Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hump Day Funnies and a Cover Reveal for Margo Kelly

Happy Hump Day

It's a beautiful spring day here in SW Ohio and I'm about to abandon my computer for a garden that's calling my name.

But first, a little something to get you over the mid week hump.

Ever wonder what dog selfies look like?

Ellen's Oscar selfie has nothing on these.

I feel for this guy.

Don't you?

I was hunting for a good dog joke to go with today's pictures but I found this one instead.

Ever since I was a kid, I've been afraid there was someone under my bed at night. I went to a shrink and told him, "I've got a problem. Every night I think there's somebody under my bed and it spooks me so bad I can't sleep."

"Just put yourself in my hands for one year," said the shrink. "Three session a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears."

"How much do you charge?" I asked.

"Eighty dollars per visit," replied the doctor.

"I'll sleep on it," I said.

Six months later I ran into the doctor on the street.

"Why didn't you come to see me about those fears you were having?" he asked.

"Well, eighty bucks a visit three times a week for a year is an awful lot of money. A bartender cured me for $10."

The doc got all huffy and said, "Is that so? How, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?"

"He told me to cut the legs off the bed. Ain't nobody under there now."

I like a simple, low cost solution.

Have you seen those People of Walmart pictures?

Nuff said.

Okay, I stayed with dog pictures for your "aw" but I have to admit it's the expession on the kid's face that got me.

Did you say it?

Now, something special. I'm pleased to be part of the cover reveal for 

Thea's overprotective parents are driving her insane. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so severely that Thea feels she has no life at all. When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. She's living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can't defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends.

Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really "gets" her. Is he frightening, the way he seems sometimes, or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit's allure, and hurtles toward the same dark fate her parents feared most. Ripped from a real-life story of Internet stalking, Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea's life spins out of control. 

About the Author:  

Margo Kelly is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. A veteran public speaker, Margo is now actively pursuing her love of writing. Who R U Really? is her debut novel and will be published by Merit Press in September 2014. Margo welcomes opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs.

 To celebrate the cover reveal for Who R U Really? Margo Kelly is giving away TWO Advance Reader Copies of the book! 
Visit to enter by Sunday, May 11, 2014!

Okay, that's it for this week. 
Are you over the hump and coasting toward the weekend? Excellent! 
Don't forget to visit Margo's site for a chance to win an ARC of her book.
And, of course, please say hi and let me know if anything here struck your fancy.
Have a wonderful weekend.

(I'm going to go be at one with the earth now.)

Thought for Today:

Money will buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Margo!
Those dog pictures are awesome.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats to Margo. Like the dog selfies and the taking care of the lurker under the bed.

Carol Kilgore said...

I thought the punch line of the joke was going to be to buy a dog. But the real punch line was better!

Congrats, Margo!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love that first set of photos! How original and creative.

Congrats to Margo.

Margo Kelly said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Your funnies ALWAYS make me laugh! And thank you SO MUCH for sharing my cover. I really appreciate it!!! And thanks for the comments. :)

mooderino said...

That's actually quite an ingenious solution to monsters under the bed.

Moody Writing

LD Masterson said...

Alex - glad you liked them.

Susan G/K - Hey, whatever works.

Carol - I guess having a dog the sleeps under the bed would work.

Diane - I agree. Those were great.

Margo - my pleasure.

mood - and less expensive.

mshatch said...

"I think I made a mistake." Ha! And congrats to Margo - this sounds like an awesome read :)

Maria Zannini said...

Congrats, Margo. That story sounds intense!

Re: dog pictures
I used to ignore selfies--until I saw these. Definitely lifted my day from the dumpster.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Great mid-week funnies, as always. I especially like the one about chopping the legs off the bed.

Congrats to Margo on the cool cover and upcoming release.

LD Masterson said...

mshatch - Yup, it sure does.

Maria - Always glad to get someone out of a dumpster.

Susan F.S. - Simple solutions...

Linda G. said...

Margo's book sounds frighteningly realistic! Bet it's gripping.

Also, awww and LOL! (As usual.)

Michael Di Gesu said...

I was thinking the same thing.... sort of... Buy a platform bed.... lol.

Yes, I awed.Too cute!


Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations to Margo. The story sounds intriguing. Wishing her much success.

Love the photos and the under the bed joke. So true about buying a dog too. Thanks for the laughs.

Michelle Wallace said...

Congratulations to Margo!!

I love those doggie selfies... and the one in pink rollers!
But the kid with those gorgeous chubby cheeks that make you want to just kiss them non-stop... awwwwwww!
That one wins - hands down!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Thanks for the smile. :D

I can thank The Twilight Zone for creeping me out about things under my bed. lol

LD Masterson said...

Linda G. - I bet you're right.

Michael - See, you wouldn't need a shrink either.

Mason - My pleasure.

Michelle - No argument here. That face did it for me.

Donna - For me it was the Twilight Zone where a portal to another dimension opened up in the wall of a kid's bedroom and she fell through. I couldn't go near the wall of my room for weeks.

Julie Luek said...

I love that first pic. The big dog is a Weimaraner, the breed we had until recently and probably my favorite breed of dog. Love them.

Congrats and best to Margo-- sounds great.

Rhonda Albom said...

Loved your jokes. The hammock photo is hilarious. And I didn't see that bartender punchline coming.

Congrats Margo.

Mike Keyton said...

Yup, I agree with most people here. The joke was right up my street. I think, too, Margo's story hits upon every parent's anxiety

Lexa Cain said...

OMG! I love the dog selfies pic!! They're so adorable!! The joke and the other dog pics are awesome, too. Thanks so much for putting a big smile on my face. :-D

Patricia Stoltey said...

Margo's book sounds really good. Thanks for the intro, LD.

Robin said...

Love the dog pics and that joke was funny. The selfie really cracked me up.

Now that book sounds scary. I was a bit breathless reading the blurb. Stalking is very frightening stuff.

Al Diaz said...

I think the dog selfies are my favorite from now on. And if bartenders are better than shrinks, then why my dwarves haven't managed to solve my problems?

Jemi Fraser said...

The poor guy in the hammock!!! The baby is priceless though :)

Congrats to Margo - and good luck. What a chilling premise!

Marcia said...

All the pictures are funny! And Margo's book sounds very good.

Murees Dupé said...

As always, you always know how to make me smile. Congratulations to Margo. said...

I'm with Murees. As always, you've made me laugh aloud more than once. And as always, I don't have a favorite part of your post; it's all laughter inducing.

Plus, I appreciate the interesting snippet about Margo's book. Congratulations and much luck to her.

Be well, LD.


Heather Holden said...

Love the dog theme this post has! Those dog selfies are especially priceless... :P

Liz Fichera said...

Dog selfies are way better than people selfies!!

Margo's book looks fabulous!

Morgan said...

I love your posts, LD!!! Truly!

And so wonderful for Margo. What an accomplishment!

farawayeyes said...

Since it's 5:09 PM here, right now, YES, I'm well over the hump and I think the weekend has already begun.

BUT, better late than never. I love dogs. Those selfies are hilarious. AND, yes I did say it.

Seeing Margo all over the place. I'll have to check her out.

LD Masterson said...

Julie - Weimaraners are incredibly photogenic. I see so many great pictures of them.

Rhoda - Glad you liked them.

Mike - I'm often glad we didn't have to deal with the Internet when we were raising our kids. Now I worry about the grandkids.

Lexa - My pleasure.

Patricia - You're welcome.

Robin - I agreed. Terrifying.

Al - Um, because dragons aren't scared of someone under their bed?

Jemi - I'd love to see a video of someone trying to extract that poor guy from the hammock.

Marcia - Thanks.

Murees - Hey, that's what I'm here for.

Robyn - Thanks. You too.

Heather - Well, cat pictures tend to dominate so I had to give the dogs a day.

Liz - Oh, definitely. Way better.

Morgan - Thank you!

farawayeyes - Hope you have a great weekend.

Tina said...

Great story. Sometimes the simple solution is the best...but it takes someone else to point it out.
Love the dog/kid picture.
Margo - best of luck with your novel!
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Clarissa Draper said...

I love these posts! It's too bad I didn't notice until Monday. However, I always say ahhhh!

Love the book cover. Congrats Margo Kelly!

Denise Covey said...

Congratulations Margo. Sounds like a current issue story. Love the dog jokes LD.

Misha Gericke said...
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Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha love the joke. Margo's book sounds awesome. :-)

Tara Tyler R said...

Margo's book sounds terrifyingly tantalizing and scary close to reality!

the joke is so logical and simple it's hilarious!
and the photos were superb - ha!

today is a pretty nice morning, too! (but mind the storms ahead!)

LD Masterson said...

Tina - I'm glad you enjoyed

Clarissa - A good laugh works on any day of the week.

Denise - Thanks.

Misha - It does, doesn't it?

Tara - I'm going to buy it for my teen texters. said...

Hi LD, I'm glad you read the post I put on my Mommy's site the other night. My puppy dog eyes usually work wonders and get her all the time. :) She shmushes my face, rubs behind my ears and tells me how much she loves me. Oh, and then she kisses me all over my face, even on my nose! Then she'll go back to one-handed belly rubs while she does homework or her stories.

Who are those doggies in the selfie? It's a nice picture, but neither one of them looks like a Sophie. Thank you for visiting me! Eva's baby Sophie

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

I loved the dog pictures, especially the 'selfies' - LOL.

I'm all for cheap cures, too. It's surprising how much people are willing to be taken for when they could find a simple solution.

Wishing Margo every success.

LD Masterson said...

lilica's Sophie - You're right, those dogs in the selfies are just friends. Maybe mom will post pictures of me next time cuz I'm really cute. ~ LD's Sophie

Fanny - Thanks. Me, too.

Crystal Collier said...

LOL! I love it. Your Wednesday posts are my favorite Wed. feature. I always look forward to the laughs.

LD Masterson said...

Crystal - I'm glad I could provide some.