I've been away for a few days. The Babe Magnet and I were visiting York. We were supposed to be looking at some Christmas shopping . . . well. I managed some!
We also had a wonderful Italian meal - and on Tuesday there was afternoon tea at Bettys - that's always a tradition. Apart from eating, we had tickets for the theatre - a production of The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde). This was a fabulous production - a slight rewrite/revision of the original play to make it believable when the 'romantic leads' - in this case Martin Jarvis and Nigel Havers were not exactly spring chickens. It was really funny and actually helped me look at the play again even though I've seen it several times. Lady Bracknell was played by the magnificent Sian Phillips with wonderful stage presence and energy in spite of her 82 years! I understand that she is also preparing her one-woman show! I want to be like her when I grow up!
One of the things about 'Earnest' that I'd forgotten is a quote about romance. This really struck me last night.
Oscar Wilde wrote:
The very essence of romance is uncertainty
Isn't that what readers love about reading romances? The fact that the relationship between the hero and the heroine is so much in doubt until very close to the end of the book. - It's that 'uncertainty' they want to read about.
Oscar Wilde also said:
You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.
How true. This is something that some would-be romance writers forget when creating 'alpha male heroes' They put too much emphasis on that 'trappings' - the looks, the suits, the cars, the wealth . . . when really it's all about that 'song' that the hero and heroine share and no one else does.
Talking or romances - in the comments to my post on November 2nd there were two lovely reviews from Arpita Martin who has just started her own web site to chart her love of the Modern Romance books.
One of the things she said was:
. You have the gift of spinning out these stories where the heroes are so strong, , tender hearted, yet alpha macho men who will love for ever!
Arpita- you couldn't have said anything that would please me more. That is exactly the sort of story I always try to write.
Arpita goes on:
Your latest one' Destined for the Desert King'surpasses till date all the other ones you have written.Readers should go for it in any form or shape! brilliant.Please visit www.mills-and-boon-reviews.com
Exhilarating, emotional, riveting Modern genre Romance a 5* indeed!
Nabil and Aziza are attracted to each other with their past emotional issues and yet both are able to break down their barriers at the end! Kate Walker is a genius of a writer, to hold an exceedingly well crafted story together for the romantic readers! The plot is fast moving, well focused and the couple’s wry wit, sarcasm; facial nuances make it all so believable! Brilliant page turner, to have at hand, to escape into this world of love!
What is this thing called love?
So I've been smiling all day since I read that. Thank you!
Also in the November 2nd comments, Lidia asked:
Kate, any idea when "Destined for the Desert King" will be released in the US?
Lidia - the good news is that it will be released any minute now! The official release date on Amazon
is November 17th - which means it's available there already. And hopefully in the shops near you very soon if not there already.
Thanks for asking! I hope you enjoy Nabil and Aziza's story when you read it.
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