Release Day!

It’s officially Release Day for my new romantic comedy, Center Stage (Adventures in Blind Dating Book Two)–Yay!  There will be much celebrating around here, and possibly chocolate.  ‘Tis the season for Cadbury Cream Eggs after all…

If you’d like to check out the book–and possibly pick yourself up a copy, you can do that by clicking on the link below:

Center Stage: (Adventures in Blind Dating Book Two)

I’m also celebrating Release Day by putting the first book in the series–It Happened One Night–on sale as a Kindle Countdown Deal through April 6th:  99 cents!  So if you haven’t read that one but would like to, this week is a great chance to grab a copy at a discounted price.  Click on the link below to find the book on Amazon:

It Happened One Night: (Adventures in Blind Dating Book One)

And now I’m off to get back to work on Book Three…

Have a great day!

Ex Libris Guest Post

Today I’m a guest blogger on the book review site Ex Libris–thanks for having me, Stella!  The topic is things I’ve learned from reading romance novels, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.  You can check it out here, if you’re interested.

I’m also participating in a giveaway by offering a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter.  Just FYI…

Have great day!

Book Review: The Rose Garden

I just finished reading The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley and found it to be a very enjoyable read.  (It’s got a gorgeous cover, too, and I know you’re not supposed to judge a book that way, but it’s just sooooo pretty!)  It’s a quiet sort of contemporary romance with a time travel twist, and it takes place in both modern Cornwall and Cornwall three hundred years ago.

The heroine, Eva Ward, travels from the states to a cottage in Cornwall to scatter her sister’s ashes in a place that was special to both of them.  She revisits childhood friendships and tries to heal from the loss of her sister, and in the process she stumbles onto a strange sort of overlap of two different times occurring in the same place.  It leads to an encounter with one Daniel Butler, a widower and smuggler from the early 18th century, and to a combination of romance and political intrigue.  Complicating things even further, Eva finds that she has no control over when she gets pulled forward or backward in time (don’t you just hate it when that happens?) and has to find a way to figure out where–and when–she truly belongs.

If you like a little bit of British history thrown in to your books and a dash of subtle romance, then I think you would enjoy The Rose Garden.  I’m definitely going to read more of this author’s work.

Romance vs. The Flu Bug

Despite the fact that we’re really not all that far away from Valentine’s Day—and the fact that I have a romance novel being published in a couple of months (nice little plug there, don’t you think?)—I’m finding it difficult to get into the spirit of romance right now.  I can’t be sure, but I think it might have something to do with the fact that I spend five days a week surrounded by runny noses and hacking coughs.  And occasional incidents of projectile vomiting.

Triage nurse, you wonder?  Or maybe a doctor with the CDC?

No.  Kindergarten teacher.

My poor kiddos have been dropping like flies this past month.  I’ve gone through so many Clorox wipes that I should have bought stock in the company, but it still feels like the germs are winning.  I’m tempted to issue my students facemasks and daily rations of chicken soup; my husband swears by its curative powers.

So it’s a little hard to come home from work right now, fire up my computer, and create a scene that sparkles with romance and wonder.  I keep wanting to write something more like this:

Her eyes, so bright with fever, were like heavenly constellations that dazzled Roderigo as he gazed into their glassy depths.  Beads of sweat glistened on her brow as she reached with tremulous fingers to bring a tissue to her nose and blow it.  Crumpling the used tissue, she let it fall to the floor to join the others that were sprinkled there like magnolia blossoms dotting the ground after a breezy spring day.

“Darling,” she whispered, her voice congested and hoarse from coughing.  “I hab neber felt this way about ady man.  Come to me, and bring the Vick’s vapor rub.”

 Doesn’t quite work, does it?  Well, perhaps in the rewrite…

If You Dig Jane Austen…Part 2

I stumbled across a blog post about plans that the BBC has to recreate an actual Regency Ball like the type you would find in Jane Austen’s books.  Don’t know the actual date yet, just sometime later this year.  If you’d like to read more about it, check out this link here and scroll down to the end of the post (just prior to the comments section).

As an added bonus, the same blog post includes a link to some very funny “reshoots” of some book covers that you really have to see to appreciate.  If you’ve ever looked at a book cover that has a woman with body measurements that are impossible outside of a plastic surgeon’s office, and said woman is standing in a pose that leaves you trying to decide if she is a gymnast or merely double jointed–you will appreciate author Jim C. Hines’ sense of humor.

And his flexibility.

If You Dig Jane Austen…

If you’re the type of person who occasionally finds herself in heated arguments over things like whether or not it’s sacrilege to have anyone but Colin Firth play Mr. Darcy, or whether Heathcliff was more of a tortured soul than Mr. Rochester—then have I got a movie for you!

Well, a miniseries actually.  So if you’ve got four hours to kill (yep, four hours) and a penchant for 19th century British romance, check out the BBC’s North and South (2004).

It’s based on the book by Elizabeth Gaskell, and apparently I need to get out more because I’d never heard of it before a couple of weeks ago.  When I looked it up, I found out that when it first aired, it was so popular that people who saw it literally overwhelmed the message board on its website and caused it to crash.  Sounds like a ringing endorsement to me!

So I watched it, and I loved it, and I’ll bet you will, too.  It’s got a hero and heroine who are both flawed but likeable, and the romance that develops between them despite obstacles is one of the sweetest I’ve seen on film in a long time.

You can find it on Amazon or even watch it in parts on YouTube.  If you do see it, let me know what you think!