>Wow! Can you believe that this event started 44 days ago! I can’t! Today is release day for Pleasure Me. Some of you may have already found it on the shelves at your local bookstore, some of you who pre-ordered it have already received your print copy (the eBook won’t be released for a week or so).
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In celebration of Pleasure Me, I wanted to share one more historical with you.This book has been on my keeper shelf for more than twenty years. I’ve always read romance, but this book has stuck with me for some reason. I have memories of certain scenes, but no coherent one unified plot other than it’s a time travel.
In the late eighties, I had drifted away from reading romance all the time. I was living my own romance, newly married, enjoying the happiness that comes with being a newlywed. I hadn’t stopped reading, but I’d become a huge fan of Steven King, discovered Frank Herbert and some other sci-fi writers. Then in 1989 I stumbled over this book by an author I’d never read by the name of Jude Deveraux.
It was an interesting cover, and the blurb really caught my attention. Here was a story about a knight being teleported to the future and falling in love with a contemporary heroine. Not to mention that the heroine goes back in time in a reversal of roles so to speak.
Once upon a time…
…as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress….
A Knight in Shining Armor
Jude Deveraux’s beloved bestseller has captivated readers the world over; now in a special edition featuring new material, this timeless love story greets a new generation. Abandoned by her lover, thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery finds herself alone and brokenhearted in an old English church. She never dreamed that a love more powerful than time awaited her there…until Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, a sixteenth-century knight, appeared. Drawn to him by a bond so sudden and compelling that it defied reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect just as she was. But she could not know how strong were the chains that tied them to the past — or the grand adventure that lay before them.
A Knight in Shining Armor was an incredible read. I can’t tell you why, because I read for the sheer pleasure of escaping my own somewhat drab existence. I live vicariously through the characters. I can’t dissect the books I read in the way a reviewer might, I don’t read romance like that. I think it’s why I don’t get some of the reviews that pull apart a book and talk about the why or hows of a character’s motivation.
For me a book (any kind) is about sucking me in and making me feel like I’m part of the world. I don’t care if there’s something a little off, if I love the characters, I’ll accept just about any action they do.
I also believe that an author’s voice plays a large role in whether the reader loves a book. It’s not just about the story, it’s about how a reader relates to the way an author tells a story. It’s a style that people are drawn to. It’s why some people love certain authors and other people are meh about the same authors.
That’s what happened with me and Jude. I fell in love with her voice. Well that and the hero of A Knight in Shining Armor. I can still vividly see in my mind the hero sitting in his castle and he’s hearing the wailing of the heroine in the future, while he’s in the past. I remember his experimenting with things in the bathroom.
Deveraux’s voice lured me into her story and made me care about her characters. One reviewer referred to the book as fluff, well that’s fine with me. I love fluff, and this book sings to me. In fact, I think I’m going to pull it out again next week when I’ve finished Inferno’s Kiss, finished my RITA reads, and taken care of a major cleanup operation in my office.
Today is the last official day of the Pleasure Me With Romance Blog event. I am thrilled that so many of you came out to read the wonderful blog posts of all the authors that popped in to visit here. I want to thank you for being so warm and welcoming to my guests. Your excitement and enthusiasm for this event has been evident from the get-go. In fact, this event exceeded even my expectations. The numbers for the event were terrific. I even gained quite a few followers! LOL
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I am so grateful to all the authors for their generosity and their time. It’s not easy to write a blog post when you’re on deadline as so many of these women were. It’s also tough to pop in to chat with readers as they did. I loved watching the interaction on the blog, even though I had to limit myself to posts.
Although this event was a LOT more work than I expected it to be, I don’t regret one minute of it. It’s been a blast, and after a couple of months, I might think about doing another one to celebrate the release of Inferno’s Kiss. NO PROMISES! LOL
So here it is March 1st, and Pleasure Me should be on the shelves! I hope you’ll go out and buy the book. I hope you’ll tell your friends to buy it if you love the book. Remember, if you can’t afford to buy the book, ask your library to order it for their readers. While budgets are being slashed, librarians will buy what readers ask for.
And don’t forget that I have a SPECIAL GUEST, Kat Martin, coming to visit tomorrow as well, along with some future guest authors in March.
As for the Grand Prize and Second Prizes those will be announced tomorrow sometime probably late evening. I also know this post is a bit rambling, but I’m exhausted, the book’s not finished, Oldest is screaming about financial aid, Baby has entered that hellish stage of I’m a teenager, I’m now at a brand new job, I don’t know how to operate my DroidX yet (although I love it), and a whole slew of other personal things that have had me dancing on the edge. But then that’s what’s terrific about life, you can dance along the edge of the cliff, then something wonderful pulls you back from the abyss.
This event did that for me. So thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you ALL for coming and spending time here over the last six weeks. Many of you have emailed and said how much you enjoyed the event, and that makes me happy. It says my hard work and the hard work of my guests was well worth the effort.
and One (1) copy of Pleasure Me
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