Even though Christmas is over, we decided to keep the celebration alive by asking the Inkspell authors about their favorite holiday present. Reading about the authors really gives you an insight into their lives and their stories! What do you think? Which is your favorite gift and why?
Mark Jay Harris:
Sleep in the afternoon after the kids have opened their presents. Santa's pretty tuckered out by that time, and sleep makes a wonderful gift!
The best Christmas gift I ever received was when I was either a junior or senior in high school. As the oldest of four children, I understood better than my siblings the "price" of Christmas for a large family. I thought I would hedge my bets for the one thing I wanted that year -- new skis -- by not asking for another thing that Christmas. I had figured, one gift request -- they gotta fill it, right?
Well, at the end of the morning of opening gifts, I had all sorts of new gear -- new ski jacket, gloves, hats, etc. -- but no skis. I put on my happy face, knowing deep down the skis, boots and poles were just too expensive for my poor parents to be able to buy while still providing a Christmas to my sisters and brothers.
My mother had other plans. She sent me into the bathroom to clean up because "there is no way I am going to shower in that nasty thing on Christmas day." So I went and dutifully cleaned up the bathroom -- grumbling the whole time about how the oldest always gets a raw deal. I grumbled until I returned to the living room to find the skis I had wanted pulled up from where they had been hiding behind our couch. The shock on my face must have been priceless.
I spent close to the next 30 minutes bawling my eyes out, amazed at what my parents had done for me, knowing the sacrifices that must have been necessary for them to afford all the ski stuff they got for me. Like they always have, somehow, my parents managed to make Christmas perfect.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!
Of course, I love books. It's always wonderful to get books, gift certificates for books, or anything even remotely related to books as a Christmas present. But as a mom, the best gifts are always how your children experience the holidays. My kids (3,6, and 8) have this unusual tradition of wrapping up things from around the house and giving them to each other for Christmas. They usually pick toys they've had for years. It's odd, and I don't know where they got the idea, but it's been going on for a few years now and I think it's hilarious. Watching them go though this gift exchange is undoubtedly my favorite gift of Christmas.
My favorite Christmas present would be a surprise romantic trip to a castle or monastery turned into a hotel. I saw something like that while I was browsing yesterday and I thought it must be wonderful to receive a present like that under the Christmas tree. Besides that, of course my answer would be books. I love books in all shapes and forms, and a bookish Christmas present always makes my day!
This one is easy. My most favorite Christmas present of all time is my sister!
As I went to bed on that particular Christmas Eve I was surrounded by three brothers. Two that were older than me, and one a few years younger. I remember wanting a baby sister more than anything! And although our baby was supposed to arrive in January, I remember my father coming into my bedroom on that early, early Christmas morning (so early it was still dark. He flipped on the light and with a big smile on his face, said, "Merry Christmas, Deb! You have a brand new baby sister!" We've been the best of friends ever since!
When it comes to Christmas, my favorite Christmas present is having everyone at home and together for the holiday. Over the past couple of years, there have been a lot of changes at our Christmas dinner. We lost some of our numbers, then added a few. Some of us have moved away. Each of these things has changed our family's dynamic. So for me, having everyone together, in one place…that's easily, the very best gift I could ever hope for. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
T. Michelle Nelson:
My favorite Christmas present is my very first one. I was adopted in October of 1974 at six weeks old. My mom wanted to go Christmas shopping and my dad needed to go get some motor oil or some other manly type thing and had no interest in going with my mom to get presents for me. While they were out getting Dad's manly purchases, my mother no doubt pitched a fit about not having their new baby any gifts so when Dad came out of the store he had bought me this plastic fish. 38 years later and I still have it, maybe a little worse for wear, but it is my most prized possession.
Everyone at Inkspell Publishing hopes that you had a wonderful holiday and received your heart's desire. We'd love to hear what your favorite gift was and why!
Because it takes a lot of work to make Mondays fun, we at Inkspell decided to start a blog feature we like to call Eyecandy Monday. Each Monday we will feature the characters from one Inkspell novel and share with you all the fine details and tasty tidbits we can dig up about these interesting and well written main characters. We want to revisit some of our favorite hotties from our favorite stories! As we revisit our eyecandy, we are sharing with you an excerpt to wet your appetite about the character and the story. After all, you can't get enough of book eyecandy!
Beckett pretended not to watch me, peeking up from his holo-tab from time to time. I hadn’t done anything interesting in the hours that passed and I took great satisfaction in knowing he needed to occupy himself with the electronic tethers of technology while I sat content with the freedom of the day.
In the afternoon, music filled the uncomfortable space between us. I scanned through hundreds of songs on his holo-tab, eventually selecting a list of amazing tunes from times gone by. We found common ground in our love for Green Age sounds made with instruments as opposed to the digital contortion known as music in the modern world.
“How did you find this music? I thought only eccentric old citizens longing for the Green Age still listened to this,” I teased him, his preference for the Green Age clear in everything in his home from the pillows to the color on the walls. Actually, the fact that he had any color on the walls at all was unusual for a home in the Collective. Citizens preferred modern, industrial materials and utilitarian design. No stylization, no personality, and certainly no fluffy green pillows and golden-hued walls.
“Everything is available in digi-file; you just have to know where to look for it.” He smirked, hinting at some secret digital knowledge.
“You also need one of these special issue tablets from the Affinity, but, you know, no big deal.” I laughed at my own sarcasm and stuck my tongue out at him. Beckett tried to look annoyed but his face resembled that of an adult trying not to entertain the smart remarks of a petulant child.
I lounged on the sofa while he fitted himself into the far corner where his mattress met the wall. Music floated all around us, bouncing off the walls and making the air heavy with beautiful color and emotion. One of the songs on the list featured a gorgeous falsetto male voice layered on top of thunderous drums and a driving bass guitar. I closed my eyes and let the music completely sweep me away.
Beckett noticed my abandon and increased the volume so loud I couldn’t hear myself think. Music came blaring through the speakers expertly placed throughout the cabin. I’d never been immersed in sound like that before. Even in my youth, I hadn’t experienced the consumption of my mind and body within melody. Everything outside of this room, these four walls, everything waiting for me over the mountain and deep in the forest, it all disappeared. All that I could think or feel was the rhythm in the music. My heart followed the sultry pace of the bass and my chest constricted with the painful lyrics bleeding out of the soulful singer.
The song ended and I shot up from my prone position, finding Beckett smiling at me from across the room as the beginning notes of the same decadent music filled the cabin again. I returned a grateful smile and sank back into the overstuffed cushions beneath me. As I lay, swept away in the power of the song, I felt Beckett watching me. I opened my eyes and met his in a gratuitous appraisal of my body, stretched out as if it were on display for him. Our exchange felt right, not dirty or salacious at all, just one person enjoying the vision of another person in complete physical and emotional rapture. We were happy there together, in that moment.
As the last note sounded, I immediately wished I could hear it again. If I could have bottled the feeling of that song, of our shared experience of pure bliss, I would have in a second. The remainder of the day, Beckett and I let the bleat of the horns, the sigh of the strings, and the pounding of the percussion fill up all the empty space around us.
Will Cassie and Beckett give into the smoldering passion that is sizzling between them? Can they afford to since they are on different sides of the battle over personal rights? If you love a thought-provoking, passionate science fiction story, you are going to love Frozen Heart!
Happy Halloween everyone! In honor of the holiday, we asked our Inkspell authors about their favorite candy! Can you just see them going out trick or treating and hording their favorites? Or do you think that they are all about buying something that they don't like so that they don't eat it all? What is your favorite and does it match our Inkspell authors?
Rebecca Hart:My favorite Halloween candy has changed over the years, just like my taste in clothing and music have evolved. When I was small, I was addicted to Charleston Chews, couldn't get enough of them. That is, until the day I found my first Mounds bars.
Dark chocolate and coconut -- how can you go wrong there? That's right. You can't. Now that I don't trick or treat anymore, and the focus is on bringing my kids out, I just let them know "the rules" before we leave the house.
"I call dibs on all the Mounds bars."
Thankfully, they don't seem to mind.
I really don’t have a favorite. BUT if I had to make a choice right this minute, I’d ask for the caramel apples I used to get while trick-or-treating in my youth. I lived in a small town, covered with fruit orchards and since the apples were harvested in the fall, many of the farmers would offer homemade caramel apples to the witches, ghosts, and goblins knocking at their doors. Trust me...these candied apples were to die for!
Actually, the candy bar that I can't live without is rare these days. It was my Grandpa's favorite, then became my favorite, and now I can only find them in specialty shops. It's called the Uno Bar, and it is light and fluffy and delicious! The sad thing is...whenever I find them, I buy as many of them as I can afford, and then I bring them home to horde them. My kids don't even get any. How mean is that?
Mark Jay Harris:
Peanut M&Ms with milk. I could live on them for days!
It's very hard for me not to overindulge this time of year. While I love the pumpkin-y treats of fall, like pumkpin bread, pumpkin pies, and pumpkin lattes (okay, that's not true, I can't stand pumpkin lattes, but you catch my drift), it's the Halloween candy that truly breaks my will power.
Rich, satiny cubes of caramel, sticky sweet ropes of licorice, and decadent velvety squares of chocolate tempt my taste buds. I'm usually able to resist the forbidden fruit of the season. Yet, when you pair salty and thick peanut butter with the sweet creaminess of chocolate, I'm a quivering mess.
My absolute favorite candies are the peanut butter cups from the Unreal candy company (getunreal.com). They're just like their mainstream cousin candy, without any nasty preservatives, artificial ingredients, or GMOs. I can feel slightly less guilty when I eat them, and eat them I do!
Sasha Summers:I have a SWEET TOOTH – so I can’t pick just one. When it comes to chocolate I LOVE Almond Joys and the newly discovered Dark Chocolate Raspberry M&M – like I needed another candy to crave. But if we’re talking candy candy – I love sour spaghetti and super tart cherry sours YUM!
Ironically I don’t get these things to hand out at Halloween because I would eat them all – and then I’d have to go dresses as a pumpkin. LOL! I tend to stick with the kid faves like Laffy Taffy, Tootsie Rolls, and Nerds… Perk – I don’t really like any of them so there’s plenty for trick-or-treaters!
Happy Halloween! :)
Snickers of course, Kellen's favorite! It's because of all the chocolate "carmely" goodness. Yum!
Jill Kaelin:My sweet tooth is pretty large, so there’s not much candy I’ll turn my nose up at. Chewy, chocolaty, sour, sweet…I like them all. But naturally, I have a favorite that I find irresistible. Lindt Lindor white chocolate truffles. These are my weakness. There’s just something about that creamy white chocolate inside that makes me want to devour the whole bag. Unraveling that blue, twisty plastic and finding the perfect ball of chocolate inside, makes my mouth water as I’m writing this. I have my students to thank for this addiction. A few years ago, one of my little sweeties bought me a bag of these divine chocolates. I’ve been hooked ever since. But, in my defense, may I just add that chocolate raises antioxidant levels in our bodies, so technically it’s really healthy. Happy Halloween!
Inkspell Authors, editors and everyone would like to wish you a very Happy Halloween! We hope you get all the candy you wish for and enjoy the spirit of the season!
Annabelle Blume is the author of the heart-pounding futuristic tale Frozen Heart. Today we sit down with Annabelle and are excited to share with you, our readers, a little more about this wonderful author.
When did you first start writing? What made you want to be a writer?
I’ve always been an avid reader, completely obsessed with my Scholastics flier from elementary school onward. I cut my teeth at a young age on authors who wrote adult fiction. My first true love in literature was the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. I was only 13 when I read those books. Everyone thought I was so weird because I read vampire books that weren’t in the middle school library. The Vampire Chronicles were adult not only in their themes and content, but also in the complexity of the language and writing style. At the time there were only 3 books in the series (shut up, I’m not old) and I read and re-read them until I had them memorized. I toyed with writing my own fantasy stories at the time, but abandoned the idea quickly.
Fast forward about 10 years, I got married, had kids, and didn’t have time to think let alone read. I eventually got the hang of being a mom and figured out how to balance my time. A couple years ago, I resumed the voracious reading habits of my youth thanks to the resurgence of vampire themed books like the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and began writing as well. After playing around in some online writing communities, I decided I’d take the plunge and set my sights on writing a book. It all happened much faster than I expected and I’m still getting used to the idea that I have a book. Me. A book! Crazy. Did someone check Hades for snowballs?
What inspired you to write your book?
Honestly, I saw a call for scifi submissions at romance house and the setting for Frozen Heart immediately popped into my head. On a more serious note, I felt this was my opportunity to challenge readers to think about what it means to be strong, what it means to be free, and what it means to be vulnerable for the sake of true love.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I was a total pantser for Frozen Heart. The story came to me as I wrote it. I started with the first sentence and the pieces fell into place as the story unfolded. The down side to that process was how much had to be scrapped and rewritten. As for my current WIP, I plotted it before hand, and then revised the synopsis two more times before I started writing. So, I guess you could call me a switch.
Do you have any writing rituals or special processes you complete before sitting down to write?
No, but I wish I did. I have three kids, and the interrupt my writing on a 20 minute rotating schedule. I write most often at night, once they’re in bed, and I’ve also claimed a spot at the table in my kids’ karate studio where I can work while they are in class.
What authors inspire you?
F. Scott Fitzgerald is a huge favorite of mine. Oscar Wilde is another classic author who I never tire of reading. Obviously, Anne Rice has inspired me a great deal. Then there are my dystopian idols; Ray Bradbury and Margaret Atwood. My goodness, Fahrenheit 451 and The Handmaid’s Tale changed my life. Speculative fiction was completely new to me and when I read those books I felt like someone understood me, really got me and how my head worked. I’m also a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain. His voice and unapologetic social and political commentary inspire me to be true and honest in my writing.
If you could only write in one genre for the rest of your career, what genre would you choose? Why?
Romance. Without a doubt. There is so much room the in romance genre to spin out stories in whatever direction you want. Contrary to the popular view that dismisses romance as a genre full of unrealistic ideals and fantasy relationships, I believe when you dig into romance you find a deep well of stories that portray the honest moments of love. The hard and heartbreaking experiences that we go through and the hope that lies behind it all.
Which of the characters in your current release is your favorite? Why?
Tonk. He’s one of Cressenda’s dogs. The subtleties of how Cressenda and Tonk interact are really amazing to me. They’ve been a team for a very long time and she doesn’t trust anyone the way she trusts Tonk.
Are any of your characters modeled after real people? If so, which ones?
No, they aren’t. They are completely from my own crazy imagination, which, incidentally, made it tremendously difficult to find real people to be visual examples.
What music was on your playlist while writing your novel?
Frozen Heart was written almost exclusively to the Maroon 5 album Songs About Jane.
Morning person or grumpy bear?
Don’t talk to me before 10am or coffee. Or both.
Tell us one thing it would surprise us to know about you?
I have over 10 hours of tattoo work on my body. Is that surprising? I don’t know. I suppose that depends on who you ask.
What is next for you?
I have another romance in the works right now. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to establish myself as a romance author and have a nice long career writing sex scenes...and the stories that go with them, of course.
Do you have any unique skills or talents? If so, what?
I used to take aerial acrobatics. Tissue to be exact. You know, the stuff you see at Cirque du Soleil where they climb the long strips of fabric and tie themselves up and swing around? I really want to get back to it. Oh, and I’m afraid of heights.
If I were to look in your closet right now, would I find frills and lace or demin and tees?
Both. Like I said, I have three kids, and the youngest is 3, so I don’t spend much time in heels and lace, but when I do get dressed up, I don’t hold back. In summary, you’d find 2 pair of Converse, 2 pair of flipflops, 6 pair of jeans, and about 20 different vintage style dresses and heels. I wear red lipstick almost every day, though.
If you would like to find out more about Annabelle and her writing, please check out her blog at: http://www.annabelleblume.com/
Frozen Heart is available now for purchase at the Inkspell store as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance Ebooks and Kobo. See for yourself why Frozen Heart has been receiving so many five star ratings!
Do you love having a paperback book in your hands? Do you love the feel of the pages as they turn? Do you enjoy collecting signed books by your favorite authors?
Inkspell is offering signed copies of Frozen Heart for anyone who purchases a print copy of her book today on our store site. Due to the nature of the promotion, there will be a delay in the shipping.
Stop by to purchase your special signed book today! This is a limited time purchase so be sure to get your copy today! You know you want one! And at only $7, it's sure to be a collector's item!
If you want to follow along with the twitter party and share the love, make sure you follow Annabelle on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AnnabelleBlume. Don't forget to watch for and use the #frozenheart hashtag! It's sure to be a rocking party!
Because it takes a lot of work to make Mondays fun, we at Inkspell decided to start a new blog feature we like to call Eyecandy Monday. Each Monday we will feature the characters from one Inkspell novel and share with you all the fine details and tasty tidbits we can dig up about these
interesting and well written main characters.
Frozen Heart our latest release will leave your heart anything but frozen. It is a sizzling tale of two people who are on opposite sides of the new world order. The world has entered a second Ice Age and survial is a challenge. The government regulates everything including who you mate and marry. Today Annabelle Blume shares with you what she pictures for the main characters. See if you agree!
Character Name: Cressenda
Distinguishing features: The calloused hands of a woman that builds her own solar panels and kills animals (and people if necessary) with a spear.
Most resembles: Minka Kelly
Teaser: Cressenda is determined, almost to a fault, to live on the right side of wrong. She needs no one but her canine companions and nothing but her finely tuned survival skills to make it on her own.
Character Name: Beckett
Hair: dark brown
Distinguishing features: Tall, dark, and handsome with an icy façade
Most resembles: Jesse Williams
Teaser: Beckett wants to save Cressenda, from the Affinity, from the blizzard, and from herself, but he isn’t exactly forthcoming with why her survival means so much to him.
Frozen Heart is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat with the fast paced action and heart stopping romance. Can you see Jesse and Minka in the main roles?
Frozen Heart's cover has caused many people to stop and stare. But it is the strength of Cressenda that really gives us the chills! When an ice age causes the world to change forever, Cressenda must surive on her own with only the companionship of her two dogs. She fights not only the freezing temperatures but the government who wants to control her life.
When we asked Annabelle about her release, she said, "I had an inescapable urge to create a female character who stuck to her principles and fought for what she believed in. Cressenda is that character." Wow! Cressenda is definately a strong woman!
ARC readers loved the independence of Cressenda and the steamy guard Beckett's detmination to do what is right against all odds. And now today is your chance to get your very own copy! Oh and guess what, the ebook is available for only $2 exclusively at our website only till 14th August!
A decade surviving on her own.
Three days with the enemy.
Can love conquer all?
Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.
But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both- the blizzard and the Affinity- makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Format: eBook and Paperback
ISBN: eBook: 978-0-9851483-6-2
Price: $7.00 (Paperback)
$2.00 (eBook) - Only till 14th August!
A girl can dream...in fact we often do. As we watch the heroes on the movie screen, we wish we could be the girl in their arms or we wish to take that sexy man home with us. In honor of Sasha Summer's upcoming release- Hollywood Ever After, we asked Inkspell authors about which Hollywood heartthrob they would love to marry and why. See if you agree with them!
T. Michelle Nelson:
Considering I’m already married, “the hubs” probably wouldn’t like me mulling over this question too much, however, for the sake of the blog, and all…
Although Hollywood has some fine new arm candy out there these days, ahem Channing Tatum and Jason Momoa, I’m going to have to go old school on this one. Let’s flashback to the early 90’s. In “Last of the Mohicans” I became enamored, but it was “Age of Innocence” that sold me on Daniel-Day Lewis. Edith Wharton is my all-time favorite author, so I might be a bit biased, but Daniel Day-Lewis did such a fabulous job of playing Newland Archer (and he looked good while doing so).
In 2002, he solidified his position at the top of my hottie list when he played Bill “The Butcher” Cutting in “Gangs of New York.” I do like the bad boys, and he can pull that off as well. But
THE biggest reason I like Daniel-Day Lewis so well… his uncanny resemblance to the aforementioned “hubs.” Hubby is on the left, Daniel-Day Lewis on the right. Not bad, eh?
I have a massive (I mean MASSIVE) celebrity crush on Chris Hemsworth. I’m sure the roles he plays is part of it – the whole, stop at nothing to help/protect his woman… Which makes him an ideal husband, right? In his interviews he comes across as a normal, funny guy that happens to be amazingly gorgeous. So, yea, I’m all about Mr. Hemsworth! :)
Here are 2 pictures – I just can’t choose :) One is him looking yummy. The other looking oh-so-perfect with his baby girl.
Johnny Depp. No question about it. I find his artistic idiosyncrasies endearing and he's ridiculously gorgeous. He's pretty enough to convince people he's a good guy but got enough ink to make you suspect he is anything but. Plus, I have a sneaking suspicion he has sold his soul to the Devil as he never seems to age. He's like a modern day Dorian Gray.
Who in Hollywood, indeed! There are so many to choose from, but if I had to pick only one, I'd have to say Hugh Jackman. He's been a favorite of mine for years. He's certainly gorgeous, but his charm is what wins me over. I have friends who worked with him here in Vancouver when he was filming the X-Men series, and they tell me he was one of the nicest guys they ever met. I love how dedicated he is to his family, his sense of humor, the fact he can sing, dance, and act. Most of all, I love that he's spiritual. He meditates every day, which, to me, is a sign of a man who knows who he really is.
It's hard to disagree with these choices, but what do you think? Who would you marry if you could marry a Hollywood Hottie? Don't forget to read about one woman's story of a Hollywood Ever After when it releases in a few days.
Independence Day or July fourth is a big deal in America. We enjoy celebrating our independence from England and the Declaration of Independence with parades, cook-outs, and fireworks. We asked a few of our Inkspell authors about their holiday plans. We hope you enjoy hearing about their events and have a wonderful holiday too!
"This year my family is spending Independence Day with my oldest brother and his family. He was a 20 year marine, and now works in national security, so our American pride really comes out when we're together. He survived 3 tours in Iraq, and has devoted his life to protecting the freedoms that so many of us take for granted."
This July 4th, the family is heading to "Tortuga", our seasonal, pirate themed campsite in Upstate, NY for a few days of nature, sunshine, BBQs and campfires. No fireworks or big parties, but there is always something for the kids to do or someone for them to hang out with, and you can't beat the fresh air.
I can't wait to sink into five days of outdoor bliss. I might even manage to do a little writing. *fingers crossed*
All our family is a thousand miles away, so we don't have any plans for Fourth of July. The weather is insanely hot this time of year in the Deep South--we'll probably just grill hot dogs and eat them in the comfort of our air conditioning!
I'll be enjoying some family time pool-side! My cousin, Kym, and her family have the most amazing backyard. It truly looks like a resort, complete with waterfall flowing into the pool, fire pit and cabana bed. It's going to be a full day of catching up and relaxing.
It sounds like our authors have some wonderful plans for the holiday. How will you celebrate Independence Day?
Last week we sat down with Hollywood Ever After author Sasha Summers to find out more about herself and her writing. This week we are going to ask all our authors a question and you get to see all the responses! It is like a mega interview!
My first crush was a french exchange student named Pascal. I was in the ninth grade and everyone in my french class in
Vancouver did an exchange with another family in Quebec as a way to learn about the language and the culture of our French-speaking province. We stayed a week in each other's homes. I was one of the few girls who had a boy to billet with,
not Pascal, but one of his friends. So, in the short time we had, we spent a fair bit of time together, and I soon fell head over heels.
Sadly, one of my friends thought it would be fun to get a boy who I liked to like her instead. I was totally out of my league. But as soon she proved she could get him, she turned him away and told me she just wanted to win. She broke two hearts that day: his and mine. He never spoke to either of us again.
I'm not sure if this is normal or not, but my first crush was actually on my 7th grade Science teacher. I've always
seemed to like older men *wink*
Since I still live in the same general area as him, I'll withold any names, but I used to hang out in his classroom for my daily study hall, and feign interest in his collection of strange science specimens just to get the chance to hang out in his classroom, and listen to him talk. *blushes*
My first crush was on Tom Selleck. At the time, though I know I'm dating myself, the hot show on TV was Magnum PI. I remember that I wrote to his official fan club and I received one post card from Tom, thanking me for signing up. My mom went out and got me a Hawaiian shirt just like Tom’s in the picture.
Later the following year, my little brother Adam, was born. One night, I was placed in charge of watching him and he promptly threw up on the Tom Selleck shirt. No stain-removing products were successful in getting out the baby formula stain.
The vomit on the Tom Selleck shirt has been a point of contention for the nearly thirty years that have followed the event. My brother, who is now a chaplain, was told by a patient just last week that he looks like a young Tom Selleck. Oh the irony!
My first crush was a little boy named Shaun in preschool. We played “Greatest American Hero” every day on the playground (it was our favorite show, obviously) and we never failed to save the day. His stellar pretend-flying skills were a great compliment to my crime fighting smarts. We made a great team and I was sure we would marry. Alas, we did not. Although, my husband is routinely told he’s the spitting image of Clark Kent, so it seems I married a Superhero after all.
My first crush was a celebrity – Christopher Reeves in “Somewhere in Time”. He was so… so… perfect. I know he was also Superman, but I wasn’t really into the man in tights thing. It was this part that ‘did me in’. His love for Elise, and his determination to go back in time just to be with her made my heart flip-flop and my tummy knot-up. And come on, he was so gorgeous. And the film was a tragic love story, my favorite kind, so I was done for. None of the boys I knew could compete!
In all likelihood, from the time I knew guys existed, I probably had a crush of one kind or another, even if an actor
from a movie or TV series. (I can’t help it; I’ve always been a romantic and I like guys!) But, having said that, the first flesh and blood “crush” that popped into my mind was Russell Bowers, one of the students in my third grade class. He
was tall, dark, and handsome…yes he was. And, as destiny smiled down upon my smitten heart, he became my square dance partner during the P.E. portion of our school day. Why? Because he was the tallest boy, and I just happened to be the tallest girl at that time. Yes indeed, the snowy winter was the most memorable season of my third grade year!
Believe it or not, but my first crush was on a book character. When I first read “In The Forests of The Night”by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, I immediately fell in love with one of the main characters, a vampire named Aubrey. Mind you, this was all before vampires became popular, even before Buffy The Vampire Slayer aired – or at least, before I was old enough to watch it. Originally I had borrowed the book from the library, but after reading it over thirty times in one week, my Mom bought a copy for me. However, according to my Mom, my first ever crush on a real life person was back when I was in kindergarten. I used to chase one of my best friends and try to give him kisses on the cheek. I don’t remember that though –
but I’m glad I don’t!
My first mayor crush happened after my mother took my brothers and me to live overseas. I was about ten at the time and going to a new school in which all children spoke a language I could barely speak myself was in itself intimidating. However, when I walked through those metal gates on my first day of school and caught sight of a tall boy with long brown hair and hazel eyes my heart caught in my throat. Suddenly, the new school didn’t seem so bad after that.
His name was George and he was sweet and had a smile that could render you speechless. His morning ritual consisted of bringing me a box of candy and then would smile sheepishly when the others boys gave him a hard time for it. Although we dated for a time when we got older, we ultimately decided remain friends.
My first crush was Christian Bale when he played the cabin boy in Treasure Island back in 1990. I first saw it in English class in 6th grade, and I was smitten. I made my sister watch it over and over again, and I even had an alternate ending worked out in my head involving me and him! Maybe that's how my writer's brain got started?
I was born boy-crazy, but I think my first crush was Michael Jackson. In
kindergarten, I even wore one silver glove to school and had a silver glove
necklace. I'd swoon whever he came on the radio and make up little dance
routines to his songs.
It is fun to see all the different men who inspired our first crush. Now that you know a little about our authors's first crushes, who was yours?