Monday, October 25, 2010

A Life-Changing Event...or Not

And the winner is--drum roll--- BJ!!!! Congratulations! Please contact me at kerrelyn@earthlink.net to give me a mailing address. My thanks to everyone for stopping by!

To my lovely and brilliant Love at Stake readers (and if you're not one-- hello? Give me a try!):
You deserve a big hug and many thanks from me. The latest book in the series, Eat Prey Love, is now enjoying its third week on the Borders Romance, USAToday, and New York Times bestseller lists. Hitting the lists is considered a big deal in the publishing world, and it makes my publisher very happy, which in turn makes me very happy (and relieved). But as I struggle to begin a new book, I'm left wondering if anything in my life has actually changed. So here is my list of ten things that SHOULD happen when an author's book becomes a bestseller--
  1. I would lose twenty pounds overnight. (Hmm, make that thirty).
  2. Writing would become easy and effortless.
  3. Time would supernaturally stretch for me so that I would always have plenty of time to finish books by deadline.
  4. My house would become magically self-cleaning.
  5. The publisher would send me a secretary to type my books for me while I dictate them and eat bonbons.
  6. I would never gain a pound from eating those bonbons. Just exercising my brain would burn off 500 calories an hour.
  7. The weeds in the flowerbeds would all die. And never come back.
  8. Chef Gordon Ramsey would send a top Master Chef over every night to cook supper.
  9. Chef Gordon Ramsey would wash the dishes.
  10. The Love at Stake series would be made into a television show like Glee with singing and dancing vampires and shape shifters.
Twirling vampire capes and tap-dancing werewolves? Well, maybe it's for the best that my list didn't come true. If you could wish for something, what would it be? If you're wishing for a signed copy of Eat Prey Love, this could be your lucky day! One of the commenters will be chosen at random to win. Good luck!

98 comments:

Pamela Palmer said...

Huge congrats on your bestseller list run, Kerrelyn!

As for the other list, I love it! Especially the tap-dancing werewolves. The top of my wishlist is someone to cook dinner at night. A master chef would be fabulous, but at this point I'd just be happy with someone who isn't me. I keep trying to talk my husband into giving it a try, but he keeps coming home with take-out.

Sara said...

Congratulations on your success! You completely deserve it based soley on the idea of turning hot Highlanders into vamps.
I would wish for the self-cleaning house or a hot manservant to clean up. I'm not really picky.

Nicole said...

Congrats Kerrelyn!! Super exciting news. Um, I'll take part of your wishlist ;). But in all seriousness, a wish for me would be that business for me picks up. It's that time of year in my profession, though. *sigh*. Congrats again :).

Sharon S. said...

LOL! Can you imagine how popular a show with dancing man candy would be?! Congrats on the success. And great list.

Shari C said...

Having your house magically self-clean would be amazing...love it, love it! I would also love to have extra hours in days when I am running short of time so I could get everything done and maybe a few hours for just ME to read and just enjoy.

Congratulations on 'Eat Prey Love'!

Melissa said...

Congratulation on the bestseller lists! Your books are amazing, so I'm glad to hear they're getting the recognition they deserve! You're list made me laugh this morning and I definitely needed it. As for my wish, I wish I wasn't stuck in limbo. I wish spending years in school it would pay off and I could start my life. Unfortunately, times right now are worse than losing your fang. I guess if I'm really wishing for something it would be that the unemployment rate would decrease.

JenM said...

Congrats! A self-cleaning house would be nice but what I really want is to get rid of my allergies so that I could have a pet. I'm allergic to both cats and dogs which is a real hassle.

lynnrush said...

Oh my word, that is an awesome list! I'd have to go with the one where the house magically cleans. . . but I'd add --- And the ironing is magically done as well!

I hate ironing.

Anyway, congrats on the lists you've made. That's totally exciting. Enjoy the journey!

Crystal ♥ said...

Congrats! I am still dying to read Eat Prey Love.
I think seeing Chef Gordon Ramsey washing dishes would be hilarious! But I would like to grab some items off your list, self cleaning house for one, and a chef, and then a diaper genie - like a real genie to just poof dirty diapers away, and a few extra hours in the day so I can sleep longer! 5-6 hrs is just not cutting it. *yawn*

Lori V said...

Love the top ten! But can't imagine Roman and the rest dancing and singing :) Thanks for the great stories!

Marianne Strnad said...

I LOVE your list Kerrelyn! You need to add that Gordon Ramsey would actually be PLEASANT about it too! Congrats on your success!

Kristen Gough said...

I love your list and I would definitely wish for a house that magically cleans itself. Especially since I have three young children, otherwise known as my little mess makers, that I clean up after every day. I love your books and look forward to many more of them!

Kelley said...

Congrats! I love your books!!! I wish I am a bewitch lady to clear up the dirty dishes out of the sink without washing them with my hands. :) Good luck!

Coley said...

I would wish for something that does all domestic duties. I don't care who or what that something is, so long as I don't have to do it.

khelsey said...

I would wish that there was no time! There was more time during the day and we didn't age. No such thing as diseases and everyone was happy! Oh and of course singing and dancing vampires and shape shifters.

Michelle said...

Eat,Prey,Love deserves to be on every best seller lists.It was the best of the series.As for your list,let me just say, I am all for granting everyone to you.You so deserve them.Blessing on many,many,many more best selling books in the future.

mmafsmith said...

Congrats on your success...as a HUGE fan I had no doubt! Your books as well as all the other fabulous authors out there are what keep me sane! Not that I don't love my family but sometimes you need a little me time and that is what I get when I escape and read!

As a full time working mom with a husband who also works and hunts full time and two very busy daughters (ages 6 & 12) my life is insanely crazy! Monday - Friday nights are filled with Soccer (year round because outdoor isn't enough), Dance and Drill Team Practice and then add in the soccer games and drill team performances. Not to mention homework and other school activities.

With my life my wish list would include housekeeper to clean and cook and possibly a day to sleep in. I really am not picky!:-)

Thank you! Maria Smith

Robin said...

Congratulations! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Love at Stake Series! Carlos's story was fantastic! Can't wait for the next one to come!!!

Natalie E. Facebook said...

I absoutly love your writing. It's has not only made me love reading, insprired me to write 2 of my own books, not to mention my Fiance loves you too. When we were dating, I was reading these and he wanted to share that experience, so I like to think it brought us closer. And, now we are engaged. Honestly I have not read this book just yet, it seems I have tons on my bookshelf to read. lol. I am full time working and going to school, and 3 kids. So, my reading time now a days are limited, BUT i would love a copy signed by you. I would actually cry probably. LOL If anything, I support you 101%. Good luck on future books. Just a suggestions: I would love to read a fallen angel book from you. Curious to see how you would write it. ♥ love u

samantha.thomson said...

All those things are great - but i would love a new car to magically appear in my drive way - one where the doors didn't fall off...
samantha(dot)thomson(at)ggp(dot)com

tweetybrd22 said...

Congrats on your book I look forward to reading it.

Gina said...

Love Love Love your books! Thank you so much for bringing your stories to life! Would love to have a signed copy of your book, it would be excellent! Thank you so much for your inspiration.

Tera Lynn Childs said...

Congratulations on the wonderful news, Kerry! And my fingers are seriously crossed that your above list comes true, too!!!

My wish is easy. I wish that the stories in my head would end up as perfect on the page as they seem when I first think them up. Ha!

Deasha said...

hi, congratulation on your success.
i heart you books so much. even on a hectic day, i'd still try to find time to read them.

btw, i love you list. i also wish that just exercising my brain would burn off 500 calories an hour..LOL. i dont like stressing my brain. that'll make me become so lazy to think.

actually, i'm not good at saying what i want. its hard for me to let people know how i feel. i love how you portrayed the characters in the books. i feel inspired from them.

i wish you all best in life..and i'm looking forward to read the next book..;)

Dawn said...

I LOVE your Love at Stake series, it is my favorite Paranormal series :) Congratualtions on 3 weeks on the topseller list!!

Dawn Griego

Sullivan McPig said...

I wish time wouldn't pass when reading, so I could just read a whole book and when I'd finished it, it would be just the same time as I started. That way I maybe could get through reading every book on my wishlist one day.

BJ said...

I like the idea of a series but not a singing and dancing one....that's sooooo not Conor. LOL

I would Love a Love at Stake Series.....I would Watch it in a heart beat!
As for what I'd like other than a signed book, a series, a million or two bucks, hmmmm all my Christmas cards to magically get done....man that would be sweet!
Congrats on being on all the lists...With Conor's We're Shooting for #1 :0)

SandyG265 said...

Congrats on making the best seller list.

I like the self cleaning house idea but I think I'd wish for dishes that self wash and put themselves away.

Pamieka Adams said...

I'm not so sure about the singing and dancing vampires and shape shifters but I am for a tv show.. I'm all for the lose twenty pounds overnight thing, do you think I can make it my wish too? :)

KerrelynSparks said...

Thanks for all the cool comments! I'll always remember a Star Trek TNG episode where a pretty young lady was being transported from one place to another on the Enterprise and she tried to clean up, and Riker told her--No need to do that. The ship is self-cleaning.

I nearly fell out of my chair! A place that is self-cleaning!?! Sheesh, that's even cooler than a warp engine!

Kerrelyn

Anonymous said...

Love the series and am very happy for your sucess! I have also been hoping and waiting for Connor's book!!:) I am so curious as to why he is so bitter toward love. Congradulations!! and please keep writing!
Adrienne

Minna said...

Great list! Hmmm. I wouldn't mind if my yarn bag would magically fill itself.

Robin K said...

Congratulations! Thank you for the contest. If you even find out how to sleep off 20 lbs, please share ;)

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Rhonda said...

I have only just started reading this series but absolutely love it! I am so glad that I found your books.

My wish would be to have enough time to read all my books without interruption. Life with a full time job, husband, and two kids (ages 6 and 10) does not leave much time for me to just read by myself.

Congratulations on Eat Prey Love! I cannot wait to read it.

Karen H (LOL, FL) said...

My first wish, of course, is my own copy of Eat Prey Love. Other than that, I'm totally in agreement with your list except that I'm not a writer. But the writing-specific items could be modified to fit my life, so I'm happy to borrow yours.
Congrats on the best-seller list but I'm not at all surprised! Looking forward to the next books!

Kelly M said...

I love your list... I would wish for a year off so I can just read, read, read and read some more... with no fear of gaining weight from not doing anything..... I have this book on my must read list and to win would be FABULOUS!!!!!!

Congrats to Kerrelyn Sparks!!!!!!

heidi330 said...

ConGrats!!! I loved the book...
can't wait for the next!!!
Now what would I wish for....I know, for my house to be organized, cleaned the way I want it and everything in its place at least. Well now that not going to happen any time soon...but I can wish..
Thanks
Heidi

heidijohnjeff At verizon DOT net

Virginia C said...

Congratulations, Kerrelyn!

An addition to your list:

Gerard Butler should be your "butler" ; )

US Resident, Follower, Subscriber

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Cindy Hargis said...

Kerrelyn you can put all of these great books to the big screen. They're great. I'd love to see those big castles again like in Dracula, the kilts would be a big plus. Love you, love your books. Keep writing please. Keep dreaming, dreams do come true.

Melissa said...

Great list and congrats on the best seller lists! There are many things things on your list that I would love to happen. If I could only pick one then it would be #3 - Supernaturally stretching time.

If I had more time, I would have the time to work, cook, clean and still have time left over to play with my son and husband. I could fit it all in and not be stressed out.

melissagrantcpacfe at gmail dot com

Becky LeJeune said...

Aha! I love your wishlist! I think those things would be well-deserved.

My own wishlist is so long, how could I choose one. I wish I could win the lottery! Then I could buy all the books I could ever read and go on vacations to lounge around and read them all and have a house with adequate shelving and a kitchen designed by someone who cooks.

Dawn said...

Can I have Jean-Luc as a neighbor, mine are really noisy? If I can't wish for that then someone to clean the kitty litter would work. I love your books, I was re-reading them in prep for Eat Prey Love, when I named my new kitten Duncan (seemed appropriately highlanderish).

Jen & Bill said...

oooo I love the glee idea!

What I wish for is more time in the day!

Kristina said...

I would wish to be able to teleport to visit family I don't get to see. I love your books. I can't wait for the next one.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on all your books they are wonderful.I would love to have an autograohed copy of your latest.also for wishes gordon ramsey to cook and a self cleaning house sounds really good. lol and a fridge that restocks itself never have to go to grocery store again

shobe12 said...

Congratulations Miss Kerrelyn!
you really deserve it. your books are so great.
your wish list is great. i want my house to be self-cleaning.
and the idea on Twirling vampire and tap-dancing shape-shifters will be my favorite show. seems fun~
I am wishing for a signed copy of Eat Prey Love.:)

Jhoanna from the Philippines.

griffom said...

The book was great! congratulations!I do love all of them.
I would love an autograhed copy of Vampire Mine. Only 155 days to the release.

Katie Dalton said...

I would wish for a tree that just grew money every month. Who needs a flower or a fruit. I would want the magic money tree! lol :)

Holly Hill said...

You make me laugh! I absolutely love the list and think you deserve everything on it. May I suggest having the real life vamp men be your nieghbors as well? I can't wait for Connor's book!!!!
Happy Monday!

Anonymous said...

Great wishlist...love it.

I certainly am wishing for a copy of Eat, Prey, Love.

I wish I could afford all the books on my wishlit....sigh!!!

Valerie
in Germany
valb0302@yahoo.com

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I have several wishes, but many are personal. However, I'd love to see a tap-dancing were! :) So, I'll borrow that one.

~Melissa (Books and Things)

Kirsten said...
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Ash Wolf said...

I always wish for good health for my family. I consider that very important.

And I wish to win the lottery. So far, no luck with that one.

Don't know if I would want to see singing and dancing vamps and weres, though. It kindof creeps me out. Which might be a good thing, seeing how close we are to Halloween and all. :)

Cath's Chatter said...

LOL...great list but I'll pass on Gordon Ramsey and replace him with Chef JAIME OLIVER a little less fowl mouthed(but not much)but a whole lot funnier and easier on the eye!!!!!!
And if some one, some where could PLEASE hurry up and create the self cleaning house that would be FANTASTIC
Great post
Cath
cbcowley@gmail.com

Carol L. said...

Congrats on your success. You deserve it. I love your books and look forward to reading Eat Prey Love.And counting down for Connor's book.:)I'd love to have a gorgeous Highlander in a kilt cook my dinner every night. :)
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

rachel445 said...

Congrats on everything, Kerrelyn! Lets see..I have many wishes, but I think my first is to wish that my migraines would go away forever. I'd love to never have to worry about getting one ever again!

Res498(AT)aol.com

Donna said...

Congrats on making and staying on the best seller lists!! :)

I would wish for the ability to express myself better in writing and convos...I'm horrible with words. And guess what my word verify is... banter! LOL!

stacy said...

Congrats!! I love your series! Thanks for the "escape!!"

~Jenny~ said...

I loved this books, congratz on staying on the best sellers list. Can't wait for the next one (Connor) after watching all his friends find true love, he deserves it as well. I'm sure Vampire Mine will be on the best sellers list for a long time as well.

Jenny

Amy said...

Congrats on the bestseller lists!!

I would wish for the ability to be more social and popular. I would love to have more friends and feel more comfortable when talking to people!


angeldream3(at)gmail(dot)com

Karen Harbur said...

Congrats! My wish would also be for using your brain... like reading... would burn calories.

claddagh64@yahoo.com

Jessfairy88 said...

I must copy others in the congrats on the sucess of your books. They are by far the best I have ever read. And I am guilty to say that is I get my hands on one of your books no one can reach me for a few hours. I am off in your wonderful world.
If I had a wish it would be for a helping hand with the people at the nursin...g home I help keep entertained.

shannon jackson said...

i just love your book they are so good and keep on writing them can't wait until you come out with a new one

Teril said...

Congrats on your book! I have so far loved this series, and would that not be awesome to be on a tv show in the evenings? Fox or CBS should totally pick you up ;)
Your books are great and we all appreciate you writing.
Thank you!
terilhack AT yahoo.com

KerrelynSparks said...

Great wishes! Good health is really important, so I'll add that wish-- May everyone make it through the winter with no flu and no illness!

Cheers!
Kerrelyn

Casey H said...

Have you ever seen the movie Alex and Emma? It's a very cute movie about a man who has to write a book in a month but he has writers block and tricks a secretary into writing it for him while he dictates it to her. I adore that movie and #5 reminded me of it (though he doesn't eat bonbons XP).

c4casey [at] comcast [dot] net

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your books success, it's well deserved for all the hours spent creating this other world we go to as we read. If only we didn't have to put your books down to clean & iron, because i've found you can read while you cook, so genie to do the housework while i'm reading your next book would be on my wishlist.

Anonymous said...

Congrats "Eat Love Prey" is a great book. As far was wishes that come true I would also like to see your books become a tv series although I'm not sure about seeing the Vamps dancing and singsing - just can't picture some of them like Roman, Angus, and Connor doing that. However if I could have any wish come true it would be that I could meet someone like one of your Vamps.

Bonnie

jo_bee_us@yahoo.com

sparkle said...

Love, Love, love your series. Your success is well deserved. My wish is for more hours in a day & more days in a week. Once you've taken care of work and family it would leave more time to read.

Linda said...

At the top of my wish list would be to have all my favorite authors write faster (and you are definitely one of my favorites). I always slow down my reading when I'm coming to end of a book because I hate for it to be over, and I know that it'll be awhile before the next book comes out. So sad that this wish won't come true either.

Stacey S said...

Congrats. I love your list. To help you achieve at least one of your items, I would love to be your secretary and type up all your books while you dictate them and eat bon bons. Just give me a call. LOL I would also love a copy of Eat Prey Love. I cannot wait to find out what happens to Carlos. He deserves a great life.

Cylver said...

Congrats Kerrelyn!
My wishes? Other than a house that cleans itself and a never-empty bank account, I don't need much. I admit, a new Mercedes in my driveway instead of my 25-year-old Oldsmobile would be nice, as would a Star Trek-type holodeck. (mmm, imagine the possibilities!) and of hair that styles itself while I sleep! Dream on!

Nicole Murphy said...

*looks at Kerrelyn's list*

Yep, yep, yep, yep ...

I'll have all of those, thanks. Except my tv show wouldn't be like Glee but would be made by Alan Ball :)

Congrats on the success

darkreader said...

Congrats on your book - Loved it!!
Great list and I would love to loose about 50 pounds magically and them never to return!

Debbie said...

Congrats Kerrelyn,
I have already read new book twice. Love it keep up the good work. Hhmm wish I were the one in your books yummy!
Debbie Stapp

Justine R said...

I would totally watch a show with tap-dancing werewolves!! That would be utterly amazing, I must say.

Congrats!

Justine.Rychlik[AT]gmail[dot]com

michelle said...

to be any one of the female characters in your books to be loved & treasured by a supernatural being forever and have unbelievable sex.

catslady said...

There's a lot of good ones on your list lol. I would wish I wasn't a pack rat - seems to drive my family crazy lol. (of course I think owning 2,000 books is normal lol)

Vonnie Alto said...

I would love to have a magically self-cleaning house. That would save me much time, especially since I'm constantly cleaning up after my rambunctious cats. On the other hand, wouldn't it be fun to have your "Love At Stake" books made into a TV series. Now that would be TV worth watching!!!

Kirsten C. said...

If I had a truly selfish wish, I'd wish for one full week of "me" time at a spa or cabin (to catch up on my reading of course). Congrats on the success...truly can't wait to read it-finding the time to will be the problem! :( Love your writing and never miss a book! Keep it up! (Oh and pick me!!!)

Patricia said...

You have a great series going on. Here's a toast to your newest addition, Eat Prey Love!! And I would wish that my cats did not age so quickly.

katarina said...

I WANT A SIGNED COPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3333 CARLOS!!!

snulfers said...

Congrats on Eat Prey Love on its third week on the Borders Romance, USAToday, and New York Times bestseller lists. I try and do my part.

Phylis said...

That's great for the book. I have to behave myself right now, but as soon as I can it is on my to buy list. I love your list. I like the burning calories and the self cleaning house. Tough decision. I might have to go with the lost pounds and calorie burning from writing!

Pat Cochran said...

My wish would be that our son's
playwriting and screenwriting
career will take off so that he
can finance Mom & Dad's golden
years travels! Let's see, there's
Venice, Rome, London, Melbourne,
Berlin, Paris, Bern.... LOL!

Pat Cochran

Anonymous said...

i LOVE YOUR NEW BOOK CARLOS WAS SO GOOD AT BEING BAD AND I REALLY LOVE CAIYLYN ESPECIALLY HER AIM AT KNIVE THROWING AND SHOOTING I LAUGH SO HARD MY ROOMMATE CAME T SEE IF I WAS OK PLEASE KEEP UP THE GREAT BOOKS KAY CHAPMAN

Nicole said...

I wish your books became at tv show or movies that would be so cool

Claire Dawn said...

Imagining Gordon Ramsey doing dishes made my day.

Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Kerrilyn, it is so wonderful that Eat,Prey,love is in it's 3rd wk. Many congrats to you. I love your "love at stake books". The stories take me to that place that is not here, and I need to get away regularly.. My wish list is short but intense. I would like to be brillant. To be able to be successful and use that part of my brain like in "Phenomenon". I love that movie. Since I probably won't get my wish, I would settle for the signed copy of your book, and would be so grateful to have it. I would give it a good home. :)

Meljprincess said...

Congrats, Kerrelyn! And your list made me laugh out loud. I have 2 wishes. I wish I'd lose 80 lbs. overnight and I wish that for Halloween I'd win EAT,PREY, LOVE. :-)=

Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

Lea U. said...

I totally looove your list! :-D

Well, I could need a self-cleaning house...would make my life a lot more relaxing!

TRISHA RUPERT said...

I LOVE ALL OF YOUR BOOKS!! YOU ARE AN AWESOME AUTHOR AND DEFINATELY BRING US READERS INTO YOUR WORLD!! I LOVED CARLOS IN ALL THE OTHER BOOKS HE IS IN SO I DEFINATELY CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK. AND I LOVE THE COVER! IT'S ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. THANKYOU FOR WRITING SUCH WONDERFUL STORIES!!
SINCERELY,TRISHA

Helen Lowe said...

A little late, but--congrats on all your bestseller lists, Kerrelyn: that's awesome!

I laughed rather a lot over your other list: kept going, check, check, check, to everything on it.

SiNn said...

lol greta post if i could wish for one thingbesides ur book would be the staminato go 10 or more rounds with mybetter half everyday

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read this book! I'm waiting for it to come to my local library.

David said...

As a frequent buyer at BOMC2.com I get the opportunity to write reviews. Here is my latest posting.

Another Hit...

Reviewer: David S. Oct 27, 2010
I have become a strong fan of the books written by Ms. Sparks. They are mysteries, love stories, fantasy, and absorbing. The characters are believable to the point you feel like you could meet any one of them as you walk through anytown USA. Each story features a character you may have met in an earlier story, but you don't have to read these in order of writing. If you enjoy as much as I have, you won't want to miss any of these stories. GREAT READING (and FUN too).

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I'd so wish for a chance to win "Eat Prey Love" and if I couldn't win that that yeah, I'd wish to lose 30+ pounds.
I follow on GFC.
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Jackie said...

I've bought the book, but haven't got to read it yet. I'm having trouble finding the two books before. But I can't wait to read it.

I just love all your books! Please come to Oklahoma.