Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Newfound Respect For Mothers Of Multiples

The following video will be most accurate if you turn the sound all the way up before viewing...

The baby on the left is my nephew Zachary and the one with the obnoxious lungs on the right is my dear, sweet Matthew. My sister and I were due on the same day but Matthew arrived 9 days early while Zack came 8 days late (Sucked to be my sister!) so they are about two and a half weeks apart.

So, my newfound respect for mothers of multiples...

The other day I had to watch my sister's kids for her. Aside from new little Zack she also has a very rambunctious two-year-old (Benji) and a sassy four-year-old (Kimberly). I had all three of them plus Matthew. (needless to say if my older two kids weren't in school at the time I would have lost my marbles)

Things started out fairly well--both newborns sleeping while the other two quietly ate breakfast. Zack started crying first so I was holding him. But then Matthew wakes up and of course it's time to eat. So I lay Zack next to me on the couch and start feeding Matthew. (keep in mind I mean breastfeeding.) Well Zack just won't stop screaming so I try to pick him up. I am literally breastfeeding Matthew in my left arm and holding Zack against my right shoulder trying to burp him because now he's cried so much he's got a bubble in his tummy. This soothes him for about five minutes and I start to think I'm just so talented and have this twin thing under control.

Enter Kimberly and Benjamin. By now the Lucky Charms I fed them for breaksast is kicking in and they begin wrestling each other on the couch next to me. They are biting each other's toes (gross, I know). I tell them to stop but what can I really do with a baby in each arm, one of which is literally attached to me?

So, said wrestlers end up kicking Zack's foot, which is all it takes to set him off screaming again. This gets Kimberly and Benji's attention so they take the toe-eating WWF onto the floor. Zack is still crying, Kimberly bites Benji's toe too hard. Benji hits Kimberly in retaliation. I threaten time-outs. And thankfully Kimberly and Benjamin are now mad enough at each other that they no longer want to play together and WWF ends.

I go back to trying to quiet Zack and no sooner do I get him quiet, then a stark naked Benji brings me his big boy pants yelling, "Aunt Kelly, pee pee! Pee pee!" He's pointing to the spot on the couch where he has peed all over it.

Now I have to put both babies down and Matthew is not finished eating and therefore thinks the world is coming to an end and it's his duty to let everyone know.

And this is how my sister finds me. Two screaming newborns, one butt-naked two-year-old running around with dripping underpants, and pee drying all over the couch. And all I can think at the time is, "Well at least Kimberly isn't sucking on Benjiman's toes anymore."

True story.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Book Review!

Finally posted the next book(s) on my review blog. It took us a while cause Josh had to read all three books before we could post our review. Click the picture to see the full review. And remember, we love to hear other people's thoughts as well. Whether you agree or disagree, join in the discussion!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

My top 10 Fictional Boyfriends and why my husband earned the dedication of my first book.

Who is your fictional boyfriend? Come on, you know you have one. My problem is, I have too many. I'm kind of a fictional tramp actually.

I've often heard people complain that in books the love interest is too perfect. Personally, I don't complain when that happens. I just fall in love and then have to add another name to my list of fictional boyfriends. And when I'm writing I think that's a lot of the fun--to create a guy I can absolutely fall in love with.

Ryan Miller, (the love interest in Being Jamie Baker) is definitely my fictional boyfriend. But he's a little different though. He's kind of my fictional boyfriend as well as my real-life boyfriend because he has a lot of the same traits as my husband. For instance Josh never gets angry and he's impossibly optimistic. (This meshes quite nicely with my pessimism, but I can find it every bit as annoying as Jamie does sometimes.)

I won't bore you with the entire list of traits I stole from Josh to create Ryan Miller, but I will let you in on a secret about the book's dedication.  The dedication reads: For Joshua, the original Ryan Miller This sounds incredibly sweet and sappy and I did do that on purpose because I do love him more than life itself. But the truth is, he earned the title of Ryan Miller mostly because of his ego. *snicker* If my husband and Ryan ever met in real life they would spend the entire time telling each other how awesome they are. (My friend Summer can attest to this!)

There's a line from a Justin Timberlake song that says, "Is it really cocky if you know that it's true?" I think that sums up both Josh and Ryan's way of thinking quite nicely. In fact, my husband refers to the project he's currently been working on as "Einstein's Baby" because he says that if Albert Einstein and Alfred Hitchcock ever had a love child it would be this project he's working on--that's how awesome it is...  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this about my husband. He's cocky, and yet he's still very humble in a lot of ways which makes the ego completely endearing. 

So Ryan Miller = easy going, optimistic, happy, & slightly egotistical = my husband = my fictional boyfriend.

While I'm completely faithful to my Husband, I cannot claim the same for my fictional boyfriend Ryan. (Sorry Ryan, perfect guys may be hard to find in real life, but in the fictional world, I'm afraid You're a dime a dozen.) Which is why I have dozens of fictional boyfriends. I'll just list my top ten though. I should say current top ten since I'm completely fickle about my favorite anythings...

My Top 10 Fictional Boyfriends (Other than Ryan Miller)

1. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice 
2. Ian O'Shea from Stephenie Meyer's the Host.
3. Jace Wayland from Cassandra Claire's Immortal Instruments series
4. Edward Cullen from Stepheine Meyer's Twilight series. (Let me be clear that I mean Edward from the books and most definitely NOT the movies--which, if you ask me are two completely different characters. However, since I've vowed to try my best not to spend my life ranting about how much I hate those movies, I'll stop there. Oh, except that also when I say Edward Cullen do I in no way mean Robert Pattinson!)
5. Rob Wilkins from Meg Cabot's 1-800-Where-Are-You series
6. Caleb Becker from Simone Elkeles's Leaving Paradise (Which reminds me--I NEED to read Return to Paradise!)
7. Theodore "Laurie" Laurence from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women 
8. Cinna (What is his last name? Anyone?) from Suzanne Collin's Hunger Games Series
9. Ash (The Winter Prince, does he even have a last name?) from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series
10. Gilbert Blithe from L.M. Montgomery's Anne Of Green Gables

So, now that I've shared my top 10 it begs the question, Who are your fictional boyfriends? Come on people, lets hear 'em!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Win a copy of Being Jamie Baker!

To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High’s resident ice queen. But during a super-charged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special.

Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media, or turned into a government lab rat? 

More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?

See Kelly. See Kelly Write. See Kelly give away a book a week in honor of November being National Being Jamie Baker Month! *insert that little skeptical smiley with the raised eyebrow here*

Okay, so November is NOT National Being Jamie Baker month. (That would be cool though.) But since, according to wikipedia, November is... 
  • Native American Heritage Month, 
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, 
  • COPD Awareness month, 
  • National Novel Writing Month, 
  • Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, 
  • American Diabetes Month, 
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month, 
  • National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, 
  • Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month, 
  • National Pomegranate Month in the United States, 
  • The month dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory in the Roman Catholic Church, 
  • and my personal favorite, Movember! (an annual month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November)
I figure there's still plenty of cause to give away free books.

The details:
I'm going to give away one autographed copy of my debut novel Being Jamie Baker a week during the fabulous month of November. All you have to do to win is stalk me on one of my internet hang-outs. 

I will randomly pick one winner a week from one of the following places:
A follower of this blog.
A follower of my Twitter.
A fan on Goodreads.
A fan on Facebook.

Sign up for one of these for a chance to win. Sign up for all of them and you get four chances to win. See how that works? Fun huh? I'll announce the winners each Monday in November starting with the 8th and ending with the 29th. And I think that's basically it. Good luck!

Not yet heard of Being Jamie Baker? (No worries, you wouldn't be the only one--hence the giveaway.) 
Check out the trailer and then preview the entire FIRST CHAPTER.

(Mad props to the creative team at Bluefields for this awesome book trailer. I still get giddy when I see it.)