After I finished the third Bronwyn book, "Charmed & Deadly," I
wasnít sure what I wanted to write next. Iíd played around with a few ideas,
but didnít feel the passion necessary to see a complete manuscript through to
Enter the Editor. My editor must have read my mind, because she called and
said, "I want to know more about Kira from the Bronwyn books. Sheís one of my
favorite characters." "Hmmm," I thought. Iíd kind of like to know more about
Kira too. That is how "Like
A Charm" was born.
All the previous books had just come to me out of the blue, and in a way this
one did too. Once my editor gave me the spark of the idea. I donít think she
intends to make Kira a series, but I kind of hope it sells so well this month
that I get to do at least one more book. I love Kiraís world in the magical
library. I want to live there. (Smile.)
My friend Shannon Canard is in a new anthology with me, "Dreams & Desires: A
Collection of Romantic Tales, Vol. 2." This book is close to my heart because
the majority of the proceeds go to help womenís shelters. The stories are an
eclectic mix, focusing on dreams and desires. There are 19 authors in all
including C.T. Adams,
Cathy Clamp, Jenna Bayley-Burke, Amanda Brice, Sela Carsen, Rachelle Chase,
M.E. Ellis, Jenny Gardiner, Gemma Halliday, Zinnia Hope, Babe King, Susan Lyons, Sarah Salway, Rhonda Stapleton, Bebe Thomas, Emily Veinglory, Lois Winston and Shauna Wolf.
The idea for the short story in that book came courtesy of my sister-in-law who
is finishing her teaching degree this year. She is a widow with two young
children, and I have the deepest respect for her. I told her that I was going
to write a story for her about a hero that comes in and sweeps her off her
feet. She was beyond excited.
None of the authors took any payment for the anthology so that the money could
go to the shelter, and theyíve donated incredible stories. So help a good cause
and order some copies for you and friends.
Another of my buds, A.
Lee Martinez, also has a new book out this month, "The Automatic Detective."
Heís also the author of "Gilís All Fright Diner," "In the Company of Ogres"
and "A Nameless Witch."
A. Lee, or Alex as we call him, was one of the first people to listen to me
read in critique. He took me aside and told me just to keep writing, that I was
ready to publish. It meant a lot that he believed in me.
One thing I love about his writing is his books always take unexpected turns.
His characters are incredible, and he always makes me laugh. In "The Automatic Detective"
thereís a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife and a little green
mob boss. You see what I mean.
book "Sleeping with Ward
Cleaver" is in bookstores. Sheís kind of a cross between Erma Brombeck and
Candace Bushnell. Honestly, Iíd pick this one up just for the title. If you
need a laugh, Jenny has the book for you.
When Philippa Gregory
found an obscure research paper on Mary Boylen she had no idea how it would
change her life. Flash forward 10 years later and The Other Boleyn Girl has
created a renaissance of interest in the Tudor period. The film is lush and
sensual, and an absolute must-see.
I loved the book too, but what I want is Gregory's life. She seems to live that
peaceful existence that most writers can only dream about. She lives in a
beautiful house and spends most mornings walking in her garden or riding her
horse. "I'm very lucky," Gregory says, "I spend my mornings doing things I
love, and I'm able to have lunch with my husband."
She's more than pleased with the adaptation of her book. "They've done a
wonderful job. Peter (Morgan, the screenwriter) "has made the focus the rivalry
between the two sisters and that is as it should be. It is a big book, and he
was able to put the focus on the most important part of the story about these
two powerful women."
When she is writing, riding horses are walking in her gardens, Gregory is
reading about history. "I don't watch the telly much," she says. "I love
history and that's my form of entertainment." Look for her next novel to go
back to medieval times.
Let's check the e-mail and see what we have for March.
Violet By Design is
the second in Melissa
Walker's series about a small-town-gawky-girl turned model. "Last year
Violet made a decision to get out of modeling for good, but then the lure of
international travel changed her mind," says Walker. "Now she's wondering if
she should have stuck to her original decision."
After 17 years in medicine, C J Lyons left her practice to write fiction. The result is the
new medical thriller Lifelines." "Think ER meets Sex and the City," says Lyons. This
is one where you'll have to remember to take a breath.
Barbara Freethy says
her new novel Silent
Run is "one of my favorites. I loved the idea of a woman who can't
remember anything about her life having to figure out who she is and why she
told so many lies, allegedly to the man she loved. And the fact that her
daughter is missing and she's the only one who knows where she is. The love
story is a complicated as the suspense, because how can you find a way to trust
the person who hurt you the most?"
Abby Gaines has two
books out this month, The
Diaper Diaries and Fully Engaged." In The Diaper Diaries Philanthropist Tyler Warrington has to figure
out what to do when a baby is dropped on his doorstep. He's clueless, but do-
gooder pediatrician Bethany Hart does. "I love to write about people finding
that one person who'll love them just the way you are," Gaines says.
In Fully Engaged
Sandra Jacobs wants to save her PR firm and to do that she has to find a
sponsor for NASCAR driver Will Branch. But the very bossy and seriously
gorgeous Gideon Taney, the team owner, has ideas of his own. "Sandra and Gideon
are two incredibly strong minded people," says Gaines. "They'll never have a
quiet life together, yet somehow they're perfect for each other."
Until next month...Candy
Candy is a nationally syndicated entertainment columnist, who has
interviewed just about every celebrity there is in Hollywood and written
thousands of articles. She is the author of the Charmed & Dangerous
series including Charmed & Ready Charmed & Dangerous and
Her non-fiction prose includes Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy,
and essays in Alias Assumed: Sex, Lies and SD-6, and Five Seasons of
Angel. She's also the entertainment critic providing the latest on TV, film
and celebs for the radio station 96.3 KSCS. And she's the managing editor for
You can visit Candy daily at her blog or her website
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