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Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Please welcome Patricia Mason to my blog. Patricia is a talented, award winning author of both Adult and Young Adult novels.
I haven't read IN DEEP SHITAKE yet...but it's definitely going on top of my To Be Read pile today! 
Happy Reading, 
L. j. 

The day I found myself IN DEEP SHITAKE, by Patricia Mason

Are the aliens conducting experiments? Do they have their own version of funniest home videos?  Or maybe God has a really good sense of humor.  I'm not sure what the cosmic explanation is for some of the ridiculous situations I get myself into.  But I'm a big believer in turning lemons into lemonade and sh....tuff into shinola. So.............

What did I do after being stuck in a car window with my posterior embarrassingly exposed to the cold, winter wind? Used it for inspiration in my writing, of course.  Well, that is what I did AFTER I extracted myself from the window, all the while praying my neighbors didn't have a video camera....or it they did, that it was broken, or....Anyway, you get the idea.

A few years ago, I was traveling a long distance by car with my two dogs and was trapped in a sudden whiteout. My car spun 360 degrees on the highway and came to rest off the road in a snow bank. I was towed out but by the time I got home a few hours later, the doors of the car were frozen and I couldn't get them open to get out. By then the dogs were desperate for a bathroom (or fire hydrant) break. I was able to get my window down to about the half-way point. But I was forced to try to crawl out.

Since I was dressed for comfort in a skirt with slouchy socks with clogs, by the time I got halfway out the window, the socks and shoes had come off and my skirt was up around my waist.

I used this incident, in a fictionalized way, in my new romantic suspense, IN DEEP SHITAKE. My heroine is trying to break into the car instead of out when she becomes stuck in a humiliating position. The hunky hero just happens to come along and find her.

I'm not sure if I would have been happier if my own embarrassing incident had ended with a sexy Brit rescuing me from my predicament. Instead, I finally managed to fall out and land in the snow. If a sexy man had found me stuck, I probably would never have been able to emerge from my house ever, ever, ever, again dying from the humiliation. However, having a guy like the sexy Ross from my book might have made the shame worthwhile.

Here's the overview of my story:

Take one devastatingly handsome movie star.
Add in one outrageously sexy female private eye with a penchant for food-word obscenities.
Mix in a dose of mistaken identity and a handful of Russian mobsters.
And they're all In Deep Shitake.

In Deep Shitake is FREE May 7-9th as part of the Spring Fling Free Par-Tay. Dozens of other books (Romances from sweet to HOT. Thrillers, Mysteries, Horror and more. Fantastic books, many by award-winning and best-selling authors.) Readers can find all the free books at  I hope you'll all come and party with us at the Par-Tay!

In fact, the heroine of In Deep Shitake is also featured in another Free Par-Tay FREE book, A Thriller Anthology called Bullets, Brass and Babes.




  1. Lol, love the story behind the story! As a foodie & a word person, I'm going to have to check In Deep Shitake for the food-word obscenities!

  2. Thank you, Rashda. You are kind. : ) Patricia Mason

  3. Thank you, L.J. for having me on your cute blog. I love your Lifethread series, BTW. : ) Patricia Mason

  4. Hi Patricia! Hi LJ! :)
    Haha! Great true-life story, and the book sounds funny! I think I could go for a humorous story right about now! I've been reading so much heavy stuff lately. And I've always been fascinated with the mafia. :)

    1. Thanks you, Misty. I hope you enjoy it. Pat Mason

  5. Love the true stories! Fictional one sounds equally intriguing!

  6. Hi Pam,
    Your new novel sounds fabulous...oh and I can feel for your embarrassing day half in & out of the window. I haven't seen any picture up on Facebook or a YouTube, so guess if anyone saw you, they didn't record the moment.

    Good luck and thanks for the free download!

    1. HaHa. I keep checking. You never know when these things will turn up. Probably when I'm a bestselling author. LOL Thanks for commenting. Pat Mason

  7. Hi, Patricia.

    I really love this post. My imagination has been toying with images of you stuck in the car, and then crumpled in the snow--exactly the stuff heroines are made from.

    Thanks so much for being on my blog today. You've made my first guest post a success, and I hereby offer you a standing invitation to come back any time.

    L. j.