Saturday, November 20, 2010

She's #4!

This morning, Love Unscripted by Tina Reber, was #4 on Amazon's list of Bestsellers in Women's Fiction! Just above her, at #3, was Jody Picoult. Love Unscripted is currently at #6. Pretty damn impressive for a self-published author!

Congratulations, Tina, you deserve it! May you make it to #1 with this book and all the others that you'll write.

Friday, November 19, 2010


Why do I find such things so amusing? I stole borrowed these from (excuse my language, please) Fuck Yeah Jumping Rob; you may go there to see page after page after page of these things.

The original photo from the set of Breaking Dawn 1 in Brazil:

It's an unfortunate shot. He's so pretty. Usually.

So here are my favorites:

Poor, poor Rob.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Look what came in the mail today! :)

Wow, Tina, you rock!!!

That's a real, honest-to-God signed-by-Rob-himself autograph.

Be still my heart, it came from the London premiere of Remember Me.

PocketEdward™ saw the photo and didn't know what to think.

Captions, anyone?

THANK YOU, Tina!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


It's not too early to make my Christmas cards! And I know what they'll be:

One year


I know where I'll be.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Key West, a new best friend, and some knitting

When we were in Key West on Saturday, I took a few photos.

We went to Island Books to have some books signed by one of our favorite Florida authors, Tom Corcoran. He's written a series of books set in Key West, and that's where I got the idea to have a shower on our deck. An outdoors shower in the Keys just sounds so decadent.

He's a nice guy. He said that he self-published his last book after being with Putnam for years. He wasn't happy with the way they handled him, so he struck out on his own this time. He loves it. He writes what he wants, when he wants, and he doesn't have to answer to anyone else. He loves Kindle.

As we walked back to the car, I took a few photos. Katie wasn't impressed with the dog-friendly fire hydrant.

Joan, do you remember where we saw the Spanish lime tree? I found it several years ago when Tom, Donna, and I spent a few days in Key West, but I've looked and looked the last few trips and we can't find it again. Was it on Elizabeth Street? I thought that's where it was, down a little from the library.

This lovely little lady was sitting right here when we parked the car; she was still there when we returned. She posed very prettily; I think she's a guard cat.

I guess I haven't told you about our new baby, Katie. She's the pretty little thing ignoring the doggie hydrant. She was found running on a busy street up in Homestead on the mainland. A woman from This Is the Dog! rescue luckily saw her and managed to capture the little wild beast. At the end of September I started seriously looking for a new canine friend and found This Is the Dog! online, with Katie's photo:

That smile is what convinced me that I didn't really want a Chihuahua. I'd said no more dogs with hair; grooming is so expensive and we really can't afford that on our budget. But that face just hit me right in the heart and I was sold. I emailed the rescue, sent in an application, and on October 2, Tom and I went to Homestead and adopted Katie.

On the drive home, she sat on the console between us and gave me this look:

I should have known then that she'd be a challenge......

She's just a puppy, about 8 months old at that time, our vet thinks. Oddly enough, the day we took her to the vet was...8 months to the day after Zippy died.

I didn't want a puppy; I wanted a more settled dog that was already housebroken. While she'd been trained to sleep in a crate, she was NOT housebroken. It's been fun. Finally we've learned her signals and are doing pretty well, especially since it's been cool enough to leave the door open all day. She's in and out all day long, tearing around the yard, leaving toys all over the place, terrorizing the lizards and geckos, chasing the cats, stalking grasshoppers. This morning she'd "cornered" a hermit crab; I'd never found one in the yard, didn't know there were any around, but she found one. It was not a happy crab, either! I didn't stop to take a photo of it because she was dead set on getting it back, and it was pinching me, so I put it on the other side of the fence. A few minutes later, I heard her barking again; the damned crab had crawled back through the fence and she had it again. This time I tossed it instead of gently placing it; it went in another direction after that.

Some photos of our little girl:

At the Islamorada Fish Company in (duh) Islamorada, where we stopped for dinner after we picked her up, she lay on the chair next to me and calmly watched birds while we ate.

Her first night with us:

Her introduction to the pool:

At the beach:

Her favorite place to ride:

Her favorite place to find crispy treats:

We're going to take Katie home to Virginia with us for Thanksgiving, and it's going to be a little cooler there than it is here (80 today), so I knit a little dress for her.


Little Black Dress with Pearls
by My Savannah Cottage (scroll down; all of her patterns are on that page)
Yarn: Lily Chin Gramercy, a superwash yarn, about 1.6 balls
Needle: US 6
Mods: This yarn is DK weight and the pattern calls for worsted, so I used the instructions for the largest size. Turned out just right, although if I make it again, I'll make it longer. It only took a few evenings to knit this up; it's very easy. Those ruffles are a pain with quadruple the stitches, but they're so damn cute.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Recommended by a real, honest-to-goodness writer!

I am so excited! Tina Reber, author of Love Unscripted, blogged about The Further Adventures of PocketEdward on her own blog. Keeping Knit Simple had 107 page hits yesterday, when 20 is a good day and lately only one or two have shown up. Thank you, Tina!!!

From the page at

"Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever think that accepting a role in an unknown film would toss his career into overdrive. His new fame has cost him dearly; anonymity is no longer an option. His fans stalk him, the paparazzi hound him, and Hollywood studios all want a piece of him. Despite all of that, Ryan Christensen craves the most basic of human needs - to have love in his heart and privacy in his life. Taryn Mitchell, the story's protagonist, is a realist. She's been feigning contentment, running the family pub in Seaport, Rhode Island, while quietly nursing her own internal heartaches. Her feet are fairly glued to the ground and she doesn't buy into all the hype that has descended on her tiny, coastal town. In her world, men are safe if they're kept at a distance. Fate has other plans for these two when their paths cross one sunny afternoon. A group of female fans has attacked him, leaving his shirt torn, his face cut, and Ryan in obvious distress. Bonds between them form from the most dramatic of circumstances while jealousy, insecurity, and the stress of his celebrity life try to tear them apart. Through all the tabloid lies, secrecy, and pressure, can Taryn's peace and Ryan's high-profile insanity live together in harmony?"

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Further adventures of PocketEdward

PocketEdward™'s been kind of quiet lately, but this new book, Love Unscripted by Tina Reber, has gotten him riled up. You see, Ryan Christensen is the man he wishes he could be. And he sure wishes that Bella was more like Taryn Mitchell.

Ryan is hot young movie actor who's been catapulted into the spotlight by his movie Seaside. While filming the second in the series, he meets Taryn, a young woman who owns a bar just down the street from where the cast is staying. They meet, they spontaneously combust, and romantic hijinks ensue. You can read the first six chapters here; you can thank me later. Go read. I'll wait. I read the first chapter and ordered the book.

So ANYway, PocketEdward™ has been seen out and about with Love Unscripted in tow. Let's see what's on his mind.

While on vacation in the tropics, PocketEdward™ took Love Unscripted along as his vacation reading.

He was appalled to find that Ryan Christensen doesn't sparkle, yet Ryan attracts the ladies like honey attracts flies. And then he read Chapter 10, Possibilities.

Honestly, he just couldn't believe that Ryan could ... do that so well. After all, vampire males are supposed to be the best lovers, though they have to take care not to kill their human mates with their incredible strength. way. So he decided he had to compare Love Unscripted with his favorite novel.

To his dismay, Twilight's romantic moments just can't compare with those of Love Unscripted.

He had to reread Chapter 10, just to make sure he'd taken it all in.

Rumor has it that PocketEdward™ has been seen typing pointers from the book into his iPhone.

Later he was spotted trying a mind-reading trick. Whether he was trying to download some of Ryan's moves or turn Ryan into PocketEdward™ is best left to speculation.

Love Unscripted
Tina Reber

You won't be sorry you bought it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Love Unscripted

Love Unscripted (Volume 1)Love Unscripted by Tina Reber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this book! It left me wanting MORE, much, much more. It's a peek into the life of a famous young movie star whose life has been taken over by paparazzi and screaming fans who chase him. As a result, he meets the one woman in the world who hasn't seen his movies and doesn't care about meeting him. Romantic hijinks ensue. Warm, funny, heartbreaking, it's got it all. Plus a very hot leading man.....

This is my Goodreads review of Tina Reber's first novel, Love Unscripted. I wish I could write; I don't know how to put words together in a way that really means anything. I wish I could express just how much this novel resonates with me. It's one of the few that I've read since Twilight two years ago that made me want to read MORE. It's a nice, long book (659 pages) but still too short. Fortunately, Tina is in the process of writing the sequel, Love Unrehearsed.

I became facebook friends with Tina and immediately felt as though she "gets" me. She's a crazy, funny, fun person and I'd love to really meet her. She often says that with her writing one gets the author 24/7, and she lives up to that.

If I get my readership back up to where it once was (and it's all my fault; I've blogged very little in the last year), I'll give away one of her books. This is nothing like Twilight, for those of you who hate that one, but I compare it to the series because it makes me feel the same way the saga did. Ryan Christensen is a young actor who's been thrown into the media's attention after making the first film in a 3-film series. Fans and paparazzi follow him, hound him, which immediately brought to mind Robert Pattinson (for some reason. You know me.), which made the book that much more fun.

If you're looking for something light, fun, and full of romance, try Tina Reber's Love Unscripted. I think you'll be glad you did.