Posts Tagged ‘Relationships’

When I was single, I wasn’t sure I was ever going to find a man that I wanted to live with for the rest of my life, because so many of the men I met were irritating.  And other people’s relationships often looked irritating as well.


Perhaps that’s why I like fiction so much.


However, one of the deal breakers for me would be to have a man telling me what to do.  I am a very independent soul — I didn’t realize that until I started dating.   I try to be giving and nurturing, but the minute someone tells me that I have to be giving or takes my generosity as a right — it’s time for me to hit the road.   Accordingly, I don’t like fiction where the men boss women around.  That’s a fictional deal breaker for me.


English: Petruchio (Kevin Black) and Kate (Emi...

English: Petruchio (Kevin Black) and Kate (Emily Jordan) from a Carmel Shakespeare Festival production of “The Taming of the Shrew” at the outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, CA., Oct, 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oops.  Unless it’s Shakespeare and Taming of the Shrew.  The versions I like best give the impression that Petruchio has taught Katharine to “play nice” but that she will still be able to express herself in private.


But even with an exception for Taming, the love stories I like best end with a marriage of equals.


What are your deal breakers? (more…)

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From richardarmitagenet.com

I’ve been reading some fun blogs about the difference between love in fiction and love in real life.

Since I’m working on a novel right now in which the main character (like me) likes Darcy, Thornton and Rochester a little too much, it has been on my mind.

In my not so humble opinion, a good romance is realistic.  There are enough “men are from mars” type insights in Pride and Prejudice, North and South, and Jane Eyre to make those male characters ring true emotionally.  Of course, they may be richer and better looking than the men at the grocery store, at church, or at work but underneath the fictional glitz, they really are men — and that’s why those books are so popular today.

Or am I just deluding myself?

One of the interesting blogs:



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The M Word  is book two in my Summer Wedding Series.  For those of you who have read Forgotten Honeymoon,  it is Brenda’s story.

The M-wordHaving been burned by love, Brenda doesn’t believe in happily ever after.

But she wants a baby and Marius could use a green card, so she decides to take a practical approach.

There’s nothing wrong with an arranged marriage, as long as she does the arranging.

The M Word is available on Amazon (click on the picture) and Smashwords.

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