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Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday Spotlight: J. Hali Steele
I love romance novels…
Most all of them. They have to end Happily Ever After. For me, that's what makes it a romance. Two (or 3) people meeting, getting to know each other, and finally, living together forever.
I grew up reading Harlequin's romance books. Every month my package arrived and I ate them up. Heck, in fifteen days I was done. Then I'd spend the last half of the month waiting for my new books to arrive. So, I started looking for others to read in between. I found Taylor Caldwell, John Steinbeck (who my mother had already introduced me to--and I loved his stories). And there was Ayn Rand. WOW! To this day I can still remember how I felt when I read Atlas Shrugged. Her books weren't even considered romance. They were her social comments on the world around her. I read recently some people considered them Science Fiction. This came as a shock to me--I'd never read a Science Fiction novel in my life!
Anyway, I met John Galt and that was the beginning of the end. No hero I'd ever read about could add up to him. But I kept searching, and soon I found men like him.
They were all hiding in Paranormal Romances. I'd hit the jackpot. Anne Rice with her vampires and witches; and later, Christine Feehan fascinated me with stories about vampires, mages and more. Recently, Kerrelyn Sparks and Lynsay Sands--their humor, mixed with bite, is simply delicious. Like the Harlequins of old, I gobble them up the moment they hit the shelves.
If reading a book gives me insight into an author, I've learned a little about everyone I've read. I've enjoyed what they have to say. I've laughed with them, cried with them, and most of all, I've loved the time I spent with them and the characters they've created for my pleasure.
In reading any of my work, I hope you find a hero like John Galt and all the others I've discovered, and loved, along the way.
Enjoy your day and hopefully you'll stop back tomorrow.
Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-© J. Hali Steele