Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Seasoned and Spicy

With: Maggie Wells

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

I’m often asked why I like to write romance with heroes and heroines who are a little more, ahem, seasoned than the usual hyper-accomplished twenty-somethings we see in many romance novels. So often, that I’ve been able to condense it down to a top ten list. You ready for this?

Maggie Wells gives 10 good reasons to write about love after forty:

10) The buying power of tech-savvy Boomer and Gen X demographics have finally caught the publishing industry’s attention. We’re here! We’re loud, we’re proud, and we still believe in love!

9) Is there anything sexier than a hero with a few character lines in his face? I think not.

8) The majority of romance readers are women 30-54 years old and they want to see more heroines like themselves. I know I do.

7) Let’s face it – sex is more fun once you’ve moved past the age of worrying how you look from every conceivable angle. There’s freedom in feeling more comfortable in one’s skin.

6) Your hero and heroine have arrived at a time in their lives where they may not be so compelled to play dating games the younger folk so enjoy, or be so scared of commitment they blanch at the mere mention of the L word. At least, let’s hope so. There’s nothing sexier than a couple diving into a new relationship eyes wide open!

5) You get to write characters who have lived long enough to have the kinds of messy entanglements authors adore without having to create a spectacularly tragic past. Life happens. And it keeps on happening!

4) Heroines can look like Sandra Bullock, Julianne Moore, Courtney Cox, or Julia Louis-Dreyfus and no one can say, “No way!” I’ve used Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, and even Sharon Osborne as inspiration for some of my heroines.

3) You can give them real flaws. Make them look like me, or you, or your mom and it’s still okay, because hopefully you’re writing a guy who’s at the age where he’s looking for more than perky boobs and a tiny butt.

2) Life experience lends natural poignancy to emotion-packed scenes. No need to dig deep for drama. Backstory is built in.

1) John Stamos and Rob Lowe are over 50. So are Denzel Washington, Jon Bon Jovi, and Colin Firth. Oh, and George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Viggo Mortenson…. Sorry. I get a little carried away with this one. But let that sink in for a minute.

I admit I might have kept a picture of Jeffrey Dean Morgan handy while I was writing my latest release, A BOLT FROM THE BLUE.

My hero, Mick, is a typical Chicago guy. A guy’s guy, who has been through the trenches of marriage, divorce, and single-parenthood and was content with his life. That is, he thought he was, but then right woman opened a door and gave him a second chance at love.
Hope Elliot. Lady Hope Elliot. Hope.
A dangerous name for a dangerous woman. 
High-falutin’ ladies like these never looked twice at a man like him. To keep his thoughts from straying too far in dangerous directions, he officially dubbed her Lady No-Hope-There and tried to channel his energy into getting down to business. 
He scanned the report the fire investigator had completed. Everything was as Kelly had told him. Lightning strike—or strikes. The report indicated the damage to the tree and the resultant scorch marks, both at the point where the exterior line joined the house, it was possible Lady Hopeless hadn’t imagined the second strike. He knew the odds were against such an occurrence, but odds were odds only because sometimes the unimaginable happened. 
Like a long-shot outpacing a field of champions. 
Or lightning striking twice in the same spot. 
Probable, no. But possible. 
Coup de foudre.” 
He jumped but didn’t let himself turn around. The woman was married. To a friggin knight or something. He had absolutely no business thinking about how damn sexy he found her husky Catherine Deneuve voice. Particularly when she spoke in French. Damn good thing he wasn’t a boy anymore, because the voice alone had him at half-mast. Twenty years ago, he’d have been sporting wood like a lumberjack. 
“I’m sorry?” He’d heard her perfectly well, but acting like he hadn’t bought him time to recoup. 
“The French call it: coup de foudre—a bolt from the blue.” 
Mick swallowed hard. He was familiar enough with the phrase to know it wasn’t usually applied to lightning strikes. Though he felt like he’d been hit by one the minute he laid eyes on Hope Elliot. Everything about her appealed to him. The slacks and sweater she wore probably cost a fortune, but looked comfortable and flattered her figure. And her coloring. Never in a million years had he imagined he’d find a woman with gray hair attractive, but damn. The contrast between the silver-white strands and her smooth face was striking. Literally. The combination hit him like a punch in the chest and unleashed a torrent of pure, undiluted lust he thought he was well past feeling. 
A bolt from the blue. 


True love, like lightning, never strikes twice—or does it?

As a free-spirited young woman, Hope Elliot was desperate to escape her snobbish high society family. So she ran off to Paris, where she lived for twenty-five years. Now widowed, she’s come home to settle her family’s massive lakefront estate. But before she can put her mother’s house on the market, it needs a major renovation. Enter master electrician Mick McInnes, a traditional guy who’s about to turn her life upside down . . .

Aside from the fact that Mick is hopelessly attracted to his latest client, Hope represents everything he doesn’t want in a woman. She’s ridiculously rich and adventurous, yet she doesn’t seem to know much about the real world. Besides, his policy is to never get involved with clients. But he can’t seem to resist the Chicago heiress’s sizzling advances—and soon enough finds himself in her bed, feeling like a teenager once again. And like teenagers, the two of them will just have to convince their families that opposites can not only attract, but they can also make the perfect match . . .

Do you like characters who are both seasoned and spicy? 
Comment below to win a digital copy of A WILL AND A WAY – another Worth the Wait Romance.

** Warning: These books contain seasoned characters in super spicy situations! **

Author Bio:
By day, Maggie Wells is buried in spreadsheets. At night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, you only have to scratch the surface of this mild-mannered married lady to find a naughty streak a mile wide. She has a passion for college football, processed cheese foods, and happy endings. Not necessarily in that order.

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  1. What a great post! I much prefer 'seasoned' characters in my romances, and I'm so excited for this release! No need to enter me in the contest since I already own a copy. :)

  2. Definitely - one of my favorites is Familiar Stranger by Sharon Sala.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  3. Yes, I do. I read a TON of romance novels, and usually, the heroines are-to use a regency term-fresh out of the schoolroom-while the heroes are older. I'm glad that there are authors and publishers who are willing to be more real about their characters and not simply fall back on the same stereotypical tropes.


    1. Thanks! There's a group on FB dedicated to stories featuring older heroes and heroines. If you're on there, look us up at Seasoned Romance! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. depends

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Well, I hope you like mine! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Romance is for all ages so yes, I do like seasoned characters.

    linda dot henderson70 at yahoo dot com


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