Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Spotlight on Europe

My reveiw of "In The Shadow of the Sun King". A little late I know. I please real life.

I finished it nearly two months ago and WOW! Very impressive debut novel. Rich storytelling, finely crafted characters and just the right amount of real feeling romance. You all know one of my biggest beefs with CBA romance is the lack of sensuality and passion. Being a Christian does not mean you are immune to the physical feelings of love, longing and loss.

Golden's research on the time period and on Versailles showed on every page, but will not overwhelm the average historical reader. The secondary characters draw you in just enough that you want to learn more about them. Which we'll get to do in the second book that releases next year.

The plot itself also addresses aspects of French history that are very much overlooked in the history books. The persecution of Protestant Christians was a very real problem in France in the 17th century and this book tackles the subject head on, sparing nothing. The historical reasons for the persecution are outlined, as well as what is believed to have been Louis' motive for it. The information is also presented in a way that blends seamlessly with the plot, and it's a crucial part of Madeline's motivation.

There are also little costume and hair dressing tidbits scattered beautifully throughout the book. It was a wonderful read, totally engrossing, and one that I will read again.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Long Awaited Update

I've been a bad blogger I'm afraid. Won't be getting better any time soon either. When one is falling in love with the man of her dreams blogging just isn't that important. Especially when one is a romance writer who likes to write about characters from different cultures falling in love, and that is exactly what is happening to me. Research doesn't get any better!

His name is Huston and he is a design engineer. He's originally from India and is of Portuguese descent, so everybody thinks he's from Mexico when they're first introduced to him. I met him online, at eHarmony. Yes, I did the eHarmony thing and I must say I had some pretty wonderful results with it.

We have the same goals and desires for our lives, and with the things I've posted here about wanting for my life that's not an easy thing to find in a guy. We had each just about given up on finding the person God created for us. He doesn't want a career woman, he wants someone who wants to stay home and raise a family. I want someone who wants a woman who wants to stay home and raise a family. He's also very open to adoption, which is another thing that's important to me.

He lives in Mississippi, so I'll be moving there next year after the wedding. We've met in person 3 times and he's coming here to my house for Thanksgiving. He's met most of my immediate family, but none of the crazy cousins yet.

The cherry on top (even though I don't like cherries on top of my sundae) is that he is very supportive of my writing, always asking me if I've written anything and how it's going. That means so much to me that it's important to him.

But that's still not the best part. The best part of all is that he is willing to pursue this relationship my way, which is an approach that is based on Biblical purity and the Biblical model of courtship. We have not kissed yet, and that's still a ways off. He has expressed to me that he wants to do nothing that will dishonor me in any way, whether it's physical or just thoughts. That is the most important thing to me.

Here's a picture of us, taken on November 8th at Destrehan Plantation on the River Road.

After Thanksgiving is over, on Spotlight I'll have an interview with Linore Rose Burkard, a fellow HisWriters member and author of "Before The Season Ends", a Regency romance in the style of Jane Austen. There will be a book giveaway, which is dependent on people commenting. If you love Regencies, romance and Jane Austen stop by for a chance to win this book!