Thursday, February 15, 2007

Fireside Reading

Last Friday, I participated in a group book signing at the Fertile Mind Book Store in Belfast, Maine. The owners called it their LOVE event, so people could pick up Valentine's Day gifts. There were five of us Maine authors. We were mystery authors Lea Wait and Kathy Lynn Emerson, suspense author Tess Gerritsen, romance author Janet Chapman, and that's me on the right.

Many readers and fans "came on down"--Down East, that is. What a blast! I've never had so much fun at such an event. The owners of the store, LaRue and Bruce Hayne, really know how to put on a party. The store was decorated for Valentine's Day and they served cake--chocolate of course--and champagne! Each author had a red rose, which we took home afterward. Many, many book lovers came to see us and bought books. The longest line, of course, was for Tess, but the rest of us did just fine. Two children came with their parents to show us their own writing. They were very sweet and not at all in awe of published authors because, after all, they were writers too. During lulls in the action, we had time to chat and buy each other's books.

I have just finished reading Janet Chapman's book. The Seductive Stranger is the perfect contemporary romance to curl up with by the fire on these frigid nights. Janet's first success came with her acclaimed time-travel Highlander series and now she's interspersing them with contemporary stories. The Seductive Stranger kept me riveted. In fact, I finished reading it at two in the morning because I couldn't put it down. Her heroine Rachel is spunky, loyal and witty. Her hero Keenan, reminiscent of Linda Howard's over-the-top alpha men, is a sexy take-charge man to die for. And the plot, with its intriguing puzzle and its many twists and turns is as delicious as Valentine's Day chocolates. Oh, and did I say, very sexy. Now I have to read the sequel, The Dangerous Protector.

1 comment:

Christie Craig said...


I love to hear about great book signings. I think we've all had a few that were not so wonderful.

And nothing is like visiting with other writers.