Barbara Poelle (about whom I've ranted before) realized she was reading the same manuscript I was reading. She knows I'm FAST when I see something I like; she knows I'm really fast when I see something I like and there are other agents in the scrum.
Barbara Poelle has been known to use every slithery trick she can think of, and a few more dreamt up by her clever companion in slink, Holly Root.
Today though, BP and HR were at a loss for nefarious plans to waylay me. They put their clever little heads together and called in the big guns for reinforcements.
BP (on phone): Margo!
Margo (evil co-conspirator): Barbara!
BP: Hold on, I'm conference-calling Root in for this!
BP: We need to waylay Reid. She's on a reading tear. I want this client. We have to head her off at the pass. You're the only one who can do it, Margo!
Margo (warily): you're not expecting me to try to outdrink her are you?
BP/HR (collapsing in guffaws): ah no Margo, we'd never ask anyone to attempt that. The last person who tried is still under the table at the Old Town Bar crying for his ma and clutching his royalty statements.
Margo: Well, what then? I'm not sure what else could...oh wait! Wait wait wait. I have the perfect distraction.
BP/HR: excellent! We need her out of commission all night. Till 4:45am if you can manage.
And thus it came to pass that Margo slunk into the FinePrint offices yesterday evening in the guise of a friendly get to know you meeting, and oh-so-casually hauled out the usual editorial offerings: books.
Clever thing that she is, she did not try to tempt me by over praising it. No, no, just a casual mention of how much she liked the book and how fun it was.
And after a long day at work, entirely too much scotch, and hearing the siren song of reading something for just for fun, I yielded. Oh yes, yielded right onto the couch, and right smack dab away from the Kindle and that full manuscript.
I couldn't stop. Couldn't? Didn't want to!
Kristan Higgins new book Just One of the Guys is fun fun fun!
I loved it.
The only thing I didn't like about it?
It's a single title!!
I loved these characters and I want to read more about them!
Now, I must go send "your agent wears army boots" emails to all of Holly and Barbara's clients.
And I'm collecting ideas for how to best wreck revenge on the third of the conspirators!
I'm going to get you Margo! Oh yes indeed! And your little dog too!