If you’re reading this, you obviously know I’m a writer…what you may NOT know is that many of the scenes in my books come from real life incidents. Today I’m sharing something that happened and I’m still LMAO about it.
Last week, my daughter sends me email asking me to print some papers for her college Chem Class…she needed 3 copies…I did, but I also didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the papers. I removed them from the printer and set them aside. Easy peasy…right? Uh, no–never!
Daughter comes over, I hand her the stack of papers and as far as I’m concerned, Mom’s good deed for the day is done. She staples the copies and off she goes to school to turn them in.
HOWEVER,…after class the Professor tells her to stay behind, she wants to speak to her. The Professor hands my daughter her paper and says, “You included some extra credit which I can’t count, but I did take a picture of it.”
Her comment has my daughter scratching her head. Rachel says, “But, I didn’t turn in any extra credit.”
The Professor, with a straight face, hands her back her paper and my daughter can see through the back copy that there is a pink image of some sort. Rachel takes the paper, flips through to the last page and according to her, she thought she was going to die of embarrassment. There on the last page is a recipe I had printed to laminate for the upcoming Brenda Novak Online Diabetes Auction. It’s a recipe of a drink I created for my debut book, ‘Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aides’. The recipe was for “Kinky Sex on the Beach” a passion fruit flavored cocktail.
This is the image that was on the page along with the recipe.
Now for added embarrassment, my daughter’s Chem partner is standing there. The Chem partner is also a long-time childhood friend who has witnessed a number of these instances. Leandra leaned over Rachel’s shoulder and started laughing–I don’t mean a giggle, I mean all out, knee-slapping-belly-whopper-jaw-aching-belly-laugh!!! Rachel stammered but finally found her voice and proceeded to try to explain that her mom's a writer and our stuff must have accidently been mixed together. She’s scrambling to break out her iPhone to show the professor my website, with the title of the book, but no cell reception. The Professor starts laughing, the friend is laughing harder, and Rachel said she didn’t think she’d ever lose the red face or the humiliation.
I had completely forgotten I’d printed out a recipe for ‘Kinky Sex on the Beach’. I’m making a basket that will include a copy of my book and some fun items from the story.
Rachel was stuttering as she told me about the incident, glaring and still very red-faced, while telling me how mortified she was to have to explain to her Prof it was her pervy mom’s recipe from her book.
My response was: “You’re lucky I’d already laminated the recipe for ‘Sex in a pan’.”
My work on Earth is done–I have thoroughly embarrassed my daughter…and I still can’t stop laughing!
And in case you’re interested, here is the link to the basket I’m donating to the Diabetes Auction:
Please check out the auction, there’s something for EVERYONE!!!
Thanks for letting me share.
Next on the revision block is Kat story. In Book II - Antics, Antidotes, and Angel, Kat is challenged to tone her persona down in order to be taken seriously by her professors. When it works, she continues the duel persona in her business life in Book III: Love, Lies, and Alibis.
Meet Kat Grantham AKA Kathryn Wallace:
Meet Ben Higgins AKA Bernie Higgenbottom:
Kathryn Wallace and Kat Grantham are one in the same, and there’s nothing they hate more than a bully. Kathryn Wallace by day-- is a dowdy, introverted financial whiz whose sole focus is her career. Kat Grantham by night--is a sexy, smart, and incredibly sassy female dynamo. Unfortunately, they have bigger problems than battling their duel personas when the SEC comes knocking with accusations of insider trading. They must find a way to save the family fortune before one them goes to jail. And who will win at love when it knocks as well, Kat or Kathryn?
Ben Higgins is working undercover as Bernie "the nerd" Higgenbottom to check out an insider trading tip the SEC has received. Somehow he can't quite believe the innocent “librarian" he's been sent to investigate at the bottom of a potentially huge SEC scandal. Until he discovers she's not who or what she appears to be. Ben finds more than he bargained for battling a powerful sexual attraction for Kat, the office bully taunting both him and Kathryn, and discovering who is behind the insider trading?
Jamison Reginald Spalding III is the darling of Carmichael, Sprague, and Rossi Brokerage Firm and just happens to be the biggest schmuck on the entire west coast.
I’ve watched “Racket”, as Jamison is affectionately known by the male species in the office, with a reputation as a player and ladies man. Wherever Racket goes something happens to point him out as the big hero.
Not that I don't find the man appealing. Yes, he is handsome, and very charming, especially if he wants something from you. But I don't get off on idiots who have a bigger crush on themselves than their wives.
Oh, did I forget to mention he's married. Well he is. And his wife is a real sweetheart. She doesn't deserve the disparaging remarks he makes about her. Nor does she deserve to be ignored when they appear together at parties or events.
Though lately Caroline has avoided office parties altogether. I'm sure it's just too humiliating for her to show up, only to spend the evening alone and listening to whispers and gossip, wondering how much of it is true. Not to mention the tactless stares she can’t get away from.
Heck, I wouldn't even go to those stupid get-togethers myself if I didn't want to at least appear like a team player. Although, why I bother is a bigger mystery.
I hired on at CSR after graduating first in my class, with a Master's Degree in Finance. And here I sit eighteen months later still shuffling paper. Not even considered a junior player, trying to get my big break to show the suits my business moves.
Uncle Jack, Jack Carmichael that is, said he'd intervene for me, but I want to do this on my own. Jack brought me into the firm and recently he moved me from New Accounts, to the Big Investor's floor. It was brought to his attention that the firm was being watched. There is a very big possibility that insider trading is going on so he asked me to keep my eyes and ears open. Thank God at least there is one person that believes in me!
The funny thing is that the only one who aware of what's in my female pea-sized brain is the Casanova of the company. How do I know this? I recently overheard Jamison schmoozing the infamous Candy. The Barbie bimbette of HR. Trying to find out who holds the most profitable personal portfolio, with the least amount of loss.
Yes, that would be me. As well as being smart, I consider myself the most loyal worker at the office. I pull all the overtime necessary to ensure my success. Spend all my spare time reading over the various financial prospectuses from our customers, and willing to do anything. Regardless of the fact that I'm nearly invisible to just about everyone who works there. It must be the clothes.
Why do I dress the way I do? I discovered during my second semester at the Unniversity no one took me seriously when I dressed in my regular clothes. Back then I was a bit of a 'Fashionista'. The guys were too busy checking out my body while the professor's refused to believe I was in their classes to learn. Apparently it was easier to believe I was there to find a rich prospect for a husband. Jerks, every last one of them.
Screw that, I already have more money than I can spend in this lifetime.
So, my final year, on a dare, I decided to hide all my assets in dowdy clothes, a mousy hairdo, and exchanged my contacts for big, thick framed glasses, and damned if I didn't come out number one.
Was it worth it? Not yet, but that's all about to change. I've decided that if I'm going to swim with the sharks I better learn how to bite like one of them. How do I plan to do this, you ask?
Well, let’s just say that when I heard the latest prank Jamison set into motion for the newest member of the CSR, I decided I've been Miss Nice for far too long. I'm going to help Bernie Higgenbottom win his bet, and what Jamison doesn't know is that I'm the only one who can do that.
Jamison bet 'Bernie-the-nerd' he couldn't score a date with Kat Grantham the sexiest thing to set foot in the Metronome, Sacramento's hottest nightclub. How do I know I'm the only one who can help him?
I guess I forgot to introduce myself. My name is Kathryn Wallace Grantham, Kat Grantham to my friends.
Starting today, Kat Grantham AKA Kathryn Wallace are working together to bring down Jamison.
I have my suspicions about him. Something’s up and I’m going to get to the bottom of it. And if I’m right, and Jamison is the one behind the insider trading I swear that man is going down, and it won’t be pleasant.
Kat Grantham may be the hottest thing in town, but her nickname isn’t the Ice Bitch for nothing. Jamison will rue the day he messed with me, my family, or my friends. Don’t believe me--just ask my two best friends, Sabrina, Angel, and Jill. When Sabrina was dating my cousin Trent, he tried to pull a con on her that landed her in jail. Let me tell you, I made sure she kicked his ass, but good. Now Sabrina and Trent are married. They just had twin boys. TJ and Trey are the cutest little guys you’ve ever seen. And now, Angel and Travis are married.
As you can see, no one screws with my friends, even family. And I can’t wait for Jamison to get his comeuppance. I plan to make it as harsh as I possibly can. It’s about time someone made sure the bad guys lose. I can’t save the world, but damn it, at least I can save my uncle’s company and my own reputation. And who knows, maybe I’ll have some fun along the way.
Get ready for this wild and bumpy ride.
Have a great day!
I hope you had a lovely Easter or at least a lovely Sunday!
What kind of telephones do you have? Do you have land lines? Do you have a smart phone? Does the brand name matter? Share or confess.
I still have my land line. I have a cell phone, but it isn't fancy. I have a drawer so I can use keys to text.
My daughter wanted to get me a smart phone and put me on her account. My baby brother beat her to the draw and added me to his and ordered a smart phone! This is momentous, because we thought he had early onset Alzheimers and he wants to teach me how to use one!
Share and I'll make someone give a prize!
I love my second job!
It's so much fun to screw with characters and watch them try to survive.
I just finished Book II of my Twisted Sisters Club Series: Antics, Antidotes, and Angel
Introducing: Summer Glau and Angel Talbot
And Paul Walker and Travis Wellington
Tag line: Angel Talbot turns heads and hearts with her wedding creations, sexy lingerie and display of adult toys in Antics, Antidotes, and Angel
Unofficial Blurb: Angeline Talbot has everything she wants, well almost. Due to the economy she’s had to close her wedding salon and concentrate on her store “Angeline’s” where she sells her own designs of lingerie as well as a delightful selection of adult toys. A man in her life would only cause problems, especially one as gregarious, handsome, and humorous as Travis Wellington. Who needs problems like that, certainly not Angel?
Travis Wellington, coming off a thirty-day stay in Palm Springs finally sees the clarity of life with his sobriety, he wants what his brother has: a job he’s proud of, an adoring wife, and utterly content. The only problem is he can’t convince Angel to give him a chance, until she loses a bet and agrees to a date. The night is spectacular, but when he wakes up in the morning she’s gone.
Convincing Angel they right for one another takes them on a crazy ride, with the Blue-haired brigade and well-meaning family and friends running interference. Will anyone survive unscathed?
This story is off to my editor, fingers crossed she likes it.
Have a great day!
It's been awhile since I posted a recipe, so I thought I'd share a family favorite. It's delicious and so easy to make. I feed a big crowd so luckily this stretches the way I need it. Add a salad and you have a great dinner.
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 red onion (diced)
1 red, orange, or yellow bell pepper (diced)
2 diced scallions
1 Tbsp crushed and finely diced garlic
1 package (4 links) Aidell's Cajun Sausage thinly sliced
1 tsp paprika
1-1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1/2 cup mixed grain (see note below)
1 32oz container Swanson's Chicken Broth
1 small can diced tomatoe with green chilis
1 Tbsp parsley
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1-2 lbs, cleaned shrimp, tails removed
1 cup Soycotash mixed veggies (available at Trader Joe's)
1 tsp butter
salt and pepper to taste (I've never needed to add additonal salt or pepper)
Note: I keep a container of mixed grains: quinoa, bulgar, spelt, millet, barley, farro, wild rice)
Directions: In a large skillet, saute, onions, pepper, scallions, garlic in olive oil, 5 minutes.
Add rice and grain mixture.
Add broth, sausage, paprika, crushed red pepper, tomatoe/green chilis, soycotash. Stir, cover, let cook for 5 minutes.
Stir, drop to low, let simmer for 15 minutes.
In a separate skillet at 1 tsp butter, cleaned peeled shrimp, and parsley, cook until almost done, set aside.
5 minutes before serving add shrimp stir, and serve.
OOOOOPS! I dropped the baton again. Maybe that's the reason I don't do baton blog hops often. This weekend I put Margo's Choice free on Amazon and today is the last free day. http://www.amazon.com/Margos-Choice-Mary-Marvella-ebook/dp/B008M0U8CU/.
Marilyn Baron, a long time member of Georgia Romance Writers, tapped me and I accepted the challenge to find others to follow me. Look for her awesome accomplishments at http://www.marilynbaron.com/.
The lady has published books with The Wild Rose Press and Independently. Check out her mysteries!
Well, finding new victims was like looking for a virgin in Sodom and Gomorroh. Or was it a Godly man in either city? The memory fades. Check out Genesis, Chapter 19 and read a story that will curl your hair and explain the origin of some of our sexual terms.
I already described my writing process on http://www.MaryMarvella.com earlier but the short version is that characters usually take up residence in my mind and bug me until I write their books. Or I ask myself a few "what if" questions and one usually gets me moving.
With Margo's Choice I asked what would a woman do if the man she had always loved but hated because he didn't claim their daughter planned to return to town. Why does she hate him? Because he left her to join the Marines and made sure his assignments wouldn't allow her to follow him.( I needed back story to explain how she felt now.) Why does she love him or fall for his charm when he returns for visits? Part of her wants him to make amends for not believing their second child was his, for leaving her and becoming distant when she needed him. She hasn't found a man she loved as deeply as she loved him.
The challenge was whether he could do anything, or even wanted to, to earn her forgiveness. Some critique partners wanted me to make it a romance, while others said they would NEVER understand or forgive her if she forgave him.
I'd say my stories must be different, since critique partners say I can't let my characters do the things they do.
I'm not tapping anyone, but feel free to jump in and even change the topic.
Don't forget to grab a copy of Margo's Choice FREE!!!
PS. I have a topic in mind!
What would make you forgive him, and I don't mean an apology from him.
It's a rainy Monday here in South Carolina, but the deals are still great, and better yet, still free. Ben & Jerry's is hosting a free ice cream cone day on April 8th. Pick any flavor and enjoy. Amazon's Kindle offer daily free books on a broad variety of subjects. Some of the many offers for today include: 21 Days to Change Your body, by Helen Ryan Natural Health Remedies How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Enjoy, and please remember that many of these deals are timely, so act quickly.
I love to share all my deals, especially when they are free or very inexpensive! First, begin all your mornings, (at least until April 13th) with a free small cup of McCafe coffee at participating McDonald's during normal breakfast hours. No purchase necessary. Second, check your circulars for Harbor Freight. Absolutely free all month with coupon are a tape measure, led flashlight, and screwdriver set. This deal is in-store only. For $1.00, Yankee Candle is offering votive tarts, wax melts, and car fresheners, so stock up. Limit 30 per customer. And last is Tanga.com. Men's comfort fit stainless steel rings are free, up to a $109.99 value. Just pay shipping of $4.99. These are beautiful rings, BTW. Happy Shopping!
I did my first radio interview on Friday, March 28 with Bennet Pomerantz. Not only was it a blast, I received another 5 start review:
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Beauty Aides, March 30, 2014
By Bennet Pomerantz "Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD" (College Park, Maryland) - See all my reviews (VINE VOICE) ...
This review is from: Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aides (Kindle Edition)
I just had Deb Julienne as one of my guests on my ANYTHING GOES blog talk radio show on March 28, 2014--I told her on air, I want to read this book. From her recanting of what this book is, it seemed a light airy novel I could enjoy. Plus she and Lisa Alber were great guests that night, we all seem to have so much fun. You should check out the archive of the show on the blog talk site.
So after the show, Deb sent me an email copy of this book. Weird thing, as soon as she sent me the email copy, I read it. Something I don't usually do...even for authors I know.
Well my first judgment of the book, when she spoke about it on my radio show, was totally spot on. She delivered a romantic novel that made me laugh.
This novel is a nod to Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors with lovers and twin brothers. It enchanted me. This novel was also funny as had one foot based in being in reality. It has humor, the comedy of the situation came out from his plotting. This is something you don't always get in a romantic novel.
The one amazing thing It did not try for in this book was the formula twin brother/sister crap that you see so much in sitcoms (ala Sister Sister, Patty Duke show, or the Disney Channel's new hit Liv and Maddie). Ms Julienne crafted a story I truly loved and that worked on so many levels.
The question now is, when is the sequel to this book coming out, Deb?
Check out the interview.
Have a great day!