Monday, February 8, 2010

The Life of Glass Release Week!

Wow, can you believe it? We have another TNG release to celebrate this week! Jillian Cantor's second novel, The Life of Glass, is available tomorrow--February 9th! Yay, Jillian!!!!!

I'm in love with the cover of this book and can't wait to delve into the story. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to read it right away (sob! double sob!) because I have other books to read first. Hey, I have to. They're contest books and I'm a judge. I promised I'd read them in a specific amount of time, so they are my first priority for reading time. As soon as I finish the last of those books; however, I'm going to jump into The Life of Glass with enthusiasm. Lots of enthusiasm!

To celebrate Jillian's release, she is giving away a signed copy of The Life of Glass. All you have to do is comment this week to be entered! And, as readers of this blog will know, we always have a special topic the week of a release. Jillian's topic of choice is Love Stories, which is fitting for the book but also with Valentine's Day right around the corner.

I'm a romance writer, so it should be pretty obvious to all that I love a good love story. Whether it's a true story being told to me by a friend, a fictionalized story in a book, TV show, or movie, I'm a goner. For one, I'm a romantic (duh), a softie (double duh), and am about as emotional as a person can get. My heart is touched easily and often, for which I'm ever grateful. I love being swept away.

And I think that's one of the reasons why love stories hold such appeal to so many people. We're able to become swept away, to fall in love again, to connect with the people we're reading about or watching on the screen. Love is an emotion that people can identify with--it truly needs no explanation--so we're able to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Those are the reasons why I love a good love story, but what about you? What makes one love story stand out above others? I admit I like a lot of humor, but a good tear-jerker will stay with me forever.

Don't forget to comment for a chance to win a signed copy of The Life of Glass! And huge congrats, Jillian!!!


Jillian Cantor said...

Aw, thanks Tracy!

I think what makes a love story stand out as good is when you are really, really rooting for the two characters to get together -- when the chemistry comes across in the writing.

Maureen Lipinski said...

Don't wait too long to delve in--it's SUCH a beautiful story!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

In order for a love story to be good for me I have to connect to the characters. I have to begin to see them as read people. Only then do I begin to feel their emotions with them. I like that because you get to experience the thrill of "falling in love" without really having to worry about your own heart breaking ;)

The pace of the love story matters too. If they've barely know each other, and now they LOVE each other - I don't buy into. It needs to seem possible.