When you think romance, usually Valentine’s Day comes to mind. But there is another month that readers of romance books should keep in mind. August is Read a Romance Month – a time for readers of romance to celebrate the genre.
Read-A-Romance Month was conceived and launched in 2013 by freelance writer and romance advocate Bobbi Dumas after she realized there was no one place where the community celebrated romance all together, at one time, in a concentrated way. She says she picked August was chosen because summer reading tends to be lighter fare, and even eclectic readers tend to pick up more romance.
“Why Read-A-Romance MONTH?! I read romance every day!”
Don’t worry. Think of it more as the month when we come together to CELEBRATE romance! A time when readers and writers can come together and celebrate this joyful, awesome genre.
A scan of authors’ posts show how they use music when they write. It can trigger a mood or emotion or take you to another place and tiime. It doesn’t even have to be an entire song. Sometimes just a few notes of a reprise brings a character to mind. I admit I don’t always have music on when writing. Jotting notes while at an outdoor concert or sitting in a doctor’s office while waiting for your appointment isn’t conducive to headphones or even worse, playing tunes on a cell phone.
But that doesn’t mean that music is not part of my writing life.
Some of the music that inspired Hatchling’s Vengeance have appeared in other posts regarding the world of the dragshi.
Celtic flute and harp always send my mind to a fantasy world where magic rules and dragon fly. On the player now is Celtic Twilight by Gabrielle Angelique.
“Desperado” from the Eagles set the title characters, Lord Talann Fitheach and Lady Glynnes Janaleigh firmly in my mind.
I couldn’t decide on what song to use for Gynnes as her own. One was “Brothers In Arms“ chosen because Glynnes was as much as warrior as any man… and paid the price. Note, the character featured on the cover of Hatchling’s Vengeance is Glynnes in her alter ego as Glyn, bodyguard to the dragon lord Lady Lexii.
One song carried over between books in the series. In Hatching’s Mate, Roger Whitaker’s “The Last Farewell” set the tone for the night before a battle. However, combining it with the “Lonely Man” reprise that was used as the theme for the television series, The Incredible Hulk, brings both sides of Glynnes to mind. The one for the years spent in waiting to be able to love, and the other for the world that threatened to keep her away from him.
Coming up next, the cover reveal for Hatchling’s Vengeance, available for pre-order now. Release date July 15th.
Today I’m celebrating a special Tuesday Title–one of mine as Hatchling’s Mate wings into view.
From their birth it was expected that Talann’s and Lexii’s destiny would be entwined. However fate had other intentions. Lexii and Talann could not stand to be together.Hatchling’s Mate
(Book 3 of the Dragshi Chronicles)
Publisher: High Eyrie Publications
Buy Links: Coming March 1st
Talann’s future was far from assured. Although the son of two dragon lords, none of the old ones sang a welcome at his birth. And now years later there was still no sign of the awakening of a twinned dragon soul. From his birth, it was expected he would marry the only other child born to the dragon shifters, the Lady Lexii Beylnea. However, fate had other intentions. Talann and Lexii could not stand to be together.
Haldric hated all shifters but one—Lady Lexii, whom he meant to
possess at any cost. His one tool to achieve both his goals meant risking all. Although his uncle, known to his followers as the Parant, possessed the ability to turn men and women into his willing slaves, the older man was as apt to turn on friend as foe.
Pledged to protect Lexii until the dragon lord’s intended mate appears, Glyn must fight to keep hidden the secret no one could never learn.
Destinies collide as fate decrees secrets be revealed and plans of men and dragon lord alike twist in the web of time.