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March 2, 2011

Hi all!

I have decided to up the ante and get myself out there more – write more, advertise more, sell more books.  2011 is the year of the book for me! 

In the spirit of that, I now have an official website:  christinacorlett.com.  I have also switched over to a new blog, so come check it out.  (Just be patient with me – I’m still learning about Blogger and how they work, but so far I am liking their options so much better than WordPress.)

Be sure to subscribe to both my website and blog, as well as follow me on Twitter and FB!

Thanks and happy reading!

Christina

Attention Jane Austen fans: a sequel to “Pride & Prejudice” that is a real winner!

November 11, 2010

Hi all!

It’s been a while since I had a chance to blog.  As usual, life, children, and cakes have taken all of my time and energy.  However, I have been reading like a good little girl, and I wanted to share my new favorite books.

First of all, you should know that I love all things Jane Austen.  “Pride & Prejudice” is my favorite of her books but I also adored “Persuasion”, “Sense & Sensibility“, “Emma”, “Mansfield Park” and “Northanger Abbey”.  In addition to reading the books, I also either own or have seen the movie versions of each (BTW, the 2005 version of “P&P” is fabulous – Kiera Knightly plays a spectacular Eliza Bennett and Matthew Macfadyen is a delicious Mr. Darcy).  I even went to the Jane Austen Museum in Bath, England, which is well worth visiting to learn about Jane’s life, the era in which she lived and how it influenced her writing.  In fact, I love Jane Austen and “Pride & Prejudice” so much that the romantic hero of my next book, “The Art of Love” (whose publication date has been pushed back to 2011), has a name based on characters from it!  But I digress…

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My favorite movie version of "Pride & Prejudice" starring Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfayden...although I did love the Colin Firth version too....

Since “Pride & Prejudice” is my favorite of Austen’s books and undoubtedly one of her most famous, many an author and fans have attempted to write sequels to the story.  Who hasn’t asked themselves upon finishing the novel what happened after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett got married?  Did they live happily ever after or did they live to regret their union?  Book after book has been written in this vein, but of the ones I have read, not many have been very good.

Until now.

I recently decided to reread the original book but after searching high and low, couldn’t find my copy – oh the horror!  So I ran out to Barnes and Noble and found a copy whose cover looks just like Stephenie Meyer‘s “Twilight” (for those of you who know me well, you can imagine my excitement that my favorite teen novel and my favorite all-time book now share similar covers – and what a clever marketing ploy on behalf of the publisher, too).  I purchased the book and headed home to start reading it – AGAIN.

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Doesn't this look a lot like Stephenie Meyers's "Twilight"???

Over the next few days, I was in Darcy/Bennett heaven, sighing intermittently, causing my husband to shake his head and roll his eyes at what he deemed my silly romanticism.  As with anything I obsess over, I began scouring the Internet for more to feed my addiction.  I Googled “sequels to Pride & Prejudice” and poured over the lists I found, skipping the ones I had already read and dismissing those that sounded too far-fetched to even bother with.  Then, I struck gold: a trilogy written by a fellow Jane Austen addict and librarian that is the story of “Pride & Prejudice” as told from the perspective of Mr. Darcy himself.  Where had these wonderful books been hiding all my life?  The author, Pamela Aidan, published them back in 2007.

The books, in order, are “An Assembly Such as This” (chronicling from when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth meet to when they part ways after the ball at Netherfield), “Duty & Desire” (an in-depth look at the “silent” time during which Mr. Darcy was absent from Elizabeth’s life until right before they met again at Rosings), and “These Three Remain” (from their reconnection while she visits her friend to his disastrous marriage proposal through his journey of self discovery until they finally marry).  The first is a mirror-image of Elizabeth’s story; the second is a little slow at times and mostly an original story by Ms. Aidan since Jane Austen did not tell us what Mr. Darcy did while he was away from Elizabeth for those few weeks; and the third beautifully shows us how our beloved but proud hero changes to become the man Elizabeth will marry and who we grow to love as well.

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Ms. Aidan does a splendid job of deepening our understanding of characters we already love, developing those we wished we knew more about, and introducing wonderful new characters to love and cheer on, of which my favorites are Fletcher, Mr. Darcy’s personal valet, and Dy Brougham, Darcy’s friend and a real hero in his own right.

But what are you waiting for?  Don’t take my word for it!  Get out and get your hands on copies of these three books – you won’t regret it!

Happy reading!

Christina

Latina Book Club

September 5, 2010

Hello all!

Or should I say “Hola!”  I have something exciting to share!

Over the summer, I received an e-mail from a colleague and fellow indie romance author, Catherine Greenfeder.  She was very pleased to tell me about a new site called Latina Book Club, which promotes Latino authors and literacy.  Cathy has been encouraging me to contact Maria Ferrer, the site director as well as past president and very active member of RWA/NYC, so that she might interview me and possibly promote my work on her site.

I just reached out to Maria and am anxiously awaiting her reply, but am very hopeful that she might be interested enough in what I do to give me a plug!  Keep an eye out in the near future for that possibility..and keep your fingers crossed, too!

Happy reading!

Christina

Labor Day weekend 2010

September 4, 2010

Hello all!

As I sit here thinking about what to write, I am lamenting the unofficial end of summer.  How did Labor Day arrive so quickly??  Three days left of doing whatever I please and having not a care (or not too many, anyway) in the world.  School starts again on Tuesday and that means back to crazy schedules, taxiing kids to their schools and activities, lesson planning, grading, and other not-so-fun things!  Allow me this moment:  WAH!!!!!!

Okay, now that I got that out of my system…the good news is that with all that routine comes a return to my writing.  Summer is filled with laziness and lots of mindless television watching with the occasional foray into a good book, but fall brings back the more academic Christina, who is more inclined to read and write than her idle summer counterpart.

“Hidden” is in serious editing stages.  Even my friend and fellow author, Abra Ebner, is getting in on this one!  I am hopeful that my very first venture into paranormal romance pleases my fans.  If all goes well, “Hidden” should be available by the end of October, just in time for Halloween and all things paranormal! 🙂

Likewise, “The Art of Love” is in the works, albeit moving slowly.  Once “Hidden” is at the printer, I can really focus my attention on it, so check back for more updates on that.

I didn’t read much this summer (oh, the horror, I know!) because camp and the DVR sucked up most of my time (did anyone dislike yet still watched with one eye open the train wreck that was HGTV’s “Design Star” as much as Tim and I did???).  Still, I managed to squeeze in two more books before Labor Day came:

“The Lost Symbol”, the latest sequel to “Angels & Demons” and “The DaVinci Code” was pretty typical Dan Brown fare, full of murder, mayhem, and unexpected plot twists.  It was definitely worth the read and is a breeze to get through.  Buy it on Amazon.com for an enjoyable rainy fall weekend read.

On the other hand, “Dead in the Family”, book ten in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, was absolutely awesome!  I simply could not put it down, finishing all 311 pages in a mere 24-hour period.  Perhaps it is due to my obsession with all things vampire/werewolf related or maybe my profound adoration for HBO’s “True Blood” series based on the books, but I just loved this book.  Get over to Amazon.com and get your copy today – you won’t be disappointed!

Well, my latest read, Audrey Niffenegger‘s “The Time Traveler’s Wife” is beckoning, so off I go to read a bit before I zonk out for the night!

Happy reading!

Christina

What I’m Reading Now

July 6, 2010

Hi all!

Summer is in full swing, and I’m working hard as a head camp counselor at Camp Riverbend in Warren, NJ.  All three of my children also attend, and my husband is in charge of their day travel group.  The whole family leaves early each morning on our two yellow buses that we drive and park in our driveway.  Yes, you read that correctly:  TWO yellow buses! 🙂

I’m hard at work on “The Art of Love” and enjoying the journey, but am also taking time to make the occasional cake and even read a book or two (or ten, if I have my way).  I wanted to share my latest reads by two of my favorite authors.

“Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kinsella (New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Shopaholic) is the quintessential beach read.  It was funny, heart-warming, and a quick read, despite its girth (448 pages).  I loved that characters, laughed out loud, and even found myself getting teary at the end.  I promise, if you like Sophie Kinsella, that you will love this book!  Buy it here on Amazon.com.

Here’s the synopsis from Random House:

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“Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie–a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance–mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she’s just been dumped by the “perfect” man.

Sadie, however, could care less.

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from each other along the way. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.” (RandomHouse.com)

My other most recent read was “Dune Road” by Jane Green (New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House).  It wasn’t as good as “Twenties Girl” or even Ms. Green’s best work, but it was still enjoyable.  What I love the most about Jane Green’s books are that her characters are flawed yet lovable, and she writes about real relationships in a real world.  You feel the pain that Kit, the main character had undergone, in choosing to divorce her husband, and her fear and excitement as she sets out in her new life.  Even though it isn’t her best book (try Jemima J or Book Ends for a better sampling of Jane Green’s work), I still recommend it for a nice, quick beach read.  Buy it here on Amazon.com.

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Synopisis of “Dune Road”:

“Kit Hargrove is trying to reinvent herself. Following her divorce, she is shedding the skin of her former life as the wife of a Wall Street high-roller and embracing both a new home and a new job as assistant to world famous novelist Robert McClore, all the while remaining close to her children and friends in the affluent Connecticut town of Highfield. Her transition seems to be going well until a series of events dramatically reminds her that nothing is ever quite as it seems.

Kit’s friend Charlie and her husband lose everything as they become victims of the recession, the ambitious entrepreneur Tracy conceals the rekindling of her relationship with an abusive ex-lover who has eyes on Robert McClore’s wealth, and Kit’s life is turned up upside down when a long-lost sister she didn’t know she had has an affair with her ex-husband. Secrets and lies force this once tight group of friends to question not only who they can believe, but who they can trust.

Dune Road is an exploration into the facades we all build around us, the extreme measures to which we go in order to maintain them, and the importance of having those we love and respect support us when it all comes toppling down.”  (Us.PenguinGroup.com)

Finally, if you like Sophie Kinsella and/or Jane Green, I strongly suggest these authors as well:

Happy reading!

Christina

A Twilight update, what I’m reading, and news about my next book!

June 13, 2010

Hello all!

I have been remiss in updating you about my comings and goings in quite some time.  I have no good excuse except that cakes seem to have taken over my life!  Seriously.  In the past two weeks alone, we have made seven cakes!  It has been insane but great at the same time.  Check out our cake blog at touchofclasscakes.wordpress.com to see some of our latest creations!

The only time I pick up a book lately is for my book club, which is a sad testament to just how busy I have been!  Lucky for me, the women in my book group pick a good read every time.  Our last book was “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Swedish author Stieg Larsson…and I loved it!!!  This book has become an international sensation, published posthumously when the author suddenly died of a massive heart attack at the age of 50 after signing a contract to publish three manuscripts.  It was only when I picked up this book for my book group did I discover that it was a part of a trilogy, and once I read the first (Tattoo), I had to read the others.  My timing was impeccable because the second installment, “The Girl Who Played With Fire” was already out in paperback and the third and last book was due out in two short weeks!

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I devoured the first two books, and am halfway through the third, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”.  They are all a fabulous read:  fast-paced, intriguing, and well-written.  Some of my book club friends complained that the first 100 pages of book one were a little slow, but stick it out, because it’s well worth it.  “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is also a movie that is out now in the select theaters.  It was just as good as the book, which is rare.  The second book is also planned as a movie, with filming beginning in October.  I can’t wait to see it!  Be sure to pick up your copies on Amazon – you won’t regret it!

I haven’t finished the third book because I took a small break to speed-read the latest Stephenie Meyer offering, “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner”, which hit bookstores on June 4th.  I was really excited to finally get a new addition to the “Twilight” saga and just in time for the theatrical release of “Eclipse“.  “Bree Tanner” was a good quick read and really filled in the gaps about what was going on in Seattle while the Cullens were busy protecting Bella in Forks in “Eclipse”.  Parts of Bree’s story are featured in the upcoming movie, so if you haven’t gotten your copy, order one from Amazon today, although you can also read it on Meyer’s website for free – but only until July 5th, so hurry!

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Finally, I have good news:  despite all the cakes I have made, the flurry of busyness at the end of the school year, and the approach of summer camp (yep, I’m a camp counselor too…I know, I know…I have not idea how I do it all either!), I have begun writing again!  Yay!

I was inspired to do so by my colleagues at work who all recently discovered that I had self-published two books and was working on two more.  I had indefinitely put “The Art of Love” (the third installment in my Fabulous Four series) and “Hidden” (my first venture in YA) on hold because I have been too busy to work on them.  However, my colleagues loved “Second Chances” and “When We Meet Again” and are hounding me for more, so I am working to meet their demands.  I am only about sixty pages in, but am already lost in the world of Julia and her love interest, Ben.  Below is a working synopsis of their story that I hope you will enjoy.  If I can keep the momentum going, I might be ready to publish “The Art of Love” in the early fall.  I know Lori, Diane, and my other work friends are anxious to read it, but I don’t want to rush the creative process.  Plus, I know Abby has another book for me to edit soon, so that may very well delay the process, too!

Check back in a few weeks for a sneak peek of Chapter One.  Until then…

Happy reading!

Christina

“The Art of Love”, Book Three of the Fabulous Four series by Christina Corlett

Julia Adamson has it all:  great friends, artistic talent, and a soon-to-open shop in New Hope, Pennsylvania.  The only thing missing in her life is someone with whom to share her joys, but her dating life is a mess, an endless parade of loser after loser.  Will she ever find Mr. Right?

Enter Ben Hallifax, police lieutenant and father to an adorable young girl named Kaitie.  Ben is the complete opposite of any man Julia has ever dated, including Reed Davis, whom she met shortly after arriving in New Hope.  Reed is busy trying to woo her while Ben only succeeds at ruffling her feathers.

Julia thinks Ben is rude and obnoxious and he finds her bossy and a little too trusting, but they soon find themselves attracted to one another despite it all.  Every time they meet, sparks fly as they butt heads, which only serves to fan the flames of their attraction.  And when they’re thrown together during a police investigation of some stolen art, things really get heated.  Can the two of them settle their differences so they can be more than enemies?

Find out in “The Art of Love”, Book Three in the Fabulous Four series by Christina Corlett, coming soon to Amazon and Kindle.

Attention Twihards: “Breaking Dawn” movie to be released in 2011

May 5, 2010

Hello all!

It has been confirmed that Bill Condon, director of films such as “Dreamgirls” and “Kinsey”, will be at the helm to direct the last installment of the Twilight saga films, “Breaking Dawn“.  The latest from Summit Entertainment is that the film will be released after the tradition of the first two films, a week before Thanksgiving, on November 18th, 2011.  That’s 17 months after the release of “Eclipse“! 

Can we wait that long for our next fix? 

If you are a true Twihard, then the answer is YES, because that gives you plenty of time to reread each book a couple of times, including the new novella (“The Secret Life of Bree Tanner”), as well as watch the other three films repeatedly, too!

Happy reading!

Christina