Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fools For Luv Giveaway Hop

This blog hop is officially over.  All winners have been contacted.  Please go to my Events page to find more blog hops in the coming months.
Welcome to the Fools For Luv Giveaway Hop organized and launched by the administrative teams at Readaholics Anonymous and Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust.  This hop will be going on from February 1 thru 14, 2013, to herald in Valentine Days.  The day Cupid aims his arrows at hearts around the world and love ensues.

What’s a romance novel without at least one couple who finds their way to each other?   Slogans such as Love Makes the World Go ‘Round and Love Bites are 20th century inventions that have relevance to 21st century readers.  Love, you can’t live without it and you want to die when you lose it.

Exploring the theme of Fools For Luv, my thoughts went immediately to Meghan “Meggie” Cleary in Colleen McCullough’s The Thornbirds who falls in love with an ambitious priest, Father Ralph de Bricassart.  It’s a forbidden love because Father Ralph will never leave the clergy to be a husband to Meggie.  Thinking God is spiting when her son with Father Ralph drowns, Meggie denounces love as merely an illusion woven in people’s minds.  It’s not until she meets Rainer Hartheim, the man who loves her daughter Justine is Meggie’s hope in love renewed.

McCullough’s story incorporates a series of trials and tribulations which life thrusts into people’s path. It takes a sprig of enlightenment for Meggie to realize love hadn’t played her for a fool, but opened her up to experience unprecedented joy countered by an unprecedented amount of tragedy.  Her heart hadn’t failed her and steer her in the wrong direction.  It forced her to see her daughter’s and others as themselves not as extensions of her.  The love she has for others is burrowed in her heart whether they are with her or not.

A tale with more joy and less tragedy is Jerri Drennen’s Her Man Flint.  DNS agent Adriana Kent feels like a fool for falling in love with her partner Flint Morgan whom she caught in bed with another woman.  Unable to explain how it happened, Flint wishes he could atone for his betrayal and for pushing away the only girl he ever wanted to marry.  An assignment brings the two back together and discovering it was all a misunderstanding.  They find their way back to each other, and the wound that kept them apart mends.  Agent Kent learns that love bites but it also makes life worth living.

In my own novel The King Maker, Cullen Danes and Nina Holt go through a series of trial and tribulations to find out they can only make it if they’re together.  As two people living on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, they must decide how they will go on when it’s safe for them to return home.  Was their’s a transient affair or can one make the leap into the other’s life?

Who are some of your favorite characters who have been struck by Cupid’s arrow?  Post your comment and include your email using [at] and [dot] in the address to enter the Fools For Luv Giveaway Hop contest. 

Your comment will also be entered to win an ebook copy of The Witch‘s Birthday Brew by Astrid Cielo.  You can also enter the Rafflecopter below to earn more chances to win. 

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Snowbound Love Blog Hop

This blog hop is officially over and all of the winners have been contacted.  Please go to my Events page to check out more blog hops in the coming months.
Welcome to the Snowbound Love Blog Hop hosted and organized by the administrative team at Sizzling PR.  This hop will be going on from January 10 thru 13, 2013.

Winter romances ignite a spark in readers vastly different from summer romances which are often less antagonist by nature. The length of time to court a summer romance is usually instantaneous while winter romances require a longer gestation period by comparison to break down protective mechanisms.  By nature, winter alludes to cold, chilly, frosty weather and as a consequence, winter romances incorporate such images.

Such a case is the widely popular story of Beauty and the Beast originally written by French author Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villenuve in 1740 and abridged to its current state in 1756 by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont.  In the story, Belle and the Beast are at odds with each other.  Her gentle spirit is in direct contrast to his brash and coarse nature.  The story moves along in incremental stages as Belle and the Beast’s protective mechanisms are broken down.  She must learn to not withdraw from him and he must learn compassion to understand her instinct to be kind to others.  Their courtship takes time to nurture like a block of ice that needs to thaw.

Sometimes that thawing process takes a more figurative meaning like in William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.  In the tale, Luciento and Bianco want to marry but they can’t until Bianca’s older sister Katharina, who is a high maintenance gal prone to imposing demands on others, is married first.  Luciento petitions the men in the village to propose to Kat, but nobody takes the bait except one ogre, an improvised nobleman named Petruchio. The intensity that brews between Kat and Petruchio is fodder for romantic comedies.  The coldness between the two takes time to melt, but when it does the two become natural paramours. 

Another winter romance which takes place in the Arctic palisades of Scotland’s Highlands is the historical romance Rebellion by Nora Roberts.  Her story echoes another side of frosty romances from the previous two as an English knight, Brigham Langston, is quite pleased with the beautiful Scottish lass the king chose for him to marry, though Serena MacGregor is not inclined to being Brigham’s bride.  She causes him great discomfort and trouble from the start as her temperamental nature refuses to be tamed, but in time, Brigham disarms her and transforms her into the woman beneath the icy fa├žade.

Comment on what you like about winter romances or what is your favorite winter romance.  Please include your email using [at] and [dot] in the address to enter the Snowbound Love Blog Hop contest.

Your comment will also be entered to win an ebook copy of Her Protector:  Men of Valor by Kiru Taye from Breathless Press.

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