Notes from a Drama Queen

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 19, 2011

I just read two absolutely fabulous historical romances. They made me laugh, made me cry, turned me on. They were glorious.

And I happened to write them. So long ago that reading them felt like reading someone else's books, but someone I really really liked. No, it's not that I'm totally infatuated with my own work (though I confess I tend to be). It's just that the Anne Stuart who wrote these books knew exactly what kind of hero I adore, what kind of heroine I identify with, the level of hot sex (I was gonna be polite and say sensuality but you know what I mean) that I like. These are the kind of books that seem as if they were written just for me, and, in fact, they were.

Thanks to my glorious agent and the fabulous they've been digitized, and are now available at all the various ebook outlets, not just for the Amazon Kindle.

First, there's one of my all-time favorite novellas. Think what a lovely job I have. I drag myself to see Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, and suffer through Kevin Costner's strange interpretation of a British accent just to fall in love with the baddest, most delightful villain ever to show up in the movies. I was already in love with Alan Rickman, but his Sheriff of Nottingham put it over the top (in more ways than one). So I got to write out my romantic fantasies and enjoy myself prodigiously in the novella THE HIGH SHERIFF OF HUNTINGDON, with a very wicked sheriff who meets his match with a nun, of all things!

Next, we have TO LOVE A DARK LORD, the first of my really dark heroes. So dark, in fact, that my editor made me tone it down twice before I finally dug in my heels and said "take it or leave it." She took it, thank God, though I've always wondered what the book would be like if she'd let me go for broke.

Nevertheless, despite the darkness it's laugh out loud funny, and I think I need to re-find my sense of humor. It's amazing the lessons you can learn by revisiting your old work, and enjoy yourself at the same time. TO LOVE A DARK LORD is the story of another very bad man, this one truly bad, with some really wonderful supporting characters and a heroine who opens the book killing her uncle. What more can you ask?

So they're new and cheap and just right for your brand new Nook or Kindle or whatever. Trust me, you've love them.

And while you're doing it, spend some time being a little easier on yourself. Here's a newsflash -- life is hard. I'm grieving the suicide of an old friend while I'm rejoicing in the presence of my children and grandchild. Life is like that, and you have to take joy in what you can, take comfort in what you can.

So I'm wishing you guys the very best of the holiday season. The good stuff, not the bad. The family, with all the attendant traumas that come with them. Don't sweat the small stuff. If you didn't get around to Christmas cards, don't worry. If the turkey's too dry, just slather it with gravy (there could be worse culinary fixes). If you don't get around to making the cookies just buy them. On-line gift certificates are a great invention. Most of all, don't fuss. The holiday season is about light coming back to a dark, dark world, whether it's the miracle of the oil, the miracle of the baby who brought hope to the world, whether it's the miracle of the sun returning and the days finally growing longer. It's about hope, and your assignment is to go out and find the hope in your life and in the world.

So Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah (I can't spell Hannukah) and Blessed Solstice and Happy Kwanzaa. And most of all, believe in a happy new year. Things get better. Always. I promise you.

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Blogger said...

Anne Stuart, your books have brought me such reading pleasure from the first time I discovered them via the House of Rohan. I can't wait to download these 'new' books and read them. I also what to let you know what a pleasure it has been to 'get to know you' through your blog. Today's post was especially heartwarming. Bless you Anne, wishing you a most wonderful Christmas!

1:15 AM  
Blogger willaful said...

Thanks for making them available at more places than Amazon, that's a great present to me. :-) Happy holidays!

11:08 PM  
Blogger Carla Swafford said...

Alan Rickman and a book you wrote? I'M IN! How did that novella of yours slip by me?

TO LOVE A DARK LORD: I got in paperback, but it sure would be nice to have on my ereader.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR. I hope I get to see and talk with you in Anaheim (if you're there). You're always more fun to talk with than anyone I know. Maybe because we both love those bad men. Everyone else can have the boys.


12:23 PM  
Blogger Mary E said...

Anne, I have a nook, so I could only download The Sheriff..I can't wait! I log onto your website at least once a week to see if you've posted any new info/epilogues on the House of Rohan...Love that series. Can't wait to read your great work- Thanks to you, I'll have a merry christmas, a Stuart Christmas!

6:06 PM  
Blogger Mary E said...

OK. I read The High Sheriff of Huntington in two I searched on my Nook and found To Love A Dark Lord! Whew! So I'm a little confused, did you have Alan Rickman in mind when you wrote this? or did he play a character in something? I first noticed him in Sense and Sensibility and have loved him since.. he is such a great actor. But,shhh. I'm reading now. Oh and The Sheriff was good! are these new?

5:06 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Anderson said...

Oh, lady! Your older books are some of my most treasured reads.:) My husband knows what I want for the new year - MORE Anne Stuart!
The holidays are always hard in our house - my sister died in a car accident the week before Thanksgiving in 2003, my dad passed from a heart attack in September of 1993. It just seems that after summer comes bleakness for a few months. Ya know?
But you are right - as always - that there is ALWAYS a new day tomorrow. From Anne of Green Gables the character of Miss Stacy tells Anne "Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it." And as such, we should truly live and treasure each day and know that tomorrow will dawn with the potential for joy. :) Looking forward to reading more of your AWESOME stories in the New Year!!

4:57 PM  

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