Monday, May 17, 2010

5 Things...and a Giveaway

Signing at LifeWay Christian Store's Fiction Day!

I've been on the road lately, doing lots of book signings and meeting lots of readers! Such fun! Although, I have to admit, several hours at a book signing and by the end I feel like I've been hit by a truck! It's tough for introverts to feign extroversion, even for a few hours! :)

In lieu of a "real" blog post today, I decided to do one of my favorite things. Make a list!

Here are 5 random things you probably didn't know about me...

1. I know how to fire a Civil War era cannon. Seriously.

2. Once when I was in London, a representative from Vidal Sassoon asked me to be a hair model--but I couldn't because I was leaving to come back to the States. She gave me her card and told me if I ever returned to London to give her a call. (I personally think this encounter happened because my hair looked so awful that day that she felt sorry for me...)

3. I hate cottage cheese, olives, and mushrooms. Those are about the only things I absolutely WILL NOT eat.

4. I rarely ever see a movie in the theater. Like I average about 1 per year. Not sure why, exactly. I prefer to just get them on NetFlix. And while some people think dinner and a movie constitutes a good date--I do not. I think that's a dating cop out because of the lack of conversation during a movie. :)

5. I'm a little bit addicted to my iPhone. Especially the "Words with Friends" app--it's like always having someone to play Scrabble with, no matter where you are! for the giveaway portion of this post!

I'm going to give away a copy of my new release, Love is Monumental! To enter, just answer the following question and include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. A winner will be chosen randomly on Saturday.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

I'll answer first. :) I'm most looking forward to having a few lazy summer days at the lake with my family. I missed every trip last year because I was on a couple of tight deadlines. This summer, I can't wait to swim, sit in the sun & read a good book, and eat yummy food from the grill. Perfect summery fun!

Remember--leave your answer by Saturday for your chance to win Love is Monumental!


Sandy said...

I'm looking forward to having Chad and Cade home for the summer. Had my first child in school this year so I'm really happy about him being home for a couple of months. We are taking a family trip to St. Louis for the first time...I'm super excited about that!

* Pick Me....Pick Me!!! :-)

Just got my own copy of "Love is a Battlefield" today. I'd already read it but now I own it too !!!!

Deborah said...

i'm going to be doing an internship at the Smithsonian Institution over the summer! i can't wait! it's pretty much a lifelong dream come true.

beatccr [at] hotmail [dot] com

Andrea Schultz said...

I look forward to spending time in the sun! Living in Michigan, we get a lot of gloomy, cloudy lake-effect days in the winter!

I have wanted to read one of your books for a while, so I also say 'Pick Me - Pick Me!' : )

Blessings -

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You will find book reviews and giveaways and various other sundries!


Kristen said...

I look forward to seeing how our yard changes for the better over the summer. =) We just bought my grandaddy's house (which we were renting) and we've already been planting flowers and putting up a new mailbox and making a container garden. Have even more plans still...

I'd love to read your book this summer, too. ;)

Lourdes said...

I enjoy the fellowship barbacues, just sitting around & friends.


Mom2three said...

Daughter and I just saw Kaye Dacus this last weekend at her book sighing and we talked about your books!

Summer - I love the time off from homeschooling, but I really love that it is more relaxed. Time seems to fly by. The kids are usually gone most of the summer with mission trips, camp, and activities, but the times they are home, we love to spend it hiking, playing games, and cooking together.

SoldiersLove said...

How exciting! I hope you pick me! :)

I am looking forward to moving and seeing what God has in store for us. We are an Army family and we are supposed to be in Japan, but God had different plans. So we are still waiting to see what that is and where we are headed in the next month or so.

He is faithful! :)

Sylvia M. said...

I am looking forward to two things actually. One is a possible family vacation to Washington, D.C. I've been two or three times when I was in elementary school, but that's been about seventeen years ago. The other thing is watching the wedding live, online of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden!


Annalisa Daughety said...

Sounds like y'all have some fun things planned this summer! :)

Sandy--St. Louis sounds great! I'm sure having your family together at home will be fun!

Deborah--Wow! An internship at the Smithsonian will be awesome!

Andrea--time in the sun is on my list, too!

Kristen--yard work is one of my favorite ways to relax! I hope your container garden goes well. I only have 1 tomato plant so far, but I'm sure I'll expand as the summer goes along!

Lourdes--That sounds nice! I love barbeques!

Mom2three--Awesome that you were at Kaye's signing last week! Sounds like you have a busy but fun summer ahead!

SoldiersLove--You are right--He is faithful! Keep us posted on where you end up!

Sylvia--I fell in love with Washington DC while I was there researching for "Love is Monumental"--I hope you get to visit this summer!

Michelle said...

I just discovered your blog through a link from Kaye Dacus' blog. I enjoyed reading it.

This summer, I'm looking forward to my step-niece graduating from high school. It does not seem like she should be old enough though! I'm also looking forward to seeing Hillsong in concert in late July.

Merry said...

I'm looking forward to working in my flower garden, basking in the sun and picnics with my family. I'd love to win your new book!

Becky Welch said...

I LOVED this book!! I read it in two days - maybe!! I have bought it for my mil and my secret sister at church!! I am ready for MORE!!!!! It also made me miss DC where we lived for 4 years!
What am I looking forward to this summer? My friend, Melissa and I are taking the kids to Shiloh to earn their Junior Ranger!!!!! Where did we get that idea from? Our first trip is Friday!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Thank you for the contest!! I found your blog after reading a great review of this book over at Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot!!

I'm most looking forward to my cousin's wedding this summer, b/c she's practically a sister to me and I can't wait to celebrate with my family!!

inthehammockblog (at) gmail (dot) com

Annalisa Daughety said...

Michelle--I know what you mean! Time flies!

Merry--that sounds like a great summer to me!

Becky--I'm SO GLAD you liked it! :) As reviews start coming out, it's always a little nervewracking to see how people are going to like a new book! Hope you guys have a great time at Shiloh! And by the way, I think the interpretive center in Corinth, Mississippi, also has a junior ranger program. It isn't a bad drive--could be a fun activity later in the summer! :)

Carrie--glad to have you here! Sounds like you have some fun summer plans!

Annalisa Daughety said...

Thanks to all who commented! Congratulations to Sandy for winning a copy of Love is Monumental! I'll be doing another giveaway soon--so check back! :)

Sandy said...

Woo Hoo!!!! I Never win anything! This is so exciting. Can't wait to get it and start reading!!


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