Saturday, June 03, 2006

Leave Well Enough Alone

Many times throughout my life I’ve asked my grandparents generation about changes they’ve seen. We’ve agreed we’re thankful for the comforts of modern living. But somewhere in the last one hundred years we’ve about topped off one what we need for comfort. We’re all invented out. That isn’t my theory. Some think tank dude said it on some show I watched. He said scientists have invented just about everything and from now on we’ll just be reinventing the wheel. From what I can see, some times the change makes little sense. I’m not going to talk about the big changes in our lives today... but the small and mostly insignificant! LOL.

I’ve been using the same antiperspirant (ban®) for twenty-plus years because it’s about the only brand I am not allergic too. Long, long ago they added scent and I had to stop using it. That decision must have drastically changed their bottom line immediately because within a short time they then had scented and original. Then it didn’t change for a long time (other than it isn’t sold in boxes anymore). Then one day about year ago I thought they stopped making it all together. I looked everywhere, but it turns out they just changed the color of the plastic bottle to a lime green. Laugh at me if you will, but it took awhile to find it on the shelves. I don’t think that I’m the only one that got thrown for a loop. This week I went to the store and bought my latest bottle, and it now has “extra odor fighters”. I guess they noticed that their share of stinky consumers couldn’t figure out they went to a lime green bottle. But now that they have special advertizing, they might rope some of the people that started smelling worse after losing track of them? Must be! If they’d just left well enough alone, they wouldn’t have had to start a trend of changes. These changes have just amused me for the most part. The new formula isn’t making me itch yet, so for now they can change away without losing me as a customer.

But sometimes change makes me switch brands. I swear that my old favorite brand of shampoo changes every other week. Actually, I swear they’re trying to fool me! About a year ago they were making blue volumizing shampoo. It was wonderful. But they discontinued it and I had to find another favorite brand, which is often trail and error and means throwing away shampoos that I hate. The other day I found some blue volumizing shampoo again, so I went back to them. It isn’t the same formula. This stuff is awful in comparison to that other stuff, but at least as good as the brand I’d found to substitute. Come on, leave well enough alone!

But the change that has upset me the most this past year is... the discontinuation of vanilla Coke. I thought it tasted better than Coke Classic. But apparently they never found enough people that agreed with me. I cry at the thought they stopped making it. Whine. Sob. Sigh. Okay, so I’m not really “upset”. I don’t need sugar pop anyway, so it is for the best. You see... I hated diet vanilla Coke. I did try to give it a fair shake though.

I guess these changes are inevitable. There are people whose job it is to do something, even if nothing needs to be done. They can’t very well go to work each day and stare at their phone. Well, yes they can. The advent of computerized voice mail has pretty much stopped phone calls from getting through to people. But, that isn’t what I was getting at. I would have been pleased if the chemist that invented vanilla Coke had stopped doing his or her job, but Coke sure would have gotten tired of paying them to sit there.

Guess this all means there is no leaving well enough alone?

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Relic ~ April Cover of the Month!




Relic @ NCP


Relic ~ April Cover of the Month!


Eliza Black's cover Relic won April Book Cover of the Month at Erin Aislinn's website. Thanks to everyone for their support!

http://www.erinaislinn.com/ BookCoveroftheMonth.htm


~ Annalee Blysse



Sunday, May 28, 2006

Slip Into Something Victorian Blog

http://somethingvictorianblog.blogspot.com
Slip Into Something Victorian Blog

TWELVE WRITERS UNMASK VICTORIAN ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE" - An interesting group blog. :)

My First Novel Released In Print!

Starlit Destiny was released in print. For those who have been asking where to buy my books, New Concepts Publishing offers their print books at a discount from retail. I have included the ISBN numbers so they can be ordered at bookstores or from Amazon.com, though Starlit Destiny will be in bookstores later in June 2006. NOTE: When ordering a copy from NCP, make sure to check out front page at NCP website for the latest information about expected shipment times.

Starlit Destiny by Annalee Blysse (Futuristic Romance)

Dena is determined to stop Krys from delivering the weapons that will destroy her world, but her heart insists that her destiny is at his side. With her world hanging in the balance, how can she follow when everything she trusts is wrong?

Sensuality: SENSUAL

Trade Paperback ISBN 1-58608-749-5

Buy link and excerpt are at:
http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/starlitdestiny.htm

Reviews and info in general are at:
http://www.annaleeblysse.com/starlitdestiny.html

CONTEST RESULTS! Congratulations to newsletter member echo_daphne ... winner of an autographed copy of Starlit Destiny. If you'd like to win a free copy of my next release when that happens, please join Electric Romance. It's an update newsletter, with "3" authors posting a few times a month.

Also available in print is...

Immortal Lovers by Annalee Blysse, Jennifer Colgan and Marie Morin (Paranormal Erotic Romance)

Sensuality: SPICY

Trade Paperback ISBN 1-58608-743-6

Buy link at:
http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/immortallovers.htm

Excerpt and general information at:

http://www.annaleeblysse.com/immortallovers.html