Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Jamie and Kellan by Astro

Kellan: Hold fucking still -- you're messing up my angle!
Jamie: You keep fellating that bottle and I will do anything you say.
Kellan: Shit. Spilled.
Jamie: I can always lick it off.
Kellan: It's the right thing to do. People who waste whiskey go to the special hell.
Jamie: You're adorkable.
Kellan: ... You pronounced it wrong.
Jamie: No, baby. I really didn't.

Okay, okay, before you get up on me about stereotyping my own by having an Irish-American character who likes to (responsibly!) get wrecked sometimes, let me just link my rant from this post on my tumblr on this very subject. Better yet, check out what Cracked.com has to say, paying special attention to the awesome bit on drinking. Ha!

Happy St. Pat's, or very nearly! Those boys right there are the stars (believe it or not...) of Nobody's Hero. Kellan, the one with the whiskey dripping all over his tattoed self, happens to enjoy this holiday. So does his gigantic Irish-Catholic family.

And so does mine. A point which is best illustrated, perhaps, by a small snippet from Nobody's Hero. So I'll let Jamie do the talking:

Kellan watched the fire build, teeth clacking absently against the mouth of his beer bottle. Was he mad at Finn? Did he care that Ken wound them up like that? Or was he just so used to it all that he didn’t even notice anymore? Was he remembering this same party, years ago, when he was as young as the stooges and running around in bare feet screaming and wrestling? 
 Was he sorry he’d brought me? 
 Why was I even thinking that? What the fuck was wrong with me today? 
 “Okay.” Ken held up something like a smallish guitar -- no, wait, that was a banjo. When he had most people’s attention, he said, “Where are we starting?” 
 “‘Rocky Road to Dublin’!” Finn announced, disentangling himself from the girlfriend and making his way toward a guitar case. He pulled Tara away from her college boy and dragged her to the front with him. 
 I looked at Kellan. “You’re kidding.” 
 “Nope. And I apologize in advance for how much this will weird you out, but you might as well get the full experience.” 
 And so I did. Several tries at “The Rocky Road to Dublin” ended in chaos and laughter, but the rest of the impromptu program worked out a little better. The kids ran around and danced and babbled; the grownups stood and sat in clusters, sucking on their beers, intermittently singing along and talking amongst themselves.

So, confession: I pretty much lifted this whole scene from one of my own family gatherings. It's actually happening on the Fourth of July in the book, but the principle is the same. We get together, we drink, we argue, we hug, we sing, we laugh, we stay up all night arguing politics and end up waking at five a.m., head on a kitchen table otherwise covered with empty jugs of wine and broken guitar strings.

And this spirit of togetherness and good times is why I, personally, love St. Patrick's day. It reminds me of my family, who are loud, argumentative, and completely goddamn lovable. So happy St. Pat's, blog hop people!


So hey, cool things to do in celebration today:
1. Enter the big Nobody's Hero giveaway. Comics, paddy rock, and beer paraphernalia up for grabs. Oh yeah, and superpowered love, naturally.
2. Head over to Joyfully Jay, where there's not only a fabulous review of Nobody's Hero from yesterday, but there will also be an interview with me later today [ETA: interview! Yay!] where I'm giving away a copy of the book.
3. Comment right here, right now, on this post, and be entered to win a a superspecial St. Patrick's Day bonus giveaway. From now until 12 noon tomorrow, March 17, one person who comments here will win a $10 gift card to Amazon, ARe, B&N, or Loose Id -- winner's choice. Just remember to please leave some way to contact you if your email isn't in your profileor I'll have to give it to the next person.
4. Visit all the other blog hop spots and hit up their giveaways! Every comment on every blog hop post is also an entry to win one of our two grand prizes:

Grand Prize 1: Winner's Choice of a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
Grand Prize 2: Winner's Choice of a $90 Amazon or Barnes&Noble Gift Card.

And come back for St. Patrick's tomorrow if you can. Kellan's going to be DJing. Let's hope he's more lucid than I plan to be.

(I haven't figured out how that's going to work, yet. Ahem.)
[ETA: hop stuff removed, since the java was tweaking out my computer after a few weeks!]

48 comments:

Carnell said...

Happy St Patrick's Day to you too!

I'm in. :)

Thank you.

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Anonymous said...

Happy Saint Patty's Day!! Your boys seem very hot :)!!

xx
Angela S Stone
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Catherine Lee said...

Your family gatherings sound INTERESTING. Erin Go Bragh!

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Janiera said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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Drea Becraft said...

Adorkable! LMAO! Love it!

Happy St. Pattys Day!

~*Drea*~
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Carrie Ann Ryan said...

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! carrieannryanwrites(at)gmail.com

*Sara* said...

Happy St. Patty's Day!

~Sara
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Sarah said...

Cute words you made up there. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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Jean P said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day.
Loved reading your post.
Jean
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Joanna said...

Happy St Patrick's Day!

We don't celebrate it much in my country, but what's not to like here ;)
I'm all in favor of the beer. Especially Guinness.
And four-leaf clovers bring luck.

Joan

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Anonymous said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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debbie said...

Happy St. Patricks Day.
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Hillary said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I love the blurbs, I can't wait to read this!

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Mary Rajotte said...

I can't even tell you how excited I am for Kellan DJing!

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Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
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miki said...

Happy siant patrick's Day

all the best

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menina.iscrazy said...

Thanks for being on the blog hop!

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Na said...

WIshing you a great St. Ptrick's Day :)

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Mary D said...

I want to go to your family St Patrick's Day or the 4th of July! Which ever, they all sound like fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

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savannah said...

Happy Saint Patrick's Day thanks for the chance to win!!1
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Anne said...

I enjoyed getting to know a bit about Jamie and Kellan.

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Kym said...

Happy St Pattys Day !

~Kym
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VanillaOrchids said...

The conversation between Jamie and Kellan was great. LOL
Thanks for the giveaway!
Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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~Ley said...

Love the picture and the little conversation your boys are having there. Thank so much for participating in this blog hop!

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Liese2 said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Cathy M said...

Have a fun weekend.

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Unknown said...

Happy St Patrick's Day!!!

thanks for the chance to win
i enjoyed the excerpt!

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BookAttict said...

Nobody's Hero sounds like a fantastic read!

Happy St. Patrick's Day & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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Shannon said...

Thanks for being part of the hop and sharing the snippet!

Happy St. Patrick's Day and drink up!
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Carrie said...

Thanks so much!

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Midia said...

Count me in.
And Happy Saint Pattys Day!!!

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~Enamored Soul~ said...

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!

"ADORKABLE" - MY NEW FAVORITE WORD...LOVE IT!!!! <3

Thank you for your generosity, and for participating in this blog hop! :)


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Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

Jessica Subject said...

I often use real conversations and moments I've heard and seen in my stories. Makes the story that much more real for me when I'm writing.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
~Jessica
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Erica Pike said...

Wow, I nearly missed your name in the flood of names! So glad I caught it before going to bed. I'm entering all those contests, I'd love to win one of your books!

Don't remember if I told you about the Hop Against Homophobia blog hop already. It's m/m only with almost 170 blogs signed up. We'd love to have you: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/2012/02/hop-against-homophobia-registration.html

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Nikki said...

Awesome contest!! I hope you have a great Saint Patty's Day!!
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Sue Sattler said...

Big family gatherings are the best! Thanks for the giveaway.

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June M. said...

Thank you so much for the great giveaways!
Happy St. Patty's Day!
June
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desitheblonde said...

thanks for the hop and t hen
i hope you have great day

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Andrea I said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Juliana said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'm making some corned beef for tomorrow!
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wanda f said...

Thank you for this giveaway Have a great weekend
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Mel B said...

Thanks for being on the hop!! Have an awesome St. Pat's Day
Mel
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Unknown said...

Thank you so much for participating in this hop!

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Kassandra said...

Glad to see that my family isn't alone in the LOUD and IN your Face way ;)

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Krysykat said...

Happy St. Patty's Day.

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Shadow said...

Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Maria pronounced Mariah said...

I'm loving Kellan & Jamie!

Thanks for the giveaway
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donnas said...

Happy St Patricks Day!

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