Friday, May 29, 2009

It's Here!

Although The Wild Rose Press won't release my book until June 12, 2009, those eager beavers at Amazon and Barnes and Noble already have it up for grabs.

Here are the links:

Thirty-Nine Again at Amazon

Thirty-Nine Again at Barnes & Noble

Tell all your friends!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Darcy v. Heathcliff

A while ago, a friend and I were having a discussion about great heroes of romantic literature. I put forth my long-held theory that ALL romance heroes are one of two types, and that therefore all romance-loving women are one of two types too - either Darcy women or Heathcliff women.

No, I do not have any scientific research to back me up. But I do have a lot of anecdotal evidence. Over the years, I've talked to a lot of women about these two great romantic archetypes and the one thing I keep finding is that most women seem to go one way or the other. I never meet a woman who says, I love Darcy and I love Heathcliff too.

Nope, never happens. Someone inevitably says, Well, I suppose Heathcliff is okay if you like the domineering, manipulative sort, but oh, that Mr. Darcy! Or they might say: Darcy? That old stick in the mud? Give me a real man of feeling like Heathcliff any day!

To me, the reason is obvious. Heathcliff and Darcy are complete opposites. One is bitter and brooding and dangerously obessed with his woman; the other is aloof and unemotional but steadfastly faithful to his.

I think there's an underlying suspicion that Heathcliff will be the more passionate lover of the two, but personally, I doubt that. I think Heathcliff would probably be a real wham, bam, thank-you-ma'am type, to be honest. Because he's all about what he wants. And if he can't have Catherine, then he'll destroy anyone and everything in order to exact his revenge. In a way, it's flattering to know a guy wants you that much, I suppose. But I think it plays way better in a book than it does in real life. I've never been the victim of such obsessive devotion, and I hope I never am. I've had a few friends who lived with that kind of passion - mostly it just ended very badly, with lots of bruises and black eyes from their passionate but insanely jealous lover.

In some cases, age probably affects which hero you find more attractive. All that burning intensity in Heathcliff looks real exciting when you're very young. But after he's given you the third-degree for just speaking to another man a few times, that attitude can lose its appeal.

And that's when you start to see the merits of that old stick in the mud, Mr. Darcy. There's a lot to be said for that slightly snobby, aloof guy who doesn't fall all over you but shows up when your whole world is falling apart and bails you out of the mess. Then tells you to think nothing of it. Heathcliff wants to possess you; Darcy wants to take care of you.

And now I guess you can tell from my analysis which camp I belong to! So what about you? Are you a Darcy girl or a Heathcliff devotee?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thirty-Nine Again - the Trailer

Here's the fabulous Thirty-Nine Again trailer. I know I told you about it before, but it's up at Circle of Seven's YouTube channel now, which makes it a lot easier to embed and post here. Enjoy!

Friday, May 15, 2009

How Daring Are You?

It's been a hectic couple of weeks - I'm behind on some freelance assignments and also spending way too much time puzzling out answers to interview questions for some guest blogging sites. I definitely have more sympathy now for the people I've interviewed as a reporter over the years!

I promise to be a good blogger and return next week with some actual thoughts about romance, writing and whatever else I can think of. In the meantime, here's a quick blogthing quiz which raises the question - how daring are YOU?

You Are Bold And Brave

But are you daring? Not usually.

You tend to make calculated risks.

So while you may not be base jumping any time soon...

You are up for whatever is new and (a little) exciting!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Buy Stuff and Feel Good About Yourself!

In the current economy, everyone seems to be feeling guilty about spending money. Well, now you have the excuse you need to spend, spend, spend. It's author Brenda Novak's annual online auction to raise money for diabetes research. This is such a worthy cause and I so admire Brenda for using her fame and success as an author to do something so meaningful. Brenda's own little boy suffers from juvenile diabetes, so this is a subject very close to her heart.

I've donated a fabulous gift basket to the auction this year. This is a very girly basket that would be great for a high school or college graduation gift. It contains a whole boatload of yummy spa specialties - bath salts, mositurizer, etc. Plus there's also a pink iPod shuffle and an iTunes gift card. Go bid on this one for that special girl in your life.
I've also joined with over a dozen other Wild Rose Press authors to donate something even more spectacular -- a new Amazon Kindle. So if you weren't in the audience the day Oprah declared the Kindle her new favorite thing, now you can get one at Brenda's auction!
The auction lasts all through the month of May. Brenda has assembled a fantastic assortment of items. Editor and agent evaluations for you writers out there, and autographed books and even lunch dates with some top-notch authors for you book lovers. And there's also plenty of stuff for people who don't even like books -- I've heard such creatures exist. If you happen to know any of these oddballs, tell them about the auction too. There are gift baskets, custom jewelry, big screen TVs and state-of-the-art computers up for grabs. Something for everyone! Please take a look and bid on an item. Brenda will thank you for your generosity, and so will I.

Got Flu?

The answer to that question, of course, is: probably not. This time of year, all that coughing and sneezing you or the person next to you is doing is just as likely to be a bad allergy attack. Yet many people I know and respect, including a few good friends and the Vice President himself, are getting a little panicky about this Swine Flu thingy. You'd think people like Joe Biden would be old enough to remember the last big SWINE FLU EPIDEMIC!!!! in 1976. My school closed down and they were vaccinating people like crazy. But that one turned out to be nothing like the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918, which truly was like something out of a Stephen King novel. In fact, one statistic I read about the 1976 Swine Flu stated that more people died from bad reactions to the quickly developed vaccine than died from the illness itself. Guess that might explain why our government isn't rushing to inoculate folks this time around. Take a look at this very dated PSA from that year:

Here's a dose of reality for all of us to bear in mind:

Number of deaths from heart disease in the US last year - 652,091
Number of deaths last year in the US from all cancers - 559,312
That includes the 40,000 cases of breast cancer that proved fatal. By the way, even women are now more likely to die from lung cancer than breast cancer.
Number of Deaths from Stroke - 143,579
Number of deaths from respiratory diseases (asthma, COPD, etc) - 130,933
Number of deaths due to accidents and unintentional injuries - 117,809
Like car crashes and falling off of ladders

Number of Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu worldwide right now - 331
Number of Confirmed Deaths from Swine Flu worldwide right now - 12

So here's what we all need to do:

1) Stop panicking

2) Wash your hands and take some vitamin C

3) Go do a breast self-exam, for crying out loud. Or schedule an EKG.

4) Don't drive so fast. And put down that cell phone. Yes, I'm talking to you.

5) Oh, and maybe have a buddy spot your hubby on that ladder next time he cleans out the gutters.

Now everyone, stop hiding in your house and go out and enjoy the Spring!!!