Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Hot Lunch

Hi! Bad Mom here with a dilemma faced by gazillions of other bad moms all across cyberspace. You may know us, or even be part of our crew.

Bad Moms. We're the ones gawped at near the jungle gym as we spray DEET-laden bug repellent on the grubby paws of our darlings. We gladly engage strangers to sit with our kids so we can go on dates with our spouses. We simply don't get invited to play dates anymore and wonder if it has something to do with the fact that we give sex advice to moms complaining about their husbands, rather than commiserate about how the guys don't understand how daunting a task it is to choose the pre-school that will assure our babies entre to the Ivies.

(Amazing as it seems, we're more than welcome in that force of cyber-nature known as the Momosphere).

Anywayz, today this bad mommy's got a dilemma: I'm sick of making lunches for my kids.

Today it's Fluffernutters. Yesterday, pepperoni and cheese. The day before? Lunchables. Day before that? Fluffernutters. See the pattern?

Now, if you're not familiar with Fluffernutters, they're a sandwich of white bread, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff, the ultimate being the product created and manufactured by a Lynn, MA family for years and years, Fluff. And Fluffernutters are best served with potato chips as an accompaniment.

Now, Fluffernutters make my gorge rise, but kids -- and lots of adults -- seem to ador
e them. But they're evil, too. Last year, a MA legislator attempted to have them removed from lunch menus in schools.

But what's a bad mommy to do? What the heck can I pack my kids for lunch?

And while we're talking about sweet stuff to eat,
Congratulazione Bella Portia Da Costa on your 4 1/2 Star review in Romantic Times for "Suite Seventeen!"

Now, La Da Costa knows her way around a yummy love scene that does not make one's gorge rise. And she definitely knows her sammiches. So, to continue our theme, let's talk our favorite sammich du jour. What's an RBtheBlog sammich? Check here. Then thank Bella Vivi Anna for creating our very first tasty treat.
Encore! Fluff photo: Mark Wilson/Boston Globe Staff


Kati said...

Mmmmm....sammiches. And with Fluff. Great idea, Michelle!

My sammich du jour is: David Beckham (what can I say, I don't need him to talk) and Clive Owen. Two British boys...working in keep MK happy.


Yeah, that otta keep me going all day.

Portia Da Costa said...

My sammich? Definitely Il Re Vincenzo and Crown Prince James Marsters...

Fluffernutters sound... strange. But then we don't really eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches over here either. Peanut butter sarnies, yes, and jam [jelly] sarnies yes, but not the two together. Although we do eat some weird combos... such as chip sandwiches [french fry sandwiches] and crisp sandwiches [your kind of 'chip' sandwiches]... and when I was a kid we sometimes used to eat sugar sandwiches. White bread, margerine, and white sugar... now that *is* evil! LOL

Am still smiling about my RT review... Yesterday, when I first read it, I ran out into the drive jumping up and down and whooping, and himself thought I'd gone bonkers until I explained. :)

Julie in Ohio said...

Mornin', Bellas!!

Congrats again, Portia! That is fantastic!!!! I'm so happy for you. :o)

When we're saying sammich, are we talking fictional or real life peoples? There could be a couple of different answers here.

For my "real" sammich, I would say Jude Law and Colin Farrell. I love me an accent. :o)
For my "fictional" one, give me Adam Black (KMM's hottie fairy) and Lucas Hunter (NS's hottie changling). Testosterone overload but I can't think of a better time... ;oD

Playground Monitor said...

Sammiches -- Hugh Jackman and Nacho Figueras (the guy from the Polo Black ads).

Oh lordy do I remember the old kid lunches. My kids didn't eat Fluffernutters, but did eat their share of PBJ. They also ate lots of bologna, ham, turkey and whatever other lunch meat the deli had on sale. At home they ate frozen pizza, bagel bites, hot pockets, hot wings and whatever they could find as they grazed through the kitchen. But you can't send those in a lunchbox. It's a dilemma for sure.

And ya wanna know what? I STILL have to pack a lunch every day cuz the DH takes his lunch to work. But he gets leftovers from the night before, so today's lunch was buffalo tenders, coleslaw and macaroni salad. Tomorrow's will be whatever we have for dinner tonight (which will depend on what I find at the grocery store today).

Quite frankly I'm sick of cooking. I've been doing it regularly for 34 years. I'm happy with a cup of soup and a sandwich. And if the DH had to cook every day, he'd be happy with that too. It's easy to complain when you're not the one slaving over a hot stove.

Oops -- crawled right up there on that soapbox. I'll get down and go squeeze between Hugh and Nacho again.


Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, Marilyn!!! I think we all can crawl up on that soapbox. :o)

Lunchables are a godsend when it comes to school lunches. They have everything all together. Just have to plop it in the backpack as they run out door to catch the bus they're late for.

When they're home, they pretty much do as Marilyn mentioned and eat what they can find. They love tuna and mac & cheese. Ramen noodles were a life saver this summer. I don't know what it is about them (too salty for me) but the kids love them.

Portia Da Costa said...

Mmmm.... that Nacho looks like a right piece of fit to me! ;)

Tiny bit of an Alexis Denisof look going on there... or am I just imagining things? Sort of Dark Wesley...

Marilyn, I have to pack a lunch every day for himself too. Up at 6.45am, nearly kills me... Luckily he's happy with sandwiches [the actual bread kind!!!!]... usually ham, turkey, cheese, tuna spread... nothing too fancy.

Vivi Anna said...

Hmm, sammiches....

I'll take a sub sammich please, topped with, Gerard Butler, Ryan Reynolds, and Daniel Craig...

I call that the naughty special.

As for lunches, it's canned alphagetti to the rescue most days. Anything I can heat up quickly on the stove or pop into the nuke. It's dinner I can't stand making. I hate it. I'd rather just serve salad and be done with it.

Phoebe Belsley said...

Fluffernutters must be evil, because they exert some strange hypnotic pull on my otherwise-wild children. But they can't go in the lunchboxes, because although they failed to ban Fluff from schools here in MA, they have effectively banned peanut butter.

All other forms of sammiches are legal here, though. Just so long as peanuts aren't involved.

Caroline (who actually likes to cook--especially if someone else is washing up)

Michele Hauf said...

LUnchables rock. I've been dealing those to my kids for years, and like good little addicts, they keep coming back for more. I can still wave the box under my 17-year-olds nose, and he'll shake his head like a willing puppydog.

It's much wiser to train them on the easy stuff when they are young, than to start them with the homemade, home-cooked, fresh-baked and sweetned with a touch of love kind of crap that some mothers make. Gives us REAL moms a bad name, I tell ya. :-)

They do have great salad mixes out there now, though, if you're looking for healthy, but no work for you. You get them in the meats section, and they're pre-packaged with chopped meat, some chopped veggies and cheese and the salad dressing. You just add lettuce.

But neve over look the power of Pizza Rolls either.

If it's in a bag, box or carton, and requires no work beyond tearing cardboard, I am so there.


Portia Da Costa said...

If it's in a bag, box or carton, and requires no work beyond tearing cardboard, I am so there.

Right on!!! Me too! I'm not a mom, but that's totally my approach to feeding himself and myself... :)

Unknown said...

Mmmmmmm…. A sammich and here I thought it was called a manwich (it makes no difference to me). Let’s see I would have to say Vin Diesel and The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) all those muscles yum and I have a total weakness for a man with a really deep voice.

I don’t even want to think about having to make lunches everyday, I still have two years till that day happens and my son starts school. God then I’m going to have to make breakfast too (LeeAnn shudders at the thought) all I have to do now is get him dressed and drop him off at daycare and they take care of the rest.

I’m a board member of the bad mom’s club. But you guys are making me feel better. There are days where I think what’s wrong with me, my house isn’t spotless, I’m behind on the laundry, and I don’t make my son three hot meals a day. I feel like I don’t play with him enough and he’s three and still not potty trained. Yeah I’m a single mom and work 40 hours a week and go to school one night a week but you hear about these supper mom’s that can do it all and I just want to yell at myself to get my a** off the couch, put down the book and do some house work. I do pretty well for about a week and then I fall off the wagon again and it takes me about a month to get back on. My poor son at least he has my mom who was one of those supper mom’s. Wow listen to me I need to shut up now because I really do have it better than so many others. I think I’ll just think about my manwich now.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas! I keep getting stuck on yesterday's blog, back on the last boy. Still making up for that testosterone-free stretch in Chicago. But, ya know. I didn't miss it when I was at RWA for 6 days. Dunno what's up w/ that.

Oh, youz all make me feel so much better about my sub-par mommy-ing. Maybe "birds of a feather" comes into play here? Or are there more mommies like us than the other way?

I really hit rock bottom this am., though. Missed the bus, so I stopped at Walgreens Drug and bought food for the camp lunch bags. Mmmmmm. yummmy. "Can you tell me where the Lunchables are, young man?" "Yes, ma'am. One aisle over from the laxatives and home ovulation kits."

Michele wrote:
They do have great salad mixes out there now...You just add lettuce.

Good God! Ruin all that preservative-y goodness by crapping it up with an actual vegetable? You so crazy.

I'm fascinated by this idea of you who actually make lunches and cook regularly for your husbands. Tell me more about this. How and why? Does it have something to do with love?

I don't mean to be flippant, but I think at some point I just dug in my heels and decided I had enough to do and that we were gonna share the responsibility based on who was less tired, aggravated, overworked, etc. That makes the gesture of preparing an actual meal oh, so much more beautiful.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

leeann wrote:Yeah I’m a single mom and work 40 hours a week and go to school one night a week but you hear about these super moms that can do it all and I just want to yell at myself

First of all, most women I know who have husbands complain about the amount of work we have, then we say, "but what about the single moms. We're pretty lucky." And here you are saying, "but I know I'm lucky." I think you sound pretty amazing and deserve praise.

My mom was a "super mom," too. But now she says she wishes she spent more time playing with us, not worrying whether the house was spotless,etc. She does a great job with my kids, and I'm glad for it. Sounds like you appreciate your mom for those things, too.

Parenting is about making choices. The other day I was emailing w/ an author and we were both getting ready to take our kids to camp. I made some comment about not winning Mom of the Year cause my kids will have gone to day camp 7 weeks this summer. She wrote: Repeat after me, "I am a far better parent for taking care of myself." I'd add, "my children will understand one day the value I placed on my own needs, and attend to their own accordingly." And they'll be better parents for it, too.

Women cannot possibly do it all. Those who look like they can haven't gotten over the fact that grad school's over and nobody's gonna give em a 4.o grade card anymore. They're paying for it, or their relationships are.

um, is this where I write something about stepping down off the soapbox?

Portia Da Costa said...

Nah, it's to do with compensation...

I make packed lunches, and prepare processed food dinners for himself several times a week in order to compensate for the house looking like the inside of a dumpster 99.9% of the time! LOL

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

LOL, as well! But when you said compensation...well, I was gettin a slightly different piccie of himself's way of repaying your generous domesticity. :)

Shall I bring Fluff to our Bellathon in DC in 09? You really haven't lived til you get to notice that after you scoop some out of the jar, the surface of the fluff always slurps back to perfect flatness.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

...and my house -- as amyskf can attest -- looks similar most of the time, also, P. My husband also looks the other way on that one. Our barter system is slightly different.


Unknown said...

Thanks Michelle and as you once told me there is no such thing as TMI here :)

And speaking of marshmallow fluff another really yummy thing to make with it is a strawberry dip. You mix the fluff with strawberry flavored cream cheese and dip your strawberries in it. My aunt made it at one of the family gatherings and it was really good.

Kati said...

Our barter system is slightly different.


Yes. ;oP

No, I say a well placed ehem...favor to change the subject is always appropriate.

Playground Monitor said...

Up at 6.45am, nearly kills me...

Oh dear God, woman! You pack it the night before! The leftovers go in ziplock bags and little tupperware containers and he just grabs it from the fridge, dumps it in his insulated lunch bag (in the school supplies aisle at Walmart every August)and off he goes while I'm sleeping in til 7:30 or 8:00.

As the child of a man who died from a massive heart attack at age 48, I have to avoid the over-processed stuff, especially things with lots of sodium. And I tried to keep my kids away from it too since they inherited this mess as well. HOWEVER, once they were in colelge, I had no control and I know they ate their share of Ramen noodles. There's still lots of easy things you can do with a can of tuna or a couple of stewed chicken breass.

Bagged salad -- that's my new guilty pleasure. No more rinsing lettuce and tearing it up. And I get the spring mix with several kinds of greens so it looks all pretty. I just add a few cherry tomatoes from the garden and voila!

With no kids in the house now, I do manage to keep things halfway decent. It's the ironing that piles up. I blogged today about things that luster and things that don't. Ironing was right up there in the "don't" category. Book/story contracts were in the "do" list.


Monica Burns said...

Grrrr, Blogger doesn't like me today. Of course 4hours of sleep doesn't make one's head clear does it.*grin*

I will never be nominated for mother of the year, mother of the month even mother of the week. I'm terrible to my kids. I point to the frig and tell them to get their own lunch. *grin* As for Fluff it reminds me of Michelle's distate for KK, and peanut butter??? YUCK!!! yeah it's UnAmerican, I know but...

I REFUSE absolutely REFUSE to make anything with peanut butter in it or on it. I will not put it on bread, I will eat something else instead. I will not offer it up on toast, not even as a host. I will not eat it in a cookie, I will not eat it with a Wookie. I will not coat it on celery, and never mix it with jelly. If you asked me to eat it I would simply say Beat it! No thank you Sam I Am, I will not even eat it with Jam.

oops, there is one instance where I will eat Peanut butter. *blush* Those salty cheese crackers Lance makes. LOL


Monica Burns said...

It's the ironing that piles up.

For this they created dry cleaning. I refuse to iron the DH's shirts. I told him to send them to the cleaners. He says it's too much money (I do the books). I shrugged and said, "Have at it sweetie, I ironed my Dad's shirts, I'm not ironing yours!"

I know I'm sooooo selfish!

Jessica Barksdale Inclan said...

Okay--gross. Here is goes:

White bread, bologna, mayo. OR

Liverwurst, mayo, white bread.

I have not eaten either for years, but I still have fantasies.

When your children are older (22,20, mine), you will realize all the flippin worry you had over their food and school and etc, etc was mostly just that--worry. They grow up, live, are fine, whether or not you made them whole wheat sandwiches with free range chicken and locally grown organic lettuce.


Portia Da Costa said...

It's the ironing that piles up.

What is ironing? I've never heard of that... Is it some kind of kinky sex I haven't tried yet?


Playground Monitor said...

White bread period -- GROSS!

Ha ha, Portia. Funny. Have you thought about stand-up comedy?


Unknown said...

I like to cook and I'm a bit of a health nut so my poor kids get to eat home cooked-of course, they much prefer pot noodles, mac and cheese out of a box and Macdonald's-but that's probably a generational thing as my mother didn't like to cook and we made our own stuff, so now I cook-its the circle of life.
But I am teaching my 3 teenage boys how to cook-so far they can do pasta, eggs, toast and are kings of the microwave :)

I think I offended my local mum's club when I suggested it would be great if we could velcro the ceiling and then just toss the baby up there when it cried so it would stick to the ceiling for a bit...still not quite sure what they were objecting to :)

My mother taught me that it is essential to keep a little piece of yourself for yourself-that's why I write and my kids are very respectful of that.

my own personal sammie Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, of course
heirloom tomatoes, sour dough bread and Dubliner cheese-yum

Anonymous said...

Morning Michelle and Bellas,

Congrats Portia! Definitely a book I will have to add to my TBR pile (along with Fairyville, which was mentioned yesterday). I just love the fact that my library purchase such a broad range of books :)

I've never heard of Fluffernutters - they sound strange, but then I've never been one to mix my food groups.

Did someone say peanut butter was banned at their local school? How can they do that and how do they know? (I just picture a sandwich inspection :)

Ohhhh, sammich...has to be Rehvenge (no hesitation there) and...Nalini Singh's Lucas Hunter.

orannia *who is now going to find it VERY difficult to concentrate at work*

ev said...

Portia- must have been my scottish granny- I still eat bread with butter and sugar on it when I get a craving!!

and we have a jar of Fluff in the cabinet at all times. It's really good in Hot Chocolate.

Orannia- some schools banned peanut products of any kind because of kids with allergies. Unfortunately, instead of making sure those kids sit away from anyone who might have something with peanuts in it, the other kids have to give it up. I am one of those moms who thinks it is up to the parent to teach the child to not accept food from someone else. Off my soap box.

jessica- I do liverwurst on white bread with ketchup and raw onion.Needless to say, I don't go anywhere afterwards!!

Portia Da Costa said...

I've got it! The answer to all my lunch making, ironing, meal preparation and house de-dumpstering requirements...

I need a doggen!

Unknown said...

Portia that is a GREAT idea! I so could use one too! Think someone who is happy to clean up after me and my son.

danetteb said...

I'm with Michelle H., my oldest is happy with pizza rolls and my middle one can eat salami and cheese daily,my youngset is a PBand J girl...and to mix it up if we have left over pasta or rice the night before,its easier for me.*g*

Now for my favorite MANwich,I'll take a Vin Diesal,Arod,Clive Owen with me in the middle .:D

Anonymous said...

See, I am dreading the whole lunch bit. My 5-year-old starts kindergarten in the fall and I keep thinking I should TRAIN HIM NOW to pack his own lunch. Think that'll work? Or will he pack chocolate and soda? :) That's nutritious, right?

Unknown said...

danetteb said... "Now for my favorite MANwich,I'll take a Vin Diesal,Arod,Clive Owen with me in the middle"

I'm glad I'm not the only one that calls it a Manwich :)

Playground Monitor said...

I need a doggen!

A what?

Unknown said...

It's from the BDB

doggen n. Member of the servant class within the vampire world. Doggens have old, conservative traditions about service to their superiors, following a formal code of dress and behavior. They are able to go out during the day, but they age relatively quickly. Life expectancy is approximately five hundred years.

They're awesome!

Julie in Ohio said...

A doggen is the answer to my prayers. Do you think Fritz is available? I'd take him.

Marilyn-- A doggen is a butler/maid/cook all rolled into one. They're in the Black Dagger Brotherhood books.

ev said...

I actually cook dinner on a regular basis- hubby is a diabetic, so I don't have a choice. It means we tend to eat semi healthy too. ew.

Stacy~ said...

Oh, you all put me to shame. No kids or hubby, and I'm lucky I can feed myself. It's not that I don't like to cook, but for one person it seems like too much effort, so junkfood is my life LOL.

Just saw "Live Free or Die Hard" last night, and even though he's in his 50's, Bruce Willis is still hot. Something about a smart*ss with a bit of a crazy side that is totally hot.

My sammich du jour: John McLane (Bruce Willis) and Jason Bourne (Matt Damon). There's just something about those men of action ;)

Portia Da Costa said...

Hey, Stacy... I like your sammich. :) Those are two of my great action heroes too... Yum yum!

Cinthia Hamer said...

Mmm...put me down for Gerard Butler and Colin Firth. Yummy. :)

I've never had a Fluff sandwich, but they sound icky.

I do think I'm the Queen of strange sandwiches, least, that's what I've been told...for example:

Refried beans mixed w/ mayo and diced green chilis.

Peanut butter and banana

Nuteena(Google it!)smooshed up w/ mayo, minced olives, pickle relish and hard-boiled eggs.

Smoked kippers w/ ketchup

That's all I can think of ATM...but I'm still on my first cup of coffee. :)

Cinthia Hamer said...


My kids went to a very conservative private school and there was no access to hot lunch except on Fridays.

Lunches were, shall we say, a challenge. No meat allowed. No "junk food" allowed. And yes, they would send a letter home or catch you when you came to pick the kids up and speak to you if they found contraband in your wee one's lunchbox.

So, my girls ate a lot of cheese and crackers, peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat, celery and carrot sticks, tortilla chips and salsa, bean burritos (they had a microwave in the classroom), leftover mac n/cheese and spaghetti.

Sara Thacker said...

My house isn't clean, my kids get sprayed with Deet, we use babysitters, and I don't fix the kids lunch - we homeschool and they can fix their own lunch even if it is cereal. Okay, so I do fix them lunch sometimes but on any given day they may or may not have lunch fixed for them. I am not a super mom thought I do know some.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas!

We can all agree that we're super. And some of us are moms. Ergo...


Back soon!

Monica Burns said...

Ok, Blogger hates me, I'm glad you made an appearance Michelle, I was worried about you and Ames...hoping both of you and your loved ones are safe. Tragic about the bridge in Minnie

Hugs, Mon

Playground Monitor said...

even though he's in his 50's

You make 50 sound so old. I'm halfway to 60. Egads! That DOES sound old. ;-)


Portia Da Costa said...

I hear you, Marilyn! I'm so there, agewise, too...

But I think we're both ageless in our hearts, even if we can't turn the clock back physically! :)

Vivi Anna said...

Mm, Stacy now we're talking...

An Action Sammich...

James Bond/Vivi/Jason Bourne

mmmmmmmm, super duper delicious

And on another day...

A Serious Sammich


Unknown said...

Oh that does sound good ;)

I finally got my copy of Suite Seventeen so I can read some more about that Clever Bobby! (LeeAnn being a true dork sitting at her desk doing a happy dance)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Well, if one is going to do anything, leeann, one should do it in the biggest way possible!

hullo, Bellas, and for starters, thanks to all who've written to ask whether everyone in the family is doing well. As some of you may know, there was a bridge collapse in Minneapolis last evening. Quite tragic, yet miraculous in the number of folks who were rescued, or who managed to walk away unharmed.

It seems unbelievable, because Minnesota is a state that is wonderful about taking care of public works and stuff.

I can't even watch the tv coverage. I'm telling you. Stuff like this is why I read romance novels.

Ok, everyone. Not only did I go to the store for lunch stuffs yesterday, I actually made dinner last night! Well, I boiled hot dogs -- cause I haven't learned to use the grill and am, frankly, a little afraid of it -- and I let the kids make little salads at the store salad bar. (yeah, you don't need to tell me about the skeeviness factor. I figure a little salmonella is a small price to pay for the joy in their eyes over a fun job well done).

Oh, have I been remiss on making myself a sammich? Hmmm. Let me think. Gosh, I'm totally stumped. I'll have to get back to youz.

ev said...

Cinthia- No Meat allowed??? I do pb&banana too. LOL

I still haven't figured out which type of sammy, but I can think of a puppy pile full!!!

Cinthia Hamer said...

EV, it was a Seventh Day Adventist school (NOT Mormon or Jehovah's Witness). They're big on healthful living and that includes avoiding "flesh foods" whenever possible.

It certainly didn't hurt S&A to do without meat at lunch because we usually had chicken or beef at supper. :)

Mmm, puppy pile...the mind boggles...Gerard, Colin, Ewan, Vincenzo, Clive...~~sigh~~

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ev said...

Cinthia- I couldn't pick just 2 and I like some of your 'puppies'!!

Stacy~ said...

Marilyn, 50 is not old at all, I just mean because he's almost 20 yrs old than me. There are quite a few men who are 50 and older that I think are totally hot, and Sean Connery still gets tons of attention and isn't he in his 70's? Age is just a number...unless people are talking age difference, then that's a whole other issue LOL.

Vivi, you inspire me with your sammiches ;)

Kati said...

Mornin' Bellas. Hope everyone is having a good week. I'm in major vacation countdown mode! Woohoo! Less than a week from now, I'll be on a beach in San Juan, PR sippin' a drink and reading a romance!


Hey, for the BDB fans, I've got Phury's new cover up on my blog. Come by and visit!


Portia Da Costa said...

Thanks for that, MaryKate!

I was hoping for an astounding hair shot for Phury... but alas, no. It's like when I was hoping for tumbling masses of black hair - a la Wrath - for my Valentino cover... but no such luck there, either.

Do you think there's a slight bias against long haired blokes on print covers nowadays? Or am I just seeing the wrong covers?

Kati said...

Portia - I think there might be. You know, the stereotypes from the clinch covers of the 80s or something?? I dunno.

I'm really not crazy about the Phury cover. It looks like he's considering taking a bite out of a mannequin. And also, no hair, which, other than his leg, is his defining feature.

Oh well. I wasn't happy with V's cover either with no tatts on it.

Never happy. That's me.

Portia Da Costa said...

Yeah, I think there may be a sort of backlash against those clinch covers with the flowing locked chaps on them... Fabio and the like.

I love the cover I did get for S17, and I reckon his hair is simply swept back and just out of view... but when I pointed out to editorial that my guy had this long flowing black hair, they said that they couldn't find a suitable longhaired guy image that didn't look like an Italian stud... Which made me laugh, because that's *exactly* what my Valentino is!!! He knows he's cliche and he revels in it! LOL

Monica Burns said...

I'll be on a beach in San Juan, PR sippin' a drink and reading a romance!

MK, I hope you have a FABo time...although I confess that the beach scene is sooooo not me. Give me rollercoasters or Tower of Terror in WDW anyday over sun on the beach. LOL


Julie in Ohio said...

I so wish life would either slow way down or speed the heck up. As of 4:30 this afternoon I'm on vacation (the first in 6 years). I have a million things I should be accomplishing before then but, hey, when that bell rings I'm outta here. ;p

LOL, MK! You don't like Phury's mannequin but don't forget he's celibate. A woman of flesh in blood may not be his thing. :oD

I don't think ya'll should worry too much about the cover (which I think is great that is matches his eyes). They changed V's cover, maybe they'll do the same for Phury.

Monica Burns said...

I don't think ya'll should worry too much about the cover

Jules is right! A great cover does not necessarily make for a good read anymore than a bad cover means the read is a bad one.

It's always nice to have a great cover because it helps address that impulse buy, but we already know Ward writes one hellava great book, the cover is really meaningless IMHO. *grin*

Part of the fun in reading a book with a great hero is that my imagination gets to fashion his looks, his body, his facial expressions, his sounds, his movements just as I personally want him to be. The cover helps some, but I rely on the writer giving me just enough details so I can envision my own image of the hero, not someone else's. *grin*

Julie in Ohio said...

"The cover helps some, but I rely on the writer giving me just enough details so I can envision my own image of the hero, not someone else's."

Mon- You just pointed out the exact reason I don't like "model" covers. It bugs me when the "someone else" gets it all wrong, which, IMO, is 9 times out of 10.

Kimberly Kaye Terry said...

"when I pointed out to editorial that my guy had this long flowing black hair, they said that they couldn't find a suitable longhaired guy image that didn't look like an Italian stud... Which made me laugh, because that's *exactly* what my Valentino is!!! He knows he's cliche and he revels in it! LOL "

~TOO funny, Portia!! Cliche and reveling in it!!

My favorite cover from my books so far is the one for Make It Last, my EC print book, because well...Jason Santiago is so damn FINE, lol. And it actually shows my couple (who are an interraical couple) and the look in their eyes is perfect. There's heat and passion, and a TENSION. hmmm, mama likey! :D

Also, I have been getting a lot of great feedback on the cover for Ridin' the Rails. It's absolutely gorgeous. Really sensual, and no one is butt naked...whoda thunk it?

I've learned that it can be difficult for the marketing folks to sometimes come up with covers that they feel will sell the books. For me, as I write primarily interracial romances, and erotic ones at that, it is a very strange dilemma.

Trying to figure out my target audience, and creating a cover that will have mass appeal. This is one of the main reasons it's probably easier for them to just put a naked man on the cover. That pretty much covers the basis, teehee.

Seriously, in all honesty, I prefer to have a beautiful couple, who depict my characters on my book.

But, I understand that the marketing folks know more than I do, on how to promote the book, and the cover is the first thing that draws readers, unless you're a NYT or USA today bestseller, and have all those wonderful "auto-buy" readers, who don't care what the cover looks like, they buy!

Unknown said...

MK I hope that you have a great time even though I’m totally jealous. I have to wait till October till I get my next Vacation. The fam is going to Disneyland. But I wish I could also have a week on a beach somewhere by myself with a good series of books and drinks.

I agree about the cover it does look a little awkward. I know the cover isn’t really what matters but it sure is fun to look at ;)

CrankyOtter said...

I ate hot school lunch just about every day of my whole life. I felt sorry for the poor schmucks who had to eat the same damn sandwich day after day. When mom did pack a lunch though, it almost always had more than I could eat with the extra veggies and fruit she'd put in. Never got potato chips.

My favorite sandwich is something along these lines:
nutty multi grain bread, smoked ham, miracle whip OR sundried tomato paste OR hummus, cucumbers or sweet pickles, radish sprouts, romaine, and avocados.

The average subway type sandwhich totally repels me since I don't like mayo, mustard raw tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and don't prefer dill pickles, bland chicken and cardboardy white bread.

Even if they think ketchup is a vegetable, send your kid to lunch with a bag of crunchy veggies (pea pods, celery, carrots, broccoli - they all come pre-washed even) and a hot lunch ticket. Instant variety.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

crankyotter! So good to see you around agian, Bella! As always, you're the voice of reason with your last suggestion. And your fave sand sounds great, even w/out the meat.

My mom used to pack me special lunches cause I was on a low sodium diet (this was for years before I had my kidney transplant). And I, kid who thought I was invincible, used to toss the lunches and eat the nice, salty school lunches. God, I loved the sticky clump of buttery rice they used to scoop out onto the tray.