I’m from Kansas City and am thrilled to see the Royals make it to the World Series. I’ve done some reminiscing lately and thought I’d share some things from 1985 in celebration of them making the series.
In 1985 the Royals won the World Series, but here are a few other interesting tidbits that were happening the last time they made it to the big game.
*”Careless Whisper” by Wham was the top selling song.
*Back to the Future was the biggest grossing movie.
*Mammoth Hunters by Jean Auel was the bestselling novel.
*Out of Africa won best picture at the Oscars.
*Gorbachev became the Soviet leader.
*Bo Jackson won the Heisman trophy.
*The Cosby Show was the highest-rated TV show.
*”We Are the World” won Grammy awards for song and record of the year.
*Biloxi Blues won the Tony for best play.
*The top-selling cars were the Chevrolet Cavalier, Ford Escort, and Chevrolet Celebrity.
* The Winner of Super Bowl XIX was the San Francisco 49ers.
*The Domain Name System was created.
*Reagan was in his second term.
*New Coke was released.
*Live Aid was the biggest concert and raised money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
*Super Mario Bros was released.
*Calvin and Hobbes debuted.
*Tommy Hilfiger was established.
*DNA was first used in a criminal case.
*The world population was 4.8 billion.
*Kellan Lutz, Keira Knightley, Lily Allen, Lana del Ray, T Pain, Eva Longoria, Bruno Mars, and Kaley Cuoco Sweeting were born.
*Rock Hudson, Orson Welles and Yul Brenner died.
As for me, I was a sophomore / junior in high school. I drove a Chevy Citation piece of junk. I worked at Rax restaurant and then at Worlds of Fun amusement park. I loved Duran Duran and wanted to be a reporter when I grew up. Oh, and I was a Madonna wannabe.
A lot has changed since 1985, including Madonna, Tom Cruise and George Clooney. And there’s me. Let’s just move right along and cheer for the KC Royals of 2014, and put the mall bangs and the New Coke behind us. Far behind us.
Go Royals! #takethecrown #beroyal
I’m pleased to share with you the new release for the second book in the Reaper’s Rite series, My Tethered Soul. Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter contest below!
It’s been months since Zadie faced her sister’s Reaper, months during which she’s been under her mentor’s magical protection. But now that she’s turning seventeen, that protection is about to run out.
When dark forces lure Zadie to wander at night, she’s manipulated into committing unspeakable acts. With her friends and family at risk, Zadie must try to use her powers to break free from the Reaper’s grasp, or surrender to the Reaper’s Rite, which can only lead to death.
“Have you tried … lately?”
Mara’s gaze met the floor and she replaced the brush on her dresser. She knew exactly what I was talking about. Vila powers. Our ability to make things happen. When I defeated my sister’s Reaper seven months ago, Mara was stripped of her powers. Lilura told us there might be a chance for Mara to regain them, but there was no way to know for sure. Mara tried to will something—anything—to happen the first two months after her Reaper’s demise with no luck. I hadn’t asked her since if she tried again. Until now.
“No,” she said.
“But if you haven’t tried, then you don’t know for sure. Maybe you can—”
“Just drop it, Zadie!”
Mara quickly regained her composure, closing her eyes and holding her hands out as if to steady herself. “Sorry. I just don’t want to talk about it.”
“Like you don’t want to talk about going to visit Mom?” It came out of my mouth before I could stop myself. But I didn’t regret it. I had been holding it in too long. Our mother had been locked up in a mental institution for the past four years, since I was thirteen. It wasn’t until I found out about our family history—our half-faery/half-witch history—that I learned the real reason she lost her mind. If a Reaper couldn’t take a Vila’s soul, it could take her sanity instead. Mom’s Reaper was still out there, probably searching for her so he could finish the job he started. But there was a chance to save her from him. I vowed to help her defeat her Reaper. To finally bring her home again.
Dad and I visited Mom at least once a month, but Mara never made the trip with us. Not since before her accident last fall.
“I’m not ready.” She turned away from me and crawled into her bed.
“Why not? I don’t get it.”
Mara shook her head and shrugged. “I just … I know what it’s like to be haunted. To feel like there’s literally no escape from a demon. To have no choice but to give in. And knowing Mom is still … Zadie, it terrifies me to even think about being around that.”
My Tethered Soul (Reaper’s Rite 2)
The first book in the series is My Sister’s Reaper.
You can find it in the links below!
Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. Born in Angeles City, Philippines, to a Filipino mother and American Father, Dorothy grew up a military brat, living in Massachusetts, South Dakota, Guam, New Jersey, and New York. She now lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with her husband, two teens, and two Siberian huskies. Dorothy not only writes books with some element of magic in them, but has a fondness for reading those kinds of books as well. She also enjoys movies, chocolate, take-out, and spending time with family and friends. She’s known to make a pretty sweet cupcake when she has the time. She also tends to sing sometimes, so keep her away from your Karaoke bars.
Check it out and enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $30 Amazon gift card!
Today I have Lindsey R. Loucks on the blog to talk about her new release What Gifts She Carried and a few other odds and ends. Here’s some info on her book!
Title – What Gifts She Carried (The Grave Winner #2)
Author – Lindsey R. Loucks
Genre – YA Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Publisher – Crescent Moon Press
Release Date – August 15, 2014
Leigh Baxton just wants to pick up the pieces of her life—if you could call it that—but someone keeps resurrecting the dead. These new zombies have a knack for spilling Leigh’s precious blood, something she was warned about by a certain pair of undead sorceresses.
Desperate to find out why they’re here so Leigh can put the nightmares behind her, she must learn more about the gifts she carries. With Tram’s training sessions and clues from her mom’s past, Leigh begins to piece together what she’s capable of.
Too bad there isn’t a Cliff’s Notes version to saving the world.
The zombies have teamed up with followers of the darkest sorceress who ever lived, and they’ll play a wicked game until she’s freed from her prison inside the earth. When the battle to the death begins, Leigh must rely on friends, crushes, and even her enemies to win the war, but not the grave.
And now some questions for our lovely author…
Tell us a little bit about your book and what inspired it.
What Gifts She Carried is the sequel to The Grave Winner, and picks up about thirty minutes after TGW left off. The whole idea was inspired by an image of a box that I couldn’t get out of my head. It turned out that box was a casket, and that’s the opening image of TGW. The rest of the story developed inside the scary place known as my brain.
Describe your writing process.
My writing process begins by putting my butt in the chair and closing the internet—the horror! Then I slap some tape over my eyebrows so I don’t pluck them all out while I’m thinking and pound on the keyboard until something decent shows up on the screen.
What inspires you?
Everything. I take a lot of my reality and toss it into my books.
What is your favorite TV show (or movie)?
Firefly. That show neeeeeds to come back!
Who is your celebrity crush?
Today, it’s Charlie Hunnam. *drool*
Angels or zombies?
Zombies, because I can’t get enough of spooky things!
What do you like to read?
A bit of everything, really, from cereal boxes to classic literature and everything in between!
Inside the Writer’s Studio (questions I stole from Inside the Actor’s Studio)
1. What is your favorite word? Bubble.
2. What is your least favorite word? Meeting.
3. What turns you on? Intelligence.
4. What turns you off? Willful ignorance.
5. What sound do you love? Laughter.
6. What sound do you hate? Tires squealing.
7. What is your favorite curse word? Fuck.
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Literary agent.
9. What profession would you not like to do? Assembly line worker.
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Welcome to the big library in the sky! Would you like a taco while you browse?”
Thanks for chatting with us today, Lindsey! You can find more about her and her new release in the links below!
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Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.
She’s been with her significant other for almost two decades.
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Today I’m hosting Cherie Colyer on her new release, Challenging Destiny. She has a giveaway below! Enter to win!!
by Cherie Colyer
Release Date: 03/27/14
by Cherie Colyer
Logan Ragsdale and his younger sister, Ariana, have been marked, chosen to be unwilling participants in a war between angels and demons.
Logan can sense something’s not quite right. Like an unexpected chill on a summer’s day, he can feel the unseen closing in. He’s had these feelings before and, each time, someone close to him died. He’s afraid this time it might just be Ariana.
Logan’s fears are soon confirmed when he discovers their new friends aren’t human, but rather representatives from Heaven and Hell sent to Earth to ensure he and Ariana accept their roles in an ancient prophecy. Demons want Logan to open the gates of Hell. Ariana has the power to stop them, but if she chooses to side with Heaven to spare the lives of thousands of innocent people, she’ll damn her brother for eternity.
Together, they must derail the biblical event if they hope to save themselves and the future of mankind…but what price are they willing to pay to keep the other safe?
I glanced down at the silver dagger and then back up into her eyes. I couldn’t move. My muscles froze as my mind whirled.
She pressed the bone handle into my hand and closed my fingers around it. “You’d be freeing me from my contract with the Fallen. My soul will finally be at rest.” Her voice was soft. Tired. She raised her chin and closed her eyes. “Just make sure you hit my heart because I’m not going to promise getting stabbed isn’t going to piss me off.”
It wouldn’t take much effort to kill Kira. She stood in front of me, half an arm’s length away.
About the Author
A little about myself: I write young adult and middle grade novels. I love finding new stories that keep me up late reading. While my favorite genre is fantasy, if the book is beautifully written with characters that come alive I’m all over it.
My debut novel EMBRACE is now available from Omnific Publishing.
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