Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer Reading Tour - Author Sharon Poppen Lies? *Gasp*

Sharon's "Abby - Finding More than Gold"
(don't you just love the guy in that cover?)
Today's guest is Sharon Poppen. Award winning author of several fine books such as: "Abby - Finding More than Gold" (sigh I DO love that guy on the cover...), "Hannah" and "After the War, Before the Peace". You can find out all about them here (it'll be well worth the journey, I promise).

So, I asked Sharon to tell three things about herself - one of which is a lie (shock, horror). And your job, dear readers, is to discover the lie (write it in the comments section). Remember, your names go through for a draw. And today you might win a beach glass necklace offered by author Lynn Hones (and...here's a tip...none of you from my blog have won anything in the draw yet, so the odds are in your favor). If you leave a comment your name will also go through for the final $50 Amazon Gift Certificate which will be awarded at the end of the tour (coming up!!!)

Right, so this is what Sharon answered to my question: 
Hannah

Sue, how nice to be featured on your very attractive and informative blog. I found the subject of the week to be quite challenging, but a real interesting exercise. To select three truths and one lie about myself is like trying to decide which stars in a moonless night sky are my favorites.

I guess I’ll share the truth that I’m a movie-aholic. I have a movie buddy who joins me every Friday for our movie of the week. I usually get to pick, but occasionally I have to relent and attend a vampire, hogwarts or sorcerers flick. No matter the genre, I can usually sit back and let myself ‘feel’ the story. It’s wonderful escapism and also a melting pot for ideas I can use in my own writing.

Another truth is that I’m very afraid of snakes and birds. My sister-in-law Ellen and I once took my two small children to the San Diego Zoo. They wanted to walk through the large birdcage. My common sense said that the zoo would not put any dangerous avian in contact with the public so I agreed. Half way through, a bird flew across the walkway, just skimming the top of my head. I ran for the exit, yelling for my sister-in-law to watch my kids. Needless to say, I have been teased unmercifully about dereliction of parental duty. Ellen was also with me the time we went to the Los Angeles Planetarium. As we walked across the parking lot, I almost ran into some young men. One was carrying a large snake draped across both of his outstretched hands. I turned and ran screaming back to the car. Ellen, who hadn’t seen the snake, squealed and run back to the car with me. “It’s only a Bull Snake,” called out the young man. Ellen eventually began talking to me again, but again, it is still a favorite story at many of our family get togethers.

I truly love baseball. My three uncles, who were like big brothers when I was growing up, were big fans and often took me to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs play ball. There’s nothing more exciting than a close game where strategy about whether to keep the pitcher in or send in a pinch hitter to possibly hit one out of the park, allowing teammates already on base to score. It’s why I stay a fan of the National League instead of the American League where the pitcher isn’t included in the batting line-up. And, I had my first taste of beer at a Cubs game. 

And my final truth of this exercise is that I’m a lucky person. One of my first wins was when I was ten years old. I won a beautiful Cocker Spaniel puppy at the Paradise Theatre in Chicago. It was a beautiful theatre built in the 1920s and had a planetarium in the ceiling. The band Styx memorialized the theatre that was torn town in 1956 on their album ‘Paradise Theatre’. My luck continues to this day as I’m blessed with a wonderful family, really good friends and the joy of using my imagination to write. 

That's four! But, never mind...which is the lie?

So, Sue, thanks for this opportunity to share my thoughts. If our readers want to answer a question for the chance to win our book of the week and the chance to be in the running for the $50 Amazon gift certificate, they can leave a comment here on your blog. 

Thanks Sharon! And if you'd like to know my lies (me? lie? The very idea), then pop on over to www.reginaandrews.wordpress.com .  You can also comment there and that way you have TWO chances of winning. I'll reveal which is Sharon's lie on Wednesday with my next post. Yay! Have a great Sunday everyone. 



AUTHOR’S BIO


Sharon Poppen ( www.sharonpoppen.com ) has won awards from Arizona Authors Assoc. and National League of American Pen Women. Her western novels After the War, Before the Peace, Hannah and Abby-Finding More Than Gold are available at Amazon Books, most web based book sellers and from her website.  Her work has appeared in such publications as A Flasher’s Dozen, Desert Treasures, Skive, Offerings from the Oasis, A Long Story Short, Apollo Lyre and Laughter Loaf.  Her workshops on Journaling, Short Story Writing and Blogging bring rave reviews.  Sharon is a member of Lake Havasu City Writer’s Group. Her gay/sci-fi novel Regardless will be available in print and ebook the fall of 2012.

List of Published Novels


After the War, Before the Peace
Hannah
Abby-Finding More Than Gold
Regardless (due out fall 2012)

                      

21 comments:

  1. Oooo...really difficult to guess which is the lie. I would like to say the bird/snake fear, but that is just wacky enough to be true.

    I'm having a hard time believing they would give away a puppy. Now what parent would appreciate such a 'prize'? (Though I do think the rest of your good luck is very true.)

    Movie queen? That is pretty innocuous. Maybe that is the lie as I hardly ever have the patience to sit through a film--especially one not in my genre of choice. *sigh*

    You know too much about baseball for that not to be true. Designated hitter and all...

    Dang--I am stumped!

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    1. Christine, Can't unstump you just yet, but your comments gave me a great Sunday smile. You are such a supportive team player. Thanks or stopping by.

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    2. hmm...Christine, I think you might be on the right track!

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  2. Sue, Lovely presentation. Thanks so much. Yep, I really like the guy on the cover of 'Abby', too. Awe-Struck Publishing really did a nice job visualizing both main characters, Abby and Tommy. Let's hope we have a great week with lots of comments!

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    1. I just had to take a sneak peek at him again...I'd buy the book just for the cover!!!

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  3. Okay, I'm just gonna make a guess and say that the lie is that you are lucky - because we just plain know you are blessed! :)

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    1. Bethany, something tells me you know our Sharon!

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    2. Bethany, I am truly blessed. As for the luck, good guess. Can't say if you're right, but thanks for taking the time to read Sue's blog and to comment.
      Sharon

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  4. Well, without actually seeing your shifty eyes when you told the lie, I'm going to go with the fear of birds and snakes. I'm a little suspicious of someone being afraid of birds who agrees to go inside an aviary. And who takes a snake to the planetarium? Very suspicious, though I admit it's probably true, since the truth is often crazier than fiction. :)

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    1. Thanks LG! That does sound suspicious, now you mention it. Very suspicious. Bull snake or not

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    2. Hi L.G, Me, shifty eyes??? Tee Hee. Great logic in making your decision. Are you right? Sue will tell all on Wednesday. Thanks for checking Sue's fine blog out and for making your guess.

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  5. I don't know . . . they all sound fairly plausible (or implausible, as it were).

    Great way of introducing an author, though! Really. :)

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    1. Hi, Yep, both plausible and/or implausible. Thanks for telling us you liked our silly little exercise to let our readers get to know us better. We had fun doing it.

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  6. Oh wow, that is tough. When writers make up lies, we really embellish, don't we? ;) I'm gonna go with the baseball fan as being the lie.
    I will give the contest a tweet! Very cute! :)

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    1. yes, Pk - who can lie better than a writer? LOL.

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    2. Hi Pk, Yep, we writers really can imagine all sorts of things. Thanks for your interest and comments.

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  7. I'd guess you don't really hate baseball. Fun post. =)

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  8. Hi RaShelle, Glad you found the post fun. We had a ball doing it. As for the baseball, Sue will tell all on Wednesday.

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  9. Sharon and Susan, what a fun post! Let me project my own fear onto my choice and select the snake story. Oooooh, I can't wait to see what's what! Hugs, Regina

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    1. Gina, So the snake story. Humm, Sue tells all on Wednesday. Glad you found the post fun and thanks for stopping by. Sharon

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