So, about six months ago, Hubby’s cousin’s wife posted a request on Facebook. She’s an art teacher for a inner-city school and she wanted to do a fiber unit with the kids. (She spins and knits.) Her problem was that while she had permission to do the unit, she didn’t have any funding to get either the “hardware” (ie. knitting needles etc.) or the yarn and fabric.
So, she sent out a request to everyone and anyone who had a “stash” in their closet to take a minute and clean it out. Her hope was to do get enough materials for the kids to be able to do something. (And she did.)
Well, I had a stash that wasn’t doing anything but taking up space, so I sent it to her. I also have tons of friends that knit or sew, so I shared her request. Quite a few of them also found stuff to send her.
A few friends even went as far as to share the request with some of their friends. And a few of them sent boxes to Hubby’s cousin’s wife. Some of those nth removed friends contacted me to find out more about where she taught (one of those actually lived in the same city where Hubby’s cousin’s wife taught) and where to send their boxes.
One of those nth removed friends and I ended up having a long conversation which happened to include the fact that she was a writer (yes, my ears perked up), and not only that, but that she wrote urban fantasy (something I enjoy).
Well, I had to go and buy her first book since she was helping Hubby’s cousin’s wife. And loved it. I promptly bought book two (they are part of trilogy) and tore through it.
So, imagine my pleasure last month when she mentioned on Facebook that her third book was ready. And, she was giving away a handful of free e-copies to people that were willing to read it quickly and then post something about it. (Yes, I do use the library. But with the stuff I read, the library doesn’t always carry the stuff and so not having to buy a copy is a valuable benefit.)
My one disappointment with Gwynneth Ever After by Linda Poitevin is that it isn’t an urban fantasy. Oh well. It’s a romance novel. And I don’t read many of those. But don’t let that stop you.
Linda sets up the story by having Gwynneth (with two ‘Ns”) taking her Sunday afternoon to work on a birthday present for her best friend and accidentally spilling all her drawing supplies under the feet of a ‘famous, handsome’ actor. Then, the two of them start to talk and get to know each other. And well, it’s a romance novel. I suspect that I don’t need to say where things go.
Was it deep? nah. But it made for a very enjoyable evening read. Linda writes very believable characters that feel like you’ve known them for years. Here was Gwynneth, the single mom with three kids whose first husband (literally) walked out after the twins were born. She works as a self-employed architect and keeps anyone new at arm’s length. And here was Gareth, the so handsome actor that he never gets to just talk and be himself with anyone but the cousin he grew up with (and is currently visiting while he deals with some ‘issues’.) And I was rooting for them to work out their problems just like their friends and family (in the story) were.
And now I wait for the third book of her urban fantasy to come out next fall!