Saturday, October 24, 2015

Going to the Ball – One Way or Another!

Congratulations to "Laney4", the winner in Lisa's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Have you ever watched a movie or read a book, and wished that you had written it? Or, better yet, that you could step onto the screen or into the pages and become the main character? Or even a minor character with a few great scenes? 

I’ve done all of the above for as long as I can remember. I occupied many childhood hours daydreaming and playacting, from Cinderella to Laura Ingalls, always eager and willing to live out a fantasy life. Might be why I became a writer. 

In my latest novel, A Dream for Love, I spent hours upon hours living vicariously through Laurel Simmons and her daughter Gracie. Scene after scene, page after page, I’d be writing and saying, “This is so much fun. I’d love to do this.”

My favorite day in Laurel’s life is Saturday, October 24. Ryan Crandall, Hollywood bad boy and heartthrob to thousands, has his sights set on Laurel. Ryan creates a Cinderella-type ballroom in his home, orders ball gowns and accessories for his two favorite girls, and even hires a carriage to drive them to the ball. Doesn’t that make your heart beat a little faster? Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a man re-create one of your favorite movie scenes as a special way to tell you that he loves you? The romantic in me is smiling as I type.  :)

I had so much fun picking out Laurel’s gown and Gracie’s dress. I ran a giveaway contest on my author Facebook page, and had fans help me select the dresses, shoes, and hairstyles. Through every stage of writing the many scenes of Laurel’s big day, I could feel the excitement. Talk about loving your job!!

It’s now Saturday, October 24. I won’t be going to a ball today. Instead, I’ll be up before the sun, and heading to the start of a half–marathon with one of my running buddies. It’ll be a good day in my world, potentially a great day if I can beat my previous half-marathon time. And, this race is a training run for the four-day Dopey Challenge in January. Can you guess where the Dopey Challenge is run? Yup – Disney World. If I’m not invited to a royal ball before January, I will be stepping into Cinderella’s Castle and feeling like a princess on January 9. Life is good. Life is very, very good!

Giveaway Question: 
What movie or book scene would you love to live out? 
The winner will receive either a paperback or digital copy of A Dream for Love (winner’s choice) and a touch of romance goodie bag.

The sun was lowering in the sky when the limo turned onto the dirt road leading to Ryan’s home. Sure enough, two white horses and a carriage waited for them. The carriage was trimmed with tiny white lights and pink roses.
“Mommy, it’s so pretty.”
Gracie’s words and wide-eyed expression summarized Laurel’s thoughts.
A second herald approached them, carrying a block of steps, much sturdier than a stepladder. He set the mounting block next to the carriage.
“My ladies, may I offer assistance?” Gracie stepped forward, accepting his proffered hand and remembering to lift the front of her dress as she climbed up. Laurel followed, snuggling close to Gracie and carefully wrapping them in the warming blanket left on the seat.
As the horses trotted up the road, Laurel found that she was holding her breath. She exhaled then breathed in slowly, hoping to calm her racing heart. Gracie was chattering away, mindless that Laurel’s thoughts were on Ryan, what he would say, how he would hold her as they danced, and whether their night would extend past the little squirt’s bedtime.
When the house came into view, Gracie squealed in delight. Laurel drew in a sharp breath. The walkway was lined with sixteen rose bushes, the exact ones she’d sold to a landscaper, or someone posing as a landscaper, two days ago. Candles flickered in dozens of white bags set at intervals from the parking area to the front door. And when her eyes followed the trail of shimmering lights, Laurel discovered Ryan standing in the doorway.
He was dressed in a black tuxedo, too far away for Laurel to see exactly how hot he looked but close enough to steal her breath. Ryan walked toward them. When the carriage came to a stop, he was standing right there, more handsome than she’d ever seen him.
Ryan held one single white rose and one single pink rose. “Hello, princesses.”

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  1. The scene from your book sounds very romantic. I honestly couldn't think of a movie or book scene that I particularly would want to live out. I literally have read thousands of books in my life, and many have nice romantic scenes (dinners, dances and more). Not much of a romantic movie fan. If there's a story that has the guy planning a getaway complete with a beautiful outdoor picnic, then I guess that'd be my pick. My sweetie is more the fix-it or practical kinda' guy, so flowers or special dinners or dancing not really his thing. Money best spent in others ways, you know? Appreciate the chance to possibly win new reading material...always welcome! evidencetech at juno dot com

    1. I am laughing out loud . . . love the idea of a getaway complete with outdoor picnic. I might have to write that into a book. :-)

      Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. :-)

  2. My current go-to book scene is from Fiona Brand's THE SHEIKH'S PREGNANCY PROPOSAL. When falling asleep at night, I remember how they met, what obstacles were in their path (especially initially), and how the sheikh became her (my) knight in shining armor. Yup. Sweet dreams....
    Maureen has my email address....

    1. Hi Laney,
      I totally with you! For years, I would re-watch certain scenes from the movie Ever After, and I would fall blissfully asleep.
      Have a great weekend!

  3. maybe the pride and prejudice ending

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. I was just talking about Pride and Prejudice with a girlfriend this week. I would definitely live out that ending!!


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