Live long and prosper.

To celebrate the life and career of our favorite alien scientist, here are some of my favorite excerpts from Leonard Nimoy’s first memoir published in 1975, I AM NOT SPOCK (a very misleading titled, for it is clear he loved that green-blooded Vulcan).
RIP, Mr. Spock…

I am not Spock.
     Then why does my head turn in response to a stranger on the street who calls out that name? Why do I feel a twinge when someone says, “What happened to your ears?”
     I am not Spock. Then why do I feel a wonderful warmth when I hear or read a compliment aimed at the Vulcan?
     Spock for President reads the bumper sticker on teh car in front of me. I’m filled with pride and I smile…
     Recently I sat with a group of actors I’d just met… As I was leaving one of the actresses said, “Leonard, we love you.” I smiled and I was warmed. I said, “Thank you” but I wanted to add, “I’ll tell him when I see him.”
     She loves Spock! I know it! I’m sure of it!…
     That’s nice. More than nice, it’s wonderful. But standing silently behind my shoulder is a very jealous, ever-present Vulcan!!

SPOCK: Tell her I accept her compliment, emotional though it may be.
NIMOY: What compliment?
SPOCK: She said they love me.
NIMOY: That is not what she said. She specifically said, “Leonard, we love you.” And I know there’s nothing wrong with your hearing!
SPOCK: If you’re so certain of her intent, why are you becoming agitated?
NIMOY: That’s ridiculous. Every time I’m paid a compliment you grab it away. You grab it up for yourself!
SPOCK: Would she have paid you that compliment if not for me?
NIMOY: No!
SPOCK: Then how can you claim it for your own?

     Sometimes I’ll get on airplane and somebody’ll flash me the Vulcan salute. Or some nice lady will ask for my autograph and I’ll proudly sign “Leonard Nimoy,” and then she’ll say, “Please sign it Mr. Spock. That’s the way my son knows you.”
     Sometimes I get tired of the struggle and I simply sign, Spock. I tell myself it’s faster. It’s only five letters instead of twelve. But who am I kidding? No one. I do it because the look in this particular child’s eyes says, “I love you, Mr. Spock” and I know that if I signed any other name, two people would be cheated: The child and Spock, and I can’t do that. I don’t want to hurt that child, and I must be fair to the Vulcan. I think he would do that same for me.

And this is made of just too much awesome to not share…

Did you suggest a band name?

So yeah, I totally finessed the below from our backstagepass blog, because I’m just that lazy.  But it’s all super-cool stuff, so check it out. Oh and click HERE to follow BSP on Facebook, and get all the cool haps!

Wow. This has been super-hard. We asked you to name our band, and you answered us! As you can imagine, getting five authors to agree to anything is like herding cats in zero gravity… but we came to some kind of consensus which resulted in slightly more winners that we had imagined. Our minds were blown by your ingenuity!
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Your suggestions were awesome, funny, crazy and all around amazing. Some of our favorites included “Hey Juliet” from Mary, DV8 suggested by Leah, and The Cherry Sundays from Susan. Five Miles from Nowhere suggested by Rachel Gilbert resonated with nearly everyone…until we found a band had already come up with that name *shakes fists at sky*! Five by Five was well received too, as it had multiple meanings for us—so thank you Christine for that one.
So we started playing around with half of one suggestion and half of another… until we totally got ourselves in a muddle that we had to bring out the big guns to unravel: the dreaded spreadsheet! From that we selected a combination of names and winners.
This is a lie
For our main winner, we let the random.org number generator pick (because we couldn’t decide!) out of all the Rafflecopter entries, plus those who commented. That winner was Lori. She will get her name in at least one of our books and will also get a $50 Amazon gift card. Please email us, Lori, with your Amazon account email addy so we can email you the gift card!
Leah, Rachel, Christine, Susan, and Amber Shepherd (for the sheer number for good ideas she had), will get little swag pack from us nearer our release date. So please contact us at backstagepassbooks@gmail.com and leave us your mailing addresses!
Now all there is left to do is to tell you the name of Miles, Ryder, Trevin, Will and Nathan’s band…

Sooooooooon! We promise 😀

The Twelve Days of New Adult – giveaway hop

Welcome to my stop on the Stuck in Books Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway hop.
I totally dig reading NA, and with two NA books to my credit, I love it even more! I’ve decided to give away one copy of the ebook SNEAKING CANDY by Lisa Burstein. I completely fell in love with this book. It’s smart (the mc is in grad school) and funny (seriously, I laughed out loud so many times) and with just the right amount of sexy (you’ll see).
 Here’s the quicky rundown:
 
A graduate student by day, an erotic romance author by night, a forbidden attraction I can’t deny…

All I ever wanted was to make a name for myself as Candice Salinas, creative writing grad student at the University of Miami. Of course, secretly I already have made a name for myself: as Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance writer. Though thrilled that my books are selling and I have actual fans, if anyone at UM found out, I could lose my scholarship…and the respect of my faculty advisor, grade-A-asshole Professor Dylan.


Enter James Walker, super-hot local barista and–surprise!–my student. Even though I know a relationship is totally off-limits, I can’t stop myself from sneaking around with James, taking a few cues from my own erotic writing…if you catch my drift. Candy’s showing her stripes for the first time in my real life, and I’ve never had so much fun. But when the sugar high fades, can my secrets stay under wraps?

To enter to win, just comment below: Tell me a moonlighting job you’d love but might want to hide. And that’s it. Good luck! (PS: Please include your email addy.)
Link to more blog-hopping fun:

The Twelve Days of New Adult – giveaway hop

Welcome to my stop on the Stuck in Books Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway hop.
I totally dig reading NA, and with two NA books to my credit, I love it even more! I’ve decided to give away one copy of the ebook SNEAKING CANDY by Lisa Burstein. I completely fell in love with this book. It’s smart (the mc is in grad school) and funny (seriously, I laughed out loud so many times) and with just the right amount of sexy (you’ll see).
 Here’s the quicky rundown:
 
A graduate student by day, an erotic romance author by night, a forbidden attraction I can’t deny…

All I ever wanted was to make a name for myself as Candice Salinas, creative writing grad student at the University of Miami. Of course, secretly I already have made a name for myself: as Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance writer. Though thrilled that my books are selling and I have actual fans, if anyone at UM found out, I could lose my scholarship…and the respect of my faculty advisor, grade-A-asshole Professor Dylan.


Enter James Walker, super-hot local barista and–surprise!–my student. Even though I know a relationship is totally off-limits, I can’t stop myself from sneaking around with James, taking a few cues from my own erotic writing…if you catch my drift. Candy’s showing her stripes for the first time in my real life, and I’ve never had so much fun. But when the sugar high fades, can my secrets stay under wraps?

To enter to win, just comment below: Tell me a moonlighting job you’d love but might want to hide. And that’s it. Good luck! (PS: Please include your email addy.)
Link to more blog-hopping fun:

Get Wicked with Entangled – blog hop (and giveaway!)

Who’s ready to get wicked?

Welcome to my stop on the Entangled Publishing GET WICKED blog hop!
I love everything about Halloween. The fall weather, the costumes, the candy, and especially the spooky movies. I watched a real goodie just last night. Insidious. Anyone seen it? Eek! My favorites are the classics, like the Friday the 13th series, the original Carrie, or a great Hitchcock. Psycho is still my #1. Anyway, Happy Halloween, all my pagan friends. Now lets get to the good stuff…

 
 

**G I V E A W A Y**

Since I’m still celebrating last week’s release of my brand new novel SOMEDAY MAYBE–which is book #2 in the Definitely Maybe series (and still only 99 cents!)–I’ve decided to offer up book #1 in the series: DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE.

How to enter:
It’s easy. Just hop on down to my Rafflecopter entry, and go crazy!
Don’t forget to go back to the main page HERE to keep on hopping!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

**Also! Please join even more Entangled Publishing authors on Wednesday & Thursday at Entangled’s GET WICKED Facebook party!

https://www.facebook.com/events/707142359381880/