Hi PNF Lurvers! Please join me in welcoming Aimee Laine, author of Little White Lies, to The Bawdy Book Blog! Aimee and I have great stuff for you today: a guest post by Aimee herself AND……AAAAND a GIVEAWAY! I know ya’ll love giveaways and this one is really special, because it’s coming straight from the author herself as a special celebration of her wedding anniversary! *cue collective aaaaaawwwe*
Aimee is going to talk to us about The One staple in almost every book – LOVE – and if such a premise is too good to be true.
But before we go on, make sure you check out my review of Little White Lies by Aimee Laine….it’s spoiler-free! And don’t forget to wish Aimee and her hub-hubs a Happy Anniversary!
by Aimee Laine
Too good to be true?
A romance novel has one requirement: a happily ever after. In our day and age, though, is that even a possibility? Or, is it fiction just like the supernatural beings that can shape-shift or fly or bite their love into immortalness?
Is a true romance itself a fantasy, too?
I think not.
Quite the opposite in fact.
Happily ever after is the one part of every genre of novel (urban fantasy, paranormal, sci/fi, you name it) that exists and can (with a lot of hard work) happen.
How do I know?
When I was fourteen, I met this guy. He sat across from me in the band. He smiled at me. I smiled at him. Twenty-three years later, we’re still together.
Now, is this what you’re thinking?
Wait, wait … I need to do the math. 14 + 23 = 37 and you’re 37, so that means … wait … 23 years? And you mean to tell me a 14 year old could meet and fall in love with the guy of her dreams and still have an HEA?
Okay, now back to me.
Yes. Yes. Yes, I mean to tell you that. Because it’s true and on August 13, 2011, I’ll celebrate 17 years of official, binding, under-God, indivisible union with that man. He is my romance novel hero … the one who … once we got through our ‘story’ ended with a happily ever after (actually, it didn’t end … because then it wouldn’t be ‘ever after’).
But that’s fiction is meant to be … fiction, right?
Sure, vampires and werewovles might come from our imagination, but love comes from the heart — straight from it — and we authors pull from our love experiences to create these moments and emotions.
Many romances are meant to take you out of your own world, but there is still an element of reality, no matter how far-fetched the story: two people/characters overcome all the obstacles life throws at them.
We don’t want them to part ways … we want them to stay together!
And they do! And we can, too!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re human or fae, vamp or alien, male or female … the love aspect is real — it’s been experienced — it’s been desired — it’s been had.
It’s still wanted … even by me, after 23 years of hills and valleys, metaphoric bumps and bruises no different than the struggles two people encounter within the novels I love to read and write. Ok … maybe slightly different since I’m human and so is my husband but my characters tend not to be … fully human.
Romance novels aren’t too good to be true. They’re a reflection of what we all, sometimes, desperately, want in life and something we can actuall strive to get:
A happily ever after.
Here’s what’s up for grabs: 1 autographed Little White Lies bookmark, 1 digitally-signed cover AND 1 eBook (ePub or mobi) copy of Little White Lies by Aimee Laine! AND THIS IS INTERNATIONAL, PEEPS!
We’re trying something new and using Rafflecopter for this giveaway, so let me know how you like it. It will direct you to the mandatory entry, as well as how to get extra entries. This giveaway runs from 8/8/11 through 8/10/11!
Thanks for stopping by, Aimee! And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! <3
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Publish Date: July 2011
Pages: 316 (eBook)