FM 4 is Coming Soon…

With Drake on her left, Connor on her right, and Riley asleep between them, they were the true definition of a love triangle.

– © Trish Marie Dawson, Find Me 4

Thursday Think on the Romance Genre

Like what I assume are millions of other people over the last few months, I came across E! Online’s article this am about the lovely Goldie Hawn, pulled from her Porter Magazine article in June, and one of the things she talks about is her ongoing 32 year relationship with Kurt Russell. If you don’t know much about them, they still aren’t married, which is actually kind of awesome and impressive, considering this is a Hollywood couple, where dating/marriage status never seems to stay the same for long. Even us normal(ish) folks can look at a relationship such as Hawn’s and Russell’s and find it inspiring. In this interview, Goldie says about relationships:

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I’ve always loved Goldie Hawn, but as she ages (beyond gracefully and beautifully, may I point out) she continues to be not only a positive influence for other women in the acting industry, but all women in general. I love her take on relationships – on marriage. So simple, yet so difficult for some of us to master. Obviously, her and Kurt have found the sweet spot that works for them, kudos!

So, the writer brain immediately kicked in while thinking about this article and other relationships out there that work the same way; I imagined how awesome it would be if more Romance characters were written to find love through happiness, not happiness through love. What it the marriage vows were erased and the rings discarded, and human beings focused only on “compatibility and communication”, like Goldie Hawn suggests. I mean, I’d want to read more books like that. Where the ‘girl’ doesn’t grow up fantasizing about her fairy tale wedding, and the ‘young woman’ doesn’t spend her time pining over men not quite grown up enough to be ready for a solid relationship, and where mature women don’t feel the need to change who they are to attract a love interest. The purpose of life doesn’t need to include a marriage certificate complete with the white picket fence and 2.3 children. Love can work, and work well, around the expectations and traditions of our parents, outside the mold we’ve all (mostly) grown up in.

If you know of stories that work this way, I want to read them, so throw me some suggestions. I’m not the biggest Romance genre reader, but I do love me some strong fictional women. In the meantime, that endlessly spinning wheel in my brain where plot bunnies like to hide out, is thinking up all kinds of bookish scenarios to break the traditional Romance mold. It’s not like I particularly need more story ideas, but if I do tend toward the way of full-fledged Romance with my writing, with future projects, I’ll take a page out of the Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell playbook.

Thanks for posting a snippet of the Porter interview, E! Online…these are the stories about our celebrities that I want to read. *wink* You can read the full story HERE.

Happy Thursday, y’all!


 

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And the Grand Prize Winners Are…

Thank you to everyone who participated this week! If you played in more than three games, you were given an entry for the GRAND PRIZE and those who bought the ebook before receiving the notice that they won the free copy were given three entries. Everyone’s comments this week were awesome – thanks again, and thank you for being a TMD reader!!! Mwah!!

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MELISSA HOLZ and JENNIFER WEDMORE are the winners of the GRAND PRIZE (All 3 Station books, signed, and the Tote) – congrats Ladies, thank you so much for your interest and constant support!! Please send me a private message with your current mailing address. Congrats again! And thanks everyone for playing!!!

DYING to RETURN Grand Prize!

Are you ready to know what the DYING to RETURN

Release Party Week Grand Prize is?

 

The Station Series in Print (books 1-3), signed by yours truly.

And this fabulous two-sided tote with the DYING to RETURN cover on it!

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There will be not one, but TWO winners. Random.org will be used to determine the winners (#1 and #2) based on how many games y’all played this week. If you checked in on at least three games – you gain an entry. 3 entries will be given to the few who purchased e-books late last night, or early this am before receiving their gift of a free e-book for participating.

Thank you everyone for making this a wonderful release week and launch! Much love to you all – and good luck! The Winners will be posted in a few hours, so be sure to check back in!

 

It’s HERE!

DYING to RETURN is now available on Amazon!

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‘Dying to Return’ is the 3rd book in the YA/NA Fantasy, The Station Series. Piper Willow’s adventure in the afterlife continues as she struggles to discover who she is and what is expected of her. Faced with decisions that could change everything, she must weigh her desire to be with the ones she has come to love, or satisfy her curiosity and find out what lies beyond her world with someone new. What Piper experiences and the choices she makes could not only alter the delicate inner workings of the Station, but the delicate balance that Piper has managed to maintain inside herself. In the end, will it all be worth it?

You can grab your copy online today:

US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DOE0LGW

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DOE0LGW

CA – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00DOE0LGW

 

Happy Reading!