Wacky Wednesday September 02 2015

Sheriff of Nottingham board game

Sheriff of Nottingham board game

It was a weekend of tall tales, my cornering of the apple market, and some contraband. Sounds like an interested weekend doesn’t it? Let’s not forget the laughs and spending time with friends. We played the card game the Sheriff of Nottingham.

It’s a hilarious game. The concept is you have a group of players who are each trying to fill their marketplace with cards of apples, bread, cheese, and chickens. They can also sneak contraband into the town. Each player gets to be Sheriff twice per game. Now think of as going through security at the airport. You have a bag of stuff. You declare what’s insides. Security (a.k.a. Sheriff) has the right to search your bag or let you pass without a search. 

If you lie you have to pay a fine. If you told the truth the sherif pays you. I’ve heard that some sheriffs can be bribed and they won’t inspect your goods, but you didn’t hear that from me. 

What makes the game even more interesting than playing with friends is playing with couples. It starts out nice and cordial but the barbs and suspicions kick in really fast when you find out your sweetie is trying to sneak contraband into your town when you are the Sherrif! You figure out among your friends who can really spin a yard and B.S. their way out of inspection.  

Can’t wait to play again. 

photo from: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/157969/sheriff-nottingham

May 19 2015 Romance Weekly

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Welcome! If you're stopping by from LOVExtra's blog post, thanks. If this is your first stop, jump right in. We are doing flash fiction this week.

I came up with today's topic. It sounded like a good idea at the time. 

Today we are to create a flash fiction of 500 words or less. Include the following items: an empty parking lot, an abandoned SUV & a chihuahua sitting in the driver’s seat.

I can't wait to see what everyone else wrote. I went a little bit over the 500 word requirement. I'll ask forgiveness for breaking my own rule. 

I like to drive.   photo provided by depositphotos.com

I like to drive. 

photo provided by depositphotos.com

Summer never made the best choices. Travel to her friend's house this late at night had brought nothing but weirdness. The town was quiet and ghostly. She could've entered an alternate universe, but she knew that hateful dog. He terrorized her in her sleep. Small and fast, the animal had both vicious teeth and attitude. She rubbed the scar on the back of her leg from a childhood dog attack (at lease she thought it had been a dog). Summer looked through her daughter's toy binoculars she had found in the bottom of her purse. 

The tiny creature sat in the driver's seat of her recently abandoned SUV. The little hellion had chased her around the parking lot the minute she opened the door after coming back from her friend's unanswered apartment door. The dog had hopped back onto the leather seat once her feet were in the grass.

Elliot's car rounded the empty parking lot and stopped two car spaces away from her vehicle. He got out and she tensed. He walked around the red vehicle and looked inside. He looked right at her and shrugged. His coming to her rescue was nice but irritating. She should've been able to rescue herself, especially, from a Chihuahua.

Summer stood and knocked loose grass from her knees. She took a wide path around her car toward Elliot. He leaned against the door, crossed his arms and tapped his foot. The blush flared hot in Summer's cheeks at the annoyance plastered on Elliot's face. 

"Why did you really call me? You miss me?" He wiggled his eyebrows.

Summer narrowed her eyes. Her ex-husband would think that. "No." She stood behind Elliot and peered in the SUV's tinted windows. "He's in there."

"There's nothing inside."

"He chased me all over the parking lot. Then guarded the damn door." 

The smile on his face made her fingers itch to slap him. He said, "It's a Chihuahua? A little, itty bitty dog?" 

Summer nodded. "Will you take me home?"

Elliot stalked over and yanked open all the doors and the hatch. Summer waited for the small bundle of fun to leap out and get her. Nothing happened. She wanted to sink into the ground from embarrassment. 

Elliot grasped her chin. "I'll take you home. We'll leave my car."

Summer followed the same path he had around the SUV. Nothing was inside. "I'm not crazy." 

"Get in." 

She crawled into the passenger seat. When she looked at Elliot, his eyes flashed black for a second and she reared back against the seat. The little Chihuahua, with the same black eyes, jumped to the console between them. 

"Good boy," Elliot said. He looked at Summer and locked the doors. "Sorry for the scare. It was the only way I could get you alone. I'm taking you to my world now." 

The Chihuahua looked like an evil creature shoved into a dog's body. It yipped. The extra sharp teeth flashed as it opened its mouth in a yawn. 

"Don't worry he won't bite, but I might." Elliot smiled and had the same teeth. Yes. It had definitely been a bad decision to come here. 

 

 

Hop on over to J.J. Devine's blog, author of Into the Darkness, to read her version of today's flash fiction.

See you next week.

April 21 2015 Romance Weekly

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Welcome back everyone! 

The Defiant Bride by Leslie Hachtel

The Defiant Bride by Leslie Hachtel

Make sure to stop by Leslie Hachtel's blog after reading mine. Leslie is the author of The Defiant Bride.

 

 

 

 

I came up with this week's blog topic which is what I called a mini flash fiction. My mistake was thinking because I made the word count requirement small that it would be easy to write but nope! 

So I wanted everyone to describe a kiss in 10 words or less, but also include the words pink & sweet

What was I thinking? Apparently, when I came up with this idea I wasn't thinking and it took several days of thinking and trying different versions before I decided I found the right one. 

So here it goes my attempt: 

 

Pink nose, rose lips, my sweet baby's kiss brings joy. 

 

My toddler had learned how to kiss. They are these sweet wide mouth wet smooches that are kinda gross but squeeze my heart. He dishes out hugs, too. Love him! 

Broken Chords by Carrie Elks

Broken Chords by Carrie Elks

I'm excited to find out how our other blog hoppers tackled this mini flash fiction challenge. Carrie Elks, author of Broken Chords, is next.

See you next week!