Well, at last It's Friday, my blossoms, and from the looks of things around this place—everyone draped over the big comfy chairs (or over the hot, comfy waiters ;) ), shoes off, cool, lavender scented cloths draped over eyes—you have all POPped until you've dropped, and I can assure you, I have done likewise. I had a wonderful time at the disco and concert and karaoke bar last night, and I loved seeing all of you in those places. It was especially entertaining when Kathy K. danced on the tables in the Karaoke bar. ;) When you're all able to move again, there's steaming hot coffee and tea and iced coffee drinks and tea to revive you as well as, of course, the fresh-squeezed juice and smoothie bar. The fruit bouquets have also been replenished and there are dainty yet gooey pastries and heartier fare, too (the omelette bar, naturally) for those of you who awake starving when you have cyber hangovers. The cocktail of the day is called THE PERILS OF PLEASURE, and though the ingredients are a secret, I can tell you that it's green, delicious, and every time you take a sip you instantly feel the way your favorite happy memory makes you feel. :)
But alas, the fact that it's Friday means that this party, much like Brigadoon, must now fade into a misty water-colored memory, only to rem-emerge, oh, around November or so when LIKE NO OTHER LOVER, the book after POP and the next one in the Pennyroyal Green series, is released. Hee! I had a wonderful, fabulous time, and I can't thank you enough for coming! And if you're not on my mailing list, visit my website to sign up for my newsletter, so you'll be among the first to receive party invitations in the future. And now, please spend the day mingling, saying farewell to each other and your favorite very attractive psychic waiter, and remember that the fluffy robes up in your suites are free and you can take them home with you. You'll find them magically monogrammed with your initials when you return to your suite. We must also give big cyber hugs and congratulations to our Thursday book winner (she wins a copy of THE SECRET TO SEDUCTION) and our GRAND PRIZE winners! Drum roll, please (thanks Ringo....very nice...he's doing the drum roll, as he came with Paul to the gig last night...)
1. MONDAY WINNER: LilyBiscuit!! Send me an email darling (put "Monday blog winner" in the subject line so I can find you easily!) and I'll pack your book up to send to you!
2. TUESDAY WINNER: Guysrose! from Sunny Florida! Send me a note with your address, sweets! Yay for GuysRose!! Hop onto the blog and take a bow!
3. WEDNESDAY WINNER: limecello and karlew! blow kisses to the crowd Lime and Kar! everyone give them cyber hugs!! send me an email, chicklettes, with "Wednesday blog winner" in the subject line. ) BATS is the prize!
4. THURSDAY WINNER: ShariC wins a signed copy of the THE SECRET TO SEDUCTION!!
5. GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Foontou!! Wins the entire signed set of the Holt Sisters trilogy and those beautiful POP collection earrings!!!
Congrats to all our wonderful winners!! If you're a winner and you haven't emailed me yet with your address, don't forget to do it! Make sure you put "Blog Prize winner" in your subject line!
A big HUG for all of you, cookies, and I hope you leave this party wearing a dreamy smile that will last well beyond the weekend. I'll be here today, so hang out as long as you'd like! xo....julie
Well, hello darlings! Welcome to my POP Til You Drop Party and Movie Premiere! Thanks so much for coming. I hope you’ve dressed appropriately for the occasion. LOL. Actually…well, perhaps I should have mentioned this in the invitation, but it’s a Come-As-You-Are party, so sweats, bathrobes, tiaras, suits (three-piece, bathing, scuba, etc.) and combinations thereof are all entirely appropriate. Comfort is king (and queen), today, though I wouldn’t mind at all if you flung on a boa (feather, not constrictor) or elbow-length gloves or something sparkly. (But do the flinging-on of things surreptitiously if you’re at work right now. I do not want to be blamed if you’re caught adjusting the fit of your boa in your cubicle.) Help yourself to some cyber Mimosas—my very good looking (but not as good looking as any of you) cyber wait staff will bring them or anything else you care to imbibe around (they’re psychic, did I mention? They’ll know just what you want)--and please feel free to heap your plate at the cyber chocolate bar (it’s never too early or too late for chocolate). Check out that big block of bold down at the bottom for the contest rules and all the goodies I’m giving away.
So I’ve wanted to celebrate POP’s (The Perils of Pleasure, for the uninitiated) release (as well as its wonderful reception from readers and reviewers!!) and the launch of my Pennyroyal Green series with you guys for a while now, and it seemed like fun to do it at Red Room, as it’s an online community started in my San Francisco hometown and they saw fit to feature my goofy video on Deadline Preparedness on their homepage this weekPOP page at HarperCollins and tell me what you think!!
The Perils of Pleasure in many ways parallels my writing process: Colin and Madeleine race against their respective, very personal deadlines through a labyrinth of secrets linking the London underworld and aristocracy in order to prove Colin’s innocence, along the way encountering any number of surprises and great big questions and dead ends. Ironically, writing, for me, is often a race against deadline through a labyrinth in which I encounter surprises, occasional dead ends and loads of questions. Funny how that works! LOL. Then again, I’ve actually used myriad metaphors to describe my own writing process before. Such as...writing a book is often a bit like wandering through an intriguing museum without a map. You often don't know what you'll find around the next corner, and every corner has its appeal. Most writers, given the slightest encouragement, will happily bore you to tears with metaphors about the writing process. LOL. (Anything to procrastinate).
In LIKE NO OTHER LOVER, (out in November), we’ll meet renowned explorer Miles Redmond and tarnished-but-not out belle Cynthia Brightly, touch on a few of the mysteries and relationships introduced in POP, and probably raise even more questions (and create some serious steam). Just to keep things maddening. LOL. And I promised a few readers (like Kathy K!) to share a few of the other things I keep in Deadline Preparedness kit that didn't make it into the video, so here goes:
1) A hair elastic. Why? Because grooming – bathing, eyebrow plucking, hair brushing, and the like– robs you of precious seconds that could be used to refine your exquisite prose, and thus grooming goes straight to Hell during that deadline stretch. During deadlines I lasso my hair, which is large and nearly sentient on a good day, into an elastic, thus creating what I call “The radish” – a great big brunette fountain of hair atop my head. And I like to think my eyebrows actually look forward to deadlines, because that’s the only time of year they’re allowed to actually meet.
I’m actually very sexy. No, honest.
2) A ratty sweater. Every author should own and employ a ratty sweater during deadlines. Mine is a black cable-stitched hoodie (hoody?) with a zipper I’ve owned nearly since birth. It has a nice hole for ventilation near the hood (I can fit three fingers through it), and it's been washed so many times that when you hold it up to the light you can practically see through it. Why is a ratty sweater useful? Because in a ratty sweater, you’ll be dressed enough so that you won’t alarm the Chinese food delivery man when he brings food to your door (during deadlines, most sustenance arrives in little white boxes or large flat boxes carried to your front door by someone else) whereas if you appear in your bathrobe you might just startle him. And yet you won’t be so dressed that you’ll actually be tempted to flee the house after the deliveryman, away, away from your deadline, perhaps to Singapore. Black is a good color for a ratty sweater. (see the portion of my video regarding “spills and stains.”)
3) Josh. I almost stashed my friend Josh in the box instead. Josh likes to go surfing during his lunch hour (he owns his own business) and then stop by my house to talk to me of Libertarianism and Nick Hornby and motorcycles (three separate topics, I should specify). But Josh is around 6 feet tall and difficult to compact. An aside: We recorded a song for the American Idol song competition (I played all the guitar parts; Josh sang, as he was the singer in my first band) but I accidentally wrote it in a key all but guaranteed to asphyxiate him, and he makes a strangling sound during the bridge. One day I’ll share the .mp3 with y’all. It’s a GREAT song. LOL.
4) Books! During the deadline stretch, it’s important to keep near you the books you’ve already written, to remind yourself that 1) you’ve accomplished this before and you will again, no matter how improbable that seems at the moment, and that it’s really all worthwhile; 2) you’re likely NOT a talentless hack, regardless of what your tired brain is telling you, as someone actually published you. Several times. And...3) Readers actually bought your books, possibly genuinely enjoyed them, and might even buy and enjoy the one you’re feverishly attempting to complete even as the thing is trying to KILL YOU. LOL.
Actually, I exaggerate a tad, of course. Because that's my job as an author. :)
Which brings me back to the best part of being a writer, which is connecting with readers from all over the world. I'll be hanging out here all week, and I’m going to give a signed book away every day this week to a random commenter (so I hope I get some good reader commenters!!), and on Friday I’ll give away the grand prize of the beautiful chalcedony, onyx and sterling earrings from the Perils of Pleasure collection by Northern California jewelry designer Circe designs and a set of my the Holt Sisters trilogy (Beauty and the Spy, Ways to be Wicked and The Secret to Seduction) books. But you have to tell me what color my bathrobe is. LOL. (watch the video!) And just ask me any questions you feel like asking, or just say hi and tell me how your weather is. :) Thanks again for coming to the party! :) xo….julie
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