Not so Happy with the Happily Ever After

Have you ever read a book where you wanted the heroine to end up with the bad guy? That was me this past weekend.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the heroine. It was her relationship with the hero that I had issues with.

The hero thought she was a 15 yo boy when they first met, but through many twists and turns she turned out to be the model that he had drooled over for years. That still wasn’t what I had a problem with.

What I DID have a problem with was, the hero was booooring. I just couldn’t like him. The heroine had a lively sense of adventure but the hero was a dullard. (I know, this happens in real life all the time but I don’t like it in romance novels.)

By the end of the book, I was wanting the serial killer to get rid of the hero and run away with the heroine (which was what he wanted also).

It was a frustrating book. I know that as writers, we need to make the reader like/feel sorry for the bad guy, but to make him more likable than the hero is not a good thing.

Have you ever liked the villan more than the main character?

Published in: on June 14, 2010 at 8:00 AM  Comments (3)  
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For Memorial Day

I’ve mentioned before that my hubby is a disabled veteran. When he saw that I was searching through photos to post for Memorial Day, he made a request. I’ve heard the story a thousand times and it stills gives me chills.

On December 12, 1985, 248 men and women died in the tragedy of Arrow Air Flight 1285. My hubby knew 212 of them personally. (He had even trained some of them.) My hubby had recently been transferred to Berlin when this happened. If he hadn’t, he would have been on that plane.

This was supposed to be a “peacekeeping mission” but it turned into a tragedy. They weren’t in the middle of a battle zone. They had no way to defend themselves against this.

My point is: they are HEROES! It’s not how they died that makes them heroes; it’s how they lived.

Every man and woman who joins the military is a hero. They know they may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free. That is what makes them a hero.

On this Memorial Day, let’s not argue over whether the war we are fighting is worth it. It’s not about that. It’s about the fact that these men and women would lay down their life for YOU. Whether it’s in your backyard or halfway around the world.

Not How I Remembered Them

Yesterday, I decided to give my son an education on great music. I pulled up YouTube and searched for some old favorites. To my surprise, they weren’t what I remembered.

The songs were still great. The hunks, not so much. The guys that my heart used to go pitter-patter for are not so hot. They were thin and looked like they were on MAJOR drugs. Why did I think they were hot?

Yes, I know that as I get older, my tastes have changed. The hunks of yesteryear now look like drugged-out punks. This scares me. If my taste in men has changed that much in the past 10 years, what’s another 10 gonna do to me? Will I still think a muscular chest and six-pack is sexy? If not, what WILL I think sexy is?

My real question: Will I still love the hero that I write about now? My characters are a part of me, like family, so the answer is YES. I may picture them a little differently in 10 years, but they will always be MINE. That’s on of the great things about books, your imagination is the only limit.

So, how have your tastes changed? When you look back on your teenage heart-throb, what do you see?

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM  Comments (5)  
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Star Trek and other sexy nerds

I’m in love with a nerd. (Yes, I know that I’m a nerd to, but that’s not the point!) Right this moment, he is watching a tribute to Star Trek.

A twitter friend of mine tweeted a line from Star Trek yesterday and I knew what he meant immediately. It’s not my fault; it’s my hubby’s! He has every episode ever made on VHS (He thinks DVDs are evil) AND cataloged. He has a three-ring binder with them listed in alphabetical order and by tape number.

If this isn’t nerdy enough, a few weeks ago, Revenge of the Nerds marathon came on. He looked like a kid on Christmas morning! He has all of them on tape but this was his chance to record them all in order on one tape. (Yes, I rolled my eyes as I yelled, “That’s great!” over my shoulder as I left the room.)

There are a million nerdy things he does a day that are eyes-rolling annoying and at the same time swell my heart with love. I LOVE MY NERD!

He’s not the hero from romance novels, but he’s MY hero. Every male character that I create has a little bit of him in them. I know that I rant about him from time to time, however that’s not because I don’t appreciate him. His little quirks are sexy to me (in large doses, though, they can get annoying).

Do you see your real life hero in your fantasy heros?

Published in: on May 13, 2010 at 8:40 AM  Comments (4)  
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