Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentines Celebration #ChickLitLove

It's Valentines week! The week that I used to dread when I was single, loved when I was dating, and now that I'm married it's sort of... meh. My hubz is a fantastic valentine, don't get me wrong. It's just lost that sparkle that V-day use to have - with the possibility of the unknown (not that I would switch back for all the money in the world... okay, maybe ALL the money in the world, but that's the only way).  

So to celebrate this holiday of love, my fellow chick lit authors and I are doing some fun stuff everyday this week! If you want to blog-hop, just search for #chicklitlove on twitter and Facebook and you will find a bunch of things to check out. 

Today brings you a little questionnaire answered by none other than Julia from Thirty-Two Going on Spinster. 

Q&A With Julia Dorning (a.k.a. Future Spinster) 

1) What three qualities do you find most attractive in a partner?
Well, it's been some time since I've actually had a partner (ahem, never), but I would say the three things I look for are, funny, romantic (but not that cheesy crap - I don't deal well with that), and smart (I need someone to make up for what I lack). 

2) What’s your idea of romance?
Since I am lacking in this department, I don't have much experience to pull from. However, I can use TV and movie couples to base this on (since that is a super realistic place to build your romantic dreams on). I would say that my idea of romance is someone who does a ridiculously large gesture for me. And I mean ri.dic.u.lous. Like flies me to Paris and then takes me to the top of the Eiffel Tower to propose and then when I say yes (because of course I would, duh), fireworks would go off all around and the whole town would celebrate my engagement. This is totally realistic, right? 

Well, if I must be realistic then my idea of romance is being with someone who wants to spend time with me and cares about the things that are important to me. And someone who brings me chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

3) Who's your favorite on-screen couple (Film or TV)?
Oh this one is hard! There are so many to choose from! I suppose if I had to choose I would pick Ross and Rachel from Friends. Which is probably a totally unoriginal choice. I could say David and Maddie from Moonlighting, but that just makes me sound old. So I'm going with Ross and Rachel. Fabulous build up of tension. And unlike David and Maddie, Ross and Rachel getting together didn't ruin the show.  

4) What's been your most embarrassing moment in regards to the opposite sex? 
I have more than the average person, I'm quite sure. Recently, I was caught by a very handsome guy, under a conference room table where I was trying to avoid being caught taking a nap on the job. It's a long story. But it was beyond embarrassing. Trust me. 

5) What was your first impression of your partner or crush? How accurate was it?
My most recent crush - it's been a while since I've had one of those - is on the very handsome guy that found me under a conference room table. Yes, him. Obviously nothing will probably come of this crush for many reasons, but I would say that meeting me under a conference room table probably ranks at the top. At first I thought he was smug and kind of a jerk (although, a hot one). I was not accurate, though. He's not smug, or a jerk. Bummer. It would have been easier to not like him if he were. 

6) How have you coped with break-ups in the past?
I handled it like a pro, of course... since there really hasn't been any break-ups in my past. Most of my "relationships" (yes, that word needed quotes because I'm not sure that's what one could call my dating past) just fizzled out or never amounted to anything. 

7) Which hot actor would you want to be stranded on a deserted island with and why? 
Hmmm, I've never really thought about this question. Ever. Ryan Reynolds. Okay, maybe I've thought of it just a little. Why Ryan Reynolds? Well because he's hot, funny, and I don't know him personally but he seems pretty smart. So all the things I look for in a partner. I sort of heart him. A lot. 

8) What is the craziest thing you've ever done for love?
Well, it wasn't really for love, but more for the hope of love. I recently found out that I have some... um... upper-lip... hair. And so I did what normal people do (so I was told) and I had it waxed off. Only more than just hair came off and then there was a scab... and really I just can't say anymore than that. It was mostly horrific. And by mostly, I mean totally and completely. 

9) PDA: How much is acceptable? 
Nothing. PDA is just a way for couples to rub it in to us single people that they are happier than we are. I find it offensive on many levels. Unless it's me doing the PDA, then that's okay. 

10) What is the best relationship advice you've ever gotten?
My sister once told me that when you are confused about whether you want to be with someone, you have to ask yourself if life would be better with or without him. If it's with him, then all of the other things will fall into place. Kind of hard to take advice from someone ten years younger than me, but since she has so so so so so so much more experience than I do (she actually said that), I will have to take her word for it.  

To find out more about Julia and her probable spinster future, check out Thirty-Two Going on Spinster! 

Book Blurb: 
Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her career, and lives in her parent's basement with her cat, Charlie.

With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia's mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.

But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?

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