Sabrynne McLain

Michigan Celebrities: Is There Something in the Water?

Michigan Celebrities: Is There Something in the Water?

I may be hallucinating, but it seems as though a disproportionate number of celebrities hail from my home state of Michigan. So just for the heck of it, I decided to come up with a list – this is not meant to be exhaustive, and if you can think of any I’ve overlooked (I’m sure there are loads), I’d love to hear about them. Okay, so off the top of my head:

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Dandelions, Orchids and Other Blooms

I originally wrote this post for a blog hop a few months back. I stumbled across it the other day on my hard drive and decided to add it here:

Across the globe, there has been much discussion about the concept of dandelion versus orchid children. According to various studies, a dandelion child is one who manages to thrive regardless of her upbringing (picture a dandelion squeezing through a tiny crack in the concrete to present its shining yellow self to the world), while orchids are far more sensitive, withering in dysfunctional environments and blossoming in nurturing ones.

A woman I met at a writer’s conference introduced me to the idea of dandelion children. She told me, having lived in Sweden for a number of years, that the Swedes are fascinated by the subject and my description of Kate (my main character in When Red Is Blue) reminded her of a dandelion child.

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The Trouble with Exercise

The Trouble with Exercise

My husband Gareth is on a mission. Strangely, his quest doesn’t involve self-improvement – mental, physical or spiritual. His goal, something he has been pursuing without success for the past seven years, is for me to return to the level of fitness I enjoyed when we lived in California.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: typical male, they all want their women to look their best, which will then increase the likelihood of them wearing sexy negligees and breaking out the bikini in the summer. No (well, probably, but not the main reason), strangely, he is convinced that if I don’t get fit again, I’m going to come down with some dreaded disease that will prematurely end my time on the planet. And if that were to happen, Gareth would apparently be unhappy about it, which I admit is sweet (not the thinking I’m going to die bit, but his resulting unhappiness).

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Zombie Candy Blog Tour – Excerpt from the Book

I really liked this excerpt. It has a nice retro feel, like the 70s movies I used to love to watch as a kid.

Please enjoy this excerpt from Zombie Candy, a genre-bending mystery by Frederick Lee Brooke. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $550 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.

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The Art of Unqualified Kindness

The Art of Unqualified Kindness

The other day, I finished reading Derren Brown’s Confessions of a Conjurer. It’s one of those love-it-or-hate-it books, which I’m drawn to because I figure a work that polarizes people is probably unique, and therefore, worth reading. In it, Derren says that “the single most valuable human trait, the one quality every schoolchild and adult should be taught to nurture, is, quite simply, kindness.”

I find myself thinking about kindness a lot, partly because I’m fascinated by why people do the things they do. But I’m also trying to learn how to be a better person, and I’ve come to the conclusion that being kind is far and away better than being unkind.

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No More Song Lyrics In My Books — Ever

No More Song Lyrics In My Books — Ever

When a writer wants to add a feeling of time and place that resonates with readers, one technique is to include a few words or lines of a popular song from that period. This works even better when the lyrics themselves tie into the scene action.

My final draft of When Red Is Blue included about 10 words from Harper Valley P.T.A. and four lines from Down In It by Nine Inch Nails. I had grown attached to these lyrics, having spent hours contemplating which songs to use and then becoming thrilled to discover NIN lyrics that tied in beautifully with the scene I wanted to use them in.

When I mentioned to Brion (my designer) that I was working on getting licenses to use them, he “strongly recommended” that I save myself time, money and pain and pull both sets of lyrics out of the book. Of course, being stubborn, optimistic and in love with the words that were now part of my work, I ignored him and proceeded to try to get permission.

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