May 16, 2012


First Loves Blogfest hosted by Alex Cavanaugh
Ignore the date...
Maybe I'm taking my chillin' challenge for May too literally, keep missing deadlines. Here is one blogfest I meant to take part in, the First Loves Blogfest. My first loves are:

I don't remember which movie I loved first, but I do remember the first one that made me cry:

After the Disney album of Bambi, I fell in love with the songs from this hunky dude. At 14 I swore I'd marry him! My friends thought it was creepy 'cause he was all like old and stuff. My first song I loved was Coward of the County - but the one below became one of my favourites.

First Book:
I was reading before I started school, so I can't even remember which book I loved first, but two stand out:

Still a favourite, and sits on display on a little shelf I have halfway up the stairs. 
But when I was eleven, I read this book (Mum had no idea what it was about until she saw the mini-series...)

First Love:
Ugh! This one's shameful to remember. Stephen Joseph Abbot - I met him when I first moved to the Gold Coast and I followed him around like a puppy. I would even ride my bike past his house at night and just watch the family interact through their window (oh oh, did I say too much?). I threw myself at his stonewash jeans and vinyl velcro shoes! I even wrote him 'anonymous' poetry (yeah, like who else would it be from?). Give him his due, although good old Abby was a bit sleazy with the girls, he only ever treated me like a little sister and saved my virtue many times. 
Now, let us never speak of it again!

This is my more current love interest, which is convenient, seeing as he's also my husband and father to my children... we met at the Department of Environment and on a work night out he sang a Kenny Rogers song to me... that'll do it!

But wait there's more...
This weak I had the privilege of being a RAOK recipient (Random Acts Of Kindness). I was gifted a critique from Lynda Young at WIP It.
To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a titanic Random Act of Kindness BLITZ. 

I tried to pick a candidate to pass this onto, I really did. But every time I'd visit one they seemed to already be 'RAOKed'. So I decided to dedicate this to anyone who would like it. And your gift?

If there is anyone out there who does not already have a copy of my book MY ZOMBIE DOG, then leave your email in a comment, and I'll send you the Kindle book FREE. Got a friend who'd like it? That's fine, send their email through and I'll send them one too. I'll leave this offer up until my next blog post goes up, so you have a day or two. If you don't like to show your email, you can just email it to me instead at

And feel free to tweet and share this, I don't mind how many copies I give away :)


  1. This was a great blogfest. I enjoyed reading your first loves...You know what they say, better late than never :) I love zombies and would really like to read your book! Have a great day :)

  2. Your hubby looks a bit like Kenny Rogers. Coincidence?

    Moody Writing
    The Funnily Enough

  3. So now I'm thinking you did marry Kenny Rogers, or at least a good lookalike of him. Love Coward of the County. Actually went and saw him do a show with Dolly Parton. Weren't they a hot couple on stage. Wow!

    I see you solved your RAK problem without involving me, lol! Excellent. Hope you get a lot of takers.

    Love your firsts! (With a post title like that you should get heaps of comments, lol!)


  4. Siv - should be on its way to you as we speak :)

    Moody - you noticed that too huh? ;)

    Denise - thanks, I kept thinking whatever I could offer you, really I could just give you when we see each other on Wednesdays, but of course I'm always keen to give a shout out for your blogs, they're awesome!

  5. Your husband sounds so romantic.

    As to movies, I remember watching a movie in High School about the war: Gallipoli. It made me cry. It had Mel Gibson in it. Have you seen it?

  6. Great posting of the First Loves. I agree your hubby looks a lot like Kenny Rogers, so if he can sing too that would be like a real deal. :) Enjoyed reading your posting

  7. Love your First Loves post, especially how your husband sang you a Kenny Rogers song -that's awesome!

    And I don't have a copy of your book - somehow I missed out.

  8. TAPS was an incredible movie. I remember watching that as a kid, and I was mesmerized. I also knew I had no desire whatsoever to attend a military school.

  9. I read my daughter, 'The Monster at the End of the Book.' A classic that has endured. :)

  10. "Coward of the County"--loved it!

    Great choices. :)

  11. i guess you noticed your husband favors kenny!

  12. I loved the Monster at the End of This Book! Great choices all around.

  13. Zombie Dog looks awesome! I write about zombies and dogs but I've never written about zombie dogs. So awesome!

  14. Your hubby resembles Kenny Rogers.

  15. The Monster At The End Of This Book was a favorite book in our house. We actually went through two copies, it was read that often. We had it memorized, but still enjoyed it. We'd make funny voices and get loud. We laughed every time we read it. : )

  16. I LOVE The Monster at the End of this book. And I'd love a copy of My Zombie Dog.

  17. Oh my gosh, I'd forgotten about that movie, TAPS. Yup, I cried too.