By Bette Lee Crosby / February 25, 2012

For the past week, the Goodreads Ladies & Literature Group had been running a “Caption the Photo” contest to introduce my latest novel Spare Change to the ladies of the group. Oh what fun we had! The photo to be captioned was the one shown here and the captions were off the wall – actually they were too good to keep for myself, so I’ve decided to share them with my friends and fans.

This is the picture –

And, in no particular order, here are some of the captions…

What?!?!?! I was just looking…

You didn’t even ask me if you could use my name! I know, I know. I’m not the only ‘Dog’ in the world, but I’m right here. You could’ve asked me. That’s all I’m saying.   (in Spare Change the boy’s dog is named “Dog”)

Do you think she’ll notice her new shoe behind the book?

I thought this book was about SPARE RIBS!

“Squirrel!” (from the movie UP)

I think the ending should have been all dogs go to Heaven…

I’m sorry, but I just can’t read with you looking over my shoulder. You can have it when I’m done, okay?

You do know I can’t read, right? …crazy human!

Can you spare some change? This girl needs a pet-t-cure

I can’t seem to find the squeaker in this toy…

What? You want me to spell it out for you?

and the longest (by far) was… For years Fluffy had been reading the books his family left out. Sometimes, when a book was so intense he couldn’t help but nibble at the corners in anticipation. Luckily, all he had to do was use his secret weapon, sad puppy dog eyes. It worked every time. The cat always got blamed. This particular day, he couldn’t wait for his pets to leave so he could finish reading Spare Change. However, he got so engrossed in his book he failed to hear the garage door and Bette caught him. Fluffy was reading her new book!

There are over a dozen others, far most than I could show here – but you get the idea. It was great fun and the winner gets an autographed copy of either Spare Change or Cracks in the Sidewalk. The next two runners-up receive Kindle or Nook copies of Spare Change. If you’d like to read some of the other rib-tickling captions, here’s a link to the Goodreads page http://bit.ly/AlJsR0

AN INTRODUCTION TO GOODREADS…For those of you who are not on Goodreads, I would highly recommend it. It’s a social networking site, but unlike Facebook, it is a networking site exclusively for those who are true lovers of reading. They have over seven million members worldwide and an endless number of small groups that you can join. I belong to several – Novel Ladies, Southern Lit Lovers, Ladies & Literature and about eight others. Each group is fun and unique in itself. I have discovered a wealth of friends in these wonderful groups–friends that have the same interest as I have and friends that don’t think I’m weird because I would rather have a book than food. For those of you interesting in learning more about Goodreads – just visit www.goodreads.com

READING IS ADDICTIVE…it’s slipping away from reality for a short while and losing yourself in a wonderland of someone else’s making. Just by picking up a book, you can travel back in time, visit foreign lands, or be part of a circus. It’s more than a pleasant pastime, it’s a magical journey. Over the coming months, I hope to have guest posts by guest authors who are sharing this journey with me. Please come back and visit with them.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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