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  • Lynne’s Reading Corner November 25, 2014
    Before I was a writer, I was a reader. (Still am) I devour a book a week, minimum, usually more. This month, the book I’m most looking forward to reading is The Best Kind of Love by Kerri Carpenter. It’s a small-town contemporary I had the chance to read in draft form, and I can’t wait. It comesRead more...
  • Thanksgiving 2014 November 24, 2014
    This will be the first year not going to Miami. Instead we are heading up to New York City to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. We have no plans for a turkey dinner on Thursday and Mr. Silver keeps joking that we’ll eat at the $0.99 pizza place. Um, no thank you, but myRead more...
  • Washington Loves Readers Luncheon October 25, 2014
    As you know (or not), I chaired the first ever Washington Loves Reader’s luncheon on October 11, 2014 along with author, Kimberly Kincaid. It basically meant I got to pick the lunch menu and assign seats. {Rubs hands mad with power} 40 authors showed up to wine and dine the readers, and well, when you getRead more...

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Lynne’s Reading Corner

Before I was a writer, I was a reader. (Still am) I devour a book a week, minimum, usually more. This month, the book I’m most looking forward to reading is The Best Kind of Love by Kerri Carpenter. It’s a small-town contemporary I had the chance to read in draft form, and I can’t wait.

It comes out December 10, 2014. Here’s the blurb:

TBKoL-mediumAfter twelve years away, organized consultant, Penelope Walker, doesn’t expect to return to Blue Lake, Virginia. But when her parents unexpectedly die, she returns to her hometown and finds out that general contractor and former love of her life, Ethan Callahan, is back too. Their relationship transcended the typical high school romance and his mere presence is enough to have all those feelings of passion return full force. Only she can’t forget that Ethan didn’t show up for their secret elopement and left her brokenhearted.

It doesn’t take long for Ethan to realize he wants Penelope back, but he knows she won’t let go of the past that easily. When she finds out what her parents asked him to do all those years ago, she’ll never let him back into her life. Even though he did all of it for her.

Penelope’s determined to unravel the mystery of their shared pasts, while Ethan wants nothing more than to move on to their future. If these two former lovers can learn to forgive and forget, will they be able to remember that they had the best kind of love?

Want to buy it: http://kerricarpenter.com/ 

Thanksgiving 2014

This will be the first year not going to Miami. Instead we are heading up to New York City to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. We have no plans for a turkey dinner on Thursday and Mr. Silver keeps joking that we’ll eat at the $0.99 pizza place. Um, no thank you, but my kids would be thrilled.

Watching the parade is a huge part of our Thanksgiving day ritual. Growing up in Miami, we’d watch everyone bundled up on the street and say they were crazy to stand outside in that kind of cold. Now I’ll be one of those crazy people! I’ve since moved up north, so now I at least own a winter coat versus when I was a child, wearing a long sleeve t-shirt was for winter.

Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving? What is your favorite food? Mine is my mother’s gravy on the stuffing. I could eat my way out of a swimming pool filled.

Washington Loves Readers Luncheon

As you know (or not), I chaired the first ever Washington Loves Reader’s luncheon on October 11, 2014 along with author, Kimberly Kincaid. It basically meant I got to pick the lunch menu and assign seats. {Rubs hands mad with power} 40 authors showed up to wine and dine the readers, and well, when you get authors + romance readers + wine + chocolate cake, you know what happens?

Shenanigans! First off, I was wearing the same dress as author, Delancey Stewart! As  Delancey is taller and thinner than I am, let’s not play the tabloid game of “Who Wore it Best?” photo 234

 

 

 

 

Kim and I had asked the authors to team up to create the table centerpiece, and everyone did an amazing job! I’d known we were all creative writers, but I hadn’t known we could channel Martha Stewart! Check it out:

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Readers went home loaded down with books and swag. It was so successful, we’re doing it again next year! So pay attention to my newsletter cause you won’t want to be missing this!photo 5photo 6

Ladies of the 80s

The book takes place in 1980. I’m a total 80′s child, but I was young in the 80′s and only vaguely remember Reagan’s election. John Lennon’s shooting, I remember not at all.

It was really fun doing the research for this book, because there were certain mindsets and mores I had to stick to. For example, the threat of the old Soviet Union looms large. Every time Allison thinks Peter is weird and maybe a spy, she assumes he’s a Russian spy. Never American.

Cell phones for the average person were non-existent. When Peter wants to call Allison, he has to speak to the gamut of her family because anyone could pick up the phone in their living room.

The music was also in transition. Punk hadn’t quite finished its run, but the big hair metal bands (Poison, Def Leopard etc…) weren’t on the scene yet either. When Allison says she wants to be a rock star, she’s thinking Blondie & Pat Benatar.

People also think of Yuppies when they think of the 80s, but summer of 1980 wasn’t there yet. That’s more 1984 and John Hughes movies hadn’t burst onto the scene yet, or we know Allison would’ve been Pretty in Pink like Molly Ringwald.

What do you remember about 1980? Dare I ask how old you were? I was 5. Lynne 1980