Saturday, November 17, 2012

Crimson Wonderland Blog Hop

 What character from a cherished book do you want to be?
I always wanted to be Laura.

When I first became passionate about reading, I was probably about nine or ten, and devoured every Little House On The Prairie book I could find. I never wanted to be the good daughter, Mary, who parceled out her candy so it would last longer. I wanted to be plucky Laura, who was impulsive, loyal, and unafraid, even though there was danger at every turn. She stood up to Indians with as much aplomb as she did Nellie Oleson, her bratty schoolmate. I was right there with her on every adventure, every meeting, every move she and her family made.

I loved the era that Laura grew up in, and envied her. I wanted to live on the edge of the woods, to meet mountain men and Indians, to explore the wild untamed country that became America. That is why I write and read historical romances. Now that I’m older, I realize the only thing better than being a child growing up in the untamed wilderness is being an adult woman who is able to fall in love with the big, strapping heroes who populated the country several hundred years ago. Now, each time I read an historical romance, I am swept away into the love story amid lush surroundings.

In The Reluctant Debutante, I get to fulfill two of my fantasies. I get to dance at a formal ball with a handsome stranger, and I get to fall in love with an Indian. My second book, The Abolitionist's Secret, has a heroine who becomes involved in the Underground Railroad movement. I always wanted to become politically active for the cause of racial equality. However, I was always a bit too afraid to ride the buses in Selma, or march on Washington. But in my books, I can be very brave. 

I enjoy books that let me slide back in time, to an earlier and simpler era. Through historical books, I can dance at a Regency ball, witness a buffalo stampede, board a wagon train headed west, or even visit ancient Rome. Please explore all the Crimson authors who are participating in the blog hop. I’m sure you’ll find some world to lose yourself in, whether you enjoy a swashbuckling pirate story, a chick-lit contemporary, or becoming a Duchess for a day.

So, it's your turn. Tell me what character you most want to be, and what book you'd like to be swept into. Leave a comment here before hopping over to another participating author's site to be eligible for one of the three prizes that have a total value of $200, and will be awarded at the end of the hop. Leave us your email address or website, so we can get in touch with you when you win. And be sure to click on the link to my personal giveaway through Goodreads, of an autographed copy of The Reluctant Debutante. Good luck, and happy reading!


  1. I, too, cut my reader's teeth on Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved that she took me into a new world I had never before experienced. I continue to look for that type of reading experience, and love it when an author introduces me to something I've never before considered or experienced.

  2. I was not a big Laura Ingalls Wilder fan might have had to do with the fact that my mom use to make me copy pages of the books to practice my handwriting...I would like to say that my handwriting has improved dur to it. But I do love when authors whisk me away to new places and different times.

  3. I love Laura, I remember reading those when I was younger. reading your post makes me want to reread them again.


  4. I love blog hopping because it adds new books to my to read list! The library is my fav escape location! LOL!


  5. When I was young I wanted to be Stacy from the Babysitters Club! Now I could be swept into the world of the Demonica series by Larissa Ione! The men are drool worthy and the females are strong fighters!
    Thanks for doing the blog hop and a chance to win! I love reading as a form of escape, love reading YA and Adult romance and paranormal! My favorite place to read is curled up in my chair in my little 'library'!

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  6. I have so many!! Almost every character I have read in my Historical romance novels I want to be because of their hot sexy man. I know I wanted to be Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice with the great Mr. Darcy.
    Thanks for the hop!!


  7. There is so many that could name.

    I have to agree about Laura because of time frame and setting are wonderful. I personally find books as a way to relax and escape...

    Thanks for sharing that wonderful post ...


  8. Cliche but Elizabeth Bennett in Pride & Prejudice -- so romantic!


  9. I am a sucker for the Happily Ever After which is why I like the romance books. I would like to be the heroine in almost every romance book I read. LOL I especially like the paranormal or futuristic romance books with hot sexy alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines. They can be futuristic, or go back in time, or be contemporary or even on another planet as long as they get me hooked from the very first few chapters. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  10. Becky,

    Thank you for the opprotunity to learn about you and your style of writing! I'm not usually a historical romance fan preferring the more modern or futuristic settings.

    Regardless, If I’m not transported in the story, it’s a disappointment. I treat each book as if I’m a bystander watching the scenes as they unfold. I like to see in my mind’s eye the people, surroundings, and emotions. I know I’m engaged when I can’t put the book down until I’m done. The story has to have all the elements of a good story to hook me. If not, I feel cheated.

    Thanks for the opportunity to meet you and explore your site.

    Belinda G

  11. I don't think I'd want to be a character...they always have to go through so much!


  12. That is exactly why I read so that I can go and become that which I have dreamed of...and to dance at a formal ball...sigh...the gowns, the colours!
    I wanted to be Merlin in Mary Stewart's The Crystal Cave!

  13. I would love to be Eve Dallas from JD Robb's In Death series.

  14. I love being carried away by a paranormal romance.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  15. Yay!! Just stopping by on my way around the hop! This is so much fun!


  16. I don't have a favorite, except maybe to be with a cowboy. I would love to be someone's cowgirl!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  17. Isolde is my favorite.

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

    bme722 at gmail dot com

  18. I think I'd love to be some big, mean, but can be sweet, Highlander's lady in some Highland keep tucked away in the hills somewhere. Just saying. :)

    Thanks for participating in the hop. Have a great Thanksgiving.