It's that time again! Another year is in the books while all the excitement, anticipation and joy of a new year of adventures looms on the horizon. The celebratory tiara is polished and packages of books sit waiting to wing their way to new homes. Do you know what that means, dear readers? Of course, you do! Hang the streamers! Blow up the balloons! Grab a drink and a cupcake and get ready to
celebrate because...it's my BIRTHDAY!
I'm always excited to find someone who shares my birthday, especially someone I know. Julie Anne Long is one of my favorite historical romance authors. The books of her Pennyroyal Green series hold special places on my keeper shelves and there's a big red circle around March 31 on my 2015 calendar. That's when her next book, It Started With a Scandal (isn't that cover simply gorgeous?) will be published. Happy Birthday, Julie! Wishing you a day filled with sunshine, smiles, good friends and great books!
I also share a birthday with my Uncle F. I didn't have the opportunity to meet him - he died at two years old - but I always felt a special bond with him, as if I had my very own guardian angel watching over me from above. Considering the near misses I've had during my life, Uncle F has been one busy dude. Happy Heavenly Birthday, Uncle F!
Sophia Loren turns a glorious 80 years old today. Beautiful, sensual and comfortable in her own skin, Sophia continues to age with dignity and grace; not complaining of getting older but embracing each day of life and all it has to offer. That's how I want to approach each day I'm given in this life. Grazie, Signora! Buon Compleanno!
Philip Phillips was born on September 20th. If you're not a fan of American Idol or Top 40 music, you may not know Phillips but I daresay you'll recognize his debut single, "Home." I don't buy a lot of singles but I downloaded this one the first time I heard it. Happy Birthday, Philip!
I've been a sports fan for as long as I can remember and for much of that time my NBA basketball team of choice has been the Boston Celtics. It doesn't make a lot of sense considering I grew up in Michigan but there you have it. I'm proud to share my birthday with the long-time coach and president of the Celtics, Red Auerbach. In addition to his 938 victories and 16 NBA championships and ever-present victory cigar, this Hall of Fame coach was also a ground-breaker. He drafted the first African-American player into the NBA in 1950 and sent the first African-American starting five out onto the court in 1964 - bold moves in 1960's America. Auerbach died in 2006 but his legacy lives on. Happy Heavenly Birthday, Coach!
Juan Pablo Montoya is a Columbian race car driver who has the distinction of being one of a small number of drivers to have participated in NASCAR, CART, Formula One and IRL racing. It's fitting that we share a birthday considering the fact that my teenage dream was to be a race car driver. I never made it to the race track but my passengers (a/k/a younger brothers) would tell you it was a dream fulfilled none-the-less. *grin*
Last week I discovered that one of my favorite new historical romance authors is also a September 20th birthday buddy! Elizabeth Michels sparkles and so do her wonderful historical romances. If you haven't checked them out I enthusiastically encourage you to do so. They'll leave you smiling as bright and beautifully as their creator! I asked Elizabeth if she'd like to share a few thoughts on this, our shared birthday. Of course, she responded with an enthusiastic "YES!" So, without further ado, heeeeeeeeere's Elizabeth!
*Twirls onto the blog singing, Happy Birthdaaaaaay toooooo youuu!!!* What a wonderful day! The leaves are changing colors, it’s finally cute boots weather, and not only is it PJ’s birthday, but it’s my birthday too! What? We share a birthday? That’s crazy. Or was that just my reaction? When I discovered I shared this fine day of birth with such a lovely lady, it made me curious who else arrived in the world on September 20th. Apparently, George RR Martin and Sophia Loren are celebrating today too. And, they’re next up on The Romance Dish! Just kidding. But, I’m here, and I’m excited to announce a giveaway of two signed copies of my books in honor of this fabulous day! I hope you have fun reading Desperately Seeking Suzanna and How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less! I have big, sparkly plans to write a little, shop a little, and go to dinner with my family. It’s a special Birthday dinner where I will dip things in cheese and chocolate, but not at the same time. Happy September 20th and Happy Birthday to PJ, George, and Sophia!
Thanks, Elizabeth! A very Happy Birthday to you too!
For those of you who have celebrated previous birthdays with me, you know how much I love presents. For those who are new to the Dish, here's how it goes: since I'm the birthday girl I get to choose the presents and because giving gifts gives me great joy, the recipients of my birthday presents will be you, my favorite readers! Six randomly chosen people who leave a comment on my birthday blog will receive a package of books from my book stash and one person will receive signed copies of Elizabeth's books, Desperately Seeking Suzanna and How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days. (U.S.addresses only) For my international friends, I'm giving away a copy of What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell and Snow on the Bayou by Sandra Hill.
So tell me, dear readers, who shares your birthday?
Do you have any special traditions you follow in celebrating your birthday?
Do you usually have a birthday cake? What's your favorite flavor?
Thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday!