Are You a Closet Romance Reader?

Now that I’m a romance writer, my secret is out in the open.  But, once, I too, was a closet romance reader – afraid of the sneers and funny looks if I even breathed the name Susan Elizabeth Phillips or mentioned that I had actually read the unabridged version of Gone with the Wind.

My true mettle was tested one day at work when we were asked to talk about our hobbies.  At that time, I worked for a large corporation and I was the lone female manager in an engineering development area.  All the managers were settled in a conference room in order to meet our new third line manager.  He was truly a nice guy and I enjoyed working for him.  He asked each of us to go around the table, introduce ourselves and describe things that we liked doing outside of work.

The hair on the back of my neck stood up when he said that.  But, I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that I had some time to formulate my answer as he had started with a guy at the far end of the table from me.  I decided to listen to what everyone else said and then come up with something.  I certainly didn’t want to embarrass myself by blurting out the first thing that should come out of my mouth – “I love reading romance novels”.  Keep in mind that the room was full of testosterone and geekiness.  I just didn’t fit in.

One man told about building a playhouse for his daughters with his bare hands using only a hand saw, hammer and nails.  Another gave a dissertation about how he built a circuit to control his coffee pot and toaster.  How did he know how to do that?  Someone had lovingly restored a 1967 Mustang. He was so proud that at the end of the project there were no spare parts lying dejectedly on the garage floor with a sign on them that said “what do I do with this?”  Stories of woodworking, bowling, fishing, hunting and an occasional golf story filled the room.

My palms began to sweat.  Should I mention my love affair with my new, shiny bread machine?  Who knew you could make wheat bread one day and rye bread the next?  How about the pine cone wreath I assembled in my basement and now had proudly hanging on my front door?  Dare I mention that I aced a ribbon making class and am now looking forward to wrapping Christmas presents that look like they were done by a very well trained elf?

When my turn finally came I told about training for a Centurion bicycle ride with my husband (all true), that I was in a ladies bowling league proudly bowling on a team named the ‘Guttersnipes’ and that I was a rabid Minnesota Vikings fan.  Go Vikes!

Whew!  Disaster averted.  At least I wasn’t laughed out of the room.  But, my true love was nestled safely inside my purse.  Maybe I could read a few chapters in my car during lunch.

Books You Should Read – Fix Her Up

I just read a fabulous book called Fix Her Up by Carey Heywood.  If you love HGTV, you will enjoy this book!

Finley buys a fixer upper.  She’s in a bit over her head, so Noah volunteers to help.  I love the way that these two bond over fixing up the house while falling in love!

This is the first book in The Fix series.  I’m definitely going to buy another eBook in the series.

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The Meet Cute

According to Wikipedia, the meet cute is a scene in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time.

This type of scene is a staple of romantic comedies. Frequently, the meet-cute leads to a humorous clash of personality or of beliefs, embarrassing situations, or comical misunderstandings that further drive the plot.

In my Chance on Love Series, each book has a meet cute in the first chapter.

Second Chances: Samantha is running late and literally runs into Matt on his first day in the office.  An embarrassing situation for sure!

Taking Chances: Paige trips over a backpack on her first day in MBA class…and the only chair left in class is beside Danny.  Embarrassment and an opportunity for the hero and heroine to meet.

Lasting Chances: Megan is exiting the conference room from her interview with Gramps and Jack.  Gabe enters the conference room at the same time she’s leaving and they both feel a zing of attraction.

My new book, Catching Cash’s Heart, starts off with a comical misunderstanding.  Let’s just say that Cash is not too happy to meet Holly because of a case of mistaken identity.

This first book in my new series, Unlikely Catches, will be published in late October or early November.  Watch this website for updates!

If you have your own real life meet cute, reply and tell us about it!

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