What a year for a new year. We need it like we needed life I guess...
What a day for new day. And our star shines like a miracle and our world is almost beautiful again. What a day for new day.
From What a Year for a New Year by Dan Wilson
Yes, I’m aware that the song lyrics might appear tardy. Yes, I’m aware it’s no longer January. Has anyone informed Mother Nature? Honestly, all the ups and downs, weather-wise and otherwise, have had me in a bit of a funk. Luckily, I get to say something wonderful.
What an awesome sentence. It comes loaded with hope for new life and brighter days, a return to feeling less sullen, cold, and overwhelmed. Whatever the weather, it gives me the urge to throw open the windows in the house. My grandmother always said you’ve got to “blow the stink off.” This is always the time of year I understand that the most.
Personally, I’m a fan of new beginnings. I take them whenever I can. New days, Mondays, holidays. All of them are a chance for a reboot when you need one. You just have to accept the gift of a fresh start.
We’ve already been offered several this year. We celebrated the kickoff to the Gregorian Calendar on January 1 and the Julian Calendar fourteen days later before observing the Lunar New Year, Imbolc, and multiple other cultural New Year’s celebrations in February. Recently, we passed Caesar’s dreaded Ides of March—nothing like a Shakespearean drama to forever mark the start of the Roman new year. Today, however, our new beginning comes with the added bonus of balance. Today, we are sitting perfectly even between day and night before we tip the scales in a headlong rush toward summer. I think it’s a rather romantic view of the seasons.
And as far as romance goes… I’m using this as a springboard to jump back into a project that has had to simmer for a few weeks while personal issues took precedence. My recent book of short stories The Arts of Love is all about steamy scenes between artists, actors, and musicians. Nearly everyone who has read the compilation has mentioned that they loved the interaction between washed-up drummer Justin Barrett and shy-girl Gina. I’ve been outlining a novel starring the two and am ready to jump back into their lives.
If you’re in Central Illinois on April 13, I’ll be doing a reading from the book and having a Q&A with a few other romance authors. Stop in and tell me you follow Love Romance Reads. I’d love to chat with you. Until then, I wish all of you renewed hope and happy new beginnings.
The Arts of Love
You know what they say about those creative types...
Playful, rebellious, sensitive and passionate, nobody loves like an artist. These sixteen stories set the stage for racy encounters with bad boy rock stars, sensual actors, and artists seeking their muse. Inside this collection you'll find:
* A drummer aching to satisfy the one woman who doesn't recognize that he's a rock star
* A writer unaware that his fans and former assistant find him undeniably attractive
* An eccentric college professor enticing her protégé with informal lessons on dance, drawing, and desire
* A stage manager struggling to remain professional with the show's sexy director
Whether you're looking for a playwright provoking her friend's uptight cop neighbor to help with blocking, two choir men battling for the affection of the girl-next-door, or a struggling writer finding an unusual muse in the Japanese countryside, this collection will have you ready for romance.
Harley Easton is a Renaissance woman dabbling in everything life offers. She's worked at a theme park, found expert witnesses, guest lectured at a national museum, and worked with medical students. Putting experience and insanity to good use, She's found her favorite job, writing. Now she specializes in erotic, romantic, and speculative fiction. Who knows what kind of trouble she'll get into next.
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