Welcome Marissa Clarke, my good friend and author of the new release Sleeping with the Boss.

The meet-cute is exactly what it sounds like.

Definition: A scene in which future romantic partners first meet in unusual and often comic circumstances.

In film, the meet-cute can be traced back to the 1920’s and was often a way to get a couple from different socio-economic backgrounds together. Today, that’s not as much of a consideration, but it’s a great device that not only adds immediate humor or awkwardness, it can act as a time machine to speed up the relationship. (Source: HollywoodLexicon.com)

I love meet-cutes. There are lots of great ones in movies and books, but my favorite meet-cute is my own when I met my now husband, Laine.

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Once upon a time, long, long ago…

A friend begged me to go on a blind date because there was a guy she liked whose friend wanted to go hear the band they were planning on seeing, but he didn’t want to be a third wheel and needed a date.

Operative words: he needed a date.

Nope. Not doing it. I did not need a date. I had other things to do besides babysit some guy who couldn’t find a girl to go hear a band with him.

After lots of discussion, and perhaps some threats from my friend, I agreed, just to shut her up—but I wasn’t going to go along easily. I had never been on a blind date, and was certain it was a loser proposition before I even left to go pick my friend up to meet the guys. (I insisted on driving so I could make a quick escape.)

To make sure it was a short night, I threw on on a white polka dotted sundress with a sweetheart neckline, pulled my hair in a ponytail and wore no makeup at all—spot on for a Junior League luncheon and the worst possible choice for a nightclub. Perfect! This was going to be the shortest date in history.

When we pulled up in the parking lot to meet the guys, a hot man was leaning against the bumper of a car. He was exactly the kind of guy I found attractive—complete with a runner’s build and jeans faded in all the right places. I thought to myself what a shame it was I wasn’t meeting up with him instead of some dud who couldn’t find a date for himself.

You guessed it. That was my blind date.

My friend, dressed to the nines in a tight black dress and heels busted out laughing. I was mortified. I was decked out for a picnic, not a night on the town. I didn’t find it quite so amusing. Fortunately, my date did, and disclosed to me years later that the Pollyanna look followed by several embarrassing events that took place that night involving a new car with manual transmission I hadn’t mastered yet (imagine that horrifying grinding sound of a poorly executed gear shift) and a broken heel, were what had attracted him the most. Well, that and my sparkling personality and fine-tuned wit. Ha!

And to think, if I hadn’t been an unsuitably dressed klutz that night, we might not have celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary last week.

Definitely my favorite meet-cute.

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There’s a meet-cute in my recent release, Sleeping with the Boss, in which the heroine spills her purse in the elevator, then rips the back seam of her skirt when she leans over to collect her things, giving the hero (a total stranger who turns out to be one of the owners of the company for which she’s temping) an eyeful of the results in the polished brass doors of the elevator. Embarrassing and awkward—well, for one of them at least.

I wonder why I related so well to the heroine… I can’t imagine.

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 Sleeping with the Boss

For the last five years, bookish Claire Maddox has been living for the dying. Now that her stint as caretaker is over, she’s off to see the world. She needs quick cash first, so a temp job at Anderson Auctions seems perfect, especially with the unexpected benefits, including the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes—or hands—on.

Former Marine William Anderson has been burned one time too many. His military training makes him the perfect man to flush out the spy undercutting his family business, but no amount of training can prepare him for the kind of undercover work he’ll have to do when the sexy new temp is implicated. Desire lands them in bed…but duty may cost him his heart.

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Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.

When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa’s heart) with an iron paw.

Marissa Clarke is a pseudonym. Her real name is Mary Lindsey and she also writes young adult novels for Penguin USA. www.marylindsey.com

She loves to connect with readers and can be found at www.marissaclarke.com and on Twitter at @MaryL_MarissaC

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is girlfromwva. Congrats! And thank you for all the great comments on covers!Love and Let Spy


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 I’m not normally a visual person when I write. I often find pictures to use for Pinterest or blogs about a book after it’s written. Strangely enough, Love and Let Spy was different. I saw the picture of my hero long before I knew what his name was or even who his heroine would be. I just knew he would be in the final Lord and Lady Spy book, and he would have a dark past. Here’s the picture I saw.

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Not bad for a hero, right? I’m told his name is Andre Andrei.

When it was time to start writing the book, I had my hero, but what did my heroine look like? She’s a female James Bond—actually, her name is Jane Bonde—and I wanted her to be the classic beauty. I described her in the book that way, and later the cover designers wanted a photo. I sent them these.

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Here’s the cover of the book. I think they got the essentials right. Too bad Reese Witherspoon and Andre Andrei weren’t available for the photo shoot.

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I also did quite a bit of research on pens and quills for a scene where Q designs a special pen. Hey, Jane Bonde needs gadgets just like her male counterpart. I found out that metal pen nibs were in use by 1816. And I found out those metal parts are called nibs.

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And I also found out there was a quill hierarchy. Apparently, peacock quills were the most highly desired.

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Finally, I found a few pictures I thought were simply fun. James Bond and Darcy? Yes, count me in!

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This one always makes me smile.

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How important is it to you that the models on the cover of the book match the description? One person who comments will be randomly chosen to win a copy of Love and Let Spy (open internationally). The winner will be announced on Sunday, August 10 and contacted privately.

 


The Jaunty Quills are excited to welcome Kate Noble back for Bring a Friend Friday. Kate’s new book, The Game and the Governess, is the first in the new Winner Takes All series. Keep reading to find out how to win an autographed copy of The Game and the Governess!

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Shana: What a fabulous premise for your new book, Kate. Pride and Prejudice meets Trading Spaces. Tell us more.

Kate Noble:  Oh, I love this story, and I’m so excited that The Game and the Governess  is finally out in stores.  It’s the beginning of a new trilogy, which kicks off with three friends making one incredibly ill-advised wager…

Ned Granville, the Earl of Ashby, has never been short on luck.  So when he makes a bet with his best friend and secretary John Turner – namely, that he can win any woman without the benefit of his title – he has no reason to think anything will go wrong.

Thus, Ned and Turner switch places for a two-week trip to the country. But once they do, Ned’s luck suddenly abandons him: the ladies now have eyes only for Turner. But when Ned meets governess Phoebe Baker, he becomes intent on gaining her affections.

Phoebe wants nothing more than to keep her head down, teach her students, and go unnoticed — especially by the Earl of Ashby.  But his rakish secretary has the infuriating habit of constantly crossing her path. Yet Phoebe cannot deny that her pulse quickens in Ned’s presence. But what will happen when the truth comes out?  And just who will win the dangerous game of love they’ve unwittingly been playing?

Shana: You aren’t just Kate Noble. You’re also Kate Rorick. Tell us what your alter ego is up to.

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Kate Rorick:  My alter ego is as busy as my Kate Noble one.  Kate Rorick writes TV, web stuff, and books.  I am currently a writer for the new TNT show The Librarians (coming this December!) as well as having worked on the Emmy-award winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which spawned the novel The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, which I wrote.

 I’m really quite tired.

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Shana: One thing I’m super-jealous about (besides your beautiful covers) is your co-workers. Didn’t you work with Jonathan Frakes from Star Trek: The Next Generation recently?

Kate No..Ror…Kate: Ha!  Yes, Jonathan Frakes is not only an actor but an accomplished TV and film director.  He directed an episode I wrote for The Librarians and is, without question, a super-great guy.

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Shana: Tell us about your writing process. Plotter or pantser? Silence or noise/music? Do you have daily page or word goals? Do you use images of people or settings to spur your imagination? Tell us everything, Kate!

Kate:  For books, I consider myself something in between a plotter and pantser.  I do write an outline, which helps steer me as I go on, but I find that the details I come up with in the moment are really what enrich the story.  Heck, sometimes I come up with the plot of my next book while I’m pantsering on this one.

In terms of how I work, I try very hard to set hours for myself, but often life gets in way.  So I have a dedicated group of fellow writers who I will often meet at various coffee shops around the city, and there I manage to get work done, away from the distractions of the house. 

However, my ability to churn out word count is entirely dependent on how close I am to my deadline.

Shana: Finally, tell us what you have coming next.

Kate:  I’m currently hard at work on the next book in the Winner Takes All trilogy – The Lie and the Lady.  It’s John Turner’s story – when he met the Countess of Churzy, he was pretending to be his employer the Earl of Ashby.  But now, he’s determined to win the Countess with his own name, and on his own terms…

Readers, now it’s your turn. If you could trade places with one person, who would it be? One reader who comments will be randomly chosen to win an autographed copy of the Game and the Governess. (This giveaway is US only.)

 


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I posted a funny video on my Facebook page Wednesday. It’s one of Weird Al’s parodies. Obviously, Weird Al is as much of a geek about words and grammar as I am.

Here it is.

I’m no grammar Nazi. I make plenty of mistakes, mostly typos, so I won’t go near a glass house. But there are a few things that make me grind my teeth.

Making a word possessive when it is not possessive

I see this a lot on sites that do personalization. They’ll offer a plaque or wooden sign that says

The Keller’s

Established 1998

Sweet and cute and completely wrong! There’s no need for that apostrophe.

Less and Fewer

Why can’t stores get this right? If you can count it one-by-one, use fewer. So it should be “10 items or fewer.” If you can’t count it individually, use less. “I drank less vodka than he did.”

Period inside the quotes

This is just me. I hate when writers put periods outside quotation marks or before parentheses when quoting or citing sources. I taught MLA style, and I love MLA style.

What are your word crimes?

 

 


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