Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Contest at Sweet N Sexy Divas!

Sweet And Sexy Divas Spring Contest




And a $10 gift certificate


1. On the participating author list below, click on the first author's name and go to her website to find this contest icon

(Hints are provided after each author name on where the icon is hidden.)

2. Once you find the icon, click on it (or on the link provided near it) and it will bring you to the next author's blog/website.

3. Go from author website/blog to website/blog to find the hidden icon.

4. Keep a list of the links (pages) you found the icon on.

5. Email list to by April 24 (contest runs from March 24-April 24. Winner announced April 25)

Winner chosen at random from those contestants that have found ALL icons and have emailed Tina Donahue the list.

If you have trouble with any of the links, please email Sarah at:

Good luck!!!

Author List (hints on where to find icon after author name):

Sandy Sullivan:

books page

Aileen Fish -

James Hatch:


home page below pictures

Julia Knight:

Kristal McKerrington:

links then go to blog

Katalina Leon:

Rita Hestand:

home page

Roxy Jacobs -

Diane Wylie:

Cheryl Pierson:

Right sidebar above her facebook badge

Fiona McGier:

Selena Robins: (excerpts page)

Taige Crenshaw:

Juniper Bell:

sidebar of blog

Willa Edwards:

Delaney Diamond:

P.A. Brown:

Victoria Allen:

Andrew Grey:

Renee Vincent:

Myla Jackson:

contests page

Adele Dubois:

bookshelf page

Olivia Waite:

Shelly Munro -

Ari Thatcher -

Mahalia Levey:

Stephanie Julian:

Dawne Prochilo:

left side of page under Facebook connections

Kathy Otten:

Excerpts/lost hearts

Sarah McNeal:

links page

Tina Donahue:

reviews page (Tina's icon WILL BE LINKING TO SANDY SULLIVAN’S SITE WHICH IS THE FIRST IN THE LIST and puts you back at the begining and you're done)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Thoughts

Pop in his kilt
March 18 is my birthday.  Pop and I used to share the same birthday and I always thought how unlucky I was to have to share my special day with my dad.  As I gained a little maturity, I began to look forward to birthdays together and having someone to share in the joy of it with me.  This picture of Pop in his kilt is one of the last pictures I ever took of him.  He died suddenly while on vacation in Wilmington, NC when I was 33 years old.  Birthdays haven't been the same for me since he's been gone.  I light  a candle and play our favorite bagpipe tune in remembrance on our birthday before I celebrate with the family.  I miss him some years more than others but I always feel that little part of my birthday is missing, that part where my dad used to be.  Wherever you are, Pop, I hope you're having all the cake icing you want.  It was your favorite part.  I love you.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Saint Patrick's Day

Here it comes, good old Saint Patrick's Day.  I love that this holiday comes the day before my birthday and that I am a Celt.
Supposedly, the Irish are lucky.  I don't know if I believe that so much.  I mean there was that potato famine and then the Irish in America weren't exactly welcomed with open arms. But hey, we adjusted.  You may be thinking that McNeal is not an Irish name and you would be's Scottish, but our clan started in Ireland with Neal of Nine Stones.  Now there's a name for you.  That's stones not stoned, by the way.  He stole his bride from the Scottish Isle of Barra in the Hebrides, Queen Mave, the "fairy queen."  You may have heard of her in Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet.  
But I digress.
I like that Saint Patrick's Day comes before my birthday because it makes me feel just a bit special.  Besides, I can use it to remember  my birthday when my memory starts to fail.  I may not remember my age (on purpose) but I'll remember the date.
Whatever your heritage, I hope that Saint Patrick's Day will make you feel special and that some of that magical Irish luck will be yours.