September 21, 2014
Hello, Everybody Needs a Little Romance Readers. It’s my day to blog, and I’m in between deadlines and computer crashes. Naturally, I’m behind as usual, so I asked my friend Eve Gaddy, who is an award-winning, multi-published author if she would care to help me out. It just so happens that Eve has a new book out. I’ve read it, and it has all the emotion and fantastic storytelling that we romantics love. I asked, all right, I twisted her arm and she wrote an article for us dealing with Second Chances. Funny, that’s exactly what CRY LOVE is. Please welcome Eve Gaddy to Everybody Needs a Little Romance. ~ Donnell
Think about your favorite romance books. Those books that stay with you, those books you remember that made you sigh, cry and laugh. Books that touched your heart and perhaps even saw you through tough times, leaving you a little more optimistic about the future. Even though you might not remember all the details, you do remember loving the book.
There are many things that make a book appealing and memorable. Books that tug at your heartstrings, for instance. I was talking to my editor the other day and I was telling her about a book I read a number of years ago. I said, “I started crying before page 75.” And she said, “That’s always a good sign.” It was a romance and as the best romances do, ended happily. Logan’s Child, one of Lenora Worth’s early Love Inspired novels, is one of those stories that has stayed with me since I read it.
Often it’s the situation the characters are put in, but I think more than that it’s the way the characters react to the situation. Really, aren’t the characters one of the main things that make any book memorable? Like many romance writers, one of my favorite authors is Georgette Heyer. If you’ve ever read one of her Regency romances you know how vividly her characters are drawn.
Sometimes it’s the unexpected that makes the book stand out. Julia Justiss’s Regency historical, The Rake To Ruin Her, is one of those books. While true to the Regency world we’ve come to know, the characters are not your typical Regency characters. Everyone, from the hero and heroine to the villain, is refreshingly different. Not so different as to be unbelievable, but enough so that you don’t really know how they will react to their situations.
I love a well-done romantic suspense. There are two I’ve read recently that blew me away. One is Blind Run, by Patricia Lewin. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Part of the reason was the wounded hero–sigh–but part of it was the build up of the suspense. Wow. Another romantic suspense I found memorable is Donnell Ann Bell’s, The Past Came Hunting. First of all, great title. Now, this is a first published book. It did not read in any way like a first book. Everything was spot on, from the suspense to the great characterization. I found the heroine especially fascinating.
Justine Davis’s Lord of the Storm is another unforgettable book. Apparently a lot of people agree with me since it won a RITA for best Futuristic/Fantasy. I loved many things about it, but just to mention two, I loved the heroine. Talk about a kick-ass heroine! And I loved the hero as well, but the fascinating thing to me is how well she characterized the hero without ever going into his point of view. Great book.
One of Katherine Garbera’s books I love is Body Heat. Her heroes are always sexy, Alpha guys who are vulnerable where the heroine is concerned. Body Heat has a true kick ass heroine–she’s a Fire Chief–but her hero is well, to die for. The heat factor in this book is off the wall, but it’s not just about sex, it goes much deeper.
You might be wondering why I don’t mention hero’s and heroine’s names. That’s because I’m so bad with names that I rarely remember them. I remember the story, I remember the characters, but I forget names all the time. I’m so bad that I forget my own hero and heroine’s names. True, usually the names I’ve forgotten are from books I’ve already written, but occasionally I even forget my current hero’s and heroine’s names. So if I see you and don’t remember your name, that’s nothing unusual. I remember you, just not your name!
One thing romances I love have in common is a happy ending. I’m a sucker for those. In keeping with the happy ending, I love second chance romances. It makes me happy for two people who broke up or somehow lost each other years before have a second chance at happiness with their true love, or first love or good friend they’ve always secretly loved…Oh, I’d better write down that last one.
I have two new books out and they’re both about a second chance at love. Well, Cry Love is really about a third chance. Jonas and Claire’s love was doomed in their first two lives, but do they have a chance in the present? Jonas and Claire are both surgeons, and are two of the least likely people to believe in reincarnation. But as they fall in love they find their previous connections are undeniable. And deadly.
Sing Me Back Home is a reunion romance. Jack and Maya were high school sweethearts who parted ways at graduation. Maya returns to Marietta, Montana, divorced, with her teenage daughter to make a life for the two of them in her hometown. Jack is a widower with a teenage daughter as well. But can their red hot affair last? Can it turn into something lasting?
What makes a book memorable to you? What keeps you turning the pages faster and faster, and makes that book stay in your mind and heart?
Eve Gaddy is the award-winning author of sixteen novels for Bantam Loveswept and Harlequin Superromance. Her current publisher, Bell Bridge Books, is reissuing updated versions of several of Eve’s classic romances. Her books have won and been nominated for awards from Romantic Times, Golden Quill, Bookseller’s Best, Holt Medallion, Texas Gold, Daphne Du Maurier and more. She was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Innovative Series romance as well as winning the 2008 Romantic Times Career Achievement award for Series Storyteller of the year.
Eve’s books have sold over a million copies worldwide and been published in many foreign countries, including the UK, Canada, Latin America, France, Spain, Argentina, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Estonia and New Zealand.