Monday, June 13, 2016

Heartbreakers and Heroes (Part 2)

We asked the authors of the hot summer box set, Heartbreakers and Heroes, about when they last broke a rule themselves and their responses were fantastic! Check it out…

Virginia Nelson, USA Today Bestselling Author
I break rules all the time. My favorite rule to break is when someone tells me I can’t do something. I was told my daughter would never learn to read—she struggles with various disabilities—and I helped her break that rule. I was told a single mama of three kids living in the middle of nowhere, Ohio, would never be able to be a successful author. I laughed. I was told many, many things over the years… and each time I’m told something can’t be done, what I quietly say to myself is, “Challenge accepted.” Heehee.

Carmen Falcone
When was the last time I broke the rules?

If you had asked me this in my wild teens, my answer would have been way more interesting… I could mention I lied to my mother about going on a trip with my bestie (when really I went with a boyfriend), or when I snuck a bottle of wine as a minor and drank it with a friend. 

Yes. Those were fun times. These days, I broke the rules in a completely different fashion. That means hiding a chocolate bar from my kids so I don’t have to share. Or telling my husband he needs to watch the kids because I need to finish a day job project, when I’m writing instead. Hehe. 

And if someone asks if I have taken red wine into a movie theater? Snicker Nope. That never happens—hardly ever. Really.

Christine Glover
Hmmm… the last time I broke a rule had to be when I was at my niece’s wedding. Yep. My other niece and I went to the tiny bar next to reception area to order wine and no bartender in sight. After waiting several minutes, we decided to pour our own glasses because he never did show up. I poured while she played lookout. So now we are permanently bonded by our Wine Crime Spree.

Jodi Linton
I think the most memorable time I broke a rule was freshman year of high school. 
Rule: no hanging out with boys who had a license until I did.

I was only fourteen, and I had two older brothers so I sort of (okay I still don’t) see my mom’s point.  That night, I told my mother I was watching a movie with a friend when actually said friend and I were out with two guys who could…drum roll, DRIVE! Now, I grew up in a small town so fun came in the form of driving out to the condemned asylum, a haunted country road, and the city park at night to run across the wobbly bridge screaming and laughing until our sides hurt. Sounds fun, right? Well, I knew it was getting late and way past my curfew but in my teenage thought process I decided “Hey, mom won’t care.” I mean, can’t you just hear the night saying, DANGER JODI. YOU WILL BE GROUNDED.  Heck, I couldn’t. Anyways, I told myself getting a burger at the 24-hour diner was no big deal, and calling my mom from the payphone (yep, we had payphones) outside the fast food restaurant was so darn smart. 

Ten minutes later, after my mother picked me up from the restaurant I sat on my bed staring down my three day sentence for missing curfew. Not that it was much, but to a fourteen year old it felt as if I was grounded for life.

Still, if I had a do over I’d probably call my mom from that payphone again. 

Heather Long
Rules were made to be broken. Like Virginia, I’ve been breaking rules for as long as I could remember. I dislocated my knee when I was a teen, they told me I would never run or dance again. So I did. I dropped out of high school, yep, I was a high school dropout not because I couldn’t pass the classes but because I was sick of the cliques and I worked full time. People told me high school dropouts don’t succeed. The day after my 18th birthday, I took the GED, the ACT and the following weekend the SAT. I have a Master’s in Business Administration now. I was told not to publish in multi-genres that it wouldn’t work. Nearly 90 books later, I beg to differ.  I was told after my surgery two years ago, I may never regain full strength or use of my right arm—guess who types close to 80 words a minute now and climbing, as well as the fact that I can carry, lift and move again. I like it when people tell me I can’t—cause I’ll be damned if I let anyone tell me the rule is I can’t.

Michelle Major
Once upon a time rule breaking was kind of my thing. Back in high school, I was s strange mix of a good and bad girl. I got straight A’s and was the picture of the perfect kid but I covertly made a ton of stupid decisions – probably the worst being ‘borrowing’ my parents’ car before I had a license (and, of course, wrecking it). But the helpful thing about my checkered past is that now (when I’m quite the straight arrow), I have a suspicious nature. So whenever my kids try to get away with rule breaking, I call them on it. They are amazed and really disappointed at how I can spot a lie a mile away. I haven’t shared how – it’s better for them to think I’m all-knowing. But as they rapidly approach their teen years, I think it will come in very handy!

A brotherhood of twelve men bound together by their troubled youth and one mentor who taught them the rules for becoming men of honor. But some of them haven't been following those rules... 

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