#ThirteenForThursday with Linda Griffin

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Welcome author Linda Griffin for this week’s Thirteen for Thursday

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Who was your first book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Long before I ever heard that term, I considered Bracken Murray, a character in Ever After by Elswyth Thane, my ideal man. The book was part of a series that I first read in early adolescence, so I’m pretty sure he was the first.

What are your favorite and least favorite words? (in any language…)

I have a number of favorite words, but I think synchronicity is tops at the moment. My least favorite is the N-word.

Would you ever jump out of a perfectly good airplane?

Maybe if it was on fire…

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As soon as I figured out that somebody had to create the words I was reading, I knew I wanted to be a “book maker” when I grew up. Later I wanted to be a teacher, until I found out there was an actual job looking things up. I love research, so I was a born librarian even before I knew what it was.

What is the first movie you remember seeing?

Montana Mike. It was a Western with Robert Cummings as an angel who went back to heaven in a stagecoach at the end.

Spiders, friends or foes?

I think spiders are beautiful, except for daddy longlegs, which I find rather creepy. Tarantulas are my favorite. Many years ago my sister did a pseudo-Native American thing with cards that was supposed to indicate my totem animals, and one of them was a spider hanging over my head saying “Create, create!” Because of that I have two large furry tarantulas (not real ones!), Blackie and Tarantella, on top of my computer hutch.

What is one motto or philosophy you consistently live by?

“Not perfect, but better.” It’s a reminder that striving for perfection only leads to frustration. Most of the time it’s more important just to make things better.

If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what would you do?

Exactly what I do now, because I would still be me. Differences between individuals are so much more important than gender differences. Gender is part of who we are, but it doesn’t define us an individual.

What is the one skill you don’t have, but wish you did?

I’d love to be able to draw and paint, but I’m terrible at anything that requires manual dexterity. I’m only good with words and numbers.

If you won the lottery, what would you do?

Hire an accountant to deal with the tax complications and give most of it to charity. Also apologize to my mother, who disapproved of any kind of gambling. My dad would be thrilled though.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Both. I was in love with Mr. Spock and then Han Solo.

If you had to dispose of a dead body, how would you do it?

I was once voted most likely to commit the perfect crime. I would drop the body down an elevator shaft in an about-to-be-demolished building. And yes, I used it in a story.

Are you related to (distantly or otherwise) to anyone famous? Who? What is his or her claim to fame?

I’m a descendant, not of Thomas Jefferson, but of his brother Randolph. He was a planter and captain of the local militia. Some historians also believe he, rather than Thomas, may have fathered Sally Hemings’s children.

Bonus Round

What was your favorite toy as a kid?

I had a favorite doll named Sherry, with eyes that opened and closed,  and I still have her, although she lives in a suitcase in the den closet these days.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?

I’ve always wanted to go to the Netherlands. I’ve heard that it’s very clean and very visitor friendly. (It’s also the best place in the world to have a baby.) I’d like to see the canals and windmills and the museums, before they disappear under the rising level of the ocean due to global warming.

Linda’s Online Playground

Website: https://www.lindagriffinauthor.com/

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Author Bio

Linda Griffin is a native of San Diego and has a BA in English from San Diego State University and an MLS from UCLA. She retired as fiction librarian for the San Diego Public Library in order to spend more time on her writing. Her stories have been published in numerous journals including, EclecticaThema Literary ReviewThe Binnacle, and The Nassau Review. Love, Death, and the Art of Cooking is her fourth romantic suspense novel from the Wild Rose Press, after Seventeen Days (2018), The Rebound Effect (2019), and Guilty Knowledge (2020). In addition to the three R’s—reading, writing, and research—she enjoys movies, Scrabble, and travel.

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#MusicMonday | Dee Gees – You Should Be Dancing

So, day job got me sucked in – going from sitting in front of my computer to physically-demanding work hasn’t gone as smoothly as I hoped it would. But I’m still here… and running late, so I’ll keep this short.

Stumbled across this this morning… and kind of love it.

What do y’all think? Tell me in the comments…

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#TeaserTuesday | Yours Truly – Eat Dirt

I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve prayed not to eat dirt in front of someone else – a romantic rival…a romantic interest…my brother (cause, you know, he’d never let me hear the end of it. lol)

Wiping out in front of a bunch of people I don’t know, though? That’s totally fine (and something I’ve done way too often… Ha!)

Purchase Links

The Wild Rose Press Website: https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/yours-truly

Amazon E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Yours-Truly-K-J-Pierce-ebook/dp/B01NBSOXR4

Amazon Book: https://www.amazon.com/Yours-Truly-K-J-Pierce/dp/1509212825

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yours-truly-k-j-pierce/1126326413

Kobo.com https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/yours-truly-15

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#MusicMonday | Le Freak by CHIC

ball, disco ball, jump

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So… week one of new job is down, and I’m having a ball – but that’s not what the disco ball is for. That’s for today’s #MusicMonday pick – “Le Freak” by CHIC. Nothing better than a 70’s throwback (unless it’s an 80’s throwback, but I digress…)

I seem to recall my brother had this on 45, and I wasn’t supposed to touch it. I did, however, decide to take it to school for show & tell, and I accidentally sat on it. And broke it. #Whoops

Anyway, enjoy today’s Music Monday – and have a fantastic start to the week!

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#TeaserTuesday | Yours Truly – Stupid Ritchie

With my Mr. Dorian Gray feeling more like himself, this is the perfect teaser for today. 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

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#MusicMonday – Route 66 by Depeche Mode

route 66, sign, highway

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I don’t know what it is about “Route 66” – especially the Depeche Mode version – that makes it perfect for a new start song. It evokes a sense of freedom and exploration and adventure. At least it does for me. 🙂

And so, it’s off to start a new job today – I hadn’t intended on working for anyone else ever again, at least as an employee, especially given the absolute batshit crazy of the last job. The opportunity presented itself, though, and so it’s off to new adventures in just a little bit.

Have a happy Monday, and enjoy your own adventures, new or otherwise!

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Oh, the Randomness | Dorian Gray the Cat

So… this is my very own Mr. Dorian Gray – who’s 16+ and who had a tooth pulled yesterday. I was super worried about the anesthesia given his age, but he did just fine and now he’s on soft food and painkillers for a week or so to give his gum time to heal.

He’s currently hiding under the bed since his morning meds have taken effect.

No reason for post this except to share the joy. I was an absolute wreck yesterday.

Happy Good Friday and Easter weekend, to those of you who celebrate.

As an aside, if you’ve never read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, I highly recommend it. You can get it free from the Project Gutenberg site (linked above – they also appear to have an audio version available) and you can probably find free versions on the major retailers.

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#OneLineWednesday | Yours Truly – Raven Gone Hitchcock

Writing this scene where Izzie and Delly are held captive by the missing raven – in the most unlikeliest of places – had me giggling the entire time. Whenever I have an emotional reaction of any sort while I’m writing, I know I’m heading in the right direction.

If you want to find out where the ladies and the raven are and what happens when they’re there, Yours Truly is available for purchase as the following links:

(The Wild Rose Press page will give you links to sites where you can purchase Yours Truly beyond the sites below.)

Purchase Links

The Wild Rose Press Website: https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/yours-truly

Amazon E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Yours-Truly-K-J-Pierce-ebook/dp/B01NBSOXR4

Amazon Book: https://www.amazon.com/Yours-Truly-K-J-Pierce/dp/1509212825

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yours-truly-k-j-pierce/1126326413

Kobo.com https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/yours-truly-15

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#TeaserTuesday | Yours Truly – Girl with a Crush

Boy, have I felt this way on occasion.  Maybe not so much with a celebrity, but I suppose it doesn’t take someone famous for someone else to feel not good enough. ‘Tis the nature of humans, I’m sure. 

But this book is comedic, as is the nature of Chick Lit, so don’t feel too bad. Izzie gets over it, as do we all. 🙂

Purchase Links

The Wild Rose Press Website: https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/yours-truly

Amazon E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Yours-Truly-K-J-Pierce-ebook/dp/B01NBSOXR4

Amazon Book: https://www.amazon.com/Yours-Truly-K-J-Pierce/dp/1509212825

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yours-truly-k-j-pierce/1126326413

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#MusicMonday – Up All Night by Aaron Lee Tasjan

guitars, strings, musical instruments

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A wonderful friend of mine introduced me to this song last week – it’s fun and funky and it reminds me a little of Tom Petty, though I couldn’t tell you why. Maybe it’s the phrasing of certain words, or the beat, or the timber of his voice…

Whatever the case, it’s a song I feel I should share. So, Happy #MusicMonday and check out Aaron Lee Tasjan.

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