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:
Alex (Geek on the Brink)
Carina L. T.
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 say...wow. 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