Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Book Pedler Loves IT HAD TO BE US

My husband and I want to thank The Book Pedler for reviewing IT HAD TO BE US, the little romantic memoir we wrote under the pseudonyms of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence, and for writing such a glowing review of our true story. Excerpts from that review follow.

“What can I say about IT HAD TO BE US except that it makes my heart sing? I have been a lover of romance novels for a long time but there is something in the realness of this true story that outshines all of those. IT HAD TO BE US is better than any novel by Nora Roberts because the love is real, it isn’t fiction. Harry and Elizabeth let their love for each other bloom again despite the years and hard feelings between them.”

“IT HAD TO BE US is the ultimate story of forgiveness, of letting yourself love again. I especially loved the way it was written with Elizabeth in first person and Harry writing in third person. The contrasting styles helped give the characters their own voices and their honest let you see right into them, let you love and breathe along with them. Though this novelette is short …it packs quite the punch. I found myself thinking of past love and new love.”

“IT HAD TO BE US actually touched me, actually got under my skin and made me feel. It’s a rare accomplishment for an author to make their reader feel; Harry and Elizabeth accomplished this with aplomb. It also is one of the best love stories ever written. It’s clever, funny, charming and very heartfelt. I was sorry to see it end … I wanted it to go on forever.”

"Do yourself and your heart a favour and read IT HAD TO BE US. For isn’t love one of the greatest things to read about?”

To read the full review, visit The Book Pedler here:

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Ellen at the Oscars

How did Ellen DeGeneres do as host of the Oscar show last night? Well, although Billy Crystal remains my favorite Academy Awards host, DeGeneres won me over with her easygoing charm and humor. I especially enjoyed the way she involved members of the audience with such playful antics as giving Martin Scorsese a script she wrote and having Steven Spielberg take a picture of her with Clint Eastwood. Granted, her recycled jokes from the 70s failed to evoke much laughter, but that disappointing bit only lasted a few seconds. All in all, I am happy to give DeGeneres a round of applause for her first Oscar gig. Surely, it will not be her last.

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Sunday, February 18, 2007


Helping someone discover his or her hidden talents ranks as one of the most satisfying things a person can do for another, and that probably explains why I fell for MUSIC AND LYRICS right away.

I loved watching the character played by Drew Barrymore discover she was able to write brilliant lyrics while roped into a panicky relationship with a has-been composer and performer, portrayed by Hugh Grant, who also finds out he has more talent than he ever imagined as a result of working with her.

Happily, the budding romance between these two amusing people adds considerably to the charm and fun of this delightful romantic comedy. I can hardly wait to see MUSIC AND LYRICS again!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Book Giveaway

I am happy to donate autographed copies of my books CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT and SUSAN SARANDON: A TRUE MAVERICK for a quickie giveaway program sponsored by MaryAnn Johanson, the famous Flick Filosopher.

Deadline to enter is February 16. For all the details, go to