Monday, November 26, 2012

First the Good News... and then the Other Good News!

It's been a long time in the making, my friends, but with exactly one week until the release of A TASTE FOR SCANDAL (squee!!), I am finally revealing the single greatest giveaway in the history of giveaways! (Seriously-the $450 million powerball has nothing on this!) 
Take a deep breath, rub those hands together with anticipation, and prepare to be blown away:

Click HERE for the Historical Romance Palooza page!

Now, on with today's blog.

When I was growing up, there was one of those old school Walmarts on the outskirts of town, relegated to the back corner of the sparsely populated shopping center.  In those days, there were no gleaming, towering Super Walmart behemoths, stocked with every food and sundry imaginable. No crisp-screened televisions lined the back, and the food section was comprised of peanut butter, Russell Stover assorted chocolate boxes, and enough Cheetos and Doritos to turn stain the fingers of half the population of Oldham County.

In short, it was kind of a dump.

Not that I cared. As an awkward, frizzy-haired girl with hand-me-down clothes and a gap between her front teeth big enough to store a popsicle stick, I never felt particularly out of place. In fact, I liked the prospect of exploring the toy section, skirting the odds and ends in the hardware department, and smelling the many scents of White Rain shampoos and conditioner.  The yellow-hued lights and dingy floor tiles were no matter to me—the prices there were such that I actually had a prayer of ending up with a new sweatshirt or small toy. 

My sister, on the other hand, experienced shame and humiliation on an epic scale anytime Mom stopped in. She hated Walmart, despising the prospect of being seen by someone of consequence. Never mind the fact that, in order to be seen, the seer would also have to be at Walmart. It was social ruin in her head, and that was reason enough to remain slumped in the backseat of our car while Mom and I shopped.

I didn't get it. Why wouldn't you want to pay low prices and get most everything you needed in one trip? Those excursions with my mother would lead to trips there on my own. When I actually started buying books, as opposed to just getting them from the library, it was my first stop. By then, the stores had transitioned to the bright and airy places we know today, with happy-face signs and miles of aisles to peruse. The prices were unbeatable, and the selection tended towards the authors I liked to read. Even when I was an Environmental Specialist and I used to make supply runs for twine, duct tape, and the odd tarp or folding knife, I'd always pause by the books to to pick up a good read for my hotel room.

Well it appears, my dear readers, that my long time loyalty has come around. I am thrilled to announce that I will not only just be in Walmart as a shopper—I'll soon be on their shelves! That's right—A Taste for Scandal will be in Walmart this December (as well as Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million, and all the online retailers.).  I don't know if I can properly convey my excitement about this—it has been a long held dream to see my books grace those shelves. Hopefully it will make it easier for readers to discover me *fingers crossed*.
My only question is... will I be able to get my sister to join me in our local store to giggle over it? ;)

So tell me - where do you tend to buy your books these days?


  1. Hahah! If only my introduction to Walmart hadn't been the day before my first day at a new school in 6th grade -- the incident of the pineapple jeans that I happily bought there and the reign of laughter and jeers that came after was quite scarring. But I'm over it now and have made many ventures into the belly of the beast since then:) And oh how much I love them for carrying your book!!! It certainly makes up for the pineapple pants they sold me so many decades ago...

    1. LOL - not that it still haunts you or anything ;) Seriously, kids can be so silly and cruel. I was lucky to avoid most bullying in school, but I'll never forget when I tried a nice updo and a boy told me it looked like I had a pile of dog poo on my head!

      I'm hoping the stores around me will carry the book - and I plan on going to *every one* to check, lol!

  2. What a delightful blog! I love the way you write, even about Walmart. So it's on my calendar now: December 4--go to Walmart, buy A Taste For Scandal. Can't wait!

    1. Aw- thanks, Pattie! I don't know how many stores it will be in, but here's hoping it's LOTS, lol!

  3. I am soo glad to see you will be at walmart. When ever I go there I check out the books, and I own them all. Well the romances anyway! LOL I'm glad to see new blood will be on the shelves! YAY congrats!

  4. I was actually at Wal-Mart today, and I do quite a bit of shopping there, mostly for books!! Should have waited til tomorrow though!