Friday, March 29, 2013

Show & Tell Friday - Easter Edition

Apologies for the lateness of this post: my family has been hit with a case of the stomach bug, and I've been away from the computer for the past two days. Ugh.

And a Good Friday to you all.

A few fun things to share today before we head into the Easter Weekend:

1.) Here in Western North Carolina, we’re lucky to be plugged into a radio station called WNCW88.7: Listener-Powered Radio. I was introduced to this NPR-affiliate station by my husband (then just a maybe-boyfriend … our relationship was complicated) the summer after I graduated from college. We’d head into work together at a camp in the NC mountains, winding our way up to the camp entrance and listening to awesome little shows like “The Writer’s Alamanac” (hosted by Garrison Keillor, and my personal favorite) and “Star Date” (I took astronomy classes in college and to this day have a fascination with the stars).
WNCW hosts and plays some of the best music–old and new–to come out of the Southern Appalachians. Today, after dropping my daughter at preschool, I tuned in just in time to hear “The Fall” by The Black Lillies, a band out of Tennessee I’d not heard of before. The song made my morning–and it made me want to write a novel, set only to it.
Check out “The Fall” here at Paste Magazine.

2.) I don’t watch reality TV. (Yes, I know I’m a snob. Sorry. But I think it’s the work of the Devil.) However, one of my fellow Clemson Tigers, alumna Danni Allen, recently won the title of “The Biggest Loser.” She looks fabulous and glowing. And I can’t imagine the amount of work it took to make it happen. Congrats, Danni!
Check her out here.

3.) Fans of author Carl Hiassen (Double Whammy, Strip Tease, Skinny Dip) have got to check out the April/May 2013 issue of Garden & Gun magazine and the article “The Last Great Howler,” by Monte Burke. Burke joined a Florida fly fishing trip with Hiasson and guide Steve Huff, and was privy to all kinds of Hiassen witticisms and anecdotes. The photos are cool, too–and so is the rest of the issue.

4.) It’s time, folks. Time for the great Reese’s Easter Eggs to return to CVSs and Walgreens and grocery stores everywhere. Go ahead. Buy one, or two, or three. Just give in. It’s worth it.

In fact, I’m eating one now. Coffee and a Reese’s Egg are a perfectly acceptable mid-morning snack for a 34-weeks pregnant woman.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter, full of Light and family!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A New Review (& I Take on Twitter)

This new review of Keowee Valley by writer and blogger Hallie Sawyer has made my month. Normally, I try not to read too many reviews (I’m sensitive. Ha.), but my husband saw this one and made me. Check it out here.

In other news, I have joined Twitter. I will soon be Tweeting @WritingScott. (Do you capitalize “Tweeting”?)

At first, what comes from me may be more like a chirp until I figure this thing out. Stay tuned.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Last Day of Amazon - Apple Promotion

Friday was a great day for Keowee Valley! Thanks so much to everyone who checked out the blog tour, visited with me on Goodreads, and bought the novel. The blog posts are still up, of course, so if you’d like to read them, check out Friday’s post here.

FYI: Today is the last day Keowee Valley will be available at the Amazon Kindle Store and Apple for the special promotion price of $1.99. I hope you’ll pass the word.

This week, I’m Skype-ing with two different book clubs–something I love doing. Here’s to a week of great reading for all of us! Stay warm out there.