Although not true for the whole country, in the middle of America, where I live, we had ourselves one long, hot summer, my friends. Can I get a “Hallelujah” that the season has officially changed? In interest of full-disclosure, however, this has always been my favorite time of year. So even if I hadn’t just survived more than 60 days of triple digits, I’d still be glad we’re sliding into autumn.
The colors, brisk nights, cute sweaters, walks through crunchy leaves... all a delight.
Of course, changing seasons can also be a metaphor for the different phases of our lives. If we were to use one for my debut novel, MRS. GOODFELLER, it would be fair to say Elyse Smith, the protagonist, has had a lifetime of winter. Frozen out of the level of society and organizations to which she has always aspired, she doesn’t experience the thaw, beauty and hope of spring until she takes matters into her own hands and convinces her fellow citizens of Scissortail, Oklahoma that her husband—a sweet, though inept, insurance salesman—is an ex-Mafia hit man in the witness protection program. Sadly, the red-hot danger of summer follows all too soon.
Intrigued as I am right now by the idea of changing seasons, I invited all Writerspace authors with books being released in October to tell us their thoughts on this topic as well. They wrote . . .
ALL I WANT IS YOU
The coming of autumn always signals ‘dessert’ season for me—caramel or candy apples, pumpkin pie, raspberry tarts, warm muffins and Jamaican spiced bread with a cup of English breakfast tea. It also means gathering with family and friends in cozy comfort by a warm fire and anticipating my two favorite holidays Thanksgiving and Christmas.
For Monica Dupree, the heroine in my latest book ALL I WANT IS YOU, the changing seasons reflects a significant shift in her life when she enters into a sexy bargain with a mysterious stranger who’s determined to uncover some of her secrets and steal her heart. Just as autumn leaves become brilliant colors—golden yellow, deep burgundy, or striking red--right before they die, Monica sheds the woman she once was and reemerges renewed with a new love.
HEARTSTRINGS AND DIAMOND RINGS
It's always fun when the seasons change, but fall is definitely my favorite time of year. Why? Because Halloween is almost here! I love Halloween. More to the point—I love Halloween decorations. Styrofoam tombstones. Vampire teeth. Fake internal organs complete with faux blood. I love it all.
With that in mind, I was poking around with my daughter the other day at the dollar store, which is the epicenter of Halloween cheesiness. And lo and behold, the most magnificent decoration of all was waiting for me: A spider the size of a dinner plate. With sparkles. And google eyes. And it was poseable. I have arachnophobia, and it was still the best Halloween decoration ever. However, I received enough derision from my daughter for my taste in holiday décor that I declined to purchase said spider. I swear, though, that before October 31, I'm sneaking back to the dollar store. That spider will be mine!
Wendy Corsi Staub
HELL TO PAY
My new suspense novel, HELL TO PAY (Avon Books, October 2011), which I finished writing well over a year ago, takes place in New York City and features two over-the-top Mother-Nature-related events that I thought, at the time, were pretty far-fetched. Oddly, both have since come to pass!
HELL TO PAY opens with an unprecedented major earthquake hitting the Eastern seaboard—which is exactly what happened in August. Luckily, the real-life quake caused far less damage than my fictional one, which flattens a prison and allows a dangerous inmate to escape.
The book concludes with a Christmas blizzard in New York City. While we do see major winter storms here in New York, they tend to strike later in January and February. White Christmases are very rare. However, a few months after I wrote the final chapter, New York was crippled by a December 26 blizzard—a day later than my fictional storm, but close enough to have my editor a little worried about what natural catastrophe I might dream up next! You can read more about HELL TO PAY and my upcoming thrillers at www.WendyCorsiStaub.com!
M. Scott Carter
STEALING KEVIN'S HEART
For Alex, fall brought football.
After the almost unbearable heat of August two-a-days, autumn brought shorter days, cooler temperatures, and Friday night football.
But for Alex, fall also brought death.
Kevin died in October.
And so autumn’s chill brought Alex no relief. Instead, it was simply the opening note in a long, difficult song that Alex did not want to play.
Yet despite his grief — made more vivid by the striking purple autumn sunsets — Alex survived.
And, eventually, he discovered that fall, in the same way as spring, can bring hope and renewal and even love.
I hope you’ll pick up Alex’s story — STEALING KEVIN'S HEART— at your local bookstore this month. It’s my debut novel, and it goes on sale October 12. And thanks to readers like you, this fall will see me transition into being a published author, proving at least to this writer that change is good.
LESSON OF THE WHITE EAGLE
In early September I wrote a haiku that captured, in a few words, my feelings about the transition from summer into fall.
September comes in Full of sunshine and promise Fall's around the bend.
For the past five years, fall has been bittersweet for me — bringing the bliss of cool, crisp days but also the poignancy of the anniversary of my husband's death. Being a widow with four children was one transition I never saw coming.
This year marks a change for the better for me, a new beginning as I return to writing and the publication of my first novel, LESSON OF THE WHITE EAGLE on October 12.
I am now brimming over with characters, plot lines, and settings for future books, which I will be fleshing out over the next weeks, months, and, with any luck, years.
After more than sixty days of triple digit temperatures here in Oklahoma, I am so ready for a change of season. As well, as I move from caregiver to writer, I am eager to realize the promise this fall brings.
A DASH OF SCANDAL
A blog on the change of seasons gives me the perfect opportunity to talk about one season in particular—the London Season during the Regency. It was a time for grand ballrooms filled with impeccably dressed gentlemen and beautifully gowned ladies. It was a time for expensive, wispy lace, fine cotton chemises, and jeweled hair combs for ladies, and perfectly tied neckcloths, cutaway coats, and shiny Hessian knee boots for gentlemen. It was the Season for gossip whispered behind fans, printed in the tittle-tattle sheets, and discussed in drawing rooms and clubs. Please join me for the London Season where the gossip is always fresh, sexy, and exciting, and a new scandal is always brewing. A DASH OF SCANDAL by Amelia Grey October 1, 2011
BOND OF PASSION
THE BORDER LORD'S BRIDE
Everyone who knows me, my readers especially, know that Autumn is my favorite season.It comes a bit late this year, September 23rd. A week later comes October, my favorite month of all. Out here on the North Fork of the east end of Long Island Autumns can be long, and slow with no hard frost until November allowing our wineries, farm stands and pumpkin patches to continue to do business. But it's blue and gold October that raises my spirits most of all. The trees finally begin to turn culminating with a peak around the 10th of November. Muted colors like a Degas painting. Reds, oranges, yellows, purples, the russet gold of the beech trees. And of course this October George and I will celebrate 48 years of marriage, our oldest granddaughter, Cora, turns 13, and SKYE O'MALLEY remains in print after 32 years. And on the last day of October I will do what I do at sunset every October 31st. I will light my Samhein bondfire, welcome the shades of the ancestors, and pray the same prayer I do each. year: Oh Lord! Let me live to see another October. And then I hope I do.
RIDING THE STORM
Changing seasons means changing settings for me as a writer. Because I work often work about eight or nine months out on my release schedule, that means I’m always thinking about the wrong season. Often I’m dreaming of frosty sleigh rides and fireside kisses in the springtime while I work on a holiday story. When fall comes, I’m packing my mental bags for the beach as my heroines frolic around the shore and flirt with hunky men.
When I wrote RIDING THE STORM, my October Blaze, I was in the midst of basketball season with the kids and I had nothing but leftover snow and a cold mud season to inspire me out my office window. But in the same way that reading can be an armchair escape, writing lets me enjoy other places and seasons vicariously. Soon I was navigating Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic under an Indian summer sun and feeling the cooler autumn breezes as a storm blew in. It was a welcome change from mud season!
THE PERFECT POISON
Fall means October and that means National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My publisher the Penguin Group, is participating in a campaign to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They have selected several books written by some of their romance authors to feature in this project. I am proud that THE PERFECT POISON is one of the titles that will carry the special Read Pink logo.
Other Authors with October releases include:
DANGER IN A RED DRESS
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
A MAVERICK FOR CHRISTMAS
BELONG TO ME
A TOUCH OF CRIMSON
MEN OUT OF UNIFORM
THE DOCTOR'S GUARDIAN
LABOR OF LOVE
THE NORSE KING'S DAUGHTER
THE SPY WHO WANTS ME
AN O'BRIEN FAMILY CHRISTMAS
THE CORPSE WORE TARTAN
Note from Jenny J: We will be giving away a random free book to one lucky commenter!
Hang on to your hats- and Kindles, Nooks, computers, and smart phones! Jaycie Cash has just announced that she will be giving away an e-book version of MRS. GOODFELLER to a lucky commenter on her blog!