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SBTB book club ad Jan 2013The story goes thusly:

On New Year's Day, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a Twitter follow from @SmartBitches, aka Sarah Wendell. I was confused and happy that such an illustrious name in the romance book reviewing community would bother to follow me and read my tweets about writing, proofreading, romance, crocheting, stomach troubles, E.R. visits, #notpregnant, #rennerection and various other tomfoolery.

It wasn't until I opened my Spam box (*shakes fist in the air*) that I found Sarah's email, informing me she'd chosen Back to the Good Fortune Diner as the January read for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club.

For those unfamiliar with Smart Bitches Trashy Books, they are like the Oprah picks of romance...but with snark, wit and hilarity all rolled together. And they have a massive following.

This book club pick means Back to the Good Fortune Diner will be offered from Jan. 7-21 at 50% off the ebook on the Allromance Books website. It also means readers will buy it, read it and discuss it on Jan. 31 in their book club chat, which I will join for a Q&A at the end of the night.

So first I was like:

Then I was like:

And then I was all like:

After all, this is Smart Bitches. The big leagues, as far as I'm concerned. What if they don't like my book? What if other people don't like my book? What if my book becomes the object of widespread ridicule?

And then I was all like:


But then I remembered: the book is published. Whether people like it or not, I can't change the book or their opinions. Besides, Sarah said this:

It's very thought provoking, beautiful, and very, very well written.

And coming for THE Sarah Wendel, that's, like, crazy high praise in my estimation.

So I went back to being like this:

Also like this:


I hope you'll pick up a copy of the book and join in the discussion on Jan. 31! More details to come!