Friday, February 26, 2010

It's that time of the week:

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's guest is the Regan Brianne Jensen. Regen is the author of "Jagumaterra" a science fiction novel. She can be found on the web at her blog and on facebook. A preview of "Jagumaterra" is also available.

Let's get to know Regan!
SME: Welcome to INFF!

Regan Brianne Jensen: Thanks, Sarah! It's both nerve-racking and exciting to be here!

SME: I'll be nice. I promise. Shall we start with an easy question?

Regan Brianne Jensen: That would be great!

SME: What is your favorite candy?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Haha! Wow, that is an easy one. Red Vines licorice.

SME: Interesting choice. Have you always liked them?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Yeah, I've always liked them, although they haven't always been my favorite.

SME: What was it that finally earned them that top slot?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Hmm. . .It's hard to say. I think when I realized that I was more excited about licorice than chocolate (I know, HUGE gasp!)

SME: I'm not even sure you are allowed to say that. I'll have to check the rule book. How 'bout another great question: What's your favorite continent?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Depends. When it comes to culture, Europe. When it comes to liberty and religion, America.

SME: So a tie. I can accept that.

Regan Brianne Jensen: Yep, never been able to pick between one or the other.

SME: You are an author, as I know. So my first question is about your books: How do you pronounce "Jagumaterra," and what does it mean?

Regan Brianne Jensen: It's pronounces "jah-GOO-muh-TEH-ruh." It means "Land of the Jaguar People."

SME: Very cool. Tell us a little about the book.

Regan Brianne Jensen: Well, it's about a young "Jagumaress" (female of the species) and her discovery of a family secret that requires her to rebel against the tyrannical government that has taken over the planet.

SME: So science fiction (or do you consider it fantasy--the line between the two is definitely blurred)

Regan Brianne Jensen: Yeah, the line is very blurred. But it would be considered science-fiction, since it has more to do with space and science than magic.

SME: What was it that got you writing in the first place?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Interesting story. My second-grade class had an activity where each student wrote a sequel to a story we had just read together. When my teacher saw mine, she entered it in a school writing contest and it won First Place.

SME: Fantastic! And you've wanted to write ever since?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Yep!

SME: That's great. And First Place--not too shabby!

Regan Brianne Jensen: No, it isn't. I was flattered, anyway. *shoves growing ego aside*

SME: In the spirit of INFF, I have a game for you--one of my favorites, in fact. It's called "Rapid Fire Q&A" In this game I will ask you questions about yourself and you give me the first answer that pops into your mind-no explanation, no reasoning. Just one-maybe two-word answers. Ready?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Let's do it!

SME: Favorite color?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Red

SME: Favorite nursery rhyme?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Twinkle, Twinkle

SME: Your first word (if you know)?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Da Da

SME: Book you've read most recently

Regan Brianne Jensen: Scriptures

SME: Favorite scent?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Pine and Mint

SME: Dream vacation spot?

Regan Brianne Jensen: Mountain Cabin

SME: Person you would most like to have a copy of your book?

Regan Brianne Jensen: JK Rowling

SME: Yea! 100%!!

Regan Brianne Jensen: Woohoo!

SME: You're today's champion!

Regan Brianne Jensen: Sweetness!

SME: Knowing that you are riding high on the triumph of your game success, wanna go straight to the portrait gallery and view your portrait?

Regan Brianne Jensen: You bet I do!

*draws with noticable skill and ability*

Regan Brianne Jensen: Wow! It looks just like me! (And I love the shoes!)

SME: Yeah. I thought the shoes were pretty fab!

Regan Brianne Jensen: Coolio!

SME: This is where the "cool" kids hang out, you know.
And that brings us to the final question of INFF: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Regan Brianne Jensen: 1. I got to talk about my fave candy.
2. I'm on your blog. (Seriously, I feel like I should wave to my mom or something. Hi, Mom!)
3. People now know how to pronounce my book's title. (Haha!)
4. I got to hang out with you.
5. I got a freakin' awesome picture drawn with some fabulous shoes!

SME: All superbly good reasons! Thanks for being my INFF friend!

Regan Brianne Jensen: No prob! Thanks for having me!

SME: *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!



If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!


(Regan gets 2 extra entries in February's giveaway if her interview receives 5 or more comments!!)

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Time for the long-anticipated announcement everyone! I was biting my nails awaiting the official thumbs up and the go ahead to share.
You've been asking and I've been hoping--It finally happened!
That's right, the wait is over!





I'll let you know about any other events that come up! Hooray for Big Announcements!




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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Please Stand By

This week's Walkabout Wednesday has been delayed due to... um... technical difficulties. (Actually I'm just waiting to hear from someone before posting what I was going to post.)
Stay tuned!



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Monday, February 22, 2010

Don't panic! I know what you're thinking--"Sarah is blogging on a Monday?! Does this unprecedented occurence signal the beginning of the end of the world? Will chaos now reign? Must I question every assumption I have ever made about life and the universe?"
Like I said, Don't panic! I just had stuff to say and figured, "Geepers, it's my website. I'll post when I want to post." And then I wondered about the word geepers. Who says that? Apparently I do, but only in flashbacks of thought processes I've had regarding posts on my blog. But I digress.

I just wanted to share a couple cool things with you and I figured you wouldn't mind if I messed up my own schedule in order to do so.

Other-People's-Books News
Knowing that a lot of you are readers, I thought I'd let you know about a fellow author with a book out that you might enjoy. It's historical fiction set in the early years of the United States. What the heck, how about a neat-o book hook:
They were the first generation of American-born citizens, charged to build a nation upon the framework of their Founding Fathers. When their Democracy was challenged once again, they picked up their muskets and went to war. They were farmers and mothers; entrepreneurs, visionaries and religionists; unprepared for the fight they faced.
"Dawn's Early Light," L.C. Lewis' 3rd book in her "Free Men and Dreamers" series, is out now and if you like US history or historical fiction, you should check it out. In the spirit of full disclosure I should tell you I haven't read the book but I know the author through the vast writer's pipeline. (One of these days I'm gonna play the "5-degrees of Separation" game on this blog and show you just how easily authors can be connected to one another--It's exceptionally frightening.)

Anyway... check out Dawn's Early Light at LC Lewis' website.

My Books News
I'm actually not allowed to tell you the big, big, big news about "Courting Miss Lancaster," but I'm dying to!! Maybe in time for Walkabout Wednesday. Perhaps I'll write on Tuesday and really throw off the Universe's Groove. Hard to say. But I'm having to force myself not to tell everyone!
Okay--I can't stand it. I'm just gonna tell you:


Sorry, after I typed it I had to erase, 'cause I'm really not allowed to say anything yet. Sorry. But, hey, I feel a little better.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

It's that time of the week:

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's guest is the fantastic Jewel Busch, who wrote her very own introduction. (Don't you just love cooperative guests? I sure do!) In Jewel's own words, "I'm a mom who likes to read...and therefore, I like Sarah M. Eden." And I like you, Jewel!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Jewel: Thank you! I'm glad to be here!

SME: Your husband was my Halloween Friday friend which makes this interview kind of historic. I believe it is the first time I have interviewed both halves of a married couple (other than myself and my husband)!

Jewel: I feel historic right now!

SME: As you should!

Jewel: Yeah. So does that mean I should congratulate myself on being interesting enough to interview, having the good sense to marry someone interesting enough to interview, or both?

SME: Definitely both. As revealed in his INFF interview, Steve's favorite holiday is Halloween. What's your favorite?

Jewel: Christmas, hands down.

SME: Does your house get as thoroughly decorated for Christmas as it does for Halloween?

Jewel: Not yet. I was living in Taiwan as a missionary while Steve was collecting all of his Halloween decorations, so he's had a bit longer to build up his Halloween supply than I have had to work on my Christmas decorations, but that is in the process of being remedied, never you fear.

SME: And does Steve realize that he is obligated to contribute to your Christmas decoration gathering efforts? I think any loving husband would willingly do so. hint, hint

Jewel: Oh, he's actually pretty good about it. In fact, he put up all of our outside decorations this year without even complaining!! Taking them down was a different story, however...

SME: Can't really blame him there. Somehow it seems cruelly unfair that Christmas lights, etc. take so long to put up and then have to come back down so soon after Christmas. Kind of depressing, actually.

Jewel: I agree. In Taiwan, they leave them up until Chinese New Year, which can be as late as March. I think we should pick up that tradition here. It would also make it a lot less chilly when taking down the outside decorations.

SME: Chinese New Year was on Sunday, and, according to my sources, this is the year of the Tiger. Did you ever learn what the different "year ofs" are supposed to mean? I always wondered.

Jewel: They're kind of similar to our horoscope--if you're born in a certain year, you have certain tendencies. I was born in the year of the Ox. Talk about something every woman wants to be compared to...

SME: "Hello, my name is Jewel. I'm an Ox." Yeah, I can see how that would be less than flattering.

Jewel: Right? And even the tendencies I'm supposed to have are boring. Steady, reliable...slow...

SME: I'm pretty sure the place mat at the Chinese restaurant we went to for years said I was year of the Ram. Not much better than Ox. I wonder what my "tendencies" are supposed to be?... Senility, poorly timed bouts of laughter and an obsessive affinity for Cheetos

Jewel: Actually, you're surprisingly accurate!! Although the obsessive affinity for Cheetos was actually translated as "an obsessive affinity for cheese-flavored crunchy snacks" in my Chinese dictionary.

SME: Niiice.
This may be an obvious question, but tradition demands I ask: What's your favorite continent?

Jewel: Well, can I have a tie?

SME: Sure.

Jewel: Then my tie is between North America and Asia. I absolutely love the Asian culture, and I enjoyed living there for a year and a half, but it also really helped me appreciate the freedoms and the luxuries we are able to enjoy here in the good ol' US of A. So it's rather impossible for me to pick a favorite, actually.

SME: Hooray for Asia! Every vote counts in the "Favorite Continent" race. Now... how about a game?

Jewel: I'd love one.

SME: Just for you, I am resurrecting the game "Putting the Guess in Guest," in which I ask you a series of completely unrelated questions, the answers to which are pretty much inconsequential. Get them right and you will be crowned champion of INFF!

Jewel: I am SO EXCITED for this---it's been the dream of my life to be the champion of INFF!!

SME: It is an honor, for sure. Question 1--A man in Sanford, Florida learned the true meaning of "adding insult to injury" recently when...
a.) He was attacked by a bear and then ticketed for "unintentionally feeding wildlife"
b.) He was rear-ended by a driver who was texting while driving, and the investigating officer had the man's car impounded after running his plates and realizing the car's registration was expired

c.) He was slugged at church by his irate girlfriend, who then went on a verbal rampage and thoroughly insulted him in front of the entire congregation

Jewel: Oooh...so many possibilities...I'm going to pick b. It seems the most likely.

SME: This will clearly display what a warped sense of humor I really have, but I LAUGHED OUT LOUD when I read this news item. The answer is... wait for it, wait for it... A!!!!!!!!

Jewel: Holy cow!! I honestly wanted to guess that one, because it was so ridiculous, but...wow. Really? Talk about ironic.

SME: "Unintentionally Feeding Wildlife" hahahahahaha! The dude got mauled by a bear, how can you then ticket him for accidentally providing the thing with a meal?

Jewel: He kind of has the worst life ever.

SME: Still I laughed. I am a sick and twisted person.
Question 2--A man accused of "brandishing a box-cutter" in an attempted hold up was later found where by authorities and subsequently arrested?
a.) at a hardware store trying to return the box cutter, claiming it was defective
b.) in a box
c.) at home watching a "cutting implements" marathon on QVC

Jewel: a. At a hardware store. Some people are not very smart.

SME: Are you sure you want to give that answer? *shakes head NO* (Think, what is the most ridiculous answer, 'cause that's probably correct)

Jewel: Oh, I mean, no...um...b? In a box?

SME: It's B!!! Good job!! He was In. A. Box. hahahahahahahaha!

Jewel: Oh. Wow. Maybe he should have returned the box cutter. Because it obviously didn't get him out of the box...

SME: Amen, sister!
Alright. Last question. A man in Colorado got a double-take from the Denver Police Department after being arrested for identity theft because...
a.) he was the previously-unknown identical twin brother of a vetran police officer
b.) he speaks only in questions

c.) his actual name is "Robin Hood"

Jewel: This is hard. Can I phone a friend?

SME: Sure. As long as the friend's name isn't "Google"

Jewel: Darn it.

SME: (And I'll give you a hint. The first answer was A. The second answer was B. And I believe in patterns. And alphabetical order. Hint. Hint)

Jewel: C. Robin Hood.

SME: How do you do it? C is correct. "Robin Hood" got busted!!!

Jewel: Wow. What were his parents thinking?

SME: That makes you the INFF champion! *streamers, and blaring victory horns!*

Jewel: Whoo hoo!! Can I make a victory speech?

SME: Please do.

Jewel: I'd like to thank all of the little people who helped make this happen...mainly, these criminals for having ridiculous enough situations to be noted by an author across the country and used for this INFF game. I couldn't have done it without you.
Oh, yeah, and thanks to Sarah too, I guess...

SME: Good idea thanking me. Otherwise I might not have shown you your portrait. That, trust me, would have been tragic!

Jewel: Oh, yes, it would have. I've been dying to see it!! I can hardly wait...

SME: Then, let's take a little trip to the Portrait Gallery.

Jewel: *Giggles in anticipation*

*felt pens put to good use*

Jewel: I'm...I'm...I'm beautiful!! I love that you drew me with red hair.

SME: Your hair is technically brown, but there's a hint of red in it so I thought... what the heck, I'm gonna make it red!

Jewel: I've been trying to convince mine to go that direction for years.

SME: So, see, you should show this portrait to your hair so it will agree to take the plunge and go full-on red!

Jewel: I'm talking to my hair right now. ("See? That's what you should look like!")

SME: This brings us to the final question of the interview: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Jewel: 1. I had a redhead draw me with red hair--a dream come true!
2. I got to feel historic
3. I got to feel honored.
4. I got some brand-new high heels with red bows on them
5. I got to talk to my very favoritest author in the whole entire world!!

SME: Aaah. I'm so glad I helped you cheat on the game... er... um...

Jewel: And I'm glad you helped me cheat on the game. I couldn't have won without you.

SME: We'll just keep the whole cheating thing between us. I don't think anyone will notice, anyway.

Jewel: Gee, thanks!! I'd be great with that.

SME: Thanks so much for stopping by and being my newest Friday Friend!

Jewel: Thanks for letting me!! Not even lying, it's been a highlight of my week!!

SME: *cue exit music*
Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!




If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!


(Remember--If Jewel gets 5 or more comments, she receives 2 additional entries into February's giveaway!!)

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It's Wednesday. Let's go walkabout.

(I'm bringing along a few of my mates as I wander through the vast wilderness of the publishing industry, learning the ins and outs, and having a grand adventure.)

Walkabout, Week 24:

I've done something potentially stupid. Okay, some things potentially stupid. And, rather than keep these lapses in mental stability to myself, I'm gonna tell you about them. For some reason "Walkabout Wednesday" has become synonymous in my mind with "Soul-Revealing Confession Day."


Confession #1: I seem to have confused myself with an athlete. *snort* How did that happen?!
  • My greatest claim to athletic fame was the day I accidentally broke my badminton racquet on the head of my doubles partner and no one would be my partner from that point on.
  • Then there was my one season of soccer when I was six and I spent every game doing pirouettes on the field. The team wasn't very sorry that I went back to dance class after the season was over.
  • On my 20th birthday I "ran" a 5K. By "ran" I mean, my college roommates and I walked the 5K and gabbed. Hey, it was for charity. I wasn't exactly out to prove anything.
About 6 months ago while contemplating the possibility of using duct tape to force my too-small jeans to admit entrance to my expanding middle, I decided I probably needed to quit sitting on my rump for hours on end while stuffing myself with an endless supply of food I really didn't enjoy that much and wasn't at all hungry for. Blah, blah, blah... Now, half a year and negative 15 lbs later, I'm feeling pretty darn fit (considering my lack of athletic prowess) and had the exceptionally INSANE idea to revisit that 5K attempt and actually try to finish within 48 hours.
That's right folks, Sarah The Uncoordinated, will be running in a 5K in May. Oh, but it doesn't stop there--I'm running in another 5K in June. My goal: to finish... and NOT DIE.

Confession #2: I am really going to have to work on my "I know what I'm doing" act. I have been asked to be a "Boot Camp Sergeant" at the 2010 LDStorymakers Conference. Why is this so ridiculous, you ask? Oh, I will tell you!
  • Boot Camp Sergeants are in charge of a table at Boot Camp.
  • They are supposed to be a mentor/guide/bestower-of-wisdom to the writers at their table.
  • They are supposed to know what they're doing.
  • Me... I'm totally making up everything about my writing career as I go.
Does anyone else notice a potential disaster in the making? Let's hope I'm smarter than I think I am.

Whew!! Confessions just seem to be good for me.

Oh, wait. I have another and it's HUGE!

Confession #3: There just might--just might--be a book signing or two in the works for Courting Miss Lancaster. Whahahahaha!! (So once I have details, please, please, please, please somebody show up so I don't look like a complete dork!!)


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Sunday, February 14, 2010

In honor of Valentine's Day, I have created a very special tribute to my not-so-secret Valentine!



video


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Friday, February 12, 2010

It's that time of the week:

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

The first time today's guest and I met was a memorable experience--for him. I have no recollection of this meeting, though I have seen documented video evidence that it did, in fact, occur. A year later we were married, an event I remember quite well. For ten years now (going on 11), we've been livin' the dream as quite possibly the coolest married couple on the planet.

Folks, time to meet the man behind the nut-job who runs this website: my husband, Paul.

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Paul: Thank you, it is nice to finally be interviewed.

SME: I've never actually said this to any of my Friday Friends, but I just can't help myself... You're pretty much totally hot!

Paul: Yeah, I can't help it.

SME: I was gonna ask you on a Valentine's date...

Paul: You mean you're not gonna anymore?

SME: I'm still debating. The possibility of rejection makes me hesitate.

Paul: I would say just do it. Cause if you won't I will.

SME: Whoa, there, cowboy. Maybe we're not all that compatable. Perhaps I should ask you a few probing and incredibly nosy questions first... just to make sure.

Paul: Bring it on.

SME: Favorite dinner?

Paul: Of late, it's been 'Daddy Pizza', but I do really like a good lemon chicken (Rice King in Provo or Hunan Yun in Glendale highly recommended).

SME: Hmmm... the fact that absolutely nothing I cook made it on that list is probably not a point in your favor.
Question #2: Which is the "better" dessert... pie or pudding?

Paul: HELLO, pie all the way.

SME: You are somewhat redeemed.
Question #3: What is your preference... redheads or (doesn't really matter what other option I give you, your answer had better be redheads)


Paul: Definitely redheads. One in particular.

SME: It's like you knew the answer to that one.
Question #4: What's your favorite continent?

Paul: Well, I would love to visit Europe, Brazil was awesome when I was there (really nice people), Asia is so interesting and of course North America.

SME: So, you're kinda indecisive, huh?

Paul: On the contrary, I love them all.

SME: Equal opportunity, I see. I can dig that.
Final "are you my dream guy" question: Who is your favorite author of all time--and you better get this right, buster!


Paul: Sarah M. Eden (www.sarahmeden.com). She's awesome! I know her really well. She's actually read her books to me before they are published. I love that. Plus, she writes romances, you know, and I'm her research assistant.

SME: I could use a research assistant, myself. Whaddaya say? Wanna get married?

Paul: I'd love to, but didn't that already get taken care of?

SME: Wait.... I thought you looked familiar!

Paul: You mean you were proposing to someone you didn't know was me?

SME: Um... you've known me how long? One would think you would understand my extremely warped sense of humor by now.

Paul: Just kidding.

SME: So, now that we've established that we are perfect for one another... you wanna play a game?

Paul: Naw

SME: You're fired.
C'mon, game? Or no game?


Paul: Game

SME: Correct.

Paul: Awesome.

SME: This game is entitled "How Well Does Paul Know Sarah?"--and, yes, be very afraid.

Paul: Not fair, but I'm in.

SME: Wonderful. *grins rather alarmingly* Question 1: Which of the following sports did I NOT play during my growing up years?
a.) soccer
b.) field hockey
c.) badminton


Paul: Challenge me. b.

SME: Very good.
Question 2: Which of the following are you NOT allowed to give me for Valentine's Day (according to my own rules)?
a.) chocolates
b.) flowers
c.) power tools

Paul: All of the above.

SME: Ooooh. So close. I have never explicitely stated that power tools are not allowed. They aren't allowed and you would suffer greatly should you choose to gift me power tools for Valentine's Day... but they still weren't listed in the official rules. Tricky, I know. But life isn't always fair.

Paul: It was an implicit restriction. You are really hard to shop for on Valentine's Day by the way.

SME: I like to give you a challenge.

Paul: Thanks. I have to think long and hard each year for your Valentine's present, but you are worth it.

SME: Yes I am.
Question 3: You have been known by many codenames over the years, most of which I invented. Which of the following is not one of those names?
a.)
That Guy
b.) Raul
c.) Ed

Paul: a. Those are some great stories.

SME: whahahaha! I have called you all three. You lose. This means you are going to have come up with something spectacular for Valentine's day--not that I planned this or anything in order to secure a fabulous present or anything... ur... um....

Paul: You're tricky. I was not aware of that one.

SME: I know.
Hey. You wanna see your portrait?


Paul: Yeah. I wonder what kind of shoes I'll have.

SME: Alrighty. First I have to draw it...

*drawing, drawing, drawing*

Paul: I can wait.

I like it! I love those slippers. After moving to Utah from Phoenix during the coldest part of the year I have come to appreciate having warm feet.

SME: My feet have yet to be warm. *sigh*
So we've reached that part of the interview--final question. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Paul: 1. I got to banter with my favorite bantering partner
2. I learned a new codename you have for me.
3. We got to talk to each other in the same room without speaking at all.
4. I decided on my favorite continents.
5. I can now say I have been interviewed by my favorite author!

SME: Excellent answers. I suppose you have made up for incorrectly answering my trick questions.
Thanks for being my Friday Friend! (And Happy Valentine's Day!)

Paul: Happy Valentine's Day to you!!! I love you.

SME: psst... right back at ya!
*cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!




If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!


(This is the point where I would normally tell you that if today's INFF guest gets 5 or more comments, then he or she receives 2 extra entries in February's giveaway. Paul, however, is ineligible seeing as how he is a member of my immediate family and that, somehow, just seems unfair. He probably would disagree, but let's face it, I make the rules on this website.)


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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It's Wednesday. Let's go walkabout.

(I'm bringing along a few of my mates as I wander through the vast wilderness of the publishing industry, learning the ins and outs, and having a grand adventure.)

Walkabout, Week 23:

Love vs. Not Love

Love:
I'm currently reading the Whitney Award finalists in the Romance category! Did I ever mention that I love reading a good romance?

Not Love:
There's been a nasty cold/flu/annoying illness going around and I have had it twice. Dumb.

Love:
Courting Miss Lancaster's release date is less than 3 weeks away!!

Not Love:
I had a run-in at the grocery store with quite possibly the rudest person who ever lived. I made the apparently unforgiveable error of placing a 3-ring binder on the conveyor belt before she had placed her Valentine's card on the conveyor belt and as a result had the dubious pleasure of being informed I needed to "pay attention" and that I was an "idiot" (among other things). Thank you, Rudest Lady in the World, for inspiring my next villain!

Love:
My mother sent me this valentine:


It opens up into a poster. I laughed hysterically. Hey, did you know that I know those guys? Check out their INFF interviews: Edward and Jacob

Love:
There are more than 45 entries in February's drawing. Oh yea. I'm feeling the love!



So, Love beats out Not Love on this the Wednesday before the Sunday of Love!


Be sure to stop by on Friday for a very special Valentine's Day themed INFF. (And don't forget to enter February's giveaway--the winner walks away with a free autographed copy of "Courting Miss Lancaster"!!!)




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Friday, February 5, 2010

It's that time of the week:

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's guest is Victoria Allred. I first met Victoria in 2002--we attended the same church. My family and I moved across town, but a couple years later, her family moved to the same area and we were once again church-buddies. I happen to think Victoria is a fantastic lady and I think you'll agree!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Victoria Allred: Thanks for having me

SME: First question--and this is crucial--What was your favorite candy you used to get with Valentines at school?

Victoria Allred: I loved the conversation hearts. I liked to form sentences with them.

SME: I always felt they were sorely lacking in modifying phrases. Perhaps that was a clue that being a writer was in my future.

Victoria Allred: Yeah it was a problem, but it was fun to eat them anyway. Now I prefer good chocolate.

SME: The taste buds do mature, thankfully.

Victoria Allred: They do. I like brussel sprouts now.

SME: Mine aren't quite that mature. I've reached the bell peppers and cauliflower level of maturity.

Victoria Allred: Those are yummy too. Actually, I do like vegetables. And they don't need to be covered in cheese or ranch to be enjoyed.

SME:

Victoria: Although cheese and ranch makes them better.

SME: Yea. Did you notice the silence... I didn't want to admit that I rather like the cheese topping.

Victoria Allred: We often use cheese to get the boys to eat them.

SME: We use that same underhanded parenting technique.
And now for the classic INFF question: What's your favorite continent?

Victoria Allred: I've been thinking about that one. I've been around North America, however I'd have to say Europe because I want to visit and see as many countries as possible. It's kinda like states here--close enough to see a bunch.

SME: Europe has had quite a few votes.

Victoria Allred: Yeah I noticed that in your recap. And I was thinking about changing to help out one of the lesser chosen continents, but then it would not have been my favorite.

SME: If your up for it, I have a game to play--one which is not only a little random but also very timely.

Victoria Allred: okay, I like games.

SME: Tuesday was Groundhog Day--a holiday I have never fully understood. I remember as a child coloring pictures of really big rodents at the beginning of February and our teacher saying something about winter lasting 6 more weeks. Arizona doesn't really have a winter. It didn't seem like a really big deal.
In honor of Groundhog Day (the holiday, not the movie), I have invented yet another game: "Punxsutawney Phil Really Needs An Easier Name"!
I will ask you three trivia questions about the world's most famous groundhog. Choose the right answers and you will be the INFF champion!

Victoria Allred: OK. This sounds hard!

SME: 1.) What is the ratio of "Phil seeing his shadow" to "Phil not seeing his shadow"?
a.) 99:15
b.) 57:57
c.) Phil refuses to reveal this highly classified information

Victoria Allred: Since we don't have winter in AZ, I am going to guess low. B

SME: OOOhhhh. The answer was A. Apparently Phil sees his shadow A LOT!

Victoria Allred: Although I don't know if he really sees his shadow or if that's something the media makes up to selll Groundhog toys.

SME: I don't place a whole lot of confidence in the shadow thing.

Victoria Allred: Why can't it be if a dog sees his shadow or if a tree has a shadow?

SME: Apparently groundhogs have an in with someone in authority.
Question 2.) If Phil sees his shadow, as he did on Tuesday, this is supposed to mean...
a.) 6 more weeks of Winter
b.) Spring is just around the corner
c.) Phil does not need to report for his annual eye exam

Victoria Allred: 6 more weeks of winter.

SME: Absolutely correct!!
3.) Which of the following have fellow weather prognosticators (great word, eh?) NOT actually say about Phil?
a.) CNN meteorologist, Chad Meyers: Phil is correct only 39% of the time.
b.) US National Oceanic and Atmostpheric Administration: Phil has "no predictive skill"
c.) Jealous Meterologists Anonymous: Phil is nothing more than the reality tv pseudo-celebrity of the weather world, and it's time his fifteen minutes of fame came to an end!

Victoria Allred: B.

SME: Actually, there is no "Jealous Meterologists Anonymous", so their quote is the fake one. So, C.

Victoria Allred: Oh I was thinking I was choosing the true one.

SME: I wondered, 'cause I was pretty sure that "quote" was just ridiculous enough. *sigh* You did get the essential one correct though. You now know that there are 6 more weeks of winter.

Now on to the part of the interview when I draw a portrait of my new friend. You.

Victoria Allred: How fun.

*SME demonstrates her highly-honed artistic skills*

Victoria Allred: oh wow. You even got my bangs. I love how thin I am. I look like I lost 100 pounds.

SME: That is my favorite part about stick figure portraits--everyone is happy with their figure. (Except Mr. Darcy, he grumbled.)

Victoria Allred: He didn't seem to like anything anyway. I noticed you gave me flats. Is that cuz I am tall and shouldn't wear heels?

SME: Um, I figured if I put you in heels, I wouldn't be able to see your face and that would make the portrait harder to draw.

Victoria Allred: That's quite possible. I think I have almost a foot on you. (In height not an actual foot.)

SME: Final question: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Victoria Allred: 1) my first ever.
2) Got to talk about the next holiday - Valentine's
3) Got to talk about food
4) Learned the word prognosticators
5) Got a new pair of pink shoes (well kinda)

SME: Prognosticator is a wonderful word!

Victoria Allred: 6) made a new friend. I know you said 5 but some people only give you 4. (Although I was already your friend so that might not count.)

SME: That almost makes up for Mr. Darcy--he only gave me 2, I think.
Thanks for stopping by and being my Friday Friend!

Victoria Allred: Anytime.

SME: *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!


(Don't forget--If Victoria gets 5 or more comments, she gets an additional 2 entries in January's giveaway!)



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Monday, February 1, 2010

Normally when making big announcements like this, I open the post by blabbing on about something inconsequential in order to build suspense. After the pointless yacking I generally stick in a "Read More!" link to force my unsuspecting readers to click in order to read the winners. I am sometimes cruel. For this I am somewhat sorry.
I'm not going to do that today (much). It isn't that I've lost my love of literary torture, I simply don't feel well and prolonging anticipation takes way too much energy.

January's giveaway stats:
150 entries (wow. wow.)
the prize: a gift certificate to Cerretta's candy company ---->
winner selection process: all entries were given a number, random.org picked a number, blah, blah, blah

the winner: Amie!

(Amie, send me an email sarah [at] sarahmeden [dot] com so I can get your prize to you.)



February's giveaway:

the prize: an autographed copy of
Courting Miss Lancaster!

I wish I could say that you will receive your copy before they are available in stores but if I said that I would be lying and I'm really not into lying. You see.......

I have a release date for
Courting Miss Lancaster:

March 1st!!!!


February's winner will be randomly selected on March 1st and the book shipped out right away.

Entry break down:









Good luck!






(ignore "Read More!", there's nothing else)
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