Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Charlotte's Web on Steroids

Photo credit: Keith Basterfield/A paddock in Albury, New South Wales
Millions Of Baby Spiders Rain Down From The Sky In Australia

This was the title that caught my attention because what could possibly be more compelling than that? Apparently, it is not uncommon for baby spiders to migrate around Australia with little web-like parachutes. This immediately reminded me of the beloved children's classic, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Remember at the end... well, I don't want to ruin it if you haven't read it.

Of course the difference for the town of Goulburn located in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales is that millions of these little "cuties" rained down upon it. Apparently, this phenomena is called "Angel Hair" because the webs fall from the sky and then cover everything in cobwebs. I'm glad I don't have to clean that up. Spiders can use this "ballooning" method to travel hundreds of miles. Scared yet?

Unlike everyone who's commented on my Facebook page, residents of the town seem unfazed by the millions of new arrivals. Clearly Australians are made of tougher stuff than I. 

Despite my obvious joke on Facebook, I would still love to visit the Land Down Under. My third novel sees my protagonist Jan Weston visiting Sydney. I hope to follow suit, possibly a Hazmat one ;)

I'm suddenly over my intense desire to visit Australia. My 3rd romantic comedy novel, Between Heartbreak and Happiness,...
Posted by Sarka-Jonae Miller on Sunday, May 17, 2015

Learn more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/million-baby-spiders-rain-down-sky-australia

Thursday, May 14, 2015

My New Column: 'Ask An Author' Offering Writing Tips and Help for Authors

I'm very excited  to announce that I have been offered a column with San Diego's East County Magazine. I get asked questions all the time on social media and at author events. Now, there's one place everyone can get answers. I hope this becomes a great resource.

And now for my super awesome news: #SanDiego's 'East County Magazine' has given me my own column! It's called "Ask An...
Posted by Sarka-Jonae Miller on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Happy Anniversary to 'Between Heartbreak and Happiness,' Giveaway

My third novel, Between Heartbreak and Happiness, was published one year ago today by Booktrope. Michael Jackson's Xscape also came out May 13, 2014. 5/13 is also my birthday backwards, 3/15. Fun times all around :)

To celebrate, my publisher is giving away my Between Boyfriends Collection, which includes BHAH as well as Between the Sheets and my award-winning debut novel, Between Boyfriends. The collection is free on all Amazon sites May 13 and 14. Enjoy :)

My 'Between Boyfriends Collection' is #2 on the humorous fiction list on Amazon and #2 in the UK as well! Download this romantic comedy series for #FREE, 3 ebooks in 1 http://amzn.to/1E6uO2t #romance
Posted by Sarka-Jonae Miller on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

"Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver" Spotlight and Giveaway

 photo Confessions-of-an-Imperfect-Caregiver.jpgToday we're spotlighting Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver by Bobbi Carducci. It is a memoir published by Open Door Press. I love reading a good memoir and this seems an interesting subject. Plus giveaways are always fun :)

About Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver

Bobbi Carducci’s life was about to change. Her ill father-in-law’s odd behavior was a mystery when he came to live with her and Mike. For the next seven years Bobbi did everything she could to save him from himself – while he tried to convince everyone that he didn’t need her and that she was crazy.

A nonfiction that reads like a novel, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, is the story of a real family dealing with one of the fastest growing issues of our day. Caring for seriously ill family members at home. Meet Bobbi Carducci. Laugh, cry and pray with her as she does the hardest job she ever loved.

Every 26 seconds another person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in the U.S.

Excerpt from Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver

For fifteen years I’d known him as my gentle, henpecked father-in-law. A man who longed for a little peace and quiet and always seemed eager to please. As saddened as I was by my mother-in-law’s passing, I had believed that living in my home, free from the constant yelling and criticism, he’d come out of his shell and begin to enjoy life.

Sitting in a hospital parking lot so many years later, I was just beginning to discover how very wrong I’d been.

Had he been pretending all these years? Is the real Rodger the one who announced to the nursing staff that I’m useless and no damned good? Does the medicine he takes every day allow him to be himself, or does it mask his true nature? Who is this man who lives in my house and paces the halls late at night? ..
Where did I go wrong? What did I miss and how can I make sure this doesn't happen again? Those questions and more went unanswered as I covered the miles between the hospital and home, my mind and body too tired to cope with the guilt I felt at that moment. Despite all my good intentions, I’d let him down.

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About the Author

Intrigued by TV doctors, Bobbi Carducci told everyone she was going to be a brain surgeon when she grew up.  When she couldn't bring herself to cut up a frog in biology class she realized she had to find another way to get inside people’s heads and became a writer instead.

Bobbi was an in home caregiver for her serious ill father-in-law, Rodger, for seven years. Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver is the first book in a planned Caregiver series depicting the true stories of people caring for loved ones at home.

Bobbi Carducci is a former senior staff writer for the Purcellville Gazette, a small Washington, D.C. area newspaper. Her short stories appear in the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort Anthologies as well is in print and online magazines.

Bobbi’s book for young readers, Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, received both a Mom’s Choice Award and a Living Now Award for Excellence. It was also named A Best Dog Book for Young Readers by Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer.

For three years she wrote a monthly book review column for About Families Publications before resigning to concentrate on writing Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver and her blog, The Imperfect Caregiver. Bobbi also writes regularly on care giving for AgingCare.com and The Caregiver Space.

Giveaway Details

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • A print copy of Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver (US only)
  • An ecopy of  Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver (Int)

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Father Truqui of the Vatican blames fantasy novels and yoga for demonic possessions

This post is in response to an article on NaturalNews.com, Vatican's chief exorcist warns that practicing yoga is 'satanic', that is based on an interview Father Cesare Truqui gave to the Independent

I once had to sit down to dinner with a nun. Not one of those nice nuns. I've known a lot of nice nuns. I interviewed one once for a profile in The Post-Standard. She was great and even offered to pray for me. It was very sweet. But there was this nun I met on Thanksgiving who was not a nice nun. She was one of those judgy nuns, the type who seemed to skip all the parts in the Bible about being non-judgemental, loving, and kind.

I was visiting my then-boyfriend for the holiday. The nun was a friend of the family. No one wanted to upset the nun (I honestly don't recall her name), but no one cared about my feelings, which is why when she started in on how evil Pagans were (I co-founded the Syracuse University Pagan Association) and how reading Harry Potter was a sin (oh please), I was expected to sit there and take it. I am ashamed to admit I did just that. I should have politely excused myself and returned to the land of sanity where nuns are sweet and J.K. Rowling is not the Devil's handmaiden.

I feel like I'm stuck back in cra-cra land after hearing that the chief exorcist for the Vatican (honestly, they still teach priests exorcisms?) is now blaming Harry Potter and yoga for an alleged rise in demonic possession. REALLY? Where to start? How about with demons not being mentioned in Harry Potter at all. You want demons, read Kim Harrison's awesome Hollows series. Lots of demons there, even trips to demonland. And (*spoilers*)the story connects witches to demons genetically. You'd think exorcists would LOVE that.

And yoga?! How in the world does a spiritual practice based on self-relization, physical health, and enlightenment relate to demonic possession? I know some of the poses are funny looking but as a long-time practitioner of yoga I assure you the people in them are not possessed.
Demonic characters in shows like True Blood and The Vampire Diaries are often portrayed as beautiful human beings with desirable characteristics and superpowers, which may lure the unsuspecting into dabbling in the occult. Father Cesare says he's seen many an individual speaking in tongues and exhibiting unearthly strength, two attributes that his religion says indicate the possibility of evil spirits inhabiting a person's body.

Well that seals it then. Although there are documented cases of people showing extraordinary strength in certain situations (not to mention some people are much stronger than they look), and there are neurological and psychological reasons why someone might "speak in tongues," by all means throw out all knowledge of modern medicine and science, and let's call that demon possession.

Of course many Christians value speaking in tongues and think it is a good thing. It can be linked to prayer, communicating with God, or being possessed (so to speak) by the Holy Spirit. Those Christians better watch it when Father Truqui is around though or they just might find themselves an unwilling participant in an exorcism. Is that even legal?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Romance Spotlight: Desiging Samantha's Love

There's a hot new steamy romance writer on the block, PJ Fiala. Designing Samantha's Love is a sexy and romantic read. Two people escaping bad marriages could find real love if only they'd let the past go. Easier said than done.

About Designing Samantha's Love

Nothing terrifies Samantha Powell more than starting over, but after devoting three decades to a troubled man and an unhappy marriage, Sam finds the courage to seek her own happiness. She imagines a nice quiet life filled with friends, family, and a career that leaves no room for relationship drama. Unfortunately, no one told the alluring Grayson Kinkaide.

After escaping a bad marriage of his own, Grayson realizes his soul mate is still out there and his heart is set on Sam. Their instant attraction begins a steamy affair, but the women of Grayson’s past aren’t ready to let him go. Can Grayson convince Sam that she is the only one for him? 

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Welcome to the world Royal Baby Girl

Big congratulations to the Royal Family on their new addition!

It's a girl! Prince William and Kate Middleton welcome a little princesshttp://news.sky.com/story/1476660/william-kate-and-baby-girl-leave-hospital #RoyalBaby #RoyalBabyGirl
Posted by Sarka-Jonae Miller on Saturday, May 2, 2015

She is 8lbs 3oz of royalty :) The Duke and Duchess took her home this morning. Reports says Kate was only at the hospital for 2.5 hours I hope Prince George is ready to share the attention.

The favorites for names of the new #RoyalBaby are Alice and Charlotte. I'm hoping for Princess Alice Charlotte...
Posted by Sarka-Jonae Miller on Saturday, May 2, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Grey's Anatomy: Why Meredith is the Worst Person on the Show

I have nothing but love for the talented actress Ellen Pompeo and I respect the hell out of Shonda Rimes' ability to create incredible shows, but let's be honest Derek's death was botched and Meredith was the most selfish, thoughtless, and callous version of herself we've ever seen. I haven't been this annoyed since the HIMYM finale. I posted my thoughts  on my Facebook page and hundreds of people have commented, most of them either agreeing that Meredith pulling the plug on Derek without so much as a phone call to Amelia was horrid behavior or saying that Meredith is an incredibly selfish person and always has been, so they're not surprised.

Here are some of the comments that best sum up the feelings of fans:


Then there are quite a few awesome points regarding major plot holes:

What do you think? Please comment below.