Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Because of A Book with Ruth Hartman

Once again, I have another WOW author for you today.  Please help me welcome Ruth Hartman to the blog.

Ruth started out life as a dental hygienist but morphed into a romance writer. She has fun working the dental industry into her romances. While Pillow Talk features a dental hygienist/tooth fairy, her next romance Flossophy of Grace also follows the love life of a dental hygienist. Who knew the dental world was so romantic?

Ruth’s first book was My Life in Chains, a memoir about her struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Ruth, her husband and two very spoiled cats live in rural Indiana where Ruth dreams up new and exciting romances. And flosses regularly. Really!

Just Thought You Should Know:

Ruth is a dental hygienist but she isn’t the tooth fairy…at least that’s what she says! She’s celebrating this October—it’s National Dental Hygienist Month.

Ruth Hartman’s Blog: http://ruthjhartman.blogspot.com/

I’ve always loved reading. I get that from my parents. My dad, a retired minister, is continually reading something. While he pastored our large church, his reading was mostly for sermon preparation. Now that he’s retired, though, I’m glad to say he’s reading for fun. My mom goes to the library every week or so. One of my earliest memories is going to the old library with her. It was always so quiet there, so peaceful. Even though the building has since been replaced, I can still visualize looking down at my black and white saddle shoes as I navigated my way up the steep winding staircase. I feel the smooth surface of the shiny wooden banister under my tiny fingers. And the thrill of giving my very own library card to the librarian when I checked out my book. Mom still brings home an armload each time, and will have them all finished by her next visit. She’s what I call a voracious reader. So I’ve been reading since I was tiny, and have inherited my mom’s voracity. I get a little nervous when I’ve only got one or two books waiting for me to read. My sister refers to that as a book emergency. That’s cutting it just a little too close for me. If my book stack is tall enough for my cats to knock over, then I’m calmly reassured.

One of my favorite authors is mystery writer Mary Higgins Clark. She always has a new book out every April, and Mom and I decide which one of us will go buy it, read it, and pass it on to the other. I love her books because she has a wonderful way of taking several different characters, who at first glance don’t seem to have any connections, and having them cross paths by the end of the story. I’m fascinated when it all comes together and the mystery makes more and more sense as the characters solve the crime.

I love reading mysteries, but I don’t write them. My brain just doesn’t work that way. I write sweet, quirky romances with the satisfying happily-ever-after. When I read a well-written, interesting book, but it ends badly for the main characters, I feel as if I’ve been cheated somehow. I don’t always feel better for having read the book. But if you pick up one of my novels, you have the guarantee that you will smile and feel wonderful at the end of the story.

About Pillow Talk:  Trixie Trident is much too busy to worry about her love life. Her shop Necklaces, Bracelets and Rings, Oh My! has her up to her elbows in beads; Benson the parrot is hungry; and she just chipped her tooth. Plus she’s seriously sleep deprived—that happens when a tooth fairy hits a busy stretch. That’s right, tooth fairy.

But somehow the ideal man drops into her life. Actually she drops into his office. Is it time for Trixie to give up her night job as tooth fairy? Or should she give up the handsome Dr. Graham Keebler? Of course she won’t have to worry about either if he’s stolen from her! Can a magical tooth fairy find true love with a practical dentist?

Ms. Hartman has graciously offered a copy of Pillow Talk to one of my readers.  Please leave a comment below if you'd like to be entered.  You have until next Tuesday, Sept. 21 at midnight.  Good Luck!


Dr. Schuetz said...

I got so excited when I found this post on facebook. I've read excerpts from Ruth's book and can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Whether I get one here or break down and buy one like normal people do, I fully intend to get a copy. Ruth rocks. Thanks for having her as your guest.

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Wow, Dr. Schuetz, Thank you so much!!

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks so much, Shelly, for hosting me on your blog!!


Bonnie said...

What a clever idea for a romance novel! As someone who has just finished her first two, I know how difficult it is to come up with a unique idea. I look forward to reading it. :-)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks Bonnie :) You're right about that!

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