I’m so excited to introduce you to Linda Rettstatt. Linda is a fellow “Seasoned Romance” author and wonderful writer. I have confidence you’ll enjoy her post and her books. Hello Linda!
I began my writing career later in life and writing women’s fiction.
I realized that most of my characters in my women’s fiction work were women in their forties or older, some in their thirties. I also discovered a sub-plot of romance sneaking into those books. I lived through the era of ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.’ But sans the drugs, sex and love aren’t only reserved for the young and might be set against a backdrop of a different tune.
I wrote my first romance novel featuring characters of about thirty. That went well, but then I wondered about older characters looking for second chances at love. I discovered a whole new layer to the characters and their stories—the layer of the past and what the characters carry with them into a new relationship—good and bad. Heroes and heroines in their forties and fifties can still be very vibrant, very alive, and still fall in love. Sometimes they even fall in lust.
In my first ‘second chance’ romance, The Promise Tree (Wings ePress, 2012), I brought together Trudi and Wynn who were childhood friends and later became teenage lovers, then separated and went their separate ways for college. She’s now divorced, he’s a widower. Both are in their late forties. I found in these characters a different set of fears and doubts and a different kind of abandonment and freedom. My newest ‘second chance’ romance, Smooth Sailing, features characters in their fifties. Edie and Adam prove that love and romance have no expiration date and that sex can be even better after fifty.
Some of us look for romance novels that have a little spice to them, and some look for characters that have some seasoning. Sometimes, they might have both.
SMOOTH SAILING: A Second-Chance Romance
When recently-divorced Edie Montgomery discovers the cruise she’s been booked on is called the Meet Your Mature Match cruise, she wants to grab her luggage and run. Widower Adam Armstrong is kicking himself for taking on the assignment of reviewing a cruise catering to the over-fifty crowd. Sure, he’s over fifty, but he’s not seeking a match–mature or otherwise. But romance and love aren’t only reserved for the young.
For a chance to win a signed copy of SMOOTH SAILING, just leave a comment answering this question: Which is more important to you in a romance novel—the romantic relationship or the sex?
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Linda Rettstatt is a best-selling and award-winning author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. You can visit Linda’s website at www.lindarettstatt.com or visit her Facebook page at Linda Rettstatt, Writing for Women.