Friday, November 30, 2012

Release day! This one's for you Mr. Hughes...

Well, it’s finally here! REUNITED is finally published!

It went live first on Amazon late Wednesday night, then by Thursday it had hit Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and, of course, the Decadent Publishing website.

I celebrated by working in the cold rain at an event for my day job. LOL! Well, I guess the real celebrating came later when I got home and my husband presented me with a bouquet of roses. Awww. As a family, we toasted the release with sparkling grape juice for the kids, Pepsi for my husband and Moscato for me.

And the whole day, I just couldn’t stop smiling.

Although there are so many people to thank, I’d like to dedicate this post to one man in particular – iconic movie director Mr. John Hughes.

If you were a teen-ager of the 80s, like me, John Hughes was your Ghandi. Especially, if you were a girl. He knew your deepest secrets and what you and your friends talked about during slumber parties. His movies imparted a wisdom about high school love that truly astounded me.

I am not embarrassed to say that everything I need to know about love and relationships I learned from a John Hughes’ movie.

In fact, my most favorite movie of all time is 16 Candles and, in a way, it was the inspiration behind REUNITED. Magdelena Cruz wishes she could get her secret crush from high school to notice her – just like the character of Samantha Baker from 16 Candles. But unlike Samantha, she doesn’t end up giving her chonies away to Anthony Michael Hall. Instead, she engineers a blind date with her crush through Madame Evangeline’s 1Night Stand agency. There are some other little winks and nods to the movie in REUNITED, but I’ll let you discover those on your own.

So back to Mr. Hughes and his expertise on life and love. I guess the most important lesson I learned from 16 Candles is that sometimes the boy you think doesn’t know you exist will one day end up waiting for you on the other side of the church parking lot.

Translation: If you love someone, there’s always a chance they love you too. So go find out.

I’ve included a few quotes from some John Hughes’ classics. Each of them, I think, really packs a punch when it comes to love.

"That's why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they'd call them something else."
"Well, if you say you haven't, you're a prude. If you say you have you're a slut. It's a trap. You want to but you can't, and when you do, you wish you didn't, right?"
"I'd rather be with someone for the wrong reasons then alone for the right."
"Love's a bitch, Duck. Love's a bitch."
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

 Let’s take just a moment and reflect, shall we?
Okay, now to celebrate the release of REUNITED I’ve got an extra special, super-sized giveaway! The prizes – PLURAL – are a free copy of REUNITED, a couple of “Talk Nerdy To Me” post-it pads, a $25 iTunes gift card, the 16 Candles movie on DVD and a second DVD of your choice of one of the other John Hughes’ movies quoted above.
To enter the giveaway, tell me which one of these John Hughes’ movies do you love and why. If you’ve never seen any of them, tell me which quote you love best and why. Then go to my Facebook page and like it (if you don’t already). SEE RAFFLECOPTER FORM BELOW

The contest ends at 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, December 8, 2012.
Finally, I want to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey to become a published author. Your support and encouragement has been a true blessing.
¡Gracias por todo!


Want to know more about REUNITED? Here is the blurb, an excerpt and the buy links!
What would you do if you had the chance to sleep with your unrequited high school crush?
If you’re former geek Magdelena Cruz, you’d do him in a heartbeat. But you’d lie about your true identity first and hope your new sexy persona is enough to create a night neither of you will forget.
Workaholic assistant DA Will Hudson doesn’t have time for a love life. Expecting to scratch an itch with a willing stranger, he signs up for Madame Evangeline’s 1Night Stand experience. He has no idea that his date is no stranger.
A reunion between two classmates will be hotter than the scorching Las Vegas sun. But will the heat be enough to spark something deeper, or will they both end up getting burned by Magdelena’s charade?
EXCERPT:   Standing in front of the door to the suite, she let the magnitude of the moment sink in. All logic and practicality fled. She’d left both back at home with her pocket protector and sensible shoes. The situation called for her to be impulsive, daring and confident.
   If you are, then he will finally be yours….
   She smoothed her dress, adjusted her bra, and blew into her hand for a breath check. Satisfied, she slid her key card into the slot and pushed the door open.
   A blaring TV welcomed her. Not that she expected a violin serenade, but she hadn’t planned on competing with a basketball game for her date’s attention. She frowned.
   “Pass the ball, you idiot!” Will shouted.
   Tingling from head to toe at the sound of his voice, she released a slow breath.
   It’s now or never, Magdelena.
   “Hello?” she called.
   The TV turned off instantly. A second later, he walked into her view.
   Her throat tightened.
   The years had been good to him. No, they’d been great to him. Although she’d seen pictures on the alumni website, they didn’t do him justice. Every visible inch of his body appeared chiseled from stone. A dark gray shirt and black slacks perfectly accentuated every muscle. He wore his dark hair shorter than she’d seen in the photos, but his blue eyes were more piercing than ever. He looked her over, settling on her cleavage and her nipples that had come to attention the minute she saw him. Then he raised his eyes to meet hers.
   “Hello, Elena.” His deep voice lit her soul on fire.
   He doesn’t recognize me. This plan might work after all.
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  1. Congrats on your new release! So excited for you! :)

    And my favorite would have to be The Breakfast Club. It takes teens who would never normally hang out, and makes them spend time together. But the end, they're actually getting along. Plus, it's a lot of fun!

  2. Sixteen Candles. I went to the drive-in to see it with a friend. It was very similar to how it was for me in high school at the time. I was always that girl who wanted a caring boyfriend but all the ones I went to school with were all about drugs, drinking, and screwing every chance they got. I also like how Molly Wringwold was friends with the nerd. Oh, the social classes of high school, lol.

  3. Congratulations on your debut! I know you write beautifully so I can't wait to read it. Wishing success.


  4. Congratulations on your debut...sounds like a great book I'm excited to read...My favorite John Hughes movie is Sixteen Candles....OOO I need to say more...I love movies where the not so popular girl gets the guy....Great giveaway

  5. Congratulations ....can't wait to read. Sixteen Candles is my favorite movie of all time! Everything about that movie is great! I have converted my kids to Sixteen Candle 12 year old son constantly imitates Long Duk And who can forget the John Hughes created a life time classic!

  6. Wow! You are totally rocking this release! What a fantastic giveaway, too! I have to say I love "Sixteen Candles," and "Ducky?" Is that his name? Congrats hon.