Saturday, 8 June 2013

Guest post by Gwen Jones + Giveaway

I LOVE romantic movies. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something light that makes me smile and chuckle, other times I want something epic and heart-wrenching. Well today's guest will share with us her list of Top 5 Most Romantic Movies Ever, so please give a warm welcome to Julie Knott, the heroine of Gwen Jones' latest romance novel: Wanted: Wife, and you could even win a copy of the book! :-)

Julie Knott’s Picks for the Five Most Romantic Movies EVER!

I love movies - new ones, old ones, the more romantic, the better (plus the occasional Ben Stiller or Coen Brothers, just to keep things even). I love going to the theater and hunkering down with a pack of smuggled-in Twizzlers, the sparks flying between the paramours as I watch, giddily voyeuristic. When I'm at home there's always the sofa and a bowl of popcorn on a cold winter's night, snuggled under an afghan and my own romantic tendencies, sighing at the sound of those perfectly scripted words of love. Ah, amor...

Is there anything comparable to an evening with a lover such as Cary, Bogie, George, Denzel, Clive (and well…you know)? Well no...and yes. As swoon-worthy as any of them may be, none of them have an entry on this list. Because if you were paying attention you would have picked up that it's not the meat that turns up this romantic's thermostat - it's the motion of those beautiful emotions swirling off the screen. See if you agree...

1. Woman of the Year (1942)

Sophisticated political columnist, Katharine Hepburn, falls hard for crusty sportswriter, Spencer Tracy. No love/hate pretensions for these two; she had him at the first smooth of her silk stockings. Made all the more dreamy by the dawning of their real-life romance. And the smart woman got to stay smart and independent even after the movie ends. Now that's love, sweetie.

2. Jane Eyre (1944)

Uber-Alpha Orson Welles at the apex of his hottiness, the definitive Rochester to Joan Fontaine's Jane in this Charlotte Bronte classic. I got serious chills when his baritone called out "Jane...Jane!" And then as he kissed her for the first time, a bolt of lightning rivened an oak tree and boy-oh-boy, was I in love.

3. Summertime (1955)

Again, it's Katharine Hepburn, this time as a middle-aged spinster on holiday in Venice, looking for that undefinable something she's missing in her life. She finds it in the oh-so-continental married shopkeeper, Rossano Brazzi, who teaches her the finer points of carpe diem. Her red shoe left on his terrace says it all.

4. Say Anything... (1989)

Slacker John Cusack has one ambition in life: to be with gorgeous genius Ione Skye, as she flies off to England on a fellowship. Who can resist falling for the boy when Ione sees him shivering after they first make love. She asks him if he's cold he replies, "No, I'm just happy."

5. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

In this Jane Austen retelling, Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen leave scorch marks as they huff and pant their way through the English countryside, never more evident than when they almost combust under a Grecian folly. Their supressed longing is so palpable their steamy near-kiss vaporizes all the precipitation out of the stormy afternoon.

Gwen Jones, after spending years writing several unpublishable novels, decided to learn what she was doing wrong or give it all up. So after earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Connecticut State University, she’s now so good they even allow her to teach there. An unabashed born-and-bred native of Southern New Jersey and the Jersey Shore, she lives with her husband, Frank, and the absolute cutest cat in the world, Gracie.

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Wanted: Wife by Gwen Jones

Andy Devine is advertising for a wife on a utility pole, and interviewing him is the last thing TV reporter Julie Knott needs. Especially after her cheating fiancé just tweeted their disengagement. Now she has got to choose: get the story—or become it?

Wanted: Wife

Landed, Financially Secure 40-Yr-Old Male
* Handsome, but with old-school communication skills and a secret past *

Seeks Healthy, Athletic Female
* Preferably a pretty reporter with a messy love life who has never spent a day in the woods *

For Marriage and Family
* What could possibly go wrong? *

If you love the humor and romance of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, don't miss the fabulous debut of Gwen Jones!


Author Rescue has generously offered an ebook copy of Wanted: Wife by Gwen Jones to a lucky commenter!

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Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 8 June 2013!

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