Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Fictional Characters Win More Awards Than *I* Do!

I was just notified that my heroine in A Little Slice of Heaven, Gianna Randazzo, was awarded First Runner-Up in Book Utopia's Favorite Heroines of 2008! Said Book Utopia Mom: "Gianna is one of those characters that I can see in my everyday life. A woman I'd value as a friend. A woman like so many women I already know. She reacts like the women I know, takes care of herself like the women I know. I like her in ways that I don't necessarily like other heroines. She's the girlfriend I'd call with good news or bad, and in the end, she's the heart of this warm book."

Thanks, Book Utopia Mom! I'm always thrilled when someone gets my characters.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

We Have Met the Enemy and He is...Me?

According to this study, romantic comedies are bad for your love life. Apparently, rom-coms paint a distorted view of love and relationships. And there are actually people out there who, believe it or not, expect their love life to play out with the same easy Happily Ever After as movies like Serendipity, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Can y'all say it with me now? "Ummm...hell-o? It's FICTION!"

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Feel Good Moment of My Day

So...I'm getting ready for the first December booksigning in Islandia this coming Friday. Earlier this week, the cafe owner told me a customer wanted to pre-order my book, A Little Slice of Heaven, because she wasn't going to be around on Friday. I happened to have several copies in my car so I battled the elements to dash out, grab one, sign it and bring it back to the cafe owner.

This morning he told me the lady in question was thrilled to receive her copy so quickly. He asked her if she'd read it yet. She told him the book wasn't for her; it was for her niece in Ohio--she had actually asked specifically for my book for Christmas and this lady couldn't believe her good luck that I was actually going to be near enough for her to not only buy the book but have it autographed as well. my fan in Ohio: thank you and enjoy. Your aunt's efforts gave us both a great big smile (I hope!)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Long Islanders Unite

I've posted a very special blog message over at 2BRead today. If you're a proud Long Islander, please stop by and leave a comment. And even if you're not from Long Island but proud of your own hometown, head on over and boast!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It's a Dyson!

A few years back, when I found myself shopping for a new vacuum cleaner, I fell in love. No, not with the salesclerk. With the Dyson vacuum. Dh, jealous I suppose, insisted we should buy a canister vacuum instead. A war broke out in the household appliance department of my local store. Even the salesclerk (whom I didn't love but appreciated for trying) tried to get my man to see reason. "Who does the vacuuming?" she asked him. Dh admitted I was the Chief Housecleaner (a title I do not aspire to on my best day). "Then she should get the vacuum she wants."

Bless that woman's heart. She tried. Really. But when it comes to my dh, he has an opinion whether the item being purchased affects him or not. And the more options he's presented with, the more indecisive he becomes. (You should have seen him with our wedding invitations! On second thought, it's probably best you weren't there to witness that maelstrom of confusion.)

We wound up leaving the store with neither vacuum, barely speaking to one another. A few days later, as a show of apology (or affection or just plain stupidity...take your pick) dh came home with a brand new vacuum cleaner for me. The canister.

Well, it's two years later now and the warranty has expired so, naturally, as I predicted, the canister no longer has any strong suction, I hate the fact the bags fill up so quickly, and I struggled with the blasted thing for hours just to get the carpets in relatively decent shape for Thanksgiving.

And then my little holiday miracle arrived in the mail in the form of a postcard. My dearest daughter works retail for a national store chain. And her store notified us of a private Dyson event for "sales associates" which began yesterday. I gave dh the ultimatum. I was getting my Dyson whether he liked it or not. So immediately after work yesterday, I picked up my darling girl at school and whisked her to the store. In ten minutes I had my Dyson in hand and paid half price for the beautiful machine. It now has a place of honor in my walk-in closet and my heart goes pitter-pat every time I pass by.

Sometimes, it's the little things in life that matter most. Or maybe the moral is Good things come to those who wait.

In any event, the great Dyson Christening is this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes.