Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year, New Superromances!


Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve got two awesome things to celebrate today. One, a brand-spanking-new calendar I can muck up, and two, the release of my second book, Back to the Good Fortune Diner.

This is a special book to me because I’ve wanted to write a romance featuring Chinese characters. As I am Chinese Canadian myself, I drew a lot of parallels between me and my heroine, Tiffany, though we don’t share a lot in common.

From the back cover copy:

Everville, New York--it’s the town where Tiffany Cheung grew up, and the last place she wants to be. But after losing her job in Manhattan, that's exactly where she finds herself. Worse, she’s working at her family’s Chinese diner and feeling like the outsider she once was. The only bright side is that Chris Jamieson, the boy she used to tutor, is still around. Her high school crush is hotter than ever, and he needs her help...again.

Tutoring Chris’s son is the perfect temporary job. Except, Chris finally seems interested in her--and is hinting about a less temporary arrangement. Talk about bad timing! Because Tiffany’s not staying and nothing will stop her from getting back to her real life. But maybe what’s real is about to change.... 

I love reunion stories because they feel like you’re getting a second chance. Though sometimes, letting go of the past is hard, and that new beginning can’t come unless you come to terms with what has happened before.

Another neato thing about this month’s Harlequin Superromance releases: apart from the new look, they’re now up to 85,000 words long. That’s more story for a great value!

What new beginnings are you looking forward to this year? Do you have any resolutions to reconnect with your past—maybe have coffee with an old high school chum, or visit your alma mater?

Leave a comment below and I will randomly draw a name to win a signed copy of Back to the Good Fortune Diner. Draw takes place Friday, January 4 at noon E.S.T.

14 comments:

Laney4 said...

No new beginnings here. I have been diligent in keeping up with friends through the years. I enjoy breakfasts and lunches out with several of them, long natters on the phone with some of them, and girlfriend get-togethers as often as possible with my two BFFs. Life is good in that way....

I'm basically trying to do "more of the same", rather than "beginning", these days. I want to get my desk tidy more often, my mending pile caught up, and my scrapbooking more current. One step at a time....

Rogenna Brewer said...

It's a fresh start for me this year as I've finally left my day job behind. Wish I could enter to win your book...oh, wait I can still buy it :)

Looking forward to reading it Vicki. I wrote an Amerasian heroine in Midway Between You and Me. Her father was an American GI and her mother Vietnamese.

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

Hi Vicki,

Your book sounds great. My daughter will start high school this year in August. I have a meeting at her High School next week.

I am going to two concerts this year to see acts for the first time with my daughter- Pink in March and One Direction in July.

mary sullivan said...

Hi Vicki, I'm connecting with a former neighbour who I haven't seen in about seven years. Considering that she's one of the best people on earth, it's been far too long! I'm also in touch with a man I worked with thirty years ago. Marriage, mortgages, distance and raising families got in the way. Since I always really liked him and his wife, I'm so happy to hear how well they are doing. It feels really wonderful to be in touch with old friends!

I make a point to get together with friends regularly.

I also work hard to create new friendships, too. I find conversation and camaraderie rejuvenating!

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BW said...

I wouldn't mind reconnecting with some of my old friends from high school and from where I used to work this year.

Julie said...

Actually, funny you should ask that...I've resolved to call my best friend from high school this week. It's a start!

I'm so glad to see an Asian character, thanks for introducing your book to us. :)

Kaelee said...

Happy New Year, Vicki!

I just love getting new calendars. I go browse the 50% off ones in the middle of January and always buy too many. I always buy the Cat-A-Day one at full price as I just cannot see myself doing without it.

Since I'm getting this book in the mail from the Harlequin Open House please leave my name out of the draw. It was great to get a bit more background information about the story. I'm really looking forward to reading it. Rogenna mentioned Midway Between You and Me. It is a really excellent book if you have the chance to read it.

No new beginnings for me just trying to get myself organized. I really hope to get to see some of my cousins this year. I'd really like to connect with a few friends in person as well.



Snookie said...

No new beginnings for me either :) Just trying to live healthier and keep in better touch with friends and family!

flchen1 said...

Ooh, Vicki--I like the sounds of this one! As for new beginnings? Nothing specific in mind, but I did just give the kids a reminder that we hoped they'd start the year treating each other more lovingly than during the past year ;) We'll see how long this lasts :D

Looking forward to reading your story about reconnecting!

bn100 said...

Can't think of any new beginnings

Nice post

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chey said...

No new beginnings here. Sounds like a book I'd like to read!

Mary Preston said...

I'm sure there will be a lot of new beginnings over the year. Nothing comes to mind now though. I lost touch with everyone from my school days long ago. No great urge to re-connect.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Vicki Essex said...

Time to pick a winner for a copy of BACK TO THE GOOD FORTUNE DINER!

The winner is: flchen1

CONGRATULATIONS! Email me at vicki@vickiessex.com to claim your prize!

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