August 28th, 2006

Good company

(X-posted)

I'll be signing MAJOR CRUSH at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, at Brooke's Book Stop in McCalla, Alabama. The address is 5940 Old Tuscaloosa Hwy. If you use MapQuest, you'll see it's beyond Hoover on the west side of Birmimgham, very close to an exit from I-459.

I won't be alone (thank God). RWA National President and two-time RITA winner Gayle Wilson will sign her latest release, The Inquisitor. Paula Graves will be signing her Harlequin Intrigue, Forbidden Territory. Kelley St. John will sign her brand-new release, Real Women Don't Wear Size 2. AND a cookbook author will be signing. And cooking!

The owner of Brooke's Book Stop is no fool--the signing does not conflict with the Alabama game OR the Auburn game. I hope to see you there!
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Need help with Southernism

Okay, all you Northerners. I have a question for you. victoria_dahl is editing one of my manuscripts, and she claims she doesn't know what pine straw is. In the book, I have a couple in New Jersey put pine straw around their bushes. "Why is this important to the narrative?" you may ask. Please, it is the magic of fiction, let the magic work.

Anyhoo, pine straw may be a Southern term for pine needles, which fall off pine trees, hello. But it occurs to me that perhaps New Jersians do not have the plethora of pine trees necessary to make pine needles a common landscaping element, no matter what you call them.

Question: What do Northerners put around their bushes?

I am serious.
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