I had a fantastic time recently talking about Princess Avenger with Melissa Matos from Scrolls and Screens. We talked about the themes behind Princess Avenger, what writing has revealed to me and geeked out on Doctor Who.
No one would question the fact that this day is for the ultimate romantics but I think Valentine’s Day brings out the romantic in many of us, even just a tiny corner. We begin to think about what it means to us to have a valentine and how we should show our appreciation.
Does it all have to be about the dollars we spend? Did you know that Australians will spend one billion dollars on Valentine’s Day? Expensive gifts are one way to show someone we love them but not the only way. Simply the spending of time with your loved one – a long chat, sharing a movie together, going on a walk, reflecting on how you came to fall in love and telling your valentine the things you love about them – are all great, inexpensive alternatives.
No matter how you celebrate the day, I believe the important thing is that Valentine’s Day is a chance to stop and appreciate each other. So let’s do that this Valentine’s Day: take a moment to pause and remember all the great things about your valentine: the loveable, the funny, the romantic, the thoughtful, the caring, yes all those attributes that make it worthwhile being in a relationship.
Valentine’s Day is dear to the hearts of romance writers- you might say it’s our ‘one day of the year’. This year I would like to give all my readers the gift of a special 99 cent deal on The Lord and the Mermaid. I selected this book, number four in The Queenmakers Saga, because it can be read as a stand alone. It’s my retelling of The Little Mermaid. Enjoy!
I can’t believe it’s only two weeks until The Elf King’s Lady is released and I’m hoping for a big effort from readers for this week’s competition. Kaz won last week’s competition describing her three goals of reading fiction were escape, relaxation and hope.
Kaz wins a copy of my new release, The Elf King’s Lady.
This week, I want you to name, in two words, your favourite romance genre eg it might be fantasy romance, rural romance or many others. The winner will receive one of my books- their choice!
Last week’s winner, Michelle, used alliteration in her entry which was very cool. I had a great response to my request: four essential traits in a heroine. I guess we get enthusiastic with our ladies as well as our men. And we had every reason to celebrate women after the Melbourne Cup this week. What a fabulous story that was.
This week I am going to ask you to come up with three words to describe why you read fiction. Mine would be: escape, enjoy, inspire. What are yours? The winner will receive one of my books.
Last week’s winner, Kaz, listed her version of romantic fantasy as ‘heroic alpha males supporting strong females’. I have to agree even though I’ve written a story ‘The Lady’s Choice’ with a beta hero and it’s my favourite so far.
In The Elf King’s Lady, hero Kain is definitely alpha: dark and dangerous, commander of the King’s forces, and not one to show his softer side. In Alique, he finds a woman who can match his bravery and intelligence, who won’t give into to his every demand but who, in the end, needs him to save her.
What can be more romantic than a man who stands by his woman, who will never give up on her, no matter how grim things might seem? I think readers will love these two characters, whom they met in ‘The Lord and the Mermaid’.
For this week’s competition, I want you to list five characteristics of the perfect romantic hero- alpha or beta! The winner receives one of my books, their choice!
This week, I want to take the words of last week’s competition winner and put them up in blazing lights. If I fall, knowing I’ll be caught. How beautiful is this sentiment? Over the next six weeks, we’re going to be examining romance and what it means to us. In these words, romance becomes the safety net, the embracing arms, the person who has your back no matter what. These are the attributes we want in our life partner: the rock, the anchor, the unwavering belief that no matter what, we are there for each other. Until death do us part…
This week, I want to know, in six words, what fantasy means to you and by that I mean the fantasy genre. The winner will receive one of my books, their choice.