Monday, June 14, 2010

Jumping for Joy!

A few weeks ago I blogged about the Maine RWA retreat in Portland. What I didn't reveal then was that I had met with Cynthia Brayden-Thomas, and editor with Lyrical Press, to pitch her my book "Past Destinies". She requested a full manuscript and 2 page synopsis, which I was happy to provide. 

A couple of weeks ago she emailed to ask if I wanted to write for Lyrical Press! I am so excited to say that I said YES and am currently working to get "Past Destinies" ready for release, if all goes well for May 2011. So that's the news - I SOLD my book! Happy Dancing shall now commence! 

Friday, June 4, 2010

Book Review: "The Next Best Thing" by Kristen Higgins

When I attended the Connecticut RWA Fiction Fest about a month ago I had the pleasure of meeting Kristan Higgans, attending a workshop she gave and getting a signed copy of her book,"the next best thing." I loved it from start to finish. Thank you Kristan for agreeing to let me review your book on my blog.

Spoiler alert for those who haven't yet read it! Don't read the rest of this post if you don't want to spoil the book!

Kristan has a style of writing that is funny and endearing. She makes you fall in love with her characters from the first page. I loved her descriptions of the bakery and the Black Widows who owned it. As a secondary character her quirky sister who worries about her husband dying when he's as healthy as a horse simply because men die young in their family makes you both laugh and cry.

In the end when you find out that hero Ethan has actually been in love with our heroine before she met and married the husband she lost it makes you melt. And the best hook from the start of the book? "I'm ready to start dating again . . . . so I guess we should stop sleeping together." Ahem. Quite the hook Kristan!!

Reading this book had me so distracted I found myself standing in the kitchen, leaning over the counter reading when I should have been a. cooking dinner, b. washing dishes, and c. whatever else I was supposed to be doing that I forgot about because I was too into the story to notice my surroundings until I realized I was STANDING IN THE KITCHEN reading! Thats when you know the story's good. I hope you like this book as much as I did. Take it from me this book is "The next best thing."