Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cecy Robson: Black Belts and Pizza Sauce

Black Belt and Pizza Sauce

I met my husband at a Tae Kwon Do demonstration. I’d gone to see my brother, Douglas, perform, but one of the lead martial artists drew my attention away from my bro.

“Who was that cute guy with the black belt we spoke to after the demo?” I asked Douglas.

“Oh, that’s Jamie. He’s a nice guy.  You should give him a call. Do you want me to get his number?”

“Um, no. I’m not going to call some guy I just met.”

Douglas patted my back. “Okay, Cec. No problem. I’ll just have him call you.”

And he did. Turned out this Jamie fellow had demonstrated interest in me.  We began talking on the phone. A lot. Things went well until he told me he was thirty-one. At twenty-two, and just having moved back home after graduating from college, only one thought swarmed my mind: “Damn. He’s old.”

Needless to say I put up a wall, one Jamie slowly brought down through long chats on the phone and finally a few dates out.  He was different from the college boys I’d dated―mature, confident, and good to me. Really, really, good to me. I kept waiting for him to turn into an asshole.  In fact, I’m still waiting. 

Here’s the thing.  Those dark, dangerous, sexy-yet-scary males that pound our girl parts like native drums in vampire romances do not make good partners in reality.  In paranormal novels, ah yes, I am team John Matthew.  In the real world, Jamie Robson stole my heart.

Our first date was on July 4, 1993. On our romantic weekend away that very next Valentine’s, he asked about getting married, during lunch, as pizza sauce dripped down my chin.

In my favorite PNRs, warm chocolate often drizzles over electrified and stiffening body parts. In the world of Cecy, marinara down the face is a must. And still he asked what I thought about marrying him.

It took me a long time to walk down that aisle. Almost four years to the day to be exact. My love for Jamie grew, strengthened, and stood the test of time.

The man I originally thought was too “old” to date, listened with a patient ear, cheered me through my triumphs, held me through my pain, and laughed at me when I very much deserved to be guffawed at.  He also gave me three amazing children.  So keep reading those heart-stopping Paranormal Romances with males possessing butt cheeks powerful enough to crush wood with a single clench―I will, too.  But when I close the book it’s a black belt and pizza sauce I still crave.


Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is an author with Penguin's SIGNET ECLIPSE. She attributes her passion for story-telling back to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Her dad unwittingly encouraged Cecy's creativity by kissing her goodnight wearing vampire fangs. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing her Urban Fantasy Romance Series, Weird Girls, in May 2009. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella, debuts December 4, 2012 followed by SEALED WITH A CURSE, December 31, 2012, and A CURSED EMBRACE, July 2, 2013.





Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, a little weird… 
The Wird sisters are different from every race on earth—human and supernatural. When human society is no longer an option for them, they move in among the resident vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region. Could this be the true home they’ve longed for? Um, not quite. After the sisters accidentally strip a witch of her powers in a bar brawl, they soon realize the mistake will cost them. Because to take on a witch means to take on her coven. And losing the battle isn’t an option.

Includes a preview of the first full-length novel in the Weird Girls series, Sealed with a Curse—as well as introductions to the Weird World, and a letter from the author.


Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird… The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague? 

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha's family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.

Cathy's GIVEAWAY!!!  We have had to alter the contents of the contest as follows.
PRIZE is now A Weird Girls water bottle, copy of SEALED WITH A CURSE and bookmarks  (removed: magnets and lip balm)

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