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FAVORITE MOMENTS OF MY SAVING CASEY BLOG TOUR
I had lots of fun moments over the last four weeks.
Here are some of my favorite.
I loved the pictures Julie added to my answers for her hard interview questions. Here's a condensed version:
1) You’re marooned on a small island with one person and one item of your choice—who is that person and what item do you have?
Barack Obama and a firestarter. Here’s why.
I ran through a great deal of scenarios with various people. It turns out I need my computer AND an Internet connection, so it doesn’t matter who I’m with, I’m not going to be happy. I’m going to be hungry and grumpy in short order. So I turned to getting rescued as quickly as possible. (That’s called thinking out of the box—if you don’t like the game, change it.)
Now the choice was easy: Barack Obama. Seems like a cheerful, levelheaded, pleasant fellow. And being the President, I expect a massive search and rescue would occur within seconds of him disappearing.
So why did I choose fire? To build a massive bonfire to aid in the rescue. And while we wait, sitting by the toasty fire, I can have a fascinating conversation with someone I would otherwise never meet.
Then when I return to my home and log in, I can tell everyone about my time with my new friend Barack. They, of course, will not believe me.
4) You’ve just been let loose in the world of fiction, with permission to do anyone you want. Who do you fuck first and why?
First of all, I prefer the phrase ‘getting frisky’.
For one, no censoring bot will tag it and remove my answer. Secondly, it sounds more fun.
To me, ‘fuck’ is for cursing. And I don’t want to curse with or at John Cusack. He’s reported to be intelligent, edgy, and charismatic. To me, those are far more important than a six pack.
5) What is your idea of how to spend romantic time with your significant other?
Do a fun, life-endangering activity, such as jumping out a plane (with a parachute) or rafting down a class four river that revs up the adrenaline. At the end of said adventure we’d take a quick shower and get frisky.
7) If they were to make the story of your life into a movie, who should play you?
The comedienne, Erinn Hayes (Dr. Spratt- Children’s Hospital, Guys with Kids, It’s a Disaster – Indie film). She has the range to play both the crazy and serious parts of me.
8) Who’s your favorite horror villain and why?
Hannibal Lecter—He’s such a soft-spoken, gentle psychopath. However, I would be reluctant to accept a dinner invitation from him, in fear I’d become the main course.
9) Do you have an historical crush and if so, who is it?
Besides being a fabulous author, he was also easy on the eyes and a bit of a rake. A great bit of a rake. He was a rake’s rake.
Here I am, a first time author, giving other first time authors advice. Talk about moxy! Worse yet, I have a great deal of advice to share. Check out the site for the full pontification. But I do want to share my ending comment:
"Bestselling authors aren’t Best Sellers because they write great novels.
They are Best Sellers because they successfully market their great novels."
I interviewed my character Cass and she shares some facts that aren't even disclosed in the book. Check out the interview.
During the interview, she shares the video of the Carol Burnett Curtain Dress that she jokes about with her dad.
I received several reviews during my tour. All were very good, but I'll just share one:
Queen of All She Reads Review:
I don't know how many times I've said that youth is wasted on the young but Liza O'Connor must have been reading my mind when she wrote Saving Casey. An interesting premise, well developed characters, plenty of teenage angst and a May/December romance all play a part in Ms. O'Connor's book. Let's face it, if you got a free chance for a "do-over" when it comes to life - who's not going to jump on it? I know I would....
When Cass Goldman discovers she has an inoperable brain tumor she decides to take the easy way out - or at least the least medically painful way out - and plans to take her life. When she wakes up in the body of a 17 year old girl, Cass can't believe her luck, she gets a do over in life in the body of Casey, a young troubled woman who's unhealthy, unhappy and completely friendless. Grabbing life by the horns, Cass is determined to turn Casey's life around and sets out to change her life. Unfortunately Cass didn't know about all of Casey's horrible secrets.
As Cass sets out to "fix" the problems in Casey's life, she discovers that while Casey may have been rich and pampered - all of it came with a price - a price that could sometimes be very high. Will Cass be able to fix all of Casey's mistakes? Will Troy, Casey's father's bodyguard, and the man Cass has fallen in love with, realize Casey the girl he's protecting is no longer the teenage girl he knew? You'll have to read Saving Casey to find out. I think Ms. O'Connor did a good job with the character's development and wrote a fun and interesting book.
Books in the Hall
When asked silly questions, I give even sillier answers.
What four literary characters would you most like to have over for dinner?
Honestly, I’d like to have my own characters over, but I’ll play fair and invite four known characters: Sherlock Holmes, Author Dent from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Rachel from Rebecca Royce’s Warrior series, and Elizabeth Bennett from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
I won’t bother cooking dinner, because I’m pretty sure this disparate group of characters will leave before appetizers are served. First of all, only one of the four has any sense of decorum. That would be Miss Elizabeth Bennet.
Unfortunately, Sherlock Holmes tells her she’s the least interesting person he has ever met.
Elizabeth declares Sherlock Holmes the rudest, most arrogant man of her acquaintance: “From the very beginning…from the first moment, I may almost say…of my acquaintance with you, your manner, impressing me with the fullest belief of you arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feeling of others.
Rachel, feeling the need to protect such a gentle woman, pulls out her werewolf sword and forces Sherlock to leave.
Having never met a young female warrior from a future dystopia, Elizabeth finds Rachel a bit frightening, and thus recalls her sister Lydia has eloped with a scoundrel and she needs to return home to calm her mother.
Finding all this too weird, Author Dent jumps in my bathtub and throws a towel over his head.
Rachel glares at me and shifts into her battle stance. “Why did you bring us here? Clearly, not for dinner, since you didn’t even cook one.”
“You can’t attack me just because I hate to cook. Besides, I’m human and I happen to know you fight like a girl when your opponent is human.”
Rachel gives me a final glare and leaves.
I shake my head and return to writing, muttering that other people’s characters behave worse than mine.
Well, that's enough reminiscing...
Hope you enjoyed it.
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