It has been one crazy week since the release of Practice Makes Perfect! I’m so thrilled that the book made the bestseller lists for both Borders and Amazon. And in fact, just today PMP moved up to #25 in the Borders contemporary romance bestseller list. Yeah!
So Rowena from Book Binge sent me this photo here, of Practice Makes Perfect and Just the Sexiest Man Alive in a bookstore in Torrance, CA. Aww… don’t they look cute on the shelf together like that? Thanks, Rowena, for the picture!
Practice Makes Perfect continues to do really well review-wise, too! Buffie Johnson over at Romance Novel TV just gave it 4 1/2 stars. She says she was “giggling and rooting [Payton and J.D.] on as they made sarcastic little digs at one another… [i]t all just made me smile.” And just yesterday, another reader, Elyssa, posted this on my Facebook wall after reading PMP:
Best. Book. Ever. Pitch perfect in every singular way. Loved, loved, loved it. I loved it so much, I went back and reread it (then went back to my favorites—hello, law library scene). By far, the best last line of a book.
Thanks, Elyssa! As an author, it’s so great to hear that people are enjoying the book!
Speaking of authors and readers, just yesterday I had coffee with two fellow (and fabulous) Chicagoans– author Beth Kery and Stacy of Stacy’s Place on Earth. We talked about books, blogs, Lori Foster’s Author/Reader get together, and had sort of an unusual encounter with another patron who apparently had been listening in on our conversation… I think Stacy plans to talk more about it on her blog (and she’s got photos of us!), so if you’re curious, you can drop her site to find out more.
So yesterday afternoon was coffee and great conversation about books, then I headed off to a wine-tasting with a friend where we talked more about books (she’s an English teacher), a lot about wine, and a ton of other fun things that naturally will come up when two women are drinking a lot of wine. Tonight I’m off to my book club meeting, which means, yep, more wine (I really don’t have a problem, I swear. It’s just a crazy week), and more fun. And with this month’s selection, I’ll bet there will be all sorts of discussion about the book. We read Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock and, boy, does that book pack an emotional punch. About two sisters living with their abusive stepfather and emotionally distant mother, it’s definitely not a light read, but a very compelling one. Next up for me is Fragile by Shiloh Walker, and then Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh. This will be my first book for both authors, and I’m really excited.
So I’m curious: do you have a lot of friends with whom you discuss books? When you read a good book, who is the first person you want to tell about it?
Oh– I almost forgot to mention– this week I’m hanging out at all sorts of fun places: on Wednesday at both Romance Reviews Today and What Women Read, and then Friday I’ll be at Jennifer’s Random Musings. Drop on by if you get a chance!