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The Big Cheese

How did I not know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? That just seems like something I would definitely be aware of.  For instance, I know that July 7 is National Chocolate Day. And May 13 is National Apple Pie Day. And October 12 is Hugh Jackman’s birthday. Sigh. But, wait. I digress.

cropped-cropped-Day-2fLuckily for me, I have wonderful friends in the blogoshpere who make me aware of important things like this. And I am honored to be a part of Chick Lit Chit Chat’s celebration of all things cheesy. I was invited to write a guest post which–duh–had to have something to do with cheese. I’m going to give you a tease, right here on Anonymous Soccer Mom…you know, like that gooey, melted bit of cheese you get when you lift the grilled cheese sandwich from the pan, the bit you pull on until it is a long, buttery, stringy morsel that tastes wonderful when you pop it into your mouth, and promises that your sandwich is going to be delicious when you finally tuck in to eat it. Oops, digressing again.

Okay, so here’s the tease. And if you want the whole sandwich (which is code for blog post), you’ll have to hop on over to Chick Lit Chit Chat.

IT’S EASY BEING CHEESY

Remember when you and your spouse were first dating, those endless nights you spent talking and sharing and revealing things about yourself? It was a world of discovery, and you felt as though you were meant to be with this person forever. My husband and I passed many of those nights early in our relationship. To be honest, I recall very little of what he said—it was a long time ago, mind you. But one thing he said sticks with me to this day:

“When I retire, I want to learn to make cheese…”

Yes, at that moment I knew I wanted to spend my life with this man.

Of course, when he went on to say he also wanted to own a goat, I had to rethink my decision. Not that I don’t like goats. Goats are very nice. And I hear they make great lawnmowers. But I’m not so sure what the neighbors will think, and I’m pretty confident there’s a city ordinance banning farm animals from residential backyards.

Anyway, I happen to enjoy cheese, all kinds, from mild to stinky, although I draw the line at the really foul-smelling stuff that makes your eyes water and brings to mind foot fungus. I take my cheese in any form: cut into cubes or sliced or smeared on crackers or baguettes. I like cheese melted under the broiler or in the pan. In fact, I spent the whole of my first pregnancy eating grilled cheese sandwiches made with…

How’s that for a cliffhanger?

Head on over to Chick Lit Chit Chat for the rest of my post. And hang out for a while. It’s a great place to spend some time.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a hunk of Gouda in my fridge and it’s calling my name. I’m going to call it Hugh…

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The Next Big Thing

I love the game of tag. Even now, in my forties, I love running around the yard with my kids. Invariably, I am ‘It.’ And I pretend to myself that I’m letting them win even though they’re much faster than me. I could tag them if I wanted. Really, I could.

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But now I am ‘It’ in a totally different tagging situation which, thankfully, doesn’t involve chasing anyone. I have been tagged in ‘The Next Big Thing’ blog hop by the wonderful Jill Smolinski, author of Objects of My Affection and The Next Thing on My List–and if you haven’t read either of these fun, lovely, witty books, do so ASAP.

But enough about Jill…I’m supposed to talk about my next big thing by answering the following questions:

1. What is the title of your work?

My second novel is called Sweet Nothings, and it will be out July 2nd.sn.comp.indd

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I love desserts…and making desserts…and eating desserts…(and I don’t understand those people who say “I don’t like desserts” or “I’m just not a dessert person.” Seriously? What is the matter with you?) I also make theme cakes and you can see some of them here. So, baking is definitely a part of me.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Humorous women’s fiction.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

That’s a tough one. Ruby would have to be played by an actress who’s good with subtle humor and who can do both the plain Jane and the transformed hot mama. Jennifer Garner’s a little too young (hate her!). Sarah Jessica Parker, maybe. Julia Roberts? As for Jacob Salt, well, hmm. Hugh Jackman isn’t right this time, darn it! (But don’t worry, Hugh–you’re still my Ben in Something New!) Aaron Eckhart would be perfect because he can be both the nerd and the hunk, which is kind of what Jacob is.

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Life’s sweetest moments happen when you least expect them.

6. Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

My publisher is Berkley Books, a division of Penguin USA

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Roughly four months.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Chick Lit Central compared my writing to Jane Porter’s–thank you Chick Lit Central! And I’ve been compared to Jennifer Weiner–thanks, Mom! This book has a baking element, so perhaps Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews (loved that book!)

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

As always, I am inspired by other forty-something moms, who are working hard to raise their kids, take care of their husbands, help the household financially, and also grow and evolve as individuals.

10. What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?

Anyone who likes to watch those Food Network baking shows will love Sweet Nothings. Anyone who likes romance will love Sweet Nothings. Anyone who likes to root for the underdog will love Sweet Nothings. But here’s a warning: This book will very possibly cause you to crave something sweet, even if you’re ‘not a dessert person!’

For more about me and my debut novel Something New, please visit www.janisthomas.com.

And now for the authors I’m tagging:

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Samantha Stroh Bailey over the last several months through social media and emails, and I appreciate all of her support of me, both personally and professionally. Samantha is a writer, editor, and mother who is determined to have it all. She enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, and (don’t tell!) watching reality TV.

FLNov22BigpaperbackHer debut novel Finding Lucas asks the question: Can you ever really go back to the past? After five long years of living with Derek, her former bad boy turned metrosexual boyfriend, Jamie Ross finally reaches her breaking point. She’s had enough of his sneering disdain for her second hand wardrobe, unusual family and low-paying job as the associate producer of Chicago’s sleaziest daytime talk show. When her new boss plans a segment on reuniting lost loves, Jamie remembers Lucas, her first love and the boy she’d lost ten years earlier. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, Jamie goes on a hilarious, disastrous and life changing hunt to track Lucas down. But will finding Lucas give Jamie everything she’s looking for?

Samantha is currently working on her next book, Everything But. For more info on her visit: samanthastrohbailey.blogspot.com

Neurotically_Yours_Cover_JPEGI happened upon Bonnie Trachtenberg quite by accident, but what an unexpected pleasure her book Neurotically Yours was. It tells the story of smart, attractive, and ambitious, thirty-seven-year-old Dara Harrison who is still single, and on sabbatical from dating. Ironically Los Angeles’ most renowned relationship advice columnist, Dara has become a Southland sensation with her “tell-it-like-it-is” approach to the mating game.Parlaying her success into a new business, Dara launches a revolutionary dating service geared for the perennially single and romantically challenged. Its no-holds-barred theme soon makes the company a roaring success, even catapulting Dara onto the national talk show scene, until, of course, it all backfires.With her company under threat and a publicity stunt gone haywire, Dara is forced to join the ranks of her lonely heart clientele, and suddenly realizes that saving the business she cherishes, means facing her lifelong fears, and maybe even falling in love again.

For more about Bonnie and her debut novel Wedlocked, visit her at Bonnietrachtenberg.com.