I am so ready for Italy and before you ask, no, I haven't booked it yet. I was debating on doing so before the RWA Conference, but my time has really been flying by. I just keep wondering, where did May go? Perhaps coordinating the long overdue maintenance on my house has stolen a lot of my spare time and my social life has taken the rest. You see I bought my house/office a little over two years ago and I don't think the previous owners did much maintenance that wasn't required. I had the ducts cleaned (they had never been cleaned before, all I can say about that is ick!); the carpets stretched, cleaned and Tefloned; the patio deck power washed (it was green in some places); the windows cleaned (there was no way I was going to be able to reach the second story bay windows); my hot tub assessed and fixed (if only it was a hot tub time machine!); and all the yard work done, which was no small job. We had a pretty nasty storm a couple of months ago and it took down six trees and countless tree size branches across my 3-acre property. My yard looked like a tornado had hit it and although it's looking a LOT better they're still working on it.
You'd think with all that I've had done on my house that that would be it but there was still so much more that I could have had the maintenance guys do. Did you know you could have pretty much anything power washed including your patio? Yes, they do power wash your driveways and patio stones. I was recently informed that they will also power wash the exterior of your house, siding and all. Yes, you did read that correctly. They will come and power wash your entire house if you want them to! That just cracks me up. Maybe I should have them power wash the big cedar in my front yard because the needles are looking a little dull lately. LOL
Oops... well I know I'm not supposed to use LOL anymore as it is, and I am quoting our local paper here, 'So 2009', but Haha just doesn't cut it for me. Haha does not bring to my mind Laughing Out Loud. Haha reminds me of Nelson, that really obnoxious kid from the Simpsons. Shrug... I guess I'm a little old school. Besides it takes an extra letter, four to LOL's three, and I'm all about timesaving. (grin)
My big news...The Reluctant Vampire is now out! Yes, May 31st is the release date (my pretties!) and Port Henry is being revisited. Hope you enjoy seeing Harper and Drina squirm as Stephanie has a little too much fun playing their cupid.
Thank-you so much to everyone that submitted a story for contest #18. Many of you are so courageous, some of you on a daily basis. I was amazed. It was very hard to select just two out of so many great stories so, again thank-you. Now, drum role please... the winners of a signed copy of The Reluctant Vampire are Ashley Fong and Cindy Colohan. Congratulations ladies!
And although there weren't nearly as many entries for contest #19, there were many great suggestions all of which I will keep in mind as I head for where the Italians roam free and are unhindered by our frantic North American work pace. Again, another drum role please... the winner of UK edition of A Quick Bite is... Maria Rosa Contardi! Ahhh!
Finally there is another contest (#20). This one is about not wanting to give up something old. How it relates to winning a book I'm not sure but you can read the details below.
As my final adieu in this newsletter, I hope to see you all at the RWA conference! And just in case a smiley face is also now deemed 'So 2009', I will describe it... I'm curving my lips in a gesture of good will, showing my teeth a little but not so much that it may be deemed scary or shark-like. (ROTFLMAO)