First came Emily Bronte's Heathcliff. Poor, uncouth, involved in what is one of the most dysfunctional relationships in history, he's not above kidnapping the daughter of his deceased lover (who married someone else because Heathcliff wasn't rich enough) in order to encourage a relationship that would allow him to gain more wealth and property.
What follows is an article written by Jennifer Wilde (aka Tom E. Huff) for his column "The Male Page" on the writing (and personal) life of romance legend Shirlee Busbee, as it appeared in the Spring #9, 1983 issue of Romantic Times magazine.
Writers are, according to general belief, tempestuous, temperamental creatures full of odd quirks and charming eccentricities that set them apart from the common herd. Embued with a certain mystique and an aura of glamour by much of the reading public, they are undeniably a bit different — nice folks to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live with one.
THE BUSBEES AT HOME
What is it actually like to live with one of these exotic beings? Tough, I assure you. My friend Howard Busbee is an expert on the subject, and I might add that he looks considerably older and drinks far more than he did before his vivacious and engaging wife, Shirlee, gave up a stable, responsible job to become a full time writer of torrid historical romances.
In Bitten 1.10, “Descent,” Elena’s current meets the ex — only he doesn’t know he’s the ex. Awkward!
As Elena packs for her gallery show in Toronto, Clay wears major sad puppy face and assures her he had nothing to do with Jeremy’s edict that he go with her. Torn, Elena tells him that she’s been shacking up with Philip. Clay swears he won’t do anything to “undermine your life there.” He even takes off his wedding ring and puts it on the opposite finger. Sniffle! Downstairs, Nick gets a frantic call from Joey Stillwell, who managed to escape Mutt HQ.
Aw, Clay. Bless.
After a flight so fast they didn’t need a commercial break, Elena and Clay are at Logan’s. He ‘fesses up about his impending werewolf fatherhood. “I’m avoiding Pack Law,” he says, dismissing the idea of taking the baby from Rachel and raising it wolfy. He then shows them the rattle. “It’s gotta be Santos,” Clay concludes. Elena urges Logan to open up to Jeremy and seek the Pack’s protection. Meanwhile, Victor Olsen is parked outside, watching her and stroking a rabbit’s foot. Ew. Back inside, Logan tells Elena about Philip’s wolf video woes. “Great,” she scoffs. “Skinny-dipping with my cousin. ‘Cause that’s not weird at all!” Snark aside, Logan thinks it’s all connected. Elena hopes they can get to the bottom of things during her photography show, like a February sweeps episode of General Hospital.
Listen, we're not that great at sticking to New Year's resolutions. It's March, so we've long stopped counting calories. But hey, hey, look at us! We've already stuck to our reading resolution — to read outside our comfort zones — with Tiffany Reisz’s The Siren. Check out part one here.
And this month, DJ, our resident YA paranormal/fantasy romance fanboy, takes the reins. While Elisa and Elissa are always up for a great YA read, their reading tastes don’t tend to veer into the supernatural, so they'll be reading outside their comfort zone with Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone!
Happy St. Patrick's Day, dear readers! Are you celebrating with green beer? Some corned beef and cabbage? As always, our festivities mostly involve books, books and more books. So once you make it out of that crush of people at the bar, or finish up kissing the blarney stone, take a gander at our list of lucky reads to grant you good will all the way until next St. Patrick's Day.
Blind Luck Bride: This 2005 Harlequin American title from Laura Marie Altom tells the story of drunk, jilted Finn Riley, who bets that he'll be married within a week. So it's a good thing he soon runs into wedding dress-bedecked Lilly, who thinks Finn is her Marriage of Convenience groom. As luck would have it, wackiness ensues as they make their way to an HEA, ensuring a truly memorable read.
Ready for an excerpt break? We know we are! Today we've got a treat for you, Virna DePaul's Turned, a intriguing vampire romance. It's the story of FBI Agent and vampire Ty, who's trying to recruit ex-gang member Ana to join Belladonna, a secret agency that monitors vampires. RT reviewer Melanie promises a crisp narrative and stellar pacing. Want to take a peek? Read on, vampire fans!
Ty strode out of Ana’s coffee shop and kept walking despite the strong urge to go back to her. To kiss her again. To do far more to her soft lips, her slick tongue, and her warm, fragrant body.
Lust the likes of which he’d never felt before, even during the first two months of his transition, was riding him hard, making him nearly dizzy. When he’d first been turned, his lust had been for sex, regardless of who it was with. Now, his lust seemed reserved for Ana alone.
With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!
Mainstream - National Magazine Award-winning journalist Karma Brown is making her fiction debut with From the Ashes, which is being called a hybrid of Eat, Pray, Love and P.S., I Love You. It’s the tale of a woman learning the valuable lesson that even when life gets difficult, there’s nothing you can’t overcome. Look for it come fall 2015!
New Adult - Ann Aguirre is expanding her writing repertoire with I Want it That Way, which will kick off her New Adult trilogy about a college student who falls for a young single dad. Get your hands on it this fall!
Don’t you just love hanging out with other booklovers and unleashing your inner fangirl and fanboy over your favorite authors? We sure do, which is why we’re pretty stoked about tomorrow’s Authors in the City event here in New York City at the New York Marriott Downtown! Organized and hosted by Stephanie from Stephanie’s Book Reports, this all day event is not to be missed.
But what exactly is Authors in the City? Well, it’s an all day event aimed at bringing readers and authors together for one giant book party. There are over 80 romance authors attending, including Jay Crownover, Shayla Black and Emma Chase. The main event is the four hour book signing from 1 to 6 PM, which will provide ample time for the close to 400 attendees to geek out and meet their literary idols. Following the signing, there’ll be a meet and greet, including food and an awards ceremony.
But that’s not all! A few of the authors are bringing their hunky cover models! Don’t worry, we’ll be taking lots of photos for those who can’t make it.