Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th

by Tawny Weber

Did you know today is Friday the 13th? I ask because there are many a'day that I'm clueless to the position of the calender. But those fateful Friday's do tend to snag my attention. Not because I'm superstitious (although I suppose I am), but because I've always had the best luck on Friday the 13th. And this year, we get 3 of them! I can't wait to see what happens :-)

Now I know many people see this day differently. It's supposed to bring bad luck. Kind of like black cats (I have two). There are enough people with a phobia of the date, that it has it's own name: friggatriskaidekaphobia (say that three times fast). But, like I said, it's usually one of the best luck days of the year for me. When I was 17, there was a boy I had been crushing on for months. He finally asked me out on Friday the 13th. I've gotten raises on Friday the 13th. I've found killer sales deals on Friday the 13th. I've written record page counts on Friday the 13th (which might tell you what I'm trying to beat today *g*).

Maybe it's because I've seen Friday the 13th as a lucky day since I was a teenager, that I've always managed to draw good luck to me. Which is what the characters in my newest release, SEX, LIES AND MIDNIGHT, do. They make things happen. The hero is an FBI agent who is 'lucky enough' to make contact with the one person guaranteed to bring him in the inner circle of a notorious con man. The con man's daughter. He's even luckier when she needs an escort home. For Maya, it's great luck that she finds a gorgeous, sexy guy who's perfect for distracting her arch-nemesis. And even luckier? He's free and willing to come home with her. Neither would say it's luck, though, so much as that they see opportunities and make the most of them.

So my question is this... Is luck something we create because we believe in it? Or is it something that's there whether we believe or not-but some of us are just too stubborn to realize there's bad luck happening that we aren't paying attention to. Do you have any fun Friday the 13th stories to share?

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Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy stories for Harlequin Blaze since her first book hit the shelves in 2007. When not obsessing over deadlines, she’s shopping for cute shoes, scrapbooking or hanging out on Facebook and Twitter. Come by and visit her on the web at

In December of 2011 Tawny launched her Undercover Ops series with SEX, LIES AND MISTLETOE. The second book in the series, SEX, LIES & MIDNIGHT is on shelves in January 2012, quickly followed in February by SEX, LIES & VALENTINES. You can read the first chapter of SEX, LIES & MIDNIGHT on her website, too – all you have to do is join the Reader LoveFest! Be sure to follow Tawny on her Holiday Survival Tour as she celebrates these three books with tons of fun and a chance for readers to win a $100 giftcard!


Anne said...

I think luck (goor or bad) exists, but it's more your actions which determines what happens to you.

i've read great blog reviews on this book.

Jean P said...

I have always thought luck is what you make of it, whether it is good or bad. Your book is on my to buy list!

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Artemis said...

Self-fulfilling prophecy.

It's all what we make it. Although, life does throw a wrench into the works every now and again and we're helpless to do anything about that!

No Friday the 13th stories to share though.

Jane said...

Hello Tawny(waving madly),
Congrats on the new release. I think there are times when you have to make your own luck and other times the good or bad luck you experience just occurs by itself.

Tawny said...

Hi Anne :-)

I do think we have a multitude of choices when it comes to how we handle things. I've seen so often people (okay, usually my kids *g*) claim something was bad luck when it was really bad choices.

YAY that you're seeing good reviews for SEX, LIES AND MIDNIGHT! I'm so glad readers are liking the story.

Tawny said...

Hey there, Jean and thank you for putting my book on your buy list! That's so fab to hear :-D

I agree! Luck, like life, is what you make of it. Definitely.

Tawny said...

Hi Artemis :-D

No Friday the 13th stories? That's cool, I've got lots *g*

I actually know a few people who take situations that I can't imagine calling anything BUT bad luck, and they call them 'opportunities' and figure it's a gift or something. I'd love to be that optimistic LOL, because like you say, life definitely tosses stuff at us!

Tawny said...

Hi Jane (waving wildly right back!)

Thank you so much for the congrats!! I appreciate it :-)

I love the concept of making our own luck. It's so empowering, and the possibilities of what to do with it are endless :-D

Kaelee said...

Hi Tawny,
No Friday the 13th stories to tell you. However I would like to tell you that your first two books in the Sex, Lies trilogy were wonderful stories. I can't wait to read Sex Lies and Valentines. Need to know what's going to happen to Gabriel Black.

Chrisbails said...

My son was born on friday the 13th. He was born 4 weeks early and was breech. He decided he was going to try to be born at the doctors appt. My water broke after I had my checkup. I was getting ready to leave and then all of a sudden Gooosh and fluid everywhere. By the time they got me up to the room to do an emergency c-section his foot was sticking out. he was all ready to go. He is even like that now. When he is ready, he is walking out the door. He is now 6 years old and the best little boy ever.

Linda Henderson said...

I've always felt like some people were luckier than others, I don't know why. I have never felt though that Friday the 13th was any different than any other day. I guess I'm just not a very superstitious person.

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Michele L. said...

Hi Tawny,
Friday the 13th is always a so-so day for me. Neither good or bad. I am not superstitious but I do think I have lucky number which is 7. sometimes wear specific clothes because they seem to bring me good luck and count alot to myself in groups of 7. I kind it is psychological that if you think you will have good luck then you usually do.

marybelle said...

I think you make your own luck by recognizing & seizing opportunities. For me 13 is just a number like any other.

Renee said...

I think we make our own luck - Friday the 13th or not.