Wednesday, April 18, 2007


New Zealander Karina Bliss writes contemporary Superromances. The first Australasian to win a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America, her second book MR IRRESISTIBLE is out June 06 in the US and July 06 in Australasia.
Tessa, (the darling), came up with the titles for my trilogy.


I’ve changed my career in the last twelve months from journalist to romance writer. Now my work conversations go something like this.
Editor in Toronto: Your hero describes a carpet as cowpat green. Don’t you mean brown?
Me: Maybe it’s the grass New Zealand cows eat but it’s definitely green...an olive colour.
Discussion of the different colour of cow excrement follows. We opt for brown because the book – Mr Imperfect – will be largely sold in North America.
Editor: In the love scene...page 182. Line 18. I’m confused as to whether the hero had actually penetrated the heroine at this stage.
Me: (blushing, says casually enough) No, he hasn’t but I’ll clarify that.
Hangs up and laughs hysterically. I LOVE my new job.

Now what are your most embarrassing moments? Do you have any funny work stories to share? Winner gets their pick of a signed copy of Mr Imperfect and Mr Irresistible!



Blogger Ali said...

I love your conversation with your editor ;) lol
My embarassing moments? Happens to me everytime I step out in public, lol. I'm really shy by nature, so any time I'm out in public or take center stage, I'm blushing to the roots of my hair :)

3:33 PM  
Blogger robynl said...

Just back to work after 2 months off due to surgery; Ass't Manager comes up to me to shake my hand and welcome me back and I can't say a word because I had just put a toffee in my mouth and, having top dentures, the toffee was stuck to my dentures making my mouth full and I'm unable to talk. I mumbled something and was so embarrassed.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Nicola Marsh said...

In my previous job as physiotherapist, I often needed to ring back patients who'd left messages.
This particular day, a Mr. Lyon had rung and left a phone number. When I returned the call, the Melbourne Zoo answered! They weren't impressed!! Probably got cranked all the time.
My fellow workers thought it was hilarious!

5:24 PM  
Blogger Karina Bliss said...

Speaking of embarrassing - my bio and the cow are not to be confused, ladies.

Shyness is hard work, isn't it Ali, and always strikes at the worst times. I once spent three days at an RWA conference trying to say hello to Jenny Crusie who is one of my heros. And wished I hadn't. I only managed the most inane conversation, and still blush to think about it.
Robyn, loved the toffee-mouth. I did a phone interview once when I'd been to the dentist and could barely speak. Constantly had to repeat my questions. It wasn't one of my best interviews.
Nicola, loved Mr Lyon at Melbourne Zoo. But I did know a Chick family running a poultry business.
Hey you've got to give these people the benefit of the doubt.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Weclome Karina. Now that is a beautiful cover :)

Nicola, your Mr Lyon story is tooo funny. And Robyn, how awful...Ali, I know that feeling. I was a very shy child, believe it or not.

I remember at Uni I walked over a grate. I was about 18 and I was wearing pink sandals with high heels and the heel got stuck. A tall guy came along and tried to get me unhooked. I was soooh embarrassed. I kept telling him I was fine. He undid the strap took my foot out, released the shoe and told me I had nice feet.

I nearly died. I ran! Now my heroines would NEVER be so gauche.


7:33 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

What a gorgeous cover.
I would say my most embarressing moment happened when I was working at a nursing home. While we were on our break some of the other workers decided they would do something nice for my birthday. So the next thing I know I have a gut in a gorilla suit dancing in front of me. I think it was supposed to be a sexy dance but how sexy can you get in a gorilla suit? I still have the coffee mug that I got from the gorilla after his dance.

8:08 PM  
Blogger YvonneLindsay said...

Oh gee, worst embarrassing moment! That's easy. I was a sales rep for a silver and flatware company and travelled the country. My manager couldn't do one leg of his trip so I picked it up. One of my calls was to a jeweller in a small town in Taranaki. When I stopped by, the shop owners were too busy to speak with me but asked me to call back after lunch. I said, no problem, and drove away out of town for a while. When I drove back, I saw the female shop owner, walking with a handsome younger man, back towards the shop. When I called back in I mentioned to her that I'd just seen her and her son out walking. You could have cut the air with a knife when she cooly informed me she'd been walking with her husband! Needless to say I didn't make any sales there that day!

9:07 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

Oh, Karina, don't tell me that story, lol... I'm attending next weeks RT Convention and am so scared that I'm going to screw it up when I meet some of my favorite authors ;)

Tessa, I keep trying to come out of my shell... but it's scary out there, lol

9:34 PM  
Blogger Minna said...

One of my embarrassing moments was when I was complaining about one of our teachers to my friend and guess who walked past us right there and then? And you could tell she had heard us...

11:22 PM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Back when I was in college I worked as a waitress and had to wear the ugliest dress in the world. If anyone I knew would come in then I was always tempted to hide.

2:50 AM  
Blogger KimW said...

Hi Karina! Congratulations on your job change! Love your conversation with your editor. Fortunately, I can't think of many embarrasing things. The only one I remember was when I was younger...I walked down a very long hall from the woman's washroom to return to my office. When I got there my co-worker started laughing and proceeded to let me know that the whole backside of my skirt was tucked inside of the waistband of my nylons. lol

3:31 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Hi everyone...
I would have to say my most embarassing moment is when I was working at a coffee shop when I was in college. I took a breath and for some darn reason inhaled some spit. Anybody ever swallow the wrong way? Well, I had a coughing attack, mind you I was not sick, that felt like it lasted for 20 minutes. As I was the only one working the bar at the time....yeah, you could probably imagine, huh:)

3:56 AM  
Blogger CrystalG said...

The most embarassing thing that happened to me at work was getting the jacket that went over my dress caught in the shredder. My boss had to cut the jacket off me to free me. Talk about being red faced.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Lois said...

I only have one experience with working up to this point in life, and nothing really happened there, but after 4 weeks (well, weekends, it was Saturday and Sundays) I was fired. But I never actually did anything. . . and it seems like I wasn't the only one, they tended to let people go soon after they were hired. And that stunk because I just finally found my niche in that mall restaurant, cleaning the tables and washing the dishes and utensils. LOL


10:51 AM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

When I was working outside the home I remember one rather embarassing moment where I was angry with a cowrker. I was talking about her to another coworker who was also a close friend. We both thought she was out to lunch. Next thing we know we hear her say in the next office "You know I can hear everything you are saying." You could hear a pin drop in the silence. I was so embarassed but I learned a lesson from it.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Mona said...

There was this hilarious story. A few friends while calling me at home accidentally switched two numbers and they told me each time they call a guy would answer.. they thought it was my brother, they'd ask about Mona he replied that it's a wrong number.
One day I was out and called home and guess what I switched the same two numbers and when the same guy answered I thought he's my brother so I went on saying This is Mona, tell mom that I'll be late. And he just went laughing telling me that he wish only he was the guy meant with the call. I just hang up the phone without even apologizing but now each time I remember I laughed about it. Imagine you got calls for a week or so asking about Mona then Mona calls you telling you she'd be late today!!!:)

2:57 PM  
Blogger Karina Bliss said...

It's such fun to read all the comments. Thanks for sharing.
And thanks to Tessa for inviting me to blog on her site. She writes fabulous books and I know she's going to be a star. Of course I have to share one story about her and another star Abby Gaines. They were at RWA last year and after a margarita or two, Abby insisted Tessa do kareoke with her. Poor Tessa told her she couldn't sing but Abby wouldn't take no for an answer. The number chosen was 'Girls just gotta have fun' and Tessa still remembers the look on Abby's face when Tessa opened her mouth.
She can't sing but the girl can write. Here's to your brilliant career, Tessa.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Kimberly L said...

I was trying to help a co worker with changing the toner in the copy machine. When I pulled the tape strip off the cartridge the thing exploded and needless to say ink went all over me. I had to walk around with black all over my clothes and face. How humiliating.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Oh, goodness, I've been laughing in sympathy at some of these stories. Very funny.

Christa, loved the gorilla. Crystal, I feel for you with the shredder. Mona, very cute story!

All of you thanks so much for coming along and celebrating with me.

Karina, I warned Abby - she just didn't believe me :-). But these Girls still had a lot of fun!

Mr Irresistible is due out in JUNE and I'm warning everyone that Jordan King is seriously HOT. He first turned up in Mr Imperfect, so if you haven't read that, it's worth reading Kez and Christian's story too.

4:56 AM  

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