Happy Wednesday, guys!
I’ve got extra bounce this morning, for reasons. Namely, I just wrapped up my February writing goal by sending off the first five episodes of my serial, ROMAN HOLIDAY (starts in August!) to my critique buddies. Now, one might be disappointed with me for not sending the episodes off by February 28 — I know I am — but on the other hand, it’s possible that those 50,000 words ended up taking a week longer than they were supposed to because they were actually 68,000 words. Eighteen thousand bonus words of Ruthie! You lucky ducks, you. This is going to be an epic serial adventure. (Or else my editor will make me cut 18,000 words. Which would not be so epic.)
Secondly, I got good publishing news yesterday. I don’t know if I’m allowed to tell you about it yet, but it’s not the kind of secret that matters to (most of) you guys, just to me — the sort of secret where money I didn’t expect has appeared miraculously from nowhere. Yay, money! When I was about nine years old, I once found ten dollars I’d forgotten I had in my red nylon velcro-closure wallet. It had horses on it. The wallet, not the money. This feels like that, only it’s more than ten dollars.
AND there are additional reasons for bouncing, as well. My book trailer went live at Heroes and Heartbreakers yesterday — check it out. You like? I think I will probably never be involved in anything this cute again in my whole life. But in a good way.
AND Mary Ann Rivers says all kinds of wonderful things about the heroine of Along Came Trouble, Ellen. (Are you following Mary Ann? You should be. She’s going to knock your socks off come June.)
So that’s a lot of good stuff. Plus, I have a great book to recommend today. Here’s the blurb—
In this corner is admittedly romantic Jenna Wilinski, who’s inherited a rather seedy boxing gym from her estranged father. With it, she can realize her dream of launching an upscale matchmaking business…provided she can take on the very intimidating—and wickedly hot—boxer who stands in her way!
In the far corner is former pro boxer Mercer Rowley. He’s the only one who can protect his “home”—even if it is a little run-down— from his determined and feisty little opponent. But man, once the gloves come off, his hands just want to touch her everywhere…
This matchup is too close to call. But no matter which contender comes out on top, the other is sure to enjoy every minute of it….
You all know I love Meg Maguire (aka Cara McKenna). I’m on record — quite thoroughly on record — as thinking the sun rises and sets on her shiny little Irish face. This is Meg’s third Blaze, and my favorite so far. The reason is primarily Mercer, who is the most delightful down-to-earth hero. He’s like a teddy bear in a pit bull’s body, it pit-bull-teddy-bears were witty.
The flirting in this book is almost outrageous in its sexy-funness. Is that a word? I think I just made up a word, that’s how good the flirting is. There’s also a lovely, authentic sense of place here — of Boston, of this down-at-the-heel mixed martial arts gym where the story is set, of these ordinary guys who have made the gym their home base.
This is the first of a connected series of stories about Wilinski’s, and it has a nice solid foundational feel to it — like we’re seeing our patriarch and matriarch get together, and we’ll get to enjoy them a little more in the future books, when all Jenna’s little matchmaking babies are running around.