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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

John, Jane, a Giveaway Winner & a Top 100 List

Who's your favorite Beatle? I was always one of those people who admired John for "Imagine," thought Ringo was...odd, didn't really know anything about George, and focused most of my attention on Paul the cutie. Fine, call me shallow.

Of course, although I remember where I was 30 years ago today (yikes) when I heard Lennon was shot and even own a Beatles songbook that I'd entertain myself with in college (strumming the simpler songs on my guitar and pretending -- privately -- that I was a '60s-era hippy-teen), I've always been aware that their songs, much as I loved them, weren't my generation. I traipse around a lot musically, but I am, and will always be, an '80s girl. In fact, the closest I ever came to a peace march was spontaneously joining a "Hands Across America" group in May 1986 and taking a bus from Madison, WI to Paxton, IL to be part of the human chain... I remember some guy playing "American Pie" and "Blowin' in the Wind" on his guitar that day, in between rounds of "We Are the World." I sang along, but I'm not sure I can ever wear tie-dyed shirts or put flowers in my hair without feeling like a fraud ;-).

I also love the Regency period, although I have not a drop of English blood in me and would most certainly be opposed to corset wearing. This weekend, I'll be in Wisconsin at a Jane Austen Society of North America luncheon to celebrate Jane's birthday (Dec. 16th) and to sign books, too. A friend of mine from college, Andrew Hill, sent me a link to this video below, which he found on Roger Ebert's blog. Delightfully, it's even more anachronistic than an '80s girl singing '60s songs. Take a peek:



LOL! Thanks, Andy ;).

In other fun news, after a drawing early this morning, NovelWhore is the winner of Maria Geraci's The Boyfriend of the Month Club!! Congrats, Lydia! I'll email you for address info.

And, finally, I got an exciting surprise last night when I discovered that According to Jane had made an appearance on a VERY cool list: The Best Romance Novels of All Time. I am SO honored!! Many thanks to author Tulika Nair and Buzzle.com for including my debut book amongst such great novels. Made my week!!

10 comments:

Pamala Knight said...

WOOT! That is fantastic news about ATJ!! I heartily concur. Congratulations my friend. *Smooch*

Robin said...

Woohoo! Congratulations, Marilyn! Such a well deserved honor!!

And LOL at that video!

Edie Ramer said...

YAY!!!!! Congratulations! And very well-deserved!

Marilyn Brant said...

Pamala, Robin and Edie~
Hugs all around to the three of you!! Thanks so much for the congrats -- I was really surprised! Hoping you're all having a wonderful day ;).

Nancy J. Parra said...

I am still jumping up and down for you- the names on that list are legendary. You go girl!!

Cheers~

Marilyn Brant said...

Thank you, Nancy! {{Hug!!}} And I know -- those incredibly author names!!! I read the list in a state of blinking and disbelief...

Pamela Cayne said...

Congrats--awesome news just in time for Christmas!!

Caryn Caldwell said...

That is exactly me, too! (Though I don't remember where I was when Lennon was shot.) We did Hands Across America, and hippie clothes are, for me, a Halloween outfit because I could never be taken seriously in them.

Congratulations (again) for the listing!

Marilyn Brant said...

Pamela, thank you! I like the way Santa thinks ;).

LOL, Caryn! You're a lot younger than I am, so I'll bet the '60s feel especially far away for you :).

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Woot Woot from me too. Congratulations1!!!