Monday, January 25, 2010

A Visit from Claire Voyante

Greetings and salutations, book lovers! I’m Claire Voyante, the main character of Dream Life, Lauren Mechling’s rip-roaring detective novel (and no, it is not immodest to say that about a book you didn’t write but in which you star—I checked in one of my grandmother Kiki’s etiquette books).

Dream Life is all about what happened after I found out my best friend Becca had just joined a super-exclusive, centuries-old secret society called the Blue Moons. I figured out how to wiggle my way into the club, and, of course, much drama ensued. I warmly invite you to check Dream Life out—it’s available at select bookstores or an Internet site near you.

When Dream Girl, the first book in the series, came out, my creator Lauren fielded questions from bloggers and journalists. Lauren is currently underground working on a secret project so I offered to step in and relief pitch. I’m taking a page from Ann Landers's book and writing an advice column. The questions came from fans of the series. The answers came from the heart.

(Warning: I don't have a degree in psychotherapy--use at your own risk!)

Dear Claire,There’s a guy at school who I like. I think he likes me too—whenever we make eye contact in the hall, he smiles. But the other day when I walked up to him to say a totally innocent “hi,” he looked freaked out and turned away. I thought guys liked girls who were confident and friendly. Am I wrong?

Natalie Who Doesn’t Appreciate Getting The Stinkeye

Are you sure he gave you the stinkeye? Is it possible he's just a spazz and did an about-face because he couldn't deal? Maybe he's allergic to close contact with girls. Or maybe he had to turn away before a cute thing like you noticed that he was wearing that embarrassing sweatshirt his aunt bought him at Sea World.

You look unconvinced.

Okay. . . maybe he didn't like the way you smell. I'm not implying that you smell bad--I'm sure you're lovely, a walking hyacinth farm. Still, there's no accounting for taste. What's sweet to your nose might be stinky to his. Perfume can be so predictable. Why don't you buy a variety of air fresheners--try a piney scent, a fresh breeze, and maybe some nasty-smelling apricot one—and alternate day by day. I bet one of them will pull him in like a moth to a flame.

L'amour toujours!


thanks for sharing your lovely wisdom with us Claire! Be sure to check out Lauren Mechling's Book with more of Claire's poignant words on sale now!

Here's an amazingly well done book trailer to persuade you more...

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