Monday, April 16, 2012

News, Chisme & Chit...Chat - April 16


--- The big news hitting the publishing industry last week was the decision by the Department of Justice to sue Apple and five publishers for allegedly “colluding” to raise e-book prices prior to the launch of Apple’s iPad.  A few days later, the DOJ announced it had settled with three of the publishers and Amazon used that as an opportunity to promote the fact that it would be lowering Kindle book prices. The lawsuit may or may not drag on in the courts. We’ll have to wait and see. But the big question being raised now is whether Amazon’s move to lower e-book prices will kill what remains of brick and mortar bookstores.  What do you think? Read the Mashable story and decide for yourself:

---It seems like everywhere I turn women are talking about 50 SHADES OF GREY. I have yet to read it, so it’s not my recommendation this week. However, if you are one of the breathless millions who enjoyed the erotic nature of 50 SHADES, then you will definitely enjoy Megan Hart’s BACHELOR NUMBER FOUR. I read it in one night! It’s the story of a young widow who’s ready to indulge in some casual sex. But while her friends fix her up on blind dates, she can’t stop thinking of the old lover who once curled her toes. No bondage or S&M like 50 SHADES and there is a love story there beyond the sex. If you do happen to pick it up and enjoy Hart’s writing, then I’m also happy to suggest another steamy romance of hers called DIRTY. Warning – this one is way more intense in terms of heat level and overall storyline. Definitely another addictive read!


--- Aye mamacita, it’s Latin Week on Dancing With The Stars! Even though Melissa Gilbert is tweeting that her salsa is “muy caliente,” I’ll bet good money that it can’t be as hot as William Levy’s Argentine Tango. I mean if Cheryl “I look like I want to screw all my dance partners” Burke can’t get a smoking hot performance out of this Latin hunk during Latin week, then she should just pack up her strappy heels and leave the ballroom by the next commercial break. I mean, come on!  Anyway, I’ll be tuning in and rooting for #TeamLevy all the way.


--- Last week was a tough one for me. Work is getting busier and as is life overall. So the added challenge to work on my main novel every night for this writing boot camp definitely took its toll and I just couldn't bring myself to think of a new story for this blog. But I promise to get one ready this week and someone suggested a couple of doozies for words, so I have my work cut out for me. But that's why I'm doing this, right? Right.
---I’m the product of 12 years of Catholic school. Yes, 12 whole years. When I tell people this their first question is always, “Do you think that you missed out because you didn’t go to public school?” I’m sure there are things I missed, especially since four of those years included going to an all-girls high school. But I was recently reminded of one of the best things about my private school upbringing – the group of friends I made along the way. I met some of those friends for drinks over the weekend and it amazes me that I’ve known these girls since I was in the first grade! We don’t see each other that often, but when we do get together it’s like old times. One of them told me, “It’s like a family reunion.” And that’s exactly what it’s like.
Unfortunately, we learned last week that we had lost one of our “family” members. It was devastating. It didn’t matter that we hadn’t seen her in years. She was a big part of our lives…of our childhood….for so long that it broke our hearts to know we would never get to see her again.
So, to my old friend in peace and que Dios te bendiga. Your St. Joseph’s family will always remember you.
Have a great week.....


  1. I so love reading about anything you have to write. I actually look forward to your weekly stories. Please, keep them coming. I'm sorry about your friend from school. Lately it seems I'm hearing about death all around It definitely makes you appreciate life and your loved ones. So, just wanted to say that I love you, Annette! I'm blessed to have you as a friend!

    1. I'm so happy to hear that you are enjoying my writing. That means so much to me. Thank you my friend. I am just as blessed to have you in my life too. Love you right back!