January 13, 2006

B4B Finalists!

Sheryl over at Papernapkin---January's SPECIAL! GUEST! BLOGGER! and a former B4B winner herself---has the seven finlists for your delectation approvification.

They are, in NO particular order:

Edgy Mama
The Rambling Begins (aka I'm Not Cheap, but I'm on Special This Week)
Oh Joy! It's Me
Sometimes Funny Is All I Have
Cynical Optimism

All seven of these entries will be read by lovely authoress, RITA winner, and exceptionally cool friend Lani Diane Rich who will pick first, second and third place.

First place gets a signed first edition of her very funny Chick-Lit novel, Ex and the Single Girl which Booklist says is a "funny, sweet novel ... full of quirky, likable characters and the charms of small-town life". Enterfreakintainment Weekly gave it a B+, and I myself blurbed the living...liver out of it because I liked it just. that. much.


If you want to know what the book is about... Portia Fallon calls it PTE--or the Penis Teflon Effect. It's the way all the women in her family deflect men like ping pong balls. No man has ever "stuck" with a Fallon woman for more than two years, and Portia has nearly surpassed that record. Until her live-in boyfriend dumps her and she realizes she's "four cats and a Reader's Digest subscription away from being totally irredeemable." Now, everyone from her mother Mags to Auntie Vera and Grandma Bev is convinced that Portia needs to find a "Flyer"—a fling—to take her mind off her ex. Enter Ian Beckett, a sexy, smart, and unsuspecting British novelist, who's visiting her small town of Truly, Georgia, for the summer. Then enter once again Portia's ex-beau, who's decided to fight to win her back. Now Portia faces a slippery decision: Which of these men has the right stuff to make a commitment stick?

Lani will have the winners to us next week, so if you wish to begin your illegal off-track-betting-style crime empire by laying odds on B4B, you'd best be getting on with it...

Posted by joshilyn at January 13, 2006 2:33 PM

Oh mi gosh! thank you for the boost to my self esteem. I am now in seventh heaven, and can't wait to read all of the finalist.

Posted by: Cele at January 13, 2006 4:02 PM

Thanks, Sheryl. You are adorable. And sweet. And smart.

Posted by: Edgy Mama at January 13, 2006 4:22 PM

Sheryl - You're so pretty! Thank you!

Posted by: dragonfly at January 13, 2006 4:43 PM

WOW! What a terrific honor! And what great people to be mixed with! I'm so excited! Thank you, Sheryl! (enough with the !!!!!)

Posted by: wendy at January 13, 2006 6:03 PM

Ex is a really cute/funny book. I enjoyed it.

Posted by: Heather at January 14, 2006 9:29 AM

Wow, cool, thanks! I'm thrilled to be representing the LiveJournal Realm in this endeavor.

Posted by: Fuzybutchkins at January 16, 2006 2:28 PM

Thank you! That's so great!

Posted by: Léonie at January 17, 2006 9:02 AM