Saturday, June 22, 2013

LaVyrle Spence Revisited (in My Own Rather Rambling Way)

Years ago, my favorite book was LaVyrle Spencer's Hummingbird. Sadly, it's out of print. I still have a paperback copy, and I've wondered when (or if) it will ever be released in an electronic version, since I'm slowly replacing my paper keepers with ebooks (I need the space). So...I was online looking around for the book the other day and wondered what had happened to LaVyrle Spencer. She retired from writing in the late 1990s, but I hadn't heard anything about her since, other than a strange little bit of coincidental information that came my way back when Linda Goodnight, Melissa James, Shirley Jump, Melissa McClone, and Susan Meier and I were writing The Wedding Planners series.

We had a blog (which still exists, complete with all its posts though it hasn't been updated for years). And one day in 2008 while I was looking for something wedding-ish to post, I came across a website with this Jamie Lawrence Tropical Maui Weddings page. This wonderful song, Maunaleo, began to play (these days you have to scroll down and click on the listen link to hear it, and I highly recommend that you do. It's lovely. It's also a nice touch of the islands if you have no immediate plans to get to Hawaii). Here's a translation of the song into English, but really, it sounds so beautiful in its original form that the translation pales in comparison.

I immediately ordered a copy of the CD direct form the source, and began a dialogue with Jamie's wife, Lori (lovely woman who is reputed to be a superlative wedding planner: they got married during the time frame while we were emailing back and forth). Jamie answered some questions for us on the blog (it's here in the May 2008 archives, but I can't link to the individual post, so you would have to scroll down to Tuesday, May 20, 2008: Music to Get Married To...). And he mentioned that he had been asked to sing at LaVyrle Spencer's daughter's wedding. In fact, there's a page on the Tropical Maui Weddings website with a note from LaVyrle Spencer. It was a nice bit of serendipity for a romance writer who loved Ms. Spencer's books, I thought.

At any rate (yes, I've wandered off-topic), in my quest to find what was going on with LaVyrle Spencer these days (alas, writing is in her past), I found this article written just last month. She's composing music now instead of books.. How fun!


Laney4 said...

Thank you for that. LaVyrle's books were the first ones I started to write down on a list (so I could check them all out). Alas, I never read all of her books, but I made a dent in the pile!

Those were the days when I would read LONG books. Today I prefer the shorter novels that don't keep me up reading all night (or several nights). Most Harlequins are done in 1.5 hours or so, which suits me much better!

Anyway ... the article was enjoyable and the photos were a bonus. Lovely woman. Great success story. Impressed when she walked away too.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Hmm, I had a comment up here and it appears to have disappeared (or maybe I dreamed it).

I recently reread some of LaVyrle Spencer's books to see if they stood the test of time and found that I enjoyed them just as much. The fact that so much time had passed since I last read them made them feel new (new for me, anyway).