Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Trish Albright - Adventures to be had!

DEBRA HERE...

Why did I want to have Trish come for a visit?  Her bookmark.  Yep. 

The woman made me want to read her books from a BOOKMARK. She's a funny gal.

Her current book from Leisure is SIREN'S SECRET, which you can find at your local bookstore this month.  First, I'm going to give you the blurb on the book from her website and then I'll type in the bookmark text that had me cracking up and running over to put her books in my Amazon cart.  And you'll find a great post from Trish after that!


Lady Olivia Yates enjoyed a wide array of scholarly pursuits. And she had an astounding vocabulary to prove it. Thanks to her archaeologist father, she also knew just about everything there was to know of ancient Egyptian artifacts—including a code no one else had yet deciphered. But she had no idea what to do when it looked as though someone was trying to murder her.

Samuel Stafford understood only about half the words that came out of the woman’s mouth. But he didn't mind—so long as he had a chance to watch those luscious lips at work. Too bad he wasn't paying more attention, because suddenly Olivia was dragging the shipping captain halfway around the world on a perilous treasure hunt. From fighting Barbary pirates on the high seas to exploring centuries-old tombs, only together could they unlock the... SIREN'S SECRET.

Now here's what the bookmark has to say...

Meet Lady Oliva Yates--  Expert Translator, Righteous Thief, Consummate Know-it-all

--Demonstrating heroic intelligence...

Olivia looked at the rope.  Stafford was going to swing to the next ship.  "I don't think you should do that Stafford."

"I've done this before, Ollie."

"Yes, but the trajectory of your landing--"

Stafford ignored her and jumped, realizing too late the line had been caught.  It jerked free and he slammed to a dead stop into the side of the enemy ship.  She winced as he somersaulted onto the deck before miraculously landing on his feet.

"I'm all right,"he saluted his laughing crew.

Olivia shouted.  "Indeed, Stafford.  I'm sorry if you've done that before!"

 

You Just Know

 

Debra Dixon and all the crazy drivers! Thanks so much for having me here today to guest blog about love and how you know it’s real. Of late, I seem to be asked on a regular basis, “How do you know?” As in “How do you know he is the one?” After years of asking the same question, I finally have the answer: “You just know.”


Just kidding.


While surprisingly it’s true, to the one on the other side of that answer, it’s incredibly frustrating. I know! And you definitely don’t believe it, until it happens. So here’s one way to measure how you can know, if you’re not already “in the know.”
“Knowing” is really based on three things—the three Cs. Please note, not one of them stands for Conflict! Here they are…

Chemistry: Yep! And it should be strong enough to go the distance. Chemistry is that first thing that bonds you in a relationship. It’s that spark of interest and intrigue that keeps you looking at, noticing, and wanting to touch that other person. Most women nod with knowingness at this first one. Many rarely get past it, unfortunately.

Connection: This is the one that might get us into more trouble than we wanted. It’s the feeling that the other person “gets you.” And they actually do. It’s knowing you have a common set of values that contribute to an emotional and/or spiritual connection beyond the physical. We are not simply flesh after all. The reason this gets us into trouble, is that it’s rare to have both Chemistry and Connection in one person, so when we find it in a potential partner, it’s easy to think, “This is the one!” And all our common sense goes out the window.

Compatibility: Before you flop into bed, get engaged, or declare your undying love—this is one I highly recommend you check out (especially if you met the man in a bar and know nothing about his daily life and habits). Compatibility is how you relate on an everyday level. Do you enjoy some common hobbies? What do you talk about? What will you do together when you’re not on your best date behavior? Can you clean toilets and still enjoy each other’s company? This one is the real clincher. It’s the one that confirms that even your worst day together is better than your best day apart. That’s when “you know.” And a sense of peace fills you and grounds you. There’s no uncertainty, or mistrust or questions. It’s cosmic!

My advice: Don’t add a fourth C, Commitment until the first three are in place. Well, unless you’re an adventurous sort who likes to live dangerously. Nothing wrong with that either.

That’s my list, let me know yours. Perhaps three As? Three Zs? How did you just know? Was it one moment or action that clinched it? Or did you look at the big picture and it all added up? For writers, how do your characters “just know” or finally know? Share your wisdom or ask your questions, I’ll be around all day!

Trish Albright

30 comments:

Caroline said...

Hi Debra~~
I came by looking for Trish! You did a fine job stepping in for her though. Her bookmark is totally hilarious! Makes me want to read her book too.
~Caroline

Debra Dixon said...

Caroline-- I'm sooo sorry she's not here and I'm hoping she'll be able to toddle by.

The fault is mine for not insuring that she got my email with final details.

But that bookmark is funny. I'm glad you agree. :) It was fun to share.

Kathleen O said...

I have not had the pleasure of reading any of her books, but just from this excerpt I will be on the hunt for her books....

I lived with four brothers and growing up "I'm alright" could be heard many times a day!!!
Even though they are older and supposed to be wiser, that liteneny can still be echoed on occasion.

Debra Dixon said...

Kathleen--

LOL! Yes, my son is no longer a boy and we still hear that litany!

Trish said...

Wait, I am here. Sorry, there must have been a problem with the brilliant blog I sent Monday for Debra. (I was early really!) I wanted to talk about "how you know." So as Debra is posting it, I'll add in here...(see next post)

Trish said...

You Just Know

Debra Dixon and all the crazy drivers! Thanks so much for having me here today to guest blog about love and how you know it’s real. Of late, I seem to be asked on a regular basis, “How do you know?” As in “How do you know he is the one?” After years of asking the same question, I finally have the answer: “You just know.”

Just kidding.

While surprisingly it’s true, to the one on the other side of that answer, it’s incredibly frustrating. I know! And you definitely don’t believe it, until it happens. So here’s one way to measure how you can know, if you’re not already “in the know.”

“Knowing” is really based on three things—the three Cs. Please note, not one of them stands for Conflict! Here they are…

Chemistry: Yep! And it should be strong enough to go the distance. Chemistry is that first thing that bonds you in a relationship. It’s that spark of interest and intrigue that keeps you looking at, noticing, and wanting to touch that other person. Most women nod with knowingness at this first one. Many rarely get past it, unfortunately.

Connection: This is the one that might get us into more trouble than we wanted. It’s the feeling that the other person “gets you.” And they actually do. It’s knowing you have a common set of values that contribute to an emotional and/or spiritual connection beyond the physical. We are not simply flesh after all. The reason this gets us into trouble, is that it’s rare to have both Chemistry and Connection in one person, so when we find it in a potential partner, it’s easy to think, “This is the one!” And all our common sense goes out the window.

Compatibility: Before you flop into bed, get engaged, or declare your undying love—this is one I highly recommend you check out (especially if you met the man in a bar and know nothing about his daily life and habits). Compatibility is how you relate on an everyday level. Do you enjoy some common hobbies? What do you talk about? What will you do together when you’re not on your best date behavior? Can you clean toilets and still enjoy each other’s company? This one is the real clincher. It’s the one that confirms that even your worst day together is better than your best day apart. That’s when “you know.” And a sense of peace fills you and grounds you. There’s no uncertainty, or mistrust or questions. It’s cosmic!

My advice: Don’t add a fourth C, Commitment until the first three are in place. Well, unless you’re an adventurous sort who likes to live dangerously. Nothing wrong with that either.

That’s my list, let me know yours. Perhaps three As? Three Zs? How did you just know? Was it one moment or action that clinched it? Or did you look at the big picture and it all added up? For writers, how do your characters “just know” or finally know? Share your wisdom or ask your questions, I’ll be around all day!

Trish Albright

Trish said...

Okay, now that I've read Debra's blog, I'm thinking it's much better than mine! Deb, thanks for filling in! I'm on California time so I was late to check in, but looking forward to comments.

TJ Bennett said...

Intrestingly enough, the three C's could apply to friendship, too. Well, maybe not the touching part of Chemistry, but everything else. I felt that the first time I met Trish at a workshop in San Diego and decided she would be my instant friend (just add water). That was several years ago (I have no idea how many) and she's still a delight to know and to read. Get her to write one of her pom pom cheer/raps for you and you'll see what I mean.

Trish, I've been haunting this blog so I can come harrass you verily. So, consider yourself harrassed. :-)

And yes, she is as funny as she writes.

TJB

Debra Dixon said...

Trish!! I'm so glad you're here.

Please forgive me for the mix-up.

But it gave me a chance to talk about the book so I was pretty certain you wouldn't kill me.

Trish said...

Hey TJ! Being harassed by you is like winning a prize - but you know I think there must be something like "friend chemistry" because what makes us hang with some girls/guys and not with others? Or is it the connection is the chemistry?

Debra Dixon said...
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Debra Dixon said...

I think the question of whom I hang with has always been determined by "who can hang."

If you can keep up, you're in. (g)

Mia said...

Hey everyone! Love Deb's post and your's Trish. I can't wait to read Siren's Secret. I work with 8 men and "I'm alright," remains a litany. As for the how you know? I am still waiting to find out, but the last one was how he smelled which I guess goes under chemistry! We missed the last C and so I never added the fourth!

Love the posts and thanks for sharing the C's. I am sending my sister over here.

Aileen said...

Great advice! I can see most of my relationships needed that last C to be checked before committing.

Trish said...

Stepping away for a couple hours but will be back!

Caroline said...

Hi Trish...waving! And it was good talking to you too, Deb. LOL

Can't wait to read Siren's Secret. The next trip into Stockton I'm picking it up. "I'm alright!"
~C

Annie Pinsker-Brown said...

Love the post Trish! And I can't wait to read the 2nd installment. But mostly I love your comment
"that even your worst day together is better than your best day apart."
This is the true test of lasting love.

Genella deGrey said...

ALL of my single friends need to read about the three C's.

Can't wait to read your second book, Trish!
:)
G.

Cindy Gerard said...

Hey Trish - Welcome to the Top Down. It's great to have you - even on California time :o)

The book sounds wonderful and I absolutely HAVE to rethink the copy on my bookmarks :o)Too funny.

As to how did I know it was love? he gave me chocolate :o)

Helen Brenna said...

Hi Trish! Welcome to the vert!

I knew my dh was the one, I think, the first time I met him when I was in my last year of college, getting a BS in Accounting. With the most sincere expression, he asked me if I was going for my CPI. What a cutie!

Gail Fuller said...

Trish, Siren's Secret sounds delicious! I'm adding it to my must-buy list. :)

I enjoyed reading the three Cs. I see now I was just lucky to have ended up with my wonderful hubby. Phew! :)

All the best,
Gail

Debra Dixon said...

Cindy-- I swiped Trish's bookmarks. She's got hero on one side and heroine on the other. These were a very effective selling tool.

Robena Grant said...

Hey, Trish. Why do I have the feeling that you swung over here on a rope. : ) I loved both of your books, such fast-paced adventures, they left me breathless.

About the three C's, I learned from Jenny Crusie that the sparks on the page come about because on the surface the lovers are opposites, but they love because they're twin souls at heart. I like to think it works that way in real life too. That somehow we are drawn to our mate not just by physical attraction but some element that runs deep within us.

Annette said...

Trish --

You are spot-on with your Three C's. One thing that I learned from your books is that the test of True Love is a True Shift in personal priorities. When your characters fall in love they literally go to the ends of the Earth for one another!

Lynne Marshall said...

Here's to the three Cs!!!!

Yeah, when I met my husband, I can't say "I just knew" but I did feel like I already knew him. I like to tell people that "I recognized him" as if we already had had a relationship, but we'd never laid eyes on each other before!

Trish said...

So many great comments. Mia had an interesting one...smell! That's so true. The man has to smell right or it just never works. Our primitive genes at work, no doubt. Hope to see more comments this evening!

Patricia Barraclough said...

Loved the little teaser at the beginning. I love that type of a sense of humor.
Your 3 C's couldn't be more correct. Too often people forget to step back and take their time in a relationship. They don't seem to make it to the third - Compatibility. Without that one, a lasting relationship is doomed.
Barbary pirates and Egyptian archeology are two of my first loves - before I started reading romances. Read a lot about about both in high school and college (that was a LONG time ago - 40 plus years). Siren's Secret sounds like an enjoyable read. I'll look for it.

arialburnz said...

Hey Trish!!!

I've finished both your books this week and OMG I could not put them down! Absolutely fabulous!!!

Spot-on with the 3Cs...I nodded my head the whole time reading it. The biggest one for me was "He gets me"...It's so important for someone to really understand you at a level that no one else can. With that, you feel you can truly be yourself, which allows the compatibility. ;)

As for characters, I'm glad you have a formula (so-to-speak) that lays it out with more definition...something I can finally put my finger on! Thank you for that and I will be putting all my couples through the 3Cs test.

So, when's the next book coming out???? ;)

That's my two pence...
Arial ;)

Trish said...

Hey Arial! Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed my Sirens! The next book is coming soon! Thanks everyone for checking in today. I'm signing off for the night. Come back and visit soon! Until then, many adventures! ~Trish Albright

Betina Krahn said...

Great teaser for a book! This is one I have to read! Adventure and archaeology and romance. . . right up my alley! And I have to agree that the 3 C's are wonderful.

I'm thinking they're especially important for a first marriage. I'm wondering how that works in reality for people in second and third marriages. I suspect the committment "C" comes before some of the others. What Deb Dixon said about whether someone can "hang." To women who have been through it once (for whatever reason) sizzling chemistry is sometimes optional. I'm thinking here of some of the girls at the office. . . what they say they want in a man the second time around.

But then, we are talking ROMANCE here. The ideal. Right?