Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Fun Finds: Fairly Fascinating?

Okay, how many of you Google yourselves? Admit it. Hands up and wave big.

My hand is waving big. I guess I better since I not only Google myself, but also my book titles. Every day I get a few alerts that “match” my alert phrase. This can actually be fairly fascinating if you take the time to look at them other than to see they have absolutely no relevance to you at all. (Well, now and then they do.)

It’s kind of cool what you can find. For instance, some of today’s finds:

key term: Finishing Touches

related url: Doing the Math

relevance: Amy is an avid reader who blogs about books she reads. Alas, this has absolutely no relevance to me other than the similar book title she did read – The Finishing Touches by Hester Browne. Yes, well, I have seen this book around here and there. No, I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard good things so maybe I eventually will. What makes this a fascinating find is that if you skim through Amy’s posts, I dare you not to chuckle at least once. Another blog to bookmark, I dare say. She runs the gamut, all on the one page of the blog, from Respiratory Therapy to guys’ butts. Seriously. Check it out.

key term: Protect The Heart

related url:

relevance: Um, it’s related because nuts protect the heart with all the good stuff within. There’s so much I could say about this in relation to a romance novel, but it isn’t really relevant (and it’s also not related to the above post about guys’ butts, but with a good imagination, it could be). Check this one out if you want to explore everything you ever wanted to know about nuts, including Thomas Jefferson’s Illinois nuts. Hmm…

key term: Off The Moon

[There was a fairly fascinating link to a blog asking what happens if an astronaut is bit by a werewolf before he goes to the moon, but my computer thinks it may be a spam site, so I won’t post the url. Still, if one of you paranormal experts would like to field this one, I’d be fascinated by your hypothesis.]

So, moving on…

related url:

relevance: Roxie from Michigan creates greeting cards with rubber stamps and such. I found the “Broom Rides” title to this particular blog that mentions how she “Masked off the moon” both funny and not-so-appropriate that Google found it related to my novel. I also found it interesting that she’s a retired landscape designer (shades of Alan from Finishing Touches) and donates cards … to soldiers, ill children, and cancer charities. Many kudos to Roxie.

Our Roxie!Our Roxie!

Sometimes, though, it does turn out relevant!

key term: LK Hunsaker

related url:  Supersonic Jet Style

relevance: Ms. Savanna Kougar is wonderful about sharing happenings about other authors and I commonly find my name listed on her blog (how much do I owe you now, Savanna??). Warning: this is an 18+ blog, so enter only if you are at least 18.

In this instance, Savanna is generously listing my Monday blog post on Lindsay’s Romantics titled Libraries, Ireland, and the Book of Kells – click to read!

And um, if you’re ‘of age’ and enjoyed the guys’ butts and nuts references above, you might enjoy the imagery on Savanna’s post, even if you don’t read it. The image itself is safe, relatively.

If you haven’t had enough blog hopping yet, I’m also part of Classic Romance Revival’s brand new blog with a “Where Do You Write” theme. Want to see our work areas? Hop on over and check them out. (Mine has photos because I’m photo obsessed – sorry, no guy mentions. This time. Both of my posts are very much all age appropriate. This time.)

my flowering almond in spring My flowering almond in spring, just because I love this photo of it. *shrug* 

Oh, and if anyone wants to be a real sweetheart and help my downloads of the story I added to Smashwords just two weeks ago hit 100 today (or tomorrow), click the link and download it free! Toward The Sky is a very short glance inside the life of Daws, a young vet, as he meets the love of his life. Heck, if you want to be super sweet, leave it a review, also!


Savanna Kougar said...

LK, that is a fascinating line-up of bloggies... oh, if only I had the time... I'd give them a read.

gee, what a perfect title for an ER novel: Protect the Heart.
An expert on nuts for heart health meets a lover of... well, another kind of 'nuts'. Sorry, it's already been a long day. But, that could be a heck of a comedy.

Liz said...

Oh, wow, not only a dork, but a spastic dork, as well. Oh, I do love you though. *Hugs*

Liz said...

That was me laughing. ;) Haha.

LK Hunsaker said...

Savanna! Too funny! Yes, that could make an interesting story. :-)

LK Hunsaker said...

Liz: only your kid could get away with calling you a dork, after it's been explained that according to the definition of "dork" I most certainly am not, and still not get deleted.

Spastic, maybe. At times.


Celia Yeary said...

LORAINE--I haven't Googled myself in a while, but last time I did I had 16 pages. I haven't done anything exactly like you did, but I laugh every day about my Google Alerts. All My Hopes and Dreams--you cannot imagine how many things are on Google with those words. Now, since it's football season, I'm seeing many more, related to teams and "all their hopes and dreams." Making the Turn--my newest release--I'm getting golf-releated things now--of course! Texas Blue--they've had a field day with this one--know about Texas Blue Dog Democracts?
Fun post--just right--and I love the flowers. Celia

Andra M. said...

Wow, all this blog/link-hopping has made me dizzy.

It's been a while since I looked up my name, and I've never looked up the title of my novella.

I'll let you know the results when I do, although I doubt they'd be as interesting as yours.

LK Hunsaker said...

Celia, I can just imagine what you find, and the alerts are what I referred to, actually. No, I haven't heard of the Texas Blue Dog Democrats, but it is fun how these alerts can widen your knowledge, isn't it?

One I keep getting is how people still believe we didn't land on the moon. *sigh*

LK Hunsaker said...

Andra, have a seat and I'll bring you some water.

Better now? So I bet you will get some interesting results and I'll be glad to see them!

liana laverentz said...

I get a lot of Google Alerts for Jake's Return...some football player returning from injury, Jake Gyllenhaal returns to the red carpet...soldiers coming home named Jake...

Amy said...
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Amy said...

Gah, I think Blogger hates me today.

Thanks for the mention, more books to look up, and I must say I like the place you've got here. :-)

LK Hunsaker said...

Hi Amy, thanks for dropping in! Love your profile picture.

Amy said...

LOL Thank you. Unfortunately, it's my actual to-be-read pile, and really only a portion of it since my books are all over the house. Yeah, I'm both proud AND embarrassed.

thewritegardener said...

I've switched from Google to Bing, so when I Binged "The Write Gardener": 1-10 of 26,200,000 results. And my website was the at the top. Then I Binged "Terry Conner" and one "Terry Conner's" Facebook page was at the top (not mine, the "real" Terry Conner).

Is it a sign of narcissism to Google and Bing ourselves? Perhaps. But we're only human (and some of us have nuts).

Your flowering almond is stunning! I wouldn't worry about growing sunflowers as long as your almond blooms like that.

And I think you "foray into societal issues" book project sounds very intriguing.

(I'm self-publishing a "collection" of my newspaper articles, with botanical illustrations by a brother in Kentucky who's an artist. I plan for a spring 2011 release.)

thewritegardener said...

Oh, there were 1-10 of 4,910,000 hits for "Terry Conner."

(I'm so popular!)

LK Hunsaker said...

Amy, wow! I thought my "have here" to-read list was multiplying too fast!

I hope you read fast. ;-)

LK Hunsaker said...

Hey TC, actually I should have said Google Alerts. I'm using Bing now for online searches, also. I think for writers, it's a sign of business sense.

There's another Terry Conner? ;-)

The flowering almond was there when we moved in; lots of nice finds that way. Sunflowers are a personal thing.

Hope your book is coming along well!

LK Hunsaker said...

Liana, what happened to my response to you? Oops.

Ah, and I can imagine what you get for Thin Ice. That could be funny, too, along with the hockey/skating aspect.