Virginia Gray

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Bestselling Author Virginia Gray is a North Carolina native and graduate of Wake Forest University. A former university professor, she stepped away from academics to pursue a writing career. She is a great lover of humor, music, and all things food. Please visit www.virginiagraynovels.com to learn about her new releases.

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Virginia Gray I play drums, so I crank up some songs and pound those puppies!
Virginia Gray The joy I get from creating living breathing characters and introducing them to readers.
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Picture Spring finally came yesterday in the form of blooming flowers, warm breezes and the mighty urge to roll down my car windows. I was just leaving the park--a place where my story ideas float around in the ether, when Van Halen's "Dreams" queued. Grinning like an idiot, I turned up the volume and let High School wash over me.  Which song defines your glory days?

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The Golden Handcuffs by Virginia  Gray
"I love this book and series. If you like romantic comedy, this is for you. The book is very well written, smooth flowing and easy to read. The author does a great job portraying the characters and their emotions.

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"I don't know what I'm going to do with myself now that The Susan Wade Saga has come to an end. A refreshingly fantastic series, and probably the best I've read in this genre in years. I was completely overwhelmed by The Carrot (#2) and couldn't im..." Read more of this review »
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"Susan Wade faces the "ever after" part of career and family. What a challenge, and what a hoot!

Just when you think you've got everything in balance, the load always shifts.

With her beloved friend Mona, Mona's Jimbo, the ever charming and challeng..." Read more of this review »
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Anyone who has ever tried to get a job will love this book! I was amazed at the depth of emotion the author infused into her characters. I got so involved, I felt like I was Susan! I can't recommend this book enough. Read it. You won't be sorry!
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Marriage Made Me Do It by Ashley Fontainne
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An exciting dark comedy that will appeal to anyone who loves a good thriller! What if you followed all the rules, did everything exactly as expected, were properly rewarded for your efforts, but then one day, when you innocently answered your door, d ...more
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A great cozy mystery read!
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Lucky Strike is filled with dreamy men, great friends, and a wonderful romance. Mrs. Beaumont’s characters feel real enough to walk right out of the book, and I’m a sucker for a really happy ending. I can’t wait to read the next book in this
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“Holy crap! Two weeks ago, I was blissfully enjoying my fairly perfect life. Now I’ve just boarded a plane to Hell—the real one, with the heat and the desperation and the…what is that smell? And it’s not even my fault—well, not technically, anyway…”
Virginia Gray, The Carrot

“Holy crap! Two weeks ago, I was blissfully enjoying my fairly perfect life. Now I’ve just boarded a plane to Hell—the real one, with the heat and the desperation and the…what is that smell? And it’s not even my fault—well, not technically, anyway…”
Virginia Gray, The Carrot

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
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“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
Rosemarie Urquico

“Why does everyone think a guy who prefers love to people is missing something in his life?”
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Rebecca Vance Thanks for the friend invitation! I love reading and readers and other writers too, of course!


Carole Gill thank you, Virginia :)


Louise Hart Thank you for the friend invite, Virginia.


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