Which era best suits your personality? Quiz time and triple prize month!



Did you ever get the sense you were somehow living in the wrong era? After spending some time in the quaint island town of Coronado, California, I felt a bit like that. The old Hotel Del, built in 1888, was a reflection of an earlier time when people dressed for dinner, wrote letters, talked and went about their lives without the benefit of iPhones. Folks dressed without ever thinking to bare their midriffs and  other parts, even when taking a dip in their “bathing costumes.” All in all, it was a quieter life, so different than the constant noise of my present one.

Here’s a fun quiz to take to see which historical time period best suits your personality! I’d love to hear your results! Giving away a triple prize this month (Amazon gift card, Starbuck’s card and a signed book.) There’s also a spot on my website for folks to sign up for my very occasional newsletter and receive a spring freebie packet.) http://www.danamentink.com.





Who’s your fave mom from books or TV?


Mother’s Day…that sentimental holiday in which we honor the perfect women who raised us, always encouraging, graceful, godly…except when they weren’t. After reading the stream of FB posts about all those perfect mothers out there, I began to feel a little inadequate in my own maternal duties, so I cast my mind over the various fictional mothers I’ve come across in books and on TV. Are they perfect, grace filled women? Absolutely…except when they weren’t. Do you know these famous mothers?

1. Margaret March, Little Women, by Louise May Alcott
Raising four girls with no money, a husband fighting in the Civil War, all with a patient smile on her face and never a sharp word? Marmee…you are the pinnacle of the Hallmark card mother.

2.  Bernadette Fox, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple. This mother is on the other end of the spectrum, in that she completely disappears, yet the reader is still convinced that she’s funny, creative, loving and worth finding. She steps out of the role that confines her and though her behavior is unforgivable, the author makes it understandable.

3. Claire Huxtable, The Cosby Show. Personally, I find Claire to be right about where I’d like my own mothering to be. She’s patient…to a point. Fun loving, dedicated, goal oriented, and relaxed enough to enjoy all the quirks and foibles of her own family.

So what about you? Can you think of any mothers from books or TV that stick out in your mind? It’s triple prize month and all comments get you entered in the May drawing for a book, gift cards and a spring treat. 


Are you a genius…or a nut?



I realize that I’m a nut. Quirky. Off beat. Silly sometimes, and prone to leaving my cup of coffee in the refridgerator. I’ve been reading about some famous geniuses lately who showed some, er, oddball traits of their own. Maybe someday my wackiness will morph into genius? Sigh. Probably not, but here are a few oddball traits of some famous geniuses.

Einstein’s chauffeur claimed that he once picked up a grasshopper off the ground and ate it.

Thomas Edison’s research associates had to complete an interview process, which included eating a bowl of soup. If they added salt to soup before they tasted it, Edison automatically dismissed them as potential employees.

Charles Dickens couldn’t stand to have his hair mussed, so the writer kept his comb handy and used it hundreds of times a day.

Here’s a link to the full article if you’d like to read it.


So do you have any quirky habits or know someone who does? I’ve been too busy to post much, so we’re giving away a TRIPLE prize at the end of May…a signed book, Amazon gift card and a Starbuck’s card

Name that candy! A sweet little quiz.



I’m trying to write two books at once. This creates stress. Stress activates my sweet tooth. This is a problem.  To prove the severity of my problem, I can report that I did WAY TOO WELL on this Name That Candy Quiz! How well do you know your sweets? This is a low tech quiz, so you have to keep track of your own answers. Would love to hear how “sweet savvy” you are!



A six legged hero tops the fiction list!



Can you guess a title from the Telegraph’s best childrens book of all time list? The list has wardrobes and tollbooths, Pooh bears and hobbits, but the number one, top of the list is a book with an insect as the protagonist. I refer, of course, to Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White.

You know you’re a great author when you can make a spider into the most beloved hero of all time. Spiders…that universally despised creature that people are generally trying to splat or run away from. So what kind of an author can take an insect, give it intellect, compassion and more humanity than the human characters? E.B. White, of course. Can you think of any other books where an insect outshines the humans?

My favorite quote from this amazing author? “Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”

Did you ever read Charlotte’s Web or another book from the list as a child? What made it memorable in your mind? Giving away an Amazon gift card and a book this month! :)


And our March winner is….


Rachel Warren Peace! Congratulations and thanks to all who commented this month!

A new (and scary!) writing project!



Ever had a project that stretched you? I’m starting in on one of those “rubber band” projects that’s going to stretch me to be a better writer…or make me crawl under a rock and cry. I’ve signed a contract to participate in a continuity series. That’s a collection of six romantic suspense novels tied together by a theme (in this case, rookie cops and their canines.) I’m book three and I’m working away to understand how the overall plot connects book to book, and the zillion and one details that need to be kept straight. If Dimpled Drake has green eyes,  drives a beat up Buick and loves tacos in book one, I’m going to have to make sure he’s still eating those tacos, driving that Buick and flashing those green eyes in book three (and on through book six.) And if we’ve got the gas station attendant dying off in book two, he can’t really show up again in book six, now can he? How does one keep all these things straight? We’ve got a comprehensive written outline and a yahoo author group where we fire off questions to each other on a regular basis. Will that be enough to keep me on track? Time will tell!

So how about you? Have you ever participated in something that stretched you to step outside your comfort zone? Would love to hear your thoughts. Giving away a Starbuck’s card and a signed book on Wednesday! 


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