Monday, September 17, 2018

Books to Movies: Adaptions that Won My Heart

 
     I've been Falling Into Books this last week, prompted by the challenge hosted by I Am A Reader and Clean Wholesome Romance. It feels like a total luxury to be focusing on reading now that I've finished with manuscript revisions, and it's with a few trusted readers.
     Today's challenge calls for finding a favorite book that has been made into a movie. The first book/movie combo that comes to mind is the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (an all-time fav), but I'm going to stretch myself here since that one is a favorite of so many. I also really enjoyed Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts as an Oprah's Book Club read when it first came out. The movie, starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd, was produced in 2000, and followed the book perfectly, from the character portrayals to the nuances of sarcasm, setting, and pacing.
     What's your favorite book-to-movie example? Join the challenge today and enter the rafflecopter at I Am a Reader.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

I'm in the Author Spotlight Today!

Love Like Water by D.E. Malone
Two Hearts, One Tour Bus. Is There Room Enough for Love?
After losing her job, Darcy Conti takes a tour guide position at Sturgeon Widows Tours, a quirky family-run business in the small town of Hendricks on the shores of Lake Superior. As she settles into her new role narrating local history excursions, she fights an undeniable attraction to the man she was hired to replace—the owner’s son.
Fresh from a relationship gone sour, Sean Stetman plans to avoid dating for the foreseeable future. Taking a leave of absence from his parents’ tour company, he wants nothing more than time to fish, hike, and work on his cabin. But when the tour driver quits, he is suddenly back on board, reluctantly shuttling Darcy and the tour guests along the North Shore.
Together Darcy and Sean survive unruly tourists, meddling mothers, and even an unscrupulous developer looking to give the Stetmans’ tour company some fierce competition. Can they also survive falling in love?
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Darcy quickened her steps to pass the group and get to Sean. His long, easy stride made her have to work twice as hard.
“You have a really engaging style.”
Sean turned his head to look at her, like he was waiting for the punch line.
“I mean, they really respond to you. How long have you been giving tours?” Darcy saw her reflection in his aviator glasses and brushed the hair out of her face.
He stopped and pushed his glasses to the top of his head. “Since I graduated college. No, that’s not right,” he said, closing one eye to think. “Actually, I think I was a sophomore in high school when I did my first one.”
“How long did it take you to develop your schtick?”
“My what?” he asked, the corners of his mouth lifting.
“Your schtick. You know, your routine.”
“You’re awfully interested in how the tour business runs. First you offer to drive the bus, now you want to know all of my secrets.” He crossed his arms and leaned against the doorframe. The last person in the group moved past them and into Red’s. “Are you looking to set up shop?”
“Absolutely not.” Darcy felt her face flush. Then it dawned on her. Emily hadn’t told Sean that Darcy was interested in covering for his leave. To Sean, Darcy was just a very curious tourist. Of course he would wonder about her intrusiveness. She needed to set the record straight.
“Maybe we should start over. I’m Darcy Conti.”
“Yes, I remember. You introduced yourself an hour ago.”
“I’m not on the tour as a guest. Your mother offered me the job to cover for you while you…while you’re away.”
He stared at her for an uncomfortably long time.
“Hello?” she finally said, waving her hand in his face.
He blinked. “You’re going to take over the tours? Here?”
“Is that a problem?”
“No…no, not at all. That’s great. I’m just surprised. I wasn’t expecting…you.”

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Reading Goals

     Every January for the past ten years I write down the number of books I'd like to read during the year. It usually falls somewhere between 25 and 30, a number I think is doable based on being a regrettably slow reader.
     I'm waaaay behind my goal of 30 this year.
     To be fair, I've written two books and will have two published before the year is up. But still.
     That's why I was excited to see the #FallIntoBooks Challenge info pop into my inbox. It's hosted by I Am a Reader and Clean Wholesome Romance, and encourages participants to try for a different challenge each day from September 10th to October 10th. It starts tomorrow.
     In the interest of stating my September #readinggoals so you can hold me to it, I'm going to finish reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, my Nora Roberts romance (can't think of the title right now), AND...nope. I'm going to stop at two to keep the goal manageable.
     What are you reading now?

Monday, September 3, 2018

Author Spotlight: Julie Wright and Lies Jane Austen Told Me



Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright

     Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife. But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she's good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake's younger brother, Lucas. Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate. What she can't understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake's arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it's time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it's time for him to love her back.


       

PRAISE FOR LIES JANE AUSTEN TOLD ME

      "Wright does contemporary romance right in this diverting novel with just enough heft."-Publishers Weekly

     "Employing her own deliciously dry sense of wit, Wright deftly pays homage to the inherent romantic wisdom found in Austen's classic novels in this delightfully fun and refreshingly sweet contemporary romance."-Booklist

     "Modern, clever, and funny, Wright's novel is a smart remix of tropes from Austen's work. Lies Jane Austen Told Me is a satisfying and sweet contemporary romance that knits together romantic classics with modern manners."- Foreword Reviews


Author Julie Wright
Julie Wright (1972-still breathing) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s lived in LA, Boston, and the literal middle of nowhere (don’t ask). She wrote her first book when she was fifteen. Since then, she’s written twenty three novels and coauthored three. Julie is a two-time winner of the Whitney award for best romance with her books “Cross My Heart” and “Lies Jane Austen Told Me” and has also won the Crown Heart award. Her book “Death Thieves” was a Whitney finalist for 2016. She is agented by Sara Crowe.
She has one husband, three kids, two salamanders, one dog, and a varying amount of fish (depending on attrition).
She loves writing, reading, traveling, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.




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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

When Real Life Inspires Fictional Settings

Art credit: Renee Gauvin
Sometimes a story's setting is inspired by real places, sometimes it's a compilation of several different locales. When I saw this lighthouse painting done by Renee Gauvin earlier in the week, it was exactly how I envisioned Clearwater Lighthouse in LOVE LIKE WATER. It's a painting of Split Rock Lighthouse near Grand Marais, MN. I've driven by it, but I've never seen it from this angle. Isn't it gorgeous? 
Renee is a watercolorist who specializes in house portraits and turning favorite vacation photos into art. She's on Instagram or you can contact her at reneelgauvin@gmail.com. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

NEW RELEASE: LOVE LIKE WATER

LOVE LIKE WATER
 (Hearts in Hendricks Book 1)

A CLEAN CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE 

     After losing her job, Darcy Conti takes a tour guide position at Sturgeon Widows Tours, a quirky family-run business in the small town of Hendricks on the shores of Lake Superior. As she settles into her new role narrating local history excursions, she fights an undeniable attraction to the man she was hired to replace—the owner’s son. 
     Fresh from a relationship gone sour, Sean Stetman plans to avoid dating for the foreseeable future. Taking a leave of absence from his parents’ tour company, he wants nothing more than time to fish, hike, and work on his cabin. But when the tour driver quits, he is suddenly back on board, reluctantly shuttling Darcy and the tour guests along the North Shore.
     Together Darcy and Sean survive unruly tourists, meddling mothers, and even an unscrupulous developer looking to give the Stetmans’ tour company some fierce competition. Can they also survive falling in love?

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cover Reveal: Love Like Water

     Here's the cover for my new novel coming out August 27th. Jennifer Zemanek of Seedlings Design Studio did the cover. Isn't it charming? 


     LOVE LIKE WATER will be my first adult novel in the clean romance genre, a bit of a change from writing two previous middle grade books. It's also the first title of the Hearts in Hendricks series. I'm planning a November release for the second book, Love Like Fire. Sign up for my newsletter to get the inside scoop! 
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