I am pleased to introduce you to my guest author, Beate Boeker. Her newest book, A Little Bit of Passion is releasing this month from Avalon.
Karen calls herself a modern gypsy because she has split her life into two perfect halves: In winter, she's a skiing teacher in the Teton Mountain Range, and in summer, she works at her book store on Long Island. But one Easter holiday, John and his son Gerry join her skiing group, and her perfect universe is shaken. Can she overcome her need for independence and find a compromise between her freedom and the man who might be the love of her life?
Now this will sound funny, and I know it's straight against the rule “write what you know” - but I can't help myself. To me, reading and writing are escapes into another world. It means putting your nose in places you've never seen, smelling them, feeling them, being AWAY from this normal-every-day-world that you are stuck in every day.
Some years ago, when winter came and the air started to smell of snow again, I got this longing to go skiing. But at the time, I couldn't afford it. So I decided to dream myself into that world by writing a novel about a skiing instructor. I live in the north of Germany (not a mountain for miles), and I hadn't been skiing for ages. I wanted to set this novel in the US, as all my previous ones, so I started to Google the best skiing areas in the US . . . and soon zeroed in on the Teton Mountain Range as one of the loveliest places to go skiing.
I researched the area, looked at innumerable Internet websites, learned about the mountains and lifts and all their names, the famous champagne snow, got lost in those bright, glittering, blue pictures, and dreamed every detail up to the crunching of snow underneath the boots. I was happy in my world – and the bits I couldn't find, I simply made up.
Just one thing had me stumped: One mountain was called Fred. How romantic is that? The other mountains had fabulous names like Grand Teton or Mount Owen. Names that sound full and promising, names that fill your mind with images. But . . . Fred? I'm sorry. I can't get excited about Fred.
Not surprising then, that my heroine Karen agrees with me. :-) She voiced her displeasure to her best friend Leslie in an e-mail, just as she writes her about everything else that comes into her mind . . . about the interesting but confusing man who has joined her recent skiing course, about the man she nick-named Turtle because he is giving her a hard time, and about her doubts as she falls in love.
I hope you'll have as much fun sticking your nose into the Teton Mountains and into Karen's world as I had while writing A Little Bit of Passion.
Beate Boeker is a product manager by day and a writer by night. She's also married and the mother of an energetic kid who loves snow as much as she does. If you mix Latin and German, Beate Boeker literally translates as Happy Books . . . and with a name like that, what else could she do but write romances? Beate would love to hear from you. You can get in touch via her website,www.happybooks.de
A Little Bit of Passion is Beate Boeker's third book for Avalon. Wings to Fly and Take My Place are also available.