Hurricane Irma

If you are anywhere in Irma’s path, you’re in my thoughts. I hope you are safe, or safe as you can be if you stayed.

My family stayed. My brother and his family are in the Tampa area. My mom and grandmother are in central Florida between Ocala and the Gulf of Mexico. The spouse has family in the Jacksonville area.

Irma is serious and seemingly pissed off at something and my stomach is in knots with worry for not only my family, but for friends who have decided to ride out the storm.

I lived in Florida for 37 of my 46 years and though I’ve been through storms before, even I would have left.

Take care and hopefully we’ll see all on the other side of this.

~lissa

Bout of Books 20 Tally and What I’m Planning Next

So, my tally for Bout of Books 20 isn’t as high as I’d hoped it would be. I made it through 3 1/2 of the Magic and Mayhem books by Robyn Peterman. I had wanted to make it through all 5, but life happens. I don’t feel too terribly bad because I came into it so late, but when they have Bout of Books 21 in January, I will be totally prepared to put in all 7 days from beginning to end.

But I ‘met’ (on Twitter) some really cool people and found a lot of great books and blogs to follow.

The next read-at-thon I’m planing to participate in is the one I told y’all about on October 21st. It’s a 24 hour one and I think I have the series picked out that I’m going to dive into… Then again, between now and then, I may find several other series and I’ll end up putting all the titles in a hat and drawing one out.

I’ve finished writing Abe’s Will and have a few scenes to flesh out.

I’ll be starting on Witchin’ Spice, my title that will be in Robyn Peterman’s Magic and Mayhem Kindle World. It will be out in October.

There are many other books I’m making notes on and planning and several re-releases happening, too. I’ll keep y’all updated on those as they happen.

I’m also wanting to put together a read-a-thon of my own and a write-a-thon. I’m looking forward to finding people to help me with ideas. If you have any, let me know!

But for now, that’s all I have!

~lissa

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Music Monday – Right Here Waiting

My son started his senior year of high school today. It’s a bittersweet day for me. He’s my youngest. So, this will be the last time we have a year together like this. He plans to go to college here in Charlotte and won’t be moving out for a while, but there is a difference between the first day of the last year and the first day of the first year.

And in that vein, I thought I’d see what the #1 song was on the first Monday of my senior year in high school… Richard Marx’s Right Here Waiting. He held the #1 spot on the Billboard Music charts for 3 weeks in August of 1989.

What was the #1 song on the last Monday you started your senior year in high school?

~lissa

I’m Participating in Bout of Books 20

Hello my dear Readers…

I’ve been reading a lot. I will post a list of books that I’ve read soon-ish.

But, in the course of reading a lot, and I’ve started following a lot of readers and other book obsessed people on Instagram and Twitter the last few months and it’s opened my eyes to a lot of fun and awesome books. Through their awesomeness, I’ve learned about read-a-thons (usually late, like this one).

But, I’m joining anyway and next time, I’ll be better prepared to start at the same time as other readers. If you’d like to join too, you can do so until Midnight tonight… Visit the Bout of Books blog and sign up

If you aren’t familiar with Bout of Books, read below for more information!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.

Come and play! Please come and play. It’s books and more books and MORE books!

~lissa

 

Mark Your Calendars for the October 21st #readathon

Back in April, I joined in on a #readathon on Twitter organized by 24hourreadathon.com. I came into it late with no plan of what books I was going to read, snacks, what to do with the family so I wasn’t disturbed, a good night’s sleep before so I could stay awake for 24 hours, etc… I read 2 1/2 books. Some were reading graphic novels. Some were reading novels. Some were reading novellas. Some were reading a combination of these and other things. It was fun and it sort of jump started or re-jump started my desire and wish and want to read more this year.

I’m telling you all this so you can mark your calendars for October 21st. There is another 24 hour #readathon happening on Twitter and the more people reading and connecting, the better.

The sign-up isn’t up on their site, yet, but when it is, I’ll post here for any of you who might want to join in.

~lissa

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