Jill’s chitchat: Lucas boys take on online dating

Before I get to the main headline, let me introduce myself. My name is Jill Stanton and I’m the gossip columnist for the Lincoln Falls Times. I’ve agreed to take over Jennifer’s blog on Thursdays. Honestly, I begged Jennifer for space on her blog. I love talking about all of the good people of Lincoln Falls and this week’s gossip is about two of my favorite citizens — Huck and Tuck Lucas.

Your eyes are not deceiving you. Huck and Tuck are looking for love and have decided to turn to online dating. I’ve heard that they asked Zach Brody to take professional portraits of them for their online bios. They actually took off their baseball caps and combed their hair for the photos.

I don’t know which sites they are joining, but if you’re interested in possibly dating them, here are a few details.

They both enjoy hunting and farming, and they own several fur hats and baseball caps. They love alligators and dream of one day owning an alligator farm.

See you next week!

 

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New feature coming soon

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted Pet Video of the Week for awhile. I’ve decided to discontinue that feature because I’ve been posting cute animal photos and videos to my Facebook page. If you want to continue to see the animal pictures and videos I find during the week, like my Facebook page.

Starting next week, I’ll have a new feature brought to you by one of the characters from my Lincoln Falls novels. Jill Stanton, the gossip columnist for the Lincoln Falls Times, will be taking over my blog. She’ll let you in on the latest gossip on all of the citizens of Lincoln Falls. Stay tuned!

 

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Falling Kingdoms is my new obsession

I thought I’d start off the new year by telling you about my latest obsession — Falling Kingdoms. What is Falling Kingdoms? A YA fantasy series written by Morgan Rhodes.

I came across book one as I was wandering through a bookstore looking for my next read. I read the summary and it sounded interesting. I read the first few pages and was hooked.

Falling Kingdoms tells the story of Mytica, a country made up of three kingdoms — Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia. Mytica has a history of magic, but not just any magic — elementia. There once were four Kindred — earth, air, water, and fire. Eva, a goddess, had control of all four, but then she was killed. A prophecy states that a sorceress will be born and she will be able to control the Kindred. No one knows where the Kindred are when book one starts, but the power hungry King Gaius wants all of them. As the series unfolds, there’s a race to obtain the Kindred as everyone seeks to takeover Mytica. The family dynamics within the Damora family adds to the excitement.

Rhodes tells the story from various points of view. Because of this technique, readers get a look inside the heads of all of the characters. I love this technique. I feel as though I know Jonas, Cleo, Magnus, and Lucia, as well as the other characters.

If you love YA fantasy, you’ll love this series. If you enjoy getting lost in another world, you’ll love these books. If you love books that are fast-paced with lots of action, you’ll love these books.

I’ve finished the first four books in the series and have book five. After I finish it, I will have to wait until December for book six. Waiting will be torture.

Have you read the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes?

 

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It’s officially the holiday season

Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving, which means it’s officially the start of the holiday season and my favorite time of year. It means I can break out my favorite holiday movies and books.

One of my favorite holiday movies is While You Were Sleeping. It stars Bill Pullman and Sandra Bullock, and has all of the romance and laughs you’d expect from a romantic comedy. I’ve watched it far too many times to count. An oldie but goodie is A Christmas in Connecticut. I prefer the original with Barbara Stanwyck over the remake. I also enjoy watching Miracle on 34th Street.

I appreciate a good comedy and, when I want to laugh out loud, I put on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or Elf.

When I feel like reading, I have a couple of books that I keep on my shelf. I enjoy Christmas short stories and one of my favorite collections is Home for the Holidays. It has three short stories by Leanne Banks, Dixie Browning, and Kathie DeNosky. If you’re looking for a little light reading at this time of year, this is a fun, quick, and romantic read.

I’m always looking for recommendations. If you have any holiday favorites of your own, share them in the comments.

 

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What is on your keeper shelf?

old book stackOver the last year, I’ve read a lot of books and added a few to my keeper shelf. I will go back to these books again and again in years to come. They give me that warm, fuzzy feeling and have stuck with me.

Here are the books that made it to my keeper shelf:

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak

The Selection by Kiera Cass

On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn

Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace also made it to my keeper shelf. Not because it gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling, but it was such a great read that I will be picking it up again.

Here’s a sampling of books that were already on my keeper shelf:

Birthright by Nora Roberts

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

Ransom by Julie Garwood

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

I’m always looking for recommendations. What is on your keeper shelf?

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What I’m reading

book stackI thought I’d give you a peek at what I’m currently reading and what’s in my TBR pile, which is way too long.

Right now, I’m reading Hope Flames by Jaci Burton. If you haven’t read a Jaci Burton book, you’re missing out. Her books are hot and the dialogue is superb.

Because my TBR pile is about a mile long, here’s a sampling:

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Crown by Kiera Cass

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

The Kill Order by James Dashner

When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Of course, I’m looking forward to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and, once released, it won’t be in my TBR pile for long.

What are you reading? What’s in your TBR pile?

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A review: Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

I normally don’t write book review posts, but I recently finished a book that has so much to offer and was such an enjoyable read that I had to write about it.

The name of the book is Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace. This book might not seem like my usual reading material because it is a management book, but I got a lot out of it.

I was able to relate to the creative process for making animated movies because it’s quite similar to what I do when I write. Additionally, I was able to relate to Ed Catmull’s discussion on the fear of making mistakes and the fear of failure. He explains that fear can keep us from moving forward. It’s something that everyone can relate to. Have you ever not done something simply because you were afraid you’d make a mistake?

It has taken a long time for me to get over this when I write. There was a time when I’d get stuck for days on the same page of my work in progress because I had to get it perfect in the first draft. By doing that, I was keeping myself from getting down a first draft. Now, I worry about fixing the imperfections when I edit.

Mr. Catmull also gives lots of management tips that writers already use (e.g., critiques, brainstorming), but I can see how those tips would work in companies. He discusses these tips by using examples from Pixar. I loved reading all of his Pixar stories.

If you are not interested in reading a management book, you will love this book anyway if you are as big a Pixar and Disney fan as I am. Mr. Catmull tells the entire Pixar story and I highly suggest reading the Afterword about Steve Jobs. You will get a different perspective of him than what you’ve read about before or have seen in the movies.

Overall, Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration is a great read.

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What’s on your keeper shelf?

old book stackLast week, I gave you a peek at what I’m currently reading and my to be read pile. I thought this week I’d give you a peek at my keeper shelf. My shelf consists of books that I’ve read a few times. They are the books that give me that warm, fuzzy feeling. They are stories that stick with me.

Here’s a sampling from my shelf:

Remember When by Judith McNaught

The Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts

This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Ransom by Julie Garwood

The Proud Breed by Celeste De Blasis

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’m always looking for recommendations. What is on your keeper shelf?

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What I’m reading

book stackI don’t have a lot of time to read, but I try to fit it in as much as I can because it’s something I enjoy. I’m currently reading two books or trying to read two books – The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz and The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.

I have many, many books in my TBR pile. Here’s a sampling:

The Death Cure by James Dashner

A Little Bit of Déjà Vu by Laurie Kellogg

Some Like It Ruthless by Megan Bryce

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak

Catching Hell (The Diamond Brides Series Book 2) by Mindy Klasky

Season for Love by Marie Force

What are you reading? What’s in your TBR pile?

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