Saturday, January 16, 2010

Airplane Love, It's Not Just Fiction

First off, a huge thank you to everyone who came out this week to welcome my friends Sharon and Cheryl to the blog. Congratulations to Razlover and Mary G who won copies of Cheryl's books Slave and Fugitive. We hope you'll check back and let us know how you liked them! That imagination of Cheryl's... whooo!

One of the things we authors do to gain insight into what's being said about our books is to set up Google alerts with our names and the names of the books. No surprise that Line of Scrimmage leads me to a lot of football sites, especially during the season. Love at First Flight, however, has taken me to some interesting stuff, such as the effort by a New Zealand airline to book romance excursions. Most recently was this story on CNN about a couple on the US Air flight that splashed into the Hudson a year ago yesterday who have since fallen in love. Read the story here.

The thing I love best about this story is her fear of birds and his fear of drowning and how they converged on that fateful day. It's a story made for Hollywood and seems destined to have a happy ending. Isn't that what we love best in romance land?

Have you ever seen someone on a flight and wondered what if?

23 comments:

Kara said...

I used to work for a commuter airline as a gate agent and there were a lot of "what ifs" especially with passengers that traveled extensively. Some I got to know fairly well, but none that I ever dated :(

Marie Force said...

Kara,
I loved writing a love story that began with a flight. It was soooo much fun. What a great way to meet your true love! Funny, that my next book opens in an airport, too! Odd for a gal who hates to fly as much as I do. I bet you saw a lot as a gate agent!

Mary G said...

Hi Marie
I'm afraid to fly. Flown only once & I had to go for work. I'm one of those people that don't want to win the first prize trip. I'll take the second prize CD player LOL. Met my hubby over the phone.
Get your mind out of the gutter now. We worked for the same company in different cities, so it was a 1-800 thing not a 1-900 ...
Reading your book though, never once thought of my fear. I wanted to be in the book!!

Marie Force said...

LOL 1-900 Mary! Sure.... That's your story and you're sticking to it, huh? Glad the book didn't stir up your fear of flying. I have to fly a lot for work, and I hate it. Just like the people in the CNN story, I have to take anti-anxiety meds to even step foot on a plane. I'd be very happy to never have to fly again!

diva donna said...

Marie,
I loved both those Stories.
But you know I had the biggest reaction to LAFF. LOL!!! I love HEA's I just got back from seeing the Movie. "Leap Year" I loved it. There's a interesting flight in that movie by the way. The Irish scenery. The Castle, the pub folks. It was great!!! See it and we'll need to talk.

Marie Force said...

Hey Donna,
I will try to check it out. I don't get to the movies very often. Is it something my 14 yr old daughter could see? She's a good movie buddy.

Mary G said...

Hey Donna
I'm going to see Leap Year tonight.
Glad it's a good one.

diva donna said...

Marie,
Yes, Emily can see it. She'll get a big laugh out of it. It's a nice sweet funny love story. And no Vampires. I think it's PG13. I know Mary G. you'll like it. Please tell us tomorrow. OK?
I'm a new Fan of Matthew Goode now.

Marie Force said...

We'll have to check it out then! Thanks for the info! She loves to go to the movies. And y'all know I hate vampires, so that's good news, too! :-)

diva donna said...

Marie,
I also have to say. Yes you must see it. The last scenes almost came off the pages of YOUR book. LAFF.

Marie Force said...

Ohhhhhh, now I'm doubly intrigued!

Today has been a very good day for the new book--except for when my computer hiccuped and ate about 2,000 words this AM. Lemme tell you, it's a lot more fun writing it the first time than it was the second time. Agony! But we're back on track now! Phew... I almost had to take my emergency cyanide pill.

Mary G said...

Leaving now to meet for dinner. I'll let you all know about the movie. Just noticed that the acronym for your book spells LAFF. LOL.

Mary G said...

Hi Marie & Diva Donna & Kara too
You called it perfectly D.D. My friend Angela & I both loved the movie. The scenery was breathtaking & I'm not talking about Matthew Goode's adorable scruffy face. We laughed way more than I thought we would. Nothing your daughter shouldn't see or hear Marie. Loved the theory of the 60 second test.

Marie Force said...

Good to know, Mary. Thanks for the report and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

diva donna said...

Hi Mary G. I'm so glad you and Angela liked Leap Year. The movie had some real funny moments. I agree all the scenery was wonderful. And boy that girl was sorta dangerous. LOL!!! And I agree that 60 second test was a great theory.
So Marie, You and Emily must go. I checked again. It is for sure PG.
I want to see it again.

Marie Force said...

Thanks for the info Donna. However, at this moment i don't want to take Emily anywhere. She's giving me a hard time this weekend. Picking apart every word i say. I'm going on silent mode. That's the only safe way to deal with a PMSing teenager. Heaven help me!

Mary G said...

I remember those years Marie. My being an ex-psychology major was of no help. I read one little thing that really helped me. BTW I have a son. Nothing to do with PMS although that's probably icing on the cake with girls. The first time my son rolled his eyes at me I asked him if he thought he invented that because I did that to his grandmother. That totally shut him up.
I read that when they are being pissy it's easy to be pissy back but that escalates it. I had one rule. You can be as hormonal as you want but you will respect me & your father. I told him his feelings of thinking he had all the answers & that his parents were stupid & boring was normal. That sure took that power away.
I told him he still had to be polite & civil- please & thank you etc. All I really needed to do once or twice was to go on laundry strike. Nothing like reminding them how good they have it. It does pass & then they are the loving funny people they were before.

Mary G said...

Hi Donna
The only thing that got me - The only comfortable shoes I have are my tennis shoes. How did she roam around on those heels?

Marie Force said...

Hey Mary,
Yes, all wise words, but I gotta say, the girls take it to a whole other level (I also have a son who will never in his life be capable of the level that she achieves). I'm going to my romance writer's meeting in Boston today. Looking forward to a day away from home and hormones! :-)

diva donna said...

Mary G.
You are so right. Good tennis shoes for me or supportive slipon's. I don't know how Amy Adams did it in those shoes. She's going to have foot problems in her later years. It made for some funny scenes.
And Marie,
I understand and feel for you. I have my 13 yr. old Granddaughter in our basement apt. She can be such a PRICKLY thing at times. But lucky for me. I can send her back to the basement to her Mom who was more than a Trial to me when she was that age. I normally tell her. You're just like your Mom. A Prickly Cactus. She doesn't laugh at my jokes. LOL!!!Enjoy the Time away Marie.

Cheryl Brooks said...

Don't know that I've ever had a what if on a plane--haven't flown very much, but there have been plenty of what if's in other places!

I don't do the Google alert thing. I wait for friends to tell me about the GOOD stuff!

Marie Force said...

Donna,
You're so right about the prickly cactus! LOL! However, I will state here publicly that the first time I spoke to Emily today she apologized for last night. Of course her next breath was to ask if she could sleep over at her friend's house. :-) I will take the apology, however!

Marie Force said...

Cheryl,
Be glad you don't have to fly often. I HATE IT. I'm sure you've had some what ifs elsewhere, though. We wouldn't call you the Cat Master if you weren't scratching your chin and checking out the yummy guys and their doodles. :-)