Monday, June 29, 2009

Guest Post And Giveaway - Mary Carter


A Bookworm's World is pleased to have Mary Carter guest posting today. Mary's latest book Sunnyside Blues releases tomorrow!


Summertime Blues
By Mary Carter

"I keep waiting for it to feel like summer, and I’ve been complaining about it a lot lately. My boyfriend’s taken to calling me Miss Moan-ie Boots. He’s Irish, and says things like that from time to time. Much nicer than, “Quit your bitching.” Part of the problem has been the rain, and between cheap umbrellas and the gusts of winds that have been whipping around here this summer, someone should really offer a course in umbrella-wrangling. Maybe even take the act to Vegas. Mine always end up flipped inside out with the spokes sticking straight out. Take that Mother Nature. I guess umbrellas don’t like the rain either. Every time I get a nice umbrella I leave it somewhere. The back of a cab, a coat hook in a pub, under my seat at the movies with the empty tub of popcorn that it turns out I could finish after all. I had a nice leopard-print umbrella once given to me by my mother who was forewarned I would lose it, and most recently a sleek black one that slid out with a touch of a button, and popped open like a parachute. The Jaguar Convertible of umbrellas. I was in love. I would’ve done a rain dance just to get the rush of power from pushing that button. I offered up wry smiles to the poor suckers trying to tame their wild discount beasts, being carried down the streets by their run-away umbrellas like the Mafia version of Mary Poppins. I found (my boyfriend says stole) my Jaguar Umbrella in my local pub. I had it for a glorious twenty-four hours before I accidentally left it in the same pub, on the same hook where I found it. In that case, I don’t think I can be blamed, obviously the umbrella, like a homing pigeon, just wanted to fly back to its local and roost.



The other thing I lose a lot is sunglasses. I’ve dropped them in lakes, cars, restaurants, plays, coffee shops, and left them on top of my head for days on end. It seems there’s some uncanny link between my accoutrements and the weather. If I have my sunglasses, it’s sure to rain. If I have my evil umbrella, the sun is shining. If I carry them both at the same time, a small fissure opens up in the middle of the street, wreaking havoc and inviting the occasional rainbow to my little section of Sunnyside Queens.



It’s very difficult to maneuver the streets of Manhattan with an umbrella. The other day I had a rather large one, an uber-umbrella, and drenched New Yorkers were going out of their way to bump into me. Umbrella envy? I’d say. In Seattle, where I used to live, only the tourists carried umbrellas. Look at those idiots with umbrellas, us locals would say. They must be Canadian. Then we’d pull up the hoods of our rain jackets and take a good pelting like God intended it. I guess the only bright side to all this rain is snuggling up with a good book. Although when the sun is shining, it’s great to lounge on a beach or in a park with a book too. I miss having a yard. I could have the best of both worlds. A little table with a large umbrella, and a bucket of sunglasses on ice. I could read come rain or shine. I guess until then, I’m just going to be Miss Moan-ie Boots. That reminds me. Where are my rain boots? Oh forget it. I’ll just get wet. If I had my way, the only umbrella I’d see the rest of the summer would be floating in a tropical drink."


Thanks Mary for stopping by. I'll take that Canadian comment with a grain of salt!


You can read my review tomorrow. I've got a copy of Sunnyside Blues to giveaway, courtesy of the author. Leave a comment to be entered. Open to US and Canada. Closes Sat. July 18/09 at 6pm EST.

141 comments:

Sue W. said...

I would love to win a copy of Sunnyside Blues.
Thanks for this giveaway.

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MJ said...

I'd love to read Sunnyside Blues.

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Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
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Pam said...

I've been getting more than a little annoyed with this summer too. The cold weather and gusting winds coupled with the rain and only the occasional day of sunshine has been rather depressing. I'd love to read this book to cheer me up!

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bermudaonion said...

We can never hold on to umbrellas at our house either. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

randio said...

Summer has taken all June to get to Ohio, I love the hot,sunny days. This sounds like a good read.

Karen B said...

Sounds like a super read!

Patti V. said...

I can't wait to read your review on this book tomorrow!

nfmgirl said...

I'd love a shot at this one! Please count me in. Thank you!

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Jo-Jo said...

Oh how I've been wanting to get my hands on this book...please enter me!
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Nicole said...

I would love to read this!!

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Laura C said...

I would be happy for to get
Sunnyside Blues
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AmandaSue said...

I think this book sounds like a good read, expectually since I'm alot alike the character LOL. Thanks for the chance.
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Kaye said...

Sounds like such a fun book. I'd love to win. Great guest post. I can relate to the sunglasses thing. My husband puts them in his back pocket and then sits on them! Dufus!

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Mary said...

This sounds like a great beach read.

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js22 said...

ooh, book sounds great! I'd love to win an read it!

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Suzanne said...

What a wonderful post! Sound like a fun read! Please enter me in your giveaway!

Thanks!
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Kara said...

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!

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5webs said...

Actually, I am one of those people who detests the sun, and lives for the rainy, overcast, foggy days. But I would still love to read her book anyway!
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Bingo said...

Thanks, Luanne...I'd love to win Sunnyside Blues!

lindaw said...

Id love this it seems hilarious!

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janeh said...

sounds like a good book for summer reading.......

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purplg8r said...

I would love a chance to win this book..its on my WL..thanks!

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LoveMyCoffee said...

I would love to win a copy of this book...I've had my eye on this one for awhile
Thanks for the giveaway.

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abfantom said...

This sounds like an interesting book that I'd like to read. Please enter me in your giveaway.

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Debb said...

I would love to read this... it sounds like it would be really good. Thanks

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Anonymous said...

I really would enjoy reading Sunnyside Blues. I would like to win it.

May Schultz
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throuthehaze said...

sounds like a good read!
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linett said...

would love to read this, thanks

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Debbie said...

This sounds like a winner!
I'd love to be entered.
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Sammie said...

I would love to be entered in to your book drawing of Sunnyside Blues. Thank you for the opportunity.

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Sue said...

I'd love to read this. Thanks for sharing!

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Crystal said...

I really want to win this book.

Love the discussion about umbrellas - here on the coast of NC the wind always turns them inside out so I gave up on them a long time ago.

And don't get me started about sunglasses :) I can't keep a pair so I have reverted to buying the cheapest pairs I can since I will lose them.

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texasheartland said...

It sounds like a great read and I'd love to read it!


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Anonymous said...

I think this is my kind of book.
Please enter me in the drawing.
Thanks.





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pinkflipflops said...

Sounds like a great book.. I'd love to win a copy!

quiltingreader said...

Sounds like a great book.

sharon54220 said...

Sounds like a great book. Please enter me.

Thanks

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cpullum said...

Count me in I would love to be entered! Love to win a copy!
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tarahsfoodreviews said...

Great summer read! I'm always up for the next "must read" book!

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

Please enter me to win a copy of Sunnyside Blues. Thank you!

scottsgal said...

I'd love to read this - I've read great reviews of this book
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Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

What a great post! I love the cover of the book too!

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Tammy said...

Would love to win a copy of Sunnyside Blues.

patty said...

I wonder if that's the same "sunnyside" I grew up in 50 years ago!

dandylion said...

Further reserach reveals it is the same sunnyside I grew upin. I want this book!

barbara said...

Sounds like a great book - I'd love to win!

Kristi said...

Loved this guest post! It was very entertaining. My fave umbrella was taken out of a closet where I worked! It was really big and had cats all over it - so you can be sure that I would have spotted it had the thief ever used it to come in to work!!

I would love to win this book.

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mmentor said...

sign me up

Gwendolyn B. said...

Somehow, I've ended up with about a dozen umbrellas - but I never have one handy when I need it!
I'd love to read SUNNYSIDE BLUES. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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Valorie said...

Good summer days do seem rare, but they are worth the wait.

Valorie
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Anonymous said...

Thank you for a chance to win this book!

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Nickolay said...

Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance

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JoanneR said...

Would love to win a copy of this novel. Thank you!

danosor said...

I need a good book to read at the book.This looks like the one.

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Please count me in - Thanks!

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MoziEsmé said...

Looks like a good book! Would love to win...

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Alicia said...

Sounds like a good read.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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Amy said...

The interview with Mary & the cover of her book are telling me to read this book so please enter me in your giveaway!

Thank you!
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Andria said...

I would love a chance to win. Thank you.

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*~Dani~* said...

I'd love to read this!

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Susan said...

I'd love to read this! Thanks!

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Please include me, thanks!
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Beth said...

Sunnyside Blues sounds very good. Thanks for the chance to win it.
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Jenny said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. It seems like a good read

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Carol EL said...

I really would enjoy reading Sunnyside Blues. Enter me in the giveaway.
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Anonymous said...

I'd love to read Sunny side Blues this summer.

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Buttercup said...

This sounds great. I work in Queens very close to Sunnyside.
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etirv said...

Please count me in, thanks!
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Nelsby said...

Thanks for the fantastic giveaway...this book sounds really amusing!
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Marianna said...

Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

ydsddd said...

Looks like a great book to read while sitting around the pool

Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this.

Thanks,

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Donna M. Clark said...

I would love to be able to read this book. Thank you for having this gvieaway.
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Aisling said...

Based on her comments, I like Mary a lot and I'm sure I'd enjoy reading her book.

Anonymous said...

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Rhonda said...

I need a good summer book and this would be a great win.


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Marjorie said...

Sounds like a delightful read, please count me in, I am a follower.

Vicki said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book!

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Nia said...

Book fan here! I love to curl up with a good book. I'd love to win a copy of sunnysided blues

AEKZ2 said...

I need a good book. Thanks!

Tammy said...

This sounds like the kind of book I would like

Erica G said...

I would love to win!

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looks like a good one sign me up - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Taste Life Twice said...

please enter me!
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Bev said...

Thanks for the chance to win. This sounds like a good summer read.

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Marie said...

I would love to read this, it sounds great!

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Heather22 said...

Need! This looks like a good read. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Good luck to all that enter.
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kngmckellar said...

I want to read this book!

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J said...

More books in the house is never a bad thing

Lee said...

Thanks for this giveaway and please count me in. I'd love to read Sunnyside Blues

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erma said...

I would love to win this.
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Stephanie said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

renee said...

I would love to read this, please enter me

Anonymous said...

looks like a great read
thanks

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djgroz said...

Love to read, thanks for the chance to win this

Anonymous said...

It's my birthday! Hope you pick me so I can really celebrate!
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Jenny said...

I would like a chance to win, thanks.

Molly K said...

I am in need of a new read and this sounds great.

FDP 4 Life said...

this looks like a great read

thanks for the opportunity to win sunnyside blues

kkmartin said...

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Anonymous said...

I'd really enjoy reading this while on vacation.








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Anonymous said...

Happy Summer!

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ellie said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Gabriel J. said...

Great read, great contest!

Leslie said...

Would love a chance to read.

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susan1215 said...

Looks like a good book

sherri419 said...

I am looking for a good new book to read! Thanks for the chance!

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Abbyyy said...

I'd love to read this one please enter me!

Renee G said...

Would love to read this.

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Tammy said...

I would love to win a copy of this - thanks!

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LittleEagle said...

I love the guest commentary.

liliesrnice said...

I love to read so I hope I win!

purango said...

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blueviolet said...

I would just love to win this, Miss Moanie-boots!
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rbailey1958 said...

Never read this 1
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Anonymous said...

This sounds like the perfect read for a hot summer day, sitting under a shade tree. Thanks.

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Anonymous said...

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Maja said...

i would like to read it

kathy pease said...

Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)

Miranda said...

looks like a great read

lilyk said...

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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*Heather* said...

I would love to read Sunnyside Blues!!

mrstrooper said...

I'm looking for a good book to read!

Betty C said...

I'd love to have a copy of Sunnyside Blues. Please enter me.

Anonymous said...

I actually have the same problem with umbrellas the character does.


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esther said...

This book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

interesting guest post-
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Anonymous said...

thx for the contest..need a good summer read..
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binabug said...

I seriously need a book for the 3rd week of august when we go camping and this would be the perfect novel to read