Here in the UK we don’t have Thanksgiving. Nor do we Aussies. I always thought it was rather a shame. Having a day in the year especially set aside to give thanks for all the good things in your life seems such a worthwhile thing to do. So when I was given the opportunity to write a post for Thanksgiving on LoveRomanceReads I jumped at it.
In preparation, I spent time considering what I was grateful for. When that list got too long I whittled it down to things people reading the blog might also feel grateful for. I settled on what we all have in common here on this site: the ability to read and write.
Okay, I know some of you are probably groaning about now. What the hell is she on about? Why isn’t she talking about love of family and friends. That’s what Thanksgiving is really about. Reading and writing? What’s so special about that?
As a lover of history, (I write historical as well as paranormal, SF, Fantasy and Time Travel Romance. I get bored with one genre, what can I say?) I know that it has only been relatively recently that women have been permitted to read, and even more recently that they’ve been permitted to write for publication. I feel incredibly grateful that I was born in a time and place when reading and writing is the expected norm for everyone.
It must have been so boring without a good book to keep you company. Oh, there was story telling around the fire, but what happened if you didn’t have a good storyteller in your circle? And it wasn’t like you could select a different story on your kindle or change the station on your TV if you didn’t like the story the teller was sharing. Your imagination, by necessity, was limited. Severely limited.
I lost myself in books as soon as I learned to read—stretching the limits of my own perception as I journeyed to different times and places and became different people—and in my own stories as soon as I could write. To me, my imagination was both my playground and my world to explore. I loved TV and movies too, don’t get me wrong, but books… there was nothing quite like books.
When I got old enough, I started dreaming of being published. As I was always about Romance, and the only publisher of that genre I knew about back then was M & B, I tried to write to fit their criteria. I failed. I couldn’t seem to fit my stories into their guidelines. I therefore gave up quickly on the dream and became a teacher. You know the saying, those who can’t, teach? That was me.
Then something amazing happened. Something as revolutionary as the invention of the printing press: digital publishing, ebooks and the Indie Revolution! I had never stopped writing during the interim years, but suddenly I had a chance to get my stories, odd as they were, out to the world. And suddenly I had people all over that world reading and enjoying my books. A half million of my books. I’ve had readers tell me my stories have helped them, as well as simply entertained them, and some of those readers have become dear friends. That gives me a real buzz.
And because other writers have found the same freedom provided by the Indie Rev as I have, I’ve been able to fill my spare time with their wonderfully unique worlds.
I can’t imagine a life without books in it, most particularly Romance. If you’re on this site, I expect you feel the same way as I do. So, yeah, I’m incredibly grateful to be able to read and write, to have the freedom of an unfettered imagination, and to enjoy the limitless imaginations of others. No matter what stress is happening in our lives, no matter how much pain our bodies might be suffering, and no matter how limited our options in the ‘real’ world may seem, there are always books and our ability to read and write them! That is really something to be grateful for.
Happy Thanksgiving, no matter where in the world you’re living.
The Titan Drowns
2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER
"Heroism and true romance set inside one of the most heart-rending tragedies of all time? Oh, yeah, that deserves an Award!" Judge
STEAMY ROMANCE WITH AN ORIGINAL, EXCITING PLOT
Shy and insecure Pia Rogaland wants nothing more than to save the children. For feisty Elish Cork, it’s the promise of adventure that drives her to commit. And Karl Ontario? He’s a lab geek who never dreamed of stepping outside his medical facility, until the mission to save doomed children on the ill-fated Titanic is proposed and Fate compels him to step up.
While each joins the team for a different reason, they all face the same challenges: How do they identify suitable targets for retrieval to their endangered Utopian world? Once identified, how do they avoid being labelled insane when they attempt to convince those targets that the "unsinkable" Titanic is about to sink and their only hope of survival is to time travel to the future? And if that isn’t enough, how do they each then deal with finding and possibly losing the love of a lifetime in a few, fateful days? For sweet Pia, who falls in love with a man she’s not allowed to save, this last challenge might prove her undoing.
As the clock ticks down to disaster, will any of the ill-fated victims of the Ship of Dreams live long enough to be part of the salvation of the human race, or will more lives be forfeited trying to carry out this audacious mission?
˃˃˃ ˃˃˃ Sensual RomanceFor those who like their love scenes steamy but utterly romantic
More About Nhys
After a lifetime of teaching others to appreciate the written word, Aussie author Nhys Glover finally decided to make the most of the Indie Book Revolution to get her own written word out to the world. Now, with more than 250,000 of her ebooks downloaded internationally and a winner of 2013 SFR Galaxy Award for 'The Titan Drowns', Nhys finds her words, too, are being appreciated. At home in the beautiful Durham County England, Nhys spends most of her time "living the dream" by looking out over the moors from her window as she writes the kind of novels she loves to read. The ones that are a little bit steamy, a little bit different and wholly romantic.