Ah, fall is in the air. October abounds with its images of pumpkins and turning leaves and little ones dressed as lions and witches and bears, oh my!
Yes, October can be a fun month with all the Halloween parties, but everyone knows it can have a dark side, too—just like love (you knew I was going to connect the two somehow, didn’t you?). So I’ve come up with a frightening, thinky theme for October’s IMHO: "Love is Scary!" Each guest author will take a look at her hero/heroine's emotional barriers to love.
For October, I’m doubling your chances to win a tote.
I’m shaking up the contest by splitting up the winnings, so I’ll be giving away two tote bags at the end of the month, not just one! Each bag will hold two of October’s guests' books and one of my own critically acclaimed historical romances, plus a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com (so you can buy the other books). Details on the contest are up on my contest page.
My first guest host to discuss our theme is Deb Stover, multi-published, award-winning, cross-genre author of romance, and Romantic Times Book Club Career Achievement Award winner. Once Upon a Time, as Deb Stover says, she wanted to be Lois Lane, until she discovered Clark Kent is a fraud and there is no Superman (say it isn’t so, Deb!). Deb’s firm belief that individuals with disabilities must be included in society as people first is reflected in her novels. She strives to write characters readers will love, and imperfection is a fact of life.
Since publication of her first novel in 1995, Stover has received dozens of awards for her cross-genre fiction. Her latest, The Gift, will be released October 27th, 2009 and is Deb’s donation to the “Love is Scary” tote bag.
A gift turned nightmare drives Beth Dearborn to abandon all she holds dear, until fate demands she face Ty Malone, danger, and destiny....
Fresh Fiction proclaims, “This book is vintage Deb Stover!” Lisa Jackson says The Gift is "A blend of romance and mystery with just the right twist of the paranormal . . . a real page-turner."
Sounds scary, in a good way!
IMHO: Welcome, Deb, and I’m really excited to have you here. Why is love so scary for your hero and heroine?
DS: Well, TJ, my heroine in The Gift, Beth Dearborn, thought growing up reliving other people's deaths was frightening. Seriously, experiencing a murder victim's demise through his or her viewpoint and senses has to be the most terrifying experience a human can imagine. Right? Especially having to repeat the experience every time she encounters a spirit who died a violent death….
And it is frightening. Terrifying, in fact. It drives her to drink and she tries to bury her empathic gift, to avoid those spirits who might engage her "services" to solve their murders. Things are going pretty well, too. She's drifting through life, clean and sober, relatively safe….
Then she encounters a new kind of terror. Something she didn't anticipate. An emotionally threatening, bone-rattling, status-quo-shaking, nerve-wracking man who touches far more than just her hormones.
Beth has always handled men. Casual relationships are easy. No biggie. Love 'em and leave 'em. No problem. But Ty Malone dares her to take risks. Lots of them.
Not only will she have to face the gift she's spent years trying to bury, but now she has to open her heart as well. And that's the most frightening of all.
And what's Ty's story? He married his childhood sweetheart. They had three perfect children, a picturesque farm, and were destined to happily-ever-after. Until one day his fairy-tale world came to a devastating end when his wife simply vanished. He knew she drank on the quiet. Did that have something to do with her disappearance? Did she meet with foul play? Did she abandon her family, as local gossip claimed?
Beth Dearborn rocks his world, dares him to care again, and challenges him to face truths he'd rather leave buried. They're on the same side, she says--both seeking the truth.
Then why must they both face their greatest fears before they can find the love neither of them even know they want…?
IMHO: Whoo hoo, Deb! Those sound like great reasons to be scared to fall in love.
Okay, IMHO readers, let's have some fun with Deb. For a chance to win Deb’s book and two others, plus a $20 Amazon gift card, leave a comment for her in which you tell her about the "scariest" date you or someone you know ever went on.