We've been dying, dying I tell you, for Mayne's story, and it's finally here! Oh, but "Pleasure for Pleasure" is wonderful, well worth the excruciating wait, and so delightful I could barely stand to read it. You know what I mean.
Please welcome back with a warm buongiorno an RBtheBlog favorite, the lovely, talented, and always entertaining Eloisa James.
I think that having a new book published is about as close as I ever get to childhood birthdays: the anticipation! the party! The -- the -- feeling that you are important, if only for one day!
My daughter just turned eight, and for the last week or so, I've been singing Happy Birthday every night instead of our usual lullaby (this was her idea, in case you're wondering). I sang all the verses: Happy Birthday, then the "Born in a Zoo" verse, and finally "What age are you?"
Every night she would answer "Seven." Until finally, finally, finally, the night came when I sang "What age are you now?" And she shouted "EIGHT!" It had been a great day, full of children, presents and birthday cake. But what really made her eyes glow, I think, was the fact that she was now admitted to a magic circle of eight-year-olds. Older girls. Wiser girls. Girls with secrets. Girls who were (she told me this) almost teenagers.
It's hard to explain, but having a book out is like that. You've been dreaming over all the details for months, really years, if you put in the publisher's production time. Just as my daughter was dying to turn eight, I've been dying for this book to get out there on the shelves. It's like opening presents -- you never know what readers will like (or won't) like. I'm often surprised when readers tell me their favorite parts of a novel. It never seems to match up to my list of favorite moments.
I make a mental list of Most-Delicious-Scenes for every romance I read. For example, my favorite scenes from LORD OF SCOUNDRELS:
1) When Dain edits his mental dictionary after consummating his marriage (he's in the bath at the time)
2) When Jessica threatens to kiss Dain in front of everyone in a Parisian cafe
3) When Dain's arm suddenly isn't paralyzed any more as he bathes his son.
SO... without giving out any spoilers, here's my favorite list from PLEASURE FOR PLEASURE:
1) The wood, the fairy lights, the events that happen therein
2) When Josie climbs up the ladder quickly, with her new husband behind her. She's worried that her bottom is too curvacious and it will put him off; she quickly learns the opposite
3) What happens with a shovelful of manure
What's a mental list of favorite scenes you have for a well-known or well-beloved romance?
Give us a list! I bet some of us have similar favorite books -- and I'm sure those lists of Most Delicious Moments will differ!
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