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Happy birthday!

10 Sep

Raise your hand if you ever had to share your birthday with one of your sibling that’s NOT your twin. Hello???? Anyone there (I hear crickets)?

Well, I’m one of those few people. And if that wasn’t … weird enough, not only did I have to share my birthday with Lumi, my older sister but we were too poor to have two cakes. So, Mom –ever the practical in the family–made a cake for both of us. First Lumi blew out the candles. Then, Mom would remove a candle from the cake, lit them again and there it was; my turn to blow out the candles.

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You could probably imagine that I didn’t enjoy very much sharing my birthday. I mean, for crying out loud: why couldn’t for once, just once be all about me? Eventually Lumi married and moved to another country and I finally was able to have my own party, my own friends celebrating me and my own cake. But something wasn’t right. Truth be told, I missed sharing my cake with Lumi. I missed her.

Fast forward to 2005. Lumi and I both live in the States, only miles away from one another. We share all holidays, raise our children together and celebrate birthdays together. And if this isn’t enough . . . we do share the same in-laws. But that’s another story for another time. 🙂

So, here and now I wish Lumi and everyone else born on September 10th all the best, loads of cake and fun. Happy birthday!

Save the Best for Last–5 Star Review

31 Mar

For the last day of my virtual book tour on 03/29 there was a review  from Calum scheduled @ The Secret Writer. Unfortunately Calum’s computer decided that was the perfect time to crash (I’m telling you, these machines have a mind of their own).

Between that and the time zone difference (Calum in the UK, me here in the States) I had to come up with a quick solution … but not quick enough. I already had the draft ready to come up, then when I saw the time ticking I moved it to later on, then again, and again but forgot sometime in the afternoon to re-schedule it. So it did come up looking like this: “Calum loved the book, calling it, “….”

I didn’t realize until late at night the post was up in the air and wasn’t finished. Needless to say I frantically removed it from the blog, praying no one saw it. As it turned out, my prayers went answered. Calum wrote yesterday and teased me: “How did you know I loved the book?” I wrote back: “It was wishful thinking.”

It is my pleasure to give you (for real this time) excerpts from his review: “This though, is not your usual type of romance novel. Richly written, cultural and historical issues are interwoven throughout the story. There are also military action scenes that take place during a period of active service in Iraq. These scenes are written so vividly, that the reader will not find it very difficult to imagine themselves standing beside the main characters within this story as the military action scenes are played out.more