Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Alien Diplomacy ARC Contest


International Contest

It's time to get your win on and grab an ARC of Alien Diplomacy while the grabbing's good! There are 5 (that's right, FIVE) ARCs up for grabs, which means lots of opportunities to score an early Advanced Reader Copy of Book 5!

So, Hook Me Up! subscribers who have sent in your proper entry emails, riddle me this: What's the most diplomatic you've had to be, and why?


Contest will run from Wednesday, January 11, 2012 through Sunday, January 22, 2012. Winners will be announced week of January 23rd. This is an international contest -- as long as you're on Planet Earth, you can enter and win. You must have a deliverable address, though - no P.O. boxes. Prize may take 2-4 weeks to ship; it may take 6-8 weeks for international.

This is a contest for Hook Me Up! subscribers only -- if you're not on, send an email to with "Hook Me Up!" in the subject line and you'll be sent the contest entry rules.

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Blogger HockeyVampiress said...

I want to win..... time for some new blood to get a chance LOL :).... let the spanking... I mean smacking begin!!

January 11, 2012 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

My previous comment wasn't *cough* diplomatic enough, so here goes again: I had to be rather, er, diplomatic when my 12 year old daughter and her friend came downstairs after doing a "makeover", asking for my opinion. You've seen Rocky Horror, right?

January 11, 2012 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Jaymie said...

Words cannot express how much I want an ARC of this book - the sooner I get to read more of Kitty's adventures, the happier I am.

I used to work at our county courthouse in one of the most dysfunctional groups I have ever experienced. After being "thrown under the bus" by an assistant director and yelled at by a judge (for doing what the assistant direct had asked me to do), I had to exercise every bit of diplomacy I could muster in order to hold my tongue, keep the peace and keep my job.

January 11, 2012 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger HockeyVampiress said...

LOL I am a hockey mom.... diplomacy is my middle name. Well if you don't count the finger I held up behind the head of one lady last weekend when she mouthed off about a bad call.... and that was before my son was injured by a bad hit..... :)

January 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger HockeyVampiress said...

Or when I quit my job last year rather than deal with my manager and the keyholder he was sleeping with who were making life at work a living hell.... at least unemployment listened to my diplomatic complaint.... they gave me three months of sick leave for stress before I started my employment benefits.... see I really can be diplomatic :)

January 11, 2012 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

I think dealing with my mother in law I have had to be the most diplomatic when it comes her drama.

Seriously this lady makes it all about her , and she is on her 6th marriage. She has had more mental issues, and I don't believe much that comes from her mouth. I have been with this drama for almost 14 years and 3 marriages. So yes I hold my tongue alot, but when she does ask for my opinion. I do tell her my HONest feelings.

Okay little rant but true fact and hoping the GoR loves me this time.

January 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

I am also diplomatic when it comes to dealing with the staff at my kids school. The principal is nice but she steps on toes with her holier than attitude, and then when she asks me to get my DH company for money. Yes I bite my tongue alot.

January 11, 2012 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Jessica Subject said...

Not only do I have two kids of my own, but I take care of other kids as well. Always find myself the diplomat in breaking up toy wars and preventing our rabbit's papaya treats from being raided.

January 11, 2012 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Screw being Diplomatic..... I want ALL 5 of these books... So everyone needs to just go away... Seriously go away....


January 11, 2012 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

*puts fists up* Hockey Vampire I say we fight to the death over the ARC's...

January 11, 2012 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Brenda Hyde said...

OMG, Kelly is LICKING THE BOOKS... step away from the ARCs Kelly.

By the way, I have TWO teenagers and an 11 daughter going on 16 who talks to her cats like they are fricking people. My 17 year old son's nickname is Angry Teen-- so man, I KNOW about diplomacy like no one's business. I have teenage boys at home-- EXTRA ones-- ALL the time. They eat my food up and play Skyrim 24/7. So I DESERVE a damn book.

January 11, 2012 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

*GROWLS* MINE!!!!!! MINE!!!! MINE ARC's........

*gives Brenda the evil eye* Don't even think about coming closer I will bite!!!

January 11, 2012 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger JoAnna said...

I think I have lost a good bit of my diplomacy. We'll see how it holds up the next two days when one of our upper management will be visiting. I have very little respect for the woman.

January 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Brenda Hyde said...

Kelly, see how nice JoAnna was in her comment-- she seems like such a civilized gal:) Unlike YOU-- THE BITER...bad, bad Biter Girl.

Kristin-- I'm shuddering at the image you gave me. I have an 11 year old and we've just begun discussing make-up. O_O

January 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Brenda.... this is War... there is not place for being nice in War...

Hi Kristin, you seem like a really nice girl, but please (see Brenda being nice) STEP AWAY from the ARC's!!!!!

The Bad Biter Girl says "MINE!!!!!!!!"
*GROWLS and shows teeth*

January 11, 2012 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

WHOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!!! I think I have scared everyone away!!!!

This B*tch is mine!!!!!

January 11, 2012 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Barbara E. said...

I have absolutely adored every book in this series and I can't wait to read Alien Diplomacy.
My old boss would get in tiffs with his wife and not want to take her calls, and I wanted to keep my job so I had to be diplomatic with her while trying to stay out of it.

January 11, 2012 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Welcome to the Fight, I mean fun Barbara E... Oh Hell.... I can't be nice, these books are mine!!

The Biter!!

January 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

I'm SO glad that Bitch & Bastard Coleman are Poof Chow.

January 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

I don't CARE what you think of your soon-to-be son-in-law, YOU GO TO THE WEDDING!!

January 11, 2012 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

As for "What's the most diplomatic you've ever had to be, and why?"

January 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

Well . . . My boss once told me that he didn't like my signature.

January 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

After a second or two of sorting thru inner thoughts that ranged from:

January 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

"And why would how I sign my name be ANY of your business?"

January 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

To . . . "So sorry . . . But you know, they say that worrying excessively about things you can't change can cause impotence."

January 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

I settled on "Hee hee, Allan you crack me up."

January 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

I then left the room.

January 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

'Cuz if I had stayed, I'd a cracked him a good one, and my daddy taught me not to hit people who are older and uglier than me.

January 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

Unless I have a really big club.

January 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger AnOldeSoul said...

Daddy was a Green Beret . . . which means he was just as mean as Uncle Mort . . . He just didn't get as pretty a juniform!

January 11, 2012 at 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Samantha Kisabo said...

When I had to argue why my high school should have more career based classes.

January 11, 2012 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

AnOldeSoul you sneaky bastard!!!!!! Way to leave a millions comments.... But I don't care... These ARC's are MINE!!!!!

January 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Kaya H said...

I was so diplomatic I gave a parent a verbal biatch slap today because she told me I was a lazy Girl Scout Leader since I was not at a cookie meeting. I told her, " nope I was skiing, and I have learned all about those cookies the past 4 yrs I have been doing GS."
See I am very Diplomatic and shiit.

So biatches watch out I cannot wait for this ARC and I am not afraid to slap around some skiis or boxes of cookies. Maybe some samoas will distract you from the glory of this book.

January 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Bring it Kaya!!!!! I all about playing dirty.

January 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Maybe tomorrow I will try the nice approach just for Brenda...OR NOT!!!
Depends on how well I sleep....

January 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most diplomatic?

Well, when I was in grade 11 I went to my school semi-formal (the really big formal event of grade eleven, kind of like a ball) and I wore this fantasic long black dress with a slit up the side of the leg, right? Sexy stuff. Unfortunately for me, one guy took this as an invitation to grope me, and when I stared in shock, WINKED.
(I'm slightly ashamed to say that I was actually torn between being indignant and flattered, because boys didn't normally notice me. Hey, I was sixteen, and really socially-awkward.)

Anyway, I put Handsy out of my mind, danced the night away, and so on. What I didn't know, though, was that Handsy had a slightly psychotic girlfriend who was really into him.
Yeah. You can probably see more or less where this is going.
I'm sitting there, minding my own business, when Psychotic Girlfriend suddenly sits down opposite me, glaring, and her posse then sit down around us, so that I'm surrounded by grim-faced girls cutting off all escape, staring into the face of someone who looked like she wanted to tear mine off.

Turned out Handsy had dumped Psychotic Girlfriend at the semi-formal, and his excuse? Was that he wanted to hook up with ME.(Total lies. He just wanted to get rid of Psychotic Girlfriend.)

So I had to sit there, pale with terror, and be diplomatic and reassuring while I tried to convince Psychotic Girlfriend that no, I wasn't hooking up with him, no, I wasn't even interested (not that I thought there was anything wrong with him, obviously, he's great, I'm not saying that your tastre is bad or anything), I didn't even know who he was, and that even if I was interested I had too much respect for her to steal her boyfriend, but I really wasn't interested, yeah I had strange taste in men, and so on. Very much aware that Psychotic Girlfriend and her posse could ruin my life if she wanted to.

Fortunately my complete shock and confusion, and heartfelt reassurances, seemed to convince her that I was telling the truth, and so she went away looking heartbroken while the posse fluttered around her comfortingly and telling her what a bastard Handsy was, while I nearly passed out from relief.

January 12, 2012 at 1:36 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

Hmm, the most diplomatic? Whenever MIL gives me a gift. *g* Or, how about when my Biological father tracked me down two years ago? I tried being diplomatic by meeting him and sending emails back and forth, but when he started calling me every single Sunday and texting me every single day I had to find a way to politely and diplomatically tell him that I would like to him to back off. So, now we just trade emails once every couple of weeks. And now? He wants to visit again. I'm happy with the way things are right now and am not looking forward to telling him that. I don't want to hurt his feelings, but it needs to be said.
Then there's the fact that I have a teenage Daughter and we needed to "retire" a pair of her jeans recently for being too tight. Yeah. That was fun.

January 12, 2012 at 1:55 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

I think it would be for the past 3 years where my mother and her brother refused to speak to each other. I was the infamous middle man. The saddest thing is it took my grandmother dying to end this rift. I had to get them together to spread her ashes. While they did this something finally clicked and they are speaking and even meeting for lunch once a week now.
Thanks for the giveaway.

January 12, 2012 at 3:28 AM  
Blogger Dana Alma said...

I sooo need my alien fix. Here are all the ways I take my Aliens:
* Alien du jour
* Alien à la King
* Alien à la Francaise
* Alien à la mode
* Alien apéritif
* Alien au gratin
* Alien au jus
As you can see, I am very hungry for some Alien, so send this poor girl a little love! See ya, Dana

January 12, 2012 at 5:11 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

GOOD GOSH! some of the situations you gals (and guys?) have gone through are super scary! How'd you get outta them alive? oh, right, diplomacy! maybe someone on this blog should try it sometime? (*cough, Kelly cough cough*):) I have nothing so dramatic as Brandy or thebibliothecadiscordia or the other half dozen people that have gone through hell! but (and here is where I take a page outta AnOldeSoul's book (because one super long post gets boring, wouldn't cha agree? :P) so...

January 12, 2012 at 5:55 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

I have a little sis who's a whole heap younger than me (seriously, people think that that brat is MY daughter!As if!!!)anyway, she's three years old and talking (or arguing) with her is like banging your head against a brick wall. Repeatedly.So yeah, the amount of scheming, pleading, begging, bargaining & diplomacy it takes to get her to do ANYTHING I ask should in itself award me for sainthood. :P but thats not all! oh no, once at my grandma's 70th one of her friends basically called me fat and a hooker, so the "diplomacy I used there was a shocking amount of self restraint I didn't know I possessed!XD

January 12, 2012 at 6:04 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

Now, to bring it on!!! The books are mine biatches! yeah, I'm talking to you Kelley! I LOVE Kitty and hr adventures. To get those ARCs you'll have to pry them outta my kung foo like grip! XD

January 12, 2012 at 6:06 AM  
Anonymous Ambre' said...

I have no special stories of diplomacy in action, and frankly some of these stories are scary.

I have DnD gaming diplomacy stories, such as in my first character I had the diplomacy and intimidate skills, and was playing a cleric of the god of thieves and was chaotic good. This group tended to me both role-playing heavy and a bit munchkiny (lots of amateur actors and live action role-players). So we were part of an 8 person commando team and our country/kingdom was being overrun by bad guy’s army of knights of the burning hand. We got cut off in a retreat but got a surprise chance to capture and interrogate an enemy in the field (every roleplayer was either military or child of military). We were not getting anywhere...and no one but the DM knew I was a cleric of god of thieves. IT looked like we were going to be overrun so I broke the prisoner’s kneecaps and legs, and after he told us everything he knew I healed him fully so he would not suffer. We then by DM intervention had an officer show up and take the prisoner off our hands so we could go do what he wanted us to be doing via the storyline.

That’s about as diplomatic as I get.

Also it was ruled by the group that I could NEVER play anything more lawful than chaotic good.

...than there was the time I was playing a paladin with the same group (my mission was to wipe out slavery) and the party waited until I was busy and captured an neutral dragon and was going to sell him into slavery. SO after mentioning for 45 min that you know that my paladin mission is anti slavery, and I know you are enslaving a sentient being. So I waited until the rest of the party showed up with the dragon in tow and freed him then attacked my party to give him time to flee. The party killed me and the players were so mad we took a 3 month break for role-playing (we had been playing at least one a week for 4 years at this point, and I unknowingly wreaked a 6month story arc the DM’s wife had come up with). I was told best paladin ever played by group...then got banned from playing a Paladin ever again.

Its kinda fun as in real life I am the sole dyslexic person (without ADHD) in a family of ADHD (my boyfriend, my mother, and 2 of my nephews with the 3rd not having ADHD but is just dyslexic like me).

My diplomacy IRL is what my family euphemistically calls a "clue brick" because subtlety usually doesn't work.

January 12, 2012 at 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Ambre' said...

I forgot. I know the author has little or nothing to do with the picture on the cover of the books. But that cover is going to drive me crazy. The women is past being a contortionist…as to get into the position her hip joint would have to be out of the socket and the leg would have to be several inches away from her body. That and unless she is part great ape her arms would not be as long as her legs. As an artist I am so sorry a story of your is going to have such a horrible cover like to the ones posted at

which if you have never heard of everyone must go see at least once. Many famous authors and award wining books are there. I thin I own at least 1/3 of the book edition posted there. I don’t know how I should feel about that fact.

January 12, 2012 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger kathy miller said...

Truth be told, I was born without the diplomacy gene. I guess you could say the I was diplomacy deficent. For instance, a friend once asked me if her pants made her butt look too big, and I replied that no, it wasn't the pants that made her butt look too big. The most that I know of diplomacy was something that I once heard....the definition of diplomacy is telling someone to go to hell, and they ask for directions. (come to mama, my little ARC)

January 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM  
Anonymous bejeweledcat said...

What's the most diplomatic I've had to be, and why? Well, diplomacy isn't really my strong point due to a genetic lack of filter between my brain and mouth as well as the almost A/C like lack of ability to lie. There was this one time though... once upon a time I worked at a copy place. I approached a lost looking older woman who apparently spoke only spanish and her daughter who spoke broken english. When I asked how I could help, they asked where they could find the copiers that copied in spanish. They were so sweet and serious that I didn't have the heart to laugh at them although I will never know how I held it together. (I still smile about it though)

January 12, 2012 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger janhvi said...

The most diplomatic I've had to be was when my cousin dressed up atrociously and I had to convince her to change while showing that she had incredible fashion sense.I think I made it through without her actually realizing that she was dressed horribly.So,I guess that makes me a pretty good diplomat and hence I should get Alien Diplomacy ;)

January 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Marnie Walski said...

Umm this is a hard one for me. I am really not diplomatic. I tend to be a force of nature so people just agree with me when I get "that" way.

Wait - I got it. In high school I went to Close -Up International (its a get to know the government program). I was the 'President' of Egypt in our role playing. At the time we resolved the Palestine/Israel conflict to the satisfaction of the judges - so I was mock diplomatic but I was successful.

I am like Kitty - guns a blazing and snarky comments! (dying to see how she handles this new role)

January 12, 2012 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger JC Jones said...

If the cover is any indication the book should be great. But aren't they all. I would love to have a ARC.

January 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

okay HOLY CROW!!!! We have some long winded people up in this joint!!!!

But just step aside these ARC's are MINE!!! MINE I TELL YOU MINE!!!!!!
*evil laugh*

January 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Oh Jesse,
You do NOT intimated me.... I just happen to have a perfect life will except the one time, you really don't want to hear about it but lets say thing didn't not go according to plan and I had to pull a Kitty and kick everyone's ass....

January 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Oh and Jesse!!!! I don't think you understand that these ARC's are MINE!!!
Thanks right they HAVE to come live with me... Me!

Fine you can have 1, but I want the other four...

The Biter

January 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Lynn Crain said...

You all need to step back cause I least on none of you are in Vienna, Austria right at the moment. LOL!

Seriously, you ladies do have some very funny situations that you've written about. You all deserve awards for them, I swear.

So the question to answer is this: What's the most diplomatic you've had to be, and why?

Geez...considering I'm married to a'd think this would be easy. But to be honest, I'm pretty outspoken no matter where I am. LOL! Most of the time when we are in certain situations, I will defer to the DH so I don't say anything wrong. But here are just some of the things I've had to tolerate over the years: (names are blocked to protect the
~ There was the time that I was requested to try a certain dish. Swear to god it tasted like horse crap and I had to smile the whole time.
~ There was the time we all got gifts that were artistic in nature. I wanted to ask 'On whose planet?' but I just smiled and said thank you.
~ The time I met my husband's boss. I wanted to say 'I thought you were taller' but kept my mouth shut as we were the same size. Must be why I intimate my man sometimes. LOL!
~ Or the many, many times I've used American euphemisms only to get a blank stare. I really do need to remember I'm not in the US any more.

As I think of more, I'll post them because I haven't begun to yap or talk about the ones with my family. Yet. LOL!


January 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger ducknme said...

Diplomacy? You want me to talk about when I've been diplomatic? Why that's my middle middle name! Okay, my middle name is Ann, but it probably should be more like foot-in-mouth. The last time I had to draw upon my reserves and really use diplomacy was on New Year's when visiting my in-laws and my son mouthed off to me, after mouthing of several times to me that day and being told to change his attitude, so I took him in another room to have a talk with him. There he the proceeded to tell me I was stupid (he's 8) so I turned him over my knee and spanked him. One swat. With my hand. He SCREAMED. My in-laws were apparently convinced I was killing him and there was a huge blow up between them and my husband and me.
So, you are wondering where the diplomacy is in all this? I originally took my son into another room to talk to him about his attitude and behavior so he wouldn't be embarrassed by being corrected in front of his grandparents. Yeah, that worked well.

January 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger HockeyVampiress said...

Truthfully with both my mother and my inlaws I have had to be diplomatic throughout the years. Mostly concerning my children and their feelings which have been trampled over throughout the years.

Example one.... with my inlaws one Christmas when my oldest was 3... This is a merged family, my husbands dad married a divorcee and jumped into her life forgetting much of what and who he was before. We went out to visit them every weekend.... they never came to our house. Anyway, we bought for their younger children when families first got together, now they were teens and youngest daughter and my son were a year apart. All but one of the inlaws slathered my nephew with gifts on this Christmas morning. I mean piles and piles..... my son. NOthing. I mean NOTHING> not one thing. Even my father inlaw and mil .... nothing. My son was bawling and they had no clue as to why. I calmly made excuses, told them we had to be on the road and wished them all a very happy holiday.... as we were going out the door my FIL says oh BTW don't forget Michaels gift.... I just about blew it..... but being diplomatic I thanked him and went out the door..... his gift. A toy box and one small truck with $50 inside. Where was this gift when my son was upset??? Who the hell knows but it sure as hell wasn't in his hands.
This was a recurring thing every year but a few years later when my second son was 4 we were out there again. This time there were a few gifts to be opened.... not as much as the other two but anyway.... my oldest and my oldest nephew got cool little tykes binoculars, my other nephew who was 2 days older than my other son got a little tykes toy for the garden... cool eH??? My youngest.... a bubble popper. A freekin bubble popper for a one year old.... seriously I could not believe how stupid these people were..... That is just a couple of my inlaw stories where I had to be diplomatic..... my mom.... well I could write a book LOL

January 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@HockeyVampiress - It sounds like your in-laws and mine might be related, as for moms, well, I'm certain mine was raised by wolves. For instance the last time she came to visit me she walked into the kitchen one morning, BEFORE I had my coffee, looked at me and said: "You need to lose weight. You're fat." I explained that I had a perfectly good mirror in the bathroom and my scale worked fine, so I knew I needed to lose weight. Thank-you very much.
Moms can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em. What do you do?

January 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Jaymie - Of course words cannot express how much ANY of us want that book. BUT are you willing to fight Kelly for it? I am. I'll just sit on her. Apparently I am terriably fat so it ought to work!

January 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Jaymie - Of course words cannot express how much ANY of us want that book. BUT are you willing to fight Kelly for it? I am. I'll just sit on her. Apparently I am terriably fat so it ought to work!

January 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Julie@MyFiveMonkeys - You can have MY mother in law. Seriously, she yours.

January 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@Kelly - Now really you don't want to fight me. As I told Jaymie, I'll just sit on you. Give me one ARC and it's all good. (MINE!)

January 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Brenda Hyde - I'll admit you have stress, but I and ONLY I deserve that book!

January 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ AnOldeSoul - You

January 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ AnOldeSoul - are

January 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ AnOldeSoul - sneaky!

January 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ AnOldeSoul - I'll have to keep an

January 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ AnOldeSoul - eye on you!

January 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Kaya H - People like that are ANNOYING. The girl scout cookie meeting hasn't changed THAT much. Maybe she's a Girl Scout Nazi.

January 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@thebibliothecadiscordia - 11th grade sucked! Truly it did. But as I am muched removed from it now, I would just give Handsy a black eye and then rest assured I would not tneed to deal wit Psycotic Girlfriend as I could just point to Handsy's black eye and explain where it camee from.

January 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Dana Alma - Do you write cook books?

January 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@janhvi - Opinions on how people dress do not count. Otherwise I would get to declare myself Supreme Fashion Goddess, and you all Ugly Dressers.

January 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Ambre - What you said, about the cover there? NOT diplomatic. Even slightly.

January 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

@ducknme... I am so not afraid of you!!! Bring it on!!

*puts fists up & jumps around*


January 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

@ducknme.. you only want one? hmmmmm let me think about it for a minute.
Okay fine Jesse gets one you can have one but the other 3 are mine...

I am not willing to part with them..

Note: to the Gods of Random, do you like Dark, Milk or White Chocolate. Trying to decide what type of brownies to make you.. OH how about Triple Chocolate.... I see that triple chocolate makes you happy....

January 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

@ducknme I think that we....

January 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

@ducknme both need to keep.....

January 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

@ducknme an eye on that sneaky. @AnOldeSoul.....

January 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

NO, Kitty I didn't call you a bitch... I was talking about the books!! You are my hero!!!!

Oh please tell Christopher that I still am 100% in love with him..

January 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Kelly - Every time someone puts up their fists and jumps around it reminds me of Indiana Jones where the swordsman attacks him and he just pulls his gun out and shoots him.

January 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger erin said...

LOL... peeps, you crack me up.

Ummm... I *have* to be diplomatic b/c of my job but if they could read my mind, I'd be in big trouble!!!!

One example.... I absolutely *loathe* when people automatically assume that I can't speak English (I'm Korean-American) and I get the loud, slow talk with pantomines. Siiiiiigh. Or... they tell me how great my English is and they can barely hear an accent (I've lived in the US since I was 2 and English is my first language). So sometimes I mess with 'em.... like if i don't want to talk to them (if not at work), "No hablo Englese".... surprisingly, it works!!!!

January 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

AAAAHHHHH VERY GOOD @ducknme!!!! Very good.. but still you can only have one!!!

January 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

crack you up....
This is an all out war!!!!
So just step away from the ARC's... That's it.

Move very slowly away from them now.. Okay you are a safe distance away. I suggest you turn and run now. *BIG GRIN*

January 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Oh and in case anyone missed it.. I am not being nice today..


January 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...


My PIC @gini we both want this ARC :)

January 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Everyone must be working... *looks around*

now where the hell did Gini hide those ARC's

*opens desk draw and finds note*


Damn it!!!!

January 12, 2012 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Blodeuedd said...

Diplomatic, moi? No no, I suck at that. I say whatever is on my mind, well sometimes, and then the rest of the time I say nothing.

But there might have been a few times where I have said, ohhh, great new haircut, cos I just could not tell the truth

January 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@Kelly - Good news! I found the ARCs! Bad news, they're guarded by Poofs.
Curses! Foiled again!

January 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@erin - "No hablo Englese" That is awesome! I am going to try that the next time somone treats me like an idiot!

January 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

Sending Nathan Fillion and Jeffery Donavon, and Coby Bell over to your house to be diplomatic so that I can sneak into your writing cave, get my copy of books 5, and 6 and send it to Marnie.

I figure the hot men will be a distriction :) Those ARC's are going to mine and Marnie's .

January 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Marnie Walski said...

Kelly -- I think you need to know this.. One of those ARC's is MINE another one goes to my PIC (partner in crime) Julie@my5monkeys -- you can have the rest -- see I am being diplomatic.

January 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@Julie@My5Monkeys - HA! Gini would not fall for that old trick! Okay, she would. But the Poofs won't! Besides I have already snuck in and distracted the Poofs (I'm not telling how. It's a secret.) and took all of the ARCs! THEY ARE MINE!!!!!! *Insert derranged laughter here*

January 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Marnie Walski said...

L'ARC a sont les miennes. Je peux juste part d'être diplomatique, mais seulement si vous demandez gentiment.

ARC The mine dira. Diplomatikoak baina bada bakarrik nicely galdetzen partekatu ahal izango dut.

Το ARC είναι δική μου. Εγώ μπορεί να μοιραστεί ακριβώς για να είναι διπλωματική, αλλά μόνο εάν ρωτήσετε ωραία.

See I am diplomatic - I even gave my demands in multiple languages.

January 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Marnie Wallski - They are MINE! I get them ALL. It's very democratic (if not diplomatic) that way, because the rest of you all get to be equally disappointed!

January 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Marnie Walski said...

@ducknme -- HA u don't have them the canine death squad are guarding them.. the Poofs have nothing on them! Nothing I tell you!

January 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@Marnie Walski - Er... "No hablo Englese"? (See erin's comment)

January 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Marnie Walski said...

@ducknme Eso está bien .. Yo hablo español. No son todos suyos .. Voy a compartir uno con ustedes.

January 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Marnie Walski - Canine death squad? Piffle!

January 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Marnie Walski said...

@ducknme -- Oh boy -- you went there. They get very territorial. We won't even mention the Prince i.e. Cat - he is so deadlier they named moves after him.

January 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Marnie Walski - I am choosing to believe you insulted me. Mostly 'cause I only speak English, I am however perfect in every other way and it dosn't matter anyway because the books are written in ENGLISH!! (Pbththth!)

January 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Marnie Walski - Wait! The Cainine Death Squad's leader is named Cat!?!

January 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

@ducknme... guarded by Poofs you say... Perfect the Poofs love me!!!

January 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

@Marine..... yeah.. so you see those ARC's over there are mine... I think you need to step the hell away from them.... Okay fine you and Julie can share one... But seriously people the last 2 are mine!!!!!


January 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

@ducknme... All yours??


January 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

@ducknme... I thought we were going to share...

*thinking about biting you right now*

January 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@Kelly - Yes, Once they are all mine (as they are now) I get to share with whom I please. ie. not Marni Walski who insulted me in several forigen languages! *sulks*

January 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Hmmm, the most diplomatic I've had to be was at work answering the question that a patron had. (Trust me people call the library with weird questions)

This guy called and asked how to spell a certain kind of cannabis. So I had to be diplomatic by not hanging up and actually looking up the name. Apparently he wanted his tattoo to be spelled right. Needless to say I was a little worried about what my search history would look like to the network administrators. :)

January 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...


Uuummmmm, but you can have them all if I have them all...
So I say we each get 2 and let the rest of them fight over the last one.

January 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Oh and @ducknme.

I won't bite you if you would kindly step away from my ARC's..

January 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger kathy miller said...

Clearly, some of ya all have skipped your meds today, cause ya all are cray-cray. This was me being diplomatic.

January 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

@kathy miller *applauding*

Yeah, nice use of diplomacy there:)

From all this talk of biting it sounds like somebody aka Kelly needs a rabies shot. :)

January 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Oh @Becky you are just jealous I am not biting you!!! *Rolls eyes*

January 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

You see I am willing to do anything it takes to win my ARC's!!!!

January 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger Brenda Hyde said...

Geesh, a girl gets offline to snooze and be with her family and you guys just let Kelly push you all around with her threats of biting! Pshaw...she's just a big ole ARC hog. Don't make eye contact and it will be okay...really.

I'd watch Jesse too. (just walk and talk softly around her and it will be okay).

You all have stress-- I will admit that-- but man, you do not have my Angry Teen. Plus, I had Miss Emily home for 3 days sick, then Angry Teen home today sick. NO alone time people. NONE! I'm on the edge...just remember that.

January 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Oh @Brenda... you know me so well. if you will look up you will see I have shared 3 of the ARC's but Really the last to ARE MINE!!!!!

*stares at Brenda*

January 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

@Kelly, Nope definitely not jealous of the biting, if that's your only weapon then I'm not worried. :)

January 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

Well, all you danged youngsters went and started without me AGAIN! Whatever happened to that "respect your elders" crapola? Why is that just as I got old enough to be the respectee instead of the respecter, everyone just decided to ditch the whole concept?

Here are The Home, diplomacy is our watchword. It has to be. Never be undiplomatic to people who give you your shots!

January 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

@brenda I see your angry teen and raise you 4 more kids ...

@kelly -- Those ARC's are mine and marnie's ..we are willing to do anything. IN fact bringing in Coby, and Jeffery and Nathan will bring us extra we have learned from the Master Kitty. :)

walks away ...and deals with 5 Kids and trying to find some quiet time LOL

January 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

@Kelly - - You leave my pal Ducky alone! Bite her and I'll bite you! It's an easy process - I'll mail you my teeth and you can just apply 'em where they'll do the most good and then send them back!

January 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

that is not my only weapon...

January 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...


Step away from my ARC's!!!!!


January 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...


I also bring the my AC's clones to help me get the ARC's and I even planning to clean Gini House for the books. MY PIC @Marnie will be there backing me up. What are you going to do for them ??

January 12, 2012 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous bejeweledcat said...

Diplomacy in action...

You all can have the ARC's as long as I get Chuckie or Jerry.

January 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM  
Anonymous bejeweledcat said...

Hey Ambre' I'm dyslexic too. Nice to meet you.

Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!

January 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

You have AC clones too??
I love my AC Clones...

Ummmm well you see I am going to buy Gini's love with Triple Chocolate homemade brownies, Chocolate chip cookies, Red Velvet Cheesecake and a foot massage...

January 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...


You get Chuckie.
I get the ARC's.

January 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

@Kelly, What's all this talk about sharing for? Who you really need to be appeasing to are the Gods of Random for they are who does the choosing.

*offers the Gods of Random a chocolate bar*

January 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@Becky - All you are offering the GoR is a measly chocolate bar? Ha! I am offering them a pan of home made Knock-You-Nakeds. (Look it up. Delish!)

January 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

Brenda! It's like you read my psychologist's mind!@Kelley: Look at you! Trying to be all diplomatic! It's cute, really! :P @ducknme I'm sure you're not as "fat" as you think you are... However. If you sit at you I will have to kill you slowly, painfully and then steal your Knock-You-Nakeds! (YUM) also, I'd be careful coming onto this blog girlies. The hostility (and rabies) has amped up! (that's code for BACK OF! MINE!!!!!!!!!)

January 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

OH! and whats with all the activity while I was gone?! Man, it's like you guys all live in time lines that work with the Northern Hemisphere! Don't worry though! I'm back and'll be here to stay. All Night. ;)

January 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

and whats with all the stealing from Gini? that babes the one offering...

January 13, 2012 at 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said... this contest. We should be super nice to her and bake her lots of yummy goodies and be DIPLOMATIC and get her (and the GoR of course) to give up the ARCs with minimal...

January 13, 2012 at 12:54 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

...Damage! and small amounts of blood shed. :P

January 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

@bejeweledcat: you're being very diplomatic (although choosing between Chuckie, Jerry or the ARCs is a very hard decision), and y'know, since you're not fighting me tooth and nail for these ARCs would you like to *whisper wisper* great plan right? ;)
@all ya'll with little creepy children(I was going to do individuals, but I'm lazy): I feel for you. I do. really. But... they're SO MUCH TROUBLE? why not just clone a model child? (and a Jeff, Chuckie, Christopher and a whole heap of other AC's while you're at it? seems easier...

January 13, 2012 at 1:03 AM  
Anonymous bejeweledcat said...

So just out of curiosity, are threats or bribery considered more diplomatic?

January 13, 2012 at 1:42 AM  
Anonymous bejeweledcat said...

@Jesse: Love the plan, but *psst, psst, psst* first, could that work?

January 13, 2012 at 2:05 AM  
Blogger Calliope said...

Re. ya'll with little creepy children - you know there's this movie - VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED - where following a mass fainting spell (I think by aliens...maybe demons...I wasn't really paying attention to that part) a slew of women get pregnant and give birth to white haired, red eyed children capable of mind control. They were totally Stepford so long as you were willing to overlook their homicidal tendency and desire for world domination. Point being, sometimes having wild child is best - at least you know they're not secret plotting your demise if they can't even manage to plan their next 5 minutes.

Kitty's luck, Jamie will be more Stewie Griffin than Shirley Temple.

January 13, 2012 at 2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been trying to come up with any other stories of when I had to be most diplomatic, in case I found a better one. Unfortunately, generally speaking, I wouldn't know a situation requiring diplomacy if it bit me on the foot - and on the rare occasions I do notice, I tend to mess it up.

For example, a few years ago my mother reached an age when women prefer to no longer disclose what their age was, and was kind of depressed about it.
We all went out to dinner at a nice restaurant to celebrate this birthday, and everything was going wel, when my sister opened her mouth.
"You're [age redacted] today!" she said cheerfully.
My mother's face instantly fell at the reminder.
I was horrified at this lack of tact.
"You can't say that!" I hissed at my sister.
I turned to my depresed-looking mother.
"Don't worry, you don't look that old," I said comfortingly.
My mother jsut buried her head in her hands.
The rest of the table stared at me, aghast.
"What?" I asked, completely lost.
Believe it or not, they actually had to explain it to me.
My mother just sat and giggled wryly at her daughters' ability to not only make a tactless blunder, but to then compound it with something even worse.
So now I think about it, I guess this shows that my sister has trouble with diplomacy too, it's just that I'm worse.

January 13, 2012 at 2:55 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

@bejeweledcat: I believe that bribes are more diplomatic, but threats always add a little... spice. Doncha think? :P and yes I think that if we did that ******* followed by ***** our plan would be perfect! Don't you agree?

January 13, 2012 at 3:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I've started thinking about stories involving diplomacy, I've inevitably started thinking about tales of FAILED diplomacy. I have a couple of stories about a guy who entered the diplomatic service, only to be quietly ejected after some incidents of hilarious fail in actual diplomatic situations.

Story one, the guy was attending a formal diplomatic dinner, and somehow, while he was reaching for something, the end of his tie flopped into his soup, not only covering him in soup, but splashing the person sitting next to him as well. There was this awful, frozen silence. The situation was Awkward.
So, what does our guy do?
He pulls out his handkerchief, mops at his tie and shirt, BLOWS HIS NOSE, and THEN goes "oh, sorry," and turns and wipes down the person he accidentally splashed with soup.
With the handerchief he just used to blow his nose. Diplomacy in action, guys.

Story two: our guy is at the urinal in the men's room, doing what guys do there, when a very senior person (like his boss's boss's boss) walks in and stands next to him.
Our young diplomat immediately spins around to greet this very senior person... Unfortunately forgetting that he is holding himself and in the act of peeing at that exact moment, with the result that he pees all over the uber-boss's shoes.
Uber-boss had to go home and change his shoes and socks.

Our guy was quietly transferred out of the diplomatic corps, after that.

January 13, 2012 at 3:09 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

@calliope: suddenly my world views have changed! My sister must be one of those alien/demon/whatever children! :O

January 13, 2012 at 3:10 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

@thebibliothecadiscordia: I LOVE that guy! I have friends that are THAT GUY! I may sometimes be THAT GUY (in female form?). So I have a question that I'll ask just as soon as I wipe these tears of laughter from my eyes...
Ok. Done.
Was your guy real, imagined or you? (And can he distract the GoR for me while I get me my ARCs?)

January 13, 2012 at 3:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Jesse Ivanoff : no, no! He was absolutely real! About 20 years ago or more, now, but real. My parents tell the stories at parties.
I know that those weren't really what Gini was asking for, but I HAD to share them.

This guy was really bright, see, top of his class, highest scores possible, etc etc - it's just that when you put him in an actual situation, he was hopeless.

January 13, 2012 at 5:19 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

@thebibliothecadiscordia: Wow. I absolutely feel bad for that poor guy! (makes for good stories to tell over the dinner table though, right? :P) but the question remains...
can he help me get my hands on some ARCs?

January 13, 2012 at 5:22 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

Yes, it's true. When I said I'd stay up all night I meant it. However, it's significantly less fun when there's no one else up. I do believe I shall just have to find a way to entertain myself, yes?

January 13, 2012 at 6:34 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

Okay... How 'bout this: O glorious Gods of Random. If you give me 1 (or 5 - I don't mind!) ARC of the amazingly talented ms. Ginni Koch's Alien Diplomacy I shall...
give you all the chocolate you desire.
ask nicely in the only language other then English that I know.
cease threatening you incessantly. (gimme my ARCs! I want them! NOW! GIMME! MINE!) *ahem*
stop writing such long winded posts about why I deserve such a great book.

January 13, 2012 at 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...


January 13, 2012 at 7:01 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

My Haiku:
o Gods of Random
give me Kitty's latest book
or suffer my wrath.

January 13, 2012 at 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

My rhyming poem:

glorious gods of random
as well as the fab Gini Koch
you have earned my fan-dom,
and I will squash
anyone who tries to take
my Alien adventure
and try to make
it their personal venture
will die a slow,
horribly painful death.
for muscle isn't just for show
and Kitty deserves the best!
But tiredness is descending,
so to the end of this poem
I am ascending!

January 13, 2012 at 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...

I think I may have misjudged the hard work it takes to stay up all night. So, I will leave all you crazy chickies with one last parting sentence:

January 13, 2012 at 7:16 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...


January 13, 2012 at 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...


January 13, 2012 at 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...


January 13, 2012 at 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...


January 13, 2012 at 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Ivanoff said...


January 13, 2012 at 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Rose Dragonbreathe said...

Hey, It's my birthday, so, of course, I deserve to get one of the ARCs!

Most diplomatic? I used to work in the VIP section of a hotel. We had this guest that was in charge of a large convention and he was totally wigging out from the pressure. He was constantly nagging all the hotel employees about how things had to be just perfect for his boss. The maids were about to murder him. In the intrest of getting my people to do their jobs for the rest of the regular guests, I told the guy to "Back off and everything will get done much quicker." All with a lovely shark smile on my face.

January 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Rosie Dragonbreathe said...

Oh, and Kelly, you can lick the books all you want. I have access to a Hazmat suit. Doesn't bother me in the least.

January 13, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger ratkin said...

Well, you danged youngsters went out and started this thing without me again! What ever happened to "Respect Your Elders," huh? Just when I get old enough to be the respectee instead of the respecter, you kids go and ditch the whole concept! And I won't even discuss the fact that this here blog went and swallowed my first two posts!

[Don't worry. I'm a polite old codger. I'm just going to leave that perfectly good straight line sitting there, quietly.]

Don't even discuss diplomacy with me! When you live at The Home like I do, you're ALWAYS diplomatic with the people who give you shots!!

January 13, 2012 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger ratkin said...

Well, you youngsters went and started this thing without me again! What ever happened to the old "Respect Your Elders" routine, huh? Just went I finally moved up to respectee from respecter, you bunch went and dropped the whole concept! And we won't even get into the fact that this here bloggy thing went and swallowed my first three posts!

[Don't you worry - - I'm a polite old codger. I'm just going to leave that little straight line sitting there unmolested.]

As for diplomacy, I got plenty of it. When you live at The Home like I do, you learn an important motto: Never Be Undiplomatic To Those Who Give You Your Shots!

January 13, 2012 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

here I was thinking of being nice this morning....

January 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Really just a chocolate bar?

January 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...


I made HOMEMADE Chocolate goodies..

*bats eyes at Gods of Random*

January 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...


homemade Knock-You-Nakeds, looks good but 3 words

January 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...


January 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...


January 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...


January 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger ratkin said...

@Kelly - Better baking cookies than threatening to bite my friend Ducky!

January 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...


Why thank you... I think I am very cute..

*spins in a circle*

Do you like my new outfit?

January 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger ratkin said...

Well, you youngsters went and started this thing without me again! What ever happened to the old "Respect Your Elders" routine, huh? Just went I finally moved up to respectee from respecter, you bunch went and dropped the whole concept! And we won't even get into the fact that this here bloggy thing went and swallowed my first three posts!

[Don't you worry - - I'm a polite old codger. I'm just going to leave that little straight line sitting there unmolested.]

As for diplomacy, I got plenty of it. When you live at The Home like I do, you learn an important motto: Never Be Undiplomatic To Those Who Give You Your Shots!

January 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...


OF COURSE threats and bribery are diplomatic...

This is an ARC of Alien Diplomacy we are talking about...

January 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...



Hazmat suit......

Like that will save you

BWHAHAHAAAAAAA *cough, cough*

Where was I? oh yeah evil laughing.....


January 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@thebibliothecadiscordia - Oh My GOSH! That is hilarious! He reminds me of my sister, incredibly smart with no common sense.

January 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Jesse Ivanoff - Did you just insult me in another language too? I'm sure the Gods of Random look down on that you know! Even chocolate might not help you now!

January 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@Calliope - My son is not creepy he just knew he could get the grandparents on his side by yelling. HE didn't even expect the fallout afterwards. So don't you go insulting my kid! Only I get to do that!

January 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Kelly - Tell you what, after this, win, lose or draw, I'll trade you my Knock You Nakeds recipe, its different than what you find on the internet, for your Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe. And if the GoR smile on me by giving me a ARC I'll share my recipe with ALL of you. AND send a pan to Gini.
(bribery at it's best!)

January 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Shanna said...

You have no idea how much I want this book. I have all of them, both in paperback and on my Kindle, and have hooked all my friends and my sister on Kitty's adventures. But, I have to say, I am probably the most diplomatic person on here, for the sole reason that my older sister and I live together, and work together, and I have yet to kill her! Despite her puppy howling all the time, not putting a bag in the garbage can, not rinsing the tub after she shaves her legs, I still haven't killed her. If that's not diplomacy, I don't know what is, LOL!

January 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@Shanna - I was piffling you at the puppy and trash liner, but not rinsing the tub after shaving her legs? Ewww! I'd have killed her dead! Very diplomatic! But Gini loves me more, so watch out!

January 13, 2012 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

@ducknme.. Totally willing to share recipes... ARC's is another story...

January 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@Kelly - recipes and ARCs are at completely different levels, I could probably come up with a Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe on my own, but I'd never be able to come up with a good Kitty story. Still it would be nice to have a place to start with the recipe...

January 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

@ducknme Thank you, yes, I have shown great restraint (planning her death doesn't count as long as I don't follow through, right?) and diplomacy, which means i don't just deserve one of the ARC's, I long for one, it's essential that I have one, I claim, covet, crave, demand, desire, hanker, hunger, hurt, lust, pine, require, thirst, yearn, wish, yen, and need one!

January 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

@Kelly and @ducknme, if you're looking to exchange recipes I have an amazing one for pumpkin pie cake. PS: I should get an ARC just for the fact that I am allergic to caffeine. No chocolate, no coffee, no coke, pepsi, rootber, hot chocolate, etc.... I have never had Red Velvet Cake :-( So I should get an ARC out of pity!

January 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Cherie said...

I want to win mememememememe not that its all about me or anything hahahaha I cant wait for this book I love this series

January 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Nice try @Shanna....... Will that Truly sucks that you are allergic to caffeine. I don't feel sorry enough to give up my ARC..
Sorry.. I am a bitch like that.

Oh and Red Velvet is a red chocolate cake.. :(

January 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

@ducknme.. SO True. Queen Gini is to brilliant to duplicate.
Okay so after I win my ARC and you win yours (cause I said you could have one of my 5) we will do a recipe exchange...

January 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Oh, @Shanna, if you still want to share your pumpkin pie that would be Swell!!!!

January 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@ Kelly and Shanna - If nothing else maybe we'll make the GoR so hungry by mentioning all these recipes the'll give US the ARCs so they can see them too!

January 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@Shanna - OOOH, Sorry about your caffiene allergy (maybe you should move here to Utah I have to mail order to get decent coffee) however I have a recipe for raspberry peanut butter pie and one for a lemon chess pie, if you are a lemon fanatic like me, you may be interested in....

January 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

@Kelly - There, now you have LOTS of things to practice your biting on!

January 13, 2012 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

HA! Nobody but me has been on for forever! I scared everyone away! Or at least got them preoccupied with baking......
Anyway! I Shall WIN! THE ARCs ARE MINE!!!!

January 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

Not scared away but been busy with life and sneaking over to Gini House for books

January 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

@ducknme, I'm still here just taking in all the craziness and love of baked goods.

January 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

Also trying to get the Random to love me more this time LOL

January 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

*presents to the Gods of Random a giant gummy bear*

As seen here, it looks delicious :)

January 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger ducknme said...

*Am offering GoR Tunnel of Fudge cake as we speak*

January 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

@ducknme, I don't know how moving to Utah would help get me away from caffeine when living in Alberta Canada it still manages to find me, or rather, my sister keeps going "Hey, do you want to try a bite of this Triple Chocolate Cake, it's soooooogood! Oops, I forgot you can't have any." And, I would love some recipes! I have some really good ones like the pumpkin pie cake, and Merry Berry White Chocolate Pie.

January 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

My offering to the GoR would be fresh homemade donuts, coated in cinammon sugar with a big glass of white or chocolate milk. Also, I would kidnap any hot guy (such as Gerard Butler, or Nathan Fillion) they requested to serve the donuts to them while they reclined on a cloud like divan. Because yes, I am just that down with what they really want. In return I ask for only one small favor. Nothing out of this universe. I JUST WANT THE ARC!!!!!!!!! Please?

January 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

Also, @Kelly, I should warn you, you may bite, but i'm half Italian anf half Irish, and I may be Canadian (known around the world as normally really nice and polite); but for this ARC book, I would totally embrace my heritage and go all Hockey Night in Canada meets Irish Mobsters meets Italian Mobsters on your A**!

January 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

@ducknme well you sure do have some creatively named desserts. :)

January 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

@Shanna, @Kelly - Now that would be an entertaining fight, perhaps Lucha libre style or a cage match.

*Starts selling tickets for the match*

January 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

So, what cut of the tickets do I make? I plan to use my cut to buy offerings to the GoR, you know, some concert tickets to Aerosmith with backstage passes and concert tee, and maybe some Wolverine comics. Bribery, what bribery?

January 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

@Shanna, well that depends on whether you win or not. Of course the winner gets more money then the loser does. :)

January 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

@Becky, please, you're doubting Hockey Night in Canada/ Irish Mafia/ Italian Mafia vs: I Bite @Kelly? There's no competition, I would totally win! I would employ tactics such as hairspray to the eyes, as well as brass knuckles, and other, even more sneaky and unheard of(yet wildly effective) tactics that I cannot reveal in case the enemy is listening in, or msking themselves with imageer tricks.

January 13, 2012 at 5:59 PM  
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