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Saturday, July 28, 2007 VIDEO

I've seen alot of authors doing book trailers. I have one on my MySpace page but I thought it would be fun to try and share it with you here. I headed over to YouTube and set up a channel.

So here goes with the video, keep your fingers crossed!
Egyptian Nights

Hope it works and that you enjoy it!

I'd love to get some feedback. Let me know what you think.

JJ

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Thursday, July 26, 2007
T13 Episode 10

Before I get into my T13 I have some news:
I’m so excited I can’t think straight! I SOLD EGYPTIAN NIGHTS!!!!
The words from the editor were so kind and wondereful it really pumped me up! The company who is going to publish this piece of art is Resplence Publishing. They are a new house and sound absolutely divine! You can find them here: http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/ I’m just totallky thrilled. THe thing is, now the editor raved about me and how great this book is the pressure is on to make sure all my books are as well written. *gulp* Not a problem. Nope, not at all. *thud*






Ok on with my T13. My brain is totally fried both from my joy and my stress of my other job. So I’ve been way behind and don’t have a clue what to T13 about…so why not just give 13 random things about me?

1. I’m married and have two children: A grown son and a teenage daughter.

2. My son(well actually his girlfriend) is going to have a baby at the end of the year. This child will NOT call me, you know, that nasty G-word. I am far too young for that word. So this child will be referred to as my little cuddle love, but I have no ideas what I want it to call me.

3. I am a total dog freak. I’d bring home every single dog I saw if I had the room.

4. The same applies to horses.

5. My best friend and I have been together longer than we’ve been with out husbands (go figure LOL) We met in grade school and have been friends every since. (Trust me that’s been a LONG while. How long? Think I’m actually going to tell you?)

6. I collect several things: Barbie dolls, Porcelain dolls, M&M memorabilia, and anything Harley Davidson related. My prize possession? The Harley Barbie. I also collected Beanie Babies at one point. (I’ve kept the “most valuable” ones and the rest I’ve given to my nephews and will save some for the above mentioned baby) I also collect dust.

7. I am an ATV fanatic. Give me a four-wheeler and let me go, I’ll be gone all day, rain, snow or shine.

8. I’ve been to: Mall of America, Niagara Falls, Canada (guess that goes without saying?) Michigan, Idaho, Ohio, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Wisconsin and Missouri.

9. I’ve lived in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. I now live in Missouri. Not bad since most all of my family live here. I’d prefer living in Arkansas or Oklahoma. Maybe one day…

10. I’ve already planned my next vehicle, my career future, my life post husband (God forbid), and my funeral.

11. I am an extremely morbid individual with a totally twisted personality. Before we bought the house we now live in I wanted to by an old funeral home and convert it. My husband was almost on board. My children (who were 5 and 9 at the time) completely freaked out. Spoil sports.

12. My favorite candy is tootsie pop, followed by Reece’s, and then those pixie sticks things.

13. One of my favorite places in the world to visit is the sale barn, also known as the cattle auction. The smell is bad for a lot of people but I love it, I feel like a kid again.

14. For extra measure. My favorite soda is Dr. Pepper

That’s it for this weeks edition! See you all soon and thanks for stopping by!




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Thursday, July 19, 2007
Jinger’s T13 EPISODE 9


Answers to last weeks lyric lines. How did you do?


1. Hotel California
2. TEQUILA SUNRISE
3. TAKE IT EASY
4. ALREADY GONE
5. BEST OF MY LOVE
6. WITCHY WOMAN
7. LYIN’ EYES
8. TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT
9. PEACEFUL EASY FEELIN
10. I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY
11. LOVE WILL KEEP US ALIVE
12. SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD
13. DESPERADO

Thanks for playing along!



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Thursday, July 12, 2007 T13 Episode 8




Thirteen songs by the Eagles. I’m going to write a line of lyrics from my favorite songs by the Eagles and you see if you know which ones they are:

1. On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air Up ahead in the distance, I saw shimmering light. My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim I had to stop for the night

2. Ev'ry night when the sun goes down Just another lonely boy in town
And she's out runnin' 'round She wasn't just another woman
And I couldn't keep from comin' on

3. Well, I'm runnin' down the road tryin' to loosen my load I got seven women on my mind Four that wanna own me Two that wanna stone me One says she's a friend of mine

4. Well I heard some people talkin' just the other day And they said you were gonna' put me on a shelf But let me tell you I got some news for you and you'll soon find out it's true And then you'll have to eat your lunch all by yourself

5. Every night I'm lyin' in bed holdin' you close in my dreams, thinkin' about all the things that we said and comin' apart at the seams. We try to talk it over but the words come out too rough.

6. Raven hair and ruby lips sparks fly from her finger tips Echoed voices in the night she's a restless spirit on an endless flight

7. City girls just seem to find out early How to open doors with just a smile A rich old man and she won't have to worry She'll dress up all in lace and go in style

8. All alone at the end of the of the evening And the bright lights have faded to blue I was thinking 'bout a woman who might have Loved me and I never knew You know I've always been a dreamer

9. I like the way your sparkling earrings lay, against your skin, it's so brown and I wanna sleep with you in the desert tonight with a billion stars all around

10. Look at us baby, up all night Tearing our love apart Aren't we the same two people who live Through years in the dark?

11. I was standing all alone against the world outside. You were searching for a place to hide. Lost and lonely, Now you've given me the will to survive. When we're hungry. . .

12. Now I have loved you like a baby Like some lonesome child And I have loved you in a tame way And I have loved you wild

13. Why don’t you come down to your senses, you been out ridin’ fences for so long now.

Can you name those songs? Leave your answers in the comments then I'll post the answers next week and you can see if you got them right!

Have a fun T13!!
JJ



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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 Tuesday Topic

Yeah, uninspired header, I agree. But I can't come up with anything truly inspired. I'm trying to work on another book while I wait to hear if my Egyptian Nights was accepted or rejected. So my brain is fried at this point. I decided that for a while I was going to do some blogthings quizes and post the results here. Of course I'll still be trying to participate in the Thursday Thirteen. If I can come up with some topics. Like I said, brain fried.

Here is the first quiz:

You're a Total Maneater

Almost every guy that crosses your path ends up a little worse for the wear.
You see men as your playthings - and your motto is "So many men, so little time."
And while you're having fun, everyone is a little scared of you.
Your girlfriends are leery of your maneating ways. And most men find you downright freaky.


Who knew how accurate these things could be? LOL

See you all soon.
JJ

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Thursday, July 5, 2007 Jingers T13 Movies



This week T13 is so hard for me to come up with! I think we’ll go with my favorite movies:


1. Harvey. Have you seen this one? Black and White. Jimmy Stewart. Basically there’s this wonderful rumpot (Jimmy) whose closest and dearest friend happens to be a pooka. And not just any pooka but a 6’3” white rabbit. He’s about the only one who can see Harvey although occasionally Harvey reveals himself to others. But only on VERY rare occasions. If you haven’t seen this one I say check it out!

2. I Married a Witch. Another black and white classic. There is a woman, Jennifer,(Played by the beautiful Veronica Lake) who was betrayed by her lover (Frederick March) and proclaimed a witch. Well she really was a witch, but that didn’t matter. So anyway the pilgrims burned her and her father at the stake. Before she died Jennifer cursed her lover and all his descendents to be miserable in marriage by wedding the wrong woman. A tree is placed over the ashes of Jennifer and her father. When lightening strikes the tree Jennifer and her father’s souls are released and they form bodies to plague human kind. When Jennifer meets a descendent of her lover (Frederick March) named Wallace Wooley she decides to torment him all the more. She plans to give him a potion to make him fall madly in love with her and then she’ll refuse his affection. What she didn’t plan on was accidentally being given the potion and she falls in love with him. What follows is a madcap adventure of finding love while overcoming obstacles along the way. This movie was where the idea for the TV series Bewitched came from.

3. Bringing Up Baby. How can anyone not love Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. They made several movies together but this is my favorite from this dynamic duo. Cary Grant’s character, David Huxley, is waiting to get a bone he needs for his museum collection. Through a series of strange circumstances, he meets Susan Vance, and the duo have a series of misadventures which include a leopard called Baby. Susan is determined to catch a stuffy paleontologist and uses Baby, to help get his attention. The elements of this farce include a yappy terrier who steals and buries an irreplaceable fossilized bone, a pompous big game hunter, a rich old aunt, a jealous fiancée, and a case of mistaken identity involving a second, and vicious, leopard. Will Susan's love for David be reciprocated? Will David get his bone back? Will Baby be brought up - or brought down?

4. Arsenic and Old Lace. Another Cary Grant film. Yes I know he was quite a bit begore my time but how can you look at those dark eyes, those amazing facial features and not go “AH!!”? Ok so Arsenic and Old Lace: The year is 1941. The location is a small house next to a cemetery in Brooklyn. In this house live two kind, thoughtful, sweet old ladies, Martha and Abby Brewster who have developed a very bad habit. It appears that they murder lonely old men who have some sort of religious affiliation and they consider doing it a charity. They then leave it to their bugle-blowing nephew Teddy (who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt) to take them to the Panama Canal (the cellar) and bury them. In this instance, the "poor fellow" suffers from yellow fever found in the window seat. It is another of their nephews Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant), a dramatic critic, who returns home only to find the man in the seat by mistake. Another nephew, Jonathon, returns to the home after years of fleeing the authorities due to his "unofficial practice" of killing people and using their faces to change his. However the results cause him to look like Boris Karloff (this angers him upon the mention of his similarity to the actor) due to the poor craftsmanship of his German accented, alcoholic sidekick Dr. Einstein. As the story continues, we see each character trying to find resolve in their suddenly been flipped upside-down lives. Mortimer tries to keep his aunts safe and prevent them from continuing their nasty habit while trying to stay sane with the woman he loves (Elaine Harper), the aunts try to continue their "charities", and Jonathon tries to make a wealthy practice that is stationed inside the home.

5. Last Holiday. Is this finally one you all recognize? Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifa) clerks at a New Orleans department store. She defers pleasure: cooks gourmet meals, eats Lean Cuisine; likes a co-worker in silence; has savings, but hasn't left Louisiana. All that changes when an MRI discloses she has three weeks to live. She cashes her savings and heads to Europe's Grandhotel Pupp, where Chef Didier (Gerard Depardieu) presides. She checks into the Presidential Suite, orders everything on the menu, snowboards, and comes to the attention of the chef and the hotel's powerful American guests: a Congressman, a Senator, a retail magnate, and his mistress. She has nothing to lose, so she tells them what she thinks.

6. Practical Magic: Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman) Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts (Stockard Channing and Diann Weist) after their parents' death. The sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical--their aunts fed them chocolate cake for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. But the invocation of the Owens' sorcery also carries a price--some call it a curse: the men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Now adult women with very different personalities, the quiet Sally and the fiery Gillian must use all of their powers to fight the family curse and a swarm of supernatural forces that threatens the lives of all the Owens women.

7. Van Helsing. During the late 19th century, famed monster hunter Dr. Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) and his priest of a sidekick Carl (David Wenham) heads to Eastern Europe to battle with Count Dracula (Roxburgh), the vampires brides, To keep them from bringing the Count’s undead children to life. Along the way they encounter the Wolf Man (Kemp), and Frankenstein's Monster (Hensley). By his side is the ravishing Anna (Beckinsale), a member of a family committed to ridding the world of evil thus allowing Anna and the rest of the family Valerious, to enter the Gates of St. Peter.

8. Rocky Horror Picture Show. Come on. DON’T DREAM IT BE IT!!!! Who doesn’t want to time warp? I know I do! I was one of those people you could find every Saturday night, at midnight of course, standing in line, dressed like the characters from the movie. I’ve been Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Columbia and Janet. I’ve sung all the songs, danced along with the movie. Talked back to the screen, knowing each line by heart. I’ve carried in and tossed around all the props. I’m a true Horror! HEHEHE Ok for those who have lived in caves or closets The Rocky Horror Picture Show: What do a Transylvanian transvestite, a cryogenically-preserved biker (Meatloaf) and a Frankenstein's monster (Peter Hinwood) wearing golden underpants all have in common? They're all crucial parts of Rocky Horror Picture Show, the comedy cult classic which is at once hysterical, indispensable and truly disturbing. Innocent young lovers Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) are stranded when their car breaks down, so they are forced to seek refuge in the castle of the bizarre Dr. Frankenfurter (Tim Curry), who is having a gathering of some kind... What ensues is an unforgettable night of music and madness where, like a circus act, you never know what's going to come next. Adding to the madness is the narration of the criminologist (Charles Grey), who, in omnipotence, recounts the whole story from the comfort of his genteel study. There are the servants Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien, the genius who wrote the entire musical) Magenta (Patricia Quinn), Riff Raff’s sister and the maid. There is also Columbia (Little Nell Campbell) a maid/former lover/entertainer and general house about. Of course, there are pre-designed spots for audience participation - from being doused with spray bottles to throwing popcorn at the screen to getting up from your seat and dancing along to the incomparable "Time Warp". By the end of the night, fantasies will be realities, men will be women and everything will be explained - or will it?!?!?

9. Fiddler on the Roof. Musicals. Gotta love them. Isn’t it great when the characters just break out in song? Film version of the stage musical, based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem. Tevye the Milkman is a Jewish peasant in pre-Revolutionary Russia, coping with the day-to-day problems of 'shtetl' life, his Jewish traditions, his family (wife and daughters), and state-sanctioned pogroms. Originally entitled Tevye, the musical is based on Tevye and his Daughters, or Tevye the Milkman, and other stories originally published by the Russian Jewish author Sholom Aleichem in 1894.[1] The story centers on Tevye (played by Topol), the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while the world and civilization around him change rapidly. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters — each daughter's choice of husband moves progressively further and further away from established custom, and with the edict of the Tsar that upends his village.

10. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Another great musical. Adam (Howard Keel), the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly (Jane Powell) to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers -- all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness . . . kidnap the women they want!

11. Oklahoma! Believe me this musical wouldn’t be forgotten. I watched I don’t know how many dozens of times. I’ve lived in Oklahoma (and unfortunately had to leave) but that has nothing to do with my love of the story or the songs! Set in the times of the early 1900s', the musical is partially about the Indian Territory becoming the state of Oklahoma. Curly (Gordon Macrae) is a stubborn cowboy who had trouble admitting his feelings to Laurey (Shirley Jones), as does she. They both love each other, but have much difficulty telling each other because of their stubborn behaviors and reputation. The story is also set around Ado Annie (Gloria Grahame) trying to choose between Will (Gene Nelson), who has strong feelings for her, and the peddler (Eddie Albert), who thinks he's a ladies' man and doesn't really want to marry her. Judd (Tod Steiger, talk about Twilight Zone…), Laurey and Aunt Eller's (Charlotte Greenwood) hired hand, tries to come between Laurey and Curly, because he is alone and has feelings for Laurey. Aunt Eller is a peppy and friendly middle-aged woman who pretty much knows everyone, and everyone respects her.

12. Mame (with Lucille Ball) or Auntie Mame (Rosalind Russell) The musical revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flare for life and a razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother's only child, Patrick Dennis. Her adventures take us from the speak-easies of the roaring 20's to the depression following the great Stock Market crash. She is rescued by a wealthy Southern plantation owner, marries and is widowed suddenly, and through it all, manages to keep things under control. With some help from her dearest friend, Vera Charles, she helps keep things at 3 Beekman Place a rousing free-for-all.

13. Yours Mine and Ours. I love this movie. The original with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda is my favorite but the one with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo is pretty good. The modern one gets me because I think Dennis Quaid is just too damn sexy. Dennis Quaid is like Hugh Jackman for me. I’d watch anything they were in just to see their hot bods! Anyway Yours Mine and Ours: When a widower with 10 children marries a widow with 8, can the 20 of them ever come together as one big happy family? From finding a house big enough for all of them and learning to make 18 school lunches, to coping with a son going off to war and an unexpected addition to the family, Yours, Mine and Ours attempts to blend two families into one and hopes to answer the question Is bigger really better? In the original, which was based on a real story (the book is called Who Gets The Drumstick). In the movie Helen North (Lucille Ball) was a nurse at a naval base where she meets Frank Beardsley. In the modern remake Helen and Frank are high school sweethearts reunited at last.

Ok there you have it. Jinger’s top 13 favorite movies





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Monday, July 2, 2007 OMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!

This is SOOO awesome! All right well as you know, if you've been reading this blog, that I submitted my first novel (actually I guess its a novella?) to Samhain as part of their contest deal for an anthology, Strangers in the Night. It didn't make the cut and I was feeling low, but I took life by the balls and I submitted it to a new publisher, Resplendence Publishing. I saw that they were telling submitters that it would be a 6-8 week wait for replies. I could deal, I mean I understand submissions take a while to be read. Anyway, I submitted on Thursday and last night I received a request FOR THE FULL!!!

I hope I'm not breaking any taboos when I say one part of what the editor had to say. She said "I must tell you, for a while there, I forgot I was reading a submission, and that is a very good sign." CAN YOU BELEIVE IT???? I was and am so excited and happy!!!I really tried my best to make sure that my story was enthralling and apparently I did! I can't stop bouncing off the ceiling.

I know I must be realistic. The kind words are VERY promising but I also know that a request doesn't always garner a sale, but I'm so optimistic! If/when I do make the sale I will be shouting it all over the board and from my roof!

*Happy dancing in my seat.* Time for a celebration peice of Key Lime pie. If I make the sale it's going to be Tarantula Margarita night!

Will keep you all updated!

JJ (who is still floating!)

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