Monday, February 4, 2013

Day 4: Celebrate Amore

 Lorrie Struiff

Cate: Yay, Lorrie is here to help us Celebrate Amore. Lorrie, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Lorrie: I live near Pittsburgh, Pa., a city with many rivers and bridges. I’m an author that delves into many genres, depending on the mood I’m in when I write. Lol, one of these days I may even delve into erotica. You think?

Cate: Follow that muse! What do you love most about Valentine’s Day?
Lorrie: Chocolate Candy in a heart-shaped box. Yum.

Cate: I agree. :) Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
Lorrie: I have a lot of memories, Cate, but let’s go back to middle school for my first one. Twelve years old and a heart shaped box of candy appeared in my school locker. No name attached. Well, it drove me crazy until this cute red-headed boy fessed up. I imagine it took a lot of nerve on his part to confess--he was the shy type. He hemmed and hawed and finally asked me to go to the movies with him. Mom and Dad said I couldn’t go unless someone else went with us.
We used buses for transportation at the time. He lived further up the line than I did, and we were to meet on the bus. Well, none of my friends wanted to miss my first date, so they all gathered at the bus stop and teased me no end. Lol. Next thing I knew, they all got on the bus with me and planned on going to the same movie. What a bummer.
At the movie the group sat behind us. The only thing my first date and I managed to do was hold hands in the theater. And he slipped me those little heart shaped candies with the sayings on them. Do you remember them?
Two weeks after my first date, his dad’s company transferred his dad to another state and they moved. Alas, there went my first love and It hurt. As I remember it now, I think it was so cute. My first Valentine and date.

Cate: Such a cute story! Do you have any romantic Valentine’s Day traditions?
Lorre: None really. Hubby and I used to go out for dinner, but his illness the past years and his passing away, of course that tradition is over.

Cate: So sorry. *hugs* Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Lorrie: Since it’s February and with Valentine’s Day so near, I would like to tell the readers about a short story I have out with BooksToGoNow. To me, it fits the first crush theme of high school days. I went way back in time to the 50’s. The story is about the shattering of a young girl’s naïveté.   

Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Lorrie: Bren' and Rip have been friends since they met. Now that they are in high school, Brenda finds herself in love with Rip. Growing up in the fifties seems idyllic but in this short story about love and loss, relationships can be more than simple crushes and sometimes young love isn't enough.

Cate: Anything else you’d like to share?
Lorrie: The fiction story is based loosely on a true story that sparked my imagination and drove it into overtime.

Cate: Oo, Lorrie has a giveaway! Be sure to leave your email address for her.
Lorrie. To one commenter, I will give this short story of “The Last Dance.” as a pdf download.
More links. All my published material listed at
Also at my page on Amazon, FB and Pintrest. I hope you will all take a peek.
Readers, tell me a little about your very first crush. I’d very much like to hear about it. It’s the one you never forget.
Thank you for reading, and thank you, Cate, for having me today.

Cate: Thanks for being part of the Valentine's party, Lorrie!


JoAnna said...

Wow first crush, hmmm. I guess my first crush was in 5 th grade. There was a boy who lived up the street, that I thought was cute. If I remember correctly he was also my first kiss, quick little touch of lips and totally embarrassed. That pretty much ended that crush. He ended up dating my step-sister when we were in high school.

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Cate Masters said...

Welcome Lorrie! Hope you're not snowed in on this sub-zero day. :)

Lorrie said...

Ouch, JoAnna, him dating your step-sister must have felt a little wierd. I guess you weren't a good kisser in 5th grade yet. (Kidding) I like to have fun with comments. Every one will tell you I'm a little off-beat.

Cate, I haven't been out of my house for over a week. As you know, I loathe winter and the freezing temps. Plus we've been getting a few inches of snow every day. Hurry up spring.

Katie L. Carroll said...

Great post! My first crush was in 2nd grade. I passed a note to the boy of interest that said "Will you kissee me?" and had two options, yes or no, each with a box for him to check one. He checked yes! That day at recess we shared a very innocent funny remembering this.

Marva Dasef said...

Aw, that's so cute, Lorrie. It made for a memorable first date.

Julie Lynn Hayes said...

Wow, first crush. I'm not sure I remember which was first, I've had so many lol

The boy in fifth grade that I liked so much I invited him to meet me on the playground after school, but he didn't show? Or another boy that I liked that used to show up in the morning to walk me to school, along with another boy? Or the boy in my sixth grade class, the one who used to exchange spy notes with me (I think I was reading Harriet the Spy, plus there was a spy show on TV that was pretty popular, called Mona McCluskey I think).

lol Or do I start with Barnabas Collins, my crush on Dark Shadows, whose pictures I taped on my wall and kissed every night before bed?

My latest crush is Gary Oldman, and that's been going on for almost twenty years lol

Great blog post, Lorrie!


Lorrie said...

Oh Katie, those boxes to mark made me laugh. How adorable.

yes, Marva, that first date was very memorable. I'll never forget it.

Julie, you were a little flirt, weren't you? lol. What fun to remember.

meradeth said...

Such a cute story--thanks for sharing! I'm dredging for my first crush, and I think it was in 3rd grade or so? Another kid in my class :) I think I told him I had a crush on him, but that's about it, lol!

Tabitha Shay said...

Wonderful story and interview, Lorrie...Hmm, my first crush was in the first grade and I remember passing him a note when I went to sharpen my pencil. I told him I loved him and asked him if he loved me boy, when I returned to sharpen my pencil again, he had a note waiting for me and he said he loved me too...How funny...We had no idea what we were discussing...I still this boy/man every once in awhile...I always pray he doesn't recognize me...haha...Tabs

Lorrie said...

Hi Maradeth, thanks for sharing.

Hello Tab's. ha, ha, you hope he doesn't recognize you now.

First grade, good memory. I'm sure both of you didn't know what you are talking about.

Although a while ago, I heard about a little first grader being suspended for kissing a girl in the cloackroom. What a trip. Are they growing up faster? Ahem, I think the boy was my grandson.

chris karlsen said...

Hi Lorrie,
The story sounds intriguing. Sounds like a good Valentine's Day read:)
CHris K

lo said...

I love that you are so traditional in your Valentine's Day memories. Mine are too. I think Valentine's Day brings that out in us all. I would love to read your book. Oh and Happy Valentine's Day. By the way, have you ever thought of looking up the redheaded guy?

Lorrie said...

No, never thought to look him up. I remember his name well, lo, but it's such a common name, I doubt I could look him up.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cate, what about your first crush?
You can tell us, honest. lol.

Darla said...

Lorrie's off-beat and a little Wacko! haha but that's why we love her so much! :)

I must be a late bloomer. My first kiss was when I was in middle school (age 11-13 yrs old). I gave him a peck on the lips simply because he asked me.
My first crush was on a bad boy. I think I was 14-15. He was 17-18, had long hair & a mustache. Things never progressed other than one kiss.
Now my first true love...I married him! We met in a haunted house. I knew when I first saw him, wearing scary make-up and all, he was the one. We've been together 28 years, 23 of them married.
Since I'm not a chocolate girl, he usually buys me a bouquet of assorted flowers and a card that always makes me cry. If he's not working, he'll take me out to dinner. Since he's working this year, Lorrie, me and you should go out for a Valentine's Day dinner. I wonder how many strange looks we'd get. lol

J Q Rose said...

Lorrie, what a fun story. I remember my first love note from a boy in fourth grade. Get this. I was the teacher's pet so when he passed the note to me, I read it and turned bright red with embarrassment. I was so flustered I gave it to the teacher! He hated me from that moment on...sigh...