I have been struggling with focus and a massive project at work that is mentally draining me. Because of that, I needed something to take my mind off things and relied on my go to therapy – reading a book. “Between the pages of a books is where I want to be!”
Nothing could be more true and I was lucky enough to have received an arc of SOLID GOLD BACHELOR by Kathye Quick which is now available for pre-order. The ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this second chance at love story between the responsible rich girl and the bad boy rock star from the wrong side of the tracks. Add in mobsters, murder and a secret baby and the story had my attention until the very end. Plus the icing on the cake was that it was set in New Jersey, adding that hometown element to the feel of the story.
Hope you have an easy Hump Day!
I can’t imagine a house without books. I have learned so much from reading books and have received so much pleasure from reading. I hope that I have also given you pleasure with the books I write. So today’s bit of wisdom is from Horace Mann who said, “A house without books is like a room without windows.”
Never stop appreciating all the things around you that are what really make life worth living, like the joy of a sunrise, the surprise of a firework, or the brilliance of the stars at night. Hold onto the wonder of those precious gifts.
We didn’t have a lot of money when I was younger, but we had books and public libraries. I looked forward to the walk to get new books every week or a visit from the bookmobile during the summer months. Whenever I opened the pages of a new book, I was transported to a new world and I loved exploring all those interesting places and learning new things. Some might say I was a nerd and to that I say “Nerds Rock!”
It’s hard to think about taking that first step into the unknown. Whether it’s a new relationship, a new book, or even revisiting something old that you’ve been trying to forget, it takes courage. But taking that first step is a necessary part of a journey that could be truly rewarding. So as hard as it is, take that first step.
There are some things that most writers have on their bucket list, including hitting the NY Times Bestseller List. If you write anything other than romance, you might also have “appear in the New York Times Book Review” on that list. As a romance writer, being in the Book Review was not on my list mainly because the NY Times normally doesn’t pay much attention to us. They even got rid of the Mass Market Fiction list which is where a lot of romance writers might appear on a list.
Imagine my surprise when I got a note from my publisher that I might be in the Times. It was like a WHAT? REALLY? And sure enough, Mr. Robert Gottlieb included ONE SUMMER NIGHT in his “Round Up of Romance” http://nyti.ms/2xxXZ78.
I have to admit that when I first read the review, I didn’t know what to make of it (besides the weirdness factor of having an 86 year old man think that ” The sex between Maggie and Owen is equally delicious . . .”)
And then came all the commentary about the “Round Up of Romance” and the ensuing justification by the NY Times Editor for choosing Mr. Gottlieb to review romance and the manner in which he reviewed it (see below).
So for today, I’d be interested in hearing your take on the “Round Up of Romance” and whether bad publicity is just as good as good publicity.
My mom was an amazing lady. She had courage and wisdom that inspired me throughout my entire life. She told me that anything was possible if I worked at it hard enough. She also told me that nothing worthwhile is ever easy. She was right about both. Whether it’s a relationship or being a writer or trying to lose weight, it’s not easy, but if I want it and since it’s worthwhile, I need to not give up!