There’s a lot going on right now.
You can find me (or, at least, my disembodied voice) over on Smart B*tches Trashy Books today, having a lengthy conversation with the ever fabulous Sarah Wendell about The Other Daughter, the 1920s, shell shock, character construction, Napoleon Bonaparte’s reading habits, The Lure of the Moonflower, Judith McNaught, what we’re reading now, and much, much more.
It’s also Ask the Author Day over on the Bubblebath Reader! Technically, it’s The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla Ask the Author Day, but, given that we’re a week past Other Daughter and a few days before Lure of the Moonflower, I’m happy to answer questions about those, too. Just don’t tell Sally. She might sic her stoat on me.
Last but not least, it’s Friday, which means… Weekly Reading Round-Up time! This week, I dug into the RWA goodie bag and read This Heart of Mine, by Brenda Novak, a contemporary romance about a wrongly accused ex-con who returns to her hometown to try to pick up the threads of her life and get to know the son she hasn’t been allowed to raise.
Then, inspired by NPR’s 100 Best Romances list (and a conversation with Susan Elia MacNeal and Lindsey Bingley on Facebook), I dug out Judith Merkle Riley’s The Master of All Desires and have been very happily chortling over sixteenth century court intrigue with more than a soupcon of the absurd. If you haven’t read Judith Merkle Riley… she’s the one who taught me that historical fiction could be funny. So, in a way, I owe the Pink series to her (and to Diana Gabaldon, whose Outlander, discovered shortly thereafter, confirmed the lesson).
While we’re discussing the Pink books, have I mentioned in the last five minutes that the twelfth and final Pink book is coming out in just three days?
What have you been reading this week?