Sunday, July 10, 2011

Winners and Local Bars

ASIDE: Congratulations to Brandon and Courtney! Happy wedding! I wish I could've been there. Next time!


Okay, so, I try hard to keep my promises. So even though I'm supposed to leave in an hour to meet up with some super writer friends, and I haven't even gotten in the shower yet, I promised you winners today.

Soooo the Winners of all the giveaways that have ended are:


wildefire WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight:

Kristen C



BadTasteinBoys BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris:

Alex (Geek on the Brink)



Texas Gothic TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore:

Carina L. T.



Forever FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater:

Veronika B



Hades HADES by Alexandra Adornetto:

Patricia (Patricia's Particularities)




Congratulations to all the winners! Please email me an address so I can send you your book.

Huge thank you to all who entered! What a crazy week of giveaways. But it's not over yet!

I'll be drawing winners for the Signed copy of PERSONAL DEMONS and copy of ORIGINAL SIN as well as the Personalized Signed Hard Cover of A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE next week. Be on the lookout for more giveaways (ARCs, Signed Books, and Signed ARCs). I'll be having them every week for...a long time.


While I'm on the subject, let's talk about something else. Last night I went out with some girlfriends to celebrate the birthdays of two very special people. We shall call them Ophie and Au.

But for a number of reasons which would be boring to share with you, we decided that instead of going to downtown Indy to a club we've been to once before, we would hit up the local bar (Pub and Grill). And let me just I was very impressed by the sheer number of people that knew the lyrics to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." (If you don't know what I'm talking about, you probably don't know what rotary dial phones are either). I was also very impressed by the guy who got tired of waiting for a refill and slipped behind the bar to pour himself a drink. "Add that to my tab, Mary," he said.

Here's the thing about going out with friends. It doesn't matter where you go. Like we all said last night. In a chanting-like, close-eyed manner: "It's who you're with it's who you're with it's who you're with..."* You can have fun anywhere if you're with the right people. And last night I was with the right people. 

But if I were perfectly honest, it wasn't just the people that made it a win. Because here's the thing about local bars (Pub and Grill) in towns like mine: Despite the (possibly unintentional) orange hair or the occasional Bon Jovi song no one's quite sure how to dance to or the DJ who probably doubles as the local Santa Claus at Christmas, people are nice. Like SUPER nice.

The bartender (who wore a Purdue t-shirt and has won my undying loyalty for that, by the way) wouldn't take my credit card to open a tab. "I trust you," he said and waved me away with a smile. As in, "I trust you not to walk out of here without paying before you leave." I had a great conversation about my formerly impacted wisdom teeth with a local maxillofacial surgeon--she didn't blink an eye at any of my stupid questions, even though she'd never met me before. Nobody attempted to dance too close to me on the dance floor, and when a ten dollar bill fell out of my pocket, instead of carefully stepping on it to hide it with a shoe, an older gentleman picked it up and handed it over to me. Some guy I've never met before bumped into me by accident: "You're a beautiful sight," he said to me, and then without making any attempt whatsoever at flirting, tipped his hat and moved off. He did go on to say the same to the (possibly unintentionally) orange-haired seventy-year-old lady, but it's the kindness that matters. Right? I mean, seriously--the bouncer who carded everyone, including the lady who was probably there for her great granddaughter's bachelorette party? That's NICE.

You know, I'll likely go back because of that. Kindness goes a long way with me. Also $3 drinks.


Happy birthday, Au and Ophie!!


*hyperbole for effect, in case you didn't pick up on the sarcasm


  1. "Happy wedding! I wish I could've been there. Next time!" Next time!? Carol, have faith in your friends.

  2. Congrats to the book winners, and thanks for sharing your fun time at the bar. I love nice people :)

  3. Yeah, Jonathon has a point. ;) Unless we are talking a renewal of vows, well, meant well. *hugs*

    CONGRATS to your winners!

    And, I agree: it's not where you are but who you are with. ($3 doesn't hurt either! ;)

    And, I think you know my feelings on kindness. Kindness matters.

    Kindness and love are just about all that matter. I remember a kindness FOREVER. ♡

    (and intentional rudeness, snobbiness, social climbers/users, greediness, etc. all irritate and sadden me. I find them physically painful to witness.)

    Hav fun tonight with your Super Writing Friends! :)


  4. Congrats to all winners.

    And yes, drinks are always a good motivational tool.

  5. congrats to the winners!! Au--love the name! lol

  6. Congrats to the winners!! WHOOO.

    Aw, sounds like you had a good time ;o) I agree, sometimes the change of venue changes things, but its the people that really make the difference. Sounds like you had a great time!!! And happy b-day to Ophie and Au ;o)


  7. Hee! I've been to places that have barred the playing of "Don't Stop Believing" for the sheer number of people who continually play it, and then, after it's played, the number of people that will sing along. Oh, Journey. :)

    And congrats to the winners!

  8. Someday we'll be in the same time zone, my friend, and we'll have $3 drinks. Or $5. Whatever. I'll buy the first round.

    Oh, and I love Journey, but "Separate Ways" is my fave.

  9. I remember rotary dial phones. :weeps:

    Also, you're just now discovering the joys of local dive bars? :shakes head: Honey, you've been missing out. I discovered a long time ago that with cheap drinks come great characters.

    Or maybe that was from that Spiderman movie...?

  10. Congrats to the winners! And I love your stories. And nice people. And Don't Stop Believin'

    Enjoy your writerly time!

  11. Congratulations to the winners! Lots of great books!!

  12. Congrats to the winners, and that does sound like a lovely time! :) Nice people always make things better.

  13. Ahh! I'm so excited to have won a copy of Texas Gothic :) Thank you SO much!

    -Carina L. Tai

  14. Thank you so much for sharing today and congratulations to the winners. I am enjoying following :)

  15. Carol, you ARE a beautiful sight. Is this the night you texted me? Because I WISH I LIVED CLOSER. I'm heading to Jersey/NYC this weekend to see my IRL college friends and I just can't wait to get away and get out and have some fun :) Sometimes you just NEED those nights.


  16. Ah, Journey...bringing drunk people together since 1975.

  17. Congrats to the winners. And thanks for reminding us of the importance of kindness.

  18. Congratulations to the winners.

    How nice to be trusted.

  19. Congrats to the winners!

    Those are nice people! What a great time. I love nights like those.

  20. I love good times with great friends. It's also great when you have them over for drinks and it just becomes a relaxing night with wine and food. Your night out sounded awesome too!

  21. I totally get what you mean Carol, bars that make you feel right at home is what I crave to get, much like that one show back then. I think it was Cheers, that catchy jingle of theirs that went "where everybody knows your name" was really something that I want in a bar. I have never had that since i live so far from decent pubs. My cousin tells me that there are pubs out there that are great and have the warmest welcome to everyone with a story to tell. I think he told me that it was a homey 'ol rooftop bar in London


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