By: Marie Force
Over the weekend, a friend asked me if I’d read this year’s hot new book. You know, the one everyone is talking about. I said, no, I haven’t. She asked if it’s on my radar, and I said no, it isn’t. It’s not a romance. She stared at me, agog. You read only romance? Well, um, yeah. I have so little time to read for fun why would I read anything other than what I most enjoy?
What do I love so much about romance? I love going into a book knowing it’s going to end well for our fearless couple no matter what obstacles the author may choose to put in front of them. I love reading about unforgettable characters who, even though they may be riddled with flaws, are still deserving of love. I love the journey from the moment our hero and heroine meet, to the point where they know this person is different from all others, to the instant they realize they’ve fallen in love and will do anything to keep this most important person in their lives forever. What’s not to love about that?
I know I don’t have to tell the folks at Romance Junkies that romance rules, but just in case you’re wondering, it plays a central role in my life as a voracious reader and an avid writer. Ironically, however, I am one of the least romantic people you’ll ever meet in real life. To me, romance is my husband washing my car or making dinner when he knows I’m wiped out. For him, a romantic gesture involves me sending him out for a 50-mile bike ride on a Sunday when the kids are underfoot. None of these things would be very interesting to read about in a romance novel, but they work for us.
So what works for you? What does a grand romantic gesture look like to you? Do you read only romance or do you venture out of the genre from time to time? I’ll give a copy of Fatal Affair to one respondent. Thanks again for coming by to say hello! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on romance.
About Fatal Affair:
On the morning of the most important vote of Senator John O’Connor’s career he is late—again. His best friend and chief of staff, Nick Cappuano sets off to O’Connor’s apartment expecting to roust him from bed and hoping he is alone. But what Nick finds is that O’Connor, the handsome, amiable Senator from Virginia, has been brutally murdered, and Nick’s world comes crashing down around him. Complicating the disaster, the detective assigned to the case is none other than Sam Holland, Nick’s one-night stand from six years earlier, the woman who broke his heart and haunts his dreams. With six years worth of unfinished business hanging between them and more than a few scores to settle personally and professionally, Nick and Sam set out to find the senator’s killer while trying—and failing—to resist the overwhelming attraction between them that seems to have only grown over the years.
It soon becomes clear that the senator’s past holds secrets that not only led to his death but now endanger Nick and Sam as well. Working together to find a killer and to rediscover the love they thought they lost long ago, they must put the past behind them and build a future that offers a world of new opportunities for both of them—including an offer from the Virginia Democrats for Nick to finish the last year of John’s term.
And about me:
Marie Force’s first romantic suspense, FATAL AFFAIR, will be out June 21, 2010 from Carina Press. Book 2 in the Fatal Series, FATAL JUSTICE, is coming soon from Carina. She is also the author of LINE OF SCRIMMAGE and LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT. Of LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, Booklist said, “With its humor and endearing characters, Force’s charming novel will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, reaching far beyond sports fans.” Wild on Books said, “LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT by Marie Force is most definitely a keeper. It is an astounding book. I loved every single word!” A third contemporary, EVERYBODY LOVES A HERO, is due out Feb. 1, 2011. Since 1996, Marie has been the communications director for a national organization similar to the Romance Writers of America. She is a member of RWA’s New England, From the Heart and Published Author Special Interest Chapters. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two children and a feisty dog named Brandy. Find her at www.mariesullivanforce.com, on her blog at http://mariesullivanforce.blogspot.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Marie-Force/248130827909 and on Twitter at twitter.com/MarieForce. Marie loves to hear from readers. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.