A Happy Ending for Fido
By Lindsay Chase On August 25, 2012, 12:00 pm
I love most animals–dogs, cats, horses. As a child, I never missed an episode of Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, and My Friend Flicka. And if a horse movie was playing down at my local theatre, I was first in line.
Then came the day I saw Walt Disney's Old Yeller, a heartwarming coming-of-age tale about a boy and his dog in post-Civil War Texas. I loved the movie–right up until the dog got bitten by a rabid raccoon and had to be put down by the boy who loved him. I was traumatized for days.
No sooner did I recover than I watched The Yearling on TV, a heartwarming coming-of-age tale of a boy and his pet deer, based on the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings classic. I loved that movie–right up until the adult deer caused rampant destruction on the family farm and–you guessed it–had to be put down by the boy who loved him, after his mother shot and wounded it. More trauma for me.
I'm a writer. I know that the boys had valid reasons for shooting their beloved pets, that it was their rite of passage into manhood. But I'm also a romance writer, and I like a happy ending.
I resolved never to see a movie that killed off its animal star, and I devised the perfect plan for sparing myself trauma. If spoilers weren't available on the Internet, I would simply find a copy of the copy on which the movie is based–and that's a lot of them–and read the ending.
So did I fall for the funny promos and see Marley and Me? No way. I Am Legend? Not when a peek at the graphic novel revealed that Will Smith's German shepherd, the only thing left that he loves in post-apocalyptic Manhattan, is turned into a mutant dog and must be killed. A friend warned me to stay away from Turner & Hooch, so I was spared.
I don't mind a sad ending as long as it's satisfying, like Titantic, but when it comes to animals, I want Fido to live happily ever after.
Lindsay Chase is the author of The Oath, The Vow, and Honor. Join her at www.LindsayChaseBooks.com, on Twitter.com/LindsayChase10 and Facebook.
Under the Influence
By Lindsay Chase On July 17, 2012, 12:00 pm
While being interviewed recently about the strong, unconventional women in my books, the inerviewer asked who were my role models? I was stumped, and didn't know quite how to answer. While there are many women I've admired, I wouldn't say they were role models.
As I drove home, I thought about the question and realized I did have role models, but they were all fictional characters. Did they count?
The first was Annie Oakley–not the wild west show sharpshooter, but the star of a 1950's TV show. Annie could out ride and out shoot anyone, man or woman, and was admired for her keen marksmanship, not her cute pigtails. I liked that. Beauty may fade, but accomplishments last.
The second was Katy Keene, the fashion model star of a series of popular comic books. Unlike my stay-at-home mom and those of my friends, Katy had a glamorous career. Readers could be included in that world by sending in their own dress designs, and the artist would choose some and incorporate them, with credit given to the designer. My designs were never chosen; I guess my offbeat fashion sense didn't jibe with Katy's. But a circus horse I drew was accepted and became my first published anything. What a rush! While I didn't like the frustration and bitter disappointment of constant rejection, I loved being published and wanted to have that experience again and again…
My third role model was Nancy Drew, girl sleuth. I loved Nancy. She solved mysteries and nobody told her she couldn't. If such thrilling adventures weren't in the cards for me, at least I could write fictional adventures.
Later, real women replaced those fictional characters as my inspiration, writers like Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, and Phyllis A. Whitney. I worked hard at becoming a published novelist just like them, enduring rejection and perservering as those Katy Keene years had taught me.
So thanks Annie, Katy, Nancy, Mary, Victoria, Phyllis, and all the women who came after. Now when an interviewer asks about my role models, I'll have my list ready.
Who are your role models, fictional or real, and how do they inspire you?
Lindsay Chase is the author of The Oath, The Vow and Honor, all Retro Romances
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Romance Covers Then and Now
By Heather Osborn On May 31 2012, 3:40 pm
They say that romance never goes out of style, but readers’ tastes and interests certainly change over time. Nowhere is that more evident than in the world of romance covers.
As managing editor of Retro Romance, I’ve had the opportunity to receive and review hundreds of yesteryear romance novels over the past several months. We’re constantly acquiring new authors for our line… and that means a never-ending tide of throwback covers. But one of the most fun tasks we have Samhain is repackaging these old favorites for a new audience.
While our Retro Romance author’s original covers were often quite lovely, they were designed for a different time and audience. Our highly-skilled, professional cover artists have done an extraordinary job bringing the excitement and drama of romance to life in a whole new way… don’t you agree?
Welcome To Retro-Romance™
By Heather Osborn On Aug 9 2011, 1:21 pm
Hi, this is Heather Osborn, Samhain Publishing’s Editorial Director, here to talk to you about our new line – Retro Romance. Retro Romance is a digital reprint line, designed to bring out-of-print, hard to find, classic romances into the digital age.
Like many of you, I started reading romances at a very young age. My first “grown-up” romance reads were Barbara Cartland books, thanks to the gift of a grocery bag full of them from an aunt when I was 12. After that, there was no stopping me! Like any voracious reader, I read as much as possible, through any means possible. This meant getting books from the library, used book store, thrift store, etc, etc, etc. Because I wanted to maximize my reading, I never kept books I read, instead trading them in at my local used book store to enable me to buy even more books.
What seemed a good idea at the time, has now come back to haunt me, as I would give anything to re-read some of those novels, whose titles and authors have since left my head entirely. With the advent of Samhain’s Retro Romance line I now have a second chance. I can rediscover beloved reads, and with the digital format, I need not worry about reading a book to death or destroying my only physical copy.
For authors who have older titles and want to release them digitally, but don’t care to act as their own cover artist, production assistant, editor, or distributor, Samhain’s Retro Romance line is right for you. We will take on the burden of scanning print books into digital files, copy editing, formatting into all of the various digital formats, cover art, advertising and promotion, etc. For more information, please see the Submissions section on our site.
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