Oh! And while I’m here, for those of you wanting a change of pace (book-wise) I read this really er… “inspirational” one (not religious, though) this week. A Winter Dream: A Novel by Richard Paul Evans. It’s not our usual (not a romance book) BUT!! It had the heartbreak, the romance, the heartbreak, the family drama, the rock bottom and the mega-ending. VERY GOOD read, gorgeously written (at first, I thought it was a real-life auto-biography, it was so personal), and just so enlightening. Personal growth and all that. Good stuff (even if parts of the ending were a little hard to believe, but still, the message as a whole? Just so ahhhhhh, you know?)
Archives for December 2014
For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.
This time… Christy is asked for a little… advice. 😉
“You’ll Never Believe” By Christy Pastore
This summer I attended a block party in our neighborhood. We had some new people move in on the street and someone suggested we have a fun gathering to get to know each other. After a few hours had gone by someone asked me what I did for a living. My response was simply, “I’m an Author.” Immediately, I was swarmed and asked a billion questions. “What kind of books do you write?” was the question du jour. I simply replied, “Contemporary romance with a dash of sexiness.”
A younger twenty-something guy said, “So, Fifty Shades of Grey and smutty type books, right?”
“Well, there’s no bondage or S&M, just explicit language and a lot of steamy scenes between the main characters.”
You’ll never believe what he asked me next. Or maybe you will.
“Since you write this kind of stuff, you must live it. Can you give me some advice on how to sexually please my girlfriend?”
“Uhmm, not quite and no.”
It took everything in me not to laugh in his face. Not only was this completely awkward coming from someone I’d just met, but there is no way I am expertly qualified to dish out advice on one’s sex life. That would put me in an entirely different career. I’d take that paycheck though, wouldn’t you?
Ready for the excerpt?
Okay so THIS one? I’ve been “seeing it around” with each new release, and it always seems to be in my Amazon book stream. So when book #4 just came out and I saw it shoot to #10 in all of Kindle books, in one day, and then I saw the HUGE amount of 5-star reviews (84 5-star reviews already) with nary a lower rating (only two 4 stars and no lower!), I thought to myself… “Self… I MUST READ THESE!!! I think I’m missing out!” So I backtracked, and I noticed that each book is loaded in awesome reviews.
Happy book-release day!! A few highly anticipated ones (like that one to the left), but it’s the “new-to-me’s” that have me clicky. 😉 A few scandalous sounding ones, bad guys, and some “no-strings” relationships that appear to turn into a big knotted messes.
Like… Natural Love (different social standings and they fall in love and it could be disastrous?), Last Will and Testament (teacher-student, but I think college-aged and he’s more of a TA… still… could be angsty!), Untouched (she can’t remember the accident that messed her up, and she falls for a penitentiary officer, and her memories start coming back…) Reason and Romance (ummm… her potential bad-boy step-brother)… eeeeeeep! LOL!! Oh and Loving You Is Easy (her sexy photo that she sent to a military guy she’s corresponding with ends up online…) *gasp!!!* This “Jett Girl” series too is intriguing me… oh and Afghan Girl!! Not sure if this is romance, but the premise sounds amazing!
So, it’s true that I’m not much on re-reading a book. I know many of my fellow readers LOVE re-reads (and often prepare for a new release in a series by re-reading the previous books) but… I’m usually good with one read through. After all, by now, I already know what happens, right? It couldn’t have *that* same effect on me twice, could it?
But there are SOME that I have re-read. A precious few, and sure enough, surprise of all surprises, the feeling was still there. That intensity. The stomach drops, and the heart clenches. And yes, I knew what was going to happen, so the exciting guess work was gone, but the butterflies over some of those scenes (and for the book as a whole) were still as strong. And SO worth the re-read.