A Glitch in Time…

I’m not the world’s most organized person…in fact…I rank down there in that category of people…who…fly by the seat of their pants most of the time…but…sometimes a situation does call for organization…and I make an effort to rise to the occasion…only to be amused by the result…

Some of you are aware that…Bertha…was a guest of honor…along with Madison John’s Agnes and Eleanor…at MasterKoda’s Sizzlin’ Summer Book Launch last night…

Now…if you’ve never attended one of these gala affairs…let me just say…they are online…they move quickly…and essentially…you snooze…you lose…so I did what I could to organize ahead of time…

I made lists of timeslots and prizes…with spaces for winners…it was all laid out…and…that part worked like a charm…in fact…I was able to capture all the winners and their respective prizes…life is good…

But…

You had to see that coming…there had to be a glitch or it would hardly be blog worthy…anyway…I decided to take it one step further…I’d package all of my prizes before the event…have them ready to mail…now that sounds…smart…like something an organized person would do…

I carefully sized-up each prize…to determine the appropriate mailer they would need…went shopping…came home and carefully…lovingly…got them ready to mail…

And all was well…except that I didn’t take into account that some lucky ducky peeps would win more than one prize…so…now…much of my packaging was for naught…I’ll be combining prizes and figuring out the best way to ship them…

Of course…my first response was to be just a tad bit frustrated…I’d wasted time and effort in my misplaced organization…but…Bertha…assured me that I hadn’t…not at all…

She said that even though I will be redoing packages…that organizing them…cleared the clutter…both on my guestroom bed…and my brain…and that is really the purpose of organizing…to clear the clutter…it doesn’t mean that it’s perfect…it doesn’t mean it won’t have to be changed…it’s just a good framework…

And…she’s right…what can I say…I did feel calmer once all the prizes were secured in mailers…I was able to relax…it won’t take much to combine the ones that go together…at least I know where they all are…all is well…

Maybe those uber organized people are on to something…well…they probably are…but I won’t go that far…

Jane

Let the Games Begin…

I’m gearing up…as we say in the South…for the MasterKoda Sizzlin’ Summer Book Launch Party…July 19, 2012 at 7:00pm EST…

Why…

Because…Bertha…and I will be joining our friend and fellow author…Madison Johns…along with her characters Agnes and Eleanor…from her latest book…Armed and Outrageous…as the guests of honor…

And we hope you will join us for all the fun…

You’ll have a chance to get to know the authors and characters better…play games…and win…prizes…lots of prizes…there’s even an all you can eat…virtual…chocolate buffet…guaranteed no calories…what could be more fun than that…

I’ll be telling you more details as the time gets closer…but…today…I wanted to introduce you to the characters…because…maybe I shouldn’t tell…but…there will be character trivia…and…you’ll want to win…trust me…on that…

Here goes…

The girls from…Armed and Outrageous…one’s armed and the other is outrageous…but…they keep changing roles…

Agnes:

72 year-old retiree turned sleuth after the disappearance of her granddaughter and now another young tourist. The widow of a State Trooper, Agnes formerly worked as a private investigator and is no stranger to danger…or love…for that matter…and she certainly finds both without any difficulty…reconnecting with her former boss, Andrew. If Agnes had a motto it just might be…why should I act my age when there’s so much fun to be had?

Eleanor:

82 years old but not forgotten…Eleanor is definitely up for adventure and refuses to let Agnes go it alone as she sets out looking for clues. Being plus sized doesn’t squelch Eleanor’s appeal to the gents which lead to altercations with a disgruntled wife or two…but nothing that a pocketbook swung in the right direction can’t handle. Also known to shoot a bad guy in the butt…Eleanor is definitely a force not to be reckoned with!

And from…Bertha-Size Your Life!…we have the one…thankfully…and only…

Bertha:

If you crossed Lucy and Oprah and dressed her like Peg Bundy you might just get Bertha…a zany redhead in lime green spandex and high-heels…she’s always up to something…positive that is…as she flings down-home wisdom and perky advice to anyone who will listen. She is frequently found standing on a soapbox or going head to head with the cat. But for all her Pollyanna ways Bertha does have a nemesis…Rita…who can and occasionally does bring her down quicker than a new daddy passes off a baby with a dirty diaper. Bertha is more than a book character…she’s a…character!

With that knowledge…you’re ready to play…Character Trivia…we’ll be asking questions…and…even if you haven’t read the books…you’ll have a one in three chance of getting it right…better than those multiple choice questions where there are four choices…

Here’s a sample question…just so you’ll know how much fun it is to play…

Which of our three lovely ladies do you think lost her teeth under the bed…I hear they came out furry…just saying…

Now all you have to do is…post your guess as a comment…and the first one who gets it right…I’ll send you a free Kindle version of…Bertha-Size Your Life!…just to get the party started…

Hope you can join us…

Jane

Oh…in case you’re wondering…Bertha…will be throwing out a few boas to some lucky attendees…