As Valentine’s day approaches many of us are thinking ahead to what would make a memorable gift to our significant other. We may also be giving some thought to what would be the perfect gift to open ourselves. Some of us received our wedding proposals on Cupid’s day; others choose the day to take their walk down the aisle to their happy ever after. Jude Deveraux’s Moonlight in the Morning is a perfect example of the magic of romance. It is the epitome of true love and brings together elements of a love that is meant to be. The message of how love finds its way no matter what obstacles, especially those we put in place ourselves, into our lives unfolds in its pages. Moonlight in the Morning is simply a good, solid story that is well told, some romance you CAN and SHOULD try at home with a happy, and a bit of a surprise, ending.Some of that romance you can try at home would be perfect for Valentine’s day. Then again, it’s perfect for any time you want to celebrate love and romance.
Some of us have found we can create our own romantic worlds by writing about the perfect date or choosing a story from a host of romance books. And we aren’t limited by what those romances offer us be it contemporary, fantasy, historical, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, erotic, multi-racial, multi-partnered, comedy, inspirational, paranormal, Regency, Victorian, science fiction, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, westerns, time travels and even young adults can lose themselves in a well done romance. Robin Badillo’s Midnight Beckoning promises and delivers a breathtaking romance that begins with an incredibly romantic cover.
Movies have depicted romance as not only a passionate love story but can also showcase the spirit of adventure or heroic achievement. Michael Douglas’s Romancing the Stone was much more than a love story with its non-stop action and adventure. By the same token Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most enduring of timeless love stories. Stories of knights, pirates, soldiers and others are heroes of our fantasies as are firefighters, police and paramedics. In a recent poll when asked about the most romantic movies of all time the majority of those responding said it was Somewhere in Time where a playwright by the name of Richard played by the late Christopher Reeve finds a way back in time to be with the woman (Jane Seymour) he loves.
When asked “Why do we read romance?” Franki Sinopoli Hunt said we do so because “it issomething we may not have in our real life… to be a part of that little fantasy that every woman has… keeps us sane in our mediocre life.”
One of the most well-known and best loved romance authors, Hannah Howell, recently shared that she reads romance “Because I love a happy ending and I like to see how they fight their way there to get it.” When asked why she writes it she said, “Strangely enough part of the reason is because every plot idea I have involves a man and a woman – even when I was writing little stories to entertain myself when I was a teen. Since I also like a happy ending romance seemed the perfect fit.” If you have ever read one of her books you know she delivers that special kind of love story in each and every one.
Authors like Nicole Lee Countryman write romance because she is a romantic at heart. Another friend, Beach Love says “It is fun to escape to another place and time. To get away from daily life for just a short time in a book. A book is an adventure that you would never have with that book. It keeps my mind full and in the process makes it grow.”
Even mysteries can have a romantic couple working together to solve a crime. Nick and Nora Charles are the perfect romantic sleuths.
As Valentine’s day approaches why not tell us about the most romantic story you’ve ever read and weigh in on the most romantic movie. If you’ve got some time, tell us about your most romantic date—either real or imagined. Who knows, maybe there’s a book in that idyllic fantasy date!