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Review: Vampire Kisses (by Ellen Schreiber) Series Review

Posted May 31, 2013 By kellysmithreviews

VampireKissesImagine being a twelve-year-old girl who loves black clothing, rock music and vampires (before Twilight was published), living in the Midwest. Outside of Dracula or the Goosebumps series, there weren’t many novels for someone with those distinct characteristics…until Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber was published in 2003.

Reading a now-defunct teen magazine and discovering Ellen Schreiber’s Vampire Kisses novel (it was in the book reviews section) was like finding the Holy Grail. I raced to my local bookstore with my allowance and pulled my first all-nighter ever as I devoured every word of sixteen-year-old Raven Madison’s life in Dullsville (her not quite affectionate nickname for her small American hometown), where she is misunderstood by her type-A family, ostracized and antagonized by her classmates and completely boggles the minds of her authority figures. You see, Raven is a Goth, something very common in most places but not so normal in this little, upscale town. The only people who give her the time of day are her best friend and fellow outcast Becky Miller, and her lifelong antagonist, soccer star and school stud Trevor Mitchell.

In fact, nothing much happens in Dullsville at all unless you count the Bake Sale or the much-anticipated high  school soccer games. At least, nothing happens until the night of Raven’s Sweet Sixteen party when the old mansion on top of Benson Hill becomes inhabited by a family rumored to be vampires.

And indeed, the Sterlings are a bit eccentric. A handsome art dealer father, beautiful and mysterious mother    and sexy young son–all three “Goth”–are never seen in the daylight and a cloud of bats are always hanging around their home. Alexander, the seventeen-year-old, is usually seen in the cemetery after-hours and doesn’t go to school like a “normal” teen.

Is this the dream family Raven has always yearned for? Could the insane rumors (started by her old nemesis  Trevor) be true? Is Alexander a vampire? And if he is or isn’t, would it really matter as she has already fallen  hopelessly in love with him?

Vampire Kisses spanned nine novels over nine years, depicting Raven and Alexander’s relationship and all the trials teens in love go through on a usual basis: meeting each other’s families, fights, jealousy, friends, enemies and, oh yes…those “enemies”? For Alexander they are not just high school soccer snobs. For him, they are a   rival vampire family from Romania, the reason he fled his hometown to Dullsville in the first place, and they   are not happy about the way he disgraced their family and they want revenge.

Most of the series depicts the trials Alexander goes through with the Maxwell family: Jagger, his twin sister     Luna and their little brother, Valentine, and how they make his life with Raven in Dullsville a living Hell. All he wants is to feel normal and accepted and forget about covenant ceremonies in Romania and family loyalties and drinking blood instead of energy drinks or soda like a normal teen. But he can’t escape what he is as he slowly lets Raven into his world of the Undead. She thinks it is all corsets and dancing in the moonlight but there is so much more to it she doesn’t comprehend.

And as time goes by, the urge to bite her and have her join him is becoming unbearable. How on Earth can he stand it for much longer?

This series is not just for teen girls. This is for anyone over the age of twelve who likes a vampire romance without the excessive sex or the gore. These novels have real emotion attached to them, and they make vampirism as human as possible. Raven is the perfect female protagonist: arrogant, sarcastic and totally original and independent, a reader couldn’t ask for a better lead character. Alexander is everyone’s vampire dream (or, as Raven calls him, her Knight Of The Night): sexy, Goth, a talented painter and passionate about everything: his life, Raven’s life, his art and his family; dealing with protecting his love or giving in to his vampire nature.

The secondary characters are numerous, but all extremely necessary to making this series as amazing as it is.  Becky Miller is the typical sidekick for Raven: mousy and plain, she only feels at home with Raven or her boyfriend (the human Matt Wells), but she adds a bit of small-town humor to the series and is the conscience  for Raven that Raven doesn’t possess herself.

Trevor Mitchell is as necessary to Raven’s life as air is–her nemesis since kindergarten, he hates anything and everything outside of his Tommy Hilfiger-encased, soccer-playing life, but he loves Raven to death…just can’t admit it, no matter how much he teases and emotionally tortures her.

Raven’s family are also majorly important to the story line: her ex-hippie parents now wondering what they did wrong when raising their daughter that she turned out more like Marilyn Manson than Marilyn Monroe and    her eleven-year-old brother, a genius geek who wants a sister more like him than like Elvira.

Raven’s eccentric aunt also plays a minor role but makes the story more interesting after her brief appearance.

Alexander’s family appear as major characters in book #6, Royal Blood, and they wonder if human Raven is really right for their royal vampire son.

His sister, Stormy, appears in the final novel, #9: Immortal Hearts, and is a catalyst for change in her brother  and Raven’s lives.

The “villains” are also extensive. Jagger Maxwell (first introduced in book #2, Kissing Coffins) is Alexander’s  nemesis from a vampire family in Romania, who is out to get the sensitive artist because Alexander left Jagger’s (human) twin sister, Luna, at the covenant altar back home, refusing to go through with the union that had been arranged ever since Luna was born different from her entire family due to a gene that went back centuries to a human ancestor. Sexy, dark and reckless, readers will love and hate this enigmatic vamp from the moment they read about his tantalizing blue- and-green eyes.

His sister, Luna (introduced as a major character in book #3, Vampireville), is a Gothic fairy princess: beautiful, graceful and now a vampiress thanks to a random bite in an alley. She is always looking for love and the two men she has her sights set on only want one girl: Raven. Will her gallivanting around town with Trevor Mitchell drive Raven mad? Or will her constant tricks to get Alexander to finally have that ceremony do it instead?

The twins’ baby brother, Valentine, plays a small but crucial role in Dance With A Vampire, the fourth book in the series, by befriending Raven’s brother, Billy Boy, and making him suspicious of the real identities of Alexander and his friends.

With a cast like that (and I even left a few people and vampires out so I won’t confuse you, reader!), how could these novels not be interesting, hmm?

Story-wise, each book had it’s ups and downs, which I will highlight for you all below, but all-in-all, this series should have been made into films, as the emotions are so real and the characters are so unique. I recommend  reading each book in sequence, not starting at, say…book #5 because it looks more interesting than the rest or something of that sort. These novels need to be read in the order they were intended to get the full picture and understand the story and learn about the developing romance between a human girl a vampire boy and how they overcome every obstacle (or try to, at least) out of their love for each other.

I highly recommend this series for any vamp lover, as I said, and I know I will be rereading these books even  as I go into adulthood. They are magical and make you believe in vampires and in love. When I have a child, I know I will share these wonderful novels with him/her and pray they enjoy them just as much as I did and    do!

Vampire Kisses (book #1): Goth gal Raven Madison wonders if the Gothic Guy who moved into the Mansion on Benson Hill is really a human…or have her dreams come true and she has fallen in love with a vampire?    The story is full of emotion and teenage trials and what it is really like being an outcast in your town because  of the way you look; it also takes twists and makes you wonder right up until the end…just what is Alexander Sterling? 5/5

Kissing Coffins (book #2): After Alexander’s disappearance Raven finds a note in his bedroom which reads     “HE IS ON HIS WAY!!!”. She follows him to Hipsterville, where her hippie aunt lives, and discovers a Goth  club (The Coffin Club) and a mysterious young man who just might be the “he” the letter warmed Alexander  about. In a strange place and not knowing where her love is, can Raven resist the evil and charming Jagger     Maxwell? 5/5

Vampireville (book #3): With Alexander safely returned home to Dullsville with her and Jagger Maxwell back  in Romania, Raven is finally starting to believe her relationship with a vampire could work out just fine…until  his jilted lover, Luna Maxwell, shows up in town, hanging on Trevor, making eyes at Alexander (and half the soccer team as well) and trying to make Raven fight with Becky, Raven realizes things won’t be going as smoothly as she had originally planned! 3/5

Dance With A Vampire (book #4): Luna is gone. Jagger is gone. Alexander has let Raven into his vampiric life and has even agreed to take her to prom. What could go wrong? Oh, just some Trevor Mitchell shenanigans   and the mysterious new boy her brother has become friends with–a boy with Maxwell-white hair and who doesn’t go out in the daylight! Valentine Maxwell is on the scene and looking for a blood brother, but he will    take Billy Boy over Raven’s dead body! 4/5

The Coffin Club (book #5): The Coffin Club in Hipsterville has always been a hangout for vampires, but when word gets to Dullsville that Jagger has opened up a club called The Dungeon just for vampires below the unsuspecting mortals in  TCC, Raven and Alexander know they have to shut it down, but how? Do they just   give up? Not Raven! She  infiltrates the club, masquerading as a vamp, and befriends Onyx and Scarlet, two   real vampiresses, and is now in danger of getting her cover blown…unless this mysterious new vamp with a sexy Romanian accent and purple hair on a motorcycle, Phoenix, can save her soul and stop Jagger from making more mortal clubsters into vampires against their wills. 5/5

Royal Blood (book #6): Raven doesn’t want summer break to end. She loves spending her days with Alexander in his coffin at the Mansion, but that ends with high school starting again. School means endless hours in class with her horrid classmates (including the ever-annoying Trevor) and hours away from her vampiric love. But that isn’t the worst thing that’s happening this September…the Sterlings are coming back to Dullsville and they want to meet Raven. Could this be the familial acceptance she has been looking for all of   her life or will the older vampires cast her out, wanting no part of having a mortal future daughter-in-law? Could the past year all be blown to Hell in a matter of days? 4/5

Love Bites (book #7): Vampires abound in Dullsville! Who would have thought that the sleepy little preppy town Raven grew up in could be a mecca for the Undead? She certainly didn’t until Alexander’s presence brought the gang all in from Romania and Hipsterville. This time, the visitor is Alexander’s best friend, Sebastian Camden, and he is trouble! Reckless and uncaring with a heart of gold, he has his sights set on        Becky, Raven’s BFF! Could the reappearance of Luna and the other crowd from The Dungeon show up wanting a place to hang out with their favorite honorary vampire, Raven, be a blessing instead of a curse? Could she get Sebastian away from Becky and Luna away from Alexander in one macabre matchmaking session? Or will someone else go under The Fang before Raven gets to? And could this mean the end of        Alexander’s friendship with Sebastian? 4/5

Cryptic Cravings (book #8): Jagger had The Coffin Club, and he had The Dungeon. Now, he wants The Crypt to be the next big Goth club. But he doesn’t want to make another club in Hipsterville, that would be redundant. No, this time he wants to make the first vampire/human club ever in Dullsville, much to the chagrin of Raven and Alexander. He’ll be opening it with his sister, Sebastian, Onyx, Scarlet and…Trevor Mitchell?!  This could be major trouble for the small town Alexander now calls home. Can he and Raven save this sleepy  little place from a vampire invasion without angering Jagger yet again? 5/5

Immortal Hearts (book #9): The last book in this enchanting series has us meeting Alexander’s little sister, Stormy, and does she ever live up to her name! Rebelling against everything and everyone, the only people she likes are Raven’s brother and Luna Maxwell and what can Raven do about it? Stormy is questioning why her brother hasn’t bitten Raven…or is it that Raven doesn’t want to be bitten? This novel has Raven rethinking everything she has dreamed of since she was five years old and will leave you wondering what the ending will be…and once you read it you will be begging for a tenth novel… 5/5

You can check out the Vampire Kisses Series site by Ellen Schreiber and Harper Teen HERE.

Ellen Schreiber’s Website HERE.

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This or That with Poppy Dennison

Posted May 31, 2013 By Jennifer

I love finding ways to get to know my favorite authors a little better. One fun way to sneak a little peek into the personality of someone is a quick round of “This or That”. Poppy Dennison is celebrating the release of the third book in her Triad series, SOUL MAGIC. Here’s a little about the new release… then check out her “This or That” answers below.

SoulMagicLGBlood runs soul-deep. Cormac hasn’t been the same since the night the High Moon Pack was attacked. With his magic weakened, he’s consumed by a bloodlust he hasn’t felt since he first became a vampire. His need to replenish his power makes him a danger to his last remaining family member, and his hunger makes him careless. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles. Feeding from pack beta Liam Benson was supposed to slake his appetite, not leave him craving more.

Simon Osborne and Gray Townsend are trying to fight a being history says shouldn’t exist—one with all three types of magic. The pack must use all of their resources to combat the mysterious triad, even turning to the shady Council of Mages for help. While Cormac struggles to reconcile his past failures with his current desires, Simon must attempt the impossible: an alliance between mind, body, and soul.

Ok… quick answers are best… right off the top of your head… here we go…

1-Winter or Summer

  • Summer. Hands down. I love Mr. Sunshine.

2-Cake or Pie  Hmm.

  • Yes? Pineapple Upside down cake is my favorite though.

3-Batman or Superman

  • Batman. I like the idea of all the gadgets.

4-Call or Text  CALL.

  • Please. Call me. I’m a talker. Plus, I can’t spell anything right on texts and autocorrect hates me with a purple passion

5-Sweet or Spicy Hmm.

  • That’s tough. I don’t have a big sweet tooth actually. But I don’t eat spicy food. Can Salty be an option instead? *g*

6-Early Bird or Night Owl

  • Oh, I’m the earliest of early birds. It’s not unusual for me to be up and at ‘em by 5am.

7-Dinner & Movie or Club & Concert  Dinner and a movie.

  • Or really, just dinner. Unless the movie is at home and snuggling on that couch with my honey. What can I say? I’m a snuggler!

8-Print or eBook  eBook.

  • I love having a gazillion books at my fingertips on my ereader!

9-Invisibility or Superstrength

  • I’m going to go with Superstrength. The thing about invisibility is that you’d always see/hear something you don’t want to know. I wouldn’t like that.

10-Pride & Prejudice 1995 or Pride & Prejudice 2005

  • Colin Firth. (That’d be 1995, for those unaware.)

11-Coffee or Tea

  • Hey now! I can’t choose between those! Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon!

12-Vacation or Staycation

  • Vacation! I love to travel!

13-Mani or Pedi

  • Pedi! I love having cute toes! Right now mine are bright red with white flowers.

14-Plotter or Pantster

  • Plotter. I can’t start a story until I know how it ends.

15-Wrapped Up or Cliffhanger

  • Wrapped up. I don’t mind a few loose ends that tease the next book, but nothing annoys me more than a story that feels like it ends in the middle of a sentence!

16-Vampire or Werewolf  Werewolf.

  • Ya know, like Alcide. Or Derek Hale. *nods* Yes please!

17-Street Fair or Broadway

  • If you had asked me this a year ago, it would have been Broadway. These days though, I’m really loving being out and about so I’m going to change it up to Street Fair.

18-LOLcats or FAILblog

  • OMG, the Pinterest Fails make me laugh so hard! Totally me. So I’ll have to go with the Fails.

19-CD or MP3

  • Hmm. I’m not a big music person to be honest. I do Pandora a lot. Does that count as MP3?

20-Drive or Fly

  • Fly-I want to get there sooner so I can have more time wherever I’m going!

So… how about all of YOU??? Doesn’t SOUL MAGIC sound AWESOME?? Would you rather have Invisibility or Superstrength?? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments 🙂

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ArmchairBEA Introduction

Posted May 28, 2013 By Jennifer

Hello there!! I’m so excited to be joining in my first ArmchairBEA event!! I love book conventions, I really, really do. Unfortunately, I can’t get to all of the awesome cons out there every year, there’s just not enough time or money to pull that off. I generally stalk my twitterfeed, looking for comments from those who are lucky enough to go to whatever the current event is.

BEA (Book Expo America) happens in New York City every year, and is a premiere event for checking out some of the newest bestsellers, and a sneak peek at the awesome books coming out soon. It’s a book reader’s dream con, and I always miss it. A few years ago, however, some ingenious people created ArmchairBEA, a way for those of us unable to get to NYC, could still participate in the celebration. There are twitter, blog, and Facebook activities included, from May 28th – June 2nd. You can check out the complete schedule and participating bloggers list at the ArmchairBEA website, HERE.

Today, I’m introducing myself to the group…

  • Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
    • My name is Jennifer, and I started this blog in February, 2010. I’m a manager at my local Books-A-Million and I run my own UF/PNR book club (started Feb 2009). Last year I took the plunge into convention planning. Olde City, New Blood was my first event (in St. Augustine, FL). This year’s event (and hopefully annually) is Coastal Magic Convention, in Daytona Beach. I got into blogging because I LOVED talking about my favorite books, and my book club only met once every two weeks!! Also, with the advent of Twitter, I kept finding new books, and new authors, to read and chat about.
  • Where in the world are you blogging from?  Tell a random fact or something special about your current location.  Feel free to share pictures.
    • I live in Palm Coast, FL. Exactly halfway between St. Augustine and Daytona. It’s a small-ish town, 15 minutes from the beach, and I really enjoy it.
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  • Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA?  What brought you back for another year?  If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?
    • This is my first year participating in ArmchairBEA. I love the idea of the blogging community replicating the con, and opportunity to connect with others who have the same passion for reading and sharing.
  • What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
  • Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
    • I collect hourglasses and gnomes. 🙂 They make me happy
  • What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
  • What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?
    • The connections with authors and other bloggers. Talking about the books we love, and things that are happening in our lives.

Thank you, to the organizers of ArmchairBEA, for the opportunity to do this. I’m so excited for this week!!

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SOS Release Day Blitz

South of Surrender Release Day Blitz Giveaway From Laura Kaye

I am thrilled to welcome Chrysander Notos and Laney Summerlyn to the world today! Chrys is the hero of South of Surrender, the third book in my Greek-mythology inspired Hearts of the Anemoi series. The Anemoi were wind gods the Greeks associated with controlling the wind, the weather, and the seasons, and as the summer god, Chrys is the hottest of them all! Laney is Chrys’s nearly blind love interest who sees him more than anyone else ever has. Together, they are pure sweet, sensual, sexy win! Need more proof? Check out this sweet, sensual excerpt from when they’re traveling in elemental form and the giveaway that follows!

SoS-500pxThey went up into the sky, and though the rain and wind were all around them, were them, it was just as Chrys had said.

The wind didn’t buffet her, because she was the wind. The rain didn’t batter her, because she was the rain. The thunder and lightning didn’t scare her, because she knew exactly when they’d occur. A tremendous thrill roared through her. That she got to experience this, that he’d made her see the beauty in something that had long terrified her, that he’d shared it with her at all.

This is amazing, Chrys, being a part of this, being a part of something bigger than yourself. Thank you for bringing me with you tonight. Thank you for…getting involved. Even ifhe’d only done it out of obligation or duty, this moment, thisnight, this whole time since she’d first laid eyes on him wassomething to be cherished forever.

Warmth surrounded her, like he was hugging her. Words came to her, in that odd language she’d sometimes heard him speak, but not in the way they normally communicated. It was like the words were on the wind. Something about the sound of them flooded longing through her being. And heat.

Overwhelmed with everything she was feeling, everything she’d experienced this night, Laney didn’t speak again. Instead, she just soaked in every bit of the splendor of the nighttime world. After all, this was the world she’d been without the longest. Her night vision had been the first to go. Normally, she was completely blind in the dark. Now, she could see that the night wasn’t black, but was painted with a palette of blues and greys and purples that possessed its own beauty.

And Chrys had made it all possible.


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Laura Kaye croppedAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Q&A with Hank Edwards

Posted May 26, 2013 By Jennifer

Hello all!!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a review of VAMPIRES & COWBOYS, by Hank Edwards. Today, Hank’s got a new release (non-paranormal, ROUGHED UP) and I thought we’d take a few minutes to get to know him just a little bit better. Thanks to Hank for taking time to answer our standard “author intro” questions.

HankEdwards_author_p_lr-210x3151)     When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I am an interesting breed of writer in that my preference for music changes by the week/day/hour. I KNOW! Crazy, right? Anyway, I do enjoy listening to music, and it’s usually film scores. Songs with words can be distracting to me as I’m trying to conjure up words of my own. My favorite playlists are the Star Wars soundtracks as well as Jurassic Parks (such driving tempos!), and lately it’s been the music from spaghetti westerns as I work on my Venom Valley series. Never really thought of character soundtracks, but each book has a different energy, so I try to choose music appropriate to what I’m writing.

2)     Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I write mostly in my home office on a desktop iMac, but sometimes I bust out the laptop and sit on the living room sofa, where one or both of my cats usually joins me. I mostly write alone, but have participated in sprints with my online writer family, the Story Orgy. We’ve been together as a group for over two years now, and just this year stopped posting free reads to our blogs every Monday (it got to be quite a lot of writing!). We still hang out and talk on Facebook in our private group, and post to our group Story Orgy blog as well.

3)     How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?

I’m pretty calm about release day, but it is exciting. The energy leading up to the release is a lot of fun, and I like planning the promotional materials with my partner, who is a graphics genius. I like promotional appearances, but really don’t have the sales numbers for that, yet. For now I post on blogs and keep the chatter up on social media.

4)     What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

Years and years ago, in the late 70s (yes, I am that old), my Mother and sisters made me a Great White shark costume because I was obsessed with the movie Jaws. It was great, and I got a lot of comments and photos as I went trick or treating. Couldn’t see crap through the thing, but it was awesome.RoughedUp_coverlg

5)     If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

I would go to Greece and cruise around all the islands. That is my big dream vacation. As for three items, I’d have to take my iPad for reading, camera, of course, and sun block because I am a pale skinned red head who burns like Vesuvius if I’m in the sun too long.

6)     What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

Best song to describe my life is “Don’t Stop Believin’” because I love the song, and I try to stay optimistic. It’s tough sometimes, but I’ve been very lucky in my life, and I like to remember the good things rather than the bad.

I would love for Mary Chapin Carpenter to write / perform a song just for me. She’s got an amazing voice and such a beautiful way with words. Love her.

7)     If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

Sir Gerard Fogg from “Destiny’s Bastard.” I fell head over heels in love with that man as I wrote him. He is sexy and loyal and brave and strong and sensitive and a knight in the king’s royal army from 1456 England. I would ask him all about medieval England in between sweaty wrestling matches. Whew! That man.

8)     What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

Fastest selling book to make it to the top of the NY Times bestseller list. Imagine that!

9)     If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

I would remove IMPOSSIBLE because it limits people’s dreams and thinking.

I would ADD romantilicious to describe a hot, romantic, caring man.

Cowboys & Vampires Cover10)  What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

When I was two or two and a half, my two older sisters decided to play catch with me off the front porch of our family’s house. One of them TRIED to toss me to the other over a PRICKER bush but I didn’t fly very far, fell straight down and banged the back of my head on the concrete porch as I went down into the pricker bush where I remembered seeing SPIDERS!!! I can remember very vividly sitting on the damp ground screaming because I knew the spiders were going to come get me. I had a huge goose egg on the back of my head for days, and I think that’s the reason I’m a writer today… it knocked something loose inside my head. 🙂

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