Mmmrrh … Book Boyfriends. For most of my life, I have been dreaming about boys and men who’ve reached right out from the pages and stolen my heart. It all started with Jim Frayne from the Trixie Belden Mysteries. Then came the unforgettable Nat Eaton from Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond. And Rapheal Sabatini’s Dr. Peter Blood (Some call him Captain). Agatha Christie’s Anthony Cade from The Secret of Chimneys. Mary Stewart’s Rob Granger from Touch Not the Cat. Mmmrrh … the list goes on.
I’m still falling in love with book boyfriends. And even better, I’m creating heroes that readers tell me they adore. This May, Arlen Black, the hero of my romantic comedy Queen of the Universe, is one of 30 candidates up for Chick Lit Book Boyfriend 2017. Meet Arlen …
attraction, too. Seriously? After that “audition” kiss on the very first day … and then everything that happened on her patio? Man, it’s a good thing I walked out – well, stormed out – when I did.
But I came back. Just to do the show. Nothing else. Because now I know that Lola is a liar and a manipulator and … God, why can’t I stop thinking about her? And why does it keep happening? Every time I’m near her, she makes me feel … God! Even knowing what I know about her – even after everything I lost … Damn it!
She makes me feel alive again.
Ahh! Mary Stewart one of my favorites. I loved Touch Not the Cat! Now, I’m off to vote for Arlen because he made me laugh.
Oh, thanks for voting for Arlen. 🙂 I re-read Touch Not the Cat every other year or so. I own a paperback of the book and an old hardcover Sandy Chvostal once found at a table in an used book store and she got it for me because she knew how much I adored it 🙂
Gosh, Geralyn, I’d have bet you were way to young to have heard of Trixie Belden! Guess the books stayed in print longer than I thought. I, too, was in love with Nat in The Witch of Blackbird Pond, one of my favorites and the the book that made me want to write historical romances. Loved Mary Stewart, also. I think my favorite is This Rough Magic.
Your Arlen book sounds really cute. Good luck with the contest.
Oh my goodness – I have good news! Arlen won!!!! Marianne said I could post a blog on here today because no one was scheduled to announce the good news. Thanks for your good wishes – it all came true 🙂 I think the Trixie’s I read might have been out of print already 🙂 They were left in the house when we moved in in 1978. If you go to the home page for a Slice of Orange, you will see your blog that just posted, and right underneath it my blog about Arlen winning, which I posted in the wee hours of this morning.
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