Deb Linda Says Hooray for Lunch Week! (Wait…there’s food, right?)

WOW. This has been quite a week for me here at the Ball.

First of all, I want to thank all my perfectly lovely–and way too kind–Deb sisters. They asked the best questions! And I had great time answering them.

As most of you know by now, this isn’t really my book’s official launch week. IN A FIX (if you want to know more about it, click here) won’t actually hit the shelves until Sept. 4. (Which is kind of cool, since that was my parents’ anniversary, so it’s already a special date.) Due to the mysterious goings on in the inner reaches of publishing, it was decided that September was a better time than the middle of summer to bring out a debut genre-bending urban fantasy.

And you know what? It’s a good thing they decided that, because it’s coming up so fast I don’t think I would have been ready sooner. Seriously, time has taken an amazing turn for the speedy here. Back when my books first sold, I was looking at well over a year of waiting–it seemed like FOVEVER. The waiting s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out in front of me like a slinky toy.

And now the slinky has snapped back, and almost knocked me on my butt.

If you’ve been reading here for long, you know I’m an ex-actress, and fond of my theater analogies. If I may drag out one more, this week is like final dress rehearsal before opening night. Here’s my book’s “costume” (which, as you can see, my book isn’t wearing yet):

My editor sent me some of the real covers (as opposed to the ARC covers), which include the real back-cover copy. Very cool. Though honestly? Not much different than the ARC. But it is one step closer to holding the real thing in my hand, so yay!

That’s my daughter’s cat, Vera, checking it out. Frankly, she wasn’t impressed. (Vera, I mean. Not my daughter. My daughter is suitably impressed. I think.)

But you guys have a chance to win a book with actual pages in it! All you have to do is leave a comment, and you’ll be entered to win a signed ARC. And a bookmark! In fact, you can enter all five days this week by doing the same thing. That’s five-count’em-five chances to WIN! And I will announce all the winners on Sunday, in the News Flash.

Of course, if you don’t want one, don’t let that stop you from commenting. All you have to do is tell me you don’t want to be considered as an entrant. You know, because you already have one or something. Just please don’t tell me it’s because you think it sounds like a terrible, no good, very bad book, because that will hurt my feelings. (Yes, I have just given you permission to lie to me if you have to. Feel free to lay it on thick.)

Listen, can I be honest with you? This post is kind of rambling, because I’ve been up to my eyeballs in marketing stuff, and finishing up edits on Book 2 (which I just sent off to my editor–hooray! also, whew!), and my daughter & son-in-law just got here for a short visit (with their cats–see Vera above), and I’m trying to pound out it out while I still have two brain cells to rub together.

And now I hear the cocktail shaker, which tells me there will soon be a Manhattan next to me, so those last two brain cells are really at risk…

Also, I smell take-out Thai food. (Because, yeah, I didn’t cook.)

(Just so you know, I’m writing this Thursday evening, not Friday morning. I don’t drink Manhattans in the morning. I have, however, been known to eat Thai food in the morning. Cold Pad Thai makes a great breakfast.)

So … a question. Question … question … um, do you like Thai food?


31 Replies to “Deb Linda Says Hooray for Lunch Week! (Wait…there’s food, right?)”

  1. Okay, so I’m not much of a drinker, so NOW you’re singing my tune: I freaking love Thai food. Pad Thai and Cashew Chicken. Oh and Sweet Soy Noodles. Oh man, I love Thai food.

    Linda – once again, offering you a huge congratulations on a great book that I know has a wonderful future. I can’t wait to see it on shelves in a couple of weeks and dance with you again, although it might only be on twitter or e-mail. *sniff* Either way, we couldn’t be happier for you and IN A FIX! WOO HOO.

    NOW: Bring on the noodles!!!

    1. Thanks again, Joanne! For everything. πŸ™‚

      The Thai food was pretty darn good. So good, in fact, that we have none left over for breakfast. Alas. πŸ™

  2. LOVE Thai food. Love Manhattans too. (That was the bonus question, right?)

    Deb Linda, it’s been a wonderful week for ALL of us. Oh heck, it’s been a wonderful YEAR. And best of all we get to celebrate AGAIN in a few weeks when we march into stores and see IN A FIX on the shelves and do a little dance–or a big dance. (I, too, as our readers know, am also an ex-actress.)

    Here’s to keeping the party going all weekend long, friends!!

  3. I’m feeling all sorta sad that you 2012 Debs are nearly done with your tenure. And scared and excited about stepping up and taking over. And hungry, now, because I LOVE Thai food. So many feelings, so early in the morning. Can’t wait until IN A FIX hits the shelves and everybody starts discovering how much fun it is.

    1. Kerry, you and your fellow 13-ers are going to do the tiaras proud! That is the one thing about our year being almost over that makes me happy. πŸ˜€

  4. yes, i love thai food, and you are correct. cold pad thai makes for an excellent breakfast! πŸ™‚

    Happy launch week, Linda! Can’t wait to see IN A FIX on the shelves (i also can’t wait to read the next one in the series. hint. hint)


    oh and ps. no need to enter me for the contest. i already have an ARC, cuz i KNOW people, that’s how badass I am πŸ˜‰

  5. Congrats and please don’t consider me as an entrant since I’ve already had the pleasure. I’d like to share In A Fix with someone who hasn’t yet read it! I like to spread the love that way;) Hope you make it through the festivities and enjoy! And, strangely, I’ve never had Thai food. Weird. I need to remedy that soon!

    1. The thing I love about Thai food (other than the wonderful blend of flavors) is the range of spiciness available. If you’re a spice wimp (like me), you can keep it mild. If you love the heat (like the rest of my family), you can really ramp it up. Good stuff!

    1. The curries are usually a little too spicy for me, I love the Pad See-uw and Pad Thai. Cashew chicken is pretty darn yummy, too.

  6. I have to say I loved the slinky comment! I do enjoy Thai food but don’t get the chance to eat it much in rural Georgia. Your book would make my Thai-foodless life just a little brighter though. Wait, I don’t get extra points for flattery? Well, put me in the drawing anyway. πŸ™‚

  7. I am sadly lacking in my Thai food experience, so I can’t really answer that one. I am not, however, lacking in excitement about your book release! You don’t have to enter me into the drawing, because I’ve been lucky enough to have already read it. (YAY!) I’ll go ahead an buy my copy at my local independent in September.

    I’m so happy for you!!!

    1. Thanks, Delia! πŸ™‚

      You really need to try some Pad Thai (I like the vegetarian version, as well as the kind with chicken). Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, in which case you might want to avoid it.

  8. Oh yeah, we love Thai food. We went to a wonderful Thai restaurant after the folk art show last weekend. (The place is a favorite of Bill Cosby’s and R.E.M.’s … pictures of both on the wall.) And we go to a retirement luncheon every month at a Thai restaurant owned by the wife of one of my hubby’s former co-workers. The servers bring us plates and plates of food to pass around the table, so we get to eat a wide variety of dishes. (Plus chicken coconut soup and a spring roll.) All the food is great, but the basil chicken is my favorite.

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