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Penguins are Cute, Right?

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   17 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

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Today’s Naked Truth is another smorgasbord. I’ve been crazy slammed since the book release, and being down with that stomach virus caused a logjam. So, I’ve got a few things to share, and then I’m dashing off to mail the books to the contest winners, after which I will pack my bags in preparation for my beach trip. Yes, I am heading to the beach! Siesta Key, to be exact, for a book signing. I’m ready!

First, I want to complain about being postmenopausal. This life phase is not for sissies, Buttercup. Mama should have warned me about all this stuff. All she ever said on the matter was “Your boobs will get bigger.” This may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but as my boobs have remained practically microscopic my whole life, the promise of cleavage was something to look forward to. What Mama didn’t tell me was that as the boobs grew, so would everything else. And she remained mum on the gravity issue.

WTF people? I wanted a C cup, but I didn’t sign up for this.

In honor of my book signing on Siesta Key, Florida this Saturday (February 13th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Be there or be square!) at the magnificent LeLu Coffee Lounge, I hit the stores in search of a trés adorable outfit. I don’t like to shop, so I don’t do it very often, and considering my career choice, I’m more likely to spend the day in saggy Levi’s and a sweatshirt than anything else—although I’ve discovered stretchy lounging pants, which may be sloppy, but I promise you, they’re divine, dahling. Anyway, the point is, when I say I don’t shop, you can take it to the bank. So, when I grabbed a bunch of size 6s and headed for the dressing room, I wasn’t expecting what I found. Yeah, inside I’m still a size 6. Outside? Uh, not so much. It was a disaster. I won’t even sugar coat this, people. My ass is huge.

But, I’m an optimist, right? So no worries. I skedaddled back out and chose a more agreeable size, careful to check for flexible fabric—spandex is like a miracle drug for cellulite—and marched back to the dressing room to try again. And I learned something important.

My saddlebag ass scrunched into spandex pants makes me look like a penguin.

I drowned my sorrows in dinner at Frontera and a glass of wine with the hubster, both of which might be a contributing factor to the aforementioned burgeoning butt (the dinner and the wine, not the hubby). I guess I shouldn’t complain. At least I have cleavage.

And now you know a bit about the stuff floating around in my brain. Scary, right?

Next up, if you have signed up for my newsletter, I owe you an apology. The January newsletter was lost in cyberspace, so the early information regarding Love to Believe and the book giveaway here on the blog never made it out. To make it up to you, I’m offering a contest only for newsletter recipients. I’m giving away four autographed copies of Love to Believe along with four of these necklaces, which I spotted at a favorite what-not store:



If you’d like to participate in the newsletter giveaway, sign up here (if you already receive my newsletter you may skip this step):      newsletter sign up 2      I only send a newsletter a few times a year, so you won’t be spammed, and your email address is never shared. To enter the contest, all you have to do after signing up for the newsletter is comment here on the blog over the next week, and/or post about Love to Believe on Facebook or Twitter—just be sure you let me know what you did.

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Next up, a reminder that the eBook of Love Built to Last is still on the Valentine’s special at 99-cents until the 15th. Tell your pals. 🙂




As many of you know, in addition to writing romance novels, I also write for a children’s educational market. My latest publication with Korean publisher, Darakwon, is this elementary grade book about inventions and inventors. Pretty cool, huh? I love seeing my work illustrated, and these folks do it right. I received my copies in the mail at the same time my print copies of Love to Believe arrived. Happy dancing ensued! (Now if I could just learn how to speak Korean…)



That’s it for now. Please sign up for the newsletter, and if you happen to be in the Sarasota area on Saturday, drive over to Siesta Key and meet me at LeLu Coffee Lounge. ButtonsMom will be there, too! By happenstance, she lives in the area. I’ve only met her once before, and I’m excited to see her. We’re going to have a fun time! (Even if I do look like a penguin.) 🙂

Have a great week. Once again, no Friday Observations from the Tub as I’ll be out of town, and no Monday Pawsitive Pondering either, but I’ll see you next Wednesday for more of the Naked Truth.

Thanks for hanging out with me!


Romance is good for your heart! To purchase your copy of Love Built to Last or Love to Believe in eBook or Print, go to AmazonBarnes & NobleBlack Opal BooksKobo, or AllRomance.

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17 Responses to "Penguins are Cute, Right?"

  1. Comment by Diana Tidlund
    February 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm  

    lmao on being crazy slammed… isn’t that the way of life… feast or famine?

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 14, 2016 at 6:30 am  

      Yes, it is. lol

  2. Comment by Stephy
    February 10, 2016 at 8:55 pm  

    Careful with spandex. As my wide friend Tracey once said, they’re called skinny jeans but that doesn’t make them miracle pants. 😉

    • Comment by Stephy
      February 10, 2016 at 9:04 pm  

      Omg… That should say wise. Dammit autocorrect.

      • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
        February 14, 2016 at 6:30 am  


  3. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    February 10, 2016 at 9:01 pm  

    I’m sure you don’t look like a penguin! I won’t tell you how much weight I’ve gained since I saw you about 15 months ago. Suffice to say that retirement and/or Florida hasn’t been good for my waistline. 🙁

    I wish the weather was going to be warmer for your visit. Tomorrow’s high is predicted at 64 and Saturday’s 68. At least the sun is supposed to be shining.

    I can relate to being slammed. I kind of over-committed myself on reading ARCs this month so I haven’t accomplished much else. Oh well, I love to read so at least I over committed to something I love to do. LOL

    Can’t wait to see you Saturday!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 14, 2016 at 6:33 am  

      So awesome to see you yesterday! Thanks for hanging out. We missed your guy—hope he’s feeling better today—and Buttons. It was so much fun to sit and chat with you, though. 🙂 We thought the weather was perfect. Especially after we read that our neck of the woods up in Atlanta is slated for a winter weather advisory. Can’t say I’m sorry to be at the beach!

  4. Comment by Lynn Obermoeller
    February 11, 2016 at 10:11 am  

    I received your newsletter in my e-box today!!! YAY! I’ve been out of touch with blogs. Whenever I go to read them and/or comment, my Internet connection faulters, so I take it as a sign to keep at what I’m doing. Anyway, I’m SO excited about your new book. I’ll wait to see if I win, otherwise, I’ll be ordering myself a copy… and may just do that anyway, but as you say “Buttercup,” I’ll gift it to someone. Congrats!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 14, 2016 at 6:34 am  

      Lynnie, you get a full pass on not visiting the blog very often because you send those amazing handwritten letters. It is always such a pleasure when one of your missives appears in the mailbox. Brightens every gray day.

  5. Comment by Rob
    February 11, 2016 at 1:42 pm  

    Good luck on your book tour.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 14, 2016 at 6:36 am  

      Hi, Rob – Thanks. It doesn’t qualify as a tour since it’s only one signing, but we had a lot of fun and I picked up some new readers, so that’s a good thing. 🙂

      • Comment by Rob
        February 14, 2016 at 9:16 am  

        You had to leave home for the weekend–it’s a tour. 🙂

  6. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    February 11, 2016 at 2:43 pm  

    Just received your newsletter last night in my email, Lisa, so I’m popping over to enter your contest. Love that necklace! Otherwise, as Lynn said, I’ll be buying a copy of Love to Believe. I’m between reads now, Buttercup, so I need that book in hand! Congratulations on both your recent publications — love the children’s book as well. So cool to know your story is being enjoyed by children halfway around the world. Anyway, have a wonderful trip, and stop worrying about looking like a penguin, ’cause I’m sure you don’t! Oh, and I’ll post about Love to Believe on my Facebook author page very soon. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 14, 2016 at 6:37 am  

      Thanks, Teri! I’m not worried about the penguin issue anymore. I was told by an authority I trust that penguins are elegant and lovely, and not to be dissed. 🙂

  7. Comment by Sioux
    February 13, 2016 at 4:26 pm  

    Lisa–My book (and my prize!) arrived today. Yahoo! I’m going to start reading it tonight.

    By now your book signing is over. I am sure it went well. Enjoy the beach and the warm(er) weather. You deserve a break.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 14, 2016 at 6:40 am  

      Yay! I’m glad your package arrived and that you’re readying for The Reading of the Romance. I hope you enjoy it and, as always, am honored that you’re abandoning your dislike of romance novels for my 300 pages.

  8. Comment by Karen Lange
    February 16, 2016 at 5:14 pm  

    Hope the signing went well. I’m sure you looked fabulous! Sizes are overrated, and my guess is that you still look great. I’m with you on the menopause thing; can’t say I’m a giant fan of this stretch, but I’m still alive and kicking, so there’s much to be thankful for. 🙂

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