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Length: 243 pages

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"Goodnight Tweetheart will make you laugh, cry and fall in love. This spellbinding novel measures out equal amounts of lightning-fast wit, wry intelligence, and haunting tenderness. With extraordinary skill and inspiration, Teresa Medeiros shows that in any era, by any means of communication, love will find a way. A unique offering from a wondrously gifted author."

- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas

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Enjoy a Sneak Peek at Goodnight Tweetheart...
According to the page that popped up, Abby was now Abby_Donovan and she already had seventeen Followers. Having "Followers" made her feel like some sort of kooky religious cult leader. An empty box invited her to answer one simple question--"What's happening?" 

Her fingers hovered over the keys, torn between typing, "None of your business" and "I'm sipping Cristal on the beach at St. Tropez with Brad Pitt."

Sighing, she finally settled on the truth: "I'm feeling sorry for myself." She hit the Update button and waited.

Nothing. Apparently users of Twitter had better things to do with their time than attend her little pity party. 

She drummed her fingers on the MacBook's touchpad for a minute, then typed, "Hallooo...? Is anybody out there?"

She refreshed her screen two times in quick succession. Still nothing. She decided to try one more time before retreating to the steamy oblivion of the shower. A message popped up on the screen, rewarding her persistence: "R U a virgin?" 

Taken aback, Abby studied the cheery little profile pic of a plump bluebird that appeared to belong to one MarkBaynard for a long moment before cautiously typing, "That depends. Are you auditioning for TO CATCH A PREDATOR?" and hitting the Update button.

MarkBaynard's response was immediate: "Glad to see you have such high-brow taste in entertainment."

A reluctant grin curved her lips as she typed, "What can I say? ROCK OF LOVE: TOUR BUS can't be on every night."

"Yeah & who hasn't dreamed of marching up to some pedophile & saying 'My name is Chris Hansen from DATELINE NBC & your sorry ass is toast'?"

"Ha!" Abby typed, hitting the exclamation mark with a triumphant flourish. "So you HAVE watched it!"

"Only when PBS is having a pledge drive. But I digress--R U a Twitter virgin?"

"This is my first time," Abby confessed. "But you're not being very gentle with me."

She was growing increasingly comfortable with the rhythm of their exchange on the screen. It was like being in a tennis match with their words as the ball. Before she could draw back her racket, he lobbed another volley across the internet:

MarkBaynard: What can I say? I like it rough. So how did you end up here? Attention span too short for Facebook? 

Abby_Donovan: I didn't like the answers to those silly Facebook quizzes. They kept telling me I was the love child of Marge Simpson & Marilyn Manson.

MarkBaynard: Maybe you're just secretly one of those people who would rather have Followers than Friends.

Abby_Donovan: Yes, it's part of my diabolical plot to achieve world domination.

MarkBaynard: If you start hanging out over here, won't your Facebook friends miss you?

Abby_Donovan: Those people weren't my friends. If they had been, they wouldn't have sent me all those annoying quizzes.

MarkBaynard: A true friend never asks you to feed their imaginary fish. Or fertilize their imaginary crops.

Abby_Donovan: Or take home their imaginary kittens. So how is Twitter different?

MarkBaynard: Twitter is the perpetual cocktail party where everyone is talking at once but nobody is saying anything.

Abby_Donovan: Then why are YOU here?

MarkBaynard: Because no one will invite me to their cocktail parties.

Abby_Donovan: I can't imagine that. Not with your warmth and charm.

MarkBaynard: Well, if you must know, I was considering a career as a DEmotivational speaker.

Abby_Donovan: And just how would that work?

MarkBaynard: You get a fabulous, innovative new idea then pay me to come to your house and explain why it'll never work.

Abby_Donovan: How do I know you're not a serial killer or some lonely 14-year-old living in your mom's basement?

MarkBaynard: For all you know, I'm a lonely 14-year-old serial killer living in my mom's basement.

Abby_Donovan: With your girlfriend's head in the refrigerator?

MarkBaynard: That would be my EX-girlfriend, thank you very much. I tried to tell her I didn't care for cream in my coffee. Or wire hangers.

Abby_Donovan: Is that your mom I hear knocking on the basement door?

MarkBaynard: No, it's the police. Did you just call 911?

Abby_Donovan: C'mon...who are you really? Are you hiding a secret identity? Are you Batman? Ashton Kutcher?

MarkBaynard: Would you believe I'm just a lowly college professor on sabbatical?

Abby_Donovan: Let me guess. You've taken a year off from teaching English Lit to travel the world and write the Great American Novel.

MarkBaynard: If you must know, I've taken a year off from teaching English Lit to travel the world and write the Mediocre American Novel.

Abby_Donovan: Oops. My bad. I'm Abigail Donovan, the author. But you can feel free to pretend you've never heard of me if you like.

MarkBaynard: Um...that shouldn't be too hard...since I' heard of you.

Abby_Donovan: Oh. Reading limited to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT EDITION?

MarkBaynard: And the special double Christmas issue of JUGS.

Abby_Donovan: I'm not quite sure how all this works yet. I just assumed you were one of my Followers.

MarkBaynard: I am now. Your name popped up when I just happened to be trolling Twitter looking for new vic--um...friends.

Abby_Donovan: Now that we've successfully humiliated each other, maybe we should start over.

MarkBaynard: Why not? So what are you wearing?

Abby_Donovan: A bunny suit.

MarkBaynard: Playboy?

Abby_Donovan: Biff.

MarkBaynard: Ah, does this mean you'll be expecting Felicity the Fawn and Henrietta Hedgehog for tea this afternoon?

Abby_Donovan: Oh my gosh! Do you mean to say you've actually heard of that wascally wabbit???!!!

MarkBaynard: Hasn't everyone? After all, he inhabits the exalted toddler stratosphere formerly occupied only by Barney the Dinosaur and Tinky Winky.

Abby_Donovan: At least Tinky Winky had an inkling of fashion sense. Biff wears an apron and no pants.

MarkBaynard: Who are you kidding? Tinky Winky's purse looked like something Queen Elizabeth would carry.

Abby_Donovan: Don't you want to know why I'm dressed like Biff the Bunny and smell like pee?

MarkBaynard: I was just assuming there was a strict "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Abby_Donovan: You're right. There are some things I should only share with my therapist. So what are YOU wearing?

MarkBaynard: The trenchcoat and fedora Bogie had on when he said goodbye to Ingrid Bergman on the tarmac in the last scene of CASABLANCA.

Abby_Donovan: Sigh...we'll always have Twitter.

MarkBaynard: I'm afraid not. I have to go now.

Abby_Donovan: Oh. Well, tell your mom I said Hi. Or your parole officer.

MarkBaynard: If you'll log on tomorrow around 3 PM, I'll teach you a few Twitter survival tricks.

Abby_Donovan: What makes you think I have nothing better to do with my time than take Twitter 101 lessons from a serial killer?

MarkBaynard: The fact that you're wearing a Biff the Bunny costume and you smell like pee?

Abby_Donovan: Point taken. 

MarkBaynard: You can click on my Profile and hit the FOLLOW button if you want to Follow me.

Abby_Donovan: And just why would I want to Follow you?

MarkBaynard: Because I make really tasty Kool-Aid?

AbbyDonovan: So if I do Follow you, does that mean we're going steady?

MarkBaynard: It's more like a quickie in the back of a cab where we trade fake phone numbers afterward.

Abby_Donovan: That would be the longest (and most meaningful) relationship I've had in quite awhile.

Abby refreshed the screen four times but there was still no reply. She was wondering if her last post had made her sound too pathetic when the words "Me too" appeared on the screen.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1392 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0058M6FFO
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 14, 2010
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042VJ19O
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By LCLittle on November 30, 2010
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I couldn't put it down because it's a fast read once you get used to reading the tweets. It actually starts out feeling like you're reading a play narration except with only dialogue. But as you delve into it, it feels more like you're a voyeur on someone's facebook posts and profile messages. You want to keep turning the pages to find out what else happens between the two main characters and what other jokes and ridiculous pop culture and book references these two will exchange. Parts of this will make you sad and parts will make you cheer for Abby as she lets go of a previous relationship and learns to move on and face life's challenges and find the strength to let people (in this case Mark) in. I think the ending was great because it allows you to think about it. This is a good read and it almost made me wake up my hubby so I could tell him the great story I'd just read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jen C. on December 4, 2010
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I'm a Medeiros fan, and this is a leap away from her usual historical romances. It's a novel told in epistolary fashion, consisting almost entirely of tweets. And for those of you living under a rock and don't know what a tweet is (*insert grin*), tweets are the 140 characters less you'll find from users of Twitter. For those of us who adore Twitter and the way it allows us to interact with others quickly, you'll love the fast-paced dialogue of this book, reminiscent of "The Gilmore Girls." Full of pop culture references and iconic witticisms, I found myself laughing at author Abigail Donovan as she connected with Mark Baynard.

Abby hasn't been able to move on from chapter five of her novel after experiencing smashing success with her debut novel. The pressure is getting to her, and as part of her daily ritual of avoiding her writing, she joins Twitter. The first person to tweet at her is Mark, and Mark is far more interesting--and inspiring--than anything else Abby has had contact with recently.

Mark and Abby start a funny flirtation, going on "dates" via Twitter and chatting late into the night with direct messages. But Mark has a secret he's keeping from Abby, and Abby has some of her own demons to contend with. Will they overcome their obstacles to finally meet?

You'll have to read to find out, but this novel is certainly not a chore. If you're looking for a quick, funny, upbeat, tender story of two people learning to live and love again, this is your novel.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tester on December 7, 2010
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Abigail Donovan should be finally finishing her second book but is afraid that she will not be able to write another bestseller. So she is stuck at chapter 5 and has been for years. When her publicist sets up a twitter account for Abby things begin to change. Her first tweet is answered by someone named MarkBaynard and soon they start to "meet" regularly on twitter. Both have similar tastes in movies and tv series and their discussions never get boring. In contrary Mark manages to get Abby back to believing in herself and her writing ability. They even have virtual dates and get to know each other pretty well. But just when Abby is ready to take the next step and meet Mark in real life he confesses that he lied about important parts of his life.
Will they ever get a chance to meet in real life?

"Goodnight Tweetheart" was a fascinating and emotional book. It made me smile and then cry (more often than I usually like while reading).
The first part of the book is full of witty remarks and all in all very entertaining. I had to laugh a lot and enjoyed getting to know Abby and Mark. I loved the pop culture references and the way Abby and Mark greeted and said good bye to each other in their tweets.
The use of twitter and tweets worked perfectly for me and Teresa Medeiros' way to write them was wonderful. I often struggle with the 140 characters you have in twitter and wish that I could be so eloquent, witty and precise like Abby & Mark when tweeting. I don't think that you have to use twitter to understand what's going on or to enjoy the book. However it's a plus if you know a bit about tweeting. Large parts of the book are tweets however there are also text passages and these are used to show what happens in Abby's life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beatriz Jaramillo on December 18, 2010
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i loved this book.. the humor,wit, cynicism involved in it was just outrageously funny. it could be easily labeled as a "chick-lit" sort of romance book, but i think there is so much more than that.. is sort of a Nickolas Sparks types infused with hillarious sarcasm that makes the book so delighful.

the reason im giving it 4 starts its because i would of wished a longer story. specially the ending. Medeiros was thoroughly descriptive, yet the real action felt short. thats where i had the problem with the book. other than that, its one hell of a book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bookhounds VINE VOICE on December 31, 2010
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Finally, You've Got Mail updated for the 21st century. I knew someone had to do a twitter book and I was thrilled that the first one I read was pitch perfect. Yes, this will be the romantic twitter book that all others will be judged by in my little world. I can totally see this one as a movie. You will have to have a bit of twitter-ese to understand parts of the book. Medeiros does a great job of working in those details.

The witty, little bon mots are what I live for in a book like this. Abby and Mark come across as real people even though you only get a bit about Mark from his writing and Abby's theories about him. Of course, the book is a condensed version of a normal romance, but the emotion, word play and appeal are all there.
Of course, there is a bit of a twist at the end, which was nicely done and kept the story from becoming entirely predictable and too sweet.
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