Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Jenna Petersen GuestBlog: In Praise Of Strong Heroines...And The Men Who Love Them

Contest!!! 2 Lucky commenting Bellas win either a copy of Jenna Petersen's DESIRE NEVER DIES or FROM LONDON WITH LOVE courtesy of Jenna!
I e-met Jenna Petersen when she kindly helped me (and her publisher HarperCollins/Avon, publicize some GuestBlogs over at AvonAuthors.com. Plus, she's kind of our unoffial Avon hostess here at RBtheBlog. But what you need to know most about Jenna -- aside from the fact that she's really nice -- is she writes great romances, the kinds of historicals we talk about here all the time.

Oh! If you love writing, you need to visit Jenna's site for writers, www.PassionatePen.com , which receives 200,000 page views a month! So, after you've wished Jenna a warm Bella buongiorno and chatted a while here, you'll wanna go read one of her novels...

There are two kinds of romance writers (okay, there are hundreds of KINDS, but we’ll just stick with two for the purpose of discussion). Hero writers and Heroine writers. Hero writers are the ones who make us drool over their men like nobody’s business. They heal them and drive them and by the end, you really want them to be happy. Heroine writers more often give us the kind of heroines we all wish we could be.

I always thought of myself more of a Hero writer. In my books I wrote before being published and in my debut, SCANDALOUS, my storylines seemed to grow more naturally from my heroes. I loved to break them, then heal them. I loved to make them slog and work and grow in order to have their happy ending. They were my men and I loved writing every single one of them.

And then I got this little idea for a new series. Picture it: Charlie’s Angels… but in Empire Waists. And suddenly, I became a Heroine writer. It wasn’t that my series doesn’t have yummy men. They were there, too, with all their broken spirits and rakish charms. But really, these books were about my girls.

And none more so than Anastasia Whittig, the heroine of my January book, DESIRE NEVER DIES. I started with a shy, intelligent woman who is happier breaking codes and inventing items for her sister spies. Then I threw her into every situation I could that would shake her, mold her and change her. And you know what? I loved every moment. I loved how her own desires shocked her. I loved how falling in love shook her to her very core. And I loved how she started to see her own strength through her hero Lucas’s eyes.

So, readers I ask you, is it all about the hero for you or the heroine? Or does it depend on the book? The author? Who do you think writes the best ‘hero’ books and the best ‘heroine’ books? Any favorites from either category?


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71 comments:

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome back, Jenna!!!!

For me the debate of hero vs. heroine depends on the book and author. Some authors really get into the hero's POV and others do heroine's POV better.
It really depends on the book. I love to read about a strong heroine but at the same time a tortured Alpha hero is a prime way to get me to buy a book.
I read my first gothic romance a few months ago and it was completely in the heroine's POV. I was awestruck by it. I devoured that book and am looking for more.

I suppose I'm not really answering your question. I not a very decisive person on this topic. I just want a good book written well by an author who writes from the heart.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

'morning, Jenna and Bellas! Thanks for visiting today, Jenna. I loved Desire Never Dies, and I thought your h/hn points of view were nice and balanced. That's what does it for me. I just GOTTA know what they're both thinking. Although, I agree w/ JulieO, that Gothics work great w/ just hn pov.

I've always thought of myself as a hero girl. Loves me some alphas, especially if they're jerks and the author convinces me that makes sense for the character. But I'm guessing if the heroines of those hero-centered novels I love were marshmallows, I wouldn't wanna use em as placeholders, so strength in a hn must be more important to me than I thought. You've really given me something to muse upon.

I'm buried today, but I'll be back later.

SO so glad you're finally here with us, Jenna! Great day to ask questions about the craft of writing, too, Bellas!

Love the line: Charlies Angels...in Empire waistlines. :)

Jenna Petersen said...

Hi Michelle and Bellas! Thanks for having me back again! And yes, ask away! We can talk about heroine versus hero books, but I'm open to talking about whatever else, too! :) I'll be checking in all day.

JennaP

MaryKate said...

Welcome back Jenna! Now THIS is a topic! I'm sorry to say, I'm all about the heroes. If you build me an alpha hero, I will show up (I was going to say "come" but Amy's around here somewhere, and she has a dirty mind :oP). That being said, because of my deep love of alphas, I want a heroine that is worthy of them. But, I'm pretty much all about the hero.

There are books that I love more because of the heroine than the hero. Ones that immediately jump to mind are of course, Jessica from Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase and Jane from Rachel Gibson's See Jane Score.

Who writes the best heroes? For my money it's JR Ward. Her heroes are consistently fascinating, alpha and just a little scary. Linda Howard also writes some dandy heroes.

Jenna Petersen said...

JulieO, that is the trick, isn't it? Both can be sooooo good as long as the author does it right.

Jenna Petersen said...

MaryKate, yes, those alpha men. So delicious. I can't help but want to write a good alpha man. Definitely the heroes in the Lady Spy books are no push-overs. Their heroines just have something to say, you know? But I love a book where the hero drives me crazy and makes me hot and maybe even makes me cry... just a little. LOL

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MaryKate said...

Jenna - The thing I like best about alpha males is when they're extremely arbitrary and then they end up having to have a quality grovel to the heroine to fix it. The best is when the heroine totally calls them on it, and they have no recourse but to grovel.

I do like it when a heroine is industrious and smart and capable. And, obviously, like Michelle, if he's an alpha, she has to have enough backbone not to put up with his nonsense.

Jenna Petersen said...

Absolutely, MaryKate! That's one of the things I love about how the romance genre is developing and growing. We can still have our fantasy alpha men (yum!), but we starting tp pair them not with women who will be bent to their will, but with women who challenge them and change them and make them re-evaluate. And that is the fun part, isn't it? :)

RDCICON said...

Hi Jenna, I'm so glad to meet you.

In answer to you questions, I really enjoy a book that has strong cases of both but have to say that yep I'm an alpha male kinda girl ... the more sizzling da better *lol*.

My favourite author who pens such yummy strong tragic sexy hero's is Sherrilyn Kenyon in her Dark Hunter series.

p.s. Thanks Michelle for your warm welcome - I'm really enjoying it very much and will try to post often *grin*

Jenna Petersen said...

Wow, I just read back my own last comment. Good thing I have spellcheck and copyeditors. Clearly, I shouldn't be allowed to write anything without them.

Jenna write book. Jenna write good.

LOL

Rainy said...

Jenna,
You are a busy girl!I think I am more interested in heroine books, but again, a good book is a good book. However, I find myself relating more to a feminine as opposed to a masculine POV. When I think of my favorite classics... Jane Eyre, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables...it is the women's voices and their inner strength through adversities that pull me in.
Writer Question: What is the most difficult part of writing a series book?

Jenna Petersen said...

LOL Rainy, yes I'm everywhere right now.

Hardest part about writing a series... I think it's trying to balance bringing in elements and characters from the earlier books, while making sure the books can also each be read as stand-alones. I wanted to be so sure that someone who read DND first wouldn't be confused. But at the same time, I wanted to have Meredith and Tristan from FROM LONDON WITH LOVE have some kind of presence. So that was the hardest part for me. Keeping the balance.

Also, not reusing secondary character names. LOL I'm awful with that. I actually had to create a big "Character Name" file with every single character who had floated through the book. So if there was a scullery maid named Molly, she was on the list (Molly: Scullery maid at Emily's house).

ev said...

Welcome Back Jenna and Merry Christmas...

For me it depends on the story and the author. I love the strong her type in the JD Robb books, but he is also a strong Alpha. I enjoy a strong female over a weak one. I always want to smack them silly- probably because I am not a weak female and have a hard time relating to them.

I don't read alot of historicals, although Scandolous (sp) was one that I did read, and enjoyed. I will have to go find the new ones. For me it depends on the story line, and it sounds like I will enjoy these too. Kaite MacCalister has 3 that she wrote that I enjoy too- I like a sense of humor and the occassional cry (Must Love Mistletoe is a good example).

Will be back later- I need to go make a set of Christmas curtains for the bathroom.

Minna said...

It depends on the book and author. But J.D. Robb has both the best hero and the best heroine. No wonder I like her books so much.

brownone said...

I've always loved hero driven books. Lisa Kleypas is good at both (Nick Gentry, Lady Sophia)! I'll say that like you, Brenda Joyce wrote a great hero driven story and then created the "Deadly" series, which is a "lady detective" type of thing. I love that too.

Jenna Petersen said...

ev, thank you and Merry Christmas to you, too! Making curtains... see, I can't even draw a straight line, let alone sew. I'm so glad you liked SCANDALOUS. Definitely a hero book (though I think Katherine has her own stuff to work out). And people really responded to Dominic (the hero), so I think the hero driven books must hit a chord with lots of readers.

minna, I've heard that about JD Robb. That she balances hero/heroine well.

brownone, I agree about Lisa Kleypas. She writes the BEST heroes (St. Vincent anyone??). She's definitely a hero writer. LOL

Kathryn said...

I agree with Rainy, Iam a heroine kind of gal, loving the whole Anne of Green Gables series, Barbara Delinsky novels and the Janet Evanovitch Stephanie Plum series. It's not ALL about the women, though, I do like to read well developed male characters and have their input as well. I loved the female viewpoint in From London With Love and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Desire Never Dies.

Jenna Petersen said...

Aw, thanks Kathryn! It's definitely Ana's story, so hopefully you'll enjoy it. :)

Vivi Anna said...

I'm a heroine driven reader no doubt. Some favorite series...Rachel Caine's WEather Warden series, Kim Harrison's Hollow Series, Kelley Armstrongs, Women of the Otherworld series, Lillith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine series, I could go on and on...all written in the 1st POV.

But I do glom me some alpha male. JR Ward does it very well.

I tend to write alpha heroines too, but in my series Valorian Chronicles, I think I did a fine job of greeting a few alpha males...I'll guess I'll have to wait and see what the verdict is from the readers.

cassandra compton said...

i love julia quinns bridgerton series...her heroes and heroines seem so real to me, i feel like i get to know them on a personal level. Her heroines are strong, independent, and unique in their own way. But her heroes are by far my favorite, they are humorous and sweet, handsome and considerate, and also unique in their own ways. If i had to choose between her heroes and heroines i'd choose her heroes because they make the happily ever after so much better to read.

J Perry Stone said...

Hi, cutie Jenna!!

I'm both.

For some reason, I find Heroine-centered novels more....”novelly,” more in depth, more internal dialogue, less external happenings. An over tea in the sun porch type of book. I suppose this is because women are deeper (Go ahead; try and disagree!).

Hero-centered novels feel like more of a roller coaster for me: more external action, and even though the very best ones (Jenna!) have heroes who contend with some great internal struggle, they just feel less, I dunno, thoughty.

I'm so glad you're here.

Jenna Petersen said...

Cassandra, oh yes definitely! I think THE DUKE AND I is a quintessential "hero" book. Simon is so broken and yet Daphne has the strength to challenge him and heal him.

Hi J. Perry!! Hmmm, that's an interesting theory. I'll have to think on that one (being a girl and more thoughty LOL). Does anyone else agree?

Julie in Ohio said...

MK-- You hit the nail on the head with Ms. Ward's heroes. YUM-MY!!!
Little over three months til Butch... *dreamy sigh*

Kleypas, Quinn, Roberts, Martin, Dodd, Brockway, Brockmann, James, Medieros, Cruise, Moning, Feehan all do a terrific blend of heroes and heroines.

Jennifer Y. said...

I love your books Jenna...which I think I've told you a few times...LOL.

To answer your questions. I had never really given this much thought before because I will read just about anything with a good story. I think it depends on the book...and my mood. I love reading both. I think I can relate better to the heroines, but it is also fun to read a hero-centered story. Sometimes I feel like reading about the male's growth and journey to the HEA and other times I feel like reading about the female's. Occassionally you'll run across stories that are both heroine-focused and hero-focused...and I enjoy them as well.

I'm easy....LOL

Jenna Petersen said...

Thanks Jennifer! You can never hear that too many times. LOL

You know, I read the same way. I just want a good story (though I do gravitate to darker books and it seems like darker books are often hero books).

Dannyfiredragon said...

Hi Jenna,

I loved "Scandalous" and "Desire never dies", haven't got "From London with Love" so far. Shame on me.

For me is a good combination of good hero, heroine, story and author important. A story or an author can be really good, but what happens if the hero/heroine drives you crazy and you want to throttle them. LOL.

flip said...

Serioiusly the very best romances have a great heroine and a great hero. Two writers come to mind immediately, M.M. Kaye and Laura Kinsale. There are many other writers who have great heroes and heroines. I would completely fall in love with the hero, but I loved the trials and tribulations of the intrepid heroines.

Jenna Petersen said...

Thanks Danny! :) I'm so glad you liked DND! Hopefully you'll like LONDON as much when you get a chance to find it. :)

flip, I think you're right. The best books have a good balance.

Maureen said...

I never thought of it before but I think Nora Roberts and Lisa Kleypas do some great hero books and Liz Carlyle and Eloisa James have done some great heroine books.

Jen in WA said...

For me, it's not so much the individual characters, but how they relate to each other... how they are as a team. That's not to say that I don't love a strong heroine or a tortured, alpha hero. So, I guess I'm saying it depends on the book and/or author.

robynl said...

it depends on the mood I'm in at the time and the author and what type of book she/he writes.
I like it to be about both the h/h.

Cherie said...

For me both the hero and heroine are important. If I don't like either of the main characters than it blows the book for me.

Cherie Japp

Lois said...

Hmm. . . well, ultimately it comes down to the both together and how they play off each other and their romance. But I guess I might lean towards a hero more, but I most certainly appreciate a terrific heroine, especially the ones that make me want to be them. :)

Lois

Julie in Ohio said...

I love good, witty dialogue. A heroine who has some chops and doesn't let hero control the conversation. I like it when they banter back and forth.

orannia said...

HI Jenna :)

Great question. Hmmm, personally I have to like both the hero and the heroine. I have to feel like I am part of the book - that I care. Unfortunately, I currently have a bee in my bonnet (I hope that phrase makes sense to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere :) about perfect heroines. I want the heroine I read about to be believable, to be real.

Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Joyous Solstice/Happy Holidays everyone!

orannia

TiffinaC said...

I like both, but I really love a hero that has done some drastic changes emotionally over the book. Depends on the story I think! Sometimes I'm like...Why won't the author let me in her head more?

Kinda like POV, I want a 50/50 between the h/h!

Jenna Petersen said...

Jen in WA, oh yes most definitely. If you have two characters but you don't feel like they are a team, they can work together, by the end of the book... well, you know that can't last! LOL

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenna
Firstly I love all of your books and they are keepers for me. I love both types of stories I read a lot of romance books and I enjoy the way the authors bring the heros or heroines to life for me I especially enjoy ones with suspense in them a mystery to solve and they way they look out for each other.
Have Fun
Helen

LizeeS said...

What a great topic. Welcome Jenna, I love your Passionate Pen site - lots of good stuff there!

I have to say, I'm a sucker for hero driven stories and when I write, I have an easier time getting to know my men than my complicated women.

Having said that, however, the heroine can't be any kind of wuss. She has to be the one and only woman who is strong enough, smart enough and loving enough for that particular hero.

Sigh...

Merry Christmas - and thanks for the all "the good stuff"!

Joyce said...

I liked the description of your new book!!

I think it depends on the author. I have read some books and said to myself why would he/she fall for such a jerk. So it takes a good author to get you wrapped up in the story.

EMR said...

I like both types of stoies...great heros and heroines. It is rare that an author can do both types in the same storybut not impossible. I think the author who does the best heros is Carolyn Davidson. I think the author that does the best heroines is Pamela Morsi (historical) and L. Spencer (retired).

Gram said...

It depends on the storyline and it depends on the author. I like both, separately and together.

Jenna Petersen said...

Hi Helen! How sweet! I'm so glad you've enjoyed my books. I'm still new enough that the idea that anyone is reading them, let alone liking them, is still quite shocking. LOL

Lizees -- I'm so glad you've enjoyed Passionate Pen! I love doing that site and helping other authors. :)

Joyce -- I hope you enjoy the story when it is available (some people have already sighted some of the January books from Avon, so you never know).

krissyinva said...

I can't wait for Desire Never Dies!! I loved From London with love.

To me it's all about the hero and heroine, lol. I can't pick one. I love strong hero's that can show a softer side and I love Heroines who are funny and always keep you on your toes. My favorite books are those where I love both of them and the way they interact with each other.

Linda said...

I tend to lean more towards the hero. My fave heros are kinda dark and broody, yet they have a humorous softer side. And, the heroines are independant, yet know when to accept help, sweet with a bit of sass. I am a sucker for Johanna Lindsey's Malory Series. Love. love those Malory men :)

I'm never to picky though. As long as I have a book in my hand I'm happy.

Jenna Petersen said...

Krissy, thanks so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed FROM LONDON WITH LOVE. :)

Jenna Petersen said...

You know who writes a great heroine? Jacquie D'Alessandro. Wonderful, sparkling heroines. Great heroes, too.

Estella said...

I like both.

ev said...

vivi- did you see there is a new "hollows" book coming in March? And someone dies too. uh-oh. I hope it isn't Jenks. she is also working on an erotic anthology and a couple of others!!

jennifer- the males "growth"?? ::waggles her eyebrows::

Ok, didn't get the curtains done. Someone has walked off with my good sewing scissors. She claims that they are not in here disaster area, but without a trained bloodhound or a bulldozer, I will never be able to find them. Hopefully they will surface sometime this decade.

Amy S. said...

I like both. My fave heroes are ones that are alpha, has a sense of humor, and has some flaws. Heroine's have to be a strong and intelligent heroine.

Vivi Anna said...

Hey Ev-yeah I think it's called For a Few Demons More. Can't wait. It better not be Jenks. I LOVED him in A Fistful of Charms, he was so damn sexy.

I love her books because they are so damn unpredictable. I mean anything can happen and does happen. You dont' see it coming, then blam! I love it!

I loving that with Lillith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine books...so doesn't pull ANY punches. It's gut-wrenching in your face action and emotion. I love it!

Cryna said...

I have to say that it depends on my mood, but I love strong heroes and heroines who can match them. Some Authors that have been favourites for me would be Suzanne Brockmann with her Seal series, Lucy Monroe with her Mercenary trilogy, but there have been lots of others as well.

Anonymous said...

I love Stephanie Laurens characters. The alpha males are so intense and the heroines are decisive intelligent women. I've never liked whiney (sp?) wimpy female characters. They clash and then come to a compromise that allows them to have an HEA.

Carol said...

I also like both. What really matters though is a well-written book with a great story line!

Anonymous said...

I'm all for a balance of power between the hero and heroine. I like my heroines strong, but not too "I am woman, hear me roar," cause that just doesn't fit historically to me. I'd rather have her win her guy through quiet cleverness than beauty, too. And who doesn't love a flawed hero? Keep 'em coming, Jenna! Maggie

Jenna Petersen said...

Absolutely! That's one of the challenges of writing strong heroines but in a historical setting. I never want someone to roll her eyes and say, "Come on! No way!"

MaryKate said...

You know who else writes dandy heroes? Anne Stuart. Sometimes almost to the detriment of her heroines.

The Black Ice series is a dilly!

Jenna Petersen said...

Thank you guys so much for coming today and commenting. I'll keep checking in a few times more, but I know lots of you will be (or already have) signed off for the night. So thanks again for having me! Hope you'll enjoy DESIRE NEVER DIES if you pick it up!!

JennaP

Liz said...

Mine depends on the book I love both types
The story line and characters make the book for me
And as to writing strong heroines Linda McKenna does an awesome job

Anonymous said...

It may depend on the book...but overall, I look for both the hero and heroine to be both strong characters!

~Kathleen (I would have logged in as a blogger, but the blogger name box is not working)

KimW said...

It's a lot about the hero but I care about the heroine, too. I have to like her in order for it to be a page turner. If he's hot and she's blah, I won't want to keep on reading. lol

catslady said...

I too go along with wanting to like both hero and heroine. I have to care about the characters, even more than the plot. Good characterization can save a story but if I don't care about them, no plot will save the book for me.

Playground Monitor said...

'K, chiming in late here. Thought I had all the Christmas mailing done til I found out #2 son can't come home so I've had to mail his gifts to him -- ours plus the ones from family that came here too.

So... h or H? It just depends on the story. I'm all about conflict-driven romance. Give me an alpha male with a big chink in that tough armor and I'll love him to pieces. And give me a strong heroine who finds a run in her metaphorical stocking and deals with it and I'll love her to pieces too.

Recent favorites? The Quinn brothers in La Nora's Chesapeake series (and I still haven't read the last two books). Sugar Beth in "Ain't She Sweet." And I just adore both Blair and Wyatt from LH's latest "Drop Dead Gorgeous." What a pair they are.

Back to reading GH entries.

Marilyn

Stacy~ said...

Okay, traffic was horrendous tonight. I went to B&N and FedEx, about 7 miles from home. There was some kind of horrible accident and it took me an hour to go about 1 mile. I was feeling claustephobic LOL. I pray no one was seriously hurt.

All right I thought I knew what my answer was until I thought more about it and read some of the responses. Initially I would say both because you want them to be equally matched. But sometimes one of the characters has more of an impact on the reader. In the "In Death" series, I adore Roarke, but Eve is the one that I gravitate towards. She is an fabulous heroine, and I love all the flaws Nora instills in her, yet we love her all the more because of them. But I still love Roarke, that cannot be stressed enough. In the Brotherhood books, Zsadist and the other brothers are the ones I'm drawn to because of the crosses they bear, some heavier than others, so far Zsadist's being the heaviest. I really liked Bella a lot, and thought she was a soothing balm and a strong shoulder for him to lean on, but Zsadist had my heart. As does just about every hero Brockmann ever wrote, 'specially Sam, oh yeah, Sam.

Hey Julie, I never did get your addy. Not sure what happened. It was probably me LOL. You can email me trelainastarblazer@yahoo.com

MK, I picked up "Jacob" tonight because of your's and Michelle's strong recommendations. And yep, I think Jess Trent is a superb heroine - unruffled, clever, intelligent, self-assured and true to herself. She's one of the best heroines I've ever read about. Another would be Kate from "The Viscount Who Loved Me" by Julia Quinn, and can't forget the irrepressible Anne Shirley.

Btw, Jenna, if you're still here, welcome back. It's great to have you here :)

ev said...

viv- it is for a few demons more. i love her take on the clint eastwood movie titles. i think the site said that she is doing 3 anthologies (one for xmas next year) and a kid's book. i hope it is young adult. there are some authors of those that i still read, mostly sci/fi fantasy. lol

Lyndsay McKenna's Morgan's Mercenaries and the spin off series' all have strong h/h. it has been interesting in the last 15 years or more to see these characters all grow and change. I think she is into the 3rd generation of them now.

Santa said...

Hi! Sorry I'm so late to the blog!

Hey Jenna! LOVE LOVE LOVE your books but you already know that!

I don't think I go for more the hero or heroine driven stories; altough, I can identify what kind of hero I adore (dark, tortured, scarred) but am hard pressed to discribe the heroines I adore.

I can't really pinpoint which writers I see as great hero or heroine writers since most of the ones I read can draw both wonderfully!

Can't wait for 'Desire Never Dies'!!

Ciao!
Santa

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, Bellas! I missed youz today, and am having fun reading everyone's posts. I think it's great Jenna's spent so much time here today, and -- did you notice -- she encouraged us to talk about other writers' novels, not just hers? I think that's such a generous thing to do, as well as the sign of someone who simply loves romance fiction, not just writing it.

I've got my new copy of FLWL, and am hoping to read it over the holidays.

It's great to see so many new e-friends here; hope you become regular Bellas and share with us all you know and think about romance. And, occasionally we talk about hot guys, too, if you like that sort of thing.

So, grazie, Jenna, for joining us. You're welcome back any time!

Buonanotte, Bellas!


ps sorry I couldn't spend more time here today, of all days. Tons of holiday stuff. I missed out big. See you tomorrow.

Sue A. said...

For me it is about the interaction between the hero and heroine, it's about chemistry.

ReadingAddict1 said...

I've never thought of a story in terms of hero vs heroine driven. I just know that I like my hero's strong. He can be gruff but he has to be sweet and understanding underneath and with a since of humor for when the heroine does things she shouldn't. I like my heroine's strong and self sufficient but feminine.

Jenna Petersen said...

Santa, aw! I'm so glad you could come! Hope you enjoy DND!!

Michelle, I really do love romance! And it never hurts to talk about all the authors we love. It doesn't take one thing away from me if someone loves JD Robb or Lisa Kleypas or anyone else! That's what's so wonderful about reading. You can have lots of favorites. Maybe someday I'll be one of those 'favorites'. One can dream. :) And I'll come back any old time you want me! Enjoy FLWL!!

Thanks again everyone for welcoming me and chatting with me and giving me all your thoughts about heroes and heroines and everything in between. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!