Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What's this?! An extra day??

Whoa.
Happy Leap Day everyone!!

I'd really love to spout poetry or suggest everyone take this extra day to organize their closets as they should be. But I won't. What should you do today? Reminisce on all the lovely things that have happened to you since the last leap day. And you should do it preferably with a whisky in hand.


Cheers to your good health and happy leap day.


Oh, did you hear there's a blog tour next week??

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

So you say there's a tour...

"Becky" you ask, "What's with all this talk of pink flamingos on a blog tour and a giveaway next week??"

I'm so glad you asked. Let me give you the 411.

We're celebrating spring break 2012 with a Legend of Lady MacLaoch blog tour and in that spirit we've pulled together a smokin' cool pink flamingo tour badge bag and stuffed it with your beach party essentials: flamingo pink boa laced drink koozie, a puck of flamingo pink surfboard SexWax (only the best!!) and one bonafide suck-you-in-play-with-your-emotions-then-let-you-go beach read ---> The Legend of Lady MacLaoch. Oh, and the paperback? It's autographed. To you. If you win. So good luck next week ladies (and gents)!

And what's a giveaway without some fine print: This giveaway (bag, drink koozie, wax, paperback) are for US participants only. Though! I don't like excluding anyone so the giveaway is open to International participants as well, however, the giveaway for International folks will be an awesome ebook copy of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch in your preferred ereader format (epub, mobi, etc.).

Mark your calendars and head over to the blog tour page for the tour schedule. Click here!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fun Facts: Jenny Geddes

Thank you Wikipedia.
Cruising the internet can unearth all sorts of fun facts - one that surfaced today was the history of a one, Jenny Geddes.

For those of you stateside you'll probably never have heard of Jenny Geddes, though if you have you know her to be an interesting blip on the historic radar.

Let me take you back to the 1600's and lets travel to Edinburgh Scotland and arrive at St. Giles Cathedral. Its during mass and the minister is pushing a new prescribed prayer book - to the dismay of his congregation - called the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.

Folks are outraged (for more than just this; it isn't the first time they've had things forced prescribed to them) Jenny, in a righteous state of indignation, picks up her stool and hurls it at his head. I'm thinking she had a point to make, and this was it (thank you Wikipedia):  
"De'il gie you colic, the wame o’ ye, fause thief; daur ye say Mass in my lug?" meaning "Devil cause you severe pains in your abdomen, false thief: dare you say the Mass in my ear?".
That translation is nice, but I think if she said it today it would be more like: "Devil give you colic--the whole lot of you! You two-faced bastard! You dare say the Mass to me?!" *whips stool* 

This act of course started a riot which led to the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, which included the English Civil War.

Read more about Jenny here.

As they say: well behaved women rarely make history. :0)




Monday, February 20, 2012

Save the Date

March 5th through 12th.

Yup. Awesomeness begins then.

Flamingos.

Interviews.

Reviews.

Virtual vacation to Scotland.

A sneak peek of my newest work that's due out this summer.

Awe ya!! Check it out: click here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Happy Valentines to You

Wishing you and yours a very happy day of love, whether the person you're sharing it with is a partner in this world or your lovable pet - a happy valentines to you, may all your romantic dreams have happy endings.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Garden Porn


Things I love: whisky, Scotland, hot men, good food, (not necessarily in that order) and the Spring. Springtime brings to me: GARDEN CATALOGS!

Pages after pages of luscious hussy flowers that spill their petals over every page. Oh, and the colors . . . ruby red, baby green, electric blue, and on and on and on. The one I look forward to out of all the bajillion catalogs that I get is Annies Annuals, she has an array of flowers from heirloom varieties to colors you've never seen before. And oh god I love 'em all. This spring though I've decided that I have too many plants so I've put myself to the task of just ordering ONE plant. I'm not sure I can but, alas I shall try.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pickle

Every now and again I subscribe to the school of "cart before the horse" or "ready, fire, aim" and I've done it again. I've gotten myself into a pickle. So you know, there's this awesome blog tour that's coming up (shameless commerce division: click here) and we've got custom flamingo bag with the tour dates entombed right on the side. . .  Well right before I sent the graphic off I had a brilliant idea - expand the tour! I decided to expand the tour by two days into the weekend. I planned to use those two days to blog hop to Scottish or whisky sites as an actual armchair tour of Scotland.

AFTER I changed the dates on the graphics and entombed them on the side of the prize bag I went out seeking a Scottish blog. It'll be easy for sure, right?

Well, the dude I had in mind (and don't laugh) BLOCKED me on twitter! I hope it was just a slip of the finger on his smartphone that caused that (because really how do you seek ME out to block, ME out of your 44,000 other followers - sure I'm special, but not that special) but either way I suddenly became disenchanted with that fellow. And after a quick view of his ratty website and his cluster-bombed-with-ads blog I decided he did me a favor.

Then, I did an emergency search on Google for an appropriate blog and found none. Not that the search turned up zero, just that they were all related to some large corporation, or were run by monkeys with the flare for mega tons of Google ads. It also made me realize how spoiled I am that all the bloggers I know give a damn about what their blog looks like. Most of the ones I had run across found two buttons when they started blogging "new post" and "earn money by adding advertising". And as we say in the marketing world, content is king my friends. Content is king.

So what is BeckyB to do? I'm gonna use my call a friend option. So keep an eye on your inbox, twitter feed and what ever else it is that has us connected, because I'm comin' a callin'.



PS - if you're reading this and know someone who runs a Scotland/Scottish blog email me at beckybanksonlineATgmailDOTcom

Sunday, February 5, 2012

DNF - What do you think?


Button courtesy The Bookish Brunette
Just a quick post. I was roaming the web this morning and popped by The Bookish Brunette to see what was up and ran across a dialog she had going about Did Not Finish (DNF) books.

In the book blogging world, bloggers often come up against books that for one reason or another they can't finish. We've all done it, whether it was a Tolstoy classic or the Twilight series, you just get to a point where you just couldn't slog through it. Now imagine you're a blogger and you come across a book in your 300+ To Be Read (TBR) pile and it's slow as a dog. You're 50 pages into it before you finally call it quits, what do you do? Still review it? Do you rate it still? Or let it go quietly into the night?

Ashley at The Bookish Brunette opens the dialog up and covers some really good points, such as having not finished it, do you still have the right to rate the entire book? Check out the dialog here... The Bookish Brunette.

Friday, February 3, 2012

BeckyB What R U Doing?

I'm glad you asked. On Wednesday I finished the initial edits to my next manuscript and put it out to peer review (currently just one reviewer - so no one get your panties in a bunch because I haven't called...) and as she (Annie at the Small Book Blog) devours it I've been working with flamingos. Training them, buying them, and overall rolling around in pink. I'll have stained fingers when I'm done with all this. But here's a sneak peek at the current rough draft tour badge . . . which will also be on the bag for the giveaway. WOOT!!