On Friday I decided to treat my son and me to a little road trip for Mother’s day weekend. On Saturday my car decided that it didn’t like working on weekends and went on strike thus automatically extending what was supposed to be a two-day getaway into a much longer one. The local mechanic explained that there was a faulty wire going to my battery and it was sending all sorts of weird signals to my car’s computer system which is sort of like my car’s brain. My car’s brain didn’t know what to do with this nonsensical and random information and started to act out. “And now,” the mechanic added, “it’s going into self-preservation mode.”
“Self preservation mode?” I asked. “Like HAL the computer in 2001?” My Saab isn’t a big talker. The only noises it ever makes is are friendly little chirps to let me know that I’ve successfully unlocked or locked the doors with the little button on my key. But now I had visions of putting that key into the ignition in a desperate attempt to return home only to have my Saab say “What are you doing, Kyra? My mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it."
The mechanic assured me that it didn’t really work like that and promised that my car would be just fine…as soon as he got the part to fix it and that would take three days. So now it’s Wednesday, I’m still in the same little beach town 300-plus miles from home and the mechanic DID get the part. Unfortunately it turned out to be the wrong part so now I’m being told I can’t leave until tomorrow.
I’ve had to reschedule all sorts of things that I really didn’t want to reschedule. On the bright side I have people here so I’m not without a place to stay. I’m a walk to the beach and today after teaching my son his lessons I took him on a seaside walk where he was able to climb along the rocks and examine sea stars up close and admire otters playing together in the harbor. Old men with long white hair hauled their instruments (a bass guitar, bongos and so forth) to the beach and sang old folk songs for the little surfer children to hear. It was really quite sweet and if I wasn’t so stressed about my rabidly growing to-do-list awaiting me back home I’d be fine with the whole thing.
Ah well, sometimes you just have to roll with it. And I can’t say all the news I’ve been getting lately is bad. For instance my Contest is REALLY shaping up!
The Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss contest in which you can win a trip to San Francisco now has a whole host of sponsors! The winner of the SF trip will now get to dine at the world renowned Restaurant Lulu! Lulu has some of the best Mediterranean food in the country (their gourmet food products can be found at Sur La Table) and is the restaurant that Sophie and Marcus lunched at in Sex, Murder And A Double Latte. Then they’ll have a lovely dinner at the famous Max’s restaurant where Sophie and Mary Ann had dinner in Obsession Deceit And Really Dark Chocolate. Max’s has a lot of diet friendly food but if you have a will-power-problem like me you’ll be in trouble because their desserts are insane! The Roxie Theater (the 100 year old theater that is home to San Francisco’s International Film Festival as well as the site of Sophie and Anatoly’s second date) is also throwing in free tickets for the winner.
Last but Definitely not least Cocoa Bella, Sophie’s absolute FAVORITE chocolatier (to quote Sophie) will be the primary sponsor. If you win the trip to San Francisco they’ll treat you to chocolates. If you DON’T win the trip to San Francisco but have more entries than anybody else you’ll win a two hundred dollar gift card that you can use on their website.
And if you don’t win ANY of that you can still get the special Sophie Katz box of chocolate! Yes, that’s right, this summer Cocoa Bella will be releasing a specialty box of chocolates containing all of Sophie’s favorite treats (think coffee and liqueur). You KNOW I’ll be telling you more about that when it’s released! In the meantime click here to find out how you can enter the contest!
So to summarize: I’m being held captive in a cute little beach town where I have nothing to do but hang out at the beach and call awesome San Francisco businesses and convince them to support Sophie and her readers. As crises go this one isn’t so bad.
Bestselling Author of:
The Sophie Katz Murder Mystery Series,
SO MUCH FOR MY HAPPY ENDING
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