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Monday, February 8, 2016

Winners, Monday Meme, Hats Off Corner Welcomes Anna Simpson and #InkRipples Whew!

Winners

Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit on IWSG Wednesday and asked for an eBook of Double Negative. I put your names in the hat and drew Alexa Winters and Bish Denham. They'll have their eBook ASAP.




Monday Meme


Don't forget to join Tara TylerChristine Rains, and me on this easy-peasy HOP. Post a MEME during the week (use your own pic or an easy meme maker app) - and if you can't think of anything, pass on encouraging words from one of your reviews, or an inspiring quote!

Visit others. That's it!

Then the awesome hostesses will hop around and Ooo and Ahh and choose one entry each to win an ebook. AND two lucky random participants will win a $20 GC. Enter and spread some warmth!


Hats Off Corner Welcomes Anna Simpson


About the Mystery: 

Emma never dreamed of being a super-sleuth. In her mind, she’s more Scooby Doo than Nancy Drew and when her nosy neighbor, Mrs. Perkins, drags her to an anniversary party to solve a mystery, she rolls her eyes, buys a box of chocolates and hops in the car.

What’s a party without an attack on its host—or more accurately on the host’s grandson, sparking an allergic reaction and moving the party to the hospital waiting room. Suddenly, everyone is a suspect. Emma and Mrs. Perkins, along with Great Aunt Alice (a spirit with boundary issues who keeps stepping into Emma’s body like a new dress and playing matchmaker), dive into an investigation that almost gets Emma killed along with the man they are trying to protect. With so many reasons to kill him and so much to be gained if he died, Emma and Mrs. Perkins must unravel the tenuous ties that point to every member of his family as potential killers.

Even if it means going back to the psych ward, Emma will protect her friend and this innocent man. What good is freedom if it’s haunted with guilt?



What Some Are Saying:

Sherry from fundinmental says:
“I love writing that can pull emotions from me and White Light does that.”

“There’s lots to laugh at and some serious business to draw you deeper into the story.”

Mary from Goodreads says:
“This is a great beach read with mystical elements. Simpson creates colorful characters, intriguing plot, and with her use of dialogue keeps the story moving along.”

About Anna: 

Anna Simpson lives near the Canadian-US border with her family. Even though she’s lived in several places in British Columbia, her free spirit wasn’t able to settle down until she moved back to her hometown.
She is easy to find though, if you know the magic word — emaginette. Do an internet search using it and you’ll see what I mean. :-)

 You can connect with Anna here: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

Want to see for yourself? Here’s an Excerpt: 

In a half acre of green sits one flowerbed, brimming with Lily of the Valley. I remember the first time I saw them over fifteen years ago. The delicate white bells could only be fairy hats. Today, the round base of cemented river stone is still full of waxy green spear tips. I don’t see fairy hats anymore. No, now I enjoy the effects of nature—its simple perfection.

Mrs. Perkins does it best. In fact, everything around Mrs. Perkins is perfectly cared for—her home, her yard, her car—all perfect.

But not today. A dark line sits between the jamb and the edge of the door.
A few inches of shadow drives my calm away and prickles the long blonde hairs at the nape of my neck. Butterflies in my stomach tell, no scratch that, demand I find my phone and go next door.


Available Now

AmazonChapters/IndigoB&NiTunesGoogle Play or Goodreads

Hope you'll check out Anna's book. 







And because I'm now MEME-CRAZED (Thank you Tara and Christine), I've joined these three other lovely peeps in #InkRipples. It's a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. They post on the first Monday of every month (I know I'm late. Don't nag me, okay?) with a new topic. They're all authors, but you don’t have to be to participate.

The idea of #InkRipples is to toss a word, idea, image, whatever into the inkwell and see what kind of ripples it makes. They provide the topics and will be blogging about them on the first Monday of the month. You can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to include links back to Katie, Kai, and Mary.

February--Chocolate (How could I not weigh in on this topic?)
March – Feminism
April – Poetry
May – Memories
June – Movies
July – Inspiration
August – Guilty Pleasures
September – Banned Books
October – Masks
November – Heritage
December – Cookies

Or you can simply share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #InkRipples. You might simply comment on one of their posts to play along. Tag them and they’re always happy to share your posts and thoughts to keep those ripples going and intersecting.

There is no wrong way to do #InkRipples (with the exception of following basic human decency!). It’s about having a conversation, sharing ideas, and connecting. So if this sounds at all interesting, please do participate in whatever way you can. And feel free to use any of the meme’s images (created by the wonderful Mary Waibel).

Today my contribution to the #InkRipples topic is simply this! Babies Wearing Chocolate! How much fun is this? I want to play smash the chocolate cake, too. How about you? Don't you want to wear your food once in a while like you did when you were a baby? Read the quote of the week and then answer the question. 
SEE MORE BABIES WEARING THEIR FOOD




Quote of the Week: "Normal is just a cycle on the washing machine." Whoopie Goldberg.

63 comments:

  1. I had to see my nephew when he was young covered in spaghetti. Not a pretty sight!

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    1. That could be enough to stop the craving for pasta.

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  2. Congrats to the winners, and I've already signed up for your hop! Sounds like fun ... talking about being blue ... and down ... Wait, maybe not fun. ;)

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    1. No. Being blue and down is not a good thing. Thanks for signing up.

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  3. Congratulations to the winners! And yay for the blog hop! Mmm... chocolate. It's only 8:30 in the morning. It counts as dairy, right? I can it as breakfast! :) Have a great week.

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    1. Chocolate for breakfast is absolutely recommended.

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  4. Ha, ha! Love the babies. Chocolate is good.

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  5. Great post. Congrats to the winners! I have an adorable picture of my daughter when she was just 11 months old. It was her Christening day so she was all in white until her favourite Auntie gave her a chocolate finger to munch on. That dress has never been white since :)

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  6. Aw, those babies are so precious! They make chocolate so fashionable... ;)

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  7. I signed up for the MEME hop. I'm not a Whoopi fan but that is a great quote.

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  8. Ink Ripples sounds like a lot of fun. I missed the chocolate one, and my blog is kind of full so I'm not sure if I'll sign up this year. Hopefully next year.

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    1. I never thought I'd have an overflowing blog. What happened this month?

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  9. haha not sure I want to be covered in food, especially food that resembles poop.

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    1. Okay, now you've done it. I may have to rethink my affection for that confection.

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  10. Congratulations to the winners! I'm not technologically inclined, but I'll attempt to sign up for the MEME hop. Oh and by the way, babies always look better in chocolate than I do.

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    1. Great that you're taking a chance on the meme hop. Lovely to have you join us.

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    2. I'm sorry. I'm still trying to figure out this meme hop. I've added my blog to your list, but when I add your hop link in HTML in blogspot and hit preview, the screen shows my writing and the link code. What am I missing? I didn't want to hit publish and have a message with code at the bottom of it. Can you help me?

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  11. Joined the MEME hop. I'll add it to my post that week. Sounds like fun. And what a fun picture of the babies.

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    1. Hurray. How exciting to have you join in the fun. Babies are always a delight to see.

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    1. No chocolate fantasies? I disappointed, DEZ. :-)

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  13. So happy to have you join us for #InkRipples! I love the babies wearing chocolate. I'm not sure I'd want to wear my food like them, though.

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    1. Oh, come on. Think warm, dark and sweet. You'd love it.

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  14. Yes, I would love to play in some chocolate. Like a chocolate fountain or fondue. Mmmm...

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    1. Yes! Fountain or fondue. I'm all over that.

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  15. Anna's book sounds terrific! Best of luck with it :)
    Love the pic of the babies!! And love chocolate in all its many wonderful incarnations!
    (Have to admit, I really don't know what a meme is!!!)

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    1. Google it, Jemi. That's how I found out. Now I'm a meme-maniac. Hope Anna's books is a fab success.

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  16. I'm now glad to know where I can go to find normal :)

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  17. If it is chocolate cake then I don't want to wear it, I want to eat it! Nomnomnom!

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    1. I understand. Wearing it will have to be second.

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  18. I've been craving so much chocolate lately it's driving me bonkers along with a widening waistline....

    Congrats to Anna her book sounds amazing!!!

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    1. We might have to rethink corsets. I'll bet those ladies ate tons of chocolate and then pulled in those waistlines.

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  19. I'm signed up for your meme hop. I must think of something good.

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  20. Wow! Lots going on! I am thinking about the meme hop- sounds fun.

    Congrats to Bish and Alexa.

    Awesome to learn more about Anna here. :)
    ~Jess

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  21. Wow, lots going on for a Monday! Congrats to the winners.

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  22. more Scooby Doo than Nancy Drew - what a great line.

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  23. That line and shadow don't sound good.

    Congrats to the winners. Hmmm, I love chocolate.

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    1. Thanks, Medeia. So pleased to be with the same publisher you are.

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  24. I found over Christmas I no longer have the taste for chocolate.....I used to love it.
    Great post Lee.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Think of all those calories you're saving!

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  25. Wow, I have no idea how you keep up with all these blog hops.

    I'm very much looking forward to getting Anna's book when it comes out in paper. It sounds fantastic!

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    1. I'm not sure I do, but I give it a shot. Thanks for the support of Anna's books.

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  26. Very cool. I'm looking forward to the meme hop. Mmm... chocolate!

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    1. I'm excited to see what people come up with.

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  27. Makes me think of my son's first birthday. That was quite a show and bath time was early that day. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. They always wear their cake the first year. It's a tradition. :-)

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  28. I love Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum from Alice in Wonderland.

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  29. The Meme Hop sounds cute. I will have to learn how to make a meme in order to participate.

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  30. Congrats again Anna, Already have Anna's book, read and left a review. What software do you use to make meme's? I am thinking about trying it.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  31. Love the sound of the meme hop, Lee, not that I have any idea what I will do, but that's just the fun of it.

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  32. Babies covered in chocolate...

    Wow, Lee. Lots going on here. I don't even know where to start. The hop sounds like fun. If I have enough sanity as we get closer, I might jump on board. Anna's book still sounds awesome.

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  33. Hey superstar author, Lee!

    Congrats to the winners! Congrats to Anna. Congrats to you, Lee. Heck, congrats to everybody!

    Please, please, please, I beg you, no more blog hops! Thank you and yes, I'm outta' here. Missing you, already!

    Your starstruckest fan,

    Gary :)

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  34. Inkripples sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing that.

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  35. I think we'd all be happier if we played with our food. Especially when it's cake.

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  36. Hi Lee - love the idea of Memes - but enough is enough .. I'm around though skirting in the shadows! Oh Shannon - no .. I'd hate all the clearing up! But kids do love messing around with eveyrthing in life.

    I do like the badge and name of InkRipples - clever .. cheers and have a good weekend - Hilary

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  37. Great excerpt. Congratulations Anna. The book sounds delightful. As for wearing Chocolate. I capitalized Chocolate because that's how much I love it. And I've been known to wear it a time or 2. I had a marvellous Chocolate cover ice-cream bar yesterday and some of the chocolate fell onto my foot. I was so distressed when I couldn't get my foot in my mouth to lick it off!!!

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