CTR: Today we are pleased to have Janice Seagraves with us as we talk about all things romantic! Weâ€™re featuring the most romantic novels we can find and talking about romance in general, not just the kind on pages! After all, Valentineâ€™s Day is almost here and it is â€œthe dayâ€ for love and romance!
First, please tell us a bit about your book. A blurb, buy link, ISBN, and heat level are especially good to know!
Janice: Hello! Thank you for having me. Iâ€™m a new writer and my first book, Windswept Shores http://pinkpetalbooks.com/Windswept-Shores-Janice-Seagraves.html is available through Pink Petal Books. Itâ€™s an erotic romance set in the Bahamas.
Blurb: The sole survivor of a plane crash, Megan is alone on a deserted island in the Bahamas until she finds a nearly-drowned man washed up on shore. Another survivor, this time from a boat wreck. With only meager survival skills between them, will they survive and can they find love?
CTR: How do you define romance and romantic? Do you think these concepts are different today than they were say 25 or 50 or even more years ago? Is our parentsâ€™ or grandparentsâ€™ version of romance now passÃ©?
Janice: I think romance is one of those things that doesnâ€™t go out of style. We all have a need to be wanted and desired. Romance used to be a candle light dinner at a nice restaurant, but today that still hold true.
CTR: What is the most romantic gesture or moment you ever witnessed or were involved in? Please share as much as you feel you canâ€”no private secrets required if it is embarrassing but you are welcome to dish at least to the PG-13 level !
Janice: I know this is going to sound silly, but many years ago my husband was trying to teach his best friend how to be romantic to his wife. He bought several heart shaped balloons and candy then practically shoved his friend toward her. The guy made it all a big joke, but it was touching all the same.
I still have my jasmine vine my hubby had bought me that year. It was entwined around a heart shape. The heart shape is now gone, but the vine is planted in my garden and it gives me a wonderful scent every spring.
CTR: Do you think â€œromanceâ€ is dying out, and by this I mean the traditional â€œhearts and flowersâ€ kind of romance? Even the chivalric sorts of romantic connections featured in some â€“particularly olderâ€”novels? It sometimes seems like young people now are more interested in â€˜hooking upâ€™ fast and easy via the social networks and high tech devices and that â€œromanceâ€ does not play a big role in the changing pattern of todayâ€™s relationships. Do you agree or not? If so, is this a good thing or maybe not so good?
Janice: I think the candy and flower shops are still doing a bang up business every year, so no I donâ€™t. *grin*
CTR: What is your favorite romantic book, movie and/or song and why?
Janice: Touch not the Cat. I read it years ago in HS, but I still love it. A more recent movie I was touching but romantic too was p.s. I love you. I cried at the end and well . . . though most of it too.
CTR: Is Valentineâ€™s Day one of your fave holidays? Do you have a happy memory to share or a funny story? Some of us have one about our school days, a gesture by a special someone we once dated, etc. How do you plan to celebrate this year with your SO, spouse or partner or are you on your own?
Janice: I love Valentineâ€™s Day. But my hubby and I usually go out the day before or a few days after February fourteenth, because of the crowds. My favorite valentine was the year my hubbyâ€™s buddy got to borrow his bosses stretch limo, so we could double date. It was very special.
CTR: Do you consider yourself a sentimental (romantic) person? (i.e.) Do you save all sorts of little souvenirs and use them to bring happy times to mind? Do you have the corsage from you big prom pressed in an old book? Still remember â€˜your songâ€™ with your first serious love? Do you moon over chick flicks with sweet and happy endings? Do you think happily ever after is really possible? Or is it maybe better to be more cool-headed and practical instead? Does the kind of Victorian ruffle and flourishes attitude really fit in our modern world?
Janice: Nope, donâ€™t have a corsage from the prom. I didnâ€™t get to go. I had for a while dried flowers from the first rose my hubby ever gave me, but he made me throw it away. But this year he gave me a glass rose which lights up, so itâ€™ll never wilt. *grin*
CTR: Thanks so much for sharing with us today and I hope our reader visitors will be inspired to visit your blog, web site, social networks and other connections to learn more about your and your books. Please give us some ways to contact you!
Janice: Thank you again for having me. My website is http:janiceseagraves.org/ I also have a blog at http://ladyjanice.blogspot.com/ where Iâ€™m always posting updates of my life.