Now, now….minds out of the boudoir my friends (or the office desk, the hospital supplies room or the ridiculously large Egyptian cotton sheeted bed). This time I’m talking about our heroes and heroines and just how tortured their pasts are or aren’t. Romances are, at their heart, meant to be beautiful stories about falling in love and deep heated kisses that make your knees go all wobbly and learning valuable lessons about life, love, ourselves and perhaps even a thrilling new surgical technique in the course of the journey to a Happily Ever After.
My current book has the heroine going through a fair bit of torture that keeps making me burst into tears. I feel so AWFUL for her (and am prone to a bit of melodrama – quelle surprise!). Not really the stuff of romance, is it? But part of love is pain and heartbreak and asking the universe why – A THOUSAND TIMES, WHY? Right? Or is that just me? To counterbalance my heroines plight, I’ve been fairy dusting a whole load of Christmas magic into the mix to make the teeter totter (see saw?) ride less of a heavy weighted misery trip. I think it works…but I guess the proof will be in the (rum-soaked) Christmas pudding, eh?
Want to have a weep right now? Click HERE.I’m extremely curious about how dark and heavy you like things to go – as writers and as readers. Me? I love a good blub. Sometimes I actively seek out a film that I know will make me sob. When I went to see The Bridges of Madison County – I had to go sneak into a Jackass film afterwards so I’d look less like I’d just been dumped by my boyfriend in the middle of the film. No joke. Rabbit Proof Fence nearly took my sister out. Dehydrated her for a week!
I suppose what it boils down to is I will never – ever, in a million, zillion years – get enough of Triumph Over Adversity stories. I think the human spirit is a resounding powerhouse made of up love and full caps YESES and YOU BETS and It Will Get Betters. But how much can a person take before the turn-around happens? And do you really want it in heavy doses in your beautiful romance novel, or is just a little bit of hardship enough? Be honest – I can take it (and then triumph over adversity after I get all blotchy faced from a monster boo-hoo). Besides – this is why we have so many wonderful, different authors, no? Speak up – can’t wait.
And now for the exciting bit! I don’t have a book out this month (although please feel free to check out any of my three I do have out in the world) – and since I’m just finishing writing a holiday book (for next year) I thought I’d feature our very own Jennifer Taylor’s new book – the magnificently titled Miracle Under the Mistletoe !
’Tis the season for second chances?
Two years ago A&E Consultant Sean Fitzgerald left Molly Daniels broken-hearted. Now he’s back, and the reception she gives him is frostier than the weather! But he’s determined to reveal the truth about his past…
Walking away from Molly was the hardest thing Sean’s ever done, but now she’s within his reach once more he never wants to let her go. Could one magical mistletoe kiss be all he needs to melt her heart and finally show Molly he’s here to stay?