Monday, September 24, 2012

Aloha to Lisa Becker and CLICK: AN ONLINE LOVE STORY

Online Dating Inspired Click: An Online Love Story
By Lisa Becker

I first met my husband while wearing my pajamas. Really! No, we weren't at some kinky singles party. I was sitting comfortably in my apartment and he was hanging out in his. But, I will never forget his email introduction via an online dating service, which invited me to check out his profile. It was sweet, endearing and intriguing enough for me to log on to learn more about him. After a week of emails, followed by a week of phone calls, we met for our first date - a traditional dinner and movie outing. Even before I opened the door to greet him, I knew he was "the one." Considering he lived 30 miles away, I'm not certain our paths would have typically crossed. But after 11 years together - including 9 years of marriage (which in Los Angeles is apparently no small feat!) and two beautiful daughters, I have no doubt he is my soul mate.

After my now-husband and I met online, I was recalling some of the hilarious experiences that I had during the whole online dating experience. How could I forget the guy who started every story (no joke!) with “My buddies and I were out drinking one night.” I decided to capture some of them in writing and, from there and based loosely on my own experiences, my novel Click: An Online Love Story emerged. The entire story is told in emails between our heroine, Renee Greene, her three best friends and the gentlemen suitors she meets online. The format felt like a modern way to tell the story that fit the topic, and allowed readers to develop an intimate relationship with the characters.

Clearly, I’m a big fan of online dating and find it to be a useful tool for young professionals who are busy working and finding it difficult to make the right connection at the gym, bar, coffee shop or grocery aisle. I say, people today are “married” to their cell phones and laptops, so why not use that technology to really get married, right?

While Click doesn’t end with a wedding (sorry for the spoiler!), during Renee’s road to happiness, we find many advantages to online dating. My five favorite are:

· On Your Own Terms – Online dating provides a relaxed, anytime and on your own terms experience. Share as little or as much information as you want. Avoid people you are not interested in. Communicate at your convenience. But, don’t send a message at 2:30 am. Nothing smacks more of desperation than an email from someone trolling the Internet for a date in the wee hours of the morning.

· Multi-Tasking Enabled – Flirt while filing your taxes. Chat and trim your nails. Meet a mate while making breakfast. It’s a well-known fact that women are great multi-taskers. Take full advantage of that skill. As Shelley, the over-sexed character in Click says to the about-to-try-online-dating Renee, “A whole host of hot and horny single men that I can review, chat with, judge and mock – all while sitting in my office looking very busy. Maybe I should give it a try myself.”

· Trade the “Meat Market” for the “Meet Market” – Now you can avoid the “meat market” scene of bars and clubs and instead enjoy a “meet market” – an international bazaar (but let’s hope not too bizarre) of prospective mates. The Internet allows you to make an online introduction to thousands if not millions of people around the world. So, if you want to meet someone in Katmandu, well then, can do!

· Save Time, Money and Energy – Let’s face it. Dating isn’t cheap. It takes time, money and, likely your most valuable and scarce resource, energy. With the “try before you buy” environment of online dating, you don’t have to meet for a drink, grab a coffee or sit through a long dinner only to discover there’s no physical attraction, you have nothing in common, conversation is lacking, etc.

· Rejection Made Easy – In Click, Renee gets an email from someone halfway across the world looking to meet someone willing to move for him. After sending a polite and diplomatic “thanks but no thanks” email message, she proclaims to her friend, “It’s so much easier to reject someone over that Internet than in real life. Score one for online dating!” While rejection is easier for both parties when done online, it’s important to remember that people still have feelings.

As I've said many times before, if it happened for me, there's hope for you. So log on and take a chance. To purchase Click, please click here. To follow updates on Click and share your stories about online dating, visit the Click Facebook fan page.

The ladies from SEX IN THE CITY share their dating stories ...

Mahalo, Lisa, for joining us at SOS Aloha! I posted my review of CLICK: AN ONLINE LOVE STORY on Amazon at this link and Goodreads at this link. I am giving away a Hawaiian calendar to keep track of your "dates" - for PTA meetings, soccer games, or dentist appointments. To enter the giveaway,

1. Do you type on the computer ... or do you hen peck? I type ... and my kids' henpecking drives me bananas! 

2. This giveaway is open to all readers.

3. Comments are open through Saturday, September 29, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 30.


Kim in Hawaii

These wahine (women) are available for Hawaiian blessings
... for dating prospects?


  1. I love the sounds of this book. I do type but I am not a good typist.

  2. I type!!! I've been a typist all my life..but lately my typing has not been the greatest. :)

  3. This book looks great. I type on my computer. I type about 35 to 40 wpm. In my job I am on the computer a lot and have to be a fast typer. I work front desk at a hotel and before that I have always worked in an office.
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  4. Went to a computer school so I type. We have this dreaded exam, where we were blindfolded and our instructor just said the sentence we must type on the computer. Unfortunately, I didn't get anything right. :(

  5. Thank you so much for hosting my post and writing a review. I'm glad you found Click to be a fun read.

  6. the book looks great! I type because I learn in high school...

  7. I used to be a Legal Secretary and typed very fast. Of course now, with computers, it's even easier. I really love typing on my computer. It's a shame that we didn't have computers when I was a Secretary, it would have made typing Contracts, Conveyances, Wills etc. so much easier. ... :-)

  8. I do a cross between typing and pecking----but mostly typing.

  9. I type, but I have to look at the keyboard in order to do it. lol

  10. I type. Have been doing so since my high school class with an old-time typewriter.

  11. I was a secretary and admin. assistant for 20 yrs. so I had a fast typing speed and I've kept it up pretty much.

  12. I type. And I'm sure glad I took that typing class way back in junior high. :)

  13. I was a secretary for a while so I'm a good typist.

  14. Oh what a great idea, and excellent place for inspiration! =)
    Congrats on your 9 years, wish you many more.

  15. When I was in high school my mother told me to take a typing class since I would always need it. This was before personal computers and it turned out to be a great skill to have. I told my kids to take a typing class and they never did so they do the hunt and peck.