I believe there is nothing on earth that is greater, more exhilarating, than falling in love. I write romances because I want to create that feeling for readers and my characters, if only for a little while.
Do you consider that a corny statement? Perhaps. I can see where someone would say that. But that quote, which you will find on the bio page of my website, is something I believe.
I once had a fellow writer tell me I overreacted to everything. I got too excited over little things, I cried at touching scenes when they really weren’t that touching, I laughed too hard at things that just weren’t that funny. I was surprised, to say the least. My reactions were never false in any way; I didn’t realize I was overemotional. That was just… me.
Not too long ago, my daughter sent me her wedding engagement photos. I thought they were beautiful. So did she. I was very excited about them because, in my experience, great photos were hard to come by. She was disappointed because no one else reacted to those photos like I did, and she began to doubt if they were as good as she (and I) thought. I told her maybe I had done her a disservice with my reactions over the years. Maybe I had raised her to expect overreactions like my fellow writer said I tended to do.
Author, Erica Jong once said, “Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.”
So, what does that have to do with being overemotional?
I fell in love with my husband long ago and have been happily married for many, many years. We’ve raised two wonderful children that I love dearly. I’ve had people comment on how happy my husband and I are together, and ask me what the secret is to our successful marriage.
- My husband and I still laugh together when we watch the original “Arthur” movie with Dudley Moore.
- I cried when he received an employee-of- the-year award at his office.
- I jumped up and down & screamed when he flew me to Denver to see Bon Jovi in concert.
- We laugh at the Little Johnny jokes our parish priest tells every year at Christmas service
- I cried when I saw my daughter in her bridal gown for the first time.
- I whooped and hugged my son when he bought me an autographed Chris Hemsworth hologram for my birthday
- I cried when I wrote the prologue to my novel, Heaven Scent
Overreactions? Maybe. I prefer to think of myself as passionate, or a romantic. My emotion is how I connect, how I love. I feel sad for the cynics – those that don’t allow themselves to experience emotion, experience life. Experience love. My emotional nature has worked for me, and I will continue to be me.
My historical novel, Heaven Scent, is – surprise! – chock full of emotion. I tried to write a romance that has it all – laughs, tears, sexual tension, danger and loads of frustration. I hope you agree. However, I must warn you: drool is a definite possibility with my hero on scene so, things could get messy.
Here’s a brief intro to the story:
As a child, my heroine, Tarin, is deeply affected by her mother’s death. Her mother’s deathbed advice creates a woman in Tarin that is beyond her time. She is a titled woman destined to move women beyond the constraints of 1848 American society. A woman determined to have it all despite what her noble father, or society in general, says is proper. But she has an uphill battle ahead of her and she cannot afford to be distracted from her goals.
In comes my smokin’ hot hero, Rafe Sutherland, the rebel son of a local shipper, who has returned home after ten years away. Rafe’s time spent serving in the Texas Rangers makes him unlike any other man in Boston. His outlook on life and women’s place in society is curiously different – so are the circumstances behind his father’s death. But, he has scars of his own – both inside and out – and cannot allow himself to fall for any woman, much less a woman as beautiful as Tarin.
Yet, despite the odds that seem to mount as their love grows, the couple has an ally in Tarin’s mother, who has a heavenly goal of her own.
Also, I will be back here on Coffee Thoughts this Thursday, July 19th, with my Thursday 13: The 13 Hottest Men – Ever! Stop by to see if your favorites made my list.
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