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Best Friends Forever, Jennifer Weiner

Best Friends Forever

Excerpt from Jennifer Weiner’s BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, Chapter 2 (from Simon and Schuster website)

Looking back, the knock on the door should have scared me. It should at least have come as a surprise. My house — the same one I grew up in — is set at the farthest curve of a culde- sac in Pleasant Ridge, Illinois, a Chicago suburb of fourteen thousand souls with quiet streets, neatly kept lawns, and well-regarded public schools. There are rarely pedestrians or passersby on Crescent Drive. Most weeks, the only signs of life after ten p.m. are the flash of headlights on my bedroom wall on the nights that my next-door neighbor Mrs. Bass has her Shakespeare Society meeting. I live alone, and I’m generally asleep by ten-thirty. But even so. When I heard the knock, my heartbeat didn’t quicken; my palms did not sweat. At some level underneath conscious thought, a place down in my cells where, the scientists tell us, memories reside, I’d been waiting years for that knock, waiting for the feel of my feet moving across the floor and my hand on the cool brass knob.

I pulled open the door and felt my eyes get big and my breath catch in my chest. There was my old best friend, Valerie Adler, whom I hadn’t spoken to since I was seventeen and hadn’t seen in person since high school ended, standing underneath the porch light; Valerie with her heart-shaped face and Cupid’s-bow lips and lashes heavy and dark as moth’s wings. She stood with her hands clasped at her waist, as if in prayer. There was something dark staining the sleeve of her belted trench coat.

For a minute, we stood in the cold, in the cone of light, staring at each other, and the thought that rose to my mind had the warmth of sunshine and the sweet density of honey. My friend, I thought as I looked at Val. My friend has come back to me.

EASY ON THE EYES, Jane Porter

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Easy on the Eyes (from Jane’s Website)
At 38, Tiana Tomlinson has made it. America adores her as one of the anchors of America Tonight, a top-rated nightly entertainment and news program. But even with the trappings that come with her elite lifestyle, she feels empty. Tiana desperately misses her late husband Keith, who died several years before. And in a business that thrives on youth, Tiana is getting the message that her age is starting to show and certain measures must be taken if she wants to remain in the spotlight. It doesn’t help that at every turn she has to deal with her adversary—the devilishly handsome, plastic surgeon to the stars, Michael O’Sullivan. But a trip away from the Hollywood madness has consequences that could affect the rest of her life.

About Jane (from Jane’s Website)
Born in Visalia, California, I’m a small town girl at heart. I love central California’s golden foothills, oak trees, and the miles of farmland. In my mind, there’s nothing sweeter in the world than the heady fragrance of orange blossoms on a sultry summer night. As a little girl I spent hours on my bed, staring out the window, dreaming of far off places, fearless knights, and happy-ever-after endings. In my imagination I was never the geeky bookworm with the thick coke-bottle glasses, but a princess, a magical fairy, a Joan-of-Arc crusader. My parents fed my imagination by taking our family to Europe for a year when I was thirteen. The year away changed me (I wasn’t a geek for once!) and overseas I discovered a huge and wonderful world with different cultures and customs. I loved everything about Europe, but felt especially passionate about Italy and those gorgeous Italian men (no wonder my very first Presents hero was Italian). I confess, after that incredible year in Europe, the travel bug bit, and bit hard. I spent much of my high school and college years abroad, studying in South Africa, Japan and Ireland. South Africa remains a country of my heart, the people, the land and politics complex and heart-wrenching. After my years of traveling and studying I had to settle down and earn a living. With my Bachelors degree from UCLA in American Studies, a program that combines American literature and American history, I’ve worked in sales and marketing, as well as a director of a non-profit foundation. Later I earned my Masters in Writing from the University of San Francisco and taught jr. high and high school English. I now live in rugged Seattle, Washington with my two young sons. I never mind a rainy day, either, because that’s when I sit at my desk and write stories about far-away places, fascinating people, and most importantly of all, love. I like a story with a happy ending. We all do.

The Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan FREE COPY

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Happy Valentine’s Day ~ 5 People Win 11 FREE Books EACH (Including James Patterson’s SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S)

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Love in 90 Days by Diana Kirschner

Sundays at Tiffany’s  by James Patterson, Gabrielle Chabonnet

Free Yourself to Love  by Jackie Kendall

The Italian Lover  by Robert Hellenga

Looking for Mrs. Friedman and Other Really Bad Ideas  by Steve Friedman

Getting Naked Again  Dating, Romance, Sex, and Love When You’ve Been Divorced, Widowed, Dumped, or Distracted  by Judith Sills

We Take This Man  by Candice Dow, Daaimah Poole

Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me  by Ben Karlin

Sexcapades by HoneyB

Love and Other Natural Disasters  by Holly Shumas

Send Yourself Roses  by Kathleen Turner

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Bittersweet: Confessions of a Twice-Married Man, by Philip Lee (Another FREE Book)

The winners of spotlighted Words To Mouth authors have been randomly chosen and I’m working on getting the announcement posted. Meanwhile, I found another freebie for you to tide you over:

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You can download Bittersweet: Confessions of a Twice-Married Man by award-winning investigative journalist Philip Lee between 12:00 midnight September 19th and 12:00 midnight September 21st, 2008.

So, mark your calendar for your free copy of this author’s male perspective on love, parenting, and relationships.

The site provides an excerpt for you to whet your appetite (look over to the righthand column). 

The Truth About Cheating, M. Gary Neuman ~ FREE COPY!

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CheatYou can get a free download of a copy of M. Gary Neuman’s book, The Truth About Cheating!

Between now and 7p.m. tonight, Friday, September 12, 2008 you can click on the following link and have the book delivered to your computer for free…so just about 12 hours from this posting. Don’t delay. Click HERE

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Trish Ryan (audio Quick & Wordy interview)

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As you may be aware, I originally posted a review on He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (see earlier post) and Trish and I went back-and-forth a bit  in conversation on our blogs. Some of you provided some great listener/viewer comments, so I went ahead and asked Trish to be on the show.

Initially, this interview started out as a Quick & Wordy, but ended up not-so-quick.

I am one to go-with-the-flow and that’s what I’ve done here. I didn’t want to cut our conversation short, just because I was trying to be…well, short. So, if it ended up being a bit longer than you would have preferred for a Quick & Wordy, my apologies…I’m a firm believer in letting things take us where they may.

Trish was so willing to open up and share herself with us and I wanted to give her ample opportunity. I realize I shared my spiritual beliefs and I hope that is okay and not a turn-off for you…just simply that, my beliefs, without judgments on anyone else’s beliefs. Regardless, I enjoyed my conversation with Trish and getting to know her and I hope you will as well.

Feel free to post or email comments for Trish and I’ll make sure she gets them ~ Let’s start a conversation!

To win a FREE copy of Trish’s He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, leave a comment below or call 206-309-7318 and leave a voice mail I can play on-air. If I don’t already have your mailing address, send it to me at Carrie@WordsToMouth.com.

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Take care…until next time.

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Trish Dish Part II

Trish Ryan is such a good sport. Here’s a portion of her answer to my second question. Go check out the rest at her blog site:

So one of the many things that never made it into my pages is the fact that my BIG dream in life back then was…. To own and run a private, maximum security prison. Yep. Seriously. This was my plan. I was fascinated by the utter failure of our national correctional system (really, there aren’t many places where we get less bang for our buck as taxpayers), and I was certain that a kinder, gentler approach to rehabilitation was the key. And clearly I was the perfect candidate to turn this ship around: my political science major meant I had stored up four years of strong opinions. Pair that with my minors in philosophy and dance, and who wouldn’t think “Prison Management” when looking at my resume?

Thanks, Trish.

Hey, Words To Mouth friends ~ let me know what you’re thinking…comment below or call (206) 309–7318

Take good care!

Trish Ryan’s Response

Here’s an excerpt from Trish Ryan’s blog response to the first question I posed in my He Loves Me He Loves Me NOT review post:

I think the “deep abyss” Carrie refers to IS filled by my relationship with God, but not entirely. I think he wants the rest of it to be filled by real, 3D relationships with other people. I don’t buy that we’re supposed to do life alone; I just don’t see much evidence that it works all that well.The key, for me at least, is that I can’t maintain any of these relationships without God’s help. On my own, I’m just not all that great a friend, a sister, a daughter, or a wife. At best, I’m a mediocre dog owner. But with God, I’ve built relationships that are stronger than my mistakes, bouyed by a love that is far bigger than what comes out of my little heart. That is a fun place to live, and I’m glad I wrestled with faith and love and life for long enough to get here.

I appreciate Trish’s perspective. She makes me take pause–she makes a strong point. I suppose, I always came from the stance that ideally, I wanted to be as “evolved” as possible before I plunged into marriage–two wholes coming together, not two halves making a whole. But, that notion can be sort of like trying to grab the elusive brass ring. In retrospect, I realize I was far from evolved (still am)—in fact, I didn’t have a clue who I was or what I wanted when I said “I do” nearly twenty years ago.  Marriage can be one of the most fulfilling relationships, but I don’t care who you are, or how prepared you think you are, or or how much in love…at times, marriage is just plain hard. Like Trish and her hubby, my marriage is anchored in faith and I’ve found that makes ALL the difference.

I’ll be interested to possibly hear Trish’s response to my second question, too. I do appreciate her introspection and willingness to share.

How ’bout you? I’d love to hear what you think.

Until next time…

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