Monday, September 8, 2008

Be Still My Heart

Is there anything better than reading a phrase or passage that just makes your heart sing?

In need of comfort and inspiration, I turned to a couple of old favourites, the Lady Whistledown anthologies (The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown and Lady Whistledown Strikes Back). Now, with champion writers Julia Quinn, Karen Hawkins, Suzanne Enoch and Mia Ryan, you know you’re in for a treat. The star-crossed (or maybe I should say society-crossed) Regency lovers in these two books are enthralling, which is why the books survived my harsh pre-move purge. (I’m still crying over that loss. Book grief is insidious!) But Suzanne Enoch provided me with a moment that resonated so strongly I had to share. The following lines from The Best of Both Worlds, in Lady Whistledown Strikes Back made me catch my breath, and fall in love:

He smiled slowly, unable to resist running a finger along her cheek. “You are a challenge. And please don’t blame me because a shipload of very stupid men looked at you once and declared you uninteresting. I looked at you twice, and I saw what you are.”

Color crept up her cheeks. “And what is that?”


OH, MY...

If I were the swooning type, swoon I would. I could picture it, like a scene from a movie, and it moved me to go into my husband’s office and kiss him on the top of his preoccupied head. His grunt of acknowledgement only made me smile.

Now I remember why I read romances, and why I write them. Maybe one day, if I’m good and faithful to the craft, I can give a reader that same feeling. Oh, I hope so, because that’s what it’s all about.


  1. Shazammm...Wish granted!("Maybe someday...I can give a reader that same feeling.") I just purchased and read (in one sitting, mind you, since I was spellbound after even reading the excerpt!)Pearl at the Gate. Your writing is wonderful!!! Sexy!!! Romantic!!! I loved the character of Rourke when he let go and became the ALPHA male! And, his powerful feelings for Jenesta. For what it's worth, the sexiest thing about romantic erotica, to me, is the way the hero LOOKS at the heroine! An intense look where he holds her gaze, and makes her knees turn to jelly, or commands her to look in his eyes while they are making love, as if he is making love to her soul, as well, is THE HOTTEST! Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that Pearl at the Gate is an Absolute Keeper for me. I can see myself rereading this one again and again! I haven't read the other one on your website yet, but I fully intend to in the very near future. Thanks for all the pleasure :o). KEEP WRITING!! You go, girl!! Bev

  2. Bev, you have made my day, my month, quite possibly my year! Thank you, thank you, thank you!