Yesterday afternoon I got hijacked...by an email from Audible saying my audiobooks are ready! I love listening to them. My poor dog doesn't understand why I'm insisting on so many walks today! Lucy Paterson's narration is wonderful, but I'd love you to judge for yourself. Listen to a sample of Courting Scandal and tell me what you think!
Since the launch of my latest book (and well before, if truth be told) I've been working on the next Fairchild story. This novella will be published in a compilation with two other authors, Julie Daines and Caroline Warfield. I'm thrilled to be linked with such talented writers. I've read one of each of their books, thoroughly enjoyed them, and think (hope, in my case!) that we are well-matched.
My novella stars Jack, Laura's surgeon brother. So far, the book opens like this: Caroline was not pleased with Bath, that pre-eminent watering hole of the stuffy and antiquated. She ought to be in London. Uncle Warren and her brother had promised. She ought to be married by now and only concern for her marketable assets kept her from grinding her teeth.
It will change by the time it is published, of course, but I love the excitement of writing a book opening.
If I didn't have to parent, feed myself and be a responsible adult, I'd be quite happy to do nothing but read. It's my favorite leisure activity, if by leisure activity you mean something necessary. Essential.
Of course there are times one can't. As a teen, I used to read at red lights. Now I know better. Driving is so you can listen to audio books! (The stops were never long enough anyway).voice123.com/lucypaterson
When I can't look in a book, listening is the next best thing and sometimes even better. Narration adds so much. Since Audible acquired rights to the Fairchild series this fall, I've spent a good deal of time wondering what they will sound like, because in my head, I know all my characters' tones and inflections. Alistair has the most beautiful voice (he's a baritone), except perhaps for Georgiana, Lady Fairchild, who has exquisite diction.
Of course readers don't hear them speak the same way--that's what makes writing so exciting. You're crafting word-fuel for a creative reaction in someone else's head. A good read is a partnership.
And audiobooks even more so, because then you have the talent of three. That's why I was beyond thrilled when I heard from Lucy Paterson, who will be narrating the Fairchild books. I listened to her demo track. She's utterly perfect. Her voice is better--much better--than the one I hear when I read them. I can hardly wait to listen to them performed. I think you will be as thrilled with this creative partnership as I.
Lisa writes fabulous and fun contemporary romance that won't make you blush.
After three years, Maren Summers is elated to finally have her dream wedding to her dream man, Kevin Bryant. In her sights is the promotion to weddings she’s worked so hard for at the newspaper. Happily ever after is within her grasp…
Until Kevin jilts her at the altar, elopes with another woman, and becomes her boss. Devastated by the twisted turn of events Maren moves in with her best friend and notices the not-so-homeless guy on the corner, Zane Whitfield. As his heart-wrenching tale unfolds—his vow to wait a year on the corner for his lost love—Maren sees his compassionate human-interest story as her ticket away from Kevin, weddings, and her heartache.
But as the New Year approaches, is Maren headed for heartache again when Zane's lost love returns or has time changed more than one heart?
About the Author
Lisa Swinton caught the romance buy early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it yet. She feeds her addiction with romance novels, films, and chocolate. A doctor’s wife and busy mom of two, she enjoys putting her musical theater degree to use at church and in community theater.
She enjoys researching her family tree, painting her house, and baking. She loves to travel and all things Jane Austen. In her next life she’d like to be a professional organizer.
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From the Power of the Matchmaker series:
Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She's learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother's bed and breakfast. She's also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken--relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment.
But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar.
As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her.
What people are saying:
Loved it! A great escape and like always a lovely story that drew me in and wouldn't let go until the very end. Highly recommend! --Kathy, Goodreads.com
A very quick and beautiful read that made me want to move here and live among the locals. --Maureen, Goodreads.com
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As one of the twelve authors in this series I was lucky enough to get a review copy of Karey's book that I read on a recent vacation. What a fun read! A gentle story, deftly told with a beautiful happily ever after. I fell in love the the hero. Fans of clean romance with Christian themes will love this one. Enjoy!
It's here! The first full-length novel in the Power of the Matchmaker series is available.
Celia is in desperate need of a change--a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all relationships. Not knowing what else to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon's Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She's wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters?
What Celia doesn't plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose meddling ways keep throwing her in the path of a handsome, but reserved, forest ranger. But no matter how kind or dependable Silas seems to be, there are some things in Celia's past that neither of them can escape, and this time, the damage might be too much to mend.
What people are saying:
"Once I picked up Broken Thing To Mend, I was gone. From the first to the last page this one was a page-turner for me." - Maureen
"I think this is White's best work yet. I couldn't put it down. Loved it!" - Anne
Get your copy here.
Conclusion to the best-selling Fairchild series releases November 1
It's finally here! I'm thrilled to share the covers today for this collaborative series coming out in 2016 (except for the prequel novella, which is available for pre-order now on Amazon). Aren't they tempting? It's been tremendous fun joining forces with this crew of writers: a talented, funny and friendly bunch as you'll ever meet. It's been a different process for me with so many more minds to throw ideas around, more of a team sport. I hope you enjoy the results. You can find out more about each writer and her book for the series on on Goodreads. Have fun! Share! Enjoy!
School's in! I'm back on a regular writing/work schedule and no one had a meltdown yesterday! Everyone made it to school on time, remembered their books for music lessons and ski training was cancelled. By the time I was driving my daughter home from cello lessons I felt like cheering. Or that someone should at least give me a high five. Instead, she asked me to take her to a movie.
On a school night?! No way. I'm not that kind of mom. So I said no. She asked again. I said no, dad wouldn't like it (and I felt confident saying that, because he was working late and would never know...). But my girl, she just doesn't give up. In a few weeks she'll turn fourteen, and then we can't squeak her in on a child ticket. And who knows when ski training will be cancelled again and we'll have a free tuesday evening? And she's been wanting to see this show for the longest time and I told her she could go. This time, I told her to call dad. And he said YES.
I called back and (laughingly and lovingly, cause I'm superwoman today) explained that he was supposed to say no, but it didn't really matter at that point, because I was driving, so I had him on speaker. Kids and I were going to the movie, whether I wanted to or not. (The Man From U.N.C.L.E. It's fantastic. I'd already seen in twice. Date night, and once with friends). Not that I mind seeing it again--handsome men in 60's suits, two great car chases, Elizabeth Debicki flying in a speedboat across a blue mediterranean sea--but you just don't take your kids to movies on the first day of school.
Except I did. And it was great, except I was right. The universe doesn't let you get away with stuff like that. My youngest, the gaggiest gagger of them all, didn't want to share his popcorn. He sat beside me holding his hand over the top so I couldn't steal any. And then, about half way through, he started wiggling in his seat.
"My tummy!" he whispered. I knew what that meant. I whipped the (empty) popcorn box under his chin right in time. Not sure, but I think I deserve high fives for that too. Little guy has enough experience puking in public that he's fairly quiet. We bolted out of there before the smell could get too bad, dumped the puke-box in the toilet and my little mister finished clearing his stomach in said suitable porcelain receptacle. Washed up, returned to our seats and I reassured myself with lies--no one could have noticed!
But really, I'm that mom. The one who takes her kids to movies on the first day of school and doesn't leave (or turn a hair, apparently) when one of them throws up.
I was knocked sideways by the particular care taken to the dialogue, and the challenging nature of the prose. Who is this Jaima Fixen broad, and why have I never heard of her?!!? The book’s editing is flawless, the story composed delicately and precisely, and the romance is a steady, slow, growing burn.
I'm not smart enough for twitter, but I'm afraid stupidity doesn't always stop me. I'm on twitter, but not that much, so it was a surprise to get an email today saying I had a new follower and that she'd mentioned me in a post. It was Cat, the Reader Eater, whose book and food blog is sending me post haste to the kitchen and the library--the stressful part is that I can't immediately do both! I must try out her toasted pasta. (Who knew there was such a thing? It looks delicious).
Said pasta is to be eaten along with my book, Fairchild, and Jane Austen's Persuasion and if I wasn't blushing to capacity already, I'd be even more pink at such praise. Thank you, Cat!
Read the full review and find the recipe here.