Becka's Babble

Ramblings of a Romance Writer

Friday, March 30, 2007

Becka's Hottie of the Week

This week's hottie is a man I've known for over half my life. Well, I don't *know* him personally, I've known *of* him. In fact, I've even talked about him a few times on this blog. Once, when I told y'all I was going to his concert back on my birthday in October, and another time when I admitted to having his poster hanging above my bed as a teen. :P

That man is Mr. Michael W. Smith.

I was first introduced to his music in 1988, nineteen years ago. Good Lord, has it been that long?? Of course, back then, Mr. Smith ("Michael W." or "Smitty" as everyone I know calls him) had permed hair and somewhat of a mullet... But we won't go there. :P

One fact has remained, however. This man is extremely good-looking and has taken very good care of himself over the years.

Did you know his birthday is Oct. 7th, just two days before mine? But did you also know that he's going to be 50 this year? Yup. The big Five-Oh. Wow, you've done well, Michael W. :)

I'd say he's one of the more famous Christian singers, probably because he's been around forever, but also because he's got some great songs. And his voice is very unique, gritty, almost nasally, but that's his style. You can say with 100% certainty when a song comes on that it's him singing due to that voice. :P

I grew up listening to this man's songs, and I'm still an avid fan. In fact, when I went to see him in concert, it was the first time for me. I was SOOO excited!! :D

Some of my favorite songs of his are (click on song titles to take you to the Amazon snippets):



Place in This World ~ very poignant when I was a kid

You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)

Live the Life

The Stand

And that's just to name a few. Michael W. was a good "friend" to me growing up, and his music helped me through a lot of troubled times. Even today, I still love his work. And heck, I still love to look at the guy! :P

Congratulations, Michael W. Smith. You're Becka's Hottie of the Week!


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #4 ~ Becka's WIP's

Today, I'm posting 13 of my WIP's or "Works in Progress" for those of you not in the "know". I am a romance author, and therefore, I have many ideas in the works, but who knows when you'll actually get to see them published... :P I'll start with the books you'll most likely see first, followed by the books you might not see for a few years.

1. THE WOLVERINE AND THE FLAME ~ The third book in my Legends of Mynos series, this book is about Sir Ethan of Krey, the promise he made to protect the twin sister of his best friend, and the evil Dragon's Flame, a red gem that twists the mind of any and all who touch it. (Samhain Publishing ~ Fall-ish)

2. NATURE OF THE B*E*A*S*T* ~ This book is the third book in my B*E*A*S*T* series, about Wade McAllister, a shifter (cougar) who wants nothing but revenge on the man who made him, but falls for the man's beautiful daughter along the way. (Champagne Books ~ late summer/fall-ish)

3. HIGH NOON ~ A western, about a full-blooded Comanche Indian who's raised as a white man after a massacre killed his entire village. The the father of the woman he loves lost her hand in marriage in a poker bet, and now it's up to the Indian to fight for her honor in a duel at High Noon. (Samhain Publishing ~ November-ish)

4. ONCE A DREAMER ~ The first in a continuity series from Champagne Books, about girls who rode the Orphan Train. My book is about a young, Russian immigrant who eventually ends up in "lawless" Dodge City. She finds she's an "heiress", and seeks refuge from her "money hungry" adoptive "parents", only to fall into the arms of a notorious swindling gambler. (Champagne Books ~ January 2008-ish)

5. KINDRED ~ A novella about an every day woman who finds out she's not human--she's a dragon shifter. Not only that, she's been betrothed since birth to the Crown Prince of the land of Dragoran, and her grandmother's old standing mirror is the gateway into this lush, magical world. (Champagne Books ~ late summer 2008-ish)

6. RIDIN' SHOTGUN ~ A "sequel" of sorts to IN YOUR ARMS, about Shirley Bloom, the shrew-ish sister to Lissa Bloom. She meets her match in a man known as Luke "Shotgun" Austin and suddenly finds herself in the middle of a "shotgun" wedding. But her new husband is accused of a crime he didn't commit and is set to hang. Shirley is the only one who can save him. Even if he is the most annoying man on the planet. (Champagne Books ~ Someday)

7. HIS LADY'S DELIGHT ~ A high seas historical circa 1780, a man agrees to allow a woman passage across the sea in exchange for some "carnal pleasures". He agrees to a "sham" wedding in order to get the heroine into his bed, only to find out his "sham" was not a sham at all. Once they reach port, he must decide whether divorce is truly an option. (No home)

8. KINGDOM OF DREAMS ~ A fairy princess looks into the Spring of Dreams in the land of Faeyn to see the face of the man she will marry. She assumes he's some kind of strange prince, but in fact, the man is a regular joe, a contractor from Arizona, who's suddenly whisked away into this magical place. All he wants to do is return home, but when his princess "wife" is kidnapped by goblins, he needs to make a choice--will he choose his old, lonely life, or a chance at becoming king of Faeyn? (No home)

9. HER SCOUNDREL'S HEART ~ Futuristic romance involving a wealthy conglomerate's daughter, who is trying to smuggle her brother much needed supplies to the quarantined moon of Titan. During her business deal with the "space pirate" who'll smuggle the goods for a price, her ship is destroyed by the UCE (United Colonies of Earth), and now they are on the run. Someone doesn't want those supplies to reach the plagued moon, and the hero and heroine endeavor to find out why. (No home)

10. DESERT DREAMS ~ A present-day woman falls back in time to the Saudi desert and/or Persia circa 1805, where she meets a handsome sheikh and falls in love. But he has a secret, and his enemies will gladly kill the woman he loves in order to keep that secret intact. However once she is pulled back to her own time, how will she go on living without him? (No home)

11. SURRENDER TO ME ~ A tentative Medieval about an arranged marriage between hero and heroine. The hero is bitter and claims he will never love the heroine, and only wishes to make an heir with her. But she's loved him most of her life, and this breaks her heart. The hero's heart had been broken long ago by another woman. Can his new wife heal the wounds that run so very deep? (No home)

12. SUMMER'S WARM EMBRACE ~ A contemporary "feel-good" book about a woman and a man who are fed up with their lives and find themselves--and each other--on a farm, with the very obvious match-making farmer's wife. :P (No home)

13. UNTITLED ~ It bugs me not to have a title, but this one doesn't. A modern day western, about a woman who's casually dating a man and meets his family, only to fall head-over-heels for his brother. The brother just happens to be the same man she shared a kiss with a few years back, and their attraction is magnetic. But when the man she's dating pops the question in front of the family, she's speechless, and of course, her silence is taken as acceptance, and she finds herself engaged to the wrong man. (No home)

There you have it. Thirteen of the ideas I'll be working on in the months/years to come. :)


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter

Well it's official. The cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been revealed:

As an author myself, it's not unheard of to hear reference to Ms. Rowling in certain circles. Some authors bemoan her success, wishing for such themselves, or at least wishing they had her riches to roll around in. Pretty much the measure of a successful author is compared to that of Ms. Rowling or Nora Roberts. But even Nora, no matter how many books she's written or how many romances she's written or how many TV movies they make of her books will never attain the world wide fame or heck, even the bank account of J.K. Rowling. I heard it said once that Ms. Rowling is richer than the Queen of England. Considering all those Crown Jewels and castles, that's really saying something.

But for a woman who was digging through the couch for loose change over ten years ago, the fame that goes along with the success of her Harry Potter books has got to be daunting. Here I am, with maybe a few hundred fans, feeling "pressure" to make the third book of my BEAST series something they won't be disappointed in. Ms. Rowling has MILLIONS of fans, and she's just finished her final, controvertial Potter book.

I mean, can you imagine?

Ultimately, you have to write what your muse tells you to write. And announcing that someone is going to die in the next book is Big Publicity because everyone wants to know "who". But killing off a well-liked character can have rabid fans tossing their books against the wall, thoroughly pissed they ever started your series in the first place. Heck, at least Rowling is FINISHING her series, unlike a certain Robert Jordan... But don't get me started on him. lol

Like I said before, many authors "wish" to be in Rowling's shoes. While it's nice to dream about being able to buy a villa in the south of France if you desire, I'm not so sure I'd want to be where she is. Money doesn't buy happiness, it only buys the illusion of happiness. So yeah, you could be sipping pina coladas in your villa, but you'll be surrounded by superficial people who are drooling for your table scraps, constantly hounded about your book plots, and under the most critical eye of the Almighty Public. If you can't handle a negative review from a small review site, there's no way in heck you could handle the kind of fame Rowling has with the critisizm that goes along with it...

So the next time you wish to be like Rowling, put her fame into perspective and ask yourself if you could handle the tremendous, stressful burden of being Uber Famous (echo echo). It's probably why Ms. Rowling rarely smiles...


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Becka's Random Pic of the Day

Okay, folks. Today's random pic of the day comes from either Canada or France, I can't tell which. Probably Canada, since the sign is in English first. This is the "famed" Hide Your Valuables sign, which, upon looking at the background, is probably prominent on a hiking trail, camping site, or any place where you might leave your car to go into the wilderness for a length of time.

First of all, I got a chuckle out of this picture. One, because the robber is clearly ominous. Obviously, people who rip you off are wearing trenchcoats and floppy-brimmed hats. Secondly, is he sitting on the hood?? Even if he's not, the guy is huge! Good Lord, I wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley... And why can't you see the rest of him through the windows of the car? Very strange.

Another thing that struck me about this sign is the fact that it suggests locking MONEY in your trunk. Of course, we all should know by now to hide anything of value in your car, but when was the last time you hid a fat wad of cash in your vehicle? I mean honestly? I have left my purse in the car on occasion, maybe under the seat, but I rarely carry cash. And if I did have lots of it on me at the time, I'd be damned if I'd leave it in the car, even if I was going on a ten day excursion into the bush.

And last but not least, what's the most curious thing about this sign? In fact, it's so obvious, you'll probably shake your head and giggle at the inanity of it all.




Sunday, March 25, 2007

Today is my 12th Anniversary!

That's right, today, March 25th, is my 12th anniversary with my DH.

"But Becka," you might say, "why are you blogging instead of spending time with the old man?"

Well, the "old man" has Walking Pneumonia. Gah. Remember how I thought I had it a couple of months ago?!? My youngest daughter has a touch of it as well. My oldest daughter and my son have bronchitis.

We took a fun family trip to the Urgent Care this morning (joy of joys) and the doc saw my hubby and three of my children. My son wasn't having a good time of it, as he was puking in their hand sink in the exam room, poor little dude. We all got sick back in January, and it's just been lingering. In fact, lingering so long, that it's no longer a viral thing. Bacteria has now descended into the lungs of the Goingses and now we've got antibiotics aplenty along with some puffers and Uber Cough Medicine (echo echo).


So much for taking our friend up on her offer to babysit the kids while DH and I go out to celebrate. The hubby has been in bed since we got home from the doctor's (about 11am) and it's now almost 5pm. He was in bed yesterday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm. :(

I feel for him, really I do. I got Walking Pneumonia Christmas of 2005. It was NOT fun.

So, here I sit, blogging away, while the kids watch the Goonies on their TV (gotta love the Goonies) and DH sawing logs upstairs doped out on Codeine and whatever the heck antibiotic he got from the doc.

I'm coughing a tad and so is my second daughter, but nothing "serious", at least, not right now. Hopefully, nothing will become serious.

So instead of steak and lobster, I'm pondering mac'n'cheese or PB&J for dinner. Yay. Wonderful day for an anniversary. lol


Friday, March 23, 2007

Welcome to the Newbies!

In case you didn't know, I have Google Analytics on this blog, so I can see where in the world the traffic is coming from to this blog. I can also tell how many of you are regular readers, and how many are newbies. You wouldn't believe the influx of newbies onto this blog every day, and I can only assume these are the people who are Googling an actor's name or looking for a picture, or just stumble upon it by random surfing.

If that's the case, let me introduce myself!

My name is Rebecca Goings, known as "Becka" around the 'Net, and I'm a romance author. I write across the board, so I'm not tied to one genre. Historicals, contemporaries, paranormal, fantasy, pretty much anything and everything. As long as there's romance involved. :)

I have a website located at: which has a nifty bookshelf of all my books with excerpts and such for you to enjoy. I also have an author group, where all my fans can yak with each other, and me, kind of an email "meeting place" if you will. You can join at: I have a newsletter group if you want to keep up with what's happening with me month to month. You can join at:

I'm published with By Grace Publishing (although my Inspirational romances are going out of print this year), Champagne Books, and Samhain Publishing. I have a few other blogs that you can peruse, with links on the -------------------------------> side menu over there. BEAST and Legends and MySpace (befriend me!).

My books are mainly in eBook format, that's electronic downloads, but this year, all of my upcoming books are going to print. I do have three books available now on My books aren't in bookstores (yet), but once THE WOLVERINE AND THE ROSE goes to print (August '07), it will be in Borders and Waldenbooks nationwide. Yippee!! But even though you can't find my book on the shelf (yet), you can always order any of my books directly from the stores. All of my print books can be found on the Ingrams database. :)

Anyhow, that's me in a nutshell. I have a few features on this blog, such as the Thursday 13, Hottie of the Week, and Random Pic of the Day, although I'm not sure that will stick around. We shall see... :P Hope you stick around and peruse my links. :D

Take care,

Becka's Hottie of the Week

This week's hottie is a man who never fails to get my heart racing, even if he's in a crappy movie. :P It's no secret I love this man, and have used him as the "model" on not one, but TWO of my romance heroes. (Hey, they were twins! Laith Moreland and Jareth Moreland) But he's got such a beautiful smile, it's hard not to swoon. It literally lights up his entire face. That man is Mr. Hugh Jackman.

DH and I watched The Prestige this week where Hugh and Christian Bale are competing magicians. The movie itself is dark and twisted. In fact, I almost picked Christian as my hottie. But truth be told, I think Hugh is hotter. LOL

I can't remember the first time I saw Hugh, but I'm sure I was probably speechless for awhile. LOL I loved him in Kate and Leopold, basically a romance novel come to life. Didn't like him too much in that movie with the tree of life... I can't remember the name of it right now... The Fountain. That's it. I thought it looked really good by the previews, but it wasn't. :( However, it was worth a watch for Hugh. LOL Not so sure the bald look is for him. Heheheh...

According to IMDB, Hugh is Australian, born in Sydney. I did not know that. I'd assumed he was British. Shows you what I know. LOL But that doesn't detract from the fact that he's a damn fine-looking man. I wonder if he'd put on the thick Aussie accent for me. :P I've got a penchant for men with accents.

Hugh also seems to be a favorite with romance authors. I've seen his likeness circulated in the...circles I'm a part of. And why not? He seems like such a down-to-earth nice guy. It would be great to chat with him, if only for a few minutes. Why? Well, because he might actually smile, and then my life would be complete. LOL

Congratulations, Hugh Jackman. You're Becka's Hottie of the Week!


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #3

This week, 13 things about my childhood. :)


1. I wore big, owl-like glasses. Later in life, I got Lasik surgery. I no longer wear glasses. (Except for the reading glasses I need while on the computer.)

2. I had a crush on just about any boy who was nice to me.

3. My parents divorced when I was 12 and I lived with my dad. He worked the swing shift at a casino,and so he was always gone when I came home from school. So from the age of 12 to the age of 18, I was alone every single night, except for my father's nights off.

4. My best friend's mom had pity on me for not having home-cooked meals every night, so every Monday and Thursday, I would ride the bus to her house and have dinner with their family. Thank you, Mrs. Brode! *smooches*

5. I used to draw all the time and even made some lovely pastel drawings various family members have framed and hanging on their walls.

6. I had an obsession with Petra, a Christian rock band, and I used to sing along with their albums, pretending I was singing at a concert. LOL

7. I had a dog who followed me everywhere, even if I was just getting up to get a soda. I was HER human. She was a German Shepherd/Lab mix and the best dog I've ever owned. She lived to be a ripe old age of 16, and we finally had to put her down. I think she refused to die because she didn't want to leave me. Faithful pooch.

8. I used to dance to my casette tape walkman (remember those??) in my backyard under the stars at night.

9. I used to pray to God while looking up at the summer stars, and even "named" a triangle-like constellation "The Trinity". I still look up at it fondly during the summer months.

10. When I first got my license, I drove a beat-up old 1978 Datsun F-10. It was ugly as sin, but it was FREEDOM!! I loved that damn thing. LOL Once, I even "freaked" other drivers out by pretending I was"on a cell phone" by using the arm rest that had just fallen off the inside door. My friend was laughing so hard, she almost peed her pants. You should have seen the looks on those people's faces. I think I got a few people craning their necks to get a better look. :P

11. Me and some friends actually *did* freeze another friend's bra at one of our sleepovers. Hey, she fell asleep first... She didn't appreciate it too much in the morning. LOL

12. I used to have a poster of Michael W. Smith on my ceiling--right above my bed. Hey, he's HAWT!!

13. Writing was my solace as a kid, and I have many teen-angst-y poems left over from that time. I even wrote and finished a few short stories and started but never finished a few others. However, there was one story in particular that is especially important to me even now. I wrote when I was 13 years old. It was a fantasy, about a magical talisman and the elves who protected it. That story was called "The Crystal of Mynos." :)

Becka's Random Pic of the Day

Today, I have three random pictures to show you because this is just too freakin' cool.

There is a new technique in photography called: HDR, which stands for High Dynamic Range. My hubby just bought an *expensive* Pentax camera last night that can do it.

Basically, the jist is this. The camera will take three to five pictures in succession, one right after another, snap, snap, snap! Five is best to get the best range. The first image is extremely under-exposed. The second image, slightly under-exposed. The third, just right. The fourth, slightly over-exposed, and the fifth, extremely over-exposed.

You then take all of these images and merge them together in Photoshop. The result are pictures that show not only dark shadows, but bright highlights as well. This makes the picture appear to be "painted".

Notice how you can see the dark shadows in the trees and the hue of the sky. These things would have been "washed" out if you hadn't merged the image with an underexposed frame. Not to mention the detail on the bark of the closest palm tree. Amazing. The bright highlights come to play in the clouds, as you wouldn't be able to see the "dotting" effect they have in the sky in a normal picture.

Here is another example:

The dark and light shadows in the clouds would have been lost in a normal shot, due to the "over-exposure" of the sun right behind them. However, due to under and over-exposing this shot, you are able to see the different shades of the clouds, as well as keenly see each and every sunbeam individually, not to mention every single blade of grass. The car itself is more reflective than it would be in a normal picture.

The purpose of this new HDR concept is to take a picture more like what your eye would see rather than what your camera sees. Photographers claim taking photos such as these illiminate the use of lighting equipment when taking your pictures, since the high-highs and the low-lows will not be missed.

Of course, it means you have to be Photoshop saavy, since you are layering all the snapshots together to make one picture. But it still doesn't detract from the fact that these pictures are fricken' sweet.

Looking up at Eiffel like that with the sun behind it would have totally washed out those shadows on the clouds. But not with an HDR photo. :)

DH is hoping to take some GREAT pics while we're at DisneyWorld. I really hope so!


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Here We Go Again

I hate germs. Seriously. I don't think there hasn't been a time in this house all year that everyone has been perfectly healthy. I literally think the same damn bug has been circulating and mutating in the air ducts of our house only to strike again and again.

Both me and DH have been sick, not to mention the kidlets. Two of my kids have gotten pink eye, one of them twice. One of my kids had a high fever and the pukies. Yesterday, my youngest daughter had a fever of 103.1 (which has now come under control) and now, my eldest daughter has a fever and pukies. Again.


Top all of this off with my dang stuffy ears and you have the recipe for one grumpy mom.

I'm going to the ear specialist and audiologist tomorrow, and I'm hoping my kids will be well enough to go. I've already rescheduled my appointment because of the danged contractors coming in and out of my house replacing furnaces, water heaters, and decks... The other day, I was wondering if my ears had cleared up, because I seemed to hear just find out of them both with minimal stuffage in the one ear (my left). Then, I took a short nap on my couch, and when I woke up, my ear was back to full stuffage and hasn't relented since.

It's literally like I have a finger stuck in that ear. If you take your finger and plug your ear, that's how I hear out of it. I think my family is tired of repeating things for me. I have to have the TV turned up and let's not get started on the music I listen to while in the car or cleaning house.

I really hope the ear doctor can do something for me rather than a "thank you, drive thru" answer. Even though my ear is stuffy, I can hear this high-pitched whine. I looked online and that's called Tinnitus. There is apparently no cure for it, but I'm not sure how serious it is. So keep me in your thoughts. Some websites say recurring stuffy ear can lead to permanent hearing loss. Let's hope it does NOT come to that.


Friday, March 16, 2007

Becka's Hottie of the Week

This week's Hottie was inspired by this week's Thursday Thirteen. No, not mine. A T13 posted by one of my blogging friends, Tilly Green. (Thanks Tilly!)

If you haven't seen The Mummy, you're missing out. Why? Because you're missing the beauty of this man--a man who will make you dream of writing a book about an Egyptian god or a sexy sheikh, a man who will make you wish you lived in the hot, sultry desert. Who is he? Why, Mr. Oded Fehr, of course.

I have yet to meet a woman who doesn't think Oded is drop-dead gorgeous. I mean, seriously, he's the epitome of dark & mysterious. He's got sex appeal in spades, and for me, his good looks are from his hair and his goatee. You see, I normally don't like longer hair on men. But Oded wears it so well... Perhaps because it's so thick and glossy.

And I'm a big fan of facial hair on men. Mostly goatees. Probably because my DH has worn a goatee for many years. Dark + mysterious + thick locks + goatee = JACKPOT!!!

Oded is actually of Jewish descent, born in Israel in 1970, which means, he's only four years older than me! I love it when men I drool over are my peers. Not like I actually have a *chance* (lol) but it's just kinda cool. :P

Gratuitous nekkid pic:

Oded has since cut his hair from doing the Mummy movies, and it's a crying shame. The man is so sexy with his hair. But even so, even with shorter hair, I wouldn't kick him out of bed for eating crackers! Whew, Oded is another man I'd be happy showcasing again next week, he's THAT smokin'.

Congratulations, Oded Fehr. You're Becka's Hottie of the Week!


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen ~ Becka's Favorite Movies

Thirteen Things about Rebecca Goings

(in no particular order)

1. Lord of the Rings (because it's really
one LONG epic movie, rather than
three separate ones)

2. The Prince of Egypt ~ Cartoon? Yes.
Awesome? Oh yeah. First movie
I've seen that makes God
a character and accurately
portrays His anger. And the way they
depicted His miracles was very

3. Titanic ~ Not because I
love Leo, but because it
was a very well done movie.
I still remember gasping in the
theater when it transitioned from the old,
rusted hulk on the sea floor to beautiful
ship moored at the dock...

4. Spaceballs ~ Mel Brooks
Need I say more?

5. History of the World, Part I ~ Ditto above

6. The Ten Commandments ~ Chuck Heston

7. Ben Hur ~ Chuck Heston; again

8. The Princess Bride ~ Obvious

9. Labyrinth ~ David Bowie's Codpiece!

10. The Neverending Story ~ Nostalgia

11. Ever After ~ There's just something
about this movie. It's not overly great, but I
could watch it again and again.

12. Dragonheart ~ Another movie that
isn't *spectacular*, but really touched
me. Draco was the inspiration
behind Mynos the Dragon from
The Legends of Mynos. And the soundtrack
was so awesome, it was used again
and again in other movie trailers. If
you haven't seen the movie, you will
still recognize the soundtrack. Look it up on
(check out track #9)

13. Chronicles of Narnia ~ The Lion,
The Witch, & The Wardrobe
~ As a
kid who endlessly searched for
the entrance into Narnia, how
could I NOT include this one? :P

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Finished Deck

Well, I figured one last blog about the deck, since y'all didn't get to see the finished product. Sit back and enjoy all the pics today! :D

First of all, let me show you before and after shots so you can truly understand how horridly FUGLY our first deck was.












The white gutter and the smokey corrugated "ceiling" you see is our waterproofing. You see, in case you didn't know, it rains a LOT in Oregon. (duh!) And who wants to be relaxing in the spa and feel "drip drip" from the rain on your head? Might work for Eddie Rabbit, but not for the Goingses. So the rain collects in the corrugated roofing and drains in the gutter. :) The only reason the porch is wet in the pic with the chairs is because the deck guys had *just* washed the outside of the deck before they left.

And there you have it, folks. Our lovely new deck. This summer's gonna RULE!!


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Becka's Random Pic of the Day

Here we go, perhaps a new featurette on Becka's Babble. Why? Because my life is *that* boring, that I must find ways to entertain the masses. Currently, I'm working on NATURE OF THE B*E*A*S*T*, the third book of my B*E*A*S*T* series. I've been told by many a reader that Wade is their favorite out of all three of my hottie shifters. Well, he's finally getting his story. I can hear you cheering, you know. :P

But anyhow, I know it's been a few days since my last blog and I'm thinking to myself what the hell am I going to blog today? Spa? Old news. (And oh yes, it's fabu) Deck? Been there done that. It's not Thursday for the 13... It's not Friday for the Hottie... Gah. I got nothin'.

So I thought, well, I have a lot of weird, funny pictures on my computer, maybe I can share them with you when I got nothin'. :P

Today's Random Pic of the Day features Nelson, the "hottie" twins (hot back in the 80's, maybe) of the *true* hottie Ricky Nelson. First of all, let me just state that I love Ricky Nelson's music from way back when. My mom used to listen to him, and I love that old skool stuff. And I remember when Nelson exploded on the scene and they were "hot" and "sexy" and their music was so cool and that hair!!

(I've never liked long, luxurious hair on men. Becka's ManRule #1: Thou shalt not have prettier hair than moi. I don't mind shoulder length, but waist length is too long, IMO.)

Anyhow, um, yeah. I'm not even sure WHY I have this pic on my computer, but I've uploaded it for all y'all to enjoy.

Oh my Gawd, look at these guys! They "know" they're hot. LOL!!! Nice pink bathrobes, dudes. Now go clean out your shower drain.


Sunday, March 11, 2007

I've Made a Decision

This blog, Becka's Babble, is now my official author blog.

"Official" meaning, I got rid of that "other" blog on my website that no one ever read. And I don't blame them. It was really boring. Nothing but news you could find out by frequenting my author loop or my newsletter or even perusing the same stomping grounds I...frequent. lol

This blog is updated more often, and frankly, it's more interesting.

So, I might have random book news posted here, but the flavor will remain the same. I'll keep y'all abreast of my every day life. I'll continue with my Thursday Thirteen and my Hottie of the Week.

I just have soooo many blogs that one became useless.

Just lettin' you know! :D


Friday, March 09, 2007

Becka's Hottie of the Week

For those of you who were left scratching their heads yesterday after my Thursday Thirteen wondering who the heck "Chris Tomlin" was, this post is for you. :)

There is a man who is a rising force in the Christian music industry. In fact, if you go to a church where the music is more contemporary rather than older hymns, you've probably sang one of his songs and just didn't know it. The way his worship songs are circulating and getting so popular today, he reminds me of the "next" Rich Mullins. That man is Mr. Chris Tomlin.

Mr. Tomlin has written songs that touch the heart, songs that are used again and again in church services. (The following lyrics are actual linkies to the soundclips on

"How great is our God, sing with me how great is our God, and all will see how great is our God..."

"Indescribable. Uncontainable. You placed the stars in the sky and you know them by name..."

"...we bow down and worship Him now, how great, how awesome is He. And together we sing... Holy is the Lord, God Almighty..."

"...sing praise, sing praise. Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong. Forever God is with us, forever..."

While you may or may not listen to Christian music, there is one thing you can't deny. Chris Tomlin is a hottie. I had the opportunity to see him in concert a few years back, when he came to town with Steven Curtis Chapman and Casting Crowns. He was signing autographs along with Casting Crowns after the show. I'd bought some Casting Crowns swag that I wanted signed and then I was going to pop over to meet Chris. But once I was done at the CC table, Chris had already packed up his table. :( I wish I'd gone to see Chris first, because the CC table was still there and going strong when my friend and I left. However, I can say I got to see Chris before he became a Christian superstar. :D

If ever he comes to Portland again, I will be there with bells on. Along with my DH, perhaps a few friends, and my kids, because they all love him as well. (probably because I listen to his stuff all the time. lol) And if my kids end up embarrassing me if I ever get to meet him--"Mommy thinks you're handsome!"--well, that's just a risk I'll have to take. heheheh

Congratulations, Chris Tomlin. You're Becka's Hottie of the Week!


Thursday, March 08, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things Rebecca Goings Loves

In no particular order:

1. I adore Chris Tomlin.

2. I've just started loving both pink and purple.

3. I love my hubby and my children.

4. I love my extended family.

5. I love cheese ravioli.

6. I love balmy, sunny days.

7. I love Portland, Oregon.

8. I love Caffeine Free Diet Coke.

9. I love my bitchy cats.

10. I love to write.

11. I love going out with friends.

12. I love to sleep.

13. I love going on vacation.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Ciar Cullen

2. Jane

3. Marilyn

4. Raggedy

(leave your link in my comments, and I’ll add you here!)

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

It's Decktastic and Spaaabulous!

Our new deck is about 90% installed now. Woohoo!! No longer do we have Hideous Deck from Hell. Check out the pics of Goings deck 2.0:

That lattice is going up around all the sides of the deck to give us privacy for our... **applause**


This beautiful, 6 person spa is made by Coleman, guaranteed to give you long, relaxing hours of . . . relaxation. :D Here is our spa coming off the truck:


And our spa going down our treacherous side yard.

"You got it?"
"No, I thought you got it!"
"What?? I don't got it!"

Be careful, guys!


Our spa trying to maneuver past our massive, new deck, our now-useless firepit (there, next to the stairs), and our (out-of-sight-behind-the-spa) little towel table for our pool. A pool table, if you will. Nyuk nyuk.


Finally, the spa is in position! After much foul language, belittlings of delivery co-workers, and cajoling of my furnace/water heater/air conditioner guy to help them out! (I think they're exact words were, "Oh thank God, another man. Can you give us a hand?")


At 8 feet by 8 feet, this spa is a BEAST (no pun intended lol). Here it is, at rest with it's cover on.


Now, the furnace/water heater/air conditioner guy has left, and yes, we have a new furnace, a new water heater, and a new air conditioner. Let me tell you, we are LOVING our new water heater. Wow, the difference between electric and gas is NIGHT and DAY. No longer do we have to keep turning up the heat to have a hot shower. Our new gas water heater is the shizzy. Our furnace is so cute and tiny compared to our locomotive-esque furnace we had before. And I'm excited as hell to fire up that A/C unit come summer time!! :D

The electrician will be done hooking up the spa this afternoon, and we'll just have to wait for the deck guys to come back on Friday to finish up the final touches on our new deck, and the Goings' house transformation will be complete.

All in one week. Man-o-man. I'm so worn out. Thank God I've got a spa to go soak in . . . LOL!! :D


Sunday, March 04, 2007

Nalini Singh's VISIONS OF HEAT Meme

My friend, Nalini Singh, is doing a "viral blog" experiment to get the word out about her new book, VISIONS OF HEAT. Because I *love* the cover, and because Nalini is such a great person (and her books are pretty good too **wink**) I've decided to participate. Enjoy! :)

If you want to participate, follow the instructions at the end.



1. Which psychic power would you most like to possess?

I'm so lazy, I'd love to have telekinesis. I mean, imagine what you could do. You'd have your very own "Force" a la Star Wars. You could summon Diet Cokes from across the room . . . retrieve the wayward TV remote, even load the dishwasher from afar. And don't forget the most important. You could dictate your entire novel to your keyboard without the constant worry of that hated "Carpal Tunnel". :)

2. If you could see the future, what would you like to see?

Hmm. I think if I looked into the future, I might be depressed with what I find. I don't necessarily *want* to know what's going to happen in my future. I could find out someone I love has passed away or my life is in a shambles. However if I were to go totally selfish here (rather than trying to see if we find a cure for cancer or the plug the Ozone hole . . .) , I'd want to know how my writing career will fare in the years to come. LOL Which would, most likely, make me depressed . . . :P

One thing that would be cool about "looking into the future", is maybe get premonitions about things right before they're going to happen. I'd like to think I had the power to change things and that the future isn't written in stone.

3. Imagine you woke up one day and could shapeshift - what would you shift into?

Easy. A dragon. That one's a no-brainer. Sheesh. LOL Seriously, it would be awesome to be a dragon, able to fly, shapeshift, breathe fire, weave magic, strike fear into the hearts of thousands . . . heheheh


4. What kind of a paranormal creature would you invite over for dinner if there were no limits on who you could ask?

Perhaps the heroes of my B*E*A*S*T* shifter novels, because they're pretty dang sexy. :P Maybe Frankenstein's Monster, because he's so misunderstood. An angel, because that would be too cool. A ghost, because it would be fun watching them try to pick up the fork and knife. Gandalf, because wizards kick ass. A unicorn and a pegasus, because I loved those when I was a kid. Yup, that would be an interesting dinner party, to be sure. :P

5. Which future innovation do you wish would hurry up and get here already? i.e. flying cars, a transporter, computers with artificial intelligence, an auto chef?

The affordable, self-cleaning kitchen. I'd probably do more baking.


This meme was begun by Nalini Singh to get the word out about her next book, Visions of Heat [ ] (releasing March 6).

Want to play, too, and enter to win a $50 Amazon voucher plus an ARC? Click for details.



Saturday, March 03, 2007

Stacking the Deck

Remember the re-fi home improvement DH and I are doing? Well, yesterday, the deck guys came out and demolished our deck. Right now, we have NO deck on the back of our house. Yes, we've locked the upstairs sliding glass door AND placed a wedge in the track so you can't "accidentally" open it.

Here are some before and after pics:




They're coming back Monday to put up the frame, then Tuesday they'll build the deck, and Wednesday put up the final touches. We're going to be getting our spa either on Wednesday or Thursday of next week, and the electrician is coming out on Monday to take a look about putting in a dedicated power source for the spa.

Also, the furnace/AC/water heater guy is coming out on Monday as well. I'm going to have a house full of contracters next week. Wheee!! :P But it's so exciting everything is finally getting done.

And so very odd to look out the window and not see a deck there. LOL


Friday, March 02, 2007

Becka's Hottie of the Week

Along with all the Oscar buzz and the fact I just happened to watch 'The Departed' the night before the Oscars were on (I'm so out of touch, I didn't even know it was nominated for Best Picture lol) I decided to pick my hottie this week from that movie, since it's pretty chock full of them.

I've already featured Leonardo DiCaprio as one of my hotties, so I chose the next obvious choice, for me, anyhow. Mr. Mark Wahlberg.

Dear God, does ANYONE still remember Marky Mark? Seriously? Mark Wahlberg started his career as a "vanilla" rapper-rockstar with his "Funky Bunch". lol Not sure if he wants people to remember that time in his life... But I loved it. Why? As you can see from the above picture, he was usually without his shirt more often than not. Heheheh...

Who would have thought Mark would eventually be more popular than his brother Donny? Especially with all the hype that surrounded the New Kids on the Block, you'd think it would have been *Donny* who would have gone on to become the blockbuster Hollywood star.

But it was Mark, not Donny, who rose above the "ashes" as it were, of his recording career to make a name for himself.

I can pretty much say with 99.9% accuracy that I'll like any movie Mark is in, not just because Mark is in it, but because he makes smart career choices. The hubby and I watched his football movie, Invincible, and that was a great family film. I really enjoyed it.

Not to mention the fact that he seems like such a great guy in real life. I'd love to sit down and just yak with him for an afternoon. He's got a smile that lights up a room.

I don't know about you, but I love watching him on screen, no matter his hair style. LOL Not only is he some nice eye candy, but the boy can act, and I can't help but respect the man for accomplishing everything he's done.

Congratulations, Mark Wahlberg. You're Becka's Hottie of the Week!