Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Politics got you down? Or up? Read a book!

Today is Election Day in America. I cast my vote weeks ago, since Washington is a vote-by-mail state, so today I'll just be biting my nails, checking all my favorite political blogs during breaks at my day job, and then spending the evening watching the results come in. Depending on the result, I'll be elated or devastated. Either way, I doubt I'll get much sleep tonight.

But I'm not going to talk about that here. You'll notice I didn't even mention which result would elate me and which devastate me. Because I'm declaring this space a politics-free zone. We're here to talk books. No matter how the race turns out, books are the answer!

Don't believe me? Here's how I see it:

Did your chosen candidate win? What better way to celebrate and unwind after the stress of following the race than with a nice, relaxing book!

Did your guy lose? Drown your sorrows and escape your fears for the future in a book!

Recount or the Electoral College tied 269-269? (Please, God, not that!) Well, then, we'll ALL need some nice distractions--like good books!

Citizen of another country? Ignore us and our insane politics by reading a book!

Now, in the interests of full disclosure, I have more reason than normal for hoping lots of people turn to books in the weeks to come. My latest historical romance from Carina, An Infamous Marriage, released yesterday.

Northumberland, 1815

At long last, Britain is at peace, and General Jack Armstrong is coming home to the wife he barely knows. Wed for mutual convenience, their union unconsummated, the couple has exchanged only cold, dutiful letters. With no more wars to fight, Jack is ready to attempt a peace treaty of his own.

Elizabeth Armstrong is on the warpath. She never expected fidelity from the husband she knew for only a week, but his scandalous exploits have made her the object of pity for years. Now that he's back, she has no intention of sharing her bed with him—or providing him with an heir—unless he can earn her forgiveness. No matter what feelings he ignites within her…

Jack is not expecting a spirited, confident woman in place of the meek girl he left behind. As his desire intensifies, he wants much more than a marriage in name only. But winning his wife's love may be the greatest battle he's faced yet.

One commenter here between now and tomorrow at 5 PM Pacific Time will win a download of An Infamous Marriage in the electronic format of their choice, and at the end of the tour I'll be giving away a grand prize of a $50 gift certificate to the winner's choice of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Powell's Books to one commenter on the tour as a whole. You get one entry per blog tour stop you comment upon, so check out my blog for the whole schedule! If you'd like to be entered in the drawing, please include your email in the format yourname AT yourhost DOT com

So comment on anything but politics. (Seriously. There are other places for that. Argue politics here, and your comment will be deleted. You'll also be barred from winning the blog tour grand prize.) Have you read anything great lately? What's your favorite kind of book for when you just want to escape? What upcoming releases are you most looking forward to?


Cathy P said...

Hi Susanna! You are a new author for me. I have been waiting for AN INFAMOUS MARRIAGE to come out for a while now. I have been reading about it, and I want to read Jack and Elizabeth's story. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

kscathy AT yahoo DOT com

Linda said...

I love reading historical romance! I love the elegance of the period & the journey to the HEA. It's the best way to relax when I need a pick me upper. I'm looking forward to reading the nest installments in Kristen Callihan's Winterblaze series. The 1st book Firelight was awesome!

thumbelinda03 AT yahoo DOT com

jmcgaugh said...

All my romances are an escape for me. My preferences are paranormal/urban fantasy and historical (mostly Regency and/or Scottish). I will say, though, that I find lighter, more comedic paranormals to be particularly escapist.

MK Chester said...

It's proven that when things get ugly in the world around us, we like to escape into books, movies...all kinds of entertainment. Wishing you many happy sales!

Wendy Soliman said...

I can't believe how long, intense and intrusively personal American election campaigns are. Surely all that money could be spent on something more worthwhile.

Susanna Fraser said...

Sorry to be so late in commenting! Despite my intentions otherwise I ended up spending the entire evening glued to the TV watching election returns.

Thank you for sharing your escapes with me. The winner of the free download of An Infamous Marriage is Linda--I'll be emailing you about your preferred format.

Penni said...

I love escaping into a good book. I don't think I really have a favorite genre. I devour almost anything readable! I have been reading since I was 3 years old. I was a very advanced child.

I know this giveaway is complete but I just wanted to say good luck with your books and congrats on the release!

bn100 said...

Sounds interesting.