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Hey Nora Roberts…

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Posted in: Authors MIA
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Where are you? I miss seeing your name around RomanceLand…

Come back soon please?

Yours sincerely

Karen Scott

Shotgun Wedding by Maggie Osborne

Even though I love Ms Osborne’s Silver Lining (review here), I had not sought out any of her other novels—I’m not exactly sure why. However, Super Librarian Wendy has talked about loving most of what Ms Osborne has written1 and… well, when I saw a copy of Shotgun Wedding at the USB last week, I just couldn’t resist it.

Set in the late 1800s or very early 1900s, the novel details events occurring during the few months between late Spring and early Fall in the small Kansas town of Marshall.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Annie Malloy is in a fix. She’s gotten herself into the worst kind of trouble, and there’s really only one way out. It seems the town’s handsome new sheriff, Jesse Harden, has taken a shine to her—and has offered her a way to end the scandal once and for all. But Annie soon finds that the quiet life she once lived has been exchanged for one full of chance, desire, and the breathtaking possibility of true love.

Jesse John Harden has always followed his instincts and has no doubt that he can turn this marriage of convenience into a true marriage of the heart. With each day that passes the bond between him and his pretty new wife grows stronger and the spark between them gets hotter. But Annie is hiding a secret that could destroy their delicate happiness. Now Jesse must convince Annie to let him stand beside her to face the past so they can have a chance at a happy future.

The first thing that struck me as I began to read the novel was that once again Ms Osborne’s writing drew me into the story so deeply that I couldn’t stop reading—even when at times I wanted to.

As the novel starts, we learn that Annie Malloy has been having an affair with a rather not-desirable sort of man and that she finds herself pregnant. He offers her marriage, but since he’s a bank robber, she realizes that she can’t marry him.

Which leaves her in a rather difficult position.

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Another One Bites The Dust…

Saturday, October 10, 2009
Posted in: Authorly musings, Authors MIA

I was over at Vanessa Jaye’s when I came across this post.

Apparently Sara Donati, AKA author Rosina Lippi had this message on her blog:

If you were looking for my weblog (called Storytelling), or following a link to a particular post on the weblog, you have landed here because the weblog is not available.

The economic downturn and family circumstances being what they are, I find myself in a position I knew might well come some day — I’m going back on the job market, looking for more traditional employment. This means that I will be putting writing aside for the foreseeable future, and so I’ve taken down the weblog, for the time being at least.

Many of you have followed the weblog for six years, and I’d like to thank you for your continued interest and support. For newer readers, I’m sorry I didn’t have a chance to get to know you better.”

That’s kinda sad isn’t it? I didn’t particularly love Donati or her books, but it seems a shame that an author who’s already multi-published is driven to abandon her writing for economic reasons. I’m guessing there’s quite a few authors who have had to abandon their dream of writing in exchange for more traditional ways of earning the mighty dollar.

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Morning Glory, by LaVyrle Spencer

I am having a horrible time writing this review. There’s nothing I can criticize about this book. Not one single thing. How can you write a balanced review when there’s nothing weak or flawed there to balance all the good? So I’m giving up—this is not a balanced review, I’m going to gush and praise like the most rabid of fangirls.

The back cover blurb doesn’t even begin to convey the complexity of the story, nor the mastery of the writing:

Elly

In town, they called her “Crazy Widow Dinsmore.” But Elly was no stranger to their ridicule—she had been an outsider all her life, growing up in a boarded-up old house under the strict eye of her eccentric grandparents. Now she was all alone, with two little boys to raise, and a third child on the way.

Will

He drifted into Whitney, Georgia, one lazy afternoon in the summer of 1941, hoping to put his lonely past behind him. He yearned for the tenderness he had never known, the home he’d never had. All he needed was for someone to give him a chance.

Then he saw a classified ad: WANTED—A husband. When he stepped across Elly Dinsmore’s cluttered yard, Will Parker knew he had come home at last.

The book spans about two and a half years during WWII, and follows two of the most memorable characters I’ve ever met. He’s an ex con, an orphan, displaced and haunted by his past. She’s a pregnant widow with two young children, a reputation for madness, and a deep mistrust for the people who have made her an outsider all of her life. (more…)

…Please update your website. You’re one of only a handful of Elloras Cave writers that I still read, and like, so I would be grateful if you could let me know what you are up to.

Whilst you’re at it, can you possibly try and avoid writing for Changeling Press FREE PUBLICITY! FREE PUBLICITY! FREE PUBLICITY! in the future? It’s not because their books suck or anything (well, not all of them I’m sure), and it’s not due to the fact that their covers make my eyes bleed either. The thing is, I don’t buy from them anymore, at least not since the owner came on here and lost her damn mind. So if you release any books with them, I wont be able to purchase, and that would make me sad.

You understand my dilemma don’t you?

You can blame Gisele Bundchen if you like, that bitch totally gets around.

((((Hugs and flowery kisses)))))

Yours sincerely,

Karen Scott
Age 32 years and 11 months.

And I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!

Karen, being both generous and clearly insane, has offered to continue hosting reviews by yours truly. {K: Hey, it saves me a job!} This one is an old book, but one that has a place of honor in my shelves and my heart. (The review is also posted here).

Silver Lining, by Maggie OsborneSilver Lining

Breaking with custom, I am not going to quote the back cover copy, because it misleads the reader into thinking that this is yet another syrupy and poorly written *gasp* romance novel *shudder* The horror!

I much prefer quoting this book description from Amazon:

When a group of grateful prospectors offers to give fellow prospector Low Down her “fondest wish” in return for her nursing them through a smallpox epidemic, they are stunned when she says she wants a baby. What she gets, however, is a husband she doesn’t want, a husband who doesn’t want her, and a family—and eventually a love—she never even dreamed of. Funny and touching, this riveting romance, in classic Osborne fashion, takes an outwardly independent but inwardly fragile heroine, pairs her with a hero smart enough to realize her worth, and lets them find each other despite a host of almost insurmountable obstacles. (more…)