The winner

The winner of my Black Friday Blog Hop book related T-shirt is Kim. You’ll be recieving an e-mail from me in the next few days. Thanks and congratulations!

Black Friday Blog Hop/Black Friday Memories

Welcome to the Black Friday Blog Hop…We are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger. The Blog Hop is one day, today, November 23rd!

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
In addition to the grand prizes offered, I am offering:
Free book-related T-shirt
Include your e-mail so you can enter the random drawing. Check out the other authors on the Black Friday blog (click on the link on the bottom) and good luck!

Last year it was truly a Black Friday for me. I had knee surgery at the beginning of Thanksgiving week, and thought I’d be home in three days. That didn’t happen. I slept through Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and didn’t wake up until Tuesday.
This year, I am happy and lucky to be here and alive. I’m happy to be writing, and learning in this new world of Indie publishing.
I remember past Black Fridays, although lately I don’t go to the malls or downtown – too much craziness. I remember going to the mall with my best friend, Karla, when we had the day off from school. And going downtown shopping with my mom when I had the day off from work, only to come home and find out that my husband (now deceased) wanted to go to the mall to shop again. During most of these shopping adventures, we’d always end up at a bookstore or two. Then I was able to leave my world and enter a different world that my favorite authors created.
I’m happy to be part of the Black Friday blog, and hope you’ll take a look at the world I have created in my two books, “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny,” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless.” I write sweet contemporary romantic comedies. I’m sure Jay Galloway will be happy to drive you to the mall in his cab, and he’ll probably have some funny stories about Black Friday, too. Or at least some funny dialogue, like “How much did all those presents cost? Thirty-two hundred dollars?” or “I’m the human GPS, y’know,” after he gets to know you.

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Writing and Pets

I got a new kitten on Monday. My last cat, Jackie, passed away after 10 years while I was in the hospital having knee surgery. I am so happy to have my new kitty, and he does make me laugh, but I’ll never forget Jackie or the cat I had before him, Stormy. I also had cats growing up (although I had a dog for a week who chewed up my the wife of my dad’s boss’s flower bed — it was get rid of the dog or lose his job).

I saw my new kitty online and noticed that his name is Jay—the same name as the hero of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny.” Like the heroine of my book, once I met Jay, I knew he was “the one”.

Getting to know Jay is an experience—it’s been a while since I had a kitten. I’m learning what he likes to eat (and what he doesn’t like). He’s learning his way around my condo and he seems to like the computer. Pretty soon, I expect him to have his own Facebook page and be on Twitter.

I’ve been told that a lot of my writing has either pets in it or music. I know that’s true about “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny,” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless.” http://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Goldberg-Levine/e/B009RV0N50/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 In the first book, Jay Galloway has two bulldogs, Bulldog and Barks. In the second book, Jay’s sister, Lorrie, gets a kitten that she names Ariel.

Some of my favorite authors also have pets in their books. One of Joann Ross’s earlier books featured a cat named Circe. Jane Myers Perrine’s book, “The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek,” has a dog in it named Chewy that belongs to the new minister. I love Caroline Bourne’s mystery series about the crime-solving cat named Familiar, as well as Joanne Fluke’s mysteries that feature Moishe and Cuddles.

It’s time to end this blog because I have to see what Jay is up to. What about you? Do you have any favorite books that feature animals? Any favorite pets?

Art imitates life

My name is Nancy Goldberg Levine and I am a newly-Indie-published author. My two sweet contemporary romantic comedies, “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless” are available now on Amazon.com. My first romance novel, “Tempting Jonah,” was published in 1998 by a small press company. In this blog, I hope to write about subjects I know something about such as short story writing.

Today, however, I want to write about how art imitates life. Sometimes, especially this year, I will write about something and then it will happen, almost exactly the way I wrote it. In fact, it happened again today. You can read my long, boring bio at the beginning of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny.” or the short version on my Amazon.com author page. To make a long story short, I had severe arthritis in my right knee and was operated on last year. There were complications from pneumonia, and I am still recuperating so sometimes I have to take cabs to work or home.

My dad likes to call the cab for me. It makes him feel important, so he called for one for me today at 11:30, and asked that I be picked up at my day job at 3:30. They didn’t show up until after 4. When they did, they went to the wrong building, I had to walk to where the driver was, and since I’m still not running races yet, I couldn’t catch up to the driver before he pulled away.There are some hotels near my office and there are always cabs and drivers hanging out there. The driver of the first cab I saw greeted me and opened the door for me, When I got into the cab, it looked almost exactly like the one my regular driver (the hero of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” is loosely based on him). This driver started talking to me and he used a lot of the same expressions and said some of the same things my regular driver says. He was a Cincinnati Bengals fan; my driver is a Cincinnati Reds fan.

At the end of “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless,” the hero and heroine go to Maine and meet a cab driver who acts and kind of looks like the heroine’s brother. So…art imitates life.

Earlier this year, my driver (oh, that sounds so elegant, doesn’t it? LOL!) took my parents and I to Kenwood so they could pay a bill. There is a bakery next door and he said that he liked to stop there in the morning if he was out driving around in that area. Before he said this, I had finished a scene in “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” where the hero talks about going to a bakery at 5 a.m. when he was out driving around. (“Twilight Zone” music plays in the background…)

It’s happened that way several other times, too. What about you? Have you ever written something, and then had the same thing happen, almost exactly?

Get ready to laugh with me.

Nancy Goldberg Levine is the author of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless,” available now on Amazon.com. She is also the author of “Tempting Jonah,” as well as more than 60 short stories.