Friday, July 29, 2016

Seasoned and Spicy

With: Maggie Wells

Congratulations to "Linda H.", the winner in Maggie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I told a friend of mine that I was writing a book with a hero and heroine hovering around big 5-0, and she wrinkled her nose in distaste. Apparently ‘older people’ can’t be sexy. I pointed out that my own husband—the very same guy she once described as a hottie-hubby—is fifty-five, and she was forced to make an exception to the rule.

But who made the rule? Where did we ever get the idea that people forty aren’t sexy? Were we supposed to leave lust in the dust once after our first-annual thirty-ninth birthday?  Oops. Nobody told me.

And who decided that love was only meant for the young? George Bernard Shaw said the ‘Youth is wasted on the young.’ So true. They screw love up all the time. At least, I know I did when I was their age. Looking back on my twenties and thirties, I realize how much time I wasted anticipating and not savoring.

As I grow older, I come to appreciate those things younger people find so unattractive. To me, laugh lines, sun spots, and crow’s feet are symbols of a life well-lived.

Some people fall in love at the drop of a hat. Others wait decades for the right person to come along. A few need a second, third, fourth, or fifth shot at making it work. The longer you live, the more you learn. That’s why I enjoy writing older heroes and heroines. I don’t have to make up complications for them, they’ve already generated plenty of their own.

 I’m so happy that my editors at Kensington/Lyrical Press could see the value in these stories of ‘seasoned’ romance. The second book in my ‘Worth the Wait Romance’ series of hot contemporary romances, A WILL AND A WAY released earlier this month. The third book in that series, A BOLT FROM THE BLUE is in the works for April 2017.

Here’s a look at A WILL AND A WAY:

What's a nice widow like you doing in a place like this?

Consummate ladies man Will Tarrant has made it to middle age without walking down the aisle. People think he's anti-marriage, but he knows he just hasn't met the right woman yet. Then he lays eyes on Southern Belle Betty Asher--in the neighborhood pub of all places. She's new in town, perfectly gorgeous--and a perfect lady. But can Will be a perfect gentleman?...

With small town life and her cheating late husband behind her, Betty is looking forward to big city adventure. When she captures the attention of the local heartthrob, she even indulges in some hot and heavy flirtation. After all, it isn't everyday she gets to play the merry widow. She assumes their acquaintance will end there, until a job interview lands her in Will's office--and in his arms once more. Despite their irresistible attraction, Betty's enjoying her freedom, while Will's finally ready to put a ring on it. Now he'll just have to convince her that nothing could be sweeter than being tied down--with him. . .


Today, I’d like to give away a digital copy of the first in series, THREE LITTLE WORDS. To be entered, just comment below with the name of your favorite over-forty hottie and you’ll be entered to win!

Oh! And if you are a fan of romances featuring heroes and heroines 35+, be sure to join our Seasoned Romance group on Facebook!

About Maggie Wells:
Maggie Wells is a deep-down dirty girl with a weakness for hot heroes and happy endings. By day she is buried in spreadsheets, but at night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, this mild-mannered married lady has a naughty streak a mile wide.
Fueled by supertankers of Diet Coke, Maggie juggles fictional romance and the real deal by keeping her slow-talking Southern gentleman constantly amused and their two grown children mildly embarrassed. 
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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 30th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 


  1. Hugh Jackman

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

    1. Oh, I love Hugh! Thanks for conjuring that lovely mental image for the day!

  2. Josh Duhamel has long been one of my fav hotties. He's just past the 40 mark and still hot!

    Goldgirl149 at hotmail dot com

  3. I've loved Josh when he was Leo on AMC. Thanks for reminding me!

  4. I don't pay attention to age much, so I can't name a favourite hottie over 40 :D
    But a friend of mine wrote a wonderful novel where both hero and heroine are around 40 and I love it. Have been reading it from the time she wrote the first scene and am acutally re-reading the latest draft right now. (I'm not an author, but beta read lots of stuff) As long as the characters grab me and I can feel connected to them, the age does not matter to me, whether they are my age or older/younger :)

    Sciley @ gmx dot de

    1. Awesome! Good for her, and for you because the friends who read from the very first scene are soooo important!

    2. I love doing it and always beg to read the tiniest little new snip of everything she writes. And not only for that one friend, but for many others, some published some not yet. It's such an amazing feeling reading something nobody has before :)

  5. Hugh Jackman
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  6. I have to go with Hugh Jackman too. I've been a fan of his for a long time. He acts, sings, dances and is funny and sweet.

    1. And he loves his wife and kids. Is there anything sexier than a man who loves his family? Thanks!

  7. I think Mark Harmon is still pretty hot at his age.

    linda dot henderson70 at yahoo dot com

    1. Oh, yes! I think he's one who had improved with age!


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