I am so delighted to reveal the cover of Enlightened, the second book in A.L. Waddington’s Eve series.
The book doesn’t officially release until April 21, but the author is offering 20 e-book copies of its prequel, Essence, from now through March 10! Click on the code below for details.
But first, feast your eyes on this gorgeous illustration. I absolutely LOVE the colors!
Click here for a chance to win an ARC e-book!
Photo linked from Broadway.org. Credit: Heidi Gutman
A couple months ago, I posted about “Newsies,” a 1992 film that holds a sacred place in my heart because:
1) It gave me, at nine years old, my very first celebrity crush
2) The harmonies in the songs still do this fluttery, soaring thing to the inside of my chest
3) It shows the little guy defeating the giant with nothing but the power of the press
Looking at this list, I have to wonder how the film influenced my becoming both a journalist and a singer (through college but since neglected, to my chagrin). One of my best friends and fellow “Newsies” nut also happens to be a journalist. I’m not so sure that’s a coincidence.
But I digress. The point is I that was fiercely loyal to 1992′s “Newsies.” And not just to Christian Bale’s Jack Kelly with the red bandana, but to Crutchie and Racetrack and Davey and all of Brooklyn too. I knew every word by heart and for a while, “Are you a ‘Newsies’ fan?” was one of the first things I asked when meeting someone new. So when I found out that Broadway was adapting it, I was a little skeptical. Then, when I found out they CHANGED the storyline (gasp!) … SCRAPPED my beloved man Denton (hyperventilating) … and REWROTE many of the lyrics so carved into my brain (convulsing on the floor) … I was just about ready to form a picket line.
But to make a long story short, thanks to a half-price holiday deal and the desire to have a girls’ day with my mom, I found myself sitting in seat 5, row HH of the Nederlander Theatre’s mezzanine last Wednesday.
And I stand humbly corrected.
First, Corey Cott was phenomenal as Jack Kelly. Not only could his voice run circles around Bale’s (no big surprise there), but he really made the character his own. Lovable and goofy but conflicted and strong … he didn’t just try to imitate Bale’s version. Not at all. He took it and made it so much better. And with thousands of fiercely loyal fans holding him under a microscope, that is NOT an easy task! Continue reading
If you like multi-generational stories and have ever wondered what your neighbors are up to, you might want to take a literary visit to Clarence Bay. Created by Joan Leacott, the shoreline community is the namesake for her contemporary romance series. I’m happy to welcome her here today to discuss her work.
After the interview, leave a comment for a chance to win e-copies of the first two books in the Clarence Bay series, ABOVE SCANDAL and SIGHT FOR SORE EYES.
1. Your contemporary romance series is set in a place called Clarence Bay, “where the neighbors will keep your secrets.” Is this based on any real location? Where did the inspiration come from?
My husband and I have had a cottage on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay for fifteen years. The nearest town for shopping is Parry Sound. Over the years, we’ve grown fond of the place, attended festivals and fireworks, done the cruises. The town is situated between the deep forest and rock of the Canadian Shield and the clear, island-dotted waters of Georgian Bay. The town has a human history spanning aboriginal settlement, through the lumber era, to modern tourism. A long history combined with awe-inspiring geography makes Parry Sound the perfect stand-in for Clarence Bay.
2. The first volume centers around three different women, all from a different generation within the same family. What can readers expect in the second volume?
I love multi-generational stores told from multiple points of view, so that’s what I write. In Sight for Sore Eyes, a pair of scheming seniors have matchmaking on their minds. Jean is the heroine Emma’s grandmother and Horace is the hero Asher’s grandfather. Little do Jean and Horace know, they’re about to get caught in their own trap. Continue reading
Jane Eyre for babies? You betcha!
While flipping through my issue of Kiwi Magazine the other day, hours after finally starting my own ever-daunting baby registry, I came across something that I simply had to share. It’s called BabyLit, and it’s a phenomenal way to introduce your little bibliophile-to-be to the world of classic literature.
The illustrated board books take on masters like Twain, Austen, Tolstoy, and Shakespeare–all while teaching kids how to count and identify colors. Check out the great selection of titles, almost all priced at $9.99, at babylit.com.
Huge thanks to Jencey Gortney for asking me to guest post on her blog today! Here’s a taste, but you can find the whole thing over at jenceywrites.blogspot.com.
Have you ever wondered how Cinderella would feel ten years down the road, when her iconic ball gown no longer fit and she had four kids, royal duties up the wahzoo, and a husband who was hardly ever around?
And what about Beauty? After all, her husband was quite a jerk before he became a monster. Too hung up on looks to let a little old fairy in from the rain! Once his curse broke, how long would it take for “Beast” to go right back to his old ways? When would he realize there were a million other “beauties” in the sea … and it’s good to be the king.
These are the kind of questions that can drive a girl crazy. And as someone who can’t watch a movie without making a million “that-would-never-work” remarks, they’ve been driving me crazy for years! Click here to read the full article at jenceywrites.blogspot.com
Here’s a link to the great article that appeared in last week’s New Canaan Advertiser. It’s Desperately Ever After’s first official press, so please forgive me for being giddy
Check out luxuryreading.com for a feature about Desperately Ever After and a giveaway.
And if you live in the NY/CT area, snag a copy of this week’s New Canaan Advertiser (on news stands through February 26). Reporter Aaron Marsh did a terrific job capturing the essence of Desperately Ever After–and proving men can like it too! My favorite line: “Kenyon’s colorful imagery and often quick, lighthearted style makes it easy to keep flipping pages.” To Marsh and everyone else, I say, flip away!