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Featured Book Club — Surprise, Arizona

February 16, 2012 at 10:14 am , by

Thanks to the LHJ Book Club (have you checked out our March pick, Vaclav & Lena? It’s a must-read!), we’ve been talking about our favorite characters, plot lines and themes for weeks around our office—we can’t stop! With book club on the brain, we’re itching to hear about other clubs around the country, and will be featuring one each month right here on our blog.

Our first club is from Surprise, AZ (doesn’t that sound like a fun place to live?), and they are one bonded bunch. “We’re coming up on our fourth anniversary as a club and were talking about everything that has changed in our lives since we first met,” says member Tina Mollica. “Two new babies, graduations, children entering the military, retirement, the loss of parents and jobs, and some major changes at our church. We started as eight strangers and became 11 life long friends.”

Here’s what some of the other members have to say about their beloved group:

Do you have a name for your book club?

“We often refer to ourselves as The Greatest Book Club Ever!  I don’t know if it’s an official name, but it shows how we feel about each other.” – Krystal Ford

Is there anything special you do for each meeting?

“Different gals volunteer to host our meetings, but we don’t adhere to a strict rotation. When one of our books has been made into a movie, then we have a movie night and try to all attend it together. But we all agree that movie night does not replace book club meeting for that month—it’s just too important!” – Colleen Kolb

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LHJ On TV: Behind The Scenes Of Put A Ring On It

July 6, 2010 at 11:59 am , by

When my friends at WE tv asked me to be the “bait” in their new surprise proposal web reality show, Put A Ring On It, I didn’t quite realize what I was getting myself into. The brand-new show brings together a group of “proposal experts” to help one lucky guy pull off an amazing proposal. As the bait for the first episode, I was going to lure the unsuspecting bride-to-be to a local restaurant for a staged Ladies’ Home Journal interview—which would actually be the big proposal.

That means I had to email and interact with the lovely Nadia, who thought I wanted to interview her about her passion for running. She was so excited about our faux-story that I was really hoping she wouldn’t be too disappointed when it turned out to be a ruse (I mean, she had a pretty fabulous consolation prize). Every time we emailed, I was super-nervous. (What if she doesn’t buy it? What if I blow the entire surprise!?) By the time the big day rolled around, I was almost as nervous as her boyfriend, Michael—and he was proposing! We set the stage at a local restaurant: The Put A Ring On It team had stocked the entire garden area with extras who would be able to pull off Michael’s crazy-but-sweet vision for the moment he proposed. There were hidden cameras everywhere. I called Nadia just minutes before she arrived and then took my place with super-secret spy recorder pen in hand. What happened next? Well you’ll just have to watch the show.