Sunday, November 2, 2008
Dating da Vinci Launch Week
As I officially launch the release of my second novel, Dating da Vinci, about a grieving widow getting her groove back, I’m on a mission, and it may not be the one you think. Sure, I need to get word out about the humorous and poignant novel bearing my name and hope sales go gangbuster, but what I want is deeper than that.
I want readers to go on their own journey to find joy in the everyday – even joy in the mundane – from here on out. I can see that look on your face. You’re doubtful. You’re thinking, “what have you been, in some writer’s cave where you haven’t read the news? Smear campaigns! Toilet economics!”
Well, I have peeked my head out of my cave, and you know what? The sun is still shining. Here in Oklahoma, my tree-lined yard has become a palette of autumn’s gorgeous hues. The world, it seems, is still turning. The only thing I know for sure is that I’m the only one that can control my thoughts (though politicians try very, very hard), and what I choose to think is how grateful I am for what I have and to keep my trap shut every time a negative word tries to escape it. (Snark is still acceptable.)
Instead of just “don’t sweat the small stuff” mantra, I like, “savor the small stuff” for practicing gratitude and the present moment. It’s still hard, but gets easier the more I do it. My protagonist, Ramona, has had it so much worse than I ever have. She lost her soul mate, has questions about his past and her future, and she goes on a journey to find what could bring her happiness and peace, creating a wholly new life.
So let’s celebrate la vita allegro – joyful living! To be registered for a chance to win this “one love” organic tote bag and signed copy of The Stork Reality, my first novel, and Dating da Vinci, just comment to this post and you'll get an extra entry if you post a comment on my interview with The Long & Short of It on Nov. 4th. I'll notify the winner on Nov. 5th. You can learn more about the book in this video interview with the Oklahoman, and be sure and visit malena lott.com for a chance to win more prizes, read book reviews and get great recipes for the holidays.