Emily Bryan here. I really appreciated Jenn's post yesterday. It was a hysterical vid. I'm enjoying laughing more than usual lately. It might be because I was just diagnosed with colon cancer last Monday. If you care to know more about that, please visit my blog.
I'm scheduled for surgery next week (Dec 10th), so I'm getting ready to pack up for what I choose to think of as a visit to the "health spa." (What? They'll wrap me in warm blankets and deliver my meals on a tray while I lounge in bed all day. My surgeon is cute enough to be a cover model. Doesn't that sound like a spa to you?) And I'd like some suggestions on what books to take with me.
My friend Christie Craig has sent me her latest, Divorced, Desperate & Dating. I've been warned to read it with caution lest I bust a stitch with a belly laugh. Books deliver several layers of humor--the knowing smile, the soft chuckle, the Diet Coke shooting out the nose response. I'm looking for some fun reads for my week-long stay at the hosp--I mean, health spa. So what do you suggest?
My editor Leah just emailed me this morning with the advance news that my Distracting the Duchess (my first romantic comedy historical!) has been nominated for a Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times and my hero Trev is up for a K.I.S.S. Award as well. I'm thrilled. (I'm glad this happened now rather than later. I'd hate to think it was a sympathy nomination!)
Also, if you missed out on winning the Pleasuring the Pirate that Bonnie gave away earlier this week, you have another chance. I'm blogging at http://www.authorsandbooks.blogspot.com/ on Monday, Dec 8th and one lucky commenter will receive a signed copy in time to make a great stocking stuffer. I'll also be at http://www.dearreader.com/ next week starting the 8th. If you haven't signed up for this, it's a fun service. Each week, you receive snippets of a new book a little each day so that by the end of the week, you know if you want to read more. I'll be on the forum answering questions on Monday and Tuesday, but expect not to have internet access for the rest of the week. Cancer is just so dang inconsiderate of people's schedules!
Of course, I would appreciate your prayers and healing wishes. They mean a lot to me and I am a firm believer in the power of prayer, but I also invite you to laugh with me. Please let me know which funny books you recommend for my trip next week. Mark Twain said, "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand."
This includes cancer.