Today's guest: Jane Porter Why we love her: Jane has written some of our all-time faves, including She's Gone Country & Flirting with Forty! And we felt she was the perfect author to help us celebrate CLIND'S 4th birthday! (PS: As a part of our celebration, don't forget to enter our CONTEST to win ANY 4 books of your choice!)
Her latest: The Good Daughter (The second book in her Brennan Sisters series.) Out today! Happy pub day, Jane!
The scoop on it: Love was given to all, except herself . . . Kit Brennan has always been the most grounded of her sisters. A Catholic school English teacher for seventeen years and a constant giver, her decisions have been sound—just not very satisfying. Her fortieth birthday is right around the corner, causing Kit to consider some wilder notions, like skipping right past the love and marriage to raising a child all by herself . . .
Our thoughts: Loving this series! Jane has such an incredible talent for creating characters we fall in love with.
Giveaway: A copy of The Good Daughter and The Good Woman--both SIGNED by Jane! Plus, a $5 Starbux gift card & some yummy chocolates. Good books +caffeine +chocolate= perfection! Just leave a comment to be entered to win. We'll select the winners on Sunday, February 10th after 3pm PST.
Fun fact: She also writes romance novels! She's a super star!
CHICK LIT IS NOT DEAD PRESENTS...JANE PORTER'S 5 BEST EVERS
MY ALL-TIME BEST, MUST DANCE-TO-IT SONG: Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry. This is the song I must dance to. My surfer guy does not dance, but when this song comes on, I must get down....and groovy. I will dance with anyone I can to make sure I’m moving. (A close second for best dance is Brick House by Commodores...). I feel fifteen when I hear it, and in my mind I look hot when I’m shaking everything. My kids say I’m just embarrassing myself but that’s just their opinion.
MY BESTEST FAVORITE AUTHOR is Jane Austen. Yes, I know, I’m not original. But I do love comfort reads and I love Austen’s characters and stories. My favorite re-invented Jane Austen is Georgette Heyer. And she might not be taught as part of the classics, but she wrote a lot more books than Austen, which means I have a lot more gorgeous stories to get lost in, and sigh over, and daydream about.
MY BEST EVER TOOL TO HELP ME WRITE is a lit candle. I like vanilla, pear, melon, and mango for writing. I will burn the candle all day—for as long as I’m writing and it makes my office smell really good and keeps me relaxed.
MY BEST EVER ALBUM: It would probably be a toss up between U2’s Joshua Tree and Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell. I struggle between being spiritual and evolved and corny and emotional as hell. Usually corny and emotional wins out. I was born with a massive soft spot on my head that’s not gone away. Family and close friends know if you can survive my prickly exterior, I’m a total mush head....crave good, kind people who are funny, but ultimately champions of the underdog.
BEST EVER MOMENT IN REAL LIFE: It would probably be the news that I was pregnant with my first son. All three of my kids are either IVF or ART, and have taken years of fertility treatments, shots, appointments, hope, faith , $$ and pain, and discovering I was pregnant with Jake—I was at school, in the middle of teaching my 7th grade class—just blew me away. Learning I was pregnant with the other two was great, but then I ‘expected’ to get pregnant. The first time was so new and experimental that I was in a fog of joy for days.