Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!!!
Here’s RG2E Featured Author Bettye Griffin on “Romance in the Real World.”
Take it away, Bettye…
In my preparation for writing romance, I naturally started reading romance. I was surprised to see so many heroines (and an occasional hero) who had sworn off love (forever!) because of a bad experience. Yes, I know that some romance stories are fantasy based, but that concept always seemed silly to me. Every mature adult knows that life has ups and downs, and besides, it’s human nature to want to love and be loved. Sure, a person might feel that way after a bad relationship…for a couple of weeks, maybe a month. But to declare you’re through with love for all time? That’s what a sixteen-year-old would say, not a grown woman. Whenever I come across a character who feels this way, I picture Lana Turner in Imitation of Life when she learns daughter Sandra Dee is in love with her (Lana’s) boyfriend, nobly proclaiming, “Then I’ll never see him again,” to which an exasperated Sandra replies, “Oh, Mother, stop acting.” That’s how phony and unbelievable such emotions are. Drives me nuts.
My romance books are all different, but all of them are realistic stories. Reading about all those defeatist characters who decided love wasn’t for them that made me decide, about a dozen years ago, to write a story about a woman who, instead of shying away from love, was actively looking for a life partner, and during her search had a whole lot of bad experiences. She and her friend are spending New Year’s Eve 1999 in front of the TV set, with nothing to look forward to other than another birthday…their thirty-fifth, a point in life where women wonder if they’ll ever get that romantic happy ending. Her last date turned out to be a disaster; the man, a biologist, loves talking about germs.
She and her friend vow to become social butterflies, attending any event where they might meet new men, in search of their soul mates. The stage is set for all sorts of humorous situations. At a New Year’s Day open house, she meets a chemist and feels quite hopeful, even after he lacerates his hand on the hook of a coat rack and she drives him to the ER. But she encounters a physician there who is drop-dead gorgeous, with a pair of electric blue eyes that make her spine straighten, as if he can see straight through her.
“Is it serious?” he asks her once he determines she’s at the ER with a friend who is receiving treatment.
“No, I just met him,” she replies, realizing too late that he was asking about her companion’s condition, not about the status of the relationship.
Vivian doesn’t know it yet, but she will be seeing a lot of Dr. Zack Warner as the men she goes out with all end up needing medical attention…Why, you ask? Get the 911—er, the 411 in my laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, Accidentally Yours!
Accidentally Yours was the fourth of ten contemporary romances I wrote that were traditionally published, before I went indie. It was originally published under the title Prelude to a Kiss, because my editor didn’t like my title. Now that I have the rights back and I’m the one calling the shots (the best benefit of being indie), the eBook reissue has the preferred original title. This remains my only romantic comedy to date.
On the other hand, if rom-com isn’t your thing, my most recent original eBook title, Isn’t She Lovely?, is a serious but romantic sweeping romance centering around secrets, scandals, old wounds, and new attachments amid a gubernatorial campaign that USA Today called “A masterpiece of complexity and philosophical life lessons with a heartwarming romance”…wow. It’s not every day that someone calls my work a masterpiece. This book stayed in the Top 100 list of Amazon Multicultural Romances for nearly four months, from the time of its release on March 5th until the latter part of June. Here’s the trailer for Isn’t She Lovely?:
There are, as you can see, plenty of fireworks between these characters, as evidenced by this brief excerpt from their first meeting:
“I know about the accident that killed your wife and mother-in-law,” Tracy said softly. “I truly am sorry for the…horrendous experience you and your son suffered, but perhaps he should be supervised more closely.”
Keith’s spine stiffened. He understood the message behind her words: that he shouldn’t be out campaigning, he should be at home with his son. And he didn’t like it. Who was this woman to tell him how to raise his son? With all she had on her plate, how much time did she spend with her kids?
I will gift up to three copies each of Accidentally Yours and Isn’t She Lovely? (up to a total of six eBooks), depending on the number of comments you guys leave. Just leave a comment, tell me which title you’d prefer to read and what type of device or file type you require. I’ll post the winner’s names in the comments section the afternoon on Tuesday, November 13th. But if you don’t win, you can still get a free book. That’s right…in honor of the upcoming (anticipated for later this week) publication of my newest eBook Something Real, I have made the book this is a sequel to, the charming marriage of convenience romance, Save The Best For Last, free on Smashwords (I will be doing the same on BN.com and Amazon.com—although the latter is a crapshoot when it comes to free pricing—as time permits me to make the appropriate format changes for these retailers’ respective requirements). Smashwords, of course, allows downloads in just about any format a person could need. Download your free copy here, and don’t forget to check out the excerpts at the back of the book, especially the one for Something Real.
There you have it…something for everyone. Thanks…and may the romance in your life always be the real thing!
Bettye Griffin had 10 contemporary romances and 6 novels of women’s fiction traditionally published. In 2009, while still writing for a traditional publisher, she launched Bunderful Books, her outlet for independently published works. As of 2012 she has published five original titles and several backlist titles as well. A native of Yonkers, New York, she now makes her home in the city of Kenosha in Southeast Wisconsin. Visit her author website (www.bettyegriffin.com), her publisher website (www.bunderfulbooks.com), her blog (www.chew-the-fat-with-Bettye.blogspot.com), her Facebook publisher page (Bunderful Books), and follow her on Twitter (@BettyeGriffin).
Just fabulous, Bettye! And I luuuvvv your covers!!!
Thanks bunches for sharing with us today and for the terrific Ebook Gifts and FREE Eread too! U rock!!!
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