A new year, a new blog…sorta

Hi,

My name is Kat.  Some of you may know me from the two earlier books in the Spotlight on Sentinel Pass series that Debra wrote. My book is going on sale this month. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have my deepest, most personal thoughts, foibles and dumb mistakes made public. Thanks, Deb.

Actually, the book—DADDY BY SURPRISE—turned out better than I expected. After all, this is my life we’re talking about. And I’m a screw-up. Ask anyone. Except Jack. Don’t ask him. He thinks I’m pretty darn amazing. That’s what makes this book sorta fun. That and the really weird, surprisingly sexy, off-the-wall part. I’d talk about it, but then I’d have to cry SPOILER. Don’t you hate that? Do you skip whatever follows or read it and wish you hadn’t?

I already polled our book club with that question. Here are their answers:

Libby – skips over it.

Jenna – skims over it, retaining only what she wants.

Char – erases the whole message.

I — read the spoiler and wish I hadn’t.

Very telling, don’t you think?

Anyway, this morning, when I woke up in Deb’s head, I had a very specific goal in mind to introduce our new Wine, Women and Words book club exchange, but now I’ve forgotten what it was. You try keeping up with two kids (Tag and Jordy are great, BTW, thanks for asking) and a new love. Jack is…there aren’t enough words. Trust me. Deb did her best, but a whole book isn’t enough. Guess that’s the good part of a connected series. We’re there in Mac’s book (in May) and Char’s book (in September). All of us book club gals will be in all the books.

Speaking of the book club, here’s how this non-blog book club works…we hope. We pick a book for the month and discuss it. We expect this to take a month because, although the main members of the club will get together for food and wine on a certain night, the rest of you Members-At-Large will chime in as you stumble across this.

The December book was: THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY.

Here’s a quick breakdown of each member’s response to date:

Libby: “I read it on the plane back to L.A. The worst part was trying not to laugh out loud and cry profusely in public. Cooper thought I was going to melt in a big fat puddle in the seat. Thank God for First Class—leather seats.”

(That’s not bragging. That’s just Lib.)

Jenna: “I told Shane he needs to bid on the movie rights. I loved the story. It played out in my mind once I figured out how to read it. Funny how letter-writing has become such a thing of the past that letter reading has also gone out of vogue. Can you picture someone writing a story made up entirely of text messages?

Char: I liked it but I wanted the author to give me more from inside each character. It was a little too superficial for me. But I loved the setting and historical element. The time and place were both new to me and I enjoyed learning about it. And the part about the people of the island having to make a decision within an hour of keeping their children with them during the occupation or sending them off to live with strangers broke my heart.

Kat: Thank God it was a little book. My head is so swamped with student teaching, the kids, the holidays, Jack…Speaking of Jack, he loved the book. He said he was rooting for the plain guy (not the suit) all along. He sees himself in that role. Jenna sees Toby Maguire. I loved the story and hope to read it again when my life settles down.

If you’ve read this book and would like to comment, please do. If you haven’t read it, post anyway just to say Hi. Deb is going to post something soon. She promises. She might even tell you the embarrassing thing that happened when she tried to buy the book at the Detroit Airport.

Kat has left the building… J