As writers, we do a lot of reading! (And we're not just talking about Us Weekly!) We've devoured everything from Patricia Cornwell to Candy Spelling. From memoirs to mysteries...bestsellers to bombs. And our favorite thing to do after reading the words, The End, is to dish about it with each other. It's our book club for two (*cue sappy music*) where we discuss how a book made us feel. Did we discard it after the third chapter or savor it like a delicious meal? And was it so yummy that we might have even developed a little crush on its author too?...
For us, when we read something we REALLY LOVE, we don't just fall in love with the book, we fall a little bit in love with the person who wrote it. We can start crushin' pretty hard on that author who put fingers to keyboard, who created the plot and the characters and then mixed it all together to make a story that each time we read it, just keeps getting better...
And that's exactly what happened when Lisa discovered Laura Dave.
It was love at first read when she found LONDON IS THE BEST CITY IN AMERICA on a New Fiction table at Barnes & Noble a few years back. She inhaled three chapters while sitting in the bookstore and finished it just a few hours later. And after Liz borrowed and read it, it's not surprising that she fell for her too. (BTW--Lisa never told Liz, but she knew there would be a girl fight before she'd ever really share Laura Dave with her!)
So fast forward to this past May when Lisa was again back in Barnes & Noble. But this time, she wasn't just shopping for books.
She sat there. Palms sweaty, heart racing, cheeks flushed.
She was about to meet someone she was really crushing on. No, it wasn't a first date with a man or a chance encounter with Justin Timberlake. It was even better!
She was about to come face to face with her #1 writer crush! She was at signing for Laura Dave's second and equally amazing book, THE DIVORCE PARTY.
But as she sat front and center (literally), 45 minutes early, she began to see the scene as Laura might. Lisa knew she must look like a crazy person as she white-knuckled her tattered copy of the DIVORCE PARTY for dear life, a perma-grin plastered across her face and sweat rings forming under her arm pits. Suddenly, she feared Laura might think she was some kind of book stalker and have security escort her out and promptly unfriend her on Facebook. She began to beat herself up for not taking a seat in the back and playing a little hard to get.
After the reading (fell in love a little more) and the Q & A (too nervous to ask a question--but had so many!), Lisa waited in line trying to come up with the perfect words that would sound breezy and non stalker-like when she finally got the opportunity to have Laura sign her book.
But the magical words never came to her. And even though Lisa was a hot mess when she reached the front of the line, Laura was absolutely lovely. (No doubt, she's seen it all!) And she even humored her and accepted a copy of Lisa and Liz's book, I'LL HAVE WHO SHE'S HAVING! But the icing on the cake was when she gave Lisa a giant hug and thanked her for giving her the copy of her book. Who does that? It was then that Lisa knew there would never be another author who could win her heart the way Laura Dave had. :)
So you can imagine our excitement to have Laura at our LA book signing as our special guest!
So come down and join us on this Saturday the 25th at Metropolis Books in downtown LA from 4-8pm. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to share with your girlfriends in the comfy sitting area!
In addition, the fabulous folks over at DXG USA have loaded each of our beach bag giveaways with the MOST fashionable and trendy high definition video camcorder you have ever seen. DXG’s new Luxe Collection (retail value $149.99) merges fashion (Chick Lit fans love fashion!) with technology. Designed with patterns and bling, and with matching cases, they look and feel like your favorite fashion accessory. And each bag is filled with books from your favorite chick lit authors! A big thank you to eBags for donating the SUPER CUTE bags by Saltbox and Make Love Not Trash!
Each person who has their book signed will be entered in a drawing to win these awesome bags! The drawing will take place at 6pm, and you must be present to win! Good luck!
So grab your girlfriends (blondes, brunettes, and cougars!) — and boyfriends (we love men who dig Chick Lit!) — and head over to Metropolis Books in downtown L.A. (440 S. Main St. L.A. 90013) for a fun night out. And join us for drinks after to continue the Chick Lit Fan Night Out. Details at the event.
See you there!
Liz & Lisa