Fall in Love Like a Romance Writer: Your Favorite Novelists Share Their Secret Keys to a Long and Lasting Love

Fall in Love Like a Romance Writer: Your Favorite Novelists Share Their Secret Keys to a Long and Lasting Love

by Amelia Grey


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757315541
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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 me—in 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

Introduction 1

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

Acknowledgments 256

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