surviving an intergalactic space battle

War was waged above my house three different times last night.

Do you know how hard it is to dream about pool boys and hot tubs when an intergalactic battle is being fought in the sky above you?

Damn hard. I still somehow managed though–that’s how good I am.

Some ugly-ass storms made their way through Little Rock. After bed, the first one hit around 12:30. It was so loud and bright that the house shook and it woke my oldest up from the dead.

The next round hit about 3:30. Wow. It was another angry storm, but not nearly as war-like as the first.

It’s still raining this morning. It’s been raining pretty much straight since Saturday. I need some vitamin D–I got way too spoiled in Florida with all the sunshine. Although I’m pretty sure they’re gonna be getting this weather now, so if I go back, it’s gonna be AFTER this front passes.

I’m in an all day conference today. Everyone at work has been telling me these are fun, but I’m not so sure I believe them. But that’s okay. I won’t be in my cubicle today, so there’s a silver lining.

Did you buy Maria Geraci’s book BUNCO BABES TELL ALL yesterday? [picking up my bat] You’re doing it today, right?



Not until you run out and buy this book!!

Today is release day for debut author and my BFF, Maria Geraci. Run don’t walk to your local bookstore or just click here and order. (2 copies would be best. You know, so you can share.)

“BUNCO BABES TELL ALL is a steamy romp of a read whose lively characters kept me turning the pages.” Haywood Smith, NYTimes Bestselling Author

Meet the Bunco Babes of Whispering Bay. Every Thursday night they roll dice, drink frozen margaritas, and catch up on all the gossip in their small north Florida town. Kitty Burke is the only Bunco Babe who is still single—which is okay—but she’s thirty-five and may need to face that her image of Mr. Right is all wrong.

Take Steve. Very sexy—but on paper, with three failed marriages and a shady career, maybe not great husband material. And yes, his ring tone is “Freebird.” Certainly fellow Babes Shea Masterson and Pilar Diaz-Rothman vote thumbs down. But maybe there’s more to Steve than meets the eye? Is it time for Kitty to take a chance and hope that she can be as lucky in love as she is in Bunco?

Now being one of the lucky few, I’ve read this book. It’s laugh-out-loud funny. You don’t have to play Bunco or even know what Bunco is to enjoy this book. (I didn’t at the time. Now, however, I have been fully assimilated into a group.) Buy this book. You won’t regret it.*

*you may or may not regret it if you don’t buy this book. I’m not saying I will bust up your kneecaps or anything, but I do have a very heavy bat and I was once the queen of home runs. But don’t worry. You won’t see it coming.**

**I kid! I kid!***

***Or do I?

THE MONTH OF MEL! winding down

Man, I sure am tired. You guys have worn me out this month. Or I’ve worn myself out. Whatever.

I’ve not done all the items you tasked me to do and I apologize. I should’ve prepared better. Next year, I will ask for your suggestions earlier so that I can plan ahead. (Totally a new concept for me–work with me here)

Last night I went out with some girls from the office and had the best time. I also ran into a friend of mine from high school. She and her friend joined us and the party began. What started out as Happy Hour wound up being a Girl’s Night Out. So much fun! and I was so glad they office girls asked me to join them. I feel like I’m in the circle of trust now.

I love the circle of trust, don’t you?

Tomorrow is my birthday party at Oaklawn. We’re going to have a large crowd as usual. Pictures will be taken and hopefully no liquid hate will be consumed like last year. That did not end well. I will NOT repeat that dastardly event. Ever again.

I’m also counting down to my trip to Orlando. I can’t wait to see Maria Geraci again and be her Bunco Bitch at her Bunco Bash at the Romantic Times Convention.

Thursday, April 23: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

THURSDAY: Come join Maria Geraci’s “Bunco Babes Bash”
“The Game that’s sweeping the nation!” A toss of the dice may bring you luck as you roll for prizes and enjoy refreshments, fun, and friends!
Prizes for High Bunco, Bunco Barbie, Bunco Bar Fly, Bunco Nazi… You get the drift, what happens at Bunco stays at Bunco. Come join us for the parlor game that has a long and “dicey” history!
Hosted by: Maria Geraci

I seriously cannot wait.

What’s going on this weekend for you guys? Anything fun?

in which Mel plays Bunco (or Bunko) or however you spell it

Bunc(k)o is a dice game. (Some people spell it with a ‘k’ and some with a ‘c.’ I’m a ‘c’ girl, so from now on, it’s Bunco because honestly, the ‘k’ bugs me.) I have been asked to play Bunco in the past, but have always declined. It just didn’t sound like something I would enjoy. Or maybe the two groups that asked me weren’t my kinda people. Either way, I had never been properly introduced to Bunco.

Much to the horror of Maria Geraci, soon-to-be bestselling author of BUNCO BABES TELL ALL and BUNCO BABES GONE WILD . The thought that her BFF was a Bunco virgin? Unacceptable.

So last night, my Bunco cherry was popped.

I had the best time. This group of women was hot like me. And loud. And obnoxious. And I fit right in. Who knew that was possible?

Now I’ll admit to some confusion when the rolling began. “Roll for sixes and if you get doubles roll again.”

Huh? That’s it?


There are other rules, but the big one is, if you (or somebody) rolls 3 sixes (which is a Bunco) then you have to grab all the dice. If you are the roller and don’t grab the dice you get to keep rolling but whoever got the dice gets the points. (at least that’s how this group plays. I understand different groups have different rules. I’m sure the Maria Geraci the Bunco Queen will be able to tell us for sure.)

Grabbing for the dice is where things get a little dicey dangerous. If you’re not careful, you can draw back a nub. But I held my own and even rolled 1 Bunco myself. Plus I grabbed them so I got all the points. And then I grabbed two other Buncos (1 partial which still counts). So I got the hang of the game.

There was a lot of laughing and gabbing. And dice grabbing. And some screaming. When we started talking about porn, it was like snapping the last piece of the puzzle into place. These were women after my own heart.

Maybe there will be more Bunco in my future after all.

Happy Mel-O-Ween!

Before I get started…did you know you can pre-order Maria Geraci’s debut novel BUNCO BABES TELL ALL? Cuz you can. And you better. Or I’ll haunt you. And you won’t like it.

pre-order now. Go on. I’ll wait…

So today is Mel-O-Ween. You got any special plans? I’m going to be a Zombie this year. My friend Stinkydog says she’s going to be a Mombie…cuz she’s pregnant. See what she did there? LOL Yeah, she’s not only Stinky…she’s funny, too!

Fishdog and Rader or going to be Thing 1 and Thing 2. Nemo is undecided. He’s gonna spray his hair and do some make up but really,
that’s as far as he’s gotten. I’m supposed to take him to Walmart after school today so he can buy some ‘accessories.’ I love it. He’s going to accessorize a costume that doesn’t exist. Awesome.

I have to buy some worms to glue to my skin and stick in my ears. Zombies are wormy aren’t they? I should use gummy worms so I can eat them and gross everybody out. That would be funny.

I blogged over at FatChicksRunning today about day 3 of my training. It wasn’t pretty. But I survived.

For your viewing pleasure…here’s a preview of tonight…

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The secret life of a Bunco Babe

As most of you know, I have two regular Critique Partners–Maria Geraci and Louisa Edwards. We actually call ourselves MeanBitches and we work together year around on plotting, critiquing and general hand holding as necessary.

This is a busy week for both Maria and LuLu because their books are due on Monday. In full. So right now, I’m reading Maria’s follow up manuscript to BUNCO BABES TELL ALL (Berkley, May 2009) PRE-ORDER IT NOW!

The follow-up is currently titled BUNCO BABES GONE WILD and let me tell you, it is a hoot! What a great story to follow BBTA! I’m laughing at the antics of these Bunco Babes…and you will too….


Next up is LuLu’s sexy chef book titled CAN’T STAND THE HEAT (St. Martins, Fall 2009) This is a HOT and TASTY treat. I can’t wait to dive back into the world of Adam and Miranda and see what sexy shenanigans they’ve been up to since page 100.

Once I’m finished reading this weekend, it’s back to writing for me…AJ is up to some fang-banging business with a new character named Lex…or Sexy Lexy as I liked to call him. He’s a tasty treat all on his own…

Don’t forget to Pre-order BUNCO BABES TELL ALL