Today I have Liese Sherwood-Fabre visiting my blog with her book, Virtual Harmony and Other Short Sweet Romances. Before we read about these intriguing titles, let's hear what she has to say about the practical jokster in her life....
Life with a Practical Joker
My husband is a practical joker. He comes by it naturally. When he and his siblings would drive to the beach as children, his father would tell them to lick the back of their hands. “Can you taste the salt? We’re near the ocean now.” (That they were sweating in the back of an un-air-conditioned car never occurred to them.)
This proclivity appeared early in our relationship. On one date, a waiter placed a plate with two round orange slices next to each of us. I cut a section with my fork, but before I could spear it, my date (now husband of 37 years) told me, “Don’t eat that. It’s a decoration.”
I argued with him but left the cut piece on the plate. When the waiter arrived again, he asked him, “Is this a decoration?” I must have turned to our server because I’m certain behind my back, he signaled the waiter to go along with the gag. The man nodded and said, “Yes, don’t eat it.”
With the server’s assertion, I pushed the piece back into place and waited for our meal. After a minute my husband chuckled and said, “You can eat it. I was just pulling your leg.”
While this particular incident hasn’t appeared in a story, it is not above some of my characters to pull off a ruse—like being in disguise in front of the one person they’ve wanted to get to know better. Misunderstandings can sometimes be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
I too, live with a practical jokster and I also have a step-son who likes to do practical jokes from time to time. Especially around my birthday.....
Tell us a little about your book, Virtual Harmony and Other Short, Sweet Romances.
Love can bloom in infinite ways.
Virtual Harmony and Other Short, Sweet Romances shares eleven tales of love through cute meets to taking friendship to the next level to rekindling a marriage. Feelings can be sparked by an errant computer file, a hunt for diamonds, or even a fortune teller's tale. All that is needed is to open one's heart to let them in. Search, find, and deepen love along the way in these sweet romances.
From "Virtual Harmony":
I slumped into an empty chair at the coffee bar around the corner from my apartment. I was ending this foolishness. Now. For two weeks I’d been on a wild goose chase and gotten nowhere.
Time to give up.
It’d all started innocently enough. After plugging in my new MP3 player, and booting up my computer to download my playlist, my finger froze just above the mouse. An unfamiliar file folder appeared along with the others: "George's Songs."
Who was George, and how did he get on my computer?
Having moved into the neighborhood less than a month ago, I didn’t know anyone in the area, and no one had access to my computer. Another new icon appeared at the bottom of my screen and blinked on and off. My new wireless system was working. I returned my gaze to the “George’s Songs” icon. Somehow, my computer's system had picked up this George’s file and downloaded it to my machine.
Curiosity won out over caution, and without thinking twice, I opened the file to check out his playlist. Almost the entire list of songs I’d planned to download onto my MP3 player were already in George’s.
Whoever he was, George had good tastes.
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This sounds really intriguing and I think I'll just have to get my hands on this book!
Let's find out a little about Liese.
Liese Sherwood-Fabre, knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ in the second grade for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally’s ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD from Indiana University, she joined the federal government and had the opportunity to work and live internationally for more than fifteen years—in Africa, Latin America, and Russia. Returning to the states, she seriously pursued her writing career and has published various pieces. Her debut novel Saving Hope, a thriller set in Russia was based, in part, from her observations while in that country. Along the way she has written and published a number of short stories, garnering awards such a Pushcart Prize nomination. She recently collected eleven of these tales into a volume: Virtual Harmony and Other Short, Sweet Romances, available October 15.
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It is nice to meet you, Liese, and I hope you have great success with your book.
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