So Zoosk.com, a top online dating service, surveyed more than 3,500 singles to reveal pop culture’s most memorable kisses.
And your name didn't make the list.
Just kidding. Okay, here are some of the results:
The most memorable on-screen smooches of summer 2013 are…
- 41% of Americans say Tony and Pepper’s lip lock in “Iron Man 3” was the most memorable kiss among this summer’s blockbuster flicks.
- 23% of singles say Spock and Uhura in “Star Trek Into the Darkness.”
- 21% of singles say Alan and Cassie in “The Hangover III” shared the most memorable kiss of this summer’s blockbuster films.
The top 3 kissing songs are…
- “Could I Have This Kiss Forever” by Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias (21%)
- “A Kiss From A Rose” by Seal (17%)
- “Blow Me One Last Kiss” by Pink (12%)
The most romantic places to kiss are…
- On the beach (30%)
- In a car (23%)
- In front of a roaring fireplace (15%)
- On a carriage ride in New York’s Central Park (14%)
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You can watch the kiss, below. (Of course, it's always better to watch a kiss with foreign subtitles…)
Or maybe not.
If she'd been expecting it, she might have pushed him away.
Or run in the opposite direction.
Or come up with a million excuses as to why she ducked and dodged him.
"I haven't brushed my teeth," she might have said. Or, "Stop! Someone might be watching!" Or "Not now… not here… not me."
But he took away her option to say no.
Instead, he gave her the option to fall in love.
Then he let her go.
He learned this while fishing. "Catch and release," it's called.
But women aren't fish. They love the chase. They imagine the possibilities.
They anticipate his next kiss.
The Housewife Assassin's Handbook!
– EVERY DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE WANTS AN ALIAS: Donna Stone has one…and it happens to be government-sanctioned.
– BUT DONNA EARNED IT THE HARD WAY: Her husband was killed the day she delivered their third child.
– TO AVENGE HER HUSBAND'S MURDER: Donna leads a secret life: as an assassin.
– BUT ESPIONAGE MAKES FOR STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: And brings new meaning to that old adage, "Honey, I'm home…"
Coliloquy Books / 978-0-9740214-0-9 / eBook
Friendship. Lies. Seduction. Betrayal.
Welcome to Totlandia.
The salacious secrets of Desperate Housewives meet the aspirational lifestyles of Sex and the City in San Francisco’s most elite mommies group
In this sometimes bittersweet (and always humorous) novel, the friendships among four women who meet in a moms-and-tots playgroup are tested as they address their presumptions, family traumas, love, passion, and the hard realities of parenting their children.
Then they broke up.
The break-up wasn't a "good" one. (The term "good break up" has to be an oxymoron, am I right?)
"So, what do I say to him, if he's there?" she asked. "Or should I say anything at all? Should I just ignore him? I'm sure he'd prefer that. I'll bet he'll ignore me, too."
I nodded. "Good question. But everyone there knows both of you. And they know you used to date."
"Don't remind me," she sighed. It's going to be like the OK Corral. Who takes aim first? Who ends up wounded, or dead and buried?"
"But isn't that the point? Wasn't whatever happened between you buried, long ago?"
She shrugged. Obviously not, if she's still digging it up now, so many years later.
"Okay," I said, "Here's a thought: why not treat him as if this is the last time in your life you'll ever see him? If doing so means getting out your feels, so be it. If it means pretending anything he said or did to get you upset is long forgotten, do it. Ask yourself this: do you really need to hold a grudge this long?"
"No, of course not." The tears rolled in even lines, down her face. "We've both moved on."
Next week, she'll have a chance to prove this, to herself, if not to him as well.
Frankly, I hope it begins and ends with a hug, and a chance to catch up on the life journey each took separately, even as their paths cross once more.
Grudges keep us from being happy.
Grudges don't hurt others, only ourselves.
You may not forget, but yes, you can forgive.
And you're not doing it for anyone but yourself.
The Housewife Assassin's Handbook
Murder. Suspense. Sex. And some handy household tips.
Murder. Suspense. Sex. And some handy household tips.
"This is a super sexy and fun read that you shouldn't miss!"
–Mary Jacobs, Bookhounds
"…If I was a housewife, I would want to be Donna. I'm not kidding guys, the girl can shoot, seduce, and kill, all while balancing the demands of carpool and managing the suburban mommies and their opinion of her and her kids. Her hostess skills are to die for, and many have fallen for her seduction routines. So what if the neighborhood busybodies think she's cheating on her husband? The reality is, he's dead, and she can't even mourn him in public. They can get over it.nter Jack, who is a fantastic and well known agent, and sexy to boot. The chemistry between the two of them is enough to set water on fire…" — Cat's Thoughts
"This book totally reminded me of the movie Mr & Mrs. Smith. Not that it is a copy of the movie, but that it has all of the thrills and enjoyment of the movie. It's a fast-paced read, the gadgets are awesome, and I could just picture Donna fighting off Russian gangsters and skinheads all the while having a pie at home cooling on the windowsill. As a housewife myself, this book was a fantastic escape that had me dreaming "if only" the whole way through. The book doesn't take itself too seriously, which makes for the perfect combination of mystery and humour…" –Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
Until recently, authors shared parenting responsibilities with their publishers. We write the books and in many cases promote them as well, while the publishers edit, create covers, print, distribute and promote the books to bookstores and readers.
Sometimes it's a wonderful collaboration. The book is nurtured by both, and flourishes out in the hard, cold world. But in many cases, the book is neglected by one parent or the other.
Sadly, this was the case with Impossibly Tongue Tied, my second novel. The publisher admitted they had no plans other than to toss the book onto the shelf.
Hearing this broke my heart. At the time I wrote it, I was going through a family crisis, and put all my energy and angst into creating a fun, dark farce on the world of Hollywood fame and celebrity. I cried and laughed the whole time a wrote it. (Sort of like Diane Keaton, as she processed Jack Nicholson out of her system via her play, in Something's Gotta Give; I've got that clip, below…)
From the letters I received from readers, I was happy to hear I'd accomplished my goal.
Thankfully, the publisher only has rights to the book in North America (for now, anyway; my publisher will only allow me to buying leftover inventory at a price that is worse than wholesale, and shipping above that; bookstores get free shipping, whereas the authors do not; go figure).
For those of you who live in other parts of the world, I've created a digital eBook version of Impossibly Tongue Tied, and I've priced it at a very reasonably. In Amazon.uk, you'll only pay £1.96 and throughout the other Amazon online stores, EUR 2,68.
If you enjoy it, please do review it within Amazon (it will be up soon, in the Apple iTunes Bookstore as well) and on GoodReads.
My baby deserves to be loved.
It takes a village to love a book,
Reviews:"Brad, Angelina, Britney and Kevin may want to check out Josie Brown's new novel, Impossibly Tongue-Tied, for its ripped-from-the-headlines plot that mixes their scandals together…"
– PAGE SIX, New York Post
"Josie Brown gives us another page-turning guilty pleasure." – Marin Magazine
In truth, the industry's favorite "erotic phone operatrix" is Nina Harte, a struggling actress who has put her career on hold so that her husband, Nathan, can pursue his own dreams of stardom.
When Nathan's career takes off, so does he, leaving Nina and their four-year-old son, Jake, for his diva costar, Katerina McPherson. Then "Kat 'n' Nat" are crowned the media's newest celebrity sweethearts, and Kat labels Nina an unfit mother in order to win custody of Jake, just so that she can have that highly-coveted celebrity accessory—an adorable child—sans any unsightly stretch marks.
The one person who does care about Nina is Nathan's agent, Sam Godwin. In fact, he's in love with her. And because he has both a heart and a conscience, Sam feels guilty for having put Nat in Kat's path in the first place . . .
So, how will he feel when he learns that Nina and O are one and the same?
IMPOSSIBLY TONGUE-TIED (Signal Press, 2006, 2012)
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F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my all-time favorite authors. His words are prose as poetry, and from that standpoint, The Great Gatsby is considered is best work (albeit I'm partial to the book he was still writing upon his death, The Last Tycoon.
If the film is as good as the trailer, Baz Luhrmann, the director of the cinematic musical Moulin Rouge (talk about a fully encompassing cinematic experience, despite the tongue-in-cheek pop music mashup) may very well consider this his masterwork.
Depicting the roaring twenties the way Fitzgerald wrote about it (or, I should say fantasized about it) does the author proud.
The Housewife Asassin's Handbook"You've got a book that won't be putdown – so go pick it up now!" — Cat's Thoughts"As a housewife myself, this book was a fantastic escape that had me dreaming "if only" the whole way through. The book doesn't take itself too seriously, which makes for the perfect combination of mystery and humor…" –Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
The sky was California blue. (Sorry, Carolina folk! We claim it, too!)
Our walk took us from Pac Heights, through Fort Mason Park and down beside Gashouse Cove and the Maritime Museum, cutting away from the tourists into North Beach, in order to score some fresh-baked bread from an Italian bakery there.
Martin likes a bread they make called a "stubby," because it is wide, and just long enough to poke out beyond the bag they wrap it in.
Frankly," I told him, "I think the name is emasculating."
He answered, "Hell, I don't know a man in the world who wouldn't be proud of this as a…."
SPEAK TO THE HAND.
The route we take drops us into Washington Square, North Beach's premier park. It is flanked by Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church on its north side, which is famous because newlyweds Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, had their pictures taken on the steps of the church, after a civil ceremony. I'm guessing that the Yankee Clipper's previous marriage and divorce kept them from going down aisle in his hometown parish's church.
Because we the the grandeur and solitude we find there, invariably we stop in and take a few moments to bask in its grace, and to say a prayer or two.
Do prayers work? They do for me. I don't know if it's because the Supreme Being feels my pain and deems it worthy to grant relief, or if it is what the universe had in mind for me all along.
I do know one thing: it's much more than, "Try it, and see what happens."
I'd say it's more like, "Some things we just can't explain…and that's okay."
No doubt about it: where there's a will, there's a way. But when the will isn't enough, I've got all the proof I need that faith picks up the slack.
Yep, thank God! It's Friday!
It's been a bah-humbug week. If the weather weren't so beautiful, I think I'd be even further down in the dumps. My Grinchy demeanor was even getting on The Hub's nerves: he who is the Cheeriest Man Alive, the mayor of all personkind, as it were.
His attempts to play holiday cuts by Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and James Taylor were all vetoed by me. Then he begged me to hear just one. "Trust me, you'll love it."
He was right.
And you will, too:
Read an excerpt of
THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK
Filled with crowds who are laughing, smiling, chilled–
And headed to a pub.
You'll find me upstairs, in the corner hugging a window seat, with a glass of wine in hand…
Listening to the Friday night flirts.
THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK
Sometimes it's fun to be a ghost.