4.5 Blue Ribbons and a Yard Sale
I’m so psyched that Maria S., a reviewer for Romance Junkies, decided to give SECRETS & SPIES 4.5 Blue Ribbons! Her email said that the review should be posted on the RJ site sometime next week, but for now here’s some snippets:
“Fans of Jaci Burton’s Demon Hunter series will enjoy this steamy,
adventure novel set in sunny Mexico—minus the demons, but with plenty
of psychic power play and adventure to satisfy the thrill junkie…”
[This means I now have to read Jaci Burton, because I haven’t before. Back to the review…]
“Ms. Lanel’s skill at writing the scenes in Mexico was so vibrant, I could taste the margaritas!…The sexual tension this leads to is palpable and when the two finally come together, a cold shower is in order for the reader!”
[Just what I was aiming for!]
“This is a book that will certainly keep you up past your bedtime, wondering what curveball the author will throw at you next. SECRETS & SPIES is a fun—packed thrill ride with a lot of laughter and some very hot sex thrown into the mix. I enjoyed every minute of Ms. Lanel’s work…”
[Awesome! Thanks, Maria!]
So I got this review in my email in-box the same day as the most successful yard sale we’ve ever had. “We” being my two best friends and hubby and son. We always do a joint yard sale, because it’s hard to come up with what looks like a substantial offering from the road individually. Plus it’s fun to pass the time together during lulls in our campaign to make money.
Of course, we usually only make enough money for lunch…barely. But this weekend the stars aligned. It helped that the big church up the road was having a huge sale, plus there were two other yard sales in our neighborhood. We even ran an ad this time–just a small one. We rarely had a pause in traffic until noon, and even then we still had paying customers. We never even used Tracy’s Buck-a-Bag signs.
The key with yard sales is not so much making a profit as decluttering the house. Therefore bringing the unsold items back inside defeats the purpose. Kind hubby usually does a Goodwill run for us with our leftovers and we often have tons for the recycle truck–magazines mostly. We also usually have 1 or 2 items sitting at the curb after with a “Take for Free” sign on them. Those items are generally gone by the time we return from lunch–where we spend all our profits. This time at the Cheesecake Factory.
I even sold a copy of Enlightened Love and handed out bookmarks to neighbors who had no idea I wrote romance. Not bad for a few hours on a Saturday morning. Now if only I could catch up on sleep. Did I mention the lady who stopped by BEFORE DAWN hoping for a preview? Give me a break!