Monday, March 4, 2013

March Madness: Technologically challenged

I'm guessing most of you are old enough to know who George Jetson is. The father from the animated Sitcom, The Jetson's, produced by Hanna-Barbera during the 60's and then again in the 80's.

If not, meet George Jetson:

If you know anything about the story line, George has issues with technology. Basically it's passed him by. From his robot maid to the space vehicle he commutes to work in, and everything in between. He struggles to keep up, thus allowing for some humorous events to unfold during each episode. That's kinda how I feel today. Like technology is passing me by, and I can't quite keep up. I've got a smart phone that requires a level of intelligence only my 9 year old daughter has managed to master, though she hates to talk on the thing. And I have a Wi-Fi-Blu-ray player and TV that requires the technical skills of my 8 year old son to operate. And forget about the parental controls. I'm constantly locking myself out of the devices, and having to have one of the kids let me back in. Ironically sad but true.

Am I smarter than a 5th grader? Heck no! I'm pretty sure I'm not smarter than my 2nd or 3rd graders. Thus the reason I have avoided starting a blog. It requires mad internet skills, that I have not bothered to learn. Until recently. A few weeks ago, when I started thinking about hosting this blog hop I realized I needed to know what the heck it was all about. I mean, how can I expect other authors to do something I don't know how to do myself, right? So, I took a crash course in all things blog and “hop” related, and here I am. Still clueless, but a higher level of clueless than I was before. And pretty darned proud of myself. Amazing that I one point in my life I was a Senior Police-Fire-911 Dispatcher certified in hostage negotiation and suicide/crisis intervention, isn't it? Thankfully we worked in a fairly low-tech environment.

So, today, as I use these training-wheel level skills to blog to you from my front porch, which it's a beautiful 77*F here today—yes, I'm rubbing in our beautiful Arizona weather—I can help but wonder, am I the only one who technology has passed by? I'm thinking—hoping—not. So, tell me, what is something you struggle with technology wise? Leave an answer below to be entered into a drawing on my blog for this pretty box.

Okay, you won't actually get the gold box, but you'll get the contents. A signed copy of Razing Kayne, a custom made ribbon bookmark, and goodies to enjoy with it. Read that as chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Hot cocoa, and yummy chocolate snacks to go with your book.

And, as an additional special gift for all of you visiting my site, I've gone "mad" and reduced Razing Kayne. Book 1 of my Walking a Thin Blue Line police series from $6.99 to $3.99USD on Amazon through the length of the Hop. Be sure to grab your copy while it's on sale.

ALSO, since I'm part of the March Madness Hop, be sure to follow the instructions below to be entered to win one of the awesome grand-prizes. Then, when you're done here, check out my fellow authors sites for more incredible prizes and additional chances to win the grand-prizes.


March Madness: That time of year when women across the country are left to their own devices during the NCAA basketball playoff tournament.

Sure we could do some early spring cleaning, catch up on laundry, organize our closets, and throw out all the junk in the garage/attic while nobody is looking, but where's the fun in that? So, instead of work, we thought we'd host our own version of March Madness: A prize filled hop presented by some of the best names in romance. And we've made it easy for you to join in.

Simply hop from blog to blog--the links are below--and "follow", "like", "friend" etc. the authors sites, then leave a comment on their respective blog post. Each author is running their own giveaway as well as participating in the Rafflecopter Grand-Prize Giveaway of a Kindle Fire OR Nook Color, A $50 Amazon/B&N Gift Card, A $25 Amazon/B&N Gift Card, and 6 - $10 Amazon/B&N Gift Cards, as well as a "basket" of books (e-books/paperbacks). The event is live from March 5 - March 31st, 2013 to give you plenty of time to tour all the blogs.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And here are the participating authors so be sure to hop over and visit them. The more blogs you visit, the more chances you have of winning. See the rules below, and terms on the rafflecopter, for specifics of the contest.

Rules: You must be 18 years or older as of 12:01AM March 5, 2013. No purchase necessary. Avoid where prohibited by law. This event is open to worldwide participation (basket of books limited to US/Canada shipping addresses only) You are limited to one tweet, follow, like etc. per day, however you can follow one blog, tweet about another, and like a 3rd authors facebook page all on the same day. Be sure to follow the rules laid out by the individual authors about their respective giveaways, as they will vary from site to site. Rules and Terms are listed in the Rafflecopter. Grand-prizes will be announced on or about April 5th, 2013 on the website. While we will make every effort to contact you, it is ultimately the winner's responsibility to check winning status and claim their prize. Posted winners will have 5 days from the date of the post to contact host and claim their respective prize. If the posted winner fails to contact host, prize may be forfeited and awarded to another randomly drawn entrant and distributed without further notice.


  1. Thanks for the opportunity, great giveaway, will be checking out all the other authors pages! :)

  2. #MarchMadnessHop forgot to say it in last comment lol!

  3. #MarchMadnessHop

    I dont struggle that much with technology because I love it.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  4. #MarchMadnessHop
    HA I struggle wth technology and I teach it!
    I will try to visit everyone.
    Loved Razing Kayne - can't wait for the next one.

    1. Humm... I may have to take a class or 10, Kame.

  5. I still don't know how to do some of the things on my phone and I've had it over a year now. I just learned how to add a caller to my contacts. LOL
    Thanks for being part of the March Madness hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. I did much better when I had a blackberry. Now that I have this touch screen thingy I'm lost. I cant type worth crap on it.

  6. I have just started trying to learn how to work Facebook and Skype because my nephew is in the military and that is the best way to keep in touch with him; I have resorted to buying books to learn how! LOL!
    In regard, to the March Madness, my Dad and I enjoyed watching sports on TV, but after he passed; my Mom prefers not to watch any sports; which is fine because I love to read! LOL!
    Thank you for the contest!
    bluebirdsub24 at gmail dot com

    1. Please forgive me for commenting again, but I failed to include the logo before
      Thank you
      bluebirdsub24 at gmail dot com

    2. I know what you mean, Lola. I used to watch sports on TV with my granddad, and once he passed away it's just not the same. And please, let your nephew know that I thank him for his service. I don't think we acknowledge the sacrifices that our service men and women, AND their families make to keep us safe.

  7. Thanks for participating in #marchmadness.


  8. Julieanne, Thanks for all your help with the hop! I believe I may be more computer challenged than you!!! Just bought your book and can't wait to read it!!! Robyn Peterman

    1. Robyn, Thanks! I highly doubt that ANYONE could be more technologically challenged than myself. LOL
      My posse (Street Team) had a good laugh when I told them I was dong tech support for the hop. And thank you for supporting me by purchasing my book. I hope you enjoy it. You're on my list too. *hugs* Thanks for participating.

  9. #MarchMadnessHop

    I can do most basic things on a computer but when it comes to using any photos program or basically anything other than Word I'm lost


  10. I am glad to see that I am not the only one who is challenged, it's even worse because I don't belong to FB and Twitter so I miss out on a lot of things. I ran into several challenges with this hop...I can't find a place to comment on some of the blogs and on others I can't find the hop at all!

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  11. #MarchMadnessHop

    I'd have to say that I struggle with fixing technology that breaks! I'm pretty good at figuring out how to use it, but when it messes up, I'm lost! Thanks!


  12. Thanks for the #marchmadness giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  13. I know how you feel, I started my blog over a year ago and I just learned how to put the U-tube tv on it. I have a tendency to shake my cell phone and my husband will look over at me and say, Shaking it won't help dear.
    SeawitchReviews at yahoo dot com