Monday, November 12, 2012

Guest Post by Sara P. Bowers, Aberration Cover Reveal, My Blog Banner, My Profile Photo, and Announcements


Please welcome Sara Bowers (also known as S.P. Bowers)!

One of the earliest movie memories I have is going to see The Black Hole in theaters when I would have been about 3-4 years old.  It terrified me and I remember sitting on the sticky, dirty, gross floor through most of the movie.  Yes, I was that scared.

Recently Hubby and I decided to take our three year old son to the movies for the first time.  We took him to Brave.  Because my son gets scared pretty easily I was a little worried about the bear fight.  Fortunately, it didn’t prove to be a problem.  Now that I think of it, he’s more scared of female villains.  How to Train Your Dragon?  No problem.  Monsters Inc?  They’re cuddly.  The wicked witch in Tangled?  He won’t watch.  The lady who runs the orphanage in Despicable Me?  He runs and hides in his bed.  I’m not making that up. 

We wanted his first movie experience to be as memorable as mine, though we did hope it wouldn’t involve the floor, so we bought some drinks and, after making sure it was butter free, some popcorn. My son loves food so the first part of the movie was a backdrop to the joy of having a big drink and a bag of popcorn in his lap.  After he got his fill he turned his attention to the giant screen and the larger than life characters.  He loved it!  He asked questions and became involved in the story.  While I enjoyed the movie, I enjoyed watching him more.  Experiencing his joy and excitement during this new adventure truly made this a movie to remember. 

We don’t go to the movies much, generally it takes us two months to watch the Netflix movie. But when we do go it’s an experience, and we loved having that experience with our son, an experience that can’t be duplicated with Netflix and a big screen TV. Even now, months later I’ll drive by the movie theater and hear him in the back seat say “I’m hungry.  Maybe I want popcorn.  And TV.  There.”  and he’ll point to the theater.  I’m happy that his first movie experience is one he wants to recreate. Now if he wants the movie or just the popcorn and drink I may never know. 
 
Thank you Sara!
 
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Synopsis
 
FBI analyst Kassidy Bishop is assigned to the “For You” killer’s task force after a series of sadistic murders bearing the same signature arise in different parts of the country.
 
The homicides are both calculated and savage, occurring in different states, but bearing the same signature: the words “for you” scribbled at each crime scene. The case chills Kassidy, bringing back memories of her own encounter with a violent criminal five years earlier.
 
Kassidy’s mentor, legendary agent Talia “The Confessor” Crossen knows the task force assignment is Kassidy’s chance to prove to her colleagues that she belongs in the Behavior Analysis Unit. For five years, other FBI agents and profilers scoffed at Kassidy’s appointment to the BAU, believing she was only offered the position in exchange for her silence about the brutal assault that almost killed her.
 
The stakes rise when the task force links the killer’s signature to Kassidy. As more and more bodies turn up, Kassidy must delve into her past and the mysterious death of her twin sister, which holds the key to uncovering the killer’s identity.
 
The closer Kassidy comes to finding the killer, the closer she comes to a deadly confrontation that could cost her everything—including her own life.
 
You can check out Lisa's blog here.
 
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The wonderful Tara Tyler made me a blog banner last week! Tara makes awesome blog banners. I adore mine, Tara! You're an amazing artist. Thank you Tara!
 
I'll be reviewing Tara's novel Broken Branch Falls when it gets closer to its release date! Tara recently signed a contract with Curiosity Quills, so I wish you much success!
 
Thank you for everything, Tara! You're an incredible bloggy friend to have! I'm glad I've met you online!
 
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I changed my profile photo, again!
 
You can identify me with this photo.
 
 
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Announcements
I'm hosting Mary Pax's The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear Launch Party tomorrow!
Shannon Lawrence is guest posting for me on Wednesday!
I'm participating in the Oh, How I Miss You blogfest on Friday!
I'm looking forward to these events! Yay! 

46 comments:

  1. I can't remember when I first took my kids to movies. I delayed it until they were ready, though I don't think my youngest was old enough at the time. She got bored during Shriek (can't remember which version) since it was too long for her. But since the other two really want to see a movie, I didn't have a choice but to bring her. Now they loving seeing movies in theaters.

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    1. Our son was ready. He can easily sit through a movie and would watch TV all day if I let him. Our daughter on the other hand has absolutely no interest in TV.

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  2. Sara, glad you could pass on that joy to your son.
    Lisa's cover is great.
    And so is your new header and icon! Tara is awesome.

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  3. Sara-- nice to meet you-- glad I stopped by!

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  4. that is a nice thing to share with your son---i love your banner!

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  5. Sara, I want to go to the movies with you! :D

    Love the banner, Livia!

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  6. Hi, Sara. Good to see you. And great post! I love going to the movies, but don't do it often enough.

    Great cover for Aberration. Kudos Lisa!

    I love your new blog, Livia. It's nice to have a face to put with the name. :)

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    1. We don't go often either, but love when we can.

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  7. I had a mug commemorating the 1979 Black Hole movie. Sounds weird but it was a cool mug!

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    1. Not weird at all. We watched the movie several times growing up. It didn't always freak me out. :)

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  8. I wish I had a memory of my first movie experience...and now I get motion sickness at theaters. Total bummer. But at the same time, when my husband takes the kids to the movies, I get to stay home and write. :-)

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    1. I never got motion sick as a child but the older I get the more and more I do. I can see a time when I won't be able to go to the movies anymore. I already can't go to 3D. Makes me want to throw up.

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  9. Hi, Livia,

    Nice to meet you. I admire you enthusiasm! Where in the midwest?

    Sara,

    great story. It is a wonderful feeling to experience life's simple pleasures through the eyes of a three-year-old. Not having kids, it is something I really wish I could experience... Enjoy every one! They are cherished moments.

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    1. Thank you Michael. Watching life through the eyes of a young child really does help remind you what is important.

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  10. Love your new header and icon, Livia. Tara is very talented.

    Watching a movie on the 'big screen' is so different to catching it at home. Glad you had a fun experience with your son.

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  11. thanks for the shout out, livia, looks great!
    and appreciate the compliments, y'all!

    some movies are big screen worthy, but most we watch on the small screen =) will have to ask my boys what first movie out was...hmm!

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  12. 1) I loved SP's story about her little boy. Too cute!
    2) I adore Lisa's cover for Abberation!
    3) The header looks great!

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  13. I heard good things about Brave. It's on my holiday movie list.

    Love the new profile. By Tara yes? Her style is so distinctive.

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    1. It was fun. Of course we do love all things Scottish...

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  14. Sara, I took my 6yo son to an NSYNC concert and he screamed & cried the whole time. Who knew they'd have explosions? Sheesh!

    Lisa Regan's Aberration is magnificent! I know. I've read it 3 times as a CP. And I love the new cover!

    Great header, Livia! Tara did well!

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    1. Yikes on the explosions. My son probably would have cried the whole time too.

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  15. What an adorable story, S.P. Bowers! We don't make it to movies much either, but now that my kids are older it's a special treat once in awhile. My oldest was the most "challenging" to take when she was little- she'd be bouncing off the walls!

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    1. I'm sorry- how rude! Nice to meet you Livia :)

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    2. That's the way our daughter is too. It will be awhile before she's ready.

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  16. Sara--so glad you had a great experience with your son at the movies! It's so great to see things through their eyes. Our daughter's first movie was Megamind. She loved it. It was very exciting! And OMG I know every single movie you mentioned intimately! LOL.

    Livia: THANK YOU so much for the shout-out. I really appreciate it! I love the new look and can't wait for your review of Tara's book!

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    1. I figured a lot of people with kids would know the references.

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  17. Great post, S.P. thanks for sharing... as our family trip to the movies was a Dee-saster :)

    Now, I have hope again :)

    Livia, nice job on the "makeover" and good on you, Tara, for paying it forward :)

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    1. Lol, sorry about the disaster. That's why we're not taking our daughter anytime soon.

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  18. Great new blog banner and love the post from SP! Whoot! I love movies and that's cute about your son not liking female villains. Honestly - a female villain is definitely SCARY!

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    1. Yea, but I have to wonder why? I'm paranoid it's my fault.

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  19. I used to LOVE going to the movies. I especially loved the ice creams. Those movie experiences I had as a child will always stay with me :)

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    1. Exactly. We're hoping to give our son some of those movie experiences.

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  20. Sara, I love taking my son to the movies too, especially when it's just the two of us.

    Livia, I love your new banner. :)

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  21. I took my two kids (6 and 3) to see Brave on the big screen this summer. My daughter, the oldest loved it, but my son did get scared of the bears. Luckily my mother was with us and she walked him out during the scary parts. It's strange because he loved How To Train Your Dragon. I guess you never know with kids. Loved the post, and great banner Livia!

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    1. Sorry about the bear scene. It's funny how some things trigger a reaction and others don't.

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  22. Great post, Sara! My first movie was The Fox and the Hound... I remember watching Arachnophobia when I was 12 and being very scared.

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  23. Great post Sara! I don't even remember my first movie, just the first one I saw alone. It was a James Bond flick, go figure.

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