File this under “I knew her when…”

Falling for Your Madness, by Katharine Grubb

You may recall that I put together a “Best Fiction I Read in 2012” list over at early this year. On that list was a book I still love, the first novel by my friend Katharine Grubb of 10 Minute WriterFalling for Your Madness. I raved about it in my review and I continue to rave about it.

It is, simply, a GRRRRREAT book.

While I’m enjoying seeing how much everyone else is loving her book (which makes me RIGHT, mwahaha!), what I’m enjoying more is that she’s made the top 50 of Amazon’s Breakout Novel Contest!


So, pardon me. I’ll be going there to leave some comments. If you haven’t yet read the book, you can download a 20-page sample for free and leave your comments too.

Here’s the scoop from Amazon:

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry – this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words; it is not the full book. The ABNA contest is operated on only. Visit this entry on to leave customer feedback. To vote for the Grand Prize winner starting May 21, visit

Tall, charming, eccentric literature professor David approaches Laura for a counter-cultural, rule-filled relationship filled with poetry, flowers and bottom-less cups of tea. He makes it very clear to her that they are just friends. If she wants to be more — if she wants to be sweethearts — then she is the only one that can move them forward. But the truth is, he’s looking for a bride. David thinks she’s would make a beautiful one, but he is clear; Laura is the one that makes that decision. Not him.Laura is smitten by his humor, his impeccably good manners, and his English accent (which turns out to be fake). In his company, Laura has never felt more beautiful or ladylike. David tells Laura that the reason he has these rules is because he is bound by the laws of chivalry, both body and soul. Laura trusts him; he always keeps his promises and he keeps her safe. He is a true gentleman.Then Laura finds out the real reason David behaves this way — one that’s ancient, filled with legend and magic. David’s driver, his batty father and his resentful sister convince her to watch David carefully. Is David who he says he is or is he mentally unstable? Yet Laura has complete control of this madman. Should she release him or tell him she wants more? Is he eccentric or just mad? If she releases him, will she regret losing the most freeing, most enjoyable relationship of her life?Falling For Your Madness is not just a romantic comedy, but it also asks the question, who has the most power in a relationship? The lady? Or the gentleman?

The semifinalists are announced April 12 (AS IF there is any doubt that FFYM will be included…).

And if you find, after the 20-page excerpt, that you’re addicted, you can buy a copy in print or Kindle here.