Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Welcome Lizzie T. Leaf!

I'm delighted to welcome today's guest of honour to the party - a very funny, talented writer, and my very good friend, Lizzie T. Leaf! Welcome, Lizzie!

Tickle My Funny Bone by Lizzie T. Leaf
I love to laugh and that probably explains a lot of my friend choices as well as my marriage.  My friends and husband laugh with me…and sometimes at me.
But that’s okay.  I’ve learned not to take some things seriously when they are wiping tears from their eyes over something I’ve said or done, if not at that moment then later.  Hindsight helps me see the humor of the situation or how dumb the statement that had them rolling on the floor.
The love of laughter is probably expected of someone who hates to miss an episode of America’s Funniest Videos.  And I confess, there are the clips that have me thinking, “Ouch, that must have hurt,” while clutching my aching stomach from laughing so hard.  Yes, I’m a little sick.
In my first critique group, I admit to being a little hurt when one of the members snorted out the sip of coffee she just taken through her nose while reading my precious words.  When she proclaimed, “That’s so funny,” I couldn’t help my reaction…stunned.  I hadn’t tried for funny.
When the other members joined her in agreement and saying my sense of humor comes through on the written page, I admit to doubting their judgment.  Over time, I have come to accept that’s possibly the case.  I have friends who call me and when we hang up say, “I’m so glad I decided to call you…I really needed a laugh today.”  So, guess my aptitude for ‘snark’ can come across as funny to some.
Of course, in life there’s angst, and in writing you need to have it to torture your hero/heroine of both to create a story.  Still, I do strive for lighter moments and hope to bring a smile to the reader.  A good story, whether mine or another author’s, can be like hitting your funny bone—hurts like crazy, but you laugh with the pain.
How about you?  Has your funny bone been tickled recently?

Lizzie is offering a PDF ebook of Beyond Magic to one lucky winner who answers her question: Has your funny bone been tickled recently? Tell us what's made you laugh recently, or comment on Lizzie's post in some other way to enter the contest. The contest closes at midnight tonight and the winner will be announced on this thread tomorrow.
Beyond Magic
The Magical Love Series
By Lizzie T. Leaf
Published by Passion in Print

Following the Powers directive to unite soul mates, a Scottish Cailleach's magic will have repercussions in several realms.

Mixed-blood Ian McCabe, grandson of Fae and gods tries to deny his powers. When he discovers mortal, Emma Grant unconscious at the bottom of the steps to his castle, his world starts to change.

Tour director Emma Grant's bus breaks down and her effort to find help results in a fall that knocks her unconscious. She awakens to find the man of her dreams staring into her eyes.

 But will his secrets and her distrust of men tear them apart?

Emma Grant has an assignment to guide a group through Scotland, unaware this little trip will lead to her meeting her soul mate, but before that happens, the Powers want to have a little fun at her expense.

Emma saw no need for a “get acquainted” dinner. This group all came from Atlanta and belonged to the same retired teachers association. If anything, they knew each other too well, and none of them seemed to have a problem telling the others what worked best for anyone. She walked into the private room she’d reserved for tonight’s dinner and discussion of their itinerary to find everyone seated. They’d left her no choice but to take the only empty chair at the head of the table.
“You know, Emma dear, we all noticed you’re a little tense.” Mary, who appeared to have the kindest disposition in the group, smiled and brushed a snowy puff of hair off her left eye. “You’re single aren’t you?”
Shocked at such a personal question asked by a woman who looked like Mrs. Claus, Emma eyed the speaker with distrust. Still, she couldn’t stifle a tiny surge of elation that someone in the group actually knew her name, even if they did throw in “dear.”
On the other hand, she resisted the urge to wipe the sweet smile from the older woman’s face with an explanation; her marital status was no one’s damned business. Instead, she decided a nod would serve as the best course of action—and waited for the other shoe to drop.
Mary shot a smug glance around the table at her companions. “We thought so. That probably explains why you get so uptight?”
“What?” Emma stared in disbelief. She’d had enough. It was time to put this group of busybodies in their place. “What business is my marital status to you ladies? As I recall, the contract I signed was to lead a tour, not share my personal life.”
Ouch, that really came out harsh. As a tour director I’m supposed to be patient, not bitchy.
“I told you so.” Mildred’s orange frizz bobbed up and down. “It’s okay, dear. Not getting any tends to make one a little testy, especially when you’re younger.”
The comment sent the sip of water in Emma’s mouth down the wrong way. Tillie, the senior member of the group sitting on Emma’s left, pounded her on the back.
“Are you okay, dear?”
Finally, she managed a strangled “yes” and wiped tears from her eye as she struggled to clear her throat. The last thing she needed was to have an eighty-eight-year-old woman resuscitate her. “I’m fine. Really.” She blinked to clear her blurry eyes.
“Good.” Mary looked relieved. “Then you’re ready to hear the rest of our plan.”
“Plan? What on earth are you talking about? Plan for what?”
“Emma, dear, we’ve decided this for your own good.” Mary beamed at her. “The group voted and the decision is made.” Mary looked around the table at her companions and most heads bobbed up and down in agreement. “We’ve decided to help you find a man.”
Words failed her. Emma stared from one grinning face to the next.
“Now wait just a damn minute.” Deena crossed her arms and glared at her friends. “I told you this is the dumbest idea you’ve had lately, so don’t count me in on the ‘we’ bull crap. Not every woman needs a man in her life to ask permission on when she can take a piss, or whatever else she wants to do.”
Mary patted the angular woman’s hand. “Whatever you say, honey, but not everyone is as independent as you.”
“What makes you think Emma’s not? I’ve lived my life the way I want for seventy-one years, and if that’s the path she chooses, then leave her be.” Deena’s eyes scanned the group and her stare dared anyone to challenge her. “Anyway, you don’t need a man to lead a full life. That’s my say on the matter.”
“She’s still bitter about Sam Jenkins. He broke off their engagement you know,” someone whispered loud enough for Emma to hear.
“You’d think after fifty years, she’d be over it.”
Emma knew the last remark came from Barb.
“Humph.” Deena pushed her chair back and stood. “I’ve lost my appetite. Good night, ladies.”
Emma stared down at the bowl of soup placed in front of her by a waiter.
Maybe if I throw my face into it and breathe deeply I can drown.

Available in ebook and print:
At your local book seller in print
And on various eBook distribution sites including All Romance eBooks and Fictionwise

Award winning author, Lizzie T. Leaf started life in Kansas, continued her growing in North Carolina, and currently shivers through the winters in Colorado.  She has numerous e-books in varying lengths and her first print book, Struck by Lightning, won dual 2007 Beacon awards, in addition to being a finalist in two other contests. 

 Since discovering the fun of writing paranormal, she plays with creating vampires, faeries and other immortals.  Her current book, Beyond Magic is the first in the Magical Love Series at Passion in Print Press.  What’s not to love when a Scottish Cailleach is directed by the Powers to unite several pair soul mates?  It’s safe to say that some of the future connections will surprise even the Cailleach.

She is currently working on the second book in the Magical Love series scheduled to release late summer/early fall 2011.

When not creating mischief for paranormal beings, or exploring the other genres she wants to write, Lizzie loves to read, spend time with her family and travel with her best friend husband.
Beyond Magic now at Passion in Print Press


  1. How totally strange...I posted earlier and not it seems to be gone. Will try again...thank you for having me here today, Marie. And thank you for all the nice things you said! Back at you my friend.

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  3. I had a great laugh recently while watching my 9 year old watch Spaceballs for the first time. She was cracking up & I couldn't help but laugh with her!

  4. Hi Lizzie :). How rudfe of Blogger to ditch your post! Did it disappear from the list, or did it never show up in the fist place? Anyway, wanted to ask you... Now that you KNOW you're funny, do you approach your writing in a different way? Does the story or the humour take precedence? :)

    Ouch, Maria! Though I have to tell you, Lizzie wrote a really funny bikini wax scene - was it Boy Toy, Lizzie?

    Jenn, that's brilliant! I love watching my kids laugh at things too - it's often funnier than what they're watching!


  5. did recently laugh at something that I read in a book but probably the funniest thing that had me in stitches was a video that I saw on Youtube about an older woman giving herself a bikini is the link if you want a good laugh:

    It really was quite


  6. Yesterday I hung out a bird water system, but it was so windy I had to take it down and set it on the ground, I look out and there was my 95 lb. Akita drinking out of the little cups, when I said something to him, he looked at me and cocked his head as if saying "I was thirsty, this works"

  7. Hi, Lizzie!

    How about telling the readers what you did at RT that year? Remember the hunky waiter?

    (And no, folks, it's not what you're thinking. Not really. Hehehehe.)

    Beverly Rae

  8. Bev, you are truly evil! Nothing...I did nothing! Waiter...what waiter?

  9. Marie, I go for the story first. Sometimes humor fits (ok, most of the time), but there are moments that don't. With the current works, humor usually is natural, either with a character or circumstance. The YA I'm working on is anything but humor...lots of pain and angst from a 15 years old view point.

    It is BOY TOY that has the bikini wax scene, Marie. I have a friend who roars everytime she brings up that scene...says it really was funny!

    My humor for today...the game of chase the cat just demanded I play...slipped and almost landed on my bottom.

  10. Hi Lizzie!!!

    Do tell about the waiter, now we are all curious!!!!

    I love a good laugh with my reading. Thanks for giving it to us.

    Everyone has to get your books, you'll LOVE them!!!

    in Germany

  11. Jean, that must have been hilarious - animals and kids, eh? :)

    Waving to Bev! Let's hear about this waiter since Lizzie's so shy!

    Lizzie, thanks for answering my nosy questions :). And I thought it was Boy Toy - one of my favourites of yours.

    Hi, Valerie! Well said :)


  12. I was reading a scene in one of J.L. Langley's With or Without series and I laughed so hard that I had to quit reading and when I tried to read so more I just keep on laughing.

  13. Hey Val! What can I say about the waiter...he was cute and I had a couple of glasses of wine...need I say more?????

    Thank you, I'm glad my books bring a smile to your day. I love fun characters, even if it is a secondary character who brings the grins.

  14. Not shy, Marie...short memory...LOL

    Sherry, J.L. is one of my favorite authors. She makes me laugh too!

  15. Kids, animals and any woman getting a bikini wax can make for laughter, Jenn, Jean & Maria. Thanks for sharing your stories.

  16. Lizzie! Of course I'm your biggest fan...just love, love, love your books. And love you too my friend - funny or not :) hehe, but we have had some crack up conversations, haven't we. And you are funny! And quite beautiful. We promise not to laugh at you, but with you.


  17. Hi Lizzie! I love a good book that can make me laugh out loud! The last funny one I read was Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles. Loved it. The last movie was Due Date. I missed half the dialogue because I was laughing so hard. Looking forward to reading Beyond Magic! Especially with the yummy Sam Bond on the cover!


  18. Hi Lizzie, I love a humorous novel it's actually one of my favorites in the romance genre I love when a romance makes me giggle even if it's just a little bit.

    So just curious when you decided to become an author did you automatically want to start writing funny novels or were you trying to write something different when you started?

    As for something that made me bust out laughing? Well a day or two ago I was playing my Nintendo DS system (you guys know what that is right?) anyway I was playing in our living room and the sun was shining.

    It started off innocent enough cuz I was just directing the sunlight off my DS and moving the redirected light across the wall of the computer room, my little brother was on the computer and I was bouncing the light on the wall that was closest to him, he suddenly started going after it and was chasing it.

    You know how a kitten goes after the little light on a laser pointer? That's what my little brother looked like, needless to say I was coughing and wiping tears from my eyes when I was finally done laughing.


  19. Loved reading all the things that make you laugh! Thanks for the giggles :). And a big thank you to Lizzie for being such a fun guest of honour! I'll be back soon with Lizzie's winner...


  20. And Lizzie's winner of the BEYOND MAGIC ebook is...


    Congratulations, Sherry - I guarantee you'll enjoy it :). I have your email address already, so you don;t need to do anything else.


  21. Congrats Sherry!!!

    Man, she still didn't come out with what happened with the waiter!!!

    in Germany