- by Tara Taylor Quinn
by Tara Taylor Quinn and Kelly Chapman
Things are getting busier and busier here on The Chapman Files International Blog Tour! We gave away another free book yesterday. And will have more to give away over the next several days. We’ve received many more invitations for stops along the way so buckle your seat belts and come along with us as we visit all kinds of interesting places and people. The schedule is being continually updated at www.tarataylorquinn.com and all past stops are linked there if you missed us and want to catch up.
So many people have jumped on board with our fight against domestic abuse. I can’t thank you all enough for all of the help and support you’re giving. We’ve got cities joining in our fight now – offering facilities for events and helping us spread the word. And libraries. And the Arizona In-line Skating Association has expressed interest in being involved with us. I hope and pray that all of this effort pays off for Sandra Ramos and Strengthen Our Sisters, allowing the battered women and their children to remain in their safe houses.
When I wrote The First Wife, I had to spend my days ‘living’ the life of a woman like Sandra’s women, dependent upon a shelter like hers. I knew the feelings well. Too well. But in The First Wife, I could promise myself a happy ending. I knew before I sat down to write that my heroine, the woman I was embodying, would be victorious in her fight. I knew everything would be okay in the end. Sandra never knows that about her real life heroines. They never know that about themselves. I can’t write their happy endings. But I’m doing what I can to help them have one. And so are all of you who are traveling with us on this tour, participating. We’re building a network, a community of people who care. Sandra is aware. Women at Strengthen Our Sisters are aware. The support really really matters.
And now, something new! On September 14, 2010, the same day that The First Wife was released, another very very exciting project debuted in the reading world. A new line of books, from a publisher that is new to women’s fiction – new to fiction period – but a publisher that is well established and respected in the non-fiction world. HCI – Health Communications, Inc. is the publisher of many many self help books, spiritual books, healing books. Memoirs. Books on relationships and addictions. On fighting addictions. HCI originated the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. HCI publishes books from respected physicians and psychologists on all topics integral to healthy and happy living. And now, HCI is publishing books about love. Romantic love.
The line is called True Vows. And true to HCI form and intent, these books embody real life. You’ve heard of Reality TV. And now HCI is bringing the world Reality Based Romance novels. True Vows debuted on Tuesday to international fanfare - NBC included - with three incredible books. All three of which were written by bestselling romance authors. These books are fictionalized, showcasing the incredible talent of the three authors, and they are based on the real life love stories of three very real, very true couples. HCI found the couples. And the authors. And put the two together to create a new form of entertainment, a new form of ‘self help’ for believers in love ever after. As we escape into the pages of an intense love story, we’re also experiencing true love with a real life couple. We’re discovering how they found each other, found the magic, and were able to hold on to it and make it work.
In the Romance Novel world, True Vows is perfection. It gives me the romance novels I’ve been reading since I was fourteen years old – the larger than life, intense, emotional experience that I can lose myself in. And yet, it gives me real life, too. These books aren’t escapism. Unless you’re escaping from the belief that life is really a daily grind with nothing bigger, nothing more magical. Nothing more lasting. Nothing larger. These books tell the stories of real life, real possibilities, real magic, real love. They don’t take us out of the world – they give us the best of what’s in the world.
So many times, when I read a gripping romance that I can’t put down, I get to the last page wishing it wasn’t over. I don’t want to let go of the people. I don’t want to say goodbye. I want them to live on and on. To not be imaginary. I don’t want to let go of the idea that deep, binding love between two people – magic between two people – really exists. Imagine reading a romance and getting to the last page and closing the book and knowing that out in the real world, in Manhattan even, the people you just read about are living. Breathing. Loving each other, still. For Ted and Erika, the couple in Judith Arnold’s Meet Me In Manhattan, real life now includes their baby, too.True Vows launched this week with three books that every romance reader should treat herself to. These books add an entirely new dimension to the romance reading experience. Kind of like when silent movies suddenly had voices. And music.
One more thing I have to add…over the next three months, as we celebrate The Chapman Files, expert witness psychologist, Kelly Chapman and I are going to be asking for help. If you can, join us in our fight against Domestic Abuse. Since February of this year, the United States’ first battered women’s shelter, Strengthen Our Sisters is down $400,000.00 in donations. Some of the staff members are working without pay as they struggle to pay mortgages on ten houses filled to capacity and keep their women and children housed and safe. If you’d like to help, click here to go directly to a secure paypal sight. www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VR7WPWDHR6KFS.
There’s an item from our new book, The First Wife, hidden on the tour with us. Guess the item to enter the drawing to win it! Today’s clue: More women than men like them. Send all guesses to firstname.lastname@example.org. To see previous clues visit blog sites listed at www.tarataylorquinn.com. We have correct guesses!!! Keep them coming!
Don’t miss The Chapman File tour party on December 4th at www.eharlequin.com! Tour prize winners will be announced!
E-books of all of The Chapman File Stories are available for pre-order at amzn.to/bmJzp4.
Next tour stop: Friday, September 17, 2010. Superromance Authors http://community.eharlequin.com/content/its-official. We hope to see you there! The more blogs you visit with us, the more chances you have to win! Every time you comment your name is dropped in the bag for the prize drawings.