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August, 2011 | Keli Gwyn - Part 2
Keli Gwyn
Clever Tweets about the Quake

When the quake rocked the Eastern seaboard yesterday, the news hit Twitter in microseconds, and the topic trended for well over an hour.

My heart went out to those unaccustomed to earthquakes. As a native Californian, I’ve experienced several quakes and know how unsettling they can be. Thankfully there were only a few minor injuries and only a few structures sustained damage.

As I watched the tweets flood the stream—after surmising that this wasn’t the “big one”—I marveled at the creativity of the tweeters recording their reactions to the unusual event.

Because I follow writers who are talented wordsmiths, it made sense that clever tweets abounded. I noted some that were posted in the two hours following the initial quake.

Some tweets showed how much a part of our thoughts our writing is. . .

@RobinKayeWrites – Working outside a Safeway in MD. Grabbed computer, left the pocketbook and ran out into the parking lot What does that say about me?

@shawnsmucker – Today’s #earthquake : just another reason not to do any more meaningful work today. #writersblockisanaturaldisaster

@Brad_Parks – That #earthquake epicenter was Mineral, VA, which means it might have been @steveweddle slamming down his latest manuscript in frustration.

@Hope Ramsay – Earthquake! Wow! photos came off walls. Power died long enough to require systems reboots. Talk about an interesting release day.

@donlinn – Happy that my Twitter pal, @GretchenMcNeil ‘s book POSSESS, was greeted on its release date with such earthshaking approval.

@LindsayRibar – The world better not end before my book pubs. #earthquake

Some tweets poked fun at government and the economic situation. . .

@adamlevine – Ok. Even GOD is pissed off at Washington now.

@HighCheese – Congress deadlocked in debate over what just happened. #earthquake

@KarlFrisch – Did the debt ceiling just collapse?

@PorterAnderson – Dow up 294, Nasdaq up 95, after brief dip post-shaking. Investors do enjoy a good #earthquake. 🙂

Some tweets made me chuckle. . .

@jasonpinter – YOU GUYS! TIME TO LOOT STARBUCKS! GRANDE DOUBLE MOCHA ULTRA-SKIM FRAPPUCHINOS FOR EVERYBODY! SEE YOU THERE!

@JosephScrimshaw: An #earthquake is mother nature’s way of stealing focus from celebrity divorces. #TwitterLessons

@jamesscottbell – In California we call 5.9s “foot massages.”

@BookEmDonna – Tweeps, I’m off to stock up on essentials (coffee, half-and-half, chocolate). I hope to be back before the next natural disaster.

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Note: I don’t mean to make light of a serious situation, but I understand that some people employ humor as a way of helping them cope. Those who did helped me relax a bit.

Were you one of the ones who felt Tuesday’s earthquake? If so, how did you react?

If you weren’t affected by the quake, have you experienced one at another time?

Do you make use of humor to help deal with scary situations?

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Barbour’s Bride/Wedding Line: The Fun Begins!

A package from Amazon has a way of putting a smile on my face, but once in a while a shipment arrives that produces a grin that would put the Cheshire cat’s to shame.

Friday, August 19 was one of those days when I left the post office in such a state that people stopped to stare. I couldn’t contain my happiness.

What was in that small brown parcel?

The very first book in Barbour Publishing’s brand new Bride and Wedding line. I’m excited because A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas is written by my friend and agency mate, Erica Vetsch. It’s her first trade-length romance, and I’m thrilled for her. Not only that, but the story sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to savor it.

I’ve been doing some Nancy Drew work and have, with the help of Linda Hang, the awesome editorial assistant I’m privileged to work with at Barbour, learned more about the books in the line. The Bride books are historical romances, whereas the Wedding books are their contemporary counterparts.

I’ve been on the lookout for the Bride and Wedding books on Amazon. Guess what? The September titles are available. (The titles are links that will take you to Amazon.)

A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas

By Erica Vetsch

September 2011

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A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills

By Kim O’Brien

September 2011

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I don’t have information on the October-December 2011 titles, but thanks to Linda, I have the names of the 2012 titles. Several of them already available for pre-order on Amazon. The covers are beautiful, and the stories sound great. But don’t take my word for it. I’ll include a list of those titles I’ve located so you can see for yourself.

A Bride’s Flight from Virginia City, Montana

By Murray Pura

January 2012

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A Wedding to Remember in Charleston, South Carolina

By Annalisa Daughety

February 2012

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A Bride’s Sweet Surprise in Sauers, Indiana

By Ramona K. Cecil

March 2012

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A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island

By Cara C. Putman

April 2012

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A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee

By Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

May 2012

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A Wedding Song in Lexington, Kentucky

By Jennifer Johnson

June 2012

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The July 2012 title is A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California. Sound familiar? If not let me give you a hint. The author is Keli Gwyn. This title is not yet available for pre-order. In fact, I’ve yet to get a peek at the cover. However, judging by the stellar job the Barbour design team has done on those books in the line I have seen, my cover will be awesome.

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Do you get excited when a publisher launches a new line?

Do you like it when a line includes both contemporary and historical titles?

Don’t you just love the titles and covers of the Bride and Wedding books? (Had to ask. :-))

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Flashback Friday: Penny Candy

Penny candy is one of my sweetest childhood memories.

My sisters and I would hop on our ten-speeds and ride a mile to the tiny market in our tiny town, each of us with ten cents in our pocket, intent upon one thing.: buying candy. Ten pieces of it, to be precise.

The postage-stamp sized store had the best selection of penny candy around. We’d huddle in front of the register where the candy was in full view of the friendly clerk and deliberate. Choosing which ten pieces to buy took time. One couldn’t rush such an important decision.

Some of my favorites included:

Bottle Caps
jawbreakers
Jolly Ranchers
Necco wafers
Pixy Stix
red licorice ropes
Sixlets
Smarties
SweeTarts
Tootsie Rolls

What amazes me is that while many things have changed since those idyllic days of childhood, candy choices have pretty much remained a constant. I can still find most of the brands I enjoyed as a kid in stores today. Of course, I’d need a lot of pennies to purchase it.

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What were your favorite candies as a kid?

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