Awesome Jobs

When you get to be my age, you can boast about having experienced a lot of jobs (often called “finding yourself”) or you’ve done the same thing for about a million years.   My daughter Kennan, who lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, (which is cooler than it sounds because she’s so close to the ultra-cool Manhattan) told me about a recent interview she had for a job.  Working mothers are apparently common in this area, because although they live in Jersey, stuff is expensive since they’re so close to the above mentioned dazzling and happening area of New York.  
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Peanut Butter: A Love Story

I have a strange & complicated relationship with food.  I think most women do, and I think many of us nurse some level of shame over that.     After all, who among us flaunts her candy wrappers?  (So many tiny foil balls, no longer full of kisses!)  Who doesn’t stuff her empty Blizzard cup into the bottom of the trash so nobody sees it?  (Hey, who had Dairy Queen?)  Who hasn’t polished off her kids’ dinners while doing the dishes instead of just eating as much as she wanted at the table?  (Pig.)   So, yeah.  Strange & complicated.
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So What’s Your Hobby?

Okay, this summer at my dreaded night job (DNJ), has been nightmarish. Now summer is always busy for Labor and Delivery units here in the states. I know this because for over 30 years I’ve had to endure them. Want to know why we’re busy from the beginning of July to the end of September? Well…do the math. Nine months before, the weather turns cooler. People decide to cuddle up and POOF! nine months later we have lots of babies! Add to that the fact that summer heat can increase the number of severely sick mothers and we have a recipe for
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A Regency Romp with Valerie Bowman

I’m delighted to have my fellow Starcatcher (the name for 2011 Golden Heart finalists) Valerie Bowman join us in the Lair.  Valerie’s debut, Secrets of a Wedding Night, is just out.  While I have to admit I haven’t read it yet, it’s drawing rave reviews.  Publishers Weekly calls it an “enchanting, engaging debut that will have readers seeking future installments” and Romantic Times Book Reviews says, “This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom.” Booklist gave Secrets of a Wedding Night a starred review. Welcome, Valerie, and congrats on your debut!  What is Secrets
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Booty Time!

The winner of Virginia Kantra’s Carolina Home is Fedora! The Keeper Kase, signed Renegade cover card, and sneak peek at Renegade via NetGalley go to Jane. To claim these prizes, send snail mail info to nancy AT nancynorthcott DOT com or use the link on my writing cave page by October 7.  Jane, I’ll also need to make arrangements for you to use NetGalley. Congratulations to Fedora and Jane, and thank you to everyone who stopped by!  

When the Party’s Over…

Those of you who stop by here regularly know Trish and I go to Dragon*Con pretty much every Labor Day weekend.  You may not realize I rarely stay late on Monday.  When I went by myself, I usually left mid-morning Monday so as to miss the worst holiday traffic.  The dh isn’t as leery of that as I am, so we stayed a bit later when the guys went with me.  There’s usually some kind of great panel on Monday morning, and the crowds are thin, so you can just walk in without standing in line. This is the Centennial
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Commercials that Make Me Laugh

I love TV almost as much as I love books. I used to work in TV, so at one time, I could claim that watching TV was an essential part of my job. But now, even though it’s nothing but a time waster, I still love it. And I don’t just love the shows – I love the commercials. Especially the funny ones. I feel giddy, fan-girl admiration for ad copywriters who can pack several laugh-out-loud moments into one 30-second spot. Here are a few of that make me belly laugh: Snickers Peanut Butter Squares If you can’t see the
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Oh My! We have a winner

The winner of the Fifty  Shades of Oh My! blog post is….Emma Jay! Emma – Please go to www.DonnaMacMeans.com and send my your contact information and your choice of either Redeeming the Rogue or The Casanova Code as a choice of prize.  I’ll send out your book pronto! Everyone – for another chance at some great prizes, you might want to enter the Fabulous Facebook Fan Page Promotion.  Just go to my Fan page on Facebook (Donna MacMeans, Author)  “Like” my page, then click on the little Romance Bandits box.  Enter your name and email so we can contact you if
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Treasure In Your Own Backyard

This past weekend was Family Weekend at UNC-Asheville, which is located in the Blue Ridge mountains in Asheville, NC. My husband and I were there to see our youngest (who also had a birthday last week) and we had a chance to take a couple of classes. One was on the history of moonshine – a very well-attended session! The other we chose was on Appalachian Literature.   I wasn’t sure quite what to expect from a session on Appalachian Literature, but what I got was not what I expected. First, we had a discussion on how to pronounce “Appalachia”.
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50 Shades of “Oh My!”

I swore I wasn’t going to read this book.  I was content to simply ask people what they thought about Fifty Shades of Grey.  The responses were interesting – readers either loved it, or hated it.  No one seemed middle of the road about it, which should tell you something.  One thing I heard repeatedly from both fans and nonfans was that the book was poorly written.  If you’ve been reading my blog for some time – you know that I’m …well, let’s say that I’m frugal.   😉  Yeah – that’s the ticket.  I didn’t want to spend $10
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