Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Leading Ladies & Fellas

When I was a teenager way back around 1980, my mom belonged to the Harlequin Readers Service and she would receive a box of romance books every month.  She would pour over those books with a hunger only another book lover would understand. Sometimes I'd sneak a book and hide in the basement to discover the adventures that lie within the pages.

Mom’s favorites depicted historical with brawny manly men such as cowboys and damsels in distress or rich educated hunks such as doctors with an established woman in search of a man accepting of her liberation.

As I grew as a reader then became a writer, I came to appreciate the variety of characters behind well written romance stories. Personally, I don’t care for the wimpy gal who can’t tie her shoe without help. However, a gal does have the right to be doted on by a loving man…as long as she tends to her own footwear, unless he’s taking off said footwear to give her peds some undivided attention.  After all, who doesn’t love a good foot massage?

Anyways…..back to my original trail of thought.

Creating characters is actually pretty fun. (That is until they take over a writer’s mind and keep thus writer up all night until a scene or story is finished.) Let’s take the overly confident guy who helps a meek gal find her inner sensuality and eventually turns the table on him. He becomes empty and she is the only one who can fill him. This is much like my characters in Crow Magic.

Let me tease you with a couple characters…. 
how about a dominating hot cop and a submissive lawyer? Sounds hot! In Handcuffs & Silk, the rough, tough female cop learns a bit about herself when she has a one night stand with a hot male big-city lawyer who’s a bit submissive and passive. 

I’m a sucker for a good romance story with well built characters. 
(Not referring to muscular build…well maybe. Duh!) Nonetheless, 
I believe heroes can have weakness and leading ladies can be strong. They are certainly fun to create!

What kinds of characters in leading roles do you prefer?

Monday, August 19, 2019

Young Love

Trevor & Jordie (The Future Mr & Mrs. Quast)
Over the weekend, we hosted an engagement party for my son and his fiance. (I'm so blessed with my future daughter.) Everyone was in town for a local festival so we embraced the opportunity to pull the wedding party, parents and grandparents together. The bride and groom came up with created ideas to ask their closest friends (& brothers) to stand with them. My son gave each fella a nice soft cooler filled with a 12 pack of their favorite brew. The bride gave each gal a pair of colored sneakers (that will be later hand-painted with flowers). With each gift was a personal card with their request. Love and joy flowed as high school friends, college friends and relatives began a special bond.

Melting me with his words.
Nov. 2, 1991
The event gave me reflection of my own engagement. My future hubby and I had been dating for a mere six months when he popped the question. His parents threw us an engagement party with our closest friends who we asked to be in our wedding. (I'll always remember that night because it was one of only two times I was allowed to drive his beloved IROC.) Well anyways... that evening was special and our friendships grew stronger.

Sept. 2018
Looking at my dear hubby of  almost 28 years, I remember how young we were and so much in love. Back then, love seemed fast, hot and intense. Now?  It's not as fast, maybe not as intense but more like slow and savoring great flavors and sensations. Certainly hotter than what it was in the beginning! Maybe over the years we've learned to "read" each other. We know how to push each other's buttons, if you know what I mean. *wink, wink* That sizzling glance that used to mean "I want you" now means "Baby, you know how I can make you scream my name". That comes with time and experience.

Think of young love as like fast food and being together for a long time is like fine dining. However, fast food is still part of the diet... nothing beats a quick sandwich at noon.

Ah... but young love. Nothing compares to it. The time of feeling your heart beat out of your chest. Time of learning and exploring each other. The time of uncontrollable and overflowing happiness. (Remember how you were always trying to fix up your single friends?)

What memories do you have of your beginnings?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Firefighter Friday

Other than being a writer, I am also the Treasurer for my township. I share a building with the Police and Fire departments. Every day I watch as the vehicles rush out of "the barn" to someone's aid.

Today, my hat (if I wore one) is off to honor firefighters. They put their lives on the line everyday to save property and lives. They are every day heroes, but will always humbly state, "I'm just doing my job."

Thank you!

(Note: these are none of my township firefighters - they are a bit camera shy and their wives don't like to share.)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday Thirteen - 13 Movie Quotes

I'm a sucker for a good movie... can't help myself. Here's a list of some of my favorite great lines.

1. "Death can not stop true love, it can only delay it for a little while."
- from the movie "The Princess Bride"

2. "I want you to get swept away. I want you to levitate. I want you to sing with rapture, dance like a dervish."
- from the movie "Meet Joe Black"

3. "The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return."
Christian, - from the movie "Mulan Rouge"

4. "I'd rather die tomorrow than live a hundred years without knowing you."
John Smith, - from the movie "Pocahontas"

5. "A name makes no matter to me, as long as I can call you my own."
- from the movie "A Knight's Tale"

6. "When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with a person, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
Billy Crystal, - from the movie "When Harry Met Sally"

7. "I would rather spend one lifetime with you - than face all the ages of this world alone."
- from the movie, "Lord of the Rings"

8. "Love is that can't eat, can't sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, world series kinda stuff...."
- from the movie "Angels in the Outfield"

9. "Never knew I could feel like this, like I've never seen the sky before. Want to vanish inside your kiss and I love you until the end of time."
- from the movie, "Moulin Rouge"

10. "It's a wonderful thing, as time goes by, to be with someone who looks into your face, when you've gotten old, and still sees what you think you look like."
- from the movie "The Bachelor"

11. "A woman's heart is an ocean of secrets."
Rose Dawson; - from the movie "Titanic"

12. "The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more; that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds."
- from the The Notebook

13. "The hardest thing is loving someone and having the courage to let them love you back."
- from the movie, "Wedding Date"

Happy TT!