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Jade Lee | Monday Musing Tennessee


I leave for a writer's retreat on Wednesday. It's a week at a Tennessee cabin with fellow writers Cindy Dees and Elizabeth Hoyt. I'm sure those on FB will see all sorts of interesting #Squidge pictures there. So here are a few interesting musing in (what is to become) my standard format.

1. We found this cabin

a) while hiking. Elizabeth Hoyt broke her ankle and Cindy and I carried her to the door and met a god of a lumberjack who nursed her back to health.
1467442_607096122690008_1087757291_n b) by googling "random cabin somewhere to hide and write." Also known as drink and talk about fantasy men
c) cabin choices are always filtered by superimposing Starbucks locations in a 2 mile radius. No retreat is possible without mochas.
d) at the Brenda Novak auction

Answer: D In truth, the idea of retreat in Tennessee sounded so good, we just bid without looking too closely at it. We're not exactly sure how rustic it will be. Fortunately, there is a Starbucks nearby, so at least we'll have coffee. Also...(A) did happen, but only in Elizabeth's nighttime musings... (And OBVIOUSLY, the god of a lumberjack was Mr. Hoyt. And she reminds me now that her leg wasn't broken, she'd just twisted her ankle. But she did wilt into his arms from the pain before he dropped her. Fortunately, she ripped off his shirt as she fell.)

2. In case it's too rustic...

a) Elizabeth knows how to start a fire with only 1 match. Truck question: will any of us remember to bring matches?
b) Cindy has had Air Force survival training. She can defend us from marauders while catching fish and forcing us to eat the eyes balls for the salt.Training
c) Jade has no wilderness skills whatsoever. But she does have the car keys, so that makes her vital in the search for caffeine.
d) all of the above.

Answer: Duh. D. And yes, I'm completely useless.

3. Our favorite writing food is:

a) Elizabeth Hoyt: peanut butter M&Ms or liver and onions? answer: M&Ms
b) Cindy Dees: Cheez-its or York Peppermint Patties
answer: Cheez-its (which, apparently are better than crack) c) Jade Lee: Dark chocolate Peanut M&Ms or cereal m_and_m21

Answer: It's ALWAYS the M&Ms. Just because I have survived for weeks on cereal alone doesn't mean I won't eat every M&M in sight first.

4. We'll have a brand new author with us. She's an exciting new YA author with Dreamspinner press and she's related to one of us.

puppy pie

a) She's Elizabeth Hoyt's Miss Puppy Pie. The title of her book is: Ways to Eat Mommy's Manuscript and Get Away with It
b) She's Cindy Dee's Air Force Sister writing Ways to Show those Dumb Military Guys a Thing or Two.
c) She's Jade Lee's cat Ginger writing: Even a Dumb Blonde Feline Can Figure out the Cat Door.
d) She's Cindy Dee's daughter Winter Page writing a transgender TY book title BREAKING FREE

Answer: D. It's an awesome book. Give it a try! Here's the link:

5. How we're getting to Tennessee:

a) we're going to hold hands, click our heels together three times, and say, "There's no retreat like Tennessee."
b) We're going to do the above PLUS flap our hands really hard.
c) Duh, we're holding hands. We're going to flap our elbows really hard.
d) We're taking a slow boat by way of China. Because we really don't want to write, plus Jade flunked geography. (Elizabeth just added: big time.)
e) We're flying.
f) We're driving.

Answer: F -- because...duh ROAD TRIP!

6. On the way, we might be seen...

a) signing books at a bookstore near you! (Assuming you're on our way.)
Watch my FB page for where! b) stopping so that #Squidge can go pee. See, as middle aged women, we never have to stop at every rest stop along the way. Not us. But sadly, squidge has a very small bladder and is making us. squidge in car
c) stopping at any Starbucks along the route. Or really, at any shiny object. Because when high on caffeine we're easily distract-able.
d) Eating dried rice cakes because we're all on diets.

Answer: If you answered D, you haven't been reading closely. If you answered anything but D, you're right. You have a zen like ability to understand middle-aged female authors.

How'd you do? Did you get them all right? Leave a comment below and someone will win a copy of Duck of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt. Or perhaps she meant DUKE of Midnight. Someone else will win a copy of What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee. And a #Squidge. Because sometimes squidge gets very frightened of me and wants to go to a new home.




35 comments posted.

Re: Jade Lee | Monday Musing Tennessee

Starbucks, M&Ms, a cabin in Tennessee with fellow
writers...sounds wonderful. Oh, and Squidge too for added
entertainment! I can't imagine life without a dog. Have the
time of your lives at the retreat. I would love to read Duke
of Midnight.
(Ginger Morgan 8:48am April 8, 2014)

ROTFL - love it what a combination - and I love this story already!
(Felicia Ciaudelli 8:49am April 8, 2014)

LOL! I love anything dark chocolate... the dark choc M&Ms
would work for me!!!!! Where'd you find that picture of that
woman in the mud? That image will stick with me for a
while... Enjoy your road trip! I grew up there... (in and
around Memphis). Thanks for the giveaway!
(Linda Townsend 8:55am April 8, 2014)

LOL Loved the Q&A - except when my homemade mocha went up my
nose -- it did wake me up though. Can caffeine be absorbed
through the nose?? I'm not willing to experiment. Maybe
someone else will know. :-D

Hope you all have a wonderful time and get lots of work done
on your next books!
(Glenda Martillotti 8:58am April 8, 2014)

Thanks for all of your work! I always listen to audiobooks on road trips - makes the miles go faster.
(Beth Elder 9:04am April 8, 2014)

HA HA I loved the Q&A...nothing is better than chocolate!!! Thanks so much for a chance to win this book. I have several of your others as well.
(Bonnie Capuano 9:21am April 8, 2014)

I always look forward to your postings, because I never know what to expect!! You didn't disappoint me today!! I wish that I could be a fly on the wall in the cabin, because it sure sounds like a fun time!! Perhaps I could be a shape-shifter squidgee, and sneak in, but then I'm in the wrong genre. lol I hope you all have a blast, but then again, I know you Ladies probably will!! Can't wait to read about it, and to also read your great books!!
(Peggy Roberson 10:29am April 8, 2014)

love the Q&A I am a chocolate lover there is nothing
better then chcolate the book looks really good i love the
pictures and the cover is georgous
(Denise Smith 10:35am April 8, 2014)

A cabin in TN from an auction... Oh you are brave :D Just
loved today's quiz - what fun and just what I needed this
morning. Thanks!
(Theresa Dunlap 11:05am April 8, 2014)

Love the Q&As!! I would love to be on a trip with you all...looks like so much fun!
(Hollie Rieth 11:22am April 8, 2014)

These are always fun! Thanks for the post, Jade.
(Karin Anderson 11:23am April 8, 2014)

That was fun. Of course I got them all right. How? I read the answers
(Jo Jones 11:32am April 8, 2014)

Hi! Jades asst here. She says to go to and
search under Cindy Dees or Breaking Free (title) if you want to check out
the book! 😄
(Kelly Oakes 11:43am April 8, 2014)

I would happily buy a book composed solely of y'alls tweets and Facebook posts. Always end up laughing! Good luck and happy writing.
(Rachel Tidwell 11:47am April 8, 2014)

I'm with you on the snack. If I were starving and offered a small bag of M&Ms or a steak dinner, I would want the M&Ms.
(Angela Daffern 12:44pm April 8, 2014)

I did rather well - tho most weren't too hard - I'll look
forward to pics from the trip.
(Diane Sallans 12:54pm April 8, 2014)

Oh I always enjoy your posts! Thanks for making me laugh and smile today!
(Colleen Conklin 1:02pm April 8, 2014)

I did pretty good!
(Denise Austin 1:15pm April 8, 2014)

I would love to read the
book. Not to forget I got
almost all the answers right
(Sukriti Goyal 2:33pm April 8, 2014)

Loved the Q AND A. I did pretty good on getting the answers
right. I had a great laugh reading the post.
(Samatha Hodges 2:37pm April 8, 2014)

Love the Q&A...really funny and enjoyable post! Is the squidge afraid of your driving that he's hiding or carsick...or has he been to Starbucks one too many times and is having a caffeine high? Awfully clean car, so there's room for him anywhere! lol
(Linda Luinstra 5:39pm April 8, 2014)

What a great interview. Lots of fun trying to guess the
(Gabrielle Lee 7:27pm April 8, 2014)

a cabin, an auction, chocolate and a GOOD HISTORICAL FICTION book... Right up my alley!!!
(Quina B 7:27pm April 8, 2014)

I like M & M's too and Starbucks. Funny post. The books sound good.
(Michelle Fidler 8:20pm April 8, 2014)

Sounds like you guys are going to have a lot of fun! I got the first one wrong. I thought C!
(Sue Galuska 9:42pm April 8, 2014)

Sounds like a riot. M & M's are too cool!
(Richard Burr 9:51pm April 8, 2014)

Great fun! The only one I had a problem with was Cindy Dee's
choice of Cheez-Its or York Peppermint Patties. It's an
impossible choice, so I'd have to go with both!
(Janie McGaugh 10:27pm April 8, 2014)

Loved the post - hope you all have lots of fun!
(Mary C 10:48pm April 8, 2014)

I like the lumberjack. Funny post! Great insight into great
minds! LOL!
(Sharlene Wegner 11:30pm April 8, 2014)

Have a great time! I think Squidge would love where I live.
(Winnie Pang 11:48pm April 8, 2014)

Your post was great. Hope you all have a great time.
(Carol Woodruff 7:27pm April 9, 2014)

I love those questions. It was fun to figure them out.
(Kai Wong 11:34pm April 9, 2014)

I did not get them all right, but that was fun thank you.
(Mary Preston 5:01am April 11, 2014)

Have a fun trip.
(Kim C 6:43pm April 18, 2014)

What a fun Q & A post! Love M&M's too!!!
(Bonnie H 1:24pm April 28, 2014)

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