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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Nothing Like that First Time with @BarbaraWDaille #RB4U #Romance

This is my first time writing a post for RB4U. Being a newbie at a blog dedicated to romance made me think of the first time I fell in love...

His name was Sammy.

He was six years old. I was five.

There were so many things I loved about Sammy, from his bright red hair, to his daredevil stunts on his racer bike, to the bravery he showed when he tossed crusts from his peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich into the kindergarten trash. Right in front of the lunch monitor, no less! 

With such a shining example of heroism around me in my formative years, is there any wonder I became a romance author?

And do you know one of the best things about being a romance author or reader?

It’s getting to fall in love for the first time—over and over again.

Think of it. When you sit down with your lined pad or at your blank screen, or you curl up with the book you’ve just downloaded or brought home, you’re on the verge of a brand-new adventure. You’re about to enter into a new relationship. With luck, you’re just a few pages away from experiencing—again—what it’s like to fall in love. The conversations. The conflicts. The kiss-and-make-ups. And, depending on your preferred heat level, the plot twists and turns that get the characters into bed.

All that…leading up to those characters finally falling in love.

There are many reasons people can’t get enough of reading romance, but reliving that experience often hits high at the top of the list.

For some people, the thrill of a sexual chase plays into their enjoyment of the story. For others, it’s the emotions triggered during each stage of the developing relationship. And for many more, it’s the memories of that First Real Love of their own, whether it took place when they reached their twenties or thirties, were still back in high school or junior high, or—like me—had barely made it out of diapers and into kindergarten.

As a romance author creating the heroes and heroines in my stories, I get to tap into all the reasons for loving romance.

In my new release, The Rancher’s Baby Proposal, the heroine is unexpectedly reunited with a man she had crushed on all through school. A man who—brace yourself—never really noticed she was alive. And now… 

OMG, he wants her!

If that happened to you in real life, would it add to a sexual fantasy or set off a few emotions or trigger a fond memory?  It sure would do some of those things for me.

Unfortunately for my heroine, the hero doesn’t want her for the same reason she desires him. Which is where this adventure begins!

I would love to know your favorite reasons for reading romance or to hear the story of your First
Real Love.

Meanwhile, here’s the back cover blurb from The Rancher’s Baby Proposal:

Ally Martinez has always been known as a fun and flirty kind of gal. But deep down she’s never forgotten the cowboy who left town. When her crush Reagan Chase comes home after a five-year absence, Ally knows this is her big chance. The guy I’ve always wanted. Only Reagan has something different in mind…
Still reeling from his last relationship, Reagan needs a babysitter for his month-old son. With Ally’s help, he can get his family’s ranch ready for sale and get out of Cowboy Creek. The problem? Ally is one seriously cute distraction. But Reagan will do whatever it takes to keep his heart safe. Even if it means losing the only place—and the only woman—he can call home.
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About Barbara:

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!

Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed "The End" to her first novel many years the eighth grade. Now she's writing contemporary romance on a daily basis, with an ongoing series from Harlequin Western Romance (The Hitching Post Hotel) and a new series from Entangled Bliss (Snowflake Valley). Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life:

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Barbara White Daille said...

Thanks to RB4U for inviting me to blog!

Readers - hope you enjoyed the post and will share your First Love story or your reasons for loving romance.

Melissa Keir said...

Welcome Barbara! I love that blast from the past with Sammy. He sounds like a little bad boy! I am dying to know if he was as sexy in 10th grade!

All the best with your book. Sounds like a winner!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

Hi, Barbara! In third grade a boy asked me to go steady. I went home and told my mom and she said no. Since I did everything she told me, I told him so-very sadly. We always referred to each other as third grade girl/boy friend. LOL

Barbara White Daille said...

Melissa - sad to say, my family moved away the following year and we lost touch. But he'll always have a place in my heart. ;) And come to think of it, I have a hero named Sam! That poor man holds a special place there, too.

Thanks for your kind words about the book!

Barbara White Daille said...

Aww, Vicki, that is sad. But in the long run, I'm sure things worked out the way they were meant to. And you have your thoughts of what-might-have-been to hold close. :)

Paris said...

Welcome, Barbara! All the best with your new book:)

Barbara White Daille said...

Thank you, doubled, Paris!

Janice Seagraves said...

Welcome, Barbara.

Good luck with your book. I wish you many sales.

jean hart stewart said...

Best of luck with this book and all the others to come...welcome to our very friendly group...

Barbara White Daille said...

Thanks a bunch, Janice. The same to you.

Barbara White Daille said...

Jean - I'm very glad to be here! Thanks so much for the warm welcome and the good wishes.

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