BOOK LAUNCH PARTY, READING & SIGNING!!
Saturday, June 7th at 2pm at Books, Etc, in Falmouth, Maine. Come join me for a reading, discussion, signing, and delicious cake!
Not only is QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE MARRYING the title of my new novel, which will arrive on a bookstore shelf near you on Tuesday, May 27th, it's a variation of the title of the "most emailed" New York Times article of 2006: Questions Couples Should Ask Before Marrying (Or Wish That They Had). A simple list of 15 questions, ranging from finances to sex to religion to friends to expectations. "What does my family do that bugs you to death?" "TV in the bedroom?" "Will you be willing to move to New York City or a one-stoplight town for my career?" "You'll stop buying shoes, right?" It's a good list, a practical list, but when it comes right down to it, I think the very last question, #15, is the most important because it is THE question. If this, would that, what about, blah, blah, blah . . . But let's say you and your intended are in agreement on most of the questions, the ones most fundamental to you. Then let's say during the course of your marriage, one of you says/does/wants something different. This is where #15 seems to be the most important question: Can the bond between the two you survive whatever challenges you might face?
Such a serious question! And can you really know? I was so interested in exploring that. And so I sent my main character, Ruby Miller (with her sparkling diamond engagement ring and the New York Times article folded in her purse) and her very different twin sister, Stella, on a very long and bumpy road trip from Maine to Las Vegas, where a ceremony by an Elvis impersonator may or may not await her. If Stella has anything to say about it (and Stella's in the car with Ruby for 3,000 miles), the answer is: no way. Stella doesn't think Ruby really loves her buttoned-up fiance.
But Stella (a professional muse and "Face Reader," has her own very important questions to ask, regarding the whereabouts and what-abouts (I think I just made that word up) of a certain guy whose name she isn't sure about. And by the end, both sisters are asking all sorts of questions–of each other and about life and love, about what they want, what they need, who they are.
I know authors are not supposed to have favorites when it comes to their own books, but I must say, QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE MARRYING is tied for favorite with my first book, See Jane Date.
You can find the book in bookstores, Target, Amazon or any online retailer or basically wherever books are sold. Here's a link to read an excerpt (on Amazon).
P.S. In Maine today, it's 61 degrees. Tomorrow it will be 71. And on Monday, 81. Then back to the 60s for next week. Crazy. Until I moved here I had no idea that you can't go swimming in the ocean until very late July unless you want to freeze.
Happy long weekend…