Shannon here: Ane Mulligan shares insight into her real life romance plus a chance to win a copy of debut novel, Chapel Springs Revival. Answer the question at the end of the post for a chance to win a copy. Deadline: Sept 20th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Ane:
I married a Brit, but don’t think Hugh Grant here. Hubs isn’t the romantic type. No, he’s the dry wit type, which actually suits me. However, there was one time when his wit nearly did me in. Can you say embarrassed? It happened like this:
We were in Hawaii, hosting a trip the top Honda Power Equipment dealers had won. The hotel was the Hawaiian Hilton on Waikiki. It was the final night, and Bobby Vinton had been the entertainment.
We were dressed to the nines. I wore an outfit that was an electric blue, one-piece spaghetti strapped top with harem pants and a short bolero. Hubs was in a gorgeous light blue sport coat and slacks.
During dinner and the entertainment, lightning hit one of the two towers of the Hilton. It was the tower that housed our room. The lightning took out everything electrical in the tower—including the elevators. Now, the hotel had put us in a penthouse suite … on the twentieth floor, I think it was.
We were offered the choice of climbing the stairs to our room or taking another room in the other tower for the night. No way was I going to climb 20 flights of stairs. We took the offered tooth brush and the other tower.
In the morning, we had nothing else to wear but last night’s clothes. As for my hair, well, we didn’t have a comb or brush. My hair is naturally curly, which means when I sleep, it goes every which way and does not behave without much ado. I had the proverbial bed-head. All I could hope for was a swift run to our own room in the other tower.
Thankfully, we got into the elevator without being seen. Until somebody pushed the button on the 8th floor and the elevator stopped to let them on. It was two little old ladies, who did a double take at the sight of me. They stood back in the corner of the elevator.
We were dead silent on the way to the bottom. Just as the door opened, Hubs reached in his back pocket and pulled out his wallet. He turned to me and said, “How much do I owe you?”
He’s lucky he’s still alive.
About Ane: While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion. You can find Ane on her Southern-fried Fiction website, Google+, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest.
About the book – Chapel Springs Revival: With a friend like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.
Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire and Patsy. It’s impossible not to, what with Claire’s zany antics and Patsy’s self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds. Chapel Springs has grown dilapidated and the tourist trade has slackened. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to revitalize the town. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is personal.
With their marriages in as much disarray as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs —and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.
Have you ever been to the ocean? If so, where?
Come back Sept 15th for Paula Mowery!
Ane Mulligan says
Thanks for letting me share with your readers, Shannon. I appreciate it!
Cynthia T. Toney says
Hilarious anecdote, Ane! (Just noticed: Ane–short for anecdote.) But I expected no less from you! Congratulations on the debut, and I’d love to win your book.
Cynthia T. Toney says
Oh, my answer to the question. I’ve seen the Atlantic and Pacific but have stepped foot on the shore of the Atlantic in the Carolinas.
Deanna S says
Loved your story! I smile with each new blog post.
I have been to the ocean. About 45 years ago we
took a family vacation to Disney & swam in the ocean.
Fun time when you are 15…
angela chesnut says
would love to win.
Ane Mulligan says
Thanks, Cynthia! It’s true, every word! I was mortified beyond belief, but I got him back in London. That story is on another blog. 🙂
Deanna, I miss being near the ocean. But then I do, I go to Savannah or Charleston. 🙂
Angela, good luck! 🙂
Shannon Taylor Vannatter says
Glad to have you here.
I absolutely love seashells. In fact, my office is decorated in a beachy theme with tons of seashells. One of these days I need to write a beach book. That would require a research trip.
I’ve only been to the ocean once in my life. We went to Galveston, TX down in the Gulf. It was during hurricane season, the wind tried to rip our hair right out of our heads. There was seaweed galore tearing at me when I went in the water. My sister-in-law said it didn’t rate as a real beach because the water wasn’t blue, but I loved every minute of it.
I got to walk along the shore and pick up my own seashells. I have them in a large wire container, separate from all the ones other people have given me and the ones I’ve bought. One of these days, I’m going again.
shelia hall says
No, I haven’t been to the ocean! As close as I got was Lake Michigan!
Valerie Comer says
I love the ocean. Vacations on the Queen Charlotte Islands or Vancouver Island on the Pacific are my favorites. I’ve also been to the Atlantic in Florida.
I’d love to win your book, Ane! I can just imagine how much you wanted to throttle your husband that morning! Thanks for the chuckle.
Merry Z says
I’ve been to the Gulf, the Atlantic and Pacific… Hawaii was the best ocean escape!
Ane Mulligan says
Shannon, I tried to write a beach story. I grew up at teh beach, but I couldn’t write it. I changed the story to the mountains and bam! It flowed. Go figure.
Sheila, believe me Lake Michigan is very close to an ocean, it’s so big! 🙂
Valerie, my mother loved Vancouver Island, I’ve heard so much about it, I need to visit. He’s VERY lucky to still be breathing. ;o)
Merry, I agree. Hawaii is the one place I can completely veg. I love your name. My parents nearly named me Merry Ane, but daddy said what if I turned out to be grump? LOL
Thanks for sharing Ane!
I have seen both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. I live in SC and have visited the coast several times and at least stuck my feet in the Atlantic Ocean. I have family in WA state, so I have at least seen the Pacific Ocean, but if I remember correctly, the day we visited was quite chilly, so didn’t even stick my toes in=)
I have a winner! Deanna S. won the drawing. I appreciate Ane for being my guest and everyone else for stopping by.