Monday, August 15, 2011

The Pet Peeve, the New Cover, and the Random Observation

The Pet Peeve

As you know, I love HGTV. One of my favorite shows is House Hunters. Basically, a buyer looks at three potential houses, then chooses one. It's fun to follow along, and then guess which they're going to pick. However, this show brings up several of my pet peeves. Like people who dismiss a great house because they don't like the paint. Or the wallpaper. Or the carpet. Those are such easy fixes. But my biggest pet peeve with this show is when a buyer will walk into someone's bedroom and LIE DOWN ON THE BED. With their shoes on. Hello, it's not your bed--it's not staying with the house! And get your dirty feet of the comforter. Sheesh. And don't get me started about when the potential buyer climbs into the bathtub...

The New Cover

Here's my cover for It Takes a Witch:

I love it and can't wait to see it on bookstore shelves. Whee!

The Random Observation

It seems that in those times when silence is needed, the harder I try to be quiet the louder I am. Go figure.

I'm reading:

Nothing right now (cue a trombone's wuh wuh wuhhh). Too busy writing. What're you reading? I'll take notes for when my deadline is over, and I actually have free time again (ha!).


  1. Books I read in the past week are featured on the Cozy Chicks blog.

    But this weekend I read, Quinn by Iris Johansen, The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews and I'm currently reading Pampered to Death by Laura Levine. It helped that it rained all day Saturday.

    Love the cover.

    Oh I saw that show you mentioned - the one with the soldiers returning home - couldn't stop crying.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. I can't wait to see it on bookstore shelves either - that'll mean I'll already be reading it, and my daughters will have it in their greedy little hands and can stop bugging me about WHEN!?!?

  3. I'm always amazed by how picky the people on Property Virgins are. Especially those with NO MONEY, who are financing 100% AND expect the seller to pay closing costs. They think nothing of buying houses that are much too expensive for their financial situation. I often wonder, how are you going to funish this place? Can you afford a lawnmower? (BTW, my first house cost $19,999 (it was a converted chicken coop); my mortgage rate was 12% and after gutting it, I sold it for $40K four years later.)

  4. I read Bossypants by Tina Fey and "An Uninvited Ghost" by EJ Copperman over the weekend. Both were good reads. Right now I am reading "A Sheetcake Named Deisre" and "A Town in a Lobster Stew". And they are both starting out really well.

    We love watching House Hunters. The one thing that gets me is HH International. It just shows how spoiled Americans can be. The people in other countries are thrilled with a house that is only 1200 sq feet and costs $250,000. Here we would have a hissy fit over something that small. If it's not big, spacious and expensive we want no part of it.

  5. I'm on a SciFi run - The Truth of Valor (Tanya Huff), A Warrior's Apprentice (Lois McMaster Bujold) and then the fantasy novel, Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Lisa Shearin) - all interesting novels.

  6. Dru, oh my gosh--that show (Surprise Homecoming) doesn't get any easier to watch! I still can't watch a full episode, but I do love seeing the reunions.

    Aw, thanks so much, Laine!

    Lorraine, those people make me crazy, too. And the ones that waaaay low ball? And then are *shocked* when the seller won't go that low? Crazy.

  7. Kelley, I'm with you on HH International. I always get a kick out of the people seriously considering ruins as a house. No indoor plumbing, no running water, no walls in some cases--and they're thrilled. Amazing. Bossypants is on my wish list...glad to hear you liked it!

    Mardel, I don't read much sci-fi, but will check these out. Might be time to broaden my horizons!

  8. Girl, yes, I know what you mean about House Hunters. What gets me is how people are so focused on things like granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and won't consider a house that doesn't have them. WHAT?! I don't have those things, and my life rolls merrily along! And two people will say they cannot deal with less than 2,000 square feet and five bedrooms. They act like 1,400 square feet is a hovel. Again, that's my house! And it's perfect!

    I must stop or my blood pressure will rise. ;)

  9. I love watching House Hunters. Its also really cute when my husband is "watching" it with me. He gets into it as well and we try to guess which house they are going to choose. But then I get so angry with the picky people I have to change the channel.

    Right now I am reading Leann Sweeny's Yellow Rose Mysteries. I'm on book 3. I'm one of those people who has to read the entire series all at once. but then I get disappointed when I get to the last one and I have to wait for the next one to come out. LOL

  10. Love the cover. That will definitely catch attention on the book shelves.

    Thoughts in Progress
    Freelance Editing By Mason

  11. I love watching those shows - but then when they choose the "wrong" house, you sit there and go "duh - you picked that one!" The International version is also fun to watch. And finally, great cover - can't wait for this to hit the shelves.

  12. Have to admit I don't watch any of these shows but I wanted to say I love the cover. Can't wait till it comes out.

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  14. I'm reading Cleo Coyle's Murder by Mocha. I love her coffeehouse series, have you read any of these Heather?

  15. Some of my friends just had an episode on House Hunters International this past week! They moved to Germany because Phil's job wanted to transfer him. I'd never watched House Hunters before, so it's kinda funny that I'm reading back entries on your blog and saw it mentioned. Btw, hope you and your daughter enjoy your Broadway tickets - those all sound like great shows.