See...I asked Sara (my usually awesome CP) to help me with a guest post during Lisa Mantchev week--since we're both huge Lisa fans. And look what I get in return!!!!!! (You'll see my rebuttal in blue, btw.) :)
The Day Shannon and I Almost Stopped Being Friends—and How Lisa Mantchev Saved Us!
Yeah. So, um, Shannon definitely should have known better than to ask me to guest post during her week about Lisa. Seriously.
Because now that I’m hijacking her blog with FULL permission, I get to tell you the truth about the day Shannon almost ruined our friendship. And I mean the whole truth, which is something you wouldn’t get otherwise. (Dude, she is about to fill your head with lies, guys. LIES!) Here’s how it went down:
I was just hanging around, minding my own, when my dear friend Karen Amanda Hooper* told me about Lisa’s auction on Do the Write Thing for Nashville. Clearly, I was excited to bid—because I LOVE LISA MANTCHEV. Not only do I absolutely adore her books, but I always hear about how cool SHE is. Shannon raved and raved about her, and Derek Molata frequently tells me how made of awesome she is.
So, um, hello? Part of the auction was a phone call with her. One step closer to fulfill my goal of moving up from stalker to friend? Yes, please—sign me up! (Okay, and plus I loved donating to such an amazing cause.)
I was mucho excited—and thinking she’d be happy for me--I told Shannon about the auction and how cised I was to go bid. I told her I was gonna bid $200, to win both the phone call AND the flash fiction Lisa said she’d write starring the auction winner and her fairies! But was Shannon happy for me? NO. She snuck over and bid before I had a chance to. And guess what she bid?
$201. Are you kidding me? (um, that was because the auction specifically said if the bidding goes OVER $200 you win both prizes--clearly only one of us could read! :P )
So I kindly reminded Shannon about how much I love Lisa—I mean, I made this vlog for her to win an ARC of Perchance to Dream (which is amazing btw), obviously nobody loves Mantchev’s books more than I do! (uh, hello--I do!)
I went on to bid $210, thinking easy peasy—the auction was MINE. Yeah, no. I got a call from Shannon, who pulled out all the stops. Would you believe she actually threatened me? (Now, does that really sound like me? *bats eyelashes innocently* *straightens halo*) Yep. She told me that if I don’t let her win the auction, she wouldn’t let me continue reading her work before anyone else. Talk about a low blow. When she went back and outbid me, I cried myself to sleep—I vowed that although I would still read her work (I mean, I’d be an idiot not to take advantage of getting such an awesome preview) that we would no longer be friends. Shannon didn’t even care when I told her!
You’re probably feeling pretty sorry for me right now—and I don’t blame you. I woke up the next morning with my eyes basically swollen shut from all the sobbing. (um...Karen and I know the real reason they were swollen, and it had more to do with amaretto than the auction!) But I was strong and I knew I needed to check twitter and see what my real friends were up to. And guess what I found????!!!! A message from Lisa saying we could BOTH be winners!! As if the girl could get any cooler—she singlehandedly saved my friendship with Shannon. (gotta admit, Lisa was sincerely awesome for that!)
(and btw, for those of you who are newer followers to this blog, we are totally kidding. Well...about most of this) ;-)
Shannon, dear, I’m not done with you though. I can’t believe you didn’t learn after this little experiment that I can’t post on your blog without daring you to do something. So, in retaliation for the whole “trying to steal the auction from me” debacle, you must: VLOG yourself baking a cupcake created to look like one of the pirate rubber ducks that Lisa’s giving away!
See, it’s like I’m forcing you to be Team Nate—so I get Ariel alllllll to myself =)
Happy Lisa Mantchev Week!
*If anyone has the right to really be mad? It’s Karen—Shannon and I BOTH totally stole the auction from her… Sorry K! xoxo
You have GOT to be kidding me. No she is NOT daring me to vlog--on my own blog--again!
*scrolls up to reread*
Um...apparently she is.
And...I let her do it.
So...yeah. I guess I have to vlog again. And display my cupcake decorating skills which--not gonna lie--leave MUCH to be desired. But it's Lisa Mantchev week and I will not back down on my own blog. So I will vlog. Again. And it will be posted either tomorrow or Friday--depending on how huge of a disaster it is. *sigh*
In the meantime, remember, all week I'm giving away extra entries in the contest to anyone who comments on the post. So feel free to leave a comment. And be sure to tell me how *I* was obviously the one in the right. I mean, clearly. ;)
**Update** If you want some writing related advice (instead of just this silliness) I have a new guest post up on the Query Tracker Blog, where I talk about pitching to agents. Feel free to check it out! :)