I enjoy writing both contemporary and historical romances. This is my list about what's good about the 21st century tales.
10. I can include conversations I overhear in stores, restaurants and even libraries in my stories.
9. I can craft my secondary characters on people I’ve met. It’s hard to have a Civil War heroine with a tattooed best friend who used to work as an NCIS agent.
8. I shamelessly cull settings from places I’ve lived or traveled. Look out Tennessee, I’ve spent so much time there that the mountains and big-hearted people will show up in an upcoming novel.
7. Contemporary romance allows me to address modern issues such as whose career matters more in a relationship.
6. The modern world of romance can include some bad date stories too. I figure those dates had to be good for something other than devouring an entire half gallon of rocky road ice cream in one setting to ease my humiliation. I was researching, but I didn’t know it at the time.
5. Setting the atmosphere is much easier. It isn’t that hard to decide on what music is romantic. Of course, I’m guilty of thinking any song by Bruno Mars is wonderful.
4. Clothing. Need I say more? I’ve started FB wars over what women wore under their petticoats. All I have to do is walk through the mall to research. That’s right. It’s work, not shopping.
3. Complicated life scenarios. Boy meets girl and falls in love is not the typical 21st century love story. It is more like man and woman meet on vacation and have a hot fling only later to find out, that she’s his new boss.
2. The modern man is a complex creature who has to balance the alpha male image with the unlikely hobbies such as knitting or growing roses.
1. Best of all, contemporary romances draw the reader in and allows her to be the one falling in love.
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Tony’s life has hit a major rough spot with Sheila kicking him out of his house when he discovers her in bed with another man. If that wasn’t bad enough, she spreads rumors that she’s afraid of him because he’s abusive. What did he do to deserve this? All he ever wanted was to love one woman until he died. At this rate, he’s destined to die alone. It will take magic to meet his soul mate.
Krista Harlow finds her life as a principal dull. So bland in fact, she thinks attending the annual principal conference might enliven it. She even harbors secret romantic aspirations. As a principal, she must keep everything strait laced and buttoned down, but that was before she was mistaken for a corporate spy and saboteur, and possible murderer.
Wolfe initially approaches the suspect by pretending he knows her. Krista plays along, proving she’s either devilishly clever or she’s really interested in him as a man. The road to restore his credibility is full of dangerous curves.
Marcus Aronson specializes in small colleges with problems. His company usually gobbles up the college, lays off people and takes over administration. Jefferson is his latest project. He slips into a classroom to check out if a favorite professor might be the embezzler. What he finds instead is a passionate woman hiding behind a button up exterior. Someone needs to release Teresa from her inhibitions and that someone would be him. There were rules about mixing business and pleasure. Rules he intended to break.
Six months fantasizing about Jack was enough. Raven determines not only to help her friend to become the butterfly she is, but also to give her friend a gift she’ll never forget. Cinda voices her doubts about attending the masquerade ball. Raven reveals that Santa left her special gift at the ball. Her job is to retrieve it.