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Friday, September 27, 2019

Taking a day off from writing by Janice Seagraves

I hadn't been feeling like writing. The words weren't coming, so I took the day off from writing and took a hike at Bass Lake California.

Sometimes you have to get back to nature to clear your head and refill your creative juices. You can't fill from an empty cup.


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Sultry temperatures.
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Unbelievable desire.

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Just Tell Me What You Want by Tina Donahue
Second Chance at Love by Marianne Stephens
Curating Love by Cara Marsi
Pleasure Quest by Tina Donahue
Ripped at the Seams by Deelylah Mullin
Building Up To Love by Joanne Jaytanie
Nailed by Cindy Spencer Pape
More Than Friends (Friends to Lovers Book 1) by Krista Ames
Cowgirls Don't Cry by Janice Seagraves
Dare to Feel by Nicole Morgan
Firecracker by Desiree Holt

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Watch Those Punctuation Errors!

Humorous Punctuation Errors

Today, September 24, is National Punctuation Day. I remember the nuns in my Catholic school teaching punctuation rules, over and over. Much of it stuck. Just because we text and email now doesn’t mean we can throw good punctuation out the window with the typewriter.

I’m a stickler for good punctuation (thank you, nuns), but that doesn’t mean I always get it right. I’ve read many books lately, both indie and from major publishers, with punctuation errors, mostly comma errors. One thing that really bothers me is when there isn’t a comma before a person’s proper name: as in, “Hi Mary.” Correct punctuation is “Hi, Mary.” I’ve been seeing this a lot.

Punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence. I scoured the internet for examples of how punctuation can change meanings. Here are some humorous ones.

This first one below is correct:

Dear John:
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. I can be forever happy–will you let me be yours?

This is what happens to the same statement when it’s not punctuated correctly:

Dear John,
I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we’re apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?

More examples:

Woman without her man is nothing.
Woman, without her, man is nothing.

Let’s eat Grandpa.
Let’s eat, Grandpa.
All those out there who like to cook and eat my wife made a new blog.
All those out there who like to cook and eat, my wife made a new blog.

Can you figure out where the commas go in this one?
Attention: Toilet only for disabled elderly pregnant children.

This magazine cover with Rachel Ray says it all.

Or this one:

 See how a comma can change these two below?

Most of the time, travelers worry about their luggage.
Most of the time travelers worry about their luggage.

Are there any punctuation errors that bother you? I’d love to hear them.

Drum Roll! New release!

Ghosts of Deveraux Manor is now available for pre-order.

Mayhem, Mystery, Murder, and Matchmaking Ghosts
When an American woman inherits a manor in France, she finds it comes with some unexpected accessories—matchmaking ghosts and a hunky ex-pat Brit who may or may not be a murderer.

Philadelphian Charlotte—Charli—Deveraux had no idea she had relatives in France until she receives notice she’s inherited a chateau in Normandy. Her art history degree has led to nothing but a soul-sucking bank job, so she takes leave, and, with her best friend, heads to France to check out the centuries-old manor. But her inheritance comes with more than she expected, including an enticing, maddening neighbor. She’d been betrayed by a man once. She’s not about to trust another one.

International art restorer and expat Brit, Travis Gardner, wants nothing to do with any woman named Deveraux. He’d been married to one. When his ex-wife was murdered, suspicion fell on him. Although he had a strong alibi and was cleared by the police, a cloud hangs over him. It doesn’t matter how sweet and wholesome Charli is, he’s on the hunt for the real killer. He doesn’t have time to help Charli find missing necklaces or the keys to a mysterious locked turret.

But a pair of matchmaking ghosts—and their equally ghostly cat—have other ideas. To get into the good graces of the Big Guy, they need to bring Charli and Travis together, and solve not only his ex-wife’s murder, but their own. In a village full of suspects, can Charli and Travis find the keys, the jewels, and the truth before they, too, become ghosts of Deveraux manor?

Monday, September 23, 2019

Introducing Luke Garrett @RomanceBooks4Us World... Soldiers of Fortune #SOF #RB4U #RomSus #PolishedPromos @Vampbard

Meet…  Luke Garrett

With his buzz-cut dark hair and piercing blue eyes, Luke Barrett is a handsome leading man. Add to that a perpetual week-old beard, and enough strength to do pull ups with one hand, you’ll fall for him as quickly as Jordan Mane does.

Read more about Luke in Deelylah Mullin’s Killing Me Softly available exclusively in Romance Books 4 Us World “Soldiers of Fortune.”

With only gunfire and each other to keep them company, can Jorden and Luke save the innocents without complicating things?

When Jorden Mane met Luke Garrett, there weren’t wedding bells ringing, choirs singing, nor fireworks exploding—unless you consider the gunfire. But, as she got to know the mysterious man behind the stoic facade, she fell for him. Hard.
But, it didn’t matter. They needed to get to find El Capitan—the mastermind behind the decimation of the small villages they’d encountered.
As Luke Garrett used his special ops training to defeat the bad guys, he sensed a familiarity in the attacks—like they were the plans of a previous mission leader or commanding officer.
Which made him shudder at every turn.
It also made him have to think outside-the-box with regard to defensive tactics.
All of it made his head spin, but the constant was Jordan. He didn’t know when or how it happened, but he’d grown to care for her.
Which was a bad, bad thing when they were on the outskirts of the law.
Will Jordan and Luke make it through the next siege? Can they keep their feelings for one another out of the mix? Or will passion fuel the flames of their survival?


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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Meet the SEALs starring in my latest releases

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Last year I was privileged to meet an incredible person, Jack Carr, former Navy SEAL, hero and how best selling author. He has inspired so many of my heroes now, including my two recent ones. Here is a taste of them for you.
SEAL Undercover
Part of the Suspense Sisters Silver SEALs

For Max DiSalvo life after SEALs leaves a lot to be desired. He was a Frogman his entire life until a bullet in the hip tossed him into retirement. Never married, he’s now back in his hometown of Sunset Harbor, Maine, running a small commercial fishing business and wondering if he’ll find that one special person to share the rest of his life with. When Silas “Crash” Branson, assistant director of Homeland Security, shows up with a proposition, he’s only too happy to jump on it.

Regan Shaw, a SEAL widow, is a top Intelligence Operations Specialist with DHS. She has uncovered a situation that could threaten the very foundation of America. A secret cabal of
uber wealthy people – five men and one woman—could be plotting to gain control of the United States. They’ve gone from smuggling drugs for cartels to smuggling high value terrorists. And word has come down that a high level member of the government is clearing the way with them for everything. 

DHS has figured out a way to get someone into an upcoming meeting, and the person they tap is Max. Regan, who has all the information on this operation, will go with him as his wife. But the best laid plans and all that. When Max’s cover is blown and Regan is kidnapped. He must find a way to stop the coming disaster and rescue the woman he’s fallen in love with.

Protecting Amy
Part of Susan Stoker's Special Forces

She thought her past was firmly behind her…

Amy Ressler was a vivacious, outgoing person, looking forward to her first job after graduating college. Until the night her stepbrother slaughtered her entire family, and thought she was dead, too. For ten years she’d been living under an assumed name in a house in Tampa with security guards and a security system. Her agoraphobia keeps her a prisoner in the house where she designs sought after video games.

Quinn Molloy couldn’t seem to find a place for himself when he left the SEALS…

Quinn Molloy has been part of the teams for eighteen years and suddenly an injury left him with no place to go, except to visit his friends Melody and Tex Keenan. Where they introduce him online to KitCat, Amy in her online disguise, a terrified woman who needs a bodyguard.

The killer is loose…

When Matthew Baker escapes from jail the hunt is on, led by the US Marshals. But with Amy helpless in her self-imposed prison, Quinn accepts the job as her personal bodyguard, and they discover that what starts online can explode in the bedroom. As long as he can keep her alive.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sci Fi Worldbuilding

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Welcome back from summer! With fall starting in a couple of days, I know some of you are already seeing leaves turn and wearing sweaters but here in SoCal, this is often the warmest part ofthe year. But the evenings are lovely and cool so it's my favoite kind of weather.

The planet Arythia, where all the hot space warriors from the Centauri Captive series come from is no more so we have to rely on their descriptions to know what it was like, but they are looking for a new home world. And we get to go along for the ride. They also have no women left since they were just relaxing the rules and letting their women join the space force and so they have no way to keep their species going except...Earth women!

he dominant alien ordering me to call him Master is more than a warrior. Dark and mysterious, he has skills and talents beyond any I’ve ever encountered.

He can read my soul.

He’s discovered my naughtiest secret desires. And he’s determined to make me act out those wicked fantasies—for his enjoyment.

But I have another secret. One he must never learn. For it could cost me my life.

Vyraz – I am the last of my kind, preparing for the end. Until a headstrong human dares me to conquer her—and brings me back to life.

Arythios is gone, destroyed by an evil force. Men, women, children—dead. All that remains of our world, once the most powerful in the galaxy, is a team of warriors, a handful of starships, and me – the last surviving Archon.

I carry a heavy burden, that of keeping our history alive. And now I’ve been tasked with another. Choose one of the females sent to us as a breeder and impregnate her to insure the survival of our race.

That part of my life has long passed, as has my desire. But I will do my duty and set an example for those who want nothing to do with the small, frail humans the Federation sent us.

One catches my eye. Her skin is black as the vast expanse of deep space and there’s fire in her soul. But she refuses to submit – and my honor will not let me take her against her will.

I’ll need to call upon all my skills, all my training as an Archon. But as I uncover her most shameful secret desires, she awakens mine. Now I’m determined to conquer her—and make her beg me to bring them all to life.

Centauri Captives is a steamy sci-fi romance series from USA Today Bestselling Authors Kallista Dane and Kate Richards featuring masterful alien warriors and the captive Earth women they take as mates in a desperate attempt to save their race from oblivion.

Each book is a stand-alone, introducing a strong smart heroine and a super-hot alien hero in a battle of the sexes as old as the Universe.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Introducing Zane Kelly @RomanceBooks4Us World... Soldiers of Fortune #SOF #RB4U #RomSus #PolishedPromos

Meet…  Zane Kelly

Zane Kelly is the kind of guy that is all muscle and well put together in a more subtle fashion. He still wears his military hairstyle but shows the rebel inside by allowing it to be longer on top. His intense caramel-colored eyes coupled with his brooding manner can cut you deep to the core.

Read more about Zane in Joanne Jaytanie’s Dogs of Fortune available exclusively in Romance Books 4 Us World “Soldiers of Fortune.”

The Baker Corp. has recruited Blair Sellick, a nationally known dog trainer with truly phenomenal skills, to provide exceptional training for service dogs. The project would supply highly intelligent animals as partners for victims of PTSD and other disabilities. Or would it?
The answer has disappeared along with Blair, her fellow dog trainers, and all the dogs.
Ex-SEAL and canine handler Zane Kelly is done with war, with dogs, and with the Soldiers of Fortune. Coerced, cajoled, and eventually intrigued, Zane finally capitulates to the Soldiers of Fortune recruiters for just one project, to find Blair Sellick. The mission is clear, the dog trainers are dying, and nobody has heard from Blair for weeks. Zane has failed only one mission, and that failure cost his canine partner Axel his life.
This time Zane has no intention of leaving anyone behind.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Book Formats. Choose Wisely.

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It’s a grand time for readers. We have various ways of consuming books. There are print books, e-books, and audio books. Through the ages, each format has had its heights and lows along with its advantages and its flaws.

So let’s examine each format.

Naturally, I will start with the oldest format—Print books. This format engages all the senses. The weight of the book whether its a trade paperback, a hardcover or a mass-market book is the first sensation to be experienced. The crack of the spine pronounces the beginning of the new adventure awaiting in the pages. The paper’s texture is a unique feel that fires up the fingertips as the paper suck in the fingers’ heat. The special scent of paper and ink is a fragrance that lights up the brain. That’s all before reaching the first line. The black print hooks the brain and doesn’t release its hold until the last word. The body and brain are engaged in the reading process in a way that e-books and audio books fail to rouse.

The flaw with print books is one—storage. Books eat up the bookcases, hover in corners of rooms, and any other bit of space those square objects of wonder can fit. In this age of the Marie Kondo method, storage and organization are important.
Nevertheless, nothing beats print. Johannes Gutenberg was a genius and my hero.

With the electronic readers, the publishing world and readers’ lives changed. There are a two great aspects of e-books. First is the instant gratification. All that is required is a reader or app, a credit or debit card then hit buy and the book is delivered to you in seconds. The second benefit of e-books are that the library is portable. All the books are just a couple taps away.

As for the flaws of e-books, there are a two as well. First, one is readers and smart phones need charging. So, the access to a book could be withheld. Another one is that electronic devices lack the warmth that print books possess.

Now audio books. This format has been around for a time and at this moment, they are centered stage. Audio books have an ease that many busy people find beneficial. The books can be read while in the car or preparing dinner or any other task. Audio books also rouse the memories of being read to by parents. And when the audiobook’s narrator can bring the story to life in a way that stimulates the mind like Stephen Fry does with the Harry Potter series.

But all isn’t rosy for this format. It can be easy to block out the audio and then whole parts of the book are missed. Another minus is the audiobook’s narrator could be bad. The voice may be unpleasant or grating even too dramatic that it pulls the listener from the tale. Another defect is that taking notes are not possible unless you want to feel like you are at a college lecture again.

How do you rank the book formats? Did I forget a benefit or flaw? 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Introducing Eddie Peterson @RomanceBooks4Us World... Soldiers of Fortune #SOF #RB4U #RomSus #PolishedPromos @AuthorNicMorgan

Meet…  Eddie Peterson

Eddie Peterson always had a dark and brooding way about him. Keeping to himself, his mind focused and his mission clear, he kept everyone at a distance. Everyone except for Marissa Rojas. And with his dark eyes, jet black hair and chiseled physique, she can’t keep her eyes off of him.

Read more about Eddie in Nicole Morgan’s Sacrifice available exclusively in Romance Books 4 Us World “Soldiers of Fortune.”
Ever Since she entered the picture, his mission has changed.

Eddie Peterson’s mission had been to take down the nearly untouchable drug lord, Rojas. Years of being underground, with no protection from his country, he is left to fight off the cartel on his own. It was a job he thought he could handle.
With Marissa Rojas nothing is simple. The only daughter of a ruthless drug lord leaves little opportunity for a wholesome upbringing. Her life is complicated and thanks to her bodyguard, Eddie, things are about to get a whole lot tougher.
Now, it is no longer Eddie’s mission that is in jeopardy. It is their very lives.


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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Can Real Heroes Play the Accordion/Do the Polka? by Marianne Stephens

Can your hero play chess? Knit? Do the polka?

While all are worthwhile things to do...and I don't want to slight any man who does them!...I think these hobbies can add to a hero's macho facade and alpha male persona in romance books to gain a reader's attention. Real men can do anything, not just something that highlights a strong, physical physique.

In a story I've written, Operation Man Hunt, the hero finds out the heroine has asked a mutual friend about him in an effort to "catch" him by showing interest in his hobbies. Deciding to "turn the table" on her, he has the friend feed her misinformation. Two of his favorite things? Playing the accordion and dancing the polka.
In my book, "Strip Poker for Two" (by April Ash), hero Jason actually has played the tuba while in the angst years of teen crushes. He tried serenading the girl of his dreams, heroine Allison. His tuba playing expertise and stories are inserted in their story, and he gets one last embarrassing chance to play for a room full of guests...including the heroine.

 Allison realizes she'd been embarrassed by Jason's school-years attention, and the tuba serenades just made him more undesirable at the time. Memories of Jason's playing music just for her make him more endearing as their relationship heats up and the tuba songs don't seem quite so embarrassing.

 Do these hobbies make the heroes any less desirable? Can your heroes have these hobbies and still have you craving their passionate embraces?

Marianne Stephens

Photos: Flickr: Sandy Kemsley and Carsten Knoch photostreams.

Friday, September 13, 2019

#NewRelease #Alert - The #SoldiersofFortune are back with an all new installment #RB4U #SOF #Romance #Suspense

S.O.F.: Soldiers of Fortune

A Romance Books 4 Us World (Volume Book 2)


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Rhett Fortune settled on the small parcel of land he purchased in 1858 with his wife Clara and founded the beautiful landscape that surrounded his newly built home and what is now known as Fortune, TX. A veteran of the United States Army and as a Colonel who served with honor in the Mexican-American War, Rhett and Clara raised a large family. Sons and daughters, and grandchildren to follow, their clan grew throughout the decades.

Now in the 21st Century, two of their descendants remain at the helm. Chance Fortune, a former member of the Army’s Delta Force and co-founder of Soldiers of Fortune, has an innate duty to serve and protect. Working with his brother, RJ Fortune, a former Navy SEAL and wounded warrior, they take the cases that their government won’t. And vow to protect the civilians that no one else can.
They have quietly put out the word and now, after three years, other former brothers-in-arms have contacted them bringing situations that span not only the country but the globe. On Fortune family land they have built a facility out of the public eye for their office, a helicopter, a gun range, and whatever else they might need.

They are the Soldiers of Fortune… and these are their stories.

Sacrifice: Part 2 by Nicole Morgan
Ever Since she entered the picture, his mission has changed.

Operation Undercover by Krista Ames
Don’t get caught under the covers.

Killing Me Softly by Deelylah Mullin
With only gunfire and each other to keep them company, can Jorden and Luke save the innocents without complicating things?

Dogs of Fortune by Joanne Jaytanie
The mission is clear, and this time Zane has no intention of leaving anyone behind.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

LOVE CONQUERS ALL: Marrying For Love

Posted by R. Ann Siracusa

Romance writers, for the most part, believe that “Love Conquers All” -- Didn’t the Roman poet, Virgil, and Harlequin both say so? Heaven forbid that anyone contradict icons like Virgil and Harlequin.
The promise, and reality, of love gives us hope. It boosts our belief in humanity and nature that everything can come out right in the end. A warm and fuzzy feeling many of us need in today's world.
But let’s take a closer look. Virgil did, indeed write Amor vincit omnia, et nos cedamus amori. - Love conquers all things, so we too shall yield to love.Even our popular songs perpetuate the ideal vision of a happy love-marriage, so it’s easy to forget, in today’s world, that marrying for love is a relatively new concept … and maybe not such a good one at that.
Love And Marriage Go Together Like A
Horse & Carriage
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Virgil did, indeed write Amor vincit omnia, et nos cedamus amori. - Love conquers all things, so we too shall yield to love,” but he also wrote, although not in the same poem, that “Work Conquers All”, and he never suggested love should be the primary reason for marrying.
Harleguin? Well, maybe a little.
As strange as it may seem to romance writers and reader today, love been embraced as a primary reason for marriage only since the late 1700s, and that is only in part of the world. It’s not that in many cultures and at many times a love-marriage was not to and hoped for eventually, but it wasn’t essential.
There have even been times and cultures where love was viewed as a disadvantage to a marriage. Stephanie Coontz tells us in her 2005 book [Marriage, A History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage], that the ancient Greeks considered love a form of insanity. In India, falling in love before marriage was considered disruptive and a danger to society. In China too much love between a husband and wife was treated as a threat to the extended family. She writes,
“Only rarely in history has love been seen as the main reason for getting married. When someone did advocate such a strange belief, it was no laughing matter. Instead it was considered a serious threat to social order.” … “Through most of human history, love was not at all the point of marriage. Marriage was about getting families together, which was why there were so many controls.”
Until a few short centuries ago, marriage was all about survival, reproduction, social acceptance, and power.
The radical idea of marriage for love sprang up and began to take hold in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, in part because the Industrial Revolution allowed people to move away from a agrarian society – thus reducing the need for large families to work the land – and in part because the Enlightenment thinkers of the time embraced the issues of human rights and the right to personal happiness. The growth of capitalism led to growth in wealth and in the middle class, leading to more freedom of choice and the elevating the status of women [a little but certainly not to equality].
The Enlightenment’s rhetoric about the “right to personal happiness” may have proved to be sophistry. In the 21st century marriage and love are often depicted, together or apart, as being a state other than personal happiness.
Coontz quotes George Bernard Shaw’s portrayal of marriage as an institution that brings together two people “under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions. They are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.”
Good luck with that.
In most cultures throughout history and throughout the world, marriages have been arranged, usually by parents but not always. In places where the arranged marriage tradition dates back to ancient times, the pact resulted in the merger of the two families.
Such a fusion carried with it broad ramifications relating to money and/or politics, which include power, influence, political authority, security, allies, social prestige, progeny, inheritance, and privilege. Choices were carefully calculated to advantage both families. Nonetheless, in most societies, including those with arranged marriages, the relationship with the greatest importance was that of the birth family. A person’s loyalty and emotional connection was owed to blood ties rather than to marriage.
MARRYING FOR MONEY                                                        
Nowadays, society tends to look down on the practice of marrying for money [which is equivalent to marrying for power], but that was one of the primary reasons for marriage until a few hundred years ago.
The Dowry
The dowry is the transfer of property or money from the bride’s family to the groom or to his family. Its purpose was to help the newly-wed couple establish a new household and also a form of protection for the bride against ill treatment by the husband or his family. Where this is the tradition, it is actually a conditional gift which should be restored to the wife and her family if the husband abuses or divorces her.Cartoon By Paul Lynch - Photo source: The Daily
The husband can profit by it during the marriage, but the dowry would have to give it back in the case of mistreatment or divorce. My research found conflicting opinions regarding who controlled the money or property during the marriage.
Regardless of what the laws might have said, I'd put my money on the husband. Just sayin'.
This tradition most common in cultures that are strongly patrilineal and expect women to reside with or near their husband's family.
“I can’t offer you a dowry, but I can get you on my health plan.”Cartoon By Wildt
The Dower
A dower means a wife’s rights to her husband’s real property or wealth after his death. Her inheritance.
The Bride Price
The bride price [also called bride service or bride wealth] is a payment from the groom or his family to the bride’s parents. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the bride price was less an economic gesture but served to consolidate the friendship between the two families.
Whatever property belonging to the bride at the time of marriage remained her property under her control. The tradition of dowry and the expectations varied from one society and century to another.
Cartoon by George Jartos, Source: Pinterest
Most people who aspire to marriage hope for the perfect match … hope to be the perfect couple. Soulmates.
American writer Richard Bach writes, “A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are."
Psychologist and relationship expert Dr. Carmen Harra writes,Your soulmate makes you feel entirely whole, healed and intact, like no piece is missing from the puzzle. A life partner, on the other hand, can be a great supporter and long-time companion, but is limited in his or her capacity to enrich your spirit. Most of us remain in life-partner relationships because we "settle," for a multitude of reasons.”
I agree with Barsha Nag Bhowmick, editor for, that “perfect couples” couples are really “imperfect couples” who have learned to enjoy their differences, regardless of whether it started out as a love marriage or an arranged marriage.
Western culture seems securely “entrenched” in the concept of marrying for love. Unfortunately, the person you fall in love with may not be the correct one for you to marry, much less a soulmate. Love frequently makes poor choices. Cupid would benefit from a few archery lessons.
Most surveys show that the number one place that singles meet in America is online, although family, friends, church, social is almost the same percentage. How is that so different from an arranged marriage? In the 21st century, even in an arranged marriage, the parties in question have to agree and accept the arrangement [according to what I read and have been told]. So, as I see it, the major difference occurs in the first part of the process: i.e. the screening of potential mates and introducing the best matches.
Of the two, I definitely prefer the online route. It doesn’t vet nearly as well as an eagle-eyed mother who wants the best for her son or daughter, but in these times of rapid change and more open communication, I trust people to know more about who they are and what they prefer than their parents do. Although parents often see things about their children that those individuals deny or are blind to, parents can be just as blind and have their own baggage, prejudices, experiences, and beliefs to deal with.

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