Love Is in the Air! The Sky Is Falling! Halp!
Have you ever noticed how romance novel protagonists aren’t particularly skilled at falling in love? I mean, they’re fairly good at the sex part, but then they start to fall for each other and turn into whatever the emotional equivalent of a jackhammer operated by a four-year-old is — they’re just kind of buzzing and hopping and flailing all over the place, and you really start to hope a fairy godmother will arrive and help them out before someone loses a leg.
I’m afraid the heroes and heroines of my Camelot series are no exception. Just look at the titles! We’ve got How To Misbehave, a title that presumes that if you put two hot twenty-somethings together in a dark basement, they still might not figure it out without instructions. Then there’s Along Came Trouble, wherein the arrival of a handsome, helpful, generous stranger is enough to throw our heroine, Ellen, into a helpless tizzy. And finally there’s Flirting with Disaster — a book in which the hero is incapable of speaking to the heroine, and the heroine isn’t even pursuing the right guy.
I’m sensing a theme here, folks. Love is perilous. Love might destroy us. SOMEBODY HELP.
Of course, no one can help my poor characters. They have to pull themselves out of these flail pits they’ve dug. But I can help you! If you’re as romantically impaired as my characters — or if you just like to win things — read on. I’ve put together a number of toolkits for the romantically impaired.
One winner, whom I plan to crown “The Most Romantically Hopeless Among You,” will receive a $40 gift certificate to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes (winner’s choice). She or he should feel free to spend the money on romance novels, which s/he will then read on her/his couch in her/his pajama pants while eating the truly fantastic cookies and/or candy I will make for her according to her preferences.**I am especially good at salted caramels, mocha pound cake, peanut butter fudge, brownies, and any sort of cookies.
Three additional winners — for whom I hold out more hope — will each receive one of the following prize packages:
How To Misbehave, a tornado siren strands Amber and Tony together in a basement in the dark . . . and things start to get interesting. But what if, like Amber, you’re not all that prepared for things to get interesting? This prize is for you! The One-Night Stand Toolkit includes…
(1) Ruthie Knox breath mints, for when emergency snogging starts looking like a good idea;
(2) Condoms, because sometimes the kissing leads to other things, and you can’t necessarily count on your hero having one in his wallet;
(3) A miniature flashlight, because if all this action is happening in some dark basement, you might need help getting that condom on;
(4) Energy snacks for the post-nookie recuperation period;
(5) A $10 gift certificate to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes (winner’s choice), because sometimes fun stuff only happens to us in books.
Along Came Trouble, Caleb and Ellen find their way to a happy-ever-after that includes a third party — Ellen’s two-year-old son, Henry. As every form of popular culture ever tells us, parenting and sex aren’t always totally compatible . . . but the bomb-proof date night prize can help! It includes:
(1) Ruthie Knox breath mints, because, yes. Even when it’s your spouse.
(2) Small bottle of lube. Let’s just call it a “miniature marriage saver.” But don’t get it confused with the hand sanitizer!
(3) Little Black Book of Kama Sutra, in case the babysitter gets bored. No! Wait! I didn’t mean it like that! Of course I didn’t.
(4) Chocolate, for afters.
(5) $10 gift certificate to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes (winner’s choice), because sometimes the grown-ups just want to read a fucking book. But actually you’ll probably end up spending this on some sort of kid-related bribe.
Flirting with Disaster, Sean and Katie have a past. Sort of. Sean’s had a thing for Katie ever since he sat behind her in high school math class. And while he always thought of her as completely out of his league, she might have been attainable if he’d tried a little harder to close the deal. If you need help reeling them in and keeping them hooked, this prize can help! It consists of the following:
(1) Ruthie Knox breath mints. Always!
(2) Ruthie Knox mini-notebook and disposable fountain pen, for getting down his digits, yo. The rest is totally up to you.
(3) $10 Starbucks gift card. Because you have your whole life ahead of you — why are you reading books?
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