Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sisters and Sangria

As you are reading this, I am already in Las Vegas celebrating my birthday. If the gods of the one-armed bandits smile on me, I will have a nice Christmas. But I’m not holding my breath. I don’t gamble big so I don’t win or lose big, but the lure of a free room beckons, and hubby and I go to the city that never sleeps about three times a year. The voodoo doll was made by my dear friend, Sylvia Rochester, an amazing artist and talented author.

Enough about that. Bet you’re wondering why in the world this blog is named Sisters and Sangria.

You’ll have to wait as I have lots of things to say before I tell you. Since the year 2010 is ending, I wanted to reflect on everything that has happened to me in the last twelve months. It has been an amazing year, and frankly I don’t want it to end. But Christmas is only three weeks away, and 2011 will follow quickly behind.

Let’s start with December 17th, 2009. I answered the phone call from my agent. “This is the call,” she said.

“The call?”

“Yes, the call.”

Then I screamed and Dan came running in from the other room. I held up three fingers. “They’re buying three books,” I told him.

And that was the beginning of one of the most hectic and best years of my life. So much has happened since that phone call, it’s hard to remember everything, but I’ll try.

As soon as I hung up with Christine, I began to panic. Faith, my editor at Berkley had bought three books on three chapters and a synopsis. Holy crap! How could I write a book she liked? I spent the next four to five months wallowing in self doubt. The standing joke around my house was, "Did you write today?” I’d shake my head and hubby would say, “Don’t cash the check yet!!

It was just the kick in the butt I needed. My deadline was July 1st and I was finished a few weeks before. Since Faith was so busy at Berkley and since my book isn’t coming out until October, she just finished reading it Thanksgiving week…and she loved it. After only a few hours of editing, the book is in Production.

OMG! I will have a book with my name on it.

Still wondering about the Sisters and Sangria? Hold your horses. I’m windy!!

Anyway, my journey to publication wasn’t a lonely one. I had gads of friends and loved ones who were cheerleaders, psychiatrists when I was sure my writing sucked, and task masters when I wanted so much to procrastinate and go back to being a “write when I wanted” author.

So, I've decided to dedicate this blog to all the people who have helped me on the way…at least all the people whose pictures I have. So here goes:

Today, we went to an Ice show at the Gaylord Hotel in Dallas with kids and grandkids. It was truly amazing. My family has been so supportive, and I live for these kids. Here I am with my two grandsons.

Me and three grandkids.

My family:

My critique partners who can testify to my windiness.

Christine Witthohn and some of the Book Cents Clients who are the best.

My real live siblings who give me so much joy.

And now I’m going to tell you why this bog is named Sisters and Sangria. I have mentioned before that I have an amazing group of women with whom I have been playing Bunko for over 25 years. We vacation together every year, we’ve been through divorces, deaths of spouses, cancer, joy and just about every emotion you can think of with each other. They have always been my biggest supporters when it comes to my writing and read every story I have.

Friday night we had our annual Christmas party where we always take a group photo.

Just when I though they couldn’t ever surprise me since I know them all so well, they did it. They snuck around behind my back and came up with this ridiculous idea about having another picture made. Seems they are a bit jealous that I have my Mystery and Margarita sisters and that awesome picture on the top of the blog.

So, they decided they wanted to be in the blog as Sisters and Sangria, costumes and all. Here we are, most of us grannies looking a lot like geriatric Annie Oakleys!!!

Make that HOT geriatric Annies!! Check out the cleavage!!

You gotta love it.


Christine @ Book Cents said...

What a hoot, Liz! I don't know your BUNCO gals, but they rock in my book!

It's been a great year and I hope many follow.

Now go win some money for us!
Big smooch ~


Kari Lee Townsend said...

Hee the blog, Liz!

The pics rock and your Bunco Babes are too funny :-)

Have a great birthday.

Cassy Pickard said...

Liz! You've done it again. I can't tell you how delighted and PROUD I am to be one of the Mysteries and Margaritas gals. I also love the idea of the annual picture. Maybe we should think about that for M&M when we all get together!

You are very right about counting the blessings. I have been doing a bit of an inventory myself. How wonderful is it that our lists are so long.

Anita Clenney said...

What a great blog, Liz. I love the pictures, your family and grandkids, and the bunco gang. It's been a whirlwind of a year for you,and me too. We did it!

Have a blast in Vegas! Happy Birthday.

Sylvia Rochester said...

Great Blog. I love all the pictures, especially the one with the Sangria Sisters. Keep the notes pinned to the voodoo doll. Best Seller is definitely a possibility. :-)

Mary Martinez said...

Liz, what a wonderful tribute to all of your loved ones and support groups.

Congratulations for being so loved.

I have yet to learn what Bunco is. My daughter and Daughter in law play it. When I see pictures it looks like some wild party!

Have a wonderful Birthday!

Cassy that's a great idea. I'd love to do a picture, when we all get together. Are all the M&M's doing RWA nationals in NY?

Edie Ramer said...

Liz, I felt happy just reading this blog. Great pics too!

I hope this next year will be even more fabulous.

Wolfgang A. Mozart said...

Great blog, Liz. Mme. Moreno and I loved the pictures and enjoyed a vicarious thrill at your recounting of THE CALL. May you receive many more of these blessings in the coming year!

And yes, we, too, are a bit unclear about Bunco. Isn't that what landed Bernie Madoff in jail?

Cassy Pickard said...

What a great community this is! How can we lose with such support and encouragement?

Liz, you have set the bar. I'm going to have to think long and hard for my post on Wednesday!

Lindsay said...

Happy Birthday Liz.
I wouldn't want to meet the Bunco Babes on a dark street.

Liz Lipperman said...

Here I am at the beautiful Venetian. Did I mention the rooms are free? I couldn't be more wrong.The Sex and the City slot machine is kicking my butt!! I did win some back at blackjack, though.

Christine,how fitting that you have graced us with your presence on my birthday week. Without you, none of this wonderful year would be a reality. Big smooches back at you.

Liz Lipperman said...

Kari, I forgot. You debut a few months before Rochelle and me with your cozy, so you can blurb both of us!!!

Thanks for the birthday wishes.

Talk about a whirlwind year for you!!! You ought to blog about it.

Liz Lipperman said...

Cassy, we all need to count our blessings. And I think an annualM & M pix would be great.

Hope you're feeling better and that2011 is your year.

Liz Lipperman said...

Anita,yay for2010. You were the last to sell,and you're debuting first!!

Here's to more BC Babe sales in2011, including yours and mine.

Liz Lipperman said...

Sylvia, you need to chant over that voodoo doll so that I at least break even out here

Thanks, my friend.

Liz Lipperman said...

Mary, bunko is a mindless game so you can eat and drink and socialize. You simply roll dice.

I have decided not to go to NY this coming summer. I had so much fun at Crime Bake, that I decided not to spend my conference dollars there. I'm backing away from romance and delving more into mystery.

Liz Lipperman said...

Edie, you've also had a fabulous 2010. Raise your glass to a good or a better 2011.

Liz Lipperman said...

Mary, I have a good feeling about you and Mozart next year. I can't wait to hear about your call.

And old Bernie got into trouble with a Ponzi scam!

Liz Lipperman said...

Cassy, you always have a thought-provoking blog. I can't wait to see what you've come up with this week.

Liz Lipperman said...

Lindsay, you are a smart man. Those Bunko Babes can be lethal!!

Lindsay said...

Liz, I agree with you about New York next year. If anything I may go to the MWA conference bit the Crime Bake is the best

Mary Martinez said...

Liz, I'm stepping more into Women's Fiction. Do you know of any conferences?

Bunko sounds like my kind of game.

Don't lose too much in Vegas!

Liz Lipperman said...

Lindsay, I've heard a lot of people say that exact same thing. A lot of us started out thinking we were romance writers, then discovered we really wrote something else.

I agree about te CrimeBake.

Liz Lipperman said...

Mary, since I really don't write WF, I have no idea where they have conferences. What about Pike's Peak?

Bunko is fun ... and mindless.

Donna Cummings said...

Liz, I loved hearing about "the call", and how you motivated yourself. What a fantastic year you've had, with an even better one on the way. :)

I'm envious of you being at the Venetian -- I love that place. Are you going to the Canyon Ranch Spa?

Too bad you won't be at RWA in NYC. I'll just have to wait til you come back to MA for Crime Bake to hang out with you again. :)

Mary Marvella said...

Loved the blog! Lovely job and an amazing year. May 2011 be even better!

Happy Birthday!

Liz Lipperman said...

Donna, your call is coming soon. And yes, 2010 has been an amazing year.

See you in Boston next year! I'll be signing along with Rochelle and Kari. Anita, are you in??

Liz Lipperman said...

Mary, you are so cute!! And I know good things will happen to you this year.

Thanks for stopping by.