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A to Z – Good Grief…

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Good Grief, it’s spelled Suzi
So my father picked out this name, and of course they used a rare spelling. Here’s a few versions: Suzie, Susie, Suzy. No, it’s not a ton, but enough that nobody spells it right. So basically nobody ever spells my name right, which I’m totally used to. (Because nobody could spell my last name either)
Now people like to spell names a hundred different ways, but that wasn’t as common to do that when I was younger. So here are some songs with my name in them.

Suzie Q by Creedence Clearwater Revival – Yes, I’ve gotten called Suzie Q many times. There were a few people that used it often, and no, it’s never bothered me, but I still hear it every once in a while.


Crocodile Rock by Elton John – Another Suzie. I like this song too, and it’s a good song to dance to. Remember when rock was fun, me and Suzie had so much fun…

Wake Up Little Susie by the Everly Brothers – This song is from the 50s, and it makes me wonder if it was a little risque back then. It’s about Susie who fell asleep at her boyfriend’s and it’s now it’s early morning, and they’re gonna get in trouble. Of course when someone brought ups this song, it was usually accompanied with a joke.

Do you have any songs that feature your name?

A to Z – Flicks that stick

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Flicks that stick – The are songs that I always associate with movies whenever I hear them. You can just see that scene in the movie when the song hits. And even 20 years after that movie, you still see it.
Oh Yeah by Yello – An awesome movie from the 80s. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It’s at the very end where the jerk of a principal, who could never catch up with FB as he played hookey, is all defeated and kinda roughed up from his search for Ferris. It’s totally funny.

Foxy Lady by Jimmy Hendrix – Not exactly a JH fan, but this song always reminds me of Wayne’s World. Dana Carvey’s character imagining singing the song to a beautiful woman. Him bouncing across the floor doing the fox ears and then the hip thrust. It’s hilarious.

The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals – This movie reminds me of Casino. Awesome movie—the whole mob in Vegas thing. Deniro and Pesci together—love them. The song is played at the end where they’re wrapping up the whole story. I couldn’t get the video embeded for some reason, but if you watch it, be warned that about 5 minutes into it, there’s a very violent scene. And there’s a lot of swearing through the whole thing.

Youtube video

Are there any songs that always remind you of a certain movie?

A to Z – The end is in sight

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Some songs go on forever and ever. American Pie, anyone? To me, a normal song is about three-four minutes. I don’t base that on any research, that just is my personal feeling.

The radio versions of longer songs are often cut down, and that sucks is you like the song, but sometimes you get to hear the full version.

Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf – Awesome song. I totally get a kick out of the lyrics and the back and forth between Meatloaf and the woman. And the song is made up of different parts that vary in style, which makes it not boring. This song is approximately 10 minutes.


Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues – I love a lot of MB songs, but this is one of my favorites. It’s awfully slow and feels like a song you’d mellow out to while smoking pot, but I still like it. This song is approximately seven minutes.


November Rain by Guns N’ Roses – GNR was big when I was in junior and senior high school. I likes some of their songs, others not so much, but I love November Rain. It’s just a beautiful song and is approximately 10 minutes.


What about you? Are there any super long songs that you love?

A to Z – Didn’t I hear this before?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Remakes. There’s lots of them. Sometimes I like the original and sometimes the remake. It’s funny how when you’re listening to a song and then realize that the song you knew was not the original. Many times I’ve been surprised to learn that a song is a remake.

So here’s a few remakes that I like.

The Race is On by George Jones and Sawyer Brown – Sawyer Brown all the way. Yes, it was the first version I heard, but I love SB and this one is awesome.


Sweet Caroline by Elvis and Neil Diamond – Elvis may be The King, I choose Neil with this one.


Layla by Eric Clapton – This one is actually a tough one for me to choose. I’m not sure which I like best because they’re both good.

What of the above do you prefer? What are some songs where you prefer the 2nd version over the original.

A to Z – Cheese anyone?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Everyone’s idea of cheesy is different, and I think cheesy is sort of hard to define. Silly or goofy, maybe stupid. Or a roll your eyes song. One you don’t want to admit to liking. Sometimes cheesy is good, sometimes bad. But these songs are ones I like. Not saying I’d listen to them all the time, but they’re good to hear every once in a while.
Two notes about this song.
1. This lead singer totally needs a barrett. That hair… (no explanation needed) And they’re clothes are funny too–they’re a combination of such different styles.
2. I have no clue what those words are scrolling across the top, cause I don’t speak that language, so I apologize
if it’s something not nice.
Safety Dance by Men Without Hats – Totally 80s. SSSS AAAA FFFF EEEE TTTT YYYY, Safe Safe Safe Tee Dance Dance Dance Dance.Total Cheese. I rarely hear this one, but I remember it quite clearly.

Da Ya Think I’m sexy by Rod Stewart – RS has many great songs, but this one isn’t the best. But I get a kick out of it, and it’s totally see it being played at some disco club in the 70s.


Daydream Believer by The Monkees – The Monkees are kinda cool. Anyone remember when Davey Jones was on the Brady Bunch? Even though I think this song is kinda cheesy, I still really like it.


Barbie Girl by Aqua – Not exactly a quality song, but it’s also one I get a kick out of. I was a Barbie girl, meaning I played with them, but I didn’t look like a Barbie girl.


So which cheesy songs do you like?

A to Z – Bad message, good song

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

There are a bunch of songs I feel guilty about listening to because they have a bad message: songs about drinking or drugs. And part of me feels like I’m promoting those things, but I still like the songs. So here are a few…

This Afternoon by Nickelback – Sitting around drinking beer and smoking pot with your friends. Nope, didn’t do that, but still like the song.


Lit Up by Buckcherry – Doing cocaine… not thanks. Still like the song though.


Mas Tequila by Sammy Hagar – This probably the least worst of the three. Tequila is disgusting, and I have no desire to drink it, nor did I when I was younger. Still like the song.


On the flip side I have a song that has a better message.

MaMa Told Me (Not to Come) by Three Dog Night – Okay, so maybe it’s not that it has a great message, but it shows what can happens to a good kid when he’s hanging out at a party where the above songs are happening. This song always makes me chuckle.

So do you enjoy any songs that you’d never live in your real life?

A to Z – Ages Ago

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

I’m a child of the 80s, which means I had records, and then cassettes. I much prefer paying 99 cents now for one song, instead of a whole record/cassette or CD. But before that we had 45s (records). One song on each side. Of course we only listened to the one side, cause the B side was usually some little known song.
So here are a few of the 45s I had.

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor – I wasn’t really a Rocky fan, but who could forget this awesome song? Not me, obviously. Just recently we saw Survivor in concert, and they have a lot of terrific songs, but this is the best known to me.


Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners – I don’t know if DMR had any other songs, but this one was pretty cool. Hard to dance to, but a good song.


Mickey by Toni Basil – Oh Mickey, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind. Hey, Mickey! Hey, Mickey! Now this one was a fun one to dance to, and I think this was a one hit wonder, but I could be wrong.

Abracadabra by Steve Miller Band – Love the SMB. Lots of awesome songs. I think this 45 actually belonged to my brother, but I listened to it often too.

So did you grow up in the age of records? Have any 45s? What were your faves?

For those awesome bloggers

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

I want to thank Lara Schiffbauer for nominating me for the Shauny Blog Award. It was something I hadn’t heard of, but it’s a great way to tell those other bloggers who’ve supported you on your way.
It was created last November by Doctor Rex in honor of Shaun Gibson, a Scottish blogger who lives with chronic pain syndrome.The sentiment in which the award was created is just beautiful and the only rules, if you can call them rules, are these: Show Humanity, Show Love, Be Yourself, Don’t Be Others, Don’t Gossip, and Share This Award with 10 others. (Okay, I only did four. :) )
There are so many awesome bloggers out there, but four of them stand out of the crowd. These ladies are all writers, terrific writers, and they’ve supported me in the blogging and writing world. Because really, I’m blogging because of my writing.
So in no particular order…
Laura Schiffbauer: And seriously, I’m not giving her the award because she did for me. :)
As a blogger: Not long after I started blogging, I found Lara. She had some inspiring posts and other informative writing posts, and she hooked me there. I read her blog for a while before I started commenting, but then finally got more comfortable. Lara also does these Friday Fun post with great pictures of animals and captions. She’s seriously one of the first blogs I read Friday mornings because her pictures are always good for a laugh.
As a writer: Lara’s been super supportive of my projects, always ready to help. And I’ve been lucky to read her work too and can’t wait to see her #2 book in her Adven Series. Someday I hope to meet her and maybe when we both become famous writers, we’ll take a drive and meet halfway between our homes. (Btw, Lara, I checked out the map, and I think South Dakota’s Black Hills would be a perfect halfway point. :)
Cassie Mae
As a blogger: Cassie Mae was another one there when I first got into blogging. She is so funny and so sweet. In my early blogging times, I’d be going around visiting blogs and I’m like, oh—there’s Cassie Mae. Then I’d go to another, and another, and Cassie Mae was like always one of the commentors. I’m not sure how she kept up with them all, but she was everywhere. She is just a terrific blogger: fun and interesting.
As a writer: Cassie Mae totally makes me laugh. Her characters are sometimes sweet, sometimes fun, sometimes silly, and you just love them. She is also another writer I admire, successful in both self and traditional publishing. She’s got so many fires burning, I can hardly keep up with them all, but I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to read her work before it’s published. I met Cassie Mae once, but will get to see her also at the Storymakers Conference.
Jolene Perry
As a blogger: Jolene was also one of those who I started following in my early blogging days. She always had fun posts and I learned a lot about writing and publishing. At first I was nervous leaving a comment on her blog, but I got over that when I found out how cool she was.
As a writer: Jolene is one of those writers I’d love to be. Yes, she writes (and has been publishing) lots of great novels, but… she is just an awesome person. Always willing to help. And I can’t wait to meet her at the April Storymakers conference we’ll both be at.
Theresa Paulo
As a blogger: I didn’t find Theresa right away when I first started blogging, but it didn’t take long. I think it was a blog hop she hosted with another. I hadn’t done a lot of blog hops at that time, but this was a fun one—and if I remember right, relatively easy. And so that’s when I really started visiting her blog. And I’m like, ohh, I love the sound of the stories she writes. They’re similar to what I like to read. And the rest is history. (Of course anything in the past is now history, I suppose. :) )
As a writer: As I said above, I love the type of stories Theresa writes. I’ve gotten to read a ton of hers and love them all. There’s always romance/love in there, but there’s usually some type of emotional issue that the main characters struggle with. She makes her characters struggle a lot. (Which is good. :) ) She’s been so very supportive too, helping me with mine and always there to make me laugh. I’ve seen Theresa twice, but I’m sure there’ll be much more times. The next time I go to NYC, I’m staying with her, because she is totally fun too. (Here’s your warning, Theresa, if I hadn’t mentioned this yet. :) )
So those are my four picks, because as I said, they’re all terrific writers… terrific women… and terrific friends.

Sisters (and brothers)

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

My friends, Kelley Lynn and Jenny Morris, just released their book, Road to Somewhere. It’s about two sisters, a roadtrip, and apparently cowboys. :) I haven’t had a chance to read it since I just purchased it last night, but I really like the storyline being about two sisters.

I haven’t seen a lot of that in YA. More often when books involve siblings, it’s a brother/sister combination. Or, you typically have a ‘good’ sibling and a ‘bad’ sibling, but this doesn’t seem to be that way either.
So I’m looking forward to reading this story about Charlie and Lucy. And I’m also curious about those cowboys. :)
Let me know what other books you’re read about sisters OR brothers. Or if you’ve read Road to Somewhere.

Road to Somewhere at Amazon or Goodreads

For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn’t just a vacation, it’s life changing. While her parents think she’s helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn’t quite the summer of fun she imagined.

Add in a detour to her grandparents’ ranch in Texas, and between mucking the stalls, down-home cookin’, and drool worthy ranch hands, this could just turn into the best, and most complicated, summer of their lives.

The Real Thing

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Today I’ve got the cover reveal for Cassie Mae’s latest novel, The Real Thing.
Since she’s way more funny than I am, I’m gonna let her introduce it.

Take it away Cassie Mae…


So, this book… it’s about this girl.
And she loves her online time.
Her phone is her buddy.
And her favorite app is her Kindle, because she also LOVES to read.
Read a lot.
Then there’s this boy.
He’s best friends with this bookworm girl.
He sort of has a thing for her.
But, he’s also got major anxiety.
And isn’t sure how to make a move.
So when they end up rooming together for the summer, this guy tries to get this girl to put the screen away long enough for him to win her over.
But of course, it’s not easy to unplug. Especially for an internet junkie.
Hmm… that girl sounds pretty familiar ;)
And here’s the hawt cover for it! 

And here’s the actual blurb, and not my picture version :)

Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.
When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.

About Cassie Mae :)
Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestsellers REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND and HOW TO DATE A NERD, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.