Good Morning, Romance Junkies.
I’ve blogged with you before, but for those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. I’m
This month I’m releasing A MAN SHE COULDN’T FORGET from Harlequin Superromance. It’s about Clare Boneli, local TV cooking show host and fairly famous cookbook author. The story starts when Clare wakes up in the hospital with amnesia and doesn’t remember her name or the people who love her. She has retrograde amnesia, which means she can recall procedural things, like driving or playing tennis, but not events in her past. Two men, Jonathan, her lover, and Brady, her best friend, hover over her and Clare begins to realize the tension between them is unbearable. There’s also tension between her and each of them, and it takes her almost the whole book to figure out why.
Do you as readers like amnesia plots? Love triangle stories? What are your reading preferences? Do you like reading about real life situations, such as how firefighters live and work, or do you favor glitz and glamour and how the rich millionaire’s existence. Or, do you prefer the genres of fantasy and science fiction, like the Harry Potter stories?
I’m a long time fan of science fiction, and Bradbury’s THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES and Asimov’s I, ROBOT remain among my all time favorite works. I also used to read a lot about the rich and famous in works like SCRUPLES and
My work is populated by teachers, lawyers, doctors, carpenters, builders, cops, book store owners. And, of course, everyone’s favorite these days—firefighters. I like to show them in their jobs: how they teach a real class, go on a domestic violence call or fight a real fire. I like to show how their work affects their lives and vice versa. And I like for them to have troubled kids, in-laws who drive them crazy, that they hold grudges, have bad habits and exhibit basic human decency in a variety of situations.
But I also think a writer can make a person who’s from another world easy to relate to, hence Clare in my current release. She’s a lot like you and me, and of course the hero, Brady is the nice, normal guy we all want to have in our lives, even though he’s a famous illustrator. As a reader, too, somehow J.D. Robb’s Roarke, or Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ football players all seem very real to me.
So tell me your reactions to my new book and your own personal reading preferences.