Thursday, May 27, 2010

A passion for reading.

When I was a kid, if my parents chose to punish me, they turned off my TV. It was a great hardship. Until I discovered reading. I became an addict for Nancy Drew mysteries. By the time I was twelve, I was reading adult fiction. Nothing stopped me. I loved reading.

But I have seen our society change. Some people still read a book every chance they get. Others regard reading as a chore. Why? Is it the books they were forced to read in school? Have traditional publishers begun to bore us with their formulaic books? Have schools failed to create good readers, so that young people struggle to follow a storyline?

Or are we passive, preferring to watch the world through a TV set?

Don't get me wrong, I still watch a lot of TV. But I read a lot, too. If Harry Potter can inspire millions of children to read, then it must be the books that have been the problem. What does it take to inspire you to start a novel and discover the world inside?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BellaOnline review and interview

The wonderful Lisa Binion over at BellaOnline Fiction Writing has posted her review of Night Glitter, as well as an interview with me. Both articles are available this week.

Here's an excerpt from the review:
The story was really good, entertaining, and easy to follow. The first book made me hungry to read its sequel and find out what happened.
Click here to read the whole review at BellaOnline.

And from the interview:
When I started with Night Jazz, the first in the series, I wanted to use time travel which was not only very exciting to me but very popular at the time I wrote the book. But I wanted to break with tradition and write a novel during the 1920s, a period which has fascinated me ever since I was a child and loved TV shows such as The Untouchables and The Roaring Twenties.
Click here to read the interview.

Thanks, Lisa!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Juicy Guest Blog at Love Romance Passion

The lovely Keira at Love Romance passion was generous enough to have me do a guest blog as a part of her "Kiss and Tell" feature.

The post is called Kiss and Tell: Jill Shure on Her Hero, and trust me, you do NOT want to miss out on this one!! Take a look!

Thanks, Keira!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Guest Blog at Coffee Time Romance

I have had the pleasure of working with the crew over at Coffee Time Romance & More and their blog, Coffee Thoughts. I'm pleased to share with you all my guest post, Turning Up the Heat in Miami with Night Glitter.

The post is complete with a FREE sample drink recipe from Night Caps. So head over there and check it out!