Beer, Burritos & A Book
I love alliteration. A catchy slogan using the same first letters always gets my attention.
My husband and I were debating possible storylines for the sequel to my novel, Losing Control, while sipping drinks and enjoying burritos at one of our favorite city restaurants when the alliteration hit me. Beer, Burritos and a Book with the Brothers. Isn’t that a great promotion for a coed book club?
Though my book is about two women battling for power and control at work and in their love lives, several guys read the book immediately after I published it and called me to talk about it. I loved their take on the male-female relationships portrayed in the story, and I wished I could record our conversations to share with my girlfriends.
Why wish when you can make it happen?
On a sunny March afternoon, nine of us gathered on the patio of a local Mexican restaurant with beers and margaritas and toasted to good friends, good conversation and good times.
As tortillas and salsa appeared, we warmed up our discussion with the “rules” of opposite gender friendships in dating and marriage. The second round of drinks arrived, and our volume increased as opinions were punctuated with waving arms and animated facial expressions. By the time meals arrived, we had dived headfirst into thoughts about the main characters – Zuma, Iris, Rey and Jonathan – and there were LOTS of thoughts. Two hours flew by as we ate, drank, and compared notes on real-life situations that mirrored Losing Control storylines.
Every Losing Control book club I attend is unique. Participants of different ages, backgrounds, marital status, and ethnicities bring a different perspective to the discussion. But kicking back with a margarita and discussing sexual relations with a bunch of guys definitely takes the experience to another level. Simple pleasures…