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Jinxed by Inez Kelley
When opposites attract, they are screwed three ways from Sunday.
Frannie learned the hard way that a McHottie doesn’t always equal marriage material. Besides, she’s happy with her vanilla life. She has friends, a career and a double-D-powered vibrator. Then Fate shoves her, literally, into Prince Charming’s lap. His declaration of love at first sight is cute—and spikes her bullcrap meter into the red zone.
She’s more than willing to give in with her body. But she’s barricaded her heart behind castle walls—and permanently welded the gates shut.
Tragedy taught Jinx that time is too precious to waste, so when a series of uncanny coincidences thrusts Frannie into his life, he holds on tight. He knows she thinks he’s several fries short of a Happy Meal, but he’s determined to breach the fortress around her heart and give her a Happily Ever After.
Even if he has to carry her fanny-first into his kingdom.
WARNING: Includes jelly shoes, a narcoleptic cat, and meatloaf. The steamy sex scenes may lead to fogged windows and wet panties, so proceed at your own risk. Do not attempt to read without the following items: tissues, napkins for spewed beverages, and a booty call on speed dial.
In public school, we had a poem contest for Mother’s Day. I remember sitting at that table, not knowing what to write. I can’t write poetry. Never could. So what I came up with was a poem about what makes a mom a mom essentially and I remember how simple some of the things on there were. To make the story short, I won and my poem was to be put in the newspaper. They called my mom and she was to come down where we would get our pictures taken with me holding up this poem. They gave my mom flowers and all that. That list has changed over the years. It isn’t simply ‘having food on the table when I get home’ anymore and whatnot. So I thought I’d do my Thursday Thirteen in honour of Mother’s Day and list everything I love about my mom.
1. She loves my brother and I. No matter what we do, what mistakes we make, she loves us.
2. There’s definitely a food thing, because as someone once called her, she’s a ‘Kitchen Goddess’. And it’s through her that I’ve learned to love to bake. I never took advantage of learning when I was younger from her, but I love going home now and baking with her (even if she insists that only she can touch her stove).
3. She mails me random things just because she thinks I need it. Not too long ago, I remember her calling, telling me to expect a care package, just because she found something that she thought I could make use of because I was always cold in my apartment. Turns out she’d bought me a Snuggie or whatever it’s called and sent it. She’s always thinking about us.
4. She’s there when I need to talk. No matter what the problem, I know I can go to her.
5. She’s always around. Even though I’m 8 hours from home, she’s online on yahoo or msn. And she understands that I’m often busy writing.
6. She encourages me to write and always asks how it’s going. She shows an interest in what I’m doing and I know that no matter what I write or how it turns out, she’ll be there supporting me. Although I still think that I’d have to black out certain scenes… it’d just be weird having her read intimate scenes I’ve written.
7. She’s kind. Not just asking how my friends are but with animals. She loves her ducks. Every year we get a few ducks at the farm when the field turns into a small mini lake.
8. She buys me books. LOL. At Christmas she knows to give me books and does a good job of choosing ones I’d like. In fact, she was the one who chose my first real romance book. Of course, she didn’t realize it at the time.
9. She gets nervous when there’s something important in my life going on. Last summer I went to get my G2 and she apparently spent the whole morning pacing and whatnot until I got back. It’s just one of the little things that lets me know she cares.
10. I don’t know how she does it, but she’s great with flowers. I definitely didn’t get a green thumb from her. She does a lot to the farm to make it warm and comfortable.
11. Just as she can support, she can put me in line if I need it and she’ll tell me.
12. If I ever need an update of a show, I know to go to her. haha. Even with shows I don’t watch. I’ll find out what’s going on in them.
13. Hugs and more hugs. Need I say more?
I’m late with this so I apologize. It’s my last week at the position I’m in at work so I’m tying up loose ends likes crazy before I move over to the new job. But, that doesn’t mean that nothing has happened in this crazy world and the first thing I found that I thought was weird… but interesting in a ‘whattheheck’ kind of way is this article about a printer that is supposed to print skin tissue. Another issue raised and I’m sure if you’ve been listening to the news, you’ve also heard about the gunshot survivor who is the first to receive a face transplant.
According to the email I received in my box the other day, it was International Disturbed People Day. What I was amused with the most about the email was the pictures. I don’t know where the pictures come from, but I thought I’d share some for my Thursday 13.
It’s been another busy week, but I have a bit of time to quickly post some interesting stories I’ve found over the week.
With the swine flu in the news lately, I thought this article was cool about the key structural features of the largest known virus, that scientists hope will help give us an understanding of how the simplest life evolved. It is called the mimivirus or a possible “missing link” between viruses and living cells.
Another article of interest talks about the new design strategy for brain implants for deep-brain stimulation (I say that in with plot ideas in mind).
Apparently there’s a difference in the way people hear dangerous noises. In this article it talks about how scrawnier people are more likely to perceive a sound as closer than it actually is.
Curious about the evolution of human sex roles? Check out this article.
Scientists have also created a fluorescent puppy. I’m not sure how I feel about this, but here you go… check it out. Thoughts?
Before CSI became a thing, I was the one in highschool who used to take out forensic books in the library, filling notebooks up with information that I figured one day I would use in my books. I haven’t yet, but that doesn’t mean I won’t later on. I decided to crack open those notebooks and thought for this thursday thirteen, I would pull out 13 random things I thought was interesting.
1. Tunial capsules- bluish and red. They are very soluble in water and alcohol. Tunial is a central nervous system depressant and in ordinary doses the drug can act as a hypnotic. It takes affect in 15-30 mins and can last up to eleven hours.
2. You can get a fingerprint off a person’s skin for up to 90 mins.
3. Need to figure out how tall a person was or approximately the weight by their bones? I have formulas to determine that.
4. Descriptions of the 6 kinds of serial killers.
5. Figuring out time of death through various techniques. (temp, bugs, etc). Bugs can also give clues about drugs (i.e. if the body had cocaine, there were be some in the bugs as well).
6. 75% of victims can be identified by their dental records. Teeth can pinpoint race, age, lifestyle, diet and sometimes occupation.
7. When glass breaks, the glass showers toward the force, not away from it.
8. The point of blood splatter can indicate the direction in which the blood was moving. Round drops for instance, on the ground means the person was standing and not moving.
9. Most people are secretors, that means that their blood type is present in their body fluids. If the police find a cigarette or sweat stained hat, the crime lab can identify the suspect’s blood type.
10. Hair grows about a half an inch per month. From a strand of hair, the crime lab can determine whether it comes from a human or animal, the ethnicity of the person, whether the hair fell out or was pulled out, if the person was taking drugs, if the person has a disease, what part of the body the hair comes from, whether it’s real or from a wig, and whether hair has been dyed or bleached.
11. To speak even one word requires work of the vocal cords, palate, tongue, teeth, lips, nose, sinuses, and throat and jaw muscles. Even when a person disguises his voice, it does not change the way those muscles work and it cannot fool a voiceprint.
12. One expert figured that the circumstances of 2 people having the same fingerprints would happen only once in 466,037,700 years.
13. There are 3 types of prints: visible which are easily seen by the naked eye (i.e. a person who has dirt, blood or grease on his fingers and leaves visible prints), plastic which are those that leave an impression (i.e. in paint, glue or another pliable substance) and latent which are invisible (i.e. formed when perspiration and oils are secreted from small pores in the ridges of the fingerprint).
First off, I was bad last week and missed the wed line-up of science news. I apologize for that. Life has gotten a bit hectic lately with the job and writing deadlines and whatnot. Secondly, happy Earth day! What tips are you using to help the Earth?
Ok, so there’s been a lot going on. Here are just some of it:
Ever wonder the secret to night vision? This article has the answers that are sure to be not only helpful but intriguing.
In this article, it talks about how blood cells can be reprogrammed to act as Embryonic Stem cells.
Ever heard of a humanized mouse? I haven’t. In this article, the mouse (a chimera with a human imune system) was infected with HIV, allowing scientists to study it (not entirely sure what I think about this).
In this last one, we look at how the brain translates memory into action.
Don’t forget, it’s excerpt Monday. Stop by for a small piece of writing by not only me but Bria and others. Join us. Just post on your blog and link us and we’ll link you right back.
I was in the Acer chat last night and Bria brought up a ‘What tone you write’ kind of a fill in the blank thing. So I thought I’d write some tones I think my writing/book falls under for fun in this week’s Thursday Thirteen.
My writing tone is ______
1 Dark. First thing that comes to mind, I think is dark because there’s death and torment. The characters have gone through a lot before the story has even begun, and not all of it is good.
2 Tense. Or I hope that I can get that across. There’s supposed to be some tension of ‘whodunnit’ and what happens next.
3 Sexy. Or at least I hope somewhat. There’s romance. I want what’s between the two main chars to be hot and sizzle off the page.
4 Intrigue. That, oooh what’s next and what’s happening kind that leaves you turning pages to find out what happens.
5 A chameleon. I think that my writing is adaptable.
6 Serious. It deals with heavy matter that isn’t always comforting because it’s the environment that my chars grew up in. They wouldn’t be who they are now if they didn’t go through certain life changing events.
7 Sarcastic. Or at least at times it can be. I’ve always been told I’m sarcastic and I think that comes across through my chars.
8 Dramatic. Not something I really want in my writing and I’m editing it… but I feel it there.
9 A bit playful. There’s a few scenes where the chars are playful which I hope lightens the story a bit.
10 Callous. Or at least a few chars I know are.
11 Crazy. Or maybe that’s just me. :p
12 Whimsical. Everything is just a little bit odd… no one who they seem. Everyone has a secret or two.
13 Complex. There’s so many different story lines, so many elements that it leads to one complicated mess.
What are your writing tones?
I’m a bit late today but first up this week is an article about Brains vs computers in which the writer believes in within a few years the computers will out-think humans.
Is there such thing as love at first sight? Read here to find out more.
In this article, footshaped structures have been found in the Jordan Valley. The site is said to date back to the Iron Age.
Ever wanted to know which line the sponge descended from? It’s not ours!