month: Alex, Jo,  Charles Yallowitz (who had my favorite idea for X; if I only had enough brain power left to do it), Chrysfey, Paula at Mpls Transplant, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, and V at When the Door Closes.

Most of you continued to visit and comment even when I briefly fell behind in both posting, visiting, and commenting back. I know I’ll be responding and returning visits well into May. You’ve all kept me going, though!! That leaves me truly humbled and utterly grateful. I would’ve heartbroken if I didn’t finish this challenge.

To EVERYONE who visited me during this month’s challenge, Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I promise I will be by your site as soon as I possibly can.

I have to give a special Thank You to my daughter, Mandy, who started keeping track of letters for me and became notorious for telling me: “Mami, are you behind a letter again in the A to Z? I can’t find it.” She’s another one who kept me on my toes.

Is there anyone who helped you get through this challenge? How do you feel now that it’s almost over?

 

 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

 

I’ve just received a Very Inspiring Blogger Award from friend and fellow blogger Deanie Humphries-Dunne. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am; it’s been a long time since I’ve received one.   🙂

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The rules for accepting this award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog.
2. Display the award logo.
3. Nominate at least 15 other blogs (about) and provide a link where they can be found.
4. Then, let them know you nominated them, and where to find the information they need to accept (rules).
5. Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.

There are so many people and things that have inspired me, not only over the past few weeks, but years too. Most recently, I’d have to say the top three things that have inspired me to move forward and work towards completing my goals are:

 

  1. My Fellowship of the Dragon – They keep me in serious check.

  2. My daughter Mandy who’s been going above and beyond for me lately

  3. My neighbor and friend Tamera who has been a godsend for me, truly.

I know that many of the bloggers that I’m nominating already have a ton of awards. I’m nominating them because I want them to know how much they mean to me and how much they inspire me. Whether they choose to nominate anyone else, post about it, or display the award is completely up to them.

That being said, here is my list of nominees:

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh
  2. Al Diaz
  3. David Powers King
  4. Mark Koopmans
  5. Elizabeth Seckman
  6. Lisa Buie-Collard
  7. Melissa Maygrove
  8. Morgan Shamy
  9. Jo Wake
  10. Dani Bertrand
  11. Jackie Felger
  12. Rebecca Bradley
  13. Charles Yallowitz
  14. My Miracle Life

Again, thank you Deanie for this wonderful award. I am deeply humbled. Now I’m off to let my nominees know… Until next post everyone, have a great one!

 

 

 

CassaFire – Alex J. Cavanaugh – BOOK REVIEW

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all having a wonderful day today. Remember way back (early 2013) 😀 when I first started blogging , I said I was going to expand my horizons by reading all genres of fiction? Well, I’m keeping true to my word! Today I’ll be reviewing CassaFire, a space opera by Alex J. Cavanaugh. I’ve never read a space opera before, so I wasn’t sure what I’d be getting when I downloaded it – ‘All my Children’, sci-fi style, maybe? Ha, Ha. Get it? Space Opera = Soap Opera?. . . Whatever, *rolling my eyes because nobody gets my joke.*

CassaFireTitle:  CassaFire
Author:  Alex J. Cavanaugh           Genre:  Space Opera

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥   4/5 hearts

Anyway, I was impressed. Mr. Cavanaugh’s writing is impeccable, his characters fleshed out nicely, and the storyline moves along well. I noticed no typographical or grammatical errors in the text.

Byron, the MC (main character), is a Cassan and former Cosbolt fighter pilot and Vindicarn War hero.  Now, twenty years later, he transfers passengers/cargo via shuttle from an Explorer ship called the Rennather. He is emotionally distant, content to do his job and keep to himself. He struggles internally with demons that haunt him from the past.

A crew is sent on a mission, including Byron and Mevine, a young scientist who idolizes him, to the planet Tgren to investigate the remains of an alien space craft that was detected.  They meet ace pilot, a Tgren named Athee. She is curious, confident, intriguing, and possesses skills that could be of great value to her people, her planet, and the Cassans.

While exploring the vessel in the cave, the equipment mysteriously activates and the threat of attack by an unknown enemy appears imminent. Byron, Mevine, and Athee must figure out a way to stop the attack on Tgren, before Athee’s planet is lost.

I’ll admit I wasn’t too fond of Athee in the beginning; she struck me as a little too arrogant and full of herself, more like a spoiled rich kid. As the story moved along, I came to respect her for the strong woman she truly was, caring more for others than for herself. Mevine was a character I just wanted to take under my wing from the beginning. I don’t want to give too much away, but I found myself wanting to scream, “You are so utterly amazing! Don’t sell yourself short!”.

Throughout the story, Byron evolved from the brooding, self-contained man in the beginning to a more open-hearted and loving person by story’s end. I downloaded this book thinking it was the first in the Cassa series, but it’s actually the second. It can definitely be read as a stand alone; I definitely plan on reading the first in the series CassaStar, so I can get a better understanding of why Byron became the way he did in this book (there are mentions, but I won’t give them away-sorry folks).

I would definitely recommend you give this book a try if you would like to read a little something different.

ajcABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He is the author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.

PS:  #whatarethekargrandes

 

Dragon Award Nomination! More Motivation!

Good evening to all my blogger friends. Just wanted to let you all know that I got back home from Puerto Rico safe after saying goodbye to my Petie. I did miss my colleague’s wake and funeral while I was away, but I heard it was beautiful and I would have been proud. That being said, I caught up on my messages and emails and lo and behold, a couple of good things happened too. They’re both worthy of their own posts, but I am doing this one tonight.

dragons-loyalty-awardMy friend Krystol at A Writer With Something To Say has honored me with The Dragon’s Loyalty Award .

Thank you so much Krystol, you have made my day! 😀

 

In order to accept the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, the following rules apply:

1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
3. Present 4 deserving Bloggers with the Award
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
5. Write seven interesting things about you

I’ve chosen the four blogger below for this award because they’ve some have stood by me from the beginning and others have been invaluable to me since my return:

1. Marilyn Parel at On Becoming a Writer
2. Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh at Alex J. Cavanaugh
3. Karen Soutar at Karen Soutar and
4. Melissa Janda at Melissa Janda – A Time to Write
Seven Interesting Facts about me:

  1. Although I use the name Lilica or Lily in all my writing, blogging and reviewing, my real name is Eva! OMG!  😀  Who’da thunk it…
  2. I am taking an online fiction writing class with Gotham Writing Workshops and loving it.
  3. I seriously considering dedicating a separate page to stroke awareness and resources in memory of those close to me that I’ve lost recently (under my real name)
  4. I am currently planning a trip (if doctors give me the OK) to visit Hungary some time late this year or early next. Never been and would love to see where my parents were born.
  5. I love House of Cards and Kevin Spacey.
  6. I will have something published this year!
  7. I know I’m behind the times, but I treated myself to the newest Keurig model and am so loving it. Even I deserve to be spoiled once in a while.

So that’s it for this post friends. More good news to be coming soon. I have faith that more good things will be coming my way soon. Hugs to you all until next post.