Steampunk Anthology: Mechanized Masterpieces 2

Spotlight on one of the stories is this anthology:

Mr. Thornton by Scott William Taylor

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Scott TaylorScott William Taylor grew up in Utah living on the side of a mountain and lives on that same mountain today with his family and a dog that loves cheese. Scott is married with four children. Scott is a contributor to Flash 500 e-book, and creator of A Page or Two Podcast. He also wrote the award-winning short film, Wrinkles.

 Scott’s first work with The X, “Little Boiler Girl,” appeared in the first Mechanized Masterpieces anthology. His short story, “Split Ends,” which appeared in Shades and Shadows, and “Mr. Thornton” tie him at second for number of contests won at The X.

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  1. Please share how you came up with the concept for your story? 

I first thought of classic American works in the public domain and remembered when I read “Call of the Wild” of the Mr. Thornton character and I wondered what his backstory could be—how he ended up in Alaska. I created his story and made steampunk sled dogs as his invention.

  1. Please name some of your other published works?

I have short stories published in “MMSA” “Shades & Shadows” and “MMAA” I have also self-published my first collection of short stories “Speckled”

  1. What is your preferred writing genre?

I enjoy writing in the steampunk genre but I don’t feel I’ve nailed down one particular area that excites me. I’ve tried some fantasy and my next project is a science fiction romp consisting of 10 short stories.

  1. And preferred reading genre?

Since grad school I’ve been drawn to the classics—things I failed to read in either high school or an undergrad. I’ve also begun reading many middle grade and YA titles from authors local to my area.

  1. What are your top 3 favorite books?

Les Miserables, The Devil and White City, Seabiscuit

  1. Do you have any particular writing habits?

I write everyday, though many times not on my WIP. I have two days a week when I can have large blocks of time to write. Most of my productive writing occurs on these days.

  1. Do you have a playlist that you created while writing your story?

No. I usually never write while listening to music, however, I am sometimes inspired while listening to music.

  1. Panster or plotter?

Admitted panster, however, I see the good being a plotter can be and I’m trying more to convert.

  1. Advice for writers?

Write for yourself first. Write for the story second. Write for the audience after that. Success may not follow, but if you follow those rules, you’ll create something that’s satisfying.

  1. What’s up next for you?

I’m hoping to create an e-book science fiction series and publish a novel this year, be it with a publisher or I’ll self-publish, as well as continuing my daily blog posts.

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Cover Reveal: Need Me by Tessa Bailey

When Honey Perribow traded in her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey’s sole focus is a medical degree…until she sees newly-minted Professor, Ben Dawson, and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous, young English professor and vows to find a crack his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.

While at an off campus party, an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding southern belle…and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers that the girl in his arms is the same beautiful student he can’t stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden…yet no matter how hard he tries, Ben can’t stay away from Honey.

And when his attempts to fight their attraction nearly ruin the best thing that ever happened to him, Ben will do anything to prove how much he needs her.

Cover Reveal: The Heart by Rachel Higginson

 

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Ivy Pierce has been to Hades and back trying to escape Nix and his evil plans to use her. After a failed attempt to save her loved ones, she was forced to leave her friends, her sister and the boy she had fallen in love with, Ryder Sutton.

And yet Olympus isn’t finished with her yet.

As Nix plots to overthrow the legendary mountain, Ivy is pulled back into the twisted, manipulative world of the Greek pantheon. Thrust into the middle of an ancient feud, Ivy will learn quickly that Nix is not the only threat to her freedom and not the only god interested in using her unique skillset to resurrect the Age of Olympus.

In a deadly game between two powerful factions of Greek gods, Ivy will have to battle both fate and the Fates in order to secure her future once and for all. She will discover new powers, fight for her friends’ lives and convince the only boy she has ever loved that he can trust her again.

In the end, she’ll learn the hardest lesson of all. This isn’t a fable or a Greek myth, her life is a love story.

 

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A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in.

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

New Release: The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons

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We are dying to jump back down the rabbit hole with Heather Lyons’ THE HIDDEN LIBRARY! THE HIDDEN LIBRARY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy and the second book in Heather’s The Collectors’ Society Series! Check out the latest fantastic installment in this series that brings you some of the classics with a twist.

 

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We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”

One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”

There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.”

He wants to court me.

Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.

I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.

He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.

I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.

I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.

He wants to court me.

And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.

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Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .

Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.

On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.

Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.

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Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

 

 

 

 

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New Release: Only for Him by Cristin Harber

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About ONLY FOR HIM

OnlyForHimGrayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey–close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He’s the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She’s artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland’s “I Dream of Dating Grayson Ford” support group. I can’t say no. The girl’s had my heart since before I knew it went missing. He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother’s gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn’t know her power over him. She’s the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell–though he won’t. I’m stronger, bigger, more of a man than he’ll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I’ve taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence. Until she discovers Gray’s embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him and for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it’s just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing. My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at… But, given that I didn’t see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either. Only for Him. Only series, Volume One. All novellas will release Spring 2015.

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Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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Cristin Harber, K. A. Tucker, and Chelsea Fine will be having a twitter chat about the “real” feels we get from nitty gritty books!

It will be hosted on March 2nd @ 8:00 pm EST.

Interview with author Hazel Gaynor

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How was publishing your second novel different than publishing your first?

I wrote A MEMORY OF VIOLETS in 2012, after self-publishing my first novel THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME. Although that novel was doing very well, I wasn’t very well known, so I quietly got on with writing the second book. Everything changed when both books were picked up by HarperCollins in 2013. THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME was republished in 2014 and went on to become a NY Times bestseller, for which I am so grateful and still pinching myself about! Of course, as a result of this, in publishing A MEMORY OF VIOLETS I have experienced the added pressure of expectation! What has been especially lovely this time around has been hearing from readers who loved my first novel to tell me they are looking forward to reading my new one. That’s a really lovely moment as a writer – to have readers waiting for your latest book.

Your novel takes place in the 1870s and 1912.  What is the most challenging aspect of writing two stories for one novel?

MemoryVioletPB_NYT (1)Having written over two time periods in THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME (set around the sinking of RMS Titanic), I naturally approached A MEMORY OF VIOLETS in a similar way. I’ve always enjoyed reading novels with a dual narrative. Quite often, these have a historical setting contrasting with a more contemporary setting (I love Jojo Moyes’ novel The Girl You Left Behind, in which she moves across a historical and contemporary timeline so well). In A MEMORY OF VIOLETS, both my time periods are historical, so this was a new challenge from a research point of view – and from a character point of view as I move between the very poor to the very privileged. With any dual narrative, the real challenge is in keeping the reader engaged with both threads of the story. In a way, you are creating two books in one, with equally intriguing and appealing settings and characters. It was certainly a challenging novel to write, but a thoroughly enjoyable challenge all the same!

How did you research the environments (extreme poverty, factories, historical London) in this book?

The idea for a novel based around the lives of London’s flower sellers first came from my love of the plays Pygmalion and My Fair Lady. I wanted to find the real Eliza Doolittles – the women who sold flowers and watercress on the streets of London. During my research, I discovered the work of a Victorian philanthropist, John Groom, who gave the flower sellers a home and taught them how to make artificial flowers in order to take them off the streets. I also read Henry Mayhew’s work, London Labour & The London Poor, in which he recorded incredibly detailed interviews with London’s street sellers. Discovering these lost voices from the past was a novelist’s dream, and provides wonderfully detailed accounts of life at that time.

After the initial spark of an idea, I read lots and lots of books (both non-fiction and novels) written in that era, or about the subject matter. I also use the internet to find more detailed information – newspaper reports, old video footage, photographs, places of interest and relevance for me to visit – and when I have this broad basis of information I start to write and create my characters. With A MEMORY OF VIOLETS, I was fortunate to be able to visit the London Metropolitan Archives, where I gathered a vast amount of information about John Groom’s Flower Homes in London and his ‘Flower Village’ orphanage in Clacton on the South coast. From detailed newspaper reports, photographs, business ledgers, personal letters and other fascinating items from the period, I developed a real sense of the era and of the flower sellers he had – the young girls and women he had helped – and what it meant to them to have been given this opportunity to improve their circumstances in life. I also walked around the streets where the Flower Homes were established, and Covent Garden, where the flower markets used to be based. Much of the layout of the streets is just as it was back in the Victorian era.

What is your favorite scene in A Memory of Violets?

I love the scene where Tilly Harper first finds the wooden box in the back of the wardrobe in her room, and discovers Florrie’s diary and the little trinkets she has kept with it. This is when we first start to connect the two stories of the orphaned sisters, Florrie and Rosie, with Tilly. I had the idea of pressed flowers being discovered in a book a long, long time ago. As a child I liked to press flowers in a wooden flower press and was always fascinated to discover them long after I’d forgotten they were there! It was lovely to be able to work that idea into this novel. I also enjoyed writing the scene where we catch up with Rosie and discover what happened to her immediately after she was separated from Florrie. It was heart-breaking to image a little child so terrified and bewildered on her own, and I hope that comes through on the pages.

What are you working on next?

I’m currently working on my third novel, THE MUSE, set in post-war London of the 1920s. The novel is about the rise of a young woman from chambermaid at the glamorous Savoy hotel to renowned stage star. I’m really enjoying researching and writing in this era where social boundaries just after the Great War – particularly for women – where in a state of flux. I’m excited to see the book and my characters coming together.

I’m also thrilled to be contributing to WWI anthology A FALL OF POPPIES, featuring novellas by nine authors centred around Armistice Day in 1918. The anthology will be published by William Morrow in 2016.

Thank you for inviting me to The Book Beacon. x

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TheGirlWhoCamHome PB CInspired by true events, the New York Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Came Home is the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard RMS Titanic—a seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

Ireland, 1912. Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the lucky few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again.

Chicago, 1982. Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

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Hazel Gaynor’s 2014 debut novel THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME – A Novel of the Titanic was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. A MEMORY OF VIOLETS is her second novel.

Hazel writes a popular guest blog ‘Carry on Writing’ for national Irish writing website writing.ie and contributes regular feature articles for the site, interviewing authors such as Philippa Gregory, Sebastian Faulks, Cheryl Strayed, Rachel Joyce and Jo Baker, among others.

Hazel was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers and was selected by Library Journal as one of Ten Big Breakout Authors for 2015. She appeared as a guest speaker at the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Historical Novel Society annual conferences in 2014.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.

For more information, visit Hazel’s website at http://www.hazelgaynor.com/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hazelgaynorbooks or follow her on Twitter @HazelGaynor

 

#MustRead: The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons

You may recall I #fangirled like a champ about Deep End of the Sea, Heather Lyon’s amazing take on the legend of Medusa.  She turns the Greek myth on its ear, offering another version of events – and it is SO SO SO SO GOOD.  If you enjoy a fresh take on mythology and romance, this is the book for you.

The Collector's SocietyIn The Collectors’ Society, the author does it again: portraying well known characters in a new light.  Years after her adventures in Wonderland, Alice (yes, THAT Alice) is living in England, trying to be a normal adult despite the madness of her youth.  Life, however, has other plans for her, and through a series of events she is the latest recruit in The Collectors’ Society.  This group is charged with saving literary characters and their timelines from villains successfully deleting famous novels.

Early on in the book, Alice finds herself in modern day New York City sitting at a conference table with several characters from classic literature: Mary from The Secret Garden, Wendy Darling from Peter Pan, Jack Dawson from Oliver Twist, Mr. Holgrove from House of the Seven Gables, Huckleberry Finn, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Jr. and the leader of the group: Abraham Van Brunt.  They bring her up to speed about their time sensitive mission; bad guys are erasing books and Alice in Wonderland is next on their list.  In order to save the world she left behind, she must help the Society locate an artifact from her book (which she left behind in Wonderland).

Naturally, Alice is overwhelmed by many things: culture shock (an 1880’s character seeing iPhones, laptops, elevators, GPS), the mission (stop literary classics from disappearing), magic doorways (allowing members to time travel to fictional settings), and her fierce attraction to Huckleberry Finn (he is all grown up too).  But most shocking of all is the knowledge that she is a fictional character crafted by Lewis Carroll.  Through her orientation at the Society, she learns that each of her new teammates had a similar identity crisis, and it is through new friendships and purpose Alice finds strength.

Not that she wasn’t already one of the strongest, wittiest, most amazing heroines I have enjoyed getting to know in a while.  Her childhood adventures in Wonderland and her return from madness shaped Alice into a fearless leader, and once she accepts her new fate, she embraces the mission.  After she gets a handle of life in NYC, she must return to Wonderland.  Mary, Victor and Finn join her, and this time it is her partners experiencing culture shock.  It is every bit as magical as depicted in Lewis’ novels, with several surprises by Lyons added to the mix.  While locating the artifact for the Society, the team faces dangerous enemies who are not at all pleased that Alice has returned to Wonderland.  In addition to surviving the journey and completing the mission, Alice must come face to face with the best parts of the madness she left behind.  She must reconcile her past with the hope she has for a happy future, and it is wonderful experiencing the curious child we all know make such difficult, mature decisions.

This is SUCH a great story!  Heather Lyons has done a tremendous job of weaving classic literature, epic fantasy and contemporary romance.  It is incredibly entertaining and a very impressive feat.  My favorite parts involved the swoon-worthy romance between Alice and Huckleberry Finn.  I wish this author only the best and look forward to reviewing Book 2 in The Collectors’ Society Series: The Hidden Library in early March. – kris

New Release: The Sicarii Series by A.J. Bennett and Julia Crane

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Tall, dark, and sexy as hell, Thorne Hollow knows the power he holds over the opposite sex and how to use it. Cast out by the gods thousands of years ago, he roams the earth working as an assassin for The Sicarii, a secret society who protects humans from all of the things that go bump in the night. One night stands are his way of life … until he meets a mysterious woman whose intriguing power compels him to uncover more about her and the strange magic she wields. Completed Hired Gun Serial.BUY IT ON AMAZON: http://amzn.to/16KMisc

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A.J. Bennett lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and bulldog. She’s addicted to coffee, popcorn and books. Becoming an author has been a lifelong dream, and she’s extremely excited about her debut novel Now or Never.FIND HER ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/a.j.bennettbooks

~*~ABOUT JULIA CRANE~*~
Julia Crane is the author of the Keegan’s Chronicles, IFICS. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. FIND HER ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/juliacraneauthor

Review: Floored by Melanie Harlow

Floored CoverAs I mentioned last week, you REALLY NEED TO READ THIS SERIES.

All of Melanie Harlow’s books, actually.  She is a breath of fresh air in the Contemporary Romance genre, and her books are some of the funniest, imaginative and steamy reads out there.

If you have not yet done, so – please read Frenched (IT’S FREE!) and Forked.  You will meet Besties Mia, Coco and Erin – each gets a turn finding romance & it is never your usual love story.

Floored is Erin’s story – she is a ballet teacher in the midst of renovating her studio. Early in the book, her home is robbed; the cop investigates is Charlie, Erin’s childhood bully.  Sparks fly during their reunion, and what soon follows is a great romance.

review1Erin is the nice, quiet girl-next-door with a secret inner vixen.  Charlie is just the guy to bring that vixen out to play.  While they try to keep their relationship casual and brief, they keep coming back for more.  As the childhood frenemies get to know each other as adults, it becomes clear that Charlie is playing his cards close to the vest.  Erin is in for lots of surprises, and she must come to terms with Charlie’s past and present if she wants to include him in her future.

The characters are real, not cookie cutter versions of the good girl and the bad boy.  The dialogue is HILARIOUS (par for the course with rest of series).  The three agimas (Mia, Coco and Erin) are vastly entertaining & it is very easy to get swept up with their story.  If you enjoy your romances original, funny & steamy, this is the series for you!!

 

Interview with Melanie Harlow, Author of The Frenched Series

melanie harlowThe Book Beacon is proud to be a part of the Floored blog tour.  A review of her latest book, Floored, will be posttest here later today!

Til then, we were able to play 20 Questions with author Melanie Harlow!

1. What would you order if you walked in a Starbucks?

Tall black coffee, no extra room!

2. What kind of shoes are you wearing?

Gray and white striped socks. I took my snow boots off at the door after taking the kids to school!

3. What is your most treasured possession?
I have a lot of old photos and letters passed down from my great-grandparents and grandparents. Irreplaceable, so they are very special to me.

4. What is on your nightstand right now?

A candle, my Kindle, and a giant cup of water with a straw.

5. If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living, dead or imaginary), who would it be?

Dorothy Parker

6. What would you like it to say on your tombstone?

Oh dear. I have no idea!

7. What impression do you make when people first meet you?

Let me ask someone. Hold please.

Me: Help. I’m doing an author interview for the tour and just got this question. Can one of you answer it? “What impression do you make when people first meet you?”

Sierra Simone: Hmm. Probably that you’re super hot. [wink emoticon] I would say friendly, intelligent, very slightly reserved.

Laurelin Paige: ^^^^^^ Also a little neurotic.

Me: Hahahahaha I love you guys

Laurelin: I’d love it if you add the hot part.

There. Just for you, L.

8. Favorite color?

I really love green, but blue is beautiful too.

9. If you had a free day with no responsibilities, what would you do?

Drink coffee. Read books. Ignore my phone and inbox.

10. Favorite place you have traveled?

Wow, that’s tough! I’ll say the Loire Valley in France, but I really love Florence, Italy too.

11. What do you like best about yourself?

I am kind. I have nice manners. I can laugh at myself.

12. What do you like least about yourself?

I am impatient, neurotic, and self-centered.

13. Favorite genre of music?

Anything I can put on my running mix that’s upbeat and fun.

14. Favorite subject in school?

English and History. I can’t choose.

15. Righty or Lefty?

Righty

16. Biggest Pet Peeve?

When people are mean or insensitive to others, in person or on the Internet. I dislike it when people try to excuse rudeness by saying they’re just being “honest” or have a right to express their opinion. Being an asshole is not a right.

17. What makes you laugh out loud?

Lots of things! I’m especially amused by lists on Buzzfeed like this one: http://bzfd.it/1vfusZW

I also laugh hysterically at Eddie Izzard’s Dress to Kill videos, the Chappelle Show, Louis C.K., and the fake book covers on this Tumblr site: http://liartownusa.tumblr.com/

18. What would your last meal be if you were on Death Row?

Pizza. With Bacon on it. And a salad with avocado in it. A gin martini.

19. Have any pets?

A Netherland Dwarf rabbit named Peaches.

20. Do you keep a diary or journal?

I used to but haven’t in years.