I have a new release this week. Rub it In is the third book in my Island Nights series and brings back two characters we met earlier – resort owner Simon Reeves and his general manager Marcy McKinney. These two were so much fun to write. They’re both champions at hiding passion behind a facade of irritation and antagonism. I enjoyed stripping them of those defenses, leaving them with nothing but each other.
But I’m going to admit that I’m almost as excited for another release this week – The Hunger Games movie. I came to the series late, ignoring several recommendations from friends I trusted because it just didn’t sound like a story I’d be interested in. When I finally began reading I realized just how wrong I was and finished all three within a week.
Yes, despite knowing the movie will never be as good as the book, I’m looking forward to seeing the story come to life. But what I’m most excited about is sharing the experience with my oldest daughter. Sweet Pea is 10 and to my dismay she hasn’t been much of a reader. At least not until this year. I’m not exactly sure what changed, but she’s really embraced books recently. When she asked about reading The Hunger Games I agreed and dangled a carrot – if she finished it before the movie released I’d take her to see it, just the two of us.
She actually finished the first two books and just started the last one. I’m so proud of her, but more than that I’m thrilled she’s discovered the escape and joy that reading has always brought me. As promised we’re going to see the movie first thing Saturday morning. It’s all she’s talked about this week and I think I’m anticipating it just as much as she is. We’re planning a day of it – movie, lunch, shoe shopping. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Are you going to see The Hunger Games? Are there any books you think would make great movies that haven’t made it to the big screen? Do you avoid movies based on books that you loved or are you first in line to get your ticket?
I’ll give a signed copy of Rub It In to one commenter today. Be sure to check the comments next week to see if you’ve won.