Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Will They Remember?

I think the most memorable couple I've ever read about in a romance is Mariah Calloway and Ford Dunning in the book Mariah by Sandra Canfield. This book was released in the 80s through the SuperRomance line at Harliquin. I've read this story so many times I've memorized many of the passages and my copy is as dog-earred as they get.

Mariah is a wanderer, a been-there-done-that kind of person. Ford is a non-conventional minister. Theirs is a beautiful love story. And the best part, is after their happily-ever-after, I get to peek into their lives to see what happens afterwards, as the book is the beginning of a series: Calloway Corners. It continues with stories about Mariah's sisters: Jo, Tess, and Eden. (All written by different authors, but continuing the threads begun by their fellow writers in each of the previous books.)

By the time I read Mariah I already knew I wanted to write a romance someday. But what this book inspired me to aim for was a series of books, each featuring their own hero and heroine, but connected through the characters who appear in each as secondary characters.

It's a dream come true to be writing the third in my series right now. I hope that I, like Sandra and her friends, can create not only characters my readers relate to, but a world they want to return to again (and again) to find out what happens after the happily ever after.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



  1. I haven't read that particular book but it sounds so good.

  2. I haven't read it either. I'll try to find it!

  3. Sounds like a great book. I hope and try to achieve in my writing memorable characters.

  4. Hi,

    Repeating the already said: I haven't read this novel, either. But, being truthful I haven't read many Harlequin nor Mills & Boon novels. :o


  5. I've read plenty of M&B/HQ (mainly for market research!)- but have yet to pick up one that I'd actually read a second time!

  6. My heroines have the courage to follow their convictions for given situations before they even think about romance. Eventually they learn that leaning on the hero and falling in love isn't such a bad thing. Will any of them be remembered? I'd like to think so.

  7. Hi All,

    Thanks for chiming in today! It' an older book, published before the electronic craze, so I'm not sure if you'd still be able to get a hold of it. (I was rushed this morning or I would have given a better summary!)

    Marissa, I'm with you...our heroines definitely need their convictions. I surely hope my readers remember my characters, and I guess only time will tell!