Christmas Countdown Blitz, Day 6 – A Candlelight Courting @JoyceDiPastena @LovingtheBook

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist). 
 

When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival . Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.Q & A With The Author:

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Move all alone to a new city, a new house, and a new life.

Please, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?

I first started dabbling with writing when I was in high school, but it wasn’t until college that I began to understand that “just writing” wasn’t enough, that there were rules for how to write successful fiction and that I needed to learn them. This was long before the internet was around, so I had to go to old fashioned brick-and-mortar bookstores to find books about how to write. The problem was I was horribly insecure about wanting to be a writer. In my mind, writers, and especially “authors”, were people who stood on some kind of glorified pedestal that I knew I could never aspire to. I nonetheless felt compelled to write. So I would go to bookstores and lurk in the “writing” section, always self-conscious that people would see me looking through the writing books and wonder why I would be doing such a thing. Eventually I picked out some titles and had to take them to a cashier to buy them. Almost every time the cashier would say, “Oh, are you a writer?” And I was so insecure, that I would quickly reply, “No, I’m buying them for a friend.” How silly was that? Obviously, hugely silly in hindsight! (And the cashier probably thought, “Yeah, right,” every time I blurted that out. LOL!) I remember being so relieved when I joined the Writers Digest Book Club and could buy writing books by mail so that no one would know that humble little Joyce DiPastena was daring to think she might ever joined the ranks of those glorified published authors. Happily I not only eventually overcame my book shopping insecurities, today I can stand in the writing section of one of the few brick-and-mortar bookstores that are still around and shop without shame, because yes, I am a writer, yes, I’m proud to admit it, and yes, I still have much to learn about how to be a better writer.

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When Burthred comes courting on Christmas Eve, Meg rejects his advances. She has her heart set on becoming a nun and insists that he call her Christina, the spiritual name she has chosen for herself. She tries to make him swear on her box of holy relics that he will not pursue her, but he carefully words his oath to allow him to stay in her candlelit chamber and try to change her mind.

What Meg does not confess is that her reliquary box holds a secret.

Burthred needs a wife, and no one will satisfy him except Meg. He swore on his father’s deathbed that he would marry her. But Burthred has a secret, too. When they come together before the Yule fire, their shared revelations will either join their hearts together or tear them apart.

 

 

Top Ten List:
  1. Making up stories set in the Middle Ages

  2. Cats
  3. Chocolate

  4. Spending time with my sister

  5. Sunshine

  6. Going out to eat with friends

  7. Blue skies

  8. Music/playing the piano (can I combine those two?)

  9. Books

  10. Bright, cheerful colors
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Day 2 – Twelve Days of Christmas Book Blitz Event

 

Book Blitz Event

Welcome to Day Two 

For the next 11 days we will feature a different wonderful Christmas story to help you not only find some awesome books to give as last minute Christmas gifts, but also to bring a little Christmas cheer to the book blogging world!

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 A Candlelight Courting

About the Book

When Burthred comes courting on Christmas Eve, Meg rejects his advances. She has her heart set on becoming a nun and insists that he call her Christina, the spiritual name she has chosen for herself. She tries to make him swear on her box of holy relics that he will not pursue her, but he carefully words his oath to allow him to stay in her candlelit chamber and try to change her mind.

What Meg does not confess is that her reliquary box holds a secret.

Burthred needs a wife, and no one will satisfy him except Meg. He swore on his father’s deathbed that he would marry her. But Burthred has a secret, too. When they come together before the Yule fire, their shared revelations will either join their hearts together or tear them apart.

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Top Ten

Joyce DiPastena’s Favorite Fiction Books (in no particular order)

  1. Friday’s Child, by Georgette Heyer

  2. These Old Shades, by Georgette Heyer

  3. The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas

  4. Twenty Years After, by Alexandre Dumas

  5. Walk With Peril, by Dorothy V.S. Jackson

  6. Catherine Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman

  7. Charmed Life, by Diana Wynne Jones

  8. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

  9. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart

  10. Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes (except I overdosed on reading this too many times in a row in high school and haven’t been able to read it again – but it’s still a favorite!)

About the Author

Joyce Dipastena

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

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Participating Blogs

Don’t forget to show some love to our fellow bloggers who are joining us for today’s Book Blitz! Each one features either a snippet or a fun fact about today’s featured author.

Day 2:

(December 13th)

A Candlelight Courting: A Short Christmas Romance by Joyce DiPastena

An Author in Progress

Semi Short Chic

Don’t Bug Me I’m Writing

Candy O’Donnell

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This Girl Loves Books

Blimey! I Fancy Reading

Bound 2 Escape

Musing of the Book-a-holic Fairies

Beautiful Blessings 86’s Blog

Evanlea’s Bookshelf

Julkbearreads’s Blog

Life, Books and More . . .

Monique’s Random Posts

Fictional Rendezvouz Book Blog

Room With Books

Sarah’s Reading Corner

Sweet-n-Sassy Book A Holics

Author Sandra Love

Talia’s Reviews

Page By Page Inside-out Reviews & Promotions

Addicted to Reading

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