Guest Author: Monica Burns & Giveaway!!

One of my favorite people on the planet – yes, the planet – is visiting with us today.  She’s  Monica Burns, and she writes award-winning, bestselling historical and paranormal romance.  Monica has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.  In addition to writing great – and spicy! – romance, she’s also a wonderful person.

I’m going to turn things over to Monica, who has a lovely blog about friendship and the romance community.

Do you have any idea how many times I’ve started this blog post now? Seven. Seven different openings and now that I’m on the eighth effort, I’m feeling desperate. Well that resonates, because as an author I *am* desperate. You might ask why? Well, like all creative types, we just want to be loved. Seriously, we want people to love our books and love us for writing those books. Any author who disagrees with me, well I’m not gonna believe them.

Whether you’re a fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, NASCAR, football,  or whatever, you’re going to meet people you connect with because you both like the same thing. The romance community is the same, and yet I firmly believe we have a fundamental difference. We love to read about love, and we all know that love is the most powerful emotion of all. As a result of that binding love, friendships develop among readers who might have met only one time in person, but communicate almost daily with online.

For instance, I consider Vanessa a close friend even though our friendship is a long distance one. I honestly don’t know why she chose me to be her friend, but she did (Vanessa, here.  Because Monica has a huge heart and she’s funny!). She listens to me whine, gives advice, offers emotional support, and makes me laugh. All of the things a friend is supposed to do. I reciprocate when she needs me, although that’s hardly ever.

Vanessa rarely rants, but I’m always there to support her when she does. Vanessa is one of four people in my most intimate inner circle of friends. You know the kind; they’re the friends who will call you on something you know better than to say. The friends who empathize, are ready to storm the castle with you and have your back.

Friendship is one of the strongest threads running through the romance reading community. A few years back, on a now defunct blog, I talked about the friendships I’ve built over the years. Friendships I wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the Internet and the romance community. I can tell you right now that I would never have met Vanessa, Becke, Keri or Rosie if it weren’t for the romance community and the Internet.

So, have you met another lover of romance books via the Internet? Have you met in person? Do you chat daily? Weekly?

Vanessa, here.  Thank you so much for that wonderful post, my friend!  And you know what else is wonderful?  Monica’s new historical, Love’s Revenge.  Take a look at this awesome cover!

Love’s Revenge

All her life, Sophie’s tried to earn her father’s love to no avail. Even her one chance for happiness was crushed beneath his tyrannical thumb, leaving her firmly on the shelf at forty-one. Sophie accepts her fate until she impulsively uses her father’s criminal activities to escape a life of servitude and right a wrong at the same time. She never really expected the Devil of Devlyn to actually accept her rash proposal, and she certainly hadn’t planned on falling in love with a younger man.

When Quentin Blackwell, Earl of Devlyn, discovered the woman he loved was carrying another man’s child, he refused to marry her. In retaliation, her father ruined Devlyn. When Sophie Hamilton, the man’s eldest daughter, comes to him with an unexpected offer, Devlyn seizes the chance for vengeance. What he doesn’t bargain on is how revenge could cost him the one thing he wants the most. Sophie’s love.

Sounds enticing, doesn’t it?  For my readers today, Monica is giving away a copy of the book.  And I’m giving away a copy of one of my historical romances, too.  Just answer Monica’s question about friendship for a chance to win Love’s Revenge and my first book, Mastering The Marquess!

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To Boldly Go…

Did you know that yesterday was Captain Kirk’s 80th birthday?  Actually, I don’t think anybody knows how old James T. is because he was born, er, will be born in the year 2233.  Yesterday was William Shatner’s 80th birthday, and I’d like to hoist a glass to one of the best survivors and most entertaining actors in Hollywood.

Whatever you might think about the guy’s acting abilities – and I think he’s pretty good – he’s had an astonishing career, ranging from his days as a trained Shakespearean actor at the Stratford Festival in Canada, to his current gig on the sit-com,  $#*! My Dad Says.   And don’t forget his musical career, although I’m sure some of you would like to.

But Bill Shatner’s enduring legacy, as we all know, will be for helping to create the cultural icon that is Star Trek. As children and teens, we all thrilled to the adventure and cheesiness of the original series, and then were later swept up in the phenomenally successful reboot, STNG. Kirk was a great captain, but most would agree that Picard set the gold standard.

And Worf was pretty damn cool, too.

From there, we had more spinoffs like Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Star Trek Enterprise.  I was a huge fan of Voyager, which included strong female characters like Seven of Nine and the indomitable Captain Janeway.

It was great to see a woman captaining a star ship, although you’ve got to admit that ol’ Kate had some pretty wild hairdos in those first few seasons.  Totally in keeping with the ST vibe, of course.

Pop culture owes a huge debt to Star Trek and to William Shatner, aka, James Tiberius Kirk.  So on your 80th birthday, Bill, here’s wishing you the best, and many happy returns of the day.