Welcome to the launch of my Journal, which is a fancy way of saying blog. I thought long and hard about what I’d like to accomplish here. Of course I plan on discussing my journey through the writing process, and I’d love to do author interviews. I also plan on doing artist interviews. Artist interviews? Yes! I love art and have found much inspiration from art, as many writers do. Lastly, I’d like to give away as much free stuff as I can! Who doesn’t like free gifts? With that said, I start my first post.

Growing up in a household where my mother was constantly reading, I quickly developed a love of books. Some of my favorites were Tess of The D’Urbervilles and a small leather-bound poem called Evangeline. Wonderful, emotional stories, but lets face it, a bit depressing. Who would have thought I could find a book with that same emotion, that same sense of true love but with a Happily Ever After? I still remember the first romance novel I read. A book borrowed from an older cousin (Thanks Cherish!) when I was a mere impressionable teenager. From the moment I opened Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood, I was fascinated.

Entering college, I found more interest in romance novels than in my classes. Soon enough, my own stories began to clog my head. It wasn’t until I was working that I finally decided to try and write my own book. Now, seven years later, one of those nagging stories I’d put to paper (or rather computer) is finally getting published. Wild Heart, a historical romance with paranormal elements, will be released by Kensington in November of this year.

To celebrate the sale of my book and my website launch, I’m giving away a few paperbacks to three lucky people. Books that influenced me in some way or another, and books that most definitely have a Happily Ever After. What books, you ask?

Anne of Green Gables was one of the first books I read that had light romance. Who wasn’t rooting for Anne and Gilbert even at their tender ages?

Once I was a little older, I found Jane Eyre. Wuthering Heights be damned! In Jane Eyre, much to my surprise, I’d finally discovered a classic that had a Happily Ever After!

And of course then there was Julie Garwood’s Guardian Angel, the first romance I read. The book that hooked me on romance so much, that I decided to write my own.

So, if you’d like a chance to win a paperback copy of these three books, all you have to do is leave a comment and your name. Tell me your favorite book, or a book that influenced you. Check my next post for the three winners!