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7.01.2006

The Sex Quotient is Here

It's July 1st, which means my book The Sex Quotient is officially in stores and will be for the next few weeks or so. Go buy it! Please. Pretty please?

Since I am broke (this is a blatant attempt to induce guilt and make you go buy my book) and had to stop paying the person who used to update my website, and since I have been too crazed/busy/verging on manic to figure out how to update it myself (or have our dear lovely Cindy do it for me), I don't have anything about the book on my website. How sad is that? Now I am one of those lame authors with a website desperately in need of updating. I used to be so efficient about that stuff. Soon it's going to start feeling all stale and musty over there on http://www.jamiesobrato.com. I already see cobwebs in the corners. I should just give it up and go straight blog, with no static site. Really, I know I keep saying that, but I should.

Anyhow, I woud post the back cover copy to entice you, or something, but I can't even find it, and I'm too lazy to type it off the back of the book. Seriously, I'm just a mess. Trust me--the book doesn't suck. How's that for a sales pitch?

Here's the cover again, so you can be sure to spot it and that loony freaking cowboy and horse on your next trip to Borders:


58 Comments:

At 8:38 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Oh, and Bethany wants the current blog topic to be everyone suggesting what kind of tattoo I should get. I am thinking of a stylized phoenix rising from the ashes at the moment.

Other suggestions? Also, placement of said tattoo is key, so suggest away.

 
At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Theresa said...

I will say this, the book should stand out on the shelves. But the guy still looks like Kevin Federline to me, and that's just wrong.

At least the woman doesn't look like Britney, that would be disturbing.

 
At 6:13 AM, Anonymous bethany said...

Winnie the pooh, holding balloons.

 
At 6:59 AM, Anonymous HelenKay said...

"Trust me--the book doesn't suck" -I want that as a cover quote on my next book. :)

Congrats on the new release! My copy is on the way from B&N...or so "they" say.

 
At 8:48 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Theresa... that wouldn't just be wrong... that would be criminal. Whomever would put THOSE two on a romance cover should be sent up the river. :-) As I once said about her covering Led Zep's song Kashmir... :-)
Jamie... hmmm... the idea's interesting. I'm thinking of celebrating my next bday with one of the Mortal Kombat Dragon on my arm by the shoulder. Thinking of being the key. Or, although I'm not Jewish, a Star of David with the four-letter name for GOD in Hebrew in the middle. Or both... on opposing arms.
Also, if ur gonna get one that big, as it sounds large, I'd go with putting it on your back. Smaller ones... hmmm... a friend has a ladybug on her hand.

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger Tim said...

And another thing, Jamie: I already bought your book so the guilt (or should that be gilt?) trip ain't working. ;-) :-D

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Bethany, as you know, me and the Pooh Bear are not exactly sympatico souls, so your suggestion is just SICK. Maybe Eeyore, but not Winnie, and NEVER Tigger.

Balloons...(shudder)

I think you should get a big Wiggles tattoo on your ass.

Or maybe a unicorn prancing over your, um, girl region. With a rainbow.

 
At 2:16 PM, Anonymous bethany said...

Anthony, Murray, Greg or Jeff? Or all the above, in the big red car?

oh, a unicorn and a rainbow! My two favorite things. It can match my kitchen (when the day comes that I have a rainbow and unicorn kitchen)

You don't want to discuss the placement of pooh and the baloons?

 
At 2:51 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Theresa, I'm afraid I will have to ban all future references of the sleazy hanger-on whose initials are KF from the blog. I can't look at my own book and keep thinking of him and Britney. Barf.

In the book, the hero actually is supposed to look like...um, maybe Jude Law. So lets all close our eyes and visualize Jude when we look at the Sex Quotient cover, shall we?

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

HelenKay and Tim, thank you for picking up the book already!

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Tim, you have clearly given the tattoo issue a lot of thought. Keep us posted on whether you really do it or not.

As for me, I have fun thinking about what tattoo I would get but I doubt I'll ever actually do it.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Bethany, you should get all the Wiggles in the red car, driving across your ass.

There will be no discussion of pooh and balloon placement.

 
At 5:32 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

Sorry to stray from the tattoo convo, but I've just been informed by my local Barnes & Noble saleschick that they NO LONGER CARRY HARLEQUIN series books. Seriously, WTF??? How can a bookstore stop carrying the world's biggest publishing house?

So I ran across the street to Borders and gave THEM my money since they had a nice endcap of category books right inside the front door. Go Borders!

 
At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Congrats on the book coming out, Jamie! And don't stress about the website. It will come. Your devoted readers will forgive you for one book not showing up there.

The only thing I have to say about tattoos is make REAL sure it's something you want to have for the rest of your life. And put it an area that won't...expand as...an aging woman might expand....

IOW, don't put it on your ass. You know, just in case it expands and the tattoo winds up looking real weird.

The small of your back, the back of your shoulder, or an ankle are great places for tattoos, though.

Cindy

 
At 8:30 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Ahem, Cindy...are you speaking from personal experience or something?

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Melissa, Barnes and Noble stores are really spotty about whether then carry Harlequin books. They are not a big supporter of genre fiction in general, and having checked out BN's all over the place, I've found only a small number of them that carry Harlequins.

Borders, on the other hand, is a big romance genre supporter, both in the way they shelve the books, and that they promote them in a store newsletter.

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Now you know why I prefer waldenbooks to B&N and usually check out Walden before I grace (or is it darken?) B&N with my presence. :-) As for the tatty thing... will do. :-) May even post a pic of it at myspace or at my blogspot (yes I do have one even if I only update it once every four or five lifetimes!) if i do get it. main prob will be money... isn't it always?

 
At 10:06 AM, Anonymous melissa said...

Wow...I had no idea. But that's great about Borders and I'll definitely have to start shopping there. There are three B&Ns in my area and two of them always carry HQ. I was shocked when I went to the other one and they didn't have any. If I had been published, I'd have thrown a fit right there in the store. lol

You know, I think the ass is the only place a tattoo doesn't hurt like hell because it's not bony. But I'm only guessing. I am still a tattoo virgin.

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

It can't hurt more than childbirth, right?

 
At 10:41 AM, Anonymous melissa said...

I don't know. I had two c-sections and I'm feeling pretty darn lucky. :-P

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger Crystal said...

Saw your new book the other day and I want to get it, but we are in a little money crunch ourselves, but I promise on Friday after I get paid I will pick it up because it does sound really good.

Definitely don't get the tattoo where things stretch (and I'm speaking from experience. Mine's on my lower stomach and I've now had two children. DH picked on me both pregnancies (and one of my doctors did too) that my dolphins became whales. Oh well - they are getting back to normal now, but I don't think they'll ever look the same. BTW, mine is two dolphins making a circle around a yin-yang symbol. I really like it.

 
At 1:02 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Sounds like a cute tattoo Crystal! And thank you for looking for my book.

I am making a mental note to self: no tattoos on stretchy parts. Or parts that have a tendency to sag. Or parts that hurt... Hmm, that eliminates all the parts, right?

 
At 1:07 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Okay, I know I'm ridiculously late on the mailing out of prize books, and much to my chagrin, some of you have already gone out and bought the books I was supposed to be mailing you, but I finally got a few days to myself to take care of little stuff like that and am prepping books to be mailed out.

I apologize to those of you who got so tired of waiting that you bought the book anyway, but I'm still going to mail you your copies. I just want to make sure I've got everyone and their book requests straight, so here's a list of the people I have, and if you are missing or I've screwed up which book(s) you are getting, drop me a note:

Melissa: The Sex Quotient

Tim: all of my books

Cindy: The Sex Quotient

Mom: (you can get your copy when you visit later this month)

Bethany: The Sex Quotient, and some other book that got all moldy when you left it out and it got wet (let me know which book you still need, and I will bring both books to the RWA conference)

 
At 1:11 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Oh, and Crystal, since I'm mailing out books anyway, and your post just showed up at a moment when I'm feeling all generous and stuff, if you email me your address I'll mail you a copy of The Sex Quotient. :-)

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Melissa, I've done it both ways, and yes, you are right, pain-wise the C-section is a much better deal. ;-)

 
At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

LOL, Jamie, I didn't want to publicly name names, but, no, it's not me! I don't have a tattoo. Strangely, I've never felt the need for one.

Cindy

 
At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Wow, you vimin are brave C-sectioners! Okay, so I had to endure 16 hours of labour before the first section and then only 10 hours mild labour before the 2nd one. However, I will say, as much as vaginal childbirth hurts (and I've coached my sis through 2 natural childbirths and watched my great niece be born, so I've witnessed first hand how much it hurts), the recovery is much, much shorter. I've known women who can go golfing 2 weeks after vaginal deliveries. I couldn't even pee for two days without a tube and then there's all that post-surgical crap to get through. Oh, yeah, I had mini-infections both times, too.

Maybe I'm just a wimp.

Cindy

 
At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Theresa said...

I had a 24 hour labor before my first C-section. I'll take a c-section over labor any day.

I thought the recovery was a breeze. I could pretty much do anything without pain with a week on my first one. It took about 2 weeks on the second one.

Frankly, v-births scare me.

BTW, I think I should be on the booklist Jamie. Is is crass of me to mention that?

 
At 6:14 PM, Anonymous bethany said...

Hmm, both of my births were super easy. With Noel, I pushed twice, they started yelling for me not to push again, and then she was born. I remember looking up and saying, "hey that was easy, I could do that again," and all the nurses and the doctor started laughing and talking about repeat business. I would really really hate to be cut open and have my organs removed, just the thought of that makes me shudder. However, my cousin was so fascinated by this part of his wife's C section that he finally figured out what he wanted to do when he grew up and went to nursing school.

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Theresa, you never sent me your mailing address or what book(s) you want. :-) Of course you will be on the list if you do.

 
At 6:19 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

Theresa, my sections were a piece of cake, too. I laugh at those hippie women who complain that they didn't get to experience "real" childbirth. ;-)Who really WANTS to push That out of There??

Hey Bethany...um...you actually know the names of all the Wiggles by heart? LOL Luckily my toddler hates that show. I agree with Jamie, though--the four of them driving across your ass would be pretty darn cool. lolol

 
At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Theresa said...

Theresa, you never sent me your mailing address or what book(s) you want. :-) Of course you will be on the list if you do.

Silly me. You mean you couldn't just read my mind and figure out where to send it? Damn, and I thought we were on the same wave-length and all. (Do people even say that anymore?)

Bethany, I wish my labor had gone like yours. Mine was torture. My daughter's cord was draped like a seatbelt across her shoulder, so she couldn't get enough oxygen to go through labor. Of course we didn't know that at the time, so they'd come in and check me, shake their heads and say I needed more pitocin. They gave me pitocin every hour to every hour and a half for twelve hours. About 9 hours in I made them give me an epidural.

When I was pregnant with my son, I said "schedule me" and never thought twice.

Oh! this isn't the childbirth horror story blog??

 
At 10:06 PM, Blogger Tim said...

I actually just FINISHED TSQ tonight... a couple minutes ago. :-) It was a great story. I can't wait for October to roll around. :-) (Or for a Lauren/Carson story. :-D!)

 
At 10:14 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

Tim, damn it, where's your childbirth story?

 
At 1:07 AM, Anonymous Theresa said...

Theresa, my sections were a piece of cake, too. I laugh at those hippie women who complain that they didn't get to experience "real" childbirth. ;-)Who really WANTS to push That out of There??

I feel exactly the same way. I tell everyone I got the children without the incontinence.

 
At 6:11 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Melissa: :-D I would post one... really... but I have a couple problems with that: 1) I'm a GUY.. and 2) more importantly, I'm a virgin waiting for marriage! :-D :-D No offence intended. :-D

 
At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

I would have way rather delivered my kids vaginally. After the first 16 hour labour, including a 90 minute absolutely torturous transition (because he was breech) and 3 hours of pushing that led nowhere, yep, no way did I need a C-section on top of that!

The second kid was also breech, and they tried to turn him inside me but he wasn't having anything to do with it, so we scheduled a C-section, but he came 6 weeks early and of course I had to endure the 10 hours of labour just to make sure it was really happening. Then my water broke and that was that.

That was an "easy" labour though, because everyone but me thought it was fake, lol!

Cindy

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Theresa said...

Cindy

I've known a few women who had the full labor and pushing only to have to go in for a c-section. That would so suck!

The c-sections for me were a relief and a much easier option. But if I had to go through the pushing and then have a C-section, I doubt I'd have any happy memories on the subject either.

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger Tim said...

By the by, Jamie... i mentioned you in my own blogspot entry today. :-) Peek at arkhangelspeaks.blogspot.com. I believe it's toward the end of the second paragraph. And everyone else who cares to see my ramblings is invited as well... although I admit I don't update NEARLY as often as I should. :-)

 
At 9:46 AM, Anonymous bethany said...

You know, seeing this cover again every time I go to the blog is kind of making me feel deva vu, like weird. Like, didn't we already have a thread about this? oh yeah, this is a new one where Jamie proclaims her book does not suck.

BTW my kids both adore the wiggles, and Lee gives them grudging respect because they play all their own instruments. We almost bought concert tickets to take the kids to see them.

Oh, and we can twist every single one of their songs to give them dirty meanings. But we can do that with anything.

 
At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Theresa said...

Oh, and we can twist every single one of their songs to give them dirty meanings. But we can do that with anything.

This sounds like a fun game. Next time my son puts in The Wiggles, I'm going to try it. :)

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Bethany, the next time you are forced to throw a baby shower, you should make that wiggles song thing one of the shower games.

And as my friend, you should not be pointing out how I'm so lame that I recycle material for my lame-ass blog.

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thank you for the blog mention, Tim!

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Hey I was just indulging in a bit of self-googling and found a blog that basically says my July book is lame.

Lame is the word of the day.

Let's use it in a sentence:
"Jamie should point out that she will be the first to tell you her books are LAME, because she has pathologically low self-esteem."

Could I make a whole new post out of this?

BTW, I am not looking for back pats here, so please refrain. I was actually vaguely amused at the post, which is by leaps and bounds a better response than I had to my first negative review. Maybe my self-esteem has improved a tiny bit in the past 3 years.

 
At 3:34 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

And to keep from contradicting myself, allow me to add, "The Sex Quotient may be lame, but it doesn't suck."

Do you think Harlequin will consider including that promotional quote on the cover of the reprints?

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger Tim said...

TSQ is neither lame nor does it suck. :-) And you're welcome. :-)

 
At 11:04 AM, Anonymous bethany said...

I wasn't calling you lame, just saying that cover gives me think I've already been here before. Wait, didn't I already post this? See, it confuses me.

At least you find stuff about you when you google yourself. I just find religious stuff.

 
At 11:04 AM, Anonymous bethany said...

I wasn't calling you lame, just saying that cover gives me think I've already been here before. Wait, didn't I already post this? See, it confuses me.

At least you find stuff about you when you google yourself. I just find religious stuff.

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger Karen Erickson said...

I read it and I enjoyed it, Jamie! You're not lame nor do you suck. :)

 
At 8:46 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Awe, Karen and Tim, you guys are making me blush and stuff.

 
At 8:46 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Bethany, maybe that means you are really a goddess. You could form your own religion and make people worship you. Lee could be your first member!

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger Tim said...

By the by... i know it's nothing for everyone else to cheer about but I'm jumping for joy: I surpassed 100 pages in the story i'm writing the other day and have since passed 110. :-)

 
At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Leslie said...

That cover looks like a promo for Las Vegas, like product placement. Did the Vegas' Pioneer Club give you a kickback for the waving Cowboy?

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Well... am I correct, Jamie, in thinking that that horse probably wouldn't have been there if you had had your choice? Just wondering. :-D I think the Vegas Skyline would have been a better background than that. :-D

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Congrats on passing the 100-page mark, Tim. That's always a thrilling moment for me too.

And no, I certainly would not have chosen the horse. I was hoping for more of a blurry shot of the strip, without any predominant landmark so clearly featured. Just more of a neon lights look. In fact, the cover my editor described to me that she had suggested sounded very cool--blurry Vegas strip backdrop, with a nice hotel balcony in the foreground and maybe some clothing or lingerie draped over the railing.

 
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