Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes… for Cait O’Sullivan


Osiyo~

I’m turning the round pen over to my critique partner and a wonderful writer, Cait O’Sullivan to talk about her debut book, Romancing The Seas. Take it, Cait!

CaitCh Ch Ch Ch Changes…

I got to thinking the other day when my sister said in an offhand comment ‘everyone hates change’.

I don’t.

 Quite the opposite in fact. I love change.

My favourite season is when they change: winter to spring is inspirational, spring to summer joyful, summer to autumn brings appreciation for the beauty of the changing world and on to winter, when the bright, brisk days exhilarate me.

My favourite weather is when it changes, sun being eclipsed by billowing, purple clouds, the first fat raindrop falling. Vice versa, sunshine through the rain and rainbows arcing through the sky.

Dawn when the moon gives way to the sun, dusk when the sun starts to leave. All wonderful times to be alive with the very air seeming to dissolve in the changing light.

Then there’s the life changing thing. Not quite so easy, or so enjoyable, but heck, when you’ve survived it, nothing beats that feeling. Change scoops you up to tumble in its force, cursing it, helpless but emerging the other side brand spanking new, with a different, more mature outlook on life, and one step closer to peace.

So I scooped up Pippa, my heroine in Romancing the Seas, and put her through the change wringer. She leaves a settled life in London behind for a new life in New Zealand. How exciting for her, and the first three chapters were hard for her. But hey she settled and now loves it there, in her brand spanking new life.  Here she is at the start, wondering whether she’s done the right thing:

RomancingtheSeasThere were several top-of-the-range treadmills and she chose one, slowly working her stride.

But her mind refused to let up. Why had she come out here to New Zealand? She should have stayed in London, working for Marcus. Okay, maybe she would have moved to a different restaurant, but even then she would have been surrounded by the familiar, not the unknown — and the downright scary. Now she was a prisoner of her own design: new country — heck, new continent — new job, new boss, no friends, and not even any space to call her own.

Maybe she had done the right thing. How could she have stayed in London after what Marcus had done? An up and coming celebrity chef, she had supported him all the way. Until his publicist had said to him, “Lose the sous chef; she’s too ordinary a look for you. You need an it girl on your arm, so all the paparazzi will be snapping you for the celebrity magazines.”

“Look, Pippa,” Marcus had pleaded. “Just give me a couple of years to get to the top of my career and then we can be together properly. We can still be together, but just keep our relationship under cover.”

Pippa had wanted to cry, but instead picked up her bag and walked out of the flat she had never quite moved into.

She had been right to leave. But whether she had been right to leave so drastically, swapping everything she had ever known for the unknown, was very questionable.

Her heart pounded rapidly and she pressed the treadmill button to lower the speed, concentrating on breathing deeply to slow her heart rate down. A light cough from the treadmill beside her nearly threw her off her treadmill in surprise.

Her new roomie.

In an attempt not to let the machine sweep her off, she pumped her legs and finally caught back up with the pace. Great. Glances at the monitor, proudly proclaiming a heart rate of 190, made her want to curl up and die. Mr. Eagleton, on the other hand, appeared very relaxed and loose limbed beside her as he lengthened into his pace, despite a faint sheen of sweat — clearly he had been in the gym for a while.

Breathe.

****

How about you – how do you feel about Change? Drop me a comment and let me know, then come to Cait’s Place to read the first chapter of Romancing the Seas.

Buy Romancing the Seas

 To stay in touch with Cait, join her on Facebook and Twitter.

 That is a beautiful cover and great excerpt, Cait. Thank you for sharing!

Dodadagohvi~

Advertisements

Posted on 01/29/2013, in Blog Tour, Pen of the Dreamer, Promotion, Welcome and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. What a prosperous day, Cait! Thank you for being my guest finally! Sorry I wasn’t here much, but you had a lot of wonderful company. I appreciate all my friends who came to show Cait the Ranch love! 😀

    Like

    • Hey Calisa, it was gorgeous being here, thanks so much for having me…I really enjoyed meeting all your friends :). Hope to be back soon 🙂

      Like

  2. I hate change, which is funny considering I work for the military and every 2 years we get a whole new command who changes EVERYTHING!!!!…. Great article, Cait… Can’t wait to read your book!!

    Like

  3. Calisa – Your blog is beautiful. Love the colors. As for change. I usually grumble about it. I don’t like it all that much but always, in the end, I will admit that it was for the best. Now my husband hates change and will fight it to the bitter end. I once read a quote that said, “If you don’t like change, don’t worry about it. It will catch up to you anyway.” So, change is inevitable.

    Like

    • It is a beautiful blog to be on, you’re right Sharon. And I agree with you too with the quote. I used not to like change — years ago — and just decided one day that heck, I wasn’t going to like a lot in my life if I didn’t like change…I wonder does that make sense. In that change is everywhere, if you don’t like it, you’ll spend a lot of time being unhappy. Well, change is pretty consistent in my life anyway. Thanks for coming along, Sharon, and joining in!!

      Like

    • Aw Thanks, Sharon! You too, Cait. 🙂

      Like

  4. I think personal change is often hard to juggle, but where would we be without challenges? Interesting that you mentioned the change of seasons, dawn and dusk, etc. I LOVE those moments and have a special name for them–transitional moments. I’ll throw in New Year’s Eve at midnight, the passing of a century and the stroke of a clock at midnight. Transitional moments are magical and rife with creativity. LOVED your post! I definitely feel for Pippa too. Talk about stepping outside of your safety zone! Yikes! You gave her a lot to overcome. Sounds like fab read!

    Like

    • Thanks Mae Clair!! Yes definitely with you on the changing of the years/centuries/days! Transitional moments — great categorization there thank you. And for your kind words about Pippa too, bless her!

      Like

  5. Change is good, usually after the fact, however. Except for that change into winter. That’s never good. I think it must be that light thing for me too. Give me 16 hours of daylight and I’m a happy camper.

    I have to say though, I love watching a character adjust to complete change. The possibilities are so delicious! Love the excerpt, Cait. TBR!

    Like

    • Yeah change is generally good in retrospect, I agree. But some changes you can roll with and enjoy as they happen. After growing up in Ireland, I think I’m used to not a lot of light, maybe I’m lucky in that respect. Thanks so much for swinging by and your nice comments about RtS!

      Like

  6. Change is my life for the last year.I’ve learned to embrace it and make the most of what’s new. A wonderful concept for the book. Beautiful cover and excerpt.
    I like your style.
    Thanks for the post!

    Like

    • Thanks, Sandy, for your lovely comments. I hope you enjoyed emerging all nice and sparkly new from your last year’s change too 🙂

      Like

  7. D'Ann Lindun

    I HATE change of any kind! I get very depressed in the fall and early spring. It’s a sunlight thing. Even the smallest change upsets me, though.
    Good luck with your book!

    Like

    • Thanks D’Ann! Sorry to hear about the SAD thing, it’s not nice, is it. Have you tried a light box? I had one and it really helps.

      Like

  8. I’m terrible at changing things, probably because I’m so lazy 🙂 You certainly put Pippa through some changes Cait, with spectacular results! x

    Like

    • 🙂 I’m glad you approve, Christy! Bless her, she loves it really — Pippa that is. Thanks for coming by xoxo

      Like

  9. I love change, too, Cait. Sometimes change is hard, but the same routine day after day … boring!

    Like

  10. My goodness! Lots of early birds up and chatting in here! 😀 The Ranch is waking to a lovely, stormy day here in Oklahoma, USA. Perfect to stay indoors and chat with you Cait. Welcome to the Ranch and what a day you are kicking off with a lovely cover and a great post!

    Like

    • Thanks Calisa, I’m having lots of fun 🙂 I’ll put kettle on! I love stormy days too, very inspirational!

      Like

  11. To face the the change. I’ll be singing that song all day now. LOL
    I like the change of seasons too, but winter is a drag…. and just what I need for a good pick me up!
    Neecy

    Like

    • Imbolc is coming soon Neecy, hang on in there — midway between the winter and summer solstices — nearly out of winter! Thanks for coming by 🙂

      Like

  12. Thank you, lovely Christine. Yeah I know what you mean by some life changes alright, some are so tough that you can’t see the good in them. Thanks for coming by, and the vote for RtS 🙂

    Like

  13. Fab post Cait! I admit sometimes I struggle with change. I love the change of weather, like you, but there are some life changes that I’d rather not have to experience. lol

    Congrats on your debut…Romancing the Seas is a wonderful read 🙂 xoxox

    Like

  14. LOL Lynn! I’m flattered 🙂 what a honey you are!! Don’t we all wonder ‘what the HECK am I dong’ once it’s too late though. Thanks for coming by and reading my excerpt, I’m giggling away at you 🙂 (and I’m in a coffee shop and must look mad LOL)

    Like

  15. I think I’m like Pippa, I like the idea of change. Once I’m on that new treadmill though, I wonder what the heck I’ve gotten myself into. (And yes, I read the excerpt! Just for you Cait. ) Wishing you many sales.

    Like

  16. Oh yes! Where would we be without change? Total stagnation. No, go through the washing machine and come out cleaner, if out of breath! Looking forward to the book, Cait!

    Like

  17. I know you meant to finish off your post with a smilie rather than a surprise, Serena — but heck, surprise is good too — as long as it’s not in the form of a party though LOL. Thanks for coming by!

    Like

  18. Great post! I agree about change – those are the times of greatest possibility. I can’t wait to see how Pippa adjusts to her all-new life… :-0

    Like

  19. Hey Calisa, thanks for having me here — am looking forward to hanging out with you today 🙂

    Like

%d bloggers like this: