Playing the Harlequin Presents Heroine

Last August I had the pleasure to attend Romance Writers of Australia’s annual conference in Melbourne.  I love attending the Australia conferences.  I love my Australia author friends.  Such good people.  Such good fun.  And last August I begged Megan Crane (aka Caitlin Crews) to go with me and she did, which made the four day whirlwind trip out of Honolulu even more special.

On one of the final days of conference Trish Morey, Yvonne Lindsay, Lilian Darcy, Megan and I (and someone else, I’m sure of it, why can’t I remember??!) headed out for a little sight-seeing in Melbourne and we visited a very upscale jewelry shop and I tried on jewelry that cost thousands and thousands but oh, the pieces were gorgeous and I felt, for a very moment in time, like a Harlequin Presents heroine.

Have you ever tried on couture clothes, or extravagant jewelry just to try it on?  Until Melbourne, I never had, and it was fun.  But what made it the most fun was just being with great friends.

This last weekend I finally picked up The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and why did I wait so long to read it?  It was brilliant…fascinating, heartbreaking, hopeful, compelling.  I devoured the book and jumped immediately into the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire, and that was even better than the first.  And now I’m on the third and final book, Mockingjay, and I’m going to be sad when the story ends because this series will be over and I’ve loved Katniss and Peeta and Gale and all of them.  I love the courage of these characters.  I love their strength and their humanity.  I know these were written for the YA market but they are amazing reads for adults, too.

Have you been reading lately?  Have something special to recommend or a book you’d like to talk about?  Let’s chat books in the comments below and you’ll be entered for one of my fun prizes.  Contest runs through Saturday night and Sunday I’ll announce three winners.  And now fill me in…on you, life, family, career and of course, books!


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