Archive for November, 2013

Regency Friday: What I Read While I Was Sick

Friday, November 29th, 2013 | Regency Fridays | 2 Comments

I had the distinct pleasure of downloading Grace Burrowes’ GARETH: LORD OF RAKES onto my e reader while I was sick in bed. Let’s just say that Gareth made my cough livable. I forgot my hacking and my general malaise and enjoyed watching him seduce and be seduced by Felicity, his lady love. This book is filled with wit and laughter, and true warmth. I want to read a lot more of this series. I mean, really, who can resist a hot man like this one? Check out the link below for more…

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Gareth: Lord of Rakes by Grace Burrowes

I also had the pleasure of downloading and reading LORD AND LADY SPY by Shana Galen…more fun and frolic, intrigue and lust. I loved every minute of watching Sophia and Adrian find each other again after years of estranged marriage. And you’ll love them¬†too, as soon as you hit the link below. ūüôā And don’t take my word for it… Book list says “Galen strikes the perfect balance between dangerous intrigue and sexy romance.”¬† Sweet!

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Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen

When I moved, I got distracted, and missed reading Nicola Cornick’s latest piece of beauty and joy, but while I was lying in bed, I made up for it. I love watching a man and a woman fall in love in spite of themselves. Nicola Cornick has the uncanny ability to write an almost perfect Regency novel. Hit the link below and check it out…

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One Night with the Laird by Nicola Cornick

The Road Home

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 | Reflections | 5 Comments

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I know….this picture looks like any road, anywhere, But it’s the road to my new home, which makes it magical for me. Home is family, friends, warmth and laughter,and loved ones. But it can also be a place, a place where the heart feels it has come to the end of a journey, a resting point before it starts the next. The ridge behind my house is now bare, free of the colorful leaves in this photo, but you can still get a sense of the place. I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving, wherever you are.¬† I hope the holiday season just beginning bring you joy. I hope you follow the long road home.

 

What Inspires Us to Write?

Monday, November 25th, 2013 | The Writing Life | 2 Comments

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What inspires us to write?

When we are satified with our lives, feeling fulfilled and happy, do we feel the same need to create as when we are struggling?

 

I know that many of my books have come from a place of discontent as I work toward wrestling with the way the world so often works and my discontent with those ways. For me, especially with my romantic fiction, writing is a way to make the world resemble the place I would have it be: a place where true love always triumphs, where even the most unlikely men and women find the right person to live with in joy for the rest of their lives.

 

I am looking forward to writing Anthony sister’s story. Ann Carrington is the girl who is ruined and living alone in Richmond at the end of HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE, hiding from the world, from the man she fears and from her grief, which follows her everywhere. I am looking forward to watching her triumph over her pain, and find a real man to love instead of Victor Carlyle’s nasty treatment. Ann deserves better, and I want her to get it.

 

I suppose that is another reason I write: to make sure my characters are happy. I love to see happy people finding their way to each other, which is why romance is my favorite genre. There is a lot to be said for the words “And they lived happily ever after.”

 

Ann Patchett at Malaprops

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

I had one of the most amazing author platform experiences earlier this month listening to Ann Patchett talk about her life, her work, and her bookstore. Subjects ranging from the state of publishing to owning Parnassus Books http://www.parnassusbooks.net/  in book-loving Nashville, Tennessee. The evening was hosted by the writing department at UNC-Asheville and by Malaprops Books http://malaprops.com/ one of the fabulous indie stores in Asheville, NC.

The thing I love about listening to a writer I admire is that I get inspired myself. Not only do I pick up a new book, as I did her latest book of essays, THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE, but I think more deeply about my own work, where it is going, and where it has been.

One of the most beautiful things about being a writer, about being an artist, is that our work is always changing. Even within a genre like Regency Romance, I feel as if I am using a outward form to express an inward truth, to explore the aspects of my life that are worth embracing, and taking a deeper look at those things that are worth letting go.

If you are a fan of Ann Patchett, as I am, check out her latest. I’ve included the description from Malaprops’ website below. It’s a¬†book for writers, and for everyone.

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The New York Times bestselling author of STATE OF WONDER, RUN, and BEL CANTO creates a resonant portrait of a life in this collection of writings on love, friendship, work, and art.

“The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also have to make a living.”

So begins THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE, an examination of the things Ann Patchett is fully committed to–the art and craft of writing, the depths of friendship, an elderly dog, and one spectacular nun. Writing nonfiction, which started off as a means of keeping her insufficiently lucrative fiction afloat, evolved over time to be its own kind of art, the art of telling the truth as opposed to the art of making things up. Bringing her narrative gifts to bear on her own life, Patchett uses insight and compassion to turn very personal experiences into stories that will resonate with every reader.

These essays twine to create both a portrait of life and a philosophy of life. Obstacles that at first appear insurmountable–scaling a six-foot wall in order to join the Los Angeles Police Department, opening an independent bookstore, and sitting down to write a novel–are eventually mastered with quiet tenacity and a sheer force of will. The actual happy marriage, which was the one thing she felt she wasn’t capable of, ultimately proves to be a metaphor as well as a fact: Patchett has devoted her life to the people and ideals she loves the most.

An irresistible blend of literature and memoir, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a unique examination of the heart, mind, and soul of one of our most revered and gifted writers.

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