It’s still odd to me – though it shouldn’t be, I suppose – that most people assume that I’m American. I’m cool with it and since 90% of my readers are from the U.S., I totally understand why people would think that about me. All of my contemporary romance books are set in the States (though none of my contemporary literature books are), my characters are 99% American, my written English is American.
But the truth is that I’m Canadian. A 100% Canadian girl.
So when I was approached by a group of Canadian romance writers, I jumped at the chance to join them. And when Lisa Emme organised (yes, I’m using an ‘s’ here, not a ‘z’! Because I’m Canadian!) a blog hop for the Christmas/New Year break, I jumped even higher and faster. The chance to promote Canadian writers doesn’t come around often (OK, like never) and the chance to work with fellow Canadian romance writers comes around even less than that. Yes, less than never! That’s like… really rarely!
Anyway, to the point of this post. Well, the point is to talk a bit about some of my favourite (yes, I added a ‘u’!) Canadian romance writers. I’m not sure how far they’ve travelled (double ‘l’!) outside of Canada, but I know that some of them remain very-well-kept homegrown secrets.
One writer who I adore is Leonard Cohen. Yes, he’s best-known as a musician, but his poetry is shatteringly gorgeous, and his books are provocative. One of my favourite phrases is from his ‘Selected Poems: 1956-1968’ collection:
“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.”
That’s his art, in a nutshell: vivid, concise, dark and – ultimately – hopeful. Beautiful stuff and the romance is subtle, sweet, poignant. Quite often, he writes gentle, teasing romance – but when he goes dark, he goes for the jugular and no damn apologies. He’ll take your breath away, I promise you.
But Canadian romance writers can do unapologetically hot erotica, too. Check out Northern Heat, a collection of erotic romance stories by some outstanding Canadian romance writers, including Cathryn Fox and Kate St James. These ladies really show how friendly Canadians can be! Also? They give their readers some very creative ways to pass the time whilst trapped inside during a snowstorm 😉
So, maybe give a yet-untried Canadian romance writer a go this Christmas season? I promise that you’ll find lots of smart, sexy stories to keep you warm during the long, chilly winter nights…
As a part of this blog hop, I’m offering a free e-book copy of ‘Enemy Within’ (Unseen Enemy #1) to one lucky winner of the blog hop Grand Prize! I’m not the only one, though… there are almost twenty (!!) other Canadian romance writers taking part in this hop, and who are also offering free books. Here are some of the details that you need:
Join us December 27 to January 2 and ring in the New Year with some talented Canadian authors. Starting on December 27th, make sure to stop by and check out the posts of each of our hosts during the hop. Not only will you get to learn more about some of their favourite Canadian authors and books, but you’ll have the opportunity at each stop to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway.
Yes, a Grand Prize and you get almost twenty chances to enter and win! Wanna know what the prize is? Well, scroll on down…
Digital copies of a book from each participating author including:
Altering Authority by Ashley Dooley
Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme
Something in the Air by Marie Landry
Magic Resistant by Veronica DelRosa
The Naughty List by Cori Vidae
Firefly: Ice Born by P.M. Pevato
Thirteen by Shannon Peel
Enemy Within by Marysol James
Questing for a Dream by P.D. Workman
Vice by Rosanna Leo
Lakeshore Secrets by Shannyn Leah
Guarding Midnight by Kacey Hammell
3013:Renegade by Susan Hayes
The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros
Alien Next Door: Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject
Slow Ride Home by Leah Braemel
One Gold Heart by Sadie Haller
Unconditional Devotion by Kayleigh Malcolm
Festive Persuasion by Charlene Roberts
Two $10 gift cards for Chapters-Indigo
ENTER TO WIN!
Click to enter (available during the hop only – the contest opens on December 27th!)
And to get the full list of Canadian romance writers taking part, click on the little froggy below.
You’ll see a list of authors and each one is a ‘step’ in the hop. If you click on the writer’s name, you’ll be taken directly to their blog… so maybe hop in to the hop and check out a few new writers, eh?
(Aw, c’mon… I had to throw in one ‘eh’, didn’t I? Because CANADIAN!)