Hey, I’m one of those people who wants to fill the world with “silly love stories.” What’s wrong with that? Well, granted, I’m biased, but in my opinion, not a single thing…
February is the month of love. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, cupid-inspired Hallmark cards on every endcap and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates dotting the store aisles in flashes of red, white and pink…I think most of us can hardly avoid the spirit of romance, even if we aren’t quite ready to ditch our New Year’s resolutions to skip the candy, cookies and those whipped-cream topped coffee concoctions at Starbucks, LOL.
There are many times when I am interested in reading (or writing) a women’s fiction story or something with a paranormal twist or a tale of mystery, but my very first literary love was romance, and that’s often my go-to genre when I’m in the mood to escape for a weekend afternoon or evening.
Some may claim that these romantic stories — whether comedic or dramatic or even blended with other genres (like historical, paranormal or mystery) — aren’t “realistic.” That people don’t actually experience relationships this way. That we’d all be better off without such “silliness.” But I don’t hear many readers complaining about the lack of realism in a good science fiction novel or a gripping suspense. And, personally, I know MANY more people who’ve fallen in love with someone they met by chance than I know people who’ve been abducted by aliens or kidnapped by rogue double agents…I’m just sayin’…
My favorite novel — Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice — turned 200 years old on Monday. I don’t think it would have endured through two centuries (and it’s still going strong!) if it weren’t for the compelling love story of the famous hero and heroine — Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. My latest digital novel, Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match, was just released in honor of the big Austen celebration this month, although my book features modern characters and Internet dating, rather than a cast of Regency players and courtship that takes place in a crowded ballroom. (Ahhh, someday I’ll finally get to write an historical romance, though, and I’ll go wild with dancing scenes!)
Here’s the premise of my new book:
Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?
A single mother and an ER doctor meet on an Internet dating site—each for reasons that have little to do with finding their perfect match—in this modern, Austen-inspired story.
Beth Ann Bennet isn’t looking for love. She’s an aspiring social worker using an online alias to study sex-role stereotypes. Dr. William Darcy isn’t looking for love either. He’s just trying to fund his new clinic by winning a major bet. Both think Lady Catherine’s Love Match Website will help them get what they want—fast, easy and without endangering their hearts. Both are in for a big surprise.
Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match…where true love is just a fib and a click away. (If you’d like to read an excerpt, there’s one right HERE.)
I was really excited to learn that my novel was going to be the February Nook Feature at the Barnes & Noble General Fiction Book Club online! I’ve loved getting to chat with Deb Haupt and her book club in previous years, and to get to talk about one of my contemporary romances in February will be both an honor and a pleasure. The discussion will start soon, and it’s open to everyone, so I hope some of you might join in!
And, finally, because I just can’t get that McCartney tune out of my head now, what are some of your all-time favorite love songs? It’s Friday, my toes are tapping and I’m in the mood to sing something fun . Hope you all have a great weekend!