That’s the title (and a few extra lyrics) of one of Mark’s favorite songs, by Kenny Chesney, who, like our hero Jimmy Buffett, seems to “get” the whole Caribbean thing.
If you’ve read this blog, you already know that our family loves to travel. We particularly like to travel with a purpose and a goal. Exhibit A: the 50-State Book Tour, which combines business with pleasure. But sometimes, as much as you love your work, you have to leave the… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on February 23, 2009 at 7:00am —
I'm not a nervous flier. I have been, in the past--certainly for about a year after 9-11. Every time I boarded a plane in New York and flew low over the scarred skyline, I was disturbed and frightened.
But I got over it, of course. These days, I think nothing of getting onto a plane--in fact, it's one of my favorite places to be. That's a good thing, because I have to fly quite a bit on business, and choose to fly quite a bit for pleasure as well.
I can't tell you how… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on February 14, 2009 at 5:30pm —
I was out in the woods walking with a couple of my friends this morning when one got a cell phone call from her son. He was home studying for an upcoming science midterm and was concerned about the test, looking for guidance and reassurance.
Midterm? I asked. Uh-oh. What midterm? My son—our boys are classmates--missed the last few days of school, out sick, so I was immediately concerned that he might not know about the looming test.
Um, yeah, turns out he knows all about… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on February 8, 2009 at 3:30pm —
1. I am a sushi fanatic.
2. I am of full blooded Italian/Sicilian descent and have an enormous extended family—hundreds—in my upstate NY hometown area.
3. I’m the oldest grandchild out of 13 on both sides of the family and all four of my grandparents were alive until I was in my mid-thirties and had both my children. I still have my grandma. But children don't have either of theirs.
4. I very rarely eat anything containing white flour or sugar and I rarely… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on February 3, 2009 at 9:30pm —
The results of the January contest are in. One name was randomly pulled from the correct entries, and I'm happy to announce that one of our newest members, Teresa Alexander, has won the prize. A trayful of southern sweets are on their way to her from Savannah Candy Kitchen. Congratulations, Teresa!
Everyone who entered the January contest has automatically been entered in the 1/1/10 Grand Prize drawing. Now it's time to give the February contest a shot. Just click on the settings… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on February 1, 2009 at 4:30pm —
At this time of year, I work with my publicists to finalize my tour schedule for spring and summer, when my new releases hit the shelves. Good thing I love to travel, because I’m going to be covering a lot of ground from April through August!
A quick rundown of the highlights finds me in Florida in April; upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio in May; in Manhattan in June; at two national conferences—Thrillerfest (NYC) and RWA National (DC)—in… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on January 27, 2009 at 6:30am —
I’m descended from a long line of Italian mothers who dote on their sons. Once, my mom (who, don’t get me wrong, adored her daughters) was screening calls, heard my brother’s voice on the answering machine , shrieked, “It’s Ricky!” and literally leapt over furniture to get to the phone on time. My husband, who witnessed it, still marvels at the memory of his airborn mother-in-law. I should add that my brother was an adult and living a few blocks away… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on January 26, 2009 at 7:30am —
Now that the member exclusive contest is up and running (have you joined and entered yet?), I can reveal the Grand Prize that all monthly entrants will be automatically eligible to win (and if you enter every month, you'll have 12 chances to win!):
I love to travel, and I love to meet readers. Combining the two makes me REALLY happy.
So, on January 1, 2010, one name will be randomly chosen from the pool to receive four copies of my 2010 thriller from Avon. Share the books… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on January 22, 2009 at 9:30am —
This is from the January 19 issue of Publishers Weekly (those are just working titles):
CORSI STAUB TO AVON
Wendy Corsi Staub, who has published more than 30 books with Kensington over the last 15 years, will move to Avon for three new ones; Lucia Macro acquired world English rights in a major deal with Laura Blake Peterson at Curtis Brown. The first novel in the deal, Finders Keepers, will be published in 2010, to be followed by its sequel, Losers Weepers, and… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on January 20, 2009 at 1:30am —
Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting here working madly on my new book when Mark hollered from downstairs. I'll admit, I was not happy to be interrupted. My characters were in a provocative jam at that particular moment. "What is it?" I groused. "Bono!" he shouted.
Characters and plot promptly forgotten, I bolted downstairs.
Gotta love a man who would alert his wife to a channel-surf sighting of… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on January 19, 2009 at 8:30am —
My older son and I were on our way to Borders in Manhattan this afternoon and he wanted to take a detour to the west side location where the US Air Jet was being removed from the Hudson River alongside Battery Park City.
The air temperature was in the teens and the river was filled with chunks of ice--it wasn't hard to imagine what it must have been like for those passengers wading along the wings waiting for rescue.
The area swarmed… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on January 17, 2009 at 5:30pm —
Many of you wrote to tell me you enjoyed last month’s Twelve Days of Christmas Nostalgic Recipes Blog (that’s not necessarily what I set out to create, but when you start mixing old photos and family memories with a whole lot of sugar and butter, that’s what you get!).
That got me thinking...
Twelve days of Christmas...twelve months in a year…and I just happen to have published twelve adult suspense novels. Just like that, a year-long contest idea was born.
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on January 15, 2009 at 7:14am —
I know that many of you are aspiring authors, and I was, of course, once in your shoes. I was fortunate to have had a prior career as an editor at a Manhattan publishing house, and even more fortunate to have had a boss--the lovely Valerie Susan Hayward--who not only taught me how to be an editor, but encouraged me along the path to becoming an author.
I'm thrilled to announce that Val has now launched her own consulting business, and it's my pleasure to recommend her services to… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on January 12, 2009 at 7:00am —
Yesterday, it snowed nonstop here in Westchester County, making it impossible for us to get to the party we were supposed to attend a few towns over. Instead, we had dinner with two couples at a local restaurant. The guys all ordered steak; my girlfriends and I shared three appetizers and two seafood entrees so we could have some of everything.
Before eleven, we adjourned to our friends' home a few snowy blocks away and rang in the… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on January 1, 2009 at 10:30am —
On Christmas morning, all four of our grandparents always came over to see what Santa had brought us. This evolved into the annual Grandparents' Breakfast, yet another Christmas tradition that lasted until my sister and I had children of our own (see above--that's our four grandparents with our two firstborns).
We'd always seen all four of them the night before, and we'd see them all again later that day--first at one house with one… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 24, 2008 at 4:30am —
My sister Lisa Rae--who is eighteen months younger than me to the day--has been a part of every Christmas I can remember. Here we are in a typical scene, which we have, as grown women, decided begs the question..."This may have been the era of the groovy miniskirt, but Good God, Mom, what were you thinking?!" I have bathing suits longer than my dress in that picture.
But, I digress.
By all accounts, I have adored my sister… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 23, 2008 at 6:30am —
Whenever you walk into my cousin Karen's house--whether you're invited or just dropping in--you can be sure you'll be warmly welcomed with something warm from the oven, and a fresh cup of coffee (or a bit of limencello, courtesy of her husband Bill, who is, after all, a Corsi!). The picture above was snapped a few Christmases ago and shows Bill and Karen on top and my Dad on the bottom, along with our dear family friend Joanie.
Karen is known in… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 22, 2008 at 5:00am —
Growing up, I had heard of Hanukkah, of course, but I knew little about it until I moved to New York City after college. There, I met my husband and eventually got my first taste of latkes--the decadent potato pancakes that herald the December Jewish holiday.
My father-in-law, Len, makes the most incredible latkes you'll ever taste.
He doesn't use a recipe, other than the one… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 21, 2008 at 9:00pm —
When I was in high school, my maternal grandparents started spending winters in Florida, and we shifted our Christmas Day celebrations from their house over to my Aunt Mickey and Uncle Ron's. There, we established some new traditions: taking turns sitting on the red Christmas Stool to open a gift while wearing a santa hat and answering a series of questions for Uncle Ron's video camera; singing around the player piano (for some reason the line… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 20, 2008 at 6:30am —
If you read my entry for the Second Day of Christmas, you are aware that I'm a big fan of rum. Not just in cakes--I like it in a glass, too! And if it's mixed with coconut, even better. That's me with my sister-in-law Mari, drinking pina coladas in Manhattan this past summer.
A few years ago, I stopped by Mari and Rick's house over the holidays and was treated to a holiday rum drink I'd never heard of before. My brother's… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on December 19, 2008 at 8:05am —