This morning we welcome author Patricia Eimer as she talks about her favorite part of romance novels and shares with us her newest book, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.
Since I’m a romance author with 7 (it’s hard to believe that number is right but I’ve checked and it is) published romance novels to my name and another 4 contracted people sometimes ask me what my favorite part of romance novels is—both to read and to write. Most people assume it’s the sex. Heck, if you’d have asked me years ago when I was too young to really understand romance novels I would have told you it was the sex. The secret, hidden part that you aren’t supposed to tell anyone about.
Then I grew up. I had relationships. I got married. I had a couple of kids and suddenly romance novels weren’t illicit anymore. No one was scandalized that I knew what sex was. Which, now that I think about it is something of a disappointment. I want to scandalize people. I didn’t enjoy that power when I had it. But alas, scandal is hard to do when you’re a middle aged suburban mommy and what I enjoy most about romance novels isn’t the sex. Heck, I can find that on prime time telly now.
What I enjoy most about romance novels is the first time the hero and the heroine meet. That first instant that they latch eyes on each other and everything goes wrong.
What? I can hear you say. That’s not how it happens. Their eyes lock and… Now you’re going back to your romance novels and going wait a second—it does always go wrong before we get to the sexy parts. Usually heroes and heroines are sure that the last person they’d be happy with is each other. They spill scalding coffee on each other or catch their future love in the arms of a married partner or one of them falls in a gopher hole and breaks an ankle. And usually—even in the most serious of romance novels that first moment is funny. Not always ha ha funny sure but still at least worthy of one of those cringe worthy “I’m so glad it’s you and not me” chuckles.
I love that about romance novels. Because I don’t know about you, but I’ve never really had a cringe worthy introduction to a lover. I’ve been introduced by friends, had them buy me drinks and we’ve chatted. I once met a man I dated for over a year while we were both buying milk in the checkout line of a gas station. My husband and I? We went to high school together and were on the same track team. He stammered the first time he invited me to a movie. Not exactly Hollywood material.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my husband. I adore my husband. After all these many years together I can honestly tell you that George Clooney and Brad Pitt could show up and one could rub my feet while the other hand fed me artisanal swiss chocolate while we watched Channing Tatum and Chris Hemsworth did a strip tease and afterwards Tom Hiddleston sang me love songs and recited Shakespeare and I would still go home with my husband at the end of the night. Sure, I’d take the chocolate with me, and I’d probably be a few (hundred) dollars lighter in the savings account but not even all of Hollywood’s hottest could make me want to stray.
But we are not the stuff romance novels are wrote about. We’re ordinary. Just like I’d want us to be. And I’m sure just like most of you are all happy to be. But when I read a romance novel for just the length of that book I want something more and for me it always starts right about the time the heroine accidentally dumps burning hot coffee all over the hot young guy on the subway next to her.
By Patricia Eimer
EBook: 368 pages
Release Date: February 24, 2014
Not Even Death Keeps a Good Demoness Down
There’s never an end to the crazy when you’re demon spawn. Not that Faith Bettincourt’s complaining. She’s been patching things up with her angelic on-again off-again boyfriend, Matt, and her best-friend-turned-sister-in-law is soon giving birth to the Anti-Christ Part Deux. Oh, and Faith is saving kids from Death in her pediatric unit one soul at a time. Life is good.
Until Faith accidentally runs over the Angel of Death and is forced to take his place. Now she’s taking lives instead of saving them. Which is kind of a problem when you’re a nurse. As if that weren’t bad enough, she is suddenly thrust into the worst scenario of them all–Matt’s ex Brenda is back, and she’s brought the Apocalypse with her.
Faith’s not about to give up the world…or her man. But when the chips are down, what’s a demoness supposed to do? Besides take matters into her own hands, of course.
And don’t forget – Book 1 LUCK OF THE DEVIL and Book 3 BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD are 99 cents for a limited time on all eBook platforms!
Patricia Eimer is a small-town girl fated to be a storyteller. After a stint of “thinking practically,” she earned degrees in Business and Economics, but her passion has always been a good book. She lives in Pittsburgh with her two kids and a husband who learned the art of frozen pizza to give her more time to write. When she’s not writing she can be found fencing or arguing with her dogs about plot points. Most days the beagle wins, but the dalmatian is a close second. She’s a distant third.
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