Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The New Bombay Book Is Here! I'm Somebody Now!

Woo Hoo! It's STAND BY YOUR HITMAN launch week! And I'm coming from you live, from my daughter's laptop because mine has some serious mental issues. Of course, I can't talk, since I'm basically mainlining Midol right now. So, no fun photos, etc. I'll just have to discuss the impending death of Al - the space plant - which has gone all brown and dried out but is still standing - next week. My eulogy will make you weep.

HITMAN came out on Tuesday at most bookstores and I have a signing locally at 2pm CT at the Borders in Davenport, Iowa on Sept. 6. I've also been guest blogging this week, yesterday at Romance Writers Revenge and tomorrow on Romance Vagabonds. It's been a lot of fun and yesterday the rum flowed freely on the pirate ship. A little too freely in fact. I can't for the life of me decipher the chapter I wrote last night. Something to do with Coney, a fairy godmother wearing chartreuse, and a giant lobster.

For those of you who live vicariously and sado-masochistically through me, I'm also preparing for this weekend's Fifth Annual Labor Day Girl Scout Camping trip! That's right - three wonderful days with 24 fifth grade girl scouts! Let the good times (and absorbine jr.) roll!

So, you could see I'm a little distracted this week. But that's okay. I'd be worried if book launch week was normal. Actually, I'm pretty sure that would be impossible. But I'm excited! It's so cool to see the book in stores and my friends have been dropping by (which is great as soon as I throw some clothes on and close the kitchen door so they can't see the dirty dishes) to have me sign their books.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help me come up with a suitable phrase with which to sign my books. For one year, I've been writing all kinds of crap (and my uncles have all asked me to stop writing "to my favorite uncle" because I write that in all their books and they checked. Who knew they would do that?) from long, personal paragraphs to the ever-popular "Enjoy," which seems a bit arrogant to me.

And for my fellow divas - how about telling me the strangest thing a fan has ever asked you to write in your book? I don't have one of those yet, although I did have a (drop-dead gorgeous, I might add) fan (who will be unnamed, but you KNOW who you are) who gave me her phone number, put her phone in her cleavage and asked me to call often so her breasts would vibrate. She even wrote on her nametag, "Leslie Langtry Makes My Boobs Vibrate." Mr. Assassin thought that was pretty cool.

And for my friends - give me a fitting phrase with which I can sign my books (knowing full well that I will always personalize YOUR books).

The Assassin


Sin said...

"Don't blame me when you pee your pants laughing. It was the rum talking".

That's what I want in my next book. LOL. As always it was a please having you on the boat. Finally someone who can out drink me, though I can't say this is a good thing because I can't remember anything last night. And I'd like to read this chapter with Coney, a fairy godmother wearing chartreuse, and a giant lobster. That's awesome. NYT all the way.

Sin said...

NO bear sightings in this one.

Sin said...

No lobsters were harmed in the making of this book.

Gemma Halliday said...

Yaaay! K, putting trip to the bookstore on my daily to-do list.

I must not be somebody yet, ‘cause I’ve never had anyone ask me to sign something weird. I did have one guy dictate to me exactly what he wanted the birthday message I wrote for his wife say. That was a little odd, but the message itself was normal enough.

P.S. I love Boob Fan!


Anonymous said...

'a suitable phrase with which to sign my books"

How about:
"Assassins 'R Us, inquire about our specials and senior citizen discounts."

Or possibly: "Present this cupon for a free pass the next time you're the target of a hit.
Sorry, may not be combined with any other offers."

Unknown said...

LMAO!!!! Can I out the boob vibrating fan?? I SO know and she's SO awesome.

um, what's up Les? You forgot to include "spidermonkey his ass" in that chapter. Go back and add that.

Well, personally, I LOVE how you signed my copy of HITMAN and so help me if I find out you signed someone else's book the same way...

Let me think on this. I didn't know we were going to have an assisnment for your blog today. *g*

Unknown said...

Sin--babe, I lubs you but you need to change that avatar. Its sorta creepy. Use one of your pretty ones. Pretty please?

L.J. Sellers said...

How about blurbing yourself from other writers? "I wish I had written this book — Nora Roberts"

Unknown said...

What about the dreaded "enjoy" with a twist?

Enjoy--or I'll send the Bombays.

Do you want to meet a Bombay?

Can your mom mix explosives?

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Woohoo...release week! :)

Boob girl was hilarious.

Terri Osburn said...
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Keri Ford said...

These are all lots of fun! I'm fresh out of, well, fresh and interesting at the moment, but if something sparks later I'll post!

Sin said...

I like my creepy avitar. It suits my heroine. Don't make me pout Kim.

PS. Leslie, I forgot to mention that I loved boob fan too. I'm slightly upset that I didn't think of that.

And you must do one that includes "spidermonkeying".

Leslie Langtry said...

LOL! You guys rock. LJ, love the idea! Maybe I could sign it different names each time...Henry Kissinger, Heidi Klum, etc.

Sin, I don't know if I'd be telling the truth regarding lobsters. There was that one time at Super Walmart...

Bookmobiler - LOVE the disclaimer - very, very funny.

Kim, actually, my mom can mix explosives, she just doesn't realize she's doing it. She does make one mean Twinkie Cake.

Gemma, you can borrow Boob Girl. She's AWESOME! I'm kinda hoping she checks in today. Who knows? Maybe she'll out herself?

Elisabeth - check your facebook wall - I grafitti-ed it today.

For Sin and Kim: May your life be festooned with spidermonkeys - and large enough poles to make them happy.


Hellie Sinclair said...

I so can't wait to read that chapter. Any way we can get a preview of that chapter?

Fitting phrase, fitting phrase--I love the "Enjoy--or I'll send the Bombays" and "Present this coupon as a free pass..."

I'm not sure. "Don't read at a funeral. You'll get kicked out." Or "Don't try this at home."

Anonymous said...

Aw, poor Al. He was fun while he was with us. *g*

Anonymous said...

I'm here !! Boobs too...
Yes, Leslie, I've officially outed myself. Nice to know my boobs are famous though :D
I'm starting your book tonight-I'm so excited!
Kim I'm still jealous you already have yours-and signed too! I love the 'enjoy or I'll send the Bombays'
Leslie you need to do some booksignings out here in the West!

My only contribution...
"Leslie Langtry-she'll make your boobs vibrate"

It works too, because your books do make me LOL, and that technically vibrates (albeit slowly) the boob region...

We'll see if better inspiration strikes later - I'm sans-caffiene today. *sigh*

P.S. I love *you* leopard-print-shoes-that-I-covet Gemma!

Suzan Harden said...

Good grief! LOL - No wonder y'all blog together! Congrats on the new book, Leslie!

How about 'My mom mixes better explosives than Christie Craig's dad?"

"Don't make me call Dr. Bombay?"

"Wann see my alien plant?"

Kim Castillo said...

Sin--nooooo! Change the avi. I need to see your cuteness. puh-puh-plleeasse??

Les--LOL. ahh, I love the spidermonkeying just for us. mwah! What's a twinkie cake? I might need some of that.

Mia--there you are! Bout time you joined this party.

Kim Castillo said...

Shouldn't the spidermonkey's pole be big enough to make us happy?

Just sayin...

Leslie Langtry said...

I just returned from a girl scout meeting and I'm totally wiped. You guys are so amazing, reading this stuff actually perked me up!

Leslie Langtry said...

Mia! You outed yourself! You are very brave!

Refhater said...

How about "Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Deeply, and enjoy the book." for your signature.

Though, the "I hope you like this!" that you wrote in mine always works.

Anonymous said...

BTW Leslie, that's what we're here for... to perk you up!
And how could I NOT out myself, besides the fact that I'm sure Kim would have outted me if I hadn't, after your wonderfully sweet description/introduction.
AND, if it hasn't happened to you yet, the next time I see you at a booksigning I'll be your first wierd fan to ask for an equally wierd sig.
You too Gemma!
I have no problem with being the wierd boob fan.

Jenyfer Matthews said...

Leslie - I have no suggestions for how you should sign your books, but I thought you'd be amused to know that my daughter pinned the "My Mom Can Kill Your Mom" button you sent to her trolley bag - which she dragged through many an airport between Minnesota and Cairo. I can only imagine the looks she (and I) must have gotten along the way!

Anonymous said...

I have one! I came over to find out what Mia did, but I saw this and couldn't resist. This just happened to me: A man came to a booksigning and asked me to sign a book to his girl. I said, what is her name? He said, "Say, To Kia, my special lady love." I said, you want ME to write that and sign it? he said yes. I asked him his name. He told me. I wrote To Kia, my special lady love, from Bubba (or whatever) and just let it go. hahahaa...From Julia, who usually signs, "enjoy!" -- but not the arrogant one, the I-can't-think-of-anything-to-say "enjoy."