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Friday, September 13, 2013

@Vicki Batman ~ Fall Into Romance hop stops here!!!

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September 13 - 21

Falling in love with…a book. Sigh. Have you ever done that? Have you ever read a book, closed it up, thought long and hard about what you'd experienced, then opened to Chapter 1 and started all over?

I have, but not very many times. Two in particular come to mind: A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux and Come to Grief by Dick Francis.

Occasionally, I read historicals and AKISA is one with a touch of time travel. I was so involved with the heroine's story, I sobbed at the end with her. (Well done, Jude!)  I've given it to many friends who loved it too.

Dick Francis centered his mysteries around the English horse racing business. When I first read his books, I gobbled them like chocolate. Handsome asked me why I loved them so. I finally – FINALLY – confessed I wished I could write like him. In Come to Grief, a very bad man does bad things to ponies. It is utterly shocking and why he won an Edgar Award for this book.

I, on the other hand, write sweet romantic comedies. Here's a tiny take from "San Diego or Bust":
          My boyfriend is a dirt wad. I just decided.

          With a humpf, I dragged my pink tote up the narrow aisle to the plane's exit, accidentally banging it into the seats along the way. The relieving notion of being back home in Sommerville caused the tension in my chest to fade a smidgen.
          A quick peek to the exit told me where Davis, my boyfriend, stood waiting for the okay from the ground crew to head out. His glance my way didn't look at all pleasant. Similar to one wrapped in disappointment with a downward tilt of his mouth.
         I didn't care much. I just decided.
          The words creep, jerk, moron, and “why in the hell am I still dating him??” jumbled my thoughts around. My heart pounded as anxiety ratcheted inside me again.
          Maybe I shouldn’t. Maybe I should not put up with him anymore.
          The deepest part of me knew I shouldn’t be with Davis Griffith Swansea, III any longer. I was just in denial. Over the past year, I’d had brief, momentary twinges of dumping him; then, he’d go and do something incredibly romantic like bring me Godiva chocolates—“I know how you love these.” Or buy me a new book by my favorite author—“I happened to see this today.” Or whisk me off to an intimate dinner à deux at the latest and greatest bistro--"I know you'll like this place."

          My head had gone stupid.

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Jean MP said...

Romantic comedies are such fun to read, enjoyed the excerpt.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

vicki batman said...

Hi, Jean MP! and thank you for visiting HBW today. I love a good laugh too. Imagine how I felt years ago when I discovered Janet E. I was like someone deliberately wrote very funny mysteries. Happy reading!

Elf2060 said...

Thanks for the excerpt, sounds like it's time for her to get rid of that guy! Thank you also for the giveaway! And I loved the late Dick Francis' books, and I think his son is doing a good job of continuing the legacy...I am looking forward to reading another Sid Halley story!

elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

vicki batman said...

Good morning, elewkf1! So happy to find another Dick Francis lover. yipee! I liked his son's books too.

I have seen and heard of too many girls staying with a guy because they think there isn't anyone else, but that is never the case. And staying isn't true to one's self. So I'm glad my girl realized Davis might not be the one.

Thanks so much for hopping by.

Pam said...

Great excerpt. I love romantic comedies. Thanks for participating in the hop.

pjmillion (at) comcast (dot) net

vicki batman said...

Hi, Pam! Isn't a good laugh fun? I appreciate you stopping by the HBW. Come on back, okay?

donnas said...

Sounds good. Have to check it out.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Carolyn said...

Vicki, I loved reading your recs. All you had to say was "time travel" (even if only a touch), and I was there with you. I love mysteries, and have seen Dick Francis' name (of course), but I hadn't ever had anyone recommend him in particular. I wlll have to give both of these a look.

Thank you for being part of the hop and giving us a peek into your love of books and your own writing. You make mad funny. :)

caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

Eva Millien said...

Thanks for the hop and the giveaway. both newsletters would be great. evamillien at gmail dot com

vicki batman said...

Hi, Eva! You are so welcome. I hope you will find the PP girls are a lot of fun and you will come back to see me again! Thanks for hopping.

Nay Nay said...

Loved the excerpt. I like romantic comedies or romances with a lot of humor in them. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

vicki batman said...

Hi, Renee! And you are so welcome. Laughter is so much fun. I hope you get a chance to check mine out. Short, sweet and funny.

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