Ever Wish for a Book Boyfriend

This is purely for fun. Click here to create your own book boyfriend (be patient and wait for the “Get Started” message to appear at the bottom of the screen). Answer a few questions or put in keywords and, soon, you will be matched with the type of hero that you enjoy reading about in novels.

You can request periodic email notes from your book boyfriend with suggestions on books that feature your kind of hero. Clever idea. I hope it works out. I guess it depends on the size of the book database. Maybe my book boyfriend will suggest one of my own books back to me. How exciting!

I was greedy and created two book boyfriends, one is a sabre-wielding regimental soldier (pictured here; source: BuildaBookBoyfriend.com) and one is a pistol-dueling peer of the realm. Yours can be from present day or even from the future.

Let me know if you try it out and what your results are.

Christmas Romance Extravaganza

holiday romance graphicToday, I have a pleasant surprise to share with you. To celebrate the holiday season, I’ve teamed up with more than 150 highly acclaimed romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS over $1,000 in prizes!

You can download my novel, AN IMPASSIONED REDEMPTION for free, plus books from authors in every style of romance — from contemporary to historical to paranormal. Hopefully, you’ll find some authors new to you as well as reconnect with familiar ones. Enter the giveaway by clicking here.

I hope you gather some great reading for your winter months.
Good luck with the prizes and enjoy the books!

How Did We Get Halloween, Anyway?

Vintage postcard HalloweenGood question. It’s definitely not an American-born custom, though we have run with it to a greater extent than the country of origin: the UK. English, Irish, Scottish, and no doubt the Welsh, too, honored the custom of November 1 as a Christian feast day of All Hallows’ Day or All Saints’ Day (“hallow” being another word for “saint”). The evening before was, naturally, All Hallow Even, which became Halloween, which in turn got a bit tangled up with the Celtics’ Samhain, the day when two worlds, the living and the dead, came together, and, presto, you’ve got a fall night with some scary stuff and mischief.

vintage-halloween-postcards_black-catIn America, it grew as a celebration in the 1800s when the immigrants arrived in waves from the UK. And by the early 1900s, it had become a bit too pranky and troublesome. Eventually, with the first “trick or treat” in the mid 1930s,  the mischievous pranks were traded for a more child-friendly custom. Costumes and candy came a decade later.  Find a collectible vintage postcard, and it may be worth more than penny candy.

Anoka, MIWhat is the Halloween capital of the U.S.? If you said Salem, MA, you’re . . . WRONG! Anoka, Minnesota, was the first city in America to officially hold a Halloween celebration in 1920, so it may lay claim to the title though the people of Salem may argue.

However and wherever you celebrate your Halloween, I hope it’s a happy one.