Biography and News
Spring is just about here (whether the weather cooperates, or not, is a whole other story) and I think it’s time for a celebration (sort of) and a contest (definitely).
First things first, though, and in keeping with the springtime theme: Let me introduce you to one of my favorite blogs. Go to www.boisdejasmin.com and see if you don’t agree with me that it’s one of the loveliest sites ever. Victoria Frolova, Perfumista Extraordinaire, writes about all the facets of fragrance in an eloquent and evocative style that will have you hooked. So, I guess this is a small confession on my part: I’m CRAZEE about perfume and am always on the hunt for the perfect fragrance for me. It’s a very hard job, by the way, as there are so few perfumes that actually work for me. Having said that, I also must tell you that I have what seems like hundreds of perfume samples and I’ve run out of friends to give them to.
And why, you ask, am I going on and on about perfume, of all things?
Because, dear readers, Victoria/Bois de Jasmin and I are holding a contest together.
Y’see, this year - on the first day of spring - I turn (gulp!) sixty years of age and I figured why not combine my love of books and writing with my love of perfume and flowers.
So here’s the deal: on March 21st get thee to Bois de Jasmin and find your way to the contest announcement , and then enter it. Simple as that! Just follow the “rules” and you’ll be eligible to win one of 5 prizes: Four readers/commenters will win 6 perfume samples each from my wide and varied selection, and the fifth prizewinner will get 6 perfume samples AND an autographed copy of my first novel, “Remember The Time.” (It’s out of print, so it won’t be a new copy, but I’ll send out the best one I can find.)
And I wouldn’t leave “A Sea Change” out of the celebration, so it will be specially priced at $3.21 for the whole month of March.
So, come one - come all! Join in the celebration: of Spring, of my 60th, and of the renewal of life on earth.
Photo by Yours Truly.
11/3/13: Click on my newest tab above - How and Where - for a photo essay about "Remember The Time!"
Maddy believes she's lost her past. On Salmon Beach she rediscovers her desires.
Nick has buried his feelings, and everything he cares about, deep within himself. On Salmon Beach he unearths his heart.
Maddy Phillips, alone for the first time, comes to the hidden community of Salmon Beach - only accessible by sea, or 200 steps down a sheer cliff - to seek refuge from a broken relationship. What she won’t acknowledge is the loss of something - and someone - much more significant.
Nick McKay moves to Salmon Beach when his baseball career and marriage abruptly end; the one person he loves - his daughter - taken from him in a bitter divorce. During the day he's the good-natured handyman to the quirky residents of the beach, but his nights are long, lonely, and filled with cruel dreams.
The past has a way of insinuating itself into the present in unimaginable ways. What we think we want, we find we don’t need. It takes courage to take that first step toward change; even more courage to know when to leave the past - and all its pain and sorrow -where it belongs.
Salmon Beach becomes Nick and Maddy's haven and meeting place; the two hundred stairs down, their first steps to transformation.
A Sea Change - a contemporary love story with crisp, provocative prose, and complex, unforgettable characters - moves through four seasons of healing in a vivid metaphorical journey with Nick and Maddy.
On Salmon Beach secrets become hopes, and those hopes become a passionate, life-altering sea change.
August 26, 2012
Dear Readers and Readers-To-Be,
I'm overjoyed to tell you that my next book - "A Sea Change" - will finally be published as an e-book. Target date: September 2012!
I realize it's been a long time coming and I apologize for the wait. I hope you'll find it was worth it.
It's been a long, hard fifteen years since "Remember The Time" was originally published: I lost my best friend to leukemia, my darling mother to COPD, and my creativity to Graves Disease.
But I'm happy to say the urge to write has returned at last. Like any unused muscle that has atrophied, it's going to take some time to get up to full strength. I sincerely hope I can get there!
"A Sea Change" was written in 1998. Although I've edited it exhaustively over the past two months, I wanted to keep the story set in the year 2000 for a variety of reasons.
Originally written as the second book in my two-book deal with Bantam Books (now Random House), "A Sea Change" never saw the light of day because my editor and I never could see eye-to-eye.
But I've always loved the story, the place, and the people who populate the Salmon Beach of my novel, and this feels like the perfect time to introduce them to you. I'm hoping you'll fall in love with Nick and Maddy's story the way I did.
Thank you, again, Dear Readers, for your patience and support.
UPDATE! As of August 2011 Random House has published "Remember The Time" as an ebook under their groundbreaking romance publishing line of the '80s and '90s, Loveswept! The program launched with eight titles in August, and "Remember The Time" was one of them. Needless to say, I was thrilled and flattered!
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Annette Reynolds was born March 21st, 1954 in Athens, Greece.
“My mother always encouraged me to read, and since that moment when I first opened a book on my own, I’ve never been without one at my side. I love the world of possibility each new book offers. And so, later, writing became a place to create my own world.”
Ms. Reynolds grew up in Monterey, California (“A magical place just begging to be put on paper.”) and went to high school in La Mesa, California. Married, for a time, to a U.S. Army officer, she traveled extensively before settling in Tacoma, Washington. On one of their assignments, Ms. Reynolds spent 5 years in Virginia.
Her first novel, Remember The Time, is a contemporary love story set in Staunton, Virginia. This town in the Shenandoah Valley is home to Mary Baldwin College, where Ms. Reynolds received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management.
“Many times, what inspires me to write is not an event, but a place. My second novel (unpublished) came about when a friend invited me to spend a day on Salmon Beach, a hidden community in Tacoma, Washington. When I walked down the 200 steps and came to the eclectic collection of houses built over the water of the Narrows, a story literally rushed into my brain.”
Over the last several years Ms Reynolds has received many letters asking when her next book will be published. “I went through a very rough period in which I lost my dearest friend to cancer,” she states. “And when I lost her, I simply lost my will and ability to create. I couldn’t even read a book, let alone write one. But suddenly, after four years of inactivity, I find myself wanting to stretch my creative muscles again, and I’m thrilled. Thrilled, but scared!”
Annette Reynolds is now at work on a new novel, and is also working on a short story. Remember The Time enjoyed three printings and only recently has gone out of print. It can be found, used, at Amazon.com and Half.com.
Ms. Reynolds still resides in Tacoma, Washington. She lives in a 90 year old house, with Kokkie, the dog, Misty, the cat, Bubbles, Manny, Moe, Jack, and Vinny, the goldfish, and life partner, Michael Milligan.