Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Getting back in the groove

Last night John and I went to see the Celtic Woman concert in Manchester, NH. It was wonderful! My God, those girls can sing. And the fiddle player was this adorable bundle of spritely blond energy that lit up the stage every time she hopped out of the wings with her bare feet, flying skirts and flippy hair. We had such fun! It's been a long time since we've gone to see a live performance of any kind, and we figured we were due. So much the better when the concert benefits NH public television.

Speaking of live performances, on Thursday March 24th, I will be speaking as part of a romance panel at the Public Library Association's national conference in Boston. Our topic is the appeal of romance fiction. If you've got an opinion on why you love romance novels, please post your thoughts down in the comments section of this blog entry.

Meanwhile, thanks for stopping by!


Anonymous Mary Reed McCall said...

Hi Tina,

I just had a chance to catch up on all the happenings in your life through your blog links - and I'm so sorry for yours and John's loss of Leslie. My heart breaks for you both, and I will be adding you both and Leslie and her husband too my prayers (wish I could give you a real hug right now, but a cyber one will have to do).

And since I'm posting here, I'll add my thought about why I love romance. For me it's because it captures all that is best and most noble about humanity...the incredible risk and beauty of revealing one's true self another, the struggle and the yearning to find that perfect meeting of heart and soul, the passion, the heartache, and the ultimate triumph of two separate spirits joining forces in the face of adversity and emerging stronger and more "whole" together.

That's it in a nutshell, I guess, LOL.

Good luck at your talk in Boston - it sounds like a lot of fun!


2:05 PM  
Anonymous mary reed mccall said...

That line in my Why I Love Romance answer should read "... revealing one's true self *TO* another..."

Sheesh, I should proofread better. :)


2:08 PM  
Blogger --TSJ said...

Hi, Mary!

Thank you for the kind words. ((hugs))

I totally agree with you about romance novels showing us what is good about being human, and the courage it takes to truly put ourselves out there to another person. You said it so beautifully! No surprise, as you are one of my favorite writers. :)

BTW, I can't wait for SINFUL PLEASURES! I love your Templar Knights.



5:28 AM  
Anonymous PJ in NH said...

Let me also add my condolences on the loss of Leslie.

Regarding a love for romance novels.

I guess you could say I've always loved a happy ending. And if the happy ending coincides with an beautiful duo in love, so much the better. It's the hope that dreams can come true if you try hard enough. And love can conquer all. There's so much sadness and disappointments in the world, it's nice to escape into a good work of romantic fiction. Also, I think romantic fiction appeals to me because there was a time when I didn't think I'd ever find anyone who would love me. But I did, and we'll celebrate our 26th anniversary in May.

6:01 PM  
Blogger --TSJ said...

Hi, PJ!

Thank you for your expressions of sympathy, both through email/MB and here. ((hugs))

You are so right about the need for happy endings and love conquering all. That's also one of the things I love most about romance novels. A lot of critics say that they instill unrealistic expectations about love and relationships, but I totally disagree. They inspire hope, and, at least for me (and I'm betting for you, too), they refortify the fact that I chose wisely in my mate. :)

Congratulations to you and your hubby on 26 years! That's wonderful! :)



6:06 AM  

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