Sunday, February 25, 2007



I Hate the Snow

I really need to move back to Arizona. Or Hilton Head. Or somewhere warmer than here.

Well, it looks like the snow we've been getting all day has finally turned into a so-called "wintery mix" of freezing rain and snow. But that still doesn't help, because I already drove through heavy snow.

I went into the office this morning, planning get a good 6 hours in. I'm taking a few days off this week to accompany my hubby to the Virginia Bar Exam in Nofolk. We've both already passed another state bar, but fortunately my job isn't making me take Virginia. But his is, so I figured I'd go down there for moral support (and to get some lovely spa treatments while he writes essays and fills in multiple-choice bubbles).

But I didn't want to take too much vacation time for this trip, so I figured I'd get some work done today. Little did I know that their warnings of a "wintery mix" would come true, and would actually be a lot heavier than they'd predicted.

When I left the apartment at 7:30 this morning, the roads were fine and nothing was coming down. Three hours later, Mr. Brice called me and told me I should come home.

He wasn't kidding. I've never seen snowflakes that large before in my life, and I grew up "up north." And apparently the good folks of Alexandria have never heard of the concept of snowplows or salting the streets, because it was AWFUL! The snow was piling up really fast, and I was fishtailing all over the place.

I finally got home, but it took me over 45 minutes for what should have been about a 15-minute drive.

The snow seems to have subsided by now, a mere 3 1/3 hours after I left the office.

Anyway, I really hate the snow. When's spring coming?

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Friday, February 23, 2007



What's in a Name?

"O! be some other name: What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet"
William Shakespeare


Seriously, what's in a name? I've thought about this a lot, considering that I write under a pen name. I chose my pen name (well, my hubby came up with it, actually) because I thought the two names sounded good together. Besides, it was personally meaningful, which I wanted. Amanda is my real middle name, and Brice is my husband's real middle name.

I thought about using Amanda Brice for my books for adults and using something else for my books for teens. I ended up deciding to write under the one name because my "adult books" may be thematically for adults, but they're not "adults books" in the classic sense. LOL! And I like the name.

Besides, what would I use? I thought about using what would have been my real name if I'd been a more traditional woman and taken my husband's last name when I married: Heather Chen. Or another option would have been to use my mom's maiden name with my real first name: Heather San Miguel.

I love both those names, but, well, this is going to sound really bad, but they didn't fit "me" even though they are me. If I'd used Heather Chen, I'd run into the problem of people thinking I wrote young adult Amy Tan stuff. If I used Heather San Miguel, people might think it was Latina lit.

Not that it would be bad for people to think I wrote ethnic lit, but I don't. Yes, I write multi-cultural and/or ethnic characters, but I don't write ethnic books, particularly not in the way it would appear if that was the name emblazoned on the cover.

Anyway, that made me really sad to think that this is even an issue. But it is.

Right now I'm reading CHINA DOLLS by Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan. It's a fabulous story of the lives and loves of three Asian American women in NYC. I'm writing a review of it for Romance Divas and my immediate first thought was "The Joy Luck Club meets Sex in the City."

Guess what...Beth Kendricks already used that exact characterization in her blurb on the book jacket. And while it sums it up very nicely to immediately convey what you're getting, it almost seems kind of unfair. Rather than being "Asian chick lit," isn't it just chick lit with characters who happen to be Asian and who deal with the issues of leading a modern life when you have pressures from your traditional family? That struggle is a common one, whether the characters are Asian, Hispanic, African-American, Caucasian. It's universal.

Yes, I admit, I wanted to review this book because I thought I could probably relate to it more than most Caucasian women, being married to a second generation Taiwanese American man. There are some scenes with the families in the book that literally make me laugh out loud because I can hear my husband's aunties saying those very lines in their own voices. But you don't need to be Asian or married to an Asian man to love this book.

Another easy way to describe it would be "the Asian Dirty Girls' Social Club," I guess. But why must we neatly characterize things by race or ethnicity? Why must we always make these shorthand comparisons? Can't we just say it's a great book?

Anyway, that's why I can't write as Heather Chen. Because people would expect me to write a book like this one. They'd also take a look at my author picture and get confused. How can you have a name like that and then have brown curly hair with red highlights, pale skin, and blue eyes?

It's so sad that in a society that's supposedly more colorblind than ever that we still need to think of such things.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007



Results of the Best Date Contest...

Big thanks to everyone who entered the "best dates" contest. I received some great entries, so it was really hard to pick a winner (which is why I was late posting the winner...that's my story and I'm sticking to it).

Without any further ado, here's the winning entry, from Miyaka!

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On our first date, he took me miniature golfing. I had no clue how to golf. So, he was trying to give me a few tips and told me that I should swing a little bit more. I didn't realize he was standing behind me, and gave it a full swing - hitting him right in the forehead! I looked back and found him lying flat on the ground. Unbelievably, a couple of months after that, he asked me to marry him……I guess I must have knocked a few screws out of his head!

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Thanks for sharing your story, Miyaka! It may not have been the most classically romantic first date, but it definitely made me smile, and it certainly had a fantastic outcome...eventually!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone, and congrats to Miyaka for winning the prize pack!

To read the winning "worst date" story, hop on over to Rhonda Stapleton's blog: www.rhondastapleton.authorsabode.com

And remember to check out DREAMS & DESIRES: A COLLECTION OF ROMANCE AND EROTIC TALES for some great reads for a worthy cause.

Speaking of the charity anthology, the wild & wacky D&D authors will be chatting in the Romance Divas chatroom: http://www.romancedivas.com/divachat.html

We'll be there from 8-10 pm EST, so stop by and say hello! We've got some great prizes to give away again and we're talking about how the project got started.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007





Get Ready for the Romance Divas eBook Challenge!

Looking for some great free reads for Valentine's Day? Then you're in luck! The web's coolest writing resource, Romance Divas, is bringing you the eBook Challenge, where a network of more than 50 authors band together to provide free stories.

You can find links to the stories here: http://romancedivas.com/ebookchallenge.html

The stories range in heat level from mild to caliente, so there's something for everything.

So without further ado, please enjoy my short story, "Birthday Gifts." Please note that this is fiction. It is Claire and Kevin's story, not mine.

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“Pardonnez, monsieur, nous cherchons Les Fous de l’Isle.” Amy asked an elderly gentleman for directions to the restaurant where we had reservations. We’d only been in Paris for a few months, but already our schoolgirl French had improved amazingly to the point of near-fluency. (Or maybe the Parisians we met were just being nice, although the stereotype wouldn’t suggest that.) Our dressing habits had changed from casual jeans and t-shirts from the U.S. to more sophisticated continental styles. We could almost be mistaken for French women.

Almost being the operative word.

I looked around at the quaint buildings, cobblestone streets, and gaslight lamps dotting the discreet residential district. The Ile St. Louis is charming, but not cheap. I was definitely surprised when Amy told me she was going to take me out for my birthday in such an expensive arrondissement, effectively blowing her student budget for the week on one single lunch. But Amy insisted and I’ve learned not to argue with my roommate when she was on a mission.

“We're almost there,” Amy said. “It’s just the next street over.”

“This is really sweet, but we don’t have to go somewhere so expensive. I would have been perfectly happy with Josselin,” I added, referring to the crêperie across the street from our apartment in the Montparnasse district.

“Don’t be stupid, Claire! We go there almost every day. But it’s not every day that you have a birthday!”

At the mention of my birthday, I grew wistful at the thought of spending it without Kevin, my boyfriend of three years. I know Amy had organized this special lunch to cheer me up, but, well, to be honest, the thought of being on this romantic island in the heart of the City of Love without him was killing me.

Kevin would love it here. So full of history and passion. Parisians celebrate the senses like no one else. The entire city was a bit narcissistic, but deservedly so. No other large cities are as beautiful, particularly at night, when Paris fairly glows in the warmth of candlelit bistros.

I’d hoped that Kevin might be able to visit, but unfortunately, the airline tickets were too expensive. I understood. Really, I did. But I still missed him.

Someday I’ll take him here.

I had to hurry to catch up with Amy’s quicker pace, definitely a trait that nobody would mistake as being anything but American. The French luxuriate in the act of le promenade. Walking is an essential part of the French way of life. Unlike Americans, who view walking as merely a way of getting from one place to another, Parisians view the process as important as the destination.

“Slow down!” I called out. “This neighborhood is so pretty. You just don’t see places like this in the States.”

We passed a building with a small bronze plaque proclaiming that one of its former residents had been the famous Enlightenment writer and philosopher Voltaire. Above the tops of the buildings, I could almost see the spires of Notre-Dame. At the end of the street, tourists and locals alike lined up around the block for a scoop of the famous Berthillon ice cream. Although I’d already been in Paris for a few months, I hadn’t yet been to Berthillon. Everyone told me I was missing out, because it really is the best ice cream in the world. I made a mental note to save room for dessert.

Finally we arrived at the restaurant, highly recommended by one of Amy’s classmates. The hostess quickly showed us to our table, whispering excitedly under her breath in French to the waiter who stood by the door. He cast a glance our way, and then disappeared into the back.

“Really attentive staff,” I said.

“Oh, that? Well, the French take the art of dining very seriously,” Amy said. “Alain recommended the soufflé au fromage for a starter.”

“We don’t need starters. Just the main course."

“Will you be quiet? I already told you, we’re doing this right.” Amy laughed. “A proper French lunch. Starter, plat principal, cheese course, dessert. Of course, wine is a given. I think I’m gonna have the duck in pepper sauce. Or maybe the chicken with Roquefort sauce. Ooh, I bet the salmon’s good, too!”

I examined the menu. Having a notorious sweet tooth, I was immediately drawn to the desserts. Chocolate profiteroles…those were Kevin’s favorite! We’d shared the classic French pastry with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce on our first date. Three years later, my mouth still watered at the thought of the exquisite marriage of sensations, hot with cold, sweet with savory.

Maybe I’d have to pass on the ice cream shop later. Or maybe I’ll have both! After all, it’s my birthday.

We ordered and then Amy excused herself to go to the ladies’ room. While she was gone, the waiter returned with two glasses of champagne. He placed one in front of me, and the other in front of Amy’s empty seat.

Excusez-moi, mais il y a une erreur. Nous n’avons pas commandé le champagne.” I tried to explain that they hadn’t ordered champagne, but the waiter simply shook his head and scurried off.

“Maybe Amy ordered it,” I said.

“Or maybe I did,” a deep male voice called out.

Could it be? I'd know that voice anywhere...

I did a double take as I whipped around to face the man who had just spoken. Was I hallucinating, or was Kevin actually standing in front of me, 3000 miles from home?

“Every celebration needs champagne,” Kevin explained, his blue eyes crinkling in a smile. He walked over to me and took my trembling hands in his.

“Three years ago we shared profiteroles at the French restaurant near school. I knew then that I loved you and that one day I would do this. When you said you were going to spend the semester in Paris, I realized I had the perfect chance and that the profiteroles are probably even better here.” He gazed into my eyes. “Claire, will you marry me?”

Kevin picked up the stem of the champagne flute and held it up to me in a toast. That’s when I saw it. The most beautiful ring I’d ever seen was nestled on the bottom of the glass, almost hidden by the bubbles.

Oui! I mean yes!”

The restaurant erupted in applause. I turned and saw the wait staff crowded in the door to this room, beaming. Amy stood in the middle of the group, shrugging nonchalantly, but she couldn’t fool me. The wide grin spreading from ear to ear gave away her delight.

I turned my attention back to my new fiancé and threw my arms around his neck. It was difficult to believe he was there, but he was. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect proposal in a more perfect city. My dreams of sharing Paris with Kevin had come true.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007



What Are you Doing for Valentine's Day?

So, what are you Valentine's Day plans? Romantic dinner date with your sweetie? Candy? Flowers? Or are you holing up in protest with a chick flick DVD and a pint of Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby?

(Oh yeah. Been there, done that.)

Well, whatever your plans for the evening, I've got some ideas for during the day. If you're looking for some fun free reads, then check out the Romance Divas eBook Challenge!

Over 50 free short stories will be available (either as a download or the text will be posted online) on Valentine's Day.

You can find links to the stories here: http://romancedivas.com/ebookchallenge.html

Stop by and read some...or all! All heat levels, from mild to caliente, will be offered.

My own story, "Birthday Gifts" is a sweet contemporary. The text of the story will be on my blog tomorrow, and I may eventually offer it as a free download on my website at some later point. Check it out on Valentine's Day!

If you want some more free Valentine's Day reads, then you're in luck! Rhonda Stapleton and I will be posting the winning stories in our "Best and Worst Dates" contest. I'm choosing the winning "best date" story and Rhonda's choosing the winning "worst date" story. We'll post them on our blogs, as well.

Speaking of which, time's running out! The deadline is midnight TONIGHT! Send your "best date" stories to contest@amandabrice.com and your "worst date" stories to rhonda@rhondastapleton.net

Good luck and happy reading!

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Sunday, February 11, 2007



It's a Small World After All...

I've always loved learning about other countries and cultures. I remember going to the Expo '86 in Vancouver, Canada when I took a cruise to Alaska with my parents and grandparents. My favorite part of Expo was taking my "passport" around to all the different countries' pavillions and getting it stamped.

In high school, I was the weird teen whose job goal was to work for the Foreign Service. (Apparently I was quite naive, because I honestly believed that I'd get a job working in the US Embassy in Paris straight out of college.) So I majored in Political Science (with an emphasis on International Relations) and French. Talk about a VERY useful major (um, yeah...).

My fave summer job ever was as a protocol officer for the Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta. My job dealt with helping to decide whether Chelsea Clinton or Prince William would get priority for tickets to gold medal gymnastics (answer: they both get tix).

And my fave ride at Disney World is the one with those little dolls that wave flags and sing "It's a Small World..."

Good times.

Anyway, you get the point. So it's probably not much of a surprise that I'm tickled pink to learn that my writing is spreading around the world. OK, OK, it's baby steps, I know, but still it's cool.

I blogged yesterday about how a bookseller in Italy had blogged about D&D. So cool! And Mrs. Giggles, who raved about both D&D and my SHE'S GOT LEGS, is in Malaysia. And Veronika, who won a free copy of SHE'S GOT LEGS during the D&D launch party in Gemma Halliday's chatroom, lives in France.

And Marci, my editor at Freya's Bower, mentioned to me today that I'd just sold a copy of SGL to someone in Manchester, England.

I think this is so cool. I know it's not much, but it's pretty amazing to me that with e-publishing, anyone, anywhere, at any time, in any country in the entire world, can read my writing. It's really awe-inspiring.

Makes me want to go on that ride with the singing dolls...

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Saturday, February 10, 2007



Ahhhh...Italy...

It's amazing what you can find when you Google your name or pen name. Today I discovered that a bookseller in Italy named Elissa Rolle has put up the Dreams & Desires blurb on her blog.

http://romancebooks.splinder.com/tag/amanda_brice

She basically just translated the bookcover blurb into Italian, but it sounds so amazingly sexy if you read it aloud. Now if we could just talk her into having some kind of downloadable track where some hot Italian men reads it to us.

Hello, swoon...

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Friday, February 09, 2007



Reminder about our awesome contest!

The deadline is coming up!!!!

Let me remind you about the contest that Rhonda Stapleton (www.rhondastapleton.authorsabode.com) and I are running.

We're holding a joint Valentine's Day contest to help promote the DREAMS & DESIRES charity anthology, as well as the release of her new ebook, STRIPPED.

My story in DREAMS & DESIRES is called "Love @ First Site" and it's about online dating. So I'm holding a "Best First Dates" contest. Simply send me a story (in 500 words or less) of your best ever date (need not be online dating) to contest@amandabrice.com by February 12, 2007.

Rhonda's story in DREAMS & DESIRES is called "Baring It All for Mr. Right" and it's a story of what just might be the worst first date scenario ever! So she's holding a "Worst First Dates" contest. You get the idea...send her your stories of bad first dates (in 500 words or less) to rhonda@rhondastapleton.net by February 12, 2007.

We'll choose the winners and post them on our blogs and websites on Valetine's Day.

The winner of my contest will receive a "Date Night Prize Pack," including candy, a fun "date night"-type DVD, lotion, and a copy of a book on seduction techniques (can't remember the title, but I bought it a couple of weeks ago for this contest).

The winner of Rhonda's contest will receive a "Bad Date Night Consolation Pack," including chocolate, a chick flick DVD, and a candle.

Start thinking of your stories. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Thursday, February 08, 2007



Barnes & Noble online sells out of Dreams & Desires paperback!

Wow! I know they had it even just a couple of days ago, but now it says "out of stock" and you can no longer purchase a new copy of D&D from Barnes & Noble online.

And I know that when my friend tried to get her local B&N to order it, the woman at customer service couldn't find it in the system, so I'm guessing it means that it's completely gone form B&N's warehouse right now.

Not bad for a small press that didn't hadn't even launched at this time last time...

OK, so I don't know how many copies B&N had even stocked in their warehouse to begin with. But this means that people are buying!

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I Hate Losses

Not in a good mood today, so I'll keep this short. But how does a team blow a 10-point lead, only to lose by 6 points?

Carolina never held a lead until like the 2-minute mark or something. The problem is that while Duke played on fire for 38 minutes of the game, they couldn't hold that stamina for the remaining 2. Carolina, on the other hand, has a very deep bench and they had fresh legs at all times on the floor.

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So yeah, I'm mourning a loss this morning. Not as sad and depressing as when we lost in the National Championship game to UCONN my senior year, but still sad.

Actually, for that UCONN loss, I went tunneling in the underground steam tunnels beneath campus to numb the pain. That was kinda fun, even if I was only doing it because we lost.

Anyway, congratulations on a good win, UNC. But watch out--in less than a month we come to the Dean Dome and I'm fairly sure my boys in blue will be wanting blood...

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007



Let's Go Duke!

Here we go Devils, here we go! (clap clap)
Here we go Devils, here we go!

If you can't go to college, go to State!
If you can't go to state, go to jail!
If you can't go to jail, go to Hell!
Go to hell, Carolina, go to Hell!

Go to Hell, Carolina, go to Hell! (clap clap)
Go to Hell, Carolina, go to Hell! (clap clap)

Um, yeah, I'm a little obsessed, huh? What can I say? I went to college at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Durham Campus (aka Duke University).

Tonight's the big game. Duke students camp out for literally weks for a chance to get inside tiny Cameron Indoor Stadium. My junior year, I camped out for 7 weeks for the game. And I wasn't even in Tent 1, either! (I think we were around tent 60 or so)

I always swore that I would never get married between the months of November and April. Well, after a brief fit of insanity where I thought that getting married 3 weeks after the bar exam would be a good idea), Mr. Brice and I moved the date up to March 6, 2004. I figured it would be OK, because it was the week before the ACC tournament. Sure, it would be the same weekend as the Duke/Carolina game, but the wedding would be on a Saturday night and that game is ALWAYS on Sunday afternoon, right?

Right?

Wrong.

ESPN just *had* to go and switch things up in the TV schedule, moving the game to a 9 pm EST Saturday night tip-off. Considering that my reception started at 7 pm MST, um, yeah.

I arranged for the hotel to turn the game on in the hotel bar, since I knew that a good percentage of my guests would want to watch. Oh, who am I kidding? I wanted to watch! Anyway, I snuck away with some friends to the hotel bar to watch tipoff then ran back to the ballroom for our first dance.

Then ran right back to the bar...I could skip salad, right?

A few minutes later, Mr. Brice found me and a group of my college buddies in the bar.

Mr. Brice: Amanda, you need to get back to the reception. They want to serve dinner!
Me: Oh, that's OK. They can go ahead.
Mr. Brice: No they can't.
Me: Yes they can...Yes! (cheering as JJ Redick scores)

He lets out a long sigh and says "Um, you're the bride. They won't serve dinner unless you're seated and ready to eat."

Who knew?

Anyway, let's go Duke!

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007



Does Anyone Doubt the Importance of the Internet?

I just read today that the world's oldest newspaper still in circulation, the Post-och Inrikes Tidningar, has dropped its paper edition and now exists only in cyberspace. This newspaper was founded in 1645 by Sweden's Queen Kristina. As of Jan 1, it became web-only.

Pretty interesting, if you ask me. Is this a sign that e-publishing in general is going to take off? Maybe I won't have to explain to my friends and family "no really, it really is a book."

Speaking of the Internet, I recently wrote an article for Orange County RWA's magazine, the "Orange Blossom," on the importance of protecting yourself online. Establishing a web presence is crucial for an author in this day and age, but it can sometimes also open your up to harassment. Google is the silver bullet in a stalker's arsenal, so it's very important for anyone with a web presence to take steps to protect themselves.

Louise Knott Ahern, the co-editor of the Orange Blossom and a talented PR professional kindly interviewed me today for her Boom! PR Solutions for Authors blog.

Go check it out and show me a little love:
http://boom-pr-for-authors.blogspot.com/2007/02/boom-interview-online-safety-expert.html

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Monday, February 05, 2007



I Love TV...

I have a serious TV addiction. OK, maybe not an addiction, because there are really only some shows I watch. But I lurve the ones I do watch.

One of my fave shows is "How I Met Your Mother." Such a hilarious show. Not sure how many people are really watching it, though, because I don't know too many people who actually do. But it's seriously one of the funniest, smartest shows on TV. It works on so many levels.

Tonight's episode, about trying to avoid learning the results of the Super Bowl so you can watch it on TiVo the next day was freaking brilliant. I couldn't stop laughing!

I think my favorite bit was when Barney (Neil Patrick Harris's character...picture Doogie Howser all grown up and turned into a total horndog in a suit) breaks down and decides to track down the scores to find out whether he's won or lost money. He's running down the street and runs into Emmit Smith, so he asks him who won the Super Bowl. Emmit says "Oh, that was last night? Once you've got a couple of rings, they all blur together" (or something like that). Barney then says something like "What's more important than the Super Bowl?" and Emmit says in a real dead pan, "Dancing."

OK, I guess you had to watch it.

And then on "The Class" (which comes on right afterwards), Jerry Rice has a cameo. Of course, you all know my "Dancing with the Stars" obsession, so of course I'm amused. :)

But seriously, the "How I Met Your Mother" episode was brilliant.

And I so totally relate. For the last several weeks, I've been avoiding watercooler chitchat and reading entertainment columns. Mr. Brice has bar review class at night, so he has to miss 24. And because he doesn't have time to watch it until after the bar exam, I decided to not watch it either, in a show of solidarity. (Because I'm such a good wife, and all.)

We'll have a 24 marathon in March!

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Get Your Jenna Bayley-Burke Short Stories Here!

One of my fellow charity antho authors, Jenna Bayley-Burke, has a few short stories that just released in time for Valentine's Day. Check them out!



IF WE LISTENED
Rachel and Evan Hansen are getting a taste of their own medicine. As teenagers they ran away and eloped, and now their daughter wants to follow in their footsteps. Looking back, Rachel and Evan wonder what would have been if they'd listened to the warnings instead of trusting their hearts.

IDREAM RING
If you know something only in your dreams, should you dare try and make it happen? Even if it means starting over and risking the disapproval of your family? Vanessa and Nick are searching for a sign that their dreams might come true. Vanessa only hopes she can find her dream ring…

If you know something only in your dreams, should you dare try and make it happen? Even if it means starting over and risking the disapproval of your family? Vanessa and Nick are searching for a sign that their dreams might come true. Vanessa only hopes she can find her dream ring…


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Sunday, February 04, 2007



Are You Ready For Some Football?!

Awwwww, yeah! It's Super Bowl Sunday! I know I have some overseas readers, so they probably couldn't care less, but here in the US, it might as well be a national holiday.

So what's your fave part of the Super Bowl? The pregame show? The game itself? The halftime show? The Puppy Bowl? The commercials?

I must admit that I'm a self-proclaimed Super Bowl commercial junkie. That was always my fave part, even going back all the way to elementary school. (I guess that's why I work in trademarks today.) I remember in second grade (or maybe it was 1st grade...I don't remember--I had the same teacher both years) we made puppets out of pantyhose for an assignment and then had to write our own script for a puppet show. The group I was in had a character named Herb, from the Burger King commercial that debuted during the Super Bowl (yeah, I'm dating myself).

Interestingly, I think the Bears were in the Super Bowl back that year, too.

When I was a little kid, my brother and I were huge Bears fans. It's not like we had any real reason, either. I've never even been to Chicago. But Refrigerator Perry was the team's star, and we thought he was awesome.

But fast-forward to today. I really like Peyton Manning and think he deserves a Super Bowl win. So I don't know who to root for tonight.

Maybe I'll root for the puppies instead. Do you watch the Puppy Bowl? I think that's just the cutest thing ever.

Oh, so I know I'm sounding like a Mrs. Giggle fan-girl or something, but I just had to gush about her latest review. Not sure how she got her hands on it, but SHE'S GOT LEGS is her Spotlight Romance Review today!!! And she gave it an 88!

"She's Got Legs is a funny and romantic short story and because I've had fun reading it, I wish the story is longer so that the good time will last a little while more. Nonetheless, I realize that I really enjoy the author's voice, her sense of humor, and her ability to balance cynical humor with unabashedly romantic happy endings so these these two apparently contradictory elements end up complimenting each other very nicely. Give me more, give me a longer story, just give me - I want to read more from this author."
http://www.mrsgiggles.com/books/brice_legs.html

Wow! First a 90 for DREAMS & DESIRES, now an 88 for SHE'S GOT LEGS! Someone needs to scrape me off the ceiling...

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Saturday, February 03, 2007



Interesting Review

I'm thrilled to death to announce that Mrs. Giggles, who's known for her super-harsh, extremely honest reviews, gave Dreams & Desires a 90! A 90! Whoohoo! That puts it in her "keeper" status, which is somethng she really doesn't give often.

She also said it was the first time she'd ever given "keeper" status to an anthology, which is pretty darn cool. She only individually commented on 9 of the 19 stories, and my "Love @ First Site" was one of them. :) Granted, she didn't give a very long review of my story, but she did call it "sweet and adorable." My story was singled out along with stories by Richelle Mead, Gemma Halliday, Susan Lyons, Sasha White, Jackie Kessler, Shaunna Wolf, Fath Bicknell-Brown, and Debbie Mumford. Not bad company to keep, eh?

*warm glow*

So, today I'm going around to bookstores and asking them very nicely to stock Dreams & Desires. I think I'll take a copy of the book, as well as a copy of some of the awesome reviews.

After that, I need to do some spring cleaning. OK, so it's not spring yet, but the groundhog did predict that we'll be getting an early spring. No, my spring cleaning consists of taking down my Christmas tree.

Yeah, that's what I said. It's embarassing, considering as it's now February 3. Originally I kept it up for Ukrainian Christmas, then I went away for the weekend and couldn't do it then, then I got busy with other things, and when I was going to take it down, Mr. Brice convinced me to leave it up for my mom's visit last weekend, since she hadn't gotten a chance to see it. Well, she liked seeing the tree, because it's pretty, but I promised her it would come down this weekend.

So yeah, that's what I'm doing. Oh, that and avoiding the grocery store. We *may* get 1 whole inch of snow sometime this weekend, so the good people of Washington, DC are racing out to stockpile bread, milk, and eggs, because God forbid that 1 inch of snow keep us trapped inside our apartments without bread, milk, and eggs. I waited for 45 minutes to check out at the grocery store yesterday, because all the Washingtonians had carts packed with bread, milk, and eggs (and frozen pizza and beer, but hey, the Super Bowl is tomorrow).

It's 1 inch people! 1 inch! I've seen more white stuff on a powdered donut, for crying out loud.

You know, it's crazy. I live in arguably the most powerful city on the planet, and yet 1 measly inch of snow throws everyone into a panic and completely shuts us down. You'd think we were in the Deep South, like Alabama or Mississippi, or something. It's not even like it's a Southern city...yeah, we're south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but it's really more of a Northern city.

Except with the panic over 1 inch of snow.

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Thursday, February 01, 2007



New Blogger, Busy Chat, Tense Basketball Game, and Cool Contest

Why? Why Did They Make Me Get the New Blogger?

I really didn't want to, but alas, they made me. Grrr. At least I didn't lose anything. I'm sure Jodie wouldn't have been too happy if I went crying back to her to ask her if she could make me a new custom-designed template. LOL!

Anyway, thanks so much to everyone who attended our super cool chat in Gemma's chatroom tonight. Wow! I think we had over 50 people at one point...it was HOPPING! I could barely keep up! If you missed out on the fun, don't worry. We'll be chatting again in 2 weeks, on February 15 in the Romance Divas chatroom.

Well, I'm watching the last 55 seconds of the Duke-Virginia game and wow, it's tense! Duke's up by 2 and just lost a shot. Now VA has a chance to tie or take the lead, but about 30 seconds to go.

And now it's tied at 61 points and going to overtime. Yikes!

This game is a big one for us in my family. Many, many of us are Duke grads (me, my mom, my dad, my grandpa) and only one measly one of us is a Virginia grad (my brother). Of course, it's my brother's birthday tonight, so I'm sure he'd be a very happy boy indeed if they were to win.

Anyway, while I'm waiting for OT to start, let me tell you about the contest that Rhonda Stapleton (www.rhondastapleton.authorsabode.com) and I are running.

We're holding a joint Valentine's Day contest to help promote the DREAMS & DESIRES charity anthology, as well as the release of her new ebook, STRIPPED.

My story in DREAMS & DESIRES is called "Love @ First Site" and it's about online dating. So I'm holding a "Best First Dates" contest. Simply send me a story (in 500 words or less) of your best ever date (need not be online dating) to contest@amandabrice.com by February 12, 2007.

Rhonda's story in DREAMS & DESIRES is called "Baring It All for Mr. Right" and it's a story of what just might be the worst first date scenario ever! So she's holding a "Worst First Dates" contest. You get the idea...send her your stories of bad first dates (in 500 words or less) to rhonda@rhondastapleton.net by February 12, 2007.

We'll choose the winners and post them on our blogs and websites on Valetine's Day.The winner of my contest will receive a "Date Night Prize Pack," including candy, a fun "date night"-type DVD, lotion, and a copy of a book on seduction techniques (can't remember the title, but I bought it a couple of weeks ago for this contest).The winner of Rhonda's contest will receive a "Bad Date Night Consolation Pack," including chocolate, a chick flick DVD, and a candle.Start thinking of your stories.

We can't wait to see what you come up with!

OK, overtime just began, so I gotta run...

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It's Time for Our Virtual Launch Party!

It's finally time! Tonight is the Launch Party for the Freya's Bower charity anthology, Dreams & Desires: A Collection of Romance and Erotic Tales by Jenna Bayley-Burke, Faith Bicknell-Brown, Amanda Brice, Sela Carsen, Rachelle Chase, Gemma Halliday, Candace Havens, Zinnia Hope, Jackie Kessler, Susan Lyons, Richelle Mead, Debbie Mumford, Rhonda Stapleton, Bebe Thomas, Emily Veinglory, Sasha White, Lois Winston, Shaunna Wolf, and Kit Wylde.

Join the authors tonight in Gemma Halliday's chat room from 5-7 PM PST (8-10 PM EST).

What's Dreams & Desires?

Just look around the web.

Everyone is talking about it :
Diana Peterfreund's blog
Lois Winston over at Caridad Pineiro's blog
Candace Havens' radio station :: 96.3 KSCS
Idea Boutique
The Knight Agency Blog
Dear Author
Vamps & Scamps
Sparta Independent Newspaper
Joanne Rock’s website

Most of the book's authors will be on hand to gab, and we have tons of great free prizes to give away. If you can't make it tonight, we'll be in the Romance Divas chat room Thurday, February 15th during the same times.

Just what kind of prizes are we talking about? Look at this swag!
Not Quite Dead (ebook, novella) & The Virgin Courtesan (ebook, novella) Sela Carsen
Last Chance (ebook, novella) Kit Wylde
Sex Lounge (ARC) Rachelle Chase
Champagne Rules (signed book) Susan Lyons Succubus Blue (ARC) Richelle Mead
Talk Gertie to Me (signed book) Lois Winston Stripped (ebook) Rhonda Stapleton
SPYING IN HIGH HEELS (signed book) Gemma Hallliday

And that's just a sample!

Dreams & Desires, a charity benefit anthology
ISBN: 1934069221 (paperback)
ISBN: 193406923X (hardcover)

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