So I want to talk about magic, if you don’t mind. I mean, paranormal blog like this, that should be okay, right? Except I’m not talking about the shape-shifter, whammy-you-into-a-frog, spelling-throwing variety. Although all that is very cool.
I’m talking about Northern Sunset by Penny Jordan.
Huh? What? Yeah, work with me, okay? A million years ago I read my first romance novel. It was a Harlequin Presents. I read it in the summer sunshine in a garden and MAN was I hooked. I was so totally enthralled that I could have been sitting in a Dumpster... because I was IN the book. Temporal reality didn’t matter. The only thing that was real and tangible was the stuff on those pages. I was utterly transported.
I started reading those Harlequin Presents like they were going out of style (collected them, too) and one of the best was Northern Sunset by Penny Jordan. I read that book over and over again. I still remember the storyline so clearly. And for some reason, the first scene where the heroine ends up stuck in a storm in a B&B-kind of setup and has to wash out her ‘under things’ has stayed with me for years.
I lost track of the book. Lost it somewhere. And I started looking for it a couple of years ago. I’d go to used book stores and search the Harlequin Presents sections and always go home empty handed. The title was so old it was way beyond what they stocked and besides, I only had the word “Northern” and the fact that the heroine was a blond. Well, and the author was Penny Jordan.
Someone found the book for me last week. Sent me an email with the cover attached. I just stared at the thing. It was my book. MY book. And the thing was, I remember what it was like the first time I read it. That transportation. That magic.
I can’t wait to hold Northern Sunset in my hands again. So... do you remember the first book that really got your attention? The first one you can remember reading where you had pictures in your head and you cared about the characters to distraction and you just hated it to end? Did you go back years later and reread it? Was it the same?
Just curious. And I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the Black Dagger Brotherhood, writing in general... or any other Penny Jordan titles I may have read. ;)