Sunday, December 2, 2012

O Holy Night - Mahalia Jackson

25 Days of Christmas Songs continues with the amazing Mahalia Jackson singing my favorite Christmas song!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cook County Book #2 FINISHED!!!

It's actually only about 42,000 words but I wanted to get this graphic to work :) It's been a long time since I've completed a manuscript so I'm very pleased to be able to wrap this up, especially since Book #1 in this series was published early last year. This particular book was a challenge since the heroine is dealing with a tough disease. This book required way more research than I normally do and was pretty serious, especially in comparison to the first book in the series. I've never struggled so much with completing a book, but Lucky needed a chance at his happily ever after so I didn't give up on him.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Fire Still Burns... Back Again!

I realize I'm late on this, but I republished The Fire Still Burns, a book that was previously published by Sapphire Blue Publishing, a week ago. Actually, this was the first book of mine to be published, and the first book that earned me a contract. However, Sapphire Blue Publishing closed their doors and I got my rights back. I had planned on going through the normal channels and have this book republished by another publisher, but after quite afew emails from readers wanting it NOW I designed a new cover (with much help from my teenager!!!!) and released it myself on Kindle and in paperback. Check out our work: Get it now at Amazon.com!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Passionate Cooks Recipe Book Available!!!!

It's October 1st which means the book of over 150 recipes from over 150 authors, including myself, is now available! Grab it now at All Romance Ebooks

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Be A Parent Or Keep Your Kids At Home

I'm going to say something that many people are going to agree with, and many other people are going to be offended by. You see, there are two types of parents : Parents who actually parent and parents who just breed and go about their day. Personally, I'm sick of the latter. Today we went to Olive Garden for what was supposed to be a nice, enjoyable birthday dinner for me. Unfortunately we were seated behind a booth occupied by a young woman, her mother, and her three small children. Within the first five minutes of sitting down, the little girl who was probably right at one year old let out a bloodcurdling scream and had a full on fit because her little brothers, who were about 2 and 3 years old (we thought they were twins but the woman later told the waitress they were 11 months apart)were playing with toys she couldn't have. The mother asked the little boys to put the toys away. Like five times. All the kids cried and screamed. Finally, the grandmother took the girl to the bathroom to change her diaper so we were free of that one for a little while, but during this time the little boys were fighting with each other, screaming, and crying. The mother just kept issuing empty threats. "Do you want me to take you to the bathroom and tap your behind?" "Do you want to go sit in the car?" And my personal favorite: "Stop or I will call your Pawpaw." Really, lady? You're a grown ass woman and you have to call YOUR father to make YOUR kids mind? REALLY!??!?!????!? Of course these threats did nothing to quiet her children because they have undoubtedly heard them fifty billion times. All the woman was doing was being loud herself, further annoying everyone around her with her empty threats. This continued throughout the entire time we were there, and when grandma came back to the table she wasn't much help either. Both of them just kept going on and on with the "You're being rude. People are trying to eat and you are being loud." Yes, dumbasses, they are, and so are you. Duh. Every person at every table around them shot looks of death in their direction the entire time. The manager kept glaring at them and sending the poor server over to try and occupy the kids to quiet them because he knew everyone around them was miserable. The worst part? After all that screaming and crying and flat out bad behavior, mom bought the little hellions dessert. Yes, sweetie, that's going to teach them how to act in public! Treat them with dessert to reward them for all the screaming and kicking the back of the booth! Great job! You're freaking mother of the year! I now understand why everywhere I go, people walk up to my table and comment on how good my children are. They've been through this hell before! It's really not complicated to make a child mind. Please spare me the "Kids will be kids" bullcrap. Be a freaking parent. You don't plead with a child to put a toy away if it is disruptive. You TELL them and make sure they do it. You don't make empty threats. You tell them what you are going to do and you DO IT. Kids catch on quick. Actually do your job and discipline them and they will mind. Keep telling them you're going to do something they know you are not going to do and they're just going to keep doing what they want. Last but not least, don't reward them after they've acted like tiny little demons! If you can't make your children mind, please do not take them out to eat and ruin the dining experience of everyone around you. People shouldn't have to pay their hard earned money to listen to your horrid children. And for crying out loud, if you are too incompetent to handle a child please don't pop one out every freaking year! Get a puppy and practice on it first. Sheesh. OK. Rant over. Feel free to tell me how mean I am and how I can't expect all kids to behave all the time and blah blah blah. Just don't expect me to ever believe that. I have three children, and they would never act like that because I took the time to do my job. Every parent should. Quit being scared of your kids and letting them run the show, people. By the way, the chicken parmesan was good. At least there was a bright side to the day. :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Giving Away A Signed Copy of Slayer's Prey!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Slayer's Prey by Crystal-Rain Love

Slayer's Prey

by Crystal-Rain Love

Giveaway ends October 15, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

David Cook - To Be With You

I can't believe this has been on Youtube for so long without me knowing about it. Discovered this David Cook cover of Mr. Big's "To Be With You" yesterday and have listened to it about 40 times already ... FLAWLESS!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Went Camping :)

Well, it only took nearly 34 years but I finally spent my first night sleeping outside in a tent. :) Since the kids were a little iffy on whether or not they wanted to go camping we decided to do a one-night campout to let everyone see how they liked it before committing to multiple days. The tent was fun to put up, as are all projects in which the directions don't quite seem to be in the right order... ;) After getting it set up, we went fishing. The teenager caught a pinecone. That was all anyone caught. The fishing trip got a little scary when some jackass psycho came to the pier with his two small children and started shooting bullets into the water. It got even scarier when he GAVE THE GUN TO HIS LITTLE GIRL TO SHOOT. Yes, this craziness really happened. Back at the camp site, we had hot dogs and smores,tossed around a football and played Uno until it got dark. The campsite rules stated a quiet time from 11pm to 6am, but unfortunately we found this to not really be enforced. We found out the hard way. We're talking yelling, loud music, fireworks and anything else you can think of all the way until 3 or 4am. This meant precious little sleep, but all in all, I enjoyed it. The final verdict? I WANNA GO AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So does my youngest. My son liked the fishing but wasn't crazy about the rest. Teenager hated it. :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Blogging Today/Giving AwayCopy of Blood Curse

I'm at http://lasrguest.blogspot.com/2012/08/guest-blog-crystal-rain-love.html today, giving away a signed copy of Blood Curse. Please spread the word if you can and don't forget to stop by and enter!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Slayer's Prey Cover, Take II !!!

Ok, so this was my original cover: Which I had grown to really love the guy. Fellow authors know what I mean when I say you have to learn to accept your cover heroes and heroines. They never look the way you pictured them to look. Take this hero, Jacob Porter, for example. This is what he really looks like: Yup. Jensen Ackles was the image planted in my head way back in 2004 when I wrote this book. But I liked my original cover guy, and I liked that he wore a wifebeater and a cross necklace. It fit Jake Porter. You can imagine how I felt seeing that exact same cover on someone else's book about two or three days ago. Oh, curse you, stock photos!!!! So anyway, told my editor and Presto Change-o! New cover: Jakie lost his shirt. I'm sure many ladies will love this but my male buds who were awaiting this one are going to feel a little awkward... lol. I like it. I'd prefer a shirt on my hero but whatever. It's all good. The panther on this one is BEAUTIFUL!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Giving Away Signed Copies of Blood Curse!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Slayer's Prey, Book Two in the Blood Revelation series, I am giving away three signed copies of the first book in the series.





Goodreads Book Giveaway




Blood Curse by Crystal-Rain Love




Blood Curse



by Crystal-Rain Love





Giveaway ends August 18, 2012.



See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.






Enter to win


Saturday, July 7, 2012

32-Year Old Interviews His 12-Year Old Self



Saw this video today and have already watched it like 5 times. This is so funny, and really, what an awesome idea.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Geico Opossum Commercial

Just because I freaking love it.



I used to have a "pet" opossum. It lived in the tree just outside our apartment when I was a kid. It would come down and hang upside down on the branch and just stare at me while I talked to it. I named her Penelope.

Then one day she came down with three babies and they would all just hang there upside down, listening to me while I talked to them. I wanted to bring them in the house and feed them but that's where my mom drew the line. :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Suing 11-Year Olds Now???

Just saw this article: http://www.mandatory.com/2012/06/22/woman-hit-with-baseball-sues-11-year-old/#page=1%3Ficid

You have got to be kidding me. How pathetic and greedy can a person be? First of all, if you go to a frigging ballpark where kids are playing, you're taking a chance of getting hit with a baseball.

Following this woman's logic I guess I should sue the kids who hit me in the back of my head with their beachball while we were in the pool a couple of weeks ago.

This country has gotten so lawsuit crazy, it's disgusting. Obese people suing McDonald's because they chose to eat their fries and were apparently too stupid to realize greasy food is fattening, thieves suing homeowners because they were shot after breaking into their home, and now this. Suing kids.

Give me a freaking break. And people wonder why I stay to myself and avoid people as a whole.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tennessee: Hiking in the Smokies




Our last day was spent hiking in the Smokies. I arranged a hike with NOC.com before we arrived. Our guide was from A Walk In The Woods, a guide service in the Gatlinburg area.
Our hike took us to Grotto Falls, a waterfall that we were able to walk behind. It was beyond beautiful.

We went with a group but our guide gave us all individual attention and made the trip really fun by pointing out things along the way. She even had the kids eat ... oh crud, what was it? I think it was birch bark. It smells like toothpaste and is what people used to use to clean their teeth.

She also showed the kids how to find salamanders. They managed to catch about three of them but those suckers were too quick for me to get a good pic.

I know that's boring to some, but I totally love all that stuff.

Amazingly enough, I was able to do the hike despite my legs, back, and head still hurting from my fall off the horse. I'm glad. We got to see a really beautiful side of nature. It was like walking in a painting.

I can't wait to go back to Tennessee, one day to live. :)




Friday, June 22, 2012

Tennessee Day 3 Hollywood Wax Museum

So we were supposed to go to Dollywood on our third day but there was a forecast for heavy rain so we didn't go. Instead, we went to the Hollywood Wax Museum. It was fun for the family to go but I'll be honest. Only about three or four of the wax mannequins (mannequins, figures, statues ...what are they called?) looked like the real person they were modeled after. We really liked how you could have a family picture taken that appeared like King Kong had you in his hand.







The highlight? Getting to "kick Edward in the nuts." ;)




Sorry, Twihards. :) But seriously, did that Bella look ANYTHING like Kristen Stewart?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tennessee Day2

We stayed at LaurelCrest Resort on this trip because we got a deal from Bass Pro. We got 4 nights and 5 days for about $300. After getting back $150 in gift cards we only spent $150 on the room. Not bad.

However, the reason why we got the room at this rate was because we agreed to go to a 2-hour timeshare presentation from Bluegreen. That was the start to our second day. The presentation itself lasted 2 hours but by the time the salespeople were done, 3 hours had passed. To be fair, they were not really pushy so it wasn't bad. no, I did not buy a timeshare. I don't have the money for things like that.

After finally getting out of there we went to the Titanic Museum, which I believe just opened this year.



It wasn't all that great. At the beginning you got a character card, which was the story of a real passenger and by the end of the tour you would learn their fate. The memorabilia seemed to mostly be letters that had been sent from the passengers of the Titanic, and stuff from the passengers lives, not necessarily items actually found ON the Titanic. The display rooms showing what the rooms of the Titanic looked like were pretty cool, and you got to "touch an iceberg" and put your hand in water the same temperature as what the people on the Titanic had to fall into. Those poor, poor people. Feeling how cold the water was, your heart will break knowing how so many people were in that clinging to life.
Unfortunately they do not allow pictures inside so I have none to show.

Next up, The Alamo Steakhouse. This is my main reason fr going to Pigeon Forge. BEST FOOD EVER!


After that, it was on to Wonder Works, a pretty cool place inside a building designed to look upside down. There are all kinds of things to do inside (which would be more enjoyable if it wasn't always packed and you didn't have to wait all day for other people who don't care that there is a line behind them) and an art gallery of "strange"art. I really like the portraits done in bubble gum:







Then it was back to the resort for some fun in the pool!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vacation Day 1: Gatlinburg

We also visited Gatlinburg on the first day of our vacation, despite me hobbling like a 93 year old woman after falling off my horse.

Gatlinburg is a lot busier than the Pigeon Forge area, with shops and restaurants packed in together like sardines along the parkway, and not many places to park. We went right in the midst of the peak hours so finding a place to park was fun.

We were starving by the time we arrived (I hadn't ate anything all day) so we started looking for the restaurant we'd planned on eating at, but despite the website for the restaurant stating it was on the parkway, it really wasn't and we could not find it. So we just parked the car and decided we would go to one f the many restaurants available.

We parked across from the Hard Rock Cafe so I suggested we go there, but got voted down, even though we'd be going there before leaving to get the Year of the Dragon pin my son is collecting (only to find out they are sold out in Gatlinburg :( which needless to say, was disappointing.



Unfortunately, we had parked farther down on the parkway than the area where the larger, much nicer looking restaurants were. We ended up going to the first restaurant we finally found (other than Hard Rock) , which was Mountain Edge Grill. Worst restaurant in Gatlinburg, I'm sure. The french fries were like the cheap ones you find at Kroger and have you ever had bacon you couldn't even taste? I assure you, it exists.
The price of our disappointing meal for our party of five, that could have been prepared at home for $20 and tasted exactly the same? Almost $70 !!!!!

So after that, we walked over to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. It was nice, though we've been on every trip to Pigeon Forge so it's not all that exciting to us anymore. I do strongly recommend it to anyone who hasn't visited it a bazillion times. One of the best attractions in the area. The shark tunnel is awesome.






After that we walked to Ben and Jerry's and picked up the ice cream cake I'd secretly ordered ahead of our visit since we went there on my youngest's birthday.

Then we made our quick trip to Hard Rock to get a pin (albeit not the one he'd originally wanted) my son wanted and it was back to the hotel for ice cream cake, and a long, hot bath for me and my aching bones, muscles... everything. Even my hair hurt. :(

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tennessee Day 1: I Fell Off A *bleeep* Horse!

I counted down for months, anxiously awaiting our trip to Pigeon Forge. We always have a great time there, and this time we were going to ride horses!

The first thing we did upon arriving was visit a petting zoo and stables. The petting zoo area was really nice. We fed goats and deer (deer are a lot more aggressive than you think, especially when you have food in your hand), horses, pigs, even a zonkey (half zebra, half donkey) and a kangaroo.







Then it was time to ride the horses!

We were each assigned a horse. Mine was named Batman, and the man who told me my horse's name also told me that he rode that horse as the lead horse for three months straight before ever allowing anyone else to ride him.

Well, Batman soon showed me he was not happy no longer being the lead horse. The entire half-hour ride was a nightmare. My horse did not want to walk at the same pace as the others. He wanted to gallop, and he wanted to lead. He also kept nipping at the horse in front of me's flank, and that horse happened to be the one my daughter was on. At one point it even bit at the horse's face and I don't even want to go into how that horse reacted and what horrible incident was narrowly avoided.

What made it worse was that at first when I would lightly pull back on the reins, Batman would slow down as he was supposed to ... but he'd always speed right back up,determined he was going to gallop and nip at anything in his way. About halfway into the ride he decided he wanted to be in the lead, he wanted to run, and he didn't like me saying otherwise.






Despite talking softly to the horse, being as gentle and friendly as I could, it got to the point that when I'd pull back on the reins to slow him down before he'd nip at the horse in front he would jerk his head from side to side and reach back to BITE my foot! Thank goodness I had on closed toe shoes and he could only reach the tips.

I was beyond ready for the ride to end by the time we saw the stable coming up. All of the horses followed in single line over to the little mounting/dismounting area, but not my horse. He started to head straight for the stable and when I tried to pull on the rein to guide him where he was supposed to go, he got ornery again and bit at my foot.

At this point, the guy who led us came over to help me get off the horse. He told me to stand up in the stirrup and swing my other leg back. I did...

AND I FELL OFF THE DAMN HORSE!

Ever fall so hard from pretty high up that you jar EVERYTHING in your body? Well, I can tell you it's no fun. I was nauseous for the rest of the day and hobbled for the rest of vacation.

I'm no longer crazy about horses. Unicorns suck too. ;)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Vacation in Pigeon Forge, TN

We went down to Pigeon Forge last Saturday and returned Tuesday night. I have always loved Pigeon Forge and recommend it as a great vacation getaway for anyone with kids. I just totally love Tennessee, period. Maybe I lived there in a previous life. I've been in love with it since Iwas a little girl and would love to move there eventually. I'm sure I will someday.

I'm going to highlight a few specific places we visited on our trip over my upcoming blog posts, but for now, here are some teaser pics: