I pondered how I would define the stories I write as I created this site. A Vintage Heart in Hollywood is obvious and it’s a Contemporary Romance, but that’s not the only kind of story I write. I also write futuristic space opera and Fantasy Historical.
This image is clipped from a photograph of a sculpture of Cupid waking Psyche, a love story from Ancient Greece. It was the header image for my old book review blog, Enduring Romance.
I realized the one thing my stories have in common is what I call ‘vintage romance.’ This is about virtue, but not necessarily a moral set by any religion. The virtues are Trust, Respect, Sincerity, Self-Sacrifice, Hope, Kindness, Patience, Loyalty, all necessary for true love to endure. Of course, my characters don’t start out or always practice these virtues. That wouldn’t be believable as human beings. But, they get it enough by The End so the reader can be confident that they will, indeed, live happily ever after. My stories are all about this kind of love and the sexual act is only one expression of it. I guess after twenty years of marriage, my definition has refined to this point.
Towards the end of A Vintage Heart, the hero, Jack, is interviewed on a talk show. The host is overcome with desire for a pecan pie, so he is left reading out loud from a dictionary. This is what he reads,
“’Love – the unselfish, loyal, and benevolent concern for the good of another.’”
I bought these books recently, among many others. I chose them for review because of the plot and the authentic characters. Reviews will be posted on Saturdays. My time is very limited, so I only review books I really like a lot.
Special Edition is my favorite Harlequin contemporary imprint. I adore their regular Historical and Love Inspired Historical Romances in equal measure. I’ve been known to bring home their Western Romances too. 🙂
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
I’m no Einstein, but I am passionately curious. I think all storytellers are and we take it a step further. We learn about what we’re curious about and then we make up massive amounts of pretend stuff to go along with it. I figured out long ago that’s how I process my world.
I was curious about the Battle of Britain, so I created a Time Travel set during that historical period. Now, I know more about the British experience on the Homefront during World War II than I do about the American one. And I’m a patriotic, born and bred American citizen! Nowadays, when I’m curious about something, I don’t wonder why. I just go with it, knowing, sooner or later, a novel will be born.
History beget Mythology beget Fantasy beget Science Fiction. So, I’m fascinated by Ancient Egypt, Tudor England, The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and pretty much everything in between.
I also love babies. I was a Certified Professional Nanny until I got promoted to Mommy and now I’m a doll collector and my husband worries I’ll dress up my pet chickens in baby bonnets and let them watch Bugs Bunny. Which is silly. The cat would never stand for me babying anyone else. Isn’t Tigey cute? She’s thinking, “Uh, not funny. Get it off. Now.”
I suppose the best way to describe me is that I am a Hobbit. I love my books and the shire and children running barefoot through green grass. On my 50th birthday, I fully intend to be sitting outside my front door, waiting for Gandalf.
I watched ‘To Catch A Thief’ again for Grace Kelly’s white strapless gown and then I saw her in the gold one! Ohmygosh, I couldn’t believe I’d forgotten about that one! And now I’m having a hard time finding a good image of it. Anyway, here’s the very beautiful white one.