Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday Morning Update: Promo Fun, Wildernessy Reading, and Winter Vacation


It's winter vacation! (Hack, hack, cough, sneeze...oh joyful days stuck in the house while it's snowing outside and my kids are both sick as dogs).

Plan for the week: consume lots of OJ, log in many hours of Call of Duty, and schedule ear-piercing at the mall for my 8 year old daughter. (This is attempt #2 since she lost her nerve the first time).

Yesterday's talk at the NEC meeting was a blast. I had a great time chatting with all the wonderful members of the New England chapter about self-promotion. Unfortunately, I only got through half my material...whoops! I probably could have gone on and on for hours until everyone shrivelled up from dehydration and begged me to stop. Hee hee!

On the reading front: I am in the midst of a wildnerness reading frenzy. Not on purpose, it was just a coincidence. I finished Julia Rachel Barrett's newest book, Pushing Her Boundaries, and I loved it! (A- read). Review coming soon. It was inspired by Julia's camping trip from hell, and it has a very suspenseful storyline involving storms, and canoes, and cougars....wildernessy!

Also on the wildernessy front (do you like how I just made up a new word? heh heh).....I got an ARC at the meeting yesterday and decided to dive right into Meg Maguire's Caught on Camera. It's about a wilderness survival television star and his trusty PA. First of all, the cover is so hilarious, I can't believe it! "This show is getting x-rated" on the front cover. The camera strategically placed over the dude's crotch. And best of all, the male model's impish and naughty facial expression. In addition to all of this deliciousness, the book is excellent. My first read by this author, and I am loving it. Review to follow when I finish!

Hope everyone has a great week!
Penelope

5 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Boo sicky!
Yah ears pierced! Exciting.

Meg Maguire said...

I remember you mentioning getting Call of Duty on Twitter—how naive of me to think it was for the kids! Excellent plan for distracting yourself from the germs.

Glad you're enjoying the book. I'm going to stick beards on all my heroes from now on, just to sweeten my chances with you.

Penelope said...

Hi Juju! Natty is determined to get the deed done this week. First time she saw a newborn baby getting its ears pierced, and it was a traumatic experience to say the least. Hopefully, this time will be better!

Penelope said...

Actually, Meg, I have no freakin' idea how to play COD (that's what my 13 yr old son and his friends call it)....HE will be logging in hours of game time. I will be logging in hours of reading romance novels! The entire basement is now called "the man cave" and I don't even go down there. It's the hang-out spot for my son and his friends, and pizza boxes, etc. Scary!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Glad to hear your talk went well - so sorry I couldn't be there, since I was in the same hemisphere, more or less.
I'm glad you enjoyed the story. I need to see the cover of this other book - sounds hilarious!
Be brave with the ear piercing. When my daughter got her belly button pierced at 14, I nearly fainted.