Filling the World with ‘Silly’ Love Stories

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match - mediumTo deliberately misquote Paul McCartney, You’d think that people would’ve had enough of silly love stories, but I look around me and I see it isn’t so…

Hey, I’m one of those people who wants to fill the world with “silly love stories.” What’s wrong with that? :razz:  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.

valentine candySome 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’…

Darcy and LizzyMy 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.

nookPride, 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 :grin:. Hope you all have a great weekend!

About Marilyn Brant

Marilyn Brant is a chocolate addict, a music junkie and the USA TODAY bestselling author of ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all from Kensington Books, as well as a number of light romantic comedies, including THE SWEET TEMPTATIONS COLLECTION (2013) and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (2013). Her latest novel -- a coming-of-age romantic mystery called THE ROAD TO YOU -- was just released in October 2013!
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10 Responses to Filling the World with ‘Silly’ Love Stories

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Marilyn, my go-to reads are romance, too. And everything you say is so true! Congrats on PPPM being the Feb. Nook Feature for the bookclub!!! That’s so awesome!

    There are so many great love songs, but how about The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face? It’s not going to make your toes tap, but it’s beautiful.

    • Edie, thank you!! :)
      And, yes, the song you mention *is* beautiful! It always kind of makes my heart stop beating for a second, just imagining someone singing something so romantic to somebody…sigh.

  2. Misty Evans says:

    Marilyn, you’re such an inspiration. I hope you February is awesome with much love and lots of heart-wrapped candies. Congrats on the new release – I love that cover – and it sounds like another great romance to add to my digital book shelf.

    When I want to listen to silly love songs, I go to the Partridge Family (http://youtu.be/jTvUT_Hx4Dc) and the Carpenters (http://youtu.be/IuO3zFUZW-I).

    Here’s to many sales and lots of romance this month!

    • Oh, Misty, thank you!! You and your wonderful stories have been an inspiration to me many times… ;) As for your choice of love songs, I *adore* the Carpenters!!! And I refuse to admit publicly just how often I find myself humming David Cassidy’s “I Think I Love You,” LOL. Off to check out your YouTube links right now!

  3. Amy R says:

    I love books with romance in them. Whether it is paranormal, suspense, mystery, historical, women’s fiction, etc, as long as there is a bit of romance, I am good. The characters don’t have to be all hot and steamy, but something. A look, or a kiss, or a brush of the hand. Or a married couple that supports one another through an adventure (thinking of Susanna and John from Michelle’s books), that will do it for me. However, I do like to mix my romance up – balance it you could say with the sweet, innocent, new love and some hot, steamy, paranormal, primal love.

    As for love songs? I am a child of the 80′s so there were a lot of love ballads that I would listen to. I have a “romance” playlist for the times I want to feel all warm and fuzzy, too. My husband and my wedding song from 1999 is “More Than Everything” by Rhett Akins. :-)

    • Amy, that’s so true for me, too, about the blending of romance with other genres. And I love Michelle’s characters, Susanna and John — they’re a great example of a wonderfully romantic couple involved in a complex, historical tale ;).

      What a fabulous wedding song, by the way! I haven’t heard Rhett Akins for a while…must listen to that song again this weekend!!
      Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Pride & Prejudice is 200 Today!!!

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Marilyn,
    Here, here on romance being the go to genre of choice. But I do like to mix them up and read a lot of paranormal and suspense. What’s a little blood between friends :)

    Love songs? Hmmm, not sure traditional ones are my style. Although I do love Adele’s Rolling in the deep. It’s the beats that get me. For that same reason, I love the big band era son – Baby elephant walk. I can put that song on in my house and immediately lift a bad mood and get down to work!

    Congrats on the new release – and the book club! Good stuff!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Garden of Sorrow Barrage!

    • LOL, Dale!!
      I love it — “what’s a little blood between friends” — ha! :) [Side note: I'm a wholehearted fan of "The Vampire Diaries," so I definitely need my bloody paranormal fix every week!!]
      I was just thinking about Adele about an hour ago. I needed to run a few errands and her ballad “Someone Like You” came on…so good.
      Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Pride & Prejudice is 200 Today!!!

  5. Liz Kreger says:

    I never get tired of “silly love songs” or stories. Gotta have a little romance in ‘em.

    I enjoy Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. The hero and heroine are married, yet their talents complement each other and work well.

    Songs? There was a song by White Snake, but I cannot remember the name. It was a beautiful love song that you’d never expect to come from a heavy metal band. Plus, I’ve always loved Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings”. That was our wedding song.

    • Liz,
      I’ve heard lots of good things about J. Frost’s series — I’m just gonna have to read it soon!
      Re: Whitesnake — is the song you’re thinking of “Here I Go Again” by chance? (That’s the one I have on my iPod anyway. :) ) And, yes! “Wind Beneath My Wings is beautiful!! What a great choice of wedding song.
      Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Pride & Prejudice is 200 Today!!!

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