Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Thanks, Julie Q!

The Julia Quinn "2nd Epilogues" Contest is closed and I'll be announcing winners later in the day. Thanks all for entering.

Thanks, Julia Quinn, for spending the day with us yesterday! It was great fun, and we know "On the Way to the Wedding" will be a great success. Cause it's just so darn good. :)

And thank you, Bellas, for stopping by in droves to show Julia the RBtheBlog love.


Stacy~ said...

Michelle, you are up awfully early! Thank you for the guest blog yesterday - it was a lot of fun. I was so tired last night I didn't start reading JQ's book YET, but I'm getting there. How are the rest of you enjoying the book?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hey, Stace: It's Wed am, and you know what that means: up at 4 to finish writing cause deadline is a ten. I am the world's biggest procrastinator. But my husband has been traveling (sp) a ton in the last cpl months, so things get kinda crazy with the kids, etc.

To top it all off, which has nothing to do with anything, but my kitty is asthmatic (sp) and needs to go to the vet. Poor little thing is coughing and coughing. She's such a good kitty. Her name is Norman.

You're gonna love the book, I think. It'll be so fun to start it -- i sn't it always when you're looking forward to it so much?

Rach said...

JulieQ, thanks so much for stopping by! It was awesome having you, and I am already in love with Gregory and Lucy =)!

Michelle, yuck-o up so early! I know summer break means up way too early with the kids at home for most people. For me it actually means sleeping in. And, I'm so sorry the hubby is outta town and you have a sick kitty to contend with. There is NOTHING fun about that!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

You two are too nice. And it was very considerate of you to post on either side of me so I wouldn't confuse you.

OK. So I'm figuring out how I can hook Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman into next week's review...

Rach said...

Excellent! Should be entertaining. =) I love both of 'em! What's the hook?

Julie in Ohio said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Julia for stopping by yesterday. I hope you hang around for a couple of days to hear us gush over OTWTTW. :o)

I'm in the same boat as Stacy. I got the book but by the time the kids went to bed, I fell right off to dreamland. I woke up this morning and was mad at myself. I'm just prolonging the enjoyment. Yeah, that's it. :o)

Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman?
Is it a Shawshank reunion?

Kati said...

Thanks Michelle for inviting JulieQ. You do such an amazing job delivering wonderful authors for us to talk to!

And I'm not just saying that because I want the 2nd Epilogues! :wink:

Julie in Ohio said...

Mary Kate- I'm appaulled. I'm shocked. I'm amazed you would be so blantantly shameless.

I'm upset I didn't think of it first. :o)

Valeen said...

I wasn't able to post as much as I wanted but did read everything! Thanks so much Michelle ... and JQ for dropping by.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Shameless! You are all of you shameless, brazen Bellas!

LOL! Shawshank Reunion! I love it! Tim Robbins is sooo dreamy to me. So smart. Loved him in Hudsucker Proxy; that baseball one with Costner; what others? I just think he's a smartie cutie. Lucky Susan Sarandon. Younger guy. Bull Durham, that's it. Maybe I'll rent that this weekend.

The book is called "The Prodigal Returns," and it's the first "category" or series romance I've reviewed. You know how the category come out just for a month or so? Well, I dropped the review I was going to do, and was able to drop this one in. I'm so happy cause the author, Anna DeStefano is really talented and soooo nice,too. It's always a pleasure to be able to feature someone like that. But pretty much everyone has been that way. If they weren't I'd never tellllllll...

Anna DeStefano is GuestBlogging for us July 13, and I think she's doing a cute contest for us.

This book is really good it's out July 10.

You guys are so much better than I with waiting to read. I am supposed to be reading one thing, then , bam, I get Teresa Medeiros' new one "The Vampire Who Loved Me" and waste all kinds of time starting it yesterday. i'm a very bad girl.

Julie in Ohio said...

That doesn't come out til October.

I am sooooo jealous.

If you feel the need to share, you have my e-mail, or I will be happy...thrilled, give you my address. :o)

How's that for shameless? *g*

Manda Collins said...

Okay, am I the ONLY one who stayed up late to finish OTWTTW? And I'm not even on summer break (that should count for something right? Extra brownie points! God, I'm a grade grubber even online. It's sick!)

Anyway, it is so good. You guys need to read faster. It's funny and sweet and just satisfying in that way that JQ novels are. AND there are many many cameos.

Julie Q, if you are lurking--You make it look easy, but I know it's not. Thanks! It really is good.

Michelle, I am still feeling the OTWTTW love (and am hungover from not enough sleep) so I can't even muster jealousy over your ARC of The Vampire Who Loved Me. It will have to wait for later.

Rach said...

Manda, you might not be on Summer Break, but I have two kiddos calling me throughout the night, and during the day, so...

Ah, the good old days when I could just sit down and read a book straight through.

What I have read so far is just wonderful, though =).

Kati said...

Well, Mandacoll, you're a WAY bigger person than me. I can muster ALL KINDS of jealousy over the TM arc. But I'll forgive Michelle since she was smart enough to go into a business where she gets to read books long before the rest of the little people do.

Now, if she'd just spill a few deets about LOVER ETERNAL, I'd be her best friend.

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle, I went to Romance buy the book and the quote you have up there is classic. That is such a historical thing to say. You guys have to go over and see it.
Also your review of "Three Little Lies" was great. I will have to check it out.
I would like the name of the person who dared to say that historicals are dead. I have a present to send to them...PPFFFT!

Oh, well. We get the last laugh.

Kati said...

Or...LOVER AWAKENED, since LOVER ETERNAL was Rhage's book.

SIGH. Need more caffeine.

Manda Collins said...

Touche, Rach! I just have the cats. And mostly they don't care if I read as long as I keep them in Pounce and clean the litterbox from time to time:)

JulieO, Three Little Lies was my favorite of that triology though it's a bit dark. I'm with you on the "historicals are dead" crowd. They don't know what they're talking about. Badly written historicals are dead (or should be) but quality ones like JQ are quite alive, thanks.

Julie in Ohio said...

Wait a minute. It's part of a trilogy? That means there are ones before it? Michelle didn't mention that.
Any chance you know which ones came first? OCD is a such a nuisance.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

OK. You guys are gettin kinda picky. Yes. It's a trilogy, One, Two, Three. Get it? I forgot to write about it, cause I wrote about my favorite one of her books instead. And I might have been a little scatterbrained cause I'd been procrastinating and was hopped up on caffeine.

You know, I didn't hear from her about the feature. Do you think she thought I was making fun of the fact that the TLS plot is a cliche I love? You know, I got kinda angry when I saw that other reviewers were slamming her for using the plot. I was like, get over it. There are like three plots in romance, and we love em all. So that's what I was going for, the "get over yourself. It's romance and we like it that way."

You can check out the whole series, and her other greats at .

Thanks for the compliments, JulieO. I'm really glad you liked it.

I am DYING to tell you about LA. But I can't. It's killing me. I'm thinking of writing JR WArd to see if she wants to come a day or two after we get a chance to read it since you guys thought that was a good idear?

Manda, heres the deal with kids v cats. Cats are easier and they don't talk. Cats clean themselves. Kids like cats but never feed them or clean the box. Husbands either. I mean Husbands don't feed/clean the cats. They do ok with themselves. most of the time.

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, Thank you for making that distinction between the cats and husbands. I almost choked on my candy. :o)
Being hyped up on caffeine is the only way to be. I have the funniest picture of a cat with his eyes bugged out and hair standing on end and the caption reads "There's no such thing as too much caffeine."
One of my co-workers gave it to me because she saw it and instantly thought of me. Mountain Dew/Diet Coke/Pepsi are my bestest friend. :o)

Manda Collins said...

As for the cats v. kids, at least the kids will one day be able to pour the cereal into the bowl themselves. Cats, not so much.

And there's no making a cat see reason. You can explain why you would prefer him to eat his Iams instead of Pounce until you're blue in the face. But will he acknowledge that your plan has merit? Heck, no. He just scratches the wicker chair. As if THAT ever solved anything. Jeez. It's like they're animals or something.

Julie in Ohio said...

Manda, have you ever tried to make a child see reason? HA!

Rach said...

Especially a willful four year old?? A Daytime Emmy Award winner in training four year old?

Julie in Ohio said...

In Manda's defense, she is correct about the pouring of cereal.
My four year pours herself cereal morning, noon and night. I can't get her to stop pouring her "pumpkin". (She calls it that because on one of the cereal boxes it has a large picture of an apple and we had just carved our pumpkins for Halloween. She decided that apple looked like a pumpkin. Now EVERY cereal is called "pumpkin". She was only two at the time.)

Anonymous said...

Just popping in to say thanks to YOU guys--it was so much fun! And I hope you all enjoy ON THE WAY TO THE WEDDING.

Julie Q.

P.S. Mandacoll--it is SO not easy. If you'd seen me banging my head on the table at Starbucks this morning you'd believe me.