Me and Days of Our Lives!! Guest Post by Patti Shenberger

Hi All. Cynthia D’Alba here.  Cover-Mammoth BK of ER RomI‘m so happy to welcome Patti Shenberger to ENALR. I’ve “known” Patti from our joint membership in the Heartbeat RWA chapter. Now I’m so pleased that we share our work through both of us being in the Mammoth Book of ER Romance. In fact, I credit Patti my story being included. I’m pretty sure she was the one who shared the call for this anthology. Take it away, Patti!

I’ve spent many years working in the medical field – medical records, blood bank, pathology, the morgue, and then some.  So when it came time to sit down and write a romance, writing a medical one came to mind.  But not a gruesome, like the corpse got up and climbed off the autopsy table and kill everyone in sight.  Heck no, I wanted a gorgeous doctor, with a fabulous bedside manner, true gentleman, perfect in every way.  Okay, except with one big flaw – he was deployed to Afghanistan without knowing he was about to become a father.  Sure this can happen in real life, and probably has.

My own son is currently serving a second tour of duty and had to leave for Afghanistan in July, and our first grandchild was born earlier this month.  I actually just got home after helping my daughter-in-law through labor and delivery of a beautiful 7.8 lb, 20.5 inch baby boy Aiden born August 7, at 11:11 p.m.  Yup, I’m biased in this respect as well.  I can’t tell you the amount of tears that were shed yesterday when I got on the flight for Michigan!  But if you look at my red, puffy eyes, it’s pretty obvious.

But I digress.  Back to writing…  I love to write, I love to create heroes and heroines, give them gorgeous settings, lots of problems to work through, and yes I was one of those who picked up a romance novel years ago and said “I can do this, I can’t write a book just as good.”  And it took me close to 30 years to actually sit down and write said book.  Looking back, I’m now over 21 books written and sold and loving every minute of it.

Do I obsess over my characters?  Yup.

Do they wake me up in the night telling me I have to write what they are saying at that very minute? Yup.

Shawn Christian  as         Dr. Daniel Jonas

Do I ever tell them to shut up so I can watch Days of Our Lives? Yup.  (PS I’m hooked on Days and Dr Daniel Jonas was my inspiration for Ethan Gregory in Paging Dr Responsible, Mammoth Book of ER Romance).  I used to watch Young and the Restless, but got to the point where it was too time consuming to remember who was doing what on each soap (G). Today I sat down and watched Aug 6th – Aug 26th to catch up on everything I had missed – thank heavens for DVR’s.

Ok, that being said,  Ethan Gregory is a lot less naïve than Daniel Jonas,

The “ever-present” necklace

doesn’t wear that same necklace in every scene, definitely does not get sucked into every lie told to him, and has yet to throw everything off the desk and ravish another hospital employee (saw that one on of the taped episodes today).  But you never know, it could happen (G). Hm, that gives me an idea for another book.

If you want to read a good book, I suggest The Mammoth Book of ER Romance. Yup, I’m biased as I share the stage with a ton of great authors under that cover.  Each and every one has a great story to tell.

So, if you’re a soap fan like me, give me a holler.  I’d love to hear from you.  You can find me at, or or even @pattishenberger on Twitter.

Have a great week. Patti

Thanks for coming Patti. I’ve added a couple of pictures to your post so we could all enjoy the lusciousness that is Dr. Daniel Jonas! And he is a very nice stand in for your hero! I couldn’t help but add the “ever-present” necklace! 

If you haven’t bought the Mammoth Book of ER Romance, why not! Here’s all the 4-1-1


This modern collection presents thrilling tales of romantic suspense set in the emergency room and hospital, all with an invigorating injection of edgy modern romance. Contributors include Jacqueline Diamond, Dianne Drake, Fiona Lowe, Janice Lynn, Wendy S. Marcus, and many more Perfect for fans of contemporary medical shows who just can’t get enough of drama-filled hospital room romance.

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