EDITED TO ADD: Here’s a special holiday treat for free! Remember I told you we were working on a holiday pastiche? Go devour chapter one. Chapter two will be here tomorrow in addition to the second day of early Christmas.
Hi and welcome to the first day of Early Christmas, where I give you an opportunity to meet authors of books I’ve loved. What’s even better than that? Well, of course, I also give you a chance to win them.
This is the second annual celebration. I did this last year, and it was a big hit, I think. This year, I have five amazing authors in the house. First up, we have Annie Solomon. Here’s a holiday greeting she was kind enough to send my way.
Happy Holidays everyone! I hope good times and warm celebrations are in store for all. I tried to take the month of December off, but alas, that darn thing called “work” had other ideas. I just turned in the final revisions on my May 2009 romantic suspense, ONE DEADLY SIN, and need to start on the next book, TWO LETHAL LIES. No rest for the wicked. I hope the rest of you are goofing off and getting ready for friends and family.
When I’m not doing what I’m supposed to, I’m knitting scarves and making jewelry and thinking about how to avoid all the calories in store for me in the upcoming weeks. May the New Year bring you breathing space and guilt-free apple pie. And lots of good books.
I’ve squeed about her books more than once on here, but in case you need a reminder…
Annie writes romantic suspense — and not just any romantic suspense. Totally ass-kicking suspense. My chief objection in most RS that the hero and heroine are on the run for their lives, fleeing whatever psycho killer is stalking them… and what do they do? They stop somewhere to bump uglies. It’s like watching a horror movie where the blond in her white nightie insists on going down to check out the dark basement, even though she knows someone is stalking her. Only with books I’m totally denied the satisfaction of hurling popcorn at the screen.
With Ms. Solomon, there’s none of that. Her plotting is taut and realistic. The threats are always credible, and her characters are very smart in their behavior… except when they’re not. I mean that in a good way, however. Sometimes the characters are so damaged (which I love!) that they act in self-destructive ways, taking stupid risks. But NOT because they’re stupid or because the plotting requires that particular bonehead move. It’s never like that, a fact I simply love about her work. She’s not afraid to push the envelope, not afraid to write about an ugly heroine getting her happy ending, or about a nurturing male who makes no apologies for the fact that he likes to take care of people. Her sexual tension is always smoking hot, layered with serious conflict. DEAD SHOT just rocked my world. If there’s anything romance needs, it’s more authors who take risks (and nail them). They also need readers looking for that kind of thing, which is where you come in.
Today, we have up for grabs the first Early Christmas prize package. To enter, you tell me in comments why you want an Annie Solomon trifecta in your stocking. It’s gonna be busy, busy, busy around here this week, so keep watching this space.