Thursday, March 23, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 23 - Facts about me

Today's blog challenge says I have to share twenty facts about me.

1) I'm a Leo
2) I'm a mother of three
3) I have an older sister
4) I'm scared of spiders and geese
5) I have a paralegal degree
6) I had my first writing (a poem) published as a teenager
7) I own four cats, two dogs and four ducks
8) My bad habit is chewing my fingernails
9) I'm scared of the dark (outside, not in the house)
10) I rescued two people during a terrible storm when their car flipped and landed in a flooded ditch
11) There is a cat in my lap, right now
12) I suffer from anxiety
13) I used to make money by repainting Barbie dolls into celebrities and selling them on eBay
14) I used to own my own bridal shop
15) I love snakes
16) I'm dyslexic when it comes to the numbers 6 and 8 (or is it 8 and 6?)
17) One of the Backstreet Boys once rescued me from getting crushed under the stage at a concert
18) The movie "Sighs" scared me so bad I could hardly sleep for two weeks
19) I received the "Overall Excellence in Art" award in High School
20) I love to scrapbook

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 22 - My day

My day in a nutshell:

6:45am Get up
6:46am Take out dogs
6:50am Wake kids
6:55am Make Bed
7:00am Get Dressed
7:05am Laundry
7:20am Breakfast
8:00am Take kids to school
8:15am Housework
9:30am Work on graphic work for clients
12:00pm Lunch
12:30pm Write
3:15pm Pick kids up from school
3:30pm Write
5:00pm Make Dinner
5:30pm Eat Dinner
6:00pm Relax - Family Time
8:00pm Read with Kids
8:30pm Put Kids to bed
8:45pm Shower
9:00pm Read in Bed
10:00pm Time for Bed

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 21 - Make me happy

Since a very VERY young age, I have been in love with horses. My first experience wit them was at the age of three and a barrel racing horse named "Buck.".  He belonged to my dad's friend, Mr. Bradford.

Sadly, I don't live where I can own a horse. However, my husband will take me horseback riding from time and time. Instantly my blood pressure goes down, my heart rate steadies and the world melts away.

Monday, March 20, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 20 - Meaning of my blog name

My mother-in-law actually came up with the name of my blog. She came in one day while I was writing and one of my cats was laying in my lap. She said "You got a cat in your lap again" and so was born the name of my blog.

I have four cats, and when I am writing, there is always at least one (though I've had up to three) in my lap.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 19 - Picture of me

I don't like to take random photos of myself... I'm not much into the selfies. So I decided I'd take a picture of me with my youngest on her birthday.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 18 - Something I Crave

This is an easy one... chocolate. I'm a choc-o-holic all the way.

Truffles, cakes, bon bons, cookies; chocolate anything works for me!

Friday, March 17, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 17 - My celebrity crush

So you want to know my celebrity crush huh?  Well I hope you have some time because I have a bunch! lol...

But seriously though, there are a few for sure.  I actually have a Pinterest board of them if that would be easier! lol

That being said, here's a few ;)

How can you not love the insanity that is Jared Leto

Jamie from Outlander... yummmm

Chris is adorable and sexy! Deadly combo!

Richard Armitage has blue eyes and elf ears... how can you not love that?!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 16 - My family

As I have said before, most pictures have me behind the camera and everyone else in the picture. However, I managed to get different photos to make up the whole!

My daughter and me at a book conference
My son and youngest daughter at a water park with momma

My hubby and I at a farm during the fall (I have no clue who that kid in the back is lol)
My first 5K run with my sister!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 14 - Current TV Show

I had a sheltered childhood, and during college I was too busy to watch TV.

However, thanks to the world of Netflix, I can happily binge watch all the shows I missed or didn't have time for when I was younger.

My current binge is "Charmed".  I'm nearly through season 4 (what the hell?? They killed of Prue!!!?).

Monday, March 13, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 13 - Favorite Musician

So you want to know my favorite musician? Well, you might as well as me which one of my children I love the most!

I seriously have always had a love of music since I was small. I sang through high school and even wrote some songs and preformed as a young adult.

Music isn't something you just hear, it something you feel in your bones. I'm very eclectic and like all kinds of music (except screamo- that's what my daughter calls it).

I have several favorites that come to mind off the top of my head. I love Ellie Golding, Lady Gaga, 30 Seconds to Mars, Tim McGraw, Sia, Black Veil Brides, Twenty-One Pilots and the list goes on.

However, if you really want to get to the root of my music love, just ask which concerts I've been to. The answer? Backstreet Boys... several times actually lol

I know, I know, it makes me a total nerd/fan girl but I don't care. I can't help but turn up the radio anytime one of there songs come on. Probably because it reminds me of being a teenager. I had my walls plastered with pictures of them torn out of "Tiger Beat" and those other magazines.

So I guess, if I were forced to pick, I would have to say my original was definitely Backstreet Boys. But since then, I have opened up my ears and heart to all kinds of music!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 12 - My town

So today I'm supposed to show you a picture of the town I live in. Well, this picture is special because I actually took it. No, it's not of the town as a whole, though a large portion of our little town was here. 

This was a special Fourth of July celebration in our town and, with the help of a friendly fireman, I scaled the ladder to take an overhead photo!

This only shows a quarter of the activities taking place that day. But it gives you an idea of the small town love and feel :)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 11 - My makeup bag

So you want to know what's in my makeup bag?  Well, to be honest, I don't keep a makeup bag in my purse. Well, not really.

I do, however, keep a steady supply of my favorite lip products on hand because that's the only makeup I really ever update throughout the day.

Those products are by Buxom and the shade? Dolly!  This is the PERFECT shade for me and I have it in liner, gloss and lip stick! lol  It is the perfect shade for my skin tone and makes my teeth look white while still looking natural.

Friday, March 10, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 10 - Favorite place to eat

Today's challenge is to show you my favorite place to eat. I really have no clue on this one. I mean, I enjoy eating all kinds of food, but I don't really have a favorite (nor a favorite place).

I love Chinese food, sushi, medium rare steak... there is very little that I will not eat (though I don't like olives nor do I like mushrooms - though I will eat them on a pizza as long as there are loads of other toppings so I can't taste them).

I sort of bomb out on this one I guess because I simply can't pick. But at least I posted something right?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 7 - Dream Wedding

Today's 30-Day blog challenge is to show you my dream wedding.

Well, since I'm already married to the man of my dreams, I can't exactly replace our wedding. But if we were to do some type of vow renewal, then I would have to say something along these lines.

A simple renewal on the beach in Hawaii or another tropical location. We were married in the middle of winter, so a warm location would be a nice change of pace!

Monday, March 6, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 6 - Possible Pet?

Today's challenge is to post a picture of an animal you'd love to keep as a pet.

Since Great White Sharks are a bit on the big side and are nearly impossible to keep in captivity, I went with a different choice.

There are lots of animals I would like to keep as a pet, but I'm probably in the minority when I say I love snakes.

The snake pictured is a breed of corn snake. Perfectly harmless.

I actually had the pleasure of working with one during my time volunteering at our local zoo. I absolutely loved working with him.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 5 - Photo of me from two years ago

Today's 30 Day Blog Challenge is to post a picture of myself from two years ago.

This one was hard. Not because I didn't want to use a picture of me, but because finding a picture of me is hard.

I don't carry a cell phone anymore, and I wasn't much for selfies anyway. And anytime a camera is out, I'm usually the one taking pictures!

However, I did find this one I took on an old cell phone from two years ago. As you can see, I had red hair back then.

This is donut, my cat (I didn't name him). He is the cat behind "cat on the lap".  He sits on my lap as I write and work. As you can see in the picture, he's pretty attached to me ;)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 4 - Best Friend

I'm on day four of the 30 Day Blog Challenge. Today's challenge is "Your favorite photograph of your best friend."

I suppose if I were in middle or high school I would know exactly who my best friend is, but sadly, narrowing it down to one person is impossible. Truly. My sister is my best friend. My husband is my best friend. My dog is my best friend... so on.

So instead, I will scatter a few photos in here and tell you about them :)

My daughter with my friend and editor Hollie!

My wonderful friends Nancy and Chanda

The beautiful Nikki!

Love this guy! Jamie :)

Hanging with my girls Catherine and Erin

Tonya always has a great smile for me!
Hanging with my daughter and Christina!

My first best friend, my sister April!
Doris, my daughter and Susan... the perfect day on the town!

The adorable Alicia! Love her!


Friday, March 3, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 3 - Favorite Store

So I'm continuing with the 30-Day blog challenge by telling you about my favorite store.

This is a VERY hard one for me because there are several stores I shop at on a regular basis, but they are for different reasons. I love going to Michael's Craft Store for their crafts. I enjoy hitting up my favorite organic food store for all the various unique items they carry.

However, if I were forced to picked, I'd say TJ Maxx is, by far, my favorite store. Where can you get amazing name brands at such low prices? Really? It's insane!

I also found out we are getting a Home Goods (which is pretty much the TJ Maxx of home d├ęcor) so I'm super excited to see that. It may end up being a favorite as well.

Well, this has been your day three glimpse into the life of Author Suzanna Lynn! Talk to you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day One

So, I have decided to take the 30-Day blog challenge to give my readers and fellow authors a glimpse into who I am and, perhaps, get to know me a little better.

Some of the posts will be simple. Other ones... well... not so much.

Today's challenge is to post a picture of myself and tell you about my day.
Well, as many of you already know, today was the official release of "Hook's Little Mermaid" on Audible.

Though it has been out for a while, I had never taken the time to official launch it and introduce it to the readers.  I can say that the launch was successful, however the day didn’t start out that way!
First thing in the morning, I get an email from Facebook telling me that the ads I set up to advertise the release were not active because there was something wrong with the payment. However, nothing had changed. It was the payment method I had already used, there was money in the back. I couldn’t’ figure it out (and we all know how hard it is to figure out how to contact Facebook about any issue).

Then there was my Rafflecopter giveaway. I wanted to give readers and fans a chance to win some great “Hook’s Little Mermaid” items. Everything was running smooth until it wasn’t! The stupid Rafflecopter kept crashing and I couldn’t figure out why. It was working for some people but not all.
After contacting support and waiting… and waiting… my husband took me shopping.

I got some new shoes and some new Harley Quinn memorabilia to add to my collection (that’s just a glimpse of it behind me in the picture).
When I got home, the kinks had been worked out and “Hook’s Little Mermaid” was actually number 2 on Audible’s Hot New Releases for teens!

That being said, it was a good day. Sure there were some bumps in the road, but it turned out great in the end.