View Full Version : Coming Soon From Aspen Mountian Press: Gillian's Place
June 13th, 2007, 02:50 PM
I recently signed a contract with Aspen Mountain Press for a new anthology of romances I've written. The title of it is Gillian's Place.
Here's the blurb for it.
A lot of people pass through a bar. As they do, they leave small pieces of their lives behind in the form of stories.
Come and listen to the bartender at Gillian’s Place as he tells the stories of the patrons he’s seen over the years.
June 13th, 2007, 02:57 PM
Congratulations! That is wonderful!
June 13th, 2007, 03:01 PM
What I'm pleased about is none of them are 'typical' romances. The characters are just typical, everyday men and women.
Don't see that often enough, in my opinion. :)
June 13th, 2007, 05:58 PM
Well spill the beans....tell me about it!
Give me the dets! :P:
June 13th, 2007, 06:11 PM
OK, twist my rubber arm ow!. ;)
There are five stories in Gillian's Place.
The first story is Fatima. Fatima is a woman who was hurt, and very badly, by the first man she loved. This is the story of how she overcomes the damage done.
The second is The Orange Slip. It was inspired by this painting (http://www.thebluedotgallery.com/GalleryDetail.asp?ID=151).
It follows the life of a man from the day after his divorce becomes final, and the neighbour with which he becomes more and more deeply involved.
The third story is Bill and Ruby. The story follows a man who goes to visit an on-line friend, and how through a day and a night they learn to love each other.
The fourth is Ruby and Bill. This is what happens to Bill and Ruby after the third story. It's very bittersweet.
The fifth is Dinner Date. And it's about just that, a very, very successful dinner date. ;)
I use the bar, Gillian's Place, to tie the stories together. It's also very important to the last story. ;)
Now you know.
June 13th, 2007, 06:30 PM
Just to make Karenne happy, here's an excerpt from Gillian's Place. ;)
This excerpt is from The Orange Slip.
Frank Johnston opened his eyes and squinted at the sunlight streaming through his bedroom window. Today is the first day of the rest of my life, went through his mind. The rest of my life alone.
Sitting up, he felt his head spin a little. He’d had two more beers than needed the previous night. The night after the last visit to his lawyer. The last visit where he signed the divorce papers. The papers that confirmed his marriage had ended.
He squeezed his eyes to keep the tears in. Damn, I loved that woman. Too much to let myself see what was happening. I was happy and that made me think she was happy.
The knocking came at the front door again. Frank realized that was what woke him up. He debated whether to answer it and decided he should. Grabbing his jeans off the floor, he stepped into them and headed for the front of his house. As he walked down the hall memories came flooding back.
There’s the spot where we first made love in this house. I was on the bottom, I didn’t want to risk Janey getting splinters in her ass. That picture was bought at a yard sale the next week. We put it up and went to bed, celebrating another step on the road of our lives.
He could feel his eyes tearing up again.
The knock sounded a third time. He turned left and went past the living room. The front entrance was in a small foyer just beyond it. When he reached the door, Frank looked out through the windows set in it. Standing on the front porch was his neighbour, Marian Capetti.
Marian was a short, slim woman. Her chestnut hair was almost shoulder length with a bit of a wave. Marian’s face was as slim as her body. Eyes of dark brown, an almost prominent nose and rosebud mouth made up the features of her face. Her skin was fair and flawless. She was dressed in suburban casual; a yellow nylon blouse and blue jeans did not display her body, but also did little to hide it. That nearly hidden body was well proportioned. Breasts, waist and bottom were alluring without being immoderate.
She was chewing her lip when he looked out, trying to decide whether to knock once more. A tentative smile crossed her face as she saw Frank peering through the window. He opened the door to her.
“Uh, hi Frank,” she said. “I came over to see how you’re doing. You told me last week that yesterday was the day. Are you all right?”
“Considering,” he replied, “I’m fine. I had a bit too much to drink last night, but I’ll be OK.”
“Janey wasn’t there, was she.” This was a statement rather than a question.
“No, she signed her copy at her lawyer’s office in L.A. We haven’t seen each other for three months.” A quick flash of pain crossed his face at that observation.
“Would you like some company? Ralph’s at work, my daughter’s at school and there’s nothing that has to be done today around the house. I can stay and talk if you need it.”
Frank expression lightened a little at that. It was good to have friends. “No, I’ll be fine. Thanks for the offer though.”
“OK. But if you need to talk, Ralph or I will be happy to listen. Don’t be a stranger.”
“Thanks, Marian. I’ll keep that in mind.”
“Well, have a good…Oh that sounds so stupid! I’ll talk to you soon.” Marian turned and moved down the front walk.
Closing the door, Frank felt misery wash over him again. He went to the bathroom and looked at himself in the mirror.
The same person he had seen for years gazed back at him. A tall, lanky man with graying hair was his reflection. Hazel eyes with a thin nose and mouth made up the face. The body got some exercise but not much. The muscles displayed were not soft but they weren’t clearly defined either. His skin was pale, hardly ever exposed to the sun.
Maybe that’s why she left? I wasn’t the physical specimen she wanted.
His reflection vanished as his eyes filled with tears.
Oh God. What do I do now?
June 13th, 2007, 06:42 PM
WOOHOO! Thank you so much!:gunsmilie:
June 13th, 2007, 08:11 PM
You're welcome. :)
June 28th, 2007, 09:33 PM
I just got the release date for this work. July 27, 2007. :biggrin:
July 25th, 2007, 10:19 AM
Sigh. Due to problems the book won't be released on Friday. :(
I'll let you know when it will be available.
July 25th, 2007, 10:32 AM
aww..I am sorry Rob. Hey..but that isn't much of a delay:wub:
July 25th, 2007, 10:37 AM
C'est la vie. Life travels in travels in strange ways.
August 26th, 2007, 08:17 PM
Well, the project's moving forward.
I received the cover this week. It's a good one.
Many thanks to Jinger Heaston.
August 27th, 2007, 10:45 AM
WOOHOO! That is wonderful. I like the cover too.
I bet you are really excited! :p
August 27th, 2007, 12:16 PM
And yes I am. :whoohoo:
Linda L Lattimer
August 30th, 2007, 03:14 PM
Oh wow Rob another one, congrats, and I absolutely love the cover, Jinger does great work, I adore everything she does
August 30th, 2007, 09:20 PM
Thanks Linda. :)
May 2nd, 2008, 02:46 PM
Well, finally this project is moving again.
I should be finished the edits by the end of next week. I want the editor to give it another going over because there were a lot of very big changes done.
So, almost a year later, we're back in the groove.
May 2nd, 2008, 03:25 PM
it sounds great i wasn't here a year ago so i've just caught up with the posts smilies/cloud9.gif
May 2nd, 2008, 04:35 PM
Thank you, hollie. :)
May 5th, 2008, 09:14 AM
I've finished the editing. Whew.
Now I have to add a couple of thousand words to one of the stories. My editor didn't believe I built up the heroine's feelings properly. That'll be a couple of days.
Then I got through and polish. Should be done by Friday.
Then it's on to my first novel, a menage romance centered around a prim and proper librarian, a writer and a literature professor. Hey. Write what you know. ;)
May 5th, 2008, 10:29 AM
i'm sort of a librarian (well i organise the school reference books) and i am far from prim and proper but i agree write what you know can't get it wrong then (well i could)
May 6th, 2008, 10:17 AM
Oh she's not prim and proper by the end of the story. :devil:
Didn't get any work done yesterday. Needed all my energy for repacking my books.
Will probably be the same today.
Tomorrow I get back to work. :)
May 6th, 2008, 01:54 PM
did you find somewhere for them? i would be devistated if i had to get rid of my books
May 6th, 2008, 03:00 PM
Yes, I did, hollie. :)
My landlord and I came to a compromise. I was allowed eight boxes worth of storage. So I got a couple of large boxes and transfered most of my books to those.
I did have to throw out some stuff. But I needed to anyway. They'd been ruined by a sewage backup last fall. Should have done it sooner but I'm sometimes a lazy fool. ;)
Thanks for asking. :)
May 6th, 2008, 03:16 PM
oh thats not too bad then i'm lucky when i run out of storage i just send stuff to my mums saying "put them in my room" which isn't bad to say i left home 15 years ago
Linda L Lattimer
May 13th, 2008, 10:08 PM
Hey Rob, it has been awhile, so glad your edits and all are moving along, hope you have a great week
May 14th, 2008, 10:01 AM
Thanks Linda. :)
May 14th, 2008, 10:06 AM
Rob i just sent you a friend request for myspace bhowdysmilie.gif
May 24th, 2008, 03:21 PM
Whew! Finally finished the edits for this.
And I must admit, it's much improved. :)
So, I have a release date. Gillian's Place (http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/coming-soon/coming-soon/gillian-39-s-place/prod_68.html0) will be available on June 20th.
May 24th, 2008, 03:54 PM
congrats Rob i'm really looking forward to this one :huepfen017:
May 25th, 2008, 03:39 PM
Thanks hollie. :)
June 3rd, 2008, 08:37 AM
To celebrate the release of Gillian's Place.
Friday June 20th at Brenda Williamson's Romance Party (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BrendaWilliamsonRomanceParty/). All day.
Saturday June 21st. Live Chat at Coffee Time Chatroom (http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/Chat.html). 8PM to 10PM
Monday, June 23rd at Love Romances Cafe (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LoveRomancesCafe/) 7PM to 9PM.
Wednesday June 25th at Coffee Time Exotic (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/karendevinkaren/). All day.
Hope to see you all there. I will be giving away prizes. ;)
June 3rd, 2008, 10:58 AM
i'll try and get to your all day ones but the evening ones i can't do it's to late for me
June 3rd, 2008, 02:58 PM
See you there. :)
June 9th, 2008, 12:28 PM
I'm getting really excited about this. :biggrin:
June 17th, 2008, 12:48 PM
Three more days. :biggrin:
June 18th, 2008, 05:58 AM
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Oh I can't wait for this book
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June 18th, 2008, 10:34 AM
Thanks hollie. Just what I needed this morning.
June 18th, 2008, 02:22 PM
:huepfen017: Your welcome, I like making people happy :huepfen017:
August 24th, 2008, 09:04 PM
Reviews are coming in for Gillian's Place (http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/new-releases/gillian-39-s-place/prod_68.html).
Diana Coyle at Night Owl Romance says it's a keeper (http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.asp?ReviewId=2189).
WitchGiggles at An Alternative Read just loved it (http://tjbook-list.blogspot.com/2008/08/review-gillians-place-by-rob-graham.html). She said, "I found it had the ability to make me not only see the characters as "real", it gave me chills at how truly lifelike they were."
August 25th, 2008, 07:30 AM
I said that ages ago Laugh it Up fuzball
:huepfen017:congratulations Rob Bouncy Icon Smilie
August 25th, 2008, 07:36 AM
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August 25th, 2008, 01:29 PM
Thanks Sabrina. :)
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