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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentines Hop to Celebrate Crystal Collier's Moonless paperback launch!


Today is the start of Crystal Collier's awesome Moonless Release/Valentine's Blog Hop. Isn't the banner pretty? She's celebrating by doing a huge giveaway of the books above, so make sure to enter the Rafflecopter below. My novella, Model Position is the one on the right. 
Here's a teaser about Moonless:

In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Her nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.


Valentines blog hop question: If you lived in a society where arranged marriages were a la mode, who would you beg your parents to set you up with? Why? 
For me, smart is sexy, and I've had a crush on... wait for it... Niels Bohr for a while. Who the heck is he? He was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist (won it in 1922) known for discovering how quantum theory applies to atoms: that electrons move inside atoms in orbits, and that they can "leap" from one to another orbit. Also, that they travel both as particles and waves at the same time. I know, sci-fi, huh? That's what I LOVE about theoretical physics. Plus, the guy was handsome. So, I totally would've tried to talk my parents into meeting him--we would've had to travel to his native Denmark, and I'd have to have met him before his wife did (hehhe). Want to see a picture? 'Course you do. 
Niels the looker
Niels doing seriously hard math equations










Here's a cool Bohr quote: "When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images."
Who would you have begged your parents to set you up with in an alternate universe?
Find the rest of the hop below, plus the Rafflecopter!


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32 comments:

  1. Argh, when I chose, I forgot all about Niels... but I'd beat you to him because I'm living in Germany *grin*

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  2. Ooh! Nobel prize winner? That's just epic, Catherine. Marry the man for his brains, then his good looks, eh?

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  3. Well, it's a good thing women don't marry for looks first because most men are short on those.

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  4. Okay. I didn't see that one coming.
    Interesting choice. :)
    Heather

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  5. I'd go for Patch from the Hush, Hush series. ;)

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  6. Have fun with the blog hop!! Stopped by to check out your shiny, new blog header. LOVE! The bold red against the blue skyline background really pops. Your name is the first thing my eyes went for. Your covers in the lower corners are a nice touch, too. :)

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  7. Interesting choice! Got to say, not my type of dude, but whatever makes you happy. ;) I just didn't get science. Or math. Good thing I like letters.

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  8. Being married to a Nobel Prize winner would be interesting! :)

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  9. That's pretty cool that you chose Niels Bohr. I actually wrote the bio for him on his Find A Grave page. It's pretty sobering to think about how he might've been murdered by the Nazis for having a Jewish mother, if he hadn't lived in a caring place like Denmark. I never knew until researching his bio for Find A Grave that he was one of the people smuggled to Sweden.

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  10. Carie-Anne, wow, as much as I thought I knew about Bohr, that is new to me. Chrys, yeah, right?! Sheri, I'm not always into guys like that, but a few!

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  11. Awesome, awesome pick! I love Bohr :) Actually, I named my pet goat after him, lol! Yay for sexy smart guys!!

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  12. Hahaha, you went for de brains. I so hear ya! YEAH! Great choice, actually. I have to say he was a handsome guy. Back in the day. :-)

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  13. Meradeth, I can totally picture a goat named Bohr! Good one. We named my son's puppy Hieronymus, so yeah.
    Robyn, yes, I guess brainiacs are my weakness. Well, I like good looks too.

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  14. What an interesting choice. My daughter is a mathematician and her boyfriend is a physicist. They're quite happy together.

    Love,
    Janie Junebug

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  15. Ah, love in Mathland. What a perfect equation.

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  16. I love your choice. I remember learning the Bohr model in school. (They should've included a photo in the textbook. He was a handsome man.)

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  17. Gee, we never got to learn the Bohr model in school. Bwaaa.

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  18. A smart choice! I've always wanted to go to Denmark too. My father's side of the family are from there.

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  19. You'd have smart babies who could write well too :-)

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  20. My goodness, you are a smartypants. You could have a great conversation with my oldest stepdaughter, a soon-to-be physicist. She's been very intrigued by Richard Feynman, and have you seen a pic of him? Easy on the eyes as well as brilliant!

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  21. You just brought up some bad memories of 11th grade Honors Physics. haha
    erica

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  22. What an excellent choice - someone with cool brains. :)

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  23. Cool choice! You're right--smart is sexy!! : )

    http://swordsandstilettos.blogspot.com/

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  24. I'm in AP Chem, and I wasn't paying much attention to the Bohr model, but if the teacher would have put his picture up on the board, maybe I would have. ;)

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  25. I love your new banner - so stylish! Congrats to Crystal on Moonless in print and for the fun blog-fest. :)

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  26. let us hope by the time you say your wedding vows he has some color.. :)~~~~... great pick, girlie!

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  27. Over intelligence can be sexy :)

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  28. Niels Bohr is an interesting choice, and not one that springs to mind immediately. I can see your point though.

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  29. Another fascinating choice... I am really enjoying the diversity you ladies have in looking for the perfect guy.

    Congrats to Crystal and to you too, Catherine on your novella.

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  30. Yes, it is really fun to see all of the variety in choices!

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  31. Oh how interesting! And I agree... smart is sexy!

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  32. I love your choice, Kit Kat! I think you're brilliant. :)

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