"I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top." ~English Professor (Name Unknown), Ohio University
Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day, complete with a moment or two of remembering all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Our local paper ran the Gettysburg Address yesterday, and I'll confess, it gave me goosebumps. What a wonderful speech. Here's the link, in case you haven't read it in a while.
And interestingly enough, I received 2 emails in the last week that began, "I don't usually read this genre, but..." One was from a former student; the other was from a cyber-friend. Both had just finished Lost in Paradise.
My favorite excerpts: "...while reading your book I could feel the built up passion and romance between the two characters. I also became completely involved in the book and found myself yelling at the characters sometimes. Another true sign I became immersed in the book is even though I had to get up very early for work the next morning and my eyes were burning I had to keep reading..."
and "I got into the characters and forgot I was reading, I escaped, and there is no better compliment that I can give. I understood Ashton and wanted Eddie...".
I wish there weren't still such stereotypes about contemporary romance. I wish I could tell people I wrote love stories without the inner cringe of wondering if they'll smirk. I wish my royalty statements were bigger LOL...