It’s a blog hop! A Lovestruck Giveaway Hop! And today, I’m talking about a romance series which has left me completely smitten! I was introduced to the world of romance–both books and writing–when I began working on my young adult romance, WEAVING MAGIC. In my young adult romance, Shantel loves romance books! She wants nothing more than for sixteen-year-old Christopher to be her romantic hero. But, Christopher is not so sure he can live up to Shantel’s dreams.
Story Blurb: He loves magic. She loves romance. But the biggest illusion is the one Shantel and Christopher perform together. Sixteen- year- old Christopher fights to stay sober while fifteen-year-old Shantel struggles in the aftermath of her mother’s death and seeks refuge in a fantasy world. But the unacknowledged roots of their problems refuse to stay buried and soon, the two are headed toward a deadly magic trick. Can Shantel and Christopher move beyond magical illusions to find love?
When I wrote WEAVING MAGIC, I realized I needed to understand a bit more about how romance books worked. So, I signed up for a Writing a Romance class with local author, Susan Wiggs. I’m a good student, and I always buy and read the author’s books when I take a class. I picked up Susan Wigg’s THE MISTRESS which is a book in her Chicago Fire Trilogy, and I was HOOKED!
What I loved about these three books is not only the strong heroes and heroines, I loved the historical detail I learned about the Chicago Fire. The trilogy is a sweeping saga about three young ladies who are interconnected and how their lives are changed by both the Fire and the men they meet in that Fire. And, Wiggs keeps true to a good romance in that it’s not only the ladies who have their lives changed by love, the men are strong characters who do not surrender to love easily, but when they do….ah, it’s a perfect romance!
I went onto read many more of Susan Wigg’s books, and have been lucky enough to hear her talk a couple more times since that first Writing the Romance Class. Susan Wiggs is one of the keynote speakers at the Seattle RWA Conference in October, and as I’ll be attending and at the bookfair signing copies of WEAVING MAGIC, I can’t wait to hear Susan Wiggs again!
In honor of Susan Wiggs and those first romance books I read, I’m offering a PRINT GIVEAWAY of one copy of either THE FIREBRAND, THE HOSTAGE, or THE MISTRESS. Winners choice.
In order to enter, leave me a comment below and tell me why you want to win one of the books.
U.S. addresses only for this giveaway. The contest runs from June 15-June 22.
Be sure to stop by the other blogs participating on the Lovestruck Blog Hop. You can find a list of the other blogs participating here.