So about that corkscrew…

A handful of you have written me about an error in Love Irresistibly, and I’ve been planning to do a blog about the mistake for some time. But I wanted to wait until the book had been out for a while, so as not to distract the readers who wouldn’t have caught the mistake, but would’ve been pulled out of the reading experience thinking, “Oh, yeah, this is the thing Julie was talking about!”

In two scenes, Cade and Brooke drink champagne in her apartment, and they open the champagne bottle with a corkscrew. Except . . . you don’t open champagne with a corkscrew. You pop the cork out.


Here’s what happened: I’m a big wine drinker, but I very rarely drink champagne. So when I think of opening a bottle, I instinctively think of grabbing for a corkscrew. And that’s what I wrote. The funny part of the story is that the error made it past me, my editor, the copy editor, my managing error, and my two beta readers. The person who eventually caught it is Mr. Special Agent, the agent who I’ve consulted with on FBI-related questions for the series. He read an advanced review copy of Love Irresistibly in late January and, being the super-observant agent he is, noticed the error and emailed me about it.


Cue me, firing off a panicked email to my editor, asking whether we could fix the mistake.  Unfortunately, however, the book had already gone to print, so the corkscrew stayed.

So, bottom line: it’s a mistake. Apologies to all for my screw-up.

I think the lesson to be taken from this is that I clearly need to drink more champagne. : )




12 thoughts on “So about that corkscrew…

  1. Fabiola Attademo says:

    I guess it means the book is so good, and the scenes so emotionally intense, that most of the people were so involved that did not notice these details 😉

    Looking forward to your next story! ^^

  2. Kim says:

    For A Lot Like Love, you mentioned spending the day at a wine store learning different things. Something was left out of the lesson. LOL

  3. Sharlene Wegner says:

    I usually drink screw top wine & never drink champagne, so I would never have caught that error!

  4. Pat C. says:

    Didn’t notice but I’m a wine drinker too. I have many different wine openers (cork screws). Didn’t take away from that scene. Not surprising that Mr. FBI caught it.
    Looking forward to the next book.

  5. Cheryl says:

    I noticed the champagne/corkscrew mix up. No big deal. However I do find it amusing the special agent was the one to notice.

  6. Claire says:

    So I’ve read it and listened to it (more than once)….I’m a wino (my husband’s word, not mine). I have had champagne in the past. The only reason I noticed it was because the non-wino (husband) noticed.

    We were on our way back from our “couples ski” weekend in New Mexico (a 10-hour or so drive). Hubs requested that I read him one of my “mommy porns” (again, his words-blegh he only reads political suspense, Glenn Beck and Stephen King). Anyway, I read him Love Irresistibly. Because he opens 95% of the bottles I drink, he noticed the corkscrew. I was caught up in the story and didn’t notice until he mentioned it.

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