What a week!

MARRYING MARI was released in paperback, which is pretty exciting (e-version still available!).

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Going to the recognition ceremony to receive the mentoring award from my school (including check). Giving a small speech (very small).

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Going on a three-day weekend retreat with colleagues/friends where I hope to hammer out a new idea for a writing project… as well as enjoy some good girl-talk, some grilling, and a view of a lake…

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Meeting a new colleague to discuss a shared project for our creative writing students.

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Responses to MARRYING MARI

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With the paperback edition coming out from Samhain Publishing on September 3, I thought I’d post some of the comments I loved from the e-book reviews.

“I absolutely loved the way the three are introduced to each other…. The added twist of The Colony was a unique way to explain why [the two heroes] needed a third, and how it was acceptable. The imagination of the author on this point was awesome…. Once I started reading this book I couldn’t stop, and I’ve since re-read it twice, just to make sure I hadn’t missed anything! Brava to Ms. Snow for a fabulous page turning read, that I’ll be sure to re-read again, and again. I can’t wait til I pick up another book by her.” — Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

“MARRYING MARI is an interesting and fun read with unique characters and at times humorous situations… Ethan and Gabriel are very much their own men and being dictated to doesn’t sit well with either of them so I love that they get together with Mari who isn’t what their society deems `appropriate’….. Mari is one super cool chick who isn’t going to let anyone walk all over her…. MARRYING MARI is a book that brings about a riot of emotions along with sheer pleasure in how Ethan, Gabriel and Mari stand united in the face of so much opposition.” — Romance Junkies

“…the story really had some remarkable ups and downs which created a propelling plot line. This is a story I could see having a sequel, especially featuring some of the secondary characters and I would happily read it.” — Long and Short Reviews

You can pre-order from Samhain (with a discount) here, or Amazon here.

Gratitude

Starting off any new year, I simply want to acknowledge the good things that happened in the year before, as a kind of platform to start on.

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First, I am incredibly grateful to have been published for the first time. MARRYING MARI (Samhain, October 2012) did very well as an e-book, and I got kind words from readers and reviewers on blogs, Amazon and Goodreads. That kind of support has been really inspirational while I’ve been working away on the next couple of stories. Soon at your local e-publisher? I hope so!

I am also incredibly grateful that I have a job, a family that’s healthy and happy, friends who are funny and generous, students who challenge me as a teacher every day (usually a joy!), my own health and money in the bank, and two sweet, loving pets.

Next are the generous and talented colleagues who helped me produce work with my students throughout the year: my writing students gained tremendous opportunities from the teachers, writers, directors and actors who gave their time and energy.

Most romantic film #56: The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

This is the last week in October, and the end of the Cary Grant romantic film festival, so to speak. This week, I’m setting you up with a favorite Christmas fim, The Bishop’s Wife, starring Grant with Loretta Young and David Niven (hmm, a sort of menage film… how did that happen, she says innocently!).

In this romantic film, Niven is the bishop of the title, a preacher stuck in a struggling parish and married to Young. Our bishop is obsessed with all the wrong things, like building a new cathedral and catering to the whims of the rich widow who says she’ll donate $$ for the building. For the glory of God.

But God sends an angel — Dudley, played by Grant (of course!) — to show Henry (Niven) the right path. And not only about the cathedral. Henry neglects his beautiful young wife and little girl as well as his parishoners.

In steps Dudley.

The charm here is the triangle between Niven, Young and Grant. First, Niven is a witty, sharp actor himself, a match for Grant in many ways. His portrayal of the clueless bishop, who suddenly notices his wife once Grant makes her perk up, is smack on target and funny. In most of his films, Niven plays the sophisticated lover: the switch here shows his versatility and reminds the viewer about this less familiar actor.

He also wrote one of the great memoirs of Hollywood’s Golden Era, The Moon is a Balloon (1972) — equally as witty, outrageous and charming as its author. And as racy as Hollywood.

Young, too, is good here, as the neglected, loving wife suddenly surprised by the attentions of another man — an angel as gorgeous, charming and insightful as Grant.

In fact, Grant’s role as the charismatic angel is a bit of a turn for Grant, too: he doesn’t get the girl, of course, because he is an angel… but he is enough of a human to yearn for what Henry is neglecting. A perfect angel envying a flawed man.

If this sounds familiar, it might be because you’ve seen the remake, titled The Preacher’s Wife (1996), starring Denzel Washington as the angel (also named Dudley), Whitney Houston in Young’s role of the neglected wife Julia, and Courtney B. Vance as the preacher Henry. Again, this triangle is well-cast and the story is an interesting combination of Christmas message and sexy threesome.

Oh, yeah, Denzel.

BTW, Houston won a Best Actress Oscar for this role.

The shout out from a previous favorite this week is Charade, #7, the sharply witty thriller from Stanley Donen starring Grant and Audrey Hepburn. And yes, it’s set in Paris, which I love. Grant plays a sophisticated charmer, this one a bit shady and dangerous (yet again) but hey, he’s so funny and romantic and fabulous wtih Hepburn we’re not sure we care if he is a cold-blooded killler…. maybe.

6 Sentence Sunday: 10.28.12

This week, my 6 Sentence Sunday clip is from the in-progress manuscript.

Here’s the thing.

            To understand how I got here, where I was at this exact moment, in a dank and smelly basement, two levels beneath Manhattan’s chaotic streets, face to face with a serial killer who was looking to bash my brains out and steal my soul, you’d have to know where I came from.

            You’d also have to know where Jonah and Henri came from, too, since it was in fact our, um, collaboration that got me into this damned situation.

            Now that I thought about it, it was all Jonah and Henri’s fault.

            And the next time I saw them, I’d be sure and tell them so.

            Whether I was alive or dead.

Let me know what you think.

 

Crazy, Fantastic Week… Oh, and a Giveaway

One week ago MARRYING MARI was published by Samhain in ebook form.

Since this is my very first published romance, I have been experiencing a crazy, wicked combination of excitement and apprehension. Since last Tuesday, I’ve essentially been riding a manic roller coaster — and I don’t much like roller coasters usually. But I’ve loved this week’s ride.

My goals for the book were simple. Create characters I liked and get them to fall in love. Give them a pretty big problems — or problems — to solve. Put them in a situation where they had to make choices, take risks, reveal vulnerabilities, and fight to earn a “happily ever after” end. Or start, depending on your point of view. Include a little humor and a lot of hot, sexy lovemaking.

Thank you to everyone who’s bought MARRYING MARI. Thanks to everyone who’s read it and reviewed it, whatever your opinion. I know I’ll learn from every comment, and the next story will be better, stronger, sharper. So keep ’em coming, and please continue to pass along your thoughts and questions.

That said, I’ve got three copies of my ebook to give away. Drop off a comment by 9 am Thursday 10.25 here (in response to this post) or on Goodreads telling me why you want, need, deserve a copy of MARRYING MARI. Three random commentors will get a free e-version.

Go for it!

 

 

Most romantic film #55: His Girl Friday (1940)

First of all, I have to say that Rosalind Russell is one of my all-time favorite actresses and, to be honest, role models. So Cary Grant and Rosie in a film? No brainer.

This is adapted from an all-male play by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht, titled The Front Page (which was a Broadway comedy in 1928, a film in 1931 and 1974). MacArthur was married to Helen Hayes (considered at the time the greatest actress on Broadway) and father to James MacArthur, the original “Dano” of Hawaii 5-0.

For the 1940 hit, MacArthur and Hecht changed the character of reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman–enabling the casting of Russell.

Russell and Grant are a powerful comic team: their timing in the sharp, smart, witty dialog of the MacArthur/Hecht screenplay is phenomenal. Add in Ralph Bellamy as Hildy’s fiance and a jailbreak gone amuck… brilliant. A lethal, funny commentary on the Third Estate… and the crooked politicians that keep them in print.

Here, Grant plays a cad. Yep, a solid gold cad: fast-talking con-man kind of cad. Russell has divorced him (he was her editor AND her husband), but comes back to get her closure, to tell him about her upcoming marriage to Bellamy, an insurance salesman from Albany with a MOTHER (played by the redoubtable Alma Kruger).

The supporting cast is a brilliant assemply of character actors, from Bellamy and Kruger to Gene Lockhart and Helen Mack. This is a cynical, sophisticated, funny script and quick-paced performance. Simply delightful…

This week, my shout-out to Grant is for To Catch a Thief, #38 in my list — the Hitchcock thriller.

6 Sentence Sunday: 10.21.12

So, five days after publication… this week’s 6 Sentence Sunday :

He traced the deep neckline with the tip of one thick finger, and she trembled. Her nipples tightened. Her breasts ached. She drew a deep breath as his finger slipped across her skin.

His beautiful mouth was compressed into a tight, narrow line. “Turn around.”

This has been an exciting week. Publication on Tuesday, watching the reviews pop up, watching the numbers rise, and then doing the regular things I do every week.

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