Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Guest Blogger, Dianne Sweeney

Today I’d like to welcome author Dianne Sweeney as the special guest blogger here at Thoughts in Progress as part of her Virtual Blog Tour ‘10.

“Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace” is Dianne’s current book. Her blog tour officially began April 5 and will end on April 30.

Here’s a brief synopsis of “Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace”: “In today’s age of virtual “hook-ups” and online encounters, it is no surprise that there are thousands of websites devoted to Internet dating.

Told in a series of vignettes, Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace, Dianne Sweeney’s revealing account of dating in the 21st century takes you on a hilarious, often poignant journey of online dates, dumps, and disasters. As she discovers the world of Internet dating is blessed by those seeking true love and plagued by those just “seeking.” Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace uncovers the reality of online dating-its pleasures, its horrors, and all the quirky stuff in between.”

Dianne stopped by today to tells us about life after “Frogs.”

“Dianne, I know why you don’t have a boyfriend,” Macy says as she downs a cup of coffee at Starbucks in Downtown, Campbell.  Macy is a cute, 44-year-old woman who is happily married with two teenage kids.  Macy and I just recently met at a party and hit it off.  She is funny, and I like talking to her. 

“Really? Why’s that?” I ask as I’m about to shove a piece of red velvet cupcake into my mouth.  Eagerly, I lean toward her to hear this latest revelation about my non-existent love life.

“You need to grow your hair longer, and you need to lose 20 pounds, maybe 25,” she says with an air of authority.

I lean back in my chair and stare at her for a moment.  I then glance down at the last few crumbs of my cupcake lying on the napkin, and the only thing that I can think of is whether of not I should smash my thumb upon them and send them and my thumb hurtling to my mouth.  Decisions… Decisions…I look at Macy, she looks at me, and then we both glance down at the minuscule pieces of red velvet cupcake scattered on the ugly brown napkin.  Man, it is taking all of my will power not to gobble those few specks up.  I know that Macy is waiting for a response, so I decide to let the crumbs go and crumble up my napkin.  I look up, and Macy is still staring at me.  I know she is waiting for a response, but I don’t know what to say.

“Maybe, you could have something there,” I say nodding my head in agreement. Macy’s brow furrows for a moment. I mean what am I suppose to say to that?  Actually, that has become my mantra since the release of Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace.  Everybody has an opinion about my love life.  

Is Macy, right?  Will losing weight and growing my hair manifest into a boyfriend. Hardly.  Come on.  Really?  Hmmm, I think this poses a new question, does weight loss equate to love gained?  Let’s find out.  I have a feeling this is going to be an epic battle.

I look at Macy and smile.  She smiles at me.  Let the games begin I say to myself.

Dianne, thanks so much for making Thoughts in Progress a stop on your blog tour. It’s good to know that there is “life after Frogs.”

For a little background on Dianne. She is the average, thirty-something, working woman of today–sometimes sarcastic, sometimes too honest for her own good–but she does tell it like it is. Professionally, she’s set. Friends–she has plenty. But love…well, isn’t that what we’re all looking for? Dianne resides in San Jose, California with her favorite cat, Scout.

Here’s a link that provides the first 20 pages of “Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace” followed by a
short book video trailer introducing the book.


  1. Dating in the 21st's got to be a challenge. And this sounds like a fun book. Thanks for introducing us to Dianne. :)

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. Mason - Thanks for hosting Diane.

    Diane - Thanks for sharing a look at life in the 21st Century dating world. It does sound complicated : ) and I'm glad I'm not "in the market." It seems like a fun read, though.

  3. Sounds like a fun book (I'm rather hoping she ditches the friend). I like the cover, too.

    Straight From Hel

  4. Dianne, thanks for guest blogging today. Dating in this day and age is something I'm glad I'm not doing. LOL.

    Elizabeth, it does sound like a fun book.

    Margot, I'm like you - glad I'm not "in the market."

    Helen, the cover is eye catching.

  5. Interesting and curious--I'm not sure what to think. I will have to come back for the trailer as we have a rule--no videos in public spaces. A public space is one that contains any other person. MY husband is here.

    I'll tell you one thing--every time I lost weight--I got lots of offers! Every time I gained weight, I was left nearly alone except by a few total losers.

  6. Mason, I love that you give us glimpses of all these different books and their authors. I think I'd probably be kissing a LOT of frogs if I were currently dating. Yuk!

  7. I think Diane and I may be kindred spirits. The book I was working on but decided to shelve to work on my sci-fi/fantasy novel was very similar.

    Thanks for hosting her Mason. I'm going to have to get her book.

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  9. I put a link to this post in the comments of my post today.


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