We're so thrilled to have the amazingly talented Eloisa James blogging with us today here at popculturedivas. She is one of my absolute favourite historical romance authors ;). New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James is the author of 18 gorgeous novels (the newest one she'll be chatting about right here!) and two novellas. Eloisa writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.
After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report.
Eloisa has spent the past year in Paris with her husband and children on a sabbatical and has regaled us with lovely, witty, sweet, quirky, fun, romantic vignettes of her daily life there from her facebook page. It felt like we were right there with her. To read more about Eloisa's adventures click on this link and it will take you directly to her facebook fan page.
Eloisa also writes a witty and entertaining monthly column for Barnes and Noble.com please check it out - you'll love it!
Visit Eloisa's web site it is one of the best author sites out there!
And now without further ado - Eloisa James...
A Kiss at Midnight
by Eloisa James
Because Cinderella is everywhere in pop culture for a reason: it speaks to a dream that’s deep in our culture—a transformative promise that came right along with the pilgrims who founded America. It’s a fundamental part of our makeup to believe that any one of us could become rich, famous, beautiful. In short: a princess.
When I was dreaming up A Kiss at Midnight, I decided that the crucial part of the book had to be my heroine’s transformation from drab to delicious. Kate is a tough, funny young lady who’s been living with her stepmother and stepsister, and making the best of a terrible situation. She’s thin and tired, with huge cheekbones and shadowed eyes.
I had a wonderful time describing the evening in which Kate puts on the perfect gown, the perfect makeup, the perfect hairstyle—then looks in the mirror and almost doesn’t recognize herself. What fun! My hope is that my Cinderella speaks to the heart of every one of us. Who doesn’t still wishes for a perfect night at a dance? (I don’t know about you, but my prom was not as fabulous as it could have been!) A KISS AT MIDNIGHT comes out on July 27th, and I hope you enjoy every page.
I’m going to finish this blog with an invitation. My publisher got together with Barnes & Noble, and they are giving away two fabulous electronic readers: B&N’s Nook. One Nook plus a $50 gift card to B&N is being given away on my Facebook fan page please link: http://www.facebook.com/EloisaJamesFans, as long as I reach 15,000 fans by August 3rd, so please do “like” my page and tell your friends as well! The second is being given away on my website, http://www.eloisajames.com.
So let me ask you this. If you give yourself two chances to win a Nook, and you WIN—what book will you download with your $50 gift card? What have you been waiting for? XX commenters will receive….
HOW TO WIN:
1. Become my fan on Facebook!
If you are not already my fan, I invite you to join me on Facebook, where I frequently report on my adventures in Paris and post the latest Eloisa James news. Becoming a fan is worthwhile in and of itself, but now there is a major incentive: Between now and August 3rd, I am giving away a Nook and $50 Barnes and Noble gift card to one lucky fan.
Here’s the catch: In order to give away this fantastic prize, I need to reach the goal of 15,000 Facebook fans by August 3rd! Help me—tell your friends and spread the word.
2. Show me your favorite fairy tale shoe!
A Kiss at Midnight is my spin on the classic Cinderella story. One of my favorite elements of the fairy tale is the infamous glass slipper that helps Cinderella win her true love. In the spirit of transformative, fantastical footwear, I want to see your favorite fairy tale shoes—whimsical, imaginative, and fit for a storybook or real-life heroine. I think this contest will be a blast. Truly, who doesn’t love a great pair of shoes?
CLICK ON ELOISA'S CONTEST PAGE FOR MORE INFO.