Cynthia D’Alba here. I am thrilled to welcome Darlene Gardner to Everybody Needs A Little Romance. Darlene is a Harlequin Superromance Author, admittedly one of my favorite category lines. There’s more about Darlene at the bottom of the post as well as links to her website and purchase links for her latest book. Before I turn it over to our guest, don’t forget to sign up for the ENLR newsletter. So, take it away, Darlene…
I never judged a book by its cover when I first became a romance reader. The title didn’t matter much to me, either. I didn’t even care about the name of the author.
The single factor determining whether I bought a book was if the back-cover copy contained words like reunite, coming back and one-time love.
Yep. I was a reunion romance junkie. Still am. The affliction even extends to movies.
The first time I saw Casablanca, I was dying to know every detail of what happened between Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart in Paris.
A reunion movie doesn’t have to be classic for me to enjoy it, though. I rooted for Josh Lucas to win back estranged wife Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama even though it meant she’d have to dump Patrick Dempsey. And so what if Olivia Newton-John was a good girl and John Travolta a bad boy in Grease? Those summer nights proved they were meant for each other.
I even liked Hope Floats, the movie where Sandra Bullock returns to Texas and Harry Connick, Jr. after finding out on a national TV talk show that her best friend and husband are having an affair. Critics roundly panned this movie. One called it “just horrible, horrible, horrible.”
Not to me. Something about getting another chance after loving and losing appeals to the romantic in me. I looked over the plots of the 33 books I’ve written and discovered fully one third are reunion romances. That includes The Christmas Gift, my current release from Harlequin Superromance.
The Christmas Gift is about a woman who’s tricked by her motherinto coming home for the holidays for the first time in eight years. When her flights out of town are repeatedly cancelled because of record snowfall, she has to keep dealing with the man she left behind. Oh, yeah!
What is your favorite story theme? Another of mine, for example, is secrets. I’ll be giving away a book from my backlist to a random poster. If your thing is also reunion romance, feel free to recommend a movie I may have missed.
Cynthia again…Great post, Darlene. Love Romance Reunions also. For those who many be unfamiliar with Darlene, she is the author of more than thirty books ranging from emotionally charged family dramas to romantic comedies. She’s currently writing for Harlequin Superromance and self publishing eBooks from her backlist.
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