Top 10 Jane Austen Adaptations in Honor of High Balls! #PrideandPrejudice

Hi — Do you love Jane Austen? I do and i had a great time in my recent release, High Balls, inventing my hero’s PhD thesis that explored the direct connection between Jane Austen novels and the modern day romance novel market. Then i found this great video that goes through the Top 10 movies and TV adaptations of Jane Austen novels. I really like their choices. When i was watching it and got to #3 being Pride and Prejudice I figured they’d made a mistake since no movie was better than that. But they are right IMO. See what you think.

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Top 10 Movie Proposals! Plus One of Tara’s #Romance #Marriage

Hi — If you read my books, you know they tend to have VERY happy endings and these endings often include a wedding or at least a marriage proposal. In fact, one of my readers wrote me an  email at the end of a book awhile back asking, “Where’s my wedding?” LOL. I adore happy endings so it’s no wonder that i cherish films with wonderful marriage proposals. I found this video and it’s great! I agree with so many of these choices including numbers 2 and 1. See what you think. Do you agree? And after you watch, keep reading because i’ve included a snippet of a proposal scene from my new book, Fool of Main Beach. (But notice the spoiler alert!)

Isn’t that a great selection?

WARNING HUGE SPOILER! If you’d like to keep reading, below is an exclusive excerpt from Fool of Main Beach, but if you haven’t read the book and plan to, you might want to hold off reading this scene.If you read it, you can tell how much i love marriage proposals —

As Arwen read the list of nominees, a who’s who of international talent, Tom kissed the top of Merle’s head. “You’re the best, Merle. The very best.”

Merle’s heart exploded in a million pieces of joy. He had Tom. He had happiness. When Arwen said his name, it was almost an anticlimax.

People started patting him on the back, and Laila grabbed him in a hug.

Tom leaped up, grabbed Merle, and swung him to his feet. “You won, Merle. You won.”

Merle looked up into those blue, blue eyes. “You’re right. I did.” He kissed Tom and ran up the steps to the stage, his heart hammering. Award winners always said the acceptance went by so fast they hardly remembered it. Seize the moment.

He took the heavy gold statue from Arwen, then walked to the mic. “I can’t tell you what this means to me, but it pales next to the opportunity to work with talent like Laila and Aaron and the indescribably great Renee Montrose. There are so many people to thank, including my folks, who surprised me tonight by arriving from New York.” He took a deep breath. “But instead of thanking all those wonderful people, I’d like to answer a question asked by Andy Caliber as I walked in tonight. He said after a year like this, what am I going to do for an encore?” Merle’s eyes gazed at the first row. “What I’d like to do—is get married.” The whole place went nuts, and Merle help up a hand. “The night before I agreed to make Truth Bites, I met the most wonderful, honest, loving man in the world, He saved my life on the beach—and he’s been saving it ever since. Tom, will you marry me?”

As people whistled, stomped, and yelled, Merle knew the cameras were all focused on Tom’s sweet face, and the whole world got to see the tears running down his cheeks as he nodded yes.


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Most Romantic Movie Lines We Wish We’d Written #amwriting #lovescenes

Hi — As you know, i love movies and i recently saw this post on the Top 10 Most Romantic Movie Lines.I was surprised how many of them i agreed with. Maybe not so much the number 1 pick– mostly because i don’t love that film — but many of the others. Very often when we’re writing romance novels, authors try to create lines that are a memorable as these. Usually, they just pop into my head and i have no idea where they come from. LOL. See if you agree with these–

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Our Romance with the Few “Perfect” Products

hankypanky Hi. Yesterday, i was chatting with a woman in a store in Laguna Beach about those few products that are so exceptional, so perfect for their purposes, that nothing can really compete. I submitted my short list. First was Hanky Pankys, the remarkable thong panties for women that make thong wearing not just better, but an actual delight. Speaking as a person who didn’t grow up wearing thongs, the adjustment period looked to be extreme — until Hanky Pankys came along. Today, i will confess under threat of TMI that i wear them under everything and my lingerie drawer features no other panties!

My second addition to the list of “perfect” products is FitFlops. These thong sandals are fitflopsnothing like a traditional flip flop — those wildly floppy, unsupported, fun things that ruin your feet. FitFlops have all the cool of a flip flop with none of the downside. They’re support for every curve and angle of your feet. They don’t fall off when you walk, and i walk everywhere in them. In the summer, i hardly wear anything else since they come in gazillions of cute styles that look great with everything from dresses to shorts.

Okay, enough hymns of praise to products. But this line of thought made me wonder about romances. As a romance author, i, like my peers, am always trying to write a “perfect” romance that will touch the hearts of virtually everyone who reads it. Are there any “perfect” romances? I think maybe so.

prideandprejudicePride and Prejudice comes to mind. I always marvel that my macho male husband will happily sit and watch Pride and Prejudice the tenth or twelfth time and never get tired of it. He hates most romances. Not P&P! It has everything. The “ideal” hero but for his stupid pride. The perfect feisty heroine who defines all feisty heroines. A considerable amount of angst and real problems to be overcome, and a phenomenally satisfying HEA. I’m sure many will disagree, but i think P&P remains the source of all romance because it’s very nearly perfect.

I know many will disagree with this one, but i have often described Dirty Dancing as the220px-Dirty_Dancing perfect movie. It had everything for the people who went to see it again and again, and it remains popular today. The rich, idealistic heroine who believes everything is possible, and the bad boy hero from the wrong side of the tracks who is striving to better himself make an irresistible combination. Patrick Swayze’s dancing doesn’t hurt. The movie is funny, angst-ridden, sexy as hell, and ultimately so satisfying it leaves you wanting to start it again from the beginning. Sigh. Nobody puts baby in a corner.

So that’s my little lineup. What perfect products are on your list?