Sunday, May 22, 2016

Research and the BlowUp Doll Review

The past week has been one of those busy weeks for me, and I haven't figured out yet what I managed to accomplish. However, I did hear back from my editor on Book 3 synopsis of the contemporary romance series I'm writing. He's like "Write it" and I'm like "I'm on it."

In the course of writing a story, there is always research or actually just Googling things I need to know more about or check out. So in the beginning of Book 3, some characters are planning a bachelor party, and I decided they should be inflating blowup dolls. Next, I decided to look up blowup dolls to see what tidbits I could pick up about them from reviews.

That led me to Amazon and the Inflatable Judy Doll! LOL! The Top Customer Review, "A Life-Size Friend at a Low-Size Price," which is about the funny saga of a broke father buying the doll for his kid's birthday present and taking it to her birthday party. You can read it here: 

I love it when research entertains. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Everything His Heart Desires Cover Roll Out

I was thrilled when my editor sent me the cover for EVERYTHING HIS HEART DESIRES, which is the next book in my Love Heals All series. The cover was so perfect for the book and I loved the vintage Mustang. In the book, Dr. Brett Harris, aka Hot Rod, collect classic muscle cars so it was a fitting tribute.

I did love writing Natalie and Brett's story.  Set completely in Lafayette Falls, Tennessee, it is a fun story filled with colorful characters. I will be posting more about the book later. 

This is a brief summary of the story:

Photographer Natalie Layton Spencer returns home to Lafayette Falls after recovering from injuries sustained during a bombing in Kabul only to find herself roped into a plot to save her wealthy iron-willed grandmother, who refuses to see a doctor regarding her heart. Unfortunately, for Natalie, her uncle’s scheme reunites her with a former high school nemesis, Brett Harris, the genius bad boy who had always thought she was a slacker.

At Lafayette Falls Medical Center, cardiologist Brett Harris, AKA Hot Rod Harris, has escaped the destitution of Trinity Road. But the legacy of being from the wrong side of town has made him overly motivated, assertive, and ambitious. He wants to replace the retiring chief of cardiology, and when he is offered political backing by Natalie’s powerful uncle, who needs a doctor to charm his obstinate mother, Brett readily accepts the challenge. How hard could it be to charm an old lady? On the downside, it requires that Brett team up with Natalie, a girl he remembers as clueless. 

Brett finds it is impossible to charm the Wicked Witch of the West. Plus as he gets to know Natalie, he finds himself still attracted to her and falling for the intricate woman she has become. Can a guy from the wrong side of town win the love of a princess? Natalie has always had a soft spot for Brett, but he’s driven to succeed. Is his interest in her just a ploy to gain the goodwill of her grandmother? In the end, will it be about love or ambition?

The book is available for pre-order now and will be out in Jan 2017.
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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Manners, Culture and Dress: Educating Emma

When a book is over a century old, you have to wonder how many times was it read and by whom. Through whose hands has it passed?  I purchased an old book several years ago called Manners, Culture and Dress, published in 1890, via an online bookstore so I had not seen it prior to my order arriving on my doorstep.

For me, one of the delights of this old book was the presentation page. The book was presented to Emma C. Savage on Feb 3rd, 1891 by her father and mother. I assume this was a birthday gift. A five-hundred-page text to teach Emma about manners, culture and dress. I picture Emma as being a middle to upper-class young girl who was on the verge of becoming a young lady. 

What did Emma learn from this book?  Just about everything a well-mannered person in 1890 would need to know about how to act, how to speak, how to write, how to dress and even toilette recipes. 

She would have learned how to protect against moths by putting a piece of linen moistened with turpentine in the wardrobe for a single day three times a year.  Here are a few more tidbits:  A lady should never allow a servant to keep people waiting on the doorstep. Invitations to a funeral should be delivered by private messenger. Unmarried ladies should not accept presents from a gentleman to whom they are not related and not married. A lady does not cross a ballroom unattended. White kid gloves should be worn at a ball and only taken off at dinner. A lady must always decide on the pace when riding. While traveling in steamers, do not make a rush for the supper table or make a glutton of yourself when you get there. Never be late to church. It is a decided mark of ill-breeding.

I wonder if Emma took all this advice to heart and became a young lady with impeccable manners?  Due to the good condition of the book, I don't think Emma re-read it. What does that say for Emma? I'm hoping she was an independent young lady. One who didn't always go by the rules.