Thursday, February 06, 2014

Guest Post: Beth Albright

Today, I'm so pleased to have Beth Albright, author of the the Sassy Belles trilogy, stop by. She's been busy promoting her latest novella, Saved by the Belles, which is on the top of my stacks just waiting to be read. I just adored her Sassy Belles trilogy - The Sassy Belles, Wedding Belles, & Sleigh Belles - and was quite bummed when I got to the end, but I'm happy to say that we have not seen the last of our favorite Belles. They will be back in a new trilogy in the late spring!!!




Romance & Love: Belle Style

Thank you so much Kristin, for this fantastic opportunity to connect with you followers! I am just thrilled to meet y’all!

Ah, February, love is in the air. And us Belles just love LOVE, and especially ROMANCE! It’s what we love to write about! Seriously, I love a good love story like anybody else, but for me, it’s the romance that really sends me swooning. And really for us romance writers, isn’t every month a month for romance? Handsome sweethearts, with flowers, dinner reservations, and yes, ahem…jewelry! Ahhhhh, yes! We just LOVE anything that sparkles!

A southern belle just has to be a little flirtatious, too, in the way she approaches love. We would never become the pursuer. It’s just not Belle-like. No. We love to be the pursu-ee. Our prince charming needs to chase us, even if just for a few minutes. We love to be desired. It makes us feel beautiful. It gives us a reason to bat our eyes and tease our men—and we live for that.

And the Belles I write are no different than the real Belles I grew up with.

In my most recent book, Saved By The Belles, a particular scene takes place in a hotel room on Valentines Day. My narrator, Blake, is eight months pregnant. Sonny, her soon- to- be- husband and old childhood sweetheart lures her to a hotel and tricks her into peeking into a random room by finding a key on the floor in the hallway. Just as he opens the door, she is enveloped in the amber glow of flickering candles. Rose petals were strewn across the bed and all of her overnight items in the bathroom. He had packed for her. That was amazing as he knew just what she would need.

Sonny, her lover, sits down on the bed next to an overwhelmed Blake and tells her things are about to change—change for the better with their new little bundle, but change no less. This would be the last time they would be together as only the two of them, a couple, and he wanted to make it as special as he could.

It was a tearjerker of a scene and every reader LOVES Sonny. He is such a romantic, (and quite a lover- attentive and gentle and soft.) But he loves to devour her whenever he can. Their romance has been hot through all of the series.

 Everyone seems to want to know if this was real--I have received so much mail on this—now the truth comes out.

Y’all, this was an actual scene from the pages of my real life. I know. I’m a lucky girl. My hubby did this for me just two months before our sweetheart son was born.

He took me to a hotel, telling me I should go to the bathroom before we hit the road to drive the sixty miles back to Tuscaloosa after a day of shopping up in Birmingham. He pulled into a hotel and said he better go, too. I came out of the bathroom and he said, “Look I found a key,” and before I knew it, he opened the next door in the hallway and voila. Rose petals, candles, my lotions and makeup, gifts…man he works FAST. I was overcome. And I never forgot it.

Sonny and Blake are hot. But then again—could some of those scenes from my other books be taken from real life? Ahem…we shall have to discuss this at a later date!

Scenes from my own life seem to always wind up in my novels. And that’s okay. Writers write what they know.

For example, in Saved By The Belles, that accidental pee scene, where Blake hides her entire pregnant self under a red blanket in the front seat of her car? She is trying to hide as she MUST go potty RIGHT THIS MINUTE! She is pregnant after all-- Yep, that happened too!  But that story will have to wait for another time—just know that it was me relieving myself in a 32oz Slurpee Styrofoam cup from the seven-eleven! I wasn’t pregnant for this one but was trapped in a car in the middle of the Chicago Marathon! And I had to go! When you read the scene, you will know just what happened next!

Love is a funny thing. But Belles really love LOVE. Romance is the key to a Belles heart. Give me candlelight, soft music, love notes, and soft kisses any day. And always in front of a fireplace. Surely I’m not alone here. At our core aren’t we all Belles? We loved to be wooed and pursued. No matter what age you are, femininity never ever goes out of style. And honey, chivalry wins out over hot bods every time. Well-- chivalry AND a hot bod wouldn’t be a bad thing! But the minute someone opens the door for me, I melt a little inside.

Valentines Day is a day for romance and love—have a love-filled month y’all! Why limit all that fun to just one day?? *Wink Wink*


You can contact with Beth on Facebook, Twitter or her website.


Thanks so much Beth for stopping by and sharing this post today!!! I am definitely eager to read Saved by the Belles now and see how these scenes come together, knowing they are based on your life! If you want to read the book, head over to Amazon - the e-book is only $2.99.



             

              

               
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4 comments

  1. What a charming, honest, and timely guest post! I don't read a lot of romances, but I'll bet the book is darling.

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  2. Hi Beth
    Absolutely wonderful post. And, even though I'm divorced and don't plan to ever marry again, just the thought of being in love is sweet. I still believe in the concept, just not for me. Many continued romance stories. Hope to see you again when you come home.
    RTR
    Ginger aka robertsonreads

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  3. I have loved the Belles trilogy so I cannot wait to read this novella. The humor, the romance, love these books!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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