Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tracy Krimmer's Decadent Decades...plus a book giveaway

We're glad to have Tracy Krimmer back at CLC today. This time, she's talking about our theme topic, '80s vs '90s. Her latest book, Lipstick & Lattes recently came out on Kindle and we're excited to read it, given how much we enjoy her other novels!

To celebrate her visit, Tracy has TWO e-books of Dating For Decades (reviewed here) to give away, since this is a "decades" post.

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Whitney only needs two things to survive -- a steaming cup of coffee and the opportunity to create art with makeup. But until her big break comes along, she's stuck selling makeup at the mall.

While out at a nightclub dancing her cares away, Whitney catches a fleeting glance of a man she's convinced is Prince Charming himself, but she misses her chance to talk to him. How will she find him now? Taking a wild chance, she places an online ad and her dreams come true when he appears.

Only fairy tales aren't what they seem. As Whitney struggles to deal with the vast amount of changes in her life, her Prince is up against some losses in his, widening the gap between them. The only answer to their problems lies right in front of their faces. Can they figure it out before it's too late? 
(Courtesy of Amazon.)

I love the '80s and '90s—does anyone remember those shows on VH-1, or is it only me? Melissa has asked me to name five of my top things from the '80s and five from the '90s. Only five! There is no way to narrow this down. I’ll give you five, but trust me...there are a ton more!

Five Favorites from the '80s

1. New Kids on the Block – I was seven years old when they exploded onto the scene and Joey stole my heart. I never got to see them live. My cool, young aunt took all my cousins, but my mom said I was too young. I’m still mad about that.

2. The tire jungle gym—When I was a kid, we didn’t have these outrageous play sets at school. We either hid in the tires in the big tire gym, used the swings, or sat on the big, green box in the middle of the playground.

3. Making up dances—When my friend Josie came over, we would always make up dances in the basement. I was a horrible dancer, but we passed so much time choreographing, and at times, pretending we were in a music video.

4. Charm Necklaces—These were awesome. Bright colored gems, like roller skates, guitars, or whistles filled your chainlink necklace.

5. Double Dare—This was the coolest show ever. Families competed against other families in a question like format and then were challenged in a messy obstacle course.

Five Favorites from the '90s

1. Scholastic Book Fair—Once I was reading novels, I didn’t stop. When the book fair came to my school, I found every reason to go multiple times a day and after school.

2. Recording from the radio—Back when iTunes or Spotify didn’t exist, we were forced to sit in front of our boombox and press record when the DJ played our favorite song. The worst part was when the DJ talked during the song, ruining it!

3. Fitness TV—When my brother started high school, I was in seventh grade. When he attended summer school before his freshman year, I spent two hours watching fitness shows and exercising. I miss swimsuits with tights and leg warmers!

4. Jerry Springer—We all loved to watch this train wreck unfold. It’s probably a tie with Springer and The Ricki Lake Show. I rushed home from school to watch these.

Watch at your own risk:

5. Texting, or as it was back then, notes. After writing a note to a friend you would fold it into a weird triangle format that you could easily shove into your pocket or a locker.

This is a short list of everything. Some honorable mentions combining the '80s and '90s: Chinese Jump Rope, Cat’s Cradle, Trapper Keepers, cheesy scary movies, Swan’s Crossing, corded phones.

Thanks to Tracy for chatting about the decades with us and for sharing Dating for Decades with our readers!

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Janine said...

Unless you're from Dallas and was into the rock music scene back then, most people wouldn't know what The Ritz was. It was the best rock and roll club in town. All the good bands either played there or just showed up to hang out. I was there several times a week.

Kelly Rodriguez said...

I really can't think of anything.

Tracy said...

Thanks for hosting me on your site! You always have such great topics :)

susieqlaw said...

Michael W. Smith was just starting off his musical career playing piano for Amy Grant and writing music. I love his early music.