"We'll have the Happy Hour Chardonnay."
This is how I celebrated my arrival in Tinseltown. Perhaps I should back up for a moment with a few details. I left Honolulu at 8 am and sat next to Flo - an Air Force brat, retired Air Force spouse, retired Air Force civil service, and grandmother to Army and Air Force families. Her wonderful stories from a life well lived kept me laughing through our five hour flight.
In fact, Flo serves as the Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader for her daughter's unit (she is the commander, single mom, and currently deployed). So Flo stepped forward to care for both her teenage grandson and the FRG group. Thankfully, Flo has been rewarded for selfless act - two years ago, her daughter nominated her for Regis and Kelly's annual program, "Mom's Dream Come True". She and her husband won a trip to Miami for the show's taping, where their daughter surprised them in person. Flo and her husband also won a trip to Greece plus $25,000 from KMart. Lesson learned - good things happen to good people.
From LAX, I hopped into the Super Shuttle with Darynda Jones and her sister plus some South African businessmen, destination: Westin Bonaventure Hotel (featured in TRUE LIES with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis).
After settling into my room, I joined Anne Elizabeth, Renee Bernard, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons for sushi. When our waitress asked if we wanted house Chardonnay or Happy Hour Chardonnay, Jade Lee responded, "We'll have the Happy Hour Chardonnay."
There is a saying in the military, "What goes TDY, stays TDY." The same applies to RT. Anne Elizabeth, Renee, Elizabeth, and Jade are awesome ... but I can't tell you why! Actually, they're awesome because they write excellent books!
Anne Elizabeth and I then wandered downstairs to the lobby bar where we shared drinks with Jennifer St. Giles plus Dayna and Annette from Between Your Sheets.
I fell into bed about midnight ... where was my roommate, Cathy Maxwell?
To celebrate RT, one randomly selected commenter can choose a book from my incoming stash. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment - how do you pass time when you are traveling on airplance, boat, train, or car?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, April 16, 10 pm in Hawaii. I will post the winner's name on Sunday, April 17 as part of the Weekly Winners Announcement. I will also send an email to the winner if I have an email address (if I don't have your email address, send it to email@example.com).
Join me later today for an interview with Andrea Penrose as we celebrate the release of her "debut" mystery SWEET REVENGE. (I use quotes because her alter ego is Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott).