Riddle me this


Almost every day my son comes up to me with a riddle. Either ones he’s made up or ones that he’s found through various means.  I love it when he comes up to me after I’m finished writing for the day. “Mom. Can I share one of my riddles now?”  I almost always say yes, because it’s just awesome to see where his mind has gone for the day.  It’s almost a game between us now. Can he stump mom today?  What about dad?  (Note: It’s almost always harder to stump dad than mom.:P)

I think I’m going to make it a weekly feature on my blog where I choose one of my favorites from the week before and see if anyone else can get the riddle. 

The following one is really great. Or at least to me. 🙂 So let’s see how many can get this one right. And no cheating! LOL.

A king, a queen, and a princess lived in a circular castle. One day they all attended a ball in the ballroom. But when the king and queen left for the evening, they left the princess.  When they returned the next day, the princess was dead.

There were only four people who could have done it.  The cook who said he was sharpening his knives. The maid who said she was cleaning the corners. The knight who said he was sharpening his swords. And the butler who said he was guarding the door.

Who did it?

Waiting On Wednesday: Starters


“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My selection for this week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

STARTERS by Lissa Price
There’s two reasons why I’m choosing this one for my WoW this week.  Number 1 it just sounds awesome. With microchips going bad and being stuck in the life of someone else.  Plus it’s dystopian.  Hells yeah.  🙂   And the cover is REALLY eye catching.   The other reason is because we share the same German publisher. IVI. Piper’s new crossover imprint. I def. can’t wait to read this one.


Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

What’s your WoW?

Happy (real) Book Birthday: WHEN THE SEA IS RISING RED


Since I messed up last week and said THE SEA IS RISING RED came out LAST WEEK, I’m correcting that and announcing it TODAY instead. 🙂 Which is it’s TRUE birthday. 🙂 So, again, HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, Cat Hellisen and WHEN THE SEA IS RISING RED.

When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellison

After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend Ilven kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven’s death has called out of the sea a dangerous wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg’s caste system, and the whole city along with it. 

And a quick announcement:  The winner of the YA Paranormal giveaway hop is:

Kimberly Costa
Congrats, Kimberly.  Email me at j.souders (AT) jasouders (DOT) com with your address and the book you want.  
Thanks again to everyone who participated.  

Young Adult Paranormal Activity Giveaway Hop


And….it’s another hop.  I couldn’t pass this one up because the hop button was so cute and as celebration for making it past 1k followers on the blog and over 2k adds to goodreads of RENEGADE! Whee! So EXCITED!

This hop is sponsored by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and vvb32.  There are over 100 participating blogs in this one, so make sure to take a look at the linky list below and enter to win all those awesome prizes!

This one is simple, all you have to do is follow my blog and then enter through the rafflecopter widget below. The prize will be a YA paranormal book of your choice from book depository.  Simple, right?

That being said, if book depository delivers to your country, then you can enter, so yes, it’s International. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Waiting On Wednesday: Fair Coin


“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My selection for this week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is: FAIR COIN by E.C. Meyers

This book just seems like such a unique idea that I can’t help but be interested in it.  Besides, isn’t that such an awesome cover?!

Sixteen-year-old Ephraim Scott is horrified when he comes home from school and finds his mother unconscious at the kitchen table, clutching a bottle of pills. The reason for her suicide attempt is even more disturbing: she thought she’d identified Ephraim’s body at the hospital that day.

Among his dead double’s belongings, Ephraim finds a strange coin—a coin that grants wishes when he flips it. With a flick of his thumb, he can turn his alcoholic mother into a model parent and catch the eye of the girl he’s liked since second grade. But the coin doesn’t always change things for the better. And a bad flip can destroy other people’s lives as easily as it rebuilds his own.

The coin could give Ephraim everything he’s ever wanted—if he learns to control its power before his luck runs out.

What’s your WoW?  Make sure to leave a link in your comment so I can go check it out! 🙂