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Sometimes, a Girl Just Wants Help

I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to writing (and reading) romance. Not that I have anything against competent women who can do for themselves, who know their potential, and who go for what they want. In fact, I AM one of those women, trying to make a career out of writing while raising two kids, taking care of two pets, and managing a household with a husband who travels…a lot.

It means I DO a lot…from helping with homework to shuttling kids around to fixing leaky toilets. Sometimes, though, I just want another person to do the shuttling/fixing/installing for me, without me having to write a check.

That’s where my heroes come in…both the ones I read and the ones I write.

Without a doubt, I admire heroines that are self-sufficient, capable women. And I like it when their heroes understand, accept, and especially celebrate that. But in my mind, what better way to show your love for a lady than to do something for her?

Mr. Darcy is the model of helping-without-smothering. He herds Mr. Wickham into respectability, paying off the man’s debts and ensuring he marries Lydia. But he didn’t do it for Wickham. His actions were a demonstration of his love for Elizabeth. And he even tried to keep it from her! *swoon*

I hope you enjoy the heroes (and heroines) I’m crafting in my books, and that in each, you find “a dab of Darcy and a pop of passion.

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