Thursday, February 10, 2011

Most Romantic Holiday of the Year

No, the banks don’t close and yes, you’ll still get mail delivery. Filled with candy message hearts that are more fun to read than eat (sorry, to me they taste like antacid tablets), chocolate, flowers, jewelry, naughty lingerie and just about any other personal gift one could think of, it’s the day on which we celebrate romance. With all of its heartaches and joys, runaway pulses and tears, Shakespeare said in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

As a writer and from personal experience, no one is better acquainted with that fact than I am. My stories abound with bumpy roads and the quickening of love—new, old, and revisited. Some years we have a love to celebrate. Other years we’re eating popcorn and watching old movies with the dog or the cat. Never mind about that. If you’ve got an e-reader, I’ve got a love story for you, complete with bumpy roads, the breathless anticipation of a blooming romance, and a happy ending.

PLUS, I’m offering something special at my website: an excerpt from my new book, Home By Nightfall. I confess that I’ve been dawdling about finishing it—ask any author and they can come up with at least ten reasons that keep them out of the word processing program and busy with something else. By giving you this small gift, I’m giving myself one as well. A reason to put my butt in the chair and my hands on the keyboard. I can’t take credit for this advice. Author Linda Needham always told aspiring writers that it’s the only secret to writing a book. She’s right, of course.

So have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, either with your co-celebrant or with my fictional lovers. Or both!

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