By: Abigail Sharpe
Congratulations to Tammy Y. the winner of Abigail's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
If you’re a romance reader, you know how this Holiday of Love can be the perfect backdrop to any romantic setting. Or the worst way for a relationship to end. Or even something in between.
My favorite contemporary romance centered around Valentine’s Day is The Trouble with Valentine’s Day by Rachel Gibson (http://www.rachelgibson.com/) – mostly because of the first sentence: Valentine’s Day sucked the big one. Great opening, right?
Gibson’s stories are always fun and clever while the hero and heroine find their happily ever after. And she was a big inspiration for the way I told Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy and Who Wants to Marry a Doctor, too. Additionally, when I questioned my Goodreads groups for books on Valentine’s Day, this one is the first one that folks always mention. Says Jane from Iowa, “I enjoy Ms. Gibson's writings and her characters and the settings in the NW USA grab me. The male lead character is a former Chinook's pro hockey player.” (Which leads me to a shout-out to my favorite Gibson novel, See Jane Score, where the hero is also a Chinook’s pro hockey player.)
Lest you think Rachel Gibson has a monopoly on Valentine’s Day, we also have Codi Gary (www.codigarysbooks.com), who is part of the Kiss Me Valentine’s Anthology along with Cheryl Harper and Jaclyn Hatcher. Did Codi use her romantic real life as inspiration? Well, sort of. Okay, not really. While she was writing The Trouble with Sexy, she said she thought back to before she was married. She held a bitterness for the holiday because when she was eleven, her horse died on Valentine’s Day. But she thought, "Hey! That's a unique back ground for my character's hatred of the holiday. I'm gonna use that!”
Of course her hero and heroine have obstacles on their journey to love. Ryan and Gregg are two people totally into each other but for some reason, never found the right moment. Cue cupid, in the form of a make-over crazed Gracie, and suddenly, Gregg realizes if he doesn't take a chance, he might lose his last shot.
Everyone together now: AAAAAaaaaaaaaawwww.
Virginia (who didn’t tell me where she lived!) has another addition to the list: The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand (www.lauraflorand.com). She summed it up quite simply with, “Valentine's Day, chocolate, true love, and Paris!” And really, who could ask for anything more?
I haven’t yet attempted a Valentine’s Day story. I might be putting too much pressure on myself, but I think the expectations are too high. So I’ll settle for my passionate and playful contemporary romance, and let you guys in on the fun, too.
I’m giving away TWO copies of Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?to ONE reader – one for you and one for someone you love.
What do you like to curl up with on Valentine’s Day?
Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying "y'all" in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing passionate, playful contemporary romance. Her second book, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor, is scheduled for a July release with Grand Central.
Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy. You can keep up with her on Goodreads or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AbigailSharpeBooks or on her website - www.abigailsharpe.com.
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