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During the cocooning pre-release days of The Tom Jones Club, my Facebook friends and I were hanging out online exchanging witicisms about the title. When I said that Tom Jones was in my manuscript, one fun gal from Florida said, “_It’s not Unusual_  Tom Jones should be in your book.” lol!

Actually, I’ve never met this woman but she totally got me.  I imagined that women all over were going to “get me” and we were going to have such fun with this book.

I’m now a bit concerned about the title, though, and how it might be confusing some people. Actually, the manuscript had many working titles. It started out as a women’s fiction novel called Lucky’s List of Rules. But some thought that Lucky was too over-the-top so I calmed her down, rewrote the book in third person, added the hero’s point of view and made it a romance. And I changed the title. And then it sold to my publisher.

I thought you might enjoy knowing what some of the other titles, according to my hard drive, were:

    * Getting Lucky

    * I Got Lucky

    * Lucky One Night

    * Becoming Lucky

    * Mr. Unobtrusive

    * Mr. Incognito

But when I thought about promoting the book, I thought it would be a heck of a lot of fun if the title was The Tom Jones Club, especially after I saw Tom Jones for a second time in Las Vegas last summer. The only problem with that is that some people think the book is about Tom Jones. No, it's about The Tom Jones Club  - a convention of Tom Jones fans in Las Vegas when Lucky arrives to close her last business deal and meets Eric.

The thing with Eric, though, is that one minute he seems to be a  cowboy and the next minute, he appears to be a businessman. So who is really - a poor cowboy or a successful businessman? That's all part of the plot. For you Elvis fans, think Viva Las Vegas meets Clambake . For those who didn't quite get that, here's what happens in Clambake:

    Shelley Fabares saves up all of her money to stay at a luxury resort in Miami where she plans to snag a rich man. Elvis, sick of women wanting him only for his money, changes places with  Will Hutchins, who plays the ski instructor. So, then, Shelley Fabares goes after wealthy Bill Bixby. I can't tell you how The Tom Jones Club  is similar to this movie because I don't want to give the story away.

I had a lot of fun writing this book. The inspiration for it came from the first time I saw Tom Jones in Las Vegas. I noticed the first two rows of well-kept older women and I imagined they were the typical Tom Jones fans we’d all heard about - you know, the kind who might throw their underwear onstage. lol! So I made these women part of a Tom Jones fan club and centered the book around their convention. But the book isn’t about Tom Jones.

The other fun part around the book was Mr. Unobtrusive. Actually, that was inspired by a real Mr. Unobtrusive at the valet desk at Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World. When he said, “Excuse me, I try to be unobtrusive,” my head swung around so fast and I couldn’t help but wonder, “Who is this man?” And that line became a part of The Tom Jones Club, although at one point, it was “Mr. Incognito.”

Now that the book is out, I’m a bit depressed because I don’t really see people “getting” it. I’ve been tossing and turning, posting, blogging, wondering what I should write next because lately people haven’t been getting what I’m writing. I blame some of it on geography - some of it on age - some of it on genre. I may as well blame it on being a Californian - blame it on being a Floridian - lol!

The rule makers say you shouldn’t say anything negative or complain about reviews, blah, blah, blah, Well, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t say what I’m feeling - that’s the whole point of writing - for me, anyway. As for rules, well, in the spirit of Oprah, this is what I say:

    “I don’t follow rules. I’m too busy living my fabulous life, being me, and if you don’t get that, if you somehow missed that, well, I can’t really help you.” lol!

Most people "got" Real Women Wear Red - maybe because it was just out there saying "real women wear red." But The Tom Jones Club seems to be throwing people off. Or maybe it's early yet. It often takes people awhile to get me so I'm not surprised it takes them awhile to get my writing. But when they do, they really do!

I’m hopeful, though. After all, the publisher got it when they acquired it - I must be patient for the readers to get it. And when they do get it, I hope they’ll tell me they got it. That’s what makes it all so much fun! That’s when the party will begin.

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