My sister called me all panicky that her car broke down on the highway and that the AAA would come to her rescue. Still she was worried about the costs because her car wasn’t one of the youngest anymore and the engine was definitely a senior citizen. So I told her to call me ASAP with, hopefully, good news. So forty-five minutes went by and the phone rang, my sister, bad news, the car was in a coma and the AAA would make sure she would arrive at the car mechanic. The car mechanic told my sis it looked bad and would cost around 500-600 euro’s to fix. Can we say OUCH! So now the discussion was; fix it or buy a new car…but my sis is on welfare and buying a car is creatively working with the savings. Later that night, when my sis was pondering her options she heard that her car was DOA, that the engine couldn’t run for another fifty meters. So the car of my sis was dead…we had so many good memories. Me and sis in car riding through the country singing along with ABBA – MAMA MIA, hey, that’s like a classic, I’m not ashamed to admit doing that :) A certain road trip with the ROOB girls, a flat tire and me having to go bush-bush as my bladder went tinkling *eek* Such good times with the car but alas, it was time to let go.
A road trip; Now with my sisters car out of commission Marissa’s birthday party was in danger as sis didn’t have transportation. That is when Pearl came to save the day, she would pick up Natascha (my sis) and bring her back on Sunday. We are talking about roughly a 1000 KM in 3 days…so I went with Pearl on Friday to pick up Natascha. As always our vocal cords got quite the work out and before we knew it we parked in front of Natascha’s home. We returned that same day and that night I curled up in bed and slept like the dead.
A party; So Saturday arrived, I woke up, turned to my other side as a sleepy voice inside me said; no, I don’t wanna wake up…just five more minutes…please. Still, I know myself, when I go somewhere I want my hair tamed yet curly, I want my face to look decent, slap on some make up, dress good, and the older I get the longer it takes *sigh* So at ten in the morning Natascha, me and hubby went on our marry way to Marissa for a wild birthday party. So we were fifteen minutes on our way when Marissa called, when we would arrive at her place? Well, girl, like in thirty minutes. Going by Marissa’s reaction I didn’t think she expected us this early LOL Still the day went by in the blink of an eye and then I got a little queasy, I was running on coffee and diet coke since we’re all on a diet. As I had a slumbering headache I didn’t think anything of it but as we got ready to go out that night my stomach really protested…apparently I had to add a second bush-bush experience as my stomach heaved up all the fluids content *slaps forehead* So it was definitely bye-bye to a fun filled evening :( My Sunday was somewhat crap, my Monday was a little better and Tuesday was back to my old self…a bug? bad food? Who knows but next time we’re going to rock gals, I promise :)
An invitation: A month ago some might remember the book faery dropping by and I promised a 20+ book giveaway, well the time has come to invite you all to: Spring Fling – celebrating the Romance. I have a few things set up with authors who I will confirm when I have the required word documents back. I can say is that Dee Davis will come by with a guest post introducing her characters from the A-Tac series. Monica Burns talks romance about her new series novel; ASSASSIN’S HONOR. But the news you’ve all been waiting for, the books in the 20+ book giveaway are:
Ilona Andrews – MAGIC BLEEDS (To be pre-ordered for winner via Book Depository Store)
Brenda Joyce – DARK EMBRACE (PNR)
Kerrylyn Sparks – BE STILL MY VAMPIRE HEART (PNR)
Shana Abé – THE SMOKE THIEF (PNR)
Jacquelyn Frank – ECSTACY (PNR)
Anna Windsor – BOUND BY LIGHT / BOUND BY FLAME / BOUND BY SHADOW (PNR)
Ava Gray – SKIN GAME (PNR)
Shayla Black - TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS (PNR) / WICKED TIES (Erotic Romance)
Sharie Kohler – MARKED BY MOONLIGHT (PNR)
Victoria Dahl - A RAKE’S GUIDE TO PLEASURE (HR)
Leslie Parrish – BLACK AT HEART (Romance Suspense)
Laura Griffin – ONE LAST BREATH (Romance Suspense)
Brenda Novak – STOP ME / WATCH ME (Romance Suspense)
Sara Reinke – DARK THIRST (PNR)
Jennifer Haymore – A HINT OF WICKED (HR)
Joanna Bourne – THE SPYMASTER’S LADY (HR)
Anthology; Maggie Shayne/MaryJanice Davidson/Angela Knight/Jacey Ford – KICK ASS (?)
If for some reason you already have lots of books in this giveaway you can chose between accepting the books or pick books at The Book Depository Store worth of twenty euro’s or twenty five dollars.
What do you have to do to enter for this giveaway? Just leave a meaningful comment in the giveaway post on Monday April 5th, no – enter me for this giveaway comments please – the shipping fee to make this giveaway internationally is severe and I would like to make it as much of a celebration as possible ;)
While the Spring Fling will be the week of April 5th - April 12th, the giveaway will close at April 31st and a winner will be chosen at May 1st 2010.
Oh yes, I got quoted in print YAY I always read those quotes and see the familiar websites and blogs, never did I expect to one day be quoted in print. I was stunned actually and it didn’t sink in until later, but there it was, Leontine’s Book Realm got printed and I had a cheesy grin on my face when that info finally hit home ;)
PS: I woke up this morning with Mr.Leontine, a long, free weekend stretching in front of us, the sun shinning and the realization that today, eight years ago, we said our I-do's. Mr.Leontine still knows how to romance me after fourteen years but the day we said our I-do's was the day we said; You and Me, Forever. Our wedding rings reflect that with the infinity symbol, that through all the good and the bad our love is infinite. I'm getting all mushy here....
So there you have it A funeral, a road trip, a party, an invitation, one awesome surprise and a wedding anniversary, thanks for spending this moment with me ladies!!