Blog Buddies -- They're not just on the Internet!

We did it!  Ever since blog friend Michael Di Gesu and I discovered our birthdays are only three days apart---and that he's in Chicago and I'm in the western 'burbs---we've been talking about getting together.  And last Friday we made it happen.  Of course we made it happen; we're both stubborn Tauruses (or would that be Tauri?), after all.
This is us at the Grand Lux Cafe on Wabash

I'm happy to report that Michael is just as lively, open, warm, and wonderful in real life as he is on his blog.  The conversation and laughs flowed easily all through lunch...and about 45 iced teas/Diet Cokes. But that wasn't enough, so after
having the waiter snap a photo of us, we wandered over to a Starbucks that had the most AMAZING view of Wacker Drive and continued the conversation.   If you ever get the chance to meet up with someone you've clicked with in the blogosphere, I highly recommend it.  Thanks for the fun, Michael!

During A to Z, Michael won a copy of a soon-to-be-released Summer Anthology, and now I get to tell you  a little bit more about it.  The authors of Omnific Publishing have all come together to write summer-themed romantic short stories to benefit a very cool breast-cancer charity, Save the Ta-Tas.  This is a non-profit foundation that raises funds to support innovative initiatives, such as funding independent breast cancer research. 

Our stories will be divided into two collections, a Young Adult "Breeze" Anthology, and a steamier "Heat "Anthology. Both anthologies will be available for purchase from July 1 - September 30, 2011, and all proceeds will go to Save the Ta-Tas.  I adore the story this summer theme inspired me to write, and I can't wait until it's out in the world and raising money for breast-cancer research (no, it's not set in the 80s, and yes, it's in the "Breeze" Anthology).

Here we are at Meet an Author Monday again, hosted by Lisa Sanchez.  Please link in and hop along to see what's up with these awesome authors:   


ketch1714 said...

Awesome!! There's a lot of friends I would love to meet up with some day. Glad to hear you had a fun time!

Suze said...

That is a really nice story. I wonder how it will affect your interaction online, now. :)

CarolOates said...

That's lovely that you got to meet your online friend. It won't be long now until July rolls around.

Tara Tyler said...

how great! its nice to confirm we exist =)

Jennifer Lane said...

I've had some wonderful experiences meeting internet buddies in real life. Not a scary person in the bunch. ;) Is that photo from Trump Tower? Nothing's like downtown Chicago on a sunny day. I can't wait to read your "breeze" story, Nicki!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Nicki,

Thanks for all the nice things you said about me. Likewise, they apply to you as well.

Everyone... Nicki is SO FUN and VIBRANT. I don't know who talked more.... It was definitely close we both were so excited!

I can't wait until our next meeting. Have a great week Nicki!

Suze said...

Hi Nick!

Just got the '80s compilation CD- that was so sweet of you! Thanks bunches and have a great week.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Blog buddies are def the best! And I can't wait to read your story! :)

Liz Fichera said...

Such a lovely pic!! Would love to see you guys when I'm in Chicago!

L'Aussie said...

Hi Nicki. As an online friend of Michael's it was lovely to read of your meeting. It looks like it was a great lunch! It would be great if a group of you could get together - there's Liz who'd like to see you all!

What a good idea of Meet an Author Monday.


erica and christy said...

Glad you guys got to meet and had a lot of fun (and, well, liquid)!!