Why I Write Romance
Today is my DH’s birthday! (Contrary to my sister-in-law’s assertion, DH stands for Dear Husband, not D**n Husband.) He’s my college sweetheart (we graduated from rival high schools) and the love of my life. He’s an amazing man with a fantastic baritone voice, a brilliant mind (he’s my personal computer guru!) and has enough physical courage to earn his private pilot’s license. We’ve raised two wonderful, loving daughters and traveled the world together. He’s makes my dreams come true.
Without him, I wouldn’t have hit this 20 book milestone. Not only do I borrow freely from him to give to my heroes, he’s been tremendously supportive. When I first started writing, I was working as a banker 40 hours a week. My DH cleaned the house and did laundry so I could write all day on weekends. He’s gone to RT with me and puts up with my “bookhead” days when I only check in to this century for brief periods of time. Bless his heart, he knows me and loves me anyway.
Adam Cameron, my hero in Plaid to the Bone doesn’t know Cait Grant, but he pledged to learn to love her. And Adam is the sort of man who doesn’t change once he makes a vow.
My guest today is the delightful Katharine Ashe. In 2012, Amazon chose Katharine’s How To Be a Proper Lady as one of the Ten Best Romances of the Year. Upon the publication of her debut in 2010, the American Library Association named Katharine among its “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US.
Katharine has graciously offered to help me celebrate my readers by giving away a copy of How to Marry a Highlander!
With seven troublesome half-sisters to marry off, Duncan, the Earl of Eads has one problem: he’s broke. With the prospect of marriage to the pompous local vicar, Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth has one dream: to wed the handsome Highlander she saw at a ball.
How does a desperate lady convince a reluctant laird that she’s the perfect bride for him? She strikes a wager! If she can find seven husbands for seven sisters, the earl must marry her. But when Duncan gives her a deadline even the most audacious matchmaker can’t meet—one month—Teresa sets terms too: with each bridegroom she finds, the earl must pay her increasingly intimate rewards . . .
Touch of a Lady
Time for another title from my backlist. In the Touch of Seduction series, some of the characters have the “gift of touch,” which means they are able to glean information or have visions when they touch specific objects. This remarkable trait came down to Viola, Jacob and Griffin through their many times great grandmother, Delphinia Preston. Touch of a Lady is the story of how this grey-eyed beauty stood Viscount Edmonstone’s carefully laid plans to wed a duke’s daughter on its head.
Today is a day for novellas–my Plaid to the Bone (prequel to the Spirit of the Highlands series), Katharine Ashe’s How to Marry a Highlander (a spin off from The Falcon Club series) and my Touch of a Lady (prequel to the Touch of Seduction series). Your comment also enters you in the drawing for the Grand Prize–a Kindle Paperwhite!
Here’s a question to start the discussion: Do you enjoy novellas or do you prefer full length novels?