Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Romance Author's Real-Life Romance Story by Sheila Roberts and Giveaway!

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Hot off the presses from Harlequin MIRA...
What do women want?

Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can't figure it out. Take Jonathan, for instance. He's been in love with Lissa Castle since they were kids but, geek that he is, she's never seen him as her Mr. Perfect. He has one last shot—their high school reunion. Kyle Long is equally discouraged. The pretty receptionist at his office keeps passing him over for other guys who may be taller but are definitely not superior. And Adam Edwards might be the most successful of Jonathan's friends, but he isn't having any success on the home front. His wife's kicked him out.

When Jonathan stumbles on a romance novel at the Icicle Falls library sale, he knows he's found the love expert he's been seeking—Vanessa Valentine, top-selling romance author. At first his buddies laugh at him for reading romance novels, but soon they, too, realize that these stories are the world's best textbooks on love. Poker night becomes book club night... and when all is read and done, they're going to be the kind of men women want!

A Real-Life Story About How Love Lives On

I love a good romance. I think my all time favorite is still Georgette Heyer’s novel, The Masqueraders. The hero in that novel is so noble! Of course, I’m partial to Jonathan Templar, the shy hero of my newest novel What She Wants. He’s a lot like my husband: loyal, steadfast, and dependable.

My husband is my real-life romance hero, quiet and steady and always there for me. I think he got a lot of his good qualities from his father. And when I think of his father I think of his mother, too. That pair had a sixty-year romance. They’re both gone now but love stories like theirs live on. Let me tell you a little about them. 

Bob and Myrle were part of the “greatest generation”, those people who grew up during the depression and then went through World War II, fighting on foreign soil or working hard to hold things together on the home front. They met when he was in Australia during the war, enjoying some brief R & R. They fell madly in love and were married.

I always loved hearing Mom tell of their wedding night. Dad had to get back to the base and they were too broke for a hotel, so they spent their wedding night on the beach. When she first mentioned this I envisioned scenes like the famous beach scene between Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster in the classic old movie From Here to Eternity or a similar scene in Six Days Seven Nights with Harrison Ford and Anne Hech going at it in the surf. Sooo romantic.

Not. Mom said she felt someone pulling on her hair and thought it was Dad. Instead, it was a wharf rat. Some things work better in the movies.

Their first apartment was small and cheap and they shared a bathroom down the hall with other families in the building. Hardly conducive to long bubble baths!

In addition to humble lodgings and little money they went through many separations. Probably my mother-in-law, who left behind her home and country to come to the U.S, made the biggest sacrifice. She arrived on the last war bride ship to leave Australia. With Dad a career military man Mom was the one in charge of herding their ever-growing family (five kids by the time they were done) from place to place. Dad didn’t have it easy either, though, always fighting on foreign soil, never knowing if he was going to make it home. He lost an eye in Korea.

In spite of the challenges they stuck together. She kept things going and he kept moving his way up through the ranks. He was a major by the time he retired. A high army rank didn’t get him out of K.P. at home though. He always did the dinner dishes. I asked him about that once and he said, “With five kids, if I didn’t help we’d have never had any time together.” In their older years he would make breakfast for her. Not much more than toast since he was clueless in the kitchen. But hey, it’s the thought that counts.

Through good times and bad these two were always there for each other. And once, when the subject of death came up, Myrle insisted that even in that they’d be together. “You’re not going without me,” she informed him.

She was close to right. She died first, last August. He only lasted until February, passing away on February 6th. One of the kids said, “Dad didn’t have to spend a Valentine’s Day without her.”

Love stories like that are the kind that inspire me. How about you?

About the Author

Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. She’s been writing since 1989, but she did lots of things before settling in to her writing career, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Her band days are over, but she still enjoys writing songs. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences or hanging out with her girlfriends she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.


Thanks to the author and Goddess Fish Promotions, ten lucky commenters tour-wide will receive a print copy of What She Wants! To enter, all you have to do leave a meaningful comment telling us a real-life romance story from your life :) In addition, one lucky commenter will receive a copy of the book AND a $25 gift certificate the eHarlequin bookstore. Hooray! As this is a tour-wide giveaway, the more comments you make throughout the entire tour, the more entries you get!

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