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. : )