Saturday, February 28, 2009

My New Love

Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man
far better than through mortal friends. - Dawn Adams


So... I've been reading this romantic comedy series by Kasey Michaels. It was an accident of fate, really. My mom found a beat up copy of one of the books at the senior center near her house, read it and thought I'd like it. I didn't like it -- I LOVED it.

I've been trying to read it as a reader AND a writer, which is tough. The books are so good, I forget to be a writer and just get sucked into the story. I seldom do that anymore, which is why reading has lost much of its pleasure for me, so when I find a book that is good enough for me to shut that part of me down, it's amazing.

Still, I've been trying to watch how she creates her characters because she does it so well. There are no "walk-on" parts in the book -- everyone is someone memorable, even if they only have a place for two pages. Each person is so unique and interesting ... I have serious author envy. I haven't loved an author this much since Jenny Crusie and it's possible that Ms. Michaels is vying for first place in my heart.

If you're interested, here's the series:

Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Too Good To Be True
Love To Love You Baby
Be My Baby Tonight
This Must Be Love
This Can't Be Love

I want to be her when I grow up...

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FYI: Mammogram...

Brandy mentioned she wasn't old enough to get them yet. I wasn't either until two years ago, but I've been getting them since my mid-twenties (lucky, lucky me!) because there's a family history: My mom had breast cancer. The rule is -- I needed to start getting mammograms 10 years prior to the age when Mom had cancer. Unfortunately, Mom had cancer VERY YOUNG.

So, for the past 15 years or so I've been fighting to get an exam every year. It was an ordeal -- call the radiology dept, ask for an appt, tell them my birthday. "Ma'am, you're not old enough." ... "I have a family history." ... "Your insurance won't pay." ... "Yes they will, it's medically necessary."

GAH.

Do they think I'm doing it for FUN? It was a relief to turn forty and not have to have that problem any more.

But, seriously -- early detection is the key, folks. Self-exams. MOST cancer is caught on a self-exam. And you're never too young to get it. So, take care of you.

/end public service announcement.

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You Are Potato Chips



When you're stressed out, you seek food that is quick and easy.

Life is pretty overwhelming at times, so you prefer comfort food that you can just grab and eat.



You're the type of person who takes on too much, and you don't have a lot of free time.

So even when you have junk food as a meal, you're just thankful that you had any time to eat at all.



They know me so well!

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8 comments:

Dru said...

I've been at Kasey's website and I like the synopsis for her Sunshine Sisters. Thanks for pointing her out to us.

You Are Peanut Butter and Jelly

When you're stressed out, you seek food that evokes good memories.

More than anything, change tends to wig you out. And during those times, you crave what you know.

You take solace in things that remind you of a more innocent, happier time.

When it comes to comfort food, there's no such thing as too simple. Peanut butter and jelly totally fits the bill!


Have a good Saturday.

Ceri Hebert said...

You Are Mac and Cheese

When you are stressed out, you seek safety above everything else.
And nothing is more nourishing than a big warm plate of carbs.

Taking risks takes a toll on you, and you prefer your comfort food to be old fashioned.
You're the type of person who could eat the same meal every night, especially when life is hard.


I'll have to give this Kasey a try. Always looking for someone new to enjoy.

Allie Boniface said...

I'm surprised you had those kinds of problems...I had to start early too, but my ob gave me a rx so it was never an issue.

Gotta love the medical field and insurance companies, right?

And yeah, early detection is KEY. The treatments today are so terrific that the survival rate is much higher than it ever was.

Judy said...

I am Apple Pie.

When you're stressed out, you crave the company of those you love.
Your comfort food is likely to be something you cook and share with others.

In fact, stress often causes you to cook like crazy... even when you're not hungry.
Taking care of people often wears you down, but it's also the thing that energizes you.


Last weekend, at the retreat, I had baked a loaf of bread to take and was making toast for everyone the first morning. One of the other writers came up to me and said, "You are such a mom."

Well.. yeah.....

Sarita Leone said...

I am apple pie. And you know what? It fits. :)

Off to peek in at Kasey Michaels's website. Thanks!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Here I'm on the crocus search. Don't expect to find any, but I'm searching...
*G*

Tori Lennox said...

I love Kasey Michaels!!! My favorite is her Maggie Kelly mystery series. It's so much fun!

I'm Mac & Cheese.

groovyoldlady said...

You Are Peanut Butter and Jelly

When you're stressed out, you seek food that evokes good memories.

More than anything, change tends to wig you out. And during those times, you crave what you know.

You take solace in things that remind you of a more innocent, happier time.

When it comes to comfort food, there's no such thing as too simple. Peanut butter and jelly totally fits the bill!


That's me. I <3 my PB!

Brandy said...

I'm apple pie and it fits. *g* I like taking care of everyone. It's my nature. But, funny enough I haven't eaten apple pie in 10 years. *g*
I do self check. I may not be old enough, but I don't want surprises, either. Since I'll turn 35 in August I have quite a ways to go before it's necessary, but I won't take it for granted.
I read Kasey Michaels, I enjoy her humor in her books.

I hope you have a good Saturday!