Ten Fun Facts about Rose Shababy – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Ten Fun Facts about Rose Shababy

1) Shababy is Lebanese, although the family name was changed up a bit when my ancestors came through Ellis Island. Originally, they didn’t have surnames in Lebanon. Their names went something like, Joe the son of the butcher of the town of Sidon. Somewhere, there is or was a town in Lebanon that sounded something like “Shababy” 100+ years ago, hence the name.

2) I’m a fantastic cook. I worked in the gourmet food industry for years. I’ve been accused of being a foodie, a food snob, a picky eater, you name it. That said, I can enjoy McDonald’s French fries as much as any dish.

3) I’m pretty OCD, although not the kind that has to wash their hands fifty times a day. Which isn’t to say I don’t have quirky habits. For instance, I put silverware in the dishwasher one piece at a time, per slot, to ensure they’re distributed as evenly as possible. For cleaning purposes. And I don’t put spoons together if I can possibly help it. They nestle and don’t get as clean.

It’s such an ingrained habit that my kids used to clump all the silverware together just so they could watch me pull it all out and redo it. And they’d laugh and snicker the whole time. The brats.

4) I love playing games. Cards, board games, you name it. Especially Scrabble, so when Words With Friends came around, it was an instant hit with me.

5) I HATE my smartphone. If I could get rid of it and go back to a landline, I would, but alas … social media marketing prevents me!

6) I love Star Trek. This isn’t news, but as far as I’m concerned, there isn’t a nobler figure in all of television than Captain Jean Luc Picard. I even have a little action figure of him that sits up on a shelf and watches me while I work. Instead of stick figures in the back window of my car I have Star Trek characters. My husband is a Gorn and I am an Orion.

7) I can’t whistle.

8) One of the characters of my debut novel, The Blue Effect, is named Kasimir, which was almost the name of my 20 year old son, Quinton. According to the baby name book I was reading at the time it meant “great ruler,” although if you google it now, it appears to mean “great destroyer.” My mother convinced me it was too unusual and he would be teased with a name like Kasimir Shababy. As a side note, the first time I told him of his almost name, he exclaimed that it was “way cooler than Quinton,” and still to this day expresses disappointment that I changed my mind.

9) I have two guilty pleasure TV shows that I will share with you in the hopes that no one will ever mention it to me: The Vampire Diaries (I blame my best friend for starting me on this habit … her and Ian Somerhalder for being so sexy) and Girl Meets World (I loved Boy Meet World back in the 90’s and couldn’t help myself when the spin-off began. It is literally the only Disney channel TV show I’ve ever watched).

10) In secret, away from the general public, I swear like a sailor. Like, all the damn time. I’ve read that swearing a lot shows a lack of creativity but I call BS on that and use Blue Brennan, the main character of The Blue Effect, as an example to prove otherwise. She has mighty cursing skills and finds often hilariously creative ways to swear.

Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.

When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.

Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.

Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.

Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?

Enjoy an excerpt:

He held out his free hand and I reached for it without thinking. Taking the hand of this stranger seemed like the most natural thing in the world.

Our fingers touched and my skin came alive. I felt a surge of electricity as some sort of energy shot from his hand into mine, running through my whole body and back to his like an endless circuit. I couldn’t stifle the gasp that broke through my lips. I stared at him, my vision narrowing until his face and eyes and smile were the only things I could see.

The energy between us exploded outward like a wave into the crowd, through the people and everything around me stopped. The music ended like a switch had been flipped, the people froze mid-step and even the air around me seemed to stop moving.

About the Author:

Rose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.

Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.

Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.

If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.

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  1. Mary Preston says:

    Fun facts – I don’t have a smart phone. It’s like a Get Out of Jail Free Card.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. I liked the author bio.

  4. Rose Shababy says:

    Thank you for hosting!

  5. I like the excerpt. Sounds interesting

  6. I really enjoyed your fun facts. I work with several Lebanese people and I didn’t know that about the names.

    And I love Star Trek and Scrabble too.

    I like the excerpt. Your book’s going on my tbr list.

    • Yay! Thank you, Ashley! I’m so glad you enjoyed. If you have time, come join the release day party on Facebook. There will be fun and games and a special surprise going on Sunday as well as Monday!

  7. librarypat says:

    What I liked best about today’s post, is Rose’s sense of humor. To me that is so important in a story. Since she doesn’t take herself too seriously, it should be reflected in her work. Even a serious story needs a touch of humor.
    Interesting concept for a story. It sounds good. Thanks for the excerpt.

    • I really try to have a sense of humor about myself. As an interesting side note, I was flipping through the TV channels this morning while drinking my first cup of coffee and there was a show talking about Joan Rivers. Now, I’ve never been a huge fan of hers, but they aired a clip from an interview where she was saying that life is hard and you have to laugh to get through it. You have to laugh at everything. I couldn’t agree more.

  8. What do you like to cook?

    • Well, my name may be Lebanese from my grandfather’s father, but my grandfather was son to an Italian woman. So naturally I grew up eating a lot of Italian food. I remember making ravioli as far back as 4 years old. We would make hundreds and when they were done, you would lay them out on a pristine white sheet in my grandma’s bedroom in the sunlight. The smell was heavenly when you would walk into the room. I’ve been making my own red sauce since I was about 12 years old, perfecting it over the years. Now, when I make a pot of sauce, it’s an event. My boys call friends and it ends up being a full house. Not that I mind.
      I also love to experiment. I love all sorts of food, will try anything at least once (although I think I may draw the line at insects! lol). I love Indian, Ethiopian, Sushi, Cajun, a good southern BBQ. I make my own BBQ sauce, haven’t bought any in years. That’s something else that turns into an occasion, when I decide to BBQ!
      I also like to eat out so I don’t have to clean up! lol

  9. Nice fun facts.

  10. Lea-Ellen {night owl in IL} says:

    I liked the ten fun facts about Rose Shababy, as well as her book excerpt. Thanks for the contest/giveaway.

    Lea-Ellen {night owl in IL}

    • I’m a night owl too, Lea-Ellen. At least, I used to be! Life has sort of forced me into the 9-5 lifestyle, but I hope someday I can be a full time writer and then I can set my own schedule!

  11. I think Captain PIcard was the best Star Trek character too. Also, I can’t whistle either.

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