Welcome back to my 10th Anniversary-As-An-Author Party!
I’m celebrating today with a cover reveal for Time Enough to Love, my first novel.
A lot of authors I know use music as inspiration for their writing and I do that as well. Sometimes I have a song stuck in my head when I’m writing the book. Sometimes after I’ve written the book a song comes along that just seems to fit perfectly with the book and then whenever I hear the song, I immediately think about the characters in my book.
Some authors can share a play list of music that they listen to when they’re writing. Unfortunately, I can’t really do that as I have to have complete quiet when I’m writing fiction. (When I was writing academic papers–like my dissertation–I had to have some kind of noise going on in the background. I’d either put on music or start a movie that I had seen many times so I could just tune it out. Weird, huh?)
But I do have a song that I think encapsulates Time Enough to Love, just like my elevator pitch for it does. An elevator pitch is a sentence or two that distills the essence of your book down to one or two sentences–the time it would take you to pitch the book to an agent or editor on an elevator ride. My elevator pitch for Time Enough to Love has always been: “Romeo and Juliet during the Bubonic Plague–with a happy ending.”
And the song that I think fits the story perfectly is Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.” It came out in 2008 and I listened to it (subconsciously at least) while I was writing the book. I’ve found a lot of Taylor Swift and Katie Perry songs pair up to my books.
Now a little musical game for you to play to win a signed print copy of Time Enough to Love and another $5.00 Starbucks gift card! All you need to do is comment below with a song title that either has a Romeo & Juliet theme to it or that can have a play on the word “knight,” as in “Knight and Day” instead of “Night and Day,” or “Knight Train to Georgia.” Have some fun and be creative! I’ll pull random commenters for the prizes at the end of the day.
Here’s another excerpt from Time Enough to Love. In this scene, the three courtiers are on board a ship, heading to France. Changes have occurred and Alyse and Geoffrey are unfortunately no longer a couple, although they have not forgotten one another.
She sighed as she gazed out at the water, seeing Thomas’s handsome face before her instead of the waves. There was so much more to the man than his overwhelming good looks: his wit, his loyalty, his chivalry, his devotion to her. She could no longer deny that her fondness for him at the outset of their so-called courtship had changed to a more tender regard. Mayhap that was to be expected, living so intimately together. Or was her heart truly changing?
This confusion had brought her up on deck the past three mornings, trying to resolve the emotions that plagued her. Was she being disloyal to Geoffrey if she were to love Thomas? Or did she betray her husband with her continued regard for Geoffrey? Could these two feelings both reside within her?
She shook her head to clear it of questions. But as she raised it, unbidden, the memory of her sweet, brief time with Geoffrey assailed her. Of their betrothal, and the first time she had heard him call her na—
At the sound of that voice, her breath caught in her throat. Her heart pounded as though it would burst from her chest and take wing, and her insides melted toward the planks of the deck. She turned slowly, not knowing whether she would confront a phantom voice conjured from her mind or a living spirit from the past.
The sight of him, after all this time, made her legs give way, as though the very bones had been set free from her flesh. Her knees buckled, and he leaped forward to catch her before she could slide to the deck. He crushed her to him in an embrace that almost ground her into his body. She marveled as his touch seared her like the sun, a ball of heat and light and white-hot passion that threatened to consume her.
Geoffrey tangled his fingers in her hair and pulled her head back. Once again, she stared into those beautiful sapphire eyes, darkened with desire. He took her mouth, greedy with the pent-up passion of their long denial. Starved for the touch of his lips, she eagerly pressed back, reveling in the feel of him. He cupped her head, guiding, slanting it to take the best advantage. She molded her body to his, half-sobbing as he retreated from her lips to drop kisses on the sensitive curve of her neck.
Chills ran the length of her body at his touch, wrenching a low moan from her. She boldly sought his mouth again—the mouth she had for so long kissed only in dreams. In her turn she ravished him, twining her hands behind his nape, reaching to run her tongue over his smiling lips. She thrust boldly, deeply into his mouth, with an abandon she had not known she possessed. As she clung to him, uncaring of the world’s eyes, his manhood rose urgently against her belly. And with it, a flicker of doubt penetrated her mind.
I wrote that scene with the urgent kiss at the end of Shakespeare in Love in mind. It’s the most passionate kiss I think I’ve ever seen on screen–filled with love and longing and the knowledge that they will never be together. “Sad…and wonderful.”
Time Enough to Love is available on sale at the following e-retailers for $2.99 until January 31:
Remember: if you click here there is a Rafflecopter giveaway of a $25.00 Amazon gift card. All you need do is enter (there are several ways to get chances) to have a chance to win. Drawing will be held on January 31st.
Also, come back today at 6:00pm for a final chance at more prizes and a game with facts about medieval life.
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