Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Romantic Times

If it's spring, it must be Pittsburgh. I should be there, but alas I am not. Of course, I had made plans - booked my registration and hotel, secured a table for Phaze at Club RT, and assembled the gorgeous pink rollway bag we're giving away in the raffle. I had hoped to generate some buzz for Dare To Dream and pimp our big Phaze releases: Robin's 39 and Holding...Him, the Coming Together books, and cover girl Bridget's Fascination Street. This was to be a big year for us, the first time we sent books to the Goody Room (Artistically Bound, which is set in Pittsburgh, the timing couldn't have been better) and one of our authors is sitting on the Faery Ball court. Unfortunately, life figured out these plans and decided to intervene.

It's common knowledge that in addition to the 20 jobs I juggle that I am a mom, and usually I have care arranged for these events. This time, though, the stars just didn't align. Mom must stay home with Dad since he's made the transplant list, and they need to be on call. The in-laws have to be elsewhere to tie loose ends on an estate to which they are executors. And the hubby...well, we won't go there. Tyke is three and 2/3 of the way trained, but it's not enough to boost Dad's confidence to be a solo parent, if only for a few days. I tried the Seinfeld logic on him: Thursday and Friday she's at pre-school, so he'd only have the night time then. Saturday, he could get a sitter to help, and Sunday I'll be home. It's not so much four days as it is really twenty minutes. He didn't buy it, so here I am while hundred of other romance authors get to pitch books and rub up against cover models. Sigh.

What's worse, Rush is in Jacksonville tomorrow night, playing there for the first time probably since Moving Pictures or Signals. Had I enough warning, I could have flown down for the weekend. My parents live there, they could have watched Tyke for a few hours. So, I must console myself instead with trying to purchase a second row seat for Bristow. If I can't pitch to Kensington this year, I'm going to sit eye level to that which God blessed Geddy Lee.

Yes, I'm bummed, but I don't blame my family. Things happen, and there is next year. Orlando will be easier to handle since I do have family in Florida willing to help out. We hope to go south stronger than before, and perhaps talk Piers Anthony into doing the Saturday signing under our banner since he's not far away. Honestly, how he could turn down a room full of women is beyond me.

The Philly Book Festival, however, is still on. In the meantime, Phaze has a new giveaway on site, the text of which is below.

Enter Our 2008 RT Giveaway!

This year at the Romantic Times convention in Pittsburgh, Phaze has offered a pink rollway bag filled with all sorts of goodies for one lucky attendee. Signed books, relaxing bath salts, a bottle wine and other treats...it's our way of showing appreciation to our readers! If you're attending the convention, be sure to stop by the Phaze table at Club RT and meet your favorite Phaze authors. Help us celebrate the release of Artistically Bound in paperback, which is set in Pittsburgh.

If you aren't going to RT this time around, don't worry. You can still win with our special online RT Giveaway. We have a treasure trove of Phaze goodies to give to one lucky winner, including autographed Phaze books, gourmet chocolate, and an iPod Shuffle containing audio files of Phaze book excerpts, Phaze author podcasts, and songs with titles corresponding to Phaze book titles. The RT hit parade includes:

Spellbound - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Come Together - Beatles (for the CT series)
Fascination Street - Cure
Moondance - Van Morrison
Wicked Game - Chris Isaacs
Cruel to Be Kind - Nick Lowe
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen (upcoming Phaze title)
Heat Wave - Martha and the Vandellas
Private Dancer - Tina Turner
Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
Dare Me - Pointer Sisters

...and much more!

To enter, simply send an e-mail to us at klively (at) phaze (dot) com with RT GIVEAWAY in the subject header. One winner will be drawn at random, and your information will not be sold or distributed to third parties. Whether you are attending RT or not, you can enter this giveaway. As this giveaway contains material of an adult nature, all entrants must be over the age of 18.

Deadline to enter is April 30, 2008. A Winner will be drawn on May 1. Good luck!

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