Let’s give a warm welcome to fellow Sourcebooks Casablanca author Kristine Grayson whose book Thoroughly Kissed is in stores this month!
"Charming and engaging, the story moves quickly and fluidly. Emma is the right balance of strong and vulnerable, and Michael complements her with his skepticism and compassion. A sweet love story makes this a perfect beach read for hopeless romantics."
—Publishers Weekly review of Thoroughly Kissed
My writing career has spanned decades—literally—and I have waited decades for a review like that. I’ve always wanted to write a “beach read,” and now, it seems, I have.
I didn’t set out to write a beach read. I needed to write Emma’s story. Emma, for those of you who haven’t read Utterly Charming, is Sleeping Beauty. This fairy tale isn’t a modern retelling. She actually is the Sleeping Beauty, awakened after 1,000 years into our world, and boy, is she confused.
Or she was when she woke up. Then she gathered herself, made some crucial decisions, and ended up using her brains to survive. Thoroughly Kissed starts ten years after Utterly Charming, and in those ten years, Emma has become a thoroughly modern woman. Kinda. She did assign herself a last name—“Lost”—because that was how she felt when she woke up. But really, she’s lost no longer. She found her way.
Of all the heroines I’ve ever written, I admire Emma the most. I don’t think I could survive what she’s lived through. Or rather, I don’t think I could have survived as well as she has. And I certainly don’t think I would have risked falling in love again. The first time she did, she ended up losing 1,000 years of history. To even contemplate a second time takes a lot of courage.
That’s what I think of when I think of Emma Lost. Courage. She doesn’t fight dragons or vampires or evil lords. She fights herself. She fights all of history. And she wins.
And then she falls in love.
Emma deserves a happily-ever-after more than anyone I’ve ever written about. Thoroughly Kissed, which comes out this week, shows how she gets it.
I hope you end up liking Emma as much as I do, and I hope you enjoy the book. I also hope you’re reading it on a beach, because that means you’re relaxing and having fun.
Here’s to summer and beaches and Thoroughly Kissed.
Thanks very much to Kristine for joining us today, and congrats on her latest release! To enter to win 1 of 2 PRINT copies of Thoroughly Kissed, please share in the comments your favorite book to read on the beach (or during the summer). Be sure to leave an email address so we can contact you if you’re chosen—US and Canada mailing addresses only, please! Winners will be announced in the comments on Friday, June 8.
THOROUGHLY KISSED BY KRISTINE GRAYSON – IN STORES JUNE 2012
Sleeping Beauty has sworn off kissing...
Emma awakens to an entirely different world than the one she lived in a thousand years ago, and although she's the real Sleeping Beauty, her life is no fairy tale. After parting ways with her supposed Prince Charming, she's determined to be a normal girl—she hides her magic and swears off kissing strange men.
But her gorgeous boss Michael knows there 's something unusual about Emma, and he thinks she's as infuriating as she is beautiful. Now Emma needs to teach Michael a lesson, which means mastering her magic. She knows she's flirting with danger, but after one look at Michael's perfect lips, all she can think is, "What's another thousand years ... ?"
Welcome to the fractious fairy tale world of Kristine Grayson, where the bumpy road to happily ever after is paved with surprises ...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Before turning to romance writing, award-winning author Kristine Grayson edited the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and ran Pulphouse Publishing (which won her a World Fantasy Award). She has won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and, under her real name, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, the prestigious Hugo award. She lives with her own Prince Charming, writer Dean Wesley Smith, in Portland, Oregon. For more information, please visit http://www.kristinegrayson.com/ or follow her on Twitter, @KristineRusch.