I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! I did--and not just because of the festivities and the sugar, but because on Saturday, my issue of the Romance Writer's Report (commonly called the RWR) arrived in my mailbox. And it turned out the rumors were quite true...my picture was on the cover:
Yep, that's me in the bottom picture, center, the one looking at the camera. To the left is Lauren Strasnick and (forever Buzz Girl) Simone Elkeles, and to the right is Ally Carter. The picture was taken at the reception for the Golden Heart and Rita finalists, and all of us in the picture were up for the Best Young Adult Romance.
For those of you who remember the '70's song about having your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone ("gonna buy five copies for my mother..."), yes, I spent the weekend singing it!
But oddly, this was not the first time my face graced a magazine cover in a small way!. So I went digging through my files and found my copy of Woman's World from October 12, 1993. Featuring Elvis (although he was not longer alive at the time). Anyway, again, look down at the bottom picture...
Find the heading "They swear a salad made them go into labor!" And yeah, that's me and my son, Nick, as well as my friend, Pam and her son, Blake. It's actually a long story, but Pam knew of a balsamic vinegar salad that she swore jump-started her overdue labor, so when I reached my due date with 8 pound Nick and my doctor said I was not ready to deliver, I gave the salad a try. He was born hours later! Then we had a third overdue mother give it a try...and the next thing you know, we were being interviewed by the L.A. Times. The story exploded and we actually appeared in Newsweek and were on TV talk shows, too. It was pretty exciting, especially since I had two little kids and a newborn to juggle during all that.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy...and as you munch on Halloween candy, spend of the rest of your day singing "The Cover of the Rolling Stone..." I know I will!