Friday, April 15, 2011
#Fridayreads: Julianne MacLean Appreciation Day - and giveaway!
I'm writing a special Friday Reads post today because I <3 Julianne. She's a fantastic writer, she's a great friend and she's always willing to share her perspective about this crazy job we're in. So today is officially Julianne MacLean Appreciation Day on the blog!
When I first discovered Julianne I fell in love with Surrender to a Scoundrel. Immediately she gained a fan and I went in search of backlist. I gobbled up all her Avon Historicals. And as much as I love the ton and a good old scandal among the lords and ladies, I was thrilled when she said she was writing a Highlander trilogy. Captured By The Highlander was out last month (and was a fantastic read!), and Claimed By The Highlander is out now.
Sleeping with the Playboy. And then there's The Rebel - a prequel short story to the Highlander trilogy that I haven't read yet - as much as I pride myself of reading EVERYTHING of Julianne's, clearly there are some gaps that need remedying!
But now I come to something new, and this is also where the giveaway comes in. Julianne also writes as E.V. Mitchell and she's published a story called The Color of Heaven. It's been available on kindle for a while, but I waited until it was available in print because I wanted it for my keeper shelf (Julianne is an automatic keeper for me).
The Color of Heaven is soooo different from her other books. It's a contemporary women's fiction, not a passionate, witty historical. The voice is completely different which astounds me - I'm not sure I could write so differently if I switched genres. It's in first person POV rather than third. It switches between the past (Cora) and the present (Sophie). And it tackles the hazy question of what happens in the space between life and death.
Sophie has lost pretty much everything and it breaks your heart, but it's only in that precarious space in time when she's...well, when she's dead, that she gains clarity. Because of it we learn about Sophie's mother, Cora, and the secret about her father and the break up of their family. It's only through learning all these things that Sophie is ready for a true HEA.
If I had to describe the writing in this book it would be with two words - Simplicity and Honesty. Working together, they create a beautiful story that I read in an evening. In that simplicity was truth, and the truth made me cry at times. It is truly powerful writing. I kept thinking - this shouldn't make me reach for tissues. But it did.
And Julianne, being her typical generous self, has given me a spare copy of The Color Of Heaven to give away today. Not only that, but I'm giving away a prize pack. The trade paperback of The Color Of Heaven, a cover flat of Captured By The Highlander, a Julianne bookmark, and a copy of my May Harlequin Romance release, Honeymoon with the Rancher - just because.
Send me an e-mail to enter, please, and simply tell me if you've ever read any of Julianne's work. If you have I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't yet, well, here's your introduction. I'm sure you're going to become good friends with her work. :-)