Thursday, November 29, 2007

Love affair with the west

You know - I never thought I'd write westerns. I really didn't. Until HIRED BY THE COWBOY, I actually hadn't written a book set in the west with the exception of one in Calgary which was more urban than western.
But then I wrote Hired. And then Marriage at Circle M. And Falling for Mr Dark and Dangerous. And now I'm writing the Cowboy's Princess and loving every minute of it. Well loving WHERE it is even if writing it has its challenges...

Some people I've talked to aren't surprised by this at all, even though I am. I think it's probably a forest for the trees kind of thing. Looking at something from the inside out rather than the outside in, if you know what I mean.

I suspect that it has to do with the type of stories I write and my voice. I'm very much a home and hearth type writer and that is a style that suits cowboys and western settings very well. Historically those pioneer towns were words unto themselves. A real sense of community and a helping hand. They still are. The people are strong amid hardship, loyal and hardworking. Yet they always knew how to cut loose and add a little fun into the every day. I love that.
And the more I write these settings the happier I am that I'm Canadian. Because the Canadian west is a little different than anywhere else.

Yesterday I went on my daughter's field trip to Fort Calgary. It was very nice and I'm going to go back another time when there's time for me to properly go through the museum. get a real sense of the early mounties and the kind of life they led; the kind of life in a fledgling town settled by ranchers and then changed by the arrival of the railroad.

For now I'll just give you some pictures to give you an idea. My other daughter is going next month with her class and over the holidays I think we'll go to Deane House - the original house of Captain Deane - for lunch as it's now a restaurant. Then all of us can see it from the inside perspective instead of from the model.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Janet asked in the comments: Knowing that you are expected to produce several books a year must be quite daunting. How do you make sure you you are never stumped for a story idea? Do you maybe collect ideas for unwritten stories? Keep a file of newspaper and magazine clippings? Or maybe plan out a series of very brief outlines for future stories, then pick the one that is calling to you? Or maybe you don't even think about the next story until it is time to write it.

Well, Janet, here's the plain old truth.

Writing multiple books in a year can be daunting, only because you actually have to PRODUCE that volume of words. Really. And what makes it hard is that once you're published, you have so much more going on than the actual writing - or at least I do. I know some authors keep a low profile and at times I'll be honest I wish I did...but the truth is I love just about everything about this business with the exception of reading my contract (YAWN!).

But do I have trouble coming up with ideas?


It's very funny and I think it's just simply because after so many years writing my brain is now "trained" to see new ideas. I used to finish a manuscript and be worried I wouldn't find another idea and then I'd take a few days off and the ideas would start coming. Now...there's not enough hours in the day to write everything bouncing around in my brain.

But not all ideas will work, and sometimes part will work and another part you save for another story and set of characters. And I don't really keep an "ideas" file...though I do have spare synopses/proposals that I pull out as needed. For example, we did a brainstorming exercise in groups at a workshop I was at recently. I asked the two people I was with if I could then use our idea because I really really liked it. So I have those notes.

This really started after I sold Hired By The Cowboy to Harlequin and I'd been working on another ms (which has been buried on my hard drive ever since and that one day I really want to resurrect). I had ALWAYS had another Romance in the hopper in case I got rejected so I could send another one right away, lol. But then I sold and I had NOTHING when my editor said "What else have you got?" The book I'd been writing was not right for the Romance line and we both knew it.

So I came up with 3 proposals....two fairly detailed and one a little more sketchy.

Guess which one she picked?

Yep - the sketchy one. Which became Marriage at Circle M. And one of the other proposals became The Soldier's Homecoming, which is out in March.

Then I wrote Maggie and Nate's story because it is related to Hired and MCM and I didn't want to have more time between them.

And while I was waiting on that one, I wrote the first in a duet about an Italian brother and sister in Canada.

So here's case in point....for various reasons (all of which I happen to agree with), the Italian got put on the shelf for now and I was asked to write another cowboy. So....I still have the Italian's sister's story begging to be written, another book that's going to get a start in January and that pesky one from back in 2006 still sitting on my hard drive patiently waiting for its turn.

So like I said, coming up with the ideas isn't that's finding the time to get them all down in the midst of the business part of writing, families, and other parts of my life.

And to repeat myself again...I really do think it's a matter of practice. I'm definitely coming up with ideas and characters faster than I did when I started.

Hope that helps!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


This book is giving me fits. I have tons of conflict and I even know what has to happen. The problem is getting it on the page. It doesn't want to *feel* right. That probably doesn't make sense, I don't know. But it's missing something I can't put my finger on.

The solution to this is probably just to write the darn thing and fix it. I even tried jumping ahead to another scene, thinking that something might twig so I know exactly what happens where I left off. But it didn't feel right either.

Then last night I had a minor breakthrough in the shower...why is it baths and showers provide such clarity anyway? Maybe it's a scent thing...aromatherapy of sorts when you mix steam and fruity bodywash or something. I don't know. Anyway I was running over what needs to happen next and asking why. He doesn't want her going through the files. Why?

Cue orchestra...the answer arrived and made a whole lot of sense.

So I'm hoping that once I've done the school run I'll sit down and things will work out a lot better. And if they don't...well I'll just keep writing and torture my critique partner with it and see if she can see what's wrong.

Monday, November 26, 2007

PHS and stories

Today I'm blogging over at the PHS - about my favourite Male On Monday! And rumour has it the towel pic is giving Hugh a run for his money....

I'm back to work on the book this week. I had a minor breakthrough on Friday with the book and yesterday ended up scribbling notes during the sermon (I know, BAD DONNA) because little lightbulbs just kept coming on. It was the first time that I felt like this book might actually work out.

So I'm going back into the cave for now, but will pop in if anything noteworthy comes my way.

Friday, November 23, 2007


I am tired...and need to focus on the WIP, so the blog might be quieter for a while. I'm going to commune with my characters, spend some time with my family, and very possibly read.

I'm not completely leaving cyberspace though - check out The Pink Heart Society on Saturday and Monday in particular.

Of course if there is any news of interest, I'll be sure to pop in.

And I won't be gone long....just enough time to get caught up on a few things and move that old word count meter on the side.

Meantimes, feel free to post in the comments anything you'd like me to blog about, whether it's writing or otherwise! My favourite part of workshops are the Q&A sessions where you just talk shop, so if there's anything on your mind let me know!

See ya on the flip side....

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Proud Mama Moment and thoughts on Art

Yesterday I had a proud mama moment.

I switched my volunteer day at the school to Wednesday instead of Thursday, because Calgary Opera was coming to perform Cinderella. They arrived an hour before curtain and took 9 students under their wing - 8 to have walk on parts and the other to man the "applause" sign which ended up being a hoot.

My eldest got to be one of the walk ons. They put her in costume and she had a few lines and overall had so much fun and was a little in awe that she performed with the opera. LOL.

I am a huge fan of the arts, which is probably no surprise to anyone reading this. I am constantly amazed at the number of performances we get at our school from either drama troupes or musical events and I think it's wonderful that a lot of these kids - who wouldn't have the chance to see such things - get to experience that world.

I spent a lot of time in my younger years gravitating towards art-type activities, especially music and writing. But I also heard a lot about how it wasn't practical. Yet here I am, years later, beginning a career in one of those very professions. I think...what you are meant to be, you'll long as you recognize it. For me, there was I think only so long I could be something else before that passion came through.

Art- be it traditional art, music, drama, literature - it touches people. I humbly suggest that people DO need to be touched more. They need to be provoked into thinking. When I was growing up those subjects were being cut all over the place, as was phys ed. They were deemed not necessary. What would the ramifications be anyway?

Let's have a look at society as a whole. We cut phys ed at the same time that convenience items were really coming forth - technology and fast food. Now we have a society plagued with obesity. We cut music and drama and art and I'm reminded of that line in Mr. Holland's Opus when Richard Dreyfuss says something like, "You can cut it and focus on reading and writing but without art they'll have nothing to read or write about." Or in Dead Poet's Society when Robin Williams... well, the whole darn movie, to be exact. Both encapsulate everything I believe to be true about art. We can exist without it. Art is what gives us true meaning.

When I visit my children's school, I'm thrilled that they get phys ed pretty much every day, that they have a music program, a teacher willing to take on a drama project every year and even teachers who have willingly volunteered to help me with an author club. We get an "artist in residence" for a few weeks every year that does special projects with the kids.

Creating children who question and think for themselves, children with open minds and a well-rounded education....that sounds just about right to me.

One last bit....even though we celebrated here a month or so ago, Happy Thanksgiving to all my neighbours to the South! (including my brother and his family!) May your day be filled with family and fowl. :-)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wednesday Update and a laugh

Why don't we start with the laugh?

I sat in the doctor's office with my youngest again yesterday, and the wait at least wasn't as long as a few weeks ago. This time we went to our family doctor and even as a walk-in without an appointment we waited half as long. Which was lovely. More lovely was our doctor. I love him and will cry buckets when he finally decides to retire. We have had him since moving to Calgary over 10 years ago.

Anyway he's looking at dear daughter and I mention a vacation I'm planning for next year. He says, "So how IS the writing business anyway?" I laugh, say I've had a crazy fall, I'm a little tired, but pretty darn happy."

So he steps a little closer. "Do this," he says, and makes a face.

So I do it.

A little smile creeps up his face and he says "Hmmm."

I say, "I know, I'm getting wrinkles."

And he word of a lie...."Yes, you should look into botox." Of course said with a wee smile and a twinkle in his eye. He's so cute I wasn't offended at all - instead we had a bit of a laugh.

Ok, so I'm NOT getting botox, but I can tell you why I'm looking not 100%. One, I'm tired. Two, I've put some weight back on and when I had it off I was eating very well and my skin reflected the proper nutrition it was getting. Three, I haven't been looking after my skin as well as I should and I was also in a ponytail and sans makeup.

I have an appointment for myself in December. Boy am I gonna show him. LOL!

Today I'm at the school instead of my regular Thursday because the Calgary Opera is putting on a performance and I don't want to miss it. I'll do up the laminating at the same time.

And in the cyber world, I'm at Tote Bags 'N' Blogs today talking a little about priorities.

Carry on, and catch you on the flip side tomorrow.

Monday, November 19, 2007


The weekend's over, and I'm here to announce the big winner!

Congrats to Denise L who wins the 12 Days of Christmas Box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm still waiting for one more item to arrive before shipping, but so far this is what's inside:

Signed copies of:

Marriage at Circle M, Donna Alward

Dead Silence , Brenda Novak

The Trouble with Luv, Pamela Yaye
Dark Lies, Vivi Anna

Christmas CD

Handpainted Christmas ornament


2008 Agenda/Day Planner



Godiva Chocolate

Holiday Post-It Notes

I'll also be sending out a newsletter so check your inboxes soon!

Thank you to all who signed up and entered!!!!!!!!!!!! And don't fret - I frequently hold subscriber only contests so you'll have more chances to win!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Here's to all the band geeks!

This is the last day...well, I'll be generous. I'll take subscriptions over the weekend and draw on Monday. After all, 'tis the season and I won't have time to draw tomorrow, lol.

A quick post as I'm on the way out the door, but I have to blog in response to Grey's Anatomy last night. Poor Miranda. I have to say that the entire show made me SO NOT miss High School and all the drama and angst and other stuff. But when Miranda yelled at Derek and threw out the band uniform thing and he responded with "Sax" I grinned from ear to ear.

Band geeks often are NOT the popular kids in school. But when a band geek goes on and makes good, I want to stand up and cheer.

My name is Donna and I'm a band geek.

Have a good weekend, all!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Day 11...and this and that

Yuppers, it's day 11. Which means you have today and tomorrow left to sign up for my newsletter and get your chance at winning the Christmas package! I was out and about yesterday and picked up the ornament for the prize and the sales lady said, "ooooh, that's my favourite one!" Sooooo pretty...I might have to go back and get one for myself.

Last night I was tired and vegged out in front of the tv watching last week's and this week's episodes of LIFE, a new series this year starring Damian Lewis. I love it. Lewis plays a detective but he's not cookie cutter cop type. His whole approach to life is rather Zen - 12 years in prison will do that to you. Yup, that's right - a detective that spent over a decade in prison for a murder he didn't commit. So now he's kind of philosophical, is methodically putting together pieces to solve his own case, and lives in luxury thanks to the settlement he received. The end of last night's episode made my mouth fall open because several more questions were posed rather than being answered.

I also started laughing at one point in the evening. This might sound corny but you know sometimes I still can't believe I'm here. I worked a long time and even though I've seen 4 books released it still blows me away that I'm writing for a living. How did this happen? I am working on book 5 for Romance. Five! And it seems like yesterday I was hoping they'd buy number ONE!

That sense of the surreal still strikes me.

I'm just very, very lucky and very blessed to get to do this, yanno?

Now I'm off to NOT be a writer today- I'm the juice and cookie lady during school vaccinations, then I'm laminating, then it's Author Club after school. And choir practice tonight.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Lords a leaping! Day 10!

For those of you who think I'm bananas for holding my Christmas contest already, I stick out my tongue at you and say that last night I started my Christmas cards. :-) I mean seriously, I have lots of international things to post so I need to get on it!

If you're new to the blog, take a sec and sign up for my newsletter in the boxes to the right. Only a couple of days remain for my holiday contest. I think this is the best prize I've ever offered, personally.

A few people have been kind enough to e-mail me about my website and have said how much they like the new look. All credit goes to my webmistress Melissa who did such a fantastic job for me.

So now I'm going to ask there anything you'd like to see on the site that ISN'T there? Just drop me a line at and let me know what you'd like to see on the site.

And one last thing. I watched THE UNIT last night and it was a tissue-box sort of show. Now it's common knowledge that I cry at shows a lot, but last night was different. I didn't just cry. I had warm tears simply STREAMING down my face at regular intervals.

You see, they took care of Hector, and brought his body home. And it was really interesting to see how each member of the team handled the situation.

Bob was given the job of getting the reporter's head on straight so he didn't blow the whistle.

Jonas handled it by going after The Butcher all on his own and kicking some serious butt.

Mack handled it by staying with the body through the autopsy, then going home and gettin' it on with his estranged wife...connecting, if you will. You gotta know the history to know how much sense this made.

And Gray - well, he smashed a White House dude on the head from his hospital bed, and then snuck out to meet Hector's parents at the apartment they'd shared.

And in the end they were all at the memorial together.


LOVE THIS SHOW. Seriously love it. school run time and a day of work for me.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Nine Ladies Dancing....and more stuff

Soon I'll be making another shopping trip for the rest of the items...and it WILL be very soon seeing as we're in the homestretch!

The winner will be announced in my holiday newsletter on Monday, though I'll be in touch with them by e-mail before that.

There will also be some fun stuff in the newsletter, so yet another reason to sign up!

Now I'm getting caught up - there's a brand new post on the Harlequin Romance Author Blog spotlighting Rebecca well as a Christmas Anthology out right now. I LOVE this time of year. There are so many special reads out there.

And I've nearly finished my edits for my editor so I am going to zoom off and get those tidied up and sent, and then get to work on the WIP. No rest for the wicked!

But before I go I do have to share something. At the signing we were talking to some people about what we write - all four of us write different types of Romance...Brenda's books were a sampling of her romantic suspense, Vivi's were her paranormal Nocturne's, Pam writes romances for Kimani, and I write traditional romance. Of course I was the only one there that is deemed non-explicit.

So when the question came up, I said that it didn't mean there wasn't potential for lots of sexual tension. It just meant that when it comes to the actual consummation, the bedroom door is shut.

Then I grabbed Marriage at Circle M, went to the end of a chapter, and BRENDA NOVAK READ ALOUD FROM MY BOOK.

This was a thrill for me. A really big thrill.

And I got to thinking...damn, Mike IS hot! Wooooo!

I didn't get a picture of her reading mine, but we did get a pic of her reading from Pam Yaye's latest.

And now I'm off to get to work. :-)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Maids a-milking! News!

My apologies for not having a graphic for my maids a milking. I'm working remotely so without access to my bookmark where I'm getting those cute little pix. HOWEVER the point is, we're at EIGHT people! Which means the TWELVE DAYS are running down fast and you only have 4 more to sign up!

I have more shopping to do! Get on it already! :-) Remember you just need to sign up for my newsletter in the boxes on the right to be entered!

So...the weekend. It's a long weekend here so I'm trying desperately to get caught up as well as the fact that my author alterations for Dark and Dangerous are glaring at me from the top of my bookcase. But...I did promise pics from the booksigning and thanks to CaRWA member Suzanne who sent this one.

It was a great afternoon - wonderful to hang out with Vivi, catch up with Pam and meet Brenda Novak for the first time. Brenda sat beside me and we kept sneaking chocolate out of the basket. We had lots of laughs and sold lots of books which made ME happy. After the signing was over I had a chat at Starbucks with Paula Eykelhof, and I'm sure I babbled sufficiently though I suppose she's very used to that. Paula's reputation as being a lovely, wonderful editor precedes her and I was as nervous as anyone else would be!

After our chat, several CaRWA members joined Brenda and Paula for dinner at the Danish Canadian Club. Mmmm. Wonderful food and better company....loads of chatter and laughing going on.

Saturday was a busy workshop jam-packed full of information and I found myself nodding a lot with things Brenda and Paula said. It was a reminder of a)how busy we writers get to be as our job is not only writing books but being businesswomen, and b) how much I absolutely love what I'm doing. We had a quick break for lunch and met for a drink at the end of the day, though I left early. My husband had done his share of house and kid duty for the weekend and I was dog-tired.

It was wonderful, though. Absolutely wonderful.

And yesterday at Remembrance Day ceremonies, I got very excited for The Soldier's Homecoming to come out. I kept thinking of my hero, Jonas, and realizing how much respect and gratitude I have for those men and woman who do the tough jobs.

Ok now I'm and I are making christmas lollipops for the church bazaar this coming weekend!

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Time's running out in the contest so make sure you sign up!

I'm just darting through after an amazing weekend workshopping.

Pictures will be up first of the week.


Friday, November 09, 2007

Day Five and an exciting day for me

Yup - back again. Day Five. Sign up already, will ya? Boxes on the right.

Today's an exciting day for me. I have a booksigning this afternoon and I think it is going to be a hoot. This time I'm not signing books alone...there are four of us. I'm going to be at the NE Chapters in Calgary from 3-5 (That's the shameless plug part of the post) with Calgary authors Vivi Anna (Nocturne), Pamela Yaye (Kimani) and the one and only BRENDA NOVAK!

This is gonna be a wee bit thrilling for moi.

I haven't done an official signing for Marriage at Circle M yet so if any of you are in the area and don't have a copy yet, come on out and grab one. And if you do - well bring it and I'll sign it for you! And it's also your chance to grab Brenda's Stillwater Trilogy, Pam's latest Kimani release and the second installment of Vivi's Valorian Chronicles.

It's actually a kick off to a great weekend, I think. A bunch of us are going to dinner afterwards and then tomorrow Brenda is giving a workshop at the Greenwood Inn (put on by the local RWA chapter, CaRWA). Super editor Paula Eykelhof is also coming which also makes me nervous. But excited too.

I hope to pop in and post Saturday and Sunday but if something happens I don't...regular service will resume on Monday.

Thursday, November 08, 2007 "other" day

Welcome to day four of the contest! Someone mentioned to me yesterday that they couldn't believe I was holding a Christmas Contest! That it's only November! But as someone who has to ship the majority of presents every year, I wanted to make sure that whoever I send it to gets it in time for the holidays. I'm still debating what kind of chocolate I'm going to put in. There are so many kinds....truffles, dark chocolate, caramel filled.....oh dear.

So, today is Thursday. Thursday is what I call my "other" day. I have volunteered at the school since my kids started there and this year took on the role of "laminating lady". I also do some prep work if time permits. But I could see it becoming crazy so I said at the end of last year that I would come in one day a week and do everything, but only the one day.

So Thursday is my other day. I'll start with some random jobs while the laminator is heating up and then I'll go most of the morning. Over lunch I'm working on my aa's - my kids are visiting lunchroom today and catching up with their friends - and after lunch I'll finish up as much as I can. After school is Author Club - week 4 with some grade 3 and 4 students who are writing stories - and I'll get home sometime after 4:30. And then tonight is choir practice.

I do love Thursdays. I really enjoy being at the school and seeing the staff and the kids. Making it all on one day was a time management issue for me. I'd rather take a whole day and do things rather than get called to do a couple of hours here and a couple there. Plus, they know I'm coming so when I get there this morning everything will be piled up in the workroom waiting for me.

Speaking of - I'd better get at it. Will be back tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Day Three and a shocking development

Today's Day Three! If you haven't signed up for the contest, can I just say that in my opinion it's worth it for the ornament alone. I love these ornaments and frequently buy them for friends for Christmas. Gorgeous and handpainted and in a lovely keepsake box.

My good buddy Michelle has had a fab review today from the Publisher's Weekly blog. Go here and read what this new "convert to Romance" has to say about A CHRISTMAS WEDDING WAGER!


*******************Spoiler Alert*******************

I was so tired last night but refused to go to bed because THE UNIT was on. Last week the preview said "They go as five, but come back as four". And it showed Grey and indeed he is wounded at the very beginning and nearly dies in the middle of Beirut with the escape helo crashed and burned and the Hezbollah going door to door looking for them.

SUCH a good episode. At one point the Lebanese family is cowering and Bob tells the elder son to go help Hector with Grey. The son says "Son of a bitch." Bob murmurs, "I know." as he has his gun trained on the boy's father. Jonas takes the reporter they were sent to get out (and no coincidence he bears a resemblance to Daniel Pearl) and realizes he's been "Stockholmed" adding another complication.

So we get to the end of the episode and it looks like Grey's going to make it and I'm thinking, oh ok, they did the "four" thing as a publicity ploy. The marines are there to evac them out and it's all good and then

Yeah. And then.

Hector. Sniper bullet to the neck. Dies instantly. Just like that.

My hand flew over my mouth and I cried. I did. I LOVE Hector. Loved his character. If there were a Helo (from BSG) on THE UNIT, Hector is it. A truly heroic character that somehow flies under the radar. The fact that he saw the Colonel and Tiffy last week had me so excited and now he's gone.

Story-wise it makes sense though I would have rather have lost Grey. But as a writer it hit me as one of those things that had to happen. The team couldn't stay together forever. Things need to progress. Now they'll need a new team member. Bob won't be the newbie any more. It brings in a whole new story dimension which is needed to keep it fresh.

But Damn. I'm gonna miss Hector.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

What's out this month....

On the second day of Donna's contest, my true love sent to me....Two Turtledoves!

Have you signed up yet? Don't miss your chance to receive this great prize!

Ok....upwards and onwards. I discovered yesterday that Marriage at Circle M...otherwise known as Cuentame tus Secretos, isn't out in February as I thought. It's out NOW!

And it kept the same cover, which I'm happy about because sometimes the foreign releases do swap covers and such.

As well, Marriage at Circle M has shown up on the e-harlequin Aussie site. It's a December release there but in Harlequin tradition, the books ARE available online a month early.

That's all for me today...I'm off to run a few errands and then come back home and cloister myself to work on the WIP. I will be sitting in a waiting room though so I'm going to take the opportunity to finish up Julie Cohen's Featured Attraction.

Monday, November 05, 2007

12 Days of Christmas Contest!!!!!!!!!'s not a Partidge in a Pear's the FIRST DAY leading up to the draw of my holiday prize!

I realized over the weekend that the first of the month had passed and I hadn't announced the details of my Christmas Contest as I said I would! My bad! Oh well....there's still time...50 days until Christmas and a few weeks to get your names in for your chance to win. And TWELVE DAYS until I do the draw...

Here's what will be in the package:

CHOCOLATE (yes, there's a reason that's capitalized!)

A handpainted Christmas ornament

A Harlequin bookmark

A 2008 Calendar

A fridge magnet
Holiday sticky notes

Christmas CD

and, of course...BOOKS!

This contest is open to newsletter subscribers, so all you need to do is put your info in the boxes to the right. On November 17tth I'll draw from my subscriber list for one lucky winner!

Right. Carry on. And SIGN UP!

Thursday, November 01, 2007


I just got an e-mail from the coordinator at Cataromance saying that the review for Marriage at Circle M was up. I've been waiting to see what they thought and it was SO worth the wait...the reviewer gave it 4.5 Stars!

I was thrilled to bits when I read this: "I laughed with them; I cried with them, I cheered them on, hoping they would reach the point they could heal each other. Donna Alward has penned a truly uplifting story of pain and the healing power of love. This one is truly a must-read book for anyone who loves a great love story."

I did a fair amount of laughing and crying with Grace and Mike myself. :-)

Anyway you can read the whole thing by clicking on this link.