Wednesday Words: Unique words from Ashley Ladd

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Wednesday Words post, but I’m happy to welcome Ashley Ladd to talk about some truly unique words. Here’s her fun post:

I love words. I’d rather write and play with words than breathe. Some words are more fun than other. Some words are fun because of how they look or sound. Some are fun (or funny) because of their meaning. There are a mixture of both below.

Flibbertigibbet: This is such a fun, quirky word. I heard it for the first time very recently as the title of a Totally Bound erotic romance novel. I had no clue what it meant but I presumed it had something to do with pirates as it was a pirate romance. I was dead wrong. Still I loved the sound and look of it. It rolls so delightfully off my tongue. Flib-ber-ti-jib-et. So cool.

Thus I looked it up. According to Wikipedia at it means “a frivolous, flighty, or excessively talkative person and Flibbertigibbet is a Middle English word referring to a flighty or whimsical person, usually a young woman. In modern use, it is used as a slang term, especially in Yorkshire, for a gossipy or overly talkative person…”

Sexlicious: As an erotic romance writer how can I not love this word? It’s so yummy! Don’t be surprised to see it as one of my future titles. Or maybe I’ll use “Sexylicious”. I just adore the look and sound of this word. It’s so…sexy.

Anatidaephobia: – This word makes me laugh out loud. No joke. It means that you fear that somewhere, somehow a duck is watching you. How ridiculous is this? I mean, who is this scared of ducks? This has got to be one of the silliest, funniest words of all times.

Now I envision stalker ducks peering in my windows, following me around, threatening me. I’ll be dreaming about killer ducks tonight.

Thank you so much for having me today. This was a lot of fun.

Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Beaudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or animal activist. He never said he was either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.

When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that is a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.

But then Guy’s life gets crazy –his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, and then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.


Guy finished his meal, wadded up his napkin and dropped it on his plate. “Do you think it will take long to find more houses for me to look at?”

“I’ll make you—it—my priority. Just give me a couple days.” Damn! A Freudian slip.

Guy reached over as if to put his hand on Tommy’s, but stopped in midair. His eyes softened and hope flickered. “I’d like it if you made me, not my business, your priority.”

Tommy’s throat went dry and his heart flipped over. “Do you mean what I think you mean?”

Guy lowered his hand and took Tommy’s in his. “I think so. I like you—a lot. You’re handsome and charming and I feel a connection. I know it’s quick, but I’m a forthright, fast kind of guy. Besides, if you find me a house as rapidly as I want, you’ll be out of my life before I can do anything about it. Do I have a chance with you?”

Tommy wanted to jump up from his seat and shout, “Hell yeah!” But his inner angel was quarreling with his inner devil about work ethics. It wasn’t as if real estate agents had long-term contracts or dealings with their clients. They found a home, closed the deal then moved on to the next client. He supposed it wouldn’t be the end of his career if he got together with one client. Feeling as if his heart had leapt into his throat, he turned his hand over and squeezed Guy’s fingers. “Yeah. I like you a lot too.”

Guy looked like he was about to let out a whoop of victory then remembered where he was. Instead, he lowered his voice to a husky whisper. “I’d invite you to my place, but my dad would be a buzz kill. Do you have your own apartment?”

Tommy swallowed a gulp. “I do in Davie. If you don’t mind the long drive.”

“You’re a funny, funny man, Tom Boudreaux. I’ll follow you to the ends of the Earth.”

Tommy licked his suddenly dry lips and his cock twitched. In mach three, blood was rushing into it. “So I did hear that?”

“Yeah, babe, you did.”

He liked being called ‘babe’, especially by Guy. He threw several dollar bills on the table, which included a generous tip, then he stood, hoping the evidence of his arousal wasn’t noticeable. From the amused glint in Guy’s eyes, it had been noted.

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Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She’s been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.

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Wednesday Words: Choices, Multitasking, and Squeaky Wheel Characters

Lately something happened to me in my writing endeavor that I hadn’t experienced before: characters from completely different worlds started competing for my attention. Usually I get on a story track and away I go. Pieces of other stories might crop up here or there— enough to sketch a scene or make some notes, but one story remains front and center. Lately I’ve had three. So what to do?

Multitasking is not one of my favorite pastimes. Plenty of research has shown it doesn’t make anyone more productive and erodes work quality. That fact makes me nervous to undertake large works simultaneously. A few of my characters heartily—and loudly—disagree.

I’ve tried to force myself to focus on one story. I set up a rotating schedule. Others have listened to me whine and/or given me their opinions (and for that I am eternally grateful!). Lately I’ve just yelled “screw it” and told the characters to work it out among themselves and let me know what they come up with. In other words, whoever’s loudest in my head wins. Guess the old adage is true: the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

When you’ve got competing tasks asking for attention, how do you choose what comes first?


Wednesday Words: Guest Angela Smith has some beauties

I’m happy to welcome Angela Smith to share some of her favorite words with us today. She’s also got a new release out this week.

Punctuate. What is it about this word that makes it one of my favorite words? I love the way it sounds, the way it flows, and the way it fits with practically any sentence. Punctuate incites feeling, not only because it can denote a question, an ending (as in a sentence) or a hyper sensitive feeling with an exclamation point, but it can also detail a pause in a sentence, a feeling, a remark. Punctuate can also offer description, as in trees punctuating a creek or even gravy punctuating mashed potatoes (or maybe that’s just because I’m hungry).  Punctuate sounds pretty when spoken and can mean meaning things. The root word, punctum comes from Latin and means point and dot.  If you think about it, punctuate can make many points while dotting many sentences.

My next favorite word would be ricochet. Don’t ask me why. It’s pretty. Say it aloud and tell me what you think. Ricochet is one of those words that, when spoken, doesn’t sound quite English. And maybe that’s because the word comes from French etymology. When I hear the term ricochet, I usually picture a bullet, but it can give action to so many things. Spoken words can ricochet back to you! Ice can ricochet from a roof! Paper thrown at a basket can hit an object and ricochet. It’s a pretty word and, used appropriately, can create emotive responses and actions in a sentence or story. It’s a word not used often enough, in my opinion.

My third and final favorite word is foist.  Another pretty word when spoken and one not often heard or spoken. My ears perk up when I hear it. It just has a nice one-syllable cadence, although the earliest form might not have been used in a nice sense. First known to be spoken in about the 1540s, according to my research, and from Dutch etymology, foist meant “to take in hand” and the earliest form was used in Dutch to cheat at dice by taking a loaded dice in the palm and introducing it into play, according to Online Etymology Dictionary. But now? A romance writer can use the term foist for many terms!

Whether spoken or written, words are beautiful and hold power that many weapons never will.


Hollywood fashion consultant Naomi Fisher is happy to use her obsessive-compulsive planning to assist with her cousin’s wedding, but her history with the sexy and sullen Chayton Chambers, the groom’s brother, terrifies her. When the groom is kidnapped at his own wedding, Chayton and Naomi rush to find an important relic to satisfy the ransom before her cousin becomes a widow before a bride. Naomi trades garters for guns as survival, and love becomes a deadly game impossible to resist.

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During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read Brer Rabbit to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before actually learning to read. She’s always enjoyed stories about the adventure of love, and getting involved in the legal field developed her love of suspense. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for her romantic suspense stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys creating, reading, and dreaming of the places she’ll visit one day.

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Wednesday Words: Nitpick (and two confessions)

Nitpick is one of those words that sound just right to my ear for its meaning. It has a satisfying mouth feel and a nice look on the page. But I didn’t start this particular blog with the intention of just discussing the onomatopoeial qualities of the word nitpick. I really had a couple of confessions on my mind.

Confession #1: By nature I am a nitpicky critic and a perfectionist—mostly of myself but also of others and the world at large. I spend a great deal of my spiritual development working to accept and diffuse this tendency in myself. Sometimes I still rub people the wrong way because I tend to be rather blunt and don’t have much interest in small talk, but I think my friends and family would say I no longer devolve into a judgmental asshole on occasion and can keep an open mind while sharing my opinions candidly. These days I’m much more about open and frank communication and compromise.

Confession #2: I have long had a distaste for writing reviews, and I am sure this stems from my own past negative experiences with offending people and the work I feel it requires to communicate in an authentic yet compassionate way. However, as a writer I also know how beneficial reviews can be. Hence I face a dilemma. To write a review or not to write a review.

In the end, I decided that I need to pull on my big girl panties and pay it forward. So in the future I’m going to be posting occasional reviews on my blog. I’ve committed to several over the coming months as my trial run.

What you, as a reader of my blog, can expect is that I will not pull punches in my reviews but will keep an open mind and endeavor to maintain some level of objectivity. It is what I value in reviews I read when considering a book. Let this experiment in vulnerability begin.

Wednesday Words: Book Hook #MFRWhooks

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Today I’m participating in a new meme by Marketing for Romance Writers called Book Hook. It’s a great way to see short snippets from a bunch of romance authors.

Here’s a few sentences from my latest release To Growl or to Groan:

A shadow falls across me and I’m startled to realize a man stands right in front of me. He wears a robe that resembles tree bark, his face hidden under the hood.

A shiver dances down my spine. “Can I help you?”

A frail-looking hand closes my fingers around the pendulum. His fingers are frigid. “Beware, child. Power brings much temptation. Hold to your light, to your will…”


She’s unready to face her past, but she may have no choice.

It may be her best friend who gets surprisingly accurate hunches about the future, but Chloe just  knows something big –and bad—is about to happen. She telepathically communicates with animals and shape-shifters, but her growing psychic abilities are beginning to scare her. She suspects her mother also had abilities, and when those powers grew beyond her control, she left her daughter and husband when Chloe was only ten.

Despite her worries, she won’t let anything interrupt her trip to Scotland to meet her shape-shifter boyfriend’s family. Meeting Jorge’s close-knit family and spending the Holidays with them is worry enough!

When his sister goes missing, her disappearance is linked to a shadowy organization that knows exactly how to hide her from her shape-shifting relatives’ tracking ability. What they don’t count on is Chloe’s psychic gift.

In the rush to find Jorge’s sister, Chloe loses control of her ability and accidentally harms an animal’s psyche. Ridden with guilt, she’s afraid her ability just might destroy her relationship with Jorge. She isn’t ready to find her mother and face her past, but she may not have a choice if she wants to ensure she never harms anyone again.

What readers are saying about To Growl or to Groan:

4* from Sizzling Hot Books: “If you like shapeshifters, some sexy romance, and a good mystery as well then I would definitely recommend To Growl Or To Groan.”

“I enjoyed reading more in this book about Chloe’s exploration of her abilities and past as well as her HOT relationship with Jorge. I will be looking for more from this author for sure. This book is a light and fun read with adventure, passion and a few unexpected twists and turns. Highly recommend reading this book.”

“This book definitely kept my interest through the entire read.”

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