Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is MERCY CELESTE. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.
Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!
I’m not particularly good at blogging on blogs other than my own. I get this strange sense of panic that maybe I’m silly and should probably not venture outside my own front door into polite society. Not that I’m a slob. Or unwashed. I have manners. I’m actually kind of quiet. I’m the where’s the pet person at other people’s houses. Nice kitty, nice puppy. Hi who’s the pretty doggie? That would be me.
When Clare asked me to write something for her big blog month I was thrilled. This was in December. It’s currently January 24th, and I’m scheduled for the 27th, which comes about six hours earlier for Clare than it does for me and I STILL have no idea what I’m going to write.
I’ve read the blog all month. Lots of interesting posts. Lots of interesting books. So many varied topics.
I’m just over here with no new books and unless we want to discuss my dog Dawg then I’m not really involved in anything at the moment. You see I’m taking a year off from pretty much everything. I’m just doing family things and watching television and chilling. I haven’t stopped running for at least three years it seems. I have nothing interesting to report or huh?
So, I met the lovely Clare London at my first GRL in ABQ four years ago. I don’t know if she remembers me. It was in the swag room, I was chatting with Tom Webb. Tom Webb is from Atlanta, Georgia. He has a very distinctive accent. I’m from Florida, I live in Alabama. I have a very distinctive accent. And when two southerners get together we forget that we have a language all our own. Clare just happened to walk up on us in that moment and like all good southerners do, we let the accents get thicker and the slang get slangier. I think we even ‘blessed her heart’ once or twice. She said she couldn’t understand a word we said, in that wonderful English accent of hers.
The next time I met Clare was in Chicago, for yep, you guessed it, GRL. I can’t remember if she went to the one in Atlanta but in Chicago I had the privilege to sit next to Clare at the opening night dinner. There were show tunes involved. Clare has a nice singing voice. I believe there were adult beverages in her sippy cup. Of all of the dinners at GRL that was probably the best one. Clare led us in a nice sing along. We decorated the mini pumpkins with inappropriate symbols. It was all good.
I guess maybe I did find my topic after all.
It’s been lovely knowing Clare, she’s sweet with more than a touch of sass. I like that in a person. She also writes lovely books. I like that in a person too.
But you know what else I like? This picture. It’s awesome.
Happy Birthday month my lovely friend and thank you for inviting me.
Visit me over on my blog for a massive giveaway, just comment on Day 8 with “Clare sent me”.
Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:
Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.
Jan 06: Sandra Lindsey on her dancing shoes challenge.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.
Jan 12: LC Chase on paying kindness forward.
Jan 12: EM Lynley on the recipes that add taste to her books.
Jan 13: Nicki J Markus on falling in love with her characters.
Jan 14: Vicktor Alexander on giving thanks to friends and fans.
Jan 16: Joanna Chambers on the spark of joy from reading and writing romance.
Jan 17: Jordan Castillo Price on esteem-building new year do-overs.
Jan 18: Lillian Francis on deciding on when to come to an end.
Jan 18: Hunter Frost on a Top Ten new anthology.
Jan 19: Lily Harlem on hot fiction and cool drinks.
Jan 19: Liam Livings on how writing is like ski-ing.
Jan 20: JL Merrow on being a boot-aholic.
Jan 21: Paul Alan Fahey on growing up gay in the 1950/60s.
Jan 22: Mickie B Ashling on her new period novel set in Pakistan.
Jan 22: BJ Sheppard on his new cover services business.
Jan 23: Aimee Brissay on her publishing plans for 2016.
Jan 24: Sarah Madison on her age anorexia.
Jan 25: Deanna Wadsworth on the Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter of RWA.
Jan 25: Alex Jane on her story so far – and the UK Meet 2015.
Jan 26: Caraway Carter on love and thanking his Mom.
Jan 27: Lucy Felthouse on love in the Peak District.