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Why I Wrote Let’s Fall In Love

My romance short story collection

Let's Fall in Love Pauline Baird Jones

I love romance novels. Don’t hate me (well, you can if you want). I have a romantic soul. I love happy endings. I love cute meets, surprise meets, dangerous meets, first kisses, last kisses—and most of all, I LOVE happy endings.

When I realized I wanted to be a writer, I decided that I would write what they call a traditional romance novel. That is one that is just about the romance. So I started my story, The Spy Who Kissed Me. Everything was going most romantically, then the hero decided to “meet” my heroine while diving through the sunroof of her car. In a hail of bullets.

Before I knew it, I’d written a romantic suspense novel, not the traditional novel I’d envisioned. It was fun. And cathartic, shooting things up, so I stayed with romantic suspense.

Then LIFE HAPPENED. A lot. Yes, I got a blog theme from it (when I finally figured it out), but while it was happening, I found myself penning some mini romances. Not novels. Short stories. I had a little fun playing with some of the familiar romance tropes, such as my version of the arrogant sheik story, Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending, etc. But I never mess with the happy ending trope. No way.

I posted some on my website, others I submitted to some anthologies. More time passed. My former publisher collected them into Romance Stories. Yeah, not the best title ever. Blame me. At the time I was brain dead.

When my publisher closed its doors last summer, and I began re-releasing my books, my romance stories got pushed to the bottom of the list as more LIFE HAPPENED. (Funny how it keeps doing that.)

But things have quieted down some (knock on wood), so I’ve been able to turn my attention to my neglected projects. The biggest challenge was coming with a better title than Romance Stories. I must give a shout-out here to Joan Reeves, who quizzed me about the themes in the stories (which were originally re-released as Take a Chance on Me and Let’s Fall in Love). For reasons I can’t recall now, I decided to roll all the romance stories into a single volume with new cover art. Forgetting Happens when Old Happens. haha

I do know why I decided to split them up again and retake the original titles. Well, actually I don’t remember that either.

Here’s the mini blurb for Let’s Fall in Love

Let’s fall in love…

Let's Fall in Love Pauline Baird JonesLove, laughter and happy endings guaranteed in a collection that is “…unusual but delightful to read…”

Let’s Fall in Love    Nic and Lexie fell in love, but can they stay in love with their families pulling them apart?

Falling for her AlienMarrying a man she’d met once was a bad idea. When the guy was ET, it was insane—even if they were anatomically compatible…

Almost Over You  Liz was sure her marriage was over. Was it too late for Steven to make her fall in love with him again? 

Wanting WillaThe one thing Max never did was fall in love. Until he met Willa… 

Grab this collection and fall in love!

Take a Chance on Me Pauline Baird Jones

And here’s the blurb for Take a Chance on Me

Second Chance for the Sheik  – Ellie fell in love with the son of a sheik and he broke her heart. Now he’s back, but it’s not just her heart at risk this time…. (Formerly “Son of a Sheik,” Romance Collection, L&L Dreamspell)

Give Love a Chance – A Trapini and a Maloney have as much chance of getting together as a Hatfield or McCoy. But the heart wants what the heart wants… (Formerly “Getting a Clue,” Romance Collection, L&L Dreamspell)

Chance Encounter – What if you meet the right man at the wrong time? Lily was engaged and Theo was a stranger. Only he didn’t feel like a stranger… (Formerly “Sunbeam,” Romance Collection, L&L Dreamspell)

Last Chance for Love   For Ric Hamilton, business came first, until he saw his beautiful PA dance the samba. And suddenly his first order of business was capturing her heart…. (Formerly “Dance with Me,” Romance Collection, L&L Dreamspell)

Have you ever escaped into fiction during challenging times?

Perilously yours,
Pauline

 

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