A Darling New Niece and Her Quilt!

My brother and his beautiful wife have made me an auntie again! She is the cutest little thing, and I made her a quilt to welcome her into this great big, beautiful, crazy world!

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I Like To Eat Hair, And Other Thoughts From The Kiddos.

So perhaps some of you have seen this fun meme going around. You ask your kiddos a question without prompting them, and write down what they say. It’s a bit eye-opening and so much fun!

Here were the answers from my five-year-old:

*What is something I say a lot?

Happy things.

*What makes me happy?

Hugging and kissing

*What makes me sad?

When we do naughty things.

*How tall am I?

This tall (points at my head)

*What’s my favorite thing to do?

Do laundry

*What is my favorite thing to eat?

Waffles

*What’s my favorite drink?

Coke

*What’s my favorite color?

Blue

*If I could go anywhere, where would it be?

To McDonalds

*Do you think you could live without me?

No

*What is my favorite TV show?

Scary shows 

*How old am I?

Really big.

 

And these were the answers from my nine-year-old.

*What is something I say a lot?

“Nina, Lilia, Niko.”

*What makes me happy?

Our family

*What makes me sad?

When one of your friends get killed.

*How tall am I?

Tall 

*What’s my favorite thing to do?

Write and hang out with dad.

*What is my favorite thing to eat?

My hair

*What’s my favorite drink?

Coke

*What’s my favorite color?

Blue

*If I could go anywhere, where would it be?

Seattle or Orgeon

*Do you think you could live without me?

Nooooooo.I would not be alive without you.

*What is my favorite TV show?

Any murder shows. 

*How old am I?

37

It was fun to hear their answers, about how I hate having my friends killed but love laundry and McDonalds. One of those statements was absolutely true.

Anyway, if you choose to do this with any small children, please let me know! I’d love to hear how they’d sum you up.

 

Crystal Lake’s Massive Kindle Sale!

 

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You guys! Crystal Lake is celebrating the end of August with a HUGE 99 cent Kindle Sale, including my Bram Stoker Award-winning Little Dead Red and my favorite novel, Pretty Little Dead Girls. (The sale starts on August 29 for PLDG.) So many books are on sale, and I’ve picked up a few myself. Why not check it out?  The rest of the info is below.

Welcome to Crystal Lake Publishing’s August sale! Grab as many as you can before the prices go up throughout the week, but stick around, as well. The authors behind these books will drop by throughout the week with questions, challenges, games and giveaways.

These titles will drop to 99c today and slowly rise back to their normal prices by Monday the 4th of September. The sale is active on Amazon.com andAmazon.co.uk.

On sale from today:
LITTLE DEAD RED by Mercedes M. Yardley – getBook.at/DeadAmazon
EMBERS by Kenneth W. Cain – http://getbook.at/CainsEmbers
EIDOLON AVENUE by Jonathan Winn – http://getbook.at/AmazonEidolon
WHERE YOU LIVE by Gary McMahon – http://getBook.at/WhereYouLive
STUCK ON YOU AND OTHER PRIME CUTS by Jasper Bark –http://getbook.at/JasperPrimeCuts
SLEEPER(S) by Paul Kane – http://getbook.at/Sleepers
BLACKWATER VAL by William Gorman – http://getbook.at/BlackVal
THE OUTSIDERS Lovecraftian anthology – http://getbook.at/AmazonTheOutsiders
SARAH KILLIAN: SERIAL KILLER FOR HIRE by Mark Sheldon –http://getbook.at/SarahK
WIND CHILL by Patrick Rutigliano – http://getbook.at/AmazonChill
THE THIRD TWIN by Darren Speegle – http://getbook.at/ThirdTwin
THE FINAL RECONCILIATION by Todd Keisling – http://getbook.at/TheYellowKing
SAMURAI AND OTHER STORIES by William Meikle – http://getbook.at/Amazon-Samurai
VISIONS OF THE MUTANT RAIN FOREST by Robert Frazier and Bruce Boston – http://getbook.at/RainForest
THE FINAL CUT by Jasper Bark – http://getbook.at/FinalCut
TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL.3 anthology – http://getbook.at/Lake3
THROUGH A MIRROR, DARKLY by Kevin Lucia – http://getbook.at/AmazonDarkly

Sale starts 29th:
CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE zombie anthology – http://getbook.at/AmazonGrave
WRITERS ON WRITING VOL.1 – 4 OMNIBUS – http://getbook.at/WoW
PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS by Mercedes M. Yardley – http://getbook.at/PrettyAmazon
WHERE THE DEAD GO TO DIE by Mark Allan Gunnells and Aaron Dries –http://getbook.at/TheHospice

Be sure to check out our other titles, as well: http://www.crystallakepub.com/book-table/

Brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from the Darkest Depths

Ann Wilson in Las Vegas!

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My first concert was Heart’s Bad Animals tour when I was seven years old. I’ll forever be thankful that my dad was cool enough to take me. They’ve been one of my favorite bands forever. So when Ann Wilson preformed on Fremont Street, I was all over that!

Her voice is so incredible. I always wanted to sing like Ann Wilson or Bonnie Tyler, but I sound more like a very timid Jewel.

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It was 105 degrees outside with no airflow, so we were dying a bit. This is what a very hot Ann Wilson fan looks like. But it was so worth it!

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What an amazing night! Her music moved my soul. What a pleasure to let go a little bit and dance in the street my husband and happy strangers!

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Who are some favorites you’d love to see in concert, or see again?

Indoor Camping

We Yardleys really know how to rough it. Or at least we know how to enjoy ourselves. Ever have a day where you just want to build a blanket fort and crawl inside for the rest of your life? We have those days quite a bit. What’s more? We do it.

Not only did we build a fort big enough for all of us, but we roasted marshmallows over the gas stove in our kitchen. It was an easy way to add a bit of sparkle to the day.

Nightmare Fuel: Scorpions in Las Vegas

Or in my backyard, if we’re going to be more exact. Perhaps a few of you know that a bark scorpion stung me and sent me to the ER a few weeks ago. I had a healthy respect for them before, but now I know exactly how deadly they can be. Which makes this blacklight scorpion hunt even more terrifying. My husband killed eight scorpions that night. Eight.