Thursday, August 6, 2015

Escape

I'm starting a new thing on my blog....

A monthly themed blog post. The first one is ESCAPE.

I'm excited to feature six authors and six books related to the theme escape. The authors will offer a blurb and a short teaser excerpt plus some buy links. A special congrats to Chris as this is release time for his debut novel.

First up...

Spell For Sophia
By Ariella Moon
Book 4, The Teen Wytche Saga




Blurb:
Kidnapped by her lawless parents, Sophia resorts to thievery and arson to escape. Her survival depends on her mastering magic and the supernatural, and guarding her heart against Breaux, a voodoo queen’s grandson. When magic hurls the teens through time, Sophia’s friend Ainslie will risk her sanity to find them. Fate and ghosts await, and conjuring always exacts a price.

Teaser:
I'd thought escaping would uncoil the fear and worry squeezing my heart. I figured I'd stop looking over my shoulder once I crossed the California state line, or Arizona's, or New Mexico's, or the border between Texas and Louisiana. But I hadn't. Terror and hunger dogged me. I reeked of desperation. My head throbbed from all the bad decisions I had made since I'd found my bio-parents.
I could still pull out of this; save Christmas. Call Ainslie, the voice inside my head urged. I bet he'll loan you his phone. My gaze zeroed in on the leader of a ragtag group playing basketball on the schoolyard. His short black curls had been coaxed away from his face, revealing warm nutmeg-colored skin and kind, dark eyes. Fifteen years old? I wondered.


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Rest Thy Head
By Elaine Cantrell


Blurb:

Running away from a fiancé who betrayed her, Peyton O’Malley finds employment at a beautiful mountain inn called Rest Thy Head. She didn’t expect to live in the haunted room or to fall for the inn’s owner, a fire-scarred, war veteran who uses the inn to hide away from the world. She didn’t expect her sister to show up at Rest Thy Head either, much less her formidable mother. 
Now, thanks to the aid of a friendly ghost, Peyton has a shot at true love, and so does her sister Ashley, provided the guys cooperate of course! 

Teaser: My heroine escapes from her kidnapper

She paused for a moment to get her bearings. Should she take Reggie or not? Yes, she should. Both horses were still tied to the bush where he had left them. Where did he get a horse anyway? Stolen, probably; she wouldn’t put it past him. If they still hung horse thieves, she might get rid of him that way.

She quickly unsaddled his horse and removed its bridle. “Get going,” she softly cried. The horse huffed and vanished into the dark night. “Let’s go, Reggie,” she whispered. Reggie butted her, and the two of them also melted into the shadows.

Two hours later Peyton admitted she was lost. The trail she had followed had abruptly ended at the top of a steep ravine. If not for Reggie, she would have fallen, probably to her death. Whether she liked it or not, she’d have to backtrack and try to find the right trail. The lighted dial on her watch caught her eye. Four thirty. It would soon be daylight, and she feared to be too close to the cabin when day finally broke. “Hurry, Reggie,” she cried. “Let’s get out of here.” 


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Tempting the Earl
By Wendy May Andrews


 Blurb:

After escaping from Bedlam where her cousin had her committed for refusing to marry a man of his choosing, Emily must masquerade as an earl’s servant to remain hidden. To her astonishment she finds she enjoys the role, but unfortunately finds herself attracted to the haughty young earl.
He too struggles with an attraction to his beautiful new maid, but has his mind set n pursuing a courtship with the much more appropriate Lady Maude.
Who is Emily? Why is she hiding in the earl’s household? Can a case of mistaken identity lead to true love?

Teaser:

“What’s going on here, George?” he called out in slightly accented French as he approached.

Emily was fluent in the foreign tongue but felt unsure how to proceed. Have I gone all the way to France? her confused mind questioned. That hardly seemed possible. Would it reveal too much to acknowledge her understanding? She waited nervously to see what would develop as the young lord approached the rear of the carriage. Up until very recently Emily had led quite a sheltered life, and she felt unprepared to deal with a handsome nobleman in her current state.

No amount of dirt could hide the refinement in Emily’s face and bearing. Philip wondered dispassionately what this beautiful but bedraggled creature was doing huddled in his carriage. His left eyebrow rose in a questioning look as Emily burst into speech.

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Vidal’s Honor
By Sherry Gloag




Which will Honor lose first? Her head or her heart?

Blurb:

When plunged into a world of spies, agents and espionage during the Peninsula wars, Honor, Lady Beaumont, flees for her life when the French capture her husband at Salamanca, and relies on his batman to arrange her safe passage back to England.

Viscount Charles Vidal is ordered by Robert Dumas, the First Lord of the Admiralty, to travel to Spain and escort the only woman he’s ever loved, Lord Devlin Beaumont’s widow back home before the French discover her whereabouts.

Their journey is fraught by danger, least of all knowing whether they are surrounded by friends or foe. Will they survive long enough to explore the possibility of a future together or will whispers of treason be enough to see Honor dispatched to Tyburn first?

Teaser:

When plunged into a world of spies, agents and espionage Honor, Lady Beaumont, flees for her life when her husband is captured at Salamanca. Lord Vidal,  sent out to Spain, brings her home to a city full of enemies. Which will she lose first, her head or her heart?

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The Fourth Generation
By Chris Von Halle


Blurb:

In the future, no adults exist. Ever since the plague swept the world 100 years ago, no one has lived past seventeen.

Sixteen-year-old Gorin, a collector of curious artifacts left over from the pre-plague civilization, is on the verge of perishing from that deadly epidemic. And his last wish is to find a way to visit the rulers’ reputedly magnificent, off-limits mansion.


Up against the clock, he and his friend Stausha steal into the mansion and discover a secret more horrifying than they ever could’ve imagined—a secret that holds the key to the survival of the whole human race.


Teaser:

In my YA dystopian novel, The Fourth Generation, the main character Gorin lives in a society that doesn’t allow its citizens to have possessions (among other things). However, over the years Gorin has both illegally and secretly kept for himself a few objects that he’s found out in town. And every evening, after a long day of hard, grueling work, he covertly studies/plays with them in his bedroom as a way of momentarily “escaping” his unfair, freedom-devoid society, which allows him to gain some perspective on it. Below is an excerpt taken from one such evening.


I held the necklace, which had some kind of silver-lined red stone on it, up to the torch. Supposedly the rulers still didn’t know what the point of necklaces were. I put it around my neck, something I’d started doing about a year ago. It just felt right. I stepped in front of the mirror above the wardrobe.
The gold glinted in the torchlight, and every muscle in my body relaxed. So precious…The necklace looked out of place next to the mottled gray tone of my skin, which seemed even darker than yesterday, if that was possible. Now that I only had two months to live before the plague finally got me, my skin was darker than most kids’ in town. Such was life. Still, I could make out my large, blunt features. Not exactly good-looking, but I was tall and my decent-size muscles stretched even my sweater’s sleeves. A couple more reasons I was a supply hunter, and good at it.
I rubbed my thumb over the red stone, curling my other hand into a fist. It was so unfair I wasn’t allowed to keep things like this. So unfair everybody in Middleton had to transport all objects they found to the Baudelux family at the mansion.


Veil of Secrecy
By Robin Alexander


Blurb:

Rachel Brackett arrives in Sullivan, Montana with simple goals: relocate, settle an estate, and manage her own antique store. Her parents and friends back home called it running away. That’s just fine with her.

Rachel’s curiosity leads her into the forest, and she finds creatures who know more about her ominous heritage than she does. The creatures only exist in nightmares – grotesque mutants and shapeshifters. They seek vengeance for hideous crimes in genetic engineering, and Rachel is the prime target for retribution. While Rachel searches for the truth behind the family she never knew, a bounty hunter stalks her every move. Only Leonardo, a figure shrouded in the shadows, offers protection. A were lion with the perfect blend of human and feline features. Terrifying. Impossible. Alluring.

When Rachel’s home is ripped apart and a friend attacked, it’s clear there is no safe haven. She is no longer running from her past, but trying to survive to make it to her future.

Teaser:

Rachel Brackett watched road signs and mile markers blur past through a haze of tears. She could run for years and find no escape existed from relentless memories, pain and sadness. Never be able to give an explanation for the relief or excitement, or the confusion born from the messy concoction. If anyone knew what brewed inside of her, they’d think she was crazy. Or worse.

Someday, Rachel thought, I might be able to get the emotions under control … but not today.
All she wanted was to run.

Rachel pushed a button to open the driver’s side window. Fresh mountain air wafted through the car, and a soft curl dressed the corner of her lips. Everything she needed. Fresh air. Time. As much distance from the past as possible.

She whisked away remnants of tears, and, thumping both thumbs against the steering wheel, glanced out the window. Rachel drew in a heavy breath, filling her lungs and calming the tidal waves within. She couldn’t deny how captivating the drive had been since leaving the city. Winding curves shimmered in the high afternoon sun, twisting through rich jade broadleaf and evergreen trees. Alongside, rushing rivers snaked through deep gorges and under occasional white stone bridges. Rocky shores decorated by wildflowers, and more than one fisherman stood knee-deep in the gurgling waters with nylon lines dancing in the passing wakes. Alpine peaks of the Sapphire Mountains to the west and the Bitterroot Mountains to the east jutted skyward, snow-covered, even in midJune. The further south Rachel traveled, the closer the mountains edged towards the road, cliffs laced with trees and trickling water. Big Sky Country, Land of the Shining Mountains, the Last Best Place. All nicknames discovered in her limited research seemed appropriate. Whatever anyone wanted to call it, one word summed it up best. Beautiful.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Journey to Her Dreams by Iris Blobel

Today, I'm spotlighting my author friend and wonderful writer, Iris Blobel's book, Journey to Her Dreams.



“It’s not the money that makes you rich. It’s the knowledge
that the other person loves you and is always there for you, no
matter what. That makes you content and, therefore, rich.”


Journey to Her Dreams

by Iris Blobel


I'm excited to tell you all about the re-release of JOURNEY TO HER DREAMS,

which was in a way the start of my journey to my dreams.

Honestly, yes I was nervous going back re-visiting the story, nervous about the editing process for the new edition.  I can't believe how much I've learnt and how much I've -hopefully- grown as a writer.

JOURNEY TO HER DREAMS has enjoyed another full edit and an awesome new cover.

I hope you'll give Hollie and Sam's story a chance.

THANK YOU


♥♦♥  ~  OUT NOW  ~  ♥♦♥ 
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♥♦♥  SYNOPSIS ♥♦♥ 



 
Would you travel around the world to uncover the reason for your dreams? 
Hollie Anderson does.


A young woman from Tasmania who lives on a farm just outside Launceston, she has got good looks, likes her job and loves to hang out with her friends. She should be happy, right?


But it’s a recurrent dream that throws her daily life into chaos and takes her on a journey to Ireland. While on her quest for answers she meets Sam in Dublin under unusual circumstances and both women, so different in many ways, find out they have one thing in common - and it changes their lives forever.


♥♦♥ MEET THE AUTHOR ♥♦♥
IRIS BLOBEL


Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.

Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.

Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cover Reveal for Mamarazzi by Brooke Williams






Mamarazzi Cover Reveal



Mamarazzi




By Brooke Williams



Release Date: September 11, 2015 from Prism Book Group





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Enjoy giveaways with a dozen different authors!



Danica Bennett isn't sure what she hates more...her job or the fact that she's good at it.  As one of the many Hollywood paparazzi, she lives her life incognito and sneaks around trying to get the best shot of the latest star.  When she is mistaken for an extra on a new, up and coming TV show, her own star rises and she becomes the one being photographed.  Add that to the fact that she's falling for her co-star, Eliot Lane, and Danica is in a whole heap of trouble.



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About the Author



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Brooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like “Accept this Dandelion.”  Brooke is also the author of "Accept this Dandelion," “Wrong Place, Right Time,” “Someone Always Loved You,”  “Beyond the Bars.” She plans to continue the Dandelion story into a series and looks forward to her first children's book release “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut” in June 2016. Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (5) and Sadie (nearly 2).



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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Giveaway of Print Book

We're in the middle of winter - so not my favourite season, but hey, I've got something to look forward to - spring. I can't wait for brighter mornings and a chance to plant seeds in my vegetable patch, and being able to take my kids swimming. Plus watching the garden come to life with flowers.

I don't know where in the world you may live if you're reading this, but I think we all need a pep-me-up, something to cheer us sometimes. So, I'm going to be giving away a copy of Wedding Gown Girl, my very first published novel. I've set up a giveaway on Goodreads. It's open to all countries. Phew, it took me a while to choose every country in the world. Goodreads doesn't seem to have a quick option to choose the whole lot.

So here's the link to take part.




Goodreads Book Giveaway


Wedding Gown Girl by Kathy Bosman

Wedding Gown Girl

by Kathy Bosman


Giveaway ends July 08, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Magical Weddings Boxed Set Spotlight and Review with Giveaway

I'm so pleased to promote this wonderful book on my blog. You can find my review near the bottom of the post.


Magical Weddings ~ New Release ~ 15 Enchanting Romances

Whether real or only in the hearts of the bride and groom, the magic of weddings is undeniable and irresistible! As these 15 enchanting happily-ever-afters by bestselling and award-winning authors prove.

From sweet to spicy, the romances bundled into this set cross time and unite hearts, cast spells of laughter, battle wedding jitters and fight back tears, while weaving love's hopeful magic throughout 1400 pages.

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The box set is on sale for only .99 cents!

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~~~More About the Books~~~

Her Wedding Wager by Leigh Michaels, National bestselling and Award-winning author of over 100 novels. Celia's doomed to an arranged marriage--unless she can win the most important bet of her life!
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The Last Wedding at Drayhome (Breens Mist Witches) by Aileen Harkwood. Never underestimate the power of a witch and warlock in love who have nothing left to lose.
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The Dress by Eve Devon. Two couples, 400 years apart. From a masquerade ball in Venice 1615 to a wedding in England 2015, can a dress laced with magic weave its spell through the fabric of time?
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Second Chance Bride by Raine English, USA Today bestselling and Award-winning author. She thinks she's marrying the man of her dreams, until a telepathic rescue dog leads her to someone else... Will this bride-to-be say "I do" to the wrong man?
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Two Hearts Surrendered by Tamara Ferguson, Bestselling and Award-winning author. Will two warring hearts be strong enough to survive the ultimate battle?
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Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Lynda Haviland. She has a wedding to crash--until love gets in the way!
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Heart of the Secret (Witches of Lane County) by Jody A. Kessler, Bestselling and Award-winning author. A 500 year-old curse, a witch who will do anything to marry her one true love, and the heart of a secret that will either divide them or bring them together...forever.
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The Jealous Love of a Scoundrel by Jane Lark, National bestselling author. How do you fight a calling that comes from your soul?
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A Wedding Across the Winds of Time by Bess McBride, National bestselling author. Darius and Molly found each other Across the Winds of Time. Now, it's time for their wedding!
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Kiss This by L.L. Muir, National bestselling and Award-winning author. You never expect the florist to catch the bouquet...
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Caution is a Virtue by Jennifer Gilby Roberts. How much is too much to risk for love?
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Loving Lindy by Jan Romes. In order to become the bank's new Vice President, Gunther Justin has to be "settled." With Lindy McPherson posing as his fiancé everything is set to go off without a hitch--until real feelings get in the way.
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With this Kiss by Heather Thurmeier. Does a simple kiss have enough magic to reunite lovers?
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Real Magic by Elsa Winckler. She's the bridesmaid, he's a best man. Will the magical evening stay just that or will it turn out to be real after all?
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The Wedding Guests (A Tassamara Short Story) by Sarah Wynde. When unexpected guests attend Akira and Zane's wedding, lives will change forever. But for better or for worse?

***Meet the Authors***

Leigh Michaels is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than 100 books, including historical romance and contemporary romance. Her non-fiction book, On Writing Romance, has been called the best guide available for romance writers, and she teaches romance writing online at Gotham Writers Workshop.

Six of her books have been finalists in the RITA contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America, and more than 35 million copies of her books are in print in 25 languages and more than 120 countries. Her books have been published by Harlequin Books, Sourcebooks, Montlake Romance, Writers Digest Books, and Arcadia Publishing.

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Aileen Harkwood is a Readers’ Crown finalist who lives in the Southern Rockies. The Last Wedding at Drayhome is the prequel to two concurrent series of fantasy romances, Spell Touched: Breens Mist Witches, Book 1, and Wedding Spell, first in the Breens Mist Weddings series, due out in September 2015. She’s passionate about green chile and the mysteries hiding in antique photographs. Check in with her at:

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Eve Devon: Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave Eve Devon a taste for adventure. Her love of romances began when her mother shoved one into her hands in a desperate attempt to keep her quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals. She lives in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with her very own sexy hero husband! Visit the author at her website: www.EveDevon.com

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Raine English USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Raine English writes sweet small-town romance, paranormal, and Gothic romantic suspense. She’s a Daphne du Maurier Award winner and a Golden Heart finalist. Her new lighthearted contemporary romance series, Love Always, will be available June 2015. It features three childhood friends who encounter a lot more than anticipated while searching for love. Raine lives in New England with her family and her French bulldog, Bailey.

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Tamara Ferguson: A member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the FTHRW Chapter, Tamara

Ferguson is the best-selling and multi-award winning author of the Tales of The Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series. Tales of the Dragonfly Book II: In Flight was a 2014 WINNER at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. Her latest release, That Unforgettable Kiss, was recently a top ten Amazon bestseller in Kindle Saga Fiction.

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Lynda Haviland shares her chaotic and creative life with her chef husband, two artistic teenagers, and an aging bearded dragon. She admits to being heavily influenced by hazelnut coffee, chocolate with caramel, and romantic comedies. Something Borrowed, Something Blue is a stand-alone romantic short story written for the Magical Weddings Boxed Set. But Nellie Pearle can’t be contained. Look for her and other oddly entertaining residents of Pearl Key in an upcoming paranormal suspense series.

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Jody A. Kessler’s debut novel, Death Lies Between Us, is a #1 best-seller and the winner of the Readers’ Crown Award. She writes paranormal romance, historical time travel fiction, and contemporary fiction.

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Jane Lark: Jane is a Kindle bestselling author and a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult romances, and she’s a sucker for a love story. “I love the feeling of falling in love and it’s wonderful to be able to do it time and time again in fiction.” She loves writing intense relationships and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations.

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Bess McBride is the bestselling author of over fifteen time travel romances as well as contemporary, historical, romantic suspense and light paranormal romances. She loves to hear from readers, and you can contact her at bessmcbride@gmail.com.

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L.L. Muir lives in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains with a charming husband who makes her laugh, but does not make her do pans. Like most authors, she is constantly searching for, or borrowing pens. The best ideas always begin on a napkin.

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Jennifer Gilby Roberts has a degree in physics and a postgraduate certificate in computing, so a career writing fiction was inevitable really. She was born and grew up in Surrey/Greater London, but now lives in North Yorkshire with her husband, her small daughter, a middle-aged cat and a lot of dust bunnies.

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Jan Romes is a hopeless romantic who grew up in northwest Ohio with eight zany siblings. Married to her high school sweetheart for more years than seems possible, she is also a proud mom, mother-in-law, and grandmother. She likes to read all genres and writes witty contemporary romance.

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Heather Thurmeier is a lover of margaritas and a hater of spiders. Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, she now lives in New York where she’s become an odd Canuck-Yankee hybrid. Heather’s currently writing her next romance, which will probably be filled with sassy heroines, sexy heroes that make your heart pound, laugh out loud moments and always a happily ever after.

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Elsa Winckler: Inspired by the writing of Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James, and the Brontë sisters, Elsa Winckler likes her heroines beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong. She married her college boyfriend who, after 40 years, still makes her weak in the knees. They have 3 interesting children, 3 beautiful grandsons and live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty’s Bay, South Africa.

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Sarah Wynde graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in English, which she actually managed to put to use by becoming an editor. She’s worked on magazines, websites, and books, including ten years spent as a senior acquisitions editor with Pearson. Eventually, her love of writing pushed her into independent publishing. She likes to think of the stories she writes as unexpected fiction—bending, blending, and occasionally breaking genres.

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My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For the price, I think it's an absolute steal. Sometimes, when you buy an anthology, you're not sure what you're getting, if you'll love some stories and hate others. Whether it will be very short snippets all lumped together to make the length of a full book. Not that I don't go for short stories, but well, this was a whole lot more. The Magical Weddings Boxed Set was packed full of long, I'd say almost full-length books, and every one of them were a great read. I kept on waiting for one to disappoint or be a really strange genre that I would hate, and although they were different genres, and sometimes genres I wouldn't normally go for like regency romances, I loved each book. Only one didn't give me the "wow" factor, but it was still good. A couple of the stories didn't grab me straight away, but by the end, I was totally taken and loving the message behind them, the romance, the magic. There was a touch of magic in each story. I think it was a great way to discover new authors and to read about a romantic topic - weddings. Thank you so much for giving me a chance to review this book. I hope to read more of the books from some of the authors that blew me away.




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Friday, June 19, 2015

Some Problems with Feminism and How Romance Novels Counteract Them

The past few months I've come across quite a few blogs, articles and podcasts with strong feminist slants to them. Maybe it's because I enjoy listening to body image activism or the health at any size messages which are very pertinent in our diet and image obsessed modern times. But besides that, I've noticed quite a few posts on Facebook written by feminists. I have nothing against feminists and I think they're doing a marvelous job in working on equal rights for women as well as changing skewed perceptions of certain things in our westernised culture.

I don't know everything about feminism. I do know that they want women to be seen as equal human beings and not put in a box. The pressure nowadays to fit into a certain mold like be beautiful, get married to a man, have babies, etc. is unfair and should not be placed on anyone. Those things should be chosen because a woman really wants them. And I think many do but there are a few who don't and why can't they be who they want to be?

But I have a few issues with some of the feminist posts and ideas that I've read. Merely because I think they break down the simple characteristics of who we essentially are as women. Sure, we deserve to be treated equal and given equal standing and respect in the workplace for achieving the same things as men, but really do we want to be exactly like men? I've heard the feminists say that they don't push that at all, but they don't seem to practise what they preach. Now, I'm not a qualified socialist, anthropologist or psychologist, but I do have an intrinsic sense of my womanhood. And I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate it. Maybe that's the intention of the feminists, but in the process, sometimes they're not seeing that women and men are born naturally different and that's perfectly okay, and it's often why men get paid more and get listened to more in the workplace. I'm not justifying less pay for the same work. I think that's terribly wrong and I've seen it in the town where I live.

I read a couple of articles recently about how men don't listen to women as much or believe them. I read the article with this deep sense of the writer's resentment toward men. Maybe it wasn't true, but I just got the off feeling while reading it. I honestly haven't felt that way from the men in my life (okay maybe sometimes from my teenage sons). My father was always deeply respectful towards what I had to say. I felt valued and important and intelligent when with him. My husband the same. In fact, I often have to guard my tongue to make sure I don't say something that would break him down because he takes my words to heart. Yes, men have this very strong logical side - the logical side of their brain has been more strongly developed in the womb whereas with women our relational and logical side are in equal proportions. Sometimes, men can see things much clearer especially when it comes to technical things and that's not a bad thing. It's great! Because we often see things about relationships that they don't see. Wow, I want to celebrate my womanhood, don't you? I don't want to try to be like a man and compete for first place in everything. I love that manly leadership quality and strength. It's what makes them attractive.

Now, I know that some women are born with a lot of logic and drive like men, and that's great. They're meant to be like that. The Hilary Clintons of this world have a part to play, but from my forty-odd years of roaming the planet, I've seen most women are more nurturing. The feminists say that it's social conditioning that has made us that way and not genetics. If so, what's the problem with that?

What on earth does this have to do with romance novels, you say?

Well, there's something wonderful about the attraction between a man and a woman. And guess who likes to put the spotlight on such a thing? Romance writers. I love exploring the chemistry between a couple and that's why I can't stop writing romance. I've considered writing another genre several times, but each time it doesn't feel right, it doesn't resonate with something inside me. I delight in the natural rhythm of a romance, the initial meeting with a simple like or maybe even irritation, the stirring of the first attraction, the discovering of the person's good qualities and then the internal conflict which always pulls the couple apart. What's so fascinating is the difference between a man and woman. Not just the obvious physical difference, but their personality nuances. I mean even the way a man talks. When we write dialogue, we have to be careful to word it how a man speaks - very differently to a woman. There are some great tips on this that I gleaned from the last Rosa Conference - that can wait for another blog post. But it's not only the way they speak, but the way men and women think about relationships and respond to situations. It's a fascinating field of study.

What's special about romance novels is that they respect the genders. There's no competing to become like the other, but rather a love and respect for the differences and how they work in attracting the couple to each other. And how we complement one another to form a strong team.

In well-written romance novels, men are respectful and good to their women. Woman admire and speak highly of their men. There's a feeling that there's still good in this world. And truly, there is. I think well-written romance novels are a great resource for young women to learn about how a good man should treat them. It's also a good way for women to accept their sexuality and not be ashamed of it. As our culture has become more liberal in the sexual sense, many of the archaic and Victorian viewpoints about a woman not being allowed to enjoy sex have dropped away. But I have to say, it's still prevalent in many circles, especially religious ones. It's subtle, but it's still there. Romance novels have a way of dusting away these misconceptions, so in this way, we work with the feminists in teaching women to be proud of their sexuality and desires and to embrace them.

Kudos to true feminism and romance novels. Here's to equality and embracing of the uniqueness of our genders.