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A Puzzle & a Contest!
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

UPDATE: The winner is…Jennifer Beyer!


Let’s Play!

First, your brain needs a little warm-up. It probably won’t be a stretch for you to figure out what I consider my “brain juice”, but work for it anyway!


My daughter says I’ve ruined some very common words for her. She’s been my beta reader for many of my short story collections, and I’ve twisted her arm to read my stories a time or two. So, now, she has a list of trigger words that make her throw up a little in her mouth. Her list includes: moist (#1 most hated word), juicy, folds, slit, kernel, pea, wet, and vagina.

So, for a chance to win a $5 Amazon card,
tell me what words make you shudder!

A Reminder

I have two new releases! If you’re read them, I’d love for you post a review. Readers trust other readers’ recommendations! And thank you!

Hot SEAL, New Orleans Nights Quincy Down Under

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17 comments to “A Puzzle & a Contest!”

  1. Delilah
    · August 3rd, 2019 at 11:32 am · Link

    Took me 5:04. And I can’t think of any words that I hate. Maybe the mispronounced “nuke-you-ler”.

  2. Pansy Petal
    · August 3rd, 2019 at 11:52 am · Link

    This puzzle almost frustrated me. Took me 3:20. Yes, I am an avid puzzler. These are fun though. They challenge my speed.

    Read Quincey Down Under last night. 😀

    Words that make me shudder – kneeled, sleeped, any word that no longer follows the grammar I was taught in school. It makes me feel so old.

  3. Colleen C.
    · August 3rd, 2019 at 12:35 pm · Link

    4:43… need a better mouse, did not move to well to get a better time… fun though!
    Specific words are not coming to mind, but I hate when a book has a lot of mistakes… drives me crazy and ruins the flow of the story…

  4. Courtney Kinder
    · August 3rd, 2019 at 1:19 pm · Link

    It took me 2:51. Words on my list are moist and slurp.

  5. Reina Torres
    · August 3rd, 2019 at 2:41 pm · Link


    it’s used tooooo often to really have meaning anymore… just like AWESOME before it…

    but pretty much any Valley Girl phrase will make me cringe lol

  6. ButtonsMom2003
    · August 3rd, 2019 at 3:19 pm · Link

    I did terrible! 8:07

    I don’t have many words that make me cringe but Elle could probably tell you that member (when referring to a man’s anatomy) is one of them. 🙂

    As I’ve recently been listening to a lot of audio books, guffawed is a word that seems to be overused lately. I don’t think I’d notice if I were reading the book but somehow it stands out when I’m listening. I don’t hate it but it seems a bit old fashioned to me.

  7. Katherine Anderson
    · August 3rd, 2019 at 4:17 pm · Link

    It’s how a word is said that makes me shudder more than the word itself. Moist for example is fine when I see she was moist under the panties or the cake was moist but if it’s “now let’s see how moist you are” he whispered in her ear. That makes me shudder coz I just hear a creepy old man 🤷‍♀️ guess I’m just werid.

    Not my best time not my worse 2:50

  8. Mary Preston
    · August 3rd, 2019 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Only one word makes me cringe and that is maggot.

  9. Angelique Armae
    · August 4th, 2019 at 12:34 am · Link

    I’m not much help on the words, but I loved this post. 🙂

  10. Becca B
    · August 4th, 2019 at 8:16 am · Link

    I don’t play games much so took me 12:25. I still have a hard time with the word cunt. The time I grew up in it was used as an insult so I have a hard time with it in books.

  11. Linda A Gawthrop
    · August 4th, 2019 at 11:58 am · Link

    dismember; decapitate; hostage; slave trade

  12. bn100
    · August 4th, 2019 at 2:32 pm · Link

    I’ve not or any other weird contractions

  13. N.J. Walters
    · August 6th, 2019 at 7:06 am · Link

    5:32…I’m so not a puzzle person. 🙂

    I don’t have any one word. What causes me trouble is having to write the American spelling for words. I’m Canadian and grew up with the British spellings. Even after all these years, some words just look “wrong” to me when I read them.

  14. Linda
    · August 6th, 2019 at 8:41 am · Link

    6:26 for me, but I have a tiny phone lol
    Had to scroll to see all the pieces.
    I loathe ‘moist’ and ‘yes, Daddy’
    Happy Tuesday!

  15. Katherine Smits
    · August 6th, 2019 at 3:00 pm · Link

    I’m terrible at jigsaw puzzles, LOL. I think that was the first one I ever finished in my life. If it had had more than 42 pieces, I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it at all. Like the others, I cringe at moist, member and a lot of the words used for body parts. However, any word will bother me if overused.

  16. Jennifer Beyer
    · August 6th, 2019 at 8:45 pm · Link

    It took me 6 minutes! I’ll admit I have the tv on so I was a smidgen distracted. I love that people hate the word moist. It can be a pretty awful word.

  17. Delilah
    · August 8th, 2019 at 9:21 am · Link

    Glad you all enjoyed the post! It was fun, right? Sooo, the winner of the Amazon gift card is…Jennifer B! Congrats!!!!

    Jennifer, be sure to email me at to arrange delivery!

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