Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"I've Got Your Number" is a fun, fast read!

Hi all!

In between my "Beautiful Creatures" obsession, I quickly finished "I've Got Your Number" by Sophie Kinsella in one evening!  It was a fun, fast read that I highly recommend.  Poppy, the main character, is as funny and ridiculous as all the other Kinsella heroines (ie: Becky, Samantha, Lexi, etc.) but sure to make you root for her despite her shennanigans.




Be sure to read it as you cuddle on the couch keeping warm during predicted Winter Storm Saturn!

Happy reading!

Christina

Monday, March 4, 2013

News and an epiphany!

Hi all!

So first, the news: "The Art of Love" Book 3 in my Fabulous Four series is now available for sale as an e-book on both Kindle and Nook (with a fabulous cover, once again designed by my friend, Abra Ebner)!




I am so excited and relieve to finally have it done so I can focus my attention on my other projects, namely Book 4 ("Tender Awakenings") and the second installment in my paranormal romance series as well as a book of romantic short stories called "Homecoming".

Many thanks to my family for their patience while I wrote and edited "The Art of Love", as well as to my faithful editors...you know who you are!

Now for my epiphany: It recently occurred to me that I have been going about this blogging thing all wrong. I've felt like it was a burden and often wondered how others kept up with it on a regular basis. Don't they have a life like me, full of commitments like work and family? Then I realized what I had been missing all along: my posts don't just need to be about my books, do they? I can write about whatever I want and, if you're interested, you'll read it. Why not share anecdotes about my daily life, etc? It's certainly sometimes more interesting than what I'm reading or what I'm writing about today...at least to me. So here is something small, non-book/writing related:

Our middle child is 8 today, so a big shout out to our Maddie Mooks!  We love you infinity and beyond!

Anyway, until next time, go get "The Art of Love", and...

Happy reading!
Christina

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Finished "Beautiful Darkness"!

So far so good with the Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl series!  I just finished "Beautiful Darkness (Beautiful Creatures)" and am still enjoying it.  Next up is "Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures)", which I can't wait to start.

Something I love most about this series are the funny or insightful lines from the characters.  I think my favorite is Link, Ethan's best friend, who is brilliantly stupid.  His lines have me laughing out loud at times.  But all the characters have their moments of hilarity or insightfulness, from Amma to The Sisters to Liv and beyond.  Their Southern wit is as sweet as their tea (although Liv is British, so don't get your knickers in a twist!). 

Here's are a few samples of lines from "Beautiful Darkness" that had me chuckling or nodding sagely:

"You're just holding on to a different edge of the same jagged hole.  We're both lost." - Ethan

"What can I say?  I have that effect on the ladies.  This voice is as smooth as butter." - Link

"We don't get to choose what is true.  We only get to choose what we do about it." - Marian

"Cat's stupider than I thought if he, doesn't know about Amma's fried chicken." - Link (as he and Ethan look for Lucille, Aunt Mercy's lost Siamese cat)

"As the Good Lord as my witness, we cleared outta there faster than a cat with its tail on fire." - Aunt Mercy

"The right thing and the easy thing are never the same." - Lila (Ethan's mom)

"Ya'll are gonna find that gold-eyed Lena Duchannes.  Even a blind squirrel sometimes finds himself a nut." - Aunt Prue

"Face it.  The four of us are dead...With one dead cat." - Link


I could go on but I'd rather hear from you.  Tell me some of your favorite Caster Chronicles quotes!

Until then,
Happy reading!
Christina

Monday, February 25, 2013

Beautiful Creatures is my new obsession!

I didn't want to give in to the hype.  The new "Twilight"?  Really?!?  But my girls wanted to see a movie recently so against my better judgement, I took them to see "Beautiful Creatures".  Now don't get me wrong, it wasn't the best movie I've ever seen.  But you know what?  It was pretty good!  I was pleasantly surprised to find myself intrigued, laughing out loud, and downright riveted at times.  Again, it's not getting an Oscar nod next year but I definitely liked it enough to come home and download the first book onto my Kindle.

Here I am a little over a week later about halfway through the second one ("Beautiful Darkness") and still a big fan.  I love that the narrator is the male protagonist for a change.  That's refreshing, and Ethan Wate is a pretty funny guy!  I often chuckle as I read, but what I love the most is what an old soul he is, which of course is appropo for his character.

So do yourself a favor, don't be like me and turn up your nose at the books just because there could never be anything like "Twilight" - and trust me, I get bashed for loving those books too, but *raspberry* to the haters out there!  Read the "Beautiful Creatures" series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  You won't regret it!




Happy reading!
Christina

P.S.  Happy 30th birthday to my dear friend, J-Biz!  I loves you! xoxox

Sunday, July 1, 2012

New covers and updates on new titles!

Hi all!

I am so excited to announce the release of new covers for my previously published books, "Second Chances" and "When We Meet Again"!  I impulsively decided to give them an update and am so pleased with the results.  Abra Ebner, a fellow author and friend, redesigned them for me with fabulous results. 



Abra also did my covers for the next two books in the series, "The Art of Love" and "Tender Awakening".   Here is a sneak peak at those:



"The Art of Love" should be available as a paperback as well as via Kindle by the end of this summer, along with a separate release of three short stories not related to the series.  The short stories (Homecoming, The Apartment, and The Empty House) will be published in one volume called "Home, Sweet Home".  The cover for that was also designed by...you guessed it: Abra!


Enjoy the new covers and stay tuned for future updates and more frequent posts as I prepare to release "The Art of Love" and "Home, Sweet Home" in the coming months!

Happy reading!
Christina

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Novellas rock!

Hey all!

Since the next installment in my Fabulous Four series is still in editing, I started writing some other stuff. Despite the delays, I am already well into writing the fourth and final book of the Fabulous Four series...boy, is it steamy!! But I am stalled on it right now for a few reasons, the main one being that I'm not 100% sure about how I want their conflict to proceed, so I am taking a break.

In the meantime, I have been writing some short stories, or more better stated, some novellas. The first one I wrote was inspired in part by the movie "The Holiday" starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and Jack Black, which I recently re-watched. While my story is inspired by the general concept of the movie story, it is definitely an original work of my own creation, taking its own completely unique path. I enjoyed writing it, doing so in just one week!

What I liked about writing it most was that it was quick: writing a novella allows me to get right to the main story rather than focus on developing a major plot with secondary and tertiary characters, etc. The first one, tentatively entitled "Homecoming" is just shy of 20,000 words.

 Last week while on vacation in magical Disney World, I had a dream, which inspired the next novella. I am already almost 10,000 words in and loving it! Funnily, it is called "The Apartment", so based on the names of these two novellas, I am thinking of putting them together into one volume, possibly alone or with other short stories (if I write any in that same theme) calling the volume "Home, Sweet Home". What do you think?

Here is a synopsis of the first two stories, although I am not yet done with the second one. I bet I will be by this weekend, though, if I keep this pace up!


Homecoming:

Laurie Evans just broke up with her boyfriend and is seeking a change of scenery, so she packs up her meager belongings and rents rooms in a county manor house in Hampshire, England, home of literary greats such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. A free-lance editor and aspiring writer herself, Laurie is determined to finish her first novel and start over someplace new.

 Jamie Anderson is the caretaker of Stanmore Manor. He is handsome and enigmatic, immediately capturing Laurie's fancy despite the fact that she has sworn off men for the foreseeable future. The attraction between the two of them is undeniable and soon they find themselves involved in a torrid love affair. But can Laurie open herself up to potential heartache again if Jamie doesn't open himself to her?

Find out in Homecoming, the steamy new novella by Christina Corlett!



The Apartment:

English teacher Tara Reynolds finally has the ideal job and just found the perfect place to live: a beautiful Victorian house in Westfield, New Jersey living with two other women with whom she works...or so she thinks. On moving day, Sheri Landsman, the art teacher who originally placed the ad for roommates, does a disappearing act, leaving Tara to settle in on her own. Imagine her surprise when the other roommate shows up...and he is a man!

Keith Jacobs is incredibly sweet and attractive, and soon sparks begin to fly as Tara falls for him at the same time that sexy Sheri is determined to bed him. She knows she should keep things platonic because if they hook up and things don't go well, living together could get awkward, but Tara is having a hard time keeping her growing feelings at bay. What will happen as the tension mounts and Keith is forced to choose between Tara and Sheri?

Read The Apartment, an exciting new novella by Christina Corlett, to see how it all works out!


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 That's all for now, but stay tuned for updates on "Home, Sweet Home" and the Fabulous Four series too!

 Happy reading!
Christina

Friday, March 30, 2012

"Fifty Shades" series whipped me into submission!

Hi all!

So it's been a while since I've posted.  My day job and my family have hijacked my ability to keep up with this blog on a regular basis!  However, I have been writing, and of course, reading.

My "Fabulous Four" series is stalled at the moment, the third installment ("The Art of Love") having gotten held up in editing.  I'll get back to it soon.  I'm hoping to publish my paranormal romance "Hidden" this year, as well as a delicious little novella I wrote in a week called "Homecoming".  I'll be sure to let you know when they are available for sale.

In the meantime, I have joined the bandwagon on the "Fifty Shades" series by E.L James.  If you haven't read these books, ladies, get a copy TODAY!  They are available in print as well as on a digital platform.  If you purchase the print form, the covers are certainly benign enough (considering the material) but be careful not to let them fall into the wrong hands!  READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED!  Adults only please!

   

And if the books weren't enough to keep us panting and wanting more, now there is talk of a movie or television show series based on them!  I have very definite opinions about who should play Christian and Anastasia although I'd love to hear your ideas too! 

My votes for Christian are:  Robert Pattinson, Ian Somerhalder, or Jessie Pavelka (of DietTribe from Lifetime).  Any of these men can bring their twitchy palms in my direction!

   

My votes for Anastasia are: Olivia Wilde, Evangeline Lilly, or Jodi Lyn O'Keefe.  They are all lovely, innocent looking, and young enough to pull it off.

  

Please weigh in with your thoughts and opinions on both the books and the potential actors to play the two main characters.  My girlfriends and I are all atwitter about these books, reading them over and over, and loving them more each time!

Laters baby!
Christina Corlett
Smitten Romance Author

Friday, September 2, 2011

3,246

What's with the random number for this post's title, you ask? 

It's how many pages I have read this summer as I have been consumed with my new favorite series.  Discovered in a discussion group on Amazon.com entitled "What should I read after Twilight?", the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon first came to my attention in 2009.

Like other readers still riding on the high provided by the famed Stephenie Meyer series, I was searching for another novel that told the tale of an epic romance.  The posters of this discussion group were all in agreement that this was the series to read. 

I kept the recommendation in the back of my mind, and one day in the spring of 2010, when I was poking around on Swap.com, I saw it listed and decided to finally get it.  So I made the trade, received a used copy of "Outlander", put it on  my bedside bookshelf, and promptly forgot about it. 

This past spring, I was in search of something good to read and saw the abandoned copy of "Outlander" on my bookshelf.  Recalling the glowing recommendations, I blew off the dust and began reading.  At this juncture, I will (sadly) confess that the first 100 pages or so were good but had not gripped me in the way I would have liked, so, while normally a fast reader, I dawdled over the book for several weeks, actually reading a few other books in between it.  Still, I kept at it and, finally, the story took a turn - I was hooked!

Much to my husband's chagrin, reminding him of the my obsessive reading of "Twilight", I have been so lost in the books that I have stayed up late at night, parked on our couch at any time I can catch a few minutes to read, and dragged the books around with me wherever I go. 

So far, I have read "Outlander", "Dragonfly in Amber", "Voyager", "Drums of Autumn", and "The Outlandish Companion" (a readers guide to the first four books of the series).  I am poised to read the fifth book, "The Fiery Cross" but decided to share my marvelous find now that I have come up for a breath. (My kids and husband alike have been clamoring for my attention so I thought it would be a good idea to take a break before they give me up as a lost cause!)

Do yourself a favor and scoop up this series.  It is a wonderful combination of romance, history, and fantasy/sci-fi that is so well-written it brings a tear to my eye!  It is so darned good that I have not written a single word all summer of my own as I have obsessively read these books.












Happy reading!
Christina