$35 Amazon gift card giveaway

I have good news!
In 2012, my first book will be published.

It will be available in e-book format.

To celebrate, each month I will be having a giveaway.
Because you readers have been with me long before my book came out.

This month, I’m giving away a $35.00 Amazon Gift Card.
Use it to buy something fun for yourself. You deserve it.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this here blog,
and tell me what the heck this thing is.

I found it on a tree.
It’s weird.


I will randomly pick a winner on Friday, October 7th, 2011. Just leave a blog comment anytime before 12:00am EST Oct. 7th  and tell me what the heck this thing is that I found on my tree. On October 7th, I will announce the winner AND I’ll post some of the funniest comments that made me laugh.


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Kim @ Homesteader's Heart October 3, 2011 at 5:18 am

Congratulations on your book! That’s exciting. You know, I’m not even sure how I found your blog but I’ve enjoyed it ever since.
As for that thing on your tree, it’s a ~cyra beta prectum~ AKA ~ugly white mass on tree~!
Hey, someone’s gotta make YOU laugh. LOL!
Have a great day Lynn.

Oklahoma Granny October 3, 2011 at 8:14 am

I’m thinking your Martian friends left something of theirs behind on your tree. We actually have something similar growing in our yard.

Rachael S. October 3, 2011 at 8:16 am

I think that must be a pod person growing on your tree!!

Kala October 3, 2011 at 8:18 am

Oh, definitely alien Lynn:) No doubt about it, trust me on this…I know!

Grampy October 3, 2011 at 8:36 am

It takes gall to show photos like this. Is their a fungus among us. Perhaps alien inspired? Or is it simply an insect providing itself with a home? A wasp without a home. Unlike your book which has found one. Congratulations.
Grampy´s last blog post ..If I Were An Elk

NanaSusan October 3, 2011 at 8:46 am

OK – that last picture looks like a white Sasquatch clinging to the tree – perhaps headless so the possibilities are endless. I think you need to encorporate it into your NEXT book (see, already rounding up work for you!). Congratulations Lynn!

Fern October 3, 2011 at 9:16 am

It sort of looks like the face on the tree in ‘Pohahontas’ the Disney film – but made of furry marshmallow lol
Many congrats on the book 🙂

Mami2jcn October 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

It’s a tree fungus. Better on the tree than in your house!

Barb E October 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

Lady Gaga may emerge……. assume a safe distance :>

What a wonderful accomplishment…..congratulations to you!

Elizabeth October 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

I’m going to go with tree sap, the equivilant of tree blood and pus. It looks like an oozing wound from where the limb or branch was chopped off.
Elizabeth´s last blog post ..Conversations with Charlie – Germs

Sandy October 3, 2011 at 10:07 am

it is marshmallow fluff to make fluffernutters! go ahead, lick it and see if i am right =o)

Odd Dad October 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

Congratulations on your book! What an accomplishment!

I think the thing on the tree is some sort of gypsum blossom that grows/forms in caves. Are you sure you don’t live in a cave?

Have you tried to communicate with it?
Odd Dad´s last blog post ..Punishment due

Kate October 3, 2011 at 10:34 am

That’s clearly an albino squirrel’s tail . . . they have a unique form of molting every fall . . .
What? You didn’t know?

Robin October 3, 2011 at 10:34 am

It looks like part of the abominable snow creature from The Empire Strikes Back. You know, the one that drags Luke into the ice cave?
Congrats on the book! :0)
Robin´s last blog post ..Ryker is 5!

Kate October 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

PS ~ I can’t believe I forgot the most important part! Congrats on the book! 🙂

aubrey October 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

Looks like a little Smurf!
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Tina October 3, 2011 at 11:08 am

Congrats! It’s a mushroom.

JessicaA October 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

Congrats! You found the rare, exotic cotton candy tree! (just kidding, for goodness sake’s- don’t eat it!)

Pat October 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

It’s a fungus among us! Hey – a BIG congrats on the publication of your book! It takes tenacity to FINISH a book, let alone get it published! So – here’s a Pat on the back, or if you’d rather, I’ll just stay over here!

Deb Hanahan October 3, 2011 at 11:59 am

It could be something the Martians left behind… but I think it’s a mushroom or a fungus!

Ashley K October 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I think that is where babies come from, right?

Larissa October 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I think it’s a kind of fungi, isn’t it?
Larissa´s last blog post ..How to Look Natural MakeUp Tips

Mary W. October 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Hmmm, definitely alien…do I see a face? Perhaps an alien in larval stage…be prepared to make a run to safety when the metamorphosis is complete!

Ashley H. October 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

It’s probably some kind of fungus but it looks like your tree just wanted to make some smores.

ShootingStarsMag October 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Oh gosh, that thing is gross. I hate seeing mushrums and the like on trees so this is freaking me out a bit. it’s like a slightly friendlier version of a mushroom.

Heidi Myers October 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Oh, I seriously hope it’s some kind of weird mushroom because anything else would be just that much more gross. Ewwwwwwwww!!!! Run away before it eats you!

Kristina October 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm

My 3 year old said “mommy its candy i want some”

I have to disagree with him, but oh to have the imagination of a 3 year old!!
Congrats on your book!!

janna brown October 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

That…is … a large, white glob of nastiness. There you go. 🙂

Buggsby October 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

How very odd looking. As it looks nothing like any of the fungus I usually see on trees I would have to say that the spore must have fallen from a martian’s ship!

And congratulations on the book! Do you have a publication date yet?

The Za October 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm

WooohOOOOOOO!! finally a romance novel i can read at my desk and still look like i am working! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! i can not wait.

The life form on your tree is upsillynndusurassus. it is a very rare form of funghi that migrated via the assunderus beetle which came from Peru back in the 1800’s. if you look closely, you can see the underspanxus of the upsillynndus tracks made my the beetle. the famous fungus doctor, Dr. Iamaputz from central PA discovered it years ago.

whatever you do, don’t touch it. you might contract upassusspanxus which causes your sides to hurt uncontrollably.

good luck.

Caren with a "C" October 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Looks like some sort of crystal formation from maybe the sap? It at first looked like a bunny stuck in a hole in the tree! Congratulations on your upcoming book!
Caren with a “C”´s last blog post ..5 Things to Help You Preserve Home Basics

So. Cal. Gal October 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Congratulations!!! I’ll take a guess and say a mushroom.
So. Cal. Gal´s last blog post ..I wonder…

Alexis October 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

A published author – that is fantastic news! Best of luck with your new book!

We have such a wide array of mushrooms and such growing in our yard it almost seems like it should qualify as a mushroom preserve. Although we’ve been told, “Everything out there is death. DEATH!”

So my advice is to ignore these people who are suggesting you make smores with it 😉
Alexis´s last blog post ..Mommy Loves You Best. Not You, the Other One.

Kristen October 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Congratulations about the book! And on the tree – looks like a mushroom
Kristen´s last blog post ..יוגה

Sabrina October 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Tree sap fungus? Martian life?
It’s a real toss up there.

Donna Wensch October 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Grats, the e-book is a great idea. Good luck. Could this thing be a mushroom growing on tree bark?

Tarisa October 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

That tree is rabid! Run! Run for your lives!!!

Jo H. October 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm

It is a Martian cauliflower and it tastes like chocolate but has zero calories 🙂

How exciting to be so close to publishing!

Stacy K October 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

The kids and I agree that it is probably a pom pom and you will want to look close by for the little cheerleader that goes with it.

Congrats on the book

Laura Louann October 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Marshmallow Martian Poof. Definitely…

Courtney Renee October 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Congrats on your book! I think it is some kind of person dressed in a little marshmallow suit trying to take over your tree 🙂

Stephanie October 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Hmm, do I have to be right? ‘Cuz if not, it’s definitely a mutant hairy marshmallow. But don’t eat it, it was probably zapped into existence by Martians.
Stephanie´s last blog post ..Grecian Maxi Dress

Alexis October 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Congrats on the book! I love ebooks, just rcently started buying most of my books in ebook fromat. 🙂

Alexis October 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Oh and maybe its a faerie house or a giant snail???

Jennifer October 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm

It’s the hair from Santa Clause’s beard trim!

Jo October 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Foam from the soap that was used to wash out tree’s knot hole for having made seedy comments about a squirrel’s nuts.

Congratulations on your book! I am very happy for you!

Tina Osborne October 4, 2011 at 12:41 am

At first I thought It was a big melting Marshmallow but as I study it close I think it is some kind of fungus kind of like a mushroom. Or maybe the Martians have left you a little surprise, maybe good maybe bad don’t rush in to anything.

Danielle October 4, 2011 at 12:59 am

Oh my goodness. That looks like a super secret Martian surveillance camera. They ARE watching us!!!! Thank you so much for always sharing your knowledge of Martians with us. Otherwise I would have fallen for their camoflauge and assumed it was some sort of mushroom!

Cottage By The Sea October 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Oh, that is of course the rare, white, tree sponge. It is a cousin of the sea sponge but, grows on trees in areas where the sea is not too close. It opens up when a person with good vibes gets near it. Especially if they have a camera or write a blog. It absorbs the vibes and then emits good karma which will continue long after the person exits the direct area. Congratulations on your book – I can’t wait to read it. Also, lucky you, congratulations on your encounter with the tree sponge. Now nothing but good reviews and sales will occur on the release of said book! Blessings, Tia

MaryAnn October 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Yeehaw – you’re book is getting published! That is super exciting 🙂
I think that white thing is some sort of mutant fungus. I’d keep an eye on that thing. Make sure it doesn’t move or grow or glow in the dark…
Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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