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Favorite Passages, Quotes and Funny Lines

Dot's books are always filled with wisdom, hilarious moments and memorable scenes. Share your favorite here.


My absolute favorite Miriam Moment was when Charlie got the engagement ring appraised, and told Miriam it was worth nine or ten thousand dollars.

"Mother McCree! Give it back!"
Silence.
"I'm just kidding, Charlie."
"I knew that."

p. 187

Loved that.
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Favorite Passage - Page 42

So many to choose from!

Right from the beginning of the novel this passage hit me, and stuck. When I was a young girl, we would have family gatherings at our Sullivans Island beach home all summer long, but it was the winter ones I loved the most. The house was uninsulated and sometimes it was so cold indoors you could see your breath. I couldn't recall ever being bothered by the cold then, but I remembered the older people complaining and someone would always say, well then, why don't you put on a sweater? In those days you didn't demand the perfect temperature, you ate leftovers-----another incarnation of yesterdy's dinner and indication that the world was a perectly wonderful place.

This passage just gave me the feeling of being satisfied. No matter the situation, or what life seems to through my way; fall, winter, spring or summer, it's time to eat the leftovers and be happy. But the magical thing about leftovers, is, you can give them a makeover!

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First of One-liners! Page 50

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I swear, Dot kills me with her one-liners! This first one *flung* me over the edge, right off the bat. I should be expecting these lines, but they always take me by surprise!

Miriam's doorbell rings, and as she opens the door she sees Kevin standing there with a sack of Chinese take-out. He asks, "Want to indulge in a little Who Flung Dung?" I mean really, Dot? Where do you come up with these outrageous lines? I've only heard of, "One Hung Low". (Oh my gosh! I just had a visual image of Judith in ten years!) What'a peach she was!

Kathy S.

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Stephanie wrote:
Dot's books are always filled with wisdom, hilarious moments and memorable scenes. Share your favorite here.






This is a hard one now without almost going back and reading the whole book over or taking notes as you go along lol. The reason being, there are so many great lines that keep you snickering but you want to just keep reading, that its hard to remember where they were. Kevin always has something to say that is either just spot on and important or just a hysterical description of something or someone. And like I mentioned before, what Miriam says in her thoughts, are so very funny but they just never seem to come out her mouth the same way to others lol.

I just let the book fall open and heres a part right here for example. Its page 99, the first page of chapter 8, In the Dark. The last sentance of the first paragragh and the first line of the next:
"But there had been a definate connection, just as there had been with Harrison, and the thought crossed my mind again that I might have been a little depraved.
I tried to remember the last sexual episode I had and it had to have been three years, if your counting those including partners."
LOL I think I can relate to that last sentance lol. But also the part about being a little depraved...I thought depraved??? or deprived?? Has it been a long time, or was she thinking she might have been a little perverted in her thoughts? i.e. depraved? LOL I didn't know if that was a typo or meant to be just that but I know she sounds deprived for too long lol. If you count those with a partner ROFL.
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this does bring up a question that i did mark that i wanted to ask. Its just one of those things you dont know if your not from there I think, or I am way to tired to be reading lol. On page 112,what are dirty water dogs? "..dirty water dogs and pretzels are being consumed by the ton..." Is that some type of hotdog?
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It is what New Yorkers call hot dogs that are sold by street venders on street corners.



vivico1 wrote:
this does bring up a question that i did mark that i wanted to ask. Its just one of those things you dont know if your not from there I think, or I am way to tired to be reading lol. On page 112,what are dirty water dogs? "..dirty water dogs and pretzels are being consumed by the ton..." Is that some type of hotdog?


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It is what New Yorkers call hot dogs that are sold by street venders on street corners.



vivico1 wrote:
this does bring up a question that i did mark that i wanted to ask. Its just one of those things you dont know if your not from there I think, or I am way to tired to be reading lol. On page 112,what are dirty water dogs? "..dirty water dogs and pretzels are being consumed by the ton..." Is that some type of hotdog?





I am thinking so but why "water" dogs? Are those the ones with watery kraut on them? lol
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That's a great passage! Land of Mango Sunsets abounds with wonderful and humorous passages & lines. Here are a couple that I liked:

Page 87

Kevin: "You've been holding out on me! What?"
Miriam: "There's a man."
Kevin: "And . . . "
Miriam: "His name is Harison Ford."
Kevin: "Shut! Up!"
Miriam: "Different Harison Ford."

I loved how Miriam felt she had to qualify which Harrison Ford!


Page 173

When Charlie leaves Miriam's after looking at the diamond ring, and she thinks to herself:

He left and I thought that I would give him the world if I could.

This line is full of emotion and just what a mother would think.
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Because they're boiled & kept in hot water on the cart, and the water develops into an interesting & dingy color by the end of the day!



vivico1 wrote:

I am thinking so but why "water" dogs? Are those the ones with watery kraut on them? lol


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LizzieAnn wrote:
That's a great passage! Land of Mango Sunsets abounds with wonderful and humorous passages & lines. Here are a couple that I liked:

Page 87

Kevin: "You've been holding out on me! What?"
Miriam: "There's a man."
Kevin: "And . . . "
Miriam: "His name is Harison Ford."
Kevin: "Shut! Up!"
Miriam: "Different Harison Ford."

I loved how Miriam felt she had to qualify which Harrison Ford!





She did have to qualify which Harrison Ford lol, i can see Kevin's jaw drop when he said Shut! Up! rofl
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I just want a parrot!

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I just want a parrot!

KathyH




I bet you would probably have to be rich to own one of them! But it would be wonderful. That is what you call a real companionship. Of course you should not have one if you are married or attached. ha.
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The *Dirty Dog*!!

Liz, gosh..I thought they were dropped on the street, then picked up and given a bath!:smileysurprised: Hence dirty = water!

I've seen boiled hotdogs...even they turn a blicky gray! All of those *natural* colors go by-by! Actually, this term alluded me. I thought the word dirty referred to the amount of *stuff* you loaded onto the hotdog, itself. The more stuff, the dirtier it got..... Or the infamous...Cagney saying..."You dirty dog"!


LizzieAnn wrote:
Because they're boiled & kept in hot water on the cart, and the water develops into an interesting & dingy color by the end of the day!



vivico1 wrote:

I am thinking so but why "water" dogs? Are those the ones with watery kraut on them? lol





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Etcetera, etcetera

THANK GOD y'all get y sense of humor. It's a little bawdy and dry sometimes but here goes the explanations for a few things:

DIRTY WATER DOGS = yes, in NYC, sold by persons of unknown origins, in a watery icky container, not a meat product, filled with so many chemicals you're not right in the head for days if you eat one and they cause instantaneous gastro blastointestinitis. (Not available in my spell check.)

Sexual Experiences - my agent thinks I should write a really hot sex scene in my next book. I do not know that I am capable of this. For some reason I have developed this habit of writing funny sex scenes and funny sex writing is acceptable among my family members. What do y'all think? Should I try my hand at this? (no pun intended.)

Interracial marriage - I am surprised that no one has brought this up. is this because it is a non-issue to my readers or is it too sensitive?


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dotfrank wrote:
THANK GOD y'all get y sense of humor. It's a little bawdy and dry sometimes but here goes the explanations for a few things:

DIRTY WATER DOGS = yes, in NYC, sold by persons of unknown origins, in a watery icky container, not a meat product, filled with so many chemicals you're not right in the head for days if you eat one and they cause instantaneous gastro blastointestinitis. (Not available in my spell check.)

Sexual Experiences - my agent thinks I should write a really hot sex scene in my next book. I do not know that I am capable of this. For some reason I have developed this habit of writing funny sex scenes and funny sex writing is acceptable among my family members. What do y'all think? Should I try my hand at this? (no pun intended.)

Interracial marriage - I am surprised that no one has brought this up. is this because it is a non-issue to my readers or is it too sensitive?




I like the ones you write now. The sex scenes that is. Too revealing, gives the picture a tarnish look. Of course that is my opinion. The context of your novel could not be improved with them, I assure you. You are a great writer, and you do not need that to enhance it at all. I promise you!
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kiakar wrote:


dotfrank wrote:
THANK GOD y'all get y sense of humor. It's a little bawdy and dry sometimes but here goes the explanations for a few things:

DIRTY WATER DOGS = yes, in NYC, sold by persons of unknown origins, in a watery icky container, not a meat product, filled with so many chemicals you're not right in the head for days if you eat one and they cause instantaneous gastro blastointestinitis. (Not available in my spell check.)

Sexual Experiences - my agent thinks I should write a really hot sex scene in my next book. I do not know that I am capable of this. For some reason I have developed this habit of writing funny sex scenes and funny sex writing is acceptable among my family members. What do y'all think? Should I try my hand at this? (no pun intended.)

Interracial marriage - I am surprised that no one has brought this up. is this because it is a non-issue to my readers or is it too sensitive?




I like the ones you write now. The sex scenes that is. Too revealing, gives the picture a tarnish look. Of course that is my opinion. The context of your novel could not be improved with them, I assure you. You are a great writer, and you do not need that to enhance it at all. I promise you!




What are dirty water dogs? a meat, a treat, a veggie or something to make people sick and not classified as a type of food! The inventer must be getting very poor!
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dotfrank wrote:
THANK GOD y'all get y sense of humor. It's a little bawdy and dry sometimes but here goes the explanations for a few things:

DIRTY WATER DOGS = yes, in NYC, sold by persons of unknown origins, in a watery icky container, not a meat product, filled with so many chemicals you're not right in the head for days if you eat one and they cause instantaneous gastro blastointestinitis. (Not available in my spell check.)

Sexual Experiences - my agent thinks I should write a really hot sex scene in my next book. I do not know that I am capable of this. For some reason I have developed this habit of writing funny sex scenes and funny sex writing is acceptable among my family members. What do y'all think? Should I try my hand at this? (no pun intended.)

Interracial marriage - I am surprised that no one has brought this up. is this because it is a non-issue to my readers or is it too sensitive?


I kinda thought that might be the case with dirtydogs but not sure so thought it would be fun to ask lol.

sexual experiences- I loved what you wrote in here and am waiting to see if anyone will discuss the beach blanket bingo scene question I asked on the thread about Manny. That was hysterical. As for more, sure go for it,
***** spoiler warning so may want to stop here if your not done with book*****,
I wished you had gone just a bit farther with the one with Harrison. Not like crude further, but a bit more "foreplay" about it lol, yes pun intended, how funny, you and "your hand at it, no pun intended". I dont need to read the in's and outs of it, ok really no pun intended there lol, but I like the lead up stuff, the caresses, the kisses, the foreplay darn it lol. I think you could write a good one without it being just a funny one. Those are great but yeah, would be interesting to see what you would write, what you would add to it and your blush factor when its not a funny one. I say, go for it lol, I trust your taste that it wouldnt be soft porn which no one is suggesting lol.

interacial marriage- not a problem here, my sister married a Navajo so I got half Indian neices, with the best all year around tans LOL. My little brother is full blooded Mexican who we adopted in Mexico when he was 3 months old and I am much much closer to him than any of my "blood" relatives. He's 42 now geesh! So wasnt a problem for me, I was just interested in how it would play out for Miriam and all and the story satisfied my curiousity about that enough I guess that I had forgotten about it, till you mentioned it just now. LOVED the mixed wedding plans btw.
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The weenie roast....etc.

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Linda, it's just a plain ol nitrate-styrofoam filler-bone residued, stuffed weenie, which Dot has described with her usual linguistic *eloquensce*. I'm sure these people are making more money off of these sales, than I could if I sold gold watches wholesale! Which I'm sure they are flooding the streets with, as I speak! NY,NY !...it's a wunnerfultown!----

Kathy S.

kiakar wrote:


kiakar wrote:


dotfrank wrote:
THANK GOD y'all get y sense of humor. It's a little bawdy and dry sometimes but here goes the explanations for a few things:

DIRTY WATER DOGS = yes, in NYC, sold by persons of unknown origins, in a watery icky container, not a meat product, filled with so many chemicals you're not right in the head for days if you eat one and they cause instantaneous gastro blastointestinitis. (Not available in my spell check.)

Sexual Experiences - my agent thinks I should write a really hot sex scene in my next book. I do not know that I am capable of this. For some reason I have developed this habit of writing funny sex scenes and funny sex writing is acceptable among my family members. What do y'all think? Should I try my hand at this? (no pun intended.)

Interracial marriage - I am surprised that no one has brought this up. is this because it is a non-issue to my readers or is it too sensitive?




I like the ones you write now. The sex scenes that is. Too revealing, gives the picture a tarnish look. Of course that is my opinion. The context of your novel could not be improved with them, I assure you. You are a great writer, and you do not need that to enhance it at all. I promise you!




What are dirty water dogs? a meat, a treat, a veggie or something to make people sick and not classified as a type of food! The inventer must be getting very poor!



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Hot off the pressed sheets!

Sexual Experiences - my agent thinks I should write a really hot sex scene in my next book. I do not know that I am capable of this. For some reason I have developed this habit of writing funny sex scenes and funny sex writing is acceptable among my family members. What do y'all think? Should I try my hand at this? (no pun intended.)

Interracial marriage - I am surprised that no one has brought this up. is this because it is a non-issue to my readers or is it too sensitive?


Dot, this was about as good as it gets for me. I don't see it in your usual style of writing, going any further than you already have. As far as the sex scenes, you went beyond a little more in this book, which was the greatest so far, but you left me with visuals in these scenes, beyond classic! That's your classic style! I'm only one of the millions of your fans, but I can read what they say to you....and don't write what makes you feel uncomfortable..it wouldn't be you.

Honestly, that's what I look for in your novels....fun in the sun, and little-light-inbetween-the-pressed-sheets, or sand ---- and a major serious message to hold us until your next one!..... but please don't take me into anything that leaves *nothing* to my imagination. Been there, done that....I don't read, or look at your stories as romance novels, they aren't....so PLEASE! I enjoy my imagination, and yours!!...

You brought up far more subjects in this novel, then any other. I just finished reading it two days ago, and I'm still pondering how to get into them. They are serious, and that's were my head is at this moment. Maybe I'm not as funny as I could be.

As far as interracial marriages. I think you handled it great. If you wanted the tension, you found it, but I've always enjoy the resolutions you take into your characters. You're a comfortable writer to be around....It wouldn't be you, otherwise....but again, don't write what you don't feel.

Kathy S.
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KathyS wrote:
Sexual Experiences - my agent thinks I should write a really hot sex scene in my next book. I do not know that I am capable of this. For some reason I have developed this habit of writing funny sex scenes and funny sex writing is acceptable among my family members. What do y'all think? Should I try my hand at this? (no pun intended.)

Interracial marriage - I am surprised that no one has brought this up. is this because it is a non-issue to my readers or is it too sensitive?


Dot, this was about as good as it gets for me. I don't see it in your usual style of writing, going any further than you already have. As far as the sex scenes, you went beyond a little more in this book, which was the greatest so far, but you left me with visuals in these scenes, beyond classic! That's your classic style! I'm only one of the millions of your fans, but I can read what they say to you....and don't write what makes you feel uncomfortable..it wouldn't be you.

Honestly, that's what I look for in your novels....fun in the sun, and little-light-inbetween-the-pressed-sheets, or sand ---- and a major serious message to hold us until your next one!..... but please don't take me into anything that leaves *nothing* to my imagination. Been there, done that....I don't read, or look at your stories as romance novels, they aren't....so PLEASE! I enjoy my imagination, and yours!!...

You brought up far more subjects in this novel, then any other. I just finished reading it two days ago, and I'm still pondering how to get into them. They are serious, and that's were my head is at this moment. Maybe I'm not as funny as I could be.

As far as interracial marriages. I think you handled it great. If you wanted the tension, you found it, but I've always enjoy the resolutions you take into your characters. You're a comfortable writer to be around....It wouldn't be you, otherwise....but again, don't write what you don't feel.

Kathy S.




I hope everyone is open to any kind of relationship because I am. Its 2007, lets hope alot of pretiage is fading away.
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