September 17, 2014

The Cold War: It isn't over.

On June 24, 2010 in a suite inside the Marriott on Florida's Hollywood Beach, an argument took place between my husband Scott and me. 

Scratch that. 

It wasn't an argument. It was the precursor of an ongoing war. 

I decided to revisit what exactly happened on that fateful afternoon by writing a story about it entitled, "The Cold War," which is featured in the anthology Clash of the Couples: A Humorous Collection of Completely Absurd Lover’s Squabbles and Relationship Spats, due out November 3, 2014 on Amazon, B&N, Apple, and other places where you typically buy books:
Here's an excerpt from the book's introduction:
Coupledom. Fact or fable, Adam and Eve birthed the perpetual relationship drama as seen on TV today. Despite the serpents, this couple HAD IT MADE. Luxury real estate, lush gardens, and privacy out the yin-yang. Life was glorious until the bare-bottomed babe could no longer resist temptation.     Despite her better half’s warnings and threats to sleep in a tree, she tasted the forbidden fruit. One bite of that seductive, juicy contraband and the stage was set for eternity— a nibble that has blossomed into an endless supply of tiny tidbits that divide lovers to this day!

Taking a cue from the naked explorers of authentic sin, Clash of the Couples is a new anthology featuring a collection of completely absurd lovers’ squabbles and relationship spats. Think couples fight over kids, sex, and money? Think again! Furniture, the last beer, and where to store the placenta are what genuinely ignite our feuds. And no argument is off limits. This book has it all!

Inside you’ll find a gut-busting compilation of stories such as: “I Can’t Believe You Ate My Sandwich," "Never Assume Anything," "Only I Can Talk About Me," and "You Want Some College Boobs?" from forty-three fearless writers. Prepare to laugh, roll your eyes, and shiver in suspense. While Eve may have had the first bite, we ate the whole tree. And made pies. 

In the video below, Scott and I try -- not surprisingly, unsuccessfully -- to seek common ground about an issue that has become the proverbial thorn in our side -- and the source of the goose bumps on my arms...

I think I'm right. He thinks he's right. Buy the book, read our story, and you be the judge. To stay updated on the release of Clash of the Couples, check out our Facebook page here, and a complete list of Clash of the Couples contributors is below:

Andrew S. Delfino of Almost Coherent Parent
Crystal Ponti of MommiFried
Camille DeFer Thompson of Camille DeFer Thompson
Meredith Napolitano of From Meredith to Mommy
Chris Dean of pixie.c.d.
Linda Roy of elleroy was here
Kevin Zelenka of Double Trouble Daddy
Sarah Cottrell of Housewife Plus
R.C. Liley of Going Dad
Mary Widdicks of Outmanned
Marie Bollman of Make Your Own Damn Dinner
Ginny Marie of Lemon Drop Pie
Mike Reynolds of Puzzling Posts
Leigh-Mary Hoffmann of Happily Ever Laughter Blog
Lisa Petty of Lisa R. Petty
Lynn Shattuck of The Light Will Find You
Jeff Bogle of Out With The Kids
Stacey Gustafson of Are You Kidding Me?
Angela Godbout of FRaPS
Courtney Conover of The Brown Girl with Long Hair
Jenny Hills of Express Bus Mama
Marcia Kester Doyle of Menopausal Mother
Julia Arnold of Frantic Mama
Jessica Azar of Herd Management
Susan A. Black of I Like That
Sarah del Rio of est. 1975
Nicole R. Wildhood of Naught Be All Else
Angela Keck of Writer Mom’s Blog
Alexa Bigwarfe of No Holding Back
Brian Sorrell of Dadding Full Time
Kathryn Leehane of Foxy Wine Pocket
April Grant of 100lb Countdown
Bev Feldman of Linkouture
Jodi Flaherty of The Noise of Boys
Scott Rigdon of Three Five Zero
Lydia Richmond of Cluttered Genius
Allie Burdick of VITA - Train for Life
Michelle Grewe of Crumpets and Bollocks
Barb Godshalk of Co-Author of Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey
Jonathon Floyd of One Funny Daddy
Chris Carter of The Mom Cafe
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  1. hahaha!!! You guys are TOO funny! I'm so excited that we're BOTH in this book and I can't wait to read all about the cold war. My husband and I fight about temperature all.the.time!!!!! Classic.

    1. Good Morning, Allie! Yes, it is. This is a lover's squabble that is as old as time. And, from what I can tell, it'll plague our marriage For-Evuh!

      Thank you for visiting (and commenting) and congratulations on your piece being published, too!! Yay!!

      Enjoy your day, my friend!


  2. OOOOO! I can't wait! I am always freezing and Steve is a furnace so we disagree about that dang ceiling fan all the time! Scott and Steve need to realize happy wife happy life!

    Hope you are feeling all better!


    1. Hi, my friend!

      This phrase "happy wife happy life," yeah, see, Scott got the memo on this when it comes to life in general. I'll give him credit when it's due.

      It's just that, someway, somehow, when it comes to the thermostat, there is a blatant disconnect. (Sigh).

      Oh what to do?

      Thank you for commenting, Susie!


  3. So I'm posting the video everywhere, will be sharing the graphic, and linking up to this post because - I'm still freaking laughing while my netherside is freezing off! Last night it was minus twenty here in Maine (okay not really that cold) and my guy turned on the FAN. On high. No. No. No. I couldn't feel my nose this morning. But here's my thinking...when dinner rolls around, we all know who wins The Cold War if the fan stays on. Yep. :)

    1. Oh, Crystal. So it looks as though you definitely feel my pain. And, yeah, waking up with a numb nose is pretty much par for the course in this house. But, here's the issue about the dinner: Since Scott is a certified chef -- and I can't cook worth a damn, so I got nothing on that front.

      Do you know where this Mama gets her licks in? With her pen. ;-)

      Thank you for *everything*, Crystal!


  4. This is awesome! Can't wait to read the story!!!

    1. Ah!! Thank you, Chris, for visiting,and commenting! I hope you like what you read...

      I'm so glad our paths have crossed through this project!


  5. You two are just the cutest and had me grinning the whole time!

    1. Oh, Louida, thank you! I'm not going to lie, we hoped people would find this entertaining, but, in all honesty, there is a war brewing...and we BOTH think we're right!

      Thank you for commenting. :-)

  6. Congrats! I am looking forward to reading this and the cover is hysterical! Can't wait to read about your war!

    1. Thanks, Susan! We hope you -- and everyone! -- gets a kick out of our "fan" feud. lol

      Thank you for commenting.

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    1. Thanks, Lexa! How are you?

      Thank you for visiting -- and commenting!

      We're really looking forward to this book's debut!


  8. Hi Courtney - Watched the video and can't wait to read the book! So I'm trying to stay Switzerland here... and my only comment is that MANY years down the road when you hit menopause... you will be true equals in the world of weather patterns in your home. Hugs, Holly

    1. Okay, so, again, this is why I love you: Leave it to you to actually see the silver lining in all of this. ;-) And you know what? I believe you...

      Thank you for commenting, and look out for an e-mail from me this weekend...


  9. Lol!!! His facial expressions! This is hilarious and I will totally buy the book. Dan and I have so many of these arguments. Can't wait!