Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello My Name is - Blog Hop Hosted by Herd Hops

Welcome to my stop on the Hello My Name is Hop hosted by Herd Hops


We’re ringing in the New Year with lots of giveaways! And by sharing some fun and wacky facts about ourselves. There’s a new giveaway at each stop so be sure to visit them all!
Hello my name is Debbie

Now I know you’re expecting quirky and fun things and some may find this to be the “Big Bang Theory” equivalent to quirk, but hey it’s my quirk ;-) so enjoy!
Mrs. Spock wannabe
Okay one little known fact about me to my online friends is that I’m a Trekkie. I loved them all, the original, Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation, Voyager. And have seen every Star Trek film. Now I’ve never gone as far as to dress up and attend any of the conferences but I have been tempted. In fact I would have left my husband for only one Vulcan and cried when he died.
Live long and Prosper V
This is from 2012 when my precious baby girl gave me a Trekkie Christmas present when a museum in town featured all things Star Trek.

My Obsessions
To show my inquisitive audience a little about how I tick I’m listing some of my not so well known obsessions.
Turtles - a delectable confection of pecans chocolate and caramel. Our local gourmet candy seller Bissinger’s calls them Bear Claws Royale and I have been known to eat an entire box if they’re left unattended or in our house unlocked ;-)
Gooey Butter Cake - A St. Louis original (Wikipedia) and was accidentally created in the 1930s by a baker who made a mistake in his deep butter cake. There are many bakers in town who make the concoction but no one makes it better than my mom.
Dark Fantasy - Now this might surprise a few of you who know I LOVE all genres of romance but I’m also a huge fan of dark fantasy. My first introduction to the genre was the trilogy by John Twelve Hawks, The Traveler, The Dark River and The Golden City. Since then I’ve enjoyed many, two of my favorite authors in the genre today are Mark Lawrence and J. Barton Mitchell

  



I’m on the Nice list well usually
My daughter is 35 but at the vulnerable age of 10 some of her classmates were becoming Santa Claus non-believers. She asked me about it and when I told her he was real she wanted proof. I told her faith was all about believing when the evidence isn’t right in front of your face and I told her that I still believed in Santa and that was all it took. I even interviewed him on the blog a couple of years ago- Click here for our interview.

My literary journey
Some of you may not know my reintroduction to reading so….
Once upon a time a woman wanted a healthier life so she decided to quit smoking and she wanted to replace a bad habit with a good one so at a Christmas Party someone suggested reading and this fabulous book just came out called – The Davinci Code. That my friends was the beginning of not just a good habit but quite the obsession that led me to some incredible opportunities. From working for B&N.com as a book club moderator to becoming an editorial reviewer and serving on the board of my local library district for more than 7 years.
Plus my blog will be 6 on March 17th. Wow!

If I could save one book-
It would be Beatriz Williams Overseas. I was given an advanced copy of the novel by her publisher Penguin, had some extra time and the premise really caught my eye it was touted as a time travel novel but not really, huh. Needless to say I was BLOWN away by the novel and have been trying to get it in the Library of Congress ever since. Click here for my review on Goodreads






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62 comments:

  1. I am 1 of 13 and my grandmother was 1 of 18 while my grandfather was 1 of 17

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  2. I do volunteer work at the Columbus Zoo where I talk to the public about the animals and their perils in the wild.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads.

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  3. I love that she traded a bad habit for a really good one!

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  4. I'm allergic to smoke and my son has the same allergy. We both will start to wheeze and he'll go into a full blown asthma attack, and other than the two of us, our entire family are a bunch of smokers. They sure do freeze in winter...

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    1. HI Tracy that's one thing I never did was smoke indoors anywhere!
      Thanks for commenting

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  5. Absolutely LOVE when people give book recommendations! I'm off to Check out Overseas - than you for the recommendation.

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  6. I am very small and have always look much younger than my real age, until now.

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    1. Now that's a problem many of us would like

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  7. I was a television reporter for five years.

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  8. No, would not have picked you for a Star Trek fan, so there you go! Ah book blogging so obsessive but ... better than smoking. I have a copy of Overseas in my TBR which is obviously a treat in store. Loved First Frost too. I meant to participate in this and forgot. Life got so busy! By the way you are almost twice as old as me!!! Blog wise!

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    1. Yup Trekkie big time Kathryn and yeah I can't believe my blog is almost 6!
      xo

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    1. Thanks for sharing Natasha, my daughter is too!

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    1. J Lenni, I never heard of it until now, but my mom just told me that my dad liked it scrambled with eggs.

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  11. I am a teacher in early childhood education and my absolute favorite age group is toddlers ;)

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    1. Oh how true Kassandra how can you not love those sweet innocents toddlers!

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    1. Kristen I know one author who would cringe at that, I think she eats them for every meal LOL ;-)

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  13. Besides reading books, I like my cats and watching basketball!

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    1. Thanks Linda, I'm a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan!

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  14. Oh, thank you for sharing so many details about yourself. I love Star Trek, too. I've only watched The Original, Next Generation, and Voyager along with the movies, but I do love them.
    Kudos to you for kicking the habit and discovering reading while you're at it.
    Love turtles! Yummo!
    And that is a new book to me so I'll have to get a closer look.

    Something about me...I adore SF Giants' baseball, See's chocolate, and Scooby Doo. :)

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    1. Sophia I'm a Saturday Morning cartoon fanatic and Scooby Doo I one of my favorite, my very favorite is Space Ghost ;-)
      xo

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  15. my mom loved all things Star Trek and she had amassed such an awesome collection of Original Star Trek as well as the movies, her books were always growing as she loved reading-and rereading!! Well, I read lots of her books, as well even though I didn't claim to be a Trekkie. My mom passed away almost 6 years ago, and so when I see a Trekkie (not often), I like telling them how Mom took me to a ST Convention and I got James Doohan's autograph!! (Scotty).

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    1. Wow Joann, I'm sorry for the loss of your mom an awesome trekkie and congrats on going to an actual Star Trek convention!

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  16. Live Long and Prosper my friend..now if only you were a Whovian too. LOL I love dark fantasy as well. Ok, I like anything dark..LOL Congrats on your upcoming 6 year Blogoversary!!

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    1. V - ;-) thanks Kim. And I know you like dark fantasy, you're the one I followed into the dark xo

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  17. I have MS, but you wouldn't know it by looking at me. I don't know much else to say lol :)

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  18. I am a news addict ♡ I constantly watch the news all day everyday. I'm obsessed. Thank you

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    1. Oh Linda you and my husband are just alike!

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  19. Having been a librarian for 35 years, books have been a major part of my life!

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    1. Jeanna, Librarians are superheroes in my book ;-)
      Thank You!!

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  20. I'm a National Board Certified teacher-- I teach 6th grade language arts.
    Dianna

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  21. I love animals, we have two dogs and three cats. Thanks for this giveaway

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    1. I love animals too Anita and since I'm now retired we're looking to rescue a dog come spring

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  22. It's nice to get to know you a little better Debbie. I liked the Santa Claus story too, very sweet.

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    1. Thanks Sharon and the Santa story is true!

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    1. Oh great Sherry I love Dragons especially the ones in Deborah Cooke's Pyr series. Have you read them?

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  24. I collect Piggy Banks and have been working on a State Piggy Bank collection for several years. I probably have about 15 or so banks some of which were given to me by family members who traveled and some I've gotten at garage sales.

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    1. Sam that's fabulous, I love that collection! I have a shot glass from the all the lower 48 ;-)

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  25. Even though I like most animals, I am terrified of snakes.

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  26. skip "installment" books

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  27. I married a sci-fi geek and I have a large group of geek friends. I've never seen any of the Star Wars movies and have only watched Star Trek under duress. I think I'm the last holdout.

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    1. We'll get you to the darkside yet Mandy ;-)

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  28. I am an extreme couponer, thrift store shopper, and I got into blogs because I wanted to win money and freebies.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Cindy, have you been successful at extreme couponing?

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  29. I have four small dogs and a bird (my other bird recently died).

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    1. Thanks for sharing Michelle and I'm sorry for the loss of your bird. They're so much a part of the family its hard to loose them.

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  30. I'm a Spock fan too. That's because logic is sexy.

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