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Read a Romance Month top recs!

One of my favorite RARM features is the author recommendations — discovering new authors from other authors. And my top recs?

  • Sophie Jordan. An author of dazzling imagination and talent. (And a huge inspiration to me.)
  • Anna J. Stewart. Can’t say enough nice things about Anna’s writing. As a fellow author I’m in awe, and as a reader I’m just swept away on a tide of enjoyment.
  • Lenora Bell. Her books are so smart and witty and fun! Am a superfan.

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“Ninja heart sneaks undetected . . .”

This made me laugh. Especially since I’m about to turn off the computer and go out of town, and offline, for a family get-together. TTYL. :)Comic: "Ninja Heart sneaks undetected . . ." by the Awkward Yeti

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More RARM!

That is, a little more from my Read a Romance Month contribution. Please enjoy. :)

 

  1. Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of The Power of Romance.

I read my first Georgette Heyer novel when I was fourteen, and even though I understood very little of the period terminology, and in fact barely knew where Bath, England, was, I did manage to decode the erotic disjuncture between what the protagonists are saying, and how they’re actually feeling about each other — how underneath their witty and civilized conversations, and despite the elaborately codified manners of their time, a powerful, primal attraction is drawing them inexorably together. Talk about the sizzling power of romance! It caught me as a teenager — hook, line, and sinker — and, to my joy, has never let me go.

Image: cover of Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer

 

  1. Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

When I was dating the man who was later to become my husband, as February 14th approached — our first Valentine’s Day together — he asked me what I would like to have as a gift. Flowers, chocolates, jewelry . . . all floated through my mind as obvious possibilities.

But then I thought about what I really wanted. I said, “A bread machine.”

Did he say it was a silly idea, or boring, or an overly prosaic one? No, he went out and got me my very own Breadman. Which to me — then and now — is a powerfully romantic gesture. (By the way, we’re still happily married. And I still use my Breadman, too.)

Photo: bread machine

 

  1. Tell us about a word that has power for you. 

That word is “yes.” To me it signifies hope, forward movement, possibility. So my ongoing goal is to say yes to change. To trying new things. To continue to learn and grow. And finally — yes to writing books which I hope others will enjoy and find meaningful.

 

  1.  Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

The Book of Joy, which features the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu in conversation, is a powerfully inspiring treatise on finding balance and peace in a turbulent world. And I must also mention Sarah MacLean’s just-published Day of the Duchess: a beautifully written, powerful testament to the capacity to both change and wholeheartedly love.

Cover: The Book of Joy

  1. Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

Jane Austen has long been an influence and an inspiration to me as a reader, a student of history, and as a writer of historical romance. Set in an era during which women all too often had little real power, her books make a radical claim for a woman’s right to independent thought, for the importance of happiness, for the overriding value of love over cool pragmatism. These are compelling — and fun! — issues I like to explore in my own novels set during this time, and I’ve got Austen to thank for boldly leading the way over two hundred years ago.

Image: A speculative “spontaneous composite portrait” of Jane Austen by Lance Bertelsen, Iris Howard Regents Professor in English, University of Texas at Austin.

A speculative “spontaneous composite portrait” of Jane Austen by Lance Bertelsen, Iris Howard Regents Professor in English, University of Texas at Austin

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“Bloom from within”

A little bit of inspiration as we begin our week. :)

Illustration: "Bloom from within" by Wild Woman Sisterhood

via Traceyanne McCartney on Twitter

 

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“She became a butterfly”

My heroine’s journey in The Bride Takes a Groom. Coming your way in spring 2018.
Graphic: "Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she became a butterfly."

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“If you dream it . . .”

“. . . you can do it.” Wonderful words as we begin our week.

Graphic: "If you dream it, you can do it," via @amandatippytoes on Twitter

via @amandatippytoes on Twitter

 

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“Let it shine”

What lovely words, and what a beautiful illustration, with which to kick off the week. Happy Monday. :)

"Let It Shine": an illustration by Katie Daisy

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“Let’s make a film with a tornado full of sharks”

This seems to me an excellent reminder as we kick off the week. Happy Monday. :)

Photo: signboard: "Next time you're afraid to share ideas, remember someone once said in a meeting Let's make a film with a tornado full of sharks"

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“Insightful, enlightening & entertaining”

I’m a big fan of the brilliant, personable astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, so naturally I pounced on a recent article about him in the Wall Street Journal. Here are some highlights:

My favorite films of all time are: “The Matrix,” “Contact,” “The Island,” “The Conversation,” “Excalibur” and “All That Jazz.” These were philosophically deep, insightful, enlightening and entertaining.

If I could eat only one food on a voyage to Mars, it would be: pepperoni pizza and a strawberry malted milkshake. I could consume those foods day after day and never get tired of them. They’re actually quite healthy — there’s fat, protein, carbohydrates. I might supplement it with a vitamin, but all the calorie needs are there.

Photo: Neil deGrasse Tyson, via the Wall Street Journal

via the Wall Street Journal

A game-changing TV show is: “The Big Bang Theory.” Twenty years ago, had you walked up to a network and said, “I got an idea for a show. It’s got Ph.D. scientists in it, and we’ll just explore their love life and their social life,” no one would make that a show. Now “Big Bang Theory” is the number one comedy on television, and you’ve got shows — “Scorpion,” “Numbers,” “CSI” — with scientists who are good looking, who have social lives. That was never previously done.

If I had a month off, I would: ask the people who gave me a month off why they pulled me away from what I love the most.

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The entire article was a joy to read, but honestly, Neil had me at “The Matrix,” also one of my favorite films of all time.

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Rise and shine

Happy Monday. :)"Rise and shine": a graphic by Katie Daisy

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