Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

My 25-word Nail Polish Story is up at - you guessed it - Nail Polish Stories, A Tiny and Colorful Literary Journal - HERE. My nail polish color is called "Russian Roullette" - it's not exactly a love story, but it's fun! Read all the February entries (won't take long, they're all only 25 words!), and send in one of your own if the spirit moves you. They publish them once every month.

Ann Best, author of In the Mirror and a well-known and popular blogger, wrote the most wonderful, unexpected, unsolicited review of my book, The Christmas Village. When someone feels everything I hoped they'd feel when reading my book, it makes me just want to jump up and down and clap my hands like a little kid. I'm grateful for Ann's generous spirit in putting this spontaneous review out there.

So, if you've been curious about my book, take a hop over to Ann's blog and read what she has to say - she really captures all that I could hope for any reader to take from it. And while you're there, check out her memoir, In The Mirror, which continues to get rave reviews.

It's Valentine's Day, so here's a shout-out to MY Valentine, RVPainter, aka artist J. Richard Secor. He has been my Valentine for more than 30 years now and I couldn't have been given a better partner with whom to share life. We've gone through good times and some rough ones too, but we've always been a great team and he still makes me laugh. Good thing, 'cause we're gonna be living in pretty tight quarters soon!

Wishing you all a wonderful day, filled with love and hopefully, yummy chocolate bonbons.




28 comments:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day to you and RV man....

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  2. That's a lovely review! And a coworker has brought me some chocolate bonbons. Life is good. Happy Valentine's Day, Melissa Ann.

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  3. Hey Melissa! I didn't read the review yet, but I just popped over to the Nail Polish Store :D and left a review for your 25 word story!!

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    1. Oh - I didn't even know you could do that! ;-)

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  4. Ann is just the sweetest, and I'm so happy to see her have success with her book! Best of luck to you and your Christmas story as well!! :)

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  5. Dear Melissa,
    That review is outstanding. She used the word "classic" for "The Christmas Village." I have your book sitting on my bed stand. It is #3, after two other books for children. I read them before bed for about twenty minutes. So soon I'll get to read your wonderful book. I'm so looking forward to that.

    Peace.

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    1. Yay! Can't wait to hear what you think (she said, hoping that you'll like it!)

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  6. Nope, not exactly a love story is an understatement--LOL!
    Happy Valentine's Day, anyways. ;)

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    1. Although it could be, I suppose - a really BAD love story :-)

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  7. I love your nail polish story - blackish, but real. Thanks.

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    1. It was very dark for me - but I couldn't help it because that was the name of the nail polish I randomly picked and I had to go with it!

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  8. Great story. That's such a cute site and lovely idea :)

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    1. It is really just such a funny idea that I had to give it a try. I randomly picked the color and loved what came up - Russian Roulette. It was nice to just do something a bit different!

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  9. Melissa, thanks for visiting my blog. Ann wrote such a lovely review of your book. Good luck with it!

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    1. Thanks Theresa - I was delighted that she enjoyed it so much - she thoroughly "got" everything I had in mind.

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  10. Hello Melissa. Thanks for visiting/commenting/following my blog. I really enjoyed your book's review on Ann's blog. What a lovely road trip you're on. I haven't been to the US, but travel a lot. Am hoping to do an Alaska/Canada/US East Coast tour sometime in the not to distant future. My second novel (editing) is set on Nantucket and I'd love to check out New England. Currently teaching The Crucible, so there you go!

    Denise

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    1. Oh my goodness! If you saw our map below you'll see we are first doing east coast up into Nova Scotia and Canada. I am originally from New England and have family and friends in Massachusetts, NH and Maine. And I LOVE Nantucket!! We will spend part of the fall on Cape Cod and plan to take the ferry over. I'd love to wind up on Nantucket someday. THanks for coming over and saying hi.

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  11. I like it! I'm thinking about submitting my own nailpolish story.

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    1. It's such a quick little thing, and fun -so it's very light and freeing and playful. I think I'll keep playing with them just to see what comes up. I look forward to reading your!

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  12. Happy (late) Valentine's Day! I loved Ann's review and I'm excited to check out Nail Polish Stories. Thanks for the link!

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    1. Hi Emily - NP Stories are the ultimate flash fiction!

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