Sunday, May 4, 2014

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Gemma Brocato

May 4th, 2014

So, what's this one all about? Well I'll tell you! We have to list four truths about ourselves. The fifth "fact", we will make up, and you, the guests, have to guess which one is untrue.

So without further ado....

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Gemma Brocato

Layering the truth like chocolate, marshmallows and grahams


1) I’m addicted to reality TV. I adore the Real Housewives of every city, although my favorite is Orange County, especially Tamra Barney. She’s witty and sassy and I’d like to be her when I’m all grown up. Jemima George’s boss in Cooking Up Love is based on Tamra (with a little of the Countess thrown in), and some of my best lines have been adapted from things she’s said in the confessional segments of the show.

2) I have a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa. I earned it way back when they’d give anyone a degree. But I have never drawn a single schematic nor run anything close to a calculation on load capacity or concrete co-efficients. To this day, my dad considers it money down the drain (but he’s okay with it, because he’s proud of where I ended up).  

3) I was a marketing professional in the world of shopping centers for ten years. Every day was different and I truly looked forward to going to work. It was dangerous work, though. My favorite merchants had my sizes and shoe preferences memorized and knew I walked the mall daily with a credit card in my pocket. Those folks sounded a lot like buskers at a carnival when I passed their stores.

4) At a Christmas party one year, a psychic told me when we were first introduced she saw shoes. My friends swear they hadn’t told her I’d just bought three new pairs two days earlier. I’m still not sure I believe them. I have plans to use my obsession with shoes in my next series, Romancing the Vine.

5) I could give Pollyanna a run for her money in the ‘keeping it positive’ category. In fact, my co-workers used to accuse me of putting my Pollyanna hat on any time a project looked like it might miss the deadline. I don’t see any reason to embrace negativity. It isn’t easy to be positive all the time but it is better to look on the bright side and find a way to get the job done. That was important when faced with tricky plot points and that dreaded spot called The Middle in Cooking Up Love.

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Okay, so which one is the falsehood? I'm not even going to hazard a guess as I don't want to sway anyone's decision. Although, I can't say I would have taken Miss Gemma for a reality TV addict on #1! LOL, but my gawd, the stories you could get out of those episodes. 
#2 VERY impressed, whether you used it or not, still had to do the study, girl! 
#3 How do I get a job doing that???
#4 interests me to no end. My husband, of all people, believes in psychics more than I do. He went to one after his father's funeral back in Australia. I've only gone to one - in Dublin, when I lived there, and it was so vague, I could have read anything from it! But some folk swear by a good one, and return often to have their futures foretold. How do you feel about psychics??? Any good stories out there?
#5 Is the easiest for me to believe, because Miss Gemma is an absolute star. I've never met a more supportive, wonderful colleague and author, and one I am grateful to call a friend, even though we've never met. :-)

So give it your best shot! Miss Gemma's, HEARTS IN HARMONY releases tomorrow. Let's get the buzz going for her here, shall we?! 

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19 comments:

  1. Aw Cd, thanks - your response to number 5 touched me. It's always good to be a nut. Thanks for having me over. I'm eager to see what your followers think I've made up.

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  2. It is always a pleasure to have you on the blog Miss Gemma, and now you are a S'more! Let's get this day started! Who's going to hazard the first guess??? Love the swag, by the way and CONGRATS on tomorrow's release! xo

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  3. Oh BTW - I'll give one random commenter a digital copy of Hearts In Harmony. It would be nice if you guessed the right answer, but not mandatory.

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  4. I'm going to go with #2! I'm so excited about this release! Your cover is gorgeous!

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    1. Oooh good guess Lindy! Although, Miss Gemma IS a smarty pants! :-) Thanks for stopping by and I totally agree - LOVE the cover!

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    2. Lindy, are you picking #2 because it is book 2 in the series? Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Hi,ladies. Wow, these s'more things are tough to guess but so much fun. I'm going to go with #4 the physic. I'm not really sure why, especially given I'm a shoe fanatic. A woman can never have too many books or pairs of shoes, :D

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    1. Of course not! For me, up in the arctic (LOL), I can't have enough pair of boots! May 4th, and it snowed today. Okay, just a bit of a flurry, but still!

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  6. Mae, I'm laughing because I have almost as many shoes in my closet as books on shelves. Alright, a slight exaggeration, but that's what this blog is all about, right? But is this the correct answer? Hmmm

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  7. Loved this post. I'm going to have to come back though and read it a second time. I have a terrible migraine right now, and my computer screen keeps spinning. That prize pack looks great though, if it would just stop circling around. :) I'm going with #2 being the fib, but if I come back later and if I change my mind, you'll know why. Congrats on the release, Gemma. *going to get my migraine meds now* Will feel less disorientated real soon.

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    1. Joanne, I'm so sorry to hear about your migraine. I've had them and hate them. I load up on a lot of pain reliever to back them down to manageable. I hope it gets better soon. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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    2. Oh Miss Joanne! You're a star to pop over when you are in such pain. Will be heading to yours in a few for your release day! Hope you feel better for that! xo

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  8. Oh my goodness, Gemma this is so hard!!!! Hmmmm, I'm going with #2. Oh, I think you got a bad ass degree, but maybe the university is different?! I don't know, that's the only thing I could think of, haha. You are an impressive little fibber there, mrs. ;)

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    1. Hmmm - Lies by layer, Tera. That thought never occurred to me. I'm glad you think I'm impressive as a fibber. I love having a job where I get to make stuff up. We'll see what happens a little later.

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    2. See, that's the hard part Tera - only a part of the answer can be false to throw the whole thing off! But it's a great way to get to know our authors a little bit better.

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  9. HAPPY RELEASE DAY, MISS GEMMA!! xo

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  10. Oh my goodness. It has been a couple of busy, busy days. I'm sorry to take so long to get back to announce a winner. All the guesses were good, and all were eligible for the drawing. I counted the number of comments and used the extremely scientific Random.org to draw the lucky winner - TERA SHANLEY! Congratulations
    For the record - I did graduate from the University of Iowa, and yes, it was back when God was a boy. But my degree is in Journalism. And my dad is really proud of me. Thanks for playing everyone.

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  11. Ah ha! So #2 it was. A degree in journalism is just as impressive. No wonder where your writing skills started! And a HUGE Congrats to Miss Tera on winning a copy of Hearts in Harmony. Yeehaw!

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