After two weeks of polishing (and polishing and polishing and polishing and polishing and … well, you get the picture) the excerpt from one of my diss chapters, I finally handed it in on Tuesday (or rather I uploaded it so our grad student group can crit it and pick it apart and discuss it on Monday). Which meant I took yesterday and today off and metamorphosed into a couch potato. 🙂 Hooray! Unfortunately it’s going to be a rather short-lived couch potato, as I’ll have to start polishing the rest of the aforementioned chapter tomorrow.
Finished reading James Patterson’s (and Gabrielle Charbonnet’s) latest release, SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S yesterday — it’s one of the most adorable stories I’ve read in a very long time! The tag line is: “What if your imaginary friend from childhood was your one true love?” (Yes, the book itself is just as sweet as that!) The novel made me cry and made me smile and at the end it made me cry again because it’s such a beautiful ending. *happy sigh* Now I’m reading Patterson’s SAM’S LETTERS TO JENNIFER – Fictionwise is so corrupting me!
As to other news: BEWITCHED got a D from AAR,* which I found out this morning (not a good way to start your day – ouch!). But to make up for it, I got five stars from Happy End Bücher, which I found out this afternoon. In other words, ’twas a day of extremes …
* I could use this as an excuse to justify buying THE GOLDEN HOUR on play.com – hmmm ….
Today I’m guest-blogging at FreshFiction about Writer’s Block, or rather, Battling Writer’s Block. Please stop by and say hi. 🙂
(Today was also registration day at uni — I’m so tired now that I feel as if I were 100 years old!) (Hmmm. I guess I need to watch another one of these Cbeebies bedtime stories. *ggg*)
I’ve just uploaded a new episode of Sandy’s Podchatter: to continue the celebration of my new release, I’m reading the prologue and parts of the first chapter.
Please join me at Unusual Historicals to celebrate the release of BEWITCHED. You can even win a signed copy of the book if you leave a comment or question. 🙂
How do you turn your uncle’s house blue?
What do Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles have to do with Fox and Amy’s story?
What became the soundtrack for BEWITCHED?
And what will the horrid Green Man do to poor Alexandie?
Join the party and find out!
This time it’s from The Good, the Bad and the Unread:
I know a love potion in a romance story is not new ground, but when Sandra Schwab gets hold of a worn-out plot like that, she breathes new life into it. This author never disappoints me. Her books are always innovative and, of course, romantic, and her characters are alive and real. Bewitched is no exception. […] Once again Ms Schwab has given us a romance filled with joy and strife, characters you fall for right away and root for when things go awry, and a storyline with writing so different from anyone else. It’s the little extras in her books that make you keep turning page after page.
I don’t need to tell you how utterly relieved I am that people seem to love this book (and don’t drop dead from reading it *g*). *doing the happy dance again*
AztecLady wrote a lovely review of CASTLE OF THE WOLF on Karen Scott’s blog. Here’s an exerpt:
I like the novelty of setting the story in Germany, since most romance novels set in this period seem to unfold in Britain, and I definitely like the fact that both protagonists are rather older than the norm for Regencies. By far, though, the part I liked best was the supernatural/mystical side of the story, which is interesting in itself, since it is more tangential than intrinsic to the development of the main story line.
She also posted her review on several message boards, where people then had lovely discussions about the novel. (At this point you may imagine me once again jumping and dancing around the room.)
Then, this morning my author copies for BEWITCHED arrived. It’s always such a thrill to finally hold the finished book in your hands. And to feast your eyes on a whole box full of your books!!! (I was so happy to see the package, I nearly hugged the postman. Now the poor guy is probably convinced I’m completely crazy. Ah well … the sacrifices we make for our art! *g*)
And THEN a few hours later I found the latest issue of the German romance magazine LoveLetter in my mailbox. Wheeee!!!! Tina Dick, who reviewed BEWITCHED, did not drop dead while reading the novel, but instead enjoyed it a great deal. “Hinreißend ist der Historical durchweg, egal ob lustig oder düster.” Yay!
Today Harriet Klausner’s review of BEWITCHED went up on the Barnes & Noble website. She gives the novel five stars and concludes:
The story line is lighthearted yet allows the audience to believe in a paranormal early nineteenth century London in which at least in the Schwab universe, magic works though not always for the good. Fans will be BEWITCHED by this enchanting charmer.
I’ve just updated my website and put some new excerpts online: on the regular pages you can now find the Prologue and Chapter 1, and in the Members’ Section you now won’t find only the first three chapters, but also Chapter 4 — accompany Amy and Fox to the British Museum, let your sensibilities be shocked by nude marbles, and find out all about the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary! Enjoy!
To access the Members’ Section, simply subscribe to my newsletter and you’ll be sent the password. 🙂
And it’s a good one! 🙂 I have to admit, this time around I’m really, really afraid of the reviews because I had only such a short time for revisions (and I would’ve wished to have more!). So imagine my delight when I’ve just found out that I’ve got a 4-star review from RT! Whee! Here are the important bits:
Enchantment and romance abound in Schwab’s captivating tale of a spell gone wrong, a love potion gone right, deceit, revenge, black magic and redemption. Her romance captures the aura of the Regency and the essence of a paranormal, which should make it a surefire hit with fans.
Earlier this afternoon I sent off the galley corrections of BEWITCHED — and as always after I had to read my own stuff, I’m utterly depressed and convinced that dinosaurs would have been by far the better authors. *sigh*
(picture from I Can Has a Cheezburger)