So happy to have been invited to the Muse Party Blogfest again. I had a great time last year, when my character, Patricia O'Neill came with me. Since we're doing a Valentine's party this year, I invited Leonel, because he's dreamy. Plus, he's married and gay as well as imaginary, so my husband shouldn't get too jealous.
1. Who did you bring to the party? Is he/she your Valentine or anti-Valentine?
This is my character Leonel Alvarez, one of the four main characters in Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel. Now that he's had some time to adjust to life as a man, he's trying to get out there and meet people. He was a little homebound there for a while and is ready to party!
He's not my Valentine…that would be my husband. But he's a romantic fellow and very handsome. I'm not really his type though. He prefers his husband, David. We'll have a good time together though. No pressure!
2. Which one of you is the more romantic person?
Tough call. I think we're a lot alike in that regard. We're both dog-people, meaning we're loyal to the core, and fiercely passionate. Leonel's story is undeniably romantic, though. His marriage survived an unexpected gender change! My husband and I have had far less to overcome.
3. What gift are you giving to your (anti) Valentine?
Leonel has struggled with fashion since he became a man. I found him a new shirt, made of something soft and lovely, but that fits flattering over all those new muscles.
4. Are you guys wearing red or pink (or black...)?
Leonel is wearing pink. It's always been one of his favorite colors, and he's woman and man enough to wear it well. He looks great in the button-up with jeans and boots. I'm wearing my red Converse with a Deadpool tee shirt and jeans. Leonel rolled his eyes at me, but I'm just not the dress and heels type. And hey, my Deadpool tee shirt is red! He'll have to go with Jessica next year if he wants a dressy date.
5. Did you bring any Valentine's Day treats?
6. Name a song for our Love Playlist or Anti-Love Playlist (or both)!
I'm a big fan of Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux when it come to love songs.
Leonel says that's not peppy enough for a party though. He's thinking maybe "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves or the Proclaimers (I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles, for the English speakers. And for los que hablan español: "Las Cosas Pequeñas" by Prince Royce or "Me Faltas Tú" by Thalia.
7. Got a great anti/Valentine party game?
A good game of charades is always fun, especially with a theme of love songs or romantic movies. Leonel is a surprisingly good singer, so if you queue up some karaoke he might just floor you with a tune. If we drink enough to start feeling confessional, a game of "I Never" is sure to be revealing and hilarious.
8. Feeling the love or just feeling nauseous? How will you have fun at the party?
I'm more of a people watcher than a mover and shaker. I'll probably find someone else a little introverted and shy and sit and make awkward small talk with him or her. Leonel is quite social though. I bet by the end of the party, everyone will want his phone number, and quite a few will have it. Though only David has his heart.
9. Has your muse been a good Valentine?
Definitely. Leonel is the truest heart I know. I'm lucky to count him among my imaginary friends.
*Jordan's Bonus Question (feel free to ignore him...): Did you bring me & Sarah a musiversary gift? (Because we've put up with each other for five years and I think we deserve something.)
Yes, Jordan, we did. Besides the macarons (yes, you get to the keep the leftovers). I told Leonel about your karaoke version of Satisfaction last year, so he found you this "Moves Like Jagger" tee shirt. We figured you could both wear it. (And to be clear: Leonel is both too old for you, and married, Jordan. So no heavy flirting!).
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Haha! Jordan will definitely love the t-shirt! It's ok, he doesn't really go for older guys (anymore). But he'll probably still flirt a little...ReplyDelete
Thanks for coming to my party!
Leonel will be relieved. He's attracted a lot of attention for his new physicality, and it makes him really uncomfortable!Delete
Yeah, I think Jordan will love the t-shirt. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for this opportunity to meet your character. Leonel sounds amazing!
Thanks! We're looking forward to getting around and meeting everyone else, too.Delete
That is an incredibly cool t-shirt. Great gift. And what a character!ReplyDelete
Thanks :-) Leonel is a wonderful guy.Delete
I like the T-Shirt and would love to see the two boys dance in them. Maybe later today when the kids are in bed... ;-)ReplyDelete
He can cook and gives cool gifts. Great post.ReplyDelete
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit
Thanks. Leonel is much better at the whole "socialize at a party" thing than I am. But, then again, most people are.Delete
Glad to see you and Leonel back for this party. :) I'll definitely take one of those macarons. Would it be impolite to take one of each color? ;)ReplyDelete
I think you definitely should. They are actually different flavors as well. The green ones are pistachio. Yum!Delete
I think I bought your book because it sounded awesome. This just made me want to read it more. =)ReplyDelete
Well thank you so much! w00t!Delete
I honestly didn't know macarons came in different colors.
And I've never heard the song before, either.
I like slow schmaltz when it comes to love songs :-)Delete
Those macarons look gorgeous. :-)ReplyDelete
Nice to meet you, Leonel.
Leonel: "Es un placer de conocerte también."Delete
I'd be the same as you, standing at the side of the room and making awkward small talk! Those macarons look gorgeous! I loved meeting Leonel :), hope to see him again soon!ReplyDelete
They were good! I ate far too many. And Leonel will be in a novella with Patricia and Cindy. It will be released March 5: The Indomitable Ten.Delete
So interesting! I actually knew a couple who survived a gender change, once. They were SO devoted! I'd love to hear more about this.ReplyDelete
I knew Linda and David would find a way, even though Linda/Leonel's gender change was not something she chose. Love will find a way.Delete
I love Walking on Sunshine, too! Great party song!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Heather. It's a favorite for me and my real life Valentine, since it was featured in Ella Enchanted, which was our first "family date" movie.Delete
Somehow I missed this one. Sounds like you had fun with it!ReplyDelete
I always really enjoy these character sharing types of blog hops :-)Delete
Charades is always fun (with a little alcohol mixed in for those too social anxious to participate). Interesting character!ReplyDelete
Great post and what a wonderful character Leonel is! Evelyn (my muse) thinks he is hot for a guy! Ha! Sorry I am so late dropping by. Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
I've been late making it around to all the other guests, too. Thanks for coming by! Leonel just silently blushed. He was better at accepting compliments when he was a woman.Delete