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