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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lady Valentine, Procrastination Be Thy True Name

Nothing's ever easy as it seems.

Take this blog post. I thought I'd hop on my laptop (Okay, so not literally hop on it, that's just plain silly.) and write the best please like me introduction ever. In like five seconds. But it didn't happen. Instead I googled my southern little heart out looking for pictures of Henry Cavill.

Inspiration


Okay, so technically, that wasn't going to help me write, but every woman likes some good mancandy.  However, I did compile a list of the top five things I found while searching for inspiration:
  1. You don't go searching for Chuck Norris, he finds you.  Creeptastic...
  2. I'm number 1,236,616 on the waiting list for a Petite Lap Giraffe.  In your face number 1,236,617.
  3. Twinkies do not have an indefinite shelf life. *Throws out pack from fifth grade*
  4. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. I want to know where they got their volunteers.
  5. Ants fall on their right side when intoxicated. That's just ridiculous; no one makes shot glasses that small! 
Okay, so enough with the fun facts. It's time to properly introduce myself.

Hi, everyone, I'm Marquita Valentine. (And yes, my parents actually wrote that very combination of letters on my birth certificate- well, my mom did and didn't tell my dad that she'd changed my name until after the fact. But that's another story for another time.) Anyway, I'm the oddball only ladyscribe who writes small town contemporary romances.

They're set against the Pamlico Sound in eastern North Carolina.
Does not take place in New Bern. That's Sparks's Domain. 

My heroes and heroines live a small town life, but their loves stories are anything but.One might even say they're EPIC. Okay, so I do say that; it's on my business card. "Small Town, Epic Love Stories"

Want to try out a small town contemporary romance? One lucky commenter will win:




Lori Wilde's THE FIRST LOVE CLUB, a novel set in the small town of Twilight, Texas. Christmas in August seems just the thing with all of the three digit temps we've been enduring over the summer.


What do you prefer: The hustle and the bustle of the big city? Or the sit on the front porch and wave at everybody small town?

I do hope you've enjoyed my rambling post. My next visit will be on Tuesday September 13th.

Thanks for stopping by!


36 comments:

  1. Having left the huge bustling community of Huntington, L.I., NY (pop 100,000+) to raise a family with my New Hampshire husband in Rumney, NH (pop.under 2,000) I find memories from both a great place for plots in my books. Each has its own charms. I have read all three of Lori Wilde's 'First Love' club books, and it does bring back memories of a gentler time. Living in the small city of Raleigh, NC is now my inspiration.
    www.nancyleebadger.com

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  2. Nancy- What a variety of settings to choose from! You are so lucky and so are we that know you! :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I knew that about Twinkies! Did not know that about ants. Poor ants. That would hurt if they got drunk a lot. :) As for my preference of location, I like a mix of the two. I like hustle and bustle and small town life. I don't like all of one and none of the other. Then again, some small town life can turn into a great big disastrous mess, and that's fun, too .. so many I DO like small town life. :)

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  4. Aimee- I tried to find a picture of drunk ants to share, but couldn't. And every time I would read that fact, I couldn't help but think of Ke$ha and waking up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy. *snort*

    And I'm with you about the mix. Currently, we live in a small town, but only minutes away from a big one. It's perfect!!! :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Marquita, you crack me up! So glad to have you joining us as a Lady Scribe :)

    To answer your question…I live in NYC, and I love it. I'm definitely a big-city gal. Even when I was little living in Atlanta, I used to cry and beg and beg and beg my parents to take me to NYC. I just *knew* it was where I belonged. We do take day trips or weekend holidays out to the country, and we're usually bored or freaked out after the first 24 hours. LOL.

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  6. Jerrica- Thank you for the invitation to join. :)You ladies totally rock!

    I LOVE NYC. It was the best thing ever when I got to go to RWA this year and hang out in Times Square. You are so lucky!!!

    After my dh aka Hot Builder and I moved from the city to the country, I couldn't sleep the first couple of weeks-it was too dang quiet. I felt like Joe Pesci's character in My Cousin Vinny!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Okay, now I'M Googling Henry Cavill. Oh my.

    I grew up with Jerrica, but now I'm a small town girl.

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  8. Lol! HC... sigh! (no that is not drool on my keyboard... I think.) I commend your parents for their choice of names! I'll have to split my vote; I love Both small towns and the excitement of the big wide world. Which is why I love your books -- you bring epic, heart-pounding, fantasy romance into my favorite sort of cozy place. And your heroes are incredibly sexy -- unbelievably sexy to-die-for sexy, your heroines sweet and strong and adorable.

    Now I'm going to go look in the back of my cabinets for those tiny shot glasses. Maybe that'll work to get rid of those critters...

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  9. EG- He's totally dreamy, right?

    That's so cool you grew up with Jerrica! I hope you go stay with her in NYC!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Katharine- It is a hard choice to make between small towns and big cities!

    And you're making me blush. Thank you so much for your kind words and for putting up with me. hee! (In no way did I blackmail, er, order, er, ask Katharine to say such nice things so that people will be all like: I can't wait to buy Marquita Valentine's books someday- or something along those lines.)

    Good luck finding those tiny shot glasses! ;)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I'll always be a backwater girl :) Cities NEVER suit me, and just get my stress level up until I can escape back into the woods, lol.
    And I am totally spiking the next apple core I accidentally leave on the back porch. Those ants won't know what hit them!

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  12. Erin- I know this about you, but you're such an adventurer!!! And hey, if I lived on a lake like you, I'd never leave it either! :)

    LOLOL- spiked apple cores!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Hi Marquita! Your books sound like lots of fun! As for myself, I prefer a quiet life, but I love reading about both big cities and small towns. My books tend to wander between the two.

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  14. Thank you for your post, Marquita. Like you, I'm going to stop procrastinating, starting tomorrow.

    City or small town setting? Both. Hmm, doesn't really answer your question, does it?

    Well, I guess it depends on my mood. I live in a small town, and have for most of my life. It's familiar to me. It has a comfortable feel to it. I pretty much know my way around.

    In contrast, an urban setting represents glamour, escape, lots of interesting possibilities. It's full of surprise and excitement. One should always expect the unexpected.

    Of course, the setting doesn't matter as much as what I consider the three key elements of a story: characters, plot, and theme.

    We're looking forward to your posts. Keep up the good work!

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  15. I tend to wander back and forth in my reading. In real life I prefer a city. Unless the small town in by the ocean. Then a small town is just fine. ;)

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  16. Sonja- Thank, I hope you get to read them one day, too! And I didn't realized how hard it really is for a lot of us to choose between the two.

    But that's what is SO wonderful about books- they can take us anywhere!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Mary Anne WITH AN E (Sorry, I had to re-post with your name spelled correctly.)- Stop procrastinating tomorrow? LOL. That should be on a t-shirt!

    Choosing one is a toughie! And hey, I don't mind a bit if people choose both. ;)

    I'm with you on setting. It's all about the writing:the development of characters, theme and plot.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Kaylee- I knew you were a city girl! You took NYC by storm and I didn't hesitate to follow you. Besides, who else would tell me to QUIT talking to strangers about my kneecaps?

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. I'm a midsize city kinda girl. I grew up in a University town, moved to DC and then came to a state capital/university town.

    I like knowing if I need something, it's right down the street. And city water/sewer is a must have for my spoiled city self.

    But I enjoy reading about small towns. Maybe because I could never live in one.

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  20. Beth- There is something to be said for all the conveniences of city life. Until I was 15, my family lived off a dirt road, off a dirt road way out in the country and next to a farm.It was like we had to drive for hours to go do anything. :)

    So for me, small towns seem big. :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. And yes I meant off a dirt road, off a dirt road. ;)

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  22. Marquita,

    It really is great to have you with the Lady Scribes. Ants falling on their right sides when drunk is only tragic when they are right-handed and break a their front right leg. Then they can't sign their bar tabs. ;)

    I love to visit big cities, but I like my midsized towns. They are small enough to see some of the same people for that sense of community, but it's big enough that everyone doesn't know your business.

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  23. Rofl oh my, Marquita, you're a blast. I've always said I'm like the sober guy in the back of the bar laughing at all the drunks. And I can tell you are going to provide me with hours of entertainment LOL. So glad to have you with us and I'm a mid-city kind of girl, big enough to have something to do and small enough to enjoy some quiet time. Now why did that sound like a single's ad to me? LOL.

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  24. What a cool intro.
    Witty, charming ... educational ... hehehehe.
    Nice to meet you, Marquita. I shall certainly be returning to find out what other inane stuff you decide to share. :o)

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  25. Samantha- Thanks for having me! And can't sign their bar tabs? Oh my, lol!!!

    Yeah, everyone knowing your business is a big drawback- unless you're the town busybody! ;)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  26. Suzie-All blog posts are written completely sober- except when they're not! hee!

    Single's ad?- LOLOL!! You can troll for other cities anytime you want and I won't put on my judgy eyes! :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. jabelfield- I aim to be so very educational- it's the former teacher in me. :)=)

    Please do come back. Next time, I'll make sure to include in that some turtles can breathe through their butts.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  28. Marquita,
    What I love is that so many "big" cities are like small towns--everyone knows you and is more than willing to tattle on you to your parents...at least that's how it was for the locals in Las Vegas, NV...(we didn't count the tourists and the snow-bunny population)
    Now, as for the drunk ants...since they always fall on their right sides, does that mean they're left-handed? (Rationalized this based on the fact they'd tip their "hands" up to drink and therefore fall in the direction they were tipping... sorry, long day...)

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  29. Qwillia- You have a point. Even in a big city, a person can find their "small" circle of friends to hang out with and help tattle on their kids, lol!!!

    I have no idea if they're left-handed. Henry Cavill was too much of a distraction for me to investigate further. Plus, I got really excited that I moved up on the Petite Lap Giraffe waiting list to 1,236,615. ;)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  30. So cool, Marqui! Hilar! And, Henry Cavill? Helloooo Dolly!!

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  31. Ricki- I'm so glad you liked!

    Henry Cavill is all 5X5, right?!!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  32. Finally I can post!

    In real life, I prefer a small town that's a short ride from a big city! Best of both worlds.

    But I do love a good small town romance! Remote town with a hot hero-- how will I pass the time... *grin*

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  33. Tivi- YAY! A small town close to the city is my favorite, too!

    I'm sure you will think of *something* to with the hot hero!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  34. I loved your "zingy" blog! I love reading trivia that I won't remember 5 minutes from now but enjoy reading them at the time.

    To answer your question, I'm a small town girl all the way (but I'm not opposed to visiting big cities especially if it's Paris!) I was belting out "Small Town" by John Mellencamp today as a matter of fact just to prove it. I especially love living in a small town that I didn't grow up in. You get the small town, cozy feel without everyone knowing all your "junk." So there's my answer even though you probably already knew it.

    I look forward to your next post. I wonder whose picture you'll put on that one!?! Can you guess who I am?! : )

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  35. Michelle!!!!!!! HAI!!!! Of course I knew it was you!!!!

    I'll print out the list so you can stump your hubby the next time you're out driving around our little ol'e town. hee!

    Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  36. Congrats you to EG! You're the winner of Lori's book. Email me at marquita dot valentine at yahoo dot com with your address!

    Thanks everyone for stopping by! Next month I'll have another giveaway. :)

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