Such are the pearls of insight generously dispensed with wisdom, wit, and emotional resonance from the bestselling authors who write all about it in Fall in Love Like a Romance Writer: The Secret Keys to a Long and Lasting Love. Award-winning novelist Amelia Grey takes us on a journey with more than sixty-five of the romance world's most beloved storytellers whose personal experiences with that old black magic reveal a wealth of knowledge about the language of love and what makes it workor not.
At turns entertaining, thought-provoking, poignant, and unexpected, Fall in Love Like a Romance Writer is far more than a collection of essays. It is a collection of secrets that contain the keys to a love that will endure. As critically acclaimed author Jean Brashear advises, 'A long love affair needs a special, private, safe place to grow and blossom. Creating that space is, I believe with all my heart, both the joy and the most sacred duty of a marriage.'
Fall in love and bloom.
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About the Author
Amelia Grey (Panama City, FL) is a pseudonym for Gloria Skinner, the author of more than 20 books and winner of the Booksellers Best Award and Aspen Gold Award for writing as Amelia Grey. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she has won the Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter, the Maggie Award, and the Affaire de Coeur Award for best historicals. Her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs and have sold to many countries in Europe, Russia, Indonesia, and China. She grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle, and has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for more than 35 years. www.ameliagrey.com.
Read an Excerpt
Isn't it wonderful when a tremendously brilliant idea flashes through our brains? That's how the concept for this book came to mein a dazzling moment of 'Wouldn't it be wonderful if the women who write about fictional love every day told their readers their very own love story?'
What could be more fascinating, and more inspiring than to read about the true romances of some of America's most beloved romance authors?
But could I do it? Where and how would I start?
I have been a romance author for twenty years and during that time I've made a lot of friends, but did I dare ask these beautiful and dedicated women who write fictional happily-ever-after stories to write something for me about their personal and private lives? And, if I could by some chance entice the authors I knew to help me with this intriguing idea, would I then be able to persuade some authors I didn't know?
While the idea of such a book appealed to me, the task itself seemed daunting, impossible.
Time passed but my desire to work on this book didn't. If anything, the longer I put it off, the more I wanted to do it.
But before I could ask my friends to help me with this project, I had to write my own story. So I began:
The first time I saw him, he was leaning against the fender of a sporty, 1965 canary yellow Comet Cyclone holding a thin cigar. Surprising I know, considering he was a senior in high school and not a well-seasoned man about town, but true. Thankfully smoking didn't become a habit for him, but looking at him that late Sunday afternoon with smoke curling up from his fingers made my seventeen-year-old heart thump loud enough to cause a roar in my temples. One thing was for sure. He wasn't from around our small town. That golden-eyed, brown-haired hunk dressed in tight jeans and a light-blue button-down collared shirt had the appeal of the all-American bad boy, and I couldn't believe my good fortune when he threw down the cigar, walked over to my car, and said hello.
Writing those few words describing how I met my husband made me feel the power of that moment all over again, and gave me the confidence I needed to press forward with the dream that was never far from my thoughts. It also made me realize that I not only wrote about the fictional happily-ever-after life, I was living the true happily-ever-after life. And so were many of my author friends. So, denying my fear of mass rejections, I sent out e-mails asking if they would be willing to write a few words about how they met the love of their lives, or how they made their love last through the years. For my friends who didn't have a current love in their lives, I asked what they believed made love and romance timeless. To my surprise, I received a resounding yes from almost every author I contacted.
My journey then began in earnest to add other authors to the list and find the hidden secrets that led to lasting love and commitment.
In this book, one author says the greatest gift her husband ever gave her was a baseball glove. Another explains how a sudden, life-threatening illness brought her and her husband closer together. One author vowed she'd never marry a man like her father, and then fell head over heels in love with a man just like her father. And yet another author tells why she embroidered her husband's name in the band of all his underwear. Some of the stories are heartwarming, some are inspiring, and others are filled with humor, but they are all sprinkled with the magical feeling of love.
This collection of over sixty love stories is filled with icons such as Bertrice Small and Jennifer Blake, who helped define romance books as we know them today, and many of romance's newest stars. All of the stories are different, but while reading them, I realized that some of the same themes kept appearing: opposites attracting, being moonstruck, the offering of hope, finding inspiration, keeping humor, and the embodiment of trust. If these words kept appearing it must mean that they were important to an enduring and successful relationship. I started thinking of them as The Secret Keys to a Fulfilling and Lasting Love. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these incredible and intimate secrets about love from your favorite romance writers.
Oh, and, as for that good-looking bad boy from just across the state line? We married shortly after graduating from high school. He was nineteen and I was a mere eighteen years old. Right from the start, our youth put three strikes against us when it came to staying together for any length of time, but you'll read more about our story at the end. It's time to get on to the celebrities and let them share their stories of love with you.
Fall in Love Like a Romance Writer. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Table of Contents
Secret Key #1 Humor
The Secret to a Long and Silly Marriage Robyn Carr 6
My Hero Mariah Stewart 9
Reader, I Married Him Annette Blair 13
How an Office Party "Don't" Led to "I Do" Wendy Corsi Staub 18
How I Got to Happily Ever After and Stayed There Victoria Alexander 22
A Very Special Feeling Stef Ann Holm 26
How to Beat the Odds Susan Andersen 29
Never Marry a Man Who Can't Make You Laugh Amanda McCabe 32
The Girl of His Choice Teresa Medeiros 35
Secret Key #2 Moonstruck
Swept Away Julianne MacLean 40
Once Upon a Red Light Elizabeth Grayson 45
Love at First Sight Judi Fennell 49
He's the One Bertrice Small 54
Then, Now, and Always Amanda Scott 58
A Romantic Dreamer Jennifer Blake 62
Some (Less Than) Enchanted Evening Jo Ann Ferguson 64
A Knight on a White Steed Michele Ann Young 68
Best Mistake I Ever Made Nicola Cornick 71
I Want Him Kasey Michaels 74
How I Found True Love Eloisa James 78
Secret Key #3 Inspiration
Lightning Strikes Twice Pamela Morsi 82
Smacked by Fate Kate Austin 87
Our Hero Deb Stover 91
The Love of My Life Sabrina Jeffries 95
Finding Love in the Most Unlikely Place Gayle Callen 98
Love: In Sickness and in Health Mary Jo Putney 101
The Most Dangerous Thing Cathy Maxwell 104
Secret Key #4 Opposites Attract
Celebrate Your Differences Jean Brashear 110
It's Not What You Say but How You Say It Meryl Sawyer 114
First Dates Can Last a Lifetime Shirl Henke 118
The Realist and the Dreamer Lorraine Health 122
Falling in Love Is Easy; Staying in Love Is Hard Work Heather Graham 127
Sports Are Stranger Than Fiction Shana Galen 132
Loving Is the Answer Stella Cameron 136
Falling in Love Linda Wisdom 140
Exceptional Moments of Love Jill Marie Landis 143
When Opposites Attract Elizabeth Boyle 147
What About Opposites? Geri Buckley Borcz 151
In the Nick of Time Mary Balogh 154
For Better or Worse Kat Martin 158
A Romantic Moment Jasmine Cresswell 161
Secret Key #5 Second Chances
A View from the Top of the World Barbara Samuel 166
Happy Endings Nicole Byrd 171
The Opposite of Love at First Sight Elizabeth Hoyt 175
A Marriage of Long Duration Ciji Ware 177
Secret Key #6 Trust and Respect
Friends and Lovers Rachel Gibson 182
Show, Don't Tell Gaelen Foley 185
A Hero You Can Trust Linda Lael Miller 188
Romance Is Calling: Don't Hang Up Jannine Corti Petska 190
Thoughtfulness Is the Key Joan Johnston 195
How Do You Spell R-O-M-A-N-C-E? Stephanie Bond 197
He's Still the One Cheryl Brooks 199
Respect Keeps Romance Alive Patricia Potter 202
My Own Mr. Darcy Sharon Lathan 204
Three Thousand Miles Judith Arnold 207
For the Long Haul Karen Robards 210
Who's the Boss? Suzanne Forster 212
A Match Made at Wimbledon Karen White 218
Secret Key #7 Hope
Forty and Fabulous Jane Porter 224
True Love Dee Davis 227
A More Excellent Way Robin Lee Hatcher 232
The Walk to the Roof Jade Lee 235
The Greatest Love Haywood Smith 239
The Elements of Love Terry Spear 242
Worth the Effort Leigh Greenwood 244
Picture This Christie Ridgway 247
In Praise of Younger Men Laura Lee Guhrke 250
Afterword: Faith, Hope, and Love 253