Friday, December 09, 2011

Happy Ever After

Well, TGIF is all I can say! It's a sunny day here in London with a brilliant blue sky... the perfect day to end an exciting and crazy week! I want to say a big thanks to everyone who popped by Wednesday to help build the perfect man in celebration of my new novel. You can see the fine specimen here.

So what's next? Well, on Monday, I'll be launching a new novel! Ha -- not. Seriously, I really appreciate everyone's support and help this past year with my many launches and everything that's happened. It's been one  heck of a year, and I have to say, it's a wonder I didn't turn into an alcoholic with all the various ups and downs. I tend to only talk about the 'ups', but in any author's life, let me tell you, there's a helluva lot of stress.

But hey! Moving swiftly on! I couldn't have asked for better people along for the ride, so thanks. Next week, I'll be taking off to the wilds of Canada for three weeks. I can't wait to eat, eat, eat . . . and have I mentioned eating? I'll be on blogcation until January 4th, although I might drop in to post some photos and such. The time has come for me to just breathe and relax. And man oh man, I'm exhausted.

If you're looking for something to read over the holidays, can I be so bold as to suggest Tears, Laughter and Happy Ever After? It's a collection of previously published short stories, and I've read it in its entirety. It's a fabulous read, and perfect for this time of year. Here's my review:


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It's rare that I happen upon an anthology where I've loved each and every short story. Well, I'm pleased to say 'Tears and Laughter and Happy Ever After' is the welcome exception! Helen Hunt's wonderful story 'A Single Strand of Spaghetti' drew me in, and I didn't stop until I'd made my way through the collection, detailing everything from a hellish blind date to a hair-raising tale of premonition. Well crafted and beautifully written, each story is a gem. Featuring well-known novelists and previously published writers, I highly recommend this collection.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

51 comments:

  1. Thanks for the book recommend...I'll check it out. Canada, eh? Have a wonderful time and safe travels!

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  2. Enjoy your trip and your blogcation!

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  3. Thanks so much for the fab review of Tears and Laughter and Happy Ever After, I'm so pleased you enjoyed our book.

    Looking forward to reading, Build A Man.

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  4. I'm a huge fan of short stories right now, such a light and easy read, nothing to invested in! Will be picking up this copy! Along with ordering the book from your one sentence yesterday (posting next Friday)!

    Chat ya later girl! Enjoy your time away!

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  5. It's been a huge, exciting year for you! Congrats on your successes and enjoy that time away. All best for the New Year, too :)

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  6. Thanks so much for the great review.

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  7. Since I wasn't able to promote you this week (way too many scheduled posts!) I'll plug your new book next Wednesday, all right?
    Enjoy your trip to Canada!

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  8. I was actually a little afraid to click on the composite! Somehow I'm not surprised he has Hugh Grant's hair. :)

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  9. Talli, I am so glad you are going to take a much-deserved rest. Have a wonderful blogcation and happy holidays.
    Karen

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  10. Talli, enjoy your blogcation and your trip to Canada (safe travels) and all that eating. No doubt there will be some wine drinking as well!

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  11. Enjoy your Blocation...and don't get lost in those Canadian woods! :)

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  12. Enjoy your blogcation, Talli, you've more than earned one! Have a great time back home and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and here's to 2012 building on the successes of this year.

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  13. Have a great time in Canada...I can only imagine where. And happy holidays.

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  14. Have a wonderful time in Canada! That sounds like the perfect vacation, and you've definitely earned one!

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  15. Ack! Blogcation??? Oh dear. You deserve it, but I'll miss you. Have a great time.

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  16. I hope you have a great vacation and blogcation! We'll miss you, but it's definitely deserved! See you in January!

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  17. Have a wonderful time with you family and enjoy your break.

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  18. Hope you have a wonderful time in the maritimes! Enjoy a fabulous Christmas with your family :)

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  19. Have fun coming home to the Great White North, Talli!

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  20. That's a great point, Talli. It's very rare for every piece in an anth to be good.

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  21. Thanks for the review, Talli, enjoy your hols!

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  22. Hi Talli - you've done so much this year and achieved so many things - you definitely deserve a break and a visit home! We'll let you go ..

    The Tears and Laughter Happy Ever After sounds a fun anthology .. it's great to have well-written short stories to draw us in each time.

    Have fun and thank goodness for the sunshine - even if it's cold .. preparing you for home jerome .. cheers and enjoy this weekend getting organised .. Hilary

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  23. I've been reading so many novels lately that it'll be nice to take a break and try some short stories/poetry instead! Thanks for the recommendation, Talli! Enjoy your trip!

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  24. Please take me with you!!! I like eating, I only snore a little but never burp,like eating and am all for Canada being THE place to eat!:-)

    HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME, TALLI!!!!!!!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

    Come back soon!! Missing you already!!!! Take care
    x

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  25. hi miss talli! hooray for you going on a holiday to canada. i hope you have just the best time ever. eat lots of yummy food and get lots of rest and have tons of fun. cant wait to see some cool pics.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  26. That's one well deserved rest - enjoy it. And thanks for the review - that looks like a really great read... I'm off to check it out...
    Safe trip and have a great time
    Lxxx

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  27. Have a wonderful blogcation! I will miss you here though. :-) Thank you for the recommendation and review. Have an awesome Holiday! Enjoy all the nummy food, wine and rest!!

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  28. i hear you on being exhuasted. i think this time of year is really draining - there's SOO much to do and so little time to do it!

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  29. Have a wonderful blogcation. Safe journey.

    Yvonne.

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  30. Have a wonderful blogcation. :)

    Thanks for the review!

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  31. Our perfect man turned out to be not so perfect after all :)

    Have a wonderful Holiday Vacation!

    See you in 2012.

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  32. Have a wonderful blogcation. Eat, drink and be merry and of course get some rest.
    Happy New Year!

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  33. Talli, I hope you have a fantastic holiday back home in Canada and get your fill of good eats. You deserve to kick back and enjoy.

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  34. You've had a pretty great year! Have a great vacation in Canada and enjoy your holiday season.


    Lee
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  35. Have a fabulous vacation in Canada :)

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  36. Have a safe journey Talli and Mr TR too of course! Enjoy your time with family & friends. Look forward to your photos over your blogcation! Enjoy! Oh and Merry Christmas.

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  37. Have a great holiday, Talli! Chill out and do nothing, go on, you know you want to! (put down that laptop...)

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  38. Have a wonderful holiday! You deserve it!

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  39. Sheesh - who knew perfection could look so scary?

    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Talli :-)

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  40. Have a great vacation and only more and more success. Just dropped by to say thanks for having always been my friend in my days spent in blogdom, Roland

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  41. Way cool; congrats on a successful year Talli.

    I read Laura's (Daily Dodo) review of Build a Man and bought it. Perhaps I'll read this story collection after I read your novel. I like short stories.

    Have a good vacation.

    .......dhole

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  42. Congrats on a fantastic year! Have a great trip to Canada and a fabulous holiday. Safe travels!

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  43. Happy Holidays Talli! Enjoy your blogcation. You've earned it. Hope Build a Man zings up the charts.

    Looking forward to some pics if you get time. Pics of food, I mean...

    Denise

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  44. I've just finished reading Build a Man and ... wow. I loved your book so much I think I actually hugged my Kindle after 'turning' the last page! lol Enjoy your blogcation and have a wonderful Christmas. See you next year! :)

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  45. I hope you have a wonderful time back home! I am looking forward to the photos. xo

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  46. That's the perfect man? Oh dear.

    Happy holidays, Talli. Enjoy your blogcation and vacation.

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  47. Have a wonderful time in Canada!

    Thanks for the book recommendation, Talli. Will be checking it out!

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  48. I, too, want to congratulate you on all of your success, and wish you a very happy and safe trip. We'll see you when you get back.

    -Jimmy

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  49. I hope that your trip will be easy and pleasant. When I've read that you are about to begin a new novel, I jumped in my seat. I am very curious where you find so much enthusiasm.

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  50. Have a wonderful vacation in Canada!

    All the best!

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Coffee and wine for all!