Saturday, March 09, 2013

Guest Post: Gerri Brousseau and the man of her (heroine's) dreams

A warm welcome back to Gerri Brousseau, whose second novel, According To Legend, is now available at Amazon. I first met Gerri at a meeting of Charter Oak Romance Writers some time back, and first welcomed her to Typing With Wet Nails with a fun interview here. This time, Gerri takes the reins, sharing some tantalizing tidbits about her first time travel romance and how her heroine literally meets the man of her dreams.

Hi Anna and thank you for inviting me here today. I’m so excited to share with your readers. What I really want to let them know is that dreams really can and do come true. I have been writing ever since I was a kid, but about 4 years ago I began to dream about becoming a published author. I kept writing, joined a good writers group and kept pursuing my dream. I never gave up on my dream and I believed that one day it would happen. And it did.

On March 6th my second novel, According to Legend, was released. Today I would like to talk to your readers about the moment that my hero and heroine meet, or the “meet cute” moment. In the new release, my heroine, Pam, meets the hero in a dream. Huh? What? Yes, you read it correctly. In my time-travel romance my heroine, Pam, comes into possession of a dream catcher and through her dream it draws her back in time and into the arms of the warrior chief. The premise of the novel is this, legend has it that when the spirit of the tribal princess is born again and she holds the enchanted stone in her hands, the lovers will be reunited ... even through time.

In her first experience with the dream catcher Pam finds herself drawn back in time and kneeling by a clear pool of a stream. She comes face to face with the handsome warrior, who apparently knows her, or who she was in his time, yet she has no idea as to who or where she is. Well, rather than having me tell you, let me give you an excerpt:

I gasped when I realized it wasn’t my face I saw in the reflection . . . it was the face of a beautiful Indian maiden. Her deeply tanned skin was smooth over high cheekbones; she had full lips, and round amber eyes that gleamed with excitement. Her long dark hair hung loose and fell to her waist in what looked like a sheet of dark satin. She wore a soft deerskin dress with intricate designs on the bodice. Strands of leather and colorful feathers were entwined in her hair; feathers just like those hanging from the dream catcher. Around her neck was another thin strand of leather holding a delicately engraved stone. Leaning in closer to take a better look, I saw it was the very same stone that was woven into the center of my newly acquired dream catcher.

*** And then comes the moment that she meets the hero:

Smiling, I gazed at the reflection of the man beside me. His features were stark, raw, and powerful. His long dark hair hung past his shoulders. Thick lashes framed dark eyes in his deeply tanned face. A face so striking it appeared as if he were chiseled from stone. His well-muscled chest glistened as light reflected off the water. Around his neck, he wore a piece of leather with an engraved stone identical to the one that hung around the neck of the maiden.

“You have come back to me, Takshawee,” he said.

Having been born and raised in Connecticut, Native American history and lore has always fascinated me. I drew from real legends when writing this novel. This time-travel tale involves a prophecy, a quest, a love triangle and a wolf. You will find villains who seek to possess a well guarded treasure, and a vendetta that spans centuries. According to Legend can be found only on Amazon (Kindle Select). I hope that you will enjoy wandering with me through the pages together with Pam as she encounters danger, adventure and finds romance on her journey to happily ever after.

Intrigued? Purchase your copy at Amazon here

and visit Gerri’s website here.

So how about you, dear readers? Will you be adding According to Legend to your TBR list? What other time travel or Native American books would you recommend as must-reads for those who can't get enough? Tell all in the comments.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Happy Dance Friday #115 - Rita Hayworth, the Bee Gees and a snow day in March

Last night, I stayed up far too late, talking books with a reader friend :waves hi to Carolina: and woke to a gorgeous sight. More than the single inch of snow we'd been forecast, everything was blanketed under a stunning blanket of white, bare tree branches blanketed, and even more drifting down. It's still coming. DH ambled out of the kitchen, asking if anybody wanted French toast and bacon. As it turns out, it was cinnamon French toast, which makes it even better. That made it official. Snow day.

Our household contains only adults, and DH still had to go in, but it still counts. Still counts as well even though I'm heading down to the coffee house for a writing session, because that's what I want to do. So what's the difference? By my standards, a lifting of the normal restritions or regulations. The chance to breathe and step back from the every day and ask what would be the best thing for this moment. What would give pleasure? What would get us ready for the return to normal life, stronger, more rested and refreshed?

For me, the answer was immediate. I stayed in my pajamaas slightly longer than usual, because eating surprise cinnamon French toast should not be done while wearing regular clothes. My brain meandered back to the conversation of the night before, of the many things I love about historical romance; the mental journey to another time and place, the chance to climb in the skins of hero and heroine and live not only through the time but through the love story. Which is a good place for a writer of historical romance to be.

Which is also a good place for a happy dance. Bee Gees make me happy and heroines who make history make me happy, so finding the two mushed together is even more fitting for the specialness of a snow day.

What makes a snow day or other found day extra special for you?

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Happy Dance Friday #114 -zomg, pony!

Weird, weird week at Stately Bowling Manor, and I have no idea how it got to be March already. Not sure I'm ready for spring, winter girl that I am, but I'll give it a fair shake. I'm looking forward to seeing what spring looks like in our new environ Good things should be coming. In the meantime, here's a dancing pony I found: