Pink’s Personal Post

Pink’s Personal Post


Stay strong my brethren in Oklahoma.  My family is safe and our grandmother’s cellar is always the gathering place.  Nasty place but it saves lives.

To my cousins and aunt/uncle in Norman…good thing that you had a safe room at work.

I cried with Harlie last night over the children.  I hugged my nephew even harder than usual last night before I left.

If you have $5 to donate…do.  You can go without a double Hazelnut no fat, no foam latte for one day.  I know I will be…


I have a name…finally


Woo hoo!  I have a name now.  No more calling me Harlie’s little sister.  I hated that.  I have a name, so please use it.

When the name was suggested, all I could think was that I’m not “that” Pink…a girl can wish.  But I’m younger than my big sister and more hip than her, I like it.  No, I love it.  🙂

Thanks to Liza and her kittens!  I had to think about it for a while but I dig it now.  I’m a little slow.  I had to text everyone (and that took FOREVER) I knew to see if they liked it.  They did, so Pink it is.

Pink, formerly called Harlie’s Little Sister

What’s In a Name?

What’s In a Name?

What’s is a name? I’ve always said that this blog, Love, Laughter, Friendship was Harlie’s little sister. Well, I think that she needs a name, don’t you? So I’m opening up the blog for suggestions. She needs a name. The actual blog name won’t change so no worries. I just feel like I need to call her something else besides “Harlie’s Little Sister”. Just remember, she a softer version of Harlie…

Oh and you’re welcome on Kyle Chandler aka Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights…I miss that show terribly but no fear, its homecoming weekend in Lindale. Going to the game tonight. Woo Hoo! They are playing the Van Vandals. No lie…its their mascot. 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone and I hope someone can come up with a great name.

Romancing the Hop

Romancing the Hop

What is your favorite thing about Romance? Well, we authors are ready to share our romantic tips and favorite romance reads! Starting on Friday and ending on August 31st, over 100 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about romance, reading romance, and dating.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 100 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

Yep. ALL of that! Whoot!

My giveaway is a $10 GC of the ebook publisher/Amazon/B&N. Winners choice.

What does romance mean to you? I mean, besides chocolate, flowers and dinner? I’m going to be celebrating my 8th wedding anniversay on September 4th with my best friend in the whole world. Have we had issues? You bet. It happens but I know that we love each other and that is the most imporantant thing. Plus, we communicate. Sometimes he rolls his eyes at me but he listens. I listen to him, too. My husband is a man of few words (as most men are) but when he does talk, I listen. Sometimes I don’t want to hear what he has to say and vice versa. But isn’t that what a healthy relationship is all about? The ups, downs, complete turnarounds? His idea of romance, and mine too, is helping me around the house. When our son was younger he would take a day off and take Brian for the day. That day would be Momma Day. Just me, myself and I. Loved it and he will still take a day with Brian just so I can recharge. *sigh* I don’t need all the frills and customary things that define romance. I never have and never will. Yes, would flowers be nice? Sadly, I’m allergic to most. One day, he brought me a potted plant and I cried. It was my first “flower” that he ever gave me.

When we moved to Gun Barrel City over 6 years ago, my husband started his job on our anniversary and has worked on our anniversary ever since. Ugh! To my surprise he told me this week that he was taking the whole day, yes the WHOLE day off so we can spend our anniversary together. Just the two of us; okay, until we have to pick our son up from school. To me that is romance. He actually took time to be off my work that day, decide what we were going to do and will make it happen. He wants to go shopping (gasp-he HATES to shop) and go to a very nice lunch. Just the two of us. No son, no work, no internet, no nothing. Just the two of us. Yes, a good old fashioned date.

Glad I got my hair cut this week and gasp, I might even wear some makeup. Now, what to wear on that date?

What do you look for in a Review?


What do you look for in a review?
Whether you’re writing or reading one, there are certain things you always look for. What are those? What do you think are the most important elements you think the reviewer should include? What would you like see more? Less? What is the role of a review? How important is it?

I like to keep it simple. I always put the blurb first so I don’t have to recap the plot. I DO NOT HAVE SPOILERS in my reviews. Never have and never will. I can’t stand it when reviewers do that. If you completely spoil the book, what is the motivation for the reader to go out and buy the book. It hurts the author, too when it comes to sales. Think about it? I have pre-ordered books, made the mistake of reading a review of that book and it was ruined for me. To this day, I have books on my Nook that I have never read because of spoilers in reviews.

I like to keep my reviews to about 250-500 words per review. It really depends on the length of the story. I like to read about the heroine/hero and what the reviewer likes about them. Also, what they like about the couple together. If there are secondary characters, where they significant to the story or just filler? Also, did the reviewer like the writer’s style of writing. Did it have good flow? Did you feel like you were there in the scene? Did they use imagery well or did you feel apart from the scene? I will admit that I don’t like when two reviewers from a review site review the same book. I like the different opinions but I would like to see the reviews separate not in a running commentary. For this reader, it’s too distracting.

Overall, I think reviews can be good. Admittedly, I don’t rely on Goodreads and Amazon that much anymore. Lately, there as been flaming and just basic stupidity with the reviews that are being posted. Just my opinion though.

So what are your thoughts? Comments? What do you like to see in a review?

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