I’m so thrilled to have Glenna McReynolds, aka, Tare Janzen riding with us again in the ‘vert. It’s been too long since she’d played Thelma to my Louise + 9 more, of course LOL. Without further ado, here’s Tara!
Hello to all the Riders! It’s great to be back here with a chance to chat. I thought we’d do some “blasting” and some “pasting,” and a giveaway today – though, after looking through some recent posts, all I really want to do is go to Africa with Debra Dixon. What an amazing group of photos! I’ve been reading a lot of African hunting stories lately, especially Peter Hathaway Capstick, who writes hair-raising, spine-tingling true adventure stories of his years as a hunting guide in the “dark continent.” Check out DEATH IN THE LONG GRASS, if you want to know what it’s like to stalk a wounded leopard through tall grass. Here’s a hint: he wears an old Marine leather neck guard (which is why we still call Marines “leathernecks”) and a hunting jacket with pieces of formica riveted to it. :o)
For those of us getting our adventures elsewhere, especially inside the covers of our favorite books, well, lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my lifelong love of romance novels and where it all started. And it started with SWEET SAVAGE LOVE by Rosemary Rogers. I remember my cousin loaning me the book, and then me zooming down to the bookstore to buy my own copy, so I could read it again and again. I was hooked!
Then, one day in the bookstore, after devouring dozens and dozens of “bodice-rippers,” (and they really were bodice-rippers back then J) I came across a book called HUNTER’S PAYNE by Joan Domning – and a whole new world opened up. It was the first Loveswept I’d read, and I loved it. They were fresh and new and realistic. They were about American women finding love and their HEA, and I knew I really, really wanted to write for Bantam and the Loveswept line.
And so I did. I wrote thirteen of these luscious little books, loving every one. Now, these books are available as ebooks for the first time, and I’ve been thrilled at the response of readers. They’ve all gotten hot new covers, and it’s been a blast to hear from everyone who’s enjoying them all over again.
To get them all launched, I’m giving away a free book on Amazon! FREE for the next two days, you can get the RITA Award Winning novel AVENGING ANGEL, a romantic suspense story of a lawyer being held hostage and the bad boy who kidnapped her, the two of them hot on the run – definitely reminiscent of the CRAZY books to come!
And today, we’re giving away another book free, the winner to be drawn from the folks who leave comment. One thing I’m really dying to know from all ya’ll is – What was the first romance novel you read? Or what was the book that got you hooked on the books we all love so much?