Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Truth about the Lie and the Book Drawing Winner

Which one is the lie about me? (Scroll down to find out who won the book drawing.)

1) Every year, I spend a long weekend with several hundred high school students.
Just got home from the Kentucky-Tennessee District Key Club Convention, where hubby and I enjoyed around 430 enthusiastic high school students. (See my Facebook album if you don't believe me.)

2) I have two cats named Siegfreid and Roy.
Nope. Cyrano and Roxanne. Cute and rascally.

3) Our son Eric once played a featured role in a Lifetime movie, The Price of a Broken Heart.
He was in 7th grade, and I got to hang out on the set with him in the Atlanta area, along with Laura Innes (E.R.), Brett Rice (Water Boy), Parker Ingall (Empty Nest), and Timothy Carhart (Ghostbusters & Motocrossed). Eric still has a notebook with the autographed script and photos with the cast.

The winner of my Daisy Chain Blog Tour book drawing is...Ta-da--Joyce Teal! Send me a Facebook message with your mailing address, and I'll get that out to you.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Daisy Chain Secrets: Two Truths & One Lie

Which one is the lie about me?

1) Every year, I spend a long weekend with several hundred high school students.

2) I have two cats named Siegfreid and Roy.

3) My son once played a featured role in a Lifetime movie.

Hazard a guess below in the Comments. The truth will out on Monday, March 16!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Win Mary DeMuth's Daisy Chain: Book One, Defiance Texas Trilogy

Memorable characters reminiscent of those in To Kill a Mockingbird populate a sleepy Texas town. Defiance doesn't seem like the place for secrets. But it is. Fourteen year old Jed has his secrets. His best friend Daisy has hers. Slowly the secrets surface--of Hixon, the man called a prophet, Bald Muriel, Jed's father Hap, and Jed's sensitive but withdrawn mother, of Daisy's mother, Miss Emory.

As Jed struggles with the disappearance of Daisy, he also wrestles with what happens in his supposedly ideal family, whose true life lies hidden from the eyes of the community. Can a God Who's supposed to be all-powerful and all-knowing really answer his prayers? Can he ever become strong enough to stand up for himself and for others who are vulnerable? And where is Daisy, his confidante?

To win this book, leave a comment on this post between March 9 and 16.

To learn more about Daisy Chain and Mary DeMuth:

Daisy Chain (Amazon)

List of all participating bloggers (Direct links to blogs)

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Digital Dirt Road

Five Days on the Digital Dirt Road

A reporter spent five days in North Carolina -- "a textile-industry hub that has been hit hard by the economic downturn -- documenting the challenges facing rural communities without high-speed access. Right now, more than 14.3 million rural homes across the country -- 61 percent -- are not connected to high-speed Internet. "

I had no idea this was a problem for so many people in a "civilized" country. For writers like Brook Townes and me, lack of high-speed internet puts us and our calling back into the last century. Let me know what you think of the people and circumstances described in these video reports.

This report will be showcased at the InternetforEveryone.org town hall meeting on the future of the Internet in Durham, N.C., on March 7.