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Last night, something magical happened.

I watched “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”, and IT. WAS. GLORIOUS.

Not because I’m vying for Top X-phile—I enjoy the show, but don’t own an “I Want to Believe” poster and would probably fail the most basic of How well do you know your X Files? fan-tests.

What made it so damn wonderful was the fact that I watched the whole thing with a goofy grin on my face and that bubbly feeling of being utterly and thoroughly…charmed.

That rare but rewarding moment of having your expectations so thoroughly exceeded that you can’t help but adore something to the point of irrationality. The high of catching lightning in a bottle.

 

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(I, too, have always wanted a bunny rabbit. And I will name him George.)

 

Was it the best episode of television ever? Doubtful. Did it have its flaws? Definitely. Was the were-monster as a motif for Mulder’s depression a tad too on the nose? Probably. And still I loved every minute of it. It was kitschy, and funny, and depressing, and surprising…and it worked.

As a consumer of entertainment, I live for those moments that catch me unawares. As an author, I find them endlessly fascinating…and frustrating, because no matter how much you study them, dissect them, re-listen, re-watch, re-read, and TRY to re-create, you soon figure out there’s only one explanation: MAGIC.

It’s like your astrological sign was multiplied by what you ate for breakfast three days earlier and everything got divided by your boredom level on the seventh day of the month and WHAM! You were in the perfect position to be charmed. It goes beyond explanation, you couldn’t defend it if you wanted too (you probably don’t), but there you are. Hopelessly devoted. (Grease Live anyone? #surprisinglygood)

It’s that pre-fab pop-star with the less-than-power-house voice who puts out a tune that gives you an immediate eargasm so intense that for the rest of your life, hearing it lifts your mood like mutant Prozac…

 

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(You’re toxic, I’m slipping under…Let she without a guilty pleasure song cast the first stone.)

It’s that ludicrous idea that when you hear about it, you sprain your eyes rolling them at the sheer stupidity—they’re making a movie…about a ride…that’s not even that good? Seriously? How’s that gonna work out? Disney has officially lost it…

 

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(Seriously, HOW does this work? Did Johnny sell his soul? Who cares? I *heart* it, and that’s that.)

 

And since you’re reading this blog in the first place so I know you’re my kind of book-lovin’ people, it’s that book you read because you found it in the doctor’s office, or at a garage sale, or you desperately needed something to round out the “buy 3 get the 4th free” deal at the bookstore so your five hours of browsing amounted to something. For me, that book was Crazy Hot by Tara Janzen. Followed at light speed by every other book in the Crazy series.

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Do I resting bitch-face some—*cough* most *cough*—of the heroines?

Yes.

Do I want to erase one of the heroes from the annals of time and space because he’s the worst?

Yes.

Are there plot points  and missed opportunities that actually made me yell aloud  in disgust at the book?

Yes.

But despite ALL of that, do I have these books lovingly placed on a keeper shelf so I can pull them down and re-read “this amazing part” or “that incredible scene” when it randomly pops into my head to remind me how awesome it is to love something despite it’s imperfections and whole-heartedly recommend you check out the men of Steel Street for hot cars, hotter sex, and a rip-roaring good time?

Oh, HELL YES.

So tell me in the comments below the last book that came out of nowhere and knocked your socks off. Because maybe, if the moon is right and I had eggs benedict three days ago, your recommendation might worm it’s way into my DNA and make me love it, too.

😉

Taryn Leigh Taylor

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Well, hello, February. I can’t believe you made it here so quickly. Your buddy January breezed by so quickly I barely had time to register her presence. But don’t worry, February. Even though you’re a short month I promise to make the best of you. I will eat lots of chocolate, promise not to heart-and-sparkle-bomb my anti-Valentine colleague’s office this year (ask me about that sometime), and, as always, I will read lots of books. I’ve already read these and I guarantee you will enjoy them. Let’s look at what the February Blaze lineup has for you…

Feb TawnyAny month a new Tawny Weber book comes out is an excellent month, so fans of New York Times bestselling author Tawny’s super-sexy SEALs, rejoice! A SEAL’s TOUCH is a helluva book, part of our Uniformly Hot! miniseries, of course. Does Tawny write such amazing military heroes because she is married to one? Way to work in that research, girl! Lieutenant Taylor “The Wizard” Powell has a reputation for getting out of tricky situations. Bad guys, bombs, weapons—no problem. Finding a girlfriend to evade matchmaking friends—problem! Luckily he has a good buddy to help him out. Though his tomboy friend Cat Peres turns out to have a lot more to her than Taylor noticed before… Friends-to-lovers stories are my favorite, and this one really burns up the pages. Especially if you love beach-side stories. Don’t miss it!

Feb. LizWelcome, Liz Talley! This is Liz’s first book for Blaze and lucky for us, it features a hot cowboy hero. Yeehaw! Pro bull rider Cal Lincoln is back home in Coyote Creek, Texas, recovering from an injury and bored out of his mind. But then Maggie Stanton arrives in town to fix up a dilapidated ranch she’s inherited…and wants to sell fast. Help is hard to come by in this small town, but Cal is willing to pitch in while he’s off the circuit. So, the two of them are working together, that’s it. Hahahaha! Nope, they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. Cal and Maggie come from very different worlds, but does that mean once the ranch is fixed up and sold she’ll be on her way? Love has a way of bringing together people who seem like opposites, but may have more in common than they ever thought. Enjoy COWBOY CRUSH, which is a lovely, sensual romance!

Feb JoJo Leigh is back with the second book in her Three Wicked Nights miniseries. These stories all center around a “smart” apartment, which not only has luxurious amenities but also has the power to help seduce! In ONE SIZZLING NIGHT, former Black Ops soldier Logan McCabe thinks the apartment is high-tech heaven…which becomes all the more heavenly by the appearance of Kensey Roberts nearly naked in his living room. A quick mix up starts this fantastic story about art forgeries, espionage and intrigue. Jo Leigh is a fantastic writer and this book is really entertaining. And hot. Did I mention hot? (My vote for abs cover of the month!)

Feb. JillHave you ever woken up handcuffed to a (totally gorgeous) stranger, not remembering what you did the night before? No? Then, good. This book won’t give you any traumatic flashbacks. NAKED PURSUIT is the follow-up story to Jill Monroe’s NAKED THRILL, which we published in October. These books are So. Much. Fun. What started off as participation in a medical experiment (really!) ends up to be a nutty journey from sensually satisfying and adventurous sex to being on the run to two people trying to figure out what the hell happened to them! Turns out the craziest thing that happens is they are really falling for each other. This story has twists and turns and is wonderfully tender and romantic. And fun. Did I mention fun?

What a great lineup of very cool stories! I hope you enjoy. As ever, please tell me which cover you like best (telling me why is great, too) and I’ll enter you in the draw to win a set of all four books from this month. Have a very sexy month!

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First of all, Happy New Year, everyone!

Second, Happy Birthday to Zia! Hope you have a wonderful day.

Now, to the topic at hand.
I recently watched an old movie I’d never seen before, Only You. Not the cool 1994 Romance with a young Robert Downy Jr and the always brilliant Marissa Tomei, but another Romance from the 90’s with Andrew McCarthy and Helen Hunt. It was an okay movie for its time, I guess. I mean, what’s not to like about Andrew McCarthy in 1992?
But there was a scene in the middle that really bothered me. Something I wouldn’t have noticed back in 1992, but now, it’s a glaringly obvious Diss.
During a scene on the beach, a couple with a toddler sit down, put a fence around their child, and proceed to lie in their chairs and ignore the kid until he gets into trouble, at which point the mother complains to the dad to get up and take care of the kid. The mother is overweight and it shows her reading–you guessed it–a Romance novel.
One can only conclude that Romance novel reading moms are fat, lazy, and worst of all, BAD MOTHERS.
And there are more examples of this prejudice. Think of Roseanne Barr’s character in She-Devil. She’s overweight, unkempt and–another HUGE female NO-NO: a woman who can’t please her man. And of course she reads Romance novels. And to add insult to injury, the other woman in this movie is selfish and spoiled. She, of course, is a Romance author.
In Misery, Kathy Bates’ character is a deranged, homicidal sadist -and, you guessed it–a Romance reader.
No wonder us Romance readers have such a bad rep.
However, I think perceptions are gradually changing. A recent Huffington Post article ( May 2015) begins, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that romance readers are single women in possession of cats and in want of a man. Other “true” facts about the romance reader: They’re “nice people with bad taste in books”, uneducated, bored, stupid, “lack romance in their lives.” Or if we want to be really specific, they’re “middle aged women who are bored in their marriages and want to fantasize about hard, chiseled men.”
This article is a MUST READ and debunks all the stereotypes about Romance Novel readers and goes on to reveal the actual statistics.
Statistics such as: 60% of Romance Novel readers consider themselves feminists. I definitely fall into that category. Remember my blog about the Bechtel Test?
And lately, there are some better roles for Romance readers. Like Jane Villanueva from the hit TV show, Jane the Virgin. Jane is young, hip, smart, and compassionate. And she reads and writes Romance. Jane as a writer
And a couple of years ago, Carly Rae Jepsen featured several well-read Harlequin Romances in her hugely popular music video for Call Me Maybe
Not to mention the numerous articles and studies written and conducted that discuss and reveal the truth about the many smart, successful, happy, single, married, fat, thin, dog-loving, cat-loving, young and old women and men–yes, men!–who read Romance.
So, Unite, Dear Readers! We love Romance and we’re here to stay!

Do you ever get rude questions or dirty looks when you are reading your Romance novel in public?

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I’m not going to say which birthday, but I will say that of all my gifts over the years, my most memorable present was when I was working on a film in Mississippi and the camera crew got together and took me to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. It was completely insane (we lost one of the makeup guys for a couple of days) and we all got in the kind of trouble only people who’d been working 6 days a week, 12 to 18 hours per day can. I discovered milk punches, got a hell of a lot of beads, and woke up in one morning in the wrong hotel room. Ah…good times. :)

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What’s your most memorable birthday present?

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I need to preface this by saying that, by society’s standards, I’m a nice person. Truly, I am. By writerly standards? I’m not sure–more a goldfish in disguise.

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My muse just giggled in the back of my mind and is shaking her head. Maybe as a writer I’m not entirely innocent. Why? Here comes the admission…

Because nothing thrills me more than learning that
I’ve made my readers cry when they’ve read one of my books.

There. I said it. Now, let me defend myself before I’m burned in effigy.

Very few books have made me cry. I have to be so invested in the story on a visceral emotional level that when the crisis occurs, or when dark moment comes or (particularly) when the book ends, I’m wrecked. It’s a thing. I can’t explain it. I only know that it has rarely happened. But when it does? Whoo boy. Let me tell you. I’m a fan for life.

I cannot (CANNOT) write about this without a specific book coming to mind: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Oh, crud. Get the tissues. See? I’m so totally invested that, eighteen months later, I’m still weepy. Best. Book. EVER. I can’t even… If you haven’t read it, realize that it’s a book that will change you on a fundamental level. It’s fiction, yes. But… Cellular. Level.

So, why do I get all giddy at tears–mine or my readers? I’m not (terribly) sadistic. (cough) When an author succeeds in making me cry, it means she has literally stolen my emotional investment within the pages of her novel and made me care. She has found the key to my emotional vault, opened that door and scrambled the contents–and I love her for it. Why? Because that novel will stick with me, like Me Before You. Ms. Moyes has done such an incredible job that I cannot hear the name “Will” without experiencing a Pavlovian response that involves tears and wailing and, at times, thumb-sucking. (Yes, it was–and is–that good.)

So why do I want to know I’ve managed to make readers cry? Moreover, why does it thrill me to know I’ve induced tears with my written words? Because if I’ve accomplished it, then readers have found a book that will stay with them indefinitely. It is a book they will think about, discuss, re-read. It has nothing to do with sales and everything to do with how well I’ve done my job in creating characters and situations that touch the reader on an emotional level. I know–I know–how hard it is to accomplish for an author to earn my tears. If I earn any reader’s tears, I have touched a part of their heart that not many have touched. It’s an incredible feeling, knowing that I’ve created characters, situations and solutions that draw my reader in on such a personal level. Ultimately?

It means I’ve done my job and given readers a good read.

So…where did this blog post come from (besides the dark reaches of my mind)? My third Covington brothers book in the Wild Western Heat series is releasing in print on February 23 (digitally March 1), and the pre-reads I’ve had? They’ve come back with creative invective at the fact, to a reader, I’ve made them cry. And laugh. And sigh. The characters within those pages have reached people, and that, my friends, is the greatest reward I could have as an author: to know that my words lingered after the last page was turned.

In that vein, I’m giving away two signed copies of Cowboy Strong. And I’m sharing a copy of the cover because the Art Department knocked this one out of the park and across the freaking BLOCK!

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To enter, leave a comment and tell me about a book that’s really touched you (authors need good reads, too!). I’ll announce the winner on my blog (www.kelliireland.com) on January 30 and mail the books out on February 1.

May you shed a few tears over some good books in 2016!

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Hey gang! I hope your New Year is off to a great start! I’m out in Los Angeles, technically Pasadena at the beautiful Langham hotel, for the TV Critics’ Press Tour. It’s the other side of my life, and it’s something a lot of people have a hard time wrapping their head around. Basically, I’m here to cover all of the new television shows for the mid-season American television cable and network shows. It’s over a hundred and fifty journalists talking to the writers, actors and producers of the television show. By the time it’s all done, I’ll have about 100 interviews in the bank for future feature and cover stories.

There’s some really fun programming on the way. But I thought I’d do a bit of behind the scenes. Stuff I never talk about. I won’t mention conversations because I feel those are private, but I did want to talk about some behind the scenes observations.

I happened to be on an elevator with Carol Burnett. I have no idea why she was here. She was surrounded by a bevy of publicists who were very excited about an interview she’d just done. She wasn’t actually a part of our press events, but the woman exudes class. Funny enough, a quiet kind of power. I adore her. I’ve interviewed her several times through the years. She gave me the I kind of know you but I don’t remember how smile. That was enough for me in that moment, and then they were gone. I don’t ever bother reminding people in those situations because they don’t really care and it’s always kind of awkward. :) But she looked great.

Later that night I was having dinner with a friend, and Dennis Haysbert (“24”) walked in. He will always be the president to me. :) I always forget how tall he is. I got the nod, the friendly one that says, yep, I’ve seen you before. But what impressed me was how he interacted with some of the other people in the dining area. He talked to a couple with a baby. The guys from the new Single Dad show on TLC walked up and shook his hand. They were very nice and respectful about it.

I know everyone should be kind, and I don’t know why it’s a surprise when celebrities are, but he was incredibly nice and generous with his time. And that voice. One of the sexiest in the business. He’s starring in a new BBCAmerica mini-series Undercover. I personally think he should be on every television show.

You know there’s a reason so many people think Mick Jagger is cool. It’s because he is. He’s involved with Martin Scorses on the new show Vinyl for HBO. It was surreal watching them both talk about one another. But what I loved about Jagger was he was so open to whatever was asked. He was funny and erudite. And just–cool.

Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston were here for their new short-run series #TheNightManager for AMC. I might have a tiny crush on Mr. Laurie. It more has to do with his passion for his music than anything. I just love it when people are passionate about art. Anyhoo, I loved that they were both so respectful. A lot of times when we do those big press conferences, the actors sort of stare off into space until someone calls on them. Laurie and Hiddleston totally turned to listen and made eye contact with the press when they were asked questions. They were interested in what people had to say.

The same with Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan from Outlander. Their fans know how lovely they are, but they are both so incredibly humble. There are a lot actors who pretend to be, but few actually are. I don’t mean it an awful way. By nature of their business you have to be a bit of a narcissist, but not Balfe and Heughan. And so lovely and kind to their fans. Even when press members ask not-so nice (usually it just comes out wrong) questions, they are super nice and have a sense of grace about it. And they are beautiful together. They’re also smart, well-read and fun to talk to. During that same interview writer Diana Gabaldon said something that made me smile. She says she writes no matter what she’s doing or where she is. I have to do the same thing, even here with all of this, I’m working on my next Blaze.

I’ve actually had some really wonderful one-on-one interviews that I can’t talk about because they are for the other side of my life. We’ve only done the cable side of things, maybe I’ll have more stories about the networks next month.

And I don’t know if you guys saw, but I have a new Harlequin coming out soon! I’m very excited. Not exactly Claire and Jamie, but Mari and Brody have a fun, sexy romance. I hope you’ll check it out. (http://www.amazon.com/Her-Sexy-Marine-Valentine-Uniformly-ebook/dp/B01510UHCO/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1452401450&sr=8-12&keywords=Candace+Havens)

What I didn’t tell you, is I’ve had foot in mouth disease more than once while I’m here. I’m blaming it on the drugs I’m taking for my cold. But I’m wondering if you’ve ever had a funny moment when you just absolutely said the wrong thing at the wrong time?

Happy New Year!

Candy

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Are you a chicken or will you do something that scares the bejebus out of you? I suppose that kinda goes with horror movies too (which I like by the way, even if I nearly die when I watch them) My family likes to *make* me watch scary movies because I usually end up clinging to the ceiling like that cartoon cat.

I do believe you should do something outside your comfort zone. Even stuff that will scare you. It makes you feel ALIVE.

Over Christmas Meat Man and I went away. Our kids, I have two boys 24 & 27 and he has identical twin daughters almost 27, were busy. So we decided to jet and found ourselves in Costa Rica. It was fabulous. Hot and hot. The sand was too hot to walk on and you needed to wear flip flops. Even the decking around the pool and bars could fry an egg. We swam constantly, the beach and sea in the morning and the pool bar in the afternoon.

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But a highlight was going to the Miravalles Volcano. We went to a waterfall that was spectacular and to get there we had to hike through the rain forest, over rickety little bridges until we came to the OMG bridge. Sadly, I can’t upload the video as proof that I did something  r e a l l y  s c a r y. But here is a pic of the suspension bridge.

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But the hike and scary bridge was so worth it.IMG_4387

After we walked through the volcano crater. It had fumaroles, bubbling steam vents and mud, and the best part was going in the mud baths. My skin has never felt so soft and flawless!

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Once the mud dried it was a cold shower under one of these three outdoor showers, then a sauna heated by the geothermal steam, and three natural hot springs of varying temperatures. A fabulous adventure! But we did smell like sulphur for a couple days :)

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Costa Rica is lovely. Their people so kind and helpful. The location terribly romantic. And why I love to write stories set in the tropics. Not everyone can travel there in person, so I like to take you there in a story. Perhaps I’ll set a story in Costa Rica one day :)

For now, we can visit Hawaii in More Than A Fling (A Taste of Paradise). It’s been out a little over a month now and I have to say thank you to all the readers that had it in the top 10 on Amazon Blaze! So great for a debut book. In case you missed it, here’s the cover.

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Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. Hello 2016!

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Sleeping in, taking naps, lazing on the couch reading, and constantly eating is definitely a lifestyle I can get used to. But after spending the greater part of two weeks doing this, I have turned into a slug. Hmmm. It must be the first Monday in 2016. Luckily, there is something I can get excited about—our four January books from Harlequin Blaze! Reading these books is definitely a great way to start off your year.

jan 2016 AnneWant a tropical escape and an irresistible military hero? Then pick up our Uniformly Hot! title of the month—PLEASING HER SEAL by New York Times bestselling author Anne Marsh. I love Anne’s trilogy, set on the fictional Fantasy Island. Navy SEAL Mason Black is working undercover on the island and runs into a complication—Maddie Holmes, who has unknowingly taken pictures of their top secret operation! Mason has to make sure that Maddie, a wedding blogger, doesn’t have any classified information on her camera. Erasing the photos is easy but resisting Maddie is hard! Mason is one of the most appealing heroes I have ever read in Blaze. Growing up with a lot of sisters has made him particularly sensitive to what women want. Lucky for Maddie! This is a super-fun and very sexy read.

jan 2016 LisaWelcome to Blaze, Lisa Childs! Lisa writes heart-pounding suspense for Harlequin Intrigue and Romantic Suspense, but brings the heat for her new Blaze firefighter miniseries, Hotshot Heroes. In RED HOT Fiona O’Brian knows how to minimize risk…by never, ever falling for a guy in a hazardous job. And when her brother applies to become an elite Forest Service firefighter, Fiona hits the roof. She’ll do anything to keep him safe—even if it means using every sexy tool in her arsenal to seduce the one firefighter who can change her brother’s mind. Soon she and Hotshot Wyatt Andrews are engulfed by a lust that incinerates their self-control! This first book in the series was chosen as a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews. I know you’ll want to read all four of these sizzling stories!

Jan 2016 AliBrand New Author alert! We’re thrilled to publish Ali Olson’s first Blaze, HER SEXY VEGAS COWBOY. Have you ever been to Vegas? And have you ever been to Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo? It’s heaven on earth for anyone who loves cowboys—because they’re everywhere you look! Jessica Gainey is a straight-laced city girl in town for her friend’s bachelorette party. She is not the type of girl to do something wild and crazy, especially with a cowboy. Yet the minute she lays eyes on Aaron Weathers, who is basically sex in a Stetson, she cannot control herself! Find out how these two opposites attract…and what happens when it’s time for them to go their separate ways!

Jan 2016 TarynTaryn Leigh Taylor shows her love for Canada’s national pastime in PLAYING TO WIN, a story about a seriously ripped professional hockey player and reporter Holly Evans. Holly is intelligent, educated, and crazy about sports—so how did she end up prancing about in a miniskirt and teasing her hair like some broadcasting bimbo? Luke Maguire sees right through Holly’s disguise, and he’s ready to pull her into the locker room and strip it all off. Then Holly discovers someone on the team is profiting from a little over/under betting. Suddenly her lusting for Luke is going head-to-head with her reporting instincts. In this situation, playing to win is playing dirty! Taryn’s blend of heat and humor makes this a great read. Also, this book is my abs cover of the month top pick. 
Happy New Year to all Blaze readers! I hope you enjoy everything we’ve got to offer in 2016. I love hearing feedback on our covers, so please tell me which January cover is your favorite and I’ll enter you in a draw to win a set of all four of this month’s titles. Enjoy the heat!

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I recently Googled some quotes for a project I was putting together for a Christmas present for my mom, and this one struck me as I was thinking about writing this blog
“Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

I’ll come back to this quote in a moment.

I attended a college commencement ceremony last week for the very first time. My older two kids still lack a few semesters before they will, happily, graduate from university. My husband earned his degree long before I met him, and I, though I had meant to go back someday, did not finish college.
So, there I was watching my son’s girlfriend march up to the stage to accept her diploma, taking in this unique ritual where doctorates, PhDs, Masters and bachelors degrees were being handed out, and what struck me was–this may sound crazy, but–it was the love I felt from all the people around me.
You see, it was the week before Christmas. A crazy, busy time for most people. And any graduation ceremony is an hours-long thing. It’s a commitment of time that, I wager, most people, myself for sure, groan and grumble about when thinking of how long one must sit there when one could be getting so many other things done, even when it’s not a week before Christmas.
But that was not the feeling vibrating in the air during this ceremony. It was excitement, it was pride, and love, and hope, and overwhelming…good will. Everyone sitting in the stadium watching-family, friends, loved ones-clapped and cheered and called out in support and encouragement. And since this is a state college and accepts students from all over the world, the people cheering were as diverse in their cultures, languages, and countries as this world can be. Whether they were “American” or not, whether they were Asian or Indian, Black or White, Muslim or Christian, we were all there because we knew someone–loved someone, and wanted to show that love by giving of our time.
And as I sat there taking all this in, the realization wasn’t a “take your breath away” moment. It was more like a wave of powerful emotion that washes over one in a feeling so true that it confirms life’s ultimate goodness.
In this era of inevitable change, and the accompanying ugliness that those fighting change can bring into the world, this feeling, this hope for humanity is desperately needed.
So, while it wasn’t a moment that took my breath away, it was something much more profound to me. As I looked around the arena at all the diverse humans bonded together in this mutual goal, it was–on the surface–a “little thing”. Something so common it happens hundreds, maybe thousands of times every year, at every college and university and high school. But I believe it is these “little things” that are the big things in life. The moments that define us as a human race. The moments that bring us together, despite race, religion, or country of origin. It is life at its best and we need these moments just as much–if not more than–the moments that take our breath away.
As this year comes to an end, and we all begin a new year–some with fear, perhaps kicking and screaming, bemoaning the loss of the old, and some with anticipation, looking forward to new challenges or long-awaited goals being met–
I hope we can all take with us into this new year a sense of hope. Hope that no matter what happens, we ultimately, as a race of humans, as citizens of Earth, have more in common than we have differences, and that, one day, that unity will prevail.

Wishing all our wonderful Blaze readers a very Happy and Healthy New Year!Happy-new-year-Funny-Sms-Jokes-2016

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I’m naming my new miniseries and the books in each one. SO HARD! This series is about three brothers who own a construction company in Little Italy, NY. It’s loosely based on The Property Brothers TV shows, and very much fun to write, but what to call the series? I can’t actually make reference to the TV show, and my stories focus on small communities within the Big City, and hot heroes who find love. So…

Here’s my question of the month: What titles have you fallen in love with? Not the books themselves, but the titles? Especially romance titles?

What about those titles resonated for you? Have you ever kept a book because the title was too wonderful?

Have you ever gotten angry about a title that didn’t reflect something about the book itself?

Also—HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!

Jo
Title Obsessive

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