Wednesday, June 21, 2006



Eduardo Verastegui wants to know:


What are you doing this summer?
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Thank you Carly Phillips for guestblogging yesterday! We'll see you at PlotMonkeys, and are looking forward to your coming back here August 18th.


Encore! Ann Herendeen guestblogs tomorrow, June 22. She'll write about "Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander: A Bisexual Romance."

30 comments:

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ok. Somebody turned us on to Eduardo a while back and all I can say is: bless you.

I'm hanging with my kids this summer and thus far have managed to keep them alive. Going to Boston for two weeks to see the inlaws, to the Romance Writers of America national conference in Atlanta July 25-30. Then basically hanging with youz guys the rest of the time.

Who's goin to the beach?

Valeen said...

We haven't fully decided where we are going to go for vacation this year .. we've got three or four places we'd like to see that are within driving distance.

Maybe Old Orchard Beach or a cabin in Vermont ... or do the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. Or just camp at Cavendish in Prince Edward Island. Lord knows, we'll end up staying right at home doing nada.

I hope to see the beach at least a few times this summer, seeing as how its only 15 minutes away. My baby sister will come stay with me for a few weeks this summer so we'll definitely be out swimming then somewhere.

MsFlexie said...

Hey Michelle maybe I'll get to meet you in person!

For the first time ever I'm going to go to RWA. Author Pamela Clare intrigued me into going to the Booksigning event (which is really an excuse for a bunch of us to get together and leave our mark on another city *LOL*). So I, in turn, nagged three of my RBL friends into going, so now it's a party... I was so looking forward to this thing until I saw the list of authors who will be at the booksigning.... 3 hours is not enough!!! I'm going to be like a STARVING kid in a candy store... LOL

Other than that, hanging at the Jersey Shore and a few little trips, I'll be celebrating the first anniversary of my 29th birthday in August - OH NO!!! _ I refuse to say the number out-loud!

Julie in Ohio said...

LMAO, First anniversary of your 29th birthday. That is priceless, MsF. I celebrated mine in March and I, too, refuse to give a name to it.

My summer consists of getting my kids to their various camps. We have decided not to do a big vacation this year because between the kids events and my husband's golf trip I don't have a chance to plan anything ahead of time. We will probably do little things like the zoo and such.
We have a little beach near Lake Erie which is about 45 minutes away. We try to spend a day there at least once or twice a year.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ahhh, The Birthday Who's Name Shall Not Be Spoken. I'm on my 12 anniv of that one, MizzyF. Happy B/D in advance. Remind us then so we can make you feel good and wish you happy day.

I love Pamela Clare's books, and she seems cool from the little e-contact i've had with her. I def have to make a list of "wanna meets" in advance; didn't at RT. Hunt me down.

Valeen, hiya! Sounds like you live in a beeyootiful part of the country. PEI, Vermont. And you get to see a family member whom, it seems, you're looking forward to spending time with. (always a crap shoot when talking family as houseguests).

JulieO, your husband's golf trip? What about your golf trip? Or whatever trip? But I know what you're saying, always think that way, too. Do you get to hang while the kids are at camp, etc? What do you do when they're there?

I was gonna ask what everybody considers their "beach." Here in MN it's lakes, obv, but I grew up in PA a couple hrs from Jersey shore. Then, the Cape became my beach. Goin to Provincetown for 2 nights with Dave and another little place called Wareham to meet his school chums. Four days w/o kids. Whatever will we do w/ our time?

Any thoughts, Vivi Anna?

It's Tuesday and that means... I really should be writing, but...

amy*skf said...

Eduardo is so beautiful--I almost couldn't remember what I was doing.

At the end of this week I have two weeks off. And my husband is taking one of those off with me--we haven't taken a week off together for 3 or 4 years. But I think we're workinfg on the house. I don't care--I actually want to work on the house.

Today, my youngest and I will go to the beach--alas, just a lake, but we make do.

Valeen, I want drive somewhere too, even just a day trip--but your options sound so much more exotic than Red Wing.

Msf--would that I could even remember my first anniversary of the 29th. RWA will be so fun.

Julie, it's hard with little kids, especially more than one--right Michelle? We used to go to Bemidji for a week in the summer with a group of friends--fun.

I grew up in MN but lived in the east for 5 years--I miss the east coast--Privincetown...I am so happy you're getting some couple time.

Could this comment be any longer?

Julie in Ohio said...

Um, Michelle, isn't it Wednesday?

What I do while everyone is away, is work. Someone has to pay for these trips. I am taking a day off here and there but on a whole, I'm working. *shrug*

As long as everyone is happy and having a good time, then that is enough for me. Also that means there is no whining and complaining and, most of all, no fighting.

I am taking 2 days in July in which the DH and I are going up to Lansing, Michigan. I have decided to go to JQ booksigning and, at this moment, am very excited. When nerves hit my DH tells me that he has already taken those days off so we ARE going. *g*

Hey, can you guys help me out with something? I have never been to a booksigning. Am I supposed to bring a book to have signed or will she have them with her? That sounds so dumb when I ask this out loud but I really don't know the etiquette, if you will, for these things.

Vivi Anna said...

Well Michelle...4 days...hmmm...you can get in a lot of sex I'm thinking!!! :-)

Holidays...we will spend some time at our lake front cabin, do some swimmingm, some fishing...

Then it's off to Atlanta for me!! Wohoooooooooooooo! I can't wait. Maybe, Michelle, we shall bump into each other,,,hmm, would tequila be in order????

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Si on the tequila, chica. Buzz me, find me. Re the vaykay: I like the way you think, Bella.


OOoops! My bad, JulieO. See how out of it I am? It's 9:59, so I really really should be writing now. Do you work out of your home? Or do you drop off and then go to work?

In terms of the signing, it all depends. Is there a site where you can check whether you can bring your own books? Many will allow it. Does JQ's site have it? Remember, she's here the 27th, and there's an Epilogue download contest, too. Of course, she can't sign the downloads. You're so gonna have a great time. Think of all the fans you can talk JQ with? And don't be shy about it. it's why you're there. I hear she's very down to earth.

Maybe someone else has better insight into the signing thing?

Woohoo Ames. Have fun "working on the house."

Julie in Ohio said...

I drop off then go to work. I get distracted too easily to be able to work out of my home. I can myself trying to work then start the laundry, go back to working, remember I have dishes to do...etc. I would get nothing done. *G*

Kristina Cook said...

Ahh, summer. I decided no day camp for my girls this summer. Who wants to get up at 7:30 a.m. during the summer?! We joined a local pool with some friends, and that'll be our summer activity. As far as the beach goes, our 'new' August tradition is to rent a house on the beach in the Outer Banks (Corolla) in North Carolina for a week. It's a *long* drive, but well worth it, and we can take the dog, too!

Kristina Cook said...

Oh, and how could I forget RWA in July?! Yep, I'll be there! I love Nationals each year 'cause it's like a reunion--I get to room with my CP (who lives in Canada, so I don't see her that often!), hang out with my writer buddies, etc. All good! And the bonus this year is that it's in Atlanta, one of my 'hometowns,' so I'll even get to see a few of my childhood friends at the literacy signing. Not to mention chili-cheeseburgers and frosted oranges at The Varsity! Can't wait!

Monica Burns said...

Ok I admit it, I'm a heretic. *grin* I don't like the beach. *gasp* I'm happier in a museum or amusement park. I need entertainment. *grin*

The only vacation I'm getting is going to the RWA conference at the end of July. Michelle, hopefully I'll get to meet you at the TKA party Tuesday night. I'm looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing old ones like Kristina (*waving hello*). Looking forward to talking writing with others whose eyes don't glaze over at the mention of writing. *grin* I have family in Atlanta too, so I'll be having lunch with my aunt.

The rest of the summer will be spent doing the periodic weekend camping trips here and there. We already spent the weekend in Williamsburg two weeks ago. Great research for a potential book.

Julie OH - authors will have their books already at the book signing. All proceeds are donated to RWA's literary fund. There will also be gift basket drawings as well. I donated for a romantic encounter with a significant other. It's so scrumptious I almost regret donating it. Notice I said ALMOST. LOL

Vivi Anna said...

What's the TKA party? Hmm, is there a party I didn't know about? I was wondering what I was going to do Tuesday night...every other night is full...

Julie in Ohio said...

Thanks, Monica.

Kristina, what are frozen oranges? They sound delicious.

Amy, working on the house actually sounds like fun. The finish product usually makes the time worth while. I have lived in my house for 5 years and I am still trying to paint 2 hallways and 2 rooms. I know the need to just do it.
But I hope it isn't all work and no play... :o)

Monica Burns said...

Vivi, TKA is abbreviation for The Knight Agency. I noted that Michelle RSVP'd the other day to the party they're hosting at their office. Deidre is my agent.

Valeen said...

Our beaches are real beaches on the ocean but growing up we swam in the river.

Amy - LOL, they are only exciting because you haven't already travelled them. I've been looking through the travel books for surrounding areas and nothing has been catching my eye. BUT the best thing about driving somewhere is actually having a car. I hate flying and then being stuck.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Yeah, what are these frozen orange thingies?

Kristina Cook said...

Ahhh, the Frosted Orange....the drink of choice at my favorite Atlanta greasy spoon, The Varsity! It's like an orange milkshake kinda thingie. REALLY yummy. I cannot go to Atlanta without hitting The Varsity. I think I'm going to rent a car there, *just* to make Varsity runs! Here, check out their web site: http://www.thevarsity.com/

Kristina Cook said...

Oh, and wavin' right back at Monica! Looking forward to catching up in Atlanta!! It's been *far* too long!

MaryKate said...

OK, this is totally off topic (I'm hanging around the house this summer, nothing exciting, I'm poverty stricken after the European tour this May)...has anyone else seen the story in the news that Target is going to being to manufacture a "couture" line (pronounced Tar-zhay couture). $140 jeans.

I already call Target the $100 dollar store, but that's because I walk in for $10 worth of stuff and walk out having spent $100. I love the store, but am I planning to walk around with a bullseye on my a** in $140 jeans from Target??? Ummmmm, no.

Does this strike anyone else as odd???

Eve Silver said...

I'll be in Atlanta too, and I can't wait to see/meet everyone! And I'm going to the beach in July, to a nice little lake a couple of hours north of me.

MsFlexie said...

Marykate - I hadn't heard that about Target, but it is really odd! I mean not to sound snobish or anything, but people buy clothes at Target because of the cheap prices... I think if someone could affort $140 jeans, they wouldn't be shopping at Target...

I wonder if it's a joke or something. They already tried the whole couture knock-off thing with Issac Mezrahi... and sorry, but those clothes feel like they're made from materials purchased at Home Depot...

I'd be curious to know where this goes...

Julie - so how does it feel? You know... Did you survive the Rite of Passage without any injuries, pre-mid-life crisis, major-impulse-shopping, martini and/or chocolate binge???

Michelle - Pamela Clare is a riot. I've never met her in person, but I've spoken to her a lot, and can't wait to meet her. Did you ever read her contemp. suspense called "Extreme Exposure?" Let's just say that's loosely based on some personal experiences... *LOL*

Does anyone have any HOT-SPOT/MUST-CHECK-OUT suggestions for us in Atlanta? Bars? Restaurants? Etc...?

Stacy~ said...

Eduardo, what dreamy eyes and lips you have...the better to -

I'm going to RWA too! Rooming with my buddy LadyB and we're gonna hang out with Bad Barb and some other cool chix and chill. It's gonna be a blast :) Maybe I'll see some of you there. I'll be with one lady whose wearing the tiara and another whose wearing devil horns - I'll be the oddball *g*

Valeen, I have dreamt of going to Prince Edwards Island since I saw Anne of Green Gables when I was 14, more than 14 years ago LOL. Have you been before?

Julie, I'm so glad you're going to JQ's booksigning. I hope you have fun. Gosh, I love summer.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Stace? You're going to be at RWA? Why am I not having a RBtheB party? I wonder if it's too late... Maybe we should just hook up at Varsity at a designated time.

I have to meet everyone. How can we do that? Book signing?

Don't know about Target. Got the 100 dollar rule there, too, especially when kids were babies and it was one place I could take them without anyone thinking I was a bad mom while they were screaming like banshees.

Does everybody here understand what RWA is? I don't want us to seem like we've got an inside thing going that doesn't include everybody. You can be sure we'll be blogging "live" just as from RT. I'm assuming there'll be less male models. But I am interviewing this British guy who's the editor for the new Virgin erotica line, so maybe there's a promising photo there...

Stacy~ said...

Yep, I'm flying in on Tuesday, leaving Saturday. I've never been to RWA (as a reader, I would have preferred to go to RT but I was told this is fun too, plus some of my buds will be there). I'd love to meet up. I know one day, maybe Friday, Lori Foster's bookjunkys sans Lori are meeting for lunch. I wish we could have all the RBtheB there, too - now that would be aweseome!

Vivi Anna said...

I know Friday night are most of the publisher parties, WEdnesday night is the literacy signing, Thursday night is Moonlight Madness, and Saturday the RITAS...

I know after the lit signing, I'm going to be chilling in the lounge/bar, whatever they got going at the hotel...

Valeen said...

Stacy - I've been to PEI twice before and the first time got to take a tour of Green Gables. Its wicked to see it for yourself ... what we all saw in the movies. Such a beautiful place.

Julie in Ohio said...

I am sooo jealous of ya'll who are going to RWA. Just know that I am there in spirit and have a margarita for me. But more importantly...PICTURES!! I want to see lots and lots of pictures. :o)

Target with $140 jean? What has this world come to? That completely defeats the purpose of going to Target to shop if I'm not able to buy anything.

Julie in Ohio said...

MsF, just to let you know: No, mid-life crisis (unless you count that car I bought); No, it doesn't feel any different (except for the ache in my knees); No major injuries (uless you count the black eye I gave my DH who had to audacity to point out the gray hairs that mysteriously appeared); and No, no rite of passage to name (unless you consider my daughter being embarrassed by my dancing to HER music; I'm really not that bad)


Have a great birthday!!! *g*