(A Sex and the City meets HGTV Romp. Sparks fly on camera as interior designer Victoria Bryce breaks in temporary co-host Aussie Russ Rowland. Arguments over design plans and measurement mishaps ignite passions behind the scenes. But when the past collides with the present will the foundation they built withstand the final reveal?)
started with my love affair with HGTV. I'm addict - though if you took a tour of my house you wouldn't know it. So I wondered what the conversation between Victoria and Russ would be if they walked into my house to do a makeover... and here it is.... they start off in the living room...
"This is beige hell," gasped Victoria.
"True, it could use some color."Russ plopped himself on the the leather couch. "Look these seats recline AND have cup holders. Genius!"
"Cup holders are for cars."
"Come on, luv, a nice glass of Merlot right at your fingertips while watching a chick flick on this beauty of a big screen TV."
"You know how I feel about designing around TV's."
"I do. Let's go check out the bathroom."
Russ led the way but upon entering he backed out. "No. You don't want to see it. It's a job only Bath Crashers could manage."
"It can't be that bad." Victoria tickled his sides so he would let her by. "OMG! It's blue. The tub. The toilet. Everything is blue!"
Russ and Victoria ventured down the hall to the master bedroom.
"A romance author sleeps in this room?" Victoria expected a canopy bed with rich bedding and plenty of frilly pillows not the basic bed with a blah comforter. "How does Liz Matis get inspired to write those hot sex scenes?"
"I'm sure her husband takes care of that."
"How does HE get inspired?"
"All a man needs is a bed. In fact," he circled his arms around her, "I'm feeling inspired right now."
"We can't keep having sex in other people's homes. What if we get caught?"
"She's a romance author, she'll understand."
"True, she might put it in one of her books."
Yep, I sure did! Read about it in Love By Design!
Side Note: HGTV is welcome to come into my house and do a makeover. Just saying...
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
At the first Nook signing all the members were signing at one time - about ten of us. We were located in a section off to the side. After a slow start we had a nice flow of traffic. The management at B&N were impressed enough to invite us back, but this time they extended the time and we did rotating shifts in smaller groups. We were placed in a heavy traffic area - right in front of the steps to the Starbucks Cafe.
My time slot was 1:00 to 3:00. I partnered up with the fabulous Charmaine Gordon. Traffic was slow for the first 45 minutes but then it picked up.
My favorites of the day:
I met a romance reader that reads over 200 books a year and said what is music to every writer's ears - "I'm going to tell all my friends about your books!" Better yet she is part of a book club and when I offered to do a Q&A she was thrilled so I pointed out my email address on the rack cards and told her to contact me if they are interested. I hope they are!
It pays to be nice to the non-romance readers who stop by your table to chat. For instance, a retired fashion photographer stopped by to discuss the book HE was writing. As a former actress, Charmaine Gordon, asked him about the casting couch and he said the photographers didn't need a couch - that the models vied for dates in hopes of being selected - ( he was very honest ) and he had his pick. Well, I'm writing a romance between a supermodel and football player - and lightbulb moment - I know where my story is going!
It's all about connecting with people and learning about them whether they are your target audience or not.
Over the speaker they announced our presence and I did my best beauty pageant wave. People laughed. The management of B&N wants to have us back AND next time stock our print books for the signing!
And, yes, I had to direct a nice gentlemen who wanted a Spanish-English Bible to the information desk. I escaped having to give directions to the bathroom. Ah, the life of a romance author...