.This isn't exactly timely--sorry for that, the holidays got away from me. But I wanted to share that I was a guest on the Heaving Bosoms podcast for their Christmas episode on December 23. Erin and I talked about Blitzen's Fated Mate, a holiday shifter novella by RE Butler, and the first of a series featuring Santa's reindeer. No kidding! Anyway, if you want to hear all about it, and some other fun stuff we talked about, check it out. If I can figure out how to add a link to it, I will. But don't hold your breath. Maybe I should learn more about this website stuff in the new year? Probably.
And if you have listened to this marvelous podcast before, it's likely you've heard stories about Erin's dogs, Rooster and Goat. I didn't get to meet Goat, who was at the dog park with David when we were recording, but I absolutely got to meet Rooster. And she's far sweeter than Erin would have us believe. :
Okay, maybe Rooster looks like she's going to eat my face off, but she was truly adorable.
I could talk about the spectacular implosion of RWA (Romance Writers of America) in the past couple weeks, what it means to the romance writing world, and what it means to me. But I'm not going to. There's plenty of that to go around online. Suffice it to say that I treasure and support my romance writing friends and comrades, and I want a professional organization that is on the side of diversity, equality, and inclusion. Anything more will either have to wait for another time, or another space.
Now it's time to share what I've been reading lately!
It was a tad stressful this holiday season, so I found myself turning to some favorite rereads for comfort. Two that stand out are Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun, and Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.
Liberating Lacey has an older female main character (FMC) and younger male main character (MMC), but that's not at all where the conflict comes from, and I love that. Instead, it has more to do with gender roles, expectations, and financial/social status. It's a good one, so go read it.
Red, White and Royal Blue is my favorite new book from 2019, and it deserves all the attention it's received. We've got royals (both British and the American equivalent), we've got love letters of the modern variety (texts and emails, and quotes from classic missives of LGBTQ+ historical figures), we've got enemies-to-lovers, and the most delightful First Family ever (or at least since the Obamas). Don't ask any more questions, just go out and read this right now.
And I've started my year with Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn. I've been hearing about this author for a while now, and the blurb for this book sounded different and appealing. A calligrapher leaves a hidden message in the wedding program of a client. About a year later, the groom shows up and wants to know how she knew his marriage would be a mistake. That's just how it starts, folks. The writing is beautiful, and I feel like I know much more about lettering than I ever would have learned otherwise. I do love learning things as I read romance. The MCs are lovely and human, with all that entails. It's a bit of a quiet, contemplative read, and can make tears sprout from time to time, This is a story I'll be thinking about for a long time to come.
Here's hoping for a wonderful year full of romance reading for all of us!