Please welcome Murder She Writes alum Roxanne St. Claire for the day! I am so excited she’s here at the new site.
Rocki and I have been friends for years–as writers tend to gravitate toward other writers. We’ve bared our souls to each other and drank together. A lot. I admire Rocki for her focus and goal-setting, her dedication to her family, and her ability to spin a romantic tale. She loves her characters and it shows on the page. So please — welcome Rocki and comment below for a chance to win a the first book in her brand-new series! ~ Allison
Have You Glommed?
First of all…thank you Allison Brennan for the invitation to guest blog at this new/revised/revitalized/same-but-different-and-awesome corner of cyberspace. I’m honored to be back at my blogging alma mater, Murder She Writes, where I bared my soul for several years and made many new friends!
I know one of Allison’s favorite topics is TV shows and I’ve always felt a little stymied in those discussions because we’re not a big TV watching family except for *hangs head in shame* reality TV. We love American Idol, Biggest Loser, Chopped, The Taste, The Voice, and, my personal favorite, The Bachelor. (I consider it an object lesson for my teen daughter: What and How Not To Date.)
But we finally signed up for Amazon Prime late last year and with that came the ability to do something I’ve never done before — inhale full seasons of TV shows I’ve missed. The problem is time, of course, because if I have hours to waste, I…well, I never have hours to waste. Not when I’m putting out as many books a year as I do now. But my body betrayed me last week and I was knocked on my behind by a virus that put me in bed with nothing to do.
And, thus, I discovered Downton Abbey. I’d heard so much and often resented being on the “outside” of all those passionate tweets and FB posts about the complete fabulosity of this BBC production. I don’t even know which channel is BBC on my TV so I figured I’d missed that ship when it sailed. But, there I was, nestled in my sick bed with a box of Kleenex and a cup of tea, so I fired up my laptop and decided to give it a go.
Fourteen episodes later, I’m all better but so incredibly hooked I have taken to rewarding myself with an episode every time I write 3,000 words. What can I say? I have loved every minute of that drama — the characters are rich and layered and intriguing, the writing is gorgeous, the setting divine, the history chilling, and the plot twists just keep coming. I’ve cried, laughed, and noticed a strange stilted lilt to my writing voice that I simply must erase lest I ruin my contemporary novels with a touch of 1918 Britain.
Seriously, what a blast! So…question for the readers and viewers – but not about Downton Abbey because I’m terrified of spoilers before I finish every single episode and get caught up. What have you “glommed” (defined as binging in large amounts, unable to stop until the entire series or season has been devoured) lately? A new TV show? A long book series? A new author or musician? Any advice for my next glom now that I’ve discovered the joys of streaming television?
I’d love to start one commenter on a Barefoot Bay binge (my contemporary romance series) so I’m giving away a copy of BAREFOOT IN THE SAND, the very first of a multi-book series I hope you’ll find addicting and glom-worthy!