May 2008 Blog Posts (18)

"Bachelor Boy" And His Women

After viewing my photos from the weekend, Wendy asked me to blog about my experience of being serenaded onstage by Gloria Estefan. Little did either of us know that the story would continue in Canada, where I came face-to-face with Gloria (again!) after the show...



The following are two excerpts from my LiveJournal.



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Yesterday, I had the good fortune of being able to "upgrade" my seats for tonight's show from row N to row A in the orchestra. (As in front… Continue

Added by John on May 29, 2008 at 1:44pm — 7 Comments

The Inside Story...Oh no! (continued) The Truth Is Revealed

Who would've thought Wendy would tell everyone about the stress induced pains she has been having? As she wrote in her "chill" blog, she thinks she is a superwoman and can do anything...like be in two places at once, deliver manuscripts on time under impossible deadlines, write commencement addresses and conference speeches, conduct events and programs, handle everything that keeps coming at her without any ill effects. As we all know, it doesn't work that way and something had to give.… Continue

Added by Mark Staub on May 26, 2008 at 11:55am — 4 Comments

Chill (cringe)

This long Memorial Day weekend was the first "real" weekend (or even the first stretch of several days) that I have spent at home since the beginning of March. I mean other than May 9-11, when I had a local reading/signing to do, a book revision and commencement speech to work on, and a friend died suddenly the day before the third anniversary of my mom's passing on Mother's Day--not exactly an easy-breezy weekend.



No wonder I’m behind on everything around here! I've never been one… Continue

Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on May 26, 2008 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Raindrops Are Falling On My Head...and My Face...and My Cute New Shoes...

This morning I woke up to find myself in the New York Times! No, not on the bestseller list–DYING BREATH won’t appear there until the June 1st edition, because the lists are released to the publishers a few weeks in advance.

Here’s the link to a great article by Gregory Beyer about local mystery and crime writers, and how we have reacted to the falling crime rates here in New… Continue

Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on May 25, 2008 at 10:17am — 1 Comment

Lily Dale

Ok, I have to come out. I just can't read thrillers any more—especially ones with adolescent girls in peril (put that to the nth for girls named Tess).



Fortunately, I am still young at heart and have no trouble curling up with adolescent lit.

I just started reading Lily Dale: Awakenings and I am so so enjoying it. Of course I love all the plant references and I think the way you jump in and out of Calla's head is really effective. I was worried at first because that can… Continue

Added by Monroe on May 22, 2008 at 2:44pm — 1 Comment

The Inside Story...Oh no! (continued) The New York Times

Okay, okay, I know I have derelict in my reporting duties so I apologize to one and all. Now, that we've cleared that up, this is exactly what happened tonight at 5:33pm. I had brought our younger son to baseball practice and waited because it was supposed to rain again and I figured I'd just grab him from there instead of going home and coming back. My phone rang and Wendy told me her editor just called to let her know that yes, even though making the New York Times bestseller list criteria… Continue

Added by Mark Staub on May 21, 2008 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

"With lilacs blooming at the door..."





When Mark and I were married, we had a poem read at our wedding. I can’t remember the name of the poem or the poet, but I know the first stanza by heart:



I want a little house

Upon a little hill

With lilacs blooming at the door

When afternoons are still.




Lilacs have had special significance in my life ever since I was a young child. I grew up in a Queen Anne… Continue

Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on May 21, 2008 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE

This past weekend, I was the commencement speaker at my alma mater, the State University of New York at Fredonia. Months ago, when the university President Dennis Hefner called to invite me to do this, I was of course touched and honored. But I don’t think I really grasped the enormity of it all until I found myself on campus this past Friday afternoon to kick off two days of commencement festivities. It began with a book signing at the spacious new… Continue

Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on May 19, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Still Careening Along...

I’m so sorry I’ve fallen behind on my blog! I’ve been on the road and, in between, trying to pick up the pieces and play catch up here at home. I’ve come down with some kind of bug, unfortunately–despite my religious use of anti-bacterial handwipes–but I guess that’s not a surprise, with all the traveling I’ve been doing. I’ll hit the road again the day after tomorrow so am trying to recover in record time, dosing myself with Emergen-C, which if you’ve never heard of it, I highly recommend!… Continue

Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on May 13, 2008 at 11:59am — 4 Comments

HI Wendy

I was thinking about you yesterday. I hope you had a great weekend with your family. Sunday ended up being better than I thought it would be.....my little cousin sent me her class project to take "Flat Stanley" on an adventure. He's a character from a children's book who gets flattened. He loves to travel so his family folds him up in an envelope and sends him places. My hubby and I took Flat Stanley to DC and took his picture by the monuments, the Capital, Library of Congress, Smithsonian,… Continue

Added by Louise on May 12, 2008 at 10:16am — 4 Comments

The Inside Story...Oh no! (continued) Another Bestseller!

Congratulations are now in order as Wendy's new suspense, Dying Breath, has debuted at number 100 of USA Today's bestsellers. Keep in mind that the USA Today list includes all books, hardcovers, fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks and bibles currently for sale. As a matter of fact, Wendy follows the classic J.D. Salinger novel, Catcher in the Rye at 99.

Quite an achievement!

Added by Mark Staub on May 8, 2008 at 3:32pm — 4 Comments

If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Atlanta

Writing this from a hotel room high above the city with a great view of the skyline, while gobbling down takeout sushi for breakfast/lunch. I know I promised to blog on Mondays and Wednesdays but I have been traveling too much to stick to a schedule...sorry! Things should settle down soon!



I wanted to thank the Book Nook staff for a wonderful event, and thank my loyal readers--new and old--who endured an hours-long wait to say hello and get their books signed. I was truly humbled by… Continue

Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on May 6, 2008 at 12:45pm — No Comments

The Inside Story...Oh no! (continued) Today's the USA Today

This morning we woke to find Wendy gone again, on her way to a conference in Atlanta. We barely had time to hear about what a great time she had at her book party at the Book Nook, but we know that there was a great turnout so thanks to everyone who attended. Today's big story is the nice big advertisement for Dying Breath in USA Today - look on the Books page in the Life section - so thanks to the publisher Kensington for that.



Update on my dad. He is doing very well and recovering… Continue

Added by Mark Staub on May 6, 2008 at 8:27am — 2 Comments

The Inside Story...Oh no! (continued) For the Birds

Saturday morning and all seems to be back to what we call normal. After a successful book launch party at The Book Nook last night, Wendy is again on the move between Buffalo and Fredonia, NY – a one hour trip which she will do three times today – and we here at home will be going to visit my dad in the hospital. He was moved out of the Intensive Care Unit to the Cardiac Care Unit last evening and is talking again, giving the nurses a hard time and… Continue

Added by Mark Staub on May 3, 2008 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

The Inside Story and Dad

My father is off the ventilator and is stable. We will see him soon. Wendy has landed in Buffalo and is on the move.

Added by Mark Staub on May 2, 2008 at 11:53am — 1 Comment

Quick Dad Update

Our phone rang off the hook last night, and I've gotten a lot of email from people wondering and worrying about Mark's Dad. Thank you; we were touched by all the kind concern. He came through the surgery and as of late last night when Mark got home, he was still pretty much out, due to all the anesthesia. Mark will update later. I'm getting ready to dash to the airport to catch my flight to Buffalo for my tour launch party tonight at The Book Nook. See some of you there!

Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on May 2, 2008 at 4:33am — 1 Comment

Website Updated

Updated my website, www.tinarusso.com. This month's the featured site is Wendy Corsi Staub's website.

Also, my Battling Cancer site is giving away free coffee.





Yes, FREE COFFEE!!



Comment on Battling Cancer any time from May 2 through May 9



for a chance to win a pound of Bald Lady coffee from Cafe Cartago.



Proceeds go to cancer patients in… Continue

Added by TinaMRadcliffe on May 2, 2008 at 1:09am — 3 Comments

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Question of the day: is it bad when a husband and wife rely on each other’s blogs to know what’s up in their daily lives? Last night, I didn’t get home till almost 11:30; Mark was up before 5 a.m. and left for the hospital while I was in the shower. Other than a few quick exchanges while one of us was either half-asleep or lathering, rinsing and repeating, we really haven’t had a chance to talk since the Great Bumper Car Driveway Derby back on April… Continue

Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on May 1, 2008 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

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