We have winners from last week's posts!
Caption Jodi Thomas and Sarah Wendell: Elf's caption of hula lessons wins a book choice from my convention stash.
ML Buchman's THE NIGHT IS MINE: Danielle wins a print copy.
On Wednesday, I spotlighted Cathy Maxwell's LYON'S BRIDE at SOS Aloha (at this link). Mary Gramlich also reviewed LYON'S BRIDE here at the Reading Reviewer (at this link). We both loved the book because it tackled a timeless issue - love conquers all, including fear.
At SOS Aloha, I borrowed characters from THE WIZARD OF OZ to introduce the book - Cathy, like Dorothy, hails from Kansas. Cathy's characters from LYON'S BRIDE, like the characters from THE WIZARD OF OZ, have to face their fears. The lion found his courage. The tin man found his heart. The scarecrow found his brain. Toto found the Wizard. And Dorothy found her way home. Yet they all had to get past that Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys!
open hell and seal Chattans' fate
When a Chattan male falls in love,
strike his heart with fire from Above.
Crush his heart, destroy his line;
Only then will justice be mine.
The curse continues to plague the Chattan family in 1814. Three siblings - Neal, Harry, and Margaret - grew up in the shadows of a loveless marriage. Neal, the heir, walked away from a childhood friend for fear of falling in love with her. Harry, a decorated soldier, is irreverent to women and wine. Margaret, their spinster sister, is seemingly cold. Then Neal takes a chance, challenges the curse, and their lives are forever changed. Good? Bad? You'll have to read the book to see how Cathy's characters try to get past that Wicked Witch. The siblings do not encounter flying monkeys, but they have other roadblocks to their HEA. That's the icing on the coco puffs - Cathy makes love relevant!
We all have roadblocks in our lives - what causes the fear? I fear flying. I live near the historic Hickam Operations Center (which you will see on Monday night's episode of H50 when Danno welcomes Callen and Sam from NCIS). I watch cargo aircraft and and passenger carriers land safely each day. I know they have flown for at least five hours over the Pacific Ocean, at an altitude of at least 35,000 feet, with no problem. Day in, day out, flying is safe. It works within the laws of nature. Yet I fear it. Am I cursed?
When I do fly, I carry rosary beads given to me by a friend who also fears flying. Logically, I know that I am playing into that witch's curse to fear flying ... yet emotionally I have to approach my fear. It is all about balance. The beads remind me that my family and friends are waiting for me.
The lion said to Dorothy, "I would never have found my courage if it hadn't been for you." Perhaps fear points us in the direction we need to go. Perhaps fear breaks us out of our shells. Perhaps fear motivates us for a better life.
Have you overcome a fear? One randomly selected commenter wins a print copy of LYON'S BRIDE. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Friday, May 4, 10 pm in Hawaii.
Kim in Hawaii