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Friday, May 25, 2012


Okay everyone, after thought I'm changing where you send me the answers to my great contest!  :O) I see now that its not wise to have you try and post your answers in my comment box so...
Please send your answers to my e-mail, where it will be easier to print them off at:  ariz2gal@yahoo.com
Thanks a ton!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Are You Smarter Than A Comercial...

...Super Contest...
Okay everyone, I've been wanting to do this contest for MONTH's and I finally have it put together.
1. The winner will get to choose one book. Choices: Story Engineering by Larry Brooks... OR The Upside of Down by Rebecca Talley.
2. The winner will also get one beaded bookmark made by me, Joyce P. Smith (Choice of color).
3. AND lastly: The winner will also recieve 1 mondo size Hershey's Milk chocolate bar! (Your choice: with or without Almonds).
When you send in your answers just say which book you would prefer and what your choice of color is and with or without Almonds. Then if your name is picked out of the hat I will already know which things you want.
To enter for your chance to win these terrific prizes all you have to do is:
1. be a follower of my blog. If you are not already, yet just sign up now.
2. Then tell me the answers to these 15 comercials (What are they advertizing?).
You have 12 days to send in your answers (May 25th through June 5th) by posting them on my blog comments.
Those who answer the most questions correctly will be entered into my raffle.
The winner will be announced on June 6th.
Commercial Jingles:
1. “I can’t believe it’s not...”
2. “You deserve a break today”
3. “Snap, Crackle and Pop” 
4. “Be all that you can be.”
5. “See the USA in a ...”
6. “It’s M’m, M’m good”
7. “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”
8. “… is the shampoo that glorifies your hair, … shampoo …”
9. “… a little dab’ll do ya, … a little debonair”
10. “Where’s the beef?”
11. “Oh I wish I was an ... ... ..., that is what I would truly like to beee, for if I were an … … …  everyone would be in love with me.”
12.  “Please don’t squeeze the ...”
13. “Double your pleasure, double your fun”
14. “Never had it, never will.”
15. “What’s in your wallet?”
Good Luck and have fun!  ~ Joyce

Friday, May 4, 2012

Blink of an Eye by Gregg Luke - Book Review

One of the books I read in my break from editing my own suspense novel Just Another Player, is Gregg Luke’s Blink of an Eye.
I find Gregg Luke a captivating author. I have two other books written by him and can’t wait for the next one he has ready for publication. Gregg has the ability to keep you hanging onto your seat and turning pages.
In Blink of an Eye, Gregg spins a tale of how drastically lives can change in just the amount of time it takes to blink an eye.
Joseph Ramirez certainly finds this to be true. Joseph thinks his childhood was a good and happy one, even though he can’t remember most of life as a child; but then a lot of us have that problem.
At one moment Joseph is edging forward to make a left hand turn, in five o’clock traffic. The next instant he feels himself being crushed and bones being broken, along with vise-like extreme pressure in his skull.
Joseph awakes in the hospital only to learn that he’s been in a coma for three weeks. He discovers that he can remember scripture and silly things that he didn’t realize he even knew, but he still can't remember his childhood. The nurse is dumbfounded that he’s even alive after having his head crushed in a near fatal accident. His little Nissan is no match for an accident involving a cement truck. But the nurse is more astonished by his clarity of thought and speech.
Then the nightmares begin. What kind of family life did Joseph have growing up? He simply can’t remember, but every night in the hospital he's tortured by nightmares that point to a childhood of terrifying proportions which, if true, couldn’t have been fun for a boy so young.
Gregg Luke kept me on the edge of my chair. I read through the twists and turns in Joseph’s life and the tension of trying to solve his childhood mysteries. The secrets that have been hidden in Joseph’s mind for twenty years, he must solve - and we as readers are kept guessing at.
Next, Joseph’s innocence in the cause of the accident is challenged by a ruthless attorney for the company owning the truck that rammed into him. Along comes Michelle Haas to Joseph’s rescue. She is an attorney for the school system where he teaches Science. Michelle ends up being a God-send. She’s at his side during some of the worst days of his life. Wait - someone is feeding false information to the prosecutors. Who could be trying to sabotage his life and career and why? What’s causing the horrid nightmares? Are they real repressed memories or the figment of Joseph’s imagination? Can his psychiatrist help him figure it all out?
I leave you with these questions to figure out for yourself when you read Blink of an Eye by Gregg Luke… Happy reading! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wow, What a Weekend...

          This past weekend my husband went to Roosevelt Lake Campground with the Boy Scouts. Don wanted me to go with him since he is an assistant Scout Master and I love camping he felt I should go with him and share his camping experience. So I broke down and went...
          This campground is probably one of the worst places to take little kids (IMHO). If they went running off of the main road they ran smack dab into Cholla Cacti! This isn't a fun experience - I know because as a child I encountered it more than once! Oooouuuucccch!
          But regardless of the Cholla (Jumping Cactus) the kids all seemed to have a good time even though I think I was the only one there that didn't get grabbed by it. I walked around with my eyes to the ground to make sure I didn't step on a stray piece laying in the path.
          There were a couple things that happened on this outing that happened that I really enjoyed. Well, in all fairness probably more than a couple but I'm only going to mention two of them here.
          First I spent much of my time going around taking pictures. I'm in the process of making children's picture e-books about Albert.
          Albert is a stuffed bear that I always take camping with me and one time I stuck him in a tree and took pictures of him then went back to camp and told my grandchildren that I saw a bear in a tree so I took a picture of it. They all wanted to see even though they were kinda scared of a bear crashing into camp. I showed them the picture of Albert and we all got a good laugh out of it... THEN came the idea to make picture books of Albert camping.  :O)
          I had fun going around staging them in poses in the desert. I have the pictures for a book called: Albert & his friend Snuffy Go Fishing plus the original one Albert Goes Camping. So this trip was taking pictures for a picture book of: Albert and Lil Aud Learning About The Arizona Desert.
          The second thing that happened on this camp out that impressed me is that the Scouts had a ceremony to retire old worn out US flags. They gather old flags from the community and then take them to camp and teach the boys how to properly and respectfully dispose of the old flags. The bonfire was set and the program given then the boys and anyone else that wanted to participate got to take a flag or part of a torn flag and with poles carefully lay them into the fire. It was a goosebumps experience and at the end they still had flags so I got to participate also. WOW!!!
Sorry its take so long to post again... but thanks for stopping by and reading... Joyce