Monday, February 27, 2012

Surreal Moments

Every now and again (quite often actually) there are some really surreal moments in doing what I do for a living. Today is one of those moments. One of THE BIGGEST moments, really. And if I weren't wearing old yoga pants and a ratty hoodie with my hair in a messy ponytail (standard work wardrobe), I'd take a picture for posterity.

Today my author copies arrived for THERE AND NOW - which is a reprint of THE Linda Lael Miller's and my book Marriage At Circle M is included as a bonus book.

Holy moly. My book is in with LLM. My name is on the frickin' cover, y'all. Very tiny, but THERE. On the same cover as LLM. My BLURB is on the back.

*falls over*

In honour of them arriving on my doorstep and totally MAKING my Monday, I'm going to give a copy away. Just leave a comment and tell me about the most surreal thing that's ever happened to you. Because surreal moments are AWESOME and I think we should share and be all filled with awesomeness.

Oh and PS - here's something cool. Marriage at Circle M was, until today, the ONLY title I've ever kept with Harlequin. Until today. My short story, Second-Chance Mother, is going to keep its title for THE GREATEST GIFT Mother's Day anthology, coming in May.

So fire away! What's the most surreal thing that's ever happened to you? I'll draw late tomorrow for a winner!

23 comments:

  1. I guess when my daughter said to me at age 23, " You know looking back now Mom, you were right about a lot of things." never thought I'd hear that!
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  2. My most surreal moment was watching my daughter sing on stage at Massey Hall with Kenny Rogers and Billy Dean. And to make things even better, I sat back stage and chatted with Billy Dean while Kenny was singing. O. M. G. I'm a country music fan, so that was quite a thrill (of course my daughter had no idea who either of them were, but I was excited enough for both of us)

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  3. Wow! Congratulations Donna!

    Ok, surreal for me was when I received a copy of Wendy S Marcus's ONCE A GOOD GIRL and my name was in the Special Thanks section!

    What me?! From the little South Pacific Island country who no one knows about? Jayne at eHarlequin once commented that when she thinks of me- she imagines me as living on a small dot in the South Pacific! And its true! But as my reviews come in our local paper (print) this mention of me makes waves even now! Everyone knows and reads M&B and having someone they know mentioned in one is a huge deal here for readers!

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  4. My most surreal moment was meeting Whoopi Goldberg when I was 14. I was spending a summer in Pacific Palisades with family and Whoopi went running every morning around the neighborhood. One morning we were packing the RV for a trip to San Diego and she came running up then stopped to chat with her neighbors. They introduced me and I was a complete mess - "I love you in Jumping Jack Flash!" I can't remember much else other than trying to spot her other mornings and thinking she probably changed up her route to avoid some young white girl from Kentucky.
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  5. My most surreal moment was seeing my daughter in her Army dress uniform for the first time. It was at that moment that I realized she was officially a grown-up. She's leaving for Kuwait in June, and I can't even get my mind around that. Thank goodness I was an Army wife for twenty years. That experience is helping me to adjust to being an Army mom, but it's still a very weird feeling. Whatever the circumstances are when it finally hits you that your child is an adult, it's a surreal experience.

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  6. So many moments, being so proud of my children for all they have done with their lives. Pinning on my Daughter's badge when she graduated from the Academy. Seeing my son complete his studies and be employed securely in a time when so many are not.

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  7. So many moments, being so proud of my children for all they have done with their lives. Pinning on my Daughter's badge when she graduated from the Academy. Seeing my son complete his studies and be employed securely in a time when so many are not.

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  8. Totally bizarre - I accidentally had my second baby at home, delivered by my very calm husband. It wasn't until we (the baby and I) were in the ambulance backing out of our drive and I looked down at her and thought OMG! I had my baby at home!!! It was completely surreal.

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  9. First, I love LLM! I wanted to name my first born Valerian after one of my favorite characters from her vampire series. I was about 15 then :) SO Congrats Donna! How awesome!

    My surreal experience came following the most painful moment of my life. I was 17 and had just lost my mom (this was 12 yrs ago) literally, in the early hours of that morning. Arriving back home, it all hit me. I lost it. After several moments standing outside alone crying, I looked up at this big tree we had in our back yard. It was windy that day and the tree was swaying in the most beautiful way. Something came over me then that I can only explain as surreal. I felt calm and happy. It was so weird and so wonderfully beautiful. I've never forgotten it.

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  10. Congratulations!! I've loved LLM since I first started reading romance. Couldn't even imagine the incredible squee moment you must have had--that is sooooo awesome!

    My surreal moment came on the second date with husband. Usually I saw him in a dress shirt and tie but on this date he wore all black--black jeans, black T-shirt, black cowboy boots (swoon). We went to the movies and after, I excused myself to the washroom. When I came out, he was standing slightly down the hall, arms crossed over his chest in a sexy, casual way and all I could think was "OMG that incredibly handsome and sexy man is waiting for me...for ME." LOL. Best part, I still get those moments when I look at him.

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  11. Not a parent.. but heard my mom's voice come out of my mouth while chaparoning 8th graders in Washington, DC... young lady listening to music on personal player.. and staring at the bus floor... mind you, it was spring in DC and the cherry blossoms were in full flower... sunny.. 'Hey, I think you should at least look out the window while you're rocking out..."

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  12. I would have to say when I won Tori Carrington's monthly contest . Also, I just won a book by Jillian Stone that i really wanted and that was very surreal.

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  13. Meeting Donna Alward ;)

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  14. Wow. Donna. LLM! How awesome for you.

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  15. StacieD9:40 PM

    Congratulations, Donna! What a cool milestone.

    One of my most surreal experiences happened on election night in 2008. I was living in the Chicago suburbs at the time. Because I was one of his first donors, the Obama campaign gave me two tickets to his party in Grant Park. Of course we all know that it became his victory party. Being in Grant Park with thousands of supporters when the election was called over the Jumbo Tron was surreal. The energy of the crowd was overwhelming. Listening to his victory speech was something I will never forget.

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  16. Wow Donna! That's just way too cool!

    I sorta had a surreal experience once. A client of the print shop where I worked as graphic artist/receptionist always treated me like a fixture in the shop. Then one day he came in, kneeled before my desk and worshiped me for the ink drawings I had done for his brochure (he was always overly dramatic). After that I was his “pal”. Which was good because his wife had just signed a 3-book contract for her historical romances and I got a chance to ask her some questions and be part of her husband's promotional efforts on her behalf, which is another story in itself.

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  17. My surreal moment was walking up to Jon Voight, the actor and Angelina Jolie's Father, who was surround by a crowd of people and his security guards and asked him if my cousin, his wife, his two kids, who were visiting from Hong Kong and my mother could take a picture with him. I was surprised he said yes. I still have a copy of that picture from my cousin. I am still shock that asked him in the first place.

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  18. Wow how cool are you?! Great going Donna - massive congrats to you.

    My surreal moment was seeing a group of nuns coming out of the Virgin record shop whilst on holiday 10 years ago in Malta! It was a strange moment and really rather funny. Take care - Caroline x

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  19. Anonymous6:13 AM

    So freakin' fantastic! Congratulations! Nancy aka sheandeen

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  20. I met Linda LM in June 2008 - without at first knowing who she was! We were on a Civil War battlefields tour together, and during the week we became good friends with Linda and her cousin. It was Linda who encouraged me to return to writing fiction again, so I shall be forever grateful to her! Am still in contact with her (from time to time).

    My most surreal moment - actually meeting Martin Sheen two years ago, having had a 'thing' about him ever since the 1970's!

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  21. I don't know if surreal is the right word or not, but it was like an out-of-body experience. My dad died in 1990; my mom died in 1995; and then in 1998, I found out that my brother and I (but not my two older sisters) had a different bio dad (who had died in 1979). At first there's denial, but when the evidence is presented and you can't dispute it. Wow! It takes quite an adjustment. Surreal to me. Still.

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  22. Colleen C.2:32 PM

    Hmmm... my surreal moment was when I went to my high school graduation... I had actually spent my whole senior year in college and decided to graduate with my friends... but coming back and knowing that I was one step ahead of them was boggling.

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  23. OH Wow! Congratulations Donna. That's so wonderful.

    I still get goosebumps thinking about meeting you and the other five authors at the book signing. Donna Alward, Cara Colter, C. J. Carmichael, Pamela Yaye, Vivi Anna, Rebecca York and me. Sigh!

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