At various points in my life, I’ve been a reader, a bookseller, and an author, and I’ve worked just about every job there is in a library, from page to librarian. So it probably won’t come as a surprise when I say books are important to me. I know they’re important to my wonderful hostesses here at The Romance Dish today. They’re probably important to you, too, or you wouldn’t be reading this!
One Dance with a Duke, I knew I was writing a very intelligent couple, and books would be important to them. Don’t get me wrong—Spencer and Amelia aren’t scholars or writers. They are simply people who enjoy reading, and this point of connection plays a role in their romance:
Here’s an exclusive excerpt, from the scene where Amelia explores her new husband’s personal library while he sleeps in the adjacent room:
My, but the man had a great many books.
There were six chambers in all, and in every room there were books. Even the dressing room had a niche of built-in shelves that were likely intended for hats but had been overtaken by books. And none of the volumes were in any order whatsoever. Not that she could discern, at any rate.
Amelia skipped her fingers over the leather bindings. Several titles were familiar to her, but three times as many were not. Still, she felt among friends. She never would have classified herself a scholar or a bluestocking; she was simply a great reader. A lover of books. And she found ample evidence to suggest that Spencer shared her affection. She found novels, plays, philosophy, several agricultural tomes, the stray scientific treatise, and volume after volume of poetry. Cracks and creases on the spines proved that most of the books had been read at least once, and the wide variation of subject matter suggested their collector to be in possession of not only a keen mind, but an open one.
If she’d been aroused earlier, she was desperate for him now. She smiled, wondering what he would say if he knew this worn, jumbled collection of books was such a powerful aphrodisiac.
Now, Spencer has a deeply personal reason why he’s devoted so much time to collecting and reading books—and you will have to read my book to find that out. But suffice it to say, it goes along with my personal belief that books can serve purposes much more profound than simple information and entertainment. For different people, at different points in their lives, reading can become a refuge, a means of personal growth, even salvation.
When I was growing up, my family moved often. I was always “the new kid.” The books I loved and the libraries I visited gave me a much-needed sense of continuity. Just as Amelia thinks to herself in the excerpt, whenever I’m around books, I feel amongst friends.
How have books been important to you in your life? Or can you name fictional characters who have a deep a love of books, or even share your reading tastes?
Thanks so much for inviting me here today!
It's our pleasure, Tessa! For more information about Tessa and her books, visit her website at http://tessadare.com and don't forget to check out her upcoming releases. The second book in the Stud Club Trilogy, Twice Tempted by a Rogue, another Top Pick! by RT Book Reviews Magazine, will be released on June 22nd and will be followed by the final book in the trilogy, Three Nights with a Scoundrel on July 27th.