Where did the summer go? Oh, don't get all technical on me...I know it's still summer until September 21st. But I will probably always be on an internal back-to-school clock, even though I gave up my library job and have no kids home to put on the bus. It's hard to break a life-long habit, though. Once school starts, summer is dead to me, despite the sunny days and extreme heat we've been having.
September is always a month for new beginnings, a chance for change and growth (and the debut of Tiffany Clare's Surrender of a Lady, LOL). So what's changing and growing for me now besides my waist? The Brava anthology Lords of Passion (December 2010) has been chosen to be a featured alternate selection for the Rhapsody Book Club this holiday season! I think it might have something to do with the fact that romance legend Virginia Henley takes top billing. *g* I got a few ARCs the other day and read both her and Kate Pearce's novellas. They are so good. I'm tremendously excited to be a contributor to this book!
I'm giving away an ARC of LOP this month on my website--click here to enter. I've got an excerpt up here to introduce you to Prudence Thorne and Darius Shaw, two characters who personify the 'opposites attract' trope. This novella was pure fun to write, and I hope readers will have fun reading it.
When I started to write, the first 'book' I finished turned out to be only 20,000 words. I've discovered that writing novellas (30-35,000 words---I'll have a second one in Brava's Improper Gentlemen, July 2011) is liberating in terms of word count, but you still have to squeeze in a believable character arc in one-third of the space of a normal novel. Challenging!
Heretofore, I hadn't bought too many anthologies, but now I actively hunt for them. They're a great way to sample a new author and take a quick bite of something delicious. How about you? Ready for something short and sweet? Which authors do you look for in anthologies?