So I was chatting with an author friend and we got on the topic of romance tropes. (These are popular or overused themes often found in romance stories)
I love stories that contain the more popular themes: amnesia, secret marriage, marriage of convenience, and hidden babies.
Dead spouse comes back? Yes!
Sheik didn’t know about his heir? Yes!
Love them all and love them even more when they’re well done. I never get tired of them and will admit that my hidden weakness (or not so hidden) is marriage of convenience. I could read these all day long. LOL. I think I’m drawn to a man and woman put in a situation where they’re forced to deal with one another for a common goal or to save one or the other.
Remember When by Judith McNaught does an excellent job on a hero and heroine forced into a marriage to save the hero’s fortune. Bring on the angst. Bring on great dialogue and a romance for the ages.
Don’t get me started on Nathan Malone from Wild Card by Lora Leigh. **Cue tear-fest** Best return of dead spouse EVAH.
What about you? Are there any romance tropes that you like and what book was it done well in?
Wow! Let me say it again…wow! LOL. The birthday boy’s party has come and gone. ((wipe sweat from brow)) I posted about it before but this year my son’s theme for his party was HALO-a wildy popular video came. Believe me when I say there is almost nothing Halo related theme or otherwise in party stores. BUT do not doubt the creative genius of a mom on the hunt. Moms are the most creative women EVAH. I say this because it is the moms of the world that helped me pull off this party. After many online searches and nail biting desperation, I stumbled on tons of etsy, pinterest and facebook parties from moms who had the same challenge. Satisfy their kids with a theme that’s almost non-existent in the party world. Because those fabulous, wonderful moms shared their party jewels of wisdom, I too have decided to play it forward :)
So for venue we considered paintball or laser tag because Halo is a military style game. Due to travel and convenience etc we went with laser tag. Next was invitations which was easier than I expected. There are tons of customized images via http://www.etsy.com all based on this video game. We also decided to get the thank you cards from the lady we selected and had the results in 48 hours. Printing can be done at home or for a little extra professional touch I recommend a retailer with a photo kiosk like CVS or Walgreens. Once we had this accomplished, I considered all of the parties I’d looked at and selected party favors. I used an online discounter and picked camo sacks for the goodie bag. We filled it with camo pencils, vibrating grenades, dog tags, colored candy and camo bandanas. For an extra special touch, I found Halo water bottle labels and halo scratch offs from another etsy genius. SCORE. I picked up cupcakes with halo themed icing from a local cake decorator. For decorations, we mirrored the Halo game colors of blue, black and gray so it was easy to go to a dollar store of some type and get paperware, table cloths etc. On Amazon I found candy tins and used a video game theme for table settings by having PSP, NES and ATARI controllers filled with candy. (Never did find anything besides candy molds for the Xbox.) Below are a couple more pictures of the party stuff. Kids had a blast and the kiddo grinned the entire day.
Let’s start the blog with a hearty Happy Labor day to my fellow US folks. This is a non-working holiday for me. YAY! Well except for some writing to squeeze in then hopefully I will be enjoying some good food on the grill.
Speaking of writing :) My September newsletter went out this morning AND I’m hosting at Twin Sisters Rockin’ Book Reviews. I’m already starting the month with a bang. LOL. I hope everyone will feel free to join me today for my first Facebook Takeover. I’m giving away an e-copy of my novella The Overlord’s Heir, a$10 Amazon gift card and a little swag pack which will include an autographed copy of Honor Bound and Project Genesis, a journal, some bookmarks and a Michelle Howard pen.
And for you fellow sci-fi romance lovers MK Eidem may stop in to say HI! Which means I get to congratulate her on the release of Wray. I’m also hoping another friend will stop by too with some prizeys!
Author Michelle Howard is taking over Twin Sisters Rockin’ Book Reviews on
Monday, September 1 at 2:00 PM CST. Or 3PM EST
Join the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/259961324203959
Today Shades of Roses hosted a book blast for my novella The Overlord’s Heir. To help celebrate the upcoming holiday weekend, I’m giving away a free e-copy.
For a chance to win please use the link below.