Today I have Marie Astor on the blog for a guest post about romantic endings for books and a giveaway. Enjoy!
Romance novels: Why do you love to read/write them? Are you a fan of Happily Ever Afters or Happy For Now Endings?
For me this is an easy question to answer - I write contemporary romances because as a reader, I love love stories. All of my favorite books, whether genre or literary fiction, have an element of a love story in them. Let’s face it, human relationships play a very big role in fiction, but when it comes to romance fiction, the approach is unique. Contemporary romance occupies a distinct genre from which the reader expects to receive a particular kind of entertainment – a contemporary romance work of fiction is typically a light, uplifting read with a happy or at least a hopeful ending, which I believe is the reason for the genre’s popularity.
When it comes to Happily Ever After or Happy for Now, I have to say that I side with the former.
I believe that all of us, whether we admit it or not, enjoy a happy ending in a book. In real life things do not always turn out the way we want them to, but in fiction we can have the ending that we hope for and find strength to strive for a Happily Ever After in our real lives.
In my contemporary romance, On the Rim of Love, the heroine, Maggie has just gotten engaged to a seemingly perfect man: her fiancé, Jeffrey is an attractive, successful TV producer with a bright future ahead of him. But when during a ski trip to British Columbia Maggie meets Taylor, a handsome off-piste skier, she is torn between the two men. I hope that Maggie’s search for her true love in On the Rim of Love will inspire readers to search for their own Happy Ending, and for those who have already found their Happily Ever After, remind them to cherish it that much more.
Thanks for stopping by Marie!!
Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking, successful Jeffrey Preston for two years. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage a week after Maggie’s college graduation, she is no longer sure if she wants to marry a workaholic TV producer.
Her doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia, Maggie meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier who is the complete opposite of Jeffrey. It does not take Maggie long to realize that she has fallen in love with Taylor and she decides to break off her engagement with Jeffrey. But just when she thinks she has found the love of her life, an ill-fated misunderstanding tears Maggie and Taylor apart.
A week later, Maggie is told that Taylor has died in a tragic ski accident; yet, her heart refuses to believe in Taylor’s death. When Maggie returns to Taylor’s native town, she learns that Taylor is indeed alive, but has been seriously injured. Resolved to bring her lover back to life Maggie stands by Taylor’s side, convincing him to embrace life again.
“Why are you crying?” Taylor asked.
“Because you have to leave.”
“But I don’t have to go anywhere,” he whispered.
“Yes, you have to,” she said, pointing down.
He followed her glance, and saw his body, frail and weak, entangled by a myriad of machines, on a hospital bed. “I’m not going back there,” he protested, “I’m staying here, with you.”
“But we can’t stay here. You have to get back before it’s too late.”
“Sure we can, we can do anything we want. I’m right here, Maggie. Nothing will ever keep me away from you.”
But she only shook her head.
Suddenly, everything around them began to change. A monstrous shudder pierced the air, and the mountains around them began to crumble, disintegrating with lightning speed. The bright sun vanished behind the clouds, replaced by gray fog.
Gusts of wind tore Maggie from Taylor’s embrace, widening the distance between them with every second. He reached for her, but his arms felt strangely heavy and constricted. Still, he fought on, trying to bid his body into submission, not understanding what had suddenly gone wrong – just a few moments ago, he was bursting with limitless strength, and now, his limbs were buckling underneath him, as though they were made of clay.
I must get to her, Taylor thought, but with each move his body only seemed to get more unyielding until, finally, his legs fell from under him, and he collapsed on the ground.
“Come back, Taylor – fight to come back,” the wind trailed Maggie’s voice.
A moment later, she was gone.
Marie Astor is a die-hard romantic who wholeheartedly believes in true love, which is why she writes in the contemporary romance genre.
Marie is the author of contemporary romance novels, On the Rim of Love, Lucky Charm, and a short story collection, A Chance Encounter and Other Stories.
In addition to being a writer, Marie is an avid hiker, an excellent swimmer, a good skier, and a capable badminton player.
Currently, Marie is working on her next novel - stay tuned for details! If you would like to receive updates about book releases and events, please visit Marie’s website at: www.marieastor.com or visit Marie at her Facebook page.
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