Musings on the Writing Life

When Your Boyfriend Lives in a Book

Credit: Nerd Girl Problems. Click image to go to their FB page.I didn’t grow up with Valentine’s Day. Sweden didn’t celebrate it back in my day. (You know, when blonde and blue-eyed dinosaurs roamed the Nordic countries.) These days however, the retail industry all over the world has caught on to the opportunity presented on February 14, so pink and hearts are the dominant displays even in my little home country.

My first Valentine’s Day in the states, I was a little shocked at how important it was to everyone in high school–especially the girls–to have someone to call “My Valentine.” I had a boyfriend, and luckily one of my friends clued me in on that I was expected to buy a card and a gift for him.

I don’t remember what happened on the actual day, or what gifts we gave each other. I think we double-dated with another couple. The memory is not a blur because I didn’t care, I just hadn’t been conditioned into feeling like having a Valentine’s Day date was a direct reflection of my self-worth. I can however remember what book I returned to that night. It was Arrow’s Fall by Mercedes Lackey.

That pretty much sums up my dating life through my teens and my twenties. It’s not that I didn’t have big moments of dating drama. I was as caught up in my crushes as any girl raised on a steady diet of  90210 (the original) and Dirty Dancing. And there were angsty moments of heartbreaks that had me ugly cry, but I don’t remember them as clearly as I remember the books I read. My teenage self tried to shake the bookworm persona I had required as a kid and preteen, but it didn’t work. I had a stronger emotional connection with the people in the stories I read than with the people I actually dated.

And then I met my husband. Our’s was not the kind of love story you read about in books or see on the big screen, but it’s lasted over fifteen years and I actually remember most of our dates. :-)

We didn’t give each other any cards or candy today, we never do, but we are going out to dinner and then maybe seeing a movie. This celebration happened mostly because one of our local restaurants are doing a killer set menu.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday, whether you celebrate Valentine’s or not. My gift to you on this pink and heart-filled day are two signed books by Rachel Gibson, one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. She’s the master of fun and heartfelt romance with an emotional connection that quickly pulls her readers into the story.

Tell me about your best or worst Valentine’s and/or your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend, plus whether your new book boyfriend should be sexy undercover cop Quinn from Sex, Lies, and Online Dating or hot hockey goalie Luc from See Jane Spar. I’ll keep the discussion open for a week. :-)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Back from Florida Fun in the Sun Conference

I had a great time with the Florida Romance Writers, even if the trip started a little tense because my suitcase didn’t make it until right before the cruise ship was about to leave. It was hard to return to the Pacific Northwest winter after some glorious days in the sun of the Caribbean. How how we writers suffer. :-)

When I got back, revision comments from my editor were waiting in my inbox. So, it will be a while before I can give you more details about the conference. Until then, I leave you with my Rub-a-Dub Viking Ducks who were a big hit with the other conference attendees.


Cover Reveal: HIDDEN DEEP by Amy Patrick

FINAL HIDDEN 1I love the covers of Amy Patrick’s New Adult 20 Something series, but her new YA Fantasy cover has me drooling. Plus, the book sounds amazing. It’s the first in a trilogy, which I usually prefer to not start reading until all three books are out. I get impatient when I have to wait to spend time with characters I just fell in love with. For the Hidden Trilogy though, I may just have to suffer. I don’t know if I can wait for book one and two when the first one, HIDDEN DEEP sounds so good. As it is, I still have to wait until it’s released on March 23. ∗sigh∗

Here’s the blurb:

Give in to the Glamour…

 Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she’d be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She’s a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he’s not supposed to exist.

After her father’s affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn’t mind a first date that didn’t suck, but she’s determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann’s recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.

She’s still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He’s still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she’s with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann’s strict policy– never want someone more than he wants you.

Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don’t get careless and Don’t get caught. It’s allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…

Lad’s never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He’s not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.

And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.

AmyAbout the author:

Amy Patrick is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Contemporary Romance and Young Adult fantasy/paranormal. Her books have won and finaled in many RWA chapter contests, and she is the author of the 20 SOMETHING series. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station. Visit her at

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