Friday, December 21, 2007

Tagged Again

I was tagged again. This time by Josi Kilpack and it's 12 Random Things About Christmas.

1. Growing up, we always opened our presents on Christmas Eve. We stayed up late, and then opened them at midnight. The next morning, we just slept in. For me Christmas was always Christmas Eve, not Christmas Day. We had to make a few compromises when Nolan and I got married. Our kids now open Grandma & Grandpa presents on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas Day.

2. I've never done the Santa Clause thing with my kids. They've always known it's us who buy the presents. I've never liked the whole pretend Santa brings the presents thing.

3. I hate those huge inflatable things that people put in their front yards, especially the Santa Claus riding on the Harley.

4. My husband and I don't exchange Christmas gifts. We never have. It's such a nice Christmas not to have to worry about what to buy each other. No stress; it's easier to enjoy Christmas that way.

5. When I was little, my dad would always buy a real tree and spray it down with loads of that fake snow. My mom hated that stuff; it would get over all the ornaments. A few years ago, she made him stop doing that. He still gets a real tree every year. We have an artificial tree we use every year. It's so nice.

6. I love nativity sets at Christmas time.

7. I love wrapping presents. It's one of my favorite things.

8. My birthday is on December 19, so it always just got shoved in with Christmas. Often, I would get just one present for both. I don't mind; I guess I'm used to it.

9. I love Christmas caroling.

10. I hate wearing red on Christmas.

11. I miss going to Rockefeller Center in New York City to see the tree like I used to when I lived in New Jersey.

12. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Now, I tag-- Tami Tamra Norton Rebecca Talley

Friday, December 14, 2007

10 Random Things About Me

Annette Lyon tagged me for this meme to say 10 random things about me.



1. I was born in Guatemala and came to the U.S. when I was about three months old.


2. I only spoke Spanish until I went to Kindergarten where I learned English. Now, my English is much better than my Spanish. My sister and I polished our English by watching way too many soap operas when we were little. By the time I was 8, I had a pretty good vocabulary, but they were words like blackmail and affair.


3. Speaking of soap operas, my sister and I were obsessed with Santa Barbara, the soap opera. We would tape it every day. I still have boxes of old VHS tapes in my attic. I am proud to say it's been over 2 years since I've watched any of them. I cried for days when my favorite character, Mary, was killed off of Santa Barbara.

4. Okay, we were really obsessed. We would write down the lines and act out some of the scenes. Our favorites were when there was a lot of yelling, slapping, or throwing drinks at each other.

5. My husband likes Mitt Romney. I like Barack Obama. I don't think we'll have any bumper stickers on our car or lawn signs in our yard.

6. My husband and I met at a BYU dance when my friend and his friend started talking and dancing together. We still keep in contact with both of those friends. They're great friends of ours. Without them, my husband and I would have never met. Our friends only went on one date. No love connection there. They are each happily married to someone else.


7. My husband and I have been married for 13 years.


8. I love making train layouts with my boys. Right now, my favorite is Geo Trax. But I also love the wooden Thomas tracks. In fact, we often have train layouts in our living room for 2-3 days straight.


9. I've never read any of the Harry Potter books or seen the movies. I don't like fantasy. If my kids wanted to watch one of the movies, I'd watch with them, but not on my own. No interest.


10. My husband proposed to me at a Salt Lake Buzz baseball game. They put it on the scoreboard and announced it over the loudspeaker. It was so cool! I wasn't expecting it at all.

I'll tag:

Marsha Ward
Don
Anne Bradshaw

Monday, December 10, 2007

Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in my contest and read my chapters. It was fun! I put all the names of those who participated in a Christmas stocking, and my husband picked out two random winners.

And the winners are...

Elodia and Momof3crazykids

E-mail me at marcia@marciamickelson.com to tell me your choice of prize. You can choose Star Shining Brightly or Reasonable Doubt. Also, include your mailing address in your e-mail.

Thanks again to all those that played. I'm sorry if you didn't win.

Final Contest Question

Here's the fifth and final question for my contest:

Avery transferred to the University of Utah from what other university?

Here are the rules again:

1-Go to my website marciamickelson.com
2-Read Chapter 1 of Reasonable Doubt which is available when you click on "My Books."
3-Look for the answer.
4-Post the correct answer on the comments. If you do not have a blogger account, you can just write your name under your comment and click on the anonymous button.
5-I will take the first two comments. If yours is the first comment, you just have to give the correct answer. As the second comment, you have to tell me what page you found the answer on. You will be entered into a drawing to win one of my novels.

I will announce the winners when this question is answered. Thanks for playing. Good luck.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Contest Question #4

Here's question #4.



What is Julia's favorite restaurant?
Here are the rules again:
1-You have to go to my website marciamickelson.com
2-Read Chapter 1 of Reasonable Doubt which is available when you click on "My Books."
3-Look for the answer.
4-Post the correct answer on the comments. If you do not have a blogger account, you can just write your name under your comment and click on the anonymous button.
5-I will take the first two comments. If yours is the first comment, you just have to give the correct answer. As the second comment, you have to tell me what page you found the answer on. You will be entered into a drawing to win one of my novels.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Contest Question #3

Here's question number 3. This time it's from Reasonable Doubt.

What newspaper is Julia reading?

Here are the rules again:

1-You have to go to my website marciamickelson.com

2-Read Chapter 1 of Reasonable Doubt which is available when you click on "My Books."

3-Look for the answer.

4-Post the correct answer on the comments. If you do not have a blogger account, you can just write your name under your comment and click on the anonymous button.

5-I will take the first two comments. If yours is the first comment, you just have to give the correct answer. As the second comment, you have to tell me what page you found the answer on. You will be entered into a drawing to win one of my novels.

Good luck!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Contest Question #2

Thanks to Barbara and Elodia for answering the first question. Lauren's children's names are Danny and Sophie. You two are entered into the drawing. Here's the second question:

What DVD are Danny and Sophie watching in Chapter 1?


Here are the rules again:

1-You have to go to my website marciamickelson.com
2-Read Chapter 1 of Star Shining Brightly which is available when you click on "My Books" and then scroll all the way to the bottom.
3-Look for the answer. You only have to read until you find the correct answer, but feel free to read the rest of it.
4-Post the correct answer on the comments. If you do not have a blogger account, you can just write your name under your comment and click on the anonymous button.
5-I will take the first two comments. If yours is the first comment, you just have to give the correct answer. As the second comment, you have to tell me what page you found the answer on.

By writing the first 2 comments, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of my novels.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Contest

To celebrate the release of my new book, Reasonable Doubt, I am having a contest where you can win a signed copy. This week, I will be posting several questions about my first book, Star Shining Brightly. All the people who answer correctly in the comments will have a chance to win.

1-You have to go to my website marciamickelson.com
2-Read Chapter 1 of Star Shining Brightly which is available when you click on "My Books" and then scroll all the way to the bottom.
3-Look for the answer. You only have to read until you find the correct answer, but feel free to read the rest of it.
4-Post the correct answer on the comments. If you do not have a blogger account, you can just write your name under your comment.
5-I will take the first two comments. If yours is the first comment, you just have to give the correct answer. As the second comment, you have to tell me what page you found the answer on.

There will be five questions total and 2 comments for each question. Two winners will then be randomly chosen out of all ten correct answers and each winner will receive a copy of Reasonable Doubt or a copy of Star Shining Brightly, their choice. Good Luck!

Okay, here's the first question:

What are the names of Lauren's children?

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas Give Away

Anne Bradshaw is doing a contest on her blog . Here's the info:


Win a Compact DVD Player-- still-in-box, RjTECH UNO-02DVD compact slim DVD player. SHIPPING by Priority Mail is FREE in Continental USA.

Closing date--DECEMBER 18th 2007.


Full DVD function
DVD format compatibility: DVD/DVD-R/DVD-RW/VCD/SVCD/CD/CD-R/CD-RW/JPEG
Audio Outputs: 2.1 CH RCA/Coaxial
Video Outputs: Video/S-Video/YCbCr
Multi-TV System NTSC/PAL
Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 1.5 inches ; 4 pounds
Two simple rules:

1) Post information about the contest on your blog with a link back to Anne's.

2) Leave ONE comment back at her post telling her you've completed #1.

Winner will be chosen by random number generator on Tuesday December 18th, and announced the same day.

Spread the word about this nifty give-away.